November 13, 2018, 01:30:16 AM


Ohmyzip.com From US To Korea - $7.50 (LB)
[SHOP US, SHIP KOREA] From $7.50 (1LB) + $1.74 per pound only! Use the Ohmyzip U.S. a tax-free state address as your shipping address at checkout. Sign up now to get a 10% off coupon on shipping. <Freight Forwarding Service / Courier Service>
http://www.ohmyzip.com/

Author Topic: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0  (Read 1156496 times)

Offline Pecan

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3769
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3420 on: December 26, 2016, 09:07:55 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

Offline What?What?

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 601
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3421 on: December 26, 2016, 09:20:48 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

No, won't be missing any classes, no camp or class that day (which is why I specifically chose it). But I have to get a teaching certificate certified for EPIK, not an absolutely essential document, so I will let it go. It just winds me up that my CT has taken "business trips" for things not related to the school AT ALL, yet I cannot do the same.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
-A.A. Milne

Offline Pecan

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3769
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3422 on: December 26, 2016, 09:42:19 AM »
Understandable.

As for your professional teaching certificate, if you are from the US, you shouldn't have to get it "certified" as there is a professional certification number on your license that your employer/EPIK can easily input into "the system" to verify that your teaching credential is valid.

What state are you from?

All I did was provided a scanned copy, and the information for where and how that information can be accessed online.

Offline What?What?

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 601
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3423 on: December 26, 2016, 10:16:10 AM »
I'm not from the US so yeah, have to get it certified. :(
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
-A.A. Milne

Offline yirj17

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 2782
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3424 on: December 26, 2016, 10:18:26 AM »
Am I the only one still teaching classes all through the end of this month??  :cry:

Offline Pecan

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3769
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3425 on: December 26, 2016, 10:27:27 AM »
Best not to compare ;)

How many gifts were under your tree?

Offline yirj17

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 2782
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3426 on: December 26, 2016, 10:31:44 AM »
Wisdom in a nutshell.

Alas, no tree! I did indulge in some online shopping over the wknd though, haha.
« Last Edit: December 26, 2016, 10:35:34 AM by yirj17 »

Offline krissyboo75

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 638
  • Gender: Female
  • Please understand our unique culture~
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3427 on: December 26, 2016, 10:32:12 AM »
Am I the only one still teaching classes all through the end of this month??  :cry:
Nope! What a pointless week. Almost as pointless as that week between winter and spring break.

Offline yirj17

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 2782
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3428 on: December 26, 2016, 10:34:26 AM »
On the bright side, it's nice to do fun classes. I am so mentally checked out though

Offline Pecan

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3769
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3429 on: December 26, 2016, 10:36:41 AM »
I wish Korea would go back to having school on Saturdays.

We, foreigners, never had to teach on any of those Saturdays, and as a result, summer and winter vacations were much longer.

Days of old...

Offline kobayashi

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 963
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3430 on: December 26, 2016, 10:47:49 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

No, won't be missing any classes, no camp or class that day (which is why I specifically chose it). But I have to get a teaching certificate certified for EPIK, not an absolutely essential document, so I will let it go. It just winds me up that my CT has taken "business trips" for things not related to the school AT ALL, yet I cannot do the same.

you can use up to 8 hours of 'personal time' before you use a vacation day. depending on how far you are from the embassy, might not even take you a whole day.

it's there in the contract. and there is a category on NEIS for that. so if your CT is being a big ol' B, just mention it to her and show her the contract.

Offline jddavis7

  • Super Waygook
  • ***
  • Posts: 411
  • Gender: Female
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3431 on: December 26, 2016, 11:01:04 AM »
Am I the only one still teaching classes all through the end of this month??  :cry:
Nope! What a pointless week. Almost as pointless as that week between winter and spring break.

Piggybacking on that.

Two weeks ago
Me: *has project plan that will last us until the end of the semester*
COT: Let's play mafia this week!
Me:  :undecided: Uh... okay

1 week ago
Me: *has edited the project so it'll fit into 3 weeks of class*
COT: Let's play mafia again this week!
Me:  :undecided: Err... okay

This week
Me: *has abandoned the project because of time restraints and plans a movie day and a game day*
COT: The students need to do projects to learn. The 3rd years take a big test and get graded a lot on English. We need to do a project!
Me:   :blank: :blank: :blank:

Offline What?What?

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 601
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3432 on: December 26, 2016, 11:22:12 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

No, won't be missing any classes, no camp or class that day (which is why I specifically chose it). But I have to get a teaching certificate certified for EPIK, not an absolutely essential document, so I will let it go. It just winds me up that my CT has taken "business trips" for things not related to the school AT ALL, yet I cannot do the same.

you can use up to 8 hours of 'personal time' before you use a vacation day. depending on how far you are from the embassy, might not even take you a whole day.

it's there in the contract. and there is a category on NEIS for that. so if your CT is being a big ol' B, just mention it to her and show her the contract.

I really thought that this was in my contract too, but I have gone through it and there is nothing.....
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
-A.A. Milne

waywardtimelord

  • Guest
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3433 on: December 26, 2016, 11:32:28 AM »
I am so physically and emotionally drained that I'm worried I'm going to take my frustration out on someone I care about.

I've been listening to the teachers talk about how glad they are that they don't have to work on Friday and vacation starts next week, and my co-teacher turns to me and says, "I'm sorry, but foreigners have to work on Friday."

I know it's all in the contract, but my God how pointless is deskwarming? I NEED a mental health day. And then camp for two weeks.... Why do we even have camp? One of the biggest appeals of teaching is the long vacations, but we have to fill them with camps here.

Offline Pecan

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3769
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3434 on: December 26, 2016, 11:45:23 AM »
Sarcasm?

You are kidding, right?

Offline yirj17

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 2782
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3435 on: December 26, 2016, 11:57:39 AM »
Actually i'm looking forward to deskwarming so i can work on some personal projects and maybe do some reading. Of course more vacation time would be preferable but I'm just ready for any kind of break

Offline kobayashi

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 963
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3436 on: December 26, 2016, 12:00:23 PM »
I really thought that this was in my contract too, but I have gone through it and there is nothing.....

mine is standard EPIK contract.

Article 14-5

"...eight accumulated hours of paid leave shall be counted as one [vacation] day. This includes tardiness, early leave, other absences during the work day and/or half-days of paid leave. A total of less than eight hours will not be counted"

of course different areas use different contracts. So maybe Jeolla or GEPIK might be different.

Online CO2

  • The Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3851
  • Gender: Male
  • Dharma Initiative
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3437 on: December 26, 2016, 12:03:37 PM »
Actually i'm looking forward to deskwarming so i can work on some personal projects and maybe do some reading. Of course more vacation time would be preferable but I'm just ready for any kind of break

Yeah, EVERYONE else is working their office jobs and you get to chill and do whatever you want and get paid. Would I RATHER be doing something else?  Of course. I'd rather be a movie star, too. Take what you can get.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky
With one hand waving free

Offline Loki88

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 722
  • Gender: Male
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3438 on: December 26, 2016, 12:17:14 PM »
Actually i'm looking forward to deskwarming so i can work on some personal projects and maybe do some reading. Of course more vacation time would be preferable but I'm just ready for any kind of break

Desk warming for me is an awesome time but I get to stay in my office totally alone in an empty school. I wander down for lunch with the P and VP and whichever teacher is in the main office that day.

I'll plan and make the last of my materials and organize a nice little supply drop for the new guy coming in next year and then get to just chill.

I couldn't imagine complaining about it. (Also my steam folder is on an external hd, that helps for that bit of time at the end.)

Offline moonbrie

  • Expert Waygook
  • ****
  • Posts: 657
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3439 on: December 26, 2016, 12:21:24 PM »
Man I am about ready to give up on this hospital business.

I finally got my MRI yesterday, nothing was amiss. After discussing the results with me the neurologist just went on again like "hmmmmm I don't know" and then told me I should go to a university hospital.

It's really hard to focus when you constantly feel like your head is spinning and like you're going to vomit. But I don't have that much work to do anymore, and the semester is almost over. Even if I feel sick I can just lump around or take a nap without worrying. But they told me this all needs to get done within a week. So....?????

Have you gone to see a dentist? I spent a year in agony going from doctor to doctor, to specialist to specialist and getting scan after scan done. Each referral took me closer and closer to Seoul and to bigger and bigger hospitals. The university hospital I went to put me on epilepsy medicine with the diagnosis being possible TM Neuralgia because nothing else came close to matching. That medicine was something else and then some. I decided I wanted my mommy before I stabbed myself in the head to stop the pain and flew home. Went to the dentist while I was there and found out I needed a root canal and had 7 additional holes.

Hmm that's possible. I'm a little worried about going to the dentist in Korea bc I've heard some horror stories about unanesthetized surgeries, but I'm due for a cleaning and it's cheaper than back home...

@kimchimandu - thanks, I'll try calling them

It is DEFINITELY not the same quality you'll be used to.  They don't even use floss.

Ah damn what's the point then? haha