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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5380 on: June 15, 2018, 09:33:17 am »
Korean repairmen really must like my bathroom...
Salarymen drink my wine......
Burburrymen dig my earth........
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  • Challen13
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5381 on: June 15, 2018, 09:55:49 am »
I'm not sure of the benefits of toilets where it is impossible to have a quiet piss at night.  Back in the day, you could pee to the side of the water and you had quite a large target area to aim for.  Now the toilets are filled with more water and that 'quiet' target area is reduced.  It'd be nice to quietly 'strain the greens' without it sounding like four fat nuns clapping.

Hear, hear! Bring back old school toilet bowls!  :laugh:


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5382 on: June 15, 2018, 10:28:52 am »
I'm not sure of the benefits of toilets where it is impossible to have a quiet piss at night.  Back in the day, you could pee to the side of the water and you had quite a large target area to aim for.  Now the toilets are filled with more water and that 'quiet' target area is reduced.  It'd be nice to quietly 'strain the greens' without it sounding like four fat nuns clapping.

It's always possible to sit if it doesn't threaten your manhood too much. (The sink is another option for the manlier breed.) I always aim for the porcelain, but I always wonder, which one causes less piss spray?


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5383 on: June 15, 2018, 12:01:26 pm »
I'm not sure of the benefits of toilets where it is impossible to have a quiet piss at night.  Back in the day, you could pee to the side of the water and you had quite a large target area to aim for.  Now the toilets are filled with more water and that 'quiet' target area is reduced.  It'd be nice to quietly 'strain the greens' without it sounding like four fat nuns clapping.

It's always possible to sit if it doesn't threaten your manhood too much. (The sink is another option for the manlier breed.) I always aim for the porcelain, but I always wonder, which one causes less piss spray?

If you're among the 1%, you can also use the bathtub.

Pissing on your foot cures athlete's foot. Case in point, I've never had athlete's foot.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2018, 12:03:07 pm by donovan »


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5384 on: June 15, 2018, 12:20:28 pm »
If you're among the 1%, you can also use the bathtub.
Pissing on your foot cures athlete's foot. Case in point, I've never had athlete's foot.
TIL: I'm among the 1%! Whoo-hoo!

Also, by regularly pissing on your feet, you can essentially turn them into cured leather, and is one method of preparation that allow fire-walkers to do their thing.

Fun fact: it's not just lazy people who deliberately wet themselves: vultures pee on their legs to  sterilize them after standing around in rotting flesh all day.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5385 on: June 15, 2018, 12:30:53 pm »
If you're among the 1%, you can also use the bathtub.
Pissing on your foot cures athlete's foot. Case in point, I've never had athlete's foot.
TIL: I'm among the 1%! Whoo-hoo!



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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5386 on: June 15, 2018, 12:41:59 pm »
If you're among the 1%, you can also use the bathtub.
Pissing on your foot cures athlete's foot. Case in point, I've never had athlete's foot.
TIL: I'm among the 1%! Whoo-hoo!


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5387 on: June 18, 2018, 01:09:04 pm »
I don't know how the little ol' cleaning ajummah is getting a firehose into the second floor bathroom all by herself, but that's the only explanation I can come up with for the sheer volume of water all over everything after she's been through.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5388 on: June 18, 2018, 07:25:37 pm »
I don't know how the little ol' cleaning ajummah is getting a firehose into the second floor bathroom all by herself, but that's the only explanation I can come up with for the sheer volume of water all over everything after she's been through.

Itís a two-hand job. The cleaning supplies have to be left by the spigot.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5389 on: June 19, 2018, 03:26:21 pm »
Sometimes it pops up outside the scope of writing, too. I was at a bus stop once and one of my middle school students came stood next to me. I asked him how he was doing, and he said "I'm depressed... I like a girl... but... girl doesn't like me." I've never gotten an answer like that in the classroom, haha.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5390 on: June 19, 2018, 03:30:27 pm »
Sometimes it pops up outside the scope of writing, too. I was at a bus stop once and one of my middle school students came stood next to me. I asked him how he was doing, and he said "I'm depressed... I like a girl... but... girl doesn't like me." I've never gotten an answer like that in the classroom, haha.

This has also happened to me. Like, whenever there's any approximation of one-on-one, it's almost like a lot of people see it as a chance for a heart to heart. Students coming up talking about their crushes, fighting with their family, being unhappy, etc etc.

Also, and this literally just occurred to me, but it could be that since they're saying it in English it's got a bit of taxi cab confessional effect where they feel more comfortable disclosing personal things because it's not in their native tongue and they feel it's less likely to get spread.

But - I've seen some of the stuff they write in their Korean journals that their Korean teachers check, and it's similarly personal. So I don't think that theory of mine holds much water.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5391 on: June 20, 2018, 11:37:39 am »
For all the flak that Korean moms get for being helicopter parents, I dunno, I gotta say that I got a lot of well adjusted students and nary one that is unable to control him or herself emotionally. And this is in a very well-off district where parents could afford to helicopter if they so choose.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5392 on: June 20, 2018, 12:08:01 pm »
It does cross my mind that perhaps my students live in a simplified emotional environment where they're not exposed too often to situations that would require them to handle complex emotions, but that's kind of hard to swallow. The fact is they (my students, anyway) have incredibly stable (if risk-averse) family arrangements and living environments, but that kind of stability is largely what a family and good school is good for. Too much of a good thing, perhaps?

Of course my students are younger and the stress of school and social relations tend to pile up in the middle school and high school years. Maybe it just hasn't hit them yet.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5393 on: June 20, 2018, 12:39:26 pm »
So my classroom is situated on the top floor, and the birds have figured out how to get into the roof, so I keep hearing a lot of scurrying and patter.

First time I heard the noise, though, I thought "rats" and was about to let the school know, but then I heard the birds chirp and noticed how they kept diving out from above my window, so now I'm just kind of looking forward to an especially loud THUMP scaring one of my next classes -- not sure what kind of shenanigans are required for nest-building, but the process is surprisingly loud.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5394 on: June 20, 2018, 12:42:23 pm »
It does cross my mind that perhaps my students live in a simplified emotional environment where they're not exposed too often to situations that would require them to handle complex emotions, but that's kind of hard to swallow. The fact is they (my students, anyway) have incredibly stable (if risk-averse) family arrangements and living environments, but that kind of stability is largely what a family and good school is good for. Too much of a good thing, perhaps?

Of course my students are younger and the stress of school and social relations tend to pile up in the middle school and high school years. Maybe it just hasn't hit them yet.
yeah, i dunno. sometimes i think that a lot of kids here are pretty sheltered and don't get much life experience (coddled/no responsibility/not allowed to make their own mistakes/etc) and that ends up making them emotionally immature.

i have a 10 year old cousin who is the complete opposite of korean kids. he seems way more mature than korean kids his age. maybe it's because he's given freedom to decide what hobbies he wants, is given responsibility in the house and is allowed to go out and climb/fall out of trees, limited to an hour of video games a week (and happy with it), etc. from my experience, this is the complete opposite of korean kids

i guess my point is that korean kids often feel less 'well-rounded' than kids in the uk/australia who i know, or are family, etc. i think a big part of this is the parenting (and lack thereof)


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5395 on: June 20, 2018, 12:55:39 pm »
It does cross my mind that perhaps my students live in a simplified emotional environment where they're not exposed too often to situations that would require them to handle complex emotions, but that's kind of hard to swallow. The fact is they (my students, anyway) have incredibly stable (if risk-averse) family arrangements and living environments, but that kind of stability is largely what a family and good school is good for. Too much of a good thing, perhaps?

Of course my students are younger and the stress of school and social relations tend to pile up in the middle school and high school years. Maybe it just hasn't hit them yet.
yeah, i dunno. sometimes i think that a lot of kids here are pretty sheltered and don't get much life experience (coddled/no responsibility/not allowed to make their own mistakes/etc) and that ends up making them emotionally immature.

i have a 10 year old cousin who is the complete opposite of korean kids. he seems way more mature than korean kids his age. maybe it's because he's given freedom to decide what hobbies he wants, is given responsibility in the house and is allowed to go out and climb/fall out of trees, limited to an hour of video games a week (and happy with it), etc. from my experience, this is the complete opposite of korean kids

i guess my point is that korean kids often feel less 'well-rounded' than kids in the uk/australia who i know, or are family, etc. i think a big part of this is the parenting (and lack thereof)

The kids I teach in their late teens early twenties have less life experience than a 14 year old from where I'm from. So many of them have done nothing. And still do nothing. If it isn't "play games" they are not interested in it. They titter like 10 year olds when someone brings up the word girlfriend or boyfriend.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


  • JVPrice
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    • August 29, 2017, 10:26:13 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5396 on: June 20, 2018, 01:25:47 pm »
I was talking about speaking tests from the previous week with two of my co-teachers. I made the mistake of telling a student "Very good" as he walked away from his test, and giving him a C. I should've said "Well done" or something because they assumed they were getting an A or B. Forgetting the fact that C is not "good" here. And now my CT tells me the student can have a re-do of the test if he wants. That's not the thing that bugs me though.

What bugs me is when I was explaining to my CTs. When I told them how the lowest score in America is 0 (just to give them perspective), they both went very quiet like I said something forbidden. It was really weird. Almost as if the idea of failure was foreign to them  :lipsrsealed:
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5397 on: June 20, 2018, 02:03:40 pm »


What bugs me is when I was explaining to my CTs. When I told them how the lowest score in America is 0 (just to give them perspective), they both went very quiet like I said something forbidden. It was really weird. Almost as if the idea of failure was foreign to them :lipsrsealed:

The Korean education system does have a policy of not failing or holding students behind, though. So, the idea of failure [in the sense of not passing a grade due to low scores] is literally foreign to them.

Also, it's dumb and it's not doing the students any favours at all, but it is part of the the forced egalitarianism that people love so much here.

The whole 'minimum score is 50% even if the paper is blank' thing is completely dumb. But I don't understand why people have such a difficult time understanding it.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5398 on: June 20, 2018, 02:23:02 pm »


What bugs me is when I was explaining to my CTs. When I told them how the lowest score in America is 0 (just to give them perspective), they both went very quiet like I said something forbidden. It was really weird. Almost as if the idea of failure was foreign to them :lipsrsealed:

The Korean education system does have a policy of not failing or holding students behind, though. So, the idea of failure [in the sense of not passing a grade due to low scores] is literally foreign to them.

Also, it's dumb and it's not doing the students any favours at all, but it is part of the the forced egalitarianism that people love so much here.

The whole 'minimum score is 50% even if the paper is blank' thing is completely dumb. But I don't understand why people have such a difficult time understanding it.

I was being sarcastic, but yeah. Let's not forget that so many students graduate with degrees, but can't find a job. If everyone passes, nobody is special.
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  • shostager
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5399 on: June 20, 2018, 02:32:19 pm »
It does cross my mind that perhaps my students live in a simplified emotional environment where they're not exposed too often to situations that would require them to handle complex emotions, but that's kind of hard to swallow. The fact is they (my students, anyway) have incredibly stable (if risk-averse) family arrangements and living environments, but that kind of stability is largely what a family and good school is good for. Too much of a good thing, perhaps?

Of course my students are younger and the stress of school and social relations tend to pile up in the middle school and high school years. Maybe it just hasn't hit them yet.
yeah, i dunno. sometimes i think that a lot of kids here are pretty sheltered and don't get much life experience (coddled/no responsibility/not allowed to make their own mistakes/etc) and that ends up making them emotionally immature.

i have a 10 year old cousin who is the complete opposite of korean kids. he seems way more mature than korean kids his age. maybe it's because he's given freedom to decide what hobbies he wants, is given responsibility in the house and is allowed to go out and climb/fall out of trees, limited to an hour of video games a week (and happy with it), etc. from my experience, this is the complete opposite of korean kids

i guess my point is that korean kids often feel less 'well-rounded' than kids in the uk/australia who i know, or are family, etc. i think a big part of this is the parenting (and lack thereof)

...My wife is scared of absolutely every insect, even butterflies.  When did that happen?  I know a lot of Korean who have a similar phobia.  Is that from not playing outside?  When I go home, I tell my niece that 'Auntie Park is scared of butterflies'.   :shocked:

My students, and even other teachers, are surprised to hear that I like bugs and even used to raise caterpillars and butterflies. One day, after talking about this, my co-teacher said something like, "You didn't grow up in a city, did you?" I think this makes a little sense. If you live in a place with fewer bugs (especially if you never go out, or are always ferried around in your parents' car / the bus), it's kind of a fear of the unknown, maybe?

Also, hornets here are bigger/scarier than back home (the US). Some spiders, too. Those I will go out of my way to avoid. But butterflies...we even think they're a symbol of beauty in the west, generally...
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