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  • Pecan
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3980 on: March 06, 2017, 09:47:52 pm »
I remember a few great Korean stereotypes: guys with tattoos, women who smoke, children from divorced parents, etc.

Nothing kind was said about the above and they were to be avoided (not marriage material).

Again, it wasn't always accurate, but it was "wise" advice.

A US equivalent would be girls with tramp stamps...not 100% accurate, but close enough ;)
« Last Edit: March 06, 2017, 09:58:12 pm by Pecan »


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3981 on: March 07, 2017, 07:26:30 am »
Just got to my Tuesday school.

- Computer has been removed
- All textbooks have been removed
- Aircon control is missing
- Half the desks aren't here
- CT transferred and the HR teacher who's now in charge of relaying messages to me hasn't
  contacted me with the new schedule. I don't have the HR's teacher number either or know who
  this person is.
- Nobody else speaks English at this school



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3982 on: March 07, 2017, 09:04:08 am »
Okay so this has been bugging me for a while:

Does anyone else get those "Don't you find it difficult...?" or "Don't you think it's...?" questions?  Basically, an indirect way for the other person to express their opinion?

I am admittedly woeful at picking up hints, in part because I just really value directness. But this burns my biscuit a bit because, I feel like they're trying to tell me something but instead of coming out and saying it, the onus is on me to be like OH YEAH I TOTALLY FIND THIS IMPOSSIBLE LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

I never know what to do aside from tell the truth. Which usually goes against whatever it is I suspect they want me to say.  :undecided:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3983 on: March 07, 2017, 09:24:44 am »
Just got to my Tuesday school.

- Computer has been removed
- All textbooks have been removed
- Aircon control is missing
- Half the desks aren't here
- CT transferred and the HR teacher who's now in charge of relaying messages to me hasn't
  contacted me with the new schedule. I don't have the HR's teacher number either or know who
  this person is.
- Nobody else speaks English at this school

Sounds to me like a day where you just wait around until someone gives you some direction. They tell you this is where you'll be teaching and then you simply ask, "with what?". then after some time scrambling around, they tell you, just rest for today as there will be no English class. We will have class starting next week ^^
"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."


  • Pennypie
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    • July 26, 2014, 08:16:47 pm
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3984 on: March 07, 2017, 09:41:07 am »
I really want to rant about stuff in my province but I feel like there might be little spies and I'll get exiled to some little village when re-sign time comes around.  >:(
« Last Edit: March 07, 2017, 10:22:59 am by Pennypie »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3985 on: March 07, 2017, 10:23:47 am »
Is your real name penny?
Kpip! - Martin 2018


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3986 on: March 07, 2017, 10:27:40 am »
Is your real name penny?

Yes? (Throwing them off the scent  :laugh: )

Naaah but sometimes I feel like its not hard to guess who people are if you live in the same area.  I used to have my real name on here but changed it.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3987 on: March 07, 2017, 10:31:37 am »
Okay so this has been bugging me for a while:

Does anyone else get those "Don't you find it difficult...?" or "Don't you think it's...?" questions?  Basically, an indirect way for the other person to express their opinion?

I am admittedly woeful at picking up hints, in part because I just really value directness. But this burns my biscuit a bit because, I feel like they're trying to tell me something but instead of coming out and saying it, the onus is on me to be like OH YEAH I TOTALLY FIND THIS IMPOSSIBLE LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

I never know what to do aside from tell the truth. Which usually goes against whatever it is I suspect they want me to say.  :undecided:
     I usually just gush about how awesome my activity/project/worksheet is, which tends to prevent this kind of indirect commentary. If they think my stuff needs to be changed, they need to explicitly say so.

      Luckily my stuff usually *is* awesome, so the issue is kinda moot.   :laugh:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3988 on: March 07, 2017, 12:07:45 pm »
Did you know the HiKorea immigration website doesn't work on any browser other than IE but also not the latest version of IE? Also, it's been overloaded with traffic all day.

I've been trying to do something simple since 7am... it's almost as if they don't want us to be able to file simple applications.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3989 on: March 07, 2017, 12:40:21 pm »
I remember a few great Korean stereotypes: guys with tattoos, women who smoke, children from divorced parents, etc.

Nothing kind was said about the above and they were to be avoided (not marriage material).

Again, it wasn't always accurate, but it was "wise" advice.

A US equivalent would be girls with tramp stamps...not 100% accurate, but close enough ;)

Ok Pecan  :rolleyes:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3990 on: March 07, 2017, 01:02:00 pm »
Did you know the HiKorea immigration website doesn't work on any browser other than IE but also not the latest version of IE? Also, it's been overloaded with traffic all day.

I've been trying to do something simple since 7am... it's almost as if they don't want us to be able to file simple applications.

... such as make a (mandatory) reservation for a visa renewal application drop-off.



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3991 on: March 07, 2017, 01:20:58 pm »

The fact that it's so habitual to refer to Koreans and 'foreigners,' which essentially is a catchall for all the literal billions of other people in the world who aren't one of 35ish million Koreans, is ridiculous.


AI is worse than I thought.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3992 on: March 07, 2017, 01:46:49 pm »
I really want to rant about stuff in my province but I feel like there might be little spies and I'll get exiled to some little village when re-sign time comes around.  >:(

This is not an unreasonable fear. I once had to change my profile on here for this exact reason.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
-A.A. Milne


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3993 on: March 07, 2017, 01:54:16 pm »
You could do what Koreans do and refer to people who aren't like you as foreigners, no matter the location.

I'm thinking of this.
Ko fills half his luggage with instant noodles for his international business travels, a lesson he learned after assuming on his first trip that three packages would suffice for six days. “Man, was I wrong. Since then, I always make sure I pack enough.”
-AP


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3994 on: March 07, 2017, 02:12:21 pm »
I really want to rant about stuff in my province but I feel like there might be little spies and I'll get exiled to some little village when re-sign time comes around.  >:(

This is not an unreasonable fear. I once had to change my profile on here for this exact reason.

I wasn't always CO2 either............. ...............


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3995 on: March 07, 2017, 02:29:47 pm »
Did you know the HiKorea immigration website doesn't work on any browser other than IE but also not the latest version of IE? Also, it's been overloaded with traffic all day.

I've been trying to do something simple since 7am... it's almost as if they don't want us to be able to file simple applications.

the english version of the site is barely functional. if you're struggling to get the site to work you basically have to use the korean version.


  • krissyboo75
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3996 on: March 07, 2017, 02:55:59 pm »
Noooooo! My best school, my favourite teacher....all changed!  My first year at my 3rd school, elementary school, was really tough as I came in from teaching high school and had a hard time with kids. During the 2nd year here I was blessed with an amazing co-teacher and we developed the best dynamic and everything worked out so well. The kids enjoyed it and learned really well and the class was also enjoyable for us. Well this year he is now the 3rd grade HR teacher so Ill now only see him briefly and this new teacher I have is boring, the way she has split the responsibility of the content is weird and she wasn't even going to teach the textbook when she wasn't here. I only come here 1 day a week which means they would never finish the book. THIS IS NOT GOOD. I have enough stress and anxiety going on without having to worry about the one thing I didn't have to worry about.  :huh: :cry:


  • yirj17
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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3997 on: March 07, 2017, 03:40:59 pm »
Admin office is claiming I need to get a health checkup again and that it's compulsory every other year.

I already took one last year.  Unless I get an official letter from NHIS again, they can forget it. 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3998 on: March 08, 2017, 08:05:39 am »
Admin office is claiming I need to get a health checkup again and that it's compulsory every other year.

I already took one last year.  Unless I get an official letter from NHIS again, they can forget it.
I got one too but they asked me for extra stuff...like a breast cancer exam...what does that have to do with teaching? I stuffed the paper away in my desk.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3999 on: March 08, 2017, 08:20:17 am »
Admin office is claiming I need to get a health checkup again and that it's compulsory every other year.

I already took one last year.  Unless I get an official letter from NHIS again, they can forget it.
I got one too but they asked me for extra stuff...like a breast cancer exam...what does that have to do with teaching? I stuffed the paper away in my desk.

My coT was saying something about how they're "very interested in health." Really.  They seem doubly interested in the foreigner's health than in their own citizens.

I think I'll take a cue from you and just lose the paper if another gets sent.