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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5840 on: July 04, 2017, 01:52:44 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed
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 #5841 on: July 04, 2017, 01:59:47 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


I feel like I struggle with this every few years.  I'm gonna try to do one more year here to save up and then bounce back home and do who knows what. 

BTW, so glad you are taking your pets with you instead of abandoning them!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5842 on: July 04, 2017, 02:21:08 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


Ahh so you have six months, thinking of renewing? I'm due to sign my contract on Friday and it's scary.

I see people go on about they're going to do XYZ when they get back or go into ABC job and I feel like I'm just starting out and don't know what road to go down.

I've always had jobs but I don't have much experience in "grown up jobs".

My degree subject is okay but my result was underwhelming. I don't really have the money to go back to uni and I don't really know what I would do if i did.

I understand people my age don't really have it all figured out yet...but the difference between me and my friends back home is they are figuring it out, and gaining that experience, but I'm here with no idea what to do.


FFFMMMMLLLLLLLLL


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5843 on: July 04, 2017, 02:24:38 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


Ahh so you have six months, thinking of renewing? I'm due to sign my contract on Friday and it's scary.

I see people go on about they're going to do XYZ when they get back or go into ABC job and I feel like I'm just starting out and don't know what road to go down.

I've always had jobs but I don't have much experience in "grown up jobs".

My degree subject is okay but my result was underwhelming. I don't really have the money to go back to uni and I don't really know what I would do if i did.

I understand people my age don't really have it all figured out yet...but the difference between me and my friends back home is they are figuring it out, and gaining that experience, but I'm here with no idea what to do.


FFFMMMMLLLLLLLLL

Well I am 40, and I still have no idea. So don't put too much pressure on yourself. But yeah , you have to sign right now so.. I don't even have any real advice for you other than maybe stay another year for the money....
« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 02:28:20 pm by What?What? »
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 #5844 on: July 04, 2017, 02:25:58 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


I feel like I struggle with this every few years.  I'm gonna try to do one more year here to save up and then bounce back home and do who knows what. 

BTW, so glad you are taking your pets with you instead of abandoning them!

Brought them here from back home when I moved actually. So I am not going anywhere without them.
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 #5845 on: July 04, 2017, 02:38:38 pm »
I definitely sympathize with the "wtf should I do with myself" crowd. Every year I go through the same old should I stay or should I go nonsense, and... well, this is my sixth year here  :laugh:. Sometimes I'll go months feeling like there's no possible way I could tolerate it here for another year, but then once my contract start to draw to an end, I inevitably start thinking "Well what else are you going to do with yourself?"

My degree is pretty useless, and I have neither the financial means nor the motivation to go back to school at 36. I'm not qualified to teach back home, so if I leave Korea, it'd just be to go teach in another country that doesn't require a degree in English or education to teach English. I'm always going back and forth in my head about moving to Japan to teach, but then I always convince myself that I'll just have many of the same difficulties there that I have here, and opt for thee Devil I know, as it were.

I don't know. I wish I didn't have to stop drinking.  :laugh:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5846 on: July 04, 2017, 02:40:29 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


Ahh so you have six months, thinking of renewing? I'm due to sign my contract on Friday and it's scary.

I see people go on about they're going to do XYZ when they get back or go into ABC job and I feel like I'm just starting out and don't know what road to go down.

I've always had jobs but I don't have much experience in "grown up jobs".

My degree subject is okay but my result was underwhelming. I don't really have the money to go back to uni and I don't really know what I would do if i did.

I understand people my age don't really have it all figured out yet...but the difference between me and my friends back home is they are figuring it out, and gaining that experience, but I'm here with no idea what to do.


FFFMMMMLLLLLLLLL

Well I am 40, and I still have no idea. So don't put too much pressure on yourself. But yeah , you have to sign right now so.. I don't even have any real advice for you other than maybe stay another year for the money....

I've never been able to answer the what do you want to be when you grow up? question before, and still didn't have much of an idea until fairly recently, but I've just signed up for some online nursing prerequisite courses (www.portagelearning .com) with the hope of getting into an accelerated BSN program back 'home' (or possibly here...SNU?), gaining some experience as a registered nurse, and then perhaps going on to becoming a nurse practitioner if all goes well. I would bet a lot of the good teachers here in Korea who know they don't want to do this for any longer than they have to are probably empathic people and might excel in the nursing field. And nurses are in short supply these days.  Especially male ones.

Good luck~~


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5847 on: July 04, 2017, 04:46:14 pm »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


Ahh so you have six months, thinking of renewing? I'm due to sign my contract on Friday and it's scary.

I see people go on about they're going to do XYZ when they get back or go into ABC job and I feel like I'm just starting out and don't know what road to go down.

I've always had jobs but I don't have much experience in "grown up jobs".

My degree subject is okay but my result was underwhelming. I don't really have the money to go back to uni and I don't really know what I would do if i did.

I understand people my age don't really have it all figured out yet...but the difference between me and my friends back home is they are figuring it out, and gaining that experience, but I'm here with no idea what to do.


FFFMMMMLLLLLLLLL

Well I am 40, and I still have no idea. So don't put too much pressure on yourself. But yeah , you have to sign right now so.. I don't even have any real advice for you other than maybe stay another year for the money....
As another soon to be 40 year old, I have no idea either but life has been pretty awesome trying to figure it out though (as a very quick summary, I think I've lived in 7 countries doing various things trying to figure it out).  I think the key is finding what makes you happy and putting yourself in a position to do that.  I don't mind teaching, but I really like living abroad and found that teaching allows for a great deal of movement.  As for the grown up stuff everyone else seems to be doing, you still pay bills right, make daily commutes, worry about this and that?  Congratulations, you're doing what they're doing only you probably don't have the added worry of car and house payments and the insurance that goes with them, at least that's the way I look at it.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5848 on: July 04, 2017, 06:35:56 pm »
Thanks guys, you actually made me feel better.  :-*


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5849 on: July 05, 2017, 07:21:45 am »
So grumpy today. It's Tuesday (my least fav)  Also I saw someone said something on some thread about desks/chairs being too short here and that is so true. My knees/hips are killing me!  :evil: finally, wtf should I do with my life? I really have no idea.

 :cry: :cry: :cry: me too. Half way through this years contract and realising that after vacation I seriously need to start figuring out if I am going back home or not as I will need to prep my pets for export. What will I do if I go home though? I could teach, but we earn next to nothing back home...... I feel you;  WTF should I do with my life indeed


Ahh so you have six months, thinking of renewing? I'm due to sign my contract on Friday and it's scary.

I see people go on about they're going to do XYZ when they get back or go into ABC job and I feel like I'm just starting out and don't know what road to go down.

I've always had jobs but I don't have much experience in "grown up jobs".

My degree subject is okay but my result was underwhelming. I don't really have the money to go back to uni and I don't really know what I would do if i did.

I understand people my age don't really have it all figured out yet...but the difference between me and my friends back home is they are figuring it out, and gaining that experience, but I'm here with no idea what to do.


FFFMMMMLLLLLLLLL

Pennypie, I think that England at the moment would be a difficult place to get back into right now, both mentally and jobwise.  I love going back home twice a year for holidays, but that kind of 'everyone's moved on' feeling is not always what you'd expect.  People have just got older and are doing older people's things, like have kids and buy houses.  Which is tempting to get a house because for some unknown reason my guilty temptation is watching 'Homes under the Hammer' and there are loads of them on youtube.   :-[  But anyway, I used to have that pre-contract signing dread and then the post-signing happiness as all bonuses and money gets paid.  ;D An extra year with saving and travelling around here and then heading back when the dust has settled makes more sense.  I'm looking at moving back to Europe in a few years, not England.  I just like the foreigner's lifestyle and am sure I can get that somewhere other than England.  Again depending on Brexit agreements, it'll be interesting.


You're totally right Dave. When I look at the situation back home, economically and politically I am pretty glad I'm out of it.

I think the whole buying a house thing is drilled into us. It's like the measure of being an adult, but it isn't really true anymore. Funny you mentioned homes under the hammer....I've been looking into things like that myself, buying a shitty house, investing in it, selling it on or letting it out.
 Looks too simple on TV though  :laugh: Although the way things are going there might be a crash so who knows, I might be able to pick up something cheap.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5850 on: July 05, 2017, 07:57:18 am »
I think the whole buying a house thing is drilled into us. It's like the measure of being an adult, but it isn't really true anymore. Funny you mentioned homes under the hammer....I've been looking into things like that myself, buying a shitty house, investing in it, selling it on or letting it out.
 Looks too simple on TV though  :laugh: Although the way things are going there might be a crash so who knows, I might be able to pick up something cheap.
We pounced on a couple of properties when the market fell out.

It was one of the best decisions we could have made at the time, apart from buying AMZN and AAPL.

We have been fortunate in that we haven't had a single month of vacancy, super low turnover in tenants, and have continued to raise rents, which generate the same amount of income as my current post.

That said, if it weren't for family in the area to look in on things, you'd need to find a great management company if you ever took the leap.

We'd obviously like to acquire another, but there is another bubble at the moment in our area, as prices are higher than 2008.

I would wait for the other shoe to drop before buying, if I were you.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5851 on: July 05, 2017, 08:58:21 am »
I hate how my CTs this year often make class go over into the break time. Even if we are just playing a game they will keep it going like 5-7 minutes into break and I'll barely have enough time to take a piss. Why??

OMG YES.

This seems to happen more when I have a class after that class and need to gather different materials. I'm all about leaving exactly on time.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5852 on: July 05, 2017, 09:17:07 am »
I hate how my CTs this year often make class go over into the break time. Even if we are just playing a game they will keep it going like 5-7 minutes into break and I'll barely have enough time to take a piss. Why??
It could be one of two causes:
CT's piss poor planning?
Your poor piss planning?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5853 on: July 05, 2017, 09:17:07 am »
On the matter of 'English Camp', who was the genius who came up with that term. Why a "camp"?

In my first year, I thought I was going to the countryside for a week with my students. Spent a fortune on hiking gear and a tent.  :rolleyes:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5854 on: July 05, 2017, 09:41:15 am »
I hate how my CTs this year often make class go over into the break time. Even if we are just playing a game they will keep it going like 5-7 minutes into break and I'll barely have enough time to take a piss. Why??
It could be one of two causes:
CT's piss poor planning?
Your poor piss planning?

charming ;D

Seriously, I worked with a CT who did this as well. The most embarrassing incident being her catastrophic open class; the bell actually rang while she was still explaining the rules to the first game.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5855 on: July 05, 2017, 09:55:30 am »
I went out last night and ordered some french fries... that were covered in sugar. I have never seen that before and it was so disappointing! I know they have sugared garlic bread and sugared other things, but I have never seen it on french fries.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5856 on: July 05, 2017, 10:23:46 am »
Waiting in line at a store and a woman comes out of nowhere and skips me in line. Ok, I just take my single bottle of water I was buying and move it ahead of her items. The cashier then begins to scan her stuff as I tell explain, in Korean, that I was first.  So annoying. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter but my blood pressure definitely went up.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5857 on: July 05, 2017, 10:40:20 am »
Yeah, the line-cutting here can be really frustrating, not just because it's so inconsiderate, but also because it's incredibly disrespectful. Most line-cutters I've seen usually pretend that they don't know they're cutting. Some legit aren't paying attention, but a lot of them know exactly what they're doing and count on the idea that you won't say anything.

Recently was waiting in line to enter a subway car and a young woman with her boyfriend tried to squeeze right in front of me. Or really, the woman did, the boyfriend didn't really want to but was just kind of following her lead while looking at me to see what I would do. I didn't say anything, I just squeezed my way back in front of her once the doors opened, lol. Pretended I didn't even see her. I can play that game, too, sista.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5858 on: July 05, 2017, 10:49:18 am »
On the matter of 'English Camp', who was the genius who came up with that term. Why a "camp"?

In my first year, I thought I was going to the countryside for a week with my students. Spent a fortune on hiking gear and a tent.  :rolleyes:

"English Prison" isn't quite as catchy or friendly a title.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5859 on: July 05, 2017, 10:52:08 am »
I went out last night and ordered some french fries... that were covered in sugar. I have never seen that before and it was so disappointing! I know they have sugared garlic bread and sugared other things, but I have never seen it on french fries.

I remember one time at High School when during lunch I was out with friends to the local burger van (UK thing) and ordered some chips (fries). Without looking, I accidentally grabbed the sugar bottle instead of the salt [right next to each other, why?] and doused my chips with some sugar. I had to pour some ketchup on them just to try and balance out the flavour but I spent a lot of time just trying to select the sugar-free fries. Wasted lunch!