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  • emmas28
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6400 on: August 23, 2017, 02:57:02 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.

Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.

I kinda thought this was referring to theoretical enemies. Like, anyone who would actually follow through with an attack. Any and all enemies are not likely to care about the weather if they were going to drop bombs on a school.

Ooops, what did I start here then?

And yes, JahMoo I did mean our theoretical enemies.

Just in case anyone cares (probably not) we didn't have to go outside because the lightening started! I was a bit disappointed that there was no air raid siren though.

And living next to the DMZ up in the mountains of Gangwondo, yep, I consider them the enemy!


  • denimdaze
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6401 on: August 23, 2017, 03:15:23 pm »
Interesting day today.

I was told at the end of last semester I would have another school added.  My coT told me that I go there today.

I arrive this morning, and they are surprised to see me.  They're not expecting me until September.   :-[

I have to take a bus midday to return to  my main school.  I'm told the bus comes at 11:55.  I leave school at 11:45 and wait until 12:10.  No bus.  I don't know if it came earlier than expected, and I'm afraid to wait later because I have 5th period class at my main school.  I walk back to school and they call me a taxi, which is expensive but my only option.

I return to my main school, and my coT is surprised they weren't expecting me.

 :huh:

Why can't the teachers at my two schools communicate effectively?


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6402 on: August 24, 2017, 11:16:11 am »
I'm having to squirrel away my English camp and classroom supplies. A new teacher (and TBF, another old CT who is now a homeroom teacher) has the very open-minded view:
What's yours is mine. What's mine is mine. Give me.
(That "give me" is a direct quote.)

They keep going through my cupboard and taking stuff because they "need it". They can't even manage to go down to the admin office to get basic office supplies!!

At the back of one of the cupboards I have a small bag of vitamin sweets to be used as prizes for camp. This new teacher went through everyone's cupboards while we were all out teaching. She came across this bag and got all excited because now she can give candy to the students every lesson. And more candy if students play a game! Because games can't have losers, the losers will get 1 candy and the winners will get 2.

4 days into the 2nd semester and my winter camp budget is screwed and my classroom games are now hobbled.


  • flyingspider
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6403 on: August 24, 2017, 11:27:32 am »
I'm having to squirrel away my English camp and classroom supplies. A new teacher (and TBF, another old CT who is now a homeroom teacher) has the very open-minded view:
What's yours is mine. What's mine is mine. Give me.
(That "give me" is a direct quote.)

They keep going through my cupboard and taking stuff because they "need it". They can't even manage to go down to the admin office to get basic office supplies!!

At the back of one of the cupboards I have a small bag of vitamin sweets to be used as prizes for camp. This new teacher went through everyone's cupboards while we were all out teaching. She came across this bag and got all excited because now she can give candy to the students every lesson. And more candy if students play a game! Because games can't have losers, the losers will get 1 candy and the winners will get 2.

4 days into the 2nd semester and my winter camp budget is screwed and my classroom games are now hobbled.
Steal it all back.


  • yirj17
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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6404 on: August 24, 2017, 12:57:02 pm »
I'm having to squirrel away my English camp and classroom supplies. A new teacher (and TBF, another old CT who is now a homeroom teacher) has the very open-minded view:
What's yours is mine. What's mine is mine. Give me.
(That "give me" is a direct quote.)

They keep going through my cupboard and taking stuff because they "need it". They can't even manage to go down to the admin office to get basic office supplies!!

At the back of one of the cupboards I have a small bag of vitamin sweets to be used as prizes for camp. This new teacher went through everyone's cupboards while we were all out teaching. She came across this bag and got all excited because now she can give candy to the students every lesson. And more candy if students play a game! Because games can't have losers, the losers will get 1 candy and the winners will get 2.

4 days into the 2nd semester and my winter camp budget is screwed and my classroom games are now hobbled.
Steal it all back.

I would def make some noise about how my things were missing. Looks like you're gonna need a lock or some form of security with such sticky fingers around. I detest your school's new teacher already.  >:(


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6405 on: August 24, 2017, 01:28:55 pm »
I thought of that, too but the sweets are gone, the stickers are handed out to the students and the rest of the stuff is lost.

I tried to be direct, tried to make a fuss, I even offered to get stationery for them from the admin office. I need to level my English more. 

So I tried to change my thinking: we are all part of a global family. Sharing is good. Share and share alike. I was making some progress. And then I was hit with another "give me" but this time for my personal computer files. Now I'm happy-happy-smiley-smiley-passwordlocked-very-sweetly, "No."

I didn't know I could smile this widely. I also didn't know how essential the word please is to my universe.


  • yirj17
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6406 on: August 24, 2017, 01:32:21 pm »
Fire back, "Give me my candy.  Give me my stickers.  Give me [insert everything else she's pinched]." 

All with a big smile! 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6407 on: August 24, 2017, 07:10:58 pm »
I had to level what I was saying so much I ended up sounding like one of the gulls from Finding Nemo. It didn't work.

It's OK. Tomorrow's a new day! A new start!


  • kriztee
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6408 on: August 25, 2017, 10:31:44 am »
It's be cool if this school would decide on a solid English schedule. Or at least tell me when they make changes.

Lets find out if anyone shows up to the class that should have started already :}


  • jddavis7
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6409 on: August 25, 2017, 11:49:46 am »
Decided to forgo bringing my sad lunch to eat lunch at school.

It was curry.  :cry:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6410 on: August 27, 2017, 12:19:27 pm »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6411 on: August 27, 2017, 12:32:05 pm »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.

Please understand their lack of respect for other cultures.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6412 on: August 27, 2017, 12:52:57 pm »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.

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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


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6413 on: August 27, 2017, 02:25:19 pm »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.

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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

The only explanation I can fathom is that while most people travel to see a different part of the world and experience the culture, many Koreans and pretty much the whole of mainland China travels for 2 reasons, prestige and shopping.

Your typical 6 day Korean/Chinese package deal involves getting on the bus, driving to as many tourists traps as possible, stopping just long enough to take a few selfies, in front of famous monuments, before spending the final day of the trip at a luxury goods outlet store.
They come home and can brag they've travelled to 10 European countries in as many days. The thousands of photos they took will help the climb their social and professional ladders.

Eating the local food or immersing into the local culture is seen as a waste of time and inconvenient. I do sympathise a bit, as Koreans have developed a... shall we say, unique palate, but seriously, opting to ingest copious amounts of poison (supermarket ramen) over local food seems pretty damn stupid no matter how you cut it.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6414 on: August 27, 2017, 03:23:39 pm »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.

As I'm sure you know, ramen is Japanese, however I know what you mean. In UK culture eating your own food on holiday is a working class/ordinary people thing to do, judging by the kind of places in Spain that are awash with English food restaurants. Do your in laws have humble origins? Actually, I guess virtually everyone in that generation in Korea could be described in that way.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 03:28:11 pm by eggieguffer »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6415 on: August 27, 2017, 05:40:14 pm »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.

As I'm sure you know, ramen is Japanese, however I know what you mean. In UK culture eating your own food on holiday is a working class/ordinary people thing to do, judging by the kind of places in Spain that are awash with English food restaurants. Do your in laws have humble origins? Actually, I guess virtually everyone in that generation in Korea could be described in that way.

Ramen is a proper meal but Ramyeon isn't; just junk food. British folk are lucky that Spanish resorts cater to their tastes but it's not like they are packing baked beans from Waitrose because they don't rate the Spanish equivalent. It would also be like Germans packing some bratwurst because they think that Spanish sausage is inedible.

Just been out shopping for food with wife and FIL and he bought some Korean food for their trip, around 9KG's worth - and that's just what my wife has to pack in her suitcase for them. I'm sure they are packing their own cases with Korean food. Total days of their trip - 8 days.

Not humble origins but part of that older generation who are so accustomed to eating Korean food all their lives that they have no willingness to try anything else.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6416 on: August 27, 2017, 06:03:32 pm »
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Ramen is a proper meal but Ramyeon isn't; just junk food. British folk are lucky that Spanish resorts cater to their tastes but it's not like they are packing baked beans from Waitrose because they don't rate the Spanish equivalent. It would also be like Germans packing some bratwurst because they think that Spanish sausage is inedible.

I think Brits bringing stuff you can't get abroad on holiday is pretty well recognised. E.g. the first few seconds of this Mr Bean video. HP sauce and tea bags are are also popular choices.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r0dr_juOiI


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6417 on: August 27, 2017, 06:55:23 pm »
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Ramen is a proper meal but Ramyeon isn't; just junk food. British folk are lucky that Spanish resorts cater to their tastes but it's not like they are packing baked beans from Waitrose because they don't rate the Spanish equivalent. It would also be like Germans packing some bratwurst because they think that Spanish sausage is inedible.

I think Brits bringing stuff you can't get abroad on holiday is pretty well recognised. E.g. the first few seconds of this Mr Bean video. HP sauce and tea bags are are also popular choices.

I think bringing a small accompaniment of British tea bags or small bottle of HP sauce pales in comparison to what Koreans stuff into their suitcase.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6418 on: August 27, 2017, 07:18:19 pm »
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Ramen is a proper meal but Ramyeon isn't; just junk food. British folk are lucky that Spanish resorts cater to their tastes but it's not like they are packing baked beans from Waitrose because they don't rate the Spanish equivalent. It would also be like Germans packing some bratwurst because they think that Spanish sausage is inedible.

I think Brits bringing stuff you can't get abroad on holiday is pretty well recognised. E.g. the first few seconds of this Mr Bean video. HP sauce and tea bags are are also popular choices.

I think bringing a small accompaniment of British tea bags or small bottle of HP sauce pales in comparison to what Koreans stuff into their suitcase.

Yes possibly. Koreans are also probably bringing all that crap over to save money, but are less likely to admit that. If you're going on a grand tour of Europe these days there's probably a Korean restaurant in every major city with just as good food, but twice the cost.  I assume your average Korean has got an app on their smart phone that shows up all the Korean restaurants in every European city and exactly how to get there.   


  • Pennypie
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6419 on: August 28, 2017, 07:26:08 am »
Going to Europe with the wife and her in-laws are coming for part of the trip. Meals for everyday? Wife says they want to eat Korean food. I mean what's the effing point for Koreans traveling overseas if half their suitcase is filled with kimchi and ramen.

As I'm sure you know, ramen is Japanese, however I know what you mean. In UK culture eating your own food on holiday is a working class/ordinary people thing to do, judging by the kind of places in Spain that are awash with English food restaurants. Do your in laws have humble origins? Actually, I guess virtually everyone in that generation in Korea could be described in that way.

Ramen is a proper meal but Ramyeon isn't; just junk food. British folk are lucky that Spanish resorts cater to their tastes but it's not like they are packing baked beans from Waitrose because they don't rate the Spanish equivalent. It would also be like Germans packing some bratwurst because they think that Spanish sausage is inedible.

Just been out shopping for food with wife and FIL and he bought some Korean food for their trip, around 9KG's worth - and that's just what my wife has to pack in her suitcase for them. I'm sure they are packing their own cases with Korean food. Total days of their trip - 8 days.

Not humble origins but part of that older generation who are so accustomed to eating Korean food all their lives that they have no willingness to try anything else.


Waitrose? No....the kind of people who take beans on holiday only take Heinz  ;D I have seen people do it too.