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  • CypherSoul
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8560 on: August 21, 2018, 02:29:39 pm »
do other countries always put granulated sugar into their food? my wife and MIL even put a ton of sugar into bibimbap. why? makes it taste horrible

Not really. Korea is actually one of the first places where I have eaten food which is mostly sweet (at least for me). Spicy chicken is never spicy as it is sweet. And I absolutely adore spicy food so when I ate spicy food it was actually sweet. *disappointed* :laugh:

Perhaps it might just be a family recipe in your wife's family to add sugar into it. But your revelation just gave me diabetes. :laugh: :laugh:
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  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8561 on: August 21, 2018, 02:51:20 pm »
That seriously sounds like a family quirk, or something that your wife picked up from you MIL when she was growing up. I have eaten many a bibimbab with different places, all over the country, and have never once seen that. I have mostly seen granulated sugar added to bread or "donuts" or corn dogs.
Second this. I've never even heard of this, let alone seen it EVER in my 6 years here.
perhaps. actually, it isn't bibimbap, it's 열무비빔밥. not sure if that makes a difference. anyway, those facebook recipe pages always have recipes that feature sugar. it's always a paste of gochujang, soy sauce, garlic, sugar.


  • JNM
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8562 on: August 21, 2018, 02:57:27 pm »
Today I learned, after waiting 30 minutes at the bank, that you need your passport to claim a Western Union transfer.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8563 on: August 23, 2018, 09:44:57 am »
After getting to school, I was told that I didn't need to go to work since all schools on Jeju are CLOSED.  WTF, really?!  Funny how the PoE sent the message at about 9:50 AM knowing g-damn well that all of us would already be at work.  Now I'm stuck here until 5.  Yea.. after 'lunch', I'm out! 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8564 on: August 23, 2018, 10:46:14 am »
After getting to school, I was told that I didn't need to go to work since all schools on Jeju are CLOSED.  WTF, really?!  Funny how the PoE sent the message at about 9:50 AM knowing g-damn well that all of us would already be at work.  Now I'm stuck here until 5.  Yea.. after 'lunch', I'm out!

The exact same thing happened to me 5yrs ago, when there was a pretty bad typhoon. Glad to see not much has changed with Korean bureaucracy.


  • JNM
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8565 on: August 23, 2018, 11:00:48 am »
Just got a note from my son's school...

"On the advice of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, the school will be closed tomorrow (Friday 24 August) as a precaution against Typhoon Soulik. School will finish at regular hours today (Thursday) with all after school meetings and activities postponed. All weekend activities are also postponed. Further communication will follow over the weekend."


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8566 on: August 23, 2018, 11:12:35 am »
Just got a note from my son's school...

"On the advice of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, the school will be closed tomorrow (Friday 24 August) as a precaution against Typhoon Soulik. School will finish at regular hours today (Thursday) with all after school meetings and activities postponed. All weekend activities are also postponed. Further communication will follow over the weekend."

Sounds like SMoE is on it...


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8567 on: August 23, 2018, 02:03:16 pm »
The installation of the elevators was supposed to be completed over the course of summer break. It seems the school and the contractors were delayed in coming to an agreement on a contract, though, so work began ten days later than it was supposed to. That means rather than being done before this semester started, it will be done ten days or so afterwards. That means any classrooms anywhere near the construction get to deal with construction sounds all day (because of course they aren't waiting until after school hours to work on it). The noise ranges from mildly irritating to unbearable. It's distracting to the students, makes listening exercises more difficult, and causes me to have to raise my voice far more often than I'd care to.
Yup, government regulation and union-backed labor means that you get contractual delays for construction work. That's what you get with a liberal government. And because it's union work and you have a deadline, it means they have to work from 9-5. They don't want to work past 5pm anymore than you do. At least your kids get valuable experience in learning how to maintain their focus and do their work around construction sites. Maybe you could make a lesson about tools and construction and the rewarding career path of manual labor.

Now if you voted conservative, you could have them waive their hand at the idea of installing elevators, and allow the school to not have any refurbishment as they instead vote to give a tax cut on capital gains. Yay politics!


  • Mister Tim
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8568 on: August 23, 2018, 03:10:34 pm »
None of that makes it any less frustrating for me, my coworkers, or my students, but thanks, I guess.


  • L I
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8569 on: August 23, 2018, 03:53:08 pm »
Yup, government regulation and union-backed labor means that you get contractual delays for construction work. That's what you get with a liberal government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6twbMwERv-I


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8570 on: August 27, 2018, 10:39:02 am »
The water valve to my toilet blew up this morning. Water got everywhere. One of the few times I appreciate having a wet-style bathroom, but the toilet is close enough to the door that all hell broke loose when I opened the door to investigate the explosion.

Dealing with that put me behind schedule, and I left some of my supplies at home in my rush to get to work, so now I can't work on next week's materials between classes today.

A puddle also managed to trick me into thinking it wasn't a puddle, and now my shoes and socks are soggy wet.

I feel like this day is telling me that my new arch-nemesis is nigh.
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  • denimdaze
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8571 on: August 27, 2018, 11:07:41 am »
Today is my last day in Korea.  I'm packing and tying up loose ends.  I went to the Pension Office last week.  My coT calls me today to tell me they're missing some documents & I have to go again today.  :cry:


  • keldule
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8572 on: August 27, 2018, 01:14:16 pm »
Last week walked into my office/classroom and it smelled kinda funky. Didn't think anything of it, it is summer after all. Just open the windows and let it air out, right?

Turns out the source of the smell is a rotting pizza slice on top of the fridge with a bunch of dead maggots around it.

I don't want to touch it and I know my cleaning students won't want to either. *sighhhh*  >:(


  • kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8573 on: August 27, 2018, 01:28:50 pm »
The water valve to my toilet blew up this morning. Water got everywhere.
Look on the bright side: you may have lost a toilet, but you've gained a shower!
« Last Edit: August 27, 2018, 01:30:32 pm by kyndo »


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8574 on: August 27, 2018, 01:37:10 pm »
Last week walked into my office/classroom and it smelled kinda funky. Didn't think anything of it, it is summer after all. Just open the windows and let it air out, right?

Turns out the source of the smell is a rotting pizza slice on top of the fridge with a bunch of dead maggots around it.

I don't want to touch it and I know my cleaning students won't want to either. *sighhhh*  >:(

Jesus. Just use some plastic gloves.


  • JNM
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8575 on: August 27, 2018, 01:40:05 pm »
The water valve to my toilet blew up this morning. Water got everywhere.
Look on the bright side: you may have lost a toilet, but you've gained a shower!

I see you're a bathroom half full than bathroom half empty person, Kyndo.

"Half full" person here; supply side failures are easier to clean up than outlet side failures.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8576 on: August 27, 2018, 01:53:05 pm »
The water valve to my toilet blew up this morning. Water got everywhere.
Look on the bright side: you may have lost a toilet, but you've gained a shower!

I imagine it more like a multi-use bidet.

Totally me this morning, but imagine that stream going in ten different directions and me walking through the door just trying to make sense of my life.



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8577 on: August 27, 2018, 02:04:34 pm »
Just found out that I MIGHT NOT have a 5th grade CT for this semester.  The reason being that the PoE (or Korea) is sort 5th grade teachers. (this is what I was told)  :rolleyes:  So now the school is scrambling around trying to find a new CT.

 The school is acting like they didn't know.  She herself (my CT) told me back in April that she was going on an exchange program.  **sigh** so the school needs to cut the crap and stop acting like they didn't know. 

Korean SUPRISE!   :rolleyes:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8578 on: August 27, 2018, 02:26:21 pm »
A puddle also managed to trick me into thinking it wasn't a puddle, and now my shoes and socks are soggy wet.

Hate when puddles do that.


  • zola
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8579 on: August 27, 2018, 03:00:13 pm »
I'm not one to scream cultural appropriation. In fact, i'd say 95% i've heard someone make that argument I just scratch my head. But I had a class this morning where there was quite a heated argument about hip-hop. These are university aged students in a discussion class where my job is to steer the discussion but keep my own opinions out of it.

The exercise had genres of music and they had to listen to a clip and say which dot on the map the music came from. It went through traditional music from around the world, some classical music, folk songs, rock and roll. When it got to the hip-hop example a group of the students argued that the dot should be on Korea. One other guy disagreed, in my opinion rightly, that rap/hip-hop was created by African Americans and they are still the main driving force. This other group took that as a personal attack and claimed Korean hip-hop has more influence nowadays and is more innovative and therefore were the representatives of hip-hop. I tried to explain that the exercise was more just what country comes to mind when you heard the music. They stuck to their view that when people around the world heard hip-hop more and more think of Korea first.

Fark right off... is what I wanted to say. The rest of class just kind of sat on the fence. But this group of 5 were adamant and annoyed that I wouldn't immediately accept their answer. TBH I listen to very little rap and havent for a good 10 years. Is Korean hip-hop huge nowadays? Obviously they were way overboard saying Korea should be marked on a world map as the birthplace of hip-hop, but I'm past the age of really keeping up with pop culture. I'm I missing something here?
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