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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8960 on: October 26, 2018, 12:22:00 pm »
This is also all packages coming into Korea now. My boyfriend called the Incheon post office and apparently there are too many packages for Incheon to handle (even though this has been going on for about a year now) so everything usually sits there for 3 weeks or a month before they even get it out to the shipping companies.

I've placed overseas orders all year, and it's never taken more than two to three weeks for me to receive a package. Once the package arrives in Incheon, I normally receive my package in a couple of days, less than that if customs doesn't decide it needs extra info from me.

But I don't doubt what you're saying. I'm just kind of wondering what Incheon's setup is and if it has different departments catering to different types of packages or whatever.

zola's problem isn't with Incheon, though, it's with the shipping companies themselves.

Yeah, I know. I'm just saying it's a pretty common problem these days. I have two companies that I buy from in the usa and I get it from start to finish in about 10 days. Meanwhile, every other package takes almost a month.  It seems like it depends who they are partnered with once they get over here? Anything with CJ Express is pretty fast so I'm wondering if they have a special partnership? Customs is like a day and done whenever I have CJ. Hanjin, Lotte, FedEx, and of course the dreaded post office.... could be a month or more.

I dunno. I ordered a big package from the two weeks ago. It was shipped with Fedex. It arrived at my apartment last week.

I also had someone send me a package from Europe through normal airmail. Got it one week later. Through Korea Post.

Maybe you've got bad luck. But yeah - I've had nothing get delayed upon arrival in Incheon, and I buy things from overseas at least once or twice a month. It all comes through Incheon, through various delivery companies and Korea Post. So, it seems like it might be a more localized issue, perhaps with delivery to wherever you live.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8961 on: October 26, 2018, 01:25:46 pm »
This is also all packages coming into Korea now. My boyfriend called the Incheon post office and apparently there are too many packages for Incheon to handle (even though this has been going on for about a year now) so everything usually sits there for 3 weeks or a month before they even get it out to the shipping companies.

I've placed overseas orders all year, and it's never taken more than two to three weeks for me to receive a package. Once the package arrives in Incheon, I normally receive my package in a couple of days, less than that if customs doesn't decide it needs extra info from me.

But I don't doubt what you're saying. I'm just kind of wondering what Incheon's setup is and if it has different departments catering to different types of packages or whatever.

zola's problem isn't with Incheon, though, it's with the shipping companies themselves.

Yeah, I know. I'm just saying it's a pretty common problem these days. I have two companies that I buy from in the usa and I get it from start to finish in about 10 days. Meanwhile, every other package takes almost a month.  It seems like it depends who they are partnered with once they get over here? Anything with CJ Express is pretty fast so I'm wondering if they have a special partnership? Customs is like a day and done whenever I have CJ. Hanjin, Lotte, FedEx, and of course the dreaded post office.... could be a month or more.

I dunno. I ordered a big package from the two weeks ago. It was shipped with Fedex. It arrived at my apartment last week.

I also had someone send me a package from Europe through normal airmail. Got it one week later. Through Korea Post.

Maybe you've got bad luck. But yeah - I've had nothing get delayed upon arrival in Incheon, and I buy things from overseas at least once or twice a month. It all comes through Incheon, through various delivery companies and Korea Post. So, it seems like it might be a more localized issue, perhaps with delivery to wherever you live.

Postal packages take longer.
One of the things that courier fees get you is customs brokerage. They submit the paperwork ahead of time, and customs approved it or asks to inspect based on a sampling plan.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8962 on: October 26, 2018, 03:44:06 pm »
Brought my umbrella today in case in rained and put it in the umbrella holder near the shoe cabinets where they all go. It starts raining before it's time to go home and as I'm leaving I find that my umbrella is gone. I don't want anyone in the office questioning why I'm keeping them in the office with me from now.  >:(

Who the hell steals umbrellas?  :rolleyes:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8963 on: October 26, 2018, 04:42:27 pm »
Who the hell steals umbrellas?  :rolleyes:
The answer to this is very obvious  :wink:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8964 on: October 26, 2018, 04:45:07 pm »
Brought my umbrella today in case in rained and put it in the umbrella holder near the shoe cabinets where they all go. It starts raining before it's time to go home and as I'm leaving I find that my umbrella is gone. I don't want anyone in the office questioning why I'm keeping them in the office with me from now.  >:(

Who the hell steals umbrellas?  :rolleyes:

Happened to me 2 times. It's not about the lost umbrella but the fact that you would actually need it, since it's raining. Learned my lesson and now I use one that fits into my bag. Not leaving it anywhere.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8965 on: October 27, 2018, 06:12:08 am »
Currently a special education teacher in the United States and wishing I was teaching in Korea again. At least the kids are better and the social life is more fun.

Anyways, as a SPED teacher, one of my jobs is to ensure general education teachers and the school understand and follow a student's IEP, which is a legal document. I work with one teacher I've butted heads with a few times over this, because she doesn't feel she has to follow the IEP. I've been as diplomatic and upfront with her as possible and never gone behind her back to the principal or others in administration. Then I get an email from my principal today telling me that this gen ed teacher has "concerns" that I'm not implementing a certain student's IEP properly. This teacher is trying to throw me under the bus for the fact that she's not doing what is legally required of her. I f___king hate these kind of people. One good thing is I'm in communication with the student's mother and she's been entirely on my side.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8966 on: October 27, 2018, 05:22:05 pm »
When you exchange something in Korea, or pre-auth a gas pump, they charge your card before they release the existing hold.



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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8967 on: October 27, 2018, 06:37:50 pm »
Wife has some TV show on in the background. Some celebs touring Rome.

Using just a fork to slurp spaghetti like ramyeon noodles? Sounds and looks absolute horrid.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8968 on: October 27, 2018, 07:01:37 pm »
Wife has some TV show on in the background. Some celebs touring Rome.

Using just a fork to slurp spaghetti like ramyeon noodles? Sounds and looks absolute horrid.

Do they simulate having an orgasm just after it enters their mouths?


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8969 on: October 27, 2018, 07:06:08 pm »
The stupid **** next door blasting their music so loud that it's rattling s**t in my apartment.  Rule of thumb "If it's loud in you place, it's loud outside of it too" 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8970 on: October 27, 2018, 07:19:38 pm »
Wife has some TV show on in the background. Some celebs touring Rome.

Using just a fork to slurp spaghetti like ramyeon noodles? Sounds and looks absolute horrid.

Do they simulate having an orgasm just after it enters their mouths?

Pretty sure they were already going orgasmic as they had to eat the spaghetti with their heads bent down all the way to the plate.

Don't get me started on the pizza...one bite and it's like they've never tasted pizza before.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8971 on: October 27, 2018, 07:30:43 pm »
Currently a special education teacher in the United States and wishing I was teaching in Korea again. At least the kids are better and the social life is more fun.

Anyways, as a SPED teacher, one of my jobs is to ensure general education teachers and the school understand and follow a student's IEP, which is a legal document. I work with one teacher I've butted heads with a few times over this, because she doesn't feel she has to follow the IEP. I've been as diplomatic and upfront with her as possible and never gone behind her back to the principal or others in administration. Then I get an email from my principal today telling me that this gen ed teacher has "concerns" that I'm not implementing a certain student's IEP properly. This teacher is trying to throw me under the bus for the fact that she's not doing what is legally required of her. I f___king hate these kind of people. One good thing is I'm in communication with the student's mother and she's been entirely on my side.

have you missed the fact that on virtually a daily basis there's a thread on here with some complaint about a useless korean coworker, or a korean coworker trying to screw them over, or a racist head teacher/VP/principal trying to make their life miserable, or a korean co-teacher deliberately trying to sabotage their lesson, or ... the list goes on.

at least in the US your side of the story will actually be listened to and you can state your case instead of just being ignored and the korean instantly believed (even if they're a student) just for being a foreigner.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8972 on: October 27, 2018, 11:44:47 pm »
Currently a special education teacher in the United States and wishing I was teaching in Korea again. At least the kids are better and the social life is more fun.

Anyways, as a SPED teacher, one of my jobs is to ensure general education teachers and the school understand and follow a student's IEP, which is a legal document. I work with one teacher I've butted heads with a few times over this, because she doesn't feel she has to follow the IEP. I've been as diplomatic and upfront with her as possible and never gone behind her back to the principal or others in administration. Then I get an email from my principal today telling me that this gen ed teacher has "concerns" that I'm not implementing a certain student's IEP properly. This teacher is trying to throw me under the bus for the fact that she's not doing what is legally required of her. I f___king hate these kind of people. One good thing is I'm in communication with the student's mother and she's been entirely on my side.

have you missed the fact that on virtually a daily basis there's a thread on here with some complaint about a useless korean coworker, or a korean coworker trying to screw them over, or a racist head teacher/VP/principal trying to make their life miserable, or a korean co-teacher deliberately trying to sabotage their lesson, or ... the list goes on.

at least in the US your side of the story will actually be listened to and you can state your case instead of just being ignored and the korean instantly believed (even if they're a student) just for being a foreigner.

Have you missed the fact that this is a venting thread and that you have no clue what my situation is like?


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8973 on: October 28, 2018, 05:32:19 am »
When you exchange something in Korea, or pre-auth a gas pump, they charge your card before they release the existing hold.



I always give my card after the pump. Am I weird?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8974 on: October 28, 2018, 06:36:27 am »
When you exchange something in Korea, or pre-auth a gas pump, they charge your card before they release the existing hold.



I always give my card after the pump. Am I weird?
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8975 on: October 28, 2018, 06:25:13 pm »
Wife has some TV show on in the background. Some celebs touring Rome.

Using just a fork to slurp spaghetti like ramyeon noodles? Sounds and looks absolute horrid.

Do they simulate having an orgasm just after it enters their mouths?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8976 on: October 29, 2018, 12:59:05 pm »
I enjoy being here, but today was just one of those days were Korea pissed me right off.

1 - While teaching, there's been this persistent banging noise for the past few weeks, coming from the next class every minute or so. It's heard as well as felt and is infuriating. I asked my CT to speak to the HR teacher next do and the HR teacher apparently told her that "she tried to get the students to settle down, but they wouldn't" Again it happened and I marched to her class and discovered that there are a row of cabinets against the back wall of her classroom, which is on the other side of the front of the English room. Students go to these cabinets to get whatever they need and seem to enjoy slamming it closed as hard as possible. I don't like undermining another teacher, but seeing as she has no authority to undermine, I didn't feel bad about walking into her ruckus/class and letting her know to stop this sh*t.

2 - One class of 5th graders, while not disrespectful, has an attention span of ZERO. I gave them an activity called rolling papers (not those kind of papers). Their only instruction was to write their name, in Korean, in the space provided. Even with a thorough explanation in English and Korean, they still screwed it up. My CT and both exchanged looks which said "These are some thick motherf*ckers". I 100% blame the parents for giving a 9yr old unrestricted access to a smartphone and let them zone out on mindless television all day.

3 - There are multiple special needs kids in our school. Most of them cause disruptions, do nothing but absorb oxygen or can't keep up. One boy obviously looks completely bored, but totally in his own world in our class. He's done nothing but draw pictures  for 2yrs. My CT informed me that there is a special needs school, just 5km away, but most of the parents refuse to send their kids there. Apparently, the best interest of their child is less important than the gossip of their acquaintances.
     

4 - Bonus. I decided to re-watch the Harry Potter movies this weekend, my wife loves them. I love Fantasy, but every time I watch Harry Potter, I keep thinking it's because I'm not paying attention that I find the plot is thoroughly confusing,full of holes, painfully cringey acting and  a confused mess. Well, I've been about 90% sure, but now I'm 100%. The entire Harry Potter series, aside from maybe the first movie, is sh*t. What screwed everything was money. Make no mistake, the books are for kids. The first movie was a kid's movie, end of story, that's not to say I can't appreciate a kid's movie.

The problem came when it was discovered that adults who forgot to grow up made up a large part of the audience. So,
Rowling and the directors tried to make the new moveis cater to the younger and older audiences. They really should've taken a few notes from Pixar, who know how to do this. This becomes nothing but an absolute cringefest, filled with plot holes, camp acting which is necessary for younger audience but painful for most adults to watch.

The most ridiculous moment was this scene, in the Order of the Phoenix. Harry's sitting on a swing and Dudley and his crew come along to taunt him. Harry gets upset rushes up to Dudley and were one might expect Harry to throw a right hook. Harry furiously pulls out his little paintbrush and puts it at Dudley's throat. Dudley's friends erupt into guffaw and whenever I see this scene, I too can't contain my laughter. 





Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8977 on: October 29, 2018, 02:12:00 pm »
The attitudes of about half of my students from every grade have become "somber" in my classes because I've had to be a monster for the last half of this semester.

There are fewer serious problem students in my main school this year than there were last year, mostly because the more serious problem students have all been expelled, but the student body overall has been more disruptive and less focused (my guess -- this behavior is a remnant of disrespect leftover from watching how the teachers dealt with the more serious problem students earlier in the year). They're more likely to ignore the teacher and pretend that they don't hear her [they only do this to the female teachers], to avoid doing their work, to try to **** around in class instead of doing their assignments or paying attention, and etc. Nothing really bad or outside of the norm of what would be typical classroom misbehavior, really, but it's become almost constant. Basically, they've been testing the teachers and pushing boundaries more.

And I've been tackling it all with zero tolerance. While I am never mean, I never sugarcoat anything, either, and I go from 0 to 60 almost on a dime.
 
And I suddenly realized today that I'm basically my old high school choir instructor.

These kids turned me into a choir teacher. ****** hell.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 04:01:30 pm by Chinguetti »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8978 on: October 29, 2018, 02:30:40 pm »
4 - Bonus. I decided to re-watch the Harry Potter movies this weekend, my wife loves them. I love Fantasy, but every time I watch Harry Potter, I keep thinking it's because I'm not paying attention that I find the plot is thoroughly confusing,full of holes, painfully cringey acting and  a confused mess. Well, I've been about 90% sure, but now I'm 100%. The entire Harry Potter series, aside from maybe the first movie, is sh*t. What screwed everything was money. Make no mistake, the books are for kids. The first movie was a kid's movie, end of story, that's not to say I can't appreciate a kid's movie.

The problem came when it was discovered that adults who forgot to grow up made up a large part of the audience. So,
Rowling and the directors tried to make the new moveis cater to the younger and older audiences. They really should've taken a few notes from Pixar, who know how to do this. This becomes nothing but an absolute cringefest, filled with plot holes, camp acting which is necessary for younger audience but painful for most adults to watch.

As Harry Potter went on (and as I grew older) I became less and less interested in the movies. Personally, it peaked for me at Goblet of Fire and I couldn't really say I enjoyed any movie after that.

And I suddenly realized today that I'm basically my old high school choir instructor.

These kids turned me into a choir teacher. ****** hell.

This is what I'm afraid of... All of my closest friends will tell you they've never seen me angry. Just this year alone would make you think that's not the case. I'm sorry your classes are so rough :sad:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8979 on: October 29, 2018, 02:34:50 pm »
I enjoy being here, but today was just one of those days were Korea pissed me right off.

1 - While teaching, there's been this persistent banging noise for the past few weeks, coming from the next class every minute or so. It's heard as well as felt and is infuriating. I asked my CT to speak to the HR teacher next do and the HR teacher apparently told her that "she tried to get the students to settle down, but they wouldn't" Again it happened and I marched to her class and discovered that there are a row of cabinets against the back wall of her classroom, which is on the other side of the front of the English room. Students go to these cabinets to get whatever they need and seem to enjoy slamming it closed as hard as possible. I don't like undermining another teacher, but seeing as she has no authority to undermine, I didn't feel bad about walking into her ruckus/class and letting her know to stop this sh*t.

2 - One class of 5th graders, while not disrespectful, has an attention span of ZERO. I gave them an activity called rolling papers (not those kind of papers). Their only instruction was to write their name, in Korean, in the space provided. Even with a thorough explanation in English and Korean, they still screwed it up. My CT and both exchanged looks which said "These are some thick motherf*ckers". I 100% blame the parents for giving a 9yr old unrestricted access to a smartphone and let them zone out on mindless television all day.

3 - There are multiple special needs kids in our school. Most of them cause disruptions, do nothing but absorb oxygen or can't keep up. One boy obviously looks completely bored, but totally in his own world in our class. He's done nothing but draw pictures  for 2yrs. My CT informed me that there is a special needs school, just 5km away, but most of the parents refuse to send their kids there. Apparently, the best interest of their child is less important than the gossip of their acquaintances.
     

4 - Bonus. I decided to re-watch the Harry Potter movies this weekend, my wife loves them. I love Fantasy, but every time I watch Harry Potter, I keep thinking it's because I'm not paying attention that I find the plot is thoroughly confusing,full of holes, painfully cringey acting and  a confused mess. Well, I've been about 90% sure, but now I'm 100%. The entire Harry Potter series, aside from maybe the first movie, is sh*t. What screwed everything was money. Make no mistake, the books are for kids. The first movie was a kid's movie, end of story, that's not to say I can't appreciate a kid's movie.

The problem came when it was discovered that adults who forgot to grow up made up a large part of the audience. So,
Rowling and the directors tried to make the new moveis cater to the younger and older audiences. They really should've taken a few notes from Pixar, who know how to do this. This becomes nothing but an absolute cringefest, filled with plot holes, camp acting which is necessary for younger audience but painful for most adults to watch.

The most ridiculous moment was this scene, in the Order of the Phoenix. Harry's sitting on a swing and Dudley and his crew come along to taunt him. Harry gets upset rushes up to Dudley and were one might expect Harry to throw a right hook. Harry furiously pulls out his little paintbrush and puts it at Dudley's throat. Dudley's friends erupt into guffaw and whenever I see this scene, I too can't contain my laughter. 



I'm sure #4 happens in the book too but, I've only read the books once, and a many years ago, and have seen the movies more :P
So, chances are I'm remembering wrong because of it