Friday, February 23, 2007
I got stung on my two arms and legs in Malaysia on the beach in Penang. Three of my limbs are fine but my right arm got it pretty good.
I'm in Bangkok now for the next three nights, then back to Macau for a night, then back to Korea.
The jellyfish is a pointless creature.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I really need to take a shit but there's no toilet paper in the stall with the western toilet. Of course all of the squatters have T.P. I hate walking through the hall with a roll of T.P. in my hand. It's kinda weird when everyone knows that in a few seconds you'll be sitting on the can cranking out a crapper.
And once again, I'm left out of the loop about things.
Today I have dinner after school with the subject teachers but I wasn't told until today. Last Thursday I postponed one of my private lessons to this evening, and now I have to cancel it because no one told me about dinner. I don't mind missing the lesson but I know my students really wanna study because I'm gone for two weeks on vacation.
Nothing else to whine about.
Now I just gotta man up, grab a roll of paper, and trudge through the hallway and hope the last person on the can flushed.
Then I gotta cancel my lesson for tonight.
And next, well, then I dunno.
What the hell does 초안으로 저장 and 게시 mean? I know that one of them means "post" and the other means "save as draft" but I dunno which is which.
I spend a lot of times pressing buttons on instinct. The web page looks the same, but there's no English, so I press the button that feels right.
Well, today I thought it felt right but I was wrong and there goes nothing...
Thursday, February 08, 2007
The film was creepy because what you are watching is essentially a lot of children being brainwashed. They are told evolution and global warming are not real. They believe that if you follow god everything that happens here on Earth is not a problem you. But it's a problem for the non-believers because god will take care of the believers when they leave this Earth anyway.
Right now I’m listening to Kool Keith watching a Bulls versus Kings NBA game. Thank god for internet TV, and thank god for Kool Keith for that matter. But I’m not thanking god for me giving Bulls versus Kings. I mean, come on, really.
I’ll probably put my head down on my desk soon and take a nap or read a book. I’ll definitely do both today, but I just haven’t decided what I’ll do first.
Right now, there are four other teachers in my “office” at their desks. Two of them are on the phone. Another is online at one of the many Christian sites she regularly reads, and the fourth teacher is staring boringly at her computer.
It’s also getting really cold in here even though the heater is on. Something’s up.
We all gotta stay here until 4:40 although there is nothing to do and no one is doing anything. To me, this makes absolutely no sense at all. I’m not exactly complaining that I have no work to do; I’m just complaining that I have to sit around here all day with nothing to do.
So I’ll just go on a little rant here I suppose. The topic of the day is celebrities.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Anna Nicole Smith passed away today, or yesterday, or some time in the last day or so. Don’t be sad, she made a decent life for herself if you think money leads to true happiness.
I’ve also been hooked on this celebrity gossip site that isn’t really a gossip site. It’s more of a celebrity trashing site where the writer bashes Hollywood’s most wanted. The site is call “The Superficial – Because You’re Ugly.”
It’s really vulgar so if that ain’t up your alley simply don’t click. But if you have a rotten sense of humor, definitely worth checking out.
Here’s a few samples. Parental advisory is recommended…
20-year-old Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted at Bungalow 8 Tuesday night "weaving around and kept falling off the banquettes she was dancing on." A rep for Mary-Kate insists she's sober and declined comment, but a source adds:
"She made out with three random guys and was wearing a Mardi Gras mask."
She was wearing a Mardi Gras mask? How could anybody fucking tell? And who is looking at this face thinking to themselves, "You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna make out with the clown monster in the corner." Did they lose a dare? Or maybe they were so drunk they thought they were dead and this was Satan coming for their eternal soul.
The next sample is my personal favorite of the day.
OJ Simpson claims that when he was offered the chance to write "If I Did It" he told the publisher he wished it would never come out because it made him look guilty and it didn't accurately reflect how he actually would've done it. He tells the Palm Beach Post:
"I hope this book never comes out. It made it look too much like an admission of guilt. I wasn't happy with the hypothetical paragraphs. A ghostwriter wrote the whole thing, and I OK'd it. But there were a lot of inaccuracies about the case and about how I would have done things. But I figure I'd let it go since I didn't kill anyone."
Was he surprised that the public was so outraged by news of the book? "I don't care," Simpson told the paper. "I got paid just the same."
So basically he didn't like the hypothetical murder book because it wasn't accurate enough. I mean, really? That's the story we're going with, OJ? He should just write "I'm innocent" on a bunch of knives and walk down the street sticking them into strangers.
I can see how some people are upset with America because of the war in Iraq and the wy President Bush is turning American into a Christian based theocracy (check out the film "Jesus Camp"), but I think we should all cut them some slack and say "thank you" for creating some of the most ridiculous rich people in history.
"God Bless America!"
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
There are also over 20 shopping malls and the main malls are open from 10AM to 5 AM everyday. These aren't your usual shopping malls with different shops clearly separated by borders such as walls. No, instead each floor is designated to a certain type of item (last night I was on the bags, hats, and accessories levels) and there are no actual stores, just shelves and products arranged in a maze-like fashion.
The other cool thing is that the two malls I went in last night (Hello aPM and Migliore) have no set prices. You ask the clerk how much something costs and then you bargain with them. This can be easy or difficult depending on the clerk.
My first stop was Migliore. I wandered around aimlessly until I stumbled across some big backpacks. I wanted the bag to be at least 60 liters. The first clerk handed me a 45 liter bag so I told him I wanted a bigger one. He told me "45 is big enough. Very big bag. Big enough." Sorry there buddy, but no it ain't big enough.
The second guy found me a 60 liter bag and told it would cost 50,000 Won. It looked alright so I told him I might be back in a bit because I wanted to go check out some other shops. Then he got all pissy with me saying "If you go and come back I won't remember you. I can't remember every foreigner." Then he stormed away before I had a chance to tell him to go to hell.
Man, he was a whiny bitch.
With that encounter I decided I wasn't buying anything from this store and headed to Hello aPM. This place is the same deal as the other mall so I found the floor with bags and started hunting. I saw a 65 liter bag and the clerk told me it would cost 80,000 Won. I told him that the other mall had the same bag for 50,000 Won so he thought for a few seconds and said "Okay, 50."
That seemed too easy so then I told him that I wasn't gonna pay fifty for it because I could walk to the next mall and get it for fifty. I told him I would pay him 40,000 and if not, I'd just go back to Migliore buy for fifty over there.
He thought for a few seconds and said "Okay, 40."
Once again this seemed too easy but I decided not to push my luck. In hindsight, I should've kept going until he said something like "No lower" but I didn't. I was satisfied with what I'd accomplished.
So I left the market area and stopped by a bar I occasionally frequent. This is the bar my friend Sonny worked at.
As soon as I walk in there's a Korean dude who I recognized from New Year's Eve. He remembered me (I'm a white guy... very easy to remember) and told me to sit and help him and his friend drink a 26er of Jack Daniels. No problem!
I look behind the bar and I see another familiar face and a few seconds later I realize that it's a guy who was at Sonny's wedding. He was still completing his mandatory military service at that time but now he's done and he's working at the Red Dog.
He tells me his nickname is Tarot because he likes Tarot cards. He takes out his deck and asks me to choose one card.
The card I pulled out was called something like the "6 of Lovers." I can't remember the exact card. He looks at it for a minute and tells me "Tomorrow you will be very happy and have a really good day."
I'm thinking to myself "Awesome but I bet it'll be like any other day."
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Prince played did the half-time show and while I was watching I became curious as to when Prince first busted onto the musical scene. Turns out his first major label album was released in 1978.
But this is all way besides the point.
I looked for this info on Jonathan Jacob's favorite website, Wikipedia. As I was skimming through the two introductory paragraphs, I was stopped in my tracks by the sentence. "Prince is also known as being a giant faggot nigger" or something like that.
I was taken aback by this and I knew it had to be some type of mistake or hacker type thing with Wikipedia. Sure enough, I tried the site a few hours later and that sentence had disappeared but everything else in the bio was the same.
And now I ask you this Jacobs... How in the world can you dislike Wikipedia?
And yeah, Peyton Manning finally won a Super Bowl. And yeah, I still don't like the guy. He's far too white, and I ain't much a fan of "giant faggot whities."
It really is too bad that the skates were really dull ultra uncomfortable. I'd probably go skating again if that wasn't the case. With sharp skates, I could've sprayed the kids with snow really good...
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Below is the role-play straight from the teacher's guide... (I'm the NT).
□ Listen to a story
▷ NT: Now open your book to page 87. Look at the pictures. And listen to the story.
(In the depths of a mountain, a woman is walking with a round basket. She is facing a tiger.)
Woman : (Trembling with fear) Help me! who are you? What do you want?
Tiger : I want a cake.
Woman : OK, OK. This is for you.
(The tiger disappears. The woman begins walking again. At this time a bear appears before her.)
Woman : (Trembling) What do you want?
Bear : I want an apple.
Woman : (With her hands trembling) OK, OK. This is for you.
(The woman begins walking again. At this time a wolf appears before her.)
Woman : (Trembling) What do you want?
Wolf : (Making a horrible smile) I want a candy.
(The woman puts her hand into the basket and covers a candy with a diarrhea potion.)
Woman : (With Her hands trembling) OK, OK. This is for you.
(The woman gets home safely, and the wolf runs here and there because of stomach trouble.)
Man, I gotta get myself some "diarrhea potion." It will probably come in handy sometime.
I've booked a few plane tickets and I'll be meeting up with a hometown friend and taking a vacation. Gonna meet her in Hong Kong (well, actually Macau) and then we head to Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. I don't know if that's the right order but that ain't important.
I'll be gone for 13 days and I plan to party for 13 days. I'll get back to Korea on the 27th with a day or two to rest and then back to school.
When I return to school I'll find out who I'll be working with for the rest of the year. The students go on to the next grade at the beginning of March and most teachers will be assigned to new grades and subjects. Many of the subject teachers wanna be homeroom teachers and the same goes for the Korean teachers who I teach English with.
I was talking to the cool old lady I teach with and she says she feels that the principal treats the subject teachers different than the homeroom teachers and she doesn't like it. She wants more respect and the way to get it is to move the homeroom. It's too bad because her English is pretty good and I enjoy working with her a lot, maybe the most. She has a good sense of humor for an "old" lady.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds because the principal has the final say and I have a feeling that he's gonna make Dong-sik and Ju Yeon (the young teachers I work with) keep teaching English. I'll be glad personally but I know they want to take the dive into being a "real" teacher instead of a subject teacher. They know their workload will increase a lot in the homeroom but at least they'll get to know their students and feel more rewarded for their hard work.
Being a subject teacher in such a big school definitely has it's draw backs. One of the best things about English camp was getting to know the students and in return, they got to know me. That's one thing that is missing from my job because I see each kid for 40 minutes a week and then they're gone. There's no time to form a relationship with the kids and unfortunately, it's a lot easier to teach children you actually know something about, even if you can't speak their language.
Yesterday we finished the English camp at my school and at least now I know a few kids who will be in my classes. The second last day we went to Olympic Park ice skating and the kids were so excited to go skating with me. It's time like that when the language barrier kind of disappears and more importantly, the children take many more risks with their English because the Korean English teachers aren't around. As cheesy as it sounds, it was good to "bond" with the kids on the ice rink and have fun with them.
What was even more fun was skating circle around them.