December 24, 2010

and so this is Christmas.

Christmas eve here in the ROK and I am sitting at my desk eating Christmas cookies, at WORK... I am not religious but it should be a sin to work the day before such a sacred holiday! The only thing sacred about this day is the threatening words about war coming from our neighbors to the north. The girls in my office are all chatting excitedly,in Korean of course, so I can only guess what they are talking about but I would bet it is not about war or anything so serious, it seems to be a topic that is rarely discussed. And in the spirit of Christmas, even though alot is on my mind, today I do not want to talk or think about it. It's my favorite time of year after all and I need to do everything possible to make it feel festive, being the Korean culture doesn't help much.

This week I tried my hardest to spread Christmas cheer, from candy canes, to Christmas carols and presents; I even showed the original How the Grinch stole Christmas to every class. (Thanks Auntie Em!!) I had the students write letters to Santa, make Christmas cards and sing deck the halls over and over. But the excitement felt by American children was never there, regardless of the sugar high they got from the candy canes. Christmas is just celebrated differently in Korea, I have been told since it is a western holiday that came with the Christians it is not a very big celebration here, with no special traditions or days off work apparently. (seriously, I only have a regular weekend back to work Monday, such crap!)

But either way, in my true fashion, I brought the Christmas spirit to Shin Nam Sang Elementary and my own little world at least. Friends held a Christmas party at their home complete with white elephant gift exchange this week, we are having a big Christmas dinner with friends and all you can drink wine this evening, and Eric and I have hung stockings with care and filled them with presents. We will celebrate the big day with Eric's Korean friends having party in his season room at the ski mountain, since my students do say "Christmas is for lovers." But the holiday season would not be complete with out a trip down memory lane with the Nutcracker ballet. We will go to the National theater to see my 20th annual Christmas tradition! Wow, that sure makes me sound old but really I have just been going since I was 3 (and missed one year on account of snow). Regardless of what is going on in the world, Christmas still comes for this girl, it is comes just the same.

Wishes for a safe holiday season here in Seoul and much love to all my wonderful friends from around the world.

Missing all my family and friends back home and wishing you a Merry Christmas and joy in 2011 from the Republic of Korea ♥ ♥












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December 15, 2010

too old? Never.

Because of recent events in my life (a scare with the H1N1 virus, which turned out to be the regular old flu, thanks for scaring all my friends away, Doc.) I have been a bit of a homebody, in this tiny box I like to call home anyways. I have been quite sick for some time now, haven't been able to drink because I am so loaded up on medications and its just too damn cold to go outside honestly. The only energy I could muster up this week was to use my newly downloaded [insert illegal torrent downloader here] to find a new obsession seeing they sadly ended Arrested Development on season 3. I am doing winter camps in a couple of weeks and one of the days we are going to watch an English movie - maybe High School Musical or Hannah Montanta, only the best English education for my students - and I thought I would do some 'research' about what I should show.

I am 24 years old (lord have mercy) and was enchanted by Twilight and the Backstreet Boys like the rest of the women who daydream about the perfect romantic vampire scene and surprisingly I am not embarrassed to admit it! Yet the wagon I never jumped on has now recently been mounted and I am hooked. No, its not gay porn, get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about HARRY POTTER. This recent discovery of what I have been missing all these years has aroused some questions... (Stop thinking about penis' people!)


-Am I too old to just now be starting to enjoy the fairytale wonderland that is Hogwarts? Are you ever too old to pretend?
-And why wasn't MY high school like that? Boo, SHS, you fail.
-I am only on the 3rd movie and all but WHY does poor Harry always have to go back to that awful house with his muggle family? I thought everyone in Europe went on holiday over the summer?
- Are the books better than the movie like normal, because there are a lot of books and I think they would require a good amount of commitment. I do like a good book nerd out session...
- What exactly IS the function of rubber ducks?
- Who would have thought that Miss Hermione would grow up to be such a down to earth fox? And that little HP would grow up to be naked on Broadway! Such is the world I suppose.
- Why can people come up with amazing worlds in the movies but are so awful at real life?


Well, whether or not I am too old or too cool (haha, definitely not) to just be getting into the world wide sensation, it's happening. What can I say, I do it for the kids. Looks like my 6th grade students will be getting a little magic this winter (how do I come up with this stuff!)

And the marathon continues.

..UPDATE..
Well I am starting the 5th one soon and a couple more thoughts...

- Robert Pattinson is in HP?? I had no idea.. he really is into the tween dream thing I guess...
- Harry annoys me with his bumbling ways and unsteady hand. You are a famous wizard dude, pull your shit together.
- I am attempting to watch them all before I see the new one that comes out in Korea this weekend. Why do I let these things consume my life.
- Cameron, I take back everything mean I have ever said to you. Harry Potter IS cool. (except about you being a whore, that stands. Love you:)


I cannot believe I just blogged about Harry Potter. I need a drink. Pin It

December 8, 2010

seasons.

Its snowing hard here at ShinNamSang Elementary school and the energy can be felt all through the halls.

I miss alot about Arizona (my friends, Target, my car, swimming pools, trees, DVR and Chipotle to name a few)
but the one thing that I LOVE about Seoul that I did not get in the desert is four seasons. Fall was breathtaking and colorful and winter has been cold, cozy and exciting so far!

I am too excited for a holiday season without palm trees (I will get those soon enough after Christmas on my 3 week vacation to the Philippines) and I never thought that crazy notion would enter my head, turns out I am more of a traditional girl than one might have thought!


and its good lunch Wednesday to top it off! What a day!

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December 6, 2010

Korea's got Seoul.

Feel like a new woman today... with my non-FDA approved medication and an unheard of sick day from school (technically I get 14 paid sick days...) I am feeling better than I have in weeks. After many tests at an international clinic it was determined I have developed bronchitis and asthma from this wonderful Seoul air I breathe. As much as I love to move to uncharted territory, my body cannot handle the stress. Pansy ass immune system, buck up! (pun intended)

On that note, one of my new fave tunes I listen to to pump me up on my walk to school. Its getting cold here in Korea and I gotta dance down the street to keep warm and give all those staring adjumas something to look at:)

Enjoy your fresh start...Happy Monday!



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December 1, 2010

getting into the holiday spirit!

I just made my students sing Deck the Halls for my own selfish reasons... So I could laugh as they sing fa lalalalalalala.

and it was hilarious. and i only feel a little bad about abusing my role as teacher for some prejudiced fun:)

I just can't get enough of these cute kids!
**** Today...

--My 2nd grade after school class has become extremely affectionate after I hugged a crying student to console him... they must have all noticed because now I constantly have 15 little kids trying to hug my leg and hold my hand. I could have a worse job... except for the sickness' they keep passing along!

--In another class (6th grade), two girls proceeded to show me their coldsores on their lips and exclaim, Teacha! Sicka! Wouldn't display those too proudly girls :)

--When I asked my 3rd graders, "Where does Santa live?" These were some of the responses:

Europe! In the sky. and my personal favorite... under my bed! hmm I wish :)


♥ Just another day in the life of a Korean English Teacha!




some of my students with their halloween masks! Pin It
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