Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I spent the past week covering classes for Justin. Friend, runner, artist... on top of my own classes. Himself & Caitlin have gone to Bali but should be flying back as I write. We don't have substitute teachers here, everyone picks up the slack. I had to cover classes of which our eldest kids attend. Named the Nok-Ji-Won classes. They are mainly 16 year olds. I had to remind them that I also went to school once upon a time. So I know all the tricks.
The earphones up your sleeve & into your ear trick. Check. The pretending to write with my left hand while my right hand is busy texting on my phone trick. Check. The "if I put my hand over my face, she wont know I'm sleeping" trick. Check. My Dad actually taught me that last trick at Church. Catholic Church was never very inspirational. As for class tricks, I could go on.
Teaching the older kids made me miss my Elementary classes. Where I tell stories & they hang on my every word, where I joke, make amusing faces & they are not embarrassed to speak English. Not at that awkward, insecure, self aware stage. Where I can be stern & funny at the same time & they learn English in a fun atmosphere verses a lecture. I am NOT the lecturing teacher type. One of the Nok-Ji-Won kids told me "I feel like I'm in a game show. Your like a game show host". I guess that's the energy that works with my younger kids.
I love teaching kids. Kids are kids wherever you go. Whatever the culture. I love kids. But I also like giving them back to their rightful owners at the end of the day. I love teaching kids about what I'm passionate about. I miss sharing my horse knowledge with them. I feel like I've accomplished a lot more when I help a kid overcome a fear, create a bond with an animal, gain a sense of trust and make a lasting memory. I don't feel like I have achieved anything teaching children the different parts of a bicycle in English.
The classroom is too confined for me but I'm glad I have had a chance to experience it.
By each life experience, I edge closer to the realisation of what I want to work at and what I want my life to be. I change my mind regularly. Chronic Dissatisfaction. Boredom of routine.
I have come to accept that there's a lot more to experience on my journey until I stand still.
By standing still I'm referring to staying in one spot. One place. Satisfaction. A sense of continual accomplishment. Daily. I will find it.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm pretty sure there's millions of people in the world today celebrating St. Patricks day, but I wonder what percentage of these people actually know who St. Patrick is or what he did. I had to write down the story of St. Patrick in simple English to give out to the teachers at my school so they could read it to the Korean kids. I knew the general idea, but definitely had to research a little for the exact details. The Korean kids weren't too bothered by the first half of the story, except for the fact St. Patrick was stolen from Wales by Irish Pirates. I knew there was a reason Pirates talked in mumble like they did... they were Irish... duh! Anyways, the kids loved the 'banished all the snakes away from Ireland' part. My elementary kids asked me "Is this a real story?", "Did the snake really talk to him?". aaaand of course I told them "yeah, we love St. Patrick, cause we hated those talking snakes, they never shut up!!"
So since I was working late on the official Paddys day, I had my Paddys Day party last Saturday night at the 'Irish Girls' apartment. It was great craic! We sang and danced to the best Irish music, none other than Westlife, Bewitched, Mark McCabe and The SawDoctors (Kate, I sang SawDoctors in your honor!). Then when we had wrecked the heads of their neighbours enough we headed downtown to 'Songs' the German Bar, and then onto 'Fish & Grill' till 6am.
[Me, Charlene, Edel & Claire]
[We even had the owner of 'Songs'... Mr. Song, full of Irish Spirit]
[Me, Charlene & Kelsey (who is the newest addition to Avalon English)]
Last night, for the official St. Paddys Day celebration we went for a few local drinks to 'RedMonkey' where Kelly brought the green food dye for our beer!! Yay!!!
I hope wherever you were in the world you had a GREAT DAY!!! xxx
Monday, March 9, 2009
Firstly Shane headed on a boys camping weekend with Justin, brokeback mountain style. It was a great "ME" weekend. I was in need of some 'Me' time. I love hanging out with Shane but it's definitely difficult to have your own time and space when you live with someone in a two bed open plan apartment. Were working on it though! So I needed some fast greasy food, so I called up Jesse, who I knew wouldn't say no to an unhealthy lunch. A few burgers and laughs later I headed for a cycle (the weather was beautiful this weekend), then watched a chick flick and got some writing done. Later everyone came over to JoEun Villa 101, that's my place, had a few drinks, went downtown for some Galbi (grilled pork, goooood!) and then headed to a German bar, Songs. I got to hang out with the three Irish girls, Claire, Charlene and Edel.
Completely. Knickers 'n' all. On stage! It was very akward! Hilarious but akward. The music stopped and she ran off stage. Very random!!!
So, on Sunday... after a long morning of recovery, Shane returned from his beach camping trip, cold and sandy. A load of us headed to the Gwangju World Cup Stadium to see the free!!, first football (Soccer for you Americans) match of the season. Gwangju versus Daejeon. Gwangju kicked their arses, of course. It was a gorgeous day, we had some beer (The cure!) and
strawberries and sat in the sunny stadium stands with a great view of the game!
Sooooo... I should have known that instead of the usual cheerleaders, we are in Asia after all, they had CHEERLEADING NINJAS! Brilliant!!!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I bought a cute pair of shoes although I have to shop in the 'girls largest shoe section' as there isn't any high heels bigger than a size 5(Ireland)/7(American).
I KNOW!! Crazy. Those Asians & their damn small feet. My mate Caitlin has been turned away from some shoe stores as they tell her "no, no, feet too big".
My arse also doesn't even fit into the extra large skirts over here. Koreans don't have booties. Waaaay to give me a complex Asia!!! Also on my shopping trip we saw this realy sweet t-shirt.
If anyone has the guts to wear this back home, I'll buy you one! haha!
I would also like to point out, there are NO copyright laws in Korea. So you can use whatever picture you like, of anyone, and put it anywhere. Like the sign for our new local bar 'Redmonkey'. Hey look, it's the Coyote Ugly girls. But alas... there is no-one dancing on the bar in here. Unless my Mam and her best friend Trish come over to Korea. They are famous for such shananigans in NYC!
We have started a new semester in our school. It's Spring Semester! YAY! I have a lot of the same kids and a lot of newbies. Here's a few pictures I took of my Winter Semester Classes.
The Elementary kids are great fun!
[This class is crazy, especially the boys, and especially 'Tim', the one infront]
[This is my fave class, of mostly boys, there's one girl, poor Melissa, the kid that looks like the Omen (infront) is Ben, he is probably my fave kid, such a little legend!]