Wednesday, May 28, 2008

That zone of tiredness

Ah, so tiredness hit me today in class while we were being taught about lesson planning. I kind of have the habit of being a real insensitive person when I get super tired. Mostly because all I want is my bed and dim lights. So I unfortunately gave the teacher (who is really awesome) some dirty looks.

Fortunately, I was able to go home and rest.

Training has been really comprehensive, and from what I have read from other blogs and Dave's ESL cafe that training can either be existent or non-existent. So I am happy to have this training, despite how intense it is. You know a company cares about you if they take the time to train you and give you booklets with information about teaching. I know from my experience as a camp counselor that some companies will just do a really shitty job of training and still call it training.

But we won't really know if any of this will pay off till my first day of teaching which is next Monday. (By the way any 'day' references are always going to be from the Korea perspective.)

Ooo some good news. I am going to be moving into an Office Tel, which for me has a lot of romantic notions of better space and provisions. My supervisor did tell me it is bigger than most Office Tels so that is great. Again, though we won't really know till I step foot in it. But moving out of my Love Motel will be a nice change.

Ahhh well I am just adjusting to this foreigner life here. I think I am doing a good job of getting by despite I have little speaking ability in Korean. Some things I would like to get done such as....
  • Getting a cellphone.
  • Getting a bank account.
  • Getting my health insurance.
  • Buying a better pillow.
  • sleeeeep

And so on...

Till then I will grateful for what I do have and how far I have come from just last year.



  1. Lol, I hope your Officetel is amazing. I have to find my own housing when I get there which I guess is good in a way. Cranky with no sleep, we definitely have that in common=^^=

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  3. Just stumbled on your blog and I'm really enjoying it. I'm moving to Korea to teach English at the end of August so there's still a bit more time, but it's definitely helpful reading about your experiences from the beginning. Keep up the good work!

  4. If I were in Korea I could help you everything, I`m so sorry baby.
    But you look like doing well, so I `m not worry about you hehe

  5. Thanks! i am pleased to hear you guys are enjoying my certianly has been a whirlwind. I will try to keep up with everything. :)

    Hey BK I still would like your help will be great for you to translate stuff :)!

  6. Hi,

    I found your blog through the excellent Zen Kimchi.

    Your experiences take me back to my first days in Korea, 5 years ago.

    If I may give you some advice:

    * Keep smiling at foreigners. I do. Some are unhappy, that's their problem.

    * Start learning Korean immediately. You can learn the alphabet in a day. You will be able to read signs in no time.

    * Expect a little frustration with your phone, Internet, and bank account. I think it was a month before I was able to get a phone, and then it had to be in a Korean's name.

    * Find good teachers and watch what they do in class. Then you can develop your own style. It's the best way to learn.

    * Eat kim bap! Find a small kim bap restaurant with tables, become a regular, and just start trying everything on the menu.

    Good luck.

  7. Listen to Whitey. He speaks truth.

    Especially about the kimbap -- but I'll add that every neighbourhood has about a jillion of those, so you should go around to a few and find the best one (or ask around). Once you've found the good one, THEN start trying everything on the menu. My favorite is tuna kimchi fried rice: chamchi bokkeumbap.

    Heck yeah, smile at foreigners - especially if you're in an area with a dearth of them. In the downtown, don't stare, but I figure, in your own neighbourhood, and especially at the watering hole, it's open season!

    I tell newcomers about the rule of twos: my first year, I lived by the rule of twos.

    1. Every ordinary everyday task you can do easily in your English hometown takes twice as long.

    2. Anything new that you want to try, takes two tries before you manage to do it successfully (ie, finding a place, paying bills, taking a bus somewhere, finding a store that sells ____, etc.).

  8. Yea thanks guys.
    I am sure I will figure it out. However I don't really think I can try everything on a menue because I have a sensitive gut and wouldn't like to spend my time moaning in bed.

    When I moved around the Us That rule of 'two's' seemed to apply when i moved around there. So I guess it is just moving to a new place that causes a lot of adjustments. I know I was expecting this kind of thing so I am not suprised.


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