Week 11, 2017

Last Monday was the Monday-iest Monday ever. I got bit by a child twice in the span of ten minutes because I wouldn’t let him open the door.

Tuesday was White Day – some sort of extra Valentine’s Day that some Asian countries celebrate. I still don’t know what it’s all about. Our director gave us a Beauty and the Beast chocolate rose lolly though, so that’s cool. Some of the kids in my classes also gave me candy; like this pirate’s gold!

Wednesday the child that bit me was a bit more calm because the Korean teacher scolded him. Nothing else of substance to report.

Thursday two of my classes had to write a report. Since the example was about Korean symbols, one class decided to pick American symbols.  They wrote about the American flag and what the components meant and the national anthem. I thought that was pretty cool.

I lost my pencil while grading book reports and when I looked in the mirror this is what I saw. I’ve officially lost my damn mind.

I saw this cool clown car.


Friday wasn’t that great.

Saturday I went to Korean class. I have to wear a face mask because the yellow dust and pollution are irritating my respiratory system. I think I look like a thief.


Our class was only one hour long instead of the normal two because we had orientation. I was trying to take a selfie and my classmates photobombed me.


We sat there for an hour on plastic stools that made my butt go numb. Then, my class went for lunch.

My classmate that can be seen in the center of the photobombing, Tien, sat next to me at lunch. We were chatting with other classmates. Tien made us guess how old he is…because, you know, that game always works out… I guessed that he was the same age as me. He confirmed that I was born in 1986 and was like, “so you’re 31?” My response was, “no! Not yet!” So he asked me when I’ll be 31. I said May. His eyes got big. “Me too! What day!?” “The 19th,” and his eyes got really big and he hit me on the shoulder. “Me too!” And come to find out he has the ~EXACT~ same birthday as me. He asked me what time! I told him I’d look at my birth certificate when I got home to let him know. We even whipped out our alien registration cards to prove it. So the class was making jokes about how we’re twins separated at birth and how we’ll have to have a joint birthday party. I’ve met people with the same birthday as me before, but not the whole month, day, year same! It’s pretty cool.

After all that, I went to Suwon Station to get a hair cut. The man who cut my hair caught me off guard by offering me money to help him with his English. I would, but my contract specifically forbids this and I don’t think it’s worth the risk of being fired/deported. Next I went to scope out one of my favorite stores and it was closed! I don’t know if it merged with the men’s store that was down the street but it definitely packed up and left its building. So I wondered over to LOHB which is an equivalent to CVS and I found the mother load of imported foods. I was especially impressed enough with their selection of Campbell’s soups that I took a picture. I got off the bus early and walked along the stream back to my house.

 


Sunday I didn’t do much. I did some loads of laundry and went to a Korean barbecue meat buffet with Asia.

I forgot to post this before… it’s official.

 

Until next week,

B

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Yesterday was pretty crazy!

Thursday we had Papa John’s pizza and it was pretty much like back home but the the garlic sauce cups aren’t. Everyone else called them pizza sunscreen…

So Friday; D-Day finally came. It was my first day of teaching. As expected my first class was awful. I had no idea what I was doing, not that I do now but a teeny tiny bit more. The day seemed to wiz by pretty fast and my confidence level raised as it went by. There were some super adorable kids that were helping me out; pure angels. Other kids couldn’t have given a damn – they already go to public school and come to academy for extra English instruction and they usually go to other academies, like science, math, even other languages. 

After school was over at 9 pm I finally moved in to my apartment. 


It’s pretty standard for a Korean apartment. The school supposedly hired someone to clean but what they did is beyond me because the bathroom and weird porch thing that houses my washing machine were pretty moldy 😖.

So when I woke up today I scrubbed the wall that was moldy and gross in the porch. There was also a decaying, moldy piece of wood under a shelving unit so that was a fun find. 

I made two trips to the stores today. The first being to Daiso which is like a cheap persons heaven on Earth. It’s like a Dollar General but with more things. I got about $50 USD worth of stuff – I needed everything except the stainless steel chopsticks I bought but whatever. It was hella hot on my walk back home and I chilled for like three hours to cool down. 

Then I called home and talked to my Dad. We talked about my apartment and the first day of teaching. Then I heard my kitty talking to me over the phone! 😻

I started to get hungry and there wasn’t much food left by the previous teacher so I made my way to the grocery store. I didn’t get much but what I did get was pretty expensive ☹️. I also went to the bakery to get their super delicious bagels but they were all gone so that was a bit of a mood ruiner. 

I still have some things on my list that I’d like to get for my apartment but I have do idea where to find them. I guess I’ll just figure that out in time. 

I also did four loads of laundry today and according to my Fitbit I was active for 50 minutes today. I know I was sweating like I was in an oven so that doesn’t surprise me.

Tomorrow it’s supposed to be more humid so we’ll see how much walking about I’ll do but there is a Baskin-Robbins not far so that’s a bit of a curiosity. Of all the American or familiar foods I’ve had here aren’t exactly the same but aren’t bad either.