DN Life Update

Sup?  Been awhile. I have been thinking about blogging, but it is so hot here, I just get home and veg in front of the fan.

Basically because my apt – although big (3 bedroom I don’t have to share or pay for) does not have air condition.  I will have to get that portable air con/ heater/ humidifier one somewhere. That way whenever I have to move, I can take it with me.

This is what has been going on…

1. I may start a blog on one of my hobbies, or just post it here until it gets big enough. I stay at 4 or 5 star hotels in Korea for way cheaper. Like this one time, I stayed at a 4 or 5 star hotel in Myeongdong (shopping galore) for 4 days and nights for a little over $530 bucks.  The room I had was originally $220 a night. That room was big enough for me to do my running app inside.

2. I started locs… 3 times. This last time I did myself.

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Teacher, why?

I found out that I will most likely be teaching 5th grade only for the next semester.

I told my 5th graders that I won’t be their teacher for 6th grade.

They nodded at first, then I can see when it clicked together in their heads.

“Teacher, why?”

One of the girls asked me this and the tone of her voice was heartbreaking for me.

“I don’t know. It may change. I will still be here if you need help.” … till May.

The boys nodded at first then they were like. “Wait a minute. Why? Teacher!”

“I don’t know. It may change. It may change.”

They like to give me hell some times — not often. Only had to discipline them maybe 4 to 6 times out the nine months I have been here. — I guess they like me.

Now I am trying to figure out, if I want to stay here and work or wait till August for EPIK.

Since I start my Masters degree next week, I am leaning more toward staying here and transferring the VISA.

– DN

1st day back at teaching

Today was the first day I started teaching since Winter Break started sometime in December. The kids graduate next week.

That means my 6th graders are gone and off to Middle school — I think it’s down the street — my 5th graders will be the new 6th graders, and the 4th graders will be my new 5th graders (some of them I taught in Winter Camp).

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Happy Korean New Year and “Thank you Teacher!” from a student

Text messaged all my Korean friends and co-workers, Happy Korean New Year. One of the students I helped for a speech contest text messaged me back and told me the same. It turns out she won the bronze medal for her speech. She told me thank you for helping her, it was because I helped her that she won the medal.

She told me that in her text.

I don’t think I did much. I just helped her with her pronunciation. She wrote the speech and practiced it every day for an hour or more. I told her not to practice the day before the contest, she won’t have a voice. I told her to rest and relax the day before. I think she was surprised I told her to rest and relax.

The text message made me smile.

-DN

P.S. LaFyette from True Blood is AWESOME! I love him!

Payday, bills, and whims…and a little bit on Cafe Guy and the Cafe

My hair is a little past my neck now. And I can put it up in a real pony tail and have a little bush. ^___^

Takes 3 hours to straighten though since I am natural and I think my hair has gotten even thicker. I am going to find a salon and pay someone else to do it.

Any way…

Today was payday. Some people were curious how much bills run here. Too pay all my bills in Korea it takes around $150 to $200. Depends on what I was doing. I was sick for a month and a half, since I was always cold I had the heater on high as well as an electric blanket. Now that I am better that should go down to half of what I paid this month. I had to pay 2 months worth on cable and internet because I inadvertently sent the bil back because the previous teachers name was on it. I didn’t realize it is the bill for the cable and internet. Here, you take over everything for the other teacher. If you want it switched or off you have to ask your Korean coworker, unless you are fluent in Korean. It causes less hassle. This month I paid around $300 for everything together and that is rounding up. I pay bills by the bill atm machine and it is so easy and I paid them all within 2 – 3 minutes. It is all in Korean, but I know what buttons to push. One day I will do a video, if anyone is interested in it. Plus, it is easy to send money home when you go inside the bank and do it. It goes faster if you done it before and have your receipt it cuts down time. They know me and they know around what date I will come in to send money and it takes about minutes to get it done now. If you miss when the bank is open you could transfer money to your overseas account by the ATM, but it is very complicated. Even the bank teller told me so and said it is easier and quicker to come inside the bank.

Whims…

After all that I went to the movies in Suwon. The subway, metro and Mall is in the same building. Just go upstairs. I went to see Season of the Witch. It sucks and was boring (x infinity). I kept nodding off and so did the Korean guy next to me. Apparently, I can understand Korean when I am half sleep or not paying full attention, since I clearly heard his friend say “She fell asleep.” Was going to see Megamind, but I looked at the seats I could guess plenty of kids were in there and the thought of having my seat kicked…Umm…No. I’ll see it later.

Before the movie though, I went to the Cafe. It’s on the same floor as the movie theater so I don’t have to walk far to make the movie. I made a few observations, that I didn’t notice before:

    Cafe Guy wears a name tag, but I couldn’t read it without staring at him for a bit. I can read Korean but not that fast yet. I am working on it.
    There is a new guy there who watches me too. He is too young and too short for my taste. But he is a bit cute. I think this was his first day and he was nervous.
    There is only two pictures in that cafe: one is of fruit and the other is a painting of African Americans kneeling at a table with vases.
    I also noticed tall figurines of African Americans performing. THey are standalone ones that fit together. There are 4 men each playing a different instrument and the last one in the middle was a women in a red dress singing.

I am not sure if this is new or not because I usually sit on a different side. It was kind of busy today so I sat on the other side. The figurines are in the front of the cafe and displayed prominently along with the picture.

I am not sure if it has always been there or if it is because I frequent the place. I was distracted a bit. You understand. I am starting to notice more POC’s (especially Black) are being displayed in places I go a lot. I will keep looking.

Oh yeah, I bought a new computer because my main one is dying. I think I work it too hard. SO I will use my main for play and the new one for work…mostly and play.

– DN

Intro

This blog is going to document my time in South Korea working as an English Teacher. I am not entirely sure how often I will update. We will see when I get there.

This will also hold information on how natural hair does in South Korea and what products I use. Since I got a texturizer recently I guess I am in transition.

Got my VIN number early this morning. I made my appointment and hopefully by next week I will have my VISA in hand and I can go.

I am packing right now and I realized just how much of my clothes that I lost when I was on transit back to Italy.  I have plenty of work clothes, I can still add a couple of shirts, but I have no winter clothes whatsoever.