Picture of the Week: Something Beautiful

This week I decided to post a little something different for the Picture of the Week. Instead of a silly English picture, I am posting one of David Domalgalski’s pictures. I chose this one of the cherry blossoms in Yeouido to post because I am still thinking about how stunning the cherry blossoms were this year, weeks after they have already disappeared. There was something magical about walking under that canopy of tiny white flowers. It was the perfect way to enter spring and I’m thrilled that we got to experience it.

For more of David’s pictures, check out his flickr page and his blog.

Top 7 Hilarious Kid Quotes from March

Teaching kids makes you think about all of the teachers you’ve had in your life. What did they go home and tell their significant other at the end of the day? What did we do that disgusted them? What did we do that cracked them up? What did we say without knowing what it really meant?

It’s not easy being a teacher, but the hilarity of it makes it worth all of the headaches. Here are some gems that were either found in written assignments or said aloud in class. Not all are from my students. We like to share the awesomeness with each other to brighten our days. Read more

Life as a Korean Kid

A shot from my elementary school days which were quite different from what a Korean elementary school child experiences today. That's me front and center!

Every Friday I walk into my classroom happy that it is almost the weekend and am always sad to find out that my students dread it. It almost seems like some of them would rather have it be Monday than Friday. A few of them have told me that Sunday is their least favorite day because they have to work so hard. Isn’t Sunday traditionally a day of rest? Read more

Picture of the Week: Let’s Get Naked

Let's Get Naked

While teaching cooking class* this week, one of the teachers looked down and noticed that the place-mats were a little inappropriate and hilarious. I had to take a picture, of course. I’m not sure how “Let’s get naked for this party” ended up on place-mats for kids. What were they attempting to say? Or were they really made for adults?

*Cooking class isn’t as exciting as it sounds. We usually make some kind of sandwich. There is no real cooking involved ever and I haven’t wanted to eat our finished products yet. Also, we only get to do it once a month.

Perm-uh

I have naturally curly hair and I am very proud of it. It suits me. I am of the belief that people who have naturally curly hair were meant to have it. I always assumed that everyone who looked at me knew that my locks were natural. It never occurred to me that people might think I have a perm, which is exactly what happens in Korea.

Perms (aka perm-uh) are extremely popular here. Toddlers get perms. Yes, I said toddlers. I would never even think of taking a child with straight hair and giving him or her a perm. I didn’t even know kids could get perms. In fact, I didn’t think adults really even got perms anymore because I thought that was a trend that went out of style twenty years ago. I stand corrected. Read more

Picture of the Week: Bon Voyage

This is a classic from my archives. I came to Korea for the first time in 2009 and found this gem on a t-shirt. I had to buy it and ended up ditching it in Thailand after it got too stained with dirt, sweat, and paint.

The English really blows your mind. It actually hurts if you try to read it and understand it. Take a look at the clocks too. Clocks are pretty universal objects, so I’m not sure how they got so messed up on this t-shirt. First of all these clocks only have 10 digits, one of which is 0. On top of that, the numbers go backwards clockwise. Who made this t-shirt and what were they on?