A few random thoughts and stories that couldn’t really fit anywhere else.
– In America we give our friends charlie horses, or punch them in the arm to show affection. Here the students do something I really can’t define. As a joke they will run their hand up the crack of their friends butt. Kind of like a drunk NBA player with a credit card at a strip club. The other day some student did this to me and I, on instinct, turned around with my fist cocked ready to pound the kid into the ground. I then remembered that I’m his teacher and I may lose my job for this. So instead I explained the problem with his actions and exactly how that would translate to American culture (kind of gay). I think that even though I am here to teach students how to speak English, I think my greatest contribution comes in teaching them how not to get their ass kicked if they ever really go to America.
– It’s getting colder outside, around 45 degrees. Yet I still see girls wearing the exact same short skirts that I would expect to see in June and July. If this trend continues this may be a happy winter.
– Milk is sold in half gallons at its largest. Sometimes though they tape a couple of smaller cartons, about the size of the ones you used to get for school lunches, to the side of the half gallons. I guess I appreciate the extra milk, but you know what I would appreciate more? A whole gallon. (i realize i could simply buy two half gallons…thanks mr. math…that’s not the point)
– Things I’ve heard here that I’ve never heard before “teacher, you are fat.” For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 5’9 and weigh 145 lbs. I’ve been doing sit ups more often.
– On the plus side, they think I have really muscular arms.
– At a train station near my apartment they keep owls locked in a cage.
– If you say 3 words in Korean to somebody here they automatically assume that you are completely fluent. Even if it obviously took you 30 seconds to piece together the 3 words. In a semi-related story the word “slower” has become a vital part of my vocabulary.
– Not related to Korean culture at all, but something that I’ve been wondering about. In the song “Ayo Technology,” are Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, and Timbaland telling us that they are tired of jerking off to porn? Because that’s what it sounds like to me.
– November 11th (11/11) is called Pepero Day. Pepero Sticks are thin biscuits that are covered in Chocolate. I thought that they were supposed to be used to stir coffee, apparently my co-teachers thought this was a novel idea. The Pepero Company created the holiday to sell more Pepero Sticks, because two sticks next to each other look like the number 11.
– Kids freaked out on this day. It’s kind of like a 2nd Valentine’s Day. They even had little bags taped to their desk for other students to put Pepero Sticks in. I like the day because I can confiscate sticks and then bribe students with them to answer questions.
– A list of movies that I would never watch in America that I have watched here simply because they are in English:
National Treasure, Small Soldiers, Snake Eyes, Con Air, (they really love Nick Cage), Alien Vs. Predator (twice), Hard Target, Charlies Angels: Full Throttle, Final Destination 2, That one movie where steven segal is a cook on a train or something, Resident Evil, and CSI like every single night
– Red Bean Paste is considered a desert filling here
– A bottle of soju costs 1,000 won. This is the equivalent to like a dollar. There’s really nothing else I can say about this except I’ve never had a worse hangover than 2 mornings ago when I woke up after drinking 5 bottles.
– I have a ton of pictures on my phone (which has actually turned out to be a very good camera) but no way to transport them to my computer without some software. I hope to have the software sometime this week.
With nothing else to add here’s some “Ayo Technology” to go out on.