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The kids’ diary entries are so poetic to me sometimes....



The kids’ diary entries are so poetic to me sometimes. This is a gem.

Sister cry sound listen to noisy
My sister call finished not
My mother scary
My sister noisy

We went to the police station for a field trip. No one spoke...







We went to the police station for a field trip. No one spoke English. I didn’t quite understand where to go or what to do for about 98% of the day. Not sure what the kids took from this experience, but I did end up eating some delicious kimbop. As the kids would say: It was a so-so day.


I really, really like doek (떡 - rice cake). Most foreigners...



I really, really like doek (떡 - rice cake). Most foreigners don’t like their consistency, but I absolutely love it. Pictured is the cutest snack ever. Sadly, none of the people I adore in Busan appreciated this as a gift. Screw them. More 떡 for me.


Question from a reader: dress code and physical appearance?

A reader named M.C. writes in:
I've been researching and preparing to expatriate to Korea to teach english and have some questions about physical appearance. I've read that physical appearance is important and that job applications are usually accompanied by a photo.

I have a shaved head, as well as a beard. How do Korean employers feel about short hair and facial hair?

Also, most days, I wear a pair of khakis and a casual collared shirt (the sort of shirts sold at the Gap). Would this be acceptable attire for a typical day in the classroom? I would prefer to leave my daily shirt and tie routine behind with the cubicle job I'm escaping.

[M.C]
M.C.,

Exhibit A comes from a large banner promising a 10-minute Photoshop job on your job application photos:

Two days in Seoul make me so appreciative of the subway system...



Two days in Seoul make me so appreciative of the subway system in Busan. The Seoul subway is way too complicated for me. Just another reason why I love living in Busan!


I love when the kids write directly to me when they finish their...



I love when the kids write directly to me when they finish their weekly diary entries. It always gets them a sticker and/or chocopie.

Yes, I am a bit narcissistic. Yet, what teacher isn’t? We spend all day with a dozen eyes on us, making us the center of attention. Also, what blogger isn’t narcissistic? Obviously I feel some sort of need to share my gospel with others. 

Dear Stacy Teacher,

Hello, I’m Tracy. You are my teacher. The reason why I am writing you a letter is that I want to get closer to you. Your first impression was very good and I left comfortable around you. Please teach me about English. Take care, Teacher. From Tracy


Our newfound friend, Mr. Radishi, at work and in the fish...









Our newfound friend, Mr. Radishi, at work and in the fish market. You can find him dancing in the popular South Korean radish commercials. Sadly, I couldn’t find a video to share of him on the internet. He’s so ridiculously cute! Even as I walked with him in the fish market, browsing silver bowls of kimchi, the adjussis and adjummas commented on his cuteness. Aw.


We went to Seoul for the Flaming Lips and shopping. Lauren and I...


Flaming Lips were incredible in Seoul last Saturday night. More...



Flaming Lips were incredible in Seoul last Saturday night. More photos and words later.


registered99: hi @steakteacher Hilarious!!



registered99:

hi @steakteacher

Hilarious!!


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