10 EPIK Haikus

As my year with EPIK comes to a close, I find myself thinking a lot about the experience. Below are 10 haikus that reflect what I’ve learned while living, teaching and traveling in South Korea (though really they’re applicable to anyone teaching or living abroad anywhere!).


Quote of the Week

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

Poker Face

A new school year is upon us and boy have I missed my students., especially the 3rd graders.

Me- "What is this?" (pointing at my face)
All but one student- "Face!!!"
The one student- "Poker face!" (totally nonchalant)

Wonder where he got that from?

Quote Dump #21

"A broken heart is a monument to love that will never die." 
- William Somerset Maugham

"Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of illusion." 
- Kryptos

"I'm late for a jean-folding seminar. Let's locomote!" 
- Bluelighter

Quote Dump #20

From the Hitchhiker's series:

"For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen. " 

"Ah, " said Arthur, "this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of. "

"He expanded his chest to make it totally clear that here was the sort of man you only dared to cross if you had a team of Sherpas with you. "

"He dropped his voice still lower. In the stillness, a fly would not have dared clear its throat. " 

"The suit into which the man's body had been stuffed looked as if it's only purpose in life was to demonstrate how difficult it was to get this sort of body into a suit. "

Quote Dump #19

"Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory."
- Leonardo da Vinci

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."
- Chinese proverb

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
- Margaret Fuller

Quote Dump #18

"Chess should not become an obsession. Otherwise there’s a danger that you will slide off into a parallel world, that you lose your sense of reality, get lost in the infinite cosmos of the game. You become crazy. I make sure that I have enough time between tournaments to go home in order to do other things. I like hiking and skiing, and I play football in a club." 

- Magnus Carlson (youngest world chess champion in history, at 17 years of age)

Quote Dump #17

"Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."

Quote Dump #16

"Blender: Do you ever pick a subject at random [out of the encyclopedia] and learn all about it?
Lil Wayne: No. I’m a millionaire.
Blender: What’s that mean? Millionaires still have things they can learn!
Lil Wayne: Are you a millionaire? No. So don’t tell me what millionaires do. "

Quote Dump #15

"With so many jaded slackers in one place, somewhere a Burger King is running itself.."

"My ex-girlfriend wrote a book called STOP DATING LOSERS."

"Your avatar is a shoe, man."

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