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I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I left...


















I teach at a Korean kindergarten hagwon where students of all...





I teach at a Korean kindergarten hagwon where students of all ages have their own smart phones. They usually have their parents’ hand-me-down phones, but they’re still pretty nice phones. Initially it surprised me to see a five year old navigate a Samsung phone with ease, but not any more.

They use their phones to play games or chat to their parents on Kakao Talk. Sometimes they like to take my photo. I’ve learned to just pose and quickly get the photo taking out of the way. Lately they’ve been using my photo to match up with what Korean celebrity I look like. I don’t mind when they say I look like a Korean male celebrity, because a lot of them are pretty too.


I went to Gakwonsa Temple (각원사) in Cheonan last summer, but the...











I went to Gakwonsa Temple (각원사) in Cheonan last summer, but the “big Buddha” is more impressive in the winter. Also, the temple is way less crowded.


I teach kindergarten and elementary students. Recently, they’ve...







I teach kindergarten and elementary students. Recently, they’ve really gotten into making bracelets. Beads and zipper crafts were pretty popular a few months ago, but now these rubber band bracelets (펀펀룸 실리콘밴드) are more trendy. They choose three colors to braid together with a plastic gadget (or two color pencils). They’re so proud of their bracelets.


The biggest water park in Korea is Caribbean Bay, which is right...


















I work at a private academy (called a hagwon [학원] in Korea) as...


















A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream,...







A fun activity to do in Seoul is to walk along the stream, Cheonggyecheon (청계천). It’s a 5.8 km (or 3.6 mile) walk. In the summer, I prefer finding a shady spot to sit in and dip my feet in the water.  In the winter, I’d just walk quickly along the stream as it’s really cold outside.

I recommend starting in Cheonggye Plaza. You can get there from Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 or City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2), Exit 4.


What I did during my winter vacation

Celebrated a really wonderful Christmas in Seoul.

Started Geocaching.
Ate at Chili’s in Songtan.

Made salsa in a blender.
Made chicken porridge in a rice cooker.
Made chili in a crock pot.
Made beef stew in the crock pot, too!

Applied for countless jobs.
Had a few job interviews too.

Tackled difficult decisions such as, “How long can I wear these pajamas in lieu of clothes?,” “How long should I stay in bed today?,” “Why did my hot pack break?,” and “Why aren’t businesses open when I’m awake?”


My school went on a field trip to an indoor playground. We all...




This looks dangerous.










What a cute lunch!

My school went on a field trip to an indoor playground. We all had fun.


I spent the weekend in Gwangju. It was my first visit to...















I spent the weekend in Gwangju. It was my first visit to southwestern South Korea.


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