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Dissuasion

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What happens when you’re sure of a life decision, but suddenly get beaten down with an onslaught of criticism against it? For me, I have always carried my resolve through these kinds of storms (mostly to a beneficial end), but this time I find myself in the unique and rare position of being completely lost. How has a decision that I have been sure of for the past three years crumbled in a few days?


Dissuasion

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What happens when you’re sure of a life decision, but suddenly get beaten down with an onslaught of criticism against it? For me, I have always carried my resolve through these kinds of storms (mostly to a beneficial end), but this time I find myself in the unique and rare position of being completely lost. How has a decision that I have been sure of for the past three years crumbled in a few days?


Park Geun-hye : Ban them Hagwons!

Wow!  check it out! Banning “Advanced Learning”

I am not sure if President Park has ever read the Korean constitution.


Thank You.

Thank you for being patient while our media team undergoes some restructuring! As the nature of being an expat would have, some of our team has moved on from Korea and therefore we have some new recruits joining us. It’s a very new and exciting time of year!

Therefore, we are currently in the process of planning out another year of social justice themed field trips and activities to support our research and writing. Our new program begins in April 2014, so we hope to begin providing our followers (you!) with more new material by that month.

Thank you again for following us, and we hope to be a continued resource on social justice issues in Korea.


The LOR : Letter of Release (aka. The ESL shackles in the SK)

I have a whole list of resources for you to read through at the bottom of this post, but they are all saying the same thing.  They are not really discussing the real problem of the LOR.

Let us get down to some basics:

1. No institution is LEGALLY required to write a LOR.

2. Immigration REQUIRES a LOR for visa transfer to a different sponsor.  You obviously don’t need one to get a NEW E-2 (E-1) visa.


Frozen

Spoiler Alert:  If you haven’t seen Frozen yet, crawl out from under your log and do it, or read on at your own risk.

“Is it ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ or ‘Do you want to make a snowman?’,”  my hapkido instructor asked me last week, genuinely interested in the grammatical intricacies of Disney’s newest blockbuster, Frozen.  At that point I knew that if my 관장님 (Master), a forty-something man with no small children, had seen and loved the film, that it had taken a firm hold on the minds and imaginations of the Korean public.


Empty head

This week, very few things have captured my mind to be able to write about it.  February is always a slow month, due to schools still not going into full swing.  Normally March is when the big push is.

Maybe just a few ideas, very small things.


Korean Market In Southern California

I have been craving Korean food a lot lately.  I used to dream of going to grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s when I lived in Korea, but recently I have been dreaming of Korean Markets.  I never expected that! Surprisingly, there are many Korean Markets in SoCal.  I recently visited Zion Market, a chain in the LA/Orange County area.  The market was awesome, I was able to find everything I was looking for and things I forgot about.  The market was equipped with a bakery, The Face Shop, prepared foods section and of course groceries – including all the staple meats, produce, condiments and supplies for an authentic Korean meal.

Below are some of my Korean favorites that I never thought I would have again and found them all at Zion Market, including rice wine, mixed rice, citron tea, jajangmyeon, mandu, and fish ice cream!


Full Smartboard Integration

Someone asked me a few questions in regards to my comments on technology in the classroom, the more practical side.  This is an interesting exercise, mostly because Teachers, School owners and Developers have different POVs concerning the implementation of tech in the classroom.

I am going to be lazy and put some of my answers on this blog, leaving out the bits that I don’t want you to know, but leaving in the the bits that might be of interest to you.

Here we go:

The reason a hagwon would spend 5-10M on a classroom is the same as any other investment; Competition.  I know that a cheaper solution might be possible, but I have only looked at market prices and how much it would cost me if I wanted to set it up the way I envision it.


The Wide World: Traveling Outside Korea

I made a calendar before I left for my winter vacation. Littered with notes in the margins about confirming flights, double checking bus schedules, and detailing directions to hostel addresses, I mapped out a two week excursion to three very different places: Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Sitting at my desk at school, looking at the creased page full of travel details, I couldn’t wrap my mind around what those two weeks would be like. And, as I sit here again behind my desk in South Korea, I can’t fathom how those two weeks held so many memorable miles, random bruises, pale misty mornings, blazing noon heatwaves, and cheap, delicious street food. My short time traveling over those two weeks took me on an incredible journey that felt like it spanned two months. Here’s some highlights of it.

BALI, INDONESIA


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