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For days, news about a 22-year-old Filipina from Angeles City, Pampanga who was allegedly raped by eight Koreans made the rounds on social media, and as expected, Filipinos and Koreans are divided in opinion on whether or not the Filipina is telling the truth.
When news of the gang rape first came out, many Filipinos felt sorry for the Filipina who happens to be a single mom, but as information of ongoing investigation broke on Korean and Filipino news, some have expressed doubts. One of the accused Koreans, Lee, voluntarily went to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Pampanga to clear his name, saying that the rape claim is a set up.
Apparently, the woman is a sex worker. A witness, also a Filipina, who was with Lee and the supposed victim the day the alleged gang rape took place also gave her statement.
CCTV footages of them dining together at a restaurant and checking into a hotel at about 4 in the morning support the Korean’s and the witness’s statements. The authorities are skeptical because of the lack of evidence that the seven Koreans involved in this case exist. According to the Korean Embassy’s own investigation, there was no gang rape that happened. The Filipina, however, will pursue the case.
Many have come to believe that the real vcitm here is not the Filipina, but the Korean, but until the investigation is over, we can’t say that this is just a fake rape claim to blackmail an innocent tourist (or foreign businessman) for money, or another poor Filipina was abused by a foreigner who thinks of her as a sex object rather than a woman worthy of respect despite the kind of job she has.
Angeles City is the most Korean-populated place in the Philippines. Although many Koreans come to Angeles to study English or put up a business, it can’t be denied that some Koreans visit the place because of its red-light district. A place in Angeles City called Fields Avenue has become a den of sex workers because of many foreigners who patronize the place. Nowadays, Korean-owned videoke bars that offer “secret service” have mushroomed in Korean Town. It is impossible not to spot a Korean with a Filipina prostitute in Angeles City’s red-light district. Many of these Koreans are married men which makes them easy targets for blackmailers.
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Coming into the ESL field later in life presents a challenge for me. Without time on my side, I know I need to get training whenever it’s available. I took on obtaining ESL-related certifications along the way. Since coming to Korea I got a TESOL certification, a Business English certification, and my teaching license from back home.
In addition, EPIK holds training modules at times, and although they’re not the most in-depth, hands-on training, they’re better than nothing. You can usually walk away having learned something. Over time, a lot of little things add up to a big thing.
I also try to learn from my co-teachers. They have experience with Korean students. I try to watch their demeanor, how they hold themselves around students, and what techniques they use to manage their classrooms. I’ve learned a lot this way.
Certifications alone don’t necessarily prepare you for applying what you’ve learned to the classroom. There’s a bit of trial and error.
This is particularly true when it comes to rowdy classes and figuring out how to get them back into order.
I’ve run the full gamut.
I went through the phase of trying to out-volume students. I’ve, at times, been too harsh. Sometimes I let too much slip which ultimately came back to bite me. It can be frustrating when there are huge language and cultural barriers. Again, there’s going to be trial and error along the way.
I’ve learned to use my experience, my understanding of students, and resources such as my own co-teacher to better control behavior in class.
Sometimes I still run into classes that just don’t want to COMPLY! It’s summer now and the students are completely off the hook. I miss the cold weather that would cool their blood down a little. I’ve learned the techniques, I’ve watched other teachers, but the students just don’t want to be in class. Sometimes you just have to drop the ax. Here are two ways I do it that sends the loudest, most effective message to students:
Sit or stand with the co-teacher: Students know very well that the main authority rests with the Korean teacher. You can only get them to like and respect you so much before they just blow through the boundaries. To escalate a situation with a perpetual trouble student, I have them go sit with the co-teacher during class. If the co-teacher is working on something else, this is GOOD. They will need to ask the student why they were sent there which forces a CONFESSION! Very uncomfortable for the student. After a few words and some time in the penalty box, the co-teacher generally sends them back to their seat and things are remedied.
Speak with the student after class: Another thing I do in rare cases is I speak to the student after class with the co-teacher. Having the co-teacher there is effective for driving home the seriousness of the conversation, and it also sends a message to the student that we are together on the issue. There will be no playing up to the Korean teacher after the fact. Having a good working relationship with your co-teacher is important for situations such as this.
I remember a time early on where I lost control of the class. I was at an all-girl’s middle school and it was my first six months in Korea. It was my first six months in teaching for that matter. One day I was thoroughly PO’d at the girls and it showed. The co-teacher went on this long soliloquy in Korean with the students. Afterwards, the students came up to me apologizing ever so respectfully. Such a stark change in attitude. Sounds so sweet, right? WRONG!
This is the very worst thing that could happen. Both teacher and class having pity on me for not being able to control things. It was patronizing to say the least and it spoke volumes to me. It was at that point that I knew that managing the classroom environment and controlling student behavior were going to be the most important functions of my job with EPIK. That is, unless I don’t mind being looked down upon and subtly mocked.
Things have changed since those days.
Our role isn’t to be a drill sergeant. Though there are times where you’d like to make students drop and give you twenty (and I do this often by the way), it’s more effective to be an engaging person that wants to promote conversation and English speaking commotion in the classroom.
If the students find a desire to be part of the festivities in your class, this will by far pay the greatest dividends.
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ESL, Travel, and Judo!
I’ve been in South Korea for a little over a month now.
Here are my thoughts.
Teaching at Company X in Cheonan is just okay.
Positives: I love the autonomy I have in front of the classroom. No supervisors are there to look over my shoulder. No one’s yelling at me and telling me what to do. Inside the classroom, I’m da boss, and it’s pretty great. I take pride in the work, and feel really good when things go smoothly in the classroom. It’s actually really fun experimenting with what works and what does not work with each group of students. There’s a lot to learn and it’s pretty much all on me to figure it out. In that sense, I like teaching.
More positives: my manager and coworkers are not bad. I still don’t know my coworkers that well, but they all seem nice. As for my manager, at first I had my doubts. But now I know that he is a good boss. Last week, I was supposed to film for probation on Thursday. (Long story short, I failed a module of training and need to send a film of me teaching to Company X Headquarters to see if I’m suited to be a teacher.) I selected Thursday because my classes that day are stellar. But Week 4 classes for Thursday turned out to be all simulation testing materials (aka not teaching intensive and therefore useful for my probation video). So SUPRISE! I had to film on Wednesday, which is my HELL CLASS of FIFTEEN MONSTERBEAST elementary schoolers! But my boss really had my back the whole time. He lied to the kids for me and told them that they had been selected to be filmed for a special video for such-in-such, and the whole time they were really well-behaved, model students. So thank you, boss! If you know anything about places I’ve worked before then you know it’s a pretty big deal to me to have a boss that will actually help me rather than torture me.
Let’s hope my probation ends and HQ decides to keep me as a teacher.
Negatives: I teach at a hagwon, which is an after school program. So basically, I’m not a real teacher. I’m an after school instructor. The students know this and a lot of them do not respect me. I don’t like having to discipline students but when they act like little minions from the fiery depths of hell I have no choice. I understand their plight: They have to go to school like all day. And that sucks for them, but here they are in my class so I have to teach them. So far, there are two classes that really get to me. One is made up of fifteen crayyyy elementary schoolers. I have to be really bitchy to control them. The other class is evil middle school kids that I’ve mentioned before. These kids, the mean girls, talked shit about me that wasn’t true to the management at Company X last week because I punished them for misbehaving the week before. They made up stories about me never letting them use the internet (for research) or me never letting them work in groups (for collaborative projects). And me just randomly talking about strange things instead of answering their questions. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THOUGH was during one hour of class I shut down their internet because they were going online to look at KPOP stars and hamsters. And I made them work alone because they refused to talk to the people I put them in groups with. Gah. It just sucks.
More negatives: Cheonan is kind of ugly. I miss nature. I wish I had my first month’s paycheck, already. And I miss my boyfriend. I miss craft beer, too. And avocados.
Yep. Life is just okay. But just okay is totally fine with me.
For some reason, a stranger left Keykat with their pet dog. I guess Keykat looked trustworthy enough. But the dog doesn't seem to respond well to commands. Perhaps Keykat is better trained than the dog!
This lesson I talk about the 고 말다 form, which can be used to convey the meaning that you've "ended up" doing something.
Note that this lesson is geared more toward intermediate Korean learners, so you might want to skip it if you're still in the beginning levels, as the grammar used will be a bit difficult.
Remember that there are free PDFs available for every "Learn Korean" episode, and each contains additional information or examples not covered in the video.
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The first film of the day is Germany's Happy End at 9 a.m. From IMDB:
Lucca is in the middle of her A-level exams, heading for a career as a high-flying lawyer when she is mistakenly accused of criminal damage and sentenced to community service in a hospice. There she meets Valerie who is determined to carry out the last wishes of her friend Herma, despite Hermas son who is only interested in his inheritance. Lucca helps Valerie to kidnap Hermas ashes and they begin a journey which turns Luccas ideas and values upside down.
This will be followed with the second showing of the opening film Do I Sound Gay at 11:00 a.m.
The fourth offering on Saturday is a collection of Korean short films (102 minutes) titled In Between Relationships playing at 5 p.m. For previews and more information on these 8 short film, click here.
At 8:30 pm, Australia's 52 Tuesdays will have its second screening. The film focuses on a daughter's relationship with her FTM transgender father and her weekly Tuesday visits, hence the title. The film received critical acclaim at Sundance in 2014. Check out the trailer below:
Guess who is the hottest entertainer in TV these days in Korea. K-pop idol? Sexy actress? No! It’s CHEF! From 2006 when Olive TV, the only food life style channel in Korea, was launched, various cooking programs starring professional and amateur chefs have drawn viewers’ attention more and more. The term ‘Chef-tainer’ has been coined recently, reflecting their growing popularity in show business.
Starting from cooking contest shows to culinary evaluation shows, numerous programs with various formats focus on cooking processes. Instead of simply showing complete dishes for tasting, the shows usually feature the whole cooking process from the start like choosing menus and preparing ingredients. During this process, characteristics of individual chefs are revealed unexpectedly, adding more fun and making the programs more vivid and live.
Here are some Cook shows that everybody knows in Korea.
First is “What Are We Eating Today?” on Olive channel, which introduces essential instructions for home meals that are easy to follow from home.
This 30 minute show not only delivers cooking recipes with information, but also focuses on the natural yet hilarious interaction between MC Shin Dongyup, a comedian skilled in making funny situations by his word play, and MC Sung Sikyung, a singer excellent at cooking with comprehensive knowledge. Every Thursday, they invite famous local chefs to learn their secret know-hows.
The show is aired every Monday and Thursday 12AM and 8 PM on Olive Channel.
Second is “Three Meals A Day” on TvN, a program showing farming life carried out by celebrities who had never been to farm before.
Located in Oksoonbong in Jeongseon, the countryside famous for its transparent green Cheongpoong lake, the show features the cast, Ok Taecyeon and Lee Suhjin as main MC, living a rural life isolated from the city. The unique thing about this seemingly-boring-but-actually-funny show is that the crew has to not only cook the menu with natural ingredients but also cultivate or catch items from the start. Currently, the cast from the season 3 of Three Meals A Day just finished planting seeds of corn and other vegetables. Guests are invited in almost every episode, adding up the liveliness of the show. The spinoff of this show “Three Meals A Day – Fishing Village’ was also very popular, featuring Cha Seungwon, Yu Haejin, and Son Hojoon.
The show is aired every Friday 9:45 PM on TvN Channel.
Last but not the least is “Please Take Care of My Refrigerator.”
Unlike two shows mentioned above, Please Take Care of My Refrigerators star real professional chefs famous in the cooking industry. When celebrity guests are invited to the show and bring their refrigerators, the 8 chefs have to compete with one another by cooking dishes with items only from the refrigerators in 15 minutes. This breathtaking competition among the chefs shows the glimpse of professional cooking, making the viewers awed by the creativity and taste of the complete dishes.
The show is aired every Monday 9:40 PM on JTBC Channel.
The cook shows’ influences are incredible among people. When chefs appear on TV, their restaurants or shops become popular so much that making a reservation becomes necessary. Some chefs actually serve the menu that they cooked in cook shows. Why don’t you visit their restaurants? You may have a luck to see them in person.
Chef Choi Hyunseok’s Elbon the Table
In Elbon the Table, you can taste Chef Choi Hyunseok’s creative dishes while enjoy seeing cooks in an open kitchen. Steak with 5 kinds of salt is a recommended dish for meat lovers.
Chef Mihal Spasov Ashminov’s Zelen
Zelen is an authentic Bulgarian restaurant run by two Bulgarian brothers. Not only their menu but also the traditional Bulgarian interior of the restaurant will give you a short trip to Bulgaria.
JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.
Yet, it has been my experience in Korea that sometimes going to the salon has a completely opposite effect. And it's not just me. Other international residents living here have told me they often leave the hair salon feeling less secure, having been insulted (however unintentionally) by stylists, and left with the complete opposite of what they asked for, most often because they were coerced into getting a "hot Korean style," or were not able to communicate because of a language barrier.
The fact is that I don't have Korean hair. Nor am I Korean. I have unruly, curly hair and my own personal style is not influenced by the latest trends of K-pop. And I feel like many foreigners would agree with me that sometimes it can be difficult to find a stylist who can understand this.
Which is why I was utterly THRILLED to discover Soonsiki Hair.
Walk into this famed Hongdae beauty institution and you'll immediately be greeted by a staff of incredibly hip stylists, each of whom is donned in the latest street fashions and possesses an air of cool confidence. In fact, everything about Soonsiki is cool, without being the least bit pretentious.
When I took a seat at the salon's bar, which doubles as a waiting area, I was quickly greeted and offered a drink from an extensive cafe-like menu. I then met BK, who, with his waistcoat, perfect hair and swagger, instantly reminded me of a Korean version of Justin Timberlake. I had a great first impression of BK, thanks to his willingness to understand exactly what I wanted: Emma Stone auburn and a snip of the dead ends. This was not the least bit difficult to communicate, as BK speaks flawless English.
I opted to get a hair manicure, which is similar to a dye, but uses a colored cream to add a slight tint of color and a shiny gloss to the hair that is only semi-permanent. After seeing a picture of what I wanted, BK immediately whipped up a cocktail of color that he assured me would be perfect for me. His adorable assistant "Gangster" began applying the color to my hair, checking on me every so often to offer some new reading material or another drink.
Soonsiki's specialist designers have a reputation for being the top experts on dyeing non-Asian hair and their color bar is more varied than a giant Crayola box. Unlike many other salons in Seoul, Soonsiki offers toner-only coloring options, rather than the bleach ones at other places.
After washing out the color and getting a fantastic scalp massage, I had a Japanese treatment cream added to my hair for about 10 minutes, which made my hair incredibly soft, fantastically scented and prepped for a cut.
BK took over the reins and prepared his scissors for a bit of snipping. As busy as he was with other customers, he took the time to talk with me, share some of his travel stories and his personal Instagram account. Which, I should add, had a few images of he and Jay Park, one of his most loyal customers.
During the cut, he assured me he wouldn't cut off too much of my length-- just what needed to be cleaned up. And he was true to his word. While he cut, I took a look around the room and saw that the stylists are very well versed in the latest funky trends (I mean, this is Hongdae, after all) but had mastered all the classic styles, as well. Each customer seemed completely at ease, often joking or engaging in banter with his or her stylist.
BK's assistant offered up his services once more for the styling, in which he battled my lion tame with a straightener, resulting in beautiful waves in a color that couldn't have more perfectly matched what I wanted.
Soonsiki Hair's unsurpassed hospitality, professional services and comfortable, modern atmosphere are only just a few of the reasons why it is the best hair salon in Hongdae, if not all of Seoul. Whether you need a trim, highlights, or an entire new look, this is the place to go. Do note, however, that BK is the only stylist that is fluent in English, and he's often booked, so be sure to make a reservation in advance. Also, inquire about their discount for foreigners when you make your reservation.
More Information: Soonsiki Hair
Address: 5th Floor, Seokjeon Building, 29 (Seogyo-dong) Waoosanro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울시 마포구 와우산로 21길 29 (서교동) 석전빌딩 5층)
Phone: 02-326-5982 ~3
E-mail: Click Here
Website: Click Here
Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Prices: Cuts start at 30,000 (Men) / 35,000 (Women); Color starts at 122,000; Perms start at 149,000
Get There: From Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), walk straight out of exit 9 to the first main intersection. Take a left and walk straight until you reach Forever 21. Take a right and cross the street. Walk straight on Parking Street for a few minutes until you reach the first main intersection.Take a left and walk straight. Soonsiki will be on your right, next to Zara, on the fifth floor.
Disclaimer: Although Soonsiki provided the above mentioned services free of charge, the opinions are, of course, my own.
Words and photos by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching unless otherwise noted. Content may not be reproduced unless authorized.