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On Friday afternoon, I had an afterschool English class. I had the kids watch a movie. I had to leave the class for a few minutes and when I came back, I found this tooth on my desk. When I asked whose tooth it was, this boy just smiled at me. I said to him, "Please take it away ~ teacher doesn't want this kind of present! Thank you!" Please note how he's looking at his own tooth! Hahahahahaha.....
It was just one of those *good* days. Before work started, one of the 5th grade teachers sent me some walnut & cream cheese-filled bread.
...and then, my classes were pretty well-behaved & good. We taught our 4th graders "Feliz Navidad" ~ a song by Boney M. It made me go back to my childhood ... Christmas carols & the wonderful joys of the festive season!
After work, one of the teachers bought me a hotteok (hot & sweet Korean snack)
I was passing this restaurant that I usually go to, and the owner wanted me to go in for coffee. I decided to buy a take-away for dinner, and while I was waiting for it... the lady peeled and cut up an apple for me!
I really felt the love today *^^* I hope you did, too!
On Saturday, November 29 2008 I went mountain climbing. Yes people ~ you read right... Sheetal Makhan put on the hiking shoes and headed to Sorae Mountain. Thousands of Koreans flock to the mountains every week-end. It's great exercise and a chance for them to get in touch with nature. I've been invited a couple of times, and I usually reply saying - "Thanks, but do I really look like I do that?!"
Anyone and everyone who knows me will vouch that I'd rather spend my Saturday afternoon strolling through the bustling streets of Seoul - not hiking up a mountain. But yes, I did it! And I was quite proud of myself, too! Granted, it wasn't all that steep ~ but then again I went verrry slowly. Coming down wasn't too bad - although my calves and thighs were in absolute pain the following day! It took us over an hour to get to the top, and about 45 minutes back down.
You can walk over these pebbles before / after the hike ~ like therapy
You can also do some stretches on the gym equipment
With my Korean father (Papa), good ol' Mr Lee
...with Beul-Nim (Me: How much longer till we get to the top?)
On Sunday, November 23 2008 I also visited the Jeamri Massacre Monument. This monument is dedicated to the 29 Koreans who were brutally killed by the Japanese during the March 1 Independence Movement of 1919.
There was a church where villagers used to gather to pray for liberation from Japanese rule.
On April 15, 1919 Japanese police raided the village and herded villagers into the church...and set it on fire.
I'm pretty proud of myself... I made 콩비지떡 (Kong Bi-ji Tteok) It's a savory Korean snack/side dish. It's made with soy bean curd, but looks like a potato patty. I added spring onions and some green chillies. I took it to school for my co-workers to taste. I was so happy ~ they said it was tasty and good ^^ The senior teacher told me, "Make more!"
I was taking register for my after school class. One boy (Yong-Jae) wasn't there. I asked the others, "Where's Yong-Jae?" and within a few seconds, Seong-Bin (boy in the middle) whipped out his cellphone and called Yong-Jae... "Where are you? Teacher is waiting for you..."
These kids are in 5th grade ... and they have snazzier phones than me!
Last week was a trying week for me. I was hearing bad news from all corners of the world and everything seemed to be happening at once. At times like this, it is so difficult to be far away from the people you love most.
I didn't know how to react to everything that was happening. People around me here were oblivious to what I was going through. I wore a proverbial 'mask' for 3 days and kept myself occupied as best I could.
I stayed after work on Thursday and Friday, and spent 2 hours at the gym on Friday night. I don't work on Saturdays, even though schools in Korea are in session every alternate week. However, I went to work just so that I could keep my mind busy.
On Sunday night, I convinced myself to get rid of the nasty feeling hovering over me. On Monday morning, I was back on the radar and back to my old self.
I just realized that things are almost never as bad as they appear to me.
This was a busy week for me, which I'm glad for because it made the days pass by very quickly ~
Today is November 11 (11.11) which is PEPERO DAY in Korea. Snacks called "Pepero" are exchanged between friends. This is done because the snack is like a biscuit stick and looks like a '1' So when written, the date is 11.11.
My students gave me gifts of Pepero snacks today... I'll a post a pic tomorrow.
On Sunday, November 2 2008, my principal's daughter got married and many staff members were at the wedding. It was held at the Cheongdam Wedding Plaza in the heart of Gangnam, a corporate and upmarket area of Seoul. This was my 3rd wedding that I've attended in Korea since I've been here...
The couple's portrait
The bride's parents greeting guests
The groom & his parents The men behind the desk make a note of the (cash gifts) that guests give to them, afterwich they are issued with a food coupon for lunch after the ceremony.