Blogs from Incheon, South Korea, Asia - page 3


Asia » South Korea » Incheon April 1st 2013

We seem to manage to hit the hot spots wherever we travel. Like the morning we cruised into Inchon, Korea. Dennis Rodman’s friend, Kim Jong Un, mentioned that he was going to attack South Korea and for good measure maybe the United States also. Our tour guide told us that we were very brave to be visiting at this time of heightened tensions between the two Koreas. It all seemed pretty calm to me as we went about our business of touring. There is a huge statue of General MacArthur towering over Inchon to commemorate his successful landing there during the Korean War. He probably wouldn’t mind another go at it. Korea calls its wind-chill factor the “feeling temperature.” Today it was feeling pretty cold at -4C but we trudged on and fortunately the predicted rain/sleet ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon April 1st 2013

FINALLY! The temperatures are starting to rise and the days are getting longer. Winter in Korea has been no fun whatsoever. It's still a little chilly in the mornings but then by the time the afternoon arrives it's around 50 degrees. I'm looking forward to traveling around Korea to some of the spring blossom festivals and getting out of town for a bit. The new year has started and the kids from elementary school came up to the middle school and I am surprised by how good their English is and also how well behaved they are (although it's still early). The first week I spent introducing myself to the 1st graders and going over rules and punishments with all the classes. I decided this year I wanted the classes to be smoother and hold the ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Sin-do March 30th 2013

We left from Suwon Station around 8 am, doing a couple of pick ups at different stops in Seoul, and another one in Incheon. The drive to the ferry wasn't too long, and we got there just after ten. We had just missed a ferry so had to wait twenty minutes for it to return. Whilst waiting there was a lot of war talk about North Korea, maybe the West Sea Islands weren't the best place for a day trip in the current climate. Also the islands are right next to Incheon airport, so we constantly heard planes taking off. The journey on the ferry was very quick. It only took about ten minutes. We arrived in Sin-do and split into two groups hikers and bikers. We set off on our hike, stopping at a massive ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Deokjeok-do January 14th 2013

It's been awhile since I have written and updated this blog. I apologize. I have been pretty lazy recently and have been working on finalizing my English winter camp that I had to do for winter break. The kids officially finished school and classes the Friday before New Year's so ever since then I have been planning a winter camp and making final revisions. They basically gave me no instructions. All I knew was it was going to be 5 days for a couple hours a day and I can do whatever I want. Pretty specific. So the first day of Winter Camp finally arrived and I had no idea what was going on. The teacher that took the order for my supplies was nowhere to be seen, there was no heat in the English zone, ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon December 14th 2012

Ever since mid November it has been turning into winter. Freezing cold temperatures on the walk to school, IN school, and the walk home. For my birthday, Yumi got us 3 (herself, Whemi, and I) electric butt warmers for our seats which was a Godsend! They didn't turn the heat on in the offices for awhile and so I was basically just sitting there freezing at my desk hoping to get up and teach so I could maintain some body temperature. The worst are your toes since they are exposed to the cold with indoor shoes on. I've been wearing the same 2 pairs of wool socks to school everyday since my dress socks are too thin. Thankfully Mom is sending another pair of wool snowboard socks over for me to wear because one of my ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon December 7th 2012

The past couple of weeks in Taekwondo have been pure practice to get ready for our poomsae's for the yellow belt test. We went over all the different things that we needed to know such as counting to 10 (in Korean), introducing ourselves, our sabumneem's name (master), and the first poomsae among other things. Pretty much everyone was ready except for a few minor mistakes here and there. Everyday we were practicing the poomsae which is basically a "dance with blocks, punches, and kicks," and there are 8 different poomsae's which you need to know in order to get your black belt. We were all excited and ready to get our yellow belts to add some flair to our uniforms. Sambumneem Sophia (Cho Chang Kyung) instructed us on what was going to happen on Thursday for ... read more
TKD class 2
Class pic
The higher belts

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Deokjeok-do November 6th 2012

So I've had a couple of deskwarming days and am able to finally catch up with my blogs! I've been thinking of different posts to write about things I experience in day to day life in Korea and this is one of them. Lunch time in a Korean school. The teachers have their separate cafteria behind the school that we eat at. It's pretty small since we only have about 40 teachers altogether and we have a cook who makes meals from scratch everyday. She is an excellent cook and all the meals so far have been delicious. We file in to the lunch room and grab our water cup which is about 6-8oz so it is puny and then grab a spoon, two chopsticks, and a metal tray. There are 3 staples in a Korean ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon October 25th 2012

After I wake up and get all the normal morning things taken care of I try to get into work a little earlier in the morning to get some emails typed up, work on lesson plans if I need to finish them or tweak them or just browse the news to see what is going on at home. The kids start getting to school around 8, 8:15 and homeroom starts at 8:30. There their homeroom teacher takes attendance, collect their cell phones, and they have some sort of morning announcements or whatever they do in the am. (I am not a part of this so I have no idea really.) Then 1st class starts at 9:10 and each class is 45 minutes in length with a 10 minute hallway/play break. Every day of the week is ... read more
English Zone
200 Hallway
Courtyard/Soccer field

Asia » South Korea » Incheon October 15th 2012

So the first week of school I basically followed all the teachers around and shadowed their classrooms to see what it was like and got used to my little cubicle with the extrmeley slow computer. The next week I was to do a presentation about who I am, my family, and what I like to do in my spare time. So in between shadowing and making my powerpoint I mostly just sat around in which they call, 'deskwarming'. Nothing really exciting in the first week except a bunch of screaming kids running down the hall saying, "You're handosme!" which is flattering at first and then you realize a couple days later with ALL the kids saying it is that that is pretty much the only word they know. I started Taekwondo on Monday and Thursday nights ... read more
My sweet Taekwondo uniform!
What we ate
View from Seoul Tower

Asia » South Korea » Incheon October 14th 2012

I made to it Seoul without any problems. My flight was long, but fairly comfortable. I read one complete book, did some "room mom" stuff, watched two movies, played games, watched the route map most of the time and slept less than 2 hrs out of the 14 . Needless to say I was very tired,when I arrived, so after a quick dinner I hopped in bed. This morning I woke up early, so I came on back to the airport to take advantage of the free wifi. I have already spoke to Gary and the boys on FaceTime. It was so sweet and I was so surprised that they answered my call! It's hard to tall if the flights full, but it is a large plane. I think the flight is 6-7 hrs. One of ... read more

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