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Being Responsible is Hard Work

Just a quick random update because I have some time right now~

My brain is kind of dying at the moment since we worked a lot tonight and I had some makgeolli, but I wanna tell you about something that happened last night when I went to get some groceries after work.
On the way to the store though (Family Mart ftw!) I ran into some of my students in front of the Church. They were just hanging around bullying eachother (Korean kids get quite physical with eachother and they love running around and punching everyone, but they never get angry, it’s kind of strange) so I stopped to have a talk with them. TEACHER RIESJAADU, TEACHER RIESJAADU, BOXING!! (When they say Boxing, basically they mean they want me to punch someone =p)

Then while we were running around, some middleschoolers (age 16+) came out of the Church and they were like “Oh! Sonsaengnim!” The middleschoolers had been quite interested in us for the past few days but because we didn’t have any classes with them, we only saw them during lunch and we had to sit with the children, so they couldn’t get to know us yet. So when they saw me outside I just got a barrage of questions.
“Hello! What is your name? Nice to meet you too!” They were just firing all the English they knew at me.
“Ohhh, you are from Nesserlansu? Guus Hiddink! Orangi!” When I showed them the few eurocents I still had left in my wallet they got so excited! It was cute to see grown guys being so childish over a few cents. “Ohhh Daebak! Daebak!”
They kept telling me how handsome I was, and how much they wanted to have a beard like mine. This was probably the first time anyone had ever told me I was ‘handsome’, lol. It felt a little weird because there were just these 5 guys staring at me and also the 10 kids who still hadn’t left. Actually, one of the moksaengnims made them greet me in the formal way, like all five of them bowing deeply at the same time saying “ANNYEONGHASEYO RIESJAADU SONSAENGNIM!”

When I told them I had to go to the store, they were only too happy to accompany me, especially after I told them I was getting Maekju and Makgeolli.
In Korea, you can’t drink until you’re 20, and you can’t smoke until..well..until you finish highschool. One of the guys was a smoker, so he proudly showed me his one cigarette that had been hidden somewhere in his pants for a day in a “OHYEAHHH I KNOW I’M BADDD” kind of way. So when I told him that in the Netherlands everyone can drink and smoke from 16 and up they literally fell to the floor (this is something really Korean to do, it’s like overreacting to show your surprise). When I told them, they were like “Well..in that case…hyung…can you buy us some beer?”
They’d been pretty cool, so I thought ‘Oh well, why not?’
They hid the beer under their shirt and thanked me like a thousand times.

So within my first week of living in Wando, I already helped minors break the law.
I wonder what the future holds.

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One of the things I love about Korea compared to the Netherlands is how people still visit actual, physical stores here. While in my country, cities struggle keeping their downtown shopping areas from looking like ghost towns, here there is a healthy variety in both local mom and pop stores, big franchise chains and everything in between.

There's even megamalls like this one, called #Garden5, that we couldn't even imagine finding back at home. 4 huge buildings with 14 floors of shopping each, in an area that doesn't even come close to the foot traffic that regular downtown areas see - I don't know how places like this stay in business, but I'm very happy they do.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Seoul_Korea #discoversouthkorea #GardenFive #Mall #Megamall #Shoppingcenter #HappyNewYear #NewYear #Store #Shopping #서울 #가든5 #가든파이브 #리차드 #백화점 #쇼핑 #네덜란드 #외국인 #유럽 #새해 #새해복많이받으세요 #가게 아휴~ teaching is hard work, but (although I'm well aware of how cheesy this sounds) seeing my students have fun with what we've come up with and enjoy themselves makes it all worth it, and because I was doing it together with my close 형, I even had a lot of fun.

The best thing about teaching in Korea is how adorable the kids are, even though they can also be little demons, and how surprised they get when they find out you speak Korean.

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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #English #Englishteaching #Teaching #EFL #TESOL #Korean #Kids #Students #EnglishCamp #languagelearning #영어 #영어공부 #영어수업 #외국인 #네덜란드 #영어캠프 #언어 #선생님 #쌤 #Engels #Les #Lesgeven Today, I found this picture that I took about 3 years ago in a toy store here in Korea.

I don't want to sound like an old fart, but I sure do wish we'd have had books like this when I was studying English - it certainly beats the 800th 'Trip to London' practice dialogue.

P.s. Nightcrawler is the best X-Man
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Toystore #XMen #Nightcrawler #Superhero #Superheroes #Marvel #Book #Comics #Comicbook #English #LearningEnglish #StudyingEnglish #Kids #서울 #토이저러스 #엑스맨 #나이트크롤러 #히로 #슈퍼히어로 #마블 #영어 #영어공부 #코믹 #공부 #언어 #연습 It has been snowing remarkably often this year. Winters in Korea are always cold, but since there generally isn't much precipitation, it doesn't usually snow all that often. This year, however, has seen about 7 days of snow already and with all these cold snaps, we can probably look forward to a couple more before the winter finally gives up.
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#nofilter #winter #snow #white #Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #KyungHee #kyungheeuniversity #University #ig_korea #ig_asia #노필터 #겨울 #눈 #화이트 #서울 #seoul_korea #경희대 #경희대학교 #경희 #외국인 #네덜란드 #대학교 #대학원 #대학 #춥다 @seoul_official 완벽한 오늘.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Food #Koreanfood #Guksu #Gogiguksu #Present #Gift #Newyear #Perfect #foodstagram
#완벽한 #오늘 #완벽한오늘 #국수 #고기국수 #먹스타그램 #음식 #서울 After 3 months of no Starcraft, the first match of the year is always something I look forward to. I guess I now understand how sports fans feel when it's off season.

This is the third year that I've been in Seoul enough to closely follow all the major Starcraft tournaments, and although I still really miss Proleague I guess it is better for my productivity that we've only got two major tournaments going on these days. If February rolls around without any SSL announcements, I might get antsy though..
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