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Little known fact, but I make super delicious kimchi jjigae...



Little known fact, but I make super delicious kimchi jjigae (김치찌개). I make it whenever I have some older kimchi sitting in the fridge (i.e. more fermented or “ripe” kimchi). The stew only tastes as good as the kimchi. I like to make mine with pork, cooked and served boiling hot in a stone pot.

Pictured is 참치 김치찌개 (chamchi kimchi jjigae, tuna). I felt a little funny about ordering something so… let’s say “poignant in aroma” for a date, but… he’s cool.


My old hagwon used to have monthly birthday party celebrations...











My old hagwon used to have monthly birthday party celebrations (see here and here), but my new hagwon does it so much better!


I remember pretty vividly the first time I cheated in school. I...





I remember pretty vividly the first time I cheated in school. I was sitting next to a cute blonde haired, blue eyed boy. He had a feminine name like Ashley, but his name wasn’t Ashley. We were learning about Earth in class. I think it was second grade. Most of the page was coloring and it only had one question. He whispered to me, asking the answer. I said I didn’t know.

He said he’d write “yes” as his answer if I wrote “no.” Even though I was young, I remember thinking he was cute, and that I probably would have done anything he asked. I wrote “no” as my answer. I watched him write “yes” as his answer. We both had shit-eating grins on our faces as we turned in our pages to the teacher.


Unsolicited fanmail

I hesitate to share private messages, but this is my blog and this blog is about my life. I have edited out the name as best as possible. If the individual finds this post and asks me to take down this post, I will.

Sometimes I receive what I refer to as “unsolicited fanmail” on social media. I am not talking about kind messages or constructive criticism from strangers. Those I welcome, because I think the world is full of kind people I have yet to meet and the internet helps connect me with those wonderful people. When I talk about “unsolicited fanmail,” I mean unwelcome messages from people that use social media to be put me down or be creepy.


There are a few things that frustrate me about Korean...



There are a few things that frustrate me about Korean culture/language. One of them is the fact that they call non-toasted bread, toast (토스트). My mom and I have definitely quarreled over this. She’ll ask if I want toast, but she’ll put jam on my bread without toasting it.

Our conversations usually go like this:

Me: “That’s not toast! That’s bread!”

Her: “It’s 토스트!”

Sigh.


One of my students showing off her new toy, 맥체괴물. Difficult to...





One of my students showing off her new toy, 맥체괴물. Difficult to describe but it’s a bit like watery Play-Doh, but not… Kids enjoy stretching it out and letting it drip between their fingers. It’s wiggly and jiggly. Costs just about a dollar, which is good because it’s only entertaining for a few minutes. The blue kind stains and makes a mess.


There is a cute boy in my life who likes to take me on dates,...











There is a cute boy in my life who likes to take me on dates, such as walking along the Han River (한강).

I will tell you three things. (1) He is Canadian. (2) We are taking things slow. (3) The other day he told me that I am the most beautiful person. >//<


Parents’ Day (어버이날) was May 8th. My mom and I celebrated...









Parents’ Day (어버이날) was May 8th. My mom and I celebrated the weekend before with a walk around Busan, including a trip to Costco. We had a great time. I consider my mom my best friend, and I feel confident that I could tell her and talk to her about anything. Not just this day, but every day, I want to tell her I love her. Our relationship has not been and is not perfect, but with its imperfections, it is perfect for us.


Good bye, HQ. It’s a story told over and over again....


















In South Korea, May 5 is officially recognized as...







In South Korea, May 5 is officially recognized as Children’s Day (어린이날). I worked this weekend to throw a special market day for the students at my academy. They used printed US dollars to purchase items from our mock store, while practicing their English. They said they had a lot of fun, and I did too! With some fun art projects, singing, and bibimbap (비빔밥), it was a great day.


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