On Christmas eve…

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…I think I broke all my co workers because I gave them gifts.

 

While I gave my closer co teachers a bigger personal gift, I did give the VP and P some fruit and imported chocolate.

Apparently after lunch they were all talking about how nice and shocked and sorry they were.

It wasn’t meant as a feel bad thing but the VP must have went out and bought me a huge bag of clementines and special kind of rice after lunch!

I spent the rest of the day finishing up my Football powerpoint and realized how little I care about teams that are not in my League.  I chose to go with Denver because I couldn’t stand the thought of talking about the Patriots, and the Cowboys because children here know what a cowboy is.

Then of course I had to do the Steelers because Hines Ward ethnicity.  I think they will get a kick out of me using the Korea-Japan rivarly as an analogy to the loathing we Ravens fans feel towards Steelers and vice versa.

 

But now it’s Christmas eve and since I won’t be posting tomorrow most likely here are my final two Christmas songs.

 

1st : Angels we have heard on high-because it reminds me of spending time in church on xmas eve …and really what better way is there?

 

2nd: Waltz of the flowers from the nutcracker-because ….just because. I got into this tradition where i watch the royal opera house’s version of the nutcracker every christmas eve. and this is always my favorite part.

 

Have a merry christmas everyone!!! Or if you don’t celebrate christmas or any holiday, have a lovely winter break or holiday or whatever you want to call it .

On the second day before christmas…

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….I realized that my posts might have been way out of order or I might have skipped a day.

 

Forgive my confusion due to traveling all over Seoul this past weekend, having my wallet stolen, and then having to travel to Suwon for a new ARC card.

 

The good news: I applied sucessfully for the ARC in record time thanks to having an F4 status visa.  I’ve heard from my other friends it can take hours.  And when I had to go pay for the card, I had to walk in the waiting room and saw the line.

Sometimes it really does pay to be a gyopo.

 

I spent more time getting to Suwon than actually being in it.  I thought back to the last time I was there.  Yes it was just as cold.  But that’s about where the similarities stop.

I felt more comfortable, and I was less attached to my phone, worried I was going in the wrong direction. I’ve been all over Seoul, knowing how the subway works, can navaigate my way around Busan, heck I’ve even been to Jeju Do.

I can’t believe that it’s been less than a year.

Bad news: I still have to wait 3 weeks for my ARC.  Hopefully it will get here sooner than that because I will be leaving for American before that.  I would like to have it before then.

 

Yesterday was also my last class with 5-8.

They were a class I oringally liked a lot.  But then, they got too quiet, and sleepy and our final class was less than exciting.  I had them read the story 3 times.

I don’t think they are at that age yet where they can fully grasp that the longer they delay whether by talking or not doing the work, they waste game time.  I try to explain that to them and even my co does, but they don’t seem to care.

I was happy to see that one student whom I thought must have left for another school (this happens quite often apparently) was in the hospital.  I don’t know quite what happened but his knee had been cut open and then sewn back together.  It was kinda gross but I’m glad that Jaewon is back and healthy.

 

As for today’s Christmas MV, I’ve finally decided to do….EXO! Yes they have their new Christmas single out “Sing for You” which is really good/ sad and I love how the acoustics make it sound like they are singing right next to you.  But I love “Miracles in December” as well which was their first song.

It’s only the vocal line: though DO and Luhan switch out during the Korean/Mandarian versions.

But because I like the way Korean sounds better, and I’m DO biased, I’ve put the link to the Korean version.  Feel free to watch the Mandarian version as well,though I guess DO has to sing it in Chinese now that …you know Luhan peaced.  Also if you get a chance also listen to the “sing for you” single which really is heartbreaking.

Though I still find the whale kinda strange, and the MV super depressing, I guess I’m glad that they’ve acknowledged all the issue this past year and are starting to either really get used to being 9 and are happy now despite being depressed and upset about it in the past.

 

on the fourth day before christmas….

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i will be spending my afternoon going to suwon, and getting a new arc card.

 

have i been sounding salty lately? yes well I am.

 

Anyways as i try to remember that money is just money, and haul my ass a good 50 mintue subway ride to suwon when i could be doing my winter camp work, i will leave you with this xmas MV

 

When I was a senior in high school we went to disneyworld to perform the candlelight processional.

Sadly we missed cuba gooding jr as our narrator by one week and instead had steven chapman who I awkwardly enough had music of.

 

We fininshed with the Hallelujah chorus which actually isn’t that hard of a piece to learn.  Also you never forget it.

 

It just so happens that also my church finishes xmas service with this piece every christmas eve.  It’s the big finale and all of the people stay to here and watch and give the choir and Nancy a big round of applause that is well deserved.

 

anyway here is a candlelight version.

on the fifth day before christmas

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….which was yesterday….

 

I was way too tired and stressed that I don’t think I posted anything.

 

Due to the fact that I will be spending this afternoon in suwon getting a new ARC card this will be a double post.

 

so for the first xmas MV this will be Jesu joy of man’s desiring…whatever that means.

 

Basically it’s one of those songs that comes on classical CD’s of christmas music you buy.

 

Also i chose to make it a handbell version.  I spent a lot of my youth at church in the handbell choir and think that it not only gives the song a more xmas feel but a lighter feel as well.

 

enjoy

 

On the sixth Day before christmas…

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….I had the most bipolar weekend.

First. I will preface: this is Sunday’s posting that I didn’t post on Sunday because I was in Seoul dealing with the fact someone stole my wallet from my bag.

 

I’ve always believed that Seoul was relatively safe.

But with the amount of people shopping, it’s not too surprising that Myeongdong would be a hot spot for crime.

 

I had a great Saturday-meeting my one friend, and going to see the Nutcracker with the other.

But when we went shopping in Myeongdong, after I had withdrawn 90,000 Won, my entire wallet was stolen out of my bag.

 

Luckily other than money and an expired driver’s lisscene, all that was in there of importance was my ARC card.

 

I will have to go to Suwon tomrrow to reapply for a new one which will set me back 30,000 won. So between the stolen money and having to apply for a new ARC card, I will be out 110,000 of a budget that I had so carefully put together.

 

The nutcracker was wonderful and we had amazing seats for such a good price. Sometimes it pays to be a foreigner and sadly sometimes it  doesn’t.

 

When I went to the police station located in an area where there are not only a lot of foreingers, but  a lot of shops with sales associates who speak multiple languages, the police station not only was of no help, but when an English speaker tried to help me, they completely ignored us and only said to get my passport and bring it to them.

 

Like, hello we said that I live in Gyeonggi-do like 2 hours away.  How the hell am I supposed to do that?

 

It was sad that something as important as the police station did not have the necessary skills to help me with a stolen wallet, but down the street I could have help buying soap at Nature Republic in three different langauges.  I’m not saying the police should be required to speak English. But in a forienger shopping district where sales associates speak many languages, obivoulsy catering to foreingers, how is it your police station doesnt’?

 

Anyway this post will end here with today’s Christmas post because I’m too tired and annoyed from this weekend.

Clearly I won’t be home for Christmas though.

 

On the 7th day prior to Christmas…

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….I went to the Nutcracker Ballet in Seoul.

Clearly if you read the post before this one, you will know I am going to see the Nutcracker tomorrow but due the fact I will be traveling and ballet watching and yes…..shopping..I will not have time nor access to a computer as I will be in Seoul.

 

I will give my update on Monday which will also have Sunday’s post in it as well. If you don’t understand what I just said…like this.

Friday (today) Friday post and Saturday Post

Monday -Sunday and Monday post

 

If anyone actually cares about it.  I admit it’s weird when I see that people actually like or read my blogs.  Or maybe you just look at the pictures. Or maybe you just need a laugh and find that I spazz over my cute students and KPOP funny.

I promise I am not this funny in real life.

 

Before I get into the Christmas song part, to make this post a little interesting and a little longer, I will say…my sink clogged.

Yep. Really lame. But it did about a few….days ago and at the suggestion of my dear friend I used Drano…like 3 bottles of it.  And it kinda worked…and then it didn’t. And I got upset and put it off because that’s the kind of person I am.  Just like with laundry and dishes.  Don’t want to deal with problems now..so put off until it becomes a huge problem.

 

Turns out I finally told my co yesterday.  School’s contract plumber took a look at it, and BAM within 2 hours fixed. Korea you give me hope with you plumbers that show up when they are supposed and do the work quickly. Same goes from medical care.

Seriously…if you ever have any kind of medical problem come here.  Cheap, effective, clean and fast as lightening.

Though I will admit I will be a little wary when I first pour something down my drain tonight.

 

Second point to make this longer…hmmm winter camp?

 

I mentioned that I’ve become a workaholic this past week.  I mean though it might seem strange if I get dedicated to a point at work I will be there for hours on end.

I think that’s why my eye has been twitching the past day.  Too much time at my computer.

 

So I figured winter camp might not be as bad. And it’s definitely not. While I do have a lot to do, I’m really enjoying it.  I literally had to tear myself away from work last night an hour after I was free because I wanted to continue. But the heat was off, and I was afraid that I might get locked in the school.

 

I’m really enjoying it because I think now I know what to expect.  I’ve also improved and changed a few lessons.  I’m really happy with the way things are shaping up so those two weeks before I leave for America won’t totally suck.

 

Next to make this post longer….my Korean is improving.  I mean it’s not incredible and still I can’t spell (I can’t spell in English that well either as I have admitted to my students. I also told them I can’t do math which they think is cute).

But I feel more comfortable with words and trying them out.  It also helps that a bunch of my students wanted to help me yesterday instead of watching the movie I put in.  Everyone tells me I sound really cute when I speak Korean.

I’m not someone to stroke their ego or ask for compliments. In fact I really beg people not to. But it’s reassuring to me that they are happy that I’m trying.  It also keeps me humble as a teacher and things in perspective for my kids.

There…I think that is sufficently long enough to now post Christmas song.  Also…because it’s almost time to leave and my desk is a mess.

 

No, I’m not a crazy Christian lady. No I don’t go around proclaiming that Christian hymns are the best.  However, Church music really makes Christmas for me. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas and it will be the hardest part (apart from being away from my family) of missing Home Christmas.

Every year since I was a baby,  I always went to Christmas Eve service.

Whether it be 4 services (that was insane and I was exhausted the next day) because I was in 2 choirs, or just 10pm service because I had to work until 5pm, I always made it.

I don’t like to brag about myself, but I will always brag about my church. Not only is it beautiful, and historic, but it’s an accepting community. We have an openly gay and married deacon. 2 of our reverends are female.

But our crowning jewel is a music program that really has no match. I was lucky to grow up with this and participate in the choirs.  And I was spoiled by it.  I don’t mind when I go to Catholic service on Christmas Day with the family ( my dad prefers it) but the music pales in such comparison it’s sad.

No one does Christmas like St. John’s Episcopal Church.

This is one of my favorite songs that was always played at the end of the Nativity Sermon. (This is not my church.)

 

I hope you all have a good weekend and I will enjoy myself in Seoul for the ballet and spending money 🙂

On the 8th day before Christmas…

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My students gave to me…a funny and easy final 5-7 class.

 

This class I love so much.  There are too many cute ones to name.

Jake: the one with big eyes who always wants my attention.

Rainbow: the smartest student who asked me today if we are using the simple present or present progressive for an activity (darn you Rainbow..I don’t remember!)

Twin Girl: Her twin brother is in my 5-2 class. While they are both very smart, it’s obvious he’s a little more wild than she is.

Sehun: My EXO fan (I have one in every class) who likes Sehun the best.

Tony: Who is so small and so cute he look like a mix between Filbert from Rocko’s modern life and D.O. from EXO.  Weird combo I know but he was so cute today with his facial expressions!

 

And finally probably my favorite student Dion. Mr. Ash Blonde hair.  His English is pretty good compared to others but the way he tries so hard and always says “teacher”.  He’s so well behaved and tries to help keep the class quiet.  He will grow up to be a great person I think and I am going to miss him so much next year.

 

Now because I’m in the ending phase of planning my Winter camp which has turned me into a workaholic this past week, I will quickly finish up this post with Christmas song.

Now this will NOT be the last you see of The Nutcracker because well..I’m obsessed with it. (I GET TO SEE IT TOMORROW!!!WAHHH!! IN SEOUL!!! OMG) Ok now that, that is finished.

Usually I am a purist when it comes to anything classical and for most music.  But on occasion I do like remixes-usually ones that don’t change too much like the melody or overall feel. (Any VIXX fans here? Check out BEAST Fiction/VIXX Error remix..it slays)

So when I was working in PETCO …last year? This would come on and I couldn’t help but to secretly love it.  The slightly haunting feel is the same and though there isn’t the light and clean sound because of the ….dubstep?? It still feels really cool.

 

Hope you guys enjoy!! Because I will most likely not update this saturday and sunday…I should probably do so now…So…I will do Saturday’s post now in a seperate post…ok..bye.