Happy Halloween!

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Today it is Halloween in Korea!

And thus it is also our last day of the 13 days of Halloween song challenge.

I will be posting our final 3 Halloween songs below.

Updates will go back to what they were originally-once a week-usually Thursdays.

Though I am planning a 12 days of Christmas project closer to the date.

So here are our final 3!

Witch by the poor underrated “Boyfriend”

stalker by UKISS-even though this is borderline pervy in an illegal kind of way, it fits creepy pretty well

and of course what would halloween be without the kings of dark concepts most disturbing MV of all time… this is not for the faint of heart (though there is a clean version if you can’t stand it)

so there we have it! hope you enjoyed the countdown to halloween!!

The strange case of VIXX

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Last night I went to bad, finally losing the battle of not getting sick. My plan today was to post 3 videos as to not forget this weekends post.

But seeing as I will be using one of my sick days to leave work early (I am proud to say I’ve never missed work…simply asked to leave after my classes are done) I am only going to post one today.

It’s VIXX once again because who does dark/creepy/concept better?

It’s HYDE which came out first. It’s dark, it’s creepy. Then they had a repackage a few months later called Jekyll which was their super happy, fun single (and my personal favorite song).

I thought it was so well done: not only did they use literature to convey their concepts (Hyde talks about not being a bad person but just someone they “can’t control” while Jekyll talks about falling in love and thinking about “losing control”) but they pulled it polar opposite back to back concepts SO well.

So enjoy!

 

And then there were 5 ….

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Can’t believe there are only 5 more days of this 13day of Halloween Song challenge!

Today will also be an update as well because it’s Thursday and due to another school event (the amount in this month alone is staggering) I have no class.

Lesson Plans:

So with the Halloween holiday coming up, I wanted to do something special for my kids. I remember as a student, anytime there was a holiday, school schedules were a little different. It was exciting and fun and the best time.

But Halloween isn’t really a thing in Korea (like it is apparently in Japan). The students know the general idea-costumes and candy. But that’s about it. There’s no special event or anything (which makes sense) but I always was told that I’m not only introducing English to them but also to bring a little American culture as well.

So I decided last year to do some things that I remember loving as a student myself.

Now sadly there aren’t really costumes and I doubt the school would be happy if I asked the students to dress up next Monday.

So I decided to purchase some cheap things from the local store.

The first activity is called “Candy Guessing Game”

And to celebrate the holiday in class, I bought a clear glass jar, filled it with peanut M&M’s (I hate regular M&M’s and I will be eating them afterwards 🙂 I counted them as I put them into the jar. Then I have the students line up, look at the jar and guess how many candies are in the jar.

Now in my youth, the winner usually kept the jar of candies, but due to the fact I have 8 classes and Peanut M&M’ s aren’t cheap here, I bought chocolate bars for the winners. If you have smaller classes or find cheaper candy, then you can give the winner the jar of candy. I used Peanut M&M’s because of their color, size and the fact I want to eat them afterwards. I’m a little selfish.

I suggest though if you have multiple classes you wait until all classes have done the activity. If you announce the winner, students from other classes will ask what the winning number is and eventually all the kids will know the winning number. It sucks especially if some of your classes are on different lessons (trust me I know) but unless you want to put them in a different jar and redo it, it’s just better to wait until all of your classes have guessed.

The next activity is a Halloween word search to be done while waiting for their turn to guess the candy. Korean students really love word searches for some reason. It’s really easy to find these online. I chose a medium level one so the smarter kids have something to keep them busy for a while, and the lower level students can work with partners.

The final activity is showing a little bit of “Nightmare before Christmas”. Kids here love slightly bizarre things and animation-so I assumed they would love this. It’s a different type of animation than they are used to and as we all know Tim Burton is into some weird shit. I would suggest if you don’t have this than try Corpse Bride maybe….Corline apparently has a weird scene that involves some…kind of animation nudity  or something and showing that to kids without parent supervision might be considered bad taste.

Music:

Since there are only 5 more days left I chose Beast/B2st “Shadow”. This is one of my all time favorite KPOP songs though it’s less popular than their infamous “Fiction”. It’s maybe not as “themey” as other videos, but it’s definitely creepy…..especially the end.

It’s also appropriate I chose this for the 5th spot if a little sad.

Though not entirely surprising, Hyunseung left the group earlier this year.  He’s always been a little bit quieter and 4D but I felt like after his dad died he really changed a lot. I thought he was getting better the past year or so but with all the “scandals” he’s been involved, and his own solo album, it really felt like he didn’t want to be part of the group anymore. I think the saddest thing is that the members revealed they don’t speak anymore.

So now there are only 5 members.

To me this was a group that was way more talented than some of the bigger groups out there-because every single one of them had a talent. And while as individual members they were great, together they were perfect. They always sounded like the swallowed a CD. Their performances were always on point. There really was no fault with this group.

And then CUBE really ran them into the ground. No promotion, nothing. And they weren’t the only group to feel this in CUBE.

So I was relieved to see them leave. I’m grateful to CUBE for giving them the second chance they all deserved but it’s time for them to make their own label.

 

Aside for the typical post about music, I also went to the Lotte Duty Free Family Concert last Saturday. It was a first come first serve type of thing so I didn’t really want to wait too long because I would be far away anyway. Didn’t really matter because the seats didn’t fill up as much as I thought. I was pretty close to the field, though still far away. Luckily I was alone so finding 1 seat open is much easier.

Bad news, my EXO lightstick batteries died. Good news…I was surrounded by EXO-L’s.

I always forget how crazy EXO-L’s go at any event EXO is at. I mean this in the best way possible.

Other than EXO, TWICE, NCT (both units minus Dream), EXID, G Friend (the place was really quiet during their performance…I’m not a huge fan because I think all their songs sound the same, but I felt bad for them), Mamamoo (who were SOOOOOOOO amazing-the past few times I’ve seen them they looked super tired but they were all on fire and the place was SOOOOOO loud for them)….I think that’s it. There weren’t many groups but they each did at least 5 songs so it was really nice.

Also there weren’t any idiot hosts and filming so it went super smooth. It was nice seeing Lay do his song, but sad that EXO only did 4 songs. Though they finished with “Lucky” which is one of my favorite songs of theirs so it was okay.

 

Travel:

So I’m hoping finally this weekend, I can get to hiking in Goyang. My weekends have been so busy and I haven’t had time -plus it rained last weekend. I was invitied to go hiking with some of the teachers at my school last week but they didn’t tell me until I had been at school for a few hours already…and had no way to change before they left (I don’t understand how they thought that I would be able to go with no warning-like a day in advance would have been nice).

I really wanted to go hiking in the fall for the colors, but it’s been on and off rainy this fall (wow rainy season is finally here!)

So I’m hoping, weather barring (and physically -I started a new workout regime) I can make it to the mountains this Saturday and see some great fall colors, enjoy the crisp air, visit the town, and get a great hike in.

 

 

You’re Once, TWICE!

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Happy 8th day of this 13Days of Halloween Song Challenge!

Today’s song is “Ooh-ahh” by Twice.

Twice is a group that I’m still really torn about. I really like some of the members, and think they are super talented but the others…I’m not sure about. Also the fact that they put out Cheer Up will never fail to make me mad.

This was their debut song which came out about a year ago-so right around Halloween time.

Though I really HATE zombies, it’s not too noticeable in this MV, and the song is so catchy! This is my favorite TWICE song and when I saw them last Saturday, I totally rocked out to this.

I think that even though the song at times is a little disjointed and kind of messy it works really well…unlike Cheer Up which was messy and disjointed to the point of no return. (Thank god their new comeback wasn’t anything like that).

It’s the kind of song that will get stuck in your head in a good way. So enjoy!!!

It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

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A typical “cult” movie (I had to explain that meaning to my friend and I’m not sure she really got it) that is THE Halloween movie for many my age.

Even though the movie was made in the early 90’s it still plays during Halloween these days. Sure the graphics aren’t great, and re watching it made me realize there are a lot of obvious errors (like how Winifred knew what a driver’s license is, or why Thackery Binx didn’t just tell his parents he was the cat since he could obviously talk).

But everyone loves this movie-how can you not.

I used it as part of the Halloween festivities for my students. Since we are leaning about physical appearance, I asked about hair color, and clothing after letting the children watch this small clip.

So sit back and enjoy this amazing scene from “Hocus Pocus”!!!

 

 

This is (almost) Halloween!

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Today is the third day of my 13 days of Halloween Song challenge.

After getting started with the amazing Michael Jackson and then venturing into the KPOP world, today is something that haunted my childhood.

As an English teacher in Korea my kids are oddly excited about Halloween. So I try to make things a little exciting for them.

I remember as a student anything that was holiday, or out of the ordinary always made me very happy.

So I decided to make a candy guess and various other things that I will talk about during next week’s actual post.

But I wanted to mention it because I chose to use “This is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas as an opening video.

Kids here really love slightly weird/creepy/animation things. So naturally they would love this. Some of them were a little irked by it. Even though the movie is rated PG it still is a slightly grotesque movie at times.

When I was growing up this was a very popular movie when it came out an has been ever since. It was my first taste of “Tim Burton” . But I wasn’t actually allowed to really watch it. It was “contraband”. My mom said it was too scary (and too this day it still is according to her). Oddly enough sex and horror were things I wasn’t really allowed to watch growing up but action and violence were okay which is probably the reason why I can handle that genre of movie well.

To this day I’m still easily freaked out by scary/horror movies. Thrillers are one thing but I do have a limit that is pretty low for a 26 (YIKES ALMOST 27) year old.My students love zombies and don’t understand why their teacher is afraid of zombies.

Haunted Houses, corn mazes, Haunted Forest….anything along those lines are extremely painful for me. I mean in a Tao crying. Baekhyun drooling, Kyungsoo running, Luhan screaming kind of way (Hint: watch EXO Showtime when they go into the haunted house…it’s a riot).

But I do love Halloween-to me it represents a little bit of creepiness with some good kid fun and all things autumn is known for-apple cider, cool nights, crisp apples, pumpkin flavored everything, candy, scented candles etc.

But living in Korea really deprives me of all of that. So now Halloween is just a thing that I use to get my kids excited so they don’ t realize they will be in school non stop until New Years.

Now I did find subtitles for this for any English teacher looking for them “크리스마스 악몽” (Literally Christmas Nightmare) and I have it posted below. The song in English is hard enough to understand at times and I noticed the kids this year with the subtitles were more into it than last year. If you are looking for the entire movie you might want to check your school’s library which is where I found mine, or on Gmarket for about 13,000 -just be aware it will need to be Region 3 (Asia)

It’s just a Fantasy (I wish was real!)

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Ok so true to my word, today is the second day of the 13 Days of Halloween Song Countdown.

We kicked things off with the iconic “Thriller” but today we are venturing back to the KPOP world.

Usually KPOP fans think of creepy/dark concepts and think VIXX. So today is one of few VIXX songs in the countdown.

This was the most recent comeback in August which actually felt a little out of season which is why I think it took me a little longer to get into it. The sound and MV both feel like they should be set in the Fall, not summer.

However after listening a few times it really grew on me. The orchestral arrangement is really impressive, not to mention the Moonlight Sonata in the opening chords.

This is actually the second part in their 2016 3 part series-the album is called Hades.

I chose this one as the first one for VIXX because even though it’s not as dark as some of their others, it is devious in it’s own way-not to mention the creepy fairy tale-like aspect.

Hope you enjoy it!

(They also released a full dance and drama version that is worth checking out as well)

I feel Witty, oh so witty

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Today marks first day of my second annual 13 Days of Halloween Song Countdown!

As mentioned prior, last year was a KPOP only theme but this year I decided to add in some other varieties as well.

I will also be updating my usual once a week update today as well.

So to begin…Lesson planning:

So apart from teaching bratty hormonal teenagers 8 times a week, I also teach hyper, daycare as well.

For the better part of almost 2 years I didn’t know how to teach them. I had no plan, no co teacher and worst of all an inconsistent class (some kids go and come day to day).

So there is no real way to make it a formal class -and I’m supposed to “teach” them for an hour.

Well quickly I learned that worksheets only kept them busy if I implicated a sticker system.

After much stress, annoyance and frustration on my part I finally hit a wall-I asked around but no one really had any answers because none of them had my problems.

So I decided to end up using a project I used during summer vacation.

I altered it for 1st and 2nd graders. Instead of 6 new words and 5 phrases I just used 6 new vocabulary words, a review of 8 (they have to look back at the previous worksheets or do it from memory). They listen to me and write it once in Korean and twice in English.

Then we watch the movie-because they are so young I am afraid they can’t read fast enough or well enough so I put the sound on in Korean and the subtitles on in English. After we watch about 10-12 minutes of the movie we go back of the words .

Like I said it’s not much but  the kids have really become much more manageable, and they never want me to turn the movie off.

Some of them even have become great with remembering the vocab words.

I decided to use Mulan as the starter movie-it  has music, action, comedy and it’s “asian”. They kids (especially the boys) weren’t really happy about it but now they are obsessed with it.I used Tangled and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (I would advise against this because of all the food puns-they don’t translate well) but you can use almost any movie.

It teaches the kids some new words, you get them writing in English (something that is very important because parents apparently only want to see their kids writing in English-it’s not as important if they can’t read or speak it I guess) and then you get to keep them quiet for about 10 minutes. All in all…a win for everyone.

Music Review:

Today I will be using this slot for my first day of 13 Day Halloween Song countdown.

What better way than to start it off with “Thriller”.

Such an iconic song and Music Video and it fits perfectly with the theme.

Now this was way before my time so I didn’t really understand why this was such a big deal-the dance- the music video never looked overly impressive to me. But when I got older and realized it was a pioneer of sorts in that regard, I understood that it was really the first time anyone had done that.

Nowadays (especially in Western Music) the idea of a MV has really gone down. I think that’s why people enjoy KPOP-the quality and sets and costumes are just done like no other. It’s something you don’t get when you listen to One Direction.

Travel:

Sadly despite getting paid I have not been able to travel-this weekend was mostly spent in a 7 hour rehearsal and then being lazy on Sunday.

However this upcoming Saturday I am finally going to the Lotte Family Concert in Jamsil (AKA I get to see Mamamoo and EXO!!!!!!!!! Can you guess I’m excited?)

But the following week I finally have some time and the means to go to Goyang. I’ve been wanting to go hiking for a while and especially now that the leaves are starting to turn colors (this sadly did not happen in Seoraksan because it was still very warm at the time I went).

I also wanted to get a feel for the area up there as I plan on trying to find a job there this coming March.

So that’s it-a short post but nothing too exciting has been happening lately. Tomrrow I will update with the second day of my 13 days of Halloween countdown.