Why hello there
I have been pretty busy lately. I am trying to stay on top of running and that tires me out. Despite being really busy I have time to realize the weather has taken a turn for the better. This weekend it was 80* I think its good and bad…I just know that some hot weather is in STORE for this summer then.
Anyways, here are a few pictures that sum up spring for me because honestly….its over already Haha. So here’s to a great spring until we meet again! You were fun.
FINALLY. Honestly, I have tried to post this blog several times before now but I ended up getting inspired by looking at my pictures of food and went to foodgawker.com or something. Today, I am focused.
I love eating. I love talking about, looking at , thinking about, dreaming about…food. When researching food in Singapore and Malaysia beforehand I was already drooling. This post will be all about my food pictures from my trip. There were times when I was eating and it just didn’t seem right to take a picture, or I finished it so fast that when I remembered it looked too eaten. : / Please enjoy.
Singapore, Singapore. While I was in Singapore I would eat 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners everyday because I didn’t want to miss anything. Can you imagine???
I know there is so much more to eat in Singapore, but I definitely ate a lot.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Coconut. Nuts. Curries. Vegetables. ROTI. Malaysian food was so delicious.
How do you write a blog post about a 17 day long vacation? When everyday you were doing something new and exciting? I decided to break it down into some categories, first being; creatures. At the beginning of February I got back from a 17 day vacation in Singapore and Malaysia. During that time I spent a lot of time in the rain forest. I was lucky enough to see a lot of wild life. I have to preface this though…I have a phobia of creepy crawlies…I knew that I was going into the jungle and that there would be a whole new world of creatures but nothing would have prepared me for it. My time spent in the jungle was exciting for every second and I wouldn’t take any of its time away even though at times I was really scared. I was able to push through and begin to conquer my fears!
Singapore, Singapore. No wildlife in Singapore! Seriously! I was happy to not worry about mosquitoes but…there was nothing!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mulu National Park, Mulu, Borneo, Malaysia.
Bako National Park, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia.
The Night Walk @ Bako National Park.
Out and Around in Bako Park.
Semenggoh Wildlife Reserve, Kuching, Malaysia.
Snow. You always want it when you can’t have it, and want it gone when it persists. Here in Daegu, snow is somewhat rare. Not counting last year where it snowed quite a bit and for an extended period of time… None the less, I want some snow! I want to walk and see my foot prints. I want to make a SNOWMAN! I want to see the city turn white. I want to see it slow down a bit. I explained the concept of a snow dance to a couple of 5th graders yesterday…I hope that they really understood me and did their part. I certainty did.
School is out, but the kids don’t really get a break. I see kids out and about, at school, heading to their hagwons. None of them are just playing or relaxing. Neither am I! I have 3 weeks of winter camp and I have already finished 1. It went really well. I am starting to get the hang of camp! It is now week 2 where I am teaching the beginners alone. They are all 3rd graders with a few 4th graders. We are studying about winter. Today revolved alllllllllllllllllllllll around snow. We read this book:
This book is about how a little boy begins to see a few snowflakes but everyone around him is doubting the snow. As he says “Snow doesn’t listen to the radio. Snow doesn’t watch T.V.”
So I am hoping that this post acts as yet, another snow dance. As I started this post it was snowing, tiny little flakes. Since then it has stopped : / We got a few hours of snow on New Years Day but it didn’t stick anywhere except peoples cars. If you have snow please, send some my way!!! Next weekend I will be going up north in Gangwon province to an Ice Fishing Festival. It looks really exciting and FULL of snow! Jeff might even jump in freezing water to go fishing…aka CATCH a fish. ahh!
UPDATE: 10 minutes after writing this post THIS is what I saw out of my window… ; )
I have been really busy, lately. I made a goal about this year to try to do more at my school and be more involved. I really got what I wished for. Teaching my regular classes had gotten a little boring~ just the same stuff over and over again. Not much creativity involved just teaching about the book and making sure they get a good grade on their tests. That kind of attitude and teaching realllllllly brings me down. SO, when I saw an e-mail from the DMOE offering teachers a chance to teach after school English classes twice a week, I jumped at the chance and applied. Soon, I was going to be busier than I ever thought I could be!
My After School Class
I was assigned to teach 3rd graders. I was a little nervous since…that meant…the students had been studying English for less than a year. Following me for 2 hours was going to pose as a struggle for sure. I have to admit, I really struggled with this class for the first month. I had to make assigned seats, assign daily positive reinforcement deals and a warning system! I reviewed the rules before class everyday. I even had to speak with a mother about her son’s behavior. Me…speaking to a mother…in Korean was really interesting. I hope she understood what I was trying to get across! Anyways, if there is one thing I learned that stuck so hard with me from graduate school its that the #1 step to improving classroom behavior and having good classroom management was good curriculum. I tried my best to plan intersting and challenging lessons, but so often they ended up being…재미 없어, not fun. Through the struggle, we all started to get into a groove and I started to know what they liked and what their needs were. In the end it was such a great experience. Here are some highlights of what we did for the semester~
My old mentor teacher from Portland, Phyllis, was kind enough to start a pen pal correspondence. It was a really big motivator and sooo much fun!
Fall in Korea is really beautiful. There aren’t drawbacks like strong winds, rain everyday- like Spring. Spring is pretty but man, its hard to be outside with the beautiful-ness when you feel like you’re going to get blown over or you don’t have a paddle boat or something. So yes, fall wins. The other morning I was walking to school along my students, practicing English and whatnot. I just looked up and realized how beautiful this morning was. I had to capture it.
I had to blog about fall before it goes away. Its a matter of days now. The rain will come and all of the leaves will be gone, so I am enjoying it while it is here! To Palgonsan I go this weekend!