Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A short little break.

Right now middle school, and high school students are preparing for and taking exams. Actually this period they are taking exams. This means that some classes have either one student, or the whole class gets shut down. Sometimes you get those students who when in your class who feel that they can leave the stresses of academia behind. Those kids will come to your class no matter what. I will have a class with one such group I love spending time with students like that. We will have a topic based discussion for perhaps 10 - 40 minutes depending on the level interest in the topic. If they are not interested in the topic we will study our text book. All the while they pour out their hearts to me. I listen and ask questions, never judging, or assuming I understand what they are going through.

I aim to be approachable by all, including my own sons.

When I was a child I grew up in a loving household, with caring parents. My father and mother cared for me. As I grew up I realized that my father felt unable to communicate directly with me, and my brothers. This was hard on me. I made some stupid life choices which I feel would have been lessened if my father had spoken to me. Oh lets look at the whole picture. My parents decided to have too many kids. They did not realize that having a large family would cost so much. Times were changing, they had all 5 of us in a matter of 4.5 years (twins yay!). So, my father, being responsible took on three jobs! He worked himself to the bone. My mother was dealing with her own issues, a illness that was hard for doctors to diagnose. When they finally did it was lupus. I grew up learning mostly from my mother.

Now that I am a father, I have seen some pretty good examples of a father engaging with their kids. I emulated these people. Mr. David Noor, of the Indian Navy, was one mentor. Even watching my wife also helped me. Also seeing what my father did (working very hard) and didn't (not spending time with his kids) helped me. I do not want to sound like I am blaming my father. I can say I am trying to overcome our (my father and I) difficulty to engage with our kids. I feel it is a shared issue that was passed down generation to generation. So to Jose Hogan....I am so glad to have you as a father. Your shortcomings are mine as well. I was just lucky to have very good examples to teach me what you could not. This takes nothing away from you Dad. It is what it is. For me though..the buck stops here.

If I can spend time with my own students, overhearing them say "Oh I can't wait till it is tomorrow we will have Jemal for one hour". I want my sons to say the same thing. It seems to be working. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. THE BUCK STOPS HERE! When George and Jeyo are fathers this trend of having a very very hard time to engage well with their kids will be a thing of the past!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An itch to go camping!

It is getting warmer during the day now. It is still chilly at night but who cares when you have electric heating blankets. The weather is really mild during the day then start a nice little fire eat some good food...then huddle in the tent reading or watching videos until lu lu la la land claims your soul.

The thing is I want a tent that can deploy faster and is easier to set up. Our current big red tent is ok but it takes a bit of time to set up, and on a windy day.... Once while camping a strong gust knocked the tent half over. Poor Yogita was having one her migraines when suddenly *poof* she was looking up at the sky instead of the tent's ceiling.

So I am on the look out for something large that can deploy easily, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Yogita has already turned some promising finds on portable air conditioners. So on the home front we will enjoy this summer a lot. Last year we lost a PSU to heat....this summer I am hoping to save up a bit of coin because I want to get a GTX 960 or 970 for Yogita and I later this year.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring is coming...

Spring in Gunsan is very short, and pleasant. What this means is that the long hot, humid summer is around the corner. We will be buying 2 portable air conditioners this year. Maybe we will have an AC put in, but it depends on if the landlord will allow us to drill holes in the wall for the condenser. Another apartment we stayed that was an issue. So perhaps this time round we can get a couple of wall mounted units, or settle for the portable units.

Of course it is important to stay cool and comfortable with out a doubt. However, we have 3 computers running in our room that can benefit greatly by having an AC. It sounds nuts but it is so true. The first piece of hardware that goes on our PC's is the Power supply unit (PSU). When it gets too hot the fans in the PSU can not deal with the heat. I am talking about gaming, not surfing the web or watching youtube videos. Gaming means that the PSU is going to heat up to supply the wattage needed mainly for the GPU. After a PSU failure the thing that goes is the motherboard. Nothing sucks more than to run a dozen tests hoping for bad ram, or perhaps power cables, or the SATA connectors have warped...to find that you need to replace a motherboard. Then when you start looking for a replacement you find that your CPU is just to old...which leads to either risking a second hand unit, or pouring cash into getting a cpu/motherboard combo. Managing cooling means your old system can last a few more years. Lets face it my i7 3770k cpu is still doing just fine running at stock even though 6th generation cpus are out now. I bought my i7 back in 2012....five years and still going strong with no overclocking even though there is room in my set up for it.

Gpus are usually more sturdy with massive heat sinks, and large fans. You also have the option of using software to make sure that your fans are spinning at top speeds if you know you are going to be gaming. I have noticed that our GPUs haven't burned out...we make sure to clean the fans regularly, and monitor temps during gaming.

So...Spring is coming...gotta get an AC cause first...its too damn hot, second.....our hardware needs cooling too!


Saturday, February 25, 2017


Yesterday I got a message from my former boss. It seems that she wants Yogi to return and work for her...actually at the time of writing they should be talking about it now. It is so funny how things happen. Yogita was telling me that she is really enjoying her time off. Then suddenly 2 weeks ago her former student wants lessons. Actually 2 lessons. Another former student also contacted her as well. To be honest many of our former adult students have been asking when will either we return (which they prefer) or when will the new teacher arrive. I finally told them what I really thought, that is she had no plans to hire another teacher, and she is waiting to if we can come back. I know that she asked around (Gunsan is a small town and people talk). The issue is everyone knows that she is nice and honest. The main issue is that while she is a good person she is not very good with paying people on time. I should note that you will NEVER be cheated...NEVER. You have to be...very patient. When you have a family bills need to paid on time, family events, special holidays and things like that.
Being paid late....usually 70% of the time is angering. I remember years ago we got behind on our bills. Of course this would happen. We were paid usually one to one and half weeks late. So I am in the office and the manager at that time Mr. Ryu starts scolding me like I am a child. The reason? One of the utility offices called complaining about an overdue bill. Lets just say once I said my piece he was very very quiet afterward and never brought it up again. I even remember him getting on my bosses case once.

So it seems that Yogita's little break is over as she will again help out lol. All of this happened yesterday...on Friday! I could not enjoy my dinner but it is ok. Lets see how this pans out. I will NOT teach the morning class again. No way!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Testing time....

It is that time of year here at Apple. We hold exams every 4 months. I wish we could get one day to just concentrate on this. It is tough to get things done around a normal schedule. Testing week also means that the semester is ending, classes, and schedules will change as well.

For years I have had terrible work schedules. Usually, 9am to 9 or 10pm. I would not be teaching during this time. I would either be driving to a company...waiting for 5 - 15 minutes, then have class, then driving again. Each company class takes about 2 hrs out of the day due to driving. The Industrial zone is 20 or kms from the school where I worked. Usually I would have 2 to 3 company classes. At times this would drop to just one.

My schedule next week is so nice and sweet. I start at 3:40 and finish at 9:20 or 9:30...I do not remember. We will all get a dinner break. Now Josh and other teachers can not eat dinner due to how the schedule is now. This time we can ALL eat together. Ah it will be a nice change for the next 4 months!

Tonight will be the last class with this group of students, we will play a game methinks. Actually I have never played a game with them.


Help on the homefront!!

It boggles the mind when people say bad things about their wife. I have such a wonderful lady. I am not saying they have no reason for complaint....I just feel lucky....I struck gold. I race home at night...happy to heading home. Some of my friends....it is like they are heading to a battlefield. I my friends when they marry they say wonderful things about the wife. However, once kids come along...the story changes. Sex sucks, no attention, arguments yadda yadda. I think arguments are very normal in relationships...marriages that is. I do not think of them as a "real" fight. Couples need to get into little tit for tats. My buddy Josh even endures our "fights". I love the Newfoundlander cause..he never takes sides...openly. He confessed once "Jemal I am always on your side". LOL

My wife is always a help to me as I am for her. When I am sick...I feel...kinda....good. I get so babied. When she is sick...she gets her Dr. H ( a pet nickname she has for me). I was so sick yesterday night...high grade fever sweating like a stuck pig. Yet my lady my lil kid, my brown girl....helped me. When she is having a nightmare....I hold her close in my arms. I call out her name..when she wakes...she has me.

In our relationship we have had ups and downs. However, I realize I have indeed got the woman of my dreams.

My little lady...the sun in my heart!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow snow please don't show!

Well this month is more than half over and I have not seen much snow at all. I am so happy about it. Driving back and forth is no problem for me....until snow enters the picture. Gunsan and Iksan are just not well equipped to deal with heavy snow.

I came down with enteritis late last week. I think it was something I ate that did not agree with my gut flora at all. I am feeling better and actually ate dinner today. Now Josh is feeling sick. Perhaps something is going around?

Josh as yet another laptop that I have eyes on. I think it could take the place of the baby. It is more portable than the beast, less powerful but still enough for my needs. In addition it would be great to have the smaller alienware at home so that George can practice typing.

Oh we will be watching movies on the 27th in morning, and bowling in the evening....very very interesting!