Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winter in India well in Lucknow is quite chilly. It seeps down into your bones....but its nothing like winter in philly. In Philadelphia we had wind chill factors which would force the temps even lower. I remember ice storms that would leave centimeters of ice coating everything. Korea was similar with out the ice storms, but wow did it get cold.

Its funny when we walk about in Lucknow and people kind of gawk at me wondering how in the world am I not feeling cold. Of course once they learn "oh he is an American" then they sort of understand.

The longer I stay in India I spent time here in 2008 I realize that Koreans should stop feeling over proud of their 5000 year history. Welcome to India which is...MUCH older. Koreans visiting India's northeast will find life very very similar to that in Korea. India is just so much more diverse.

Soon we will be heading to New Delhi to take of Jeyo's passport renewal. I hope to get a nice feel of New Delhi from that trip.


You know when it is time to go when....

You know it's time leave your job when.... A family member of the owner can be trained to basically to the same job in less than a week of coaching. When your given more responsiblies with no pay raises or any other perks. When you state that you have other options, your employer panics makes promises then once he or she thinks you will not leave they do the same as stated above. When people who do not are not as senior get away with poor performance. When your well thought out suggestions get a "I'll think about it." with little to no follow up action. When a new employee is paid first and your boss utters these words "I want to be nice to new teacher" What the heck?!?!?! Pay raises get frozen unless you complain or make a stink. When your only spoken to when either there is a problem or some additional work or responsibilies management wants you to take on. When your contract looks the same year after year. This has bascially been my experience SO...I left! I will not be going back there has to be time when you have to say no to people who want to use you but will not pay you what your worth. Mrs Cho ought to be ashamed of herself. I understand Sheena and Ben more now. We should have left at that time. Her institute will become much much smaller. A few years from I will visit and people will have a vague memory of Hyundai Language Institute. Now its time to start a new story! /tata

Thursday, November 01, 2012

India Bound.....

We will be heading to India soon....maybe for good?? Anyways this time I will be going with a PIO card which gives me the same rights as NRI's or non resident Indians. Unlike Korea where I am limited due to my visa, in India I can do many more things. More job fields are open to me. I have become quite jaded living in Korea all these years...its time for a change. My boss hinted at wanting me to manage but I know what that really means. It means I will have to work harder for basically the same pay. Ugh no thanks. I have had a good run in Korea but I think it is time to move on....there is nothing else for us here. I remember one thing that happened this year that I will mention in a later post that basically led me to this decision. I will ask my boss to show me a new contract for next year...IF it basically looks the same as it was in the past....I will tell her no thanks... Our last day of teaching in fast approaching, I'm so excited!! /tata

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hmmm Chusok around the corner!

Wow already september is passing us by. At the end of next week we will have chusok (a Korean holiday where families get together, it is similar to thanksgiving in the states). The holiday is very short but that is ok because our institute will be shutting down for 2 more days (one of the days is another holiday). For us once again we have critical Embassy work that needs to be taken care of. Namely getting George's passport renewed, and starting the process of getting PIO cards for George and I. PIO stands for person of Indian orgin. This card will give me more freedom to work and live in India. I feel that Korea should have a similflied version for expats who live in Korea for long periods of time. Instead there is a slightly complicated point system which can be argued if it is fair or not. So once we have those documents I will rest easier because then we will have a nice backup plan for India. Back in 2008 when we had to go to India I did not have the PIO card and it made things more difficult. In addition I have decided that I will take all of my vacation days. I still have about 5 days left so I will use them the week following chusok, which means 1 week off! However, the work I mentioned above will be taken care of during that time. Wow time sure does fly!! /tata

Monday, September 17, 2012

Changes are coming!

This year has been quite a big year in many ways. Firstly with the death of my mother who past away mid summer, I have started to take a frank view of my life. I always sort of expected Mom to always be there, like a constant in an equation. When we saw her on skpye thanks to Lanya it turned my world upside down. It made me think about she lived her life. It made me think about the events leading up to her death. She did things as she wanted. She didn't let her disease control her. She went out to family gatherings. She didn't just sit down and die. In Korea this has helped me to see some things that really need to be done. For example Yogita and I have been in the same position for many years. Granted the money is ok, but we are not living our lives. We are living our lives for other people. Its time to wake up and smell the coffee, and take control. I will no longer work unhealthy hours just to "help out". I will make sure that vacation days are used. No more well....its ok maybe next year. You heard it here from me....early to mid Jan. there will be some major changes. As of right now Yogita and I regularly work out. This is something that we feel needs to be a habit, a regular part of our routine in order to maintain our health. The Motto for 2013 is "Don't live your life for others!" I know it sounds a bit selfish but I don't mean not to help family, or friends. I mainly mean no more over working for someone else's gain. Ok I have to sign off for now. /tata

Monday, May 14, 2012

Another trip to the Embassy

We are in Seoul at the moment tomorrow we will go to the Embassy and I will get a new passport. It seems like time really flies. The next time I will need a passport will be when I am 43 (44 in Korea). We had quite a drive up here. Tomorrow we will be doing two things first Embassy stuff early in the morning. Hopefully before lunch we will be done, and having lunch. After that we will head over to Electronic land, my favorite place We will be upgrading our pc's. Actually since Yogi isnt really into high end games her upgrades are quite simple. She will get a major ram upgrade (ddr2 up to 6-8gigs) and I will give her my gts 250. My graphic card can run eve very nicely and paired with loads of ram eve should run more smoothly at high settings. We also play battlefield 3 and she can run it quite well if she has enough ram at medium settings. BUT she really does play those games on a regular basis so im not going to spend too much money upgrading her rig. My rig on the other hand will get more love. I am upgrading to dd3 motherboard/ram....and MAYBE a i5 or i7 intel processor....A BIG MAYBE. The first gen i7's should be much cheaper now. In addition I will get a replacement to the gts 250 (oh the gts 250 is the 1gig version so yogi should be quite comfortable.) My graphic card...Im thinking nvdia again. ATi cards had very solid performance for me in the past but had many driver issues with games designed on a nvdia chipset. So I need a graphic card that kicks major butt. I will turn to facebook and get some advice as well doing some searching on my own. Also I am thinking about a new DSLR, or getting a new charger....I lost our old one...(maybe a second had Nikon d40). Ok im going to drink a bit of soju and review my options.... /tata

Sunday, April 08, 2012

First post of the year!

So here we are 2012 the fated end of the world. It's all my students keep talking about since they saw they saw the movie 2012.
This will be the first post of this year! it's been a busy year so far. I have a new nephew named Enoch. George and jeyo are both doing well in their studies.

I'm excited this week because we are getting next Wednesday off because of elections here in south Korea. This year we will not get many holidays because many of them fall on the weekend.

So we will get a nice day of rest. I will rent a car and go on a nice drive.

On a frustrating note though not serious I lost my battery charger for my Dslr camera. But it's ok cause we have iPhones.
I have plans to get the new iPad, and buy a new car. We will see.

North Korea plans to launch a rocket into space and international tension is high over this but not in Korea. Here as usual no one is worried about it.

Oh well...