Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Yesterday was just...ONE long grind. JUST ONE. I have always envied other ESL teachers' schedules. Now I am glad to be a member of that group. Now, any morning or late classes end up being over time which means more money for the effort, not just a part of a normal schedule.
It is time to start thinking selfishly, nice people finish last. I remember another teacher..she would always confront my old boss in a rude manner. SHE IS STILL remembered to this day...fondly.
So I will do the same. It is time for us that is my wife, and our boys.
I had a great time yesterday, it was like taking a trip down memory lane.
It was nice being able to eat dinner at a proper time, I felt human yesterday!!!
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Now when I say better I do not mean like a fairy tale. It means that the contract is good..very good, teachers have worked there for years. The boss if full of energy and is very involved. The pay....is much better as well!
Basically our old boss has been acting very lethargic, not really listening to our input on classes resulting in 2 classes dying. Seemingly very detached as well. She even poured money into a project that had so much potential, and let it fail.... I will not go into details.
So recently she has been encouraging us to basically jump ship. Well finally we did! I got a nice offer and had a very nice interview. Basically my new boss wants an experienced teacher who is ready to grind. I have been doing that for years. If working on the weekends is needed...I am game.
To put things simply we have been very fortunate and blessed. We will stay in Korea for some time. We can actually make plans for this summer like invite mom and dad to South Korea. Camping this summer is on the table as well.
Our old boss worried us a lot with the recent change in attitude. Nothing against us, just a change. The current boss reminds of my old boss about 5-6 years ago. I remember her telling me back then "I will reward good teachers like you, and your wife, with more hours, and preferential treatment". She actually said that and she meant it!! I remember her telling some new teacher to basically shut up and consult me on one class. You see the new teacher was criticizing my choice of textbooks for a certain adult class. My old boss basically told her to shove it and follow me lead.
I got raises, and extra classes, I made more money than all of the other teachers. Basically she was not just saying stuff...she really meant it! Now fast forward several years...that spark is gone!
So I am off to a better place, which means more hard work, and I am more than happy to step up to a new challenge!
I will post on monday night about my experiences on the first day...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
It happens.....today was a little nutty...we moved to another apartment and I thought I forgot thw keys to the school.
So we had lunch at the bakery in our building on the first floor.
We had a good class I will review vocabulary tomorrow.
However, after the class I found that the keys were buried in my pocket......ugh.
It was ok though....
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
So this time round BRING MORE THAN WE NEED. It is amazing how much good they can do! So this summer I will be on the look out buying them off of Gmarket. They are great when camping as well. Even in summer months it can get a bit chilly at night when you are out in the open. For that matter, spring, and fall can be chilly as well.
Since we have a pretty long stretch before there are any holidays we do not have much planned. One thing Yogita and I have been talking about is downloading loads of mini series. You never know when the time will come when you have to leave a country.
In South Korea right now there are war games about to take place. North Korea has stepped up as they always do around this time of year with threats of attacking South Korea, and the USA. One recent threat perhaps a couple of days ago, was that North Korea is able to place nukes in warheads.
So basically if we have to get out of dodge so to speak, there are some vanities I want to take with me. I want to create a digital library of mini series. They are such great fun, and we do not need to worry about internet access, and bandwidth.
I have a friend in India Alex. I think he is on a 4mb/s connection which is actually decent for up to 720p videos to stream on say youtube. But if you want that finer detail like 1080p, or if you have a 4k monitor...you had better suck it up and pay big bucks for fiber net. I have done it, and I think I will do it again. However, having a large library of stuff to watch means that it will not crimp our style. We can download new stuff at slower rates while watching the older stuff we have.
I know it seems stupid to be considering this when nuclear war might be on the menu tomorrow....LOL. However, it is the little things, the creature comforts that seems to make sense at times like this. In South Korea the mood is "slightly concerned, but likely not a big deal".
I wonder what people said in Crimea when the Russians were massing.