My Favorite Place

Yesterday I went to Busan with Dave and some new friends. It was fun to play tour guide for the day. I also got to take them to my favorite place in Busan, the burial mounds! These mounds are the graves of ancient kings. Probably.

burial mound

A year in photos – Day 176

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Sunday, August 19

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This is my building. I’ll never forget Hanavill. I had a lot of great memories there.

A year in photos – Day 175

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Saturday, August 18

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In this photo you can see part of my bedroom, my living room and part of my dining room. Yep. It’s a pretty small apartment, but it’s actually one of the bigger apartments in my building. I was pretty lucky to get the apartment I did.

A year in photos – Day 174

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Friday, August 17

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This is my kitchen. I only have one burner, but I am really lucky because my apartment came with an oven (it’s a toaster oven). I used it a lot and I’m so thankful for it. Not having an oven is actually one of the biggest complaints among teachers, I think.

A year in photos – Day 173

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Thursday, August 16

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I realize that in a year and a half I’ve never shared pictures of my apartment. The next few blog posts will be a little tour of my place.

This is my bathroom. It may not seem like much, but I’m actually really fortunate to have my bathroom set up like this. A lot of teacher apartments just have shower heads attached to the wall over their bathroom sink. My shower is somewhat separate.

Why I Quit My EPIK Job

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Sunday, August 12

quitting EPIK

Many of you don’t know this… I have turned in my resignation letter to my school. I have decided to quit teaching 6 months early. My last day of my contract is now August 25, instead of February 25.

I requested to take a week of unpaid leave so that I could go home for my brother’s wedding in October. My school declined my request and said that even Korean teachers can’t take a week off during the school year. I understand their point, but I’m only a co-teacher so my classes would be covered.

I am under contract, but my contract states that it can be cancelled if I give two months notice. I turned in my resignation letter at the end of June and my co-teacher seemed surprised. Did they really think I was going to miss my brother’s wedding?

There’s no penalty for leaving if you stay 6 months into your contract, but I will miss out on some of my completion bonuses. The pension system here has helped me a lot because in late September I will get back what I contributed and the school matches it.

I am not going back to the States until the wedding and I’ll be there for a few weeks. After that, I’m coming back to Korea until Dave finishes his job here. This time I’ll be living in Ulsan.

I’ll still be posting photos of all of my adventures and they should be more frequent since I’ll have a bit more free time.

Scavenger Hunt Busan

October 15, 2011

Back in October, a bunch of the English teachers in Busan got together for a scavenger hunt. The girl who organized it did a really great job and everyone had a lot of fun.

To play, you had to register your 5 member team online prior to the event. Also, each team needed a name and themed dress was encouraged. There was a prize for the best costumes. My team chose to do something simple. We wore red and black and called ourselves the “Red Hots.”

We all met up at HQ Jangsan. In order to get the packet that contained the challenges, you had to participate in a flip cup challenge. I’ve actually never played flip cup so our teammate, Jamie, took the challenge.

It took a few rounds of the game, but once we got our packet, we set out on our way to complete the challenges. The packet contained a list of photo and video challenges. Each challenge was given a point value and the top 3 teams with the most points were awarded prizes at the end of the night.

The Red Hots came in second place and our prize was a keg. Basically, we were allowed to go into either of the HQ locations on a night of our choosing and drink a keg’s worth of beer for free.

I’ve posted the photos and video below. Enjoy!

My friends’ team — Noah’s Arc & The Zoo Crew

Take a picture of a local proposing marriage to one team member- 100

Take a picture of your entire team planking- 200 + 100 for most unique location

Take a picture of 2 team members on a scooter-50

Take a picture of a team member humping something inappropriate- 50

Take a picture of a team member holding a baby, making the face that they would make if they’d just found out that it was theirs- 100 + 100 for best face

Take a picture of a team member with a local couple wearing matchies- 50 pts for every piece of their clothing that’s matching

Take a picture of a Korean couple making out- 100

Take a picture of 4 team members with at least one body part in the ocean- 200

Take a picture of one team member with their face painted- 150

Have one team member challenge a local to a game of Dance Dance Revolution (dancing arcade game). Take a picture of them cheating-50

Find a stage of some kind. Take a team airband picture-100

3 team members doing love shots with 3 locals at the same time- 50

Take a picture of all five team members in a taxi taking up all of the seats- including the driver’s- 200

Take a picture of all team members posing like in an old school family photo on the ugliest possible piece of furniture you can find = 140 +50 for best picture

Take a picture of your team handing out samples at a grocery store- 100 +50 if anyone is wearing the salesperson’s white legwarmers

Take a picture of a team member holding a dog that is wearing accessories or has coloured fur- 50

Create an art piece. Take a picture of your team with the piece- 100 +200 for best

Bonus Challenge: Get into a human pyramid and take a shot at the same time

Bonus Challenge – get a photo with as many locals doing the “Kimchi” pose as possible

Before you enjoy the video, here is a list of the video challenges we completed and point values.

Video challenges

1. Create a talk show featuring a team member as the host. Interview a kimbap changook lady, who is ‘on the show’ to explain how to make kimbap- 300 +100 fore most ridiculous interview

2. Play rock, paper, scissors with the largest group of children you can find- 50 +100 for largest group of children

3. Sit with an adjumma (old lady) selling fruits of veggies on the street and videotape your first sale- 100

4. Dance using some kind of pole to teammate-produced music- 100

5. Have one team member give another team member a manicure in a beauty shop. At one point in the video, the ‘manicurist’ must ask a salesperson for advice- 200

6. Purchase a fish (doesn’t matter what kind) from an adjumma (old lady) and set it in the ocean. 2 vids – 150 for purchase, 200 for release

7. Re-enact a famous movie scene in a GS25- 100 +100 for best

8. Have one team member teach a yoga class to at least 5 strangers on a beach. Get a video of at least 1 minute of it- 200

9. Go to a supermarket. Have two team members wheelbarrow through the aisles as if one team member is the cart. Purchase an item-200

10. Have one or more team members serenade a stranger using an instrument of some sort- 150

11. Have at least 3 members of the team crabwalk from one convenience store to another- 150

12. Get an adjumma (old lady) or adjushi (old man) to let a team member give them a piggy-back ride- 150 +200 if you get them to give the team member one

13. Get a business card ninja (the ones on the scooters) to shoot at least 3 cards at a team member while the team member is blindfolded- 200

14. Create a team CASS commercial using at least 4 locals- 300 +50 for best commercial

15. Go into a random group of locals’ noraebang. Get a video of your team singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ with the people who actually paid to be there- 400