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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving is Around the Corner

November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this past weekend I was really hungry for some loving from home.  SOOOOO, I made some pumpkin pie!

But....I definitely had to be a little inventive.

Don't own a can-opener so I basically hammered into the can with my screwdriver until I had a big enough hole.  I think I upset my neighbors, but as this is one of the nosiest things I've done in over a year, I think I'm OK.

The batter!

My oven is TINY so I had to split the batter into all of my different baking tins.   These guys are chilling, waiting for their turn in the oven.

Baking in my "oven toaster."  It's the size of an Easy Bake Oven, but it sure does get the job done!

All finished!  They aren't the most beautiful thing to look at, but seriously, it was pumpkin pie.  It didn't matter.

Thus begins my adventures in baking for the holidays!

Professional Student Gamers

Nov 22, 2011

I came to school yesterday morning and discovered that my famous student grew more famous last week.

Around this time of year, last year, I discovered one of my students is a professional gamer. Like a real, no-joke, he-makes-more-money-than-his-parents-do, gets-invited-to-play-in-game-challenges-all-over-the-world-just-so-the-challenge-can-say-they-have-the-BLACK-RIDER-at-their-challenge,  professional gamer.  He plays the game "Krazy Kart Rider", which to my understanding is like Super Mario Brothers Racing.  You're in a little car, and you drive your man around a course on the screen.

 Well, last year I had no idea who he was.  But this year, I do!

To celebrate his win, this year the school made a giant banner.  Here are the pictures:

I'm guessing he either placed 1st in the 6th annual event....or he placed 6th in the first annual event....

That is his name right there.  Moon Ho Chuk.  (Sorry about the crappy romanization)

Gunsan will be COOL

Nov 22, 2011

Gunsan will soon be cool.  Here's the proof:

 Can we get an AMEN!

Not that Gunsan needs another coffee shop.  Seriously, they are worse in Korea than back at home.  There is one on every street corner--if not like three or four on a block.  But, Gunsan's mayor is trying to make Gunsan a Place To Come.  That means an international school, a English village, a major hospital, shopping center, parks, tourist economy (out on the island of Seonyudo), and so on and so forth.  And, so far, he's been pretty successful.  In four years they've built over half the city.  It's impressive.

So, now, in honor of their great move towards Places TO Be, we welcome a starbucks.  Big Smiles.

I really hope they have pumpkin lattes, or chai tea.  Been missing those...

And with that, I'll leave you with some of the coffee's I've recently had the pleasure of drinking.

This started out as a leaf, but morphed into something infinitely much cooler as I continued to drink it. 

Coffee Love

Reverse Trick Or Treating

Date: 10/31/2011

So, I went "Reverse Trick or Treating" on Halloween.  Instead of the students coming to me, I went to them.  And I brought my camera!  (Of Course!)
First picture:

This is one of my favorites:

Picture, please?  Okay, you can hide....

Classic "Girl Shot"  This is why I like taking pictures with male students.  You actually get to see their faces!!

See, this is much better~!

My 2nd favorite shot:

This is one of my favorite students.  I know as teachers we shouldn't have "Favorites" but seriously....he talks to me every day and he participates in class.  He's always up for volunteering and is a sweetie.  How can he not be a favorite?

I finally got a picture with some girls to show how close I was to the uniform!  I was pretty spot on!  Granted, I did borrow the clothes from students!  ;) 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Halloween Costume

Date: 10/31/2011

Hello All!

Today's Halloween and there's nothing better than surprising your students by dressing up as one of them!  They are getting a real kick out of this today!

I've borrowed some clothes from students so that I'm in an official Seohyung Uniforn.  The only problem is the skirt isn't long enough so I keep getting these "Teacher!  Sexy!" comments.  But frankly, I'm just proud that I can fit into middle schooler's clothes!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Ponderings

October 18, 2011

At school, I've hit the ground running with Halloween themed activities.  We're talking about zombies, vampires, ghosts, and Frankenstein. I've been pretty impressed with my student's knowledge of the monsters.

But, at the same time, Halloween for most of my korean students and friends is just book knowledge.  I've asked every class (about 15 classes with 40 students each) if they've ever carved a pumpkin.  I think, TOTAL, there have been 5 students--and those are the ones who've lived in America for a year or two (because of Dad's Job).

Of my foreigner friends, only the ones from Canada and America have ever carved a pumpkin.   People from South Africa and New Zealand look at me funny when I say I really want to carve the guard.

So, I'm on the hunt for pumpkins in Gunsan.  I've seen the big size in other provinces...but so far, I'm striking out in Gunsan.  But I WILL rectify the fact that my best friends in Korea haven't carved a pumpkin.  And then we'll roast the seeds.

To top everything off, next week my kids are doing a contest: "Guess what Maggie's Halloween Costume!"  I'm debating on two options for costumes--we'll see if the first option is able to be put together (I'm relying on other people's help to pull it together).  But I've recently got some wind back into my sails so I feel like I can pull off the laughs, stares, and confusion caused by me dressing up at school.

But, to recap: Halloween is throughly an American holiday.  I feel sad for all the other little boys and girls who didn't get to run around, dressing in costume, screaming and fighting for candy.