Day 29: Hold on tight, this is a Korean Bus

April 17, 2010 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Photography. Tags: ,
Bus grabber

The ring I grab on while I am in the bus

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but country-side bus drivers are a bit lunatic, and that’s putting it nicely. It seems they are always in a rush, although quite honestly I don’t see the need for speeding, most of the passengers are good old folks trying to get back to their farm, I don’t think they need to get home any faster. I have to grab on tight in every curve as everybody shouts to the driver to slow down, albeit deep down, I think they enjoy it, because they always end up chuckling, especially when they see me bouncing up and down, back and for.

Today was a good day, I felt pretty sick most of the day, but right now I feel strong as a bull, my kids gave me some candy because they heard I was sick, it was a quite a gesture, which will be rewarded accordantly with superb lessons (and loads of chocolates) next week. I am currently reading “The Tipping Point” by   Malcom Gladwell , and I found this really cool reference about teaching kids, I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

“You try to find the kid’s strengths, so you can play to them. You try to understand the kid’s weaknesses, so you can avoid them. Then you try and teach that individual kid’s profile”
~Gerald Lesser

Day 28: The Korean Rice Cake Machine

April 14, 2010 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Photography. Tags: ,
Korean Rice Cake Machine

This is how they make rice cakes in korea.

I am starting to believe that Wednesdays here in Korea are doomed to always be cold, windy and dark. Thus, once again I am sick. I might be down, but I am still taking pictures, with that said, this will be a short entry.

In all honesty, I don’t know if this is truly a rice cake maker, I would tend to believe it is, based on pure observation and previous experience in the rice cake industry (cultural experience 2 months ago). Seventy five percent of my diet is based on rice. You might think I hate it by now, but nope, I love it and I can’t have enough of it, let’s see: Cooked rice with milk, honey and cinnamon in the morning (Arroz con Leche, oh yeah!); Broccoli, cabbage and onions minced and slightly toasted on a pan along with rice and a little bit of soy sauce (and eggs, almost forgot) for lunch or dinner. Hmmm yummy!

So there you go make sure you try that Spanish rice recipe, because it is: as an unscrupulous explorer once said, Dora “Delicioso”. (Dang, I must be really sick, I don’t even know what I am writing anymore, sigh)

Day 27: Locked Behind Glass

April 14, 2010 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Photography. Tags: , ,
Locked behind glass

Charlize locked and one of the perpetrators

Today, I walked into my classroom and to my surprise all the students were quite. As soon as I started plotting theories of this miracle, I heard the muffled sounds of Charlize coming from one of the glass lockers, at that moment everybody burst into laughs. [continue reading]

Day 26: Surprised by joy

April 13, 2010 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Journal,Photography. Tags: , ,
Surprised by joy!

Letters can draw a smile in your face!

It’s been a while since I wrote on my blog, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking pictures, I just been busy taking them. Last weekend I had the privilege to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, it was like being in Cherry Blossom Land, everywhere you turned there were cherry blossoms, it was a great time to be with friends and enjoy the majesty of these beautiful flowers.

Surprised by joy? That’s correct, today as I was giving my third class, the secretary came rushing to the classroom with a Fedex envelope in hand, the whole class was interrupted, all eyes were on the envelope, little girls whispering in the back, and as I opened it very carefully, Pyeonji! One of the kids said very disappointed [continue reading]

Day 25: A little bit blue, a little bit rock-n-roll, but mostly empty

April 7, 2010 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Photography. Tags: ,

Sometimes days are a bitter sweet experience. On one hand, school is going great, I am falling in love with teaching, everyday feels more natural, my students are eager to learn (and get stickers as rewards of course), it seems their craving for knowledge (and chocolates –more rewards) is unquenchable.

Empty Faces

Soulless statues feeling a bit blue

Honestly it feels good to be in control and feel that I am improving. Now, on the other hand, I feel I am in a blur, somewhat lost I guess. Today as I was looking for some used computer parts downtown, I stubbled upon this hidden art supplies store, they had these lifeless statues wrapped with vinil in their display, as I stared at them all these thoughts came floating to my mind: I am so far away from home; Where is home? The future is so uncertain, I feel very talented but at the same time very inmature and irresponsible, very selfish, I am mess and I am alone. At the end, I was overcomed by a feeling a little bit blue, a little bit rock and roll, but mostly of emptyness (soulessness). Now, don’t worry (especially you mom), I tend to feel like this every once in a while, I guess it’s normal. Wow, too much information, it’s ok, nobody reads this blog anyway. Oh well, I know this weekend is going to rock, Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, here I come!!!

Yes, I have a new computer (a monster made of lesser computers), I am currently looking for a good fitting name.

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