Category Archives: Personal

Koh Tao – the diver’s pilgrimage

Buddy Bar, The Squeeze, Trigger Pit, The Safety Stop (recommended after every dive). If you are a diver, the names of the above bars are all inside jokes. This perfectly illustrates the aesthetic dominating Koh Tao. This is an island … Continue reading

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$55 or 1600 Baht

What would $55 buy me at home? A dozen starbucks coffees? Two or three good books? A couple new-release DVDs? Maybe one night in a cheap hotel? Well, at the Bangkok Smile Clinic, it bought me a visit to an … Continue reading

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First day

Today is the first day of my next adventure – a one month vacation in Thailand. I’m now on the subway to the airport, leaving most of my Korean life neatly packed away in a suitcase at my friend Cody’s … Continue reading

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Last day

It’s Saturday, after my last day teaching at Chungdahm. I am now on a bus to Seoul where I will meet my Hawaiian friend Cody and my best Korean friend Yeojin for a farewell steak dinner. I can hardly believe … Continue reading

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Just kidding, one more month

Today I started a new term. I think I have a different perspective knowing that I will only be here one month. I started my classes today with a renewed sense of confidence and purpose. I think the kids responded … Continue reading

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Change of plans

So it seems that I will not be taking the CELTA course this June as planned. I will in fact be saying in Korea for another month. My branch had a runner (a teacher that leaves without giving notice). He … Continue reading

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Sunny’s Gift

This was a gift from a student of mine, in my Memory Tera class – crackers, gummy worms and Mentos. It was nice of her to give it to me, but it has kind of a sad story attached, and … Continue reading

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End of probation

After 3.5 weeks of waiting, I got great news today. After my last class I ran into the branch manager and asked her if she had sent in my tape yet. She said yes, she had, and yes, I passed. … Continue reading

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First night in my new apartment

I rode the bus in a daze, both tired and confused. I was picked up at the bus station by the branch manager and a mostly non english speaking administrative member. We had a somewhat awkward car ride back to … Continue reading

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Last day of training

Yesterday was the last day of my Chungdahm training. I stayed up until 1 am the night before prepping and woke up at 5 am to prep some more –  I didn’t take  a shower or eat breakfast, just sat … Continue reading

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