Currently…May 2017

What a whirlwind couple of weeks we’ve had! I was so fortunate to have my mom come visit us here in Hanoi. It was her first time in Asia and we absolutely loved showing her Vietnam. We took some time off work and managed to visit Hoi An and Halong Bay with her. I’ll be writing about our time in both of those places hopefully sooner rather than later.

Other than that, we’ve also started looking for a new apartment. We love our current apartment but we’ve found that we aren’t saving as much as we were hoping to. We’ve been looking at places that are about $400 cheaper than our current place and are still really beautiful! Just the other day we looked at a one bedroom apartment in an old French building with a balcony looking right over the lake. We are going to look at some more tomorrow and are definitely excited to find our new place!

I’ve also been researching Masters programs and I think I’ve found the program that I want, the best part is that it offers a chance to get a teaching license after the completing the Masters program.

We found a swimming pool with a view near our apartment so I have a feeling that we’ll be spending a lot of time there as the weather gets hotter.

Willy had to have a minor surgery recently. He’s had a cyst for over a year that we had gotten checked before but while my mom was visiting it grew huge in a few days so we had to get it removed. But he did great and is back to his normal self again.

Work has been going good…busy but good. I’ve been learning so much in my role as a senior teacher. In the five months that I’ve been senior teacher I’ve had a chance to train new teachers, observe current teachers, write blog posts for the company website and create and deliver an academic workshop. I’m hopeful that I’ll continue learning even more as time goes on.

That’s about it for now, but I’m really hoping to get better at writing more frequently in the future!

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Currently…July

I haven’t been blogging much recently, the time for packing/selling and getting rid of all of our belongings has come so we have been really busy with the apartment recently. I also haven’t been taking many adventures recently either, it has become very hot and humid here in Korea so I fear that the days of being able to camp enjoyably are over for now. I only realized this yesterday when at midnight, I was woken up sweating to find that our fan wasn’t working. We quickly realized that all of our power was out. Looking out the window I see people everywhere below us with torches, there were also fire brigades and ambulances. Apparently someone crashed in to our complexes power supply and it shut off the power in the entire complex! That’s thousands of people without electricity right there!

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A terrible photo I know. But this was the scene outside our apartment the other night.

We had an awful sleep because our apartment felt like a sauna. Things got worse the next day when with the power still off, the water was shut off too! It meant we couldn’t even have a cold shower to cool off. The government had sent out text messages that day too warning people about the heat! We could’t believe that we didn’t have any a/c or fans on the hottest day of the year. Both myself and Jason spent the day realizing how lucky we are that we do have a plentiful supply to water and electricity usually…something many people in the world don’t have. Our power came back on last night and we are all very happy!

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Another terrible photo, but myself and Willy found that the bathroom was the coolest room in the apartment so we just sat there in the dark for a while.

 

We have also just started pet-sitting our friends dog Mio. She is such a beautiful well-behaved dog who actually manages to keep Willy calm too so we love having her around!
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Other than that, the school semester is officially finished. I have a 3 day camp in both of my schools, one finishes tomorrow and the other one is on in a couple of weeks, luckily both camps have the same theme. I usually do elaborate camp themes (past ones include Harry Potter and Pirates) but this year my co-teacher and I decided to do a storybook theme camp combined with lots of reviewing of what they learned in the first semester. So far it’s been going well and the students seem to like the activities and games that I’ve prepared… to review the lesson “Please, Help Yourself” we will be making waffles tomorrow which we are all excited about!

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The kids had to finish the story in one of our storybooks.

 

Once camps are finished, I’ll only have 4 more days left in school, it’s crazy how fast it’s all going by! My final visa interview is on Monday, I have been a bag of nerves lately with the fear that I will forget to bring a document or that I’ve completed a document wrong. So fingers crossed that it will all work out!

The realization that I’m moving to America is also hitting me, I am feeling so scared and nervous! But i guess that’s completely normal!

I can’t wait to share my camp details with all of you and hopefully start going on a few more adventures now that we are on our school holidays!
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Currently…June

I realise that I haven’t written an update in quite a while and since there has been quite a bit going on here in Korea I though now would be the perfect time.

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Photo from the Daily Mail.

Well, I guess the first thing that I should talk about is the big thing that has been dominating the media, my conversations and in some ways, my life, it is of course MERS. People are pretty scared here in Korea. Whether it’s necessary or not, I’ll let you be the judge, but the hysteria and panic is full blown.

MERS cases have been mainly found up in Seoul and the northern regions but over the last week a case has been found in Busan (the city next to us) and I’m constantly hearing rumours of it being in Gimhae. In fact, hospitals here in Gimhae have had to send out text messages to let people know that the rumours of MERS being in their hospitals are false and if you are caught spreading the rumours then you will be arrested. Pretty crazy stuff!

School has been running as usual here, except that my 6th graders 3 day school trip to Seoul was cancelled and our regional English Speaking Contest has been postponed. We have no idea when the contest will be held again (presumably after vacation, which means that I won’t be here) But some schools are continuing on with the prep.

I have a medical check for my American visa next week in one of the biggest hospitals in Busan, I’m hoping that there won’t be any new cases down here as I don’t want anything to affect our departure in September! I have even bought myself a face mask (something I always promised myself that I wouldn’t do!)

Enough about that, what else has been going on? Well last weekend I got to host Holly from Adventures With Holly. It was my first time meeting a blogger that I have been following and it was great to get to hang out with her. She is in the middle of a cycling tour through Korea and Japan which was pretty cool to hear all about.

Myself and my friends have finally booked a Temple Stay at Beomosa temple in Busan for next month. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for the longest time and is on my bucket list so I’m pretty excited about that (hopefully MERS won’t ruin it for us). I don’t have a lot more planned for this month but I definitely do want to take some last minute road trips or weekends away so keep tuned for that 🙂

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A photo of Beomosa that I took in my first year in Korea

 

What adventures have you been up to? I’d love to hear about them!