Tuesday, November 27, 2007
All I need now is a nice new keyboard with the Korean characters on the keys...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I had been hoping to go abroad somewhere for my christmas break, but my lack of funds is making planning quite difficult. In addition, my bosses are severely disorganized and can't even properly tell me when my breaks are. I think there is a good chance that I will end up in Japan over the new year, it's simply the easiest option. I suppose the 7th time through Japanese immigration should make it easier, but I've yet to get inured to the process.
The weather has gotten slightly colder. It became quite a factor earlier today walking around Daegu with Noah who had been visiting from Seoul. We went to a few clubs, saw a few touristy spots, but mostly just enjoyed the company of fellow English speakers.
We're currently in the process of planning a brief jaunt to Beijing this summer to go to the Olympics. It really has potential to be quite an experience.
All in all, my complete lack of free time has been a bit frustrating, but the trip is a success in many ways. My studies of Korean are certainly not one of those ways, but at the very least I have enough Japanese speaking friends to maintain a semblance of Japanese ability while i'm here. Hopefully within a few months i'll be able to have some basic conversations in Korean, but i'm not holding my breath.
Cheers from Korea.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Having been told we would be working 30 hour weeks, I was a bit surprised when the first week was easily over 40 hours of work. I can only hope this pattern subsides as the days flow by, but a part of me is worried that they just don't care.
In any case, I love being in South Korea. I went downtown to Rodeo street with my friends Matt and Rob who worked with me at the Expo in Japan in 2005. They've already been here for 8 months and seem to have quite a good understanding of everything that's going on. It's humbling not being able to speak the language, but I suppose only time will tell if I can overcome that hurdle. More updates as events warrant!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Coupled with Korea's horrid reputation among email spam filters, and nothing gets through to my inbox. Sometimes I wonder if the school I selected even exists! The current teacher has only responded to one of my 3 or 4 emails, and i've yet to see the promised photos of my future apartment. In any case, I leave for Brazil next week Sunday so maybe my nerves will settle by the time I actually arrive in Korea.
I've made my pilgrimage to the Korean consulate in Chicago, received my E-2 visa and now all of my preparations are set. All I have to do is throw away all of my earthly possessions, pack my bags and enjoy the ride.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I would just like to thank GVSU for their continued ineptitude and seemingly boundless desire to muck things up.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I'm hoping that any jet lag issues can be assuaged without destroying my health, but I have a feeling i'll end up catching a cold somewhere during transit. In any case, i'm quite excited about my first visit to Brazil. My passport will hopefully come back from the Brazilian consulate in time to send it back out to the Korean consulate and return with both visas in time to leave Sept 30. It's going to be extremely close, but it's out of my hands now. I can only sit back and trust the overwhelming efficiency of various national government agencies.
More importantly however, if I make it to Brazil I will be listening to the girl from Ipanema on my iPod while I walk down the beach in Ipanema. I can't help but break a smile just thinking about it! Assuming the timing works out and I don't lose all of my money, I will be in Brazil in a little less than a month! Finally, it's time for a living-spree.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
In any case, I ordered it online instead and received a $50 iPod as well, which has already arrived. I've gathered the troops, found a couple schools in Korea and now I stand facing nothing but the interview process and departure. Hopefully I'll end up in Yongin with Noah and Cyndi, but I'm not really holding my breath about it. More updates as events warrant!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This is of course assuming that my recruiter, bless her little Korean heart, can find me a job. I've been reluctant to switch to a new recruiter because of how nice she seems, but if I can't find a job all of my new computer hardware will go to waste; That's simply unacceptable. Technology wants to be used, wants to explore.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I suppose my target departure date of September 4 may be a bit overly aggressive, but I've never been contained by reason, logic or common sense before. Here's hoping somebody out there is willing to give me a job!