Saturday, November 22, 2008

Studying Korean Again...

My alarm goes off at 7 am, as I had set it for, allowing myself one hour to get ready. But, I continued to press the snooze button until I could snooze no more. I slept overnite at the Korean Grand Spa, a 24 hour place that is similar to a jim jil bang, but, the sleeping room has these foam mats you get to sleep on, and the floor is heated, and the men's rooms are segregated from the women/s. So, Saturday morning I get ready to go to my Korean language class. I'm running late because I HAD to sleep in. Luckily, I catch a bus and walk into class only 2 or 3 minutes late, and am the first to arrive! The rest of the class gets there eventually as well. We are a small class of only 5 students. It was our last class of the quarter. We will have a final exam in 2 weeks. I'll probably be a studying hermit until then; I'd like to do well on the test, and make some effort towards my Korean studies!

During class, one of the students mentioned about the Korean raisin bread. I have been craving this for some time now. So, after class I ventured on a hunt for a Korean bakery for the raisin bread. I came to the PARIS BAGUETTE in Koreatown, Los Angeles, and found something suitable to eat, though not exactly what I was looking for. And, right next door to the bakery was a pc bang (internet cafe). So, I decided to take a peak into the pac bang.

Tonite I have to get my laundry done. And, start thinking about what to bring for our school potluck...I'm thinking of making homemade bread pudding, buying tamales, or making a chile and egg casserole. many choices!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

What to do???

I'm thinking about the following options for now.

Option #1~Teach at Pagoda?
Pay is good.
Students are uni and adult students.
Korean language class offered at low rate.
High population of western teachers at school.
December (end) start.

The hours are poor~split shifts, meaning 7am to 10am then again 6pm to 9 or 10pm.

Option #2~Teach at a public school?
Would have the support of a repuable recruiting agency; found by word of mouth with other satisfied teacher clients.
The hours are good~teach 3 or 4 classes per day but must remain at school during office hours, probably 9 to 5.
The class size would be large, probably around 30 students per class.
I would be the only western teacher at the school.
March new school year start.

What to do? What to do?

A third option is to continue waiting and stay put where I am now.