I'm currently in my 2nd year of teaching English in Busan, South Korea. I also co-run an English website about salsa in Busan: Busan Salsafied

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February 19th
11:38 PM
Afternoon Walk along the Oncheon Stream

Afternoon Walk along the Oncheon Stream

February 3rd
12:41 AM
Frozen
Chairs outside a mart (7-Eleven-type) are stacked waiting for spring to arrive. When it’s warm enough, people (foreigners and Koreans alike) will buy cheap liquor at these marts and set up a make-shift bar on these blue chairs for hours before entering an actual bar.  Money-saver.

Frozen

Chairs outside a mart (7-Eleven-type) are stacked waiting for spring to arrive. When it’s warm enough, people (foreigners and Koreans alike) will buy cheap liquor at these marts and set up a make-shift bar on these blue chairs for hours before entering an actual bar.  Money-saver.

January 6th
8:23 PM
Anticipating the New Year
In Korea, people like to make their way to the beaches to catch the first sunrise. Many come bundled up an hour earlier when the it’s still dark outside because the beach does get crowded. When the sun starts to rise, balloons are released to make a wish on the new year. 

Anticipating the New Year

In Korea, people like to make their way to the beaches to catch the first sunrise. Many come bundled up an hour earlier when the it’s still dark outside because the beach does get crowded. When the sun starts to rise, balloons are released to make a wish on the new year. 

November 29th
9:40 AM
Busan in Winter
Uggs-check. Small fluffy dog for photo shoot on sand-check. Seagulls flying majestically (as majestically as seagulls can be) in the background-check. Ready for winter beach photo shoot outing. 

Busan in Winter

Uggs-check. Small fluffy dog for photo shoot on sand-check. Seagulls flying majestically (as majestically as seagulls can be) in the background-check. Ready for winter beach photo shoot outing. 

January 24th
11:04 AM

Winter Camp Round 2 Last Two Weeks with fotos. 

  I didn’t expect much from this, but my opening  on K-pop vs. American pop allowed for a very engaging class. The younger set was more than eager to teach me about all the tunes I constantly hear on replay every time I pass through a telephone store. And they are EVERYWHERE here in Busan. I didn’t know what to do for the music topic and I’m not musically inclined so I opted for paint!

Note: Finger paint is super freaking hard to find! I have this theory that it’s because students here are taught to be neat (they have their own dustpans that hang on their desks) so finger paint is really counter to the whole “neat” idea.  

What I did with the finger paint was connect it to what emotions they felt when they heard different songs play. So above, you will see an example for “Lux Aeterna” which is a very intense song. If you seem Requiem for a Dream it’s THAT song. I got a lot of sad, angry..and I think one happy??? Next came the Jackson 5’s “ABC 123” then the Indiana Jones theme song and finally “Heartbreak” by 2p.m. That got the most mixed up emotions. The younger set loved it- we sort of steered away from the lesson as they kind of started dancing and copying the steps which led us to watching more K pop videos. Anyway, from the older crowd I got “angry” (she was not impressed) and “happy”. The boys just drew blob-like things. 

Note #2: Graham crackers are even harder to find and frosting is even super freaking harder to find! Like non-existent. The closest I got was this whipped cream stuff in a plastic container that wasn’t gonna act as a good bonding agent so I went with what was in my cupboards and turned it into peanut butter vs. honey. My theory on the lack of this: many Korean houses lack ovens so cake-baking would be lacking and thus no need for frosting. This was a class on shapes by the way. The cream was used to decorate and the kids hands were used to build, then rapidly dismantle and garble down like cookie monsters. At one point I turned around to grab my camera and when I turn back they were already chowing down. Most were fans of the cookie, some not so much for the crunchy peanut butter. 

In between I had a plants day with a Venus Fly Trap game and a dinosaur day with the highlight being the students voting on which dinosaurs would be the winner in a fight club then having them watch Discovery-channel type clips on Youtube with lots of educational stuff about sizes and comparisons throughout.

Finally, art day with a lesson on comics that allowed for lots of creativity and chances to use the English language. So of course, one of my boys makes a Dung superhero who’s superpowers involve him shooting dung and swallowing up people. 

And that concluded winter camp.