An English teacher's blog about his travels and his digital art.

Month: November 2009 (page 2 of 2)

Pepero Day

Yesterday, the 11th, was Pepero Day in Korea. It’s akin to Valentine’s Day, which is also celebrated here, with young people and couples exchanging candy, mainly the Lotte Corporation’s Pepero brand. The 11th is Pepero Day because, according to this article, the date 11/11 resembles four sticks of Pepero. However, the name Pepero in Korean, which you can see on the product box below, also resembles 11/11. At any rate, some of my students gave me several boxes of the treat, which makes for good munchies. (Reminder to self: jog an extra half hour next time out.)


I was out walking around a few weekends ago and took the following shot from near the Soho Yacht Marina area, along the sidewalk back toward the main part of town. Yeosu is quite pretty at nighttime, as you can see from the photo. I took a bus there and back. The bus system in town is very extensive and you can travel almost anywhere for 1,000 won (about 85 cents), unless you have to make some transfers. It doesn’t run like clockwork, though, because you might have to wait 30 minutes for a specific bus to come along and then 2 or 3 of them show up within 5 minutes of each other. There are no timed stops, so it’s kind of hit and miss as far as timeliness. More later.


Field Trip Revisited

As I mentioned before, we had a full-day field trip this past Saturday, so here are a few of the supposedly funny pictures my students and I took for entry into the English festival tomorrow. While they may not be all that hilarious, we had a great time taking them and visiting the various sites in Yeosu. With the new blogging software, just click on the photo to get a larger picture and click again for the maximum size. You’ll have to click the back button on your browser to return to the main page.

Here’s a shot of the four of us in the parking lot at Hyangiram Temple. From the left, the students are Kyung-hoon (kyuhng-hoon), Sun-tak (soon-tahk) in the middle at the bottom and Jong-cheon (Johng-chuhn) on the right. Yours truly is wearing the hat.


This one is at the Odong Island lighthouse, where we’re attempting to mimic the light house logo. There was too much contrast for my small digital camera to handle, so I played around with the shot in Photoshop to try to cut down on the glare from the upper right portion. Not entirely successful, but better than the original.


I suppose everyone’s heard about the altercation between the South and North Korean navies. Not really a big deal, as it’s happened before, but I hope things don’t escalate into something more serious. Most Koreans that I talk to are ho-hum about the event. Business as usual. The article states that Pres. Obama is visiting South Korea soon as part of a trip to Asia, beginning Thursday. As much as I browse the news daily, that’s one thing I didn’t know. Wonder if he’s coming to Yeosu? 🙂

Student Photos From Field Trip

Hi, guys and gals. Here are a few photos from our field trip on Saturday. Click here to see them. Enjoy!

Field Trip

This should be an interesting and fun day. I’m one of a handful of teachers, both native-English speaking and Korean, teaching a special class on Tourism English. (I helped develop the textbook for the class, as I noted in this post.) The class focuses on tourist sites in Yeosu, and, since many of our students aren’t from Yeosu, we’re leaving at 10 this morning to take a tour of four areas in and around the city. We’re going to visit Hyangiram Temple on Dolsan Island, which is connected to the mainland by the famous Dolsan Bridge, then its off to Jinnamgwan, Korea’s largest one-story wooden structure and headquarters of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, who defeated invading Japanese naval forces with the invention of the “turtle boat” way back in the late 16th century. Our next stop will be Odong Island, photo here, and then on to the site of the 2012 Expo.

Naturally, I’ll be taking photos, but for more than the usual reasons. Next week there’s an English Festival on campus. One of the events is the Funny Picture competition. Students are supposed to submit a comic, funny photo of them with their English teacher (me), so I told three of my students that I would be happy to participate. We’re going to snap some amusing (I hope) photos while we’re on the field trip. Who knows what kind of hilarity will ensue. Stay tuned for the results. More later.

Order Restored in Cosmos–Yanks Hoist 27th WS Trophy

Yes, babies are gurgling, children are playing and smiling, formerly sullen folk are whistling happily on their way to work or play, and a general feeling of harmony is floating in azure skies. The Yanks claimed their 27th Major League Baseball World Series title, toppling the Phillies 4 games to 2, winning the final game by a score of 7-3. Ah, sweet joy!


Now, all the Yankee haters are going to say “Of course they won–look at all the money they spent.” These are the same people who previously said “Hah. They’ve spent hundreds of millions and they still can’t win.” Sorry, folks, you can’t have it both ways. Get over it. Me? I’m gonna savor the victory all the way through to spring training, one of the first steps toward winning #28 next season. More later.

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