Open class-Last Wednesday

My new co-teacher took this pic right before my class

Last Wednesday I had to put on my tap shoes and do a number from one of my bojangles classics AKA open class—open class is a requirement for all native teachers to participate in, i’ve done three of them since I began. Pretty much you and your co-teacher have to display your teaching skills in an interactive learning environment.

The kids have to sit quietly in their desks as they raise their hands and answer all of questions and complete all activities with 100% effort and 100% accuracy…. seeing how that NEVER happens in a real classroom setting what is one to do??? Well you must fib (basically feed them the answers well in advance so once open class approaches their perfect and in sync) not my choice!! Since my new co-teacher is way to NEW me and Ji-young got to team up an perform for the parents!!! Ji-young was nervous and I can tell because when she’s nervous she likes to speed thru everything without taking the time to breathe—me on the other hand i’m laid back– I like to take my time and make sure my content is delivered with proper annunciation and slow enough speaking. But since she just translates in Korean she is able to zip through everything without a breathe— once again it really didnt make any difference to me I try to have fun at all cost!!!

The lesson was on ‘What do you want to do’ so that was quite simple take a look

2 parents that came to support there were 3 this was a good turnout for english believe it or not!

 

40mins and open class is complete I give it a grade of B-

Facebook vent

Ok I have this problem this issue and I want to scream to somebody about MY frustration with myself and with me falling into the facebook nonesense….I was gonna keep it all bottled in like I normally do since living out here, but I was like hey I have a blog why dont I share my thoughts and feelings and maybe someone else out there may comment or feel what im about to say so here it goes…..

Ok I have a love hate relationship with facebook it was the best invention when it first hit the scene during my college years it was like being in a members only association. Only people who were in college had the inside scoop– now any, and everybody can use it but thats not my beef, my beef is Facbook limboing(as i call it), some call it stalking but how is it stalking when your friends with that person?? Anyway my issue is there is a friend I have on Facebook that I have deleted many times,  I cant stand this person(but when we see each other its like we never had issues…but forget that) for the simple fact that I cant have my way(not with them, c’mon get your mind right…. but why the hell are you always asking to be my friend yet you dont want to talk, you dont respond to my messages, and you darn sure dont hit me up on my wall) only time this person speaks to me is when a specific event is going to happen and they want to know if i will be around. Here is the dilemma I know black from white there is no Gray area of what this person is…..so my issue is why the hell cant my brain understand that. I go through these emotions all the freaking time, one day im like deuces, dont talk to me, when you see me in the streets shawty you dont know me— and then a couple months later im like hmmmm I wonder how their doing maybe I should send them a message. I’m too nice and I let that get the best of me at times.

So what sparked this rage????? Well I hate when people post stupid crap on their pages  crap that could have double meanings— so this person I believe is trying to say their ready to get married and their about to take the leap and what not. Great thats lovely!!! but why do you need to tell Facebook about that isshh shouldnt some things be kept to yourself??? I mean really why dont you just get married then post the pics so we know your’re bout it because I could have sworn you said something similar before. What frustrates me the most is just a couple of weeks ago they sent me a message talken about whats good, where you at, blah blah blah. Arrrrggggggghhh these are the days I wish I was in my own relationship, these are the days I hate being single….why?!?!?! because being single only magnifies how single you are especially when people come bothering YOU when you didnt ask to be bothered.

So instead of deleting this person for the 4th time NO LIE I’ve found out how to put peoples news feeds on block—hence I dont have to hear your B.S. about you getting married, or you falling in love, or you found the one. One thing I can just hear the critics saying is why are you stressin this? or Why do you bother messing with Facebook??—well well understand one thing Facebook has been my lifesaver out here, its the one thing that keeps me sain and in touch with America. Without it I feel like I would have lost touch with so many of my freinds and missing out on certain peoples accomplishments. Facebook might be just this mindless, no good waste of time for some people but for me I use it as a way to stay involved and to show the people I care about my interest in them—so when people abuse my friendship and start talking a whole lot of nonsense…. yea it bugs me but I refuse to let one or two fools take my pleasure out of it. Once I get home I think I will put FB on hiatus

-ok vent over.

Made in Taiwan.

Travelling to taiwan was an unexpected unplanned but planned trip. I say that because I never had that country on my list to travel to but hell— living here in South Korea has made me want to visit anywhere and everywhere. Taiwan did not dissappoint it was the opposite to my vacation to thailand, it wasnt about R&R more like conqueror divide and meet up with freinds I have met from living out here in SOKO!!!!

long train ride home from the beach

Cyrena and her boo Markos

So as the post reads made in Taiwan you can guess what I mostly did on my trip—-you guessed it TONS of shopping. Just to give you an idea I filled up one of those big chinese bags full of things and half of my duffle bag that i had brought out there with my things. I just couldnt stop especially since taiwan boasts the biggest night markets you have ever seen in your life—-everything I mean EVERYTHING is negotiable and if its not you walk out that door because why???– its taiwan everything is discounted.

I will say this though some of the items were fairly priced and I wouldnt even bother asking for a discount because c’mon they gotta make a profit. But sometimes I wouldnt say anything and I would just have casual conversation with some of them and they would still give me  nice lil redcution in price!!! Now thats service, how do I go back to regular shopping now??? I will have to do a post on some of the items I died for.

So instead of stayin in fancy bougeious hotels I opted for hostels 2 main reasons being 1. I was limited on time so I wanted get in as much “taiwanese culture” as I possibly could in one week, staying at hostels allows you to do that because it is more then likely ran by a native and their wealth of knowledge and stories adds a personal touch hotels can not provide 2.the hospitality is beyond accomodating they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable like you were at home plus you cant beat the prices…just ball park range I spent about $250 US dollars on 7nights/8days (I stayed in 2 different hostels, I wanted 2 different locations which = two different kind of perspectives)

NTU Hostel...took me 3hours to find..sheeesh

The first hostel was located in the heart of NT University young fresh and new with a dash of hustle and bustle I love. I had everything here shopping, cheap food, tapioca tea drinks I die for these(akd boba drinks), train station 3mins walking distance, clubs, movies, waterpark, EVERYTHING!!!! It was a bit noisy as my room was located right next to the double triple secured door(understanble) but I loved it. 

The second hostel was about 20-25mins away –jiantan stn I was right next to the biggest night market in taipei shinlin market OMG!! This hostel potatoe hostel was for females only but I loved it here even more then the last it felt like my room from when i was a little girl I was really comfortable here. The girl who owns the place Jill was a sweetheart and she had just came back from Egypt so me and her were talking for hours about our experiances, we both LOVE egypt beyond words!!! We travelled to some of the same places and visited some of the locals that I bought some goods from…I just gushed to her about how much I fell in love with Philae temple I havent been able to connect with anyone yet about that and she as well so it was fate!!

Jill and I. She runs the hostel

My princess room

The sights I went to:

Martyrs shrine

rememberance of the men who fought the great wars of taiwan

We got here just in time to watch the famous changing of the guards, they are precise and elegant with their uniform moves and timing with the rifles!

left guard

right guard

L guard

R guard

Makong gondola

This was so peaceful and relaxing. 30mins of air suspension

At the top I finally decided to try stinky tofu and chines sticky rice---ewww on the stinky rice not for me

I took in the sights

Then finished the evening with tea

Zhinan shrine

Sick night view

Untouchable

yin and yang= balance

Taipei 101

now the 2nd tallest building in the world I believe

Markos tried to get us in the building by saying we were interviewing for a job—lol we straight got shut down by security LOLz

Where's the L-O-V-E....

Me and mom dukes favorite lotion just had to get a pic...yall don't know nothin about that Au Lait

Lungshan temple

entrance

prayer

Incense pit

Fulong Beach

Should have been called foolywang beach

me and cece

dead blowfish from the tsunami

Confuscious Temple and DaLong Dong Boa An Temple

say word...

run that again please--

getting inked up by his mom...true story

one last thing not Forever 21 but Forever 26??!!!??!?! thier prices were mad expensive too mmmmmmmhhhhhmmm I walked right out!

Theirs a new sheriff in town…

Ok I know the title is pretty lame but that’s how it feels…

So the school got a new Korean ‘english speaking’ co-teacher and I was really excited at first. On first arrival she could speak clear English and seemed to understand me quite well!!!! PERFECT I could breathe and feel like these next 6weeks were gonna go by smooth like nobodys buisiness…..well I’ll keep my reservations to myself because as my brother says “you always find something wrong Monique” so I am working on that.

I can’t say that I don’t miss Ji-young because I do, at first we were really really ROCKY(you might remember a post where I went off hehehe)–we argued, we disagreed, we laughed, she cried(not me), we had headaches together, stressed together, began to see eye to eye together. All in all she was the first person I ever learned how to be a co-worker with, a partner, a teammate I’ve never had that before– at any other jobs from my past and now shes moved onto to teach the 6th grade….

So I say all that to say I must pick myself up and make this work or else..I see some red-flags and I’m worried but I have to remember just because the new teacher is much older than me doesn’t mean I can not politely let her know when something is not right, or not working. She asks a lot of questions that eat up time but I have to breathe through it, and learn how to zone her out the way I have been able to zone out a lot of things that are said to me.

Ji-young and I

 

We went out in celebration of her arrival and as well the school got a new P.E. teacher-before him the teachers had to teach P.E. themselves…the trials and tribulations of starting when a school has recently opened (if you’re a native speaker teacher I advise you to runway if that is the case, dont do it!!) here are a few snaps of the night

Jinee(the new teacher) me, and Ji-young

I couldn’t help but imagine the going away dinner we will have when its time for me to leave…i’ve been preparing a speech because they do speeches–anyways till next time.

It really shouldnt be so complicated

Lately I have been slacking on my blog and the main reason is well…because I haven’t been inspired or compelled to write. I enjoy blogging I like writing but the work behind the scenes is more than most people would expect, it’s not as though I don’t have the time (actually as of lately I really haven’t had the time) but I wish this blogging thing could be more simplified there are so many steps just to upload pics then proofread then tag the subjects blah blah blah….at the end of the day I just want to relax and do nothing….even when I’m doing nothing I’m doing something—so with that being said I want to upload my Taiwan pictures but I just haven’t had the time to deal with WordPress’s crap.  Just to tell you a little secret I normally upload my pictures when I’m at school I USED to have time in the day on Tuesday to handle those kinds of things, but since I have been left by myself to teach the English classes I haven’t had time to do NOTHING!!!! I am always lesson planning so any time I do have on my hands, its spent getting other urgent things prepared.

Which brings me to my next topic first let me show you these pics

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Do you know what those are and what it means????c’mon take a guess you can do it….

 Ok give up…. well those my friends are two boxes that will be shipped off to CALIFORNIA why is this a big deal you might ask?????WELL I’M OUTTA HERE IN 6WEEKS!!! COUNT’ EM UP 6WEEKS YIIIIIKKES!!! I am so elated too excited I can’t even tell you. Since I’ve gotten back from my trip everything has been centered around making sure I have a smooth transition outta here. The first thing on my mind was let me pack a couple of items because I was getting a lil stressed about luggage overages so Monday I have off, I decided I will take a taxi to the post office and mail these babies off…next I need to make a dash to a bank so that I can wire money to my travel agent because I have booked my flight for NOVEMBER the 16th shes definitely gotta get paid ASAP, then I need to skeedadle to my bank to wire some money home the currency exchange is mad low right now(I have been stalking the rates for the 3months now) and I have been holding onto this money till it was the right time to transfer it away,  then lastly I was gonna head to the store to return some leggings. My favorite leggings have officially been washed to smithereens and I wanted to replace them because their holding on by threads— long story short the ones I picked up were not the replacements why the hell am I even telling you this anyways everyday or every other day I clean up or throw away useless items so when the last few day roll around im not stuck trying to get rid of it at once.

Lastly I have been feeling like a hefer I feel like I have gained massive weight but in reality I really haven’t the reason I feel like a hefer is because I went from doing YOGA 3-4 times a week to 0 times a week and trust me I have tried to keep up on my own buts its not the same and I’ve never been one to be a solo workout kinda person my body was on its way to being stacked and in one year its not all lost just frustrating because I have a goal that I want my body to reach, oh and for those that are saying under your breath why didn’t you join a YOGA studio out here WELL been there tried that. All the studios instructors are Korean who have directions given in Korean and ?!?!?! not gonna work.  

Ok till next time supposedly I’m getting a new co-teacher so I hope shes decent and can jump right into the swing of things and begin lesson planning with me cuz im sick of doing 7 kinds of lesson plans all by my dammy.