Office Building or a Hagwon? / Burberry Brothers / Gender Divided Bars

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This was a nothing day. I just read and chilled out a lot, enjoying some relaxation! I only took one photo and that was of Kevin’s hair in the morning. It gave me a little laugh so I helped it up a bit and snapped a shot without him knowing.

Korean hair - short on the sides and long on top

Korean hair – short on the sides and long on top

Monday, July 13, 2015

I finally took a photo of the exterior of our school! We work in this building.

What appears to be only an office building is a building that contains restaurants, schools and offices on various levels.

What appears to be only an office building is a building that contains restaurants, schools and offices on various levels.

Not what you picture in your mind when you think of school, eh?. There are 3 different schools in this building, actually (just the left portion). Keep in mind these are private academies and not the standard public schools. Those look more similar to what we are used to at home, though many have dormitories for older students since they study around the clock here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Here is a photo of a public middle school! I took this photo of Sannam Middle School (Sannam Jung Hak Kyo) from my classroom. They have a field for PE class and the whole property is just the school; it is not shared with offices, restaurants, or other schools. Those mountains behind it are where I walked last Saturday (what I posted about here). You can also see tall apartment buildings right next door to the school. Those are everywhere.

A more traditional looking school

A more traditional looking school

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Another month, another birthday party celebration at school! This is my favorite photo from the day. It’s the Burberry Brothers and me! They were both celebrating a birthday this month. The older brother is my student, one of the 7-year old’s, and the younger brother is one of the 5-year old students. They are adorable and I love them. And yes, it is real Burberry.

The two bow-tied birthday Burberry brothers!

The two bow-tied birthday Burberry brothers!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

For our Blue Color Day (water-themed) event next week, I had to find food coloring for my “science experiment.” Actually, we were supposed to ask one of the Korean teachers to buy us all of our supplies, but she was unable to find liquid food coloring and suggested I use paint….. so I took matters into my own hands. I had to go to the World Food Store downtown in order to find liquid food coloring. They just do not sell it here! We were hoping this World Food Store was like the one in Seoul where they have some American goods, but it is more of a SE Asian food store. Thank you Vietnam for supplying me with awesome food coloring!

Since we were already downtown, we decided to walk to Subway. I took this photo of …something interesting… on the way.

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And at Subway I got a tuna sandwich with lettuce, cucumbers, and avocado. It was delicious! I’m very pleased the taste of Subway tuna transcends borders. And this guy didn’t skimp on my avocado. I don’t even think it cost extra!

nom

nom

Friday, July 17, 2015

We were craving non-Korean food so went to Chungdae for dinner. We took notice of these interesting establishments. On the bottom level, you have “wink,” the “restaurant and pub for women.” What does that mean, though? Upon further inspection (looking in the windows), we noticed that all the tables are in their own private rooms. Perhaps it’s a place where groups of girls can go, eat/drink in a private room, and not have to feel hassled by anyone. I doubt groups of guys would be admitted, but perhaps mixed groups would. I wonder if foreigners are allowed. Foreigners aren’t allowed at many places here, so we have to stick with the few and far between places that are friendly toward us. It gets very monotonous!

On the upper level, we see Play Boys, bunny symbol and all. Copyright laws aren’t enforced here so we see a lot of…well, copying. Anyway, looks like this is the perfect spot for guys and girls to separate into their respective single-gender groups.

A pub for men and a pub for women.

A pub for men and a pub for women.

That’s it for the update on the week. Saturday was a fun day spent in Seoul and I will provide a separate update for that!

Take care, everyone!

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