Category Archives: Holiday

Songkran Festival: Wanna Have A Water Fight?

After meeting up with Patty (a college nickname for my friend–it kills me to call him “Pat” or “Patrick”) and my ill-timed sickness, we were running out of time to see everything that we had planned on seeing. The original plan … Continue reading

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India In A Month

I told myself that since I had a serious case of travel fatigue, I would slow things down in India and maybe just visit 3 or 4 cities instead of the 8 cities that I had planned. Unfortunately, I’m not … Continue reading

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What Not to Wear to a Wedding

This weekend, I went to my first (and probably last) wedding of 2015. I’m sure you’re wondering what I wore to this wedding. I certainly didn’t bring any wedding-appropriate attire with me on my trip. The fanciest and cleanest(ish) clothes that I … Continue reading

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If You’re Single and You Know It… Eat Some Pepero

It’s a special day here in Korea because it’s November 11th, also known as “Pepero Day (빼빼로데이)”. People eat Pepero Sticks on this day to become taller and thinner because Pepero sticks are tall, thin, and so delicious. Really, this … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th

Friday is my favorite day.  Not only do I only have one class that’s done at 11am, but it’s also one of my favorite and best behaved classes.  Every time I walk into the classroom, every single student is in … Continue reading

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Qing Ming Festival Pictures

I’m sure that I’ve posted about Qing Ming Festival 清明节 before, but just learned some new things this year.  Qing Ming Festival, or “Tomb Sweeping Festival” just recently became a public national holiday in 2008.  I was told by a friend that people asked the government to make it a public national holiday because they wanted the time off of work to pay homage to their ancestors. 

People use these three days off to travel back to their hometown and sweep their ancestor’s tombs, place flowers there, clean it up, pray, and burn paper money, clothes, and trinkets.  They burn these things because they think that these things will go to be with the deceased in heaven.  My friend even told me that people are now burning things such as paper iPads so that their loved ones will have things to play with as well.

Unfortunately, I had to teach on Saturday and Sunday to make up for the time that I had off Monday thru Wednesday. 

One of my students went to her hometown and she sent me some pictures that she took.  These can give you an idea of what other parts of China look like as well as what Qing Ming Festival is all about.

 

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Valentine’s Cont’d

Here are a few more awesome Valentine’s Day cards that my students wrote.   Sometimes my students really amaze me. (To all the teachers in the world) Happy Valentine’s Day!  As students, we all thanks for you.  The world will becomes … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day

Since the school changed my schedule, most of the students and teachers don’t know that I am now teaching Grade 2.  One of the best receptions that I got was from a class that erupted into cheers and applause when … Continue reading

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Spring Festival Travels

For this year’s Chinese New Year, I went to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bali (Indonesia), and Koh Samui (Thailand).  Here are some of the highlights of my trip:  

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Crazy Cabbies

It seems like a pre-requisite for taxi drivers in the SE Asian countries I’ve been in, to be reckless, impatient, and generally crazy on the road. Of course, they will probably try to rip you off by insisting that you … Continue reading

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