Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday, Bloody Tuesday

Okay, so that reference is massively overblown.  But still, neither Ian nor I have much fun on Tuesdays.  Most of Ian's students on this day are brats, and I have many bratty students (not as many as Ian) and Julia to deal with.  I sent the camera with Ian today, hoping he could find something constructive within his hatred of this day, but he couldn't find anything that he found blog worthy.

We did see another praying mantis today during our run, but we didn't have the camera.  It's tough to jog with it.  This time, the mantis had its "hands" in the air in the "you want a piece of this?" fashion.  It was pretty awesome.

David gave us our schedules for the year (telling us our time off and such.  Ian asked him vacation time and asking for a few days.  David apparently seemed confused and told us to talk to Julia.  I'm pretty nervous about it.

Here are the days we get off (aside from every Saturday and Sunday):

Friday, October 2nd (for Chuseok, which is the 3rd)
Friday, December 25th through Sunday January 3rd (Christmas vacation)
Monday, February 15th (Lunar New Year)
Monday, March 1st (Independence Movement Day)
Wednesday, May 5th (Children's Day)
Friday, May 21st (Buddha's Birthday)
Saturday, July 24th through Saturday, August 1st (Summer vacation)
Our contract ends on Monday, August 30th, 2010.

I tutored Julia's daughter during my "break" again today.  I'm thinking of asking Asia (our ESL recruiter) if this is an acceptable practice.  It just doesn't feel right.  I will ask Asia to reply to me before saying anything to Julia or David, though.  I don't want to get deported because I overstepped or something.

We got our bills in the mail today.  It looks like Yoon's pays about $80 U.S./month for us to live here.  We also got some sort of recap about last month's bills.  I'm not sure the previous tenant paid everything, but I'll just show Julia the paper and see what she says.

On a positive note, there was a notice on our door when I got home from work today.  After looking at it for a moment, I realized that it was notification of a package.  There was a picture of a mailman on a Vespa and "U.S" was handwritten on it.  We took it to our super, since he has all the packages.  It turns out that we need to go down to the Post Office to sign for it.  We're going to try to get there tomorrow.  It should be an adventure.  I'm not sure if it's one package or two, because most of the notice was in Korean.  But, we're really stoked!  That was very fast.

Well, that's all for now.  Hopefully, there will be something worth photographing tomorrow.


  1. Yeah, I hope Asia has a good answer for you because it doesn't seem right to me either. Sorry Tuesdays are bad days but at least it's early in the week and you get it over with. (So Ian's Tuesday class is worth than animal-boy who ran away? LOL)

    Bummer you don't get more time off. I'm surprised. Don't the regular schools have vacations? It seems like you would get the same ones. You should probably ask Asia about that, too.

    I look forward to hearing what is in your packages.


  2. Apparently it is widely known and accepted that Hagwons (private language schools like ours) have less vacation time. :(

  3. Guys,
    I also work in Jecheon at a public school up near Chongjeongdong! If you fancy meeting up some time with some other teachers and i let me know! Theres quite a few of us!!

    My email address is eco_Sara@hotmail.com.

    You sound like you are getting a bit of rough deal from your hagwon, you should definately check your contract and make sure that everything is being stuck to. Especially with teaching in your breaks, normally there is a maximum amount of teaching hours in there! It doesn't sound regular to have to teach your bosses daughter and i believe Hagwons normally get around ten days vacation, on top of Korean public holidays!

    Check carefully you are getting what you signed up for and if you need any help or anyone to look over your contract if i cant help you i can find someone that does!! You may find you have to stick up for yourselves!! Also check you are getting your medical insurance and pension paid correctly!

    Anyway i hope you are enjoying Jecheon and get in touch!!

    Sara Jayne