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Trip: Back to Korea

There are [57] stories from my trip: Back to Korea


Today's Rant - Rote Learning is a Crock of Shit

SOUTH KOREA | Wednesday, 13 Jun 2007 | Views [3880] | Comments [1]

Rote learning is a learning technique which avoids understanding the inner complexities and inferences of the subject that is being learned and instead focuses on memorizing the material so that it can be recalled by the learner exactly the way ... Read more >

Tags: work


Gallery: "The Universe and I" party

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 9 Jun 2007 | Photo Gallery


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"The Universe and I" party at Oi bar

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 9 Jun 2007 | Views [2121]

I'm still recovering from the all night party me and a friend attended last night. It's not everyday or even every month, that I go to a party like I went to last night. The theme was "Universe and I" and it was based on this thought. This ... Read more >

Tags: Party time


Ping Pong = Noraebang

SOUTH KOREA | Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | Views [4448]

Koreans love ping pong! On Monday afternoon, me and the rest of the sixty or so staff went to cheer on our ping pong team. Our team was playing in the finals against another school in the district. There was quite a show going on. There were three ... Read more >

Tags: party time


Gallery: Seoraksan National Park

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 2 Jun 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures of my trip to the National park of Seoraksan
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"Fishheads, Fishheads, Rolly, Polly Fishheads"

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | Views [9392] | Video

My title is from a song that I once heard on MTV. The video was just as crazy as the song. I was reminded of this song, and video when I took a stroll along a fish market by the harborfront in Sokcho city, this past weekend. Here is the original video ... Read more >

Tags: Markets


Gallery: Sokcho Beach/City, Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 28 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

See this fishing city by the sea of Japan
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Seoraksan National Park and the City of Sokcho - Wow!

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 28 May 2007 | Views [4984] | Comments [1]

Inspiring , Breathtaking , and Mystical , are just a few words to describe Mount Seorak that is located in Gangwon-do province, 3 hours east of Seoul. Mention this name to any Korean, and they will tell you with confidence, that it ... Read more >

Tags: the great outdoors


Gallery: Lotus Lantern Street Festival

SOUTH KOREA | Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

Many tents lined the streets of Jongymo with activities related to Buddhism
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Gallery: Lotus Lantern Festival Parade

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

There were many colorful costumes, and floats lit up to celebrate Buddhas birthday.
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Lotus Lantern Festival

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | Views [3897] | Comments [6]

On Sunday, I went to downtown Seoul to see the annual lotus lantern parade, and to enjoy Buddhas birthday festivities. Me and a friend visited Jogyeso temple in Jongno area. Wow!! Lanterns hung in row upon row on the ceiling. Every imaginable colour ... Read more >

Tags: culture


Teacher's Day and Sweet potato cake

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 19 May 2007 | Views [2822] | Comments [1]

Another interesting week to say the least. Tuesday was Teacher's Day here in Korea. Apparently, about half of the public schools in Seoul were closed for the day. Not sure if that was to give the teachers a break, or to prevent parents from giving ... Read more >

Tags: work


Gallery: Children's Day activities

SOUTH KOREA | Sunday, 13 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

I had the chance to take pictures during the Children's day sports day at my school
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Hi Seoul Festival "Marching parade"

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | Views [698] | Video

Here is another video that I took of the Seoul History parade. This is a really big marching band that I really enjoyed watching.

Tags: Culture


Hi Seoul Festival, "History" parade

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | Views [1267] | Video

On Sunday, I went to see the Hi Seoul "History" parade. There were many people around, and the parade was entertaining. I especially enjoyed all the marching bands, and traditional Korean costumes. I took many short videos of the parade, and ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Gallery: Korean "History' parade during Hi Seoul Festival

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 7 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

I watched the "History" parade during Seoul High Festival with its many traditional costumes and marching bands
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Volleyball, fire therapy, and Children's Day

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 5 May 2007 | Views [1240]

Fire therapy, you ask? It really is as strange as it sounds, trust me! This past week has been one of a kind. After hearing that volleyball was a big competition between schools -I decided to join the volleyball team. I love volleyball, but ... Read more >

Tags: culture


Gallery: National Arboretum of Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 21 Apr 2007 | Photo Gallery


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Korean National Arboretum trip

SOUTH KOREA | Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | Views [609]

Yesterday, me and my fellow subject teachers,left school early in the afternoon, to take a trip to the National Arboretum in GyeonGi-Do province. Located in Gwangneung Forest, it has sixteen special gardens, that holds 3,344 plants. If you're into botany ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


What a Character - My Five year old niece performs!

CANADA | Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | Views [709] | Video

I took this video of my niece before I left for Korea. I totally miss both my little 5 year old niece, Emily, and my mother, who turned the big 60, yesterday! Here is a video of my niece who dressed up in my Halloween costume from last year that I bought ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter


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