GinnyTeacher Lives in Incheon
And all the science… I don’t understand
Elton John, Rocket Man. A non-stop Elton John playlist and a 5 pound study book. Me and Elton John are studying for the GRE. Between us, we know nothing, Jon Snow.
Booked my flight to Incheon.

Booked my flight to Incheon.

A little night-time music. Good-bye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John.

Somebody on reddit asked “What song would you listen to while the world is ending?” This is mine. It got me through a week of TEFL hell too (in which I did a 100 hour TEFL course in 5 days). Just wall to wall Elton John with a little Bowie thrown in there for spice.

What’s your end of the world song?

Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.
Rachel Wolchin (via teddybear-hugs)
Mundane news

Ripped a Band-Aid off my leg by accident (crossed my legs), after having forgotten I had a Band-Aid on. To say the freak out was miniature — that would be a lie. (fire ants??? little bee??? heretofore undiscovered biting salamander???)

Also worth mentioning that there’s a friendly black and neon blue salamander who lives in the cabin, and he only comes out when my parents are away. He likes to sit in vents of sunlight, quite unaware of my presence. If I make percussion on the wooden coffee table, it disturbs him — though not enough to send him scurrying.

I urge the Buddhists in [Myanmar and Sri Lanka] to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit [violent] crime[s]. Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking.
Dalai Lama in an address on his recent 79th birthday, regarding the violence perpetrated by Buddhists (incited by extremist monks). Powerful.
From this cnn article.

Dear the person who left an Office Space dvd in the player in Incheon (presumably the legendary former NET who wouldn’t wash himself who preceded me at BGHS)

Sending it out into the ether. Five years ago, I discovered your dvd, forgotten in the dvd player, in the apartment you had recently vacated. I watched it, that first night in Korea. The next night I watched it again. In my early days teaching, dealing with culture shock, I watched it many times. I still have it. It comforted me. Whenever I watch it, I wonder what you are doing, and thank you.

You smelly son of a bitch :)

Lemonhope’s Song, from Adventure Time

A fly on the wall would, for the past few months, hear me singing this song quietly to myself a time or two a day. It reminds me that I should calm down and let contentment reign over me, at least in peaceful moments, because I’m home. At least for the time being, I’m home, and that’s something that someday I may long for above all else, and that all people are lucky to feel even for a few moments for much of their lives — whether that be in sense of self or a physical place.

The whole point of the Lemonhope episodes of Adventure Time, as far as I see it, is that young people often have to reject the feeling and contentment of home (and the expectations that come with its comfort) in order to be free and to roam the world — growing all along, if we do it well. If we’re lucky, there will be a home to come back to in the end, or at least a place that feels like it, even if everything else we knew is gone, or altered.

For now, I’m here. Put away thoughts of adventure and the anxiety that can come with it. There will be time enough for it soon.



summer is here, and so are mosquitoes. if you’re like me and have been angrily waking up to mosquito bites in the middle of the night, you need to stock up on insect bite ointment. since moving to Korea, i’ve always used 쿨 which has a nice menthol-y tingle which helps make the itchiness go…

No see ums flying around all day. Sun sets — they start biting. Itching gets legit. Apply Tiger Balm (red). Super effective. Smell lets the rest know not to mess.

I want to play “Box of Lies” with my new students. I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but it’s going to happen. Perhaps prepositions “It’s an egg roll in a bird’s nest” “It’s a stapler amongst pretzel twigs”. It would totally work. Groups.

I also envision some sort of “Let’s Make a Deal” game with advanced classes… just because of the smaller class size — everyone wins something in that one and I’m broke.