About Oman

In the Sultanate of Oman, marketing seems more progressive than what I remember it being back in the United States. For instance, natural hairstyles are controversial in the US so it wasn’t always that models sporting natural hair were visible. However, in Oman, that’s not the case. Surely, there seems to be an abundance of…

What Would Koreans Do?

Throughout my time in Korea, which was nearly ten years, I observed Koreans doing things that my Western sensibilities misunderstood. Koreans would hike mountains at the summit of which they would toast their achievement with a bottle of Soju. At the time I thought this was a strange practice. Alcohol was the last thing one…

Soulful Adventure in Seoul

AJ’s flight to Guam had a 3 day layover in Korea. Our plan was to meet on Friday afternoon in Yongsan. Thereafter we made our way to Gangnam and Itaewon. We met Ally and hung out at the A-Loft lounge for a while. Thursday Party was our last destination.  Today we returned to Marley Coffee. What…

Marley Coffee, Gangnam

  Gangnam Style! I am in that part of Korea made popular by Psy’s 2012 infectious song and dance. This morning I stopped for breakfast pancakes, eggs, and a sausage at Butter Fingers Pancakes. Thereafter, I made my way here. This is Marley Coffee. It’s noticeably decorated with images of Mr. Marley himself. Surprisingly, it…

Winter Camp 3

I was sick. I was also on pins and needles after that encounter with the supervisor. A couple of days later I asked my coteacher outside to talk. I impressed upon her that I did not like how she handle the situation. I also impressed upon her the fact that she is my coteacher. I…

Winter Camp 2

My coteacher went to the supervisor to inform him that I may be sick and that I was slacking off by using my cellphone. She returned to our classroom and said that the supervisor wanted to see me. This was the start of several interactions with that sharply dressed (at least on the first day…

Winter Camp 1

One Week in November I had submitted my application for the winter camp after being referred by a colleague. Late November I hadn’t heard from the recruiter, so I called to inquire about the camp. The recruiter on the other end informed me that I must not have been selected for the camp because he hadn’t…

Imagination

Today I was fortunate enough to have the misfortune of sitting-in on my coworker’s class. Fortunate because observing her would lead me to new understandings about teaching, I presumed. I began to understand that these classes can be conducted in less structured ways than I had originally envisioned. She talked with her students. She engaged them. There…

Campus

  Feeling good after finding money and receiving Peppero cookies from a student, Subin Choi, I took a walk around campus with my iPad mini. I have been thinking about writing more in my blog and today is the first day of doing just that. I am inspired to write.