Posted in dating, Korea, Teaching

2015, where have you gone?!

The year is coming to an end!! AGAIN! I swear it was just New Years Day a few weeks ago.

When I think about this year, I realise that I have actually done a lot, but the time seems like it has gone so fast!

So, here is a recap of my year!

January
I actually don’t remember much about last January. The main thing I remember was, I forgot my sisters birthday and I was sad about that for about 2 weeks. Oh! And I had the chance to work with my best friend, known to you guys as Johnny Bravo. Now that I think about it, this month was pretty important. My boss who I adored, left the school and was replaced by another amazing person, but it was only for a few weeks. So when my old boss came back, he fired one of the staff members in late December. In January, my boss asked if I knew anybody who needed a job. I brang in my best friend and he started working on the same day! Even though I only worked with him for a month, it was great!

February
My company was bought by new owners at the end of January. Since the school semester starts in February in Korea, most of the teachers at my school were let go or decided it was time for them to leave. I was nervous as I was the only foreign teacher left as unfortunately, Johnny Bravo couldn’t work any longer.
I watched my first kindergarten class graduate and I was able to pick which class I wanted to teach next.
I moved apartments, to the best apartment I have had yet.
When the new teachers came, I made a great friend who I am sure I will stay in contact with even when she leaves Korea. I also met a teacher who I hated.
And then, I was promoted to Head Teacher!

March
In March, I finally went back to London for one week! It was amazing to see family and friends again but it was obviously far too short.
When I got back to Korea, I was working and my work load kept increasing. I didn’t mind since I love responsibility.
One of my best friends, Wizard of Oz, followed the yellow brick road back home. =( Sorry that I am not sorry for that horrible line.

April
In April, I got my kitten Aurora! A co-worker of mine told me about a pet store where she got her kitten and she also told me about a kitten that was in the pet store. I went along out of curiosity and also because I needed a pet. After seeing my baby Roari again when I went back to London, I realized I needed a fur baby with me. I went to the pet shop, I fell in love with her, I asked the vet to keep her for me, I went back the next day and got her. The best decision I have ever made in Korea!
My birthday! Johnny Bravo gave me the best birthday party ever! But I knew that I would be saying goodbye to him very soon.

Aurora 1

May
Johnny Bravo
had to leave Korea and I was heart broken. After just saying goodbye to The Wizard of Oz in March, my baby brother Johnny Bravo had to leave too. I cried like a baby on many occasions. But even though he is back in England, I think of him everyday and we speak to each other as much as possible. I love you Johnny Bravo!

June – August
I don’t remember much about these months. Summer in Korea is always a blur because the heat. I remember being heart broken by the infamous Model. 
I also remember that my boss resigned and this is when my year started to go bad. As you guys have read in my previous blog post ‘Goodbye.’ I had a terrible time at work after my boss left.

September – October
From September to the 15th of October, I went through hell. I couldn’t decide if I was going to continue on in my job or if I was going to find a new job. I ended up leaving on the 15th of October after arguing with my director about my severance pay. When I got my pay, I left. The following week, I had an interview in an amazing place. English Village. And I got the job on the day that I went to the interview. I started working the following week. But with a new job, I had to move houses. While I was moving back to Seoul, I knew my apartment wasn’t going to be as nice as my old apartment but I had no choice. So I moved and you can read about it here.

November – December
In November, I settled into my job and actually started teaching. I also met an amazing guy. I knew him for a while before, since I was living in Bucheon, but things only got serious in November. The problem is, he lives in Gimpo, but we are making it work by taking turns to go to each others houses over the weekend or sometimes during the week.
Even though our relationship is new, it has been a little bit stressful at times. He speaks the tiniest bit of English, so I have to rack my brains for all my Korean. And then sometimes we have miscommunication problems because of culture. But most of the time, I am so happy to be with him and this seems to be the first proper relationship since Prince Charming.
I don’t want to jinx anything though!

And now, it is exactly one week until Christmas! I was hoping to be able to spend this Christmas at home with my family, but since I had to change jobs, I can’t take a holiday and the downside of working at an English village is that we have a winter camp that starts the week after Christmas. So no break. On the plus side, I have someone who I am in a relationship with to spend Christmas with this year! Considering Christmas is a couple holiday in Korea. How many times am I going to say Christmas? Christmas.

I am looking forward to what the new year will bring. I am thinking about what my new years resolution should be. Even though I usually don’t keep them!

I hope you all had a great year and I will try to update again before Christmas! If not, Merry Christmas and my next post will be about what I did, if I do anything interesting.

Posted in Korea, Uncategorized

The box.

With a new job, comes a new apartment. There is usually no choice when it comes to being an English teacher in Korea. I was very comfortable in my home in Bucheon. When I got this job, I knew that staying there wouldn’t be an option as it would have meant an hour commute to work every day. While it didn’t bother me much, I knew that the company wouldn’t agree, just in case I turned up to work late.

While I was happy to have gotten a job in Seoul, I knew that ending up with an apartment as amazing as mine, was going to be impossible. When I was offered the job, it was made very clear that the apartment was going to be small. I asked for pictures, and while they looked terrible, I thought I had to suck it up. There was no way I was going to let such a good job go.

However, the apartment which I was shown in the pictures was nothing like the apartment I was taken to on the Friday that I was supposed to be moving in to my apartment. Although it was made clear that the picture I was shown may not be my apartment, I was shocked.

The place which I am going to have to call my home is so small that I can barely move around. I went back to my home in Bucheon that Friday night and started to repack. I had to throw out more things than I already had since I would be living in a shoebox for a while.

The Saturday after I was shown the apartment, I reluctantly moved my things. I said goodbye to my lovely home in Bucheon and hello to my box in Seoul. I tried my hardest to stay positive. I told myself that it was just somewhere to sleep and that I would hardly spend time there. I thought maybe if I unpacked my things and decorated, it would be better.
So I unpacked, while it made the room a tiny bit better, I still hated the new place. It’s depressing. There is a window, which honestly might as well not be there. There is no sunlight coming through. I worry for Aurora everyday because I know she is used to having a big bright apartment. Her pupils have been dilated since we moved in. Whilst I have read it is okay for cats, I thinking, it’s a bit like torture.

There is terrible brown coloured wallpaper which makes everything seem darker and dirty. It is the most revolting wallpaper you could imagine. Not only is that wallpaper terrible, it is only the accent wall. The rest of the room is what used to be white wallpaper. It is dirty and has stains that I can’t even identify.

I have a single bed. After having a Queen sized bed for over 6 months, I felt like I was going to fall out of the single bed. Not only is it a single, it is also the hardest, must uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in.

The kitchen, or what is supposed to be a kitchen, is so tiny. I have one electric stove hob thingy, which is built into the counter. The cupboards are a terribly bright orange colour. There is literally no room for a kettle, toaster, or any kind of utensil stand or things that you usually have on a kitchen counter. Also, if I wanted to use that hob, I would have to put on my shoes because the only floor space there is the place where you take of your shoes as you walk into the box.

And, right next to it, 1 step away and I am not exaggerating, is the bathroom.

The bathroom is tiny and literally everything gets wet when I have a shower. It has the smallest window you could ever imagine so I smell mould every time I walk in to my apartment, even if the window is open. It is also a terrible brown and grey tile scheme.

Having said that, the bathroom is my favourite part of the box. That’s because it is the newest and cleanest part of the apartment.

On my first day of work, I bumped into the director in the lift. He asked me how my apartment was and so I told him how things were broken and that it is too small and dirty and everything that was wrong. He told me to tell the coordinator so that they can fix things. I told him everything because he was the first person to ask me.

The next day, the guy who organises apartments and stuff for the foreign teachers asked me what my door code was. I asked why and he told me that the director wants to see my apartment and the apartment of the other girls that live in that building.

I was a bit reluctant, but the guy reassured me that it was going to work in my benefit and he hinted at us possibly being moved. I told him my door code and then I was told that because I complained to the director, who apparently does not usually speak to the teachers, he wants to see the condition of the apartment and help us a bit.

He hasn’t come to see my apartment yet. But another person in a high position told me that when the contract of that apartment ends, I will be moved to a bigger and better place. The catch is, the contract finishes in March. So I have to wait about 4 months.

I have decorated the place a bit better now but it is still far too small. I guess I just have to wait a while and hope that the next apartment I am moved to is better. It will be my 8th apartment since moving to Korea.

But as I mentioned before, the job is amazing. I just feel that I would do a better job if my apartment was nicer as my mood would be better.

Wish me luck!

Posted in Korea, Teaching, Uncategorized, Unemployed in Korea

Well… that was awkward!!

Hey guys!

After my last post about being unemployed in Korea, I haven’t posted anything. The reason why is that, the day after I wrote that post, I had 2 job interviews. I was offered the job at my place of choice and I accepted! The catch was, I had to pack up all my things and move to the new apartment. I have been in Korea for 1 year and 8 months. In that time, I have bought many things and I have a cat. So, packing and moving was the worst thing ever.

But anyway! I got a new job, the day after I was preparing myself for a long wait and a hard time on the job search.

However, since starting my new job (the following week after the interview), I have had no time to do anything apart from sleep! I am writing this from my desk as we speak and the first time I have had a chance to in two weeks!

My new school is amazing! I am working at an English village camp in Seoul. It is so fun!
It is very different from both jobs which I have had in Korea. I am teaching almost all the time. But the lessons are much more fun than the few lessons I taught at my previous schools.
The staff are amazing!! And, I have the chance to meet different students every week! (I will write a blog post about my school soon as it is such an interesting place!)

So, I am not unemployed any more, which means I have to think of another topic to start blogging about. Since I am back in Seoul, I am sure I can find something more interesting to write about. Maybe reviews on different cafes?? We’ll see.

If you have any suggestions let me know and I will make sure that I have time to start blogging more often now that I am finally settled in!

For those of you who think I should carry on with the unemployed section, let me know! I have a lot of experience in being unemployed! hehe