Today, I made a student cry. I had to backpedal and bestow praise, before she tuned me out completely. Last week and this, I’ve been working at Hongik University and a few others around Seoul giving mock interviews to college students. This is my first uni experience in Korea. Kids here seem like students back … Continue reading “I will do my best.”
Light flows our war of mocking words, and yet, Behold, with tears mine eyes are wet! I feel a nameless sadness o'er me roll. Yes, yes, we know that we can jest, We know, we know that we can smile! But there's a something in this breast, To which thy light words bring no rest, … Continue reading the buried life
Apsara is the divine dancing girl, entertainer of men and gods, according to Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. Vanna told me there are more than 200 Apsara designs throughout Angkor Wat and at least 36 hairstyles. I couldn't help but count.
Never read American Psycho. I wish I could unread what I've read. I picked up a bootleg copy in Cambodia to read on the night train, fearing always being stuck in an enclosed place with nothing to do. It was a good choice initially. The first 100 pages carried me through two night trains and … Continue reading Just say “no” to American Psycho
Sometimes images appear faster than you can grab your camera. You're left stunned at what you saw wishing you could hit replay. I want to remember seeing this week-- Small children doggy paddling in a flooded rice paddy; Two naked boys in a crowded parking lot holding a pissing contest in the rain; A motorbiker … Continue reading Camera-less in Cambodia
Everything I know about Cambodia, I learned in the last 24 hours from Vanna, my tour guide, and lonelyplanet. What's ironic and sad is that Cambodia was once the capital of mainland SE Asia owing largely to its irrigation systems. Today, Cambodia is a poor country where people can not drink their tap water. At … Continue reading English lessons in Angkor Wat
to make beggars begone. i found this funny post last night about how Koreans use rudeness to deal with touts. the Korean sweeping hand gesture made me think of Powdered Toast Man: maybe the rainy season will keep beggars at bay. i'm not keen on using the hand on touts, particularly pesky kids. but i … Continue reading Act like a Korean in Cambodia
This is my last week teaching at KEOTI, the training arm for Korea Post. To hear KEOTI employees tell it, Korea Post is esteemed throughout Asia for their leadership in postal logistics. So KEOTI employees host international postal workers here in Cheonan and visit Thailand and other Asian countries to attend postal conferences. Guess what … Continue reading Teaching presentations at Korea Post