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I bet you think this BLOG is about you!, Alabama, United States
I'm an extroverted flame dame with a shiny nice girl exterior. Commonly Refered to as the resident Attention Whore. My main goal in life is to become famous and I'd appreciate it if you'd watch me do me....

Monday, November 2, 2009

Michael Jackson- You are not alone




To all the Die-Hard- No-Limit Michael Jackson fans out there..




SO I just finished watching the newly released movie ‘This is it” and I felt like I had to try and do SOMETHING to connect with people who can understand what I’m going through right now. …because I'm feeling really crazy.




I’ve been completely smitten with Michael since I was too young to remember. I’ve enjoyed every performance, song, and dance he’s done many times over. I like to sing and dance to his music while I’m.... well just about anywhere. He’s without a doubt a very special and important part of my life. Some of my friends and family don’t understand my passionate obsession with the King of Pop… They think ‘ sure he’s got cool moves and great songs but we don’t even really care for the guy’ It’s not like that for me.. I think about him at least once everyday for what has now been my life. I know the songs inside and out and the move me beyond words, to tears, to deeper understanding of myself and other in the world, to greater heights than I’ve ever known.




I know, from the screaming fans I’ve seen passing out on screen, or imitating his dance moves to a on youtube, or devoting lives to looking more like him….., that I’m not the only one. But I still seem to be the only one around feeling a lil’ lost and hopeless. Y'know I find myself wishing to be around people that were ok with a conversation saturated with notes on Michael, or stories about how music changed my life, or even no conversation at all.. just listening to the music together and feeling connected to something great.




Don’t think that I’m a MJ Psycho.. that’s simply not the case.. I just miss so terribly the best thing that never happened to me.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Of all the BS de la Korea that I'm tired of...

I'm so tired of the people who hold any kinda of position of authority being an absolute scaredy cat panty waste, who makes decisions that benefit no one and accomplish jack. I'm tired of being screwed over by the guys that barely have the title that they are tryna lord over and smite you down with. What the piss man? So another principal comes into the camp and everyone believe him to be genuinely kosher.. but as always, I have my doubts. He 's a man, he's koream, and he's old.. he's prolly a dirty bird bastard!

Any how he's tryna jip me outta 2 weeks of vactaion time. This time is
owed to me becasue i didn't go home for 2 weeks in between my renewal. I was supposed to be able to just take the time offthis winter.. where we all know there is not shit to do at school but look at the walls.

ARGH.. if I don't get the time.. i'm simply gonna leave mid contract which is Dec 8. Plenty of time to go home and find a boo before christmas. Maybe get married to my childhood sweetheart (wink). Make up some lost time with friends and family. And enjoy being an american whilst all the haters continue in there adoration of.... Shit I welcome contracting swine flu so long as it's on US soil..

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm alive!

I'm always so awfully busy that i never get to write. I actually am loving my new job and I'm pondering weather I should stay another year... sigh... I am in a bit of a depression because I'm really missing Michael Jackson. :( but I'm seeking comfort in others and finding it.. so i'm consoled slightly. I can't wait to visit my home! I'm so excited!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson - i miss you

I got to school today for work. Hopped on facebook to play some serious sorority life. And I see all these rest in peace MJ updates. It hit me that i'd hear 2 MJ song on the bus to work and as usual they brightened my day. I thought that maybe it could be a hoax but upon cheking verifiable news sources.. i found out its true. the tears that came them still flow as i write. I feel so devestated. My thooughts and prayers go out to his family and his loved ones- people like me tucked way in the corners of the earth forever inspired, faithfully in love and hopelessly devoted to this magical man. Ever since i was little i remember praying for my loved ones at night before i went to bed. God bless Mom, brother, grandma, grand pa, family cat, and Michael Jackson....


I know he's better off but i will miss him more than anyone can ever realize.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Beginnings

So I finally escaped the confines of the workplace I like to call Yeongju's English Slave Center. I'm working at a brand new job. It's heaven sent.. I didn't even really want to come here.. but i'm thinking about never leaving. The life of the English teacher need not be hard, tiresome, and uninspired as was my last job. Save the awful gov't issued curriculum and the distance away from the city.. Everythings good. I'm still living in a hotel because my apartment is being built. The kids are top quality and not as judgemental as the city kids were. I don't feel like I have to wear my battle gear here.

I'm spliting my weeks between 3 schools.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Korean Government Gears Up Against H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

In the face of the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus, the Korean government has raised its pandemic alert level to 2 out of 4, and is carrying out emergency procedures 24 hours a day to prevent the spread of the virus. In Korea, public fears over a possible full-blown pandemic are diminishing after the patients who had contracted the H1N1 virus made full recoveries, but of course vigilance is still necessary. Korean health authorities have tightened quarantine measures, and incoming passengers from infected countries are being thoroughly checked and monitored to detect any signs of infection. These passengers are also being called afterwards to check whether they have developed any flu-like symptoms. Moreover, two sets of heat sensors have been placed at airports to detect travelers with fevers and in-flight quarantine procedures are also being carried out if deemed necessary. The Korean government has a good history of responding quickly to the outbreak of a pandemic. When the severe SARS and AI viruses broke out, Korea remained safe thanks to its influenza monitoring system and quarantine measures. Park Seung-chul, Chairman of New Influenza Emergency Measure Committee said the World Health Organization (WHO) had applauded Korea’s influenza monitoring system and rapid response measures.

closing time.. News Flash

This is my last full week of working at Yeongju English Hell Center. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I'm making it out safely, alive, and not brain dead!


Bank information for donation transfers (this goes into his hospital account) The name is in Koreanaccount #:481-007433-01-011Bank: IBKIf you are not in Korea, you will need the following:Swift code: IBKOKRSEHospital: Soonchun Hyang University Hospital.Matt Robinson is an American ex-pat who has been teaching in Korea for about 3 years. Recently, due to conflicting medications and gangrene from a previous surgery, he almost died. He was taken to a hospital in Haebonchan where he is in pain, awaiting the surgery he needs. This hospital is threatening him. They are saying that if he does not give them 10 million won by tomorrow, they will kick him out without the surgery. This means that he will most likely need an amputation or (worse yet) he will die. He has no means to go home, nor is he physically able to get on a plane. I know that the ex-pat community in Korea is very strong. I also know that if this same thing happened to any one of you, we would all rise up. Please do not ignore this and think that other people will take care of it. This group is a last resort. Please act quickly, even if you can only give 1,000 won. There are a lot of people on facebook. If everyone gave that, he could get the surgery he needs. Many of you know Matt from his improv group that performs in Itaewon. I have known him for 8 years. He is a beautiful and funny person with a wonderful spirit. Please do not let this happen to him.You can help by contacting him at 01072645447. Or, you can contact me (Sara Moore) or Lydia Cooper, who is an officer of this group. Anything you can do will help - Even if it’s just passing on the information

Friday, May 22, 2009

http://www.epeople.go.kr/english/

The People's Voice is the Voice of Heaven.”
Sinmoongo(a Big Drum), the system of handling complaints against
the government during the Joseon Dynasty, was the first step towards
giving the people a say in government affairs.
Driven by our ancestors' lofty ideals, Sinmoongo is reborn
as “e-People“ by integrating all channels of administrative
organization to the people to upgrade the whole function
of administrative judgment and corruption
reporting as well as petition, proposal and policy
discussion services.
e-People, available everywhere in the world, will take the lead to make a new face of Korea by resolving even trivial complaints after listening closely to the voices of the people and accepting their creative ideas positively.

ideal ideas

Lesson plan ideas: summer camp
Four corners
Number the corners from 1 to 4 and assign an English vocabulary word to each number. Select one student to be "It." That person closes his or her eyes while the rest of the students go to one of corners in the classroom. When all students are settled in a corner, It calls out a number. All the kids who chose the corner with that number are out of the game and must sit down. It closes his or her eyes again, calls out a number or word, and more students sit down. When the game gets down to 4 people or fewer, each must choose a different corner. If It calls out a corner where nobody is standing, It must choose again. The game continues until only one student is left. That student becomes It.
Restaurant: Making a Smoothie or Shake
sliced banana
3-4 large strawberries (top sliced off)
2 cups milk
1/4 cup of yogurt (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
5 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients except sugar in blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add sugar. Enjoy!

Big Hall: Four Corners

Popping Idea: learn to spell the colors- color word unscramble
Project a color by numbers picture on to the white board. Issue multicolor markers. Students must make 2 teams and go back an forth coloring in the number assigned to a color. Ex: One –red twenty-five-blue five-black

Library Noise Maker Story book

Assign a sound or action or picture to hold up....with several words. Practice. Read a simple story containing the words. Pause after saying each special word so the students can insert sound action of picture appropriately.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why Old Korean Men Love Me

What is the deal with these old farts running up on every young new face they see. What is so screwed up in their head that they actually think I'd find them attractive? Was it the hobbled leg, the over brown teeth w bad breath? That's really hot! Was it the way your dirty finger nails attach crookedly to grimy hands that are always clawing at my bosom? Sexy! Was it the fact that you can offer nothing but a waste of 2 minutes with a 1 inch ding dong to an american girl wh is accustomed to MUCH MUCH better?


Maybe after 40 these guys get bain damaged form soju or makali... but one things is for sure. They lose their damn minds!

A Rainy Day

It's been pouring dirty rain all day long. I'm opting to stay inside and meditate. I need some reflection time. I have acquired another teaching job in Korea..due to start soon. But it's not as fun as before.. I'm getting bored and very tired of taking all these differences of culture that always seem to infringe on my well- being. Everything feels different.. i don't know know if it's me that's changed or the world. It's staggering the changes are vast...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Better Days

I'm excited to say that I landed another ESL job close to where I'm living now. So I don't have to leave my friends and my sweetheart anymore. I can't wait to visit home and do some American things. i can't believe it's been a year!!! Sweet Home Alabama! I've been through a lot especially since i've been hospitalized twice since i've been here.. it sucks












Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Birthday to me...again

I can't believe these guys have done it again- freakin genius!!

My Bday was great.. better than I expected. I guess it doesn't hurt that i partied for 3 days straight. I'm soo tired it's not even funny. I'm so thankful that i had so many people so crunk and disorderly around me- kept my mind off of all the drama that's been afloat. I just wanna get back to living life, and loving it.

Sidenote: Everything just seems to be a little better when you're with someone...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

open class

video

Up aginst a rock and a hard place

I'm English teacher in Yeongju in the very rural Gyeongbuk province. I don't have an understanding of Korean law, but I think my public English Center is doing some pretty shifty things. So I'm just writing to relieve stress and maybe get some help understanding an clarifying if what's been happening gives me . I'm beyond my cause to formally complain.... I have called every office of ministry to ask for help and they keep telling me I should ask elsewhere. 'I'm pretty much at wits end and I just want to get out of this nightmare -fairly. I know that rural schools are let off the hook alto because of their status, but they take small town politics to a new level.
1. Many teachers are hired and work for months without visas. These teachers are paid through other teachers accounts
2. The school often obligates us to work overtime without extra pay.
3. School obligates us to work extra English camps during vacation time. We are paid extra- however the rate of pay is changed drastically and without warning. usually after the camps are over
4. The school obligates teachers to attend impromptu dinners and noraebangs after school hours which last 6-8 hours.
5. School principal openly sexually harasses and man handles female teachers while drunk at said dinners and noraebangs.
6. The school does not recognize the contractual 15 paid sick days in our contracts. Teachers are hassled while sick and forced to come in anyways.
7. I am eligible for a pay grade for a EPIK GET level 2. However I was threatened into signing a contract that says GET 3. After many discussions- my pay grade level went up to level 2. However the contract says level 3. I've complained but was told it's a non issue. Now( after 10 months) the school is claiming overpayment: they are lowering my salary and taking my severance pay to compensate.
8. I requested a meeting with my school board where I discussed concerns about contracts, teaching hours, and teachers health. Afterwards, I actually ended up in the hospital for 4 days. Due to this I am being asked to non resign at my school. However it's been our understanding that i would resign since January; therefore I am not prepared for a move or another job search.
9. I've requested meeting with my principal and City board of Education- however, they are friends and are both refusing a face to face meeting, refusing all calls, and not responding to emails.
10.My principal wants me to write a letter stating that I don't want to resign. When I refused I was threatened with a poor reference and possible black listing for my particular town.
11. Our school is a center that operates with 8 teachers. We are losing 4 teachers in one month. There are no other teachers to take our spots. 2 of the teachers happen to be Caucasian and they have been written and formally asked to resign, however myself and the only other African American teacher want to resign and are being rejected. My co teacher informs me that the principal would like more Caucasian teachers for better image.
12. I secured a new job to go to .. however my principal called and got my offer withdrawn.

Tough Skin

Lots of things have been happening.. Bad things.. really awful.. snow ball effect on me..

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thai it up

Thai Phrases

Hello (or Goodbye) sawatdee
Excuse me kha-tot
Thank you khawp khoon
It doesn't matter /
No problem my pen rai
What's your name? khoon chu arai
My name is ... [men:] phom chu ...
[women:] deechan chu ...
I come from ... [men:] phom ma jack ...
[women:] deechan ma jack ...
I don't understand my khao jai

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Better!

Things to do in thailand
Floating market
ake a Taxi to Southern (route) Bus Terminal (about 25 km from Bangkok city center, cost $110-$160 B). Take Bus #78, $64 B. The trip takes about 2 hours. Get off at Damnern Saduak. Do not get suck in by the boat tour operator at the bus station. They want "Standard" price of $1000 B for one hour long tail boat tour. Instead, walk outside the parking lot and turn left to town. A short 10 - 15 minutes walk and you will arrive at the bridge over looking the floating market. You can then hire a non-motor boat tour for $100 - $200 B at the floating market.
· Directions: About 2 hours by bus outside Bangkok city center
· Other Contact: ck10256@yahoo.com

The Chao Pharaya River



The Chao Pharaya River plays many roles in Thai life and in fact it is regarded as the principle artery of the nation! Much of Thai history can be traced along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. As it flows, the river carries with it the history and culture of the country. You can take the boar ride/service which takes you to all the 9 piers providing access to Bangkok's most famous attractions. Like the Rattanakosin Island Historic Area which was settled during the Thonburi and Rattanakosin eras. Old temples, palaecs and communities along the river banks tells us the livelihood of the poeple and had led to the birth of civilisation.
· Phone: 66 2623 6001-3
· Directions: Take BTS Skytrain and alight at Saphan Taksin Station. Less than 10 minutes walk to The Chao Phraya Tourists Bost service. Operating hours: 0930 to 1500 hrs. Price: 75 baht - One day river pass unlimted ride.
· Website:
www.chaophrayaboat.com
· Other Contact: email: supapan@loxinfo.co.th

Wat Pho or wat pha= pamling reading!
· Address: Tha Tien Pier, Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
· Directions: The entrance to Wat Pho is on Chetuphon road. Entrance is 20B. It's open every day, opening hours are from 08.00am to 5.00pm, with a break from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.

Grand Palace / Wat Phra Kaew: Emerald Buhda

Open to the public everyday, except during special Royal Ceremonies, from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.Admission Fee: Baht 250, and includes admission to Wat Phra Kaew, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion in the same compound and to Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road. Additional Baht 100 for rental personal audio guide in various languages.Visitors are required to dress appropriately. 1. No shorts, tights, mini & short skirts & tight fitting trousers as outer garments.2. No see-through shirts and blouses, culottes or quarter length trousers.3. No sleeveless shirts or vests as outer garments.4. No sandals (without ankle or heel straps).5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, can not be rolled up.6. No sweat shirts & pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers.
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· Address: Maharaj Pier, Chao Phraya, Bangkok
· Phone: 0 2623 5500
· Directions: How to get there: - BTS Skytrain to Taksin Station. From here take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. It is a short walk from the pier to the entrance to The Grand Palace public entrance. - Or you can just take a taxi.
Website:
http://www.palaces.thai.net, http://www.tourismthailand.org/destinationguide/list.aspx?provinceid=1&typeid=7

Chatuchak Weekend Market
· Address: Mo Chit Station, Bangkok
· Directions: Simply take the Skytrain to the end terminal called Morchit which is exactly where the market is located. Taxi from Chinatown is roughly 150Bt.
Chinatown
· Address: Ratchawongsi Pier, Chao Phraya River Tour, Bangkok
· Directions: To view typical China Town scences straight ahead to Ratchawongsi Road until the intersection of Yaowarat Road.
Patpong- club tiger show
· Theme: Adult Spot
· Directions: You can take a cab there, though traffic can be very slow on weekends evenings. Or u can take the BTS Train to Saladeng Station. You won't miss Patpong, once you are off the train, you can hear the Thai Music. Just Follow the music and the crowd.

Bedsupperclub : lay down and eat a mean then a surprise show
· Address: Sukhumvit Soi 11
· Phone: +66 (0)2 651 3537
· Directions: Take a skytrain to Nana station. Bed is located in Soi 11 you can take motorbike for 10 Baht but anyway it's not so far, walkable.
· Website:
http://www.bedsupperclub.com

MISS PUKE Thai Traditional Massage Parlor
Miss Puke is located at 410/5 Siam Square, banke Param 1, Pathumwan District, Bangkok (in front of Novotel hotel)
· Phone:
· 662 251 -6591
· Website:
www.misspuke.net
Movie
Phone: (02) 6415913, 7508452, 5525463
Tiger Temple
· Phone: 034 531 557
· Website: :
http://www.tigertemple.com/Eng/index.htm
· Other Contact: webmaster@TigerTemple.org
Butterfly Garden
Located in the south of the island, Na Tian Butterfly Garden is a kaleidoscope of colour provided by hundreds of spectacular butterflies.

Na Muang Waterfalls
water is always icy cold, so it's perfect for a hot day. A gentle walk 10 minutes further up the mountain leads you to Samui's most beautiful waterfall, Na Muang 2. Na Muang waterfalls are easily accessible from the main ring road between Nathon and Lamai and are well signposted. Elephant trekking is also available at the Nu Muang waterfalls. Route 4169, Between Nathon and HuaThanon.
River Kwai with Elephant Safari & Bamboo Rafting Tour, This fullday tour includes visit of Saiyok Elephant Camp (near Wang Po) to see elephant show, followed by a 30 minutes of elephant riding and 40 minutes on bamboo rafting along the Kwai Noi River. After lunch at a local restaurant in Wang Po, take a short ride on the original Death Railways passing over a very long wooden viaduct among sheer cliffs. Short stops at the River Kwai Bridge and War Cemetery before travelling back to Bangkok

DestinationTour TypeDurationAvailableTour RatingTrip Grade
: Thailand (Bangkok): Join-In : 07.00 AM - 17.00 PM: M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa, Su: : Moderate

SNORKELING

Spa: hapaspa.com




Ghost walk buildings
PATAYA
Sawasdee Sea View Pattaya Hotel, Pattaya


Pattaya Fish Spa
Visit and try fish spa, the first fish therapy in Thailand. Letting up to a thousand fish nibble at your feet or hand may initially sound like a crazy idea, but fish therapy, a novel spa treatment that originate with the Garra Rufa or Doctor fish in Turkey and has since gained acceptance in many countries. Fishmania Spa, the unique and fun therapy is now available in Pattaya/Jomtien area located on Phatamnak 4 road (same soi with Asia Hotel).Fun is important, and unlike some spas where there is a sombre atmosphere, when anyone first puts their feet (or hands) in amongst the fish, there is laughter. Within the treatment room, there is a bath (tank) with seating around it, so that up to eight people can enjoy their feet being nibbled by up to a thousand fish at any one time.There are also smaller tanks with fewer fish, suitable for hand or single treatment. The sensation of the nibbling is very pleasant, a cross between being tickled and air being bubbled on your feet. This is the new place and new spa trend that you must try when you in town.


Pattaya Angelwitch

you are looking for some nightlife in Pattaya, you might try the show at Angelwitch (Soi 15 off Walking Street). The show starts at 10 PM every night and is continuous until 1 or 2 AM. There is no cover charge, but drinks are expensive compared to tarriffs in local gogo bars. Basically, Angelwitch features an "R" rated dance and theatrical production with Pattaya's largest cast of attractive ladies in and out of elaborate, sexy costumes. The show is tame enough for a couple on a date, and "adult" enough to captivate jaded stripclub veterans.

Tiffany's Show: Tiffany's Ladyboy Show
Tiffany's Show was an all ladyboy cabaret show. It was very "Vegas" but all the women were actually guys. It is strange because many of them are actually pretty. It was very fun and was actually a very classy event. The show is world famous and worth seeing but it is kind of long. After the show, the ladyboys come outside for pictures.
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· Address: 78/14 Pattaya 2nd Road., Pattaya City, 20260
· Phone: (66) 0-3841~0224-7
· Website:
http://www.tiffany-show.co.th/intro.htm



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STOP BRO RAPE NOW!

I'm totally in love with this guy... He's funny as hell. And his mannerisms and acting technique is off the charts.. He's gotta be the one!

Yesterday I went to a really snazzy chinese restaurant opening and to the 2nd night opening of a Noraebang in town. It was a wonderful experience. It was chill but it was Andy's "another waygook teacher " s last night in town. I wonder how it's gonna feel when it me leaving town. It seems to be geting hard to see people go. If I stay I'll have to welcom all new faces and the dynamic that i'm so used to will change.. maybe better maybe worse.


Thailand is waiting impatiently for my arrival and I couldn't be happier. It seems unreal. I'm actually an international girl now! I'm considering doing another year in korea and then changing to South American ESL teaching. SOmewhere in between i need to pick up a TOEFL certificate.


The work place is dragging slow but buzzing with a happy tiredness from being woren out, ridden hard, and put up wet!


Valentine's day is around the corner.. have you picked out a candidate for the BIG "V"!!!

I've gotten 11 options and they are all the same.



It'll al get better in time

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

school days







I'm going to THAILAND!

Bitch- I've been Drankin'! Yes a little more than needed.. But life has been upside down side i step on a plane heading east. It's been a rat race of lesson planing. Parties for the kids, parties for the grown up kids and christmas and new years flew by without my permission- mind you. And vactaion time is upon me.

I've started hanging out armed in group think memnatlity. Courtney, Myself, and Jovianna- the new edition to the journey to Korea. Extremely cool chick who's coming to THAILAND as well.

Booking tickets and hotels has been rough but it's becoming obvious that there is a good time to be had in thailand. We're going to be in the BANGKOK area.

Much more to come..pretty soon my year will be over although I'm 95 % sure that i'm going to resign at the same place.. if they wanna keep me.