The enlightened one?

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It is said that after training in meditation for six years Siddhārtha Gautama sat meditating under a Bondi tree and vowed not to arise until he achieved full enlightenment. Just 24 hours later he achieved his goal thus becoming Buddha or the enlightened one, from that day forth he taught … Read More

NEVER ever ever use i-to-i

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Today I was going to begin writing about my relaxing weekend at the temple but instead I am going to devote my lunch hour to i-to-i bashing! Today I received another response from i-to-i regarding the ongoing saga of their incompetence and me asking for a refund. Once again the … Read More

Today I confiscated a snail

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Kids often bring random objects into school but today surpassed all expectations. I walked into my class to find three boys, one holding a leaf, crowded around the television tugging at something underneath it. When they finally loosed their prize they showed me a live snail! Nothing my look of … Read More

The path to enlightenment

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Tomorrow I head to the Lotus Lantern Meditation centre for an overnight temple stay, another thing I can tick off my list of things to do before I leave Korea. When I initially found the information it sounded like a fantastic way of getting a better understanding of Korean Buddhist … Read More

The world’s only divided country

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On a rainy Saturday in Korea I set off to see one of the last relics of the Cold War, Korea’s Demilitarized Zone or DMZ. I opted for an organised trip run by the USO (United Service Organisation Inc) because they’re linked to the American military and I’d heard this … Read More

First Birthday party or Tol

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I’m going back in time to a Saturday a few weeks ago when I was commandeered into going to Mr Kwak’s (my boss) son’s first birthday party. First birthday celebrations are big in Korea so all the teachers were invited. In the past, due to numerous childhood diseases and the … Read More

Confidentiality – not with i-to-i!

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I can’t believe the last time I blogged about leaving Korea and i-to-i’s incompetence was the day after I handed in my resignation. So much has happened since. During first few days the director was saying he wasn’t going to hurry up finding a replacement, telling Katrina he would find … Read More

Teachers Day (스승의 날)

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Koreans are big on their days to celebrate different groups of people; today was Teachers Day. As a reward for their efforts as teachers public school teachers across the country enjoyed a relaxing day off in the sun but us hakwon (private English school) teachers slaved away extra hard because … Read More

Korea House

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A couple of weeks ago Kat and I along with Emily and her parents immersed ourselves in Korean culture at Korea house. Korea house is built in traditional Joseon architectural style and offers a traditional Korean meal followed by a traditional performance and was one of the things on my … Read More

My television debut

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I know this blog has been a bit all over the place of late. There has been a lot going on. I have just one thing to post to finish off everything on the Snow Crab Festival, Daegaya Experience Festival and Gayageum celebration (which all happened on the same weekend). … Read More

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