Again with the late night post…

Here I am…writing at 2:30 yet again.

But I can’t sleep. Again.

I waited til 9pm last night, and when I didn’t hear back…I shot off an email to one of the new contacts that I was introduced to yesterday.

Guess what?
They emailed me back within two hours. I’m sure the other one gets a lot of applications, but it would have been nice to stick to their own deadline, or just tell me “no”. In any case, I’ve dusted my hands of them.

Now, I mentioned that I needed to be back in Toronto for my friend’s wedding in November. I let them know that in the preliminary email. All my friends who have taught in Korea at Hakwon’s have said that they haven’t had issues with taking vacations. But then again, they did this back when they graduated undergrad about 7 years ago. Guess things have changed, as even the Hakwons have more strict days for vacation times.

In any case, if I don’t take a week off, they are willing to discuss working with me. That is going to be tight, but then again AY knows. I’m thankful she would rather me be there for a short while, rather than not being there at all. So, how have I worked the schedule?

  • Leave Korea Wednesday night, come back to Toronto by Wednesday night
  • Attend rehearsal dinner Thursday/Friday night
  • Ensure I know choreography for the dance
  • Make sure bridesmaid dress is alright
  • Be awesome for her wedding day, and cry buckets for my dear friend
  • Dance the evening away
  • Send off the happy couple
  • Run back home, grab luggage
  • Hop back on plane Sunday morning, arrive back in Korea Monday morning

At least…that is the plan so far. Otherwise, maybe I can find a half year gig, transfer my E2 into an F4, and tutor until the wedding. Ah…molla. Guess we will see what this recruiter says. Either way, I’ve started digging up all the English Conversation materials I used at SA many years ago. Also started looking for games. Doesn’t hurt to have something prepared right :P

*fingers crossed*

Sitting around…waiting…

My sleep schedule has been officially messed up! I finished working with my students yesterday…which means I am on hardcore hunting duty!

Anyway, I applied to a recruiter late Sunday evening. I know I haven’t reached the end of their 2-3 day wait period, but the personal luck pessimist in me says that I won’t get a reply.

Why?

I messed up the summary. Note to self/Note to anyone…if you have a small form to fill in a certain amount of words, so it in word. When you are done, paste it into the form on the website. Basically, I had gone past the number of words, so I was editing in the little form. I submitted (I try to argue to myself that it was 1am, and that I was just tired…), I realized that I had missed deleting two words! ACK! Anyway, that is why I don’t think I will hear from them.

So where does that leave me?

Well, I was browsing some hashtags on Instagram, and came across an individual who had taught, but had just returned home from her contract. SCORE! So I made an inquiry, and got two more chances to try and get through this. I also learned of another recruiter that is apparently fairly reliable from yet another Instagram user, who posted her blog link.

I was trying to get my documents verified/inquire about verification from the Korean Consulate, but it always, ALWAYS goes to voicemail. I also do not get a call back despite leaving a message. So it looks like I will have to make a trek downtown to ask them in person. Then, when I get a proper answer, will have to hunt down a Notary to get my documents done. I just wanted proper answers so I wouldn’t have to waste time, waste money…but I guess it can’t be helped.

Back back to the point. I need this opportunity to go through soon. I wanted to actually attend my friends wedding in January. Plus with other life events, would rather be abroad. I actually emailed her today. And already was so disapppointed T___T I still am holding on to a glimmer of hope, but unless her wedding is the end of the month, I probably won’t make it. Ah well. At least I have time to make the other wedding in March.

On the mention of weddings, I actually have 6 weddings that I am invited to for 2015. One I am in, the two in Korea, 3 high school friends, and one other family friend. Just nuts O___O First time I had this many. I peaked at 5 a few years back when I was more active in my church. Now that was brutal on my student wallet. But all great times of course, so no worries.

Okay…I think I have finally forced my body into exhaustion. My eyes are starting to hurt. This seems to be the only way to sleep lately, since I panic worry about the next month. I’m already packing…just let me leave!! haha…I’ll keep you updated :)

Liebster Nomination by NerdyLibrarianGirl

This is REALLY REALLY late. I got this in the summer…and just doing this now. Soooo sorry. But here goes :)

The NerdyLibrarianGirl nominated me for the Liebster Award. Do I know what that is? I mean I had seen it around before, but didn’t really pay attention. Tags and awards usually die with my post, but I do love doing them when I can. Plus I got to virtual meet another blogger :) Always great meeting others who are based in Canada. If you are a blogger as well, lmk :)

 

The 11 questions are:

1. Which current celebrity do you think has the best makeup?
Personally I have always been a fan of Mila Kunis’ makeup. Or Cameron Dias…Emma Watson. Oh, Drew Barrymore should be in here as well. Fresh faced, but not overly done up like another person who keeps spamming my social media world OTL

2. If you had to pick, which one of these 1980s movie characters would you be? (Claire from The Breakfast Club, Baby from Dirty Dancing, or Sloane from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Hmmm…I think it would be Claire. I don’t really identify with Baby, and I can’t remember what Sloane was like.

3. What is your number one, absolute favourite lipstick of all time?
Crap. This is hard. Vasanti Sweden? I’ve bought it twice since I wore it so much. Or even Soft Rose by Revlon. But then again..there is Annabelle TwistUp in Royale…

4. What is your favourite shade of eyeshadow right now?
Shade…hmmm…I think it would have to be gold (Annabelle Goddess), or greens like Loreal Infallible in Antique (notice I can’t stick to just one thing lol)

5. Is there a nailpolish shade you’re currently loving?
I love all my polishes. But I got to say that I have been enjoying wearing any of my holo polishes.

6. What was the first makeup or beauty product you remember buying?
I think it was in grade 10, I bought an Annabelle White Eyeliner. The thing was, it was hard, and wasn’t very pigmented. So I didn’t touch Annabelle for a long time. Funny, cause now it is one of my go to drugstore cosmetics. In grade 11 or 12, I went to MAC with mom to buy a black eyeliner. Unfortunately the woman suggested I get a khol liner, despite my oily skin. I couldn’t use it, as I turned into a racoon in 5 minutes.

7. Which decade’s makeup style do you like best? 20s/30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s?
I’d go with 50s or 70s. Not too over the top (for me), but still lovely~^^

8. What splurge-worthy, high-end makeup item is on your wish list right now?
Anything Burberry. I keep seeing it pop up on my feeds. Armani (just to visit the lovely Sand at the Sherwary Holt Renfrew location. Plus the Armani story behind the cosmetic line, is actually nice), or maybe Chanel…But seeing as spending a lot of cosmetics, though I would love to, isn’t something I can maintain in my lifestyle at the moment. It is just a wish.

9. What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix or whats in your recently viewed list?
I actually started watching Supernatural again. I watched the first two seasons when it came out, mainly because Jensen is attractive. Recently started watching it again, and got to say I have grown to really like Misha Collins as Castiel.

10. Have you ever tried a makeup or beauty DIY and if so, how did it work out?
DIY beauty, was the egg yolk masque that mom used to do every week. Basically it was egg yolk on the face, mixed with this Korea powder, and you stick tissues over it. Once it hardens, you peel it off your face.

11. What is one helpful makeup or beauty tip you could share?
It is never too early to take care of your skin. Oh man, do I wish I took care of it more. The acne in my teens years made me despise facial care as it used to irritate it. I also would HIGHLY suggest you find an eye cream that works for you quick. It took me way too long, and well…I can see it having an effect.

Anyway, thanks so much for tagging me! Make sure you check out her blog. She is doing a fun series about high end lipsticks! So check it out :D

What’s been going on…

So, some of you may have gathered from my tweets over the last two years, or have heard it straight from me. Either way, I am gearing up to apply to teach abroad for a year.

What took you so long to decide this?

Ideally, I would have loved to do this 5 years ago, when a few friends had decided to go after graduation. But they had degrees, whereas I did not. Then I pursued Early Childhood Education (ECE), while eventually ending up back at the University of Toronto to finish that piece of paper.

The other thing was, it took my time in ECE to realize how much I did love facilitating learning with children.

I mean, I have always enjoyed/loved working with children and youth since I was in high school. Makes sense, as the first occupation that I was serious about as a kid, was to be a teacher (then I wanted to be a Police Woman, or Fire Fighter lol…I had flirted with the idea of going in to policing…but the last year made me realize how jaded the profession can be :T). In any case, the majority of the last decade has been dedicated to work with the youth. It was something I have loved and enjoyed, as I volunteered in whatever way possible at our church. And seeing as it was one of the largest Korean churches in Toronto, there was always a capacity for me to help out. This meant I got to work with the Kindergarteners, school agers, to the high schoolers. Then there is the fact that I have worked with a number of students over the last decade, by tutoring them in math, or acting as a medium to teach an online course for the high school diploma. There was also the years I spent as a teacher for the academic summer camps.

Generally, a week felt incomplete without the kids, as there was just so much we could learn from each other.

Even now, I ponder a teaching issue that I hit when trying to explain a mathematical concept to a student late last week. The usual methods of helping to explain the concept, was completely lost on the student. Not his fault, as he brought up a number of legitimate questions as to why the concept couldn’t equal what he knew it should be. I mean, it seems like a little thing, a little roadblock, but it isn’t when you just can’t get over it. Basically we ended up leaving it for now, so that we can tackle it with fresh eyes next week. But since then, I have been looking into, and asking advice from others about any unusual alternatives to teaching the concept.

This is a concept that I have taught…well…I don’t know how many times, but I would approximate that I have taught it to 40 different students over the last 5 years. That might not seem like a lot, but in a way it is. In any case, my point is that, despite having taught it so many times…his confusion made me look for yet another way to try and explain it to him.

So back to the school thing. I finished up my classes at the end of August, and convocation was actually this past Monday (which I did not attend). As such, I am ready to move on.

The only problem is trying to find an employer who is willing to let me take my vacation at a different time than they normally make their teachers take it. But, it is necessary as I need to be back for a wedding in the fall. Not sure how this will work out, as two of the recruiters I have asked…have basically ignored my question. I didn’t have my paper work then, so that might have been the issue. Hopefully though, I find something decent.

My fingers are crossed.

I’m going to take a TEFL course soon, and hope to have that done ASAP. I have also been browsing/planning random lessons/ideas in the event I do go.

It should be interesting.

Mostly because it seems age can be a huge factor OTL

But keep your fingers crossed for me??

 

There are a lot of blogs, and youtube channels. However, the few listed at the moment are the ones that have caught my eye, so I figured I would share them.

Grrrl Traveler YoutubeBlog 

Red Dragon Diaries YoutubeBlog (He also posts job ops)

Ninja Teacher Youtube

Glen GoGo Youtube (So straightforward. Found myself enjoying the videos)

Korealizations Blog