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

#shinestrong tag

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Better late than never? I have one more tag from another blogger coming up, but for today, I wanted to share the #ShineStrong tag with Pantene.

  1. Finish this sentence, “Strong is…”

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Strong is knowing what you deserve. I think this does sound awkward, but let me try and explain. You see, far too often I hear stories about people not realizing the potential they have to achieve something. Or they don’t know that they deserve the best as long as they put in the best. In a way, it is like saying you should not settle for anything less. You should never short change yourself. But I know this is easier said than done.

  1. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Bravest? Hmm…this one is a little hard. I would have to say the moments I stand up for my parents, when they are treated wrongly by those who merely see them as “immigrants”. It drives me nuts when we come across those unfortunate souls who think that they rule the world. So much so that they think they can legitimately put others who are different, down. I was much younger, and mom, bro, and I went somewhere. I can’t remember what had started it, but this man said some underhanded racist stuff to my mother. My brother and I were pretty upset, and she told us to ignore him. But instead, I spoke up and did what I could to open his eyes. I used to scold mom that she shouldn’t take that kind of verbal attack. She’s come a long way since then, cause she knows that she shouldn’t have to deal with the narrow mind of another, and feel small because of them. This ties in with my “Strong is” statement up there. You don’t deserve to be treated badly, no one does.

  1. What do you do to unwind?

I listen to music, classical, old school, first generation kpop, or Aqua. Mini dance party is always good too. But generally I do the reading route. I have always loved to read, so I read a book on my favourites list, and get lost in the stories.

  1. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn?

Haha…the first thing that came to mind was how to do a walk over. You know, when you do a back bridge, and then raise your legs over your head? If you do that fast enough after a cartwheel, it would kind of be a backflip. But I could never do it when I was a kid. I’m a little too round now, but when I do lose some of this weight, its something I want to try…before I completely lose all flexibility -__-

  1. How does your #bff #ShineStrong

One of the things I love about one of my closest friends, is the way she will stand up for herself no matter the situation. She will not stand for people belittling her. We were out with a few friends, when this group who was older than us started making racist remarks. It helps that she actually does defense and arguments as part of her job, but she broke down the arguments that the other party tried using on us, and turned it back on the ignorance they were showing. She did this, without resorting to the foul language that they were using.

  1. What natural talent would you want to be gifted with?

To say the exact thing I am thinking. I mean this in the sense that I am not as eloquent with my words, and thus I end up accidentally saying something that isn’t quite what I mean.

  1. What is your idea of happiness?

To do what you love.

  1. What is your motto? (Words to live by or that mean a lot to you)

Motto…I don’t really have one. IF anything it would be the golden rule idea, that we should treat others just the way we would want to be treated. Treating others with the decency of civility, because why should we resort to pathetic pettiness?

  1. What is your ultimate #ShineStrong hairstyle?

I don’t get this…but I guess Straight and sleek.

  1. Finish the sentence, “I love good hair days because…”

Then I can flip my hair and act like I just don’t care! Haha…no, really. Walk with confidence, and ooze grace.

  1. Share your best tip for strong, healthy hair

Do I have a tip? Well…one that I am trying to do now (since I haven’t had a trim in ages), is to really step up in the treatment area for my hair. More on that below…

  1. Finish the sentence, “I #ShineStrong when I…”

I #ShineStrong when I remember who it is that I am. A rather large part of my 20’s was spent cowering because I was not in line with typical things that people my age do. However, I have been working on trying to remember that despite my differences, to look at that which I have accomplished and keep moving forward.

Okay. The End :)

The awesomely fun Procrastinating Pretty did her #ShineStrong tag. As the one headlining this, I loved that she shared such thoughtful answers, and the great hair tip! Must try it out when I do my curls.

(btw sorry Jenn…my grammar will always annoy you then :P)

So, there is also a $2 coupon over at Smartsource. Seriously guys…if you aren’t putting coupons to use, you REALLY need to :D

#ShineStrong Tag

So in addition to this tag, we also received a few Pantene goodies, which help to give us the boost in the hair department. You see, I haven’t had a trim/cut in over a year. Yup, I do minor maintenance for my split ends, but no proper work. I will have it soon when I take my vacation, but for now, it is a mess. Basically I have resorted to putting it up in a pony tail or bun. The fact that these products tried to whip my hair back in to sleek shape, meant that I should leave it down and feel that it looked pretty. I mean really, I know it might be superficial, but I want my hair to look and feel great. It helps with feeling put together, even on the minimalistic sense.

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The Pantene Overnight Miracle has been something I have been using recently. I actually struggled A LOT with the opening of the pump, but once you get it open, you get the white goo.

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apply to the ends, and go to sleep.

I don’t think you really need to keep it in overnight, though it might help it penetrate more? But even using it during the day has helped it look sleeker, as it acts as a moisturizer for your hair.

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The first two pictures are of my hair in its usual state. The third picture is with the Overnight Miracle applied. The last picture is of it about 80% dried.

You can see from the first and last picture, that the individual strands have straightened out. This helps it look sleek. Though the strands dry up a bit, it keeps the strands straight and on the frizz free side. So, yup, it has been a huge help :)

Last week on Instagram…

If you are reading this on a reader, you might not see the Instagram photos. You will either need to check out my Instagram HERE, or check out the post. If you can, then yay :)

Got to enjoy a mini get away to Niagara. I usually go no more than once every few years…and yet in the last month alone have gone twice! I found that amusing :P

The ladies and I went to check out District Oven, north west of Ossington and College. Being my first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The male server was really great in answering questions, and suggesting us things from the menu. There was a live band playing that night, so we got to listen to good music while catching up. The venue is quite large, but the night we went, it was rather empty. Anyway this is the Kefta Burger, and was delicious :D

I’ll be going on a very small trip to Korea in September. So I spent some time yesterday looking for a place to stay, and things to do.


On that note. Mama’s birthday today. We will be celebrating her birthday after the fact, by going to New York…well at least to Woodbury. But for now, we will just eat :P

Reminiscing about childhood…

Still working on math, but needed a smaller eraser than what I was using. Went nuts looking for my erasers…

Found the ones I used to collect as a kid…I couldn’t let them go because of sentimentality

Anyway, I just laughed thinking about some of these. I normally have horrible memory, so considering I remember these…its story time :)

Before I collected nail polish, blush and eye shadow…I collected stickers and erasers.

Anyone remember Yikes Erasers (I think they did pencils as well). I liked them cause some where see through like this one.

When I played the violin, my teacher used to bribe me w pochacco erasers to keep proper form (again, see through)

Clifford & the car were from book fairs in grade school. I bought the car cause its a squishy eraser lol the korean money one is one that my cousin bought me (cause I wanted it) when I went to Korean for the first time when I was 6 (I think)

Lastly the hello kitty. I used to go to Saturday School for math and english in grade 4. It was held at Oise St George, so I would have to take the subway home. Well if you know the station, you know its connected to the Oise building. Well inside the station there is a little shop to buy candy. One day, I saw the Hello kitty erasers. It was a pack of 5, and they were thin rods. I had to have it. So I saved some money, and secretly bought it. But the thing is, 5 wasn’t enough. So I took a box cutter and sliced them up to thin Hello Kitty slices…yeah…I don’t get it either, but this one survived lol

I was such an odd child :)

Okay…bad to working on learning this math for the morning teaching session… oTL