Recalling a memory…

I was sitting in class today, while we were discussing the key topic of the day. Someone said something, and I was suddenly hit with a memory. Since I’m recalling this many MANY years later, it is more of a paraphrase of that memory…

I was sitting in English class in high school, when the teacher was taking attendance.

When he finally got to me, he called out my name.

I started putting up my hand, and froze. I didn’t get why. He looked at me, and said, “Is that you?” I nodded. He continued calling out the rest of the class.

Throughout the class, I kept wondering what it was when it dawned on me. I went to him after class to ask.

“Sir, why did you pronounce my name like that?”
“Oh, did I do it wrong?”
“No…it’s just that others have never pronounced it that way before.”
“But I was right?”
“Yeah pretty much.”
“Which part did I get wrong?”
So I said it back to him.
“Okay, I’ll work on that.”
“No, it’s fine, it doesn’t bother me.”
“Regardless of whether or not it bothers you, it is part of your name and identify. I should do my best to match that.”
“Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow Sir.”

He ended up being one of my favourite teachers. Not only for the extra recognition for my name, but for the sake that he cared. People thought he was easy, since we watched Star Wars. But he was always trying to engage students in discussions about English, and I did love how he would get us to question the viewpoints of the characters that we were studying.

I do remember thanking him so much for recognizing what I thought was such a minor thing, and making me realize that I needed to ensure that I did the same.

While working abroad, I was always doing my best to do that. Yes, because I can read the language, one would assume that I wouldn’t have trouble, but I needed to physically see the name to be able to pronounce it correctly. It was one f the reasons why I would suggest new instructors to try and learn to read. Being phonetic, it was relatively simple for most. But the ones who made the effort, you can see how thankful students were when their names were pronounced correctly in their language; that they didn’t have to rely on the Westernized names that they were asked to adopt for the sake of making it easy for us.

Anyway, it is something that always motivated me to learn the names quickly and correctly, and it was through this discussion I was reminded how I got there.


Musical Friday w MAGIC!

MAGIC! – Kiss Me
There seems to be a trend from last week and this week. I swear it means nothing though xD

In any case I was on Youtube watching videos, and I saw this on the side. I really did like Rude, so I thought why not…

For some reason it really stuck with me. He has an interesting voice. Something a little perky in it. Regardless, it got stuck in my head.

My first week (though it was only 3 day of classes) is…

Musical Friday Kiss Me Like That

Shinhwa – Kiss Me Like That




Okay, so Ive always been interested more in Hyesung and Junjins voices. But this music video was just…lovely.

I guess as I get older I like brighter things. I mean I even have pale yellow pants. PALE YELLOW!! In what world would I get a pair?! In the world where I cannot be Young forever. lol okay but seriously I bought them cause they were $10 on clearance from Uniqlo. I cant pass off good Uniqlo deals. I just wish Uniqlo Canada was a bit better. At least with their sales. Okay now Uniqlo has hijacked my post…

Well folks…Ill be leaving Toronto temporarily again I’n going to school again so I’m temporarily changing provinces. Yes, that’s right. Provinces. Am I scared? Yeah…a little bit. Am I excited? Yeah…a little bit. Honestly I just hope things work out. It was quite an ordeal trying to find a place. I couldn’t get what I wanted, so I am a little paranoid. But I hope that things will be fine. If you ate on Twitter and you see my frantic SOS tweets…something with housing has gone horribly wrong. But Im really hoping I did my background information right, and Im being paranoid cause thats how Ive been since I got back from Korea.

Fingers crossed :)

Musical Friday – Oops a tad late…

Alex Chu most notably known by Clazziquai, has shown up in a new drama ( Im a Mother, too). I was so surprised as it has been a while (prob cause of another issue from a few years back). Anyway I dont watch the show as often as my mom (who watches diligently) mostly cause one of the actors does her job so man well that I cant stand to watch her (she plays the cut throat, horrible person in the drama).

But as I was playing Games on my phone I heard a familiar voice. It turned out to be Alex xD I found out later that he was in the drama. The only reason I watch it really.

Musical Friday – Stereo Love

Edward Maya, Mia Martina Remix of Stereo Love

Apparently an old song, but the intro reminded me of another oldie which drew me to listening to the rest. Now its perma playing in my head xD

Its yet another Friday, and boy was this last week fun. Just been all over doing things…getting ready for my first All Inclusive trip. It will be fun…despite hating the heat.