Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Blue Coat!


With wet Korean weather on my mind, I thought I would use some spare time today to swing-by Mountain Equipment Co-Op to pick-up a new water-proof shell for my travels. Thanks to a snazzy gift certificate from my sister, Sandy, and brother-in-law, Jason, I was able to afford a nice one. But the generousity didn't stop there! Sandy was also there on the phone when I couldn't decide between blue and black. They had the Large (Tall) in both colours, so I needed some sisterly advice. Thanks, Spank! What do you think of my new coat? I think bright colours are pretty popular in South Korea, or so I'm told :)

Monday, April 9, 2007

The Host


My Dad and I went to see The Host here in Calgary tonight. Apparently, it is the highest-grossing film in South korean history by an absolute landslide. It was pretty cool - very suspenseful and fun. Beyond the movie though (and if you want to read my review of it, you can at www.thatmoviesite.com) it was neat to sit in a theatre with my Dad and watch a movie filmed in the city I will be living in within the next 5 months. Of course, we didn't get to see too much of the city beyond certain darker areas as the action mainly took place along the Han River and in the sewer systems.
Thanks, Dad, for the popcorn, and don't worry - when I'm in Seoul, I won't throw any pop cans at any weird giant tadpole-looking monsters if they swan-dive off a bridge and start swimming towards me.

Passport arrived!


Last Thursday, my passport arrived at the post office and now I've got it in my hot little hand. After many horror stories about waiting for up to six months for a Canadian passport, what with the recent rush for them due to new American border regulations, Steph and I decided to book a day off of work and line-up early in the morning for our passports at the South Calgary Passport Office.
We waited for a bout 2 hours outside until they opened the door at 8:30 AM. We were inside by 9:00, and we were done and out of there by 9:30 AM. Now, less than a month after applying for the passports, they are here. I am wondering why there were so many people telling us that we would be waiting for days at the office - herded in there with emergency provisions like Moses' people waiting to cross the Read Sea. Never happened. Now I've got a passport for the first time in my life - check it out. I'd show you the inside, but that might make me a target for Bush's Patriot Act.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Graduation


Well, today we finished our TESOL course. It's really hard to believe that it's done. It was pretty much all that Steph and I focused on over the last five days whether we were in class or at home doing our readings and assignments. It turned-out to be a lot of fun and we were both really glad that we decided to take the course. I know that what we learned during as well as what we'll have access to afterwards will come in very handy when we arrive in Korea. After graduating from U of C in 2000, I'm pretty excited to be doing homework again. I realize that makes me a huge nerd, but hey.
It was also cool to do this course with Steph and realize that we make a pretty cool homework team - we even get homework done... sometimes ;)
Now that the course is over, we are excited about starting to put our resumes together and applying for jobs as soon as possible. Of course, real life etc. will start getting in the way a bit, but we now have a much more clear direction to go in - in terms of applying and how to weed-out the schools we won't want. I can't wait to post about our new contract once it's signed, sealed and delivered. Lots to do before that though, so I may not be posting for a little while.
In the meantime, here is the shot of our graduating class...
Back row: Daring Dan, Raphaelle (our instructor), Nice Noelle, Surprising Stephanie, Hyper Hy
Front Row: Creepy Cameron, Dynamic Dan, Likeable Lyla, Dastardly Dave
I also decided to donate Barb's lovely gift of Ramone the Penguin to the TESOL classroom. Since he won't be making the trip with us, I thought it would be best for him to be in a place where he can entertain the teachers of tomorrow.

Class is over, but I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone and seeing where they end-up. Thanks, Raphaelle, for a great course. Now, back to those resumes...