JUMP! Martial Arts Performance in Seoul, Korea (No Korean Needed!)

JUMP! Martial Arts Performance in Seoul, Korea (No Korean Needed!)

Don’t walk. Don’t run. Don’t leap….Jump! Korea is home to the art of taekwondo, so it’s fitting that JUMP, a unique, internationally-acclaimed martial arts show, can be seen here in Korea. I got the opportunity to see this show with Eric, sponsored by Trazy, an English-friendly website that hosts many tours throughout Korea and Asia. The great […]

Seoul Food: Lobster Bar Restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul

Seoul Food: Lobster Bar Restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul

May has come and gone, meaning our wedding & dating anniversary has come and gone as well! Along with that, we FINALLY ended our elementary overnight program and decided to celebrate both feats this past weekend. We considered many options: a mini-travel adventure, something simple and intimate at home, or a lazy relaxing weekend—but Eric learned […]

Cebu City: Food, Shopping, Relaxation, and Transport

Cebu City: Food, Shopping, Relaxation, and Transport

My previous posts about Cebu City have details on historical sites and religious (mostly Catholic) places of worship. Something I enjoyed about Cebu City was the leisure time we got to have away from our home (away from home) in Korea. Cebu is so close to South Korea, yet so different, from its tropical environment […]

Churches in the Cebu City, Philippines: Basilica del Santo Nino and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Churches in the Cebu City, Philippines: Basilica del Santo Nino and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Continuing my mini-blog series about our trip to Cebu–The main religion in the Philippines is Catholicism, and it began spreading rapidly from island of Cebu, so there are beaucoup des churches in the country with Spanish/Mediterranean style influences–pretty unique for a country in Southeast Asia. The oldest church in the Philippines is in Cebu—the Basilica […]

Cebu City Historical Sites: Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross, Heritage of Cebu Monument

Cebu City Historical Sites: Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross, Heritage of Cebu Monument

The Philippines is an interesting Asian nation because there are so many remnants of European colonialism there. From the lingering Spanish influences, to the numerous ethnic groups and languages (including English!), and the diverse atmospheres on each of the islands, there is so much more to the Philippines than beaches (though, their beaches ARE EVERYTHING) […]

10 Things to Do in Cebu City in LESS THAN ONE DAY!

10 Things to Do in Cebu City in LESS THAN ONE DAY!

Eric and I visited Cebu at the end of January, mainly for a change of scenery. The island of Cebu has beautiful beaches and geography, but this trip for us was more leisure than adventure: hanging out in our Air BnB, taking strolls in the neighborhood, eating all the Mexican/American food we could find, and […]

ESL and Art: Self Portrait Lesson Plan

ESL and Art: Self Portrait Lesson Plan

This is an art lesson I do with my students, from fifth grade to high school. This lesson is about 50% art lesson and 50% English lesson (although, the whole thing is taught in English). You can watch the video below to see how I execute the lesson; otherwise, just read on! Lesson Details: Age […]

Cherry Blossoms in Cheongju, South Korea

Cherry Blossoms in Cheongju, South Korea

Cherry blossoms (벚꽃 [bot-gote] in Korean) are an exciting, beautiful, unofficial introduction to spring in Korea. There are full-blown festivals and even songs dedicated to this time of year. There are a few places in the country that are famous for viewing cherry blossoms, such as the island of Jeju (where we went for our […]

Teacher Life: Second Program of the Year, FINISHED!

Teacher Life: Second Program of the Year, FINISHED!

Our second program of the year is the Intensive Course (IC), which is very similar to our first program, AIC. There are a few differences: the students’ ages and English levels (they are 1-2 years younger); classes offered (the same but with additional Situation Classes: Clinic, Restaurant, Hollywood Studio, etc.); and this year we had […]

Teacher Life: First Program of the Year, FINISHED!

Teacher Life: First Program of the Year, FINISHED!

Our first program of the year was one of our most intense: Advanced Intensive Course, or AIC. Here is a breakdown of the program: Length: 2 weeks. Students stay overnight. Number of students: 10 per class. 60 students in all (two teachers do not have a homeroom, but have other responsibilities) Student Age: 14-16 (Korean […]