Life is short but wide. Be happy!
Instagram’s photo map is gone – oh well. Here’s what mine used to look like.
Today was the first day of Level 3, aka Intermediate 1. The textbook is 7,000 won, just like before – but structured quite differently. The class is quite different too. Previously, my class was small enough that everyone could do dialogue practice, and speak their own attempts at making sentences. This class, not so much. The occasional volunteer (forced or not).
Getting to class was much easier. Previously, I had to take a hourlong bus ride to the middle of nowhere. Now, I take the subway from the station next to my apartment, switch over at the big station to Seoul Line 1, and get out a few stations later.
I really, really prefer the subway. Also, some expats apparently nicknamed the Seoul Line 1 as ‘Slumpiercer’? I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry.
Results from my practice test. See you soon, Mystery Test!
I didn’t go anywhere during winter vacation, so now I’m going on two vacations! My Malaysia trip has come and gone, and tomorrow morning I’m headed off to Taiwan.
My Mandarin is really bad, but I’m going to try really hard!
Registration opened at midnight on the 16th, and the KIIP website immediately slowed to a crawl. I saw that people were registering slightly before midnight, but I thought I’d wait until after, just to be sure. Occasionally, you see notes on classroom listings that threaten to kick out people who register too early. You’d think they’d build it into the system.
But anyway. I’ve registered! I’m going once a week for 8 hours, every Sunday, from September 04 to December 04. Three months! But it’s only once a week, which should be a cakewalk compared to last semester’s Sat/Sun, 8 hours a day classes.
Some funny things I’ve noticed at immigration clearance:
- Two screens playing only SM Entertainment music videos, one after the other.
- Another screen on the wall next to the immigration counters, mostly advertising … LG plasma screens.
Thanks for nothing, Whiskey. Whiskey has a habit of scratching at the window screen, and I had patched those up with 500 won premade patches, but this was going beyond the beyonds. Off I went to Gmarket to buy replacement parts. Not bad, it only cost me around 15,000 won for the screen and various other tools for the job.
I ordered on Friday morning, and a long thin box, similar to a poster box, arrived on Saturday morning. I love Korea’s delivery speed.
To prepare, I skimmed through an instructional YouTube video.
Pushing the new gasket in, with the special tool. I had waffled about buying a special tool just for this, but I’m glad I did. It was only 1,400 won, anyway. I swear, sometimes I’m stingy about the silliest things.
All done, kind of. It took me another hour or so to cut off the extra screen with a stationery knife.
Way too much 삼겹살 left over from the work barbecue. 60근 had been ordered, and 60근 x 0.6 kg = 36 kg! I was sent home with a 2.5 kg pack. I asked how I was supposed to eat it, and was told: slowly. So I oven-baked all of it yesterday, a hot summer day. It’s in the freezer now.