Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The path we choose

You know how sometimes you see something that triggers a bunch of thoughts and your head starts spinning? It could be because it reminds you of things from the past, or maybe things to come. Or simply it makes you reflect about life in general.

I recently had one of those moments and I cannot stop thinking about the 'what if's. Yes, those dreadful thoughts that sometimes are just so horrible to think about, but you just can't stop thinking about.

Life can always go one way or another depending on your choices, or unfortunately choices made for you. But sometimes some decisions are so profound that they turn your life 180 degrees, sometimes for the better good or for worse. Thankfully, the choices I have made have given me many more opportunities that now looking back, my life could have been everything I dread now.

If a certain event in my life had continued not too long ago, I would not be here. And by here, I mean working abroad having the time of my life, meeting new people, exploring a new country and its culture, and having my dream job. Back then, I had already thought about going abroad, but there was something holding me back. And even back then, I knew that if I were to stay in that situation, I would never get such an opportunity. Why? Because I was a coward. Because I was taking the easy way out. Because I thought that that was better for me since I didn't know better. Because I thought I couldn't find happiness anywhere else. But I was wrong....totally wrong.

I know this post is completely different from my other posts, I don't intend to start a diary so don't worry hahaha, I just felt this relates to my life in SoKo.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Lesson

Me: What sound do turkeys make?
S1: Cock-a-doodle-doo
S2: Moo?
      What people had the first Thanksgiving?
S3: Obama!
Me: oh dear...
      What do we watch on Thanksgiving?
S4: Oprah Winfrey Show!

oh my students...

Monday, November 12, 2012

PepperoLess Day

Yes, once again 11/11 rolled around and I was so excited to get my Peppero week supply as I did last year. To my surprise though, most teachers at our school decided to ban Peppero...either for health reasons or so that they don't spend money on a Hallmark made type of holiday. Needless to say, I got 2 single sticks and a box of Peppero...what a sad day really. You know, expats like me DO want the little chocolate covered sticks. We look forward to this day. We crave the Peppero. Plain and simple, we want it.

So I went home Friday with my sad small stash of Peppero and that was the end of, Monday morning. I get to my office and two girls who come often to my office came. This was my conversation with them:

Lacey: Teacha, Peppero Day, how many?
Me: Three, and you?
Lacey: Four.
Me: But your teacher said no Peppero (most teachers banned Peppero at our school)
Lacey: In bathroom...shhh, secret, I have Peppero.
Me: buaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

I couldn't stop laughing. And then. they started using body language to show me how they hid and exchanged Peppero in their jackets and backpacks. Hilarious! 

AND, I got more Peppero muuahahaha.