many of you have asked me, via emails and ims, what "ahsahh" means. honestly, i have no idea how to spell it, but thought i'd clear the meaning up on here. basically, it's the korean way to say "all right!" or maybe "awesome"- not sure exactly what it translates into, but it's what my kids say everytime they get to put a chip down in bingo, or really anytime they're really excited. expect me to say it a lot when i return home, because it's a majorly overused phrase over here.
anyway, i thought the subject was appropriate because, even though this day got off to a rocky start, it finished quite nicely. we're doing winter intensives right now, which means kids are on vacation from public school so they go to hagwon earlier which means we have a change in schedule for about 6 weeks. so basically i have to get up at 7 am every day but thursday, when i don't have to get up till 9:30. i was in the mindset that i had to be at school at 8:30, and usually there are teachers there when i get in, but today i was the only one there besides the vice-principal and head teacher. and it became by far the most AWKWARD moment at school to date when they had a full-out screaming match. i didn't know what to do, so i kept sitting at my desk, just staring at the paper i had in front of me. i didn't even want to move. when that was over, the head teacher left and slammed the door- meanwhile the kimbap delivery man had come in (mid-fight) to drop the morning kimbap off, so the vice-principal brought a kimbap over to me saying "tanyaaa... i am sorry." i just forced a smile and accepted the kimbap. then the teacher came back in and was slamming her books around and slamming her desk drawers and they started the fight all over again- when the teacher was slamming her books i seriously thought she was packing up her stuff and quitting, but i didn't dare look. i have absolutely no clue what they were fighting about, but they sounded pretty worked up over it.
anyway, i also had a two hour class today with middle-schoolers, which is a LONG time when the class is extremely boring because it's a toefl prep writing class. anyway, long story short, i ended up having lunch with kelley and tom, who work next door, so it was just a really nice break during the day to speak with friends and vent about the long intensive hours. i also finally got the ok from dr. and mrs. kim and GOT THE WEEK OFF THAT CELESTE IS VISITING! i'm so excited that not only is she visiting, but i actually have a week-long vacation to enjoy it with her. i really want to do some traveling- like busan, gyeonju, seoul, and a ferry ride to fukuoka, japan. we've got the seoul part in the bag because aaron found out oasis is playing the tuesday night of the week celeste is here, so we all got tickets to see them. celeste put it best when she said "i'm an american girl traveling to korea to see an english band and play with a mexican dog and stay with another american girl." sounds pretty good to me. regardless to say, i'm soooooooo excited for that week (she's getting in on saturday, february 18th and leaving sunday, february 26).
speaking of mexican dogs, kimchi had his first vacation last weekend. i took him to busan with me since i didn't really have anyone to watch him and figured "it's about time i get him used to traveling because he's got a looonnnnggg day ahead of him come august." so busan was tons of fun- kimchi did very well and rather enjoyed the circular bed at the love motel. it was awesome to spend new year's on a beach- it wasn't exactly warm weather, but it was quite a mild weekend- warm enough to get away without needing a scarf, hat, or gloves and enjoy a beer on the beach at night. we went to haeundae beach and just wandered around the streets. we wanted to make it to see the sunrise on the beach, which is a tradition there, but i think we passed out around 2:30. busan is an awesome city and it was such a nice change of pace from the korea that i got used to. it was well worth it, even though we missed our 3:30 bus that we had reserved tickets for by 2 minutes and everything else going to daejeon was sold out so we had to take a 6 pm bus to cheongju and then grab another bus there to daejeon. i ended up getting home at 11 pm, which sucked seeing how i had to get up at 7 in the morning and was still recuperating from the weekend. oh but we were those obnoxious foreigners running around the city saturday night that i hate when i see them. but really, who cares, it was my birthday and we were in busan.
speaking of birthdays, it was a nice one- melissa and aaron ran out to buy me a cake and put those crazy mushroom cookie/snack things on it, along with a bunch of candles and some cookie cigarettes (don't know what that was about, guess they thought it needed a little extra flair). all in all a good weekend enjoyed by all, and here are some pictures to prove it (seriously, if you look at my pictures on shutterfly, it was just a night of random events, and the blurriness of the pictures only adds to the proof).
kimchi channel surfing and enjoying the circular bed at the love motel
blowing out the candles on my birthday cake
aaron, melissa, kate, and tom with the random guy we met who stalked us the rest of the night. all we know is he does lighting for movies and he had to shoot one the next morning. we concluded that could quite possibly be the only thing he knew how to say in english. but we won't complain, he gave us beer and tangerines. quite a funny picture, all i can think of when i see it is "he's gonna blow!"
happy new year, all.