Well, it's Halloween time in Korea! While this holiday is not exactly celebrated by most Koreans, the English academies take advantage of the day to throw a party and give candy to already hyper kids. Oh Joy! We celebrate on two days - Thursday and Friday - since we have different kids on those days. I was told on Wednesday around 8:30pm that I would need to be in costume for the next two days. Thanks for the heads up... *rolls eyes*
Well, I refused to run out at night and spend money on something I would wear for only 2 days, so my coworker Erin lent me her costume from last year. It was a Nerd outfit, which consisted of fake glasses with tape, a bowtie, and rainbow socks. I felt absolutely ridiculous. And, bonus, none of my kids understood! Because in Korea, wearing fake glasses is fashionable, girls cannot show any cleavage so buttoning up to the top button is acceptable (preferable, actually). Who doesn't love a bowtie?! Psy wears one! Plus, rainbow socks are nothing compared to the silly things they wear.
Anyway, for Halloween we took each class into the Playroom and had a few activities set up. Musical Chairs, Limbo, Face Painting, and Drawing Contest. No one wanted to be the artist for Face Painting, so I took that upon myself. Before parties started, I printed out some examples for the kids to choose from (and for me to copy!) Here is a collection of some of my better pieces:
Funny story about the weird blue and rainbow thing: every single kid chose a picture that was featured on my examples board... except one. He asked for a Toucan. Yes, a tropical bird. I clarified this with him many times... a Toucan.
So, having no idea how to draw a Toucan, with nothing to look at or guide me, I started with a rainbow beak. Isn't that what Toucans have? I just know they are tropical with massive big beaks. Once that was done, I just drew a circle around it and colored it blue with some feathers on top. Ridiculous, but he was fairly happy. I decided it looked like a gay Angry Bird. (Please, no one be offended by this...)
Anyway, the bat was my favorite. I got quite good at it, until I saw another teacher drawing it a different way that looked really good, too. Then I got all competitive and decided my bat was boring. :(
Hello Kitty was probably the most popular request. I got pretty good, I'd say! Angry Birds was also a hot pick; I hated doing Angry Birds. Each bird took forever and they were so intricate and hard compared to the other choices! The kitty and the monkey in the photo were characters from the Korean game Anipang which has taken Korea by storm, probably beating out Angry Birds as Most Played Game on the Subway (on their phones of course).
Anyway, I figured now was as good a time as any to take photos with my kids and introduce them to my readers. I've kindly included names for reference, and the font in which they are written gives clues about their personalities. :) We'll start with Thursday's classes:
|My first class on Thursdays - New High Kids 5-4|
|Second class: New High Kids 4-3|
|These are my spoiled little brats in 2SAP that I can't help but love.|
|Additional reference for Rachel in 2SAP who might be my favorite.|
I didn't get a whole group photo with my next classes, but the following 3 photos are with my 3SAP kids, which is my favorite class!
|One of my most intelligent students, Ariel.|
|My cute little girls!|
|Girls in 3SAP!|
|Working hard at painting faces!|
|Afternoon teachers in costume!|
This is Julie from my horrible New High Kids 2 class. One day, Julie decided she loved me. Now, she finds me in my other classes just to say Hi!, holds my hand when we walk down the hall, gives me hugs every day (very non-Korean), and attempts to talk to me, although she's painfully shy about speaking English. I'm obsessed with her.
|This is my Reach Out 1 class. Belle is the worst student in the history of students, I think...|
I was relegated to painting duties again, and thankfully most kids wanted their hands painted instead of their faces. Since this was much easier and less strenuous on my back, I happily obliged.
|Painting sweet Julie's stars on her face!|
|I like this photo of the majority of my coworkers!|
|Michelle and I! I love her!!|
|The letters are so hard to read, but some reference of the names of my coworkers!|