Thursday, May 13, 2010

wow, what just happened

Going to school is San Francisco really exposed me to some... ah, unique characters, but I never really even got around to blogging about any of them. I think I might have even become inundated by off-the-wall experiences, which I've actually grown to miss.

But now I'm living overseas for the first time in my life, and I have had such an experience that is really up there on my list of "Really Weird Awkward Encounters" today.

I live in a little section of the city called Dadaepo, which is an inconvenient and out-of-the-way place to live compared to other areas of town, but it has its charm. And also, it's on the beach. So I'm quite content living here. It feels more like a town than a city, which is more my style. I always feel safe here, if not a little stifled.

Anyway, my foreign coworkers and I usually head out to the kimbap nara for lunch everyday. They are a lovely couple from England. I suppose we stick out like sore thumbs in our town, but usually we don't get that much attention.

Today however, a man starts to follow us as we are heading back to work. He reeks of alcohol (sad, isn't it because it is 1:00) and he starts by talking to P~ and me about how he wants to learn English. He's a very effeminate man, and his English is okay, but his mannerisms are just... wow. He tells me I'm very beautiful and Asian looking with large eyes. Huh. Hitting on me? Or wants to look like me? I'm still not sure.

So he follows us to our building and starts telling us how he's 47 and a songwriter and he's writing a song which he proceeds to sing for us. My female coworker very wisely decided to book it to the corner shop, leaving me and P~ to fend for ourselves. It was very awkward, yet slightly hilarious, let me tell you. We clap several times hoping he'd take the hint and stop, but he continues to sing while the clock is ticking and we need to get to work. So we kinda stand there like this

And we cannot get rid of him. He even follows us to the elevator which is really scary, but then he finally leaves when we get off.


Anyway, on a different note, it is Teacher's Day Saturday. I do love this country and the amount of public holidays they have.

Apparently parents go all out and buy things for teachers. P~ received some cologne and lotion and G~ got some really nice lip gloss. I'm not really expecting anything because I'm so new and I'm not sure the parents like me, but today I got some nice gifts.

I got some bottled juice, I think? I'm a bit sad it's not alcohol... And some soap roses and bits of candy and...

A FUCKING MIXED CD!!! AWESOME!!!! I mean, I've gotten mixed CDs before, but this is from a second grade student of mine, and the fact that it is Korean pop music really makes me happy. I love this gift most of all because it's all songs I hear all over the place, and years from now when I remember living in Korea I can play it and it'll take me back. Best. Gift. Ever!

Also, I'm amused that 'Tik Tok' by Ke$ha is on here. So many questions... Why that song? Does the mother know what it's about? Ohohohohohohoh......


Jared said...

Crazy Drunk people! :P
is the drawing yours? its really cute!
and woot for teachers day! the jueses look really yummy, on and tell that second grader he or she rocks! ;P

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