My semester at Kyungduk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea

The Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education recently held a workshop and dinner where they invited Native English Teachers who were involved in special after-school projects to give a presentation on their work. Here is my complete presentation: Download the PowerPoint presentation Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for having me here tonight. I […]

Autumn in Korea: Take a walk with me (Video)

Have I mentioned that I really love autumn in Korea? The way the leaves change colour and crunch beneath your feet as you walk to school. People get giddy for spring, and I admit, I’ve had my fair share of spring fever, but there is something about autumn that makes me smile, a deep, inside […]

Where in the world in Gangneung (강릉)?

  That was the first question I asked when my friends Will and Lindsay told me they were placed in Gangneung, South Korea as part of the EPIK Program. I had never heard of this place before in my life, and I’ve been around the Korean block a few times. So last weekend, my husband […]

Video: Fun at the Suseong Lake Festival in Daegu, South Korea

  This weekend, my friends and I visited the Suseong Lake Festival in the Suseong-gu District of Daegu, South Korea. Suseong Lake is one of my favourite places in Daegu. There is always something going on, whether it’s live music all around the lake or taking a boat out on the water. In fact, I […]

Chuseok in Baekyangsa: Adventuring in Naejangsan National Park

  Imagine waking up to the view above every morning. We did, for three mornings, when we visited the Naejangsan National Park for Chuseok this year. Wait a minute, back up: What is Chuseok (추석)? Only one of the most important traditional holidays in Korea! Running from 14 to 18 September this year, Chuseok is […]

5 back-to-school tips for the new semester

September not only heralds in a newer, cooler season; it is also the start of the second semester in elementary schools in South Korea. I’ve compiled a list of five things I’ve been doing to prepare myself for the next semester, to make sure I am refreshed and ready for when the bustling boys and […]

Tribute to an Anonymous Ajumma: On losing my wallet in Korea

The minute I stepped off the bus, I knew something was wrong. I looked down at my red dress as if it held the answer and the lightness of my backpack confirmed my fears: My wallet was gone. Panic set in. I turned around to see the bus disappear down the street. I couldn’t stop […]

#SaveMe: Check out my high school students’ video on endangered animals!

For the past 15 weeks I’ve had the privilege of teaching a very special bunch of grade one high school girls. For our penultimate lesson, we explored the issue of endangered animals. The Sparkling Ladies designed posters and conceptualised, directed and starred in their own campaign video. Have a look! How I use my journalism […]

On finding English books in South Korea (part 3) and a trip to Seoul

  Every time I go to Seoul, I threaten to move there for good. Seoul is the stuff that romantic old-time movies are made of. It’s modern and traditional at the same time, an otherworldly experience that sweeps me up and makes me want to write (bad) poetry. I suppose I’ll settle for prose. The […]

The most amazing ice cream lesson: Confessions of a TEFL teacher

  My husband thinks I’m crazy. He might be right. Picture this: a tiny, pudgy, slightly red teacher arrives at school in the pouring rain, carrying 4 kilograms of ice and two litres of milk. Inside her massive backpack she’s got Ziplock bags in two different sizes, a kilogram of sugar, 2 kilograms of salt […]