Monday, June 24, 2013

And I quote...

“Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.'

You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
― E.B. White
Charlotte's Web

And I quote...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spork You

I went to the store earlier and asked my CT if she wanted something. She replied, "anything!" So I bought her a spork.  

Now she will learn to use her words.

Hugs & Kisses,

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Changwon: A World Masterpiece City

So, I've been messing around on the Internet quite a bit lately.  Usually...okay always, I have severe attention problems and follow through, when trying to work on special projects I've set aside for myself.  (Hey, I'm working on it.)  Recently however, I've decided to do a bit of research about my local area of Korea for cultural attractions and whatnot.  Trying to break out of the same ol' routine, and find some new, exciting, and different options for how to spend my free time.  In doing so, I've come across this gem of a promotional video about my city in Korea.

video screenshot

(Option available to go full screen within the video. If you are having trouble viewing the video, please go here: -- seems to be hit or miss with Chrome, but other browsers are working fine.)

©City of Changwon

Sort of makes me want to stay here longer, if for no other reason than the promise of Robot World (supposed to be coming in January of 2014 per some articles I found dated 2009 & 2010, no recent word as far as I can tell.)  I will say that I'm excited to go exploring, and put some of this research I've done to good use. My favorite quote from the video has to be;
A firm industrial foundation and a neat city infrastructure! Changwon! With the cultural value of the pleasant Masan, where more people are gathering and the rich marine leisure resource of the creative naval port city of Jinhae! The future-oriented development, global city Changwon! Now having become one again, Changwon is vigorously leaping to become the global city that leads the world, and to become the best city in the world!
You hear that everyone... more people are gathering here in Masan.  MORE. PEOPLE. ARE. GATHERING.  I mean you can't top that.  Y'all, we are congregating, banding, flocking, meeting, grouping, huddling, and amassing over here.  What, what... Dream Bay represent!  Shit doesn't get more real than that.  Watch out world!

But in all seriousness, pretty decent lil' video Changwon got going for themselves.  Now if I could just get some deets on Robot World.

 Hugs & Kisses,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Daum for Dummies Part II

I've decided to do a follow up to my Daum for Dummies post.  In that post I explained how to search for directions, but didn't really go into some of the many things that Daum maps can do.

In this post I will cover how to search for things or services that you might find yourself needing while in Korea.  Very often word of mouth, or posting on one of the expat Facebook pages will get you information you need, but here is a way to find things closer to home, or that may not have been addressed on those pages.

So, to start, open up Daum maps:

(click on pictures to enlarge)
Daum maps homescreen 
(mine defaults to my area - as yours should to)

There are two ways to search through Daum.  One is to simply type in what you are looking for in the search box.  And the other is a set of pre-programmed icons/searches that Daum already has set aside for easy viewing.  I'll explain how to navigate each one.

Pre-set searches

To find the pre-set searches, hover/click on the icons on the left side of the map. 

options for searching in Daum maps

This will display all of the pre-set searches/icons available.

search icons

From here you will be able to search for popular locations, this is especially good if you don't have a specific place in mind, but are just looking for a general type of place, such as a pharmacy or bank.

Here are the translated icons:

search icons for numbered list below
1.  Bus
2.  Accommodation*
3.  Cafe
4.  Subway
5.  Bank*
6.  Convenience Store
7.  Store View**
8.  Mart
9.  Cultural*
10. Coupon
11. Hospital & Pharmacy*
12. Parking Lot
13. Restaurant*
14. Gas Stations*
15. Themed*

*Has expanded menu to further refine your search.
**I will explain store view further down.

I'll give you an example using "mart" (number 8 above) or grocery stores, as I tend to think of them.  

Click on the icon, and when you do, smaller icons appear in the map noting the location of the grocery stores.
view showing search icons (left) 
and mart/grocery store icons within the map

Once you have the map location icons in view, you can click on them to get more detailed information.  Here you will see that I clicked on Lotte Mart. 

showing details of map location

Here you will see I am able to get the store name, phone number, address, reviews, website, and any applicable pictures.  (Not super exciting for Lotte Mart, but it is quite useful for lesser-known locations.)  Now, if you need directions to the location, follow the instructions listed in my first Daum for Dummies post, or you can simply screenshot the map, copy the text, send it to yourself, your phone, write it down, or simply memorize it and give a taxi driver the information if you need to get there.  Additionally, you can click the black-bolded store name at the top of the information bubble to generate a new window/tab with very detailed information including local buses.  See "store view" example below.)

These searches can and will get quite detailed if you want them to.  I started with a simple one, but there are quite a few search categories to choose from.  They should cover your everyday needs.  Here is what you can search for (and without knowing a lick of Hangul.)
  • Bus
  • Accommodation
    • 전체 ➜ All
    • 특급호텔 ➜ Five-Star hotel
    • 리조트 ➜ Resort
    • 일반호텔 ➜ General hotel
    • 모텔 ➜ Motel
    • 펜션 ➜ Pension
    • 게스트하우스 ➜ Guest house
    • 캠핑야영 ➜ Caravan/Camping
    • 기타숙박 ➜ Specialty
  • Cafe
  • Subway
  • Bank
    • 전체 ➜ All
    • KB국민은행 ➜ KB Kookmin Bank
    • kdb산업은행 ➜ kdb Development Bank
    • NH농협은행 ➜ Agricultural Bank of NH
    • HSBC ➜ HSBC
    • 경남은행 ➜ Woori Bank
    • 광주은행 ➜ Kwangju Bank
    • 기업은행 ➜ Industrial Bank
    • 농협 ➜ Agricultural
    • 대구은행 ➜ DGB
    • 부산은행 ➜ Busan Bank
    • 상호저축은행 ➜ Mutual Savings Bank
    • 새마을금고 ➜ Community Credit Cooperatives
    • 수협 ➜ Fisheries
    • 수협은행 ➜ Fisheries Bank
    • 스탠다드차타드은행 ➜ Standard Chartered Bank
    • 신한은행 ➜ Shinhan Bank
    • 신협 ➜ Credit Union
    • 외환은행 ➜ Exchange Bank
    • 우리은행 ➜ Woori Bank
    • 전북은행 ➜ Jeonbuk Bank
    • 제주은행 ➜ Jeju Bank
    • 축협 ➜ Livestock Cooperative
    • 하나은행 ➜ One bank
    • 한국시티은행 ➜ Citibank Korea
    • 기타은행 ➜ Other Banks
  • Convenience Store
  • Store View**
  • Mart (Grocery Store)
  • Cultural
    • 전체 ➜ All
    • 영화관 ➜ Cinema
    • 미술관 ➜ Art gallery
    • 박물관 ➜ Museum
    • 공연장 ➜ Theater
  • Coupon
  • Hospital & Pharmacy
    • 전체 ➜ All
    • 약국 ➜ Drugstore
    • 한의원 ➜ Eastern/Korean traditional medicine clinic
    • 종합병원 ➜ General hospital
    • 보건소 ➜ Public health
    • 정형외과 ➜ Orthopedics
    • 피부과 ➜ Dermatology
    • 안과 ➜ Eye
    • 이비인후과 ➜ ENT
    • 산부인과 ➜ Obstetrics and gynecology
    • 성형외과 ➜ Plastic Surgery
    • 소아과 ➜ Pediatrics
    • 치과 ➜ Dental
    • 내과 ➜ Medicine
    • 외과 ➜ Surgery
    • 기타병원 ➜ Other hospital
  • Parking Lot
  • Restaurant
    • 전체 ➜ All
    • 간식 ➜ Snack
    • 분식 ➜ Fast food from food stalls or trucks
    • 부페 ➜ Buffet
    • 술집 ➜ Bar
    • 아시아음식 ➜ Asian food
    • 양식 ➜ Western food
    • 일식 ➜ Japanese
    • 중식 ➜ Lunch
    • 패스트푸드 ➜ Fast food
    • 패밀리레스토랑 ➜ Family Restaurants
    • 피자 ➜ Pizza
    • 치킨 ➜ Chicken
    • 한식 ➜ Korean
  • Gas Stations
    • 전체 ➜ All (I won't list the rest of them, since most of us don't drive anyway.)
  • Themed
    • 100대 해수욕장 ➜ Beach
    • 100대 캠핑장 ➜ Camping
    • 100대 섬 ➜ Island
    • 100대 명산 ➜ Specialties
    • 여객예매가능섬 ➜ Passenger Island
So, as you can see -- quite detailed.  Here is a search in my area for cafes/coffee shops:

Korea really loves their coffee!

One last thing while we are on the pre-set searches.  I mentioned "store view" above.  This feature allows you to tour inside selected stores.  I'm sure it has to do with which stores submit their information, but a quick rundown on what you can do with it.

Click on the store view icon, and as you can see there aren't many to choose from.  (There are 6 in the whole of Masan, and 9 in Changwon, but hopefully these will be added to.)

Store View search results

Then click on the map icon to produce the information bubble.  Once there, click on the name of the store in black-bolded name at the top of the bubble.  It will open this screen in a new tab/window.

Store View tab/window

This new window will give you tons of info; Store name, address, phone number, reviews, map view, and local buses, as well as a 3D tour of the inside of the store.  (Note:  If you click on the black-bolded store name in any information bubble you get all of this information minus the view of the inside of the store.)

Searching with the Search Box

But now, what if you can't find what you are looking for with the pre-set searches?  Say for something like computer repair?  That is where the search box comes in.  The process is very similar to above, except you're going to have to break out some Hangul.  (Keep in mind I barely speak/read/type Hangul, so you should be able to use this just as I can.)

Start again with your Daum maps homepage.

Daum maps homepage

Translate what you want to search into Korean/Hangul.  (I use Google Translate, but you can use whatever program you want.)  For this example I used "computer repair."  (Note:  You may have to try several variants of what you are searching for such as PC repair, computers, electronics, etc. OR ask a Korean to jot it down the appropriate term for you.)

here is my translation

Now, copy the Hangul from your translate program and paste it into the search box on Daum Maps.  Hit enter, and you should get something that looks like this.

search results for computer repair

Daum will now display the locations that matched your search in a list form on the left side of the screen (list is collapsible) and will show location markers on the map.  From here it is really how you want to continue; close to your home, highest rating, or just random selection.  For our example, I chose one in the area that had a decent rating.  (I wouldn't rely solely on good ratings, as many places seem to have no feedback at all.)  Click on either the location marker or the name in the list, this will bring up further details about what you are searching.  The place in the list will be highlighted, and an information bubble will appear off the location marker.

highlighted list and location marker information bubble

In the location marker information bubble, you will again see the Store name, phone number, address, and rating, if available.  Click on the bolded name to open a new tab/window to get even more information including local buses.  

new info tab/window

In the new tab/window you get all the information again including the actual review (if you can read Korean or you're so inclined to translate it), as well as bus numbers that stop locally.  Additionally, in both the information bubble and the new tab/window, you have the option of selecting street view.  Which, as it sounds, will show you what the place looks like from the street. 

street view

When you click on street view, it pretty much throws you to the door of the building.  Anyone who has been in Korea for any time at all knows that you may have to look around or look up to find the actual shop.

more accurate street view

Panning around a bit, I was able to see the shop on the second floor (orange windows).  This at least lets you get a feel for the place and/or decide if you'd maybe like to check out a different shop.  This particular one didn't have too much information (darn trees), although it does have a high rating, I am not sure if this would be exactly what I was looking for.  

Following the above steps, and panning around a bit on street view.  I found another place, located pretty close to the first one, that might be more along the lines of a quick or simple repair.  Although the gates aren't open, I think this one might be better suited for a quick keyboard repair or similar.  

another location for computer repair

But again, it is all about personal preference, and at least now there are a few options available so a trip isn't wasted on something that isn't exactly what is needed.  These searches aren't flawless by any means.  

Hopefully, these two search options will help you search on Daum, and get away from Google Maps (which is absolute crap in Korea.)  There is now no reason to rely so much on co-teachers and other Koreans, now get out and explore your city.

Hugs & Kisses,

P.S.  Translations are all done with Google Translate, which as you can see, don't all make sense.  Please leave a comment if you have suggestions for improving the translations, and I will fix pronto. ^^

Monday, June 10, 2013

And I quote...

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
― E.B. White

And I quote...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sh*t my students say

small boy student: Teacher, I am a question.
me: okay...yes?
boy: how do you make baby?
...*cricket sounds*....

Sh*t my students say

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sh*t my students say

Me: The name of the lesson is "Who's calling, please?" What do you think the lesson will be about?
6th grade boys: F*cking

Sh*t my students say