Late For Dinner

"Adventures...Make you late for dinner." -- Bilbo Baggins

Featuring Thoughts and Images both Adventurous and Otherwise. Dealing mostly with those Occurences and Happenings which befall one Jordan Emmans, during his Sojourn in the Far East (South Korea, specifically). Giving no promise as to Quality or Frequency of posts. Expecting, however, great Diversity of Subject Matter. Hoping sincerely to Entertain and Enlighten those Readers who would care to glance herein. Or Something.

Location: Gwangju, South Korea

I'm a follower of Jesus and a guitarist/drummer/vocalist. I'm from Cool, CA, USA, and I've been in Korea since Jan. 27, 2006. Right now I'm giving teaching a try. Next year...who knows what I'll be doing. Life is an adventure!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Educational Anecdotes

Want to hear a funny teaching story? Last month in one of my lower-level classes we were talking about items in a house, like tables, chairs, walls, etc. Then one of my students asked what I thought was a completely random question: "What's the difference between 'cabin' and 'log'?" The two go together, yes, but they were pretty far off-topic.

So, shifting gears, I proceeded to explain what a cabin was and got blank, confused stares. Then some other students said, "No, teacher, KAHr-BEDD!"

Then I understood.

Koreans pronounce "carpet" and "rug" ("lawg") the same as "cabin" and "log." And we were talking about a rug, so now the question made sense. So I gave them a little pronunciation lesson, and then answered the question. Adventures in ESL. Very funny stuff...

I was also told by a student that I look like this guy:

Yes, all you "Smallville" fans out there; that's Tom Welling, who plays Clark Kent on the popular TV show. "You look good, and kind, and the guy on 'Smallville'." That's almost a direct quote. And speaking of direct, Koreans are VERY direct and open with their comments...yes, even the women (the comment above was from a male student). No, I'm not letting it go to my head. But I'm not complaining either :-) !

All very interesting and humorous, don't you think?

Yet more pagodas...

I'm starting to realize that if you've seen one pagoda-looking structure, you've pretty much seen them all. So my apologies if you're getting as bored as I am with pagodas. But here's another one anyway -- and it's a little cooler than some of the others, I think. It was a study retreat for royalty, I believe.

From far away:

Zooming in:

...and here we are! Observe the nifty rockwork:

Stone reptilian waterspout:

Intriguing stairway to...

...a very anticlimatic platform thingy:

But, hey, who's complaining? I also rode about 20 miles in the course of that trip, so it was all good. I just think I've seen enough pagodas, that's all.

Temple Tourist

Me, contemplative... front of a real "working" Buddhist temple, used by the denizens of a small rural village about a 40 min. ride from Gwangju. I know it was in use because, well, it was in use while I was there. I could hear one of the faithful, chanting inside the main pagoda:

Here's a view of the village:

An interesting mix of ancient and modern -- power poles, concrete, and tiled roofs:

This is just down the road. You are looking at a creek that has been developed into basically a canal, like any urban cement "creek." The hills in the distance are part of Mt. Mudeung:

Yours truly:

The road goes ever on...well actually this one led me to a dead end. I had to hoof it through some farmer's fields. I treaded lightly. It looks cooler than it really was:

More pics to come; stay tuned!