Tuesday, June 29, 2010

War Museum

A couple weekends ago we had a big going away party for our friend Rebecca.

She is hilariousssss.

To celebrate, we went to the War Museum. Naturally?

And, of course, the Noraebang.

Also, I'm single-handedly bringing suspenders back. Believe it.

This is what happens when I lose the crane game

It's a fiesta!

We know how to party.

Especially if it involves Mexican food, salsa music, and...well, Mexicans.


This is how we look when we seduce people. You'd be surprised at how well it works...

This is how we really look:

And this is what I get:

Yeah...I'm lucky

A little more positive

Today it started to rain on my walk to school.

It wasn't bad so I didn't care to get my umbrella out. i hate umbrellas.

So I just chilled in the rain. Its not a long walk, so no big.

But then about five minutes from school I run into some students. And one boy (he's pretty dreamy, i'll be honest) comes up to me and holds his umbrella over my head.

For the rest of the walk to school.



Last night I made some crepes with friends, played Settlers of Catan, and watched Arrested Development. It was a pretty fantastic night.


I've gone from being anti-Bieber to being mildly obsessed. You heard it here first.


I love finals week here at school. I don't do anything. It feels good.


I apologize for the lack of posts for the last week. Starting Saturday morning my internet just stopped working.

I've tried everything. Resetting, restarting, re-loving. Nothing has worked. I'm going to have to call soon, but I'm avoiding that at all costs. Because its hard explaining things in English to Koreans and its hard explaining things in Korean in general.

Just ask COT to help me, you might suggest.

That is a good idea in theory, but when thinking about actually asking her for a favor I get scared.

She has been extra weird lately. Like, she hasn't said more than three words to me a day. For the last week. Awkward.

I'm trying to figure out when this transition took place. Pinpointing it down to the day when I told her I would not be renewing my contract is too easy. But it makes a little sense.

She doesn't even smile anymore. It's bad. Definitely not a good work environment. But this begs the question: do I even attempt at alleviating the situation? Or do I just grin and bear it for the rest of my time here? In actuality, I only have six real weeks of teaching left (!!!), so either way its possible to survive.

In other news, surrounding my devil children after-school class:

-I got the movie Shrek to last five days. They were much easier to handle those days. And we played pin the tail on the donkey (props to Kim for that idea) which actually worked quite nicely. I enjoyed putting the blindfold on them and spinning them into oblivion.

-I received a note from one of my students. Would you like me to read it to you?
(I would take a pic and post it, but who knows when that'll actually happen)
Your luck is bad
(evil scary ghost face)

Then, inside the note:
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

In Korea, the number 4 is bad. Like unto the number 13, but I think it might be worse. It essentially means death.

My students are so sweet.

-Today I confiscated: hair wax, two pogs (yes, pogs), two home-made rubberband guns, Yu-gi-oh cards, a broom, and a cell phone. They are a lively bunch.


Everyone needs to go see Karate Kid with Jaden Smith. It is seriously funny.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Growing and Changing

Remember in 5th grade when you went through that school lesson about the unmentionables?

It was awkward and you didn't really understand what was happening, but then somehow when you actually went through puberty it kinda made sense.

I'm experiencing this phase again.

Only this time it has to do with my taste in music.

I've always loved good music. (good=bsb, naturally)

But then randomly I decide that I don't like good music.

Enter my growing and changing.

I like this Justin Bieber song.

Maybe its just the Usher in it, but I listened to this like 20 times yesterday. And the video has sweet dance moves that I intend to learn.

Also, my view on Korean pop music has never been positive. Icky, I thought.

But after this morning with my students showing me a couple classic music videos, it could be changing. I haven't really decided yet. I'm in that awkward phase of not being sure if it like it or not.

(warning: skip the first 30 seconds of this one if you don't want to see two people get shot)

and 2pm. I mostly think I like this one because of the English subtitles.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Wow. I mean, can life get any better?

(ummm it just might. wait for my next post. dreams DO come true!)

PS: shout out to my girls back in provo!! you have to let me know how the bsb concert is and if you sneak backstage!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Apology...and a dance

I apologize for my most recent (and uncharacteristic) post.

I know it worried some of you.

This blog will continue to only be used for making fun of other people/cultures/entertainment/politics. And funny things that happen in my life.

Like the Talent show I was in.

Here it is, finally:

(warning: its long but there are a couple parts with real shining moments in my dancing career. I would say its worth it to just trudge through the whole thing)

Monday, June 21, 2010

a moment

tonight was one of those moments.

you know, those moments when you look around you and realize something or feel something that you can't really explain but it seems so perfect?

as i sat there eating dinner, i looked around me to see people from around the world.

kenya. egypt. saudi arabia. kazakhstan. chile. ghana. korea. usa.

suddenly the world didn't seem so big.

we didn't focus on the differences of religion or culture. we shared experiences that made us (at least me) realize that we really all do have something in common. that we can laugh together and learn from each other and become unified in our desire to share what we have.

the world is so big and people are all so different that sometimes we get nervous about all the differences we share.

when all that matters is we are all human beings living on the same earth. and these differences can push us together in ways we don't even know.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


(the 4th installment of the "Meet the Ptaek family"

Meet Matt:

(photo courtesy of fb; in matt's more 'gloriously youthful days')

Matt is one of those guys with a Southern charm. Hailing from Georgia/North Carolina/Heaven, Matt and I have one of those relationships that is full of love. And sometimes hate.

(honest box: i did hate matt for one night when he beat me at the crane game. i am sorry for all those that were involved, and for ripping the head off his newly acquired toy. but i am also still jealous of the fact that he beat me at my own game. right in front of me. this is my public apology)

We have been through a lot, Matt and I. It only makes us stronger.

Matt also wants everyone to know that if you're in North Carolina, you need to go to Buns and eat some buns. And let us know how the dragon sauce tastes.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Best Answer Ever

From today's speaking tests:

Me: "If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you visit?"

Student: "If I could visit anywhere in the world, I would visit Somalia because I want to be gangsta"

Me: "oh, um...."

Student: "You know, pirates!"

duh, Cindy-teacher

Looking ahead

always what i need to hear.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

3 months



Tell me where to work when I get back home.

The last 9 months have been so nice. I hadn't looked at my resume at all!

Until today.

Ugh. Let the job hunt start. Again.

And seriously. If one of you just wants to tell me where to look that'd be great. Then if you had any sweet hookups it'd be better. But if not I'll still love you. Just don't expect anything special from Korea.

top preferred cities: denver, nyc, slc, dc, sf, and anywhere in south dakota.


this week we've been doing speaking tests at school.

one of the questions i ask is 'if you were invisible what would you do?'

so far some of my favorite responses have been:

'if i were invisible i would steal all the handbags'


'if i were invisible i would go into girls bathrooms' (all 10 points to that kid, for sure)

also, when i asked 'if you had a million dollars, what would you buy?' my favorite answer was:

"if i had a million dollars, i would buy a wife...and a building'

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Attracted to Mr. T

I just saw the new A-Team movie.

It was a good decision.

Even with Jessica Biel's less than awesome 'acting'.

(Also, I might be in love with the new Mr. T (aka BA). He reminds me a little bit of Howeezi...
on a related note, I really miss those thoughts of the day)

Jah Blez

Monday, June 14, 2010

Name that tune

So, just got back from a weekend trip to none other than China!

I hope my COT doesn't see this. Because I had a h-e-double hockey stick of a time answering her million questions about my sickness from Thursday and Friday. I feel like I'm taking a risk just by posting this...

(i'm slightly, or more than slightly, paranoid)


China was a good time. For sure.

Highlights include:
Meeting up with Mark! Made the trip totally worth it!
Becoming bff's with the hostel workers
Eating scorpion and snake
A big wall
Chinese acrobats
Haggling for everything we bought
Dressing up in Chinese clothes
Learning the Chinese numbers
Playing Name that Tune for our million hour walk home
Eating a Dairy Queen Blizzard
Hearing a man play The Star Spangled Banner on his saxophone in the park
Eating ice cream in the Forbidden City
The Chinese gut (tbbl -to be blogged later)

The Chinese gut
Fog on the great wall
Air that burned the lungs with every breath
Eating scorpions and snake (but mostly snake-icky)
The most aggressive sales people ever


and on my way back, i got upgraded to business class.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010



thats how i feel right now about blogging.

but i think i'll feel rejuvenated soon.

maybe after this weekend?

i will have plenty of stories to share.

i'm going on an adventure.

get excited.

(it involves a certain friend named mark and a giant wall)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Brother Aaron

Happy birthday!!!!

You are the best.

Aaron is pretty much the nicest person in the world. I often tell him he is too nice.
Which is true.

He rarely complains and has helped me out tremendously in my life.

I remember when Aaron left for his mission I thought a part of me left too (is that cheesy? yes, yes it is). But it was a weird transition for me. Two years without my twin? Wack.attack.

Anyways, today is his birthday! He is fantastic!

Miss you!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


(The third part of a series entitled "Meet the Ptaek Family")

This is Kate:

Yeah. Not only is she just plain b-e-a-utiful, but she has a heart of gold.

We love Kate because she can party all night long, she has really big...eyelashes, and she is always game for a McDonalds ice cream cone (which is why we probably eat an ice cream cone every chance we can get).

She is also a lover of Costco. Always a positive in my book. And she is just really really nice.
(even if she makes fun of 'percy jackson and lightning thief'. not cool, kate)

Kate is a blossoming poet.

Recently she wrote this for me (i cried it was so poignant):

(printed with permission)

Dear Cindy
Today feels windy
You are a lot of fun
Even though you live like a nun.
I want to make a sweater.
Life with you is just better.
You make me laugh like hehe, haha, hoho
When we leave Korea I will miss you like whoa!
I'm glad you are going to marry Nate.
You and him and me together is FATE.
I hope I never see you eat cotton candy again.
I promise to love you forever till the end.



(and i can't wait to marry Nate. its mtb.)
(and don't ask about the cotton candy. it was a mistake)

I belong

(click to enlarge)

Where's Waldo?