Wednesday night was a teacher's dinner. At my school there are homeroom teachers and subject teachers. I'm one of eight subject teachers. The rest of them share a break room/office between classes, where I'm also welcome. Once a month, the subject teachers go out for dinner and drinks. Always on a school night. The following account is a typical example of what these nights are like. Keep in mind that every.one of us has to go to work tomorrow at 8.30 AM.
Myself and one other teacher, Jaehong, had Seodang classes on Wednesday, meaning we couldn't go out until 7. At this point, the other teachers have already eaten dinner and started drinking. So all of us meet up somewhere new for Jaehong and I to eat. And drink. We have a pretty good time. They speak mostly in Korean the whole time, so it can be difficult for me, but I was just going along with it that night. Jaehong breaks in at one point, indicating one of the other women, and says "She's sinking in the sea of love." Worth it. The woman in question is an attractive 32-year-old, somehow still single. Being single at that age is like a critical breaking point. She's been getting a lot of grief from her family- enough that she's started going to counselling to figure out what's wrong with her. Wow, Korea.
We all swap some more stories, and drinks, and the other subject teachers get a suspicious delight in making me call the waitress over (Yogiyo!) as well as ordering the food (hammul-cheejuh-dok-jim, ju-sayo). But they also tell me that I have a natural talent for picking up accents and that my pronunciation is good. I guess I can forgive them. It's not like I have shame, anyway. Later, I look over at Seulgi and she looks profoundly sad. No known reason. I rub her arm affectionately and before I know it, she falls into my arms and is weeping. It might have been related to the conversation she was having, but as far as I know, there was no reason for her to be upset. Yeah. She's basically an Asian version of me. Once she calms down, we all file out.
Oh no, the story doesn't stop there. We file out of that place only to head out to a nearby Nore Bang. I christen the room with Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." I scored a 98. That's right. Oh yeah, we also order more drinks. And they have those addictive prawn puffs. Mmm. This is how the night felt and looked:
|Jaehong. Really good singer.|
|There are many pictures from this night. |
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