Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Abundance Go's: Fall around us

Guess what? Summer is over and long gone. The cool air is here and the leaves have changed colors. It's time to strap on those hiking boots and hit the trails for some fresh air and beautiful scenery. Let's have a look at some places people have been to enjoy the Fall weather, and just any other stuff you can do this season.

1. Karori to Korea: These guys recently came back to Korea so I am glad to see I can use their posts. Here is one about flowers in the Fall. Who would have thought you can see flowers too?

2. A Search for Happiness: What foods would be considered a specialty in the Fall time, here in Korea? Maybe chestnuts or persimmons? How about grasshoppers!

3. The Harrington Times: Even though it is a ideal to head to the mountains to see the Fall foliage, it also means thousands of other people had the same idea. In this post they found a spot less crowded, where they were able to enjoy the scenery.

4. Daughter of Korea: And finally a lovely post bursting with color about the ripe persimmon trees you can find around Korea, this time of year.

Even if you don't have time to get to the mountains to see the lovely sites, you can still admire the changes in your neighborhood and the clear blue skies that Fall has to offer.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Abundance Yum!: Sushi in Korea

Although we all love Korean food sometimes we crave something else. Perhaps having something close to Korean but different is a good idea. So how about sushi? For me I prefer the sushi I can have in California like an avocado salmon roll. Out here they do sushi a little bit differently, and I have yet to find a place that satisfies my taste for rolled up rice and seafood. However, other folks have enjoyed this cuisine out here, so let's take a look.

1. Elwood: Sushi and sashimi are basics here and in this post you can get a simple introduction to how it is done in Korea.

2. Lee's Korea Blog: If you do find yourself in a Japanese restaurant in Korea you will notice that it isn't some hole-in-the-wall, but usually are somewhat fancy. Here the family tries out some sushi and other fish dishes at this place near Seoul National University.

3. A Search for Happiness: In my experience with eating fusionized Japanese food it has been at company meals with schools. In this case this blogger experienced just that. How about this seaweed sushi-cone?

4. Ever Evolving Primate: Maybe kimbop is sushi and maybe it is just kimbop! Whatever your opinion on it is this is Korea's version and it's cheap and easily accesible.

5. Seoul Eats: Now I think making sushi would be quite easy, considering the ingredients are really simple. So why not take a class on how to make it? Here is what happened at the O'ngo Food kitchen.

I hope that got you hungry for something slightly different than straight Korean food, and maybe you will go out and support your local Japanese sushi place. Otherwise have a good day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Abundance Works: Lesson Ideas 1

As the Chuseok holiday pulls in to its final hours, teachers should be thinking about heading back to the classroom. The rest of the Fall semester is upon us and for me that means a chunk of time dedicated to training my students for the drama festival. Otherwise it would be back to the chalkboard. I think what is great about this job, in most positions here, is the freedom to teach whatever you want. If you just put on some videos and crank out a coloring sheet, that's fun the first few weeks. But then you might want to do some actual teaching. Today I'm going to present some bloggers who have shared their lessons for us in case you need a refreshing idea for the classroom.

1. My Life! Teaching in a Korean University: Here we hear the results of students doing individual projects and whether they meet certain goals. She expresses the differences of doing this project individually or in groups.

2. The Seoul Patch: Imagine doing a lesson on movies. Well here for you are a list of several lessons one can do related to movies and many examples of how to get those kids working. At the end of it all students get to create their own DVD cover, something they seemed to enjoy.

3. A Geek in Korea: I think for making most of our lesson plans successful there has to be good organization going on behind the scenes. In this post we hear about his organization for getting through the week and shows you that productivity is possible.

4. Coco in Korea: A pretty typical assignment we give to students to talk about their favorite things, but more often the best part is seeing the results. Here she got some amusing answers.

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing break from the classroom and now has some cool new ideas for when coming back. :)