Liscence to Blab

by Jinryu

The Koreans who I work with have this habit which I still need to get used to. It’s that they’re totally incapable of speaking to you wherever you are– they will always pull you outside of communal areas to a more private place to speak (such as their offices or their desks).  At first I thought this was because they wanted to give you an opportunity to save face in front of your peers in case you were up there for some bad reason… but then again, I’ve also found that the Korean professionals I work with very seldom tell you exactly what they’re thinking.  It’s all very passive agressive even when they are annoyed or downright angry at  you for whatever reason.

 It’s not that it’s a big deal, but usually in western culture people just walk up to you and ask you about what they need or what they want to know. Going to the prviacy of an office is usually, in my experience, when somebody’s really in trouble.

So considering that I’ve been in trouble at work at least 3 times that I can count for twisting the cirriculum a bit, everytime I’m called up I can’t help but fear that it’s the last time I’ll ever be called up.

I got called up to the office twice on friday.  One was concerning my electric bill, which turned out to be 19 000 won (about 19 bucks CAD/USD).  The other was because I recently got a ‘promotion’ of sorts.  I got in trouble a few times at work for not following the rules and teaching the kids a bit differently, but the flipside is that the kids are saying really good things to their parents and their parents are saying good things back to my bosses.  So, after getting in trouble a few times for not following the schedules or the lesson plans or because I bribed my kids with a competition where the winners get free food, I’ve been offered the little task of writing the branch’s newsletter.  It’s a very simple 2 page thing, where the bosses actually give me all the information I need to put on it so my job is basically to format the paragraph and make sure it’s written properly.  It’ll probably take me about 30 minutes tops per week, but I’m being paid an extra 100 000 won per month (about 100 CAD) to do it so I’m quite happy with the bonus considering how little work it is.

The money always comes in handy.  And for those wondering why I always am trying to make money, it’s simply because the field of study that I’ve completed back in Montreal isn’t all that great for finding high paying jobs.  That in mind, I’m trying to invest as much as I can while I’m still young so that my quality of life won’t suffer when I get tired of odd jobs, if for some reason I can’t find work the way I want it back in Montreal when I get back from Korea.

It’s report card week again, so I’d better get back to work blabbing.