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Korea: That Special Connection

That special connection... everyone’s sharing in food that reminds of the last supper.
I know this is common, but for me it is something grand and special. 
In those moments, our thoughts were one as  we learned together.  When I was widowed - my Korean students, came with me in grief and prayer.  I found them a great sense of   worth to continue on living life bravely: working/teaching.
At this time, Korean culture shares to the world entertaining dramas and stories about their legendary heroes like “Jumong,” and traditional Korean cooking “Jewel in the Palace,” among others.
Koreans work hard like other Asians, too.  With regard to fashion, women take care of themselve’s, no matter the age, and at the start of day you can see them well- made and with make-up. 
Korean men are handsome and thoughtful.  At snack time they share together and to those around.  I remember drinking tea and having cookies with them at break time, as we tell stories of culture, communities, and some special to…

Vietnam: My Heart

Sept 19, 2010

Who would want to go to Vietnam?Some wouldn’t bother because they think Vietnam isn’t so popular and quite dangerous.But then, when I was sent to Vietnam for a teaching job – I could not cut off something in me that is part Vietnamese: my heart.
The country of Vietnam is rich in natural resources, and people with simple hearts and of great courage.If you are their friends, they will not abandon you in your need.I perceive the Vietnamese as always ready to defend a cause.
Catholic lay, support catholic groups though in small communities and work together as one family.Churches in most part are built in French architecture with strong temples and huge statues.People solemnly pray.
Vietnamese children are adorable.At first they seem to be quiet, but later they are merry and full of energy.They are so curious and with stories showing a rich culture of their origins.
Food
Succulent fruits and vegetables like strawberry, dragon fruit, water melon, potato, carrot and more, are abunda…

Japan, ESL, and Secrets

Japan was my first time.I mean, it was my first travel for work/workshop away from my family.Try to imagine being in the shoes of someone poor in geography.Of course, the excitement was there, as with the anxious feeling of being lost.
You are right, I really got lost – just like when I was in my younger years and even in my own country.So – maybe, I haven’t mastered my weakness for places.But then, when you’re at the brim of the drink, you will see all that’s inside.
Japan is adorable.The first time I stepped in its soil, I felt there was something sacred and peaceful in Japan.Air was fragrant and fresh, as its nature.Weather was cool and my body approved of its coldness.Parks were nurtured with budding flowers and flying birds to and fro.Around was so clean, as if Japanese wind sweeps dirt everyday.
ESL Lessons
Japanese children were so cute, smart, and full of energy.If you dance with them, they’ll dance with you, and jump with you, and play hard.They don’t approve ofboring moments, th…