Blerd Life

Jobs (Part 1):Teaching Abroad

So,

If you don’t know I’m an English teacher in South Korea.

I made a decision to do this ,in I want to say ,11th grade.I was taking Japanese at the time,and my English teacher told me how he had taught in Japan when he was younger.And I wanted to go to Japan,so I made  a decision that would be what I do when I graduated college,I would go to Japan and teach English.Which is ironic being the fact that my degrees is Film. I mean, I always knew I wanted to teach English abroad,but I never actually thought about majoring in it. I did what I loved, I love filming,I love working camera,I love writing stories,I love writing about film,talking about film.It makes me happy, it something that I enjoy, and it gets me excited. During college I didn’t have a lot of money to study abroad,and I really just wanted to graduate on time,being the fact that I was once an Engineering major I had to do double time to make up for it.So for my twenties I  want to travel the world,one country at a time.So when I was decided where to live first I did consider going to Japan as I originally planned but Japan is really competitive and without a teaching degree or any experience, I didn’t think I would get in .So instead I applied to the Korean Government program called EPIK(English Teaching Program in Korea). At the time it wasn’t as competitive at is now.And all I needed was to finish my degree and to get a TEFL for 100 hours,and have the willingness to leave everything that I know for a year.At the time I applied I was just at the end of my junior year in college.I had every intention of jumping ship as soon  as I graduated.I took an online TEFL class, instead of one  that had the actual teaching supplement as part of the certificate  because well I was taking back to back 18 hrs semesters,to ensure I graduated on time.I didn’t have time to do anything beyond just an online class.So with my head to the grindstone I graduated after turning in ridiculous amount of paper world to the Korean government. I.I actually got my first real job in between graduation and October of 2012.I was super happy that I got accepted to the program,though it did take them until October.

 

It wasn’t really that hard to get into, it’s one of those not well known benefits of being an American citizen I can go to countries all the world and teach English ,even if I didn’t major in teaching.It’s not just American either,it’s England Australia,New Zeland,Canada etc etc.A lot of these countries just want English native speakers.Of course a degree in English or a degree in Teaching degree would give you a head up,but if you don’t have it ,that’s ok too.Teaching abroad had always been my dream,but there is one scary thing about a dream.You have to fulfill it ,and most of the time you have to fulfill it on your own.One thing about teaching abroad that you have to realize is that you will be going on your own to a country,that you maybe have never set food in.Maybe you don’t know the language,yeah to be honest I knew the alphabet and how to say hello.That was all the Korean I knew,in college I had only studied a bit of Japanese and Chinese.If I had more time I definitely would have studied more but you have to support yourself for the first month and buy your flight(though you will be reimbursed)

 

~Just a little info on my life

~blerdlikeme

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Blerd Life · Blerd Trek · List of Random Awesome Things · My Top 12 Animated TV Show theme songs

My Top 12 Memorable Animated TV Show theme songs of my childhood

Hi there,

So I’ve decided to give a list of my memorable things song of my childhood.These are song that I’ve memorized for years for some of these songs I’ve know for decades.I only put songs on here that I can sing without accompaniment,by heart.So for you,I present a slice of my childhood.I hope you enjoy.

#12 Cat Dog:

I just remember it,the show was dumb,I mean really it was, and animal with joint cat and dog front with no butt,??????,I watched it,but it’s only significance to me is the fact that after all those years for some reason, I still remember the theme song.

#11 Mew Mew Power(Tokyo Mew Mew):

Definitely not my favorite anime,but for some reason that song, is just stuck in my mind. Ummm ,I did really like the twist at the end though.It wasn’t really popular so maybe you’ve never heard of it.But it stuck with me.

#10 Digimon:

Tomadachi’s at their best.Just like #1 I can still remember the first episode of this anime, I remember when Ty got sucked into the digital world.It was a really catchy theme song,but super short and had no where near the same though and effort in the writing and music as half of the other songs on the list do.But it was memorable so it’s here.

 

#9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT(2003):

No I don’t remember the original, yah,I know I’m a horrible TMNT fan,and yes I did watch the original. And yet I have no memories of it.But TMNT for me is an honorable mention.

#8 Shaman King:

This song reminds me a little of #1, it’s about fighting to become the best,and being a Shaman. Yeah I know it’s not a great song,and in my memories it sounds way cooler than the actual song does,but it stuck ,every lyric has burrowed itself into my head,and so it makes the list.Also the fact that it’s a really good anime helps push it up the list.

#7 Doug:

Don’t judge me I know there’s no lyrics, but that was probably one of the best theme songs I remember.I remember humming it more than a few times.It was probably like the only theme song from my childhood that actually didn’t have a song,or a spoken story,so it stood out.It was just the main character humming a beat,and I’ve never forgotten it.

 

#6 Proud Family

A show I totally forgotten about but seeing the picture I burst out the whole song.Yeah ,that memorable,and funny enough this song was sung by Destiny’s Child,and somehow I never knew it.I really liked this show, and there really weren’t(aren’t) a lot of cartoons about families,and it was funny sometimes.I have nothing but good memories of it.

#5 As told by ginger:

So to me this song ,the actual song is awesome because it could be just be a regular songs.If you add more verses to this,this could have been a billboard chart topper,at least in my opinion,and unlike the others(excluding #6), was done by a well known singer.It has a jazzy/neo -soul feel that makes me love it.I’ve never forgotten it and sometimes I listen to it just because I love Macy Gray. As far as the show, I know that I watched it religiously as a kid,but unlike the ones higher on the list, I can’t remember a lot of episodes.The most significant thing I remember is that it was my first time really seeing an interracial dating in a cartoon,her boyfriend was a black guy .

#4 Sailor Moon:

Yeah for some of you , it would be #1 but honestly for me, all I really remember of this TV show is the theme song(which actually says a lot about it,but I’m not sure if I remember hearing it originally from the show or later from friends who are big Sailor Moon fans).So because I can’t remember if I’ve always know it ,it slips down the list.Also being the fact that I really don’t remember any episodes of the show, I still remember the many episodes of #1 and #2.Definitly not my favorite anime,but it was one of my first , so it belongs here.

#3 Inspector Gadget:

This song is probably one one of the most iconic of all these, to be honest, for multiple generations. It’s also the only reason why sailor moon didn’t make it into the top three,yep sailor moon caught the boot in my opinion in comparison to Penny.Who wasn’t pathetic and needed saving every other episode, didn’t cry a lot and was the hero of every episode and if someone did do the saving it was her,or Brain, her dog.And the song, I’ve always known it, never forgotten it,you can’t ,it’s too iconic.I liked this show because it’s a reverse Legend of Zelda, so even though Gadget has the title, it’s Penny his niece who always foils Dr.Claws plans,in truth she’s the main character.It’s really high up because it’s undeniably iconic,but it doesn’t beat #1 and #2 .Though I love it, #1 and  #2 have always inspired me, emotional connections will always win out in the end,and you know actual lyrics beyond two and three sentences ,is really nice too.

#2 Kim Possible:

Haven’t seen it ,stop what you’re doing right now ,go watch it, and come back later-

You’re back,good.It was one of my favorite shows as a child,female spy main character -a strong female for for the win.And a male side-kick /romantic interest.Yeah she was a cheerleader,but she was cool.And made my childhood a little more awesome.

#1 Pomemon (the original season).

I actually listened to it many times, since I was a kid, but I’ve never forgotten the lyrics.For me this song has always been my inspiration to be the very best, at whatever I do,and do it , whatever it is, to the best of my ability.And I’ve always been a Pokemon trainer since childhood,and I still remember that first episode- Ash getting up late and rushing of to see Professor Oak to start a journey that for many of us ,has yet to end.It’s a song about living out your childhood dreams, giving them 100% of your effort ,and enjoying that journey with your friends and those you care about.I can’t think of a better way to live(BTW there’s a full song much longer than the on air version and it’s awesome too).

Later Days,

B_L_M

Blerd Life · Blerd Trek · Cosplay

Dragon Con envy or My Cosplay goals

Long time no see,

So as you may or may not know.I’m living in South Korea.It’s really fun but there are so many things to do,but sometimes ,I really miss at home.And right now everyone is getting over dragon con,posting all their awesome pictures and I’m just like T.T , it’s not fair,I want to go too.Now people are preparing for AWA,and I’m like,… why am I in Korea.I mean I know there is Comic Con here but it’s not as fun,at least not without friends.So in preparations for me going to 2015 New York Comic Con,I am working on cosplays that I want to do there,simple because I’ve never done one before.I think it will be fun,though I’m a little nervous.

My first try is Red from Pokemon.

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Yah, I know ,I’m a girl, but look how cool it is, and simple .Pokeball,hat,jacket,black shirt and jeans.I plan on doing the one from the far right.I’ve already started sewing it >.< . It’s super hard and I’m not sure where to find the hat,I’ll probably have to make it.

The next one is also Pokemon inspired(notice a theme here),

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So unlike with the original Pokemon games ,with the newer generations there is not only a female character but for the first time ever in Pokemon history I can choose to be black. w00t w00t.Go Serena, GO!

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Though it really doesn’t matter as far as cosplay goes but for me it’s still cool.I plan on starting on that skirt as soon as possible.

I will also need:

  • Black converses(I will paint them[I have the power!])
  • Knee high socks(I can buy them anywhere)
  • Mega Ring Bracelet(Toys R Us)
  • Shades(Ok I could just get white ones,or I can get replicas of the original from Ebay)
  • Fedora(Ebay maybe, I’ll find a nice one eventually)
  • Wig(My hair is quite short T.T)
  • Bag(I need to look through the game, I don’t really want to use the original purse design)
  • Blouse(So in Korea I think I can find a blouse like this easily)
  • Pokeballs(Ebay/Gmarket)
  • Fabric Paint(The Pokeballs on those shoes aren’t going to paint themselves)

Possible add ons:

Kalos Pokedex

Kalos Gym badges

 

I have a lot of ideas as characters of whom I might cosplay, but for right now these two are definite musts,especially  Serena.She’s my favorite, so I’m going to really spend most of my effort in that one.*sigh* What an expensive hobby.

Thanks for reading,

BlerdLikeMe