Happy New Year from the East! The New Years holiday is apparently a pretty important event here. On New Years day, kids dress in hanbok and ask for their elders’ blessings. They eat a big meal. Korea’s version of Time Square is ringing an enormous bell at midnight 33 times. I forgot why they ring it 33 times.
Anyways, that’s about all I know, since most of these celebrations take place with families in the privacy of their homes.
But I thought I would make some New Years resolutions, Korean style. Here are some things I resolve to do in 2011.
1. I resolve never to correct my co-teacher’s English in front of students, even when they say things like, “What’s a geese?”
2. I resolve not to push old Korean women out of the way on the subway, even though they often behave like linebackers.
3. I resolve to pretend spicy foods don’t affect me at all when dining with a Korean in order to change the perception that westerners can’t eat a flake of pepper without choking.
4. I resolve to write a letter of thanks to the Denmark Dairy company for producing the only drinkable milk in Korea.
5. I resolve to wear my winter headband as little as possible because, “Jeremy, Koreans just unused to that thing.”
6. I resolve to teach my students different ways to respond to the question, “How are you?” besides only, “Fine, thank you, and you?”
7. I resolve to make an origami firebat for the student who made me an origami dragoon.
8. I resolve to live in fear of fan death and North Korea.
9. I resolve to open a Shabu Shabu restaurant when I go back to the US (and to one day explain what Shabu Shabu is on here).
10. I resolve to wear that shirt all the teachers bought me because I brought them all candy, even though it makes me look like Mr. Rogers.
11. I resolve never to order the dried squid at the concession stand at the movie theater.
13. I resolve to stick to English songs at nor-a-bangs and to never attempt a Korean song again.
14. I resolve, with all my Seoul, to use more Seoul puns.
15. I resolve to never question the methods or procedures of any Korean, ever.
Well, I think that about covers it. This has been a pretty lazy post, but hey, I’m tired.
Happy New Year.