New Years Resolutions

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.

12. I resolve never to sing the Won Cashing song or the Banana Milk song ever again.

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.

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2 Responses to New Years Resolutions

  1. mom says:

    but I really, really want to hear you sing a Korean song!! Happy 2011, Son!

  2. Niki says:

    Wow, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a firebat. I’m pretty impressed your going to make an origami firebat. And thank goodness for the Denmark Dairy!

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