Trave Tuesday: Karnak

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This here is one of MANY places on my To-Do List, Karnak. Now, I’m not doing it next summer since I have South East in my sights, but, I’m coming for you Egypt; I’m coming.

Although badly ruined, few sites in Egypt are more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest ancient temple complex in the world and represents the combined achievement of many generations of Egyptian builders. Karnak actually consists of several temples. One of the most famous structures of Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall, a hall area of 5,000 m2 (50,000 sq ft). The 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows supported a roof that has now fallen. At a height of 24 meters (80 feet), the 2 middle rows are higher than the others.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

 

 

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Black Barbie Chronicles: English Discrimination

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Ah, I remember this day so well. I was told to not be prejudice against the students. I thought that was the weirdest thing that had ever been said to me in Korea Land. However,  that was not the case when I was asked if I like the sex. Okay, that topic’s for another day. This here is today’s topic, discrimination, the English kind.  Have a good week.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

English Discrimination

 I remember when I first started teaching, and Moon Yeoung took me aside and told me not to expect the same good level of English from all of my kiddies. If I do, then I would be discriminating against the Korean students. I’ll admit when I first hear that, I was wondering where in the hell did he pick this little jewel up? Why of all people would a Black woman discriminate against anyone? Did he forget I was Black?????

It wasn’t until a few months in when I was wondering if all my students were dumb or just fucking with me. It was then that I became aware that I was discriminating against my students. I was placing too much on my their little shoulders, and I had high expectations for both myself and my students. By placing these unreasonable expectations, I failed to see the forest for the trees. Or in this case the students for the English? Yeah, that doesn’t sound right but go with it.

Anyway, my students are just that, students. They are not little sadistic punks who leave school every day and go home to think of new and unique ways of fucking with me. No, Black Barbie, they are not. At the end of the day, my kids are kids. They are Korean kids living their lives in Korean with no subtitles. They didn’t want to learn English; it was forced upon them. They have no choice but to sit in a 45-minute class and listen to this Western woman speak English to them for 45 minutes straight. The majority of the kids have no clue what’s going on.

I have a new outlook on teaching English to my Korean students. I look at English like that damn Common Core Math.   I realized that I was turning into a Math teacher back in the states when they said that you would use Math every day and that’s why they will learn it.

Well, that’s what I told my kids about learning English; they’ll use it every day. No, Black Barbie, not true. It was at that moment I stopped lying to the kids and started teaching them. I think that day defined what it was like for me to teach English in Korea from a kids point of view.

 

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Music Sunday: Jonghyn

This guy was part of my Club 27 last year.  I enjoyed the song and really thought that his solo career really could have taken off.  Anyway, enjoy and have a great Sunday.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Summer Hiatus: Old Boy

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Here’s today’s offering tonight, which is a GREAT film, Old Boy.

Dae-Su is an obnoxious drunk bailed from the police station yet again by a friend. However, he’s abducted from the street and wakes up in a cell, where he remains for the next 15 years, drugged unconscious when human contact is unavoidable, otherwise with only the television as company. And then, suddenly released, he is invited to track down his jailor with a denouement that is simply stunning.

Yes, it’s in Korean. Yes, there are subtitles. And NO. DO NOT WATCH THE REMAKE.  Trust, you’ll love this movie.  Check out the trailer. Enjoy

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Erotic Friday: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Hey, here’s one that I’m sure you will love just as much as me. Please enjoy. It really struck a cord with me today.

F.M. Laster
“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

Since I Am Condemned

by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Since I’m condemned to death
by your decree, Fabio,
and don’t appeal, resist or flee
the wrathful judgment, hear me,
for there’s no culprit of such guilt
should be refused confession.
Because, you say, you’ve been informed
my breast has caused offence to you,
I stand condemned, ferocious one.
Does uncertain news, not fact,
achieve more in your obdurate breast
than experience of so many truths?
If you’ve believed in others’, Fabio,
why not believe in your own eyes?
Why, reversing the sense of Law,
deliver to the rope my neck?
You’re as liberal with your rigours
as meanly strict with favours.
If I have looked at other eyes, Fabio,
kill me with your wrathful eyes.
If I serve another care,
let your implacable anger serve me.
And if another’s love diverts me,
you, who’ve been my life, strike me dead.
If I have viewed another with delight,
never be delight in our mutual looks;
if with another I engaged in pleasant speech,
let your eternal displeasure point at me.
And if another love disturbs my sense,
chase out of me my soul, who’ve been my soul.
But as I die without resisting
my unhappy lot, my only wish
is you allow me choose the death I like.
Let my death be of my choice,
for your mere choice
continues me in life.
Let me not die of harshness, Fabio,
when I can die of love.
That will do you credit,
redeem me, since to die for love,
not for guilt, is no less a death,
but more an honoured one.
And now, finally, I seek your pardon
for all the wrongs I did to you through love.
Wrongs they are and they deserve your scorn.
Your offence is just in my accosting you,
because by loving you
I turn you to ingratitude.

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Happy Birthday Mimi von Tease

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Yep today’s my birthday and I’m still here! Take that, bitches! Let the drinking begin.

 

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Wayback Wednesday: Jump in the Line

Here’s another wayback to BeetleJuice and Harry Belafonte. Damn that man was fine!  Anyway, enjoy and have a good one.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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