Plan B.

I had grand plans. Don’t we all have grand plans? But guess what, grand plans change. For better or for worse. It’s totally fine, I’m not complaining. So let me lay it all out.

I wanted to be in South Korea this October/November to teach English. I was on track, I will have all of my documents ready next week in order to get a visa for a job that I haven’t even interviewed for. So I contacted recruiters (three of them) and one immediately suggested a school while the others said, “The hiring season is over, it will be difficult to place you in October but we would love to help you for the February hiring season.”

Myeong-dong Street in the winter. More shopping than you can ever imagine. And this is just one of many shopping streets.

Okay, but first, let me explain why I want to leave in October. I am very tired of working at my job. It’s not my job’s fault, it’s no one’s fault. It’s time for a change. And that change could not come any sooner. Unfortunately, the school that the one recruiter offered did not accept my application which is totally fine because I like Plan B better anyway.

Now, Plan B. Plan B is a little risky, but also something I didn’t know I needed until I came up with it. Plan B is I move out of my house, send all of my stuff to the Philippines and spend around three months in the Philippines. Just being. (Being meaning a long vacation of doing nothing productive like watching tv/movies, reading a bunch of books, learning Korean, and trying yoga). And maybe volunteering to teach English online…or at my old school??? More experience?? Not exactly a vegetable??

This is home. It doesn’t look like much but I was raised here. And I won’t have to pay rent!

Then from the Philippines, I will fly straight to Korea and start working. Well, maybe arriving a few weeks early and take actual Korean lessons and maybe going to the winter olympics?? Maybe.

This is risky because I won’t be working for three to four months and that’s not going to be great because I’ll be poor, but in exchange, I will hopefully be refreshed and be in a completely different (and better) mental state than I am now. I can’t ask for a better plan because I don’t want to bring all of this (as I gesture to my whole self) to my future students.

Oh look, they have love locks in Korea too. This is at Namsan Tower in Seoul.

This is the new plan. I hope it works. There are some kinks but I’ll talk about that in the future “Document Gathering/How to apply to teach English in SK” post. Assuming that it all goes well and I get hired. Oh my gosh, please let me get hired.

In the meantime, I will be a tourist in San Diego and try to visit as many places as I can while also being as frugal as I can. One of the places I checked out on my birthday was the murals in La Jolla! That I will write about next time!


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