Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller

Here's some thoughts on the job that I didn't accept. Thanks to all those who had something to say.

I meant to say that since I'm a female, white, F-2 visa holder I don't need to worry about being jobless. I'm lucky to have options. I also forgot to mention that it's 50,000W minus taxes (granted I only pay 4%)

And sorry it cut out. Here's round two if you so desire:

And I switched my Korean class so I'm studying one class with a teacher from last semester. She was my favorite. I'm excited I'm in her class ;) Okay time to stop procrastinating and get on with the homework!


Shelley said...

Honestly, it sounds like your reasons are pretty trivial, and that's ok. You don't have to explain to anyone why you didn't take the job. That is your business and if you are happy with the choice you made, then that is all that matters.
Sometimes we just have to go with our gut on these things :)

Jennifer said...

I loved seeing your video! I feel like I've gotten to know you through your videos/blogs. Good for you for standing by your decision and doing what you feel is best for you and your hubby! That is someties a hard thing to do.

and thanks for the idea of posting a video on my blog

Anonymous said...

You go girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Those all seem like pretty shallow reasons not to take a job. So it's 27 hours plus travel time? So what? You think in Canada it won't be 40 hours plus travel time?! You don't really think they're going to factor in the travel time into the 40 hours, right? Also, you said they offered you the chance to work less than 27 hours a week, so the excuse that it was too many hours doesn't work anymore. It's your life and you can do whatever you want. Still doesn't mean you made a good choice.

Anonymous said...

How old are you? 23, 24? The decision shows your age. Somebody more mature, with a more clear understanding of what life is, would have acted differently. You'll grow up and mature with time.

Anonymous said...

I feel like most of the people who are saying bad things haven't been in Korea that long...or they aren't pleasant enough for someone to offer them $50 an hour to do anything. They're just jealous. It's good money, but it's not ridiculously good for teaching business English in Korea.

I think your Korean classes are an excellent reason to not take that job. I wish I had time to do something like that myself.

Teaching adults is stressful. It would probably make your last few months here a lot less enjoyable. Take a break and relax. You are pretty and white, so you do have a lot of job opportunities in Korea. I feel really sad for the people who overwork themselves by taking every little teaching opportunity that comes their way... I really respect your decision. It was a good job, but I definitely think you did the right thing if that's what you really wanted.

This is from someone who has cancelled an easy $50 an hour lesson to go eat chicken wings. Money is money, but having the opportunity to enjoy your life is more important.

Why am I here??? said...

Thank you again Shelley. My gut says NO and I'm happy I followed it.

Really Jen, that's so cool. I feel the same way when I stalk/ read someone's site. It's funny how that works. Hope your leg is feeling better.

And thanks to you too anonimo!

Hey anony 1 and 2: There is NO way that I can take the Korean class full time and work the job. Number 1 it's not possible schedule wise and number two this class is too intense In fact I'm the only one in my class who's working. And I understand that not everyone will agree with me with choices I make in my life and I respect constructive criticism but really can't tolerate negativity. I guess I'm in for a rude awakening 40 hour work week when I get back to Canada. But I'm sure I too will be ready for that challenge.

Hey Anony #3, the chicken wings part made me laugh. And you couldn't have said it any better. I completely agree!!!! And $50 an hour for business English at a law firm is pretty low compared to some other positions I currently have. Speaking of which.....you may be interested in taking them over when I do decide to leave so send me an email closer to that time if you wish: burtonite@hotmail.com

- Thanks

Tanya said...

I havent watched the videos yet but I wanted to make one more commented from the last post. People think you wont make money like that here. Yes you may not make crap loads but being an ESL instructor at a university level brings in a good pay in Sask.

So instead of judging you, people should make check their facts first.

And to the person who made the comment about her age. What you are 65? 70? Because your comment sure showed your age. Who says you have to work you ass of all the time and not enjoy life?

I am 27 the same age as her. I am proud of her decisions. I wanted to move away and experience a differnt life too but I didnt have enough guts and my goals in life became different. Doesn't mean she cant chose her own path OR that it is wrong.

Anonymous said...

Like I said, Tanya, it shows her age. And now yours. Teaching in university with just a Bachelor's Degree? HA! Good luck.

Why am I here??? said...

Thanks Tantan ;) Can't wait to see you when I get back. Much love!

Tanya said...

Well Anonymous,

If you actually looked at the University structure these days, they are looking for people with EXPERIENCE more so than theoretical knowledge. Because if you'd did your research which I HAVE on the sessional lecturers positions you are not required to have a HIGHER degree.

And if my age makes me so immature then how do I own a house, have a undergrad degree, have an amazing and well paying job where my opinion is well respected and going to take my Masters in Business all before I'm 30? What have you got to show for yourself besides anonymous rude comments on the blog of a person you dont even know.

Obviously you have too much time on your hands and dont have any goals to reach in your own life so you have to shut everyone else's down.

Why am I here??? said...

Hi Tanya,

First off I have to apologize for publishing that comment. I got in the shower and decided to that it's best to delete the comment since it was obviously directed offensively to you. You replied back obviously sticking up for yourself and me. So my mistake friend.

This feud has provided some entertainment to me and now it's gone too far. It's one thing to diss me anon, but when you start to bring my friends into it, it's not so fair.

So thanks for your blunt and brutal honesty with me anony. I'd like to think that when you made such remarks you were looking out for my best interest but I get the feeling things were said out of spite. And that's okay too!

So giving you the benefit of the doubt I published them anyways. I don't think you will get the results out of me you are looking for. Or maybe you already did. You are always entitled to your opinion, I respect that, and you are happy to keep commenting about such, but it will be seen and read by me and me only. Fair? I think so.....

Anyways, I'll end this with one of my favourite quotes from the sunscreen song: "don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you are ahead, sometimes you are behind but in the end the race is only with yourself".

Happy reading!

Amyable said...

No one on their death bed says "I wish I would have worked more." I respect Jennifer's decision. I think she weighed all her options and made a decision that felt right to her. I'm astounded by all the critical judgments!

40's are supposed to be the years where your career is at its height and I can tell you, being 45, that I don't have time for much other than work right now (although financially, it is very lucrative). So, I'm very happy that I enjoyed my 20's traveling, friends, and getting my doctorate degree.