Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Remember this summer how I got screwed over by the "trusted" travel agent in Korea? Well he's also screwed over a lot of other people too. HOW SAD! He keeps scamming people to this day and even though we've reported him to the police (along with about 20 others) he has not been shut down. We will NEVER see our money back. End of story!

The day after the scam, on my birthday of all days, while I was at work I broke down crying in my office explaining the situation to my coworkers. Word quickly spread and it didn't take long for others to find out what happened.

Then my amazing coworkers got together, formed a committee, planned an event in our honour. Here is the poster I thought I'd share in case any of you would like to come out:


Jennifer's-Aid Fundraiser!

Greetings, everyone! Some of you may not be aware, but Jennifer Burton and her husband SungHyun had an unfortunate occurrence this last summer. They had booked with a Korean travel agent to bring their Korean family here to Canada for a visit. Unfortunately, the agency folded and left Jennifer and her husband without the refund of a considerable amount of money for the trip. This is a terrible burden for a young couple to face. We felt so badly when we heard this that we wanted to do something to help out.

As a result, we are having a Tony Roma's rib buffet night on Thursday, November 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 4450 Albert St. Please put this date on your calendar and bring your partners or spouses. We will be selling only 100 tickets to the event ($23.00, cash only) and they can be purchased beginning next week. There will also be a cash bar, a 75-25 draw, and a silent auction going on during the evening. Our very own diva, the famous TaraSolheim will be entertaining on her piano with special paid requests from her songlist. In between Tara’s singing, feel free to entertain us with your own karaoke renditions!

We have need of donated items for the silent auction. This could include gently used orregifted items, other donated items, or special services like yardwork, marking, consulting, or other…use your imagination! Please register your items or services with Tayyaba at (email address) and bring them with you on November 17 just prior to 6:00 p.m.

Buffet Menu (we can’t offer menu substitutions for those with dietary concerns, but you can order from a table in the restaurant and then bring your plate inside the fundraiser room):

· Tony Roma’s riblets

· Garlic toast

· Baked potatoes with fixings

· Caesar salad (no bacon)

If you have any questions, please direct them to Myra Froc, (email address). Everyone please come out on November 17th for a great cause and a very good time with your ESL staff co-workers!




Shelley said...

I recently went through something similar in the sense of feeling overwhelmed by friends and their kindness (read my recent blog post). You deserve this!! What a nice gesture and you can have some fun out of this whole disaster :)

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! I'm happy for you guys...but I'm sorry you lost the money in the first place. ㅠㅠ

Mrs. Kim said...

That is awesome...

Jimmy said...

Jennifer, slightly good news. It looks like this guy has been arrested.

Why am I here??? said...

It really is wonderful! Thanks for update Jimmy!

윤성철 said...

Hi. i'm gotokorea.

Nice to meet U.