Follow posts tagged #winning, in seconds.Sign up
Getting Old, Cross-Culturally
I turn 31 this year, and while there may be plenty of hip 31 year-olds, I feel less and less like I am one of them.
I go to bed at between 10 and 11 every evening (even most weekends). I don’t know who is #winning. I have no idea who Nicki Minaj is. I’ve never heard an entire Lady Gaga song. I’ve never seen Jersey Shore (is it a reality show or a soap?). Oh, and I find Bon Iver extremely boring.
I did dress up for the Harry Potter movie…but I don’t think that helps my case.
This doesn’t mean I’m not cool. I think I’m rather jiggy, myself. However, I am coming to a greater realization that I am no longer hip.
Upon moving to Korea three years ago, I was quickly
introduced to accosted by Korean pop culture. Cell phone stores (which are ubiquitous here) and appliance shops blast K-pop from loud speakers, outside their shops. It plays on buses, in grocery stores, shopping malls and cell phones. K-pop stars are not just musicians, but dancers, comedians, models, talk show hosts and game show contestants. A hit single lasts about 3 months here, and it is extremely common to be a one-hit wonder.
I was really surprised when I actually started
liking loving some of the music and comedy. Groups like The Wonder Girls, Big Bang and 2NE1 grabbed hold of my ear drums with their catchy beats and pop-perfection. I was impressed with Comedy skits by comedians like Chocoboy which were very funny, despite being in a foreign language.
Another reason we couldn’t escape this pop-culture influence is that most of these groups use English as choruses or punch lines…So, every time I’d say “Tell me the answer to number 3.” One of my students would start singing The Wonder Girls’ tune “Tell Me”. Any time I said something about it being hot outside, some funny student would start chanting “Das Berry Hott!”
As a matter of fact, here’s a short list of phrases I couldn’t use unless I wanted my class singing pop songs:
- Nobody (A Wonder Girls song)
- Tell me (A Wonder Girls song)
- Any mentioning of the letter “G” (A Girl’s Generation song)
- I don’t care (A 2NE1 song)
- Very Hot (Chocoboy)
- One More Time (a song by Jewelry)
- I’m hot (A Wonder Girl’s song)
- Fantastic (A song by Shinee)
- Marshmallow (This is a song by a group called I.U. and I LOVE IT!)
- I’m sorry (A Super Junior song)
Before long, I started not only tolerating these outbursts in my class, but I discovered it became far less disruptive if I were the one who used the phrase, or sang the chorus. I started utilizing the phrases to command the attention of my students, and for some of my higher classes, even used the songs as teaching points.
The thing is, most of these songs are 2-3 years old. In a job where I’m constantly receiving new (younger) students and saying good-bye to the older ones, I’m finding that my newer students haven’t ever heard any of these songs! And for the older ones who I still have, they’ve moved on to other pop-phenomena.
So, on Monday, I found myself standing before a group of eleven 12 year-olds. I’ve been teaching this group for a couple of months and we have a fairly good rapport. We had just finished doing an exercise that I hadn’t felt they’d mastered and I wanted them to do it again. I looked at the group, bent my hands around my head, touched my index fingers together and said “Baby, one more time.”
Not a giggle. Not a reaction.
They just stared at me. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT!!
Then I knew it…
I’m getting old cross-culturally.
Day 12- Bullet your whole day.
- Alarm goes off! *snooze* Alarm goes off! *snooze* Alarm goes off! *snooze* 20 minutes later…”oh shit”
- Out of bed, into shower.
- Out of shower on to computer (It seems I cant get dressed immediatly after a shower, I need to sit at my computer in a towl first haha)
- Get dressed (American Idiit underwear…winning)
- Hair and make-up
- Out the door at exactly 7:00
- Drive to school and go straight to drama.
- Chat with some people about my American Idiot underwear and gLee. :)
- 1st hour- Web Design- Jam to Green Day and Read
- 2nd hour- Stagecraft- use drama’s laptops to go on tumblr
- 3rd hour- Math -_-, pretend to be paying attention then leave early to hang out in drama. :p
- 4th hour- World History- Look at the wall for 30 minutes, and play with my phone for a little.
- (it was a no 5 day)
- 6th hour- Marine Bio- Jam to Green Day and read while the rest of the class watches finding nemo.
- 7th hour- Chem- Managed to keep my headphones in all class while my teacher bullshited around. They spent the class googling jokes, I was jammin. Sucess.
- Time to walk to park!
- Its hot as balls outside! Fuckin Florida…
- Go straight to the computer!
- Go out to lunch with mom
- Go home and sleep for two hours
- Start homework
- Avoid homework with tumblr
- Still avoiding homework…rawr
- Finally do homework
- Hang on Tumblr for a bit
- Off to bed!
Yeah! That was my day! Such an interesting life I live eh?
Here is Billie Joe!
Here in Singapore, I’m the only one on the train with white skin and red beard. I don’t have a problem with it, but everyone else makes eye contact like they’re afraid to look away. It’s like they think I’m one of the ghosts in Bowser’s castle.
Since trains are too crowded for reading and I lost my iPhone / iPod, I don’t have any other options but to directly deal with all these stares. So, I’ve embraced a new past-time. I call it winking. At strangers.
It’s a real hoot. But don’t take my word for it. Go out there, make weird eye contact with a stranger, then shut one eye while holding the gaze.
Here’s the catch, you can’t look away. Whether you keep the one eye shut or pop it back up, hold that gaze. They have to look away first. Or not. Do what you want. After all, what do I know? I’m just some Ang Moh on the train making Singaporeans uncomfortable. One wink at a time.
- Side note: Excessive blinking is a sign of Tourettes. I wonder how long all the swearing kept that discovery from taking place?
- Other side note: It doesn’t count if you wear an eye patch.
- Final side note: It helps to have kooky props you can hold by your face, for example: