Besides all the teaching training we received at EPIK orientation, we also received some advice: say yes. To new foods and experiences, to offers from co-workers, to opportunities and open doors.
Matt and I have been taking that advice.
Get offered some food you aren’t sure about? Say yes.*
* And if that food you weren’t sure about is sundae, which is a soup made of pig intestines, chew politely and then spit it out in your napkin when you realize there is no way you can swallow without causing some problems in your own intestines.
Vice principal order you to sing a song at norebang, Korea’s favorite pasttime of Karaoke? Say yes. **
** Then pull out your phone to translate “bad singer” and look terrified enough until a nice, young teacher volunteers that she knows Katy Perry and will sing with you.
Korean neighbor catch you heading into your apartment for bed one evening and ask you to join him and his son and friends for food and drinks on the patio? Say yes.***
*** This one you’ll actually be happy about. I mean really happy, like “this is why I moved to Korea happy.” While sharing food and drinks, and listening to new friends perform songs, you’ll look around and think to yourself, “it’s moments like these that make me keep saying yes.” Click here for a video of the singing.