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Archive for February, 2009

Qualifications Evaluation Panel

Posted by quirksalight on February 18, 2009

I received an e-mail, stating that my results were in for the Qualifications Evaluation Panel.
This is what I got:

Yup! I passed!!!! Now I have to decide when between May 4 – June 30 I would like to take the Oral Assessment in DC and sign up in the 2nd week of March.

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Packing it up

Posted by quirksalight on February 16, 2009

It’s a little over three weeks before I head back to the States and packing is a pain in the butt. Mailing things by freight, organizing, chucking, etc… and saying goodbye. It’s hard – this past year in Korea has been a positive experience for the most part. And I’ll miss my friends dearly.

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Food poisoning

Posted by quirksalight on February 9, 2009

Last week, we ordered lunch (like usual) at school, and decided to pick Soon Doo Boo jigae, which is a soft tofu seafood stew. It’s definitely on my favorite Korean foods. However, this time, it was a little, off. I started eating it, and I really couldn’t place what, but I had to stop eating it because my palate and gut was telling something was wrong. In about 90 minutes later, yep, gut and palate was right. The good ‘ol GI tract started grumbling, and severe cramping kicked in.

I left school early, and went home, where in the early evening, my body felt like someone had taken a rubber hose and beat every single one of my muscles. Ugh… movement in general was severely painful and slow. Indeed, voiding the GI tract (you can use your imagination here) helped a little, but not too much.

After the muscle pains passed, I started on antibiotics… now… it’s 3 days later, and there are *still* some after effects… Blargh…

Lesson learned. Food is food. It can still f*&% you up.

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Forensics and English

Posted by quirksalight on February 9, 2009

Last week was the second to last week I’ll be in the classroom. It’s also a great group of students to work with, as this was the “English Camp” and the students are self-selecting… I don’t have to push them, they all WANT to be in school. 🙂 Just awesome…

So I tried to keep things interesting… hence, the last two days, we learned about some simple forensics. What it was, fingerprints and fingerprinting, invisible ink, and ink analysis by paper chromatography.

Paper chromatography:

Black ink on strips of paper

Black ink on strips of paper

Using alcohol to separate

Using alcohol to separate

separated

separated


Invisible ink:
Paper with ink

Paper with ink

Heating the inked strip

Heating the inked strip

After heating

After heating

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