Until next Friday (4th of February, 2005) I will be working at Ulsan Language Academy.
I still find it amusing that Korean teachers have to attend our classes whilst on vacation.
If you look at the defintion of vacation below
leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure; “we get two weeks of vacation every summer”; “we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico”
you can see that being forced to attend our class means it is not a vacation.
Off course we antipodean types use the British word for vacation, Holiday
So what will I be doing on my holidays?

Well as mentioned before, reading all five Harry Potter books.
Then listening to the audio book version of them all.

I also have some study to catch up on

1. Learn Hangul
I have procrastinated enough. Time to get it over with and learn the basic of Korean.
By learning Hangul I mean two things.
a. Be able to write the Hangul alphabet. (easy)
b. Be able to pronounce the sounds associated with each Hangul character ( a couple of days work at most)
c. Learn the grammar and vocabulary (insert your favourite four letter work here)

2. Read Learning Python
Front cover of Learning Python, 2nd Edition
This book is a tutorial on the Python computer proogramming language and Object Oriented Programmings (OOPS) all in a mere 575 pages!

3. Read Grammar for English Language Teachers
Front cover of Grammar for English Language Teachers

A real page turner, sure to cure my tendancy to not get enough sleep. The title describes what the book is about and at 25,000 won for 514 pages not a bad deal.

Plus practise Haidong Gumdo.
I need to know the first ten forms without having to think about them. So that will involve about 30 minutes of practise outside classes every day except Sunday.

I also intend to cycle to Busan, so to get into shapes I will be doing lots of small rides (less then 60 KM) around Ulsan. In the next Month I should clock up around 600 KM on my bike, should be fun!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

In the last two weeks I have watched all three Harry Potter films, as well as listening to the audio book of the first book.
I have decided to read all five Harry Potter books. So yesterday I rode to my friends house in NamChang (40 KM round trip) and borrowed the first four books.
On the way back I purchased the fifth book, the Order of the Pheonix for 12,000 won (about US $12) which was quite cheap.

So now I am reading the first book
The book cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

after I finish the first book, I will polish off the four sequels in short order.