While lesson planning at our “office” at KCIS a delivery person dropped off a package. The package had some design on it that made it look like some materials for the school so we did not get too excited. After Mr. Kim got done meeting with the person he was with, he came over and told us that the package was our Alien Registration Card!! The card is really sweet looking. It’s like a full ID with picture and info and all. I feel legit now. So once we got our ARC we were clear to get a bank account. We asked Mr. Kim if he could take us so he took us to the bank after lunch.
The whole experience was interesting and fun. Mr. Kim knows more English that I had expected, but we still had to struggle through some things because of the technical bank terms. It took us about 1 and ½ hours total to get the bank account set up and put our cash in the account. We wanted to transfer money but because NongHyup is an agricultural bank they said they couldn’t do wire transfers. It did not seem right, but we agreed. Only to find out later that they actually can do wire transfers and they have Western Union agents. Must have had something get lost in translation.
When we got back to the school Mr. Kim thought it would be good to try the online banking. Good thing we tried while he was around so he could figure it out. He called someone at their bank, and they had to do remote assistance. Basically they took over my computer, downloaded some programs, and after an hour of working on that, they had us logged in. It was really weird watching them taking over my computer but I am glad they have it all figured out.
Yesterday our employer’s wife told us that her husband was bringing some high school girls to the school so they could talk with us. We thought the girls wanted to take classes at the hagwon. The girls arrived about ten minutes later, and were we surprised! We were in the Book Cafe (we’ve made it our office for the time being), and when the girls entered the room they were… well they were screaming like they were meeting Justin Bieber. After they settled down we started talking. They introduced themselves and asked us some questions like “Where are you from?” Our employer’s wife told them to ask us to read to them, so I got to read them a book about 4 chicken chickens. They even clapped when I was done reading. They asked us if we were married, and when we said yes they enthusiastically clapped again 🙂
The girls recently graduated from middle school, and are starting their first year of high school in March. We learned that Korean middle school students usually egg each other on their last day of school, but because of an incident last year with the high school students the police were at the schools to make sure the students were being good and staying safe. The girls were actually working part-time for KCIS; they were handing out fliers about the school to students as they left school. It sounded like they wouldn’t be going to our hagwon, which is too bad because they were pretty fun. One of the girls was really embarrassed by the end of our conversation. She wanted to go home, but she had to wait for her ride. I think she started being embarrassed after she had asked us when our birthdays were because our employer’s wife jokingly asked her “Why do you want to know? Do you want to buy them a present?”