Eysuk’s Movie Reviews: August Rush

By Eysuk Park

Have you seen the movie, August Rush? It is one of the most beautiful stories that I have seen. The entire story is that of an orphan who is a musical genius on a journey to find his parents. The story of this movie is a little unrealistic. But, the biggest strong point of this movie is that music in this movie is beautiful, and the story is interesting. One girl who is in my class said that kid who is a protagonist of this movie is so handsome. Many girls will love this movie for the same reason.

(Spoiler Alert! Don’t read any more if you don’t want to know the story!) Anyway, let’s recount the story. At first, we can see the handsome kid who is in an orphanage living a harsh life. He feels the sound and wants to express this sound even though he hasn’t learned the music. Coincidently, the movie shows the parents of this genius kid. They are living separately, the mother is teaching music to another kid, and the father is a business man. Also, the story shows their past. The mother was a famous cellist and the father was a rocker. They met accidentally and fell in love. After having a good night, they didn’t stay together because of her father. However, the important thing is that the woman was pregnant. The woman and her father had a dispute because of the baby, and at last, she got in a car accident. Her father told her that the baby died even though he was alive.

Like that, time flies 12 years. The kid escapes the orphanage and meets Wizard who is rough, brings up kids, and squeezes money from them. From this moment, the kid shows his talent. He learns the guitar so quickly, and earns money. He also enters the church, university and last, he does the orchestra. And, at the orchestra, family assembles following the power of music.

Seeing the movie, I thought the music in this movie was so good. It was one of the best movies that I have seen. Next time, after seeing another movie, I will say something for you guys. Until then, have a good night.

November = Movember = Moustache Month!

Hey SCEL Guys!

November = Movember = Moustache Month

Wanna show you are a true man? Participate in the SCEL Moustache Contest!

Why? November is Prostate cancer awareness month. To show awareness, men are encouraged to grow their moustache

How? Shave all your facial hair on November 1st. Watch your awesome moustache grow.

November 18th we will have a check up and take pictures of your moustache growth.

November 30th we will have a final judging of the best, worst, and largest moustache.

Winners receive amazing prizes and ultimate respect.

Ping Pong on Thursday

Greetings everyone!

If you did not notice me building something in number 50 today, then I would like to announce that SCEL has obtained a ping pong table!  YAY!!!!!

To celebrate our new ping pong table, we will have a ping pong tournament!  The festivities will start at 4pm, so if you want to be a part of the fun, please come!

I’ll see all of you there!

San Francisco is an Unforgettable Destination for SCEL Students!

By Kenn (Yojin Park)

On October 8th, I finally got to San Francisco, where my west coast trip ended. As soon as I arrived at San Francisco International Airport, I first went to the hostel in Oakland, because when I booked a hostel for my trip, the hostel in Oakland was cheaper than the San Francisco one. Seeing the map, I saw Oakland is located right beside San Francisco. I thought that this distance wouldn’t affect my schedule and it didn’t.

After setting my luggage in my room, I went to San Francisco by taking BART. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a high-speed railway serving the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also connected to Oakland so I could go to San Francisco easily. At first, I visited Union Square. Union Square is a sort of park that is in downtown of San Francisco. It’s like the Plaza of Spokane except it doesn’t have buses. Passing along a small hill, I could get to Grace Cathedral. Unlike most gothic cathedrals that look splendid, Grace showed its simple appearance.

At the top of the hill, I looked down into China town and saw the Coit Tower, which seemed to say “Come over here, if you can!” After looking around the bustling China town, I finally climbed up the Coit Tower. I spotted the places that I had walked through, and planned stop by and the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge. After seeing this from Coit Tower, I swore on my sword that I would visit here, San Francisco again!

Fisherman's Wharf

I left the Coit Tower behind for Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most famous tourist spots in San Francisco. I saw many piers that have their own characters. Pier 39, which is the most popular at Fisherman’s Wharf, has a sightseeing boat service that passes by Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. There was also a lounge of sea lions. I took many pictures of street scenes in order to see them whenever I want. Of course, there were a lot of seafood restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf. I chose one restaurant and had a clam chowder and crab cocktail for dinner. I was like a man sleeping on a bed made of crab chowder. Turning back to the hostel for the end of the day, I finished my first day in San Francisco. My schedule was very tight. Since I was allowed to stay San Francisco for only two days, I had no choice but to hurry myself.

On the second and last day of my trip, I rented a bicycle for a whole day. As I rode on the bicycle along the shore, I came by Crissy beach, which has a nice park in it. The Presidio National Park encompasses one side of the Golden Gate Bridge. After that, I finally reached the Golden Gate Park. It is one of the world’s largest national parks in an urban area. As if it fits its name, the park was huge and contains many, other museums and gardens; the garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of flowers etc. About 2 hours later, I finished looking around the park and went back to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge

Ascending to the Golden Gate Bridge was very hard. I might have felt that tough especially with the bicycle. Despite the painful ascent, I was rewarded with a fantastic, glorious, to die for landscape on the Golden Gate Bridge. Actually, when I spotted the bridge in distance, I couldn’t understand why it is famous for the great landscape, because it was not that good. However, the view on the bridge threw my disappointment away. If you get to the Golden Gate Bridge and see for yourself, you will realize that the landscape is beyond my illustrations.

When I gave the bicycle back to the store, I was not a human; I was a walking robot. Although riding on the bicycle for a whole day made me completely exhausted, I didn’t regret it, because it had a reasonable value. That night, I couldn’t sleep because of the noise from all of my muscles that were singing with pleasure.


Kerry’s Freaky Friday at a Haunted House!

By Kerry (Jongho Yung)

I saw an American ghost last Friday. It was a real situation and I almost fainted. I had thought haunted houses were for children, not for adults. Especially, I didn’t think I could be surprised by one greedy childish joke. I was full of confidence before I arrived at that evil gate…

When I ran away from that hell, I didn’t remember anything except that my whole body was sweaty and my voice was gone. What happened to me? I started to remind myself… I went to a child’s place with my friends and we bought tickets then we waited at the evil gate. At that moment I was still joyful.

Finally, we entered another world and there were dead bodies everywhere, sticky fluids, a gloomy atmosphere, and I saw a ghost… the ghost! After that I only remember screaming. It was my first time I’ve ever experienced a ghost.

Anyway, who is behind you right now?

Fun Word of the Day

Shannon wants to challenge everyone at SCEL! Who can find the funniest, weirdest, and craziest American words? Email Shannon: shannon.genzone@usa-english.com

Winner will get a prize from Shannon!

mouseburger, n.

A young woman of unexceptional appearance and talents, regarded as timid, dowdy, or mousy; (originally) such a person who can nevertheless achieve professional and personal success through determination.

Saudi Time Presents: Halloween Party 2011

Greetings everyone!

It is almost the end of October, and do you know what that means?  Halloween is almost here!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I am happy to say that it is only one week away.  To celebrate this spooky holiday, the students of Saudi Time are hosting a Halloween party for the whole school.

Starting next Monday at 1pm, we will have a party where we will learn about Halloween, play some holiday games, carve jack-o-lanterns, practice speaking English, and other fun things.  There will be a lot of contests between the classes too!

Games!  Prizes!  Snacks!  FUN!

We at Saudi Time are looking forward to seeing everyone next week.  Don’t forget dress up!

Happy Halloween!