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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Discussion about sorting thing out

Discussions about sorting thing out
23rd. March 2005. So Young LEE.

Is it a problem when children grow up and seek independence from their parents?

Introduction- Some children have problems with their parents about what they can or
cannot do and some parents have different ideas about what their children should be allowed to do.

Children opinions

1. They want freedom to do anything. For example, some children want to
smoke, drink, see adult movies, pornographic magazines, going out on
the weekend at night and using the internet for a long time.
2. They want to think for themselves and do everything by
themselves. They don’t want to be ordered around and have to obey their parents
because they have a lot of things they want to do.

Parent’s opinions

1. They think freedom means doing bad or dangerous things. For example, most
parents worry that their children will make some bad friends, see bad
movies, drink alcohol, play bad games, smoke cigarettes and go out to
some bad places.

2. They think that their children should ask them whenever want to do something .
For example, if their children go out to a party, go camping with friends, see
movies, etc.

Finally, I think parents have to give their children some freedom and children have to ask their parents for guidance. Also parents can bring up their children to have a responsibility for what they do. Parents should have a lot of communication with their children when they are developing into responsible adults.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Excursion To Kurigai National Park

Excursion To Kurigai National Park
15th. Mar. 2005. SoYoung Lee

Two weeks ago, AMES Bankstown students from level 2 and level 3 classes went on an excursion to Kuringai National Park.

That morning, I got up at 5am because I had to make some Kimbab, which is like sushi, for lunch. Also my husband had to leave home at 7 am to go to the airport to meet his parents.

I arrived in front of AMES Bankstown at 8.25. Some students brought their husbands, wives and kids. At about 9 o’clock, we departed for Kuringai National Park. Suddenly it started showering and then after a while it was clear.

It took about 2 hours before we arrived there. We got out at Commodore Lookout at the end of West Head Road and took some photos and then had a rest time for coffee and tea. The bus driver brought some coffee, tea, cool water and cookies for us. I was impressed him.

After that we had bushwalking time along the path through bushland for about 1 hour. I saw Aboriginal Rock Carvings, a lizard and took pictures of them. Some people saw a wallaby and other wild life.

At last we reached the Basin picnic area in the park. It was such a beautiful place. There were campers with tents and a large lake. We had a happy lunch time.

Next we got on a ferry to Palm Beach. The bus driver was waiting for us there. Soon our bus was on the road that ran along the seashore.

Today I took many photographs with my classmates. I arrived home at 5.30. I was so tired but it was a nice excursion. We decided to go on an another excursion to the Blue Mountains with Marina on the bus.

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Career Information Centre

14th Mar. 2005 So Young Lee

At Career Information centres, it’s all about you and helping you find a job!

This centre is here to help me find the right job-fast, Their team provide a friendly and personal service to ensure that my experience of job seeking is efficient and stress-free. All of their services and facilities for job seeking are offered at no cost to you.

How this centre will help you

Expect a friendly, professional and supportive environment.

* From the minute you arrive at a this Centre, you will work with professionals
who genuinely care about you getting a job, staff will treat you as a real person,
not a number.

* This centres are experienced and friendly Employment Consultants will listen,guide,
advise, encourage and help you with job applications.

* Whether you come to us via Centrelink or call into this centres first, we will explain
more about the services available and agree on an action plan to get things moving.

* You will go away with a clear understanding of what we will do for you and what
you can do to help yourself. One popular `self-help` activity is joining with other
job seekers at a regular time each week to share ideas among the group, enjoy like-
minded and pick up job-finding tips.

* This centres are like an internet café. Their facilities include phone, fax,
computers, the internet and newspapers. Jobseekers registered with job find have
free use of all facilities for their regular job seeking activities. Their friendly
team of Employment Consultants are also on hand to offer advice.

At a this centre it’s all about seekers and helping you find a job!

Sunday, March 13, 2005


4th. Mar. 2005. SoYoung Lee

I was born and grew up in Yeong-Ju, which is located in the middle east part of South Korea. Since a highway was built about 5years ago it now takes about 2 and a half hours from the capital city. It used to take 4 hours. About 2,500,000 people live in this suburb.

Most of the people living there work in offices, in schools, in hospitals and in stores. Some people are engaged in farming.

It has some shopping centres, hotels, cinemas, parks, clubs and lots of churches. Also it has a famous mountain-SoBag mountain. It is approximately as high as the Blue Moutains. Every year a traditional azalea blossom festival is held in this mountain in May. At that time, from anywhere on the mountain you will see magnificent reddish coloured views all over the mountain. So many tourists visit this mountain for the festival every May and at other times.

It has Dong-Yang University and Kyoung-Buk College. A lot of students in our country enrol in this technical university and college. This university specialises in a 4 year course for technology and the college has 2 year courses in management, IT, food nutrition, etc. and a 3 year course for nursing.

The types of housing are usually higher apartments, 3~4 storey units made of brick with tile-roofs. There are a few office buildings.

Modes of transport are trains, buses, taxis, trucks and cars. Trains in this suburb run services quite frequently in the four directions.

The local people enjoy bushwalking in the mountains and where there are a lot of small hills at the back of our house, of our village. Also they like to go out a lot and sing a song, drink some alcohol, eat food and talk to somebody.

The population of the suburb is over 50% Buddhist or Confucian and about 40% Christian. There are many churches in this suburb as there are in most of Korea.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Bankstown AMES

BANKSTOWN AMES( Adult Migrant English Centre)
22nd.Feb.2005. SoYoung Lee

The Adult Migrant English Centre at Bankstown is one of several government English language schools for newly-arrived, adult migrants who need English language training for further study or employment.

The centre is located in Jacobs Street close to Bankstown Square and opposite Bankstown Council offices.

It is a two-storey, blue, brick and cement building. At the front of the building, there are steps and a ramp. On the ground floor there is a reception area, about 7 classrooms, childcare, teachers’ staff room and amenities. The first floor has a library, computer room, counsellor’s room and five classrooms.

There are many different staff in the centre: trained, experienced adult ESL teachers; friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, bilingual reception staff.

The students at the centre have different nationalities and different language, education and cultural backgrounds. They have a range of English levels needs which depends on their previous English study and current goals.

If you want to join a class at AMES you need to make an appointment for an interview to find out if you are eligible and what time is suitable for you to study.

Sunday, February 20, 2005


1. Why do people smoke when they know it is bad for their health?

Everyone knows smoking is bad for their health because it is displayed on every cigarette packet. Also a lot of smokers have diseases caused by smoking. However, they still smoke because they have an addiction to nicotine. They also believe cigarettes help them to relax and to work better. But they are concerned about the possible side affects of medication and nicotine patches.

2. What makes people take up smoking in the first place?

Most smokers tend to start smoking through simple curiosity when they are teenagers and they think smoking reduces their weight, stress and looks dandy. They don’t think about the future consequences that’s why they often forget that continuous smoking has a bad effect on smokers. Also they want to experiment or just try smoking. They want to know how it feels and tastes. It may be just for fun and they might not continue smoking. Frequently people respond to peer pressure-if their friends are doing something they don’t want to be different.

3. What do you think of tobacco companies making money out of the sale of cigarettes?

I think it is unreasonable because smoking does a lot of harm to every smoker. Tobacco companies are selling cigarettes that make people die later on. They never care about human life. Smoking causes serious diseases e.g. Lung Cancer, Asthma etc. So smokers almost lose their good health or have a shorter life than non-smokers. So I think tobacco companies must bear the responsibility for that.

4. What do think about governments collecting revenue from cigarette production?

I think it is a reasonable act of governments. Cigarettes are an enjoyable habit for most people. Smoking includes direct smoking and passive smoking so people lose their good health from indulging in something they enjoy. That’s why governments must levy a heavier tax to differentiate cigarettes from other items. They must be much more concerned about promotion of people’s health using revenue; like they do with pensions, health, jobs, education, pharmaceuticals, defence etc.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

My story

I'm studing English in AMES. It's interesting for me but I got a severe headache yesterday. I learned about the present perfect. I have already learned it at other places. I know it but I'm not good at it. I'm not good at speaking English. I prepared my lessons and reviewed my lessons at home. I worry too much and that is giving me. By the way, My neighbor who lives in unit 13 asked my husband to fix her intercom and he did.The other neighbor shouted at him. He thought my husband wasn't qualify. But he is a professional engineer. At least it end at 10 o'clock.