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  • Dog Soup and Fine Dining

    It was Heather's birthday last weekend so I went down to Busan for a visit. Luckily I managed to schedule my experiments so they'd be running over the weekend.

    Here's a two day old capsicum seedling growing in the greenhouse. Upon seeing this photo, any self-respecting plantologist would instantly recognise that this plant is a dicot. A dicot means that when the seed first germinates, two 'leaves' sprout out.


  • Update. Won-Dollar Exchange Rate: From Bad to Worse.

    Update: If you want the nuts and bolts of how this all works check out today's New York Times leader: "Rising Dollar Lifts the US but Leads to Crisis Abroad"

    I wrote about this a while back (see "If") but the situation has become so much worse that I thought it would be beneficial to comment on it again. As of this writing the rate sits at 1/1555, which means that if you need to send home $500 a month it will cost you over W800,000 depending on how you do it. This is not good. I have friends who have to send a lot more than that home and things for them are getting desperate. The rate has now collapsed to the point where one wonders where it will bottom out, or if it will.

  • The Busan Boys

    Busan, 5/3/09.The Busan BoysDuring my time here, I have had the fortune to be part of one of the best drinking crews I've ever had. Why is this? Maybe because unlike college or University, we're all here for similar reasons ( Economic in some cases, cultural in others). Most of all, we're all teachers, which, while not being a failsafe towards sparkling conversation, means we all have a similar ba...

  • The Busan Boys...

    Busan, 5/3/09.The Busan BoysDuring my time here, I have had the fortune to be part of one of the best drinking crews I've ever had. Why is this? Maybe because unlike college or University, we're all here for similar reasons ( Economic in some cases, cultural in others). Most of all, we're all teachers, which, while not being a failsafe towards sparkling conversation, means we all have a similar ba...

  • Busan- What is going on..........

    Busan, 5/3/09.Wow, a month since I last wrote.......feels like yesterday!What's been going on here? Well similar to my friend Fil, I tend to find that most weeks here consist of the following.......The week is usually devoted towards waiting for the weekend, although Thursday nights are regularly bolted on, which makes Fridays' teaching rather difficult.........Friday is usually a great night with...

  • The Busan Boys...

    Busan, 5/3/09.The Busan BoysDuring my time here, I have had the fortune to be part of one of the best drinking crews I've ever had. Why is this? Maybe because unlike college or University, we're all here for similar reasons ( Economic in some cases, cultural in others). Most of all, we're all teachers, which, while not being a failsafe towards sparkling conversation, means we all have a similar ba...

  • Busan- What is going on.............

    Busan, 5/3/09.Wow, a month since I last wrote.......feels like yesterday!What's been going on here? Well similar to my friend Fil, I tend to find that most weeks here consist of the following.......The week is usually devoted towards waiting for the weekend, although Thursday nights are regularly bolted on, which makes Fridays' teaching rather difficult.........Friday is usually a great night with...

  • Busan- What is going on.............

    Busan, 5/3/09.Wow, a month since I last wrote.......feels like yesterday!What's been going on here? Well similar to my friend Fil, I tend to find that most weeks here consist of the following.......The week is usually devoted towards waiting for the weekend, although Thursday nights are regularly bolted on, which makes Fridays' teaching rather difficult.........Friday is usually a great night with...

  • An Umbrella in the Laboratory

    I've just entered my third month of the Ph.D here and getting into the swing of things. It takes around six months to a year in most labs until you can work completely independently. This is because there's a lot of know-how involved and the fine tuning of your methods really means the difference between an experiment working or failing. Some experiments take a few hours to do, but the more complex ones like a Yeast 2-Hybrid can take a couple of weeks in their entirety.

  • Buying Bonds

    I'm your typical English Teacher in a foreign country with student loans to pay. I realize that the world is in a mess right particularly the US. In spite of that, the Asian economies are still buying U.S. Treasuries. That portends good news and bad news for people like me.
    One, it is bad. I've been following the exchange rate and I've noticed that every time there is a bailout, the currency I get paid in is devalued against the dollar. So, the money I must send home is far less than prior to the bailout.
    Two, it is good news. If the Asian economies were not buying U.S. Treasuries and decided that they would be independent from the west--well, then, what would be the demand for English (in the long run)?

  • Rice Cake Dumpling Soup 떡만두국


  • Rice Cake Dumpling Soup 떡만두국

    WHAT'S IN IT?

    (for 3 persons)

    Water 6 cups
    Rice cake 400 g
    Anchovies 60 g
    Dumplings 10 (Beef, chicken or vegetarian, it's up to you)
    Green Onions 2
    Chopped Garlic 1/2 teaspoon
    Eggs 3
    Seaweed 1 sheet
    (unsalted one - ones that you use for sushi, but salted one works too - just make sure to season accordingly)
    Salt 1/2 to 2/3 tablespoon (taste it and season)
    Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
    Vegetable oil 2-3 tablespoons

    HOW DO I MAKE IT?

    Egg Garnish

    1. Separate egg yolks from egg whites into separate bowls.
    2. Beat and season.
    3. Pre-heat a non stick pan on med-high heat
    4. Add vegetable oil and spread beaten egg yolks thin in the pan.
    5. when it's fully cooked, remove it from the pan onto the cutting board.
    6. Repeat step 4 and 5 for egg whites.
    7. Let it cool and cut it into thin strips.

    Seaweed

  • FIN, or "My Butt's Asleep."

    The French film festival at the Cinematheque Pusan concluded this weekend and Yujin and I made a marathon of it Sunday to catch the few that she had missed. We saw Stormy Waters (tr.), a movie made in 1940 that had some rather unsubtle symbolism regarding the international situation at the time (one ship, that cheated, was Russian, and the competitor of the French ship was called the Dutchman.) It was notable for some remarkable special effects. Although to our eyes it looked like a couple of model boats in a bathtub, I am sure that in 1940 it was possible to effectively suspend disbelief. The plot was thin but the lead actress and actor were superb.

  • Busan-Latest...

    Busan, 13/2/09.Today is Friday the 13th. I realised this just before I started writing, so I'm hoping I don't jinx myself with anything I say here.Having finally passed my health test (see previous notes), I have been really looking forward to finally sorting a bank account out, as well as getting a mobile phone. How foolish this idea is proving to be.............Korean Mobile phones.In the UK, mo...

  • Busan-Latest

    Busan, 13/2/09.Today is Friday the 13th. I realised this just before I started writing, so I'm hoping I don't jinx myself with anything I say here.Having finally passed my health test (see previous notes), I have been really looking forward to finally sorting a bank account out, as well as getting a mobile phone. How foolish this idea is proving to be.............Korean Mobile phones.In the UK, mo...

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