Can It Really Be This Easy? For those of you that don’t know, Lady Gaga is coming to Korea, to start her Born This Way worldwide tour. Popular? You could say that. According to Wikipedia, “she has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide, which makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. As of 8 April 2012, she has sold 7,246,566 singles in the United Kingdom.” Somehow, the headlines around Lady Gaga’s arrival in Korea is being shared with…protests by Korean Christian groups. The very nature of these protests displays why Korea remains an enigma to many. “Enigma” is a carefully, tactfully chose word; other words that can be used are “incomprehensible” or “pathetic.” In any case, this type of behavior, and the publicity being shown upon it, is definitely an Annoying Thing About Korea.
Hypocrisy First Told you this was going to be easy. Turn on Korean TV for about a nanosecond. Flip through about 5 channels. There, you will find a line of dancing girls between the ages of 18 and 25, wearing threads disguised as miniskirts. Go to any car/motorcyle/camera exhibit and you get the same thing. Wanna see some examples? Ever hear of YouTube?
I took the subway out to an area of Busan called Gwangan Beach today. Interesting area. There were some surfers having a go for a while. Torrential rains all day yesterday so figured I had to get out and explore a bit today before back to work tomorrow.
This guy has apparently been declared a cultural treasure of Japan, and my mother in law needs to be declared a cultural treasure of Korea, on par with the greatest golden idols, the tallest pagodas, and the most ancient palaces, in the country. This meal she whipped up for us an hour or two ago was among the most incredible dining experiences of my life. It doesn’t look like much in the picture I snapped on my phone, in between gobbling everything down as fast as I could—she was taking care of our kid and waiting very patiently for one of us to finish and switch off—but I’ll still try to describe it:
I randomly came upon this video the other day, and for someone who teaches both Kindergarten and 2nd grade, this video is like teacher voodoo.
I mean seriously these kids look like professional actors in comparison to the daily dose of calamity that seems to rule over my class.
I'm totally planning on trying to introduce the 'blow the answer in your hand' technique tomorrow. The key word here is trying.
Now I've been teaching in traditional and non-traditional ways for quite a few years now, but watching these "Whole Brain Teaching" videos made me feel super teacher-y, and also super inspired. Both the class and the teacher appear to have a great understanding and love of learning, which who doesn't want for their class.
Up for review today we have an awesome little box kit for pimple treatment that they have been selling at the Watsons stores around my area for several months. Last week they went on sale for about 10,000 won so I decided to grab a box and give it a try since I get a painful pimple or two once every few weeks~ ouch! Why was I so willing? Well this kit is by Beauty Clinic which is just a sub brand name for Leaders Clinic~ Which is a large brand here that makes a range of skin products that I have always had very good results with! I am a big fan of this brand
A library can be a great place to study, read a magazine, or borrow a book. But many libraries here don’t operate the way they did in my home state. Within this country libraries, while public, are not just something you can walk into. Every university and public library I’ve been to here requires you have a membership card that you swipe, much like a metro card to enter. With filling out a form you can get a card and go in. Except with the universities; if you are not a current student you cannot enter. If you just enrolled but didn’t get your ID card yet talk to the security guard at the side and they should let you in.
For graduate school research and a desire to read US news magazines I will sometimes visit our university library. But what to do near midterms/finals when the university libraries are overflowing with people? And what if you are not a current student? Here are a few options.
Right in front of the famed Ewha Women’s University is an area called Edae 이대 which is a cluster of small shops weaving and twisting through many streets around the campus front gates.
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Edae University was founded in 1866 by the American Missionary Mary Scranton, today it is considered one of the top schools in Korea to attend along with Seoul University. It is a very trendy area with a range of tastes and styles, and since its right next to the popular Hongdae and Shinchon university stations (the trend trinity!) it is a given that this area is usually packed with younger people shopping and having a good time on the weekend.
The cool air blasting on to us from the ceiling air duct was a welcome relief from the exterior suffocating heat of Seoul’s concrete centre. The banker positioned opposite us was somewhat flustered by his lack of useful banking English and had been bumbling his way through the transaction. The glitter from his exotic tie occasionally sparkling in the light as his fingers furiously danced on the computer keyboard. The waltz of the digits came to a sudden end and a piece of paper was shoved under our noses, ‘OK’ said the anxious man before taking a bow and indicating that this interaction was terminated. ‘OK? When will the money arrive?’ we asked. ’48 hours’ came the abrupt reply.
Personally, I hate war. I feel war brings sadness, anger, frustration and suffering to affected people. So, I was not really excited when suggestion was made to visit this museum just because it's free. However, I tried to have an open mind and just follow the plan.
Once we entered huge museum compound, my first impression, it was peaceful. Very large replica and symbolic of war was seen as we stepped in the main gate. Softly played music of sad and patriotic sound was being aired in the outdoor compound can make a person to contemplate on so many things in this 20,000 square metres pleasant landscape.
Some visitors came in full suit, and some women in traditional Hanbok to gives respect. Some old people, perhaps those experienced war was seen sitting at one of the many bench perhaps reminiscing old time. A pleasant and peaceful place to take a stroll.