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Dear Korea #122 - Never Stop Cheering

 

Yeah…This week’s strip probably isn’t exactly funny or all that significant, but what can I say? I’ve been watching too much World Cup 2014 to properly function as a human being during normal people hours.

Speaking of work, the situation depicted in this week’s strip is something my friends from all over the country witnessed when South Korea was playing against Russia. I don’t think there was a single professional setting that didn’t have the game playing that day. The situation probably would  have been the same when South Korea played against Algeria (which was an amazing game) if it hadn’t been on at such an odd hour. I guess it’s kind of a good thing that I don’t sleep normal hours to begin with.

Oh well, the sun’s out. Time for a nap. See you next week!


Dear Korea #121

This has been my life ever since World Cup 2014 started. Coincidentally enough, I passed out just long enough to miss the United States vs Ghana game in its entirety this morning. I am so ashamed.

I don’t know when exactly I started using the term “sports ball”, but it’s kind of become my general term for all sports involving balls, especially since I don’t follow any sports enough to actually consider myself a fan.

This strip is dedicated to those of you living in Korea who now have completely messed up sleeping schedules. When games start at 1:00AM and keep going until it’s time for work, you’re going to have a bad time. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little bummed about the whole thing, as it seems like I won’t get to witness watching the game in a sea of Korean fans in red at my local World Cup stadium. I hear it got pretty wild in 2010, but I didn’t get here until right after it was all over.


Guest Post: Davy’s Day Cometh

 

Everybody needs a hero, whatever walk of life they’re in. Sporting ones seem to hold an especial one in people’s lives. I’ve been very fortunate to have befriended many of my heroes over the years. People like Noel Meade, Trevor Brennan, Colm O’Rourke and Graham Geraghty. Heroes are particularly important in a sporting context – they inspire the next generation.


Haps Interview: American Pitcher Shane Youman Reacts to Controversial Remarks

From: BusanHaps.com
 

 

It’s been an interesting 24-hours for Lotte Giants pitcher, Shane Youman. The 33-year-old starting pitcher from New Iberia, Louisiana unsuspectedly was at the center of controversy yesterday, when Hanwha Eagles’ slugger Kim Tae-kyun was asked during an appearance on an Internet baseball radio broadcast about difficulties batting with the Giants’ ace on the mound.

The star Korean slugger replied:

“The Lotte Giants’ Youman is the most difficult player to play against. His face is too black, so it is hard to bat because his white teeth and the ball confuses me when he smiles on the mound. So, I suffered a lot."

He then went on to add, “There’s no particularly difficult pitcher, but when I play against Youman, I screw up because of his white teeth.”

An eruption of negative comments ensued on Korean baseball forums as Korean netizens charged Kyun with making racist statements. The outpouring from fans caused both Kim and the Eagles to immediately issue personal apologies to Youman.

In an exclusive e-mail interview with Haps, Youman gives his take on the comments, the controversy and to baseball life for an African-American journeyman in Korea.


Health Kick

Health Kick

Rice, every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner is starting to catch up with me. At first, the food I avoided because it was too spicy or just plain weird is now what I crave, so the weight I lost when I first got to Korea has found its way back to me, and it's invited its friends to join in.

Any indoor tennis court in Busan? No problem paying. And Tennis lesson

Anyone know if there's any indoor tennis court in Busan? The weather is so annoying lately so it would be great if i can play indoor with my friends. 

 

I'm also looking for a tennis lesson every weekend, but i don't have much budget for that so i hope you guys can help me with Tennis lesson in English or Korean. Thanx a lot


Judo Tournament in Busan, South Korea


I had the opportunity to watch an incredible judo tournament held in Busan, South Korea, where I currently live and teach English.  The event was held in the Gudeok Sports Arena and attracted well over 300 competitors.  The tournament did not include Busan’s top tier players, or “professionals” as they call them, but had some fantastic talent nonetheless.  It was clear to me the moment I got to the arena that this would be a different experience for me altogether.  As I came into the building there were no concession stands, no t-shirts for sale, noone collecting money – I literally walked in off the street through the open do

All the Taes……Taegeuk-do Village and Taejongdae

Being light in the wallet and with springs glorious charms upon us I have taken to discovering the hidden charms of Busan rather than straying further afield. I’ve lived in Busan now for close to eleven months and visited the city several times the year before. However, until a week or so ago I was unaware of the existence of Taegeuk-do village. I guess it is a little under-reported in the media and has only been really considered a tourist attraction in recent times. This area is steeped in history, most of it inglorious and it is only the recent arrival of an artistic redevelopment that has garnered it significant attention.


ROKD Republic of Korea Roller Derby Practice and RECRUITING in Seoul

Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 13:00

Do you have a New Year's resolution yet? I have just the thing for you…

 

ROLLER DERBY~

 

Create goals, lose weight, make new friends, and learn a new sport; whatever this year’s goal is, DERBY is here for you.

 

You may be asking, what is derby?

Check out our page at

https://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=busan&init=quick&tas=0.7681005461964138#!/ROKD.Republic.Of.Korea.Derby.

 

Become a skater, referee or a volunteer. No previous experience or skates necessary for your first practice. Just an open mind!!!

 

January 14/15 Local practices Daegu and Seoul

Sat 1-4pm, Sun 12-3pm
 

Email us for more information at koreaderby@gmail.com

 

Hope to see you on the track! 


Republic of Korea Derby (ROKD) League Practice & NEW PLAYER RECRUITING

Date: 
Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 13:00

Do you have a New Year's resolution yet? I have just the thing for you…

 

ROLLER DERBY~

 

Create goals, lose weight, make new friends, and learn a new sport; whatever this year’s goal is, DERBY is here for you.

 

You may be asking, what is derby?

Check out our page at

https://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=busan&init=quick&tas=0.7681005461964138#!/ROKD.Republic.Of.Korea.Derby.

 

Become a skater, referee or a volunteer. No previous experience or skates necessary for your first practice. Just an open mind!!!

 

January 7/8 League practice Daegu
Sat 1-4pm, Sun 12-3pm
League meeting Sat 4pm

 

Email us for more information at koreaderby@gmail.com

 

Hope to see you on the track!


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