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Korean Baseball - Live Internet Streaming

If you are a fan of the Lotte Giants or just Korean baseball in general and either, like me, decided you don't need a TV or haven't subscribed to the full cable package, you can now get live streaming baseball on your computer without having to go through any complicated sign-up for membership stuff that so many sites have.

Go to and click on the VOD live game of your choice. Install in the necessary software and Active X controls and away you go. (Internet Explorer only works for this). The stream is pretty damn superb at 3000K

Also if you missed the game or want to re-live that Lee Dae Ho home run you can watch all the old games in full by clicking on 야구다시보기 near the top right of screen and finding the appropriate game.

Korean Shijo/Sijo Form: kinda like a haiku.

Simply put, a Korean 시조/shijo is alot like a Japanese haiku: rhyming doesn't matter and its all in the syllables. I spell it shijo as it most closely matches the Korean pronunciation of shijo as opposed to the substandard sijo as sijo could be erroneously pronounced as see joe. Sijo? No. I see Dick and Jane.

A shijo is generally a three line poem with a pause in each of the three lines. The pause is not necessary but is found in some Korean shijo poems.

Like haiku, rhyming is not necessary.
Some may tell you that a shijo is not three lines but that it is more. They are referring to what may be called a shijo sequence. But lets not fill the air with noise and just stick to a shijo proper for now.
Many of these short three line shijos have been written as far back as the Goguryeo and Paekjae kingdoms. Many have been written during the Koryo and Joseon Dynasties.

Now for the syllables.

Busan e-FM Week 11: Apartment Experiences

About 'Open Mike in Busan'


For this week on Inside Out Busan, I thought I’d talk about something that’s quite significant in this country, which is where you live, and I’ll also talk about some of my Korean property experiences.

The differences between Korea and England

Korean Gender Reader

(“Alice {The Devil’s Bride}” by Stephen Fabian; source)

1) Rape and “Blood Money”

Busan's Vagina Monologues 2011 (Video)

The Vagina Monologues
@ Vinyl Underground
Busan, Korea
February 27, 2011

The videos below deal with mature themes and include adult language.  
Please click the back button if you think you might be offended.

Scenes from a movie on Geoje Island

As Steve and I recalled our trip to Geoje Island, we compared it to scenes from a movie. We made the comparison to movie scenes because it was a really fun day, effortless, carefree, and seemed almost too perfect to be real.
Scene 1: Steve and I wait outside Dunkin Donuts in Gimhae for Sally (our co-worker) and her boyfriend (Sunshine) to pick us up. We have only had about three quick lunchtime conversations with Sally and are now planning to spend the entire day with her and her boyfriend. They pull up to the meeting place and enthusiastically wave at us and smile. We get in the car and begin our 1 hour and 30 minute journey to Geoje Island. On the way we chat non-stop and eat birthday cake (from Sunshine's birthday the night before) with chopsticks by passing the container around the car. We arrive at Geoje Island, via a newly built underwater tunnel which you can read about here.

Aile Turkish Restaurant & Mediterranean Halal Food (NOW CLOSED)

AILE has now closed.
Thanks to all those who supported us during our AILE Journey. 
Stay tuned for any updates. 

Aile Turkish Restaurant Menu
Aile - Great Mediterranean Food, Friendly Hosts, Very Reasonable Prices
Hummus, Falafel, Kebap, Kofte, Kavurnma, Pide, Breakfast, & More Full Menu Below

Open: 11:30am ~ 11:00pm
(Closed Mondays)

Korea’s Indebtedness Is A Problem

Rising Interest Rates & High Debt Levels: A Bad Combination
The Seoul Gyopo Guide has been pointing out two areas of concern for the Korean economy: lower real estate prices and heavy indebtedness occurring as a result of inflation the high cost of living. The Dong-A Ilbo pointed out that indebtedness in Korea has soared.

Bank of Korea’s Difficult Task Continues
The Bank of Korea (BOK) has had an unenviable task. Inflation has increased, in part because import prices are high. Why is that? The Korean Won is weak. However, that same, weak Korean Won encourages exports of Korean-made products. Usually, central banks use the level of interest rates to dampen inflation. The BOK has been widely expected to continue to increase interest rates. However, at the same time, the BOK has been believed to have been intervening in the foreign exchange markets in order to weaken the Won. In short, the Bank of Korea is in between a rock and a hard place. Recent actions suggest that the BOK is trying to have it both ways.

Busan e-FM Week 3: Living with Korean Parents

About 'Open Mike in Busan'


In the four years since I first met my future Korean parents-in-law, there have been plenty of ups and downs in our relationship. A lot of this is down to me and the cultural difference – I’m sure Koreans just see these things as normal, and of course, they don’t have the language barrier to struggle with. Well, hopefully not anyway.

The first negative experience

Korean Movie Review #4: Paju (2009)

(Sources: left, right)

I’m not allowed to love this person?

Because you say I can’t, I want it all the more.


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