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‘Silly Season’ in South Korea

It’s “Silly Season” in South Korea.

In my former life, as a news reporter, I got firsthand exposure to Smalltown America’s version of “Silly Season,” the time when politicians and wannabe politicians rise from the muck and mire to complain about everything the other team is doing, kiss babies, make promises, show up to every public meeting until they lose, and then never be seen again (at least not until the next election).

But, you don’t have to be a reporter to know when “Silly Season” is in full gear. At least in America, all you need to do is look at the front lawns of your neighbors, grassy street corners overflowing with signs telling voters their horse is the one to beat, and your mailbox, stuffed with postcards from D’s, R’s and everyone in between.

Korea does things a little differently, and a lot bigger.

Yongsan Electronics Market


You don’t have to be a gadget guro, techy, or electronics lover to want to check out the Yongsan Electronics Market. This massive market sprawls behind Yongsan station and is comprised of 5 large buildings and over 2000 shops both inside and out. If it plugs in a wall or is battery operated you can find it here as well as every cord, computer part, cd, game, or gadget you could every dream of.   Electronic lovers be warned if you head to the market you may find yourself lost in the maze of shops for days. Korea is the 2nd largest electronics consumer in the world and wandering around can easily put that into perspective.

2014 Busan Auto Show South Korea

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The 2014 Busan Auto Show is happening as I upload this video. I decided to take a nice, leisurely stroll uptown to check out some of the cool rides this year. It was held at BEXCO Convention Center in Centum City and it was pretty dern cool! This was not a concept car show, but one for upcoming models. I think you'll enjoy it.
Music by: Teknoaxe Song Title: Urban Street Speak
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Video shot with: Canon 650D/Rebel T4i Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Airlift Tripod FM18 Fluid Head RODE Videomic Pro

The Accidents Just Keep on Coming

A couple of weeks ago I wasted my time arguing a point on TheKorean's blog comment's section regarding accidents in Korea.  My point was that we are under no obligation to judge the reason for accidents occurring in different places equally.  Some countries are more likely to have accidents because of their culture than others and I think culture plays a huge role in the many of the accidents we see in Korea, both major and minor.

However, one would think that if certain aspects of a culture did cause more regular accidents, this would show-up in a greater number of accidents generally recorded and witnessed, the frequency should be greater.  I was challenged by a fellow commenter on TheKorean's blog to show that this is the case.

Of Men and Fear


Under the streetlight glow, I’m walking to the next place on a Saturday night. I walk past a group of men clasping each other’s shoulders in a drunken lean, languishing down the street, blocking the path with their pace. I hear them start to make some noise and it’s directed towards me.

“Heeeeey shorty why you alone? (Oooo look at her. Where she going?) HEEEEEY~”

A cold feeling washes over me. Disgust. I choose to pretend I don’t hear them. There are too many people on the street ahead so I can’t escape. One of them gets mad.


Share House Family Members Show Understanding Concerning KJW's Coming Out

 '셰어하우스' 식구들, 커밍아웃 김재웅에 이해와 배려 빛났다
Share House Family Members: Understanding and Caring Shows Concerning Kim Jae woong's Coming Out


[티브이데일리 최정은 기자]
한 집에 살다보니 가족화 된 것일까. '셰어하우스' 가족들은 방송내내 동성애자로 커밍아웃한 김재웅을 이해하고 배려하기 위해 노력하는 모습이었다.

[TV Daily Choi Jeong-eun Reporting]
Living in one house is like becoming a family. Throughout the broadcasting of “Share House” it has appeared to be an attempt at understanding and considering Kim Jae-woong’s coming out.

Do you ever wonder why milk tastes different in Korea?

Do you ever wonder why milk tastes different in Korea? It has to do with the pasteurization method. North America uses the HTST method (high temperature, short time), while Korea has, for the most part, used the UHT method (ultra high temperature).

HTST kills spoilage microorganisms, and consists of heating the milk to 74°C for 10-20 seconds. With correct cooling, and chilled distribution, it has a shelf life of 1-2 weeks.

UHT kills microorganisms AND spores in milk, giving it a shelf life of 6-9 months (until opened) without refrigeration or preservatives. UHT consists of heating the milk to 138° C for 2-3 seconds.

Getting your drivers license in Busan, Korea

I recently went through the stressful experience of obtaining a drivers license in Busan, without trading in my US driver’s license. If you want to trade in your driver’s license, that process is explained on another blog.

If the DMV is one of the most hated places in the US, the Nambu driving center (남부운전면허시험장) near Kyungsung University is one of the most hated places in Korea. No one spoke English and hardly anyone was kind or patient with me. I’m going to provide you with as much information as possible, in hopes that it helps someone, because it definitely would have helped me.

Dalmaji Hill

A couple weeks ago, Ric and I took a much-needed break from work and planning our triumphant return to America and spent the day hanging out at Dalmaji Hill.  We mostly just walked around, taking the train road up and kinda/sorta following the boardwalk path back down with a brief stop by Cheongsapo fishing village.  Here are some photos from our little outing.

An old military lookout post, viewed from the train road

An old military lookout post, viewed from the train road

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