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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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