Monthly Archives: March 2008

Obama? Clinton? McCain?

Regardless of your choice and if you’re overseas like me, here’s a resource to use:

http://www.fvap.gov

It will help us still help choose the next leader of the “current” (and I emphasize “current”) largest economy in the world. 

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Medical help in Korea

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Adding to a list provided by the US Embassy, I thought these resources would be helpful for anyone who needs help medically in South Korea.    The list starts off with facillities in Busan, but Seoul & other cities follow right after.

PUSAN

Dong-eui Medical Center (near Seomyun)

**note: Dong-eui Medical Center has foreigners come regularly & I know someone who had a very good experience there with the RN speaking decent enough English.

Good Gang-an Hospital (near Gwangali Beach)

Inje University Paek Hospital:

Address 633-165 Kaekum-dong, Pusanjin-ku, Pusan
Web site www.paik.ac.kr/
Telephone 051-894-5301-8
Emergency Room:051-890-6220

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Korea’s endless grapple with English

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February 14, 2008

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2886164

“Even just a graduate from high school will be able to conduct a conversation in English,” promised President-elect Lee Myung-bak before his transition team presented details of a plan this month to overhaul the country’s struggling public English education system.
Lee’s determination to implement his plan is causing a stir here as teachers, more accustomed to teaching grammar, are afraid of losing out while the private education sector is embracing the move as another opportunity to fill their coffers.
All the while, opposition parties have seized the opportunity to attack Lee, blaming him for trying to devise a policy that will only benefit the wealthier classes. People think that spending on English-language education is bound to increase, which is ironic because Lee’s aim is to achieve the exact opposite. Continue reading

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An isle of English in Hangul ocean

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March 05, 2008

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2886949

She only meant to stay here a year or two, but this year marks Anne LaDouceur’s 11th in Korea. With her pet project, Korea4expats, an e-mail newsletter and Web site, LaDouceur has found a reason to stay.
LaDouceur’s bimonthly Korea4expats e-mail newsletter and Web site, http://www.korea4expats.com, has become a gateway to vital information on life in Korea for many expatriates here.
More than 5,000 people, mostly expats, receive the newsletter, which provides tips and information about Korea. LaDouceur compiles and updates the data on her Web site on a regular basis. Continue reading

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Busan office of the National Pension Service of Korea

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Helping out a fellow teacher, I called up the National Pension Service’s (NPS) Busan office and got a number for someone who speaks in English.  It’s 051.668.7042.  Also, the NPS also has a website with translation into English here: http://www.nps.or.kr/

UPDATE: Looks like the number for the Busan offices have changed after calling them recently.  They don’t have “fluent English speakers” from what I heard from the person speaking in Korean, but if you work near Seomyun, call 051.550.7556 and if you live near Dongrae, call 051.797.7024

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More support for my theory that there is TOO MUCH EXERTION on the body

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I have this little theory that running 20+ miles or even as little as 10+ is a bit too much on the body.  While I think what people do with marathons is amazing, I sometimes wonder if it’s something that pushes our bodies way too hard.  A story on top of several others I’ve read over the years makes me wonder:

Wisconsin man dies after marathon Sun Mar 2, 10:00 PM ET – originally here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080303/ap_on_sp_ot/run_little_rock_marathon_death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A 27-year-old Wisconsin man collapsed and died Sunday after completing the Little Rock Marathon. Continue reading

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AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2008

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U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
March 2008

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

In this issue: Continue reading

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