Monthly Archives: August 2008

AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2008 – Absentee Voting, Improved English websites in Korea, & next visit to Busan

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

1. Absentee Voting in the November Elections
2. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, September 23-24
3. Scammers Use Email, Fax to Pose as IRS
4. Korean Government Launches Improved English Language Website
5. On-Line Records Checks No Longer Allowed for Teaching Visas
6. Foreign Roads Deadly
7. Travel Document Tips
8. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
9. Upcoming Holidays: September 1 and 15
10. Embassy Contact Information
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ELPGA: The English Ladies Professionals Golf Association

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One of the most ridiculous rules & penalties will be implemented in the highest level of women’s golf in the world towards the end of 2009.  The LPGA will make it mandatory that all players speak & pass a test in English after 2 years of being in the LPGA.  From ESPN.com, “Players were told by LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens that by the end of 2009, all players who have been on the tour for two years must pass an oral evaluation of their English skills or face a membership suspension. A written explanation of the policy was not given to players, according to the report.”  Continue reading

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A Korea Movie you’ll DEFINITELY remember

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I have an eraser in my head

I have an eraser in my head

Get ready to gush out a cloud full of tears…this 2004 Korean Romance Film titled “Nae meorisokui jiwoogae” or directly translated into English “I have an eraser in my head” is one of the better sad love stories you’ll see.  The International title though is “A Moment to Remember.”  I’ve seen some tear jerkers from Korea, but this one definitely didn’t help my tear ducts stay full.  The first of  26 segments follows.

If you’d like to watch the rest, click on more. Continue reading

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Sunflower: (aka Haebaragi) a typical Korean movie

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Sunflower

Sunflower

This Korean movie stirs the emotions for most of the movie up through until the end.  It makes you really hate the villains and you can’t wait for the main character to pummel them in the end.  Two negatives: no English subtitles for the International viewers and I wish the revenge lasted a little longer.  😉

For the entire movie, you can watch it via this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=77C93ED8D65C9F91

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A simply & silly title, but not a bad Korean flick

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Daisy - the Movie

Daisy - the Movie

Starring two of the bigger names in the Korean entertainment industry, Ji-hyun Jun & Woo-sung Jung, this flick titled “Daisy” is described by IMDB as “a story about the inevitable showdown between a detective and a killer who fall in love with the same woman.”  What I think this movie really has going for it is the soundtrack…which makes it even more emotional.

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A funny Korean flick starring pretty Chinese star Qi Shu

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This was a funny movie I saw recently. I’ve been in a movie watching mode. Not a bad flick…especially after watching a horrible one last night in the theatres.

The movie stars a very pretty Chinese actress Qi Shu.  It’s called “Jopog Manura 3” in Korean.  It was produced in 2006.  Here’s some more details from IMDB: “When Aryong, the daughter of a triad boss from Hong Kong is accused of killing the boss of a competing triad, she is goes into hiding in Korea. Upon arriving, she is guided by a nimble but loyal Gi-chul and his motley crew, who are assigned to protect her until her return.”

If you’d like to watch the whole thing with a tad bit of transition problems towards the end, click on this link for the playlist on Youtube.

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One of the sadder & better Korean romance movies I’ve seen…

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Il Mare - 시월애

Il Mare - 시월애

I guess it was so good, they turned it into a Hollywood production in the states.  It’s called “Il Mare” I guess translated from the Korean “Shi-wor-eh” (시월애).  A remake of it with Keanu Reaves and Sandra Bullock was called the “Lake House”, but it was definitely much worse.

If you’d like to see the entire movie part after part, just click here for a playlist on Youtube which plays it to the end.

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A great Korean Romance Flick: The Classic

This may compete with some of the better produced films internationally in terms of the story & production of a romance film.  It’s called “The Classic.”

If you would like to watch the entire movie, just click here for a playlist which plays it part after part.

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Incredibly vivid and amazing photos from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

…was searching for video footage of the Beijing Summer Olympics that took place this past Friday.  However, my search has been somewhat fruitless.  It looks like there was little recorded off of t.v. or the videos haven’t floated to the top yet of search engines.  One very interesting discovery though were these images collected on Boston.comfrom the ceremonies.  These images are spectacular.  I’ve only provided 6 of them here.  For more, go to the site here.

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Mark Zuckerberg over at Facebook messaged me today

he said…

Hey (Brandon)-(actually, I did fill in the Brandon part…)

At Facebook, our goal is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. More than 90 million people across the world have joined this movement and are using the site to communicate and share information with the people they care about most. Today, we’re happy to invite you to check out the next evolution of our product. We’ve been working on it for a while, so we’re really excited to show it to you. Continue reading

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Some advice on getting cell phones in Korea (for foreigners)

Update (08-20-2012):
2012 Guide on Getting Cell Phones in South Korea (including the iPhone 4s)

Mobile Woes Over for Foreigners

By Kim Min-jung

As many of you I’m sure already know, the prospect of integrating in to an entirely new culture can be a somewhat daunting experience. Such fears can be further widened when one is without certain basic necessities.

One of those necessities is a cell phone. As phone booths in Korea have become nearly obsolete, the need for cell phones has grown exponentially. With this in mind, I want to shed some light on the services LG Telecom provides that are tailored exclusively to the needs of foreigners in Korea. Continue reading

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A Korean Scarface?

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A British guy said this about a movie I saw (or resaw) recently:

Bittersweet Life Cover

Bittersweet Life Cover

“This was possibly the greatest film I have ever seen. It was superb on so many different levels. The script, the fighting, the special effects all mould the perfect film. Within the first ten minutes i knew this film was going to keep me on the edge of my seat. I have never been so excited by action scenes before and never laughed with so much shock at the extent of brutal fighting. It is a genre of its own as it has none of that Hollywood business where the bad guys always fail and the main character is invincible and although love is a factor it is not overplayed. This film is electrifying to say the very least. It has more fist action than all the ROCKYs put together, more blood than Goodfellas and is as exciting if not more than a Tarantino film.” Continue reading

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Even Google is missing Randy Pausch

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On Google’s official blog, one of their most recent posts thanks Randy for being the good man he was.  It says: he was “a good friend of Google, passed away last night. In addition to being recognized as a pioneer in virtual reality research, he became widely known as a gifted teacher and a mentor to many…” More here.

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Paris Hilton: the next President of the U.S.A.?

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Paris vs. McCain

Paris vs. McCain

Can you imagine what kind of jokes the U.S. would suffer from if this came true? You never know…it may not be too far from the truth.  Sad, but true…

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An Indian’s perspective on “Working in Korea”

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Working in Korea – How different is it from India

Are you planning to explore South Korea for work? If your answer is in the affirmative, you might want to spend sometime understanding the rising Korean economy and its unique, traditional culture, to make your life a tad easier. Continue reading

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