Monthly Archives: November 2008

Massive numbers of Korean Women making Korea’s famous dish: Kimchi

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2200 korean women make kimchiVolunteers make kimchi, traditional pungent vegetable, to donate to needy neighbors for winter preparation in front of the Seoul City Hall Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. About 2,200 housewives made 130 tons (117 metric tons) of kimchi. Made with cabbage, other vegetables and chili sauce, kimchi is the most popular traditional food in Korea.

Found this off the interesting images feature of Yahoo!  This is very germane to people living and working here in Korea — thus, the post.

A little more about Kimchi from our friends at Wikipedia: “Kimchi, also spelled gimchi or kimchee, is a traditional Korean fermented dish made of vegetables with varied seasonings, most commonly referring to the spicy baechu variety. Kimchi is the most common banchan, or side dish eaten at every Korean meal with rice. Kimchi is also a common ingredient and combined with other ingredients to make dishes such as kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae) and kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap).”

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There’s been a bit of debate on it’s health impacts: “Kimchi has a reputation of being a healthy food. The magazine Health named kimchi in its list of top five “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly retarding cancer growth. However, some research focused on high-sodium dietary dependence has found overconsumption of kimchi and doenjang ( hangul: 된장) to be a risk factor in gastric cancer (most likely due to nitrates and salt) while unfermented alliums and unfermented seafood were found to be protective factors. One oncological study found one type of kimchi to be a protective factor against gastric cancer while two other types of such high-sodium kimchi as dongchimi (hangul: 동치미) were risk factors.”

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Overlooked work opportunity?

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Free flights, Free housing and Easy work conditions?

 

Sounds like an advertisement from a con artist, doesnt it?  However, most of its true and tens of thousands of Americans, Canadians, Australians and other native English speaking citizens can give you living proof that its a fact.  Not only are many doing it every day, but many are also saving, paying off student loans and literally building more financial wealth than they could back home. Moreover, the friendships made, the contacts added to ones rolodex and the overall experience has given many justification in coming back (and in many cases making a career of it).  Continue reading

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A risky but relatively sound bet from what I can tell

First of all, I have to warn anyone reading this that I don’t recommend you go out and try this.  Rather, just because I think it’s a good idea, I am writing this just for my own records and also just putting my thoughts out there.

Like I said in the previous post about the focus changing a bit on the blog these days, I’m writing today about a relatively risky bet I made today in the stock market.  I decided to use most of my funds to buy a stock that’s been beaten down to less than a dollar in the stock market.  Typically, you would think that there’s solid reason why the stock’s been beaten down, but when I look at all the financials and the history behind the company along with their cash position and honestly how beaten down the stock has been, it’s basically incredible.  Continue reading

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Koreans can enter the U.S. and Americans can enter Korea visa free for 90 days NOW

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As of the 2nd week of November 2008, Korea and the USA have entered into agreement to allow each others’ citizens to visit “visa free” up to 90 days.  Americans don’t have many restrictions, but Koreans have to check with the U.S.’s Homeland Security 72 hours before they depart.  More about the changes below (originally published in the Korea Times): Continue reading

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Best Places to Raise your Kids – 2009

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Best Places to Raise your Kids – 2009

Some of my favorites on the list published on Businessweek for 2009

Alaska
Anchorage

Nearest city: Anchorage
Population: 281,070
Median household income: $80,927

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, have a strong economy, teeming wildlife, low crime, and fresh air.
Runner-up: N/A*
*Only cities with at least 50,000 residents and a median family income between $40,000 and $100,000 were considered.

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A switch in focus with my blog

Lately, I’ve been absent from writing.  It’s probably not a big deal though because I don’t have a lot of regular readers — just a lot of random people landing here because of searches for “porcupine” or “Korean women.” 

The former is a result from a picture of a dog with hundreds if not thousands of porcupine quills I posted a long time ago.  It was just a picture that made you step back when you first saw it — thus, the post.  The latter is because one day I wrote something about how Korean women are incredibly sexy in their dress (which is true, by the way).  I decided to test search engine marketing patterns and just posted a few more posts to test if the increase in keyword density and pictures could increase the traffic.  It did. Continue reading

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Motley Fool’s Stock Advisor?

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The last time I saw the stock markets and world financial systems drop into the depths they are in, it came roaring back for a number of years.  Prior to that, in my lifetime, I’ve seen it happen once before that.  Simply put, business cycles occur and if people have faith that the world is NOT going to end, people will become confident again, investors will push the stock markets up again and right now is one of the best opportunities to get back into the stock market. Continue reading

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Now with the ideal President, how about the ideal cabinet?

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We now have possibly the best person we could possibly have in years to lead the U.S. moving forward.  However, Obama can not “change” and improve the country by himself.  How about truly creating the most ideal and bipartisan cabinet in U.S. history? My thoughts:

  • Secretary of State: John McCain (yes, can you believe it?!)
  • Secretary of the Treasury: Warren Buffet
  • Secretary of Defense: Arnold Schwarzenegger (joking – then again…lol)
  • (Co-)Chief(s) of Staff: Oprah Winfrey & Maria Shriver (yes, make them a combo team; then again, not sure if Oprah would play 2nd to anyone)
  • Secretary of Commerce: Bill Gates (yes, we’re talking about Microsoft boy)
  • Secretary of Homeland Security: James Bond (just kidding); unfortunately, I can’t say I would know who the best candidate would be

OK, these are just a few of my recommendations to Obama.  🙂 

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