Daily Archives: January 16, 2009

Possible switch in focus for the The Real South Korea…

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14 yo Park Seo Jin

14 yo Park Seo Jin

So, I’m just writing my latest post & I see what looks to be a new feature in the dashboard in WordPress called “Random hot post” which is titled: Semi-Nude Photos of 14-Year Old Draw Controversy.  I seem to recall the title from an article in one of the English Korean newspapers and click on it.  The link takes me to this blog I’ve seen a couple of times & I believe I may have even emailed the writer because he (I believe) is a fellow Busan resident.  His blog is called The Grand Narrative.  His goals of his blog are “providing an in-depth, often irreverent look at Korean social issues…examining issues in depth takes time, and so while this blog is not a daily source of news on Korea, it is ultimately a better means to understanding Korea than most of those sources provide…”  His purpose sounds basically academic and if you read the posts, he writes like an academic for the most part.  Continue reading

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Boy is it cold this winter…in Korea.

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Korean winter

Korean winter

I’ve already pointed it out in this post called “My feet are cold,” but the weather continues to be a bit chillier than I remember compared to the past two winters.  Lately, on my bike ride home, I debate whether I should simply take the bus instead because my face feels like it’s frozen with the front part of my cranium.  I literally wonder if I’m doing damage to my health with the “brain freeze” I get on the 10 minute ride home.

However, when I look at the weather gauge, it says it’s only 37 to 47 degrees or 40 degrees fahrenheit.  Even in Seattle, 40 degrees fahrenheit NEVER felt this cold.  The average temperature in Korea supposedly gets even colder than what the readings currently say.  There’s even an article published yesterday pointing out it has been much colder in the past with temperatures dipping close to a degree celsius colder than today.  There’s a reason why Koreans love their electric blankets and ondol.

This post though makes this previous random set of comments look like a joke: feels like spring in Korea.  It did (I swear) feel like it for like a few hours.  ^^

Ferry on the icy Han River

Ferry on the icy Han River

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Not the focus of the blog, but Korean women and Korean girls continue to dominate the traffic

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Lee Hyori

Lee Hyori

More than 50% of the time when looking at the top Korean websites like Naver.com and Daum.net, you will see some image of a top Korean female model.  As stated before in previous posts, Korean women dress in a tantalizing manner.  So, unless I’m totally devoid of my natural desires of a man, I can’t help but notice.  Today, it happened again and my theory of Korean women being the sexiest dressers just continues to be buttressed.

My main coworker is freezing these days just like me.  However, she is even colder because on most days, she’ll wear skirts to work regularly.  Across the Korean peninsula, you see this constantly: Korean women still wear skirts in the most freezing temperatures.  It never made sense to me from a comfort standpoint, but at the same time, the simple fact they wear high heels despite all the discomfort falls helps me understand a bit more, I guess…  Continue reading

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