Monthly Archives: May 2009

Facebook down again…

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It’s definitely not a life crisis or emergency and may be something secluded to us here in the Asian region (oh, did I ever mention Asia will represent MOST OF THE WORLD soon if not already?), but it’s annoying. I’ve been waking up a bit early and going to sleep later most days since getting back from a quick trip abroad. My body clock isn’t back to normal, but I also have a million things on my mind and feel like I need to do. Anyhoo, in the midst of all the stress, I have to admit facebook is a nice stress release. Did I say “stress release?”

Today it’s a STRESSOR instead of a stress relief.

I’ve tried to log in for the past hour and all I get is a page that hangs. You can see from these images that I have the hourglass icon because it’s hanging or the page displays improperly because I can’t get anything back from the Facebook servers.

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I guess the post I wrote a few months ago is finally coming true…or at least more signs point to it.


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(USUALLY this shows up on the right hand side, but resolved to the left and basically in a broken page)

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Talk about sh*t hitting the fan…

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Is it me?  Or did I just land in the country most well known for “drama?”  

Just visited my great friend Derek at his wedding in Hawaii with the beautiful bride Bonnie and great friends.  It was seriously a beautiful wedding. Here’s the couple dancing to “Bella’s Lullaby” played by you would think a professional piano player, but rather by their niece “Rachel” who is AMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZING!!!! (think of Will Ferrell yelling this like he did at the Harvard Commencement speech).

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could…

Find someone in this world you love so much, you would do this for…

Not saying I wish to give my eyes to someone, but just to find someone you love that much…would be nice.

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What a month it’s been (with the Suzuki Impulse)!

Bought the following motorcycle on the 12th of April. – RED 1994 Model. I’ve had a few problems, but all worth the education it’s taught me.

Right after buying it from this nice South African guy named Keren, I had starter problems. We thought it might be the extra flashing blue lights strung up the back of the bike — maybe sucking a bit of the battery before start up. So, I took those off.

This was after I bought a brand new battery from this guy named “Joon” that was instrumental in helping me get the bike. He thought it was in good shape and at the time, I had nobody who knew a lot about motorcycles except Dan (one of our Busanjin teachers) and fellow Kyopo. Dan introduced me to Joon who’s a buddy of Dan’s. Supposedly though the battery’s a cheap one according to a new bike shop I’ve been using. The new bike shop said the 40,000 won or so I paid to get this battery was on the cheap end and that I needed to buy a 60,000 won battery or so. I could believe him because he said I didn’t need to buy the better one yet since I should use this poor battery first.

All in all, in the month plus I’ve owned the bike (after purchasing it on 4/12), I’ve:

  • filled up the bike at least 12 times with gas (totaling about 175,000 won in gas)
  • bought a brand new “cheaper battery” for 40,000 won
  • pushed the 400 lb bike long distances because of the battery problem (3 kilometers & 5 kilometers up a hill – almost killed me)
  • replaced the clutch twice: once at 30,000 won (actually paid 50,000 won because I was so grateful), but then realized I could get a smaller bike shop guy to do it 10,000 won who also recharged the battery to top it off
  • got a VERY EXPENSIVE oil change (100,000 won!) around 5/8 with expensive french racing oil
  • replaced the 4 spark plugs (5/15) for 40,000 won – I guess this is cheap & again, he recharged the battery
  • dropped it 4 X’s (once because a taxi driver almost killed me)
  • probably set up myself for a hernia shortly given that I kept it from dropping a 5th time 
  • been pulled over or questioned by police 3X’s PLUS almost getting fined 1.5 million for not having a license and registration
  • rode to 기장, 해운대 (5X’s), 노포동, 서면 (7X’s) with the Suzuki
  • I guess we’ll have to see what happens for the rest of the year with this decision. I’ve started to look into “what the next bike” may be and some of the candidates are:

  • 1996 Honda NTV 650 (55 mpg)
  • 2007 Aprilla RSV 1000 FactoryR
  • 2009 Triumph Thruxton
  • **By the way, the purpose of this post is mostly to help me keep track of what I’ve done on it for maintenance and the costs involved (in case any of you are interested in the costs of motorbike upkeep)

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    A little upbeat dance music to give you a little energy…

    I’ve created this little playlist off of Youtube that’s definitely keeping me upbeat when I’m listening. It’s a mix between Korean Kpop and other dance music with a few other random videos.

    One of the videos off this playlist is Wheesung’s Insomnia. This tune’s a bit catchy…

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    Is there a sexier Korean woman on this planet?

    I didn’t really like her most recent album in terms of music, but this is possibly the most “catchy” of the songs…and my gosh, but I can’t ignore the “man” in me…Lee Hyori is definitely the most sexy Korean woman I know. Anyone better? I can’t say “mentally” she is, but…


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    Not any given Sunday…

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    Today was definitely not what I had hoped would be a “relaxing Sunday.” Last night, I stayed out late partly due to my fault in wanting to go out and the other part to see if the crowd would change at the bar Tim, myself and a new friend of ours hung out until like 5a. I managed to get to sleep by 6a… Continue reading

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    US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea May 2009

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    U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
    Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
    May 2009

    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. Influenza Outbreak Information
    2. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, May 20-21
    3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
    4. Association for Teachers of English in Korea
    5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
    6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
    7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: May 1, 5, and 25
    8. Embassy Contact Information
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