profile-1.JPGThis was a little blog about this guy named Brandon.  However, he decided to change the focus since he realized he wasn’t really blogging much about himself, but was rather learning online behavior from what he posted.  Since there were no serious intentions when first building his blog, many of the posts were relatively random.  Deep in his mind, he knew he should write a bit about living in Korea since that’s what he knows (well, better than most of the 6 billion+ in the world).  However, there were too many competing for that specific space & he decided he didn’t want to compete.

Later in 2008 & early in 2009, he decided to change the focus to be more of an online experiment in blogging.  Posts will continue to be relatively random, but they will also test to see what sort of traffic really exists on the Internet.  As he’s learning, searches about porcupines, Korean women, a Korean celebrity by the name of Choi Jin shil, basic Korean phrases, scientific discoveries, Lee Hyori, Facebook hoaxes and a few other random & related topics bring you all here.  Recently, posts testing mispellings (specifically one about the President’s Inaugurul Address spelled President Obama’s Inaugral Address in the post) and a post that didn’t post Miss, but Ms. America 2009 Katie Stam have drawn many of you here as his experiments have found.

Anyway, just for the random visitor & to remind Brandon a little bit of his past life, here are a few things you may not know about this guy:

  • In his first year of Real Estate, he produced enough income to shoot him to the #2 highest producing agent in his office which is in the adjacent city of Bill Gate’s hometown Medina
  • Is still alive despite catching a deadly strain of e-coli in college after more than a week of bloody excruciating pain
  • Was a member of Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Washington host of the 1998 PGA Championships and and the 2002 World Golf Championship-NEC Invitational for 3 years where he rubbed against the likes of former Seattle Supersonic Ray Allen and PGA Professional Ryan Moore along with playing with Chili Davis, the professional baseball player who’s hit over 2000 hits, one of the top 500 homerun hitters of all time, had more than 400 doulbes, more than 1000 runs and RBIs — in addition to many business leaders in the Puget Sound area
  • He’s played in a $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour event (The Mirage Showdown) in Las Vegas after winning $24,500 in blackjack at 4:47a in 10 hands at the Alladin hotel (aka Planet Hollywood Hotel & Resort) on the strip
  • Seattle Mariners’ Pitcher J.J. Putz bought his home in 2005; helped 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre buy his home in the year he signed his $50 million+ contract with the Mariners
  • He’s lived in Los Angeles (Westwood), Chicago (Evanston), Sante Fe (New Mexico), New York (Fort Lee, NJ & Forrest Hills, Queens), Seoul, Daejeon, Ulsan and Busan for a minimum of 3 months each and upwards of 2 years in addition to living most of the other years in Seattle, WA (from Shelton to Seattle)
  • He’s traveled to Cairnes, Brisbane & Sydney in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau (China), Tokyo & Fukuoka (Japan) on top of the many other Korean cities he’s traveled to (Incheon, Jeju, Kwangju, Kyongju, Taebek, Kangwon-do, Daejeon, Chonju, Jeonju, Ulsan, Changwon, Young-duk, and Daegu – probably more that he can’t think of). In Europe, he’s only had the fortune to go to London, Strafford-upon-Avon, Bath, Dover & whereever Stonehenge is located. He’s been up and down the West coast of the U.S. about a dozen times & did the trek across the U.S. (from west to east) in a U-Haul with his father & wife at the time (never do that again!). Vancouver’s been hit by this man at least 2 dozen times, it seems, but he hasn’t ventured past the southern U.S. border for any reason yet despite wanting to. He’s also happened to roll the dice in Vegas at least a dozen times in the past 5 years or so (bachelor parties, random trips, family vacations, conventions, etc.)
  • He’s actually driven up and down the West Coast of the United States at least 5 different times (out of the dozen or so trips) from Seattle to San Francisco on 3 different occasions in college and twice from Seattle to Los Angeles.
  • When he was 7 years old, he regularly visited his Grandma/Uncle’s neighborhood on the other side of the tracks (literally) where he convinced a group of kids his name was “Peenya” and went by that name for about 2-3 years. He still doesn’t know to this day why he chose that name.
  • He beat his best friend Vichett Phal in the 9th grade in the long jump at the Jr. High regionals competition after losing to him all year long during regular track meets. He jumped approximately 17 feet 9 1/2 inches — Vichett says that I scratched on that jump, but the umpires didn’t call it. Ha, ha Vichett!!!!!
  • Is normally a terrible cook (lack of practice ;), but with the assistance of his new friend Young-eun has learned and cooks a mean “Tenjang jigae” (a miso like stew reguarly consumed by Koreans) and “Pah-jeon” (Korean pancakes with vegetables
  • Cracked his head open in first grade spilling blood all over the sidewalk when another classmate of his stepped on his shoelaces when running out of school to go home
  • As a youth, his brother hit him on the head with a hammer while playing; several years later, his mother accidentally drove over his foot with their beige Buick Skylark which eventually ended up being his first car
  • Has a father who has been held up twice by a gun and each time, his father either took the gun out of the guy’s hand or otherwise
  • Has an amazing mother who has persisted through the hardest times in life to create educational opportunities and a solid life for her two sons and husband
  • Has an impressive brother who is a Director with the Seattle Mariners. His brother hit several homeruns in the final innings on the way to the closest birth to the college world series for the University of Washington Huskies.

19 responses to “About

  1. Adeline


    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I must say it’s rather entertaining 😉

    I’m commenting here today as I have a favour to ask… I’m working on gender inequality in South Korea for a school project and I need to circulate a survey… If possible, could you please pass on the (korean-language) survey to your korean acquaintances?

    Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=OiAD3Z0c4Sm2epv49zkGwg_3d_3d

    Any help will be very, very much appreciated. Also, I apologize for the suddenness of my request!

    With Regards,

  2. Thanks Adeline. Your comments are too kind. I posted your survey in the main part of the blog. Hopefully, some folks fill it out.

  3. Adeline

    ^^ Thank you very much.

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  5. Brent (bentobrento)


    Long time no see! Look like things are going well for you these days. I have moved back to Canada and glad to read that you mention Vancouver (my current abode, well Burnaby actually). Come back for the Olympics in 2010.

    I still have my scorecard from Sahalee, up at my office, from the time we played together. Still a golf highlight for me eventhough I shot around 90 that day.

    Cheers, Brent

  6. Hyori's admirer !!

    You’re Asian ?

  7. Hyori's admirer !!

    You’re Asian ??

  8. pixie

    Can a visitor teach English privately while in Korea? Say, to a friend’s family, if asked? Yes, for pay. Friend’s family has a hakwon.

  9. Not legally. You can do whatever you want in this world, but legally, you need a visa to teach unless you have an F-4 or F Class Visa which does allow for private teaching (for money). You do need to register as well these days according to recent news.

  10. Hi Brandon, great blog! Is there any way to contact you via email? You can reach me at affiliates@koreanclass101.com. Thx!

  11. Raquel

    Hi 🙂
    I’m doing a project for school on the stereotypes in South Korea. Not how Americans stereotype Koreans, rather, how Koreans stereotype eachother.. Who are the cool kids ? what do they wear? what makes them cool? Women vs men etc..

    If you can give me a couple examples or show me where i can get more info it would help me tremendously!
    Thank you!

  12. Brandon – am looking into creating an uptodate report on how technology makes life in Korea more interesting… ie from an Australian point of view where in Australia broadband etc is slower than anywhere – especially Korea.
    Would love to swap stories with you if you have a moment?

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  14. msh

    I stumbled upon here looking for info about the Korean talk show Global Talk TV and came across your info section. I’ve gotta make one suggestion for your 3rd “About Me” poing—….NEC Invitational for 3 years where he rubbed against the likes of — although the way it’s worded now is hilarious, it’s also kinda creepy!! Consider changing to:…. rubbed shoulders with the likes of…

  15. Hello Brandon, I love what you have done. Now that you have changed your focus you may have developed a different market of followers to your blog so I just wanted to let you know that I have recently started my own blog about “Korea” through the eyes of a foreigner. Some of your older followers may be interested. http://aussieinkorea.blogspot.com/

    I am also very interested in SEO.

  16. When I start your Feed it appears to be a ton of junk, is the problem on my side?

  17. Ron

    Is this still active?

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