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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading


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Inspiration when you’re down: Randy Pausch Lecture’s “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

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Doing our share to help Korea…

Here’s a little something to give back to the (Korean) community…

Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, to Commemorate World Wetlands Day (Feb. 2)

The Korea Wetland Project ( is a nationally executed Ministry of Environment project, supported by UNDP and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) that is working with local communities to protect globally important wetlands in the ROK.

Thousands of volunteers from the public and private sector have already responded to the Hebei Spirit oil spill (Dec. 7); however, there is still a lot more work to do on the ground. Continue reading

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Globalization = Global Warming?

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Sometimes I wake up with a profound thought unable to erase it out of my head until I splatter the thoughts here…

While this may not be the first time someone’s thought of it, I wonder how many people have been thinking of the negative repercussions of globalization. A majority of what I’ve seen and read says globalization has done this planet wonders including sharing one anothers’ cultures, increasing the GDP of countries that used to be poor, and possibly placing the world back on a track where we can hopefully some day solve the worlds’ environmental problems. However, did we realize that it may be the main cause of the latter? Did we realize that “sharing” would actually help the world undermine its’ own self? Continue reading

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Giving while living…from Korea, from anywhere…

Can’t remembered if I posted this because it’s a been a little rough on the brain the past few days with unpaid overtime and just a bit too much stress which I can’t explain today, but may a little later. Nevertheless, we set up this Cancer fund for a coworker of mine. Basically, what happened was a teacher I manage indirectly — I manage her boss and her best friend here in Korea is another manager I manage — well, she got breast cancer or was diagnosed as having such just a couple weeks out of the blue. She went up to Seoul immediately after to figure out what to do & Continue reading

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Life delivers some of the most unexpected surprises…we REALLY feel for our coworker

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I don’t know her that well, but she’s very good friends with one of my Head Instructors who I think is the nicest guy in the world — and I’m serious, but I don’t think I’ve met a more understanding and nicer guy in my life…

Anyway, his friend got breast cancer and won’t be able to finish her contract. The cancer has already spread throughout her body and she needs to get chemotherapy ASAP. Unfortunately, it kind of puts us in a bind at the company/Academies, but we’re going to deal with it as well as possible. We have even decided to set up a fund on her behalf where the company will donate the first 100,000 won and I’m personally planning to donate 100,000 won to match it and hopefully more people will step to the plate. Continue reading

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…then beat ’em…

So, the old adage “if you can’t beat them, join them…” is something you may see me apply in the next 30 or so years.  I’m not a socialist and I’m not a money mongering bastard, but I realize that the financial markets and the ways we fund or support things is through money.

A lot of criticism occurs daily in terms of how “things don’t work,” but the sad thing is that very few do anything about it.  They are complainers…I used to be in that group…albeit with attempts to try to do something once in a while, but thinking it was futile many times in my life & just giving up too early in the process of trying to fix something I thought was wrong.  The other problem is that I didn’t always check to see if it really was a problem.  Kind of like my old “debating days”, I didn’t see if the system was inherently ill.  I didn’t see if things were fixing the problem or if it was a perceptual problem & that there may be a chance that the problem would get fixed.

Nevertheless, there are still some problems.  Actually, there are HUGE problems.  I was reading on the subway today (I love my subway reading time, by the way — always enlightening) and I was reading about Dr. Prathap C. Reddy in an article written by Forbes.  By the way, I don’t know a lot about Forbes, but it seems to have a right wing leaning…hard to say, but I’m pretty sure due to the owner being a huge republican.  Plus, two of the opinion pieces were talking about winning in Iraq…come on boys, I mean men…

Anyway, Dr. Reddy set up hospitals “for profit” in India 23 years ago or so Continue reading

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Free MIT MBA? Free Masters of Science in Engineering?

I was recently reminded of something I knew as early as 2001.  It was the fact you can learn from MIT for free: online.  If you check out, there are at least 1,550 courses available online from MIT (as of November 2006) from subjects ranging from Business to Science.  I was reminded of it again because I was teaching my Master’s class & explaining to them they can learn for free any day from even the best Institutions in the world.  Continue reading


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…meant to post this during the holiday season

Hari…I think you meant for this to be spread around.  If not, feel free to ping me…

Even though it was meant for the holidays, this still applies to any online shopping:

…the little bit of idealism that’s still left in me makes me want to pass the following on from a college friend who’s definitely making a difference in this world.  Thanks Hari.         Actually, I had no idea, but he even has a page in dedicated to him:  I googled him & this came up.  Didn’t know you were this famous Hari….

holiday shopping can be a jungle

and its bigger than

i’m encouraging you to try a socially responsible gift over the holidays.

To find a retailer or etailer that deals in fair trade gifts

two gift sites whose founders i’ve interviewed are

( a note and 15% discount from the ceo)

Through our sales this year we will not only help thousands of women in the US look more beautiful but we will also help 6,000 women in 31 countries live better lives!  I hope you will forward this email to as many of your friends and family as you can.  We invite you to use our discount code FANDF06 at checkout.  Thank you for all your enco  uragement and support in building our dream!   

– Priya 


if you’d like to give something other than a gift- perhaps donate to a charity- some organizations i’ve personally run across or whose CEOs i’ve interviewed are (in alpha order only)

support immigrant women start small businesses in the u.s. a school or classroom or part of a project in the U.S. based on pitches the teachers make

http://giveindia.orgfind a trusted non-profit in India by cause or region

find a trusted non profit in several countries around the world by cause or region

a fascinating model where livestock are in the center of the giving. read for yourself.

lend money to an entreprenuer in a developing country based on their elevator pitch to you.

there are tons of these sites out there- just didnt’ want you to spend all you money in one place 😉

happy holidays.


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