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Korean media in English

There are a number of blogs out there including mine here that write all about Korea, but what exists when it comes to actual Korean media that is either translated in English or is produced in English to help foreigners learn more about the “land of the morning calm?”

Well, it used to be mainly just the newspapers, The Korea Herald, JoongAng Ilbo (i.e., JoonAng Daily), and the Korea Times.  The AP of Korea, Yonhap News also provides their content in English as well here, but it seems that not all their content is fully translated into English.  Over time, the Chosun Ilbo (or Daily) has converted a bunch of their content here into English.

One of Korea’s leading TV & Radio networks, Korean Broadcasting System (aka KBS) appears to have recently translated a lot of their content here in English.  They have also translated their content in Chinese & Japanese as well. KBS World Radio also is translated in English.  KBS World TV as well is available in English.  It’s the inspiration behind today’s post since I had a bit of difficulty in the past obtaining English information about dramas or other TV content on the other major networks MBCSBS, & EBS.

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An update on life these days in Busan…

Sorry for the lack of activity lately. Been quite busy with the radio station gig, classes at Korea Maritime University and my private English lessons. The University also asked me to do an extra high school class this month making it even more busy recently.

Well, here’s something a little fun. If you’re interested in some new songs and possibly wanting to know what I listen to a bit these days, check out the Play List on my radio show here. The last song is usually called “Brandon’s Choice” and I usually try to play a song that I like or is upbeat. Sometimes it’s to make a point, but I aim for the entertaining. I do lean toward Hip Hop to be frank or K-pop like beats with the emphasis on songs that are relatively popular, just fyi. I like country and a few other genres once in a while.

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Korea’s First (Super & Real) Sports Car – The Spirra

Looks like Korea’s automobile industry is coming of age…

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Korea ranks in the top 15% countries to live in

best place to liveAccording to a new report provided by the UN measuring Human Development in 182 countries, South Korea ranked #26 which would be in the top 15% of all nations studied. Korea ranks above other relatively developed countries which produce more gross income like China (#92), Mexico (#53) and India (#134). Korea still ranks behind many “Very Highly Developed” nations, but is ahead of countries like the Czech Republic, Portugal and Israel.  At the bottom of the list was Niger.

The full list follows and an explanation is provided at the bottom on how HDI or the Human Development Index is measured.

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan Continue reading

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AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES (for South Korea) NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2009

korea_usU.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 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 disseminate this message broadly to other U.S. citizens.

In this issue:

1. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, September 29-30
2. Federal Voting Assistance Program Available on Social Networking Sites
3. IRS Seeking to Enforce Penalty for Failure to Provide SSNs on Passport Applications
4. Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Influenza Information
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: September 7, 2009 (Labor Day)
8. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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(Male) Koreans dominate the U.S. Amateur Two Years Straight setting another record!

Byeong Hun An - US Amateur Champion

Byeong Hun An - US Amateur Champion

Last year, it was Korean Kiwi Danny Lee who broke Tiger Wood’s 14 year record of being the youngest golfer to win the United States Amateur Golf Championship. This year, An Byung-Hun (also spelled Byeong-Hun An) decided 18 years and one month was too old for the prestigious event which has bred professionals Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and recent PGA winner Ryan Moore (from my hometown of Puyallup). High Schooler An was 17 years when beating Clemson University Senior Ben Martin 7 to 5. Continue reading

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Breaking Korean News: A young Korean actress (Jang Jin Young/장진영) passes away at 35 years old

jang jinyoung
Another one of the young and beautiful passes away at a very young age. More pics of this South Korean actress and former model follow. Continue reading

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So, do I get a new motorcycle?

Not sure…

Just rode this today and thought it was a bit too light and the engine was a bit too noisy for power which seemed lacking.

honda cb 400ss

This Honda CB 400 SS was retailing for about 3.3 million won and was a 2004.  So, about 10 years newer than my Suzuki Impulse.   I guess these CB 400 SS’s aren’t available in the states according to this blog.  I don’t know, but I’m starting to like my bike despite the constant starter problems, the fact that I’ve swapped out the battery 3X’s and every bike shop guy doesn’t seem to know how to deal with the problems.  On top of that, the thing sucks gas like a thirsty bear.  I think I’m getting about 6 kilometers per thousand won or maybe closer to 10-14 kilometers per liter.   I’m thinking this is very low compared to reading online that it should be producing about 20+ as high as the 30 kilometer range per liter.   Am I misestimating?

I’m going to look at this tomorrow and wondering if it will be more fuel efficient or just simply faster?

Yamaha FZ6Yamaha FZ6

According to this fuel economy website, this bike should get about 68.24 kilometers per gallon which would equal about 18 kilometers per liter which is definitely a bit higher than mine and it also has a bit more output at 600cc which is about 50% more powerful than my current bike.  So, more power, more fuel efficiency for about I’m thinking 3.5 million won extra?   I’m hoping to get at least 2.5 mill won for my current bike.  Honestly, I love it these days especially after feeling the difference between it and the Honda CB400 SS.  However, should I plop a few million won down extra?

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Recent motorcycle thoughts…

Hyosung Comet 650R - GT650RI’m really tempted in buying this Hyosung Comet 650R – GT650R to the left right now even though I love my bike.   The starter which periodically has small issues and the gas efficiency isn’t as strong as I had hoped (even though it’s MUCH cheaper than taking cabs all ove rhte place) are making me think I want a newer bike.  This Hyosung is a 2006 and the guy says that it gets similar mileage to what I get on my Suzuki.  So, the reason why I’m debating it of course is that the fuel efficiency isn’t better and the price is definitely almost twice what I paid for my Suzuki.  However, this has a bit more kick with 650CC and is newer possibly meaning less mechanical issues in the short term.   Continue reading

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Hagwon Advice…

esl kidsI’ve been around the (Korean) block a few times…

More specifically, I’ve been in the English as a Foreign Language (and as CDI or Chungdahm Learning likes to call it their patented ESL programs) industry for more than five years in Korea.  I get questions constantly about how to enter the industry, who to choose for work and honestly what to do if interested in this field if you want work.

Well, I just got another question (or should I say set of questions) asked of me about work here in Korea as an English teacher.  Instead of just answering this gentleman directly and minimizing the impact, I thought I’d write it up here so a few more can read and hopefully benefit from my advice.  In addition to reading the following, you can also read my piece called “Advice for Teachers” (they titled it that way even though I didn’t) which should actually be named “Advice for ‘Prospective’ English Teachers (in Korea).”

The guy asks: Continue reading

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

swine_flu_0427U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
July 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. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, July 22-23
2. Influenza Outbreak Information
3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
4. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
5. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
6. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: Early Closing July 2; July 3
7. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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Fascinating article about targeting foreigners in Korea…

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 18 21.26From my brief scanning of the article titled “How the Ugly American Ate the Ugly Duckling“, I thought I’d bookmark this for future reference because it has some interesting stats and observations of how foreigners are treated in South Korea.  While it’s a somewhat defensive opinion piece on Koreans targeting foreigners, I’d have to agree with many of the tenets of the piece and come back to this to reread what the author wrote.   I just wish they had more sources (a bit better citing) and who the author was.

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“Live from Busan, South Korea, it’s…”

efm logoSome of you already know, but I’ve accepted a job as the Evening Host of Busan’s English Radio station eFM.   The station is at 90.5 on the FM dial and the website is http://befm.co.kr (where you can also listen off the Internet).

I’ll be starting on Monday, July 6th (2009). It’s definitely not something I had planned on doing for this juncture in life, but it’s a welcome change to the relatively stressful life that I was living the past 3 years with Chungdahm Learning (in the Busan region). I may blog about my time at Injoong Education (the parent company of the Busan+ branches of Chungdahm Learning & April English), but that will take a bit of time to write…

I’m looking incredibly forward to this experience and thus far, I’ve learned:

  • I have some REALLY cool coworkers like my sweet & awesome Producer Hana Jo and stylish and kewl writer Ji-wook.  Other cool foreign coworkers like Matthew, Petra and Dennis also prove I’m simply lucky in finding quality coworkers.  Sohee & Haejin along with our cool Team Leader Mikyung also make the days extra special and of course our Executive Director Mr. Koo (General Manager) as well who seems very cool for Korean management. Continue reading

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Not the best week thus far…

The other morning, I fell down the stairs in my apartment for the first time.

stairs

It wasn’t a pleasant fall either…

I slid down the last three or so stairs landing face down on the floor. I looked up thinking “Jeez, I had better be careful next time.” I then look down to my arm which is throbbing to find the following “rug burn” (I guess the best term I can pin down for now). It didn’t help to add it to the recovering cigarette burn to my arm (no, I’m not joining the ranks of all the smokers here, but in an attempt to pat the back of one of our newer teachers who was smoking (out on the town), I caught the end of his cigarette instead).

Anyway, now writing this, all I can think of the phrase we may use when getting older “I’ve fallen and I can’t get back up!” I hope I never reach this point. Continue reading

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