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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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King of Pop dead? Charlie’s Angel’s Queen of the blond hair do dead too?

Micheal Jackson Dies?

Micheal Jackson Dies?

UPDATE: Looks like multiple sources are now saying the King of Pop is dead.  CNN reports “Pop icon Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports” and the New York Times says “Michael Jackson, 50, Is Dead.”

Thanks to my best friend’s sister Shirley, I just saw her status saying that TMZ.com reported Micheal Jackson died.  I looked on ABCNews.com and it says he’s suffered from a cardiac arrest, but hasn’t confirmed he has passed.  CNN reports the same and so doese the NYTimes.com.  Micheal Jackson (actually spelled “Michael” Jackson, but mispelled here just fyi) passing would really rock the music industry despite his lack of success in recent years.   I think he was trying to do a tour or something to make up for all his losses and lack of funds, but of course, he’s not the same as he was at his height.

CNN though has confirmed or reported that Farah Fawcett (rather Farrah Fawcett) of Charlie’s Angels fame has died.  She was 12 years older than Jackson.  She died of anal cancer. She was also known for literally having the blond hair do that every woman wanted at the time (which I believe was in the 1970’s).  She was THE sex symbol at the time.  She probably helped continue if not start a new wave of people LOVING blonds in the United States.

Farah Fawcett Passes

Farah Fawcett Passes

Two HUGE icons passing really makes this an interesting & sad day for the entertainment industry.  Not sure what to think of these two passing…(if it’s true that Michael Jackson died…)

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

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
April 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. IRS Information for Overseas Taxpayers
2. Additional U.S. Tax Information Resources
3. Association for Teachers of English in Korea
4. Access to Korean Websites for Foreigners
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Holidays
8. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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

Here’s the latest news from the US Diplomatic core here in Korea for us U.S. Citizens around the country.  By the way, don’t forget to file your taxes before the April 15th deadline! :

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
March 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. U.S. Tax Information Resources
2. New IRS Brochure for Overseas Taxpayers
3. New IRS Regulation: Disclosure of Tax Information by Preparers
4. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, March 17-18
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Foreigners to Get Unified Identification
7. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
8. Upcoming Holidays
9. Embassy Contact Information
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US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea February 2009

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U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
February 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. U.S. Tax Information Resources
2. New IRS Regulation: Disclosure of Tax Information by Preparers
3. New Law Makes Escape Tougher For Tax Exiles
4. Foreigners to Get Unified Identification
5. Korea Launches English-Language Legal Information Website
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Holiday: February 16
8. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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Lung Cancer takes famous novelist, poet, writer John Updike

Young John Updike

Young John Updike

I’ve heard his name a bunch of times, but actually had no idea he was still alive.  To be frank, I thought he was as long gone as Hemingway or one of his contemporaries.  However, I just noticed he passed away a couple days ago on the 27th of January.  His most famous work was his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered).

Rest in peace Mr. Updike.

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A sick Ms. Indiana wins the 2009 Miss America Pageant

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I have to admit since it was always a very publicized television show when I was younger & I was a TV junkie growing up, I did see a lot of Ms. U.S.A. or Ms. America pageants.  I haven’t watched many since, but as usual, the pageants and their winners are some of the top stories in the news.  Perusing through Yahoo news as I usually do, I just noticed 2009’s winner was recently crowned in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (wasn’t this the Alladin?).  It’s interesting that I can keep up with this info with no problems despite being in Korea.  I’ve also watched most popular flicks that premiere in the states within days of their release.  I watched Valkyrie & even the History channel documentary about it (not bad, by the way).  Anyway, this year’s winner of the pageant is Katie R. Stam & wants to be what most contestants want in life: “to be a TV reporter/anchor.”  She’s 22 and comes from Seymour, Indiana.  The article about her winning follows with a picture gallery of Ms. USA 2009 Katie Stam from the pageant.  Continue reading

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AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2009

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U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
January 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. Have a Safe and Healthy Lunar New Year
2. Add Blank Pages to Your Passport
3. Korean Guidebook for Foreign Patients Published
4. Korea Launches English-Language Legal Information Website
5. U.S. Government Web Portal
6. South Pacific Cyclone Season
7. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
8. Upcoming Holidays: January 19, 26-27
9. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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Will this reduce salaries for English Teachers in Korea?

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Well, if economics can predict the future, there will definitely be an addition to the supply of English instructors in Korea for the next 2 years through 2010.  The following story shows how the Korean government decided to open up the Immigration standards to allow Indian citizens to teach English in Korea as long as they have an English related degree or have a teacher’s license.  In the past couple of years, there has been a decrease in the number of applicants from the normally accepted countries of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa due to heightened Immigration requirements which include a somewhat difficult to obtain (in some locations) Criminal Record check.  (the check isn’t always the difficulty, but sometimes the Apostille or official notarizations have complicated matters)  Continue reading

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Koreans can enter the U.S. and Americans can enter Korea visa free for 90 days NOW

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As of the 2nd week of November 2008, Korea and the USA have entered into agreement to allow each others’ citizens to visit “visa free” up to 90 days.  Americans don’t have many restrictions, but Koreans have to check with the U.S.’s Homeland Security 72 hours before they depart.  More about the changes below (originally published in the Korea Times): Continue reading

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Incredibly vivid and amazing photos from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

…was searching for video footage of the Beijing Summer Olympics that took place this past Friday.  However, my search has been somewhat fruitless.  It looks like there was little recorded off of t.v. or the videos haven’t floated to the top yet of search engines.  One very interesting discovery though were these images collected on Boston.comfrom the ceremonies.  These images are spectacular.  I’ve only provided 6 of them here.  For more, go to the site here.

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Even Google is missing Randy Pausch

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On Google’s official blog, one of their most recent posts thanks Randy for being the good man he was.  It says: he was “a good friend of Google, passed away last night. In addition to being recognized as a pioneer in virtual reality research, he became widely known as a gifted teacher and a mentor to many…” More here.

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San Francisco is OH sooooo easy to walk around

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San Francisco most walkable U.S. city, website says

Thu Jul 17, 12:19 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – San Francisco, New York and Boston are the United States’ most walkable cities, according to new rankings from a website that evaluates how easy it is to live in the nation’s cities and neighborhoods without a car. Continue reading

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