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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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I’m the hulk? Really?

Well, that’s what this website says: thesuperheroquiz.com

Don’t get it, but who am I to question such an accurate and official website like this? I answered as honestly as I could. It wasn’t easy…

Your results:
You are Hulk

Hulk
70%
Spider-Man
65%
Superman
65%
Green Lantern
60%
The Flash
60%
Batman
50%
Robin
47%
Iron Man
45%
Catwoman
40%
Supergirl
40%
Wonder Woman
35%
You are a wanderer with
amazing strength.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

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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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Tags which wreak havoc on WordPress templates

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I think I finally figured it out. I’ve already found that copying content/text from Microsoft Word into posts here into this WordPress blog do create a design problem. Other documents sometimes copied into WordPress seem to make these templates break down as well. However, I think today (thanks to Matt Strum, btw for telling me the new template was looking funny), I think I figured it out.

Here are some snap shot of a working blog where the posts are fine in the middle and on the left.  On the right hand side, there is a sidebar with many different widgets that are properly ordered and placed on the right hand side. Continue reading

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Studying for the AP exams for free? From Korea? Top 5 study tips

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ap-exams

A past student of mine asked for some help studying for his AP Exams: Economics, Psychology and World History. Being here in Korea, he doesn’t have lots of texts he can buy at the local bookstore or at Amazon.com & get it a few days later. Korea also doesn’t have a lot of American texts and the accessibility is pretty sad to be frank. So, I thought up as many solutions he could take advantage of via the Internet and emailed him away.

I thought since he’s probably not the only one studying for the exams abroad, perhaps my tips might be useful to some kid in Ghana or in Fukuoka, Japan. It wouldn’t hurt I thought given there are 37 AP Exams on 22 subject areas and many standardized tests like it that many countries use as Academic standards to gain entrance into the top institutions. So, here they are:

1. Downloading Torrents (I reminded him that this is illegal & that he needs to do it with his parent’s permission & with caution; it was for educational purposes though and so I felt o.k with sharing this resource for now)

  • First you need to download the application at bittorrent.com
  • A good site that many find texts on in .pdf format is isohunt.com
  • He wasn’t familiar with how to do it and so I told him basically you have to “type in “[thing you’re looking for] torrents” into google or isohunt.com‘s search” Continue reading

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Janet Jackson’s going to have some competition soon possibly Han Sungjoo

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upclose-breast-shot-of-han-sungjooDo you remember the exposed breast incident in 2004 during the Super Bowl XXXVIII where Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson were singing together and WHAM, Jackson’s right breast was exposed to 140 million viewers?
Well, I couldn’t help think about the incident when I again get lured into the middle of one of Korea’s main search sites by a somewhat revealing photo of Han Sungjoo.  I honestly don’t know the gal that well.  The post was definitely something about how she was chosen as one of the best dressers and potentially got some accolades at a recent Korean broadcasting awards show, but it was clear this guy was pointing out how the Korean entertainment star seems to like to expose most of her breasts in the photos.  Rather, she wears very revealing dresses where they expose a majority of her breasts — well at least a majority of her left breast (maybe she wants to complement Jackson’s right breast?).  I wouldn’t be surprised if one day she decides to basically expose herself like Jackson.  Continue reading

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Customer Service Contact information is still a pain to get – even in Korea: Case in point – SK Broadband

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SK Broadband

SK Broadband

I recently moved.  I’ll definitely be posting about the experience here because it’s literally the 5th time I’ve moved here in Korea in my less than 3 years here and has to be the 100th time I’ve moved in the past 17+ years.  Let’s just say I’m a professional mover at this point & no, I’m not the one moving the “stuff.”  Rather, at least, I’m not the one who’s getting “paid” to move the stuff — I’ve been doing most of the paying.

Anyhoo, the reason I’m writing this post is to dedicate this to all of you who are looking to set up or change your Broadband provider in South Korea and happen to already be using SK Broadband.  If you need to get a hold of them and wanted to find their phone number conveniently online, you’re basically out of luck.  Similar to what I’ve said before about it being a pain to obtain customer service contact information like emails from ironically “online companies” (Amazon.com’s being one of the more difficult ones to find online despite being a HUGE ONLINE advocate) , this experience to try and find SK Broadband’s customer service department’s phone number before they closed was stressful.  Another similar example was finding a place or other way to contact the customer service department of one of the biggest online companies in the world at this point (Google)Continue reading

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Have a few minutes to fill out a survey in Korean (한글)? Pwetty Pwease…

South Korea Koreas ReconciliationA reader of the blog asked me if I wouldn’t mind forwarding the following survey to my Korean acquaintences.  What better way to invite them to fill out the survey than post it here?!  So, if you wouldn’t mind obliging this nice young student for a school project, I’m sure she would be appreciative.  It’s about gender equality.  Couldn’t find the direct translation from English to Korean on the term “gender equality”, but the Ministry of Gender Equality is called the “여성부.”

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Achieving a promotion in 6 months what normally takes 10+ years

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Didn’t realize it at the time, but when I was promoted twice in a matter of 6 months from Instructor to Faculty Manager and to my current title of Director, I found out from reading some literature recently it can take a normal Korean 10+ years to obtain the title below me called “gwajang” — a mid-level management position.  If it takes regularly 10+ years for that position and I’m in a title even higher and obtained it in less than 6 months, I should definitely be proud of my accomplishment.  I guess my previous experience made it easier along with my age & supposed wisdom.  Some days I neglect to realize all that I’ve done actually while here…


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Who wants to be a millionaire – Indian style…

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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Tried to watch this movie a month plus ago, but after being reminded by IMDB‘s MOVIEmeter Top 10 list (#6 on the list recently), I was finally able to get a hold of Slumdog Millionaire & dedicate a good 2 hours to watch it.  Lately, I’ve been watching movies while distracted by other things I’m working online or the stock market.  However, I was really able to focus on this one which does help improve my appreciation for whatever flick I end up watching. Continue reading

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Two words that describe the following violence: 1) wow 2) embarrassing

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South Korea US Free TradeWhat does it take to have someone spray another human being with a canister of full of fire retardant?  Answer: an FTA agreement.

It’s really sad, but this is not the only thing that will get the Korean legislature into a frenzy and into physical fights over issues that affect the country.  On one hand, it exhibits the passion that these lawmakers have over the issues that the country must take on.  On the flip side, it shows how ridiculously stupid our country’s people are when it comes to debating and supporting or voting against laws and policies governing the country. Continue reading

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“Without hope, life is not worth living…”

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Picture of Milk bottles

Picture of Milk bottles

Watched “Milk” tonight starring Sean Penn.  Not a bad story about the true life of Harvey Milk.  Towards the end of the movie, Milk says “”without hope, life is not worth living…”  He had just turned 40 and said stuff to his partner that he hadn’t done much in his life he was proud of.  Kind of reminded me of how I feel some days.  I guess I shouldn’t feel that way entirely, but I have to admit some days I do wonder how much I’ve accomplished.  I wish I could have done more.  Continue reading

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iPhone available in Korea (in 2009)

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iPhone PicThe popular American gadget, Apple’s iPhone is set to be officially allowed in South Korea coming up next year in 2009.   According to this article from the Joongang Daily, the iPhone will debut in South Korea in April.

An excerpt from the article:

Popular Phones to invade Korean Market

Change in software regulation will allow in the iPhone and BlackBerry
December 11, 2008
Starting next April, the iPhone, BlackBerry and other foreign-made cell phones will be able to make their Korean debut without Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability, the Korea Communications Commission announced yesterday. Continue reading

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Overlooked work opportunity?

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Free flights, Free housing and Easy work conditions?

 

Sounds like an advertisement from a con artist, doesnt it?  However, most of its true and tens of thousands of Americans, Canadians, Australians and other native English speaking citizens can give you living proof that its a fact.  Not only are many doing it every day, but many are also saving, paying off student loans and literally building more financial wealth than they could back home. Moreover, the friendships made, the contacts added to ones rolodex and the overall experience has given many justification in coming back (and in many cases making a career of it).  Continue reading

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A risky but relatively sound bet from what I can tell

First of all, I have to warn anyone reading this that I don’t recommend you go out and try this.  Rather, just because I think it’s a good idea, I am writing this just for my own records and also just putting my thoughts out there.

Like I said in the previous post about the focus changing a bit on the blog these days, I’m writing today about a relatively risky bet I made today in the stock market.  I decided to use most of my funds to buy a stock that’s been beaten down to less than a dollar in the stock market.  Typically, you would think that there’s solid reason why the stock’s been beaten down, but when I look at all the financials and the history behind the company along with their cash position and honestly how beaten down the stock has been, it’s basically incredible.  Continue reading

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