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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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1.11 Kgs and the HP Mini 1001 is a cheap laptop dream

While I haven’t bought it yet, I’m definitely a click away from so…

Just saw the HP Mini 1001 yesterday when our “computer guy” brought one in.  The notebook is literally almost as light as a thick ringed notebook and easily tuck’able under your arm.  You can throw it in your backpack with ease and probably do a bit of work on the subway to work or pop it out almost anywhere.

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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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A Korean Scarface?

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A British guy said this about a movie I saw (or resaw) recently:

Bittersweet Life Cover

Bittersweet Life Cover

“This was possibly the greatest film I have ever seen. It was superb on so many different levels. The script, the fighting, the special effects all mould the perfect film. Within the first ten minutes i knew this film was going to keep me on the edge of my seat. I have never been so excited by action scenes before and never laughed with so much shock at the extent of brutal fighting. It is a genre of its own as it has none of that Hollywood business where the bad guys always fail and the main character is invincible and although love is a factor it is not overplayed. This film is electrifying to say the very least. It has more fist action than all the ROCKYs put together, more blood than Goodfellas and is as exciting if not more than a Tarantino film.” Continue reading

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California Beach gets a thumbs up from this Korean American

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california beach group photo

california beach group photo

No, I’m not talking about any California Beach, but rather THE California Beach in Kyongju (or spelled Gyeongju) here in South Korea. Several posts ago, I wrote about how I was considering going to California Beach this weekend & despite almost falling asleep through the departure time, I threw my hurried & perspiring body into a cab to arrive at the bus to Kyongju on time (of course, after getting to the bus, we find they weren’t leaving until 40 minutes after the deadline they gave us this morning of 7:30a). Continue reading

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Not WANTED anymore: quality summer action flick

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Wanted starring Angelie Jolie

Wanted starring Angelie Jolie

I’ve been meaning to write about my thoughts about the summer Angelie Jolie/Morgan Freeman starring flick Wanted for some time now. Simply put, I enjoyed it. I haven’t seen a good action flick with a plot that you couldn’t expect 100%. While some things were predictable, the story still entertains even the cynical of movie goers. It was worth the watch.

If you need one line though to describe how the movie played out, I’d say it was: Matrix meet Mission Impossible meet Office Space & you get the movie Wanted.

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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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The Karate Kid Redux: Never Back Down 2008

Never Back Down the Movie

…or should we say Karate Kid V?

Right before I grab a meal at home, I check out some of the local video sites to see if there’s a good flick on.  I usually look for a recent movie like a 2007 or 2008 production film…not as much into the classics.  So, I click on the first movie with a reference to 2008 and it’s this movie called “Never Back Down.”  I have no idea what it’s about, but after enjoying the 110 minute movie, I can only think of one thing: “The Karate Kid” for the year 2008. Continue reading

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The Kingdom instigates the emotions and pulls the heart strings

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“The Kingdom” belongs in a group of movies I like to call the “stir up the emotions” and literally make you want to go out and fight for something type of flicks…just finished watching it. Other movies in this group include “Erin Brockovich,” “Good Will Hunting,” or the “Rainmaker” at least for me. Continue reading

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World’s Worst Airports

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A link from Yahoo’s News Interactive had a little article/multimedia clip called “World’s Worst Airports”. It reminded me a lot of the slideshows that are on other online magazines trying to make money off of each slide & the corresponding advertising. However, there was no copying of text on this clip. So, I just tried to take good notes & here you are. Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Returning TV Series (2007)

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#1. The Sopranos
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The show that changed TV drama went out not with a bang — well, famously, it went out with nothing at all — but its final string of episodes were as searing, literate and unflinching as any since its first season. David Chase stripped the show down, one unsentimentally eliminated character at a time, to its dark core: a study of a fascinating, evil man. As brutal in its family-vacation scenes as in its gangland whackings, this final season left us with nothing, and everything. Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Movies (by Critic Richard Corliss in 2007)

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#1. No Country for Old Men The good guy (Josh Brolin) steals $2 million in drug money. The implacably, mesmerizingly, astonishingly bad guy (Javier Bardem) tries to get it back. And a West Texas sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) tracks their discursive trails. Adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Joel and Ethan Coen have fashioned a nearly mainstream action movie that is dry, funny, beautifully acted, thrillingly cinematic. After two decades of being brilliant on the movie margins, the Coens are ready for their closeup, and maybe their Oscar. Continue reading

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Bin Hair Salon in Busan — inexpensive & decent cut

Anyone need a hair cut?  A little styling?  In Seomyun, a place called “Bin” Hair Salon across from the McDonalds did me up decent for just 8000 won with a shampoo.  If you need more specific directions, hit me up.  ^^

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Top notch customer service at the local post office

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Coming up is the holiday season in the states, but here in Korea there is not much activity like they have back west. However, if we were in the west, I think you might be shocked at the extremely polite and helpful people at the post offices here. Continue reading

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Never thought I’d ever cry for a cow…

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A couple coworkers/friends of mine and I went to see this movie called “Sheek-gek” (in hangul 식객) which I can’t find the translation into English. In Naver’s dictionary, it says it means “a dependent;a hanger-onpl. hangers-on》;a parasite I don’t know what this has to do with the flick since it was a battle between two chefs over who would prevail as the best culinary artist. The bad guy of course lost in the end & it had your typical plot where the good guy was disgraced at the beginning, fought the entire movie to prevail in the end. Continue reading

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