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Great weight loss and physical health tips from my roomate

workoutMy roomate Devin Nowroski gave some of the best advice to me the other day about working out, your food intake and not being misled about the misconception that running for example equals more energy or that you lose weight via traditional methods.  I’ve been running about 5-6 kilometers 2-3 times a week, but still feel my gut getting bigger or less “thinner.”  I do have to admit I’ve been reducing my stomach and back exercises a bit recently, but Devin’s advice still is some great stuff I don’t ever want to forget.

I pointed him to an article here on Time magazine which points out that exercise doesn’t necessarily mean that you lose weight.  The writer actually argues the contrary.

He replies:

“Thanks for sending the article. It was an interesting read. The author was not entirely inspiring though. I feel like the average person who reads it could be less inclined to exercise all together, which is not really ideal. The point they are trying to make is fine, and correct in my opinion, but not giving enough info to the reader. Stuff like that makes me angry. Continue reading

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Oh, forgot by the way that the shortest month of the year broke my all time blog views record

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After breaking my daily blog record a week ago, I then carried on to break my monthly views record at the end of February which I failed to post earlier:

Blog views in a month record

Blog views in a month record

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‘Dat Darn (WordPress) Blogs of the Day “special formula” is hard to figure out…

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wordpress-blogs-of-the-dayAs wordpress.com’s “Blogs of the Day” growing blogs list page says, they throw up the rankings based on:

“The most popular WordPress.com blogs are ranked here according to a special formula.”  Special formula?

I’ve been there a few times, but most recently on January 26, 2009.  The Real South Korea ranked I think it was #38 on the “Growing Blogs” list.  Two days before I was thrown on the list, I had about 830 views.  The day after, it shot up to almost double to 1621 views which may have triggered this listing.  The day after though, it only jumped up a little more to 1731, but that was the day I was posted #38.  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.”

She writes: Continue reading

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Mispellings driving (a little) traffic to the blog

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mispelling bee

mispelling bee

So, the little experiment worked.  I’m the #1 result on Google when you type in “obama inaugral address” and #5 when you type in strictly “inaugral address.”  In my post titled President Barack Obama’s inaugral address posted on January 20th a few days ago, I wrote to you all that I would test to see if my intentional spelling mistake would garner me a few more hits when people typed in the wrong spelling of the recent Inaugural address by President Barack Obama.  A dictionary will tell you that “Inaugural” includes the ‘u’ in between the ‘g’ and ‘r’ vs. my spelling like this: “inaugral” for the experiment’s purpose.  Even if you type in “president inaugral address“, I’m still #4 in the search engine results page (aka SERP).

I thought there would be a few more typos though.  The two phrases only got me 3 hits each.  The last phrase here didn’t register anything from what I saw on my dashboard.

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Not the focus of the blog, but Korean women and Korean girls continue to dominate the traffic

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Lee Hyori

Lee Hyori

More than 50% of the time when looking at the top Korean websites like Naver.com and Daum.net, you will see some image of a top Korean female model.  As stated before in previous posts, Korean women dress in a tantalizing manner.  So, unless I’m totally devoid of my natural desires of a man, I can’t help but notice.  Today, it happened again and my theory of Korean women being the sexiest dressers just continues to be buttressed.

My main coworker is freezing these days just like me.  However, she is even colder because on most days, she’ll wear skirts to work regularly.  Across the Korean peninsula, you see this constantly: Korean women still wear skirts in the most freezing temperatures.  It never made sense to me from a comfort standpoint, but at the same time, the simple fact they wear high heels despite all the discomfort falls helps me understand a bit more, I guess…  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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Proof as to why Korea will continue to prosper despite recent manipulations in the markets

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Koreas Exports

Koreas Exports

A lot of short term minded people are shaking in their boots recently due to currency shocks and the Korean stock indexes dropping almost as fast as the Nikkei dropped & rose in the past few days.  However, this little story may show why it’s hard to doubt the Koreans in business:

“…there was no shipbuilding industry in South Korea until the 1960s. When the country’s dictator, Park Chung-hee, summoned Chong [Hyundai’s founder] and told him to produce oil tankers, for which there was a sudden demand, Chong went straight to Greece and scooped up two contracts to build 260,000-tonne tankers, promising his customers delivery within two years, sooner than anyone else. He had neglected to mention that at that moment he lacked even a shipyard. He then waved the order in front of Barclays Bank, which lent him enough money to build a modern yard. No one in South Korea knew how to do that, so Chong dispatched 60 engineers to Scotland to learn. The ships were delivered before the deadline. This famous story, concedes Bruce Cumings of the University of Chicago in a refreshingly revisionist modern history, “Korea’s Place in the Sun”, may be apocryphal in its details, yet it has a strong whiff of truth about it.” Continue reading

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Foreigners Approach 2 Percent of the Korean Labor Population

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By Bae Ji-sook
Staff Reporter

About two out of every 100 residents here are non-Koreans, with the majority living in and around Seoul, government data showed Tuesday.

The number of legal foreign nationals here topped 891,341 in May, accounting for 1.8 percent of the 43.95 million registered population, according to the Ministry of Public Administration and Security. The figure is a 23 percent jump from a year earlier. Continue reading

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15,000 views in one month…

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15,000

15,000

This post will be a few days late, but just surpassed the 15k mark in views on Monday this week.  This will probably be posted on the 1st day of the month after, but gotta say it’s been interesting getting up to this number of visitors and views in a month. Continue reading

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Google tries to communicate in YOUR language

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google language growth

google language growth

Off to the right, you can see links or blue rectangle bars that allow you to translate my blog into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish and German in addition to the default English version of this blog.  These options are all thanks to Google translate.  And the behemoth Google recently announced they hit 40 languages despite me only providing 7 options at this time for this blog.  I guess I could try and add the other 33 languages, but not sure how much real estate that would take off to the right & also not sure if it would justify it 100%.  I don’t get an INCREDIBLE number of requests to translate my blog yet with the links to the right, but who knows? Continue reading

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Eclipsing the previous visitors and visits record

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Just passed 10,000 views this month (with more than 11 days to go)…

I would have never imagined close to 10,000 people a month would visit this blog.  The keys: a bit of controversy stirred up by a little unfortunate event that happened a couple weeks ago, posts about Korean women & Korean music videos, a few posts about some handy Korean language phrases & an image about a dog that was attacked by a porcupine.  Oh, and maybe the other 450+ posts over the past 18 months.  Continue reading

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Half way to one thousand posts!

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What can I say?

I’ve been blogging quite a bit the past 18 months.  This will be my 501st post officially.  My 500th post was about the recent statistical & viral effects of complaints when they have affected more than just one person.

I guess I’m close to pacing at an average of one post a day since February 2007.  It has been interesting watching the statistics: Continue reading

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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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