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AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER in South Korea NOVEMBER 2009

korea prayerU.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
NOVEMBER 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. U.S. Embassy Seoul Launches Consular Information Unit
2. Online Passport Form Wizard makes applications a breeze!
3. Tips for a Smooth Consular Visit
4. Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Influenza Information
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Twitter for Worldwide Travel Warnings
7. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
8. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: November 11, 2009 (Veterans Day), and November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
9. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER in South Korea OCTOBER 2009

US_Korea_PosterU.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
OCTOBER 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. Introduction of new American Citizens Services Chief, Buck Waldrop
2. Online Passport Form Wizard makes applications a breeze!
3. Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Influenza Information
4. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
5. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
6. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: October 12, 2009 (Columbus Day)
7. Embassy Contact Information 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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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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US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea May 2009

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U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
May 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. Influenza Outbreak Information
2. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, May 20-21
3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
4. Association for Teachers of English in Korea
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: May 1, 5, and 25
8. Embassy Contact Information
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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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My blog’s feeling like a slumdog, but milk does a blog good

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Raw Milk

Raw Milk

Just a week ago, I was blogging about how the Slumdog Millionaire was literally driving crazy traffic to my blog.  However, the traffic dropped heavily due to Google’s randomizing of their positioning of the Images used in their Google Images division/product.  For a good week+, I was number 2 for phrases like “slumdog millionaire”, but as soon as google decided to rip it out of my search traffic clutches, I shot down a thousand views down to close to what I was averaging before all the crazy traffic.

Despite the drop, I did still manage to break a weekly record due to some of residual effects of the traffic.  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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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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Studying for the AP exams for free? From Korea? Top 5 study tips

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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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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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Back to college: iClickers, bSpace and Black Lightening notes…

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UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

If you’re a Cal Bear, you probably know what I’m talking about.  However, if you’re not, you might be thinking WTF?!

I’ve been meaning to take an OCW, aka Open Courseware class since it first came out in 2001 and when I wrote about it here in “Free MIT MBA? Free Masters of Science in Engineering?” a couple years ago. I’ve actually tried to be frank trying to figure out a couple of MIT courses two or three times, but each time, there weren’t the simplest of instructions & being in Korea, it seemed like I would be lacking quite a few things including the books, the lecture or the lecture notes.  However, I did get to peruse through the syllabus which was a good start and again, it’s Free!  Continue reading

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Enjoying smoking…I mean watching “Weeds” (& “Bear hunt) these days…

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weedsThe language, the offbeat content and quotes like this:

“…we’re going to be a family if I have to kill all of you!” by the lead character “Nancy Botwin”  or “Shane goes on a paint rampage.  Get’s suspended.  Two of you ditch school to fuck in my guestroom,” after accidentally walking in on her son & dysfunctional gf are why I’m watching seasons 1 through 4  when I can.  The first episode of Weeds previews enough good stuff including the walking in on her teenage son, blunt racist sarcasm, adultery,  homosexuality and of course the drug dealing perfect suburbia mom who knows how to wield the “f” word better than most gangsters.

My life these days in a sentence: Work, my boys/family, emails, SEO Testing/Experimenting, Facebook, OCW classes when I can, Weeds & a periodic flick or two here and there.

Pretty sad, eh?

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The Four Most expensive Motorcycles in the world

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Some of my posts come from simply just opening up a browser here in Korea.  Most browsers point to Daum.net or Naver.com here in South Korea when you open them in contrast to Msn.com or Yahoo.com back in the states.  Anyhoo, today, there was this post about the most expensive motorcycles.  I thought I’d share the basic information which is simply how expensive these dang things are.  To be frank, I’m sure each and every one of these pocket rockets are fast!  To an amateur like me, I’m sure all of them would blow my mind … if I was even lucky enough to keep it straight or in control riding these rockets on 2 wheels.  Anyhoo, I was curious about the price…now you’ll know how much they cost.

[Drum roll please…]

Coming in at #4 in the list of the World’s most expensive motorcycles is the 2006 MV Agusta F4CC with a suggested price of ………………….  $120,000 USD:

2006 MV Agusta F4CC

2006 MV Agusta F4CC

Number 3 in the MOST expensive motorcycles in the world is …………………. MTT ‘Turbine Superbike’ which in 2004 was running for $185,000 USD.  Continue reading

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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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