Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Pictures are again out of order - not broken but not n the order I took them in. Click on any to enlarge.
To cool off, we had some ice cream. Mom and I ingested ours but GeorgianBayAlex choose to apply his as a salve. Perhaps he was uncertain about the name of the beach: Balm probably refers to the cool water more than the ice cream available nearby.
Mom and the little guy at the edge of the public beach.
The beach was nice although some kids nearby had a very limited vocabulary -there's more than one adjective available.
There was a lot of pollen in the water.
There is also controversy at the beach. In Canada, property owners can only own land to the high water mark of a lake. Practically, that means anyone can walk along a shore. That would be fine except that beachgoers ocassionally leave trash behind - less often, I think, thanvisitors to Sokcho Beach, but frequently enough.
This cottager has put up a fence that actually extends to into the water to deter walkers. You might be able to see burn marks on the fence, which has also been attacked with chainsaws and police are frequently called to the scene.
He slept six hours today but is now in bed again - I should go soon so I can be n sync with him -that's more important than being in sync with Ontario time.
Anyway, this evening we walked along the harbour and waterfront. I like this boat.
This morning, these birds seemed glued to their tree. We walked repeatedly to within a metre and a half of them and I held my camera closer. Behind the birds is the window to my bedroom.
posted by GeorgianBayBrian
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here is it. I like to swim around the rocks - and there are more further from shore -but also to jump off them.
There is some bad news, though. The water seemed clear yesterday, but I don't know if the barges will churn up the bottom with their dredging. I also don't know why they are dredging here.
Previous posts on swimming there here.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I don't want to to reinforce the stereotype of road
bikers against mountain bikers, but I am under the
impression that many mountain cyclists only
consider a ride to have been a good one if they
finish covered in mud. I, myself, stored my
bike in a hotel room during my cross-Canada
trip and left a mess from dripping oil and mud behind.
I hope the service works.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” the City form states. There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Jeongdok Public Library
At the Jeongdok Public Library there are a little more than 4,500 books in foreign languages, nearly 3,800 of which are non-fiction, and all of which may be taken out of the library's facilities.
The library has 25 different magazine titles available for foreign visitors, including Time, Newsweek, Reader's Digest and National Geographic.
Namsan Library of Korea
The Namsan Library has a little more than 12,000 books in English, and more than 1,300 of among them have been purchased since 2007.
All registered members of the library can borrow books here. To register, an alien registration card is required for expats.
National Assembly Library
The official library of Korea's National Assembly offers about 263,680 non-fiction selections, plus about 2,000 fiction publications in English....To get there, take subway Line 5 to Yeouido Station, leaving through Exit No. 2.
Visit www.nanet.go.kr/english for more information.
There were one or two other libraries listed as well. I know a continuing education library in Sokcho has children's books in English. I wonder about other libraries locally. Kwandong University's library has a (relatively) large, and varied, selection of English books, all thirty years old and older. I'll try to update this as I find out more.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
In November 2008, Taegisan Wind Farm was completed in Gangwon Province by the joint initiative of Japanese Eurus Energy Group and POSCO construction. Taegisan Wind Farm has 20 wind turbines, each rated at 2MW, with their mounting towers implanted on the ridge of Mount Taegi 1,260 meters above sea level, and is one of the largest wind farms in Korea.
Taegisan Wind Farm (total output: 40MW) was completed in Gangwon Province, South Korea by the joint effort of Eurus Energy Group and POSCO, a leading engineering and construction corporation and was inaugurated at site on November 26.The inaugural ceremony was attended by some 250 people concerned, including Mr. Kim Jinsun, Governor of Gangwon Province, and Mr. Toshinori Shigeie, Ambassador of Japan to South Korea, who were greeted by a forest of white wind turbine masts towering high in the clear sky.Gangwon Province is one of the most favorite sightseeing areas in the northeastern part of South Korea, and is highly cherished for the grandeur and pristine beauty of its natural environment. It is expected to be the arena for the Winter Olympics in the future. Taegisan Wind Farm has 20 wind turbines, each rated at 2MW, with their mounting towers implanted on the ridge of Mount Taegi 1,260m above sea level, and is one of the largest wind farms in South Korea. It is capable of supplying about 25,000 households while cutting down on CO2 emissions by some 60,000 tons a year, and also is expected to become a new destination in the area to attract tourists.
Monday, June 08, 2009
I will have to ask coworkers for permission to post their photos, but this one of ESL prof/yoga master Jenna might be good promotion for her.
Our host expected more children at the party and prepared a treasure hunt. As my little guy was the only little guy, he found lots of presents. I'm not sure, but perhaps the whole game-ploy was to let the others chat and relax without me bothering them.
He collected enough toys that when it was time to go to bed, he asked me if it was his birthday. You'd think it was, especially with the great cake.
We all had a great time and I may post more pics after asking permission.
Friday, June 05, 2009
What: Beach Blanket Apocalypse (BYOBlankets and Beer)
Where: Sokcho Beach
Who: Every single sweetheart in South Korea and their cousins, brothers, and mothers
Host: Ryan Scott and Toni Duckworth
NOTE: You may also bring your own tent and sleeping bags and set up during the day. But please NO GLASS.
Host: Wes Putman Type: Network: Global
Start Time: 04 July 2009 at 12:00 End Time: 05 July 2009 at 05:00 Location: Ganseong to Sokcho
Phone: 01058119312 Email:
DescriptionThe day starts with a trip to Hwanjipo beach and spans the next 4 beaches south to Sokcho. Each beach will deserve a bottle of soju being shot off in its honor as we make our way down. Each little beach villiage has a bus stop, and the total cost to Sockho will be 3,000 won. Once we reach Sokcho beach it will be time to go all out and I hope you enjoy the night wherever it takes you!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
At the Naksan Temple booth, I let the staff stick burning stuff on my hand in an effort to relieve pain in my elbow. This process, which I thought was a kind of hand-acupuncture (Son Ji-chim), was named by the staff as sook-ddeum. Sook is the Korean version of wormwood or absinthe and I have fallen under it's evil influence in the past.