Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A3: What's your student number?B3: It is 20070000.
I'm not sure how I specifically helped this student but the comment is pleasant. With that score, it seems more apple-polishing than anything else, though.
This student loves me -and was paying more attention to me than other commenting students, as evidenced by the above-50% mark.
Another student loves me, although she (I blanked out the name, but it was a feminine name) was unable to look at the upper left, where I wrote my own name, for spelling purposes. On the bottom-right is the beginning of another long loop: this student did not answer the first few questions or the page at all.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I can accept that any death is one too many, but compare the death toll from Korea, population 50 million+, to that of Canada, population 32 million (my bolding):
FluWatch, will be published every Friday at 4 p.m. to provide a detailed analysis of the impact of the H1N1 flu virus in Canada.
Bi-weekly and cumulative number of deaths due to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, by province/territory, Canada, as of 15 October, 2009, 11h00 EDT
I understand that the flu appears to have started in Mexico (that's still the consensus, right?) and Canada shares a continent and a free trade agreement with Mexico so people and products are more likely to cross into Canada, but this might be support for the measures Korea has taken.
I didn't care for Korea's prevention measures and didn't like having a thermometer stuck in my ear when I got to work, but it may have saved lives.
Monday, October 19, 2009
But don't steal the carvings!
Hooray! He did catch one.
After catching them, you could them inked and a poster made. KwandongAlex is shown helping.
There was more to eat than just salmon. Either that or he was beginning to apply his Santa beard way early.
After the excitement, I took the little guy to Jin Jeon Temple. I've seen great pictures of fall colours but I didn't see a lot of colour here. Well, I did see a lot of green.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
...How does the South Jeolla provincial government plan to sell some 130,000 tickets?
A. ...We intend to sell up to 100,000 tickets to locals and around 30,000 to 40,000 to foreign tourists. The 2002 World Cup in Sangam, western Seoul, had crowds of up to 65,000. Given this past experience, we are not worried about ticket sales.
We will keep the hat-shaped circuit in the north running more than 200 days of the year by attracting other existing motor events such as A1 Grand Prix, F3 Grand Prix, Kart racing and drag racing.
Both locals and foreigners take four- to five-hour road trips to get to Silverstone in England and Magny-Cours in France for Grand Prix events. The distance seems like a big deal for us Koreans, but it isn’t. We intend to focus on the “fun” part of going back and forth between Yeongam and other tourist attractions across Korea. We are in the middle of developing tourism products such as temple stay programs and cruises along Yeongam’s coast, which is surrounded by dozens of islets.
|To encourage childbirth, the Health, Welfare and|
Family Affairs Ministry has announced six slogans.
“Childbirth is touching, childcare is rewarding, and
Friday, October 16, 2009
With no prior experience in investing, William McRoberts went into a securities company office about seven years ago and started a profitable hobby.
The securities company he invested with had a branch located on the same floor as the hagwon where he was teaching, so one day the Canada native went in and bought 200,000 won worth of stock in a Korean conglomerate.
That didn't buy a huge amount of shares, but by the time he chose to sell them, he got 540,000 won back. This has since become a trend for McRoberts, who is now a high school teacher in Gyeonggi Province who estimates that he's doubled his money since he started investing here.
McRoberts typically invests in common stock, as opposed to preferred stock, which carries priority in the payment of dividends, but doesn't see nearly as much change in value.
Daniel Costello, originally from Canada, first came to Korea in 1996 and started investing in mutual funds more than 10 years ago.
"Investing started because I had extra money and it became part of my monthly routine," he said. While it began to help him pay his debts, "When you get into the habit of paying off your debts you have this money left over."
Costello enjoys investing in mutual funds from Korea because "your income is totally your own and you don't have to declare anything until you become a resident (of your home country) again," he said.
In addition, he calls Korea "one of the better countries" with regards to taxes: While his home country taxes 35 percent on income, Korea's taxes are at 5-10 percent.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
First six posts - an attempt at making my own categories or tags.
Finding my voice - a few political posts -that didn’t last.
Sept 16, 2004 - the first time I posted the photo of a sleeper.
Cycling posts. Rice and farming. Hiking Environment
Right from 2005, I mention my fight with my weight. Nothing’s changed there.
March 2005 - why I don’t want a car - interesting now that I have one.
Coast Guard blogging started Spring of 2005
my first post on religion occurred in late spring.
Hmmm, the discussion around ‘Realnames’ started in the summer of 2005.
It is around this time that the boundaries for this blog narrowed a little. There were fewer travel posts after this point. (as noted in the other section below -this is when my son was born).
The MIC (Ministry of Information?) blocked blogger Aug, 2005. Kevin Kim was a leader in protesting the censorship.
Hmm. Bird Flu was the disease de jour for Fall 2005
Blogging the canal started in October 2005.
I got burned by an April Fool’s joke in 2006. someone claimed to want an international club in Korea but Canadians weren’t welcome. It looks like I bought it unquestioningly. Oh, I have a fair list of April Fool’s Jokes that were more local in scope but of fair effectiveness.
A falcon nested on a neighbor’s verandah in June 2006
Two web services- Odeo for creating MP3s online, and Jumpcut, for editing videos online came and went during the past five years. There are a few empty posts now.
I attended my first KOTESOL conference in 2006
Hallowe’en is also the time for student elections - the two are similar as they involve dressing in costumes. In 2007, a group of superheros beat me up.
My son had surgery for an inguinal hernia, June 2008
At a camp I work at, the assistants are called ‘Program assistants’ or ‘PA’s. Pa is also the word in Korean for green onion or leek. Everytime I am at camp, I have my students tape green onion to the PA office door. They (the students) love it. The PAs? Not so much. Aug 2008 and others.
Man, that Bell’s Palsy really sucked. Sept 2008.
Personal experiences and Gangwon Notes in the News:
Contenders, the arirang TV Game Show.
Naksan fire (April 5, 2005)
On June 22, 2005, my son was born and I posted a few audio blogs at the time. The service -odeo- has since ended and those posts are lost. There are several photos of the little guy from around that time.
Starting in 2006, I found that wikipedia fan death articles linked to me. English wikipedia no longer does so but some foreign language versions do. A medical professor at my university was quoted on the Wikipedia article and I interviewed him.
I rode to promote Canada’s claim to Hans Island in Spring 2006.
Gord Sellar admitted to liking my article on caring about cheating - I was so proud!
Spring 2006, I interviewed two co-workers who chose to take Korean citizenship. The interviews were commented upon by the Korea Times Going to the Blogs column, a short lived summary of blog activity locally.
Summer 2006: While in Canada, I went on a kayaking trip with friends and there was a huge storm that killed someone (same storm but different location). I commented that I hoped he at least passed away doing something he enjoyed and the sister of the deceased commented that she felt he had and she enjoyed my post.
I posted about Scott Sigler’s book (a bestseller) and he commented here.
In May of 2007, I gave a speech at Gangneung National University about foreigners views of the Korean War and continuing armistice.
October 2007: I guest posted at EFL Geek, reviewing Korean Class 101.
On February 10, 2008, you will find my longest comment thread, but it is only two people- myself and an ex-coworker who is a creationist. It was a debate between people who were once friends and we nearly remained friends at the end.
Take Back the Sidewalks: June, 2008 is a post that became an article for my university’s English language magazine. A previous article I wrote was about Lee Myeong-bak’s canal and i was asked, after this one, to please stay away from politcal articles.
I’ve gone to the salmon festival almost every year. In 2008, I was on the promotional posters and such. The organizers gave me gift certificates.
In January of this year, Gangwon tourism asked for my help in choosing an English slogan. Hmm, I don’t know how that turned out.
That brings us to 2009. That's recent enough to be in your memory.
North Korea yesterday agreed to the South’s proposals from Monday for the talks. Today in Kaesong, representatives from the two Koreas will sit down to discuss ways to prevent further floods at the Imjin River. Six South Koreans were killed in a September flash flood along the Imjin River caused by the North’s unannounced discharge of dam water.
The river originates north of the border and runs into the Han River in the South. Floods at the Imjin have previously caused damage to fishing farms south of the border.
North Korea has yet to apologize for the September incident. It has only said it would provide prior warnings in the future if it is forced to release water from one of its dams. The South Korean delegation is expected to further press for the apology today.
South Korean fighter pilots trained 131 hours each on average last year, according to files compiled by the parliamentary Defense Committee for this year's National Assembly audit. Between 2004 and 2006, pilots trained an average of 134 hours each, and 132 hours in 2007.
But Air Force regulations require 240 hours of flight training a year for pilots to stay in top shape. At least 180 hours of flight training a year is required for pilots to stay in satisfactory shape and 150 hours to maintain the minimum required skill level. So the average flight training hours logged last year were 19 hours short of even the minimum.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
A Mercedes! Alright, a Mercedes licensed engine, in a Korando (and that is now three times that I have tried to spell the vehicle name and written Korean instead).
The truck is not new but seriously 'like new'. My B-I-L took excellent care of his truck and actually took a lot of time into explaining how to care for it. He learned basic mechanics on the farm and was a driver for a general during his military service so he has the right background.
I won't be properly insured or registered until Wednesday, so I have a few days before my life is transformed.
Friday, October 09, 2009
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the Norwegian committee said in a statement.
"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."
Asked why the prize had been awarded to Mr Obama less than a year after he took office, Nobel Committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said: "It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve".
"It is a clear signal that we want to advocate the same as he has done," he said.
He specifically mentioned Mr Obama's work to strengthen international institutions and work towards a world free of nuclear arms.
It seems he won for expected, future contributions. I am not an American but I support Obama in general, just as I supported Al Gore, very strongly, for his very specific actions. Still, I think the Nobel Peace Prize is losing relevance and am not sure if Gore, much less Obama, deserve the prize. As a more local example, I am concerned that Kim Dae-Jung won his prize by buying it - in giving the North Koreans so much.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Interestingly, Yangyang's O-Il jang ('oh' as in the sound of the letter is five, 'il' is 'day' and 'jang' is 'market') is not on the list. I suppose it is too small, although I have always enjoyed it.
Below is a description of five day markets and the days they run. Yangyang, not on the list, would listed as (4,9 jang) because its market runs on days with a four or a nine.
If you want to learn about five day markets in your region, follow the above link.
For more about Yangyang's unduly snubbed market look here or here.
4. Jeongseonjang (2.7 jang) - Here, the market is also a popular tourist attraction.
5. Donghae Bukpyeongjang (3.8 jang) - This is the largest five-day market in the Yeongdong area.
6. Pyeongchang Bongpyeongjang (2.7 jang) - Tens of thousands of people gather at this market in September when buckwheat flowers bloom.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Yesterday evening, I took a night bus to Seoul, arriving at the Express terminal around 2:30am. I spent the rest of the night thinking about sleeping at the Dae Jung Sauna*. In the morning, I went to Myeongji Hospital for a complete physical. I am mostly in good health (well, there should be a long line of "except for....") but have had terrible heart burn for the past few weeks.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I am not sure if I have mentioned Korea's apparent inferiority complex regarding Japan on this blog, but if not it is only because that is quickly one of the basic assumptions or filters every foreigner uses when interpreting Korean politics and attitudes. Birds gotta fly, tigers gotta hunt and Koreans gotta talk about beating Japan.
With Canadians, the same is true but the question would end with 'the US'.
From Yahoo Canada News:
UN index rates life best in Norway, worst in Niger; Canada is at 4th place
BANGKOK - Norway enjoys the world's highest quality of life, while Niger suffers the lowest, a United Nations agency said Monday, as it released a ranking that highlights the wide disparities in well-being between rich and poor countries.
Canada was listed fourth, well ahead of the United States which was in 13th place.
Some rankings are given on Wikipedia (No UN results came up on the first page of a Google search for "united nations quality of life ranking"). Sadly Korea (#26) is listed as significantly below Japan (#10).
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
[H]er birth mother was caught by Chinese police and deported to North Korea. Mother and daughter have had no contact at all since. Yeon-ah then made her way to Laos and Thailand, and from there to South Korea. There are currently 90 such North Korean orphans living in South Korea, with between one and nine more arriving every month. Few are adopted.