Friday, June 30, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
a photo of Harisu from an article about...
Transgender Singer to Do Menstrual Pad Ads
Harisu was born male, but underwent sex change surgery at 23.
Harisu is officially female: she had her ID changed to indicate that she was female.
She's a Lady
You have to admit... she's gorgeous!!
I remember during my first year in Korea,
I was told "there are no homosexualists in Korea."
Also in Korea:
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
This was what I missed, due to a pounding headache, Friday night. I think half of my friends made it into the Seoul World Cup Stadium, as they went earlier. Then the gates were closed due to too many people. So, the rest of the group went downtown.
Soccer fans gather to watch a live TV broadcast of the 2006 World Cup Group G soccer match between Korea and Switzerland on a giant video screen installed at Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul, on Saturday. /Yonhap
A sea of red gathers to watch the match on a giant video screen outside Seoul City Hall in South Korea.
Friday, June 23, 2006
The anomaly in this lunar year is that it includes two first days of spring, one at the very start last January and the other at the very end early next February. Korean fortune tellers say that, in years this rare, water will flow along dry river-beds. Having two springs in a year creates prosperous energy and means it is a good time to get married," said Kang Pan-seok, vice-director of the Korean Fortune Tellers' Association. Kang said the double-spring phenomenon had only occurred 12 times since 221 B.C.
And the rush is on to get hitched this year because fortune tellers call the 2007-08 lunar period the year of the widow.
No sex please, we're Japanese
I think that the fact that Japanese women are working more, and are better educated now, might be a reason that I'd more likely believe. Or the fact that it is just very expensive to raise children.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
When ever I see them... all I think is that if they were in Egypt... they would be food.
Korea played Togo on the 13th and won, 2 to 1. They will be playing again, against France, on the 18th at 9pm Germany time, which means on the 19th AT 4AM KOREAN TIME!!!! You can pretty much guarantee the entire country will be VERY tired on Monday!! I will be doing an all nighter with some of the other teachers from the kindy school. We will go downtown Seoul to watch the game on big screens that will be set up. The plan is to meet at 10pm on Sunday to head in, but I am hearing that we might be going in as early as 6pm, because of the crowds that are expected. For the game against Togo, every stadium was full of Koreans all wearing red, watching the game on big screens. I think all of the parks in Korea were also full of red, with big screens set up to watch the game.
In Korea, it is as if the World Cup 2002 is happening all over again. They have the same attitude now, as they did when the games were held here. Everyone is dressed up in their red T-shirts and their devil horns and anything else related the the Red Devils. The Red Devils are all of the fans of Korea's team.
Summer 2002 was an amazing time to be in Korea.
(my dad's creation, 2002)
(Cindy and I during the 2002 World Cup in Korea)
Tonight I had a free facial. Every Tuesday in the parking lot of the apartments, in front of my kindy school, there is a bit of a market set up. This past Tuesday, some ladies were handing out flyers and had surveys to fill out. My co-worker, Kelly and I filled out the surveys and signed up for the free facials. Yes, it was a full facial. I guess Kelly does that fairly often... finds cosmetics companies that are advertising, and get free facials. Of course, you can't keep going back to the same one. Then we went for some pizza a Pizza Hut. We had a potato pizza, with a sweet potato cheese bite crust (around the outside of the crust). Not bad.
Then I bought a pair of earrings and got a hair clip as a service gift. And I got a pair of football/soccer ball earrings for half-off because I am a foreigner. Yay.
Yet another person asked if I am Russian. I had actually just been telling Kelly about people thinking I am Russian in Korea. She didn't quite believe me, I think. And then she heard it for herself. Why do people here think I am Russian???
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
The evening started out at an English pub in Hongdae called The Queen's Head. It took us a bit to find it as it was raining and we had no idea where we were going. We did make it, though. At the Queen's Head, we had wine and food (the menu was limited, but the food was good). Then we headed to a little bar called Liquid where we sat in a corner area on little cushions around a table. We had Sangria and a cranberry cocktail. Both yummy. The waiter wasn't so bad, either!! (Sorry, no pics.)
After we had our fill of Liquid, we headed for another place to haunt. We tried to go to a place called the "Wee Bar" but found that it was no longer there. So, we went to Club PG where it was 10000won for all you can drink. As it was still early in the evening (10ish) the place was completely empty. Not a problem. More space for us to dance. :)
The problem with the place is that it is in the basement and is not well ventillated, so it got very stuffy and hot. Also, the music was a bit louder than necessary, and left all of our ears ringing.
When we all finally decided we needed some fresh air, we headed for BricxX. BricxX in Hongdae is similar but much larger than the BricX in Itaewon. BricxX is all atmosphere and all about comfort.We had shots, Cosmopolitan martinis and an apple sheesha for us all to share (you each get a little plastic mouthpiece for it). Being the women that we are, and that it was a stagette party, we were on a mission to have as many guys as possible, remove their shirts. We started with our young Korean waiter. We picked on both of the waiters and the Moroccan chef, but concentrated our energies on the younger one. He was so shy and embarrassed about it, but you could tell he was loving it. They all were. We managed to get a few buttons undone. :P He very quickly fixed it, though, and the tie went back on.Then 3 guys (2 Irish and 1 Australian) wandered over to our table, probably jealous of all of the attention that the Koreans were getting. They obviously wanted in on the action. With very little coaxing (and an offer of a beer each), their shirts came off. They knew what they were getting into when they showed up at our table.
When the sheesha was finished and our drinks were empty, we decided we needed some more dancing. We tried to go back to Club PC, since we had the wrist bands to get in, but it was already closed. So, we went to The Bar in Shinchon. The Bar is a little bar in the basement of a building. It is a very popular little place. Some of my other friends were there, as well. We got more guys to remove their shirts with no coaxing at all. What's the big deal. They're men. Who cares if a guy takes his shirt off.Once again, it was daylight when we finally decided to call it a night. I got home around 9am. So much for getting anything done on Sunday.
More photos of the evening.
Rock, scissors, paper (also known as rock, paper, scissors, or paper, rock, scissors, etc.) is not just some kids game. It is a serious game. There is even a world championship for it every year in Toronto. Check out the World RPS website where you will find the official rules, strategies, and information on tournaments, among other things.
Rock, scissors, paper is a very popular game in Korea. Children often play it in their breaks,, or when divvying up snacks or what ever. It is a great way to solve disputes in the classroom. There is never any arguement over the results of a rock, scissors, paper game. The obsession isn't just with the kids, either. Even the US legal system sometimes employs this little problem solver. Imagine that! Other big disputes have also been solve with the little game (found on Wikipedia's rock, paper, scissors page):
One high-profile strategic opinion came in 2005 from Alice Maclean, age 11. When rival auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's agreed to play rock-paper-scissors to determine the rights to a highly valuable art collection, Maclean's father Nicholas, a Christie's employee, asked her for advice. As later told to reporters, her strategy was summed up thus: "Everybody knows you always start with scissors. Rock is way too obvious, and scissors beats paper." (Christie's won, with scissors.)
Try your luck with the online rock, paper, scissors game.
For a little rock, scissors, paper humor: Rock, Paper, Saddam
Friday, June 09, 2006
This is Andy, a student at LCC. Cute kid, but a troublemaker!!!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
The buses run for the kindy kids as well as the LCC and Taekwondo and all of the other students taking what ever else is offered (piano, swimming, ballet, etc.???) The drivers also double as swimming and Taekwondo instructors, or maintenance men or what ever other position is needed.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
The entrance to the ballroom:
... yes, that is real grass on the floor!!!
Not only was there grass on the floor at the entry to the ballroom, there was also sod on the tables... in the centre piece and on a plate at each setting. (Not for eating!)
We had table #1!!! The good thing about table 1 was that we were right near the corner, in front of the sculpture garden, so there were no tables behind us. Me and the giraffe:
We didn't win any of the raffle prizes or the spot prizes, but we did win the table quiz contest. We tied with one other table, and so they had someone choose random numbers and we won... we each got a bottle of champagne. Yay. There were also gifts for attending, make-up for the ladies (Chanel) and alcohol for the guys (Ballantines).
The entertainment for the night was THE LIGHTYEARS, an awesome band from England. If you are interested, a couple of their songs can be downloaded from their site.
They were great! Very talented musicians. And of course they are all hot as well. Watching them on stage, other than the great music, the first thing I noticed was a certain set of eyes. ;) Too bad photos can't really capture things like the glow of a person's eyes. ANYway... we were all quite impressed with the band.
We got to talking to them after they finished playing. I think they were quite happy to meet some people to hang out with, to show them another part of the city. It was their first time outside of Europe. The ambassador flew them to Seoul for the Ball. We all went to Itaewon to one of the clubs there for some drinks. Then it was off to a Noraebang (Korean karaoke). Yes, they had been singing all evening, but they were up for some more... a different kind of singing. Less pressure, more just plain fun. And, of course, our champagne helped!!!
John (sometimes plays with the band... bass guitar), me, Chris (piano and vocals) and George (guitar and vocals). The drummer, Tony, decided not to join us and he went back to their hotel for the night. John and George are brothers. They are all really cool guys to hang with. We all had a lot of fun. I think we wore them out, though. We left the Noraebang at around 8:30am, I think!!! 4 hours of Noraebang?