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You See These Rocks: Korea Bus Repercussions (Black in Korea)

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Masan bus driver refuses black passenger

An American English teacher says he was not allowed on a bus in Masan because he is black.

When Sintah Khalid tried to board the 110 bus on Sept. 2 at around 10:30 p.m. in Jungni, Masan, the bus driver demanded to know where he was from, before ordering him off the bus.

“He begins shooing me with his hands in anger and says ‘get off’ in Korean (‘naga’) and I hear people chuckle,” explained Khalid. “Then I step off and he shuts the door and drives off.”

He said a Korean acquaintance saw the incident and was shocked by it.

“I don’t even feel like I can get on the bus sometimes. I really feel like these things should be addressed,” Khalid said.

“I want some action to be taken against him because he is working for the public. He shouldn’t even be asking where people are from.”

Khalid suggested the refusal might have been connected to an incident on a bus last week in which a black man verbally and physically attacked a Korean man who had offended him.

Khalid has been teaching in Korea for three years, the first two in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province. He said that he had experienced racism in Yeoju but that it was much worse in Masan.

“I even had a woman spit on me once,” he said. “People cover their mouths up because they think I smell bad. I get called factory trash.”

He said he was leaving in a month because his contract was finished, and that he wouldn’t return because of the racism he has faced here, adding that many of his black friends had also received abuse.

Changwon City Hall, which monitors the buses in the area, said it had registered a complaint about a matching incident, but that the person in charge was away on business. Khalid has not yet reported the incident.

The city hall representative said it would investigate the incident and discipline the driver if he was found to have acted improperly, but would not speculate on what that punishment might be.

By Paul Kerry (paulkerry@heraldm.com)

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Random Searches: Tuesday, September 6th

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Random searches today that led to my blog:

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The Soju Song

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The Soju Song:  http://soju.co.uk/

Soju is a distilled beverage native to Korea and traditionally made from rice.

The Korean Soju Song was created by Kim Tae Hoon and is included here so that foreigners can find it easily, without having to search on Naver, Daum, etc. Kim Tae Hoon’s contact email can be found at the end of the song.

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What To Do In Korea: September Events

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

From: TheYeogiyo.com

If you’ve loved Korea this year, wait ‘till you get your hands on September, one of the loveliest months on the peninsula. Besides the glory of Chuseok, a three or four or five (depending on your employer) day vacation this month, the heat wave will gradually calm down into some of the best weather on the face of the earth. Get your hiking boots ready and regardless of anything else you do this month, get outside.
As always, chat on the Forum, tell your friends where you saw the event you’re at, let us know if there are more events to add (contact@theyeogiyo.com) and have a lovely month.

August Concert Listings
August Musical Listings

Free Shuttle Bus to Gyeongju, Jeonju and Gangwon province
When: 
Until 2012 
Where: 
Departure from Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul at 8 a.m. 
How much: 
Wfree!
No really, what?:  
Foreigners can register for up to two tickets for a free shuttle bus to Gyeongju, the capital city of the ancient Shilla kingdom, or Jeonju, famous for food culture and a village full of traditional Korean houses or Gangwon province including Yongpyong and Alpensia ski resorts  — please note, Busan is an option now too!
For more info:  http://english.visitkoreayear.com

TheYeogiyo Trivia at Traveler’s
When: 
Wednesdays, 2011 at 9 p.m. (we try to finish by 11 p.m.) 
Where: 
Traveler’s Bar and Grill, Bundang
How much: 
W5,000 entry free per person
No really, what?:  
Trust us, it’s plenty o’fun, even if yer dumb. Plus, there are free beer rounds and big ol’ cash prizes. The winning group takes 80 per cent of the pot and an individual question with the remaining 20 per cent of the pot grows each week until some smartass takes it all. After a winner has been claimed, any lucky team has the chance to win W30,000 through a random draw. Bring a group of two to five people, or join a group that’s there and looking for a random member or two. 
For more info: 
http://www.theyeogiyo.com/Forum
If These Tables Could Talk Play
When:
 September 2nd – 4th,  2011
Where: White Box Theatre near Hyochang Park Station, Seoul
How much: W15,000
No really, what?: Shorts plays of people talking frankly about sex, love, desire, marriage and friendship. These guys put on a good show so spend your weekend with them.
For more info: http://www.probationarytheatre.com
Innertrip Festival
When:
 September 2nd – 4th,  2011
Where: Gguijinamugol Beach, Tae-an Choong-nam
How much: W30,000 – W70,000
No really, what?: Camping, fireworks, music. What’s not to love?
For more info: http://www.innertrip.co.kr
Chungju World Martial Arts Festival
When:
 September 2nd – 8th, 2011
Where: Chungju, Chungcheong
How much: tba
No really, what?: It’s a festival! It’s perfect for families or random lonely people – take in parades, special events, kid activities, competitions, performances, food, music, freebies and a fantastic display of martial arts to suit your fancy.
For more info: http://www.martialarts.or.kr
SAKorNet Rugby World Cup Braai and Touch Rugby Tournament
When:
 September 3rd, 2011, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Nanji Hangang Park camping site, Seoul
How much: tba
No really, what?: A huge touch rugby tourney – 300 people are set to go! Join in for cold drinks, baked goods and a little bit of some stranger touching.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
Balls in Bundang
When: 
September 3rd, 2011 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: 
The park outside of City hall in Seohyeon 
How much: Wfree!
No really, what?:  
It’s free! It’s non-competitive! It’s Sticky Cup! If you have some sticks and a Frisbee, bring them! If not, come anyway – trust, this game requires no skill.
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com

The Bundang Book Exchange
When:
 Sunday, September 4th, 2011- 2:00pm (first Sunday of every month)
Where: Traveler’s Bar and Grill, AK Plaza, Seohyeon Station, Bundang Line, Gyeonggi-do
How much: Free
No really, what?: Come visit for a few hours of expatriate locals meeting up and having a beer. Usually we throw books or DVDs or magazines or Nintendo Wii light sabres on the table if we have them, take what we can get, and have a beer or two before challenging each other to darts. It’s a good way to get yourself ready for the week and you might just get a little something to take home for your downtime. We’re talking about books, but if you’re not, then we’re not either (please note that you don’t need to bring books to get books, and that this is a good opportunity to mingle with people in your neighbourhood if you’ve been feeling lonely lately).
For more info: Check the Forum for details
Yongsan Rock Fest
When:
 September 3rd, 2011 – 12pm – 10 pm
Where: R&R Bar and Grill (Main Post Club) Gate 2, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul
How much: Free
No really, what?: The public can get on base! What are you waiting for? Oh, to hear more? Howzabout great music like Over the Hill, La Luna, Sotto Gamba, Los Diablos Blancos, White Lies Burlesque and LRD? Drink and eat the good stuff for cheaper prices than you’d pay in our world. Do it – but pay strict attention to the ID rules and forbidden stuff list.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
3rd Annual Little Traveller’s Photo Scavenger Hunt
When:
 September 3rd, 2011 – 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall (Line 2, Exit 5), Beer O’Clock , Sinchon at 5:30 p.m.
How much: W15,000 (includes a doll, scavenger hunt and prizes)
No really, what?: Get yourself going on a scavenger hunt looking for riddles and following clues while raising money for the Hillcrest AIDS Centre in South Africa.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com

An Evening of Choral and Choral Pop Music
When:
 September 3rd, 2011 – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Chung Dong 1st Methodist Church, Seoul
How much: W15,000, (in advance) W25,000 (at the door)
No really, what?: This autumn concert features music by the Beatles and Billy Joel plus jazz, vaudeville, musical and classical choral music!
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
Bultanen Saram/Burning Man Korea
When:
 September 3rd – 4th,  2011, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Muuido Island, Hannagae Beach, near Incheon
How much: W15,000
No really, what?: A grassroots operation to get stuff going in Korea – take in this ‘wonderful event that promotes, among other things, radical inclusion, self-reliance, and self expression.”
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
Theatre Auditions
When: 
September 3rd – 4th, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: 
Well-Being Studio in Itaewon  
How much: 
Wfree!
No really, what?:  
This weekend Seoul Shakespeare Company will be holding auditions for our October ‘Gore and Madness’ production, an exploration into the very darkest of Shakespeare’s tragedies.  We are looking for actors of all shapes, colors, and experience levels to make this production shine.
For more info: http://english.visitkoreayear.com

IAAF World Championships
When: 
August 27th – September 4th,  2011     
Where: 
Daegu Stadium, Daegu
How much: W20,000 – W850,000 
No really, what?: 
Daegu had to beat out Brisbane and Moscow to score the International Association of Athletics Federations and it’s a huge event hosting athletes like Bolt Usain and Yelena Isinbayeva so everything about it is awesome. Check out the web site to see when you should go to cheer for your own country, or go to cheer for someone else’s country. We are the world, and all that.
For more info: http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/
DJ Spooky and The Book of Ice
When:
 September 5th, 2011 – 7-9 p.m.
Where: Art Centre, Nabi, Jongro-gu,  after party at Berlin, Seoul
How much: tba
No really, what?: Sure, it’s a Monday night, but this guy is worth it. Take in his launch party for his new book and then an after party at Berlin.
For more info: http://www.djspooky.com/

Busan International Travel Fair
When:
 September 2nd – 5th, 2011 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: BEXCO (Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre), Haeundae, Busan
How much: W1,000 (children), W2,000 (adult)
No really, what?: This is the fair to be at if you’re interested in international travel or huge gift prizes, including flight and travel vouchers and a car.
For more info: http://www.bitf.co.kr
NFL Pick’em Pool
When:
 September 8th,  2011 – 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Virtual
How much: W20,000
No really, what?: Take the pot if you make the correct picks, and pick up some friends along the way!
For more info: https://www.facebook.com

Youth Alpine Climbing Lessons
When: 
August 23rd – September 15th,  2011 – 3:45 p.m./4:00 p.m.   
Where: 
Samsung Station, Exit 1, Gangnam
How much: W275,000 (four weeks) 
No really, what?: 
Sign up for this climbing course, designed for children aged 8 and up, by August 19th. Instructors will share their passion of climbing – including proper fitting and sizing of gear, basic artificial wall climbing safety, protocol signals used for top-rope climbing, basic climbing techniques and movements – through a series of exciting and fun climbing related activities. Parents are welcome to join or watch with their kids.
For more info: http://www.sanirang.net or sanirang.info@gmail.com

Traditional Music Class for Foreigners
When: 
Every Saturday morning, beginning September 17th (sign up by September 2nd)
Where: 
National Gugak Centre (next to the Seoul Arts Centre in Seocho-gu)
How much: 
W30,000 (covering the whole 12-week course)
No really, what?:  
The fall semester of 2011 Korean Traditional Music Class for Foreigners starts on Saturday 17 September at the National Gugak Center. The program will be conducted in English and Korean (with language assistants) and the instruments necessary for the lesson will be leased during the class. A final presentation (performance) will be held on the last day of class.
For more info: gugakwon@gmail.com 

House of Sharing English Tour and dinner!
When:
 September 17th, 2011 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: House of Sharing, Gwangju (just outside of Seoul – meet at Gangbyeon Station at Exit 1. If you’re coming from Bundang, contact the organizers for directions straight to the museum)
How much: Free (first come, first served – the first 35 people to reserve spots will gain access to the tour) Dinner is free, but donations are always accepted.
No really, what?: We really can’t recommend this tour enough. It’s not exactly light fare for a Sunday afternoon, but it’s most certainly worth it and we’re losing survivors to tell their story as time goes on so don’t put it off. The halmonis (grandmothers) are ‘comfort women’ who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese. Come to the museum to hear their story – in some cases, although the grandmothers are frail, they will attempt to tell you your story and move you to compassion. Our humble gratitude always goes out to the young volunteers who lead free tours for expats throughout the country.
For more info: visits@houseofsharing.org

Vegan Bake Sale for the Horn of Africa
When:
 September 17th,  2011 – 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Suji’s restaurant, Noksapyeong Station, Exit 3
How much: Wvarious
No really, what?: Whether or not you’re a vegan, you’ll love these incredible baked goods – plus, all the proceeds will go to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com

 

Swapshop for Teachers
When: 
September 17th, 2011, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Jeonju, Jeolla province
How much: Free!
No really, what?:  All teachers are welcome to this meeting created by Korea TESOL – you’ll be able to share practical and fun ideas with your group and get in some professional development.
For more info:  http://www.koreatesol.org

Hanmadang Street Art Culture Festival
When: 
September 21st – 25th, 2011
Where: Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province
How much: WFree
No really, what?:  A street festival to end all others – street theatre, plays, dance performances, circus acts, mimes, street music, an artist area and marketplace.
For more info:  gcfest@gmail.com

International Craft Biennale
When: 
September 21st – October 30th, 2011
Where: Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk province
How much: W8,000
No really, what?:  The theme of this year’s Biennale is ‘Not the New, Just the Necessary’ – a statement against the industrialization and materialism of society.
For more info:  http://www.okcj.org

Seoul Drum Festival
When: 
September 23rd-24th, 2011
Where: City Hall Subway Station, Seoul Square, Seoul
How much: Free
No really, what?:  There has never been a drum festival that wasn’t worth going to, so check this one out on purpose or while you’re just passing through the area. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and a celebration performance by Korean and Japanese teams on the 25th of September at 4 p.m.
For more info:  http://www.seouldrum.go.kr

Oktoberfest
When: 
September 23rd-24th, 2011
Where: Grand Hilton Hotel, Seodaemun, Seoul
How much: W120,000 (inclusive of tax and service charge)
No really, what?:  The Original Paulaner Oktoberfest Band will be flown in directly from Munich. You’ll also get to feast on a German food buffet, two types of unlimited Paulaner draft beer and you can score Formula1 tickies in a lucky draw.
For more info:  02-2287-7456 for reservations

FC Seoul Annual Expat Festival
When: 
September 24th, 2011, event zone opens at 2p.m., game starts at 5p.m.
Where: World Cup Stadium, Line 6, Exit 2
How much: W10,000
No really, what?:  FC Seoul will play the Daejeon Citizens, but it will be hard to keep an eye on the game since for just W10,000 you’ll be distracted with a b-boy dance show, a cheergirl show, music concerts, DJ performances, a parade, cosplay, a variety of event booths and oh so much more. More than 10,000 people. Foreigners and locals, will be at the festival. Check out a variety of bars in Itaewon, Sinchon, Hongdae, and Gangnam for tickies or contact the good people below.
For more info:  kbh@gssports.co.kr

Volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital
When: 
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Where: Café Angelo, first floor of Gangnam St. Mary’s Hospital
How much: Free
No really, what?:  This opportunity – to prepare medical kits and to spend time with young patients – is limited to 15 people, so get in touch quickly!
For more info:  yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr or http://global.seoul.go.kr/yeoksam

Icheon Ceramics Festival
When: 
September 24th – October 23rd, 2011, 10am
Where: Seolbong Park, Gwango-dong, Icheon, Gyeonggi
How much: Free
No really, what?:  Icheon, not Incheon. That being said, get yourself to this splendid little city to check out a variety of ceramics from Korea’s history as well as a workshop to draw your own artwork on pottery – then take a break in the lovely hot springs spa where you can sit outside on the roof and have a soak under the stars.
For more info:  Icheon City Hall 031-644-2061/3

Rain: The Best Show
When: 
September 24th and 25th, 2011
Where: Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium, Seoul
How much: tickets vary in price: W55,000, W77,000, W99,999, W132,000, W165,000
No really, what?:  This is your last chance to see Rain in concert before he joins the army at the end of the year. Trust, those abs are worth it.
For more info:  02-599-5743
Streetcar
When:
 September 24thh, 2011 –  Doors at 7, show at 8
Where: Daegu YMCA, 4th Floor
How much: Free (first come, first served – the first 35 people to reserve spots will gain access to the tour) Dinner is free, but donations are always accepted.
No really, what?: We really can’t recommend this tour enough. It’s not exactly light fare for a Sunday afternoon, but it’s most certainly worth it and we’re losing survivors to tell their story as time goes on so don’t put it off. The halmonis (grandmothers) are ‘comfort women’ who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese. Come to the museum to hear their story – in some cases, although the grandmothers are frail, they will attempt to tell you your story and move you to compassion. Our humble gratitude always goes out to the young volunteers who lead free tours for expats throughout the country.
For more info: visits@houseofsharing.org

The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales
When: 
Until September 25th, 2011  
Where: 
Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul 
How much: 
W14,000 (adults), W12,000 (teens), W10,000 (children) 
No really, what?: 
You already know the lyrics to all of the songs, so go ahead and sing ‘em while taking in this exhibition, curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Take in more than 600 artworks including paintings, concept art, production notes, maquettes, photographs and film clips. English tours are available by group reservations.  TheYeogiyo enjoyed this exhibition, but doesn’t necessarily recommend the audio tour – it doesn’t hurt, but you don’t need it.
For more info:  http://www.dctexhibition.com

Musee d’Orsay Exhibit
When: 
Until September 25th, 2011 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Where: 
Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Centre
How much: 
W5,000 – W12,000
No really, what?:  
Why go to Paris, when you can visit a part of it in Seoul? Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin will be presented alongside other people who can paint real nice.
For more info:  http://www.sac.or.kr
American Art Exhibition
When: 
Until September 25th, 2011
Where: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Doeksugun Annex, Seoul
How much: W12,000
No really, what?: 
The Whitney Museum of American Art is lending 87 pieces to Seoul so that you can look at some art from home, perhaps get a little homesick, and use your melancholy and infinite sadness to create your own art.
For more info: http://www.moca.go.kr/

 

Rugby Tourney
When: 
September 25th, 2011, 8pm
Where: Han River Jamwon Rugby Park, Seoul
How much: Free
No really, what?:  A huge rugby tourney with rugby members from the Seoul Survivors, Korea University, Bucheon, Gangnam, Incheon, SNU, HAKA, Seoul Puk High School, and Yonsei taking part in the game.
For more info:  Get in touch with junsa27man@naver.com

The Real Group
When: 
September 27th, 2011, 8pm
Where: Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts, Seoul
How much: tickets vary in price: W40,000, W60,000, W80,000, W120,000
No really, what?:  Enjoy an acapella group from Sweden as they perform again in Korea – they’re famous here for performing at the opening ceremony of the 2002 World Cup as representatives from Europe.
For more info:  02-599-5743

Rush Hour Concert
When: 
September 27th, 2011
Where: LG Arts Centre, Yeoksam, Gangnam, Seoul
How much: W15,000
No really, what?:  Camerata Antiqua Seoul will play popular songs that appear in commercials and film songs, meaning that you don’t have to have any class to enjoy it. Just kidding, just kidding. The Rush Hour Concert will take place once a month with a different theme each time.
For more info:  http://www.lgart.comarts2005@lgart.com

CanCham Fall Golf Outing
When: 
September 27th, 2011, 12:30 pm (tee-off at 1 p.m.)
Where: Ananti Club Seoul, Kapyeong, Gyeonggi province
How much: W225,000 includes the green, a caddy and cart fees (lunch and dinner not included)
No really, what?:  Try to register by September 19th for this event, which only has a limited number of reservations available.
For more info:  info@canchamkorea.org or http://www.canchamkorea.org

Wonju Hanji Festival
When: 
September 28th – October 2nd, 2011
Where: Hanji Theme Park area, Wonju, Gangwon Province
How much: W2,000 (adults), W1,000 (students), paper doll contest (W15,000), Wonju theme tour (W5,000)
No really, what?:  Visit this unique festival in Wonju, famous for making hanji (traditional Korean paper). There will be a fashion show, a theme park, a lantern show, a puppet show, and a gift box contest.
For more info:  http://www.wjhanji.co.kr

World Dance Festival
When: 
September 28th – October 3rd, 2011
Where: Cheonan, Chungcheongnam province
How much: WFree
No really, what?:  The Cheonan World Dance Festival is definitely a sight to see for anyone interested in singing, dance, or traditional costumes of Korea. Check it out – there’s even a reenactment of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony.
For more info:  http://festival.cheonan.go.kr

Songi Mushroom Festival
When: 
September 29th – October 3rd, 2011
Where: Yangyang, Gangwon province
How much: Wfree!
No really, what?:  Actually seeing a ‘golden mushroom’ or ‘diamond in the woods’ is difficult because access to their natural environment is restricted, so visit this festival to take a bite out of luxury – one kilogram of the songi mushroom costs over W200,000. Healthy, organic dishes featuring the mushrooms will be available.
For more info:  http://yangyang.go.kr

National Museum of Korea Tour
When: 
September 30th, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Inchon Station, Line 4, Exit 2
How much: W3,000
No really, what?:  Meet an English speaking guide to get a tour of the permanent exhibition hall of the National Museum of Korea – and take part in a crafts workshop about making Korean traditional pottery.
For more info:  yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr

Akram Khan Dance Company
When: 
September 30th – October 1st, 2011
Where: LG Arts Centre, Yeoksam Station, Gangnam, Seoul
How much: A seats – W30,000, S seats – W50,000, R seats – W70,000
No really, what?:  Akram Khan will be returning to Korea with work inspired by the universal myths of angels and the idea of ‘ascension.’ The dance is set to the original score by UK musician Nitin Sawhney.
For more info:  arts2005@lgart.com

Zen Fall Weekend Retreat
When: 
September 30th – October 2nd, 2011
Where: HwaGyeSa Int’l Zen Centre, Seoul
How much: W50,000
No really, what?:  If you haven’t done a temple stay before, the Hwagyesa International Zen Centre at Suyu station in Seoul is organizing a meditation experience for you to enjoy taking in some walking meditation and self-reflection that doesn’t involve a soju bottle.
For more info:  hgszencenter@gmail.com

Andong International Maskdance Festival
When: 
September 30th – October 9th, 2011
Where: Andong, North Gyeongsangbuk province
How much: Free!
No really, what?:  This festival is considered to be one of the best in Korea – take in some very cool demonstrations and reenactments and watch performances involving traditional masks – you’ll even get a chance to make masks. This festival is family friendly as well with a puppet play and interactive exhibitions.
For more info:  http://maskdance.com
Bra Donation Charity
When: 
October 3rd, 2011, 2 p.m.
Where: 
Well-Being Studio in Itaewon  
How much: 
Wfree!
No really, what?:  
Listen, you have some bras? You want to share it so that you can raise money for breast cancer research? You have a heart? In that case, contact the good people who are putting together this charity so that you can be creative for a good cause.
For more info:  http://www.facebook.com/

Dogs Vs. Ticks
When: 
July 14th – October 31st, 2011 
Where: 
Online (and worldwide!)
How much: 
W15,000 – W20,000
No really, what?:  
With just a small donation, you can help to sponsor a shelter dog and help them to be free from tick poisoning. For more information, check the link below or e-mail Katherine at katherine-hall@hotmail.com
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com

All That Jazz
When: 
Until October 30th, 2011
Where: SH Arts Hall – Jongnogu, Heywhadong, Daehakno
How much: W55,000 (R seats), W45,000 (S seats)
No really, what?:  The producer of a cable network, Yu Ra Seo, is headed for New York on the network chief’s orders to make an exclusive interview for the cover story with the world’s most famous choreographer, Tae Min Yoo. Things are not looking so bright when the cover story subject is known for his adamant refusal towards any types of press, and the fact that both Yu Ra and Tae Min were previously in a complicated relationship can’t make the situation any worse.
For More info: tgifrank2011@gmail.com or 010-3432-2477

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jennifer anniston naked sex tapes

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

This is one of the most popular searches on Google (from what I read somewhere).  I’m interested to see how much traffic comes to my blog because of this title.

My apologies for not being porn.  But seriously, she has NO sex tape (yet).

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You See These Rocks?!

September 6, 2011 2 comments

Tourists behaving badly: Lost in translation in South Korea (video)

by Melanie Renzulli (RSS feed) on Aug 29th 2011 at 2:00PM

This terribly embarrassing video making the rounds shows how learning just a little bit of the local language can help prevent a massive misunderstanding.

Robert J. Koehler of The Marmot’s Hole informs us that the incident occurred between a 24-year-old African-American English teacher and a 61-year-old man on a crowded bus in South Korea. According to Koehler, “The elderly man reportedly said “니가 여기 앉아” (a sign of consideration) but not knowing Korean, the man in question interpreted “니가” [pronounced “nigga” and meaning “you”] as the N-word which led to his violent outburst.”

Of course, the only accounts we have of this incident come from the Korean media. But, insult or not, this ugly American – an English teacher, no less – sets the perfect example of how not to act in a foreign country – or even in your own home town. Really dude, turn it down a notch, will ya?

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South Korea Suicides

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

South Korea suicide toll doubles over a decade

By Lucy WilliamsonBBC News, Seoul

South Korean actor and singer Park Yong-ha pictured in Seoul in 2009
In recent years suicides of young stars like singer and actor Park Yong-ha have shocked South Korea

Suicides in South Korea have more than doubled in 10 years, according to new figures from the government.

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and pressure has been growing for the government to do more to stop the problem spiralling.

The new figures show that in 2009 more than 40 people killed themselves each day in South Korea.

This is more than twice the number who did so a decade earlier and five times as many as in 1989.

The question is why more South Koreans are killing themselves?

The economy has been growing by an average of 7% since the Asian crisis a decade ago and despite a rapid rise in household debts, the country has not seen the mass lay-offs and economic stagnation which were blamed for suicide rates in neighbouring Japan.

Some analysts here say there has been a move towards suicides among younger age groups, with some young people using internet sites to form suicide groups.

Earlier this year the South Korean parliament passed a new law giving the government more responsibility for preventing suicides.

Since then several new initiatives have been launched including the installation of emergency phones on bridges and, according to local media, plans for a nationwide series of suicide prevention centres.

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