Best Movie of 2007! Go see it. Debuted in South Korea June 28. Opens in the States July 4.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Transformers was awesome! Definitely the best movie of 2007 in my book. If there is one thing that director Michael Bay knows how to do is make things blow up on film. The special effects were intense and amazing. They put together a star cast including Shia LeBeouf, Jon Voight, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and a lot of fresh faces like Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Rachael Taylor.Shia has really turned into a powerhouse actor. I really liked Holes and The Greatest Game and he is set to play Indiana Jones' son in next summer's release.
The director made a great choice and brought Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime from the TV series, back to carry on the legacy.I have a feeling that the car companies are really behind this movie. They feature some amazing cars: Camaros, Hummers, Porsche, etc. I left the movie wanting to buy a car and hit the open road. The cars were sweet.I will be truly disappointed if this movie doesn't smash box office records. It is a must see summer movie. It has just the right mix of action, adventure, special effects, and humor with just a little dash of romance thrown in. I'll probably go see it again this week. It was that good!
Friday, June 29, 2007
This might be the coolest place in Seoul. (No pun intended.) The bar is located in the basement of a parking garage. The entire bar is made of ice.
A 15,000W cover charge gets you coat, gloves and boot rental as well as one drink. I had a Black Korean. It was a little fruity for being a 'guys' drink. Peach tea and vodka.
Each drink came in our very own ice glass. The chairs were all made of ice but fortunately had an animal skin cover to keep your back side from getting too cold.Don't forget were also making a political statement. This is definitely a novelty place but it is completely worth the cover charge. We got lost the first time we looked for it so I'm providing the map for other to use. If you're in the Hongdae area, check it out!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
We weren't able to go to the movies today but we made plans to go on Saturday. Sorry to all those in the States who have to wait until July 4. LOL.
P.S. Anyone living abroad but still wanting to follow the Fox show 'So You Think You Can Dance', check out this link for clips. Anyone know where I can get full episodes?
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The trail is well used and no matter what time of the day or night, there are always a number of people walking, running or riding bikes. While running on the trail by the apartments I have made several observations that seem to hold true.
1. A kid riding a bike will steer away from you until you are within five feet, then he/she will steer directly toward you to try and clip you off at the knees.
2. Insects flying near the lamp posts will continue flying near the light until a jogger comes near at which point they will dive bomb the runner aiming for the nostrils and mouth.
3. Koreans enact laws that require people to walk on the left but then they refuse to follow that directive.
4. People using the trail seem more than happy to walk single file until they hear a jogger approaching from behind and then they insist on walking three abreast and blocking any chance of making it easy to pass.
5. Finally, humidity makes running, even running at night, almost unbearable. I think I'll move back to Montana where a day with high humidity is around 10%.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
As is Korean custom, we took up a collection at work to help her and her family out. We'll continue to keep her and her family in our prayers.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Online sources say one thing but talk with Koreans and they'll tell you another. If the past several very humid days with rainy evenings and nights have been any indication, then the rainy season is well underway. Check out the weather around Korea here.
Or just go straight the source, The Underground for five day forecasts. Thursday has a 100% chance of precipitation in the Inchon area. Can anyone really be that confident to guarentee 100% chance? Either way, I'll be sure to pack my umbrella.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
We decided on Santorini, a Greek restaurant just off the main drag. The menu was a little bit pricey but the food was really good. Itaewon never disappoints when it comes to food.
I also found a Superman shirt to buy. I have been wanting one so I can prove to my students that I am Superman.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Each of the kids' parents came into watch the presentation of their skills. Each student had to demonstrate their reading, conversation, listening and speaking skills.
After the kids did their half hour plus presentation, they were shooed away and I stayed and answered 45 minutes of questions from the parents. It is nice to have the parents so concerned about their child's education. The principal knows how important these events are and puts an almost undue amount of emphasis on them.
All went well though and it is nice to have the weight of that event off my shoulders. Other teachers have their open houses this week and next.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
It would be the perfect 'just-out-of-college, don't-know-what-I'm-gonna-do-with-myself' job. Or the perfect 'having-a-mid-life-crisis-need-to-get-away' job. Or the perfect 'retirement-is-boring' job. I was referred to a good website that does an excellent job of outlining the pros and cons and gives a detailed account of what the experience is like an what you can expect.
Flying Cows Consulting lays out almost everything you could need to know in an appealing format. If I was starting out again...I would have appreciated this guide. They should be paying me to give this review but I do recommend the website. Also...be adventurous. Teach English in a foreign country. Try Korea.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
She has been planning on coming here since February and has read almost every book ever written about Korea. We start to explain something and she gets all excited..."Ooo, I read about that!"
She reminds me of that perky nun from Sister Act (demeanor, personality and looks). "My mom always said you'll either grow up to be a nun or a stewardess...Coffee!?"
We celebrated her arrival on Friday night with dinner and norebong. What could possibly be more fitting for a first night than galbi and bad karaoke?
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Golden Crown was bred for watermelon lovers and improved for earliness (about 70-80 days from sowing). It has good tolerance to powdery mildew, anthracnose, and viruses, which lengthens the life of the vines and increases potential yield. Four or more fruit per plant is very common. The golden-yellow rind signals that this juicy red watermelon is ready for harvest. The mature fruit is uniform, oblong, icebox-sized, weighing about 2.5kg, and with brilliant red flesh containing small seeds. Golden Crown is a delicious sweet watermelon with approximately 12% sugar content. A very thin but tough rind allows good shipping. Green spots may appear on the rind if grown under low light intensity or poor management after flowering.
Apparently there are also yellow fleshed watermelons. Clearly my watermelon palette has been limited all these years.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Today (6.15) was another day to celebrate fallen war heroes is Korea. The school organized a field trip for the kindergarten class. It was about an hour bus ride to the memorial and we accidentally had a military escort the majority of the way. A convoy was moving through and they closed all of the side streets to let the mile long convoy stay together. We stayed in line with the convoy and bypassed all of the traffic lights.
Once we arrived we took the kids up a steep staircase to the monument. Each kid had to lay a flower at the base and then bow.
From a vantage point you could look across the mountains to North Korea. Afterwards we had lunch in a small wooded area next to the gift shop. I sometimes question our Korean helper teachers...after lunch many of the kids had to go to the bathroom. Instead of leading them to the toilet, the Korean helper teachers thought is was perfectly acceptable for the boys to drop trou and water the trees a mere ten feet from the picnic tables. It was rather comical seeing a row of kindergartner bums.This just adds to the grocery list of Koreans I've seen naked in public. Babies peeing into bottles at public plays, people bathing outdoors along a public highway, drunken business men relieving themselves outside the bar, and the not-so-modest public toilets that have clear windows that look out on busy walkways. They do have public decency laws but that is one of those strange rules that isn't adhered to.
We made it back to school and then had a little time to relax before afternoon classes.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
So what if everybody 'won' one?I think the best souvenirs from foreign places are the unique ones that no one else will have. Only four other Americans have or will ever have one like this. It has got to be one of the best souvenirs from my year-long adventure!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
One of our Korean helper teachers read through it for me. The majority of it was fine print absolving Habitat for Humanity from responsibility if anyone not fit enough tries to run the marathon. It gave details of where and when and a schedule of events.
The final three pages of the book were the names of the registered racers. Running the 5K were the names of 1344 Koreans and five Americans. Come race day someone is going to stick out.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I'm not going to set any land speed records but I feel good about where I am physically. Dare I say it??? It's so cliched... I'm probably in the best shape of my life! (That isn't saying much.)
Next Saturday we'll head to the race site and see how we do.