Packing up

23 08 2008

So I am currently packing up stuff… I’m not going to be overly dramatic and say I am packing up my life, because I am not doing that. I am just packing clothes and such. That’s not what I wanted to say though, what I wanted to say is that I hate packing. I am writing this post to delay the packing effort a little, also my laundry hasn’t been finished so I am waiting on that. Luckily my friends are coming over in about 20 minutes to have a little goodbye dinner thing and to generally hang out.

That is another good thing to delay my packing. The only concern I have with this packing up of stuff is whether or not I can confine everything to duffel bags. I hate wheely bags when travelling countries. I feel so stupid rolling them and they get in the way if public transport is in the works. Luckily, I do enjoy traveling by myself though, as I can do whatever I want and don’t have to wait or do what others would prefer. It makes my mind happy as I can focus on nothing really.

I don’t really feel like I am going to South Korea tomorrow. I think I should be feeling a bit more anxious or nervous about going to a new country where I do not speak the language or know much, but I am not so whatever. I didn’t even really do much for last things before I go. Overall, this pre-departure experience has been pretty easy and not all that nervous making, which I am a fan of.

So I guess tomorrow is the big day, when this blog will actually begin to explain things about my travels to Korea. So far it hasn’t had too much to do with Korea, so it should be a good change of pace. So probably the next time you hear from me I will be in a new place, across the world, where I know nothing. Then you will get a better understanding of what happens in Seoul.

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I’m like a real blogger now

21 08 2008

So I am like a real blogger now since I haven’t posted in a while. Anyways to catch people up on things, I just got back from New York, like 20 minutes ago, and went to Idaho last week. So most of my things from my list are now complete

1. Get out of Canada (where I am currently located)

2. Go to Portland for a concert by The Faint

3. Go to grandmother’s memorial service

4. Go to New York to see my girlfriend for the last time before I am gone for possibly a year

5. Maybe learn some Korean… which I have no knowledge of

Now I just need to learn some Korean… which I know for a fact won’t happen before I leave. Although I did read one of those Korean culture and customs books on the plane back to Seattle. It was, overall, not that helpful, but whatever it’s probably best I read it anyways. So I also signed up for classes today in the airport (best place to do that sort of thing if you ask me) and I am taking: PRE-MODERN KOREAN HISTORY, TRADITIONAL KOREAN SOCIETY & MODERNIZATION, and INTERNATIONAL TRADE PRACTICES, along with the beginning Korean class I will be placed in once I get to school.

Overall I am pretty happy with the courses I am signed up for, and the best part is that all I have on Fridays is Korean and no class starts before 10AM which is always a big plus. I am the anti-morning person so that is an important thing for me. So before Sunday (when I leave this place) I have to do some stuff, such as, buy a few more clothes, get a haircut, eat some good food, and finish up on video games. One of my goals while in Korea is to severely cut back on the amount of video games I play, which hopefully won’t be too hard as I will be busy doing all sorts of things.

Anyways I am pretty tired and I think I am going to go head over to my big cushy bed and put myself to sleep for a bit, as I have to get up and start doing some wonderful errands.





The Faint Concert

4 08 2008

Well the concert finally happened and it was amazing. Drove down to Portland which was about a 3+ hour drive each way, which wasn’t bad knowing that The Faint was to be seen. I was also really quite suprised by the type of crowd that they attracted, I was not expecting to see so many normal people there. I figured it would be much more of an alternative crowd. But I got myself a t-shirt and their unreleased CD all for $20 which was a great deal.

The opening bands were Shy Child, which I was really impressed by, and Jaguar Love, which I think was a little lackluster. Shy Child is a duo of a drummer and a guy on a keytar, and they were actually quite good… at least I liked them. The other band, Jaguar Love, was really loud and didn’t seem to be in full control of their volume/sound which made it difficult to listen to. They did have a few very good songs but for the most part Jaguar Love was fairly underwhelming.

The Faint, on the other hand, blew me away. By far the best performance by any band I have ever seen. They had a really good set list, every song they played was really good. I do wish they had played ‘The Conductor’ but that’s okay since everything they DID play was perfect. They had parts where it was so loud that I actually started to get a bit dizzy and feel off balance as the wall of sound hit me, but that kind of added to the fun. I am extremely happy that I got through that rockslide and made it to the concert. Here is the cover art for their new CD, Fasciinatiion:

 

It was a great night.





Freedom!

2 08 2008

So the road is finally getting cleared and is supposed to open in one hour, which is when I will be leaving to go back to the wonderful city that is a suburb of Seattle. That makes me very happy as I will also be able go see The Faint concert down in Portland tomorrow! It will be alot of driving though… and I hope my car got its tabs renewed so I can legally drive it down there. Either way I will be home tomorrow, since the drive will take at least 5-6 hours with all the traffic from opening the road. So hopefully this will be the end of my rockslide woes.

In other news, I watched another movie called “Our Happy Time” about a convict and girl falling in love. I don’t want to review it or anything right now because I have to prepare this house for leaving, i.e. take out the garbage, do the dishes, and laundry.

Once again in other news, a funny thing happened when I checked my blog stats after the last post, as my traffic to the site had a large spike due to my last post’s title having the word ‘sex’ in it. I found this pretty amusing as some people looking for ‘sex’, ‘erotic-romance’, and ‘korea sex’ ending up finding my movie review. Which probably did not lead any of them to what they were actually looking for… I almost feel sorry for them. I also feel like there are better places to find that than on blogs. Anyways I think that is it for tonight, I gotta get going so I can get back to Seattle at a less random hour of the day than 5 AM.





Korean Movie Review: Sex is Zero & Flying Boys

2 08 2008

So I decided that maybe doing something constructive in this blog… like movie reviews would be a good idea, so here is my first movie review, which is a double feature. Tonight I will be talking about the Korean movies ‘Sex is Zero’ and ‘Flying Boys’. I don’t really know what I am doing so please… cut me some slack.

Sex is Zero

Sex is Zero Cover

So what I read about this movie before I saw it was that it was a kind of Korean ‘American Pie’, which to an extent is true, but saying it is like ‘American Pie’ is not doing it justice. This movie is far better. The basic plot is that our protagonist, Eunsik, is basically the unluckiest/ most bumbling guy ever and is in love with a girl on the aerobics team (which I think is more like a gymnastics team… but only on the floor) and she, of course, likes the popular, good-looking bastard. Eunsik is also in a crazy club where they seem to just cause as much pain to themselves as possible, basically on the same level of weirdness as the aerobics club being called aerobics… Anyways the movie is quite funny and made me laugh quite often, it is supposed to be a comedy. NEW PARAGRAPH!

I would say there are several rather disgusting moments in the beginning, especially for guys, but I don’t want to spoil anything as seeing them for the first time adds a good amount to the shock value. A very surprising thing in this movie comes about 2/3 of the way through when the movie starts to have a more serious, endearing tone for a bit. This is not a bad thing, in fact, I would say it legitimizes the movie, it is just pretty unexpected in this type of movie. Overall, I would say this movie is quite good for the person that wants to be entertained, but not someone that wants to see a cinematic wonder. Its good, but I would not recommend it to everyone as a must see.

Score: 7.5/10

 

Flying Boys

Flying Boys Cover

This movie I went into fairly blind. It is a story about growing up and finding your way after high school. The main character, Min-Jae, was raised by an absent father, who is a commercial airline pilot, and his life is just in general not working out for him, nor for any of his friends. He is tired of the way things are going and wants to break away from the rut of his life. Luckily he is just about done with high school, in his senior year, and taking his college exams. After exams are done him and his friends decide to go have a bit of a drink and drive around in his dad’s car, both of which are illegal for them to do. He is then caught by a ballet teacher who blackmails him and his friends to take her class.

The girl that lives down the hall from Min-Jae, who he also has a crush on, is forced to take the same class as him. That is the basic premise of the movie. There is alot more to it, but I cannot just go and ruin the rest of the story for you. This movie is funny, with a few serious moments, though in the context of everything it works pretty well. I thought it was an interesting story about how people that finish high school can feel like they are stuck in a kind of limbo, and how expectations for life can be shattered. Overall I would say that this would be a great movie for anyone that has felt lost in life, which is probably quite a few people.

Score: 8.5/10

 

So this is my first movie review, ever. So if it sucks please be friendly and don’t hate me for it. I do not claim to know much about Korean culture yet so if I sound ignorant… it is because I am. Maybe after going to Korea I will re-watch these movies and see how they are after that. Anyways 4 AM for me so time to go to sleep





Stuck in Canada

1 08 2008

So I am currently stuck in Canada at my house in Whistler, BC. Here is a link to an article about why I am stuck here. This is annoying for several reasons

1. I am stuck in Canada

2. There is not really much to do here

3. My time before going to Korea is pretty limited and this is taking away 5 days that I would have at home to do things

4. I miss The Faint concert that I have been looking forward to for basically the whole summer

so as you can see I am less than happy about this. However, starting last night I have decided to start watching some Korean movies. I got three more to watch so hopefully that will kill about… 6 hours of this 5 day waiting period. Damn rocks… and their sliding… so yea I am stuck in Canada, and don’t really want to be here all that much anymore, as a two day trip turned into a week long one, and I only brought about three days worth of clothing so I have to rewash things every day in order to actually be wearing something clean.

Maybe I should go and try to find some way of learning some Korean or something. Possibly look online, maybe I will have some luck? I do leave in 23 days… so that might not be a bad idea. I would write more right now to give me something to do, but I really don’t have much to say, I guess if you don’t want to hear rambling then stop reading now, I may or may not continue writing about nonsense.

So I did find some new music while up here which makes me happy, as I am always going through music at a very fast pace which is kind of annoying because I get so easily bored with it, but thats kind of just how I am to begin with. Anyways now that I’ve deflected what I have actually been listening to for about a paragraph I will finally tell. The best song so far that I have heard is “Love is Noise” by The Verve, who I guess are a band again, since I remember them breaking up a while ago. It is a good song though and I recommend it to people that are people, and not to people that hate music.

Onto random subject #2… so I just turned around to stretch while writing and looked out the window and saw that my neighbors have about 60 square feet of fire wood… who in god’s name needs that much firewood, it is a bit ridiculous, even if we are in the cold semi-frozen north that is Canada. Plus their front-door light, that shines directly into my bedroom, is on all night which is pretty annoying.

So I guess I should find out how to use wordpress better so that this blog’s visuals don’t suck so people will be happier to read… whoever those people may be… probably a bunch of weirdos that want to read anything I write. Okay so I think that is the end of the rambling, I will go and try to do something productive rather than just sitting here writing endlessly about nothing… or at least go watch the wonderful-ness that is Canadian television (so you know thats sarcasm, which I use often, so yea… I don’t know where this note is going really).

P.S. this is a really good website that is funny and sometimes a bit gross and offensive http://failblog.org/





Exciting World of Seoul

30 07 2008

So I did a bunch of reading of other blogs and such today and now I am really excited to head over to Korea. It just sounds like an amazingly fun place. I particularly liked this one:

Journey to Seoul

She is on the summer version of my program and what she has to say about things make them all sound extremely appealing. It just sounds like a really fun, new kind of place for me to be in. Quite different than going to college in rural Ohio, which lacks quite a bit of the excitement and newness. After today’s readings I am overall, much more excited than before to be going to Seoul. I have a feeling it will at least be a very good semester, and hopefully year. Japan didn’t work out, but fate seems to want me to go to Korea, so it must be for something good.

I just need to get back down to Seattle and go meet up with some friends at our favorite Korean BBQ place, hopefully that will at least partially tide me over until I get on the plane over to there.