Saturday, November 29, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
And to be even more honest I'm certainly not looking forward to a wedding. Especially two, because that's how many we will be having*. I have had lots of people hassling me with dates (well not hassling, just asking) and asking me to document stuff online, on this blog. Well I haven't said anything or done anything because I haven't started looking. I don't want to start looking.
But on Sunday (yesterday) Sung Hyun and I went out to the Yongsan War Memorial to check out a wedding venue (yah I know, get married at a war museum, jazzy). But I'm pretty certain that I'm NOT interested in a cheesy wedding hall style wham-bham-thank-you-maam wedding. For those of you unfamiliar with this, let me explain:
Well it's in a WEDDING HALL building -- a building specifically for weddings. You are allowed 30 minutes or so in the hall before the next wedding starts (can we say Vegas?). The next bride is basically waiting for her turn as you walk out. After you walk down the aisle in the rented wedding dress with the make-up and hair package (and yes MEN get make-up too) you cut a fake cake while bubbles and fake smoke starts blowing and your friends start popping their crackers, then you do a champagne love shot and go to the buffet table. While you are exchanging your vows however, okay no vows are exchanged you just stare at some man who is giving his 15 minute speech about love (well actually I have no clue what he talks about), the audience chats away to the person next to them, or decides to have a phone conversation DURING THE MIDDLE OF YOUR CEREMONY. Furthermore, people get up and come in and out of the wedding hall like it's some kind of come and go tea. I've seen Koreans be more respectful during movies.
In case you think I'm kidding about the disrespect thing, why don't you watch this:
* One in Korea for Sung Hyun's extremely large family and one a year or so after we get back to Canada
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
drool* (Korean male fashion -- yet another reason to love Kboys). I'm going to sulk in my bed now!!!
p.s. these videos were taken at a concert I went to two weeks ago
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The pathway to the sauna.
All you need is a good 10 minutes in here before you sweat out all the water you drank that entire week....hehe
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Why thank you!!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sung Hyun tells of times when he was punished by his teacher for not completing his homework. His punishment didn't come in the form of a phone call to mom much like we would expect in the West, but rather in a beating. Much like what you'll see in these videos below (and yes these are Korean students):
What's unfortunate is that incidents like these often go unreported. Reported incidents are often swept under the rug by the police. The Metropolitician who has witnessed such incidents describes best:
Korea’s instinct is to cover up, change the subject, point to “national shame”as a reason to silence everyone. Remember — in Korea, it’s not about guilt, it’s about shame — and how bad you look in public. That is more important than what was actually done. The parents dropping the charges is a case in point. Too much shame brought to the community, which overrides anything else.
(The Metropolitician, http://www.koreasparkle.com/2008/11/more-on-teachers-beating-students/#content)
More of what he has to say can be read by clicking here and checking his response in the comments section. He also describes of an incident where a student died because of teacher abuse. He was brought out of class and beaten hard, then forced to do laps around the school until he collapsed from exhaustion. Only to be followed by another round of beatings and laps which continued all afternoon. He was denied water and collapsed when he was allowed to go home. The official report -- HEART FAILURE!!!
A perfectly healthy, 17-year-old boy died of heart failure. I wonder why?(The Metropolitician, http://www.koreasparkle.com/2008/11/more-on-teachers-beating-students/#content)
Dehydration and extreme physical and mental abuse? Naw. No charges were filed,
and the family tried to fight it, until they were intimidated into not doing so.
For more information check out The Hub of Sparkle!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I LOVE YOU!!!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Earrings in the top two rows are $1 each
Bottom row from left to right -- $3, $4, $5, and $7
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
It's what's for supper!!!
Everyone needs a little inspiration!!
Her cutie pie, MiNam!!!