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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2015, 12:12:13 pm »
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2015, 12:14:41 pm »
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/critiquing-the-critique

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19lett-CRITIQUINGAC_LETTERS.html

Sorry brah. It's already been done. You can't do it now. Maybe try a different original thought :3
« Last Edit: June 05, 2015, 12:17:20 pm by richardtang1991 »
Open your mind.


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2015, 12:23:21 pm »
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/critiquing-the-critique

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19lett-CRITIQUINGAC_LETTERS.html

Sorry brah. It's already been done. You can't do it now. Maybe try a different original thought :3

ok I will give writing a blog a go, here it is:

Dearest visitor(s)

seoul - soul - will seoul have an impact on my seoul soul seoul? only time will tell as I step off the plane into an airport, the thought struck me how similar the airports here are to the ones back home, with airplanes and things and then I knew what a journey both physsical and mental and spiritual (souelful) i will be now on

part 2

MERS and rain and I went to have get a latte fuckety fuckety blah blah blah stick coffee why are koreans so blah blah blah blah I like ice cream I rode a horse once yadda yadda

10 months later:

sorry for not updateing my blog but I have been busy joining stormfront and carving swastikas into my forehead, hi mom and dad!

the end


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2015, 12:30:36 pm »
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/critiquing-the-critique

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19lett-CRITIQUINGAC_LETTERS.html

Sorry brah. It's already been done. You can't do it now. Maybe try a different original thought :3

ok I will give writing a blog a go, here it is:

Dearest visitor(s)

seoul - soul - will seoul have an impact on my seoul soul seoul? only time will tell as I step off the plane into an airport, the thought struck me how similar the airports here are to the ones back home, with airplanes and things and then I knew what a journey both physsical and mental and spiritual (souelful) i will be now on

part 2

MERS and rain and I went to have get a latte fuckety fuckety blah blah blah stick coffee why are koreans so blah blah blah blah I like ice cream I rode a horse once yadda yadda

10 months later:

sorry for not updateing my blog but I have been busy joining stormfront and carving swastikas into my forehead, hi mom and dad!

the end

That wasn't so bad was it? :D

It didn't have diminishing effect on your life at all did it? Well except for eating away at your deskwarming time...
Open your mind.


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2015, 12:40:18 pm »
Do you know what is an amazing book.

comrades and strangers: behind the closed doors of north korea

It is about some bloke who was an English editor in North Korea.

The really amazing thing about it is that as English teachers in South Korea we can relate to many many many of the things he describes, and to me it shows that the North and South mentality is actually not as far apart as we think it is.

**Edit**
If you look on a popular torrent site a pdf is available.


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2015, 12:48:24 pm »
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.

 8)


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2015, 12:53:19 pm »
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.

 8)

how do quadriplegics write?   :evil:
Open your mind.


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2015, 01:14:54 pm »
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.

 8)

how do quadriplegics write?   :evil:

Nick Vujicic managed to write a book, so we all have no excuse.

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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2015, 02:09:17 pm »
Here's my bonus personal action plan.

Wake up. Goto dunny.
Eat. Go to work.
Work. Look at cat pictures.
Go home.
Eat. Look at cat pictures.
Sleep.


Why do people need all these self help books? Life really isn't that hard is it?


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2015, 02:12:33 pm »
Why do people need all these self help books? Life really isn't that hard is it?

With, or without, limbs?
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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2015, 02:19:13 pm »
I originally had the intention of continuing writing about my university dissertation topic (the differences in photographic disciplines of Europe and America vs. China, Japan and Korea, the way photographic disciplines differ between the three far east Asian countries, and the prevalence of orientalism within western photography. It was mostly about semiotic languages and how cultural experience influences how we read images in art and mass media. I felt hella restricted by the 10,000 word limit and had to cut a hell of a lot from my notes, particularly from my notes on the development of modern photography in China. I still got a 1st class grade on this dissertation so *shrug*) but I lost my notes and the original copy of my dissertation, and got whacked big time with a general lack of motivation, to do the research or to write. I have barely been to any exhibitions and haven't really done much in terms of collecting artist references.
I've also not done a whole lot in terms of taking my own art images since I've been kind of stuck in a rut of only photographing unknown k-pop idols, and don't have the correct lens for my preferred photographic style (I opted for a lens better suited for the kpop idol photographs because I do it more.)

I think If I get the money together, start taking art photos again and decide I will go back to university to get a masters degree, and somehow convince myself I have any kind of future in a photographic career I'd consider picking it up against and at least getting some notes and research together. But right now it seems massively pointless.


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2015, 02:59:42 pm »
Hey, everyone! Who is my Mom.

Today was a really exciting and special day. Me and my coteachers went to Moji-san (that means Moji-san Mountain OLOLOLO I am so great Korean after three months~~~~~)!! Well, we really went as a part of a school trip, but I know they asked me to come because they really appreciate my unique love of Korean culture. My one coworker, whose English name is Sunny, was like, "Oh, I wish we didn't have to do this right after school" and I was like, "Yeah, I know, we should do it on a weekend sometime!" Then she laughed and my other coworker (her name is Sunny, too! Isn't that KYUUTA? [that's Korean for cute~~~~~]) was like, "Yes, Meepmoop, maybe," and then they laughed again. We have so much fun!

When we got to the mountain, everyone told me I should jump on this one big rock that stuck out a little farther than the others. It was really hard to climb and I got all sweaty. The principal said something when I was climbing and everyone laughed, so I guess Igave them a great show, LOL! When I finally made it to the top of the rock, I was so proud of myself! I really feel like GOD has shown me the way in telling me to come to Korea, because I never would have climbed a mountain back home in Florida! Wait, we don't have any mountains...but still! GOD you are so powerful in showing me the true path!

Anyways, I got to the top of the rock and turned around to wave at all my friends. They waved back after a minute or so. (They were really busy setting up a picnic and drinking soju, which is Korean for "soju.") I could tell they were really proud of me for climbing that rock! GOD YOU ARE THE WAY!

After I got down from the rock, it was time to go, but my other coteacher, Sunny, saved me some grapes. She is so debak [good~]). Then we drove back down the mountain and went to a very traditional Korean restaurant called Chicken Story. Actually, I don't think anyone climbed anything on the mountain except for me, we just drove up and they ate some food. LOL!! Why do I always have to be such a waygookin [foreign person]? Aigooooo! ㅜㅡㅜ

We ate this delicious traditional chicken dish that kind of reminded me of KFC, except it is very traditional. They were drinking a lot, but I didn't participate in that. I just quietly thanked GOD for protecting my body and making me strong enough to carry HIS will! My principal kept making me pour him shots and asking me questions, but even though I'm super good at Korean, I couldn't understand him and just said "ne [yes], ne[ [yes]" to everyhing he asked me.

This morning, everyone was lying down and a little grumpy. I guess they were sad the hwaesik [super fun business party] was over! My coteacher, Sunny- seriously, guys, she's like a second mom to me- she told me that the principal had asked if I would give his ten-month old granddaughter free English lessons. OMG! I guess I should study more! WHat can I do now? I can't disappoint my principal, he believes in me so much! ㅜ.ㅜ

Well, that's all for now. One of my students is rummaging through my desk and taking things out and screaming "IT'S MINE," so I should probably go smile at him for being cute.

Annyongheekaseyo! [goodbye]

Love,
Meepmoop


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #32 on: June 08, 2015, 07:19:23 pm »
Meepmoop that was an interesting blog! You even got the students speaking English of their own volition! Sunny sure does sound like a fun teacher! Be careful when going down mountains after drinking soju, don't fracture your ankle like what happened to my friend!


Now here is my boring Korea blog. Don't read this.

Dear blog,

Today was a fun day. The big scare going around is MERS but the students and faculty got an even bigger scare when we all arrived at work: a massive swarm of bees had made itself at home about 10 meters from the shoe changing place. This was a drastic change from last Friday when yours truly noted the presence of bees going in and out of a crack in the wall and duly informed the school administration about a possible hive location. The janitor showed up and sprayed the area. Many bees were killed.... but the bees came back with a vengeance.

The local apiarist was called and he showed up with his honeycomb. Bracing himself on a tall ladder, he collected about half the swarm on five honeycomb plates and then he left everything there. Did he run out of plates? Why did he leave? It is a mystery. Bees.

Later that day one of the male teachers came in with a giant 3cm cricket wriggling in between two of his fingers and gave the female staff quite the scare. One of them went and got a small cylindrical container and they sealed Jiminy Cricket to his doom by taping the cylinder shut. Then the female staff member put the container in a drawer.

And that was my day today. Bees and crickets.

Love,
yfb


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #33 on: June 08, 2015, 08:31:56 pm »
Yeah most of the blogs and book ideas I've seen have a pretty pollyannaish view of things and they all kind of make me sick with the exception of Mr. Wonderful and Expathell those blogs and forums were some of the funniest stuff I've read outside of the Penthouse Forums.

What I am working on after living for 18 years in Korea is pretty much an academic side of things. I'm working with my old grad school advisor who is in charge of the Center for International Studies at my grad school on flushing out some topics for a possible book and/or articles. I've already written a longish recount of the 2002 tank incident and all the anti-us protests that ensued. Other topics I plan on covering are the Asian Economic Crisis, Beef Protests, Christopher Paul Niel. For the school's career center I've worked up a guide to teaching ESL there. That may or may not get published. There are several other ideas both personal and academic related floating around in my head that may or may not get written,

Right now writing about my time in Korea has been therapeutic as a way to deal with reverse culture shock. Yes I do have a blog up and yes it hasn't had much posted lately we have had some personal issues come up that has kept me away from things. I use the blog to test run issues for the books as I have written about university life, the Korean education system and other observations about things there. I'm also covering other topics that interest me. It all helps.

Yeah I think the market is flooded with so many looking at Korea through rose colored glasses and I find most of them to be gag worthy. If you want it to be successful, find the niche and write about that 


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #34 on: June 08, 2015, 08:46:14 pm »
1) I found keeping a blog is much easier than repeating myself 100 times to different people about what I'm doing.
2) I am married to a Korean, so it gave me the opportunity to educate my family a little about my wife's culture and what Korea is like.
3) A couple of times I stopped writing because I was busy and got harassed by my grandparents and friends to write an update.
4) Gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experiences.
5) Motivated me to go out and do interesting things so I had something half interesting to write about. 

Most of my posts (about 150 all up) get very few hits after my family and friends initially view them, but my "getting married in Korea" related posts get thousands of hits. Strangely, one of my most boring posts about visiting a batting cage gets hundreds of hits a month too.


Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #35 on: June 08, 2015, 08:51:51 pm »
One thing missing from expat blogs and books is humor and a sense of whimsy. And I don't mean the "Shucks, things sure are different here, yuck yuck yuck" variety when someone talks about weird soup or what double barber poles are about. I mean a general sense of sardonic observation, a wry zinger here and there that lightens workmanlike descriptions or pokes fun of something serious that just can't be settled.

There's no Everyman in the foreigner blogosphere.


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #36 on: June 08, 2015, 09:23:06 pm »
meepmoop; spot on.


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2015, 12:56:21 am »

I wish people would get their heads out of the clouds.

Yes, moving to Korea can be a unique and interesting experience. But you're not the first to do it and won't be the last. Literally tens of thousands of others have done it before and experienced everything you have. You may be the special snowflake in your family or circle of friends, but there's nothing special about you in the grand scheme of things.

I have toyed with the idea of writing a novel based on my experience and observations. I haven't done so, but I encourage people to write and reflect about their experiences, even though in the strict sense the uniqueness we envision dissipates once we commit these thoughts to the rigor of composition.

I used to hate on bloggers, but life is short. People come and go. All of a sudden a decade has passed, and all we can really do is fall prey to nostalgia.

If one were to take a fatalist stand that everything is meaningless (why bother writing, chump, just teach the kiddies for the money) then one merely swings the pendulum from absolute euphoria (the drug induce state that everything is connected) to a high school form of nihilism, incapable of eloquently describing a life without of redemption.

Go ahead and write that great waygook novel.


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2015, 01:18:27 pm »
The only K-blog that was fresh, new, and with uniquely hilarious insights was "Expat Hell", which is lamentably now gone. All blogs about Korea must be judged by that one, and most fail. Still, writing is a creative and emotional outlet so to each their own.


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Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2015, 01:53:43 pm »
The only K-blog that was fresh, new, and with uniquely hilarious insights was "Expat Hell", which is lamentably now gone. All blogs about Korea must be judged by that one, and most fail. Still, writing is a creative and emotional outlet so to each their own.

It's still good to read http://www.expathell.com/

I also loved American in Korea. She was such a beautiful glorious self-titled sl*t. I loved her. http://sett.com/AmericaninKorea
And, I also found out that 'she' was actually apparently a 'he'.... a... I believe the adjective I'm looking for is fabulous, yes, a fabulous man, dahlin'.