Archive for December, 2007

Been there, done that

December 11, 2007

Er….Not Exactly this occasion but it is so true that you need to take many forms of quizzes or exams in Corporate Korea.  I also took a series of quizzes and exams during company’s three-week long orientation program. Following pictures describe a cross section of Korean corporate culture or Korean “exam” culture very well.

Employees of Everland dressed in Santa Claus take an exam prior to “Christmas holiday Fantasy” events.  About 30 employees took part in a one-day course at its Santa Claus school, Yes, Santa Claus school in Everland Yongin Korea,  and will serve customers as Santa Clauses.  So,

1. Take a qualifying examination 


2. Get a certification


3. Take the Santa Claus 101 classes

4. Hit the Road, HO HO HO!

I am sure they will be placed every corner of Everland and give their certified “HO HO HO”to every single customers.   Wave and smile!

 The story and pictures ripped from here and  here.


To get from Vancouver to Seoul

December 7, 2007

Take the silver line to Pyongyang. While ago author of the strange maps gave us a hint “What do Canada and Texas have in common?”.  This time posted a promotional e-card called Transit Maps of the World published by Penguin. 

Based on the famous London Underground map, this map contains the major cities of the world that have underground transportation. It also has the same fun distortions that the Tube map has to make everything fit. 

The post also points out that

  • Africa is most poorly endowed with public underground transit systems: only Cairo and Alexandria (Egypt), Tunis (Tunisia), Algiers (Algeria) and Lagos (Nigeria) have or are planning them.
  • Actually, Oceania is even less metro-ised, but this is self-explanatory: there’s no need for subways in a continent where most countries are small island nations. Only Australia (Melbourne, Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland) – significantly less small than the other Oceanic islands – have them.
  • Beck’s method of making geography subservient to clarity distorts distances, in London as well as on this fanciful map – rendered even more bizarre by some unlikely stops close to each other: how about Baghdad to Izmir via Jerusalem, or Athens to Esfahan via Tel Aviv? Or Taipei to Pyonyang via Seoul?
  • As in Beck’s design, there’s a concentration of lines and stops in the central area (which on the London tube map, I’ve only recently discovered, has the shape of a bottle). This gives the impression that outlying areas, such as the Americas, are much less metro-ised. Which might be a bit of an exaggeration, much like the placing of Bologna at the centre of this world map is an overstatement of that city’s charm (to everyone but the Bolognesi, I’m sure).
  • Okay, this is a fantasy transit map. But just imagine taking the metro in Vancouver, all the way to Shanghai! With stops in Montréal, Amsterdam, Prague, Kiev and Novosibirsk! Come to think of it: that’s a pretty long stretch to have to sit in a dark tunnel…
  • So, If I want visit my friends in Seoul, I need to change to Gold line in Rotterdam all the way to Esfahan then take the Silver line to Seoul. or all the way to Shanghai from Vancouver and take Red line to Pyongynag then to Seoul on Silver line.    Although it would be “… that’s a pretty long stretch to have to sit in a dark tunnel… It would be really fantastic if this transit system is real.  It’s cool and fun map, eh!

    Oh, it’s already Friday. Here’s this weeks TGIF song.  Power of old Gen. or 30 something…still active, Park Jin Yong, of course there’s many good songs but this is forever my favorite.  Honey by JYP.


    Just came back!

    December 7, 2007

    from b-e-a-u-tiful places!

    Bremen, Germany

    Cologne, Germany

    Paris, France

    Le Mont Saint Michel, France


    Amsterdam, Holland.

    Enjoyed efficient, fast, and fun public transportation.

    From 1.8 euro tram  to high-speed, it was set 278Km on mine, train

    Thalys , or ICE .  And cheap but well-established bus lines   and Metro  in Paris.

    Enjoyed food from market places

    from local restaurants

    even the complimentary light meal on Thalys.

    It’s always pleasure to visit Europe. Definitely it was too short!