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NO Medal for team Canada yet!

August 14, 2008

Where are you team Canada at the Beijing Olympics?

I am very surprised and sad to see that team Canada has not won any medal yet.  I am not even talking about a “Gold” medal.  Not a silver, not a bronze medal. Any medal!  Togo has a medal. Belarus has won two. Even Georgia has won three medal despite the war with RussiaNorth Korea has earned seven medal so far.  Korea has won 16 medals (Hip Hip Hooray!!)  Our neighbors to the south won 34 medals for the US and a medal for Mexico and Reporters starting to get a bit worried that the entire Canadian team would won fewer medal than US swimmer Michael Phelps.

Team Canada won 12 medals in Athens.  Not this time, yet.   Team Canada have qualified for eight finals in Beijing so far, more than double their total at the 2004 Athens Games. Canadian Atheltes have broken 21 national records and set 28 personal bests, numbers skewed by the fact they are wearing the new, high-tech racing suits. But NO medal yet.

Why?  What going on? Are athletes cursed? Is it because all the efforts and cheers went to winter sports or winter Olympic? Were Canadian Atheltes funded at all?  

Olympics motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”. And there’s no argue on the Olympics Oath that  

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

BUT Olympics is an international sports events.  Every citizens around the world would be happy to see their national athletes on podium and to hear their national anthem while the national flags on the pole.  I want to see the “Maple Leaf” and to hear” O Canada” 

For whatever reasons, team Canada perfomance are as bad as Beijing’s air quality, so far.

Cheer up team Canada.!

Pics are from here

<UPDATE>  And now, team Canada actually have far more medal than Togo , Belarus, Georgia, or North Korea ranked at 13th for total medals count or at 17th with Gold count as of Today, Aug 19th.  Good work team Canada!!

Chinese recycling used condoms as cheap hair bands!

November 16, 2007

Recycling is bad bad bad! Yes, when it’s practiced with wrong material by wrong people. 

China daily via here and FP reports that used condoms that have been reprocessed into rubber bands and hair ties have been sold in part of China.

Yes, they’re recycling USED CONDOMS in to rubber band. 

This used    into !!!!!

“These CHEAP and COLORFUL  rubber bands and hair ties sell well in the city, threatening the health of local people and tourists,” the paper said.

Yikes! It’s just gross and disgusting! Hope any imported rubber bands, made in China, aren’t from this region.

What’s in these Chinese business people’s mind?  Not only the recent huge recalls on Toy but some other unpractical business are also cited by musicfrommyseoul.

FP also posted what’s really going on in e-waste recycling process in China.

Speaking of e-waste, FP interestingly points out that electronic sex toys, like dildos, are considered e-waste under British law, so you can’t just throw them in a landfill when you’ve enjoyed them out. This British company just promising to recycle used vibrators properly. 

What if used Western dildos piling up in some somewhere China too? What if these have been reprocessed into something else like this hair bands?  


 

Kimchi Jjigae Index

October 5, 2007

As usual, the daily flames of debates, criticisms, rants keep alive in the Marmot’s hole on Korea / Korean matter.  Surprisingly it was Tteokbokki(떡볶이) that flamed the comment session today.  Yes, Tteokbokki, Tteok(,Rice cake) with hot spicy paste Gochujang (고추장), one of the most popular Korean snack dish(먹거리). The linked article was about the spicy “Tteokbokki” gaining its popularity among New Yorkers followed by other spicy Korean dishes. The thread also kindly compared how much need to be paid for a plate of Tteokbokki. That   

“In Korea, a serving of tteokbokki will cost between 1,000-2,000 won (about $2), but in New York, you’re looking at $6-19.95.”

 This line reminded me an interesting article from local Korean newspaper in recycled box.  A week old article wrote, original articles copied from overseas Korean newspaper(The Dongpo News,재외동포신문), about the interesting results from the price of a Kimchi Jjigae in different parts of the world.

 

Not the Big Mac Index but the Kimchi Jjigae Index(김치찌개지수).   

The Dongpo News started its research on the price of Kimchi Jjigae around the world back in 2004. This year’s result, the Kimchi Jjigae Index, concluded from the pricing comparison in 62 cities around the world.  The standard price of Kimchi Jjigae was set at 5000 won (approx. $5.50) as indexed as 100.  

 

So, You need to pay as high as $32 in Zurich, Switzerland or you could enjoy Kimchi Jjigae as low as $2 US in Kunming (昆明), China. Zurich got 620 index points and Kunming got 40 points. If you go to Berlin, it costs 12 Euro ($17) and 15Euro ($22) in Paris or in Amsterdam.

KJI, of course the Kimchi Jjigae Index not the dear Leader KJI, ranged from 350 to 620 in Europe.

You could enjoy Kimchi Jjigae less than $4 in anywhere China where Miyazaki (宮崎市), Japan scored parity with Seoul. In Moscow, you need to pay $12 (220 KJI) and it cost $3.50 in Bangkok with 64 KJI.  In this part of the world, Kimchi Jjigae priced at $13 in Washington DC, $10 in New York, $9 in Miami, $6.99 in L.A., and $7~$8 here in Vancouver. North American KJI ranges from 150 to 220. 

Kimchi Jjigae priced less than $11 in 45 cities out of 64 cities. It priced at $7.50 ~ $8.50 in average in the globe. The article points that the price dropped by 30% in Japan and North American cities caused by growing Korean population and the Korean wave (한류). It also claims that the Kimchi Jjigae Index, KJI, shows similar pattern as the Big Mac Index.

 

The Article also briefly states about the Soju index, indeed.

 

SOJU! You need to save some bucks in Frankfurt to drink a bottle of Soju; it’s a shocking $27. It’s $3.47 in Kunming.  I’m Kunming!!!. Soju costs $11 in global average.  So, you could drink a bottle of Soju with Kimchi Jjigae around $20. Of course taste will vary in different cities.

For your tip, here is one of the best Kimchi Jjigae restaurants in Seoul that I recommend to anyone who ask for the best Kimchi Jjigae. It is located near by Sejong Center, GwangHwaMoon.

In fact, it’s called, GwangHwaMoon House (광화문집).  

   

The restaurant serves the finest taste of Kimchi Jjigae if you don’t mind pieces of chunky pork belly. A plate of rolled egg fries (Gaeran Mari(계란말이)makes good combination of menu. But a bowl of rice does not come with Kimchi Jjigae. That’s right, you need to pay extra for it!

 Oh! This week’s TGIF song, I picked Koong Pak Life(쿵팍 Life) By JK Kim Dong Uk ft Leo Kekoa – TGIF!!

The Ultimate Record

September 28, 2007

According to Reuters, More than 1,000 Australian women donned free bikinis on Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday for a group photograph to win a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records.

WOW! 

Speaking of the Guinness World Record, it also lists some of weird, wonderful and wacky abound of the Guiness. 

1. Using only ONE hand, Germany’s Thomas Vogel unfastened 56 bras in 60 seconds. (Definitely, I love to try it someday!)

2. Australian John Allwood smashed 40 watermelons with his head in just one minute. (Good for anger management?)

3. Italian Michele Santana wins an entry for typing 57 books backwards.

4. Indian yoga instructor G.P Vijayakumar snorted eight fish up through his mouth and out of his nostrils in a minute. (He is a Y.O.G.A instructor)

5. American Jackie Bibby shared his bath with 75 live western diamondback rattlesnakes.(Wacky!)

6. Frenchman Michel Lotito claimed the weirdest diet — over the years he consumed 128 bicycles and 15 supermarket trolleys which he washed down with six chandeliers, two beds and a pair of skis. (eeeeeeeu)

7. China’s Dong Changsheng — he pulled a 1.5 tonne car using ropes hooked onto his lower eyelids.

8. 3,541 Philippine women in Manila shared the record for the most women ever to have breastfed their babies simultaneously. (Were 3,541 babies in one place?)

9. American park ranger Roy C.Sullivan — he was struck by lightning Seven times. Each strike took its toll — he lost eyebrows and a toe nail as well as suffering singed hair and chest burns.  He died in 1993 — not killed by lightning but by his own hand after reportedly being rejected in love. (Poor man!)

I pick one of rising Korean hiphop singer, Leo Kekoa (리오 케이코아) from Hawaii for this week’s TGIF song.  He has been working with D.T, YDG, Buga Kingz and JK Kim Dong Uk.

Here’s “Like That (황혼에서 새벽까지) (ft. Rhyme Bus)” from his first album III Skill, Enjoy it!

 TGIF!

What do Canada and Texas have in common?

June 13, 2007

Or Korea and Florida?  

I found this very very interesting map of our neighborhood, The United States of America with each state relabeled for countries with similar Gross Domestic Product

Lone Star replaced with Maple Leaf while Korea still located in peninsular. Very interesting.  The creator of map also provided a run-down of the 51 states, plus DC as following.

  1. California, it is often said, would be the world’s sixth- or seventh-largest economy if it was a separate country. Actually, that would be the eighth, according to this map, as France (with a GDP of $2,15 trillion) is #8 on the aforementioned list.
  2. Texas’ economy is significantly smaller, exactly half of California’s, as its GDP compares to that of Canada (#10, $1,08 trillion).
  3. Florida also does well, with its GDP comparable to Asian tiger South Korea’s (#13 at $786 billion).
  4. Illinois – Mexico (GDP #14 at $741 billion)
  5. New Jersey – Russia (GDP #15 at $733 billion)
  6. Ohio – Australia (GDP #16 at $645 billion)
  7. New York – Brazil (GDP #17 at $621 billion)
  8. Pennsylvania – Netherlands (GDP #18 at $613 billion)
  9. Georgia – Switzerland (GDP #19 at $387 billion)
  10. North Carolina – Sweden (GDP #20 at $371 billion)
  11. Massachusetts – Belgium (GDP #21 at $368 billion)
  12. Washington – Turkey (GDP #22 at $358 billion)
  13. Virginia – Austria (GDP #24 at $309 billion)
  14. Tennessee – Saudi Arabia (GDP #25 at $286 billion)
  15. Missouri – Poland (GDP #26 at $265 billion)
  16. Louisiana – Indonesia (GDP #27 at $264 billion)
  17. Minnesota – Norway (GDP #28 at $262 billion)
  18. Indiana – Denmark (GDP #29 at $256 billion)
  19. Connecticut – Greece (GDP #30 at $222 billion)
  20. Michigan – Argentina (GDP #31 at $210 billion)
  21. Nevada – Ireland (GDP #32 at $203 billion)
  22. Wisconsin – South Africa (GDP #33 at $200 billion)
  23. Arizona – Thailand (GDP #34 at $197 billion)
  24. Colorado – Finland (GDP #35 at $196 billion)
  25. Alabama – Iran (GDP #36 at $195 billion)
  26. Maryland – Hong Kong (#37 at $187 billion GDP)
  27. Kentucky – Portugal (GDP #38 at $177 billion)
  28. Iowa – Venezuela (GDP #39 at $148 billion)
  29. Kansas – Malaysia (GDP #40 at $132 billion)
  30. Arkansas – Pakistan (GDP #41 at $124 billion)
  31. Oregon – Israel (GDP #42 at $122 billion)
  32. South Carolina – Singapore (GDP #43 at $121 billion)
  33. Nebraska – Czech Republic (GDP #44 at $119 billion)
  34. New Mexico – Hungary (GDP #45 at $113 billion)
  35. Mississippi – Chile (GDP #48 at $100 billion)
  36. DC – New Zealand (#49 at $99 billion GDP)
  37. Oklahoma – Philippines (GDP #50 at $98 billion)
  38. West Virginia – Algeria (GDP #51 at $92 billion)
  39. Hawaii – Nigeria (GDP #53 at $83 billion)
  40. Idaho – Ukraine (GDP #54 at $81 billion)
  41. Delaware – Romania (#55 at $79 billion GDP)
  42. Utah – Peru (GDP #56 at $76 billion)
  43. New Hampshire – Bangladesh (GDP #57 at $69 billion)
  44. Maine – Morocco (GDP #59 at $57 billion)
  45. Rhode Island – Vietnam (GDP #61 at $48 billion)
  46. South Dakota – Croatia (GDP #66 at $37 billion)
  47. Montana – Tunisia (GDP #69 at $33 billion)
  48. North Dakota – Ecuador (GDP #70 at $32 billion)
  49. Alaska – Belarus (GDP #73 at $29 billion)
  50. Vermont – Dominican Republic (GDP #81 at $20 billion)
  51. Wyoming – Uzbekistan (GDP #101 at $11 billion)

For a more accurate data, invest your time in the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Of course, I was also wondering where would the big players like China, Japan or EU be renamed? Don’t need to worry, another blogger kindly created this map where China took most of west coast while Japan relabeled the entire mid-states, indeed. 

So is Minnesota can be named as Minnekaido (or Hokkaisota) after Hokkaido?