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So true…

March 11, 2008

 A Columbine High School student wrote:
 
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;  wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;  we spend more, but have less;  we buy more, but enjoy it less.
 
We have bigger houses and smaller families;  more conveniences, but less time;  we have more degrees, but less sense;  more knowledge, but less judgment;  more experts, but less solutions;  more medicine, but less wellness.
 
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.  We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.  We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.  We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.  We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;  we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.
 
We have higher incomes, but lower morals;  we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.
 
These are the times of tall men, and short character;  steep profits, and shallow relationships.  These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun;  more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.  

So very true…

Year 2008

January 10, 2008

Wow, time really does fly.  The first month of 2008 already passed by 1/3.  People saying time really does fly when you’re having fun, busy, or at least when your attention is engaged.  I think, I am already fit into this expression. Busy!

Year 2008 is the year of Rat, yes RAT!!! 

<Souvenir stamp set released by Canada Post

Whatever the stereotype on Rat, people with Rat zodiac signs (who had been born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900…)

They are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking.  They are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs….Rats are said to often have to work very long and hard for everything they many earn or have in life…Traditionally, Rats should avoid Horses, but they can usually find their best friends and love interests in Monkeys, Dragons, and Oxen…..Professions include espionage, psychiatry, psychology, writing, politics, law, engineering, accounting, detective work, acting, and pathology.

Well, I guess that’s good enough on Rats!  Every New Year that rolls around seems to find us trying to start our life a new in many areas.  The New Year’s Resolutions!   I couldn’t find what Korean popular New Year’s are, however here’s what new breed of less self-centred Canadians have, 

1. Be more environmentally conscious when shopping.
2. Exercise regularly to improve my physical fitness.
3. Drive less and walk and cycle more.
4. Save money by reducing my spending on non-essentials.
5. Focus on paying down credit card debt.
6. Improve my net worth.
7. Pay more attention to my friends.
8. Eat less red and processed meats and more fish and vegetables.
9. Be more sensitive and caring toward my partner.
10. Focus on helping others.

While Americans Popular New Year’s Resolutions are;

1. Lose Weight
2. Pay off Debt
3. Save Money
4. Get a Better Job
5. Get a Better Education
6. Drink Less Alcohol
7. Reduce Stress Overall
8. Take a Trip
9. Volunteer to Help Others
10. Take a Trip

Yup, most of these list also found on my list of resolutions.  In addition to my traditional list I would like to add one.  Create my own video clip just like our buddy, Bill Gates, one titled “Last Day at Microsoft”

Bill Gates’ Last Day at Microsoft – January 6, 2008 ; part of his keynote speech at CES 2008

Nay…not just yet.  In the end, all the resolutions would be made to help us “travel well on the life path”. How? The Buddha teach us,

“You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself”

Kudo to Mr. Gates for this sense of humor and his generosity and extensive philanthropy.

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!

Telus Looking to Merge Bell Canada

June 21, 2007

According to news, Telus Corp. and Bell Canada Inc., the target of several privatization bids in the past few months, said they have been discussing a merger that has the potential of creating a combined market capitalization of more than $50 billion.

 

Vancouver-based Telus plans to make a cash-and-stock bid for its Eastern Canadian counterpart.   Bell Canada has a market cap of about $29.45 billion, while Telus, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has a market cap of about $20.31 billion.

Is this move really going to create “an all-Canadian solution” in a benefit to customer? or it would create a super jumbo giant that monopolizing industry with sky-high wireless phone bill?

While professional Investors have their say on ‘Belus’. I hope there’s wider open door policy for privatization not only to Canadian players but also to others so I, as a customer, could enjoy record low cell phone bill under fierce marketing war between service providers like in the US.

AND more important news for me is that it’s the first day of Summer and it began officially with the solstice at 11:13 A.M.  And this summer is going to be cooler than normal while the rest of Canada should experience hotter summer. Still,  I will try my best to enjoy the 100 days of b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l Summer.

Oh! It’s 1st Anniversary day of my blogging journey with “Hojupjimong: I dream therefore I am“, can’t believe I still filing up my konglish posts, wow!

Congrats to you JiMong!.

Anti-Japan sentiments

April 11, 2007

It’s a week old article which caught my eye on Japan Today.  It’s a Japanese article about Son-Ha Yoon , one of Gaikokujin Tarento(外国人タレント)  just like BoA in Japan.  According to the article she was bashing Japan and reflects her double stands attitudes. 

Here’s part of article,  

“I was a fan because I liked how she worked hard, but I was shocked when I learned what she thought of Japan,” said one fan. “I even started taking Korean lessons because of her. I feel betrayed.” Another fan said: “Her remarks in South Korea completely differed from what she said on Japanese TV and magazine interviews.”

These fans are talking about popular South Korean TV personality Yoon Son-ha. Yoon, 30, first came to Japan in 2000 and debuted on Japanese TV the following year as the heroine in the NHK drama “Moichido Kiss.” Her cute smile and comical character gained her a massive following making her a popular TV personality and leading to countless appearances on various TV programs.
But Yoon’s star has dimmed in Japan since she relocated back to South Korea after getting married to a South Korean businessman last year. It all started on March 20 when South Korean daily Dong-a Ilbo posted an article on its website with the headline “Distress over Japan’s distorted education on history.” According to Dong-a Ilbo, Yoon was quoted as saying: “My young Japanese friends do not know much about the brutal acts committed during the imperial Japan era that we learned when we were little in South Korea.” She made the remarks at a press conference she attended for the South Korean Drama “Koibito Yo.” “We grew up listening to our grandmothers telling us painful stories about sex slaves, but there were many of my Japanese friends the same age as me who were not aware of the fact.” 
She pointed out the different historical perception between the two countries. The most frequently asked question, she said, when she lived in Japan, was: “Why do South Koreans get so heated when it comes to playing against Japan in sports?” “If they had a better understanding of the history, then they would know the answer. I suffered a lot when one person suggested that it was due to an inferiority complex with Japan. That person knew nothing about history.”
In the past, Yoon has said otherwise. In an interview with a Japanese women’s magazine in 2003, she said: “I was a little fearful when I first came to Japan as my grandma used to tell me about Japan. But upon coming to Japan, I learned that there wasn’t any particular feeling among our generation. I learned that there are many people in Japan who are keen on South Korea. I realized the past is just the past.”… 

According to the daily Chosun Ilbo, Yoon was quoted as saying on a South Korean TV show: “I got really furious once while shooting a TV show in Japan. One person kept referring to my country as poor. He said it was a joke, but I was angry.” 


Although the relationship between Japan and South Korea has vastly improved due to the “Hanryu Boom” in recent years, it seems there still is a deep division between the two countries. (Translated by Toshiya Fujii) April 4, 2007

Has  she really revealed her anti-Japan sentiment with her statements? I don’t see much anti-Japanese sentiment from her comments.   Is she a right-wing nationalist? I don’t think so.  Again she is just a Gaikokujin Tarento in Japan.  Nationalism does exist in every country on planet Eearth.  It’s just lead to wrong direction when flamed by stupid politicians and media.  In fact, both countries share more in common than any other country and could move on to the future if politicians and media do not play nationalism cards.  Of course I wouldn’t give much credit to this article as it was featured on the Shukan post. And ironically, the author of article criticizing Yoon Son-ha with articles from biased right-wing Korean newspapers (Chosun, JoonAng, Dong A).

Read rest of Article and debate goes on here.