Unwelcome Visitor

My brother came back for his first visit since moving to S. Korea 4 years ago.  He’s been so rude, disrepectful to me and even tried to intimidate me 😟(I forgot or assumed people can grow up).  Then I remember he is a male that really wanted to live in Korea and thoroughly enjoys it there so being an asshole is totally his destiny.

S Diary

This is quite possibly my favorite movie.  Definitely my favorite Korean movie:

S Diary or 에스 다이어리

Kim Seon Ah is the star, my favorite Korean actress.  She re-examines her former lovers, seeing if they only wanted sex, or if there was love between them.  Then she charges all the men invoices for sex and hatches a hilarious plan to make them pay up.

It’s like a romantic comedy, but there is no “couple” in the end.  Just Seon Ah, playing piano, her mother crying and smiling after watching, and then Seon Ah, writing a note of thanks in her first published book.

S Diary

Oh my gosh, why do I love this movie so much?

I sighed and cried while watching it with my boyfriend.  I ended up confessing to him, I watched this movie before coming to Korea, and after coming back stateside, I told him during the beginning of the movie, that it made me feel nostalgia for South Korea.  I then confessed, “Korea is my first love.”

Yeah, the first time I think I have said it out loud in a while.

The movie came out in 2004, by the way.

 The girl grows up, becomes a woman, makes memories, remembers memories, cries, gets revenge, mourns, and then sets out to find herself.

Finding herself.

That’s why I love this movie.

It was the lesson before I went to Korea.

It is the same lesson I am trying to master now.

Who am I?

Knowing myself.

Loving myself.

Love and Sex

Dokdo Is Ours: My thoughts on what I call “A Culture of Copying”

Dokdo Is Ours: My thoughts on what I call “A Culture of Copying”.

It’s the way business is done in Korea. Japanese and Chinese tourists come here not for the sites but for the imitation Gucci handbags. High school students copy on exams. College students plagiarize their papers from the internet. Professors plagiarize their papers from their undergrads.

“You see, copying is endemic in Korea. Companies have been getting away with it for so long because, really, Korea has been off the radar internationally. No one has paid attention to what Korea has been doing inside Korea, so we have generations of people brought up with the idea that copying successful companies is normal. ”

” I’ve heard the excuse that in Confucian tradition, students are supposed to copy their teachers and not do anything that involves critical thought. “

Go read the whole post, it’s good!

Gangnam Style Continues

Here is a more recent review of the craze surrounding PSY’s Gangnam Style.

You can read their blog: Eat Your Kimchi! and about Gangnam Style for Music Mondays.

Parody video by Simon and Martina!

Bloopers!                        They are awesome!

Britney Spears even learns the horse dance from PSY himself while on Ellen’s show.

This is getting a lot of press.

“Hi, I’m PSY from Korea. How are you?” Yeah, that is totally for a Korean audience!  Sigh, we know you are from Korea … also we don’t especially care unless we are Korean.