7/23/09

Korea Fighting!

Years ago I read an article about a man who kept a detailed diary about his life. I think it was 70 years of diaries. Nothing was too insignificant for him to mention.

I remember reading it and wondering, "Yeah, but will anyone ever read those boxes of diaries about him going to the bathroom?"

I guess he often wrote about himself writing...

These days I'm having the opposite problem...

I'm living it up so much that I don't have time to write...

Can you really enjoy life and record it all?

If I had time I would blog about...

* going swing dancing
* getting treated at the Kkunnori restaurant in Jamsil by two friends who insist I'm the luckiest man alive because I know them.
* then getting treated to an hour or two at the Luxury noraebang near Kkunnori.
* the "call" button in Korean restaurants
* Koreans ordering too much food whenever they eat together
* Meeting with Gong Byeong Ho (공병호) for the first time in 10 years.
* how damn energetic Seoul is
* how much fun it is drinking here. I'm sure you can have fun here without drinking, but it would be like going to Vegas without gambling.
* myself being too cheap to buy a real camera.
* and being too cheap to buy myself a new computer (the good thing is that I'm out cruising Seoul instead of cruising the Internet)
* and being too cheap to even buy a new iPOD.....noticing a pattern here?
* drinking Strawberry soju last night--wasn't much soju in it and/or I'm getting used to the taste of soju
* the centers in subways where you can recharge your phone for free (as long as they can find the rechargers)

From today's newspapers

* the hilarious brawls Korean politicians are having--over legislation. If the nation's security were at risk then I could understand the brawls.
* The government is looking for a new slogan. My latest suggestion: Korea Fighting! As in, Korea fighting Japan, Korea fighting history, Korea fighting for its image, S Korea fighting N Korea, Korea fighting itself...
* the South Korean president told the national assembly he won't intervene in the legislation. I guess he doesn't want to rassle with anyone.
* The hilarious fight I saw yesterday between two Korean friends inside a restaurant.
* Seoul inviting Korean war veterans--a gesture I support, but that goes against those in tourism who don't want Korea to be pictured as a war-torn country
* the smoking rate increasing among Korean men--I wonder if it is really increasing or because the government crackdown has slowed that more are willing to admit it again
* yesterday's solar eclipse...an alert friend sent me a text telling me it was about to happen, my co-workers all risked going blind....
* Koreans are trying to polish their image...but advertising on CNN for a week is a mistake, they should go with Fox News or a different channel that people actually watch.
* the 34th annual forum hosted by the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry...is a 35th really necessary?
* Non-Koreans often complain about some signs not being in English, but Koreans and the Korean government go out of their way to accommodate English speakers
* The Korean government is determined to get Koreans out of their cars and onto bicycles...not sure how the chicks who always insist on wearing high heels will adapt. Plus, the monsoon season might not be the best time to promote such a policy.
* I actually agree with criticism from a Chinese newspaper that the NBA season is too long--the NBA should stop acting like this is the 1950s with teams stopping in different cities different nights, instead have teams stop in different cities for 3 or 4 games a week in one city like baseball.

But then, if I blogged about all of those things then who would read them all?

CJL

7 comments:

hatnim2 said...

I would! - Sandy

Casey Lartigue said...

Sandy...you mean, you would read everything I wrote? great! good to know I have at least one fan!

hatnim2 said...

Sure! But you have to pay me. - Sandy

Casey Lartigue said...

What's your fee per blog post?

Chris in South Korea said...

Hehe... fees... that would imply we bloggers make MONEY doing fun stuff like this... Seriously, though, blogging about life in Korea comes down to time management. If blogging about your life in Korea is truly something of a priority, you make the time for it. Ask any of the serious K-bloggers (of which I consider myself one) how much time they spend on their blog in a week, and I daresay it would be at least 8-10 hours a week - and sometimes more.

Picking a focus is also great - there's the K-pop angle, the news and editorial angle, the traveling angle, the 'what's new and weird over here' angle, and so on.

I'm Chris in South Korea - hope to see you on my bloglist soon. For now, keep enjoying and blogging!

Casey Lartigue said...

Good to meet cha, Chris!

Blame Sandy for starting the discussion about payment...

Good suggestion about having an angle. So far it is just me talking about what I see, hear and do.

I'm more of a hit-and-run blogger, I may get serious one day.

hatnim2 said...

Hello, Casey and Chris!
That doesn't imply you bloggers MAKE MONEY doing fun stuff like this... That imply you blogers SPEND MONEY doing fun stuff like this....

I charge 10,000 won per one blog(article) reading and 15,000 won per blo reaading plus nice comment.

For more detailed price table, or to make sure I am kidding or not, contact me in person. - Sandy