It's been awhile again, I know. Anyway, I thought I would share this video I found. I did not make this video nor do I know who did. However, it was shot in the town where I lived when I first came to Korean in 2004. I spent almost two years living in this little town just outside of Seoul and it has a very fond place in my heart. I still remember the shock of all those lights when I first arrived.


View of Gangnam

Gangnam (강남) is one of the wealthiest and trendiest areas of Seoul. I lived in an area of Gangnam last year and my girlfriend lives there now. Here is a nice view from her apartment.


Strange English II

After a self-imposed exile, I'm back with more strange English from the Land of the Morning Calm.

I have often seen the happiness of coincidence, yet failed to transcribe it on a pencil case.

A Kim Jong-Il in the making?

Plain unusual.

Is fear of a single insect more frightening than insects as a collective whole? I'm not sure, but that must be one scary insect.

Well said.

Random positive sayings....

I agree completely....

Ok. Sure.

Because you are probably the crazy person who wrote this...

Give it to me baby...

More Happy Virus....It's something like Bird Flu, minus the face masks.

Sounds dirty...


And my favorite piece of Strange English featuring my own girlfriend. Make sense of it if you dare.


Hyperion Time Lapse

Anyone who knows me knows that I have been rather passionate about film for a long time. Now that I am entering my thirties, I decided it was high time I do something about it. So, i went out and spent 840,000W ($840US roughly) on an HD camcorder. This same camcorder sells for up to $2500US in the States.

So in the vein of the previous time lapse video i posted (which was recorded with my laptop's built-in webcam), I shot some test footage in time lapse with my new camcorder. Please remember this is only test footage, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. I will be out and about in Seoul in the coming weeks shooting more.

I put this together quickly, so 1) turn down your volume 2) there are some obvious focus problems once it turns to night. Anyway, enjoy!


Ham, Hamburgers and hot dogs...

In Korea any kind of amalgamated meat is called "Ham". This can include hotdogs, spam, or actual ham. A hot dog in Korea must be served in a bun. If there is no bun, it is usually just refered to as ham 햄. However, a hamuburger is a hamburger. So, I was surprised when I when I went into a convienece store and found this.

The packaging clearly promises a fresh and delicious hamburger. However...

It was horrible by the way.



Here are some pictures of a small alley I found. It is covered with graffitti.

One of my favorite pictures ever. I love the terrible English, the perverion and the Korean. The Korean characters underneath the writing are ㅋㅋ. That character is the sound of a 'k' and it is used in Korea much the way we use "haha" or "lol". It signifies a laughing sound.

I'm guessing this was written by SeJong A.

This image is a little hard to read. However it says something about a guy having a big dick. I know I've been in Korea too long becasue the missuse of "to" bothers me.

Don't really understand this one, but like that SEX is written in the middle.


Strange English

Sitting in my classroom recently, I noticed this strange English written on my coffee cup.

This got me thinking about all of the unusual English printed on goods in Korea. So, I started taking pictures of things around my school. There will be more soon.

A child's notebook. I particularly like "You're no match for me"

Here's a shirt a student was wearing. I had toy explain to her why it was funny and who Buddy Holly is.

One of my boys was wearing this shirt. I didn't explain the humor to him.

Another notebook.

I'll have more later, including a special on pencil cases.