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(no subject) [Sep. 21st, 2012|04:02 pm]
Annual b-day pic [1]Collapse )
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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2012|03:28 pm]
It seems my winter break here is 3½ months long. The summer break seems to be a normal 2½ months. My first thought was “gosh, that’s a loooong break winter break”, and then I wondered how there’d be time for school with such long breaks. And, then I remembered that November to February, when I have winter break, are cold as fuck in Korea. >_< I’ve decided to break for winter in warmer climes. New Zealand, definitely. Maybe Brazil and/or Costa Rica. Footie, if you haven’t quit smoking already, now’s the time. ;oPPP Or I’ll be going to NZ without you.

Met with my school-assigned mentor yesterday. Since she hadn’t contacted me, I decided to be all social butterfly and invite her out for coffee and a chat. She’s a nice girl, and easy to talk to. I see the signs of a budding friendship. I think I shocked the hell out of her when I told her how old I was, though. She thought I was 22.

It seems we have another typhoon coming in next week. I hope it doesn’t hit on Monday (well, actually, I hope it turns and doesn’t hit at all). We have a campus tour on Monday. As skilled as I have become at using an umbrella in the middle of a typhoon, I don’t want to tour campus like that.

Myrrh, sorry I've been a rotten friend lately. I'll put in an effort to do better.
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2012|09:31 am]
Somehow I've gotten the reputation for being great with kids. I'm pretty sure that Hyeonguk is behind this rumour, although I'm not sure why; his boy is terrified of me. If I as much as look at the kid, he bursts into tears.
The result of this reputation has been quite a few job offers. They're made jokingly, but with truth in jest. I'm being felt out to see if I'd accept a job as a nanny.

We seem to be going through Bolaven. I noticed early this morning that there were quite strong gusts of wind now and then, and I figured it was Bolaven I was experiencing. But, I thought we had tiny little residual typhoon winds or something like that, as Bolaven was supposed to be back in Taiwan. Not so; we are apparently in full typhoon. I didn't even realize. Then again, I was once in a hurricane without noticing anything until it was over.

[/eta] The typhoon going back to Taiwan was apparently a different one [/edit]
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2012|06:41 pm]
[mood |restlessrestless]

My stay in Seokgye wasn't all bad.

Pretty sunset [2]Collapse )

Although that was about all the good. Well, there was Altura, also. But that pretty much sums up the good.

And, one I took today. ...just for Footie [1]Collapse )
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2012|12:23 pm]
The clouds are looking strange this evening. Rusty orange and grey, like they're filled with rain and illuminated at some strange angle. One of them dropped down towards me at breakneck speed (well, as breakneck as clouds move). I expected that at any moment I would be able to reach up and touch it, but of course it never dropped that low. It's the first time I've seen a cloud drop that fast, though. It's also the first time I've seen a piece of cloud torn away by the wind and shredded. Those of you who have or has had a cat that was ever left alone with access to a roll of toilet paper know what kind of carnage I'm alluding too.
Strange, but magnificent.
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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2012|05:43 pm]
It's been a turbulent arrivalCollapse )

Oh, and Paris Baguette is now a cellphone store.
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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2012|10:57 am]
[mood |rushedrushed]

My last sunset in Sweden. ^__^

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Sorry for the silence, but the last 2 weeks have been ridiculously busy, and it won't slow down anytime soon. Flying out today, and I'm planing to spend my first evening in Korea having dinner with Jini. Just got to track her down first. ^__~ I already have a lunch appointment with the Embassy planned for the following day. And then there's that bit about finding a place to live. And a bunch of other stuff. I want a vacation.
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You don't need Zhen to turn people against you. You do that all on your own. [Jul. 20th, 2012|12:58 am]
It seems I was wrong. You are already so much worse than what I feared you were becoming. There's a lot I could say about what you've done, but you're honestly not worth the effort. There's no point in trying to be reasonable with someone like you. So, I'll just leave you to talk some more about me with your yea-sayers. I'm sure it's more tantalizing and gratifying than talking it out with me anyway (not that you bother to make any effort there). After this, I won't have any more contact with you. Any mails, messages or comments from you, your husband, or your pack of hyenas, will go straight into the trash without being read.

I will never think of you again.
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Pictures from Korea, part IV [Jul. 16th, 2012|05:51 am]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

First weekend in September, Britts dropped by Korea. I had just started my internship 2 days earlier, so I was straight from the Embassy to the guest house we would be staying at (my goshiwon didn't allow guests, but seriously, you couldn't fit a second person into my room closet anyway. It could barely fit one, to be honest. ^__^;;).
Britts seemed to be having a bit of an adventure even before she got to the guest house. Poor thing forgot her passport somewhere, and had to go back and get it.
I had written down instructions on how to get from the airport to the guest house in as much detail as I could manage, and she made it all the way to the street outside the guest house before they proved insufficient. She later told me that the Seoul subway system (which I find easy as pie) was one of the most confusing she'd encountered. Makes me think that subway systems in other countries must be real easy. ^^__~

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All-in-all, it was a blast. Britts is the perfect guest, and I warmly recommend hosting her if you get a chance. She's independent, takes mishaps with grace, and is up for an adventure any day.

[edited to add] One or two more parts, and then I'm done spamming you with pictures of Korea. From this trip, anyway. ^__~ [/edit]
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2012|05:49 am]
Bigger Huge-ass version of some of the pictures I took for my CV.

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Operation "Get Allie out of bed because I'm bored" [Jul. 9th, 2012|12:39 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Plan: talk her ears off
Operation Status: Successful
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Pictures from Korea, part III [Jul. 9th, 2012|11:38 am]
Pictures from one of my favourite places in Korea, Han River. I dragged Jini there (or rather, I made her take me there) after we'd been to the Cat Café. We would have taken a cruise on the river, but because it had rained heavily shortly before then, the water level was too high.

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Funnily enough, Jini & I both have the same favourite house by the river, that we both like to day dream about living in one day.
Parts of the river side were swarming with huge dragonflies, which scared the hell out of Jini. Personally, I was more concerned with the state of the wooden dock we were strolling on, as it looked just about ready to collapse at any moment and swayed unnervingly under my feet.
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Pictures from Korea, part II [Jul. 3rd, 2012|04:16 am]
Before my internship started, Jini introduced me to another of the many wonderful things about Korea: Cat Cafés. This one is in Shillim, where they also have awesome dwenjang-chigae. I managed to freak out the staff of the chigae-place pretty bad, although that wasn't my fault. The egg they gave me was rotten. I also accidentally went to the men's room, which would probably have freaked out the staff had they noticed. At that point I wasn't about to care, because I felt that rotten egg on my hands excused my little mix-up. And Jini was totally milking the "oh, my GOD, how could you give us a rotten egg when I BROUGHT A WHITEY to your restaurant!". I'd feel sorry for the staff if it wasn't so amusing to watch her.
I don't know why I keep accidentally hitting the gent's instead of the lady's when I'm in Korea...
Anyway, loads of pictures of cute and cuddly cats! \^__^/

In Korea, 10 000 won buys you a fancy juice and all the pussy you can pet. [44]Collapse )

One of the cats tried to sneak into my bag when it was time to leave. ^__^
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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2012|09:32 am]
Been trying to decide on a good picture for my CV. I think 3 & 5 are my favorites. The last two aren't really suitable for a CV, but I liked the wind in my hair so I tossed it in here anyway.
Small size, since that's how they'll appear on the CV.

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I'll post bigger versions of some of these, and of others that didn't make the cut for possible CV-pic, later.
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Pictures from Korea, part I [Jun. 30th, 2012|08:06 am]
Some of you may remember this post where I mentioned that I finally got myself booked on a tour to the DMZ, and that if possible I would take pictures. Only almost a year later, and here they are! ^__~
Better late than never, I suppose. ^__^;;

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(no subject) [Jun. 28th, 2012|01:04 am]
I've long been grumbling over the fact that it's impossible find shine spray around here anymore. Hair spray with shine spray in it, yes. Just regular old shine spray, no. I don't use hair spray (or any other styling products for that matter) since having that crap in my hair drives me crazy, so I wasn’t about to start using hair spray with shine spray in it. Anyways, I actually found shine spray the other day. I was happy, “but does it shine?", I wondered. I tried it out today.
Yes. Yes, it shines. Boy, does it shine. It's like I f*cking dipped my hair in gold or something.

Part of me is going "O__O ...shiny..." and another part is going "^__^ Shiny!"
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2012|02:29 am]
Another one of those days that felt really unproductive, even though it really wasn't. I got a shitload of stuff done. ^__^ In hindsight, I'm a little proud of how much stuff I got done.

Been tinkering with a new layout for the Chacha community, it's about time that one was updated. It's almost done, but there are a few minor details that I haven't yet managed to get right. While I was tinkering, I figured I might as well update the community userinfo as well, so I'm rewriting that a little. Suddenly it's new graphics all around. Looks very colorful. Maybe a little too much... "pretty". I guess I just need perspective.
Myrrh, since you've probably guessed how to have a sneak-peek, why don't you go ahead and give it a glance.
*hoping the rest of you aren't clever enough to figure it out, since I'm not sure I'm ready to share it quite yet*
Oh, and I fucked up my own layout in the process. I managed to get it back to almost what it looked like before my little snafu, but yeah... I should update my own layout as well, I suppose.

Got my ticket, finally. I'm going through Turkey this year. I've considered it before, because the Atatürk airport has a smoking deck. It's fair chunk cheaper than my usual options, without taking any longer. 15 hour flight, I can live with that. ^__^ I looked over Singapore Airline's tickets as well, they're a smidge cheaper than Turkish Air but the flight is 21 hours. O__o I like not paying out of my arse, but I also like not having to sit on a plane for that long.

I was rooting though my old entries the other day, and found the start of an old fic I wrote for Laura's birthday once upon a time. I remember it well, it had some funny moments in the outline that I never got around to writing. At the time, I felt overwhelmed, in part because it was planned to be much longer than I was used to writing back then. Much of it was also that I felt inadequate to write it. Now, I'm pretty confident I could crank it out, if I find the time. It could turn into a good story.

I probably shouldn't though. I haven't worked on PPC for days, despite it being on my to-do-list every day. *is bad* That's one of the things I've been supposed to be doing, but haven't. That, and chase down documents for the National Board of Student Aid. And, there is the reason why I keep feeling like I haven't been doing anything. I haven't gotten NBSA out of the way, and I really want to get it done. It's just such a massive task, I can only manage a bit a day. And today, obviously not at all.
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Lotsa boring crap... [Jun. 21st, 2012|06:32 pm]
I feel like I'm being terribly unproductive today, despite knowing that I really have been getting a lot of important stuff done.

I somehow managed to find a site that lists a shitload of goshiwons, so I've been looking through the ones in the SNU-area all morning. I think I found some good ones, but I'll have to get some Korean peeps to confirm. In general, I guess you get what you pay for. I'd love to have an 18만원 rent (and not just because the number 18 is amusing in Korean *snicker*), but I'd rather fork up 30만원 a month than not have my own shower.
All the information is of course in Korean, which makes life a bit more difficult, but I'm getting pretty good at deciphering automated translations, and sometimes the mistranslations are amusing. Every place offers free "Bob" (rice), and one even lists "snow" (no effing clue) among it's amenities.
A year ago, when I was checking out goshiwons for my internship, an aquarium seemed to be a rather unique feature. Now, most places seem to have decided that an aquarium is a must. It's nice and all, but I don't really spend a lot of time at the entrance where, typically, the aquarium is placed. Also, at the last place I lived in, the aquarium started out all nice and sparkly, and I enjoyed it much. Then it slowly started getting murky, and I was just annoyed every time I walked by it because the manager was too effing lazy to clean the darned thing.
Some of the goshiwons I was checking out this morning seem to advertize having a pool, but I'm seriously not sure if this is a mistranslation or not. Not that it matters, I probably wouldn't use it much even if my goshiwon ended up actually having a pool. Some places have started offering free pizza, and I'm pretty sure this is not a mistranslation. When I first saw it, I thought perhaps that specific place was just catering to foreigners; free rice and kimchi is standard, and I expect them to also offer free coffee and ramyeong. Pizza, however... Anyway, after I'd seen a couple of places advertizing free pizza, I came to the conclusion that pizza (or possibly a pool) may be the new aquarium; something that one place starts offering to attract new customers away from the competition, and that soon enough everyone will offer as well for the same reason.

Britts, will you be getting any vacation days in connection with your conference? I was thinking about swinging by Japan before I hit Korea, and I was also thinking perhaps you'd like to swing by too. I can put off entering Korea long enough that if you get vacation before the conference, we could meet up. I don't know Japan nearly as well as I know Korea, but I don't know Korean nearly as well as I know Japanese. ^__~ So, while I may not make much of a tour guide in Japan, I think I'd definitely make decent company.
If you get days after the conference, however, I'll need to be in Korea by then. Orientation starts on the 23rd I think, and I really need to sort out some practical stuff such as finding a place to stay which I prefer to have done before school starts. I'd still love to meet up, though. ^__^
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2012|04:57 am]
[mood |pensivepensive]

Sometimes I envy my sister.

Most of the time, I don't, because I'd rather be me than her. She's very smart, but I don't envy her that; I'm smart too, and I work harder which makes it seem like I'm even smarter. She's pretty, and I used to envy that; now I think I may have lucked out even more than she did in that department. She's really successful in her line of work; I don't envy that because I know the reason I've had limited success is that I haven't been in the work world much. In the academic world, I've been successful, and what little work experience I have has also been successful. Wildly so. Once I'm done with school, and once I manage to find a job, I feel confident that I will be as successful in my line of work as she is in hers.

I am, however, envious of her skills in the kitchen. She has inherited our grandmother's talent for cooking. Whatever she touches turns out delicious. If I try to replicate it, it falls rather flat. Unlike her, I have inherited our father's cooking skills.

I know I should be content with what I've got. Nobody can be great in all areas, and I've been infinitely lucky both genetically and otherwise. Still, I wish I had my sister's magic touch in the kitchen. I'm envious.
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2012|04:31 am]
[mood |sillyfloppy]

I seem to be going through some flip-floppy times.

Been thinking about translating Chacha's blog entries for the community. I usually just skim-read them, and I can get about half of it that way. Or so I think. I keep wishing he'd use less kanji, and simpler Japanese.
I tried translating one, just to see how hard it would be. I wished he would use more kanji, and simpler fucking Japanese. And I have now for the first time come across a real Japanese person that used "gokigenyou". Hilarious. (for those that don't know, "gokigenyou" is something like "good morning" in role language, that is, it's stereotype language that real people don't use. You find it in manga and anime, mainly. Saying "gokigenyou" immediately tells the reader/watcher that this is a fine lady speaking.) So yeah, not easy. I'm not particularly skilled at role language, since I've been learning actual Japanese that actual people use. Much more practical. So, anyway, started to feel a little insecure about my skills.
Then I read a translation of one of the posts I had been half-translating/half-reading. My interpretation of the text was quite different, and I recognized some easy-to-fall-in-traps that this translator had fallen into, and I hadn't. I felt better about my translation skills.
The past few days, I've been reading translations of Gackt's blog done by one of the members in GxH. I do a mental run-down while I read translations done by others. Could I have arrived at this translation from something written in Japanese? Undoubtedly no, was my answer to myself. I'm not that skilled. Intimidation. Starting to think that translations for the community is not such a good idea.
In the latest translation, she left in a few bits in Japanese that she hadn't been able to translate. Of course I had to try, just to see. And I could make sense of them. Suddenly feeling less insecure. ^__^

Ah, if I only made myself study, I could do it.
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