Archive for January, 2007

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Thoughts on life from a venerable sage

January 29, 2007

Here’s something I just translated. This is a typical buddhist verse of exhortation. very cheerful…

A verse on this doleful world from a venerable sage:
“To think of the things already gone,
Is but endless anxiety.
Those who were so dear and intimate to us
Have all turned into a handful of earth.

The golden palace of the Emperor of Han
Is now buried in dust,
And only lonesome water now flows
In the golden valley of an ancient man of wealth.

Time flies and morning is already evening,
We see green plants of spring, then it is already autumn.
If you have not done even a tiny bit of good in this life,
What would you expect to have in return in the nether world?”

Have a nice day all! 🙂

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Thoughts on life from a venerable sage

January 29, 2007

Here’s something I just translated. This is a typical buddhist verse of exhortation. very cheerful…

A verse on this doleful world from a venerable sage:
“To think of the things already gone,
Is but endless anxiety.
Those who were so dear and intimate to us
Have all turned into a handful of earth.

The golden palace of the Emperor of Han
Is now buried in dust,
And only lonesome water now flows
In the golden valley of an ancient man of wealth.

Time flies and morning is already evening,
We see green plants of spring, then it is already autumn.
If you have not done even a tiny bit of good in this life,
What would you expect to have in return in the nether world?”

Have a nice day all! )

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ahhhhhhhhhhh………..

January 25, 2007

Well, it’s been a very busy spell for me here in Seoul. Lots of commuting, writing, reading, etc etc etc. I’ve not been the happiest camper, but I can’t complain too much.

Still, I needed something… and I did get a nice little surprise. A new bathhouse was opened just a few minutes from my home. Yippee! Cheap, clean and big… can’t beat that.

Hot bath, super hot bath, cold bath, super cold bath, dry sauna, steam room, rinse, repeat. Then, when all the dirt has been properly brought to the surface, you scrub with a little abrasive towel to get off all the gunk. And boy, is there gunk. You can’t get this stuff off when you shower, you must scrub! So scrub away I did, and it came off in rolls and rolls of brownish gunk.

I came out feeling buoyant and ready to continue my hectic ways. You can read about a Korean bath house in the States, here. But, to be accurate, it doesn’t really talk about a bath house so much as the “jjim jil bang” which is just a super fancy bunch of sauna and lounging spaces. I prefer the bathing part, myself. No clothes for me, no sir.

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ahhhhhhhhhhh………..

January 25, 2007

Well, it’s been a very busy spell for me here in Seoul. Lots of commuting, writing, reading, etc etc etc. I’ve not been the happiest camper, but I can’t complain too much.

Still, I needed something… and I did get a nice little surprise. A new bathhouse was opened just a few minutes from my home. Yippee! Cheap, clean and big… can’t beat that.

Hot bath, super hot bath, cold bath, super cold bath, dry sauna, steam room, rinse, repeat. Then, when all the dirt has been properly brought to the surface, you scrub with a little abrasive towel to get off all the gunk. And boy, is there gunk. You can’t get this stuff off when you shower, you must scrub! So scrub away I did, and it came off in rolls and rolls of brownish gunk.

I came out feeling buoyant and ready to continue my hectic ways. You can read about a Korean bath house in the States, here. But, to be accurate, it doesn’t really talk about a bath house so much as the “jjim jil bang” which is just a super fancy bunch of sauna and lounging spaces. I prefer the bathing part, myself. No clothes for me, no sir.

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New features!! bling bling

January 23, 2007

Okay, for you non-blogging geeks, this is not a big deal, but for those of us who’ve been doing this a while, every little advance is quite welcome. WordPress, the free software/hosting service that powers this blog, has just added audio capability to their blogging software. You just can’t beat wordpress.

So, in order to take a break from my very long hours of work these days, I decided to give the new feature a test ride. But what song? Hmmm… Seeing as I’m trying to use this site to provide a glimpse of my life in here Hanguk, I decided I’d just check my itunes, see what song I’ve played the most over the past few months, and post that.

So, here it is, “Romulus” by Sufjan Stevens. Romulus here refers not the the beast child who gve his name to the capital of Rome, but rather the dingy town where the Detroit Airport is located. It seems to always be grey in Romulus… and every car is rusty… every housefrau in a housecoat smoking a cigarette and carrying a cold, half-drinken cup of coffee, with unkempt kids running around making too much noise. Yes, a pretty sight. Sufjan captures the beauty of that sorrow perfectly. Funny enough, it makes me a bit homesick, even for a place I never felt all that attached to.

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New features!! bling bling

January 23, 2007

Okay, for you non-blogging geeks, this is not a big deal, but for those of us who’ve been doing this a while, every little advance is quite welcome. WordPress, the free software/hosting service that powers this blog, has just added audio capability to their blogging software. You just can’t beat wordpress.

So, in order to take a break from my very long hours of work these days, I decided to give the new feature a test ride. But what song? Hmmm… Seeing as I’m trying to use this site to provide a glimpse of my life in here Hanguk, I decided I’d just check my itunes, see what song I’ve played the most over the past few months, and post that.

So, here it is, “Romulus” by Sufjan Stevens. Romulus here refers not the the beast child who gve his name to the capital of Rome, but rather the dingy town where the Detroit Airport is located. It seems to always be grey in Romulus… and every car is rusty… every housefrau in a housecoat smoking a cigarette and carrying a cold, half-drunken cup of coffee, with unkempt kids running around making too much noise. Yes, a pretty sight. Sufjan captures the beauty of that sorrow perfectly. Funny enough, it makes me a bit homesick, even for a place I never felt all that attached to.

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Ah~~~~ Shil-eo~~~~

January 20, 2007

The title of this post means, “I hate it!” but more like, “Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate it!” and that’s exactly me right now.

I’m in the midst of a major work marathon and shouldn’t be blogging, but the fact is, my heart won’t let me work right yet, cuz, you see… we just had a freakin’ EARTHQUAKE!!!

Now, by the standards of anyone used to these things, it was nothing. I called some friends, they didn’t even notice. My California based neighbors noticed, but ignored it cuz it was so small. But this cheddarhead and his cat sure the hell noticed.

I was leaning against the outer wall, and the whole thing just rumbled through a big wave motion. This was joined by a deep rumble from the bowels of the earth and then a few more sharp jolts. All in all, it took about 5 or 7 seconds total. But that’s more than enough for me.

I’m not too frightened of many things on this earth any more. Sharks – yes. Drunk, macho, belligerent men – yes. Earthquakes – most definitely. This is the third one I’ve ever experienced, and the result is always the same – involuntary heart throbbing out of my chest and minor hyperventilation. Nothing else on this earth effects me like that… (well, ‘ceptin my wife sometimes, naturally) Woah.

Odd notes about the Korean context.

  1. The first thought was indeed – Earthquake. But the second thought was, “Oh F***, did the North Korean really go and do something crazy?”
  2. In order to verify it was indeed an earthquake, I could go to a Korean portal site and watch the real time “most popular search” window. “Jijin” the word for earthquake shot up the charts to number one in a matter of seconds. That’s pretty cool, no?

Looks like it was a 4.8er in Gangwon Province… 8:56 pm.