Monday, August 30, 2010

Fun Fact About Ulsan

So Hyudai is a giant corporation here. Everything is all about Hyundai. At one time, Hyundai decided to open a shipbuilding complex in Korea. Now, shipbuilding requires a lot of work outdoors, so the man responsible for opening the location had to find a spot that had ideal weather conditions. He did a survey of forecasts going ten years back to determine the mildest area in terms of weather. The city with the least snowfall in winter and coolest climes in summer was none other than Ulsan!

This story comes by way of my co-teacher Seulgi.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Internet Complications

Soooo, I was supposed to have internet access in my dorm room during orientation. Yeah, not so much. I've been bumming some web time here and there and I'm at a cafe now, but i don't have the time/resources for a full update. There's so much to post, too. Oy. Hang in there.

P.S. it could fully be up to a month before I get regular internet access, so I might seem dormant for a while. Solid stuff is in the works, though, just you wait.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

The 24 Discs that Made the Cut

This is the slightly more interesting companion to the post on packing. My sister, an aficionado of international travel, suggested I get a small CD case and select the movies without which I cannot live. My case accommodates 24 discs in total. I considered what moods I'll be in while living alone in Korea. The movies that bring me joy, the ones I can revel in, or wallow. When I'm lonely/bored/pensive/happy, so on, etc., what movies will I want to be watching? Here is what I chose:

  1. American Beauty (Kevin. Spacey.)
  2. Big Fish (for the sheer beauty)
  3. Bridget Jones's Diary (a pleasure I can't pretend makes me feel guilty)
  4. Hairspray ( " )
  5. Hard Candy (from my first official date with longtime facebook wife, Sarah Ashbridge)
  6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (quirky goodness)
  7. Lady Vengeance (to help me study the Korean language)
  8. Let the Right One In (vampires)
  9. Fellowship of the Ring, Part One
  10. Fellowship of the Ring, Part Two
  11. The Two Towers, Part One
  12. The Two Towers, Part Two
  13. The Return of the King, Part One
  14. The Return of the King, Part Two (LOTR extended versions. i cannot go a year+ without)
  15. Oldboy (if anyone in Korea hasn't seen this movie, it's my solemn duty to expose them to it)
  16. Planet Earth, Disc 1
  17. Planet Earth, Disc 2
  18. Planet Earth, Disc 3
  19. Planet Earth, Disc 4
  20. Planet Earth, Disc 5 (yeah, i devoted five slots to Planet Earth alone. NERRRRRD!)
  21. Stardust (Stella "Aurora Diaz" and I could barely last a week without watching this. love it. love.)
  22. Stranger Than Fiction (a satisfying departure for Will Ferrell)
  23. The FIRM: Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn (a fun exercise DVD)
  24. The FIRM: Cardio Overdrive (to encourage good health)

*Note: The entire Firefly series is ripped to my computer, needing no physical slot in the case, thus its omission from the above list.


Adventures in Packing

Disclaimer: This post's title is misleading. I started packing yesterday and finished... yesterday. Not finished finished because I realized I needed a couple last-minute things, so my mom and I ran around town today and now I'm actually finished. Not much of an adventure, really.

I'm allowed two checked bags up to 50 lbs each. My bags are 37 and 32 pounds respectively, so I even have room to spare. Ooh.

Well that was invigorating.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Touch of Mania

The nerves are setting in in a big way. I am convinced that something is going to go wrong. Maybe I'll forget a crucial document or get to Korea and find out in my checkup that I have some awful disease I didn't know about and they'll be obligated to ship me back. Or the Dayquil I've been taking for my groty throat (much better now, but not top shape), will test positive on my drug test. Hey, it could happen.

In short, there's far too great a potential for amazing in my life right now, so I'm waiting for it to crash and burn.

I deal with stress in the healthiest possible ways.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Pre-Orientation: Complete

All the lessons have been taken, as have the tests.

Test 1: 93% (28/30)
Test 2: 100% (20/20)

I know, it's very exciting.


Pre-Orientation Update

Ten lessons down!

To-Do Tomorrow:

  • Look over notes from Lessons 1-10
  • Take Test 1
  • Finish Lessons 11-15
  • Take Test 2 (??)

Then the Pre-Orientation Course will be complete. Yay!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Prep Work

In just a little over a week, I'll be flying into Seoul, South Korea. Until then, I have some packing and a sweet, sweet online pre-orientation course I have to complete. Awesome. It's not difficult- 15 short lessons and two tests to prepare me for the job and whatnot. Still, I'm starting to think I'm going back to school the bad way... Notes? Seriously? Five lessons down and like any good lib-arts student, already taking a study break.

Check this out! As we all know, two of four of my tattoos are nice and conspicuous. Most professional settings aren't down with overt skin art, but in Korea, it's apparently a bit of a shady deal just to get a tattoo (Not exactly illegal, but note the use of the word "underground"). Right. Well I was going to have to come up with some creative ways to cover up my tats at some point. Now, they could all (wrist, ankle, hip, upper back) be covered with winter clothing, but the wrist and ankle stamps are the most obvious come warm weather. Solutions:

*Using a mesh/gel tubing sleeve

*Using aptly-placed leather wristbands.

So clever. Anyway, I suppose I should get back to the pre-orientation. Or take a nap, then do more later. So. Enticing. Decisions are the worst.

PostScript- Of course I developed some kind of throat infection with only a few days to recover. Score.