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The Morning Shift

The Morning Shift

An early morning delivery driver trundles along the deserted streets around Jagalchi, Busan.

The Fastest of Food

The Fastest of Food

A South Korean delivery driver tears through an intersection, Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province.

These fast-food delivery bikes are always zipping around at breakneck speed, blazing through red lights, etc. I knew to capture their essence, I'd need to show a sense of that motion in my imagery. I thought panning would be the best way to achieve that.

Name That Rat

nutria-portrait-ed

Recently I read about a 20,000 won ($20) bounty that the Korean government is offering for carcasses of river rats, which have invaded the Nakdong River basin near my home in Busan. This reminded me of a passage cut from my book, “Dispatches from the Peninsula,” where, on a motorcycle trip, we come face to face with these a few of these beasties. I make no claims that this is fantastic writing, and there is a reason this was sliced from the manuscript, but it still pleases me that it finally has managed to find an audience. Enjoy. 


NAME THAT RAT

nutria-portrait-ed

Recently I read about a 20,000 won ($20) bounty that the Korean government is offering for carcasses of river rats, which have invaded the Nakdong River basin near my home in Busan. This reminded me of a passage cut from my book, “Dispatches from the Peninsula,” where, on a motorcycle trip, we come face to face with these a few of these beasties. I make no claims that this is fantastic writing, and there is a reason this was sliced from the manuscript, but it still pleases me that it finally has managed to find an audience. Enjoy. 


Motorcycle mechanic with pickup in Hadan?

Looking for a motorcycle shop that can pick up my bike from Hadan to repair. Just got back from vacation and i think the battery is dead. Anyone have the phone number of a place? English not necessary but preferable. Thanks.


Busan NamBu DMV Motorcycle test days/times?

Does anyone know what day(s)/time(s) the 250cc motorcycle driving test is given at the Busan NamBu DMV (near Kyungsung University)?

Thanks


Shanghai Living: Jade Buddha Temple, Former residence of Mao Zedong and Contest winner!

Wow it is hard to believe that it has been almost two months in China. Soon it will be Spring Festival here. Spring Festival is China's biggest holiday. I am looking forward to the time off and checking out some things. Travel may be impossible during this time as everyone is travelling in China at that time. I will check out some more things in Shanghai and possibly buy a motorcycle. Ok more than likely I will buy a motorcycle, as long as it stops snowing.




Enjoy the video!


South Korea Adventure #13- Goseong 고성 - FAIL!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2011 brings many great things!

Cheers,

Jeff Martinez


South Korea Adventure #17- Jirisan National Park 지리산

I have wanted to go to Jirisan for awhile now. I had marked it as a trip tp do for awhile. My original plan was to stay a night out there and make it a weekend. That did not workout, but we managed to get to the mountain by just after 1pm. We has stopped in Uiryeong for lunch. there was an election going on. So there was canditates everywhere, people dancing and the cow. Later we saw the cow in the market, which is the opening of the video. The hiking was great. After leaving Jirisan we rode to Jinju. On the way I stupidly ran out of gas. We had to go back and get some gas. From Jinju we got back to Busan in an hour and a half. We really rode fast. It is about 120km. With a couple spot through some towns. We go lucky with some green lights and only hit one traffic jam, which lasted for about 5km. I also know a shortcut. There is a bridge that lets you cut around Masan. You are not actually supposed to go over by motorcycle.

South Korea Adventure #13- Goseong 고성

I have done a lot of motorcycle trips in Korea and have done almost every possibe day trip from Busan. So when I when I was headed to Goseong I was not that excited. I knew there was dinosur museums there, but beyond that there didn't seem like much. Instead I was absolutely blown away. The ride was amazing. Maybe the best ride I have done so far. There were great winding roads along the ocean. The views were amazing. We spent most of the day in Sangjogam County Park. The dinosaur museum is there. It is also some of the most beautiful scenery I have experienced in Korea. It was a great day! 

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