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  • A rant about rants

    While in Korea, I listened to a lot of CBC radio and TVO audio news.  Here in Canada, I have been too lazy to search for the local CBC station.  The strongest, clearest station that I don’t mind is 95.7FM from Barrie.  On it is segment called “the Cheap Seats” in which a man rants about various a new thing every day.

    This sounds like a  tough gig.  Each day, he has to be angry or upset about something.  Actually, now and then, he goes out of his way to applaud someone’s actions and I admire that although that too would become boring after a few repetitions.

    Gosh, I feel like a bad man for admitting that.  I want to hear good things about people every day but I expect I would have to work at it to keep listening after the first week.


  • Our first week in Canada

    Here is a brief look at our first week in Penetang, Ontario.  I am on my mother’s computer and don’t want to take too much time on it so a lot of this post will be terse to the point of being cryptic.  I am writing this post more for my memory than for international scrutiny.

    Just before coming to Canada, I had one last hike on a small, local mountain and finished the hike in my T-shirt. The day before leaving, The Little Guy (TLG) and I rode our bikes to Eulsookdo.
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  • 2012 fall hiking

    There are a few hikes already from this time period on the blog, but here are three I missed reporting on.

    On November 10, My son and I went hiking in Jinyoung, a village that is within Kimhae city limits.

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    His school organized the trip so it is one of the few that he has been eager to do.  Here is one of his friends.keumbyeongsan2


  • I saw the completion of the 4-rivers project.

    I’m leaving soon.  I depart on January 31 and don’t know if I will be back.  As I wrote on Facebook (names removed),

    “My work these past three years -and also at Kwandong before that, has been great but I am returning to Canada next year. I can’t say for how long.

    The Little Guy’s English is barely sufficient for day to day conversations with me and falling far behind his Canadian cohort so we (TLG and I; my wife will remain in Korea) are moving to my mother’s home in Penetang for at least one year. TLG will attend school and I will look for some kind of work. If I find useful and valuable work, my wife will emigrate and join us. If not, we will return to Korea to work I love and have shown an aptitude for but with the real concern about what high school will be for TLG- and any Korean child.”

    I am not ready to talk about Canada, but that will come.


  • strange post to return with, I know

     

     

     

     

     

    I don’t even want to look at how it has been since I last posted here.  In my half-hearted defense, I have posted somewhat more frequently at the Creativiti Project.

     

    I do want to keep writing here and I have some big changes in my life coming up; changes which definitely fit with the title of this blog. Further, I need to plan for 2013 and set some goals and what better place to such a personal activity then on a blog read by …some.

     

    First though, a short post today with some humourous photos.

    My son and I were rollerblading in the apartment’s parking lot and we found a sign that I read at “Ee ba to hae 2000″.  If you have the Hangeul character set, it was “이바토해2000″.  My son says that doesn’t mean anything, but I have photographic evidence.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Call for articles: Kotesol International Conference reviews

    To my dozen(s?) of readers, I will soon be reviewing the sessions I attended at the conference and want to know about other sessions.  I review somewhat critically but try to keep focused on the topic.  If you think you have what it takes to write Surprisesaplenty-quality material, let me know.

     

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    If you think you have what it takes to write Surprisesaplenty-quality material, let me know, please.



  • The most beautiful temple in …Busan

    I’m a little busy these days but promised a coworker pictures of Seokbulsa, which might be the most beautiful temple in Korea.  Yeah, the more I think about this, better I feel about this strong claim.

    Having made the claim, I need to back away, at least as far as my photography requires.  I do intend to stitch some more photos together to improve some panoramas and these photos are stacked in a gallery so I can’t describe them properly at this time.  Someday (probably), I will do so.

    I do need to say the one of the road is meant to explain the shortest route to the temple.  The guides I found as stated start at Exit 2 of mandeok Subway Station and “head toward the older tunnel”.  Perhaps a better suggestion would be to stick to the left side of the road and just go up.  The older tunnel is named, on the road itself, as ’1 jeh’.

    Its a steep hike, but pleasant.


  • Hadan to Kadeukdo bike ride

     

    Indeed the ride was “to” but not actually “around” Kadeuk Island.  It’s been a while since last rode and I was concerned about aches and pains if I went much further.  Still, the trip there along the ‘Gull’s Way’ was enjoyable on its own merits.


  • Rice production plateauing and more from Marginal Revolution

    I follow Korean rice farming with more than casual interest.  Because my in-laws are farmers and I have helped plant and harvest rice through a few seasons now, I have a natural concern for things that affect rice production here.  In the past, the Korean government placed tariffs on foreign rice, allowing Korean farmers to sell theirs at around eight-times international market value.

    For more on my discussion of rice farming in Korea, look here.

    Fro more on the future of rice production and farming, check out Marginal Revolution’s post on the subject of approaching maximal production.  It sounds very Malthusian.

     


  • Naengjeong Station to Hadan Station hike

     

    Well, we didn’t start at Naengjeong Station; we took a local bus to Dongseo University and hiked from there.  On the other hand, we passed Hadan station and walked on, then returned to it so perhaps that balances out.

    What a great day for a hike.  My companion Patrick and I started in jackets but did most of the hike in T-shirts.

    Here is our trip as displayed on Google:

     

    And as displayed on Naver:


 

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