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Nice Parking, Dumb Ass

2018-04-01 15.56.29Usually, bad parking in Korea doesn’t annoy me (yes, it does, but I am trying hard to be nicer these days), but when I saw the way the driver of this car parked in front of a fitness club next to my apartment, I couldn’t look the other way.

To be fair, it was Sunday and there was no parking available outside the fitness club, but to park like this, simply defies logic and public decency, not to mention safety.

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

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Not much of a rainy season in Korea this summer. Had some torrential rain for about three days in mid-June. Hasn’t rained much since. Now that August has arrived, we are entering typhoon season. Had some really wicked typhoon seasons in the late 90s. I remembering coming back to Shinch’on from teaching a class at SNU in 1998 and it rained so much traffic in some places in Seoul was at a standstill.

This is a stream/drainage ditch not far from where we lived in Daejeon. This is mild compared to some heavy rain we had here in 2011.

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Hot Enough For You?

Heat WavesThe dog days of summer are upon us and it’s been one sweltering, humid day after another with no relief in sight. It’s without question one of the hottest and most humid summers I have experienced in all my years in Korea.

There have been some hot summers here in Korea that come close to this summer. The summer of 1994 was a wicked hot one. Back then I was teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute and had an early morning conversation class that started at 7:00. By the time I walked to school from Yonhui-dong, which was about a 15-minute walk, I was already drenched. The school didn’t turn on the air until 8:00 so that first hour was a brutal one.

Not many folks had air conditioning in their homes back then, either. I was living in this boarding house, just down the street from former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo, and I had one window in my room which looked out on another house. I spent two years in that boarding house; some rough times indeed during the summer months.

I read that other day that this heat wave is expected to last until the middle of August.

The daytime temperatures hover around 90-92 degrees with 100% humidity. It’s been that way for almost two weeks now. It’s done wonders for my morning workouts. I’ve been working out every morning from 6:00-7:30. I start out with an hour on the treadmill. Thanks to the heat and humidity, I’ve been able to sweat off a couple pounds.

A Reflection of a Winter Day

Reflection of a winter day 001Yesterday in Daejeon it was a balmy 61 degrees; today it was back down to a more seasonal 30 degrees.

It’s been one of the colder winters in Daejeon but not one of the of the coldest I’ve experienced. My first winter here was brutal. I remember hanging up my clothes in the laundry room in my apartment in Chamsil 2-Danji and finding them frozen stiff a few hours later.

And no snow to speak of. There was some accumulation back in December but that was it.

This photo was from 2012 when Daejeon got a lot of snow; the most it has snowed in the nine years that I have lived here.

Room With a View

My Life as an Expat Day 4

Looking out my 12th floor apartment in Daejeon. Of all the places and apartments I have lived in the 24 plus years I’ve worked and lived in Korea, I’ve finally moved up to a room with a view.

The building in the middle is the KORAIL (Korean Railroad) headquarters. Daejeon station is to the right. I’m pretty lucky where I live. In fact, I have always lived close to where I have worked in Korea and as well as close to public transportation. I live only ten minutes (on foot) away from SolBridge and the train station; about fifteen minutes (on foot) away from the bus terminal and two hyper markets

In the distance is Bomun Mountain. On the mountain is a monument dedicated to the 25th Infantry Division which fought here during the Korean War (Daejeon, then Taejon, fell on July 28, 1950). There is also a statue of General William Dean, the top military commander in Korea at the outbreak of the Korean War. His driver took a wrong turn as they fled the city with North Korean forces advancing. Dean was captured and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.

I love these kinds of days in Korea: cool, gray, and rainy. I wish I could bottle up these days and open that bottle whenever I wanted.

All The Right Moves

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If you’ve walked past the 3rd floor gymnasium on Tuesday mornings between 9:00-11:00 you’ve probably heard a lot of shouting. Don’t be alarmed. It’s just Dr. Kim Choon-won conducting one of his Taekwondo classes.

Georgia Tech Bound

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Although they come from three different backgrounds and two countries, three SolBridge Students share a common appointment with destiny: they will soon be hitting the books at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) in the fall 2014 semester.

Lingling “Jessica” Zhang, Zhongfan Jian, and Kim “Kate” So-hyun will be joining seven other SolBridge students who have already taken advantage of this unique 2+2 program the two schools have with each other whereby students can obtain two degrees.

“I want to study in America, perhaps study MBA in the US. I think it’s good to spend two years here and two years in America to experience the two cultures,” Jessica said. “Here I am not too homesick because I am close to my home (China).”

Zhongfan, echoed Jessica’s sentiments.

“According to my mom’s view, it was a good idea for me to study in the United States which is still the frontier of the business field,” Zhongfan said.

Interestingly, Zhongfan’s mother already knew about Georgia Tech and hoped that her son would be able to attend after studying at SolBridge for two years.

Kate, on the other hand, had been planning to go to Georgia Tech ever since she started SolBridge to expand her horizons.

“Georgia Tech was the reason why I came to SolBridge,” Kate said. “I had been thinking about going to nursing school at Woosong, but when I heard about Georgia Tech and the 2+2 program SolBridge had with the school, I thought that studying business would be a perfect fit for me.”

Finding out information about Georgia Tech was easy for all three students who either heard about the program by visiting SolBridge’s website or by talking to their classmates. However, all three students advised students who are thinking about attending to plan as early as they can.

“Choose your courses wisely,” Zhongfan suggested.

Although Georgia Tech might be the right choice for some students who would like to expand their horizons, it might not be a good idea for those looking for a job closer to home.

“If you want to find a good job in Korea maybe it’s not wise to go there,” Jessica said.

At least one student is concerned about what awaits once they arrive in the United States.

“I am really scared about going to America because there will be no one to support me,” Kate said. “I am afraid of the language barrier and all the papers I will have to write. I heard from the people already there that we will have to study more, too.”

Nonetheless, Jessica, Zhongfan, and Kate are confident that they will do well once they start Georgia Tech.

“Maybe there’s a little nervousness,” Jessica said. “I’ve never been too far from my home country, but after two years in Korea I think I can manage it.”

“Don’t be afraid to take a challenge,” Kate added.

2014 SolBridge Asian Thought Leaders Case Competition

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The first-ever SolBridge Asian Thought Leaders Case Competition got underway on Monday, January 20th, featuring twenty-two students from seven universities (SolBridge included) around Asia.

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Photo of the Day: Put ‘er in the basket, Chief!

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All I could think about after I took these photos was Jack Nicholson playing basketball in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Photo of the Day: SolBridge Sports Day

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Students at the SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea, took time out on the eve of midterms week for some fun and games during the school’s annual Sports Day. Held each year in the fall, BBA and MBA students compete in a series of games and sporting events to unwind before their midterm exams. Organized by SolBridge’s hardworking Student Council and supported by Student Services, Sports Day is one of a number of events held each semester for students.

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