Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Respectful Trip to the DMZ

Went to the North Korean/South Korean border at Imjingak today, and I started climbing all over statues and making faces and just generally being sassy in front of a bunch of war memorial stuff.

Actually, I guess that was a fairly respectful trip. What choice did I have, though? My hangover was so bad that most of my Power of Now was busy just trying to keep it puke-free since '93. Ah, well. I'll play GameBoy inappropriately in front of some touristy stuff next time.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Flare Bar

The first Flaming Dr. Pepper I had in Korea, I set my hand on fire, and that's the least awful consequence I've ever experienced with that beverage. I wish people just knew not to let me drink them under any circumstances.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Korean Kylie Minogue

A lot of K-Pop (or Kah-Yo) isn't very good, but there are a couple of stand-out tracks, like Lee Hyori's "10 Minutes" (sounds like Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair") or Ivy's "Temptation of Sonata" (Fur Elise meets Final Fantasy). So far, my favorite is D.I.S.C.O., a track from the Republic of Korea's answer to Kylie Minogue, Uhm Jung Hwa:

This version of the video is nice, too, as it has the lyrics in Hangul characters, an approximate Roman alphabet pronunciation, and then the lyrics in English. My favorite line is right there on the video preview image before you even press play. While "mi chin deushi chum chu go" may literally translate to "dance like crazy," the word "mi chin" has a meaning that is closer to "retarded," which explains why Korean children are so fond of calling each other crazy. For them, the word just has a bit more kick.

However, I suppose it's not enough kick to censor D.I.S.C.O., or offer a more family-friendly version of the song for radio play. Also, thanks to the Black Eyed Peas, we empirically know that retard(ed) is not as derogatory a word in South Korea as it is in America, as they did change their song "Let's Get Retarded" into "Let's Get It Started" for both radio play and basketball advertisements.

Anyway, I am definitely going to Evan Records tomorrow.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Dragon Beard Candy

Here's some guys in Insa-Dong with a great sales pitch:

I mean, honestly, how are you not going to buy some traditionally-spun-sugar-candy from these dudes?