3.14.2014

On Languages

Another Friday night by myself...

Sitting here listening to Louis Jean Cornier and convincing myself that I am finally ready to learn French. Again. I have tried in the past, but I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible to learn a language when there's a shit load of pressure to just know it. People often blamed my lack of skill in French on me just not wanting to learn the language, and that was true for school, but I tried in Katimavik. Not successful though. Its kind of hard to speak a language without a decent vocabulary. So telling a beginner to tell you about their day at the dinner table is not going to work. Fuck! Give me time. Korea was no better with this. So much pressure to speak in only Korean. Would be easy if I knew how to say anything. Cannot make a whole damn paragraph in a foreign language without a lot of time and a dictionary by my side. 

My official second language is Japanese. It sucks now, but when I was at my best, I was comfortable with it. Not because I was good, I was never fluent. But I was comfortable with it because I had a patient teacher who didn't push us through the material and pressure us to be able to spit out good sentences right off the bat. Heck, look at all the rules I break when writing in English. When I went on to study Japanese on my own, I had enough confidence in myself to keep picking up new things, and it helped. When I entered university Japanese, I flew through those courses with ease. 

Confidence is key to learning a new language, and it won't come out of barking down someone's throat or expecting too much from them too soon. So this spring I will give French a try again. I'll only be taking one other course so I think I'll be able to manage. And when I return to Toronto for the summer I hope I can sign up for another Korean course. A relaxed one. I know I'll do a decent job. Korean grammar is the easiest part of the language for me, so all the focus will go into building my vocab. Now all I gotta do is suffer through these next few weeks of classes and I'll have a nice three week long break full of watching Doctor Who and The Tudors.

Happy Language Learning!!

Super bored one from back in Korea.


Asano Tadanobu

Some background…

Asano Tadanobu is my second favourite actor of all time, second only to Sir Sidney Poitier. That's a big deal. Asano is in my favourite movie, Café Lumière, and I like almost every movie I've watched with him in it. Check out this post to find out some of the other movies of his that I highly recommend. I can always count on this man to put a smile on my face. He comes off as a big kid. Silly pictures on instagram and sometimes the sweetest person on twitter. I'm sure he's not all sunshine and lollipops. I sometimes get an interesting reaction from Japanese people when his name comes up haha. But hey, no one's perfect. Lies. Tom Hiddleston is totally perfect. Anywho, he's an amazing actor and I hope he continues to do what he does for a very long time. 

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Sorry for cropping your buddy out.

Moving on…

A few days ago I screen capped some pictures of Asano. He has been posting some really nice pictures of himself lately and I had time on my hands. So I made a collage of some of my more recent favourites and posted it on instagram tagging him in it. The next morning Buddy himself liked the picture!! I was so shocked. Had to check back about ten times. I was so happy. This is Xiaxie, QiuQiu and Audrey responding to my tweets all rolled up into one, times 1000.

Too bad that was the highlight of my day. Check out my Dayre for a look at the collage and to see how the rest of my day went. If nothing else good ever happens in my life again, I will have this to look back on. 
浅野 忠信、ありがとうございました!

3.08.2014

YG Fail?

2012 was an amazing year for YG Entertainment, and not just for PSY. New albums were released for BigBang, 2NE1 (Japanese) and Epik High, although the EH album wasn't the best, and world tours as well. They gained a whole lot of international attention, and it was looking like YG was going places.

Sadly 2013 wasn't too hot. There were a few moments where I thought something big was going to happen, but nothing came of them. "Ringa Linga" by Taeyang is an amazing song and the dance video was perfect. But no album. Then "Doom Dada", another great song, this time from T.O.P. But again, no album. Way to get my hopes up. Also, I've been waiting for a new album from PSY since the fall. G-Dragon put out an album and it was ok, but I've never been crazy about most of his solo work. The GD&TOP album was the best I've ever heard from him. 

So we said goodbye to 2013 and finally we get a new album from  CL and the Supremes 2NE1, "Crush". Four years we've waited and what do we get? Not much. It isn't bad, but it certainly isn't good. And they randomly threw Scream in there, cause you know, that was such a memorable song.(︶︿︶)


I did like the "Come Back Home" music video though. I kept thinking Matrix and Cloud Atlas while I was watching it. 

I don't know what's going on with this label, but I'm kind of over the just okayness of what they keep putting out. Apparently Epik High is back in the studio, but I don't know how long that wait is going to be. The only things that I have to really look forward to is a BigBang and PSY comeback. I would love a Gummy comeback too, but I won't hold my breath waiting for that. If no one can get their act together at least I'll still have these memories. No way I'm going over to SM or JYP. But please YG, give me something good.


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What do think about the new 2NE1 album?

3.01.2014

PyeongChang 2018


I missed out one the recent games cause boycotting and such. Was more difficult than I thought it would be cause I really love watching them. But I'm glad the final hockey game wasn't as big a deal as it was in Vancouver. Or at least that's what I'm told. I did watch Yuna Kim's performance though cause someone posted it on fb. I'm not a fan of figure skating anymore, but she had me in tears wtf. I think she should have gotten gold for that alone. haha And I did skip to the part of the closing ceremony that had Korea showing their little presentation. I still remember when Italy, Canada and Russia did there little presentation at the end of the closing ceremonies of the country they were taking over from. But this one not so big. I did love it cause the performers were singing Arirang and I love that song so much. Then I cried to myself for a while because I really miss Korea. haha Big baby I am.

I didn't know where the next winter games were going to be
 until about two weeks ago, and I freaked out when I saw that it will be in Korea. When I finish my undergrad in two years, I'm gonna be hopping on a plane headed for Korea. Or a plane head for Vancouver and then another one headed for Korea. But whatever. I'll either be there teaching or working on my master's wtf. I AM GOING TO BE LIVING IN KOREA DURING THE GAMES!!! This is more exciting than the Vancouver games in a way. Obviously I won't have the same pride of "my country is hosting the games", mind you, my pride in this country has gone down dramatically since 2010. But this time around I’m going to have access to the games. Canada is stupid and the cost of plane tickets alone would make it impossible for a poor college student in Toronto to make it out to Vancouver, but Korea is small and super cheap. (By Canadian standards.) So not only will I be able to make it out to events, but they're going to be only an hour away, if I go straight into my master's. And at most, five hours by a bus that only cost me $30. So yeah, I'm excited. Also school doesn't start until March so I'd be able to spend more than just a weekend in PyeongChang. 

I probably shouldn't go straight into my master's though cause some events are gonna be really expensive. So better if I go straight into teaching. Either way, I'm going to be there and I am so pumped for it. I will also blog about the games as they are happening. Probably more frequently than I did for the London games. Hopefully I'll even have pictures that I took myself.

Check out this video that the PyeongChang 2018 team put up a little while ago. Loves it…



Wait. Will I still be blogging four years from now? haha

2.22.2014

Justin Trudeau

*I am not up to date with politics and I'm not interested in any debates right now. Just throwing my thoughts out there.*

As I walked through my school yesterday, I started to think about Justin Trudeau. I wasn't keeping up with most Canadian politics while I was abroad, but his name did occasionally come to my attention. I've always been a fan of the man. My first memory of anything to do with Katimavik involves him in a commercial advertising the program way back when I was in middle school. He seems like a passionate and personable person, and blah blah blah... And I'm sort of a Liberal, if I had to put a name to it. So I guess I should support him.

When he became the leader of the Liberal Party I wasn't sure what to think. He's kind of young. Maybe he should wait a while. Leave an impression on the Canadian population or something. I don't know. And that's when it hit me. He's not that young anymore, and if he waits any longer, he might become further removed from knowing what the people of this country need. And, Shiva forbid, he might become another one of those old, white, sexist, racist, lying politicians that make make Canadians, young and old, shake their heads in disappointment and embarrassment as they apologize to the rest of the world for their leader's stupidity. I don't know what Justin's chances of becoming a significant leader of the history of the Liberal Party are. And I don't know if he'll ever become PM. But it doesn't matter to me anymore. Just do something useful. Do what you can. Make us proud you handsome man. 


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2.16.2014

SGG Post On Culture Shock

Blogged again for Students Gone Global. Check it out here. It's just a look at some of the issues I've been having since I've returned from Korea. But I'd say it's quite a tamed version of what's been going on. My depression has come back full force. I have no desire to be back in St. John's. It's not comfortable and I feel really lonely. Maybe it because I'm used to having a lot of people in the same building as me. I don't know. I don't really talk to my roommates and I don't see my other friends as often as I'd like. I also don't have anyone here who I can talk to about personal stuff, so things are rough. 

I'm doing my best to make the most of my time here though. I have an awesome course load this semester, and I'm slowly getting used to life in St. John's. I'm also constantly thinking about the wonderful life I have ahead of me. And it's starting to look like children won't be a part of it. If I adopt, it probably won't happen till I'm close to 40. There's so much in this world to do, and I intend on doing as much of it as I can. I'm also seriously thinking about doing my master's. wtf Five years in high school, two years in college and volunteering and another five years in university!! What am I thinking? haha But I really want to go to Dongguk and study Buddhism. Possibly Seon Buddhism, which means I'd have to do it in Korean. Then there's working vacations, spending as much time as I can with my nephew, and a crap load of Doctor Who seasons to watch. haha Ok, now I remember why I started blogging. I'm already feeling better just typing this out. 

This post is all over the place. So here's some food...

Been eating like a boss this semester. All of this from scratch.

Ok, it's past 3 in the morning. Thank goodness it's midterm break. I'm gonna do my best to make the most of the rest of my time off. 

1.24.2014

Love Motels

I think my reverse culture, or culture shock, since I didn't have any abroad, is over. But there are still many things I miss about Korea, and one thing that I've been missing a lot recently, is motels. Not because I want to run off with random middle aged Koreans and have a time. I miss them because that's where people go to get it on so that they don't make the ones around them (roommates) uncomfortable. Ok, I'm sure that's not the real reason why there are a shit load of these motels in Korea, but that's what I'm going with. 

I think these, sometimes shady, $25 per 3 hours motels are a great idea, and St. John's should get these popping up everywhere. (Dear Canada, Please change your laws around this.) Everywhere I've lived in St. John's, I've had to deal with the noisy roommates, or random person who lived under me, and I am so over it. I don't need to hear it. I don't want to hear it. If I did want to hear it, I'd turn to porn. You get the visuals too. It's amazing. 

It's also super uncomfortable for me cause I kind of really dislike and distrust men and don't want any strange or random men in the house I'm living in. I don't care if you trust him. I don't, and I shouldn't have to be uncomfortable here. wtf

St. John's is a university town so every other person has a roommate or two or more. I know I'm not the only one dealing with this. So I propose that St. John's opens up a bunch of love motels. 

And that's all I have to say for now. Have a good night.