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aelmai it’s just because I’m trying to work myself into a daily habit of exercising and pole dancing classes would only be twice a week. I know you can use it to build up your strength but I feel it’s better for me to build the strength first. I remember when I was learning breakdancing, most of my time was dedicated to building up the strength to do the moves. One toned as shit kung fu trained guy waltzed in and DOMINATED the whole class because he had the strength to dedicate all his time to perfecting the moves.

In a clearer way- my main goal is weight loss and this is the way I can most imagine achieving said goal without quitting halfway.


People ask me, ‘What are you most proud of?’ I think I’m most proud of the fact that I moved here. I tried it. Nothing happens unless you set the wheels in motion. So to me, that was everything — whether those wheels squeaked a lot or didn’t move sometimes didn’t matter. I could walk home from a comedy club at three in the morning, no money, after I bombed in front of four Dutch sailors and was like, ‘Yes!’ I loved … every … minute … of it.” Jon Stewart

I know you don’t care but…

I solved my health/ fitness dilemma.

Pole dancing requires some pretty intense upper body strength so 3 months at the gym and then maybe, MAYBE pole dancing. That is the plan.

Went to the gym today. Less swanky than it initially seemed and I am too fat to borrow the clothes but hey ho. Did an hour of swimming and feel great. Half dead but I did iiiit.

Please donate 310,000won per month to the Annadoeskorea weight loss fund.

Oh Em Gee guys what am I doing with my life.

Korean class is over. I have reached the highest possible level for evening classes (which is not high) and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself. I was thinking to get fit I should join a gym. There is a gym near my work that is pretty nice and has a swimming pool which is awesome. It’s about 110,000. I was all set to join except I was wrong about them offering yoga (once a week is not really offering yoga) and then I discovered POLE DANCING CLASSES somewhere else. This seems like a genius weight-loss/ sex appeal increasing idea but it is 200,000 per month. Soooo now I’m having a personal crisis over how much time and money it is reasonable to dedicate to exercise. Someone help. 

I am aware that it is possible to lose weight for free by walking, hiking, etc but I just won’t do that on a regular basis. I need to be forced. 


Itaewon, Seoul

with Han No

This past year has seen tensions over history between Japan and South Korea running exceptionally high, with no end yet in sight. However, while Seoul continues to criticize Tokyo for its failure to come clean over its historical atrocities, South Korea struggles with history problems of its own.

Before and during the Korean War, the South Korean army and semi-official militias were responsible for massacres in which hundreds of thousands of civilians and political prisoners perished. Some work has been done under past governments to uncover the truth and restore the honor of the victims, but the memory of the massacres remains highly contentious and divisive. Many South Koreans do not even know they happened, and some deny they ever took place.

This history battle goes back to the period between liberation from Japanese rule and the start of the Korean War, when the Korean peninsula was a hotbed of political struggle. Before and during the war, hundreds of thousands of civilians and suspected communists were massacred by the South Korean army and anti-communist guerilla groups. In cases like the Jeju, Yeosu and Sunchon massacres, operations aimed at suppressing communist insurgents led to the deaths of thousands of civilians. In the largest case, the Bodo League Massacre, between 100,000 and 200,000 innocent people and suspected communist sympathizers were killed in an organized effort by the state. 

For a long time, families of the victims kept silent out of fear as being branded as “reds” by the state if they spoke up. Under the rule of liberal president Roh Moo-hyun, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed in 2005 despite heavy opposition from conservative groups and politicians. The commission gave many families official recognition by concluding that the death of their relative had indeed been unlawful.

However, many conservatives criticized the commission’s work, and saw it as a tool for political campaigning directed against them. In his book The War With Memory, Kim Dong-choon, one of the former commissioners, describes how conservative groups and media outlets consistently tried to undermine their efforts. The Lee Myung-bak administration disbanded the commission when its mandate expired in 2010, but many claim that much work still remains to be done.

“Little has happened since the [commission] disbanded, except that Presidents Lee and Park and their supporters pretend that none of this happened, not the investigation, not the massacres,” Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago told me in an email interview. As of this summer, victim’s families are still conducting excavations of mass graves from the massacres, on their own accord, without government support.

Despite the commission’s work, the massacres remain left out of much of the official historical narrative. Many South Koreans have barely even heard of the massacres, which are often excluded completely from school history lessons.

When visiting the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul this summer, I was unable to find even a single word about the massacres, in English or Korean. Events such as the Jeju and the Yeosu massacres are still described only in terms of communist rebellions that were quashed. Park Geun-hye’s former nominee for prime minister, Moon Chang-keuk, is among those who have claimed that the Jeju Massacre was merely a communist uprising.

These are only a few of many examples of how the memory of the massacres is distorted or denied. Choe Hung-san is the South Korea correspondent for New York Times. In 2000, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his uncovering of the No Gun Ri Massacre during the Korean War. He has long followed how the memory of the massacres is treated in South Korea, and paints a bleak picture when I meet him in Seoul.

“I think conservatives just wanted to shut down the commission, he says. I don’t think conservatives are willing to do more than pay lip service these days, and there have been attempts by conservative activists and newspapers to redefine the Jeju Massacre and other incidents. “

Even in the heyday of the formal reconciliation work, the commission’s findings never garnered much attention.

“It never really became a hot issue. Mainstream media didn’t pay much attention to the work of the commission, partly because the top mainstream newspapers are all conservative.”

For many in the older generation, says Choe, the massacres are still a vivid memory, but the younger generation doesn’t know much about them.

“History books don’t really teach young people about these ideologically sensitive issues, and there has been a systematic campaign by conservative scholars to stop so-called ‘progressive’ textbooks in schools. I don’t even think textbooks that ‘liberals’ approve of go into much depth about the massacres.”

Just as in the history debacle between Japan and Korea, textbooks are a focal point in South Korea’s history battles. In an email interview, former commissioner Kim Dong-choon agrees, and says that the report of the commission was never used to feed into textbooks used in schools. The Lee Myung-bak government, he claims, instead revised textbooks in the opposite direction, to include even less information about events such as the massacres.

Anyone know where I can find ‘The War With Memory’? Google only leads me back to this article. Is it the Korean title?

Lying is the best and often also the most ethical way to get a job.
For $150, this guy bought a fake résumé & callable references in an industry he’s never worked in. And got hired:

For a small fee, promises to not only craft an elaborate lie based on your exact job specifications but to see it through for as long as necessary. The site will provide a live HR operator and staged supervisor, along with building and hosting a virtual company website—complete with a local phone number and toll-free fax. CareerExcuse will even go so far as to make the fake business show up on Google Maps.

William Schmidt started the site in 2009, after being let go from his job in a round of layoffs during the lowest depths of the recession.

“While we were all unemployed, a couple of my former coworkers asked me to act as their reference for job interviews,” Schmidt recalled. “I did it for free for my friends, but then I realized that this is some there’s a pretty big demand for. It was something I could take to the public.”

He was right. Within the first 24 hours of launching the CareerExcuse site, Schmidt had already received multiple order for his services. He’s quick to brush off ethical concerns, citing horror stories from his clients about being mistreated by their former employers (and thus being unable to acquire a reference) and noting that it becomes more difficult to land a job the longer someone’s been unemployed.

Employment is a racket. So is college.

May May (x)

bless this dude.

(via spentgladiatornumbertwo)

Well, it looks like my future job worries are over.

Korea has some things down. Lost my health insurance letter, called the English helpline and got all necessary details texted to me immediately. Nice one.

If anyone needs it the number is 023902000.

You can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.
Jim Carrey (via mylittlebookofquotes)
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