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Archive for September, 2008

I think my new animal is a turtle

Posted by quirksalight on September 20, 2008

In both Kumdo and Kendo, essential equipment is armor. Gauntlets, a breastplate, and mask, it’s called hogu in Kumdo.
Friday was my first time wearing and practicing in armor. I felt like a turtle! The gauntlets make it much more difficult to hold the jukdo (practice sword) with little finger dexterity. The breastplate had a bottom band, about 6-8 inches in height which is very stiff and is slightly away from the body, so I had to hold the jukdo with my elbows flaring out and arms bent, more so than I would without the armor. It was so awkward! I kept on holding the jukdo too high b/c my body wanted to keep my arms above the band area. My instructor really, really, really didn’t like this.
The mask.. ugh… I’ve used fencing masks, but that’s held to your head with elastic and a flexible back. Also, the neck is flexible. In Kumdo, you’re laced into the mask, and it’s tied quite tightly, as the head is a major target, which isn’t the case in fencing. The neck protection is also extremely rigid, so it isn’t really possible to bend your head down, or turn it easily.

It’s going to get a bit to get used to. La…


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Beauty school?

Posted by quirksalight on September 18, 2008

“This is English class, not beauty school”

I said this phrase and confiscated two hand mirrors twice today. Once to a 8th grade girl, once to a 9th grade boy. (sigh)

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Palin & Clinton, as brought to you by SNL

Posted by quirksalight on September 18, 2008

Holy crap, this is priceless!

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Playing whiteface

Posted by quirksalight on September 18, 2008

Bobby Lee as John McCain on MadTV.

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Instrument of Surrender, WWII

Posted by quirksalight on September 12, 2008

I saw this at the Jeju 4.3 Museum (pictures here):

The writing is a bit fuzzy in the pictures… here’s the text:

“We, acting by command of and in behalf of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, hereby accept the provisions set forth in the declaration issued by the heads of the Governments of the Unites States, China and Great Britain on 26 July 1945, at Potsdam, and subsequently adhered to by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which four powers are hereafter referred to as the Allied Powers.
We hereby proclaim the unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and of all Japanese armed forces and all armed forces under Japanese control wherever situated.
We hereby command all Japanese forces wherever situated and the Japanese people to cease hostilities forthwith, to preserve and save from damage all ships, aircraft, and military and civil property and to comply with all requirements which may be imposey the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers or by agencies of the Japanese Government at his direction.
We hereby command the Japanese imperial General Headquarters to issue at once orders to the Commanders of all Japanese forces and all forces under Japanese control wherever situated to surrender unconditionally themselves and all forces under their control.
We hereby command all civil, military and naval officials to obey and enforce all proclamation, orders and directives deemed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to be proper to effectuate this surrender and issued by him or under his authority and we direct all such officials to remain at their posts and to continue to perform their non-combatant duties unless specifically relieved by him or under his authority.
We hereby undertake for the Emperor, the Japanese Government and their successors to carry out the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration in good faith, and to issue whatever orders and take whatever action may be required by the Supreme Commander for the allied Powers for the purpose of giving effect to that Declaration
We hereby command the Japanese Imperial Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters at once to liberate all allied prisoners of war and civilian internees now under Japanese control and to provide for their protection, care, maintenance and immediate transportation to places as directed.
The authority of the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers who will take such steps as he deems proper to effectuate these terms of surrender.”


Signed at Toyko Bay, Japan at 0908 I on the Second day of September, 1945

By Command and in Behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Government
By Command and in Behalf of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters

Accepted at Toyko Bay, Japan at 0908 I on the second day of September, 1945, for the United States, Republic of China, United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan.

(SIGNATURE) Douglas MacArthur
Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers

United States Representative

Republic of China Representative

(SIGNATURE) Bruce Fraser
United Kingdom Representative

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Representative

Commonwealth of Australia Representative

Dominion of Canada Representative

Provisional Government of the French Republic Representative

Kingdom of the Netherlands Representative

Dominion of New Zealand Representative

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Posted by quirksalight on September 8, 2008

I’ve finally started uploading my photos to my photosite: Webshots
So far, Geomun-do, more Deokjeok-do photos, and a portion of my Jeju-do trip pictures are up.

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The halfway point

Posted by quirksalight on September 8, 2008

It’s the halfway point in my contract, with the second semester starting. And… I’m a bit mixed in my feeling for teaching in Korea. Personally, I’ve got a pretty good situation with the middle school that I am teaching with. The principal and vice principal are both really supportive, and all my co-teachers are friendly and are very fluent in English. The students act up a bit, but they do behave at the end. And the majority of them genuinely try to learn, and practice a sentence or two whenever they see me, in the halls, on the bus, on the street, etc.

However, I’m still disputing my pay for teaching at the district camp, over a month after the fact. I have problems with the bureaucracy that’s paying unequally for teachers doing the same amount of work. I have problems with the lack of transparency with the compensation for work and the lack of documentation of pay and work. Sure, we should be asking for our documents. But I am getting sick of repeating myself for the same thing again and again. Not with my school. Just with the district.

Do I want to be teaching as a career? The answer is no. Do I like teaching? Yes. The question now is how long do I want to teach? There are several avenues I want to explore, the foremost being getting my Korean language skills up to native proficiency. Staying another year is a hard thing too decide, but my decision point is coming up soon.

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I smell chocolate!!!

Posted by quirksalight on September 2, 2008

Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies to be exact!
I just received a b-day care package from my best friend, Jen, and the minute I opened it, I smelled the most lovely scent of chocolate chip cookies, wafting from the box. Magazines, Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture”, peanut butter, impossible to find cookies and other items… whee!!

I immediately ate the Little Debbie Double Decker Oatmeal creme pie… OMG… it was so good!! I love these things! Totally artificial, 100% yummy goodness!! Mmm…. whoops! It’s gone! 🙂

Thanks, Jen! Such a great pick-me-up from home!!

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