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Archive for December, 2008

November 2008 FSOT test results

Posted by quirksalight on December 9, 2008

I received an e-mail saying that I had my exam results this morning.

After logging in, this is what I got:

I PASSED!!! Whee!!!!

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50 years later…

Posted by quirksalight on December 6, 2008

Children ‘executed’ in 1950 South Korean killings

And more comes to light.

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Dancing…

Posted by quirksalight on December 6, 2008

Funny, it took coming to Korea to pick up belly dancing once again. A lovely Aussie gal has organized Haflas (a party, celebration with music and dancing) every month and I’ve been attending and having a pretty good time. I’ve met some pretty awesome people through it too, which always makes me happy. 🙂

Last month, someone took video clips of us dancing…I’m going to try to get them so y’all can see. :p

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Turkey day

Posted by quirksalight on December 6, 2008

Thanksgiving…funny… I haven’t missed it, in the years I have lived away from my family since this year. The food, and the mashup of family members under one roof was interesting to say the least.

I snagged a turkey, courtesy of a friend of mine who lives on base (in Korea, a turkey can run 80,000 – 100,000 won), and an oven (took over other friend’s apt) to throw a Thanksgiving lunch.

Two trips to bring over all the food and materials, cooking for hours with friends:

Menu:
Rosmary/garlic rubbed Turkey
Stuffing
mashed sweet potatoes
Buttermilk biscuits
Sauteed potatoes & mushrooms
pies – too many to count!
cinnamon apples
stir fry veggies
seafood patties
cous cous with garlic-veggie topping
Sweet potatoe-squash soup

And wine. Lots of wine….

It was awesome! People just relaxing, eating, and eating some more, all the while, chatting, playing with the dogs, and laughing. 🙂

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20-20 can be painfully clear

Posted by quirksalight on December 6, 2008

A couple months ago, I wrote about South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation commission on the investigation into the wartime (and post Korean-war) atrocities by the US backed S. Korean government. (“Sometimes you just have to force yourself to read it“)

More news is continuously coming to light about the sheer scope of what happened, and the role that the US and S Korean governments played in it. Keeping in mind, that this was also the height of the “Red Scare” and McCarthyism in the US,

On my vacation to Jeju Island, I went to the Jeju 4.3 Peace Memorial. I had thought that I had a decent grasp of Korean history, especially for a “gyo-po” (Korean foreigner), but I had never heard of an event on 4.3 that would be significant enough to warrant a memorial.

It turns out, Jeju Island had a brutal military crackdown against members of the communist party of Korea in the 1950s. However, like a lot of the political crackdowns and killings on the Korea mainland, many of those who died were tainted by associated; the families and friends of those accused. Tens of thousands were killed or died due to exposure and starvation when they fled to the countryside.

The memorial was full of declassified documents from that era, and everyone knew, but ignored it.

I left the museum, a little sad, and just sat for a while, contemplating.

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