Day 2 – What would you do if you were rich?

Easy, I’d buy my parents a home, and pay off all debts. I don’t think my life would change significantly if my salary increased by even 1000%. My life right now is pretty good. I have a car, I have clothes on my back, shoes on my feet, even some nice watches to show off. What more can I ask for? Yeah sure maybe I would splurge every once in a while on a nice watch but I’m not even a big fan of Rolexes or expensive luxury cars so I think my splurging would be somewhat acceptable lol.



Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Auto

After 3 years of eying this bad boy, I finally pulled the trigger. This watch will definitely be something I can keep for the rest of my life, maybe even pass it along to my kid if I can keep it in good condition lol. I mean, the company has been around since the late 1800’s, I’m sure I’ll be able to maintain this thing for at least 30-40 years 😛 So excited… this is like my first real watch. Whenever I need to get fancy, I wear my dad’s watches. He’s got a pretty solid collection so I never complained, but it’s nice to know that I’ve finally got a quality timepiece to call my own 😀

Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?

May 2010

I don’t think much has changed over the past year, well a good amount has happened but I haven’t changed much.

May 2011

I guess if I had to think of what has changed… umm… I now go to church pretty consistently and I guess I can now call myself a member of 180 church. I still work out, but I think now I’m working out for a different purpose, which is to just stay in good, healthy shape. This year, I stopped being such a slut. I’ve been shopping for myself quite a bit now that I’ve got some extra money. I lost my license so I’ve lost almost all mobility in my life. I have time to watch TV shows again, and I started playing bball again and it’s very refreshing to be able to get outside and play a sport that I can say I don’t suck at lol. This year, I sorta don’t listen to John Mayer as much (I still listen to at least one John Mayer song a day). I started a tumblr, which is getting a fairly good amount of followers these days. I cut back on going out to eat at restaurants, mostly because of my lack of mobility, but also because I stopped dating, almost completely 😉 uhhh what else… I think that’s it… this challenge was sorta boring =\

In Korea suicide is now the leading cause of death among those aged 15-24. Is the cramming culture to blame?

A WEEK ago South Korea observed “Children’s Day”, an occasion when every school and office is closed, and the nation’s families march off in unison to chaebol-owned theme parks like Lotte World or Everland. Cynical expat residents are fond of asking “isn’t every day Children’s Day?” They mean it sarcastically but their sarcasm is itself ironic. In reality the other 364 days of the year are very tough for Korean youngsters.

Results of a survey released last week by the Institute for Social Development Studies at Seoul’s Yonsei University show that Korean teenagers are by far the unhappiest in the OECD. This is the result of society’s relentless focus on education—or rather, exam results. The average child attends not only regular school, but also a series of hagwons, private after-school “academies” that cram English, maths, and proficiency in the “respectable” musical instruments, ie piano and violin, into tired children’s heads. Almost 9% of children are forced to attend such places even later than 11pm, despite tuitions between 10pm and 5am being illegal.

Psychologists blame this culture for all manner of ills, from poor social skills to the nation’s unacceptably high rate of youth suicide, which is now the leading cause of death among those aged 15-24. Recently, a spate of suicides at KAIST, a technology-focused university, has drawn national attention. For most students the pinnacle of stress is reached somewhat earlier, in the third year of high school. This is the year in which the suneung (university entrance exam) is taken. Tragic reactions to the stress it creates are all too common.

Every suneung period is accompanied by national soul-searching and endless newspaper articles, but nothing ever seems to change. For hundreds of years civil service examinations were the only means by which social advancement was possible; testing became the means by which a person’s value in Korean society would be defined. In this ultra-competitive country, no parent wants their child to be seen as a B student.

Private education of course also costs a great deal of money, and is a major factor in South Korea’s low birth rate—it is a lucky couple these days who can afford to raise two or more children. South Korea is due to achieve the perilous status of being a “super-aged” country by 2026. Between those demographic consequences and the sheer misery it inflicts on its young, South Korea’s approach to education is starting to look like a matter of two steps forward, three steps back.

Slim Wallet

I really want this wallet from Nau. I’ve been using a card holder for the spring/summer seasons because its just easier to carry with the clothes I wear, and it’s just less material to have on your person, but this wallet seems to resolve that problem of carrying a bulky wallet, and its made out of 100% recycled polyester so it’s gonna be lighter than most leather wallets or card holders. Anyways, for $35, I think it’s worth a buy, just to check it out even… but I don’t know.. I’ve spent a lot of money lately so maybe someone can get it for me? k thanks

Emotional Potpourri

I said your name aloud today by accident and there was this surge of emotions. It was a beautiful mess; a concoction of nervousness, regret, guilt, joy, confusion, motivation, emptiness, angst, content, fluster… then like a ton of bricks came the irrefutable, conclusive: indifference.