Nukes no more!

Written by admin on June 29, 2008 – 1:51 pm -

The North Korean goverment has finally decided to abandon its nuclear ambitions by dismantling its nuclear facility in Yongbyeon. Their nuclear program had already been disabled under the six-party talks that have been going on for the past two to three years making this demolition a purely symbolic gesture.

Are we really safe from nuclear attack now? The North has not disclosed the amount of nuclear weapons it already has and until the time comes that we can be certain it wouldn’t hurt to err on the side of caution by snuggling up in your own set of nuke proof jammies eh?

I found these anti-radiation suits designed for first-responders at Radshield. The neat thing about this suit is that instead of utilizing lead to block out those harmful radioactive rays it employs cutting edge nanotechnology to block out radioactive, chemical and biological contaminants, unless of course you happen to be in ground zero. The material is heavy too weighing in at 60 lbs. for a 36″ x 30″ sheet, so instead of radiation poising I’ll probably die of exhaustion.

 

The suit however doesn’t come cheap at USD 1400 but if you’re the paranoid type by all mean whip out the plastic and place your order here.

Peace of mind, priceless.


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Food Court survival

Written by admin on June 25, 2008 – 5:56 pm -

When we first arrived in Seoul in what seems like eons ago, we often had our meals at western restaurants. We didn’t have a choice at the time since only restaurants like TGI Fridays and Outback provided bilingual menus. This resulted in a very dramatic increase of our food expenditure compared to Singapore where we had previously lived.

This time around I put my back into learning how to read Korean so that I would be able to read the menus of Korean restaurants, something that I couldn’t be bothered with five years ago. I also conditioned myself not to crave for Western or Filipino meals and snacks.

Ordering at most food courts in South Korea is different from those in United States or the Philippines, though there are some places that are like what we are used to such as the COEX or the Technomart Food Court. You normally place your order at the cashier who handles everything for the entire food court. Behind the cashier is a board showing all the food stalls with their offerings, the caveat is that most food courts have their menu boards in Korean, so being able to read Korean will definitely come in handy at this stage. If you don’t read Korean most cashiers are usually kind enough to help you through the process especially if they are not that busy.

After your order is placed and punched in, the cashier hands you your receipt with a queue number on it, which is flashed on a screen when your order is ready to be picked up.

Food Court

If you’re with your friends or colleagues it would be a good idea to learn this phrase : 맛있게 드세요 – Maske Juseyo, which is the Korean equivalent of Bon Appetite.


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Spam me!

Written by admin on June 24, 2008 – 9:39 pm -

I have a SPAM TVCF to color tommorow and I was looking at YouTube to find some color references and I stumbled on this hilarious homemade SPAM CF with a pinoy twist.

I liked the seaweed and kimchi (wasn’t really kimchi) touch at the end. 

 


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Blog Readability Test

Written by admin on June 24, 2008 – 3:19 pm -

I got tagged so here it is, my blog readability test results.

Not so sure if those results reflect a good thing though? 

***** Start Copy Here *****

1. Take the Readability Test for your blog(s) here.
2. Paste the result on your site.
3. Copy and paste this tag on your blog (make sure to include the links).
4. Add your link to this tag.
5. Tag as many friends / readers / victims as you want!

1. Read my Mind 2. joanjoyce 3. Buhay sa Korea 4. Apt 1014 5. Seoul Buffoon 6. Add your link here…

***** End Copy here *****


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Awww crap!!! No iPhone for the ROK

Written by admin on June 19, 2008 – 11:17 am -

I guess I finally have to swallow the cold hard fact that Apple’s new iPhone 3G is not going to hit Korean shores in the foreseeable future unless the South Korean government makes changes to it’s policies regarding mobile phones with internet access. 

All mobile phones sold in the ROK are required to have WIPI installed. WIPI or Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability is a middleware platform developed by  the Korea Wireless Internet Standardization Forum (KWISF) that  allows mobile devices to access the internet regardless of manufacturer or service provider.

As ideal as the intention sounds this platform is what has been hindering the entry of foreign mobile makers such as Nokia, Sony Erricson, and more recently Apple’s iPhone into the Korean market. I’m pretty sure the home team mobile phone makers Samsung and LG are pretty happy to keep it this way. On the other hand South Korea despite its technological advances and claims of being one of the most ‘wired’ countries in the planet is being hindered by this rule. This has also prevented the likes of Nokia and Sony Erricson in selling their phones in South Korea since modifying their existing models solely for the Korean market is just not financially viable.

The South Korean government recently revised this rule to exclude mobile devices that do not have internet functionality. As for me I’m one the thousands of expats living in the ROK who just wants to be rid of the hassles of getting mobile phone service by being able to use a phone that I already have. C’mon Samsung and LG why don’t you lighten up a bit a let a little foreign competition battle you on your home turf? 

So what’s your only option if you must have an iPhone 3G? Go get an international roaming plan, but that’s something that I’m not willing to do or spend extra cash on despite my desperation to own the iPhone 3G.

STOP PRESS – Pinoys will be able to get their grubby hands on the iPhone 3G from Globe Telecom by the end of the year.


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