Sunday, 25 March 2012

A bit of Japan, and other oddities

Actually, there isn't much to say about Japan at the moment, but there IS finally a video. There will actually be several videos, which I will upload in the coming week.

Shit, I might even get around to editing the videos that I have taken this entire time in Korea. Didn't think I took any, did ya?

Alright, here is the video for your viewing pleasure. Yes, I AM slightly retarded. It's been working pretty well so far, so Imma roll with it until the time that it does not.

Otherwise, I am currently drawing some stuff for my comic. I know, I know, the drawing still sucks, but, whateve's. I am making a comic, and I feel pretty good about that. The fact that I know I am a terrible artist, and yet still post my craptastic art should count for something, right?

No? Damn.

I got some fun thing planned in Korea in the near future, so there will be lots of things to write about soon. Right now just seems to be the working time of my trip here.


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A Reminder

Thanks to my friend  Derek, who is an author, and a damn fine one at that, I was sent a video.
Yes, descriptive, I know. But, I want you to watch it, and then feel how I felt. So, here you go. 

I watched that, and bawled. Like, woah. Tissues, snot, the whole show. If I ever needed conformation of my own humanity, and the humanity of others...that was it.

I think having been to Japan, and spent a month there, living with the people, experiencing the culture, it really hits home a lot harder than it did before. But, that said, I took the Japanese earthquake surprisingly badly. I mean, considering that I am not Japanese, and none of my friends there were harmed in any way. However, I have a great deal of respect for Japan, and its people. I feel more connected with their culture than my own, insofar as Canada HAS a culture.

This video is also a reminder that, even though the media has forgotten it, the earthquake is not over, not for the Japanese people. There is still so much work to be done rebuilding the country, physically and economically. And there is still so much that has been lost forever.

Now, I have to wonder-could any other country, or culture deal with this kind of tragedy with the same grace and dignity as Japan?

I don't think so.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Sweet things that are holy, or something

This semester is going to be INSANE. Like, card carrying, certifiably insane. I may have bitten off more than I can chew.
But I am shockingly good at that, and I have managed all the times before, and I can mange this time too.

I have 21 class hours, plus exchanges, plus my gym schedule, plus my comic, plus any travelling that I want to do before I head home in the summer. Oh, and homework. Musn't forget homework.

We have decided that we are going back to Canada come July, after this semester ends. It isn't that I don't like Korea anymore, because I do, but it is about that time to finish my degree, and move onto new travel destinations. I have things that I want to do with my life and, frankly, the courses here in Korea just aren't part of it, as cool as they are.
During our break in Canada, we plan on doing a month travelling around America, road trip style (hopefully) and visiting a few friends in the states, and seeing some of the cool things on my own continent.

That is the idea, at least.

But, before that I have many things here in Korea that I still want to see, do and experience. And this will come first, even if I have to give up sleep in order to do all these awesome things :)
Like ride pandas.

Besides, I can sleep when I'm dead.


Monday, 5 March 2012

And so it begins

The new semester has started up again, and this one will be hella busier than the last. But, I will get to that in a moment.

Everyone arrived here at SCH last week, and, I didn't have much of an opportunity to meet them all then, since they came in quite late. They almost all went out early the next day with one of the other returning students to get essential living things, like towels, and I wasn't up yet. Actually, i also had no desire to go to Home Plus in a group of 40. At a certain point, there are just too many people to try shopping with. I think my limit is about 10, at an absolute maximum, and a preference of about 6.

We had orientation after that, and I did get to meet the other students, but it was really busy, and disorganized. I also sealed my semester death warrant. I signed up to do the Korean intensive program, which is slightly different than the one that I was in last semester. I am doing Korean language classes everyday, for 4 hours, as well as my exchanges, whom I have yet to meet. I don't have any culture class, or any other electives. The thing is though, when they say intense, they are NOT joking.

I, along with a lot of the other returning students, was placed in the Level 2 intensive and, after 4 minutes of walking in, knew that it was going to be too hard. We almost all dropped down to level 1, which is the class that I attended today, and I understand a lot more of what is going on. To the point of boredom, which I know will change in a few days.
So, that is why I am totally screwed for this semesters fun time. It is a good thing, to be sure, but I also am going to be doing a lot more studying this semester than I did last.

Between the studying, exchanges, sleep, meeting my new suitemates (all of which seems really sweet so far), my comic, and trying to see the rest of Korea, i am going to be insanely busy.