Monday, February 20, 2012

And I quote...

"Lack of charisma can be fatal."
―Jenny Holzer

And I quote...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I think I make a good Korean...

What do you think?

(click on picture to enlarge)
Yes, it is a wig.^^


Hugs & Kisses,
Liz

Thursday, February 16, 2012

South Korea's anti-terror police

This recently went around the internets.  I can't decide if it is the most awesome or the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. This is South Korea's anti-terror police showing off their "skills" before a nuclear summit to be held in Korea.

More information is available here, but I think the video speaks for itself.

*insert karate chop noise here*  Hiiiiii-ya

You can also click here to watch the video on YouTube.

Wow, just wow!  I don't even know where to begin.  There are about a thousand comments running through my head right now, and yet none seem to do this justice.  Leave your own witty remarks in the comment section, and I'll update if something comes to mind for me.

Hugs & Kisses,
Liz

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day (Love on the RoK)

So, sorry I have been a bit lazy in posting lately.  I will get some posts up about my trip to India soon enough.  

First, however, I'm going to post a little about Valentine's Day.  Valentine's Day is celebrated differently over here in Korea than it is in the U.S.  In fact, Korean's took Valentine's Day, and for lack of a better word Korea-fied it.

Love on the Rok

Valentine's Day is just one day in the series of holidays Koreans celebrate on the 14th of each month.  All celebrating love of some sort, with the exception of Black Day (April 14th) which is when singles celebrate so as not to be depressed about being single.  I guess that's needed when a culture has 13 other holidays to celebrate being in a couple.

The main difference on Valentine's Day here is that the women are to buy the chocolates to give to the man, which is almost the opposite of how it is celebrated in Western Cultures.  It is not til a month later that the men need to return the favor and give the chocolates or candies to the women.  (I'd be willing to bet a lot of breakups happen in this month!)

As listed in the The Korea Herald the monthly holidays are as follows:
January 14: Diary Day
Couples exchange diaries as gifts, perhaps to wish good luck for the New Year. 
February 14: Valentine’s Day
Observed by Western cultures, women give chocolates to males. 
March 14: White Day
The origin is uncertain but some maintain it originated in Japan. Men give candies to women on this day. 
April 14: Black Day
The only 14th event for singles -- they get together and eat Chinese noodles (black noodles), providing a cheerful occasion for those depressed about not having a significant other. 
May 14: Rose Day
Couples exchange roses as gift on this day. 
June 14: Kiss Day
Couples share a kiss on this day. 
July 14: Silver Day
Couples give each other gifts of silver jewelry on this day. 
August 14: Green Day
Couples enjoy the great outdoors with a walk in a forest or up a mountain. 
September 14: Photo Day
Couples take pictures together on this day. 
October 14: Wine Day
Couples enjoy drinking wine, considered exotic in Korea, on this day. 
November 14: Movie Day
Couples go out for a movie together on this day. 
December 14: Hug Day
Couples give each other a hug on this day.

Seriously!!!  Some of these are quite a stretch, "Photo Day", "Hug Day"....although I am totally celebrating "Wine Day" (couple or no couple).  But alas, these aren't the only holidays where the creativity ball has been dropped, just look at Pepero Day. Regardless, despite a rather annoyingly pink aisle in the grocery store (Western chocolates on sale by the way!), Valentine's Day is pretty watered down over here, and really I bet if you add up all the costs from their year of couples holidays, it would still pale in comparison to what the U.S. spends on an average Valentine's Day.

Now, don't get me wrong, I have never been a huge fan of Valentine's day, even in the years when I was actually part of a couple.  On the flip side, I do not hate Valentine's Day either (although I have been to my share of "kill cupid" parties).  I usually just celebrate it with doing something that I love.  So, this year, I have decided that "Wine Day" just needs to be celebrated twice.  (You men can get your own chocolate.)  

Happy Wine Valentine's Day to me!

So love it or hate it, it's Valentine's Day.  And I will drink to you, the people I love all over the world.

Hugs & Kisses,
Liz

And I quote...

"Even on the road to hell, flowers can make you smile."
-Deng Ming-Dao

And I quote...