Archive for December, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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Secret Escape

A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.

Everyone needs a getaway once in awhile… or every so often in my case.  Since coming to San Diego, I felt like I lost control of my life.  Many people think that San Diego is an escape in itself- the perfect vacation location, a paradise heaven.  Well… not so much for me.  If anything, my life has been mostly miserable here and sometimes I question why I am still here.  I keep telling myself to push through 2.5 more years of college here and then I can… leave… at last.  Life here has become increasingly difficult within this past year.  Each passing day gets tougher and tougher and yet I cannot pack my bags and move on.  Life is full of responsibilities and decisions have consequences- so I am taking responsibility and dealing with the consequences.

Thankfully, I found my oasis here in San Diego to help me through the tough times.  When so many things in my life go wrong at once or people drive me to the edge… I go to my oasis.  There, I find my sanity and a reason to survive.

My oasis is at the edge of the world, dangling above bustling lives.  When I am there, I enjoy the constant blow of the gentle breeze that leaves my hair in a light tangle.  There is a comfort in watching the rest of the world speed past me while I am held, paused, in time.

Most of the time, the edge is mine- silent except the sound of the wind blowing and naturally empty.  The edge is also very cold.  I tell myself that it is cold because it is empty and lonely.  But I need to be alone, so I must accept the cold.

Sometimes I just sit on the edge and look around below me.  Other times, I lie on the edge of the world and watch the clouds travel across the sky with intermittent appearances of the leaves that dangle above me.  Whether I am sitting or lying down on the edge of the world, I close my eyes to escape the blinding slice of sunlight.  Once I close my eyes, I let everything go, leaving only silence and darkness.

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In 2011, I compiled a list of my personal favorites (click here to see it!)… of course time and tastes change.  So, I’ve decided to create an updated 2012 version.  Some MV/songs were on the previous list and some are new (mostly new- I tried to pick ones from 2011-2012)!

Here it is- enjoy!

  1. History by EXO-M/ History by EXO-K
  2. 이러지마 제발 Please Don’t by 케이윌 K.will
  3. Lucifer by 샤이니 SHINee
  4. 주문 Mirotic by 동방신기 DBSK
  5. 강남스타일 Gangnam Style by PSY
  6. Fantastic Baby by 빅뱅 BIGBANG
  7. 피노키오 Danger by 에프엑스 f(x)
  8. FACE by 뉴이스트 NU’EST
  9. 내가 제일 잘나가 I AM THE BEST by 2NE1
  10. MAMA by EXO-M/ MAMA by EXO-K
  11. Roly Poly by 티아라 T-ara
  12. VENUS by Shinhwa
  13. Goodbye Baby by miss A
  14. Trouble Maker by Hyuna and Hyunseung
  15. STEP by 카라 KARA
  16. HANDS UP by 2PM
  17. Day by Day by 티아라 T-ara
  18. THE BOYS by 소녀시대 Girls’ Generation
  19. 셜록 Sherlock by 샤이니 SHINee
  20. Don’t Cry by Park Bom

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“빨리 빨리”


A pretty common phrase you’ll hear in Korea these days is “빨리 빨리”, which means “hurry, hurry!”  Everything you do, everywhere you go, 빨리 빨리! 빨리 빨리!

I particularly remember Samchon (my host dad) saying this to me numerous times.

We were going somewhere and I was putting on my shoes- 빨리 빨리!

We were about to leave for Emart and I’d be shutting the computer down- 빨리 빨리!

I was getting ready to go to school- 빨리 빨리!

Time for dinner- 빨리 빨리!

I was walking- 빨리 빨리!

Seriously, I have never been so rushed in my life before… and my mom rushes me a lot… and I’m a New Yorker.  I practically grew up in a fast-paced life, but never had I been so… rushed before!  It was like living in a super-sped-up society.

I liked the ring of “빨리 빨리” so it never bothered me much.  In fact, I used it quite often myself to hurry other people!

One day, Samchon explained the phrase 빨리 빨리 to me (don’t ask me why- it was so random… I was putting on my shoes and he went 빨리 빨리! and then started explaining the meaning behind it…).  I learned that 빨리 빨리 is a positive term- it references to Korea’s rapid economic growth around the 1960s.

In the early 20th century, Korea was a very slow-moving country- everyone seemed to be moving at a leisurely pace.  Some say this might have been due to the fact that the Koreans were worn out from the long Korean War.  Not only were the people slow and tired, the country was war-ravaged.  However, this all changed in the 1960s under the rule of Park Chung-hee.  Korea industrialized and went under rapid economic growth through export-oriented industrialization.  Around this time, Koreans started to move faster.  With the 빨리 빨리 mentality, Korea has now developed into a fast and dynamic society.

Personally, I love the phrase 빨리 빨리.  I love how the phrase has a historical and cultural context behind it- it makes me appreciate the term that much more!  I remember coming to California soon after my stay in Korea and it was a HUGE contrast.  I went from 빨리 빨리 to… slow and chill.  It was such a strange adjustment… especially since Californians are known to be really relaxed .  I recall rushing to all of my classes… and seeing people stroll in 5 minutes late.

While it is nice to slow down once in awhile, I miss the 빨리 빨리 culture.  To be honest, I wish some people here would 빨리 빨리(︶︿︶)

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