From moist and humid, to white and spotty

Bag harness, clean

The last embers of Summer are just about to go out, and Autumn in Korea with it’s cold and grey will come. All of the seasons here have their salient points. In Summer, it’s hot and very humid, while Winter brings it’s covering of cold and snow.

The funny thing about Summer as it’s humidity is that it also brings moisture and mould. I’ve seen some of my backpack go mouldy almost overnight. Granted that it was dirty to start with it was with great irritation that I cleaned the mouldy area by washing it with soap and water. So it would seem that if any bag is not well used and is left in the wet, humid air, it will go mouldy. So it was with the harness of one of my camera bags. White spots, with fuzzy borders. Cleaning it was no problem as it was a camera bag of many parts.

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A broken monitor, a pleasant surprise

Acquisition and replacement is a funny thing in Korea. Getting back from the week-long Chuseok break, I found to my surprise that the monitor on my old PC had not been replaced, but instead the slowest computer in the known universe (it had an XP OS) had been replaced by a newer computer.

With everything new,  and decked out with a quick chipset but just a sufficent amount of RAM. What does the IT department have against RAM anyway?

It’s a light-year leap in terms of usabilty, and makes multi-tasking so easy!

My dog just LOVES his pal

Indeed so do other people it seems. Snapped one day while walking back home, the shop seemed to have just appeared.  I’ve just never taken notice of it, probably because it was written in Korean. However it’s location, in the market street of the town in the void, makes sense.

Of crime and ducks



When I was at primary school, the principal had a leather belt hanging on the wall for any miscreant students to ‘meet’ if they had been bad. Such was the life of a school boy 25 years ago. Now with corporal punishment being ruled out, and  alternatives have been found. Even in Korea this is the case. Though, old-time teachers have been known to hit their students, with bamboo sticks or even open hands.

The classic Korean style punishment takes many forms. Ranging from holding books aloft for as long at the students’ arms hold out to standing or squatting like a sprinter in the starters blocks, in the corridor to (what I’ve seen at Middle and High schools) writing out a letter of explanation and apology. All stock standard stuff. The funniest type of punishment I’ve seen meted out is the duckwalk. Looking it up on youtube I find it as either a common exercise or, in the case of my video, a punishment dealt out to wayward students.

I would be teaching class when this goes on, with shuffling and murmurs of agonst from the students. I poke my head out the door of the English centre, rather theatrically, smile quizzically at the students and usher them on with a wave of my hand. It’s all very funny to me.