Daejeon James

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No bullshit: I'll tell you how it all goes down, every grimey detail!!! Archives at the Bottom.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Happy F-ing Hallowe'en

Best Costume: Ron--Donatello
Funniest Costume-- Skull FUcker
Sexiest--Caveman Tony and his sexy nurse

Free drinks from 11-1am next friday as a consequence of our 4 man drinking team anihilating the competition in the beer chug relay. No competition. A very jovial fun night. Try to guess my costume.

PEACE









Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Weekday Update

I'm finding less things to talk about these days. But I don't feel like I'm bored. I like the routine I've created for myself. I'm comfortable and I like the freedom that surrounds me. I'm looking forward to the next few months in that its going to be winter, and I love winter. I like not sweating when I go for a walk. Autumn has been absolutely gorgeous, and I'm enjoying the sweater weather which has come upon us recently. There's not such thing as a short autumn like back in Toronto. I took a break from Bobo Bar this week. I didn't want to oversaturate the clientel, and the bartenders. But I'm excited to perform again this week. I love music. I want to share it with everyone. I'm so lucky to have been given the opportunity to have a regular audience, no matter how big or small.

mmm...thats all.

PEACE

oh...ps...a very belated congratulations to my brother and his new fiancee. I'm excited for the two of you and the ridiculously good times which await you in your fuiture. I Can't wait to hang out with you guys when I get back.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Lays

For the record, the other night I did nothing that would cast dissapointment in my mother. Today was the first day in a couple weeks that I've woken up feeling frooosh. Mark Messier's Lays Chip commercial has stragely invaded my head as of late. What a wonderful feeling waking up before 10am and not feeling tired. I didn't drink last night and ate a nice healthy concoction of chicken, cheese, onions, and garlic wrapped in six seperate mint leaves. I don't know the actual name of them but they taste like candy cane. After a delicious egg, toast, and double mandarin breakfast I hit the gym and pumped the most weight I have in over 2 years. I sauteed in the sauna for a good 20 minutes then relished under the pounding beats of a pressure induced shower. Afterwards I met with a new student who I met at the sportscentre only last week. She is travelling to Palau in the near future and wanted to strengthen her conversational skills. Ended up we had a lot in common including our love for travel, we both don't want to get married in the near future, we both enjoy history, and reading. She's different than the university students I taught when I first arrived here. She's older (35) and wants to work on her communication skills strictly for travelling purposes. But I enjoy teaching one on one in a relaxed setting. We just sit in a coffee shop and talk about shit. Easy money, good conversation, and flavorful beverages.

Its only 2pm and I feel as if I've been fulfilled for the day...but its exciting cause there's so much more time before the day is done. Life is delicious. Its "Always FROOOOSSH"

PEACE

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I told you no Bullshit

I've wanted to stay honest and true on this site throughout my adventures in Korea. And I feel like I've presented myself in an upfront way about how I feel and about the things I'm involved with here. So here is one of my low points. Why do I bare myself to you like this? I'm unceratin of the answers. The whisking away by Mr. Yoon has become common to be now. I can say no now and again without offending him.

While at the gym tonight he came up to me and handed me his handphone. It was Dr. Min, a friend of his who I had met one time before at the local Gaarten Bier restaurant. He took a liking to me after our first meeting and so insisted I meet him at Gaarten Bier once again with Mr. X. I was exhausted from a long day of work and really just wanted to go home and relax, but I went along for the ride as I usually do. So everything was ok at the restaurant. He was quite inebriated when I arrived and talked my ear off for a good couple hours. So we decided to switch to a more low key bar where he decided the girls weren't pretty enough for him. I attempted to make my escape back to the apartment at this point but he claimed that this night was for me, I Was the guest of honour, as per usual, and I couldn't leave.

So we went to a Norebong (Karaoke Room). But this place was pimp. The couches were plush, the tv screen was LCD flat screen, the sound system was baller, they brought us a plethora of beer and fruit, etc. After about half an hour of just sitting and talking three girls came into the room....

I realized I Was in a soft core petting zoo. I wanted to leave immediately, but without offending my benefactors. Dr. Min groped the shit out of his girl, Mr. X was very respectful towards his girl as he just "innocently" cuddled with her. And then there was "my" girl. I haven't felt that uncomfortable in a long long time around a girl. So instead of falling in the trap I decidedmy best bet would be to stand near the tv and just sing for the rest of the night. Whenever the girl tried touching me I'd start dancing all crazy to get her off me. I know most guys would think I'm insane for not taking advantage of the opportunity, but I have a deep respect for women and it saddens my heart to see them treated with such blatent disrespect. But I guess in Korea it is accepted.

The final bill at the end of the night was over $200 for the room and the girls.

A very unnatural night...It put a lot of things into perspective in my head. So for that, at least, I am grateful.

PEACE

Monday, October 16, 2006

Gym Diaries

Dear Gym Diary

Last week while I getting changed in the locker room, after my stint in the sauna, I noticed one of the trainers helping a little boy get dressed. On the outside there appeared to be nothing out of the ordinary with the situation. However, the second I was striped down to my skin the little boy rushed over to me and threw his arms around me and hugged me as if I was his big brother or father or something. But before I could get angry I looked into the boys eyes and realized he had autism (or something else). I tousled his hair and said hello in Korean whereupon the trainer pulled the boy away from me. It was a bit strange but I've learned to accept the "abnormal" occurances in my life. It gets better. When I was dressed from the waist down the boy pulled himself from the grip of the trainer once again and gave me the most heart warming hug I have recieved in a long time. There was an unsurmountable energy that was passed onto me at that very moment and for the rest of the evening I felt very very happy and full of life. There's a book which has taken me a long long time to read called "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield which explores this idea of the giving and taking of one's energy. Its fiction but very insightful.

PEACE

Friday, October 13, 2006

Truth

People here, both foreigners and native Koreans, often ask me a very simple yet direct question. "Why are you here and what are your intentions in Korea?" It always catches me off guard a little bit but I always find myself telling the truth. I am here to make and save money...this money will support me, hopefully, until I am finished teachers college when I get back home. My parents have always provided for me financially through univerisity. I've never NEEDED to have a job over the last 5 years, but I feel like I'm at the age where I need to be out on my own and prove to myself and my family that I can commit to something full time. Many of my jobs have been part time or summer flings but I really wanted to stand up and take control. So thats the first reason

Secondly, I have had a passion to experience other cultures and see the world and what a better chance than have a company tell you they'll pay for your apartment and plane fare if you'll sign a one year contract with them. At times it still feels surreal that I am here and as much as I miss Toronto I think I'm going to miss this place a lot when I end up going home in 7 months. The people I've met have been the kindest and most generous people I've EVER met by far.

Thirdly I'm here for the cheap booze...kidding I actually don't like drinking that much. ITs been tough being away from the weed. But I think its made me healthier being here. I've eaten better and with my free gym membership care of Mr. X, I've been in the best shape of my life. So at the almost 1/2 way point of my stay here I am grateful, content, and blessed to have experienced all that I have.

So thats why I'm here and thats the truth.

PEACE

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Weekend Update

MY weekend went well. I did my set at Bobos. Dr. Choi showed up again but with his "girlfriend" so I didn't talk much with him. He made it a point to let me know he was "going home with her tonight". I gave him my congratulations. Saturday I got a phone call from Laura, Jamie, and Heidi telling me they were coming back early from their trip to Mokpo...in order to celebrate Jamie's birthday back in Daejeon. This was exciting news cause I was up to nothing that night. So we went to Santa Claus bar and played foozball and drank many celebratory tequila shots...I don't know who kept buying them. We ended up at Brick House as per usual...and it was an overal pleasant evening with good friends.

Sunday I went to lunch with Jae Woo (Bobo Bar owner), Ki Jong (bartender), and their girlfriends. It was a pleasant italian lunch where we basically complimented each other the entire time. I found out Jae Woo is Budhist, which doesn't suprise me considering his very gentle and kind nature.

After lunchI met Colin to play some basketball where we played 4 on 4 with some randoms at the court at Pai Chai University. Overall a fufilling weekend.

PEACE

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Jangtaesan










They tie this rope around the trees to prevent bugs from hibernating in the trunk. Strangely enough I was suprised to find Cedars here. I think they were imported.

A smaller and much less challenging mountain than Daedoonsan, Jangtaesan is situated about 40 minutes away from the heart of Daejeon. There were a lack of breathtaking scenic views, but it was well maintained and there were many families picnicing at its base. Jamie and Heidi and I talked about hiking partners and how the person/people you're with can really impact your experience. Kind of like when you play squash or tennis with someone whos quality/interest is inferior to yours. I think today was one of those occasions. As much as I love hanging out with Rachel I don't think she's as adventurous as I am. Where as I wanted to go off the beaten track, she was content to stick to the paved way. She saw her first wild snake today as it leaped across her feet initiating hysteria and her inability to walk...needless to say that hike ended early. But whatever..I got some ok shots I think.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dae Doon San (Cont'd)










And no we didn't take the cable car up.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Dae Doon San (2)

I took a hike up Dae Doon San once again but this experience was 1000% more enjoyable than my first time. I think it was a combination of the people I Was with, both of whom were game for everything, and the fact that I wasn't waiting in lines to get up certain sections of the mountain. We somehow got off the beaten track and wandered down a steep downward slope where we came upon some perfect scenic views and some great rocks to summit. Thanks for a most fulfilling day Jamie and Heidi.









Sunday, October 01, 2006

Hanwha Game

Score: 1-0 --away team

Poor quality metallic beer

Acknowledgments from Davis--one

Jumping over fences

Enjoying the company of new friends

Perfect clear night air

Excited fans

Fish-dog

Seeing my city from a breathtaking location at the perfect time of day--night
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I like live baseball games and city-mountain views at night.