Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Thanksgiving

May the seeds of goodness planted by you and your loved ones bear sweet fruits in this season of Thanksgiving. -Mr. Simon

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A Thanksgiving Poem to Teachers

November 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

I am thankful for
The aroma of fresh paper,
The pen’s superb utility
And the schoolyard’s pleasing scenery.

I am thankful for
The knowledge I have gained,
The skills I have mastered
And the positive attitude I have acquired.

I am thankful for
My teachers’ excellent teaching,
Endless patience
And unrivaled dedication.

To all teachers past, present and future: You will be remembered on this Thanksgiving Day and beyond.

Obituary

November 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

The more I try to forget, the more she lives in my heart. I know she does not love me, but my heart still beats blissfully.

One of my favorite songwriters/composers passed away a few days ago. In my world, a songwriter is much more important than a singer. May he find peace in his next life!

Bizarre Korea – Plastic Surgery

November 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

South Korea is the world’s plastic surgery capital. Various statistics put the number of South Koreans who went under the knife to be roughly one in five women and one in ten men. These rates are several times higher than those of the next highest county. Plastic surgeries are so popular in this East Asian country that there are commercial districts with nothing but plastic surgery clinics. People in South Korea are not afraid to talk about plastic surgeries. Cosmetic procedures have become part of the mainstream.

The popularity of K-drama brings the Korean obsession for plastic surgeries to other Asian countries as well. There are clinics in countries like Vietnam that offer their clients an opportunity to have K-pop stars’ exact look.

Next – It Runs in the Family

Sword of Fury – Chapter III, Part 6

November 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

A century ago, there was a famous blacksmith named Koseo. He was regarded as history’s greatest blacksmith, creating countless weapons used by top fighters in the pugilistic world. However, Koseo still felt he had yet to craft his greatest masterpieces. Although he had superior skills, he did not have good materials to smith the ultimate weapons. Koseo would spend most of his later years traveling the continent to search for the best materials.

One day, the blacksmith reached a small mining town located at the edge of the eastern sphere and decided to stay for the night. That night, the whole village was shaken by a huge explosion. According to some witnesses, a giant rock fell from the sky generating a powerful blast when it landed on a nearby mountaintop. Koseo was curious of this rock and decided to investigate it. What he discovered from the rock’s fragments was a one-of-a-kind metal that could be used to craft extremely powerful weapons.

Koseo brought the materials back to his workshop and used them to smith five different weapons – a sword, a spear, a set of throwing knives, an iron fan and a pair of tiger claws — collectively known as the Five Great Weapons.

Bizarre Japan – Homemade Chocolates

November 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day is the day on which lovers everywhere express their love to each other. One of the ways the man in the relationship can express his love for the woman of his life is to give her candy and flowers as tokens of his love. This day is observed in most Western countries. The Japanese also celebrate Valentine’s Day, but not without an interesting twist. It is the woman who is supposed to give her man gifts (mostly chocolates) and not the other way around.

Japanese men almost always prefer Valentine chocolates from stores over homemade chocolates or cookies. This is due to their fear of “contamination”. There have been many instances of overzealous girls inserting their saliva or blood into their homemade Valentine chocolates. Men find this form of witchcraft or extreme obsession rather disgusting. How did they find out? Some girls downright confess to this (right after their men eat the chocolates of course).

Next -> Senior Recreation

Sword of Fury – Chapter III, Part 5

November 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Are you looking for this?”

Boju showed him the object and put it in his hand. Seeing that the object was still in its wrapping and appeared unopened, the man displayed an expression of relief. He slowly turned his eyes toward Boju and Daichin.

“Did the two of you save my life?” He said in a weak voice.

“Don’t thank me,” said Daichin. “It was my friend here who saved you.”

The wounded man, who was in his late twenties, turned to Boju and offered him a nod of gratitude.

“What is your name and what happened to you that left you in this state?”

“My name is Jin. Since I owe my life to you two, I will tell you what happened. But be warned that it could lead you into some unwanted trouble.”

“We are actually looking to get involved in some trouble,” said Daichin comically. “You would actually do us a favor.”

Daichin’s answer put a smile on the man’s face as he began to tell his story.

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