Thursday, December 11, 2008

Please pray for Nerine Viljoen

Nerine passed away in December when her organs failed to take over from the life support machines.

This is the Facebook page for Nerine.

This is a heartbreaking tragedy that's taking place in Mokpo, South Korea, for a beautiful young woman critically burned in a fire while petsitting for a friend.

Her friends there are collecting donations and will have a Paypal account set up soon making it easier for those not in Korea to help her family with their expenses of traveling and staying there from South Africa while dealing with this horrendous situation.

Please pray for her recovery, her condition is critical. And check the link for the Paypal account if you can help too.

Why do I care? My son is a teacher there too.

Teacher in the Land of the Morning Calm.

June (7)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Edutainment in Paris, circa 1951

Watch Kelly teaching the little French kids words while he breaks out in song and dance. Stairway to Paradise is one flashy number. But the Caron scenes are the show stealer in this wonderful hit that has Kelly giving free esl lessons to the kids who follow his limo ride down the street.

An American in Paris, wonderful love story of artistry and life.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Great movie about kids

This movie is an insight into allowing children to express themselves. And it's FUNNY! It's my new favorite next to Billy Elliot.

Bruno (2000)

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Tagline: The comedy that is long on originality and short on pants. more

Plot: Bruno is the story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno (Alex D.Linz), whose expression of his own individuality... more |


Sunday, October 5, 2008

"Mr. Credit is dead and buried" - M (1931)Directed by Fritz Lang

Cross-posted at Helicopter Barbie because of the historical connection to crime and depression era:

It's Sunday morning and while I was waiting for the talk shows (where Sarah is supposed to be a no-show), I see this old movie and am intrigued by the cops and crooks after a murderer. When the crooks decide they need the Beggars' Association to be their best informants, this was funny, a sign on the wall at the Beggars' headquarters. From the 1931 movie "M" :

Mr. Credit is dead and buried

--The Management

M (1931)Directed by Fritz Lang. With Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut. When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, ...
A psychotic child murderer stalks a city, and despite an exhaustive investigation fueled by public hysteria and outcry, the police have been unable to find him. But the police crackdown does have one side-affect, it makes it nearly impossible for the organized criminal underground to operate. So they decide that the only way to get the police off their backs is to catch the murderer themselves. Besides, he is giving them a bad name.

This is good, when you put it in historical context. A serious look at 'honor among thieves'. Guess I'll catch up on who said what later on the blogs... you know, the mainstream media filter.

Another funny, the police inspector, frustrated with the manhunt, is having breakfast, takes a sip of coffee and spits out "dishwater again", then takes a bite of toast and tosses it down really disgusted.

Line from after the crooks catch him and put him on trial in a court of their own:

"Every man here is an expert in the law."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Roadmap to Korean

Roadmap to Korean by Richard Harris takes a look at learning Korean from a historical, cultural, and pop linguistic point of view

Roadmap to Korean
is the most complete and thorough introduction to the Korean language of its kind.

Roadmap to Korean is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the country and its people on a more intimate level.

Read more here:

Jeonju Sori Festival

Jeonju Sori Festival
The Jeonju Sori Festival, to be held Sept 26---Oct 4, is Korea's greatest celebration of Korean traditional music. Held in the lovely city of Jeonju, renowned as the heartland of Korean traditional arts, the festival pays tribute to the region's illustrious tradition of pansori, a unique form of lyrical storytelling. If you have any interest at all in Korean traditional music... more »

For more information about the festival, call (063) 232-8398 or visit the event's homepage (


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Light in the Piazza

1962: Light in the Piazza
Olivia de Haviland, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton, Rossano Brazzi

What a refreshingly wonderful film full of drama, romance, and comic relief... with a message for any day and age.

Yes, it's a travelogue. But that's just one good thing. The scenery (inside and out) is shot beautifully--filmed on location in Florence. The stars intrigued me right off. Yvette Mimieux is such a perfect ingenue. And the first set of dialogue for Hamilton has him complimenting the American mom on her tan. I thought that was funny considering he became famous for his tan and was rather pale Italian in this movie. Still tall, dark, and handsome though.

Anyhow, see this movie if you get a chance and see how one parent handles a handicapped child--all grown up. Fairy tale or not, it's very thought provoking, and one gorgeous way to tell the story.

Friday, August 15, 2008

View from the 21st Floor

Ok, I promise to stop posting the same pics right after this last slideshow I made from the first pics out of Korea (I'm on a roll with PicassaWeb). If some are fuzzy, it's a new camera. Or that's how they are intended to be.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Samgyetang, The Soup

Samgyetang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Samgyetang (pronounced [samgjetʰaŋ]), sometimes called chicken ginseng soup, is a Korean soup-based dish. It is basically a whole young chicken stuffed with ... {garlic, rice, dates, and ginseng}

Samgyetang is traditionally served in the summer for its supposed nutrients, which replaces those lost through excessive sweating and physical exertion during the hot summers in Korea.

Ginseng Chicken Soup is popular korean healthy soup ...

INGREDIENTS: Sweet rice, ginseng, red date, dried chesnut

1) Get one cornish game hen and stuff with 2.5oz of sweet rice, 3 dates, 2 chestnuts, 1 ginseng root, and 1 clove of fresh garlic. (more is better)
2) After hen is stuffed, stitch tightly with thread.
3) Place hen in a pot and fill with water until hen is completely covered.
4) Boil on high heat until a vigorous boil is achieved, then adjust to low or medium heat: Let simmer for one hour.
5) Garnish with diced spring onions, add salt and pepper to your taste. Serve hot.

I'll have a helluva time restraining from adding parsley and celery, but if I do ever make this, I'll have to try to keep it pure. But this gal adds LOTS of garlic:

Korean ginseng chicken soup

/ginseng-chicken-soup.html Maangchi is making korean style ...
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Rated 4.9 out of 5.0

Monday, August 11, 2008