Hannah and Je together

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Twenty first day – Sweet Weekend

In the morning we get up as early as 4am.  From that time until the sunrise is the best time of the day.  It has cool breeze and no burning sun.  I think ancient Israelites as well as all the ancient near easterns must have gotten up very early for the same reason.  Because it is too hot during the day.

Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

I think that is why in Biblical Hebrew they have separate word of “to get up early.”

Today was kind of shitty day because all the members of area T were sent to other areas such as V and W, and consequently we were not able to do our own job.  Even they did not give us break.  We talked each other that we feel like in exile.  But I found a sling stone of my fist size in area W.

For Hebrew University (Tel Lachish), the bus leaves Friday morning and comes back Sunday morning.  For Tel Aviv University (Tel Megiddo), the bus leaves Thursday afternoon and comes back Saturday afternoon.  So officially it is the weekend from today afternoon.

Hand Washing Laundry

Hand Washing Laundry

Not having the afternoon work and lectures, I did my laundry by hand-washing.  Unlike Kedma Youth Village, we were allowed to stay in this kibbutz for the weekend for free, but they do not provide any meal.  So I walked twenty minutes to the nearest grocery store, and spent 120 NIS (which is about $40) for six meals.  I bought a quarter gallon orange juice.  But when I poured it into the cup, it flowed so slow as if it is honey.  And the taste was so strong.  Then I looked at the label which I cannot read because it is all Hebrew.  There were only two English writings.  One is big letter saying, “Orange Juice.”  The other is very small letter under the nutrition information, “Enough for 60 cups.”  Then I realised that I bought the concentrated juice.

Last night, several people sat together and talked.  There were American Jew (man), Israeli Jew (secular, woman), another Israeli Jew (secular, man), and Belgian woman (Catholic).  Of course I was there too.  I asked them many questions and it was really great talk until late night.

One of the interesting things was that the Jews these days do not know what tribe they belong to.  And officially ten tribes are missing.  But they said that some Jews have “Cohen” (meaning Priest) and “Levi” (Name of the tribe which performed many jobs in the temple) as their last name.  And many of them regulate themselves including cannot enter any cemetery, cannot remarry.  And also they must marry Jewish woman, but not converted Jew.  They can marry only the pure or native Jew.  They do this to keep themselves ritually clean all the time, so that they can carry the job of priest and temple worker as soon as the Temple is rebuilt and Messiah comes.

They had many jokes about why Judaism never works.  The secular Jews also said that Orthodox, especially Ultra Orthodox Jews hate them.

For the temple matter, I asked of religious Jews, and they want to build the temple but they are afraid to express it.  And I also asked yesterday of the secular Jews, and they absolutely do NOT want to build it.  Because of all the murders and blood which will be done by the name of that house.  They also said that the rebuilding the temple would cause the third world war.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Blood Drive

My apartment office today had an event called Blood Drive so that the residents can donate blood easily. The blood bus came to our apartment. So I went to the bus after work. As I stepped into the bus, a nurse asked me if I had the paper.

“What paper?” I asked back.

She said I need to fill out some kind of form, so I asked her for the form.

And she replied, “We don’t have any.”

“Okay, then, how can I donate my blood?” I asked again.

She answered very simply: “You can’t.”

So I just stepped out of the bus.

우리 아파트에서 사람들이 쉽게 헌혈을 할 수 있도록 헌혈 행사를 오늘 했다. 헌혈차가 아파트로 왔고, 퇴근 후에 헌혈차에 갔다. 차에 들어가자 간호사가 종이를 갖고 있냐고 물었다.

“뭔 종이?”냐고 내가 되물었다.

서류 양식지를 채워 넣어야 한다고 해서 양식지를 달라고 했다.

그러자 “우린 안갖고 있는데”라고 대답을 했다.

“그럼 헌혈은 어떻게 하나요?”라고 다시 물었다.

대답은 간단했다 – “못하죠.”

그래서 그냥 나왔다.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Just blow mosquitoes

It is often said that mosquito is the provincial bird of Manitoba. And there are so many mosquitos in Manitoba. I am not going to say how bad and many they are.

Anyway, whenever I found one sucking on me, I smash it right away. But I realised (probably) none of Canadians does that. They just blow it away.

I was curious why. Is it because they spare even mosquitoes as part of the nature? If not, why?

One day seeing me smashing a mosquito on my arm, one of my friend told me not to do that. I of course asked why. He said if I smash one, the body fluids of it or the other’s blood sucked by it would come out on me, and that could spread a disease.

The reason was turned into a pure selfish one – and very reasonable and rational one.

마니토바 주의 새는 모기라고 사람들이 우스개 소리로 하는데, 정말 많다. 얼마나 많은지 얼마나 심한지는 말하지 않겠지만.

어째든, 나는 모기가 내 피를 빠는 걸 보면 바로 쳐 죽이는데, 캐나다 사람들은 그렇지 않고 그냥 바람 불어 날려버리는 걸 발견했다.

그게 참 궁금했다. 모기도 자연의 일부라 아끼는 건가? 아니라면 왜?

하루는 내가 모기를 쳐 죽이는 걸 보고는 친구가 그러지 말라고 했다. 그래서 왜냐고 물었더니, 내가 모기를 쳐 죽이면, 모기의 체액이나 모기가 빨았던 다른 사람의 피가 내게 묻게 되고 그려면 병이 옮을 수도 있다는 것이었다.

쳇 순전히 이기적인 이유였구만. 뭐 합리적이긴 하네.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Combat Police

In Korea, we have weird kind of police. That is combat police. Even though its official English name is “Auxiliary Police,” its Korean name is “Combat police.”

They were made originally to fight against the spies from the North Korea September 1st, 1967. They are trained to subdue and kill the armed spies.

But all they have done is mostly quell and suppress the demonstration. Imagine that the armed police, trained to kill the armed spies, suppress the not-at-all armed citizens with violence.

Violence by police

Violence by police

Those shoes are specially designed for real battle. They were not just stepping on, they were kicking down on the face.

Violence by police

Violence by police

And can you see the bat in the hand of the combat police? I do not want to tell how much the citizen bled. Number how many combat police rats were following ONE citizen.

Do you think they attack only men? Then you must see this photo:

violence by police

violence by police

Who do you think made her bleed?

Their name is Combat Police! The government thinks its people as enemies – they do combat against the people.

The combat police has much more weapons such as lachrymatory bomb, water canon, bat, iron shield, battle shoes, fire extinguisher, and the likes.

They spray the fire extinguisher directly to the face of the people which harms the biology and body so much. You many not think the shield could not be a weapon, but they use the sharp side of it to attack (extremely dangerous).

Years and years ago, the Korean government exported the Korean lachrymatory bomb to another despotic country. But just a few weeks later, the other country sent them back to Korea saying that they could not use that harmful chemicals to the people. And in Korea, the bombs are well used still. 😦

One of the very first thing that the Korean government must do is to dismiss the combat police.

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