Hannah and Je together

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Me before you

Yesterday, I watched a film with Hannah.  The title was “Me Before You.”  My wife loved this move so much.  It instantly became her favourite movie.  The main character is a cute woman whose face is somewhat familiar but I cannot identify.  I don’t really watch TV shows or films a lot, and have no interest on celebrities.

어제 아내랑 함께 “Me Before You”라는 영화를 봤다.  아내가 이 영화를 너무 좋아해서 순식간에 가장 좋아하는 영화가 되어 버렸다.  여자 주인공은 꽤 귀엽고, 얼굴이 익숙한데 내가 테레비나 영화를 많이 보지도 않고, 연예계에 관심도 없어서 누군지 잘 모르겠다.

At the beginning, a handsome guy had an accident and at that moment I instantly knew what would happen and how the plot would go.  And I was right 100%.  The story went exactly how I expected.

영화 시작부분에서 멋진 남자가 사고를 당하는데, 딱 그 장면에서 어떤 일이 벌어지고 영화가 어떻게 진행될지 알아버릴 정도로 진부한 영화다.  그리고 영화가 정확히 100% 내가 예측한대로  흘러갔다.

It is very typical Cinderella story with one difference.  Cinderella story is a poor girl meets a prince and lives happily ever after with the prince.  And this story is a poor girl meets a prince-like rich guy and lives happily ever after he dies with his money.  If Cinderella story was the fantasy for the women of previous generations, maybe this kind of story is the fantasy for the women of new generation.

완전 전형적인 센데렐라 또는 춘향전 이야기인데, 딱 하나만 다르다.  신데렐라와 춘향전에서는 가난한 혹은 비천한 여자가 왕자님을 만나서 함께 행복하게 산다는 내용인데, 이 영화는 가난한 여자가 부자 남자를 만나서 남자는 뒤져버리고 그 남자 돈으로 여자가 혼자서 행복하게 산다는 내용이다.  만일 신데렐라와 춘향전에 구세대 여성들의 환타지였다면 이런 스타일의 이야기는 요즘 세대 여성들의 로망인듯 싶다.

And it is not only in America.  I guess it is kind of global.  There was a life insurance commercial in Korea.  A woman lives in very luxury house with glorious garden.  Her voice overlaps saying, “My husband suddenly died.  And I’ve got one million dollar.  Thank you Prudential Insurance.”

이거는 미국만의 일이 아니라 전지구적인 현상이 아닐까 한다.  예전에 한국에 있던 보험 광고가 생각난다.  한 여성이 멋진 정원이 딸린 정말 고급 주택에 사는 장면에 그 여성 목소리가 나온다.  “남편이 죽었고 10억을 받았습니다.  고맙습니다 프루덴셜 생명” 이런 이야기를 한다.

The old generation women wanted to live with the prince.  And now women of current generation wants the prince to die so that she can have his money.  And women say that it is true love.  Cool.  Maybe the best thing I can do for my wife is getting a life insurance.  I am joking.  (Really?)

구세대 여성들은 왕자님과 같이 살기를 바랬다면 신세대 여성들은 왕자가 빨리 뒤져서 그의 돈을 갖길 원한다.  그리고 여성들은 이를 진정한 사랑이라고 한다.  멋지네.  어쩌면 내가 아내를 위해서 할 수 있는 최고의 것은 생명보험에 드는 것일지도 모르겠다.  농담임.  (과연 농담일까?)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Seventh Day – Masada and Dead Sea

Map of Westbank and Vicinity

Map of West bank and Vicinity

This is the part of the map hanging on the hotel wall.  The name of the map differs according to where you buy it, from Israeli or Palestinian shop.  It could be Map of Israel, or the map of the West bank and vicinity.

Gerald Halbert Park

Gerald Halbert Park

I also used the tour service from the same company.  Unlike yesterday, we gathered at Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv because the destination is through Jerusalem.  We gathered at Gerald Halbert Park where we can see the east side from Jerusalem.  The farthest line of mountains is the Mountains of Edom where the descendants of Esau lived in the Bible.

Ahava Factory

Ahava Factory

Today’s major destinations are Masada and Dead sea beach.  But before we get to the first destination, we stopped at Ahava factory and visitor centre where they produce skin care products from the muds and minerals of dead sea.  Unlike yesterday, it was quite huge group and we used big tour bus.  I had Amir, the Jewish guy as tour guide and a Muslim Palestinian as driver.  As far as I know, Amir is Arabic name meaning “Prince,” and I wonder if it is strange for a Jewish guy to have Arabic name.

Masada from afar

Masada from afar

Masada is one of the most famous place in Israel because of its tragic history.  After the Jerusalem was captured by the Rome, some people came into the Masada and resisted.  Masada, built by Herod, is cliff all around.  But they were hopeless, and killed themselves, and roman soldiers entered easily.  Masada is truly unbreakable place.  All other mountains in the area is cliff, but the tops are all connected but only Masada is separated and cliff all around.

Model of Masada

Model of Masada

This is the model of Masada, and you can see it is cliff all around.  The most amazing thing is that Herod built amazing town and even his palace on the Masada.  It is crazy difficult just climb there but they moved all the huge stones and jars three times bigger than me.

Masada Cablecar

Masada Cable car

There is a very nice cable cars in Masada from the visitor centre to the top of Masada.  Actually I asked Amir, my tour guide, if I can walk up the Masada.  He said they do not allow people to walk up after 9 in the morning because it is too hot.  He, then, checked the temperature and said “This is over 43 degree, and if you walk up that steep hill for more than forty minutes, you may die.” For Americans, 43 celsius is about 110 fahrenheit.

Snake path from above

Snake path from above

This is the walk path, named Snake path.  Even Josephus mentioned this path.  Believe me, this is the most levelled and widest part of the path.  When I got off the bus, the enormous heat from the ground chalked my breath and the sun rays were so strong that I even felt it was pricking my skin.  I am glad that I did not walk.

Original Wall painting in Masada

Original Wall painting in Masada

When we walk up there, all buildings have black lines.  Above the line is renovated by scholars, but below the black line is original and untouched at all.  The painting on the wall is genuine from the Herod’s era.  How amazing that the painting is so lively preserved!

Herod's Palace on the edge of Masada

Herod’s Palace on the edge of Masada

At the edge of the Masada, Herod built three level’s palace for himself.  This is the second level viewed from the top-level.  Herod, Herod, Herod.  McCormick group may remember that we heard his name every single day no matter where we go.  If not him, Jews and Israel would have had almost nothing because he built almost everything.

Ritual Bath of Masada

Ritual Bath of Masada

Amir the tour guide said that Herod was (or at least tried very hard) more Jewish than Jews, and more roman than Romans.  This is one of the more Jewish thing for him.  He built ritual bath and baptismal bath upon the high Masada.  And all the arts in Masada is just pattern.  There is not even single image of anything such as animal or human.

Hot Bath on Masada

Hot Bath on Masada

This is another proof that he was more roman than Romans.  He equipped Masada with cold and hot bath.  And this is the hot bath.  The bottom part is where they make fire and burn stuff which would heat up the floor, and the floor eventually heat up the water.  The smoke escapes through the channel, and out of the root side, so the people in the bath place would not small anything.

Small Cistern on Masada

Small Cistern on Masada

This is desert area, where there is almost no rain.  I mean, almost.  The guide said it rains two or three times a year, sometimes once in three years.  To survive in the place like Masada, they have to gather and store the rain water, even a drop.  This is a cistern upon Masada, and it is small one.

Model for Rain water collecting system of Masada

Model for Rain water collecting system of Masada

Herod built another system, way bigger system to collect the rain water from all neighbouring areas, using the gravity, he stored the water under Masada.  Because of the great water system, the Jews protesting had enough water while Roman soldiers had trouble because of no water – they got the water from Ein Gedi which is very far from here.  Well, I have to say that it is very un-roman.

Synagogue on Masada

Synagogue on Masada

To be more Jewish, Herod also built a synagogue upon Masada.  This is the synagogue, and it also has scribe’s room.  I saw another scribe was working here, as in Qazrin, writing and selling blessings to the tourists.

Dovecot on Masada

Dovecot on Masada

What did they eat?  They found lots of dates pits (they even planted the pits and it became the actual date tree – revived in 2,000 years)  They also had a dovecot where they kept and grew doves, which is Kosher meat with right amount of portion.  Cow or bull is very hard to raise in Masada, and even bringing them up would have been impossible.  The cow provides too much meat, but the dove has right amount of meat to be a meal for couple of people.  This is the dovecot on Masada.  How can’t I say Herod the great!

View from Masada Restaurant

View from Masada Restaurant

This is the view from the Masada restaurant through the window.  Oh how beautiful the dead sea is!

Reading on the Dead Sea

Reading on the Dead Sea

Then we went to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach.  It is my second time to be in the dead sea.  It is always fun to be there and play reading which I cannot actually read (it was Arabic paper).

Dead Sea skincare

Dead Sea skin care

This time, I covered myself with the dead sea mud.  Even now, late at night, my skin is very soft and smooth, and I love my skin so much!!

Hot Mineral Spa of Dead Sea

Hot Mineral Spa of Dead Sea

They also have “free” hot spa with the dead sea water.  As you may know, dead sea water is ten times saltier than the sea water.  If you taste it, you will not taste saltiness, but the extreme bitterness.  You can taste a little bit, but you should not drink it.  The guide said if you drink a cup, you will die.

Rocket trail on the sky

Rocket trail on the sky

Then we came back to Jerusalem and I got off at David Citadel Hotel.  It was beautiful day.  Look at the picture above.  How beautiful it is!  I cross the road and I looked up the sky at Mamilla Street and King Solomon Street, which is the entrance to the Mamilla mall, and which is five minutes walk from my hotel.  There was a rocket flying and coming down, but it was shot down in the sky.  My crappy camera was not fast enough to take the photo of it, but it just got the trace of it.  Does it look like a cloud or aircraft trace?  It is actually the rocket trace from Hamas that reached Jerusalem!  I circled the rocket trace with black pencil so that it can be easily spotted.

The CNN news says that the number of casualties of Palestinians and Israelis are 81:0.  This is just one of the many big news here.  The news talks more about US immigration, US-Germany spy, and massive shooting in Texas.

Friday, 29 February 2008

Nice Prince Harry

Filed under: Lang:English,Subj:Corea,Subj:Essay — Jemyoung Leigh @ 14:26
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Probably from yesterday, TV shows Prince Harry in his military service quite much. 

Wow, nice and cool! Gorgeous Prince Harry. And gorgeous British Royal Family – fulfilling all the services and duties.

I heard that MB Lee the Korean President said that he would make all the soldiers be proud of their military service. And I know most Coreans took it as a kind of comedy.

Well, in Corea, it is mandatory to serve the army for all boys. But the people in so-called high class do not go to the army using their money and power. That means only the people without particular political power or great wealth do the military service according to the law. This fact and reality makes the soldiers and ex-soldiers feel they are quite small and great angry.

If MB Lee really wants to make the soldiers be proud of themselves, he himself should serve the army even NOW!

In Corea, the high class people do not have respect. All the normal people hate them.

And a few years ago, there was a singer whose name is SJ Yoo. He was very popular and a top singer. He said very many times that he would go to the marine corps. He said that real man should go to the marine. The army soldiers are chickens.

Just before the time he should go to the military service, he fled to USA.

What a liar! He is real and greatest chicken!

Look Prince Harry! He does not need to be Afghanistan. But he went their his own will.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Bad effect of Fairytales on girls

Filed under: Lang:English,Subj:Arguement,Subj:Culture,Subj:Essay — Jemyoung Leigh @ 12:49
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Even though boys also read the fairytales such as the Snow White and Cinderella, girls have loved them always more than boys have. This tendency, I believe, is the same in Korea.

Now, what is the bad effect of them on Korean girls?

Do you agree that the girls are accustomed to the tales? Then you are agreeing that they are also accustomed to princes and princesses in fantasy, not in real.

When they read the story, they have empathy with the princesses and finally displace them feeling themselves as the princesses. This is repeated almost every time they read them.

Now, after the girls are grown up, and became women, they just expect and look for a handsome prince on a white horse, misunderstanding themselves as someone, not realising the fact that they have never been a princess.

If a woman wants to meet a handsome prince on a white horse, she must become a princess first – a princess having beauty in heart, good appearance, perfect attitude, smart intelligence, and rich emotional sensibility all together.

Even in the fairytales, the prince went to the sleeping princess, not to the sleeping maidservant. 🙂

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