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, 31 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Twenty Eighth Day – Luxor

I began my day getting up at 2:30.  It was my first time flying Egypt Air.

Egypt Air Boarding by Ladder

Egypt Air Boarding by Ladder

In the Cairo International Airport, there is no sky passage to the plane which is very common in most Airports.

Muslim Prayer in the plane

Muslim Prayer in the plane

Before the take-off while the engine was running hard, suddenly they pulled down the TV with the mosque image and played the Islam prayer.  I don’t know they do this always before flight or it is because of the regular prayer time.

Sunrise in the Airplane

Sunrise in the Airplane

I saw the sunrise in the plane to Luxor.  Luxor was great.

Sitting Pharaoh is overwhelming

Sitting Pharaoh is overwhelming

This huge sitting statue of a Pharaoh thrilled me.  When the ancient people saw this statue, I am pretty sure that they were all overwhelmed and felt like the Pharaoh is God and looking down.

German Excavation

German Excavation

The two pharaoh sitting statues were side by side, and a little back, there was another smaller statue.  And I was told that the Germans digging now.

Colour is still alive

Colour is still alive

I went to the temple of Hatshpsute temple or Al-Deir Al-Bahari temple.  Queen Hatshpsute is the only female ruler in ancient Egypt.  She is the daughter of a Pharaoh, brother and wife of a Pharaoh, and step-mother of a Pharaoh.  The temple was huge and with lots of inscriptions.  And many of them have colour.  The colour is still so much alive, and I would even believe if someone tells me they painted it last year.

In the tourism site, there are always local people selling stuff.  A guy tried to sell some photos to me which I did not buy.  Initially he called 20 L.E.  Guess how much the price went down.  It got down to 1 L.E.  Wow.

Stone Work Factory

Stone Work Factory

Then I went to stone work factory, near the Queen’s temple.  It was interesting how they make and work the stone in the traditional way with traditional tools.  They showed and compared the differences between hand-made and machine-made.

The Nile

The Nile

This is the famous Nile river in Luxor.  The mother of the ancient civilisation, still Nile is feeding Egyptians.  Most people in Luxor work in tourism trade, and other small amount of people works at agriculture.

Cow Transportation

Cow Transportation

In Luxor, the animal is still very important.  So many donkeys are used as main mean of transportation, and lots of sheep and goats are on the road too.

Downtown Luxor

Downtown Luxor

This is downtown Luxor, and I bought a Arabic language music CD for my friend in Korea.

Egyptian Music

Egyptian Music

I bought the traditional Mix.  I paid 30 L.E.  They called way higher price, but I dealt with the guy several times and it came down to 30 L.E.

Burnt CD, not original

Burnt CD, not original

When I opened the CD case, what the…  Well…  But I checked that it is real music CD in a language which I do not understand.

Sugar Cane Juice

Sugar Cane Juice

I stopped at a juice store.  I was told that the sugarcane is the most important agriculture in Luxor.  The sugarcane is piled in the left, and the guy squeezed a few sticks and put some ice.  It was very good, sweet of course.  I think this is the real life Candy Crush. 🙂

Then I went to Kings Valley, but I do not have any photos because it was prohibited.  All the caves are amazing with beautiful carving and inscriptions.  It is truly amazing that those carvings and colours survived many thousand years.  Funny thing is that the most famous Pharaoh, the Tutankhamun has the smallest tomb.  His name has three parts: Tut – Ankh – Amun and means “Long Live Amun.”

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

My next destination was Karnak temple, dedicated to the god of Amun, and his wife, and his son.  It is very huge temple, and I was told that the Pharaohs ruled here.

Thutmoses III

Thutmoses III

This Pharaoh, the step son of the famous queen conquered many cities.

Conquered Cities

Conquered Cities

And he left all the names of the cities he conquered.  The ancient Egyptian writing represents meaning, but when it is circled, they represent sound.  All the people have tie on their arm which means that they were captured and bound.

Nile View

Nile View

This is the Nile view of the hotel where I had lunch.

Bus Business Class is better than the airplane Business Class

Bus Business Class is better than the airplane Business Class

Then I flew back to Cairo by Egypt Air.  The funny thing is that they distinguish the Business Class (total 8 seats) just by curtain.  They just have a foot more room and still pays almost three times of economic seat.

Most Asians know that Japanese are mostly quiet, and polite, while Chinese are usually loud.  But Japanese can go crazy too in some situation.  That is when they are not with other Japanese or their neighbours.  Two Japanese girls were sitting behind me.  They were so loud talking and laughing, even singing as if they are drunk.  I could not endure any more, so I greeted them in Japanese.  Then they became cute and quiet Japanese girls.

Sunset in the Airplane

Sunset in the Airplane

I saw the sunrise in the plane, and I also saw the sunset in the plane again in the same day.  Egypt Air is part of Star Alliance which means I can collect the mileage.

Moon from the Airplane

Moon from the Airplane

Right after the sunset, I pictured this moon.

I had diarrhoea this morning first time in this trip.  Maybe the food and water in Egypt do not cooperate with my body.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Fourteenth Day – Writing IDs

We did not go to the digging site today.  Only a few staff members including Professor Yossi went to the site to take the aerial photos.  There is a special company taking the aerial photos using drones.  But the problem was that the Israel Air Force did not allow anything to fly in the air due to the current situation of war.  So they failed to take the nice aerial photos.  Instead, they took some photos using ladders.

Writing ID on pottery

Writing ID on pottery

Most of us stayed in the Kedma Village and worked on bones and potteries.  My job today was to write the identification number on the potteries.  Though the writing looks big on the photo, it is actually very fine and small so that a few people cannot even read.  The first line is the excavation permit number indicating the site and the number.  The first letter on second and third line (C) is area.  The second line shows the locus number while the last line tells the bucket number.

Pattern on Pottery

Pattern on Pottery

While I was writing the IDs on the potteries, I found this very nice piece of pottery with a pattern or painting on it.

Tel Lachish Digging Certificate

Tel Lachish Digging Certificate

At lunch time, I got this certificate that I actually attended the Tel Lachish excavation.

Professor Yossi

Professor Yossi

Professor Yossi and the photo team came back in the afternoon, and we all worked on the pottery reading.  Professor Yossi explained many things on the archaeological potteries.  Professor Yossi is sitting in the middle, and the guy one the right whose name is Igo is working on his Ph.D on archaeology at Hebrew University under Professor Yossi.

Stone Knife

Stone Knife

This is an ancient knife for domestic use (not for war), probably for cooking and other use.  It is probably from the bronze age.  Why do people use stone in the bronze age?  Bronze age does not mean people used only bronze, but they began to use bronze.  When the radio came out, many people predicted that the newspaper would disappear.  When TV came out, many people expected that the radio would disappear.  When internet and web became popular, many scholars thought that all other media would disappear.  But today, we have newspaper, radio, TV and internet all together.  According to Professor Yossi, people stopped using stone knife or flint only after iron tool became common and popular.

We had pizza party at Kedma.  And they will have official finish-up party on Wednesday which I cannot attend because I will be digging at Megiddo.  I was told that the next Wednesday is Professor Yossi’s birthday.  Happy birthday Yossi!

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Now I have a TV

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Now I have a TV set. David Geum gave me his old TV.

TV

Well, it works fine. And it is GoldStar whose name was LG and now is GS.

TV

I have to turn the channel wheel. 🙂 And it is now twenty-one years old now.

TV

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