INTRODUCING ONE OF MY SENIORS; PARK JOON HYUNG

I was impressed by Park Joon Hyung’s writing “Principles” which talks about his most important values; he who hesitates is lost. He tells us his unique experience; that he could represent Korea in his rock band “Labyrinth” playing drums, thanks to his confidence in making out with a girl he liked. Through this experience he could live a more confident life. He also says that his “principles” are somewhat similar to what Moliere had once said – “All the ills of mankind, and all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing” – and through this he says that “he who hesitate is lost” is one of the priniples a true leader should conform to.

I had never had such an important experience that had changed by attitude in living, and so his writings made me look through how I have changed and what was the most crucial motive for me to change in such a way.

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* reference of the above painting: 박서보’s painting (http://www.mu-um.com/art/artwork_list.php?menuid=artwork&ownInfo=&listCnt=15&sort=all&cate=3&page=2)

INTRODUCING MY FRIEND, CHANG YE JIN ;)

Chang Ye Jin, is a friend of mine in Cheongshim International School. One of her posts; My best academic experience talks about the history class that she enjoyed most. First of all, it was new to know that she had alot interest in history… For me, history in school is just a subject that I should get good scores. But by knowing that she was really inspired by the history classes, it made me think once again about my superficial knowledge in history and look back at myself. Also through looking at her writings, I could sympathize that history is one of the important educations that should be made; since through our experiences in the past, we can make a new better future. So, I lastly thank Ye Jin for her writings and hope other blog visitors of mine get to know more about her!

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* reference of the above painting: 치키홍’s painting (http://www.artmail.co.kr/db/2012/20121011-cheekyhong.htm)

GREAT EXPERIENCES IN SINAGAPORE

I especially had a good time in my school trip to singapore, when I was near the Marina Sands Bay Hotel. We could view it at the opposite side on the Merlion park at the afternoon and we could see it after sundown in a river boat ride at Clarke Quaye. Not only its view of the singapore river and city nightview was beautiful, but the overall mood of Clarke Quaye was brimful of vigor. It so, made me excited about my future and also made me smile, by looking at the boisterous but happy people with blushed faces. Therefore I think singapore was also a place that made me expect my own future, and again motivised me in living a happy and busy life. Also, this feeling made me think about a quote of one of my favorite songs; Empire State of Mind “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of/ There’s nothing you can’t do/ Now you’re in New York/ These streets will make you feel brand new/ Big lights will inspire you”. Although singapore is a place where western and eastern culture come together to from a new kind of modern culture, and so is different from New York, the sky scrappers and big structures of Singapore made me feel thesame way as when I heard ‘Empire State of Mind’.

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* reference of the above picture: google (http://www.danielseidel.com/clarke-quay-by-night/)

MOST THRILLING CLASS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

In this year I was excited when we learned about how our society structure affects us. It was especially thrilling because we could learn the reason why we are always so busy and runned over living our life. The cause of this problem, according to my economy teacher, was because our society makes us to live a busy life by narrowing the gap of getting into good universities or getting good jobs. This theory is proposed by Robert Riech in a book <The Future of Success>.

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He says that we can not get off the shade from the government’s policies and because most of Korea’s, or American policies place emphasis on economic growth, they try to find elites that could guide the whole country’s path to a more better way. However, because of this policy, people that are not elites or people who failed to “success” has to pay an enormous oppurtunity cost and to not pay this cost we are trying to be the best. The solution to this problem according to Riech, is that countries that are only interested in growing their economy should now also think about the equity needed in their country and improve their policies.

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* reference of the picture of the book: amazon ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Future-Success-Robert-Reich/dp/0099429063)

* reference of the above painting: Miguel Angel Iglesias Fernandez’s painting (http://wowtv.hankyung.com/news/series/view_series.asp?mode=series&artid=A201205070015&bcode=T01130000&mseq=311&seq=415)

CHANGING THE WORLD WITH LITERATURE

오헨리Through my 2 years of literature class in Cheongshim International school, I could do many analyzing and summarizings of literature, but in one class I could experience to imagine and write an imaginary ending of literature. O’Henry’s short story “The Caliph, Cupid, and the Clock” was a more mysterious and uneasy story to understand, but through this challenging project I could understand better of the literature and use my imagination for once in my life!

(http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/the-caliph-cupid-and-the-clock.pdf is a link that leads to the story “The Caliph, Cupid, and the Clock”)

Prince Michael woke up in the dead of the night. The dim street lamp lights and moonbeam gave out a dreamy and yellowish glow, and everything was still, reticent, and at peace except one; the strident clanging of the luminous clock above the trees. It shattered the stillness of the night air, giving no choice but Prince Michael to rise from the bench.

Prince Michael sat there, feeling the coolness of the night with a big grin on his face, for he had been invited to the young man and his fiance; Marian’s wedding the night before.

The young man said, “Prince, ah prince here you are. I’ve been thinking all about you since that day you unmasked and revealed the truth of the clock. I’m here to thank you for your altruistic advice and lastly to ask you to officiate my wedding. Would you like to do so?”

Prince Michael answered. “I would never refuse such a pleasure, despite in the condition that the wedding should be held with no clocks.”

“Of course, of course… Just as you say.” replied the young man.

So, like this, the deal had been made, and Prince Michael begun his preparation for the wedding.

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As the lights of the clockless wedding hall lit up, there came the wonderful bridegroom. Then, the bride walked down the aisle, as the young man waited for her. The scene was a charming spectacle as if time had stopped for the moment. The young man’s smile was radiant and unfocused, as though not for Prince Michael alone but for anyone and anything which wished to share pleasure with him.

“Good evening, and welcome to the ceremony that will unite William and Marian in marriage. We gather here today to celebrate their union, and to…” Michael started the officiant, continuing on to a more personal part of the speech, “Remember LOVE CONQUERS ALL. Remember that time may never spread you apart and limit your pleasures. Love is above time, and therefore love shouldn’t be limited in time. Time may pass and you should get older, but remember that love is the thing that united you and will unite you two from the start of time till the end of time. William and Marian, we are here to remember and rejoice with you and to recount with one another that it is love that guides us on our path, and to celebrate as you begin this journey together. It is in this spirit that you have come here to today to exchange these vows”

There stood the couple, in front of Michael; the Cupid, looking at each other lost in delight.

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* reference of the above picture of O’ Henry: google search (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/18/11747861-texan-to-obama-forget-thanksgiving-turkey-pardon-long-dead-writer-o-henry)

* reference of the above painting: 민성식’s painting (http://article.joins.com/news/article/article.asp?Total_ID=7520978)

VERBS THAT FUNCTION AS NOUNS

The most confusing part in learning grammar was linking the right from of object to each kind of verbs, in form #3. First of all, the basic form of English sentences can be organized into 5 types

(1) S + V / (2) S + V + SC / (3) S + V + O / (4) S + V + IO + DO / (5) S + V + O +OC

Type #1 and #2 are forms that use intransitive verbs, and #3, #4, #5 are forms that use transitive verbs. And especially in type #3, for each of the V (verb), particular O (object) are used. Objects are usually nouns, and there are many types of nouns; such as gerund and to-infinitve, like the chart below.

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The confusing part in this, is not only memorizing but understanding the many types of uses of the word “to” and the difference between tenses and gerunds. There are a lot of more verbs and nouns to memorize, so the links below would help you to memorize others.

Practice 1: http://www.english-grammar.at/worksheets/gerund_infinitive/gerund_infinitive.htm

Practice 2: http://www.grammarbank.com/gerunds-infinitives-exercises.html

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* reference of the above painting: 이두식’s painting (http://blog.naver.com/gllala1/100149716370)

MY FAVORITE KOREAN ARTIST// KOREAN IMAGE

이왈종 is an artist that uses engravings in acrylic paint, that arouse a unique air that has both Korean traditional and modern moods combined. He uses modern materials such as cars and golf, but uses Jeju island; an island famous for its wonderful natural backgrounds, as its background. Also, he uses a multi-view technique – which is a technique that draws materials viewed in all different directions and are usually used in Korean traditional landscape paintings – forming a peculiar sense of space.

One of the most famous series of his, is the <제주도의 중도> series. It describes his thought of what a real paradise would look like, in the eyes of a city dweller. He actually drew this series after he quit his job, which is when he longed for a place that he could banish all the pain away and find composure. I think this actually allowed him, to make one of the best artworks that could deliver his happiness and fantasies to his audience.

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* reference of the above painting: 이왈종’s painting (http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=103&oid=015&aid=0003050522)