Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back Hug

The infamous back hug.  The screen cap above is from the k-drama "I'm Sorry I Love You" which i blogged about in my previous entry.  This is my favorite scene.. buying an over sized jacket so you can keep your gf warm while doing a back hug.. awwww

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Celebrity Review: Lim Su Jung 임수정

So yeah.. i stumbled upon the entire series of "I'm Sorry I Love You" (which is 16 episodes) today.  I've already watched it, but forgot enough of the storyline to make it seem like it's my first time.  LSJ is so dang adorable! 

If you haven't watched this K-Drama.. then go DL it - cuz it's one of my favorites.  She was born 1980 7.11 - but she still looks so young.  She has a couple of movies out, "Cyborg but Okay" - and - "Sad Movie", which are two that i've watched.  "Cyborg but Okay"  she co-stars with Bi and it's a so-so movie and not really worth watching.  "Sad Movie" on the other hand was pretty good.

"I'm Sorry I Love You" also features some top name stars like So Ji Sup and Suh Ji Young.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hermann-Giest Stadium

Google Maps

search for "Hermann-Giest Stadium, Hazleton, PA 18201, United States"

-> Satellite

zoom to the stadium

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday.. Never again..

Kudos to those of you that avoided the malls on this Black Friday.  1 Hour to get into Gap.. and another 2 hours to checkout.  Ridiculous.  Just go online for shopping..

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Song of the Day: Tony Rich - Nobody Knows

I love this song.  Easy melody and rich lyrics.  I put my iPod to play random songs and it's awesome how you end up listening to really old songs you've forgotten about.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Song of the Day: Kara - Jumping

Wasn't a fan of the beat.  Must be one of those songs that takes getting used to.  Go go Goo Hara!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Korean Air Skypass FAQ

So i've been doing some digging on a Credit Card with Skypass to earn a free ticket to Korea.  It took some time finding the information because some of the specifics are hidden and hard to find.  Here are some fats i was able to find and hopefully will help those of you looking into the same thing.

  • You don't need a separate credit card that's affiliated to Korean Air Skypass program to earn miles (Such as US Bank's Signature Visa card).  You can get them at no cost by directly going to Korean Air's website and signing up.
    •  There are obvious ups and downs to this.  If you only have a Skypass membership from KAL (Korean Air) then you can only accrue miles by purchasing airline tickets from KAL and their affiliate airlines/hotels.
    • If you opt to get a credit card, such as Signature Visa, you will earn additional benefits - but at a cost of $80 annual membership fee.  Some of those highlights are:
      • $100 off coupon for airline tickets each year
      • 1 mile for every $1 spent
      • 15,000 bonus miles added to account after first purchase
      • 2,000 bonus miles added every year
      • However, there are blackout dates
      • Miles expire after 5 years (So if you can't earn 70,000 miles in 5 years - this is not a card for you)
      • Even though you earn miles using your Visa credit card, mile redemption must be made from Koreanair.com's Skypass website.  It is your responsibility to make sure the miles listed matches what you've spent
  •  So here was my big question.  How many miles must you accrue to earn a free round trip ticket from LAX to Seoul?  The answer is 70,000 miles.  Yes.. if you calculate that in 1 to 1 terms.. it's $70,000 you must spend before getting anything for free.  However there are some obvious facts to consider if you were getting a Signature Visa credit card and purchasing a ticket to Korea at full price:
    • 15,000 bonus miles first year
    • $100 off coupon
    • 2 miles for every $1 for Korean Air ticket purchases (If the ticket fare is $1,000, that's 2,000 miles added)
    • 12,000 miles from LAX to Seoul (credited directly to your Skypass account by Korean Air)
  • After your first trip, you now have 29,000 miles on your Skypass account.  Yet, you would still need to spend another $31,000 or fly 2 more times to get a free ticket.
  • If you plan on visiting Korea once a year - the $100 off coupon would cover the $80 annual fee - but keep in mind that the APR on these types of credit cards are high
In conclusion - is it better to have a Visa Signature Skypass Credit Card or just be a Skypass member?  It depends on how often you plan on flying Korean Air and it's affiliate airlines.   One thing i know for certain is that it's better to have a Skypass membership - since it's absolutely free.

Lastly there is a final option if you're considering getting a credit card. There are classic Visa cards that have no annual fee, but offer 1 mile for every $2 net purchases.

Movie Review: Social Network

I think one of the major reasons this movie was so successful was because the majority of the people who watched it were part of the social media phenomenon.  People in their mid 20's to mid 30's were part of the era that boomed the internet - and i'm sure they all wish they were the ones that became billionaires.

I wonder exactly how much of the movie was fiction and real.. i mean.. they used the guy's real name.  The movie also portrays him as a douche bag.. how much of it is true?  Who knows.  I've been putting off watching this movie for a long time because even though it received great reviews, i just could not get it around my head that a movie about Social Networking would be interesting.

I was quite surprised though, because the story is well told.  It skips between past, present, and future - to show each characters progression in building Facebook.

Honestly I can't help but think of the potential Bjunkyard once had.  Sure it wasn't exactly the right idea to grow into a global spectrum.. but it did have more than 20,000 members and a million page views at it's peak.  There were even offers to buy the domain name.

When Napster was first going around letting users download music, i was already posting links to direct downloads for Kpop albums on my site.

When Friendster and MySpace were getting big, we already had a huge diverse group of members that linked with eachother.

Before Youtube was invented, bjunkyard was posting links to video streaming.

Yet.. the light bulb just never sparked on top of my head.  I remember having a conversation with Jet a long time ago when we were using free storage websites to host our video content - and how we should maybe invest on larger servers that would allow us to host our own files.  We even thought about allowing our users to just watch, and not download.  This was before Youtube.

Talking about it doesn't change anything though.. it is what it is.  There are still plenty of ideas that have not been thought of.. like auto mechanics that make house calls nationwide.

What really inspires me about Facebook is the fact that it was a late bloomer.. Friendster and MySpace was already way ahead of the game.. yet they fought on and became a powerhouse like no other.  Interestingly enough, Google was the same way.. Yahoo, Lycos, and Excite were the first search engines, yet Google now holds that market with one finger.

Who knows, maybe in a year or two, something bigger than what these companies think they have will come along.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Korean Air Stewardess

There is something about Korean Air Stewardess that i find immensely sexy.  Maybe it's just the way they handle themselves in public.. or their outfits.  I know it's not necessarily their looks since not all of them are pretty.  I just came back from LAX to drop off my mom who's going back to Korea - and i wouldn't mind being a pilot right about now.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ten Truth's of Life

Came across some interesting quotes:
  1. Part of being a best friends job should be to erase the computer history if you die
  2. Nothing sucks more during an argument when you realize you're wrong
  3. Was learning cursive really necessary?
  4. Bad decisions make good stories
  5. I'm always slightly terrified when i exit out of Word and it asks me if i want to save any changes, when i know for certain i made no changes
  6. I hate leaving my house looking spiffy and end up not meeting anyone important
  7. Sometimes i'll watch a movie that i watched when i was younger and realize i had no idea what was going on the first time i watched it
  8. I would rather try to carry 10 overloaded plastic bags of grocery than to make 2 trips to bring them in
  9. The only time i look forward to a red light is when i'm finish up a text msg
  10. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" until you smile and nod your head because you have no idea what was said
And.. this.

1. go to google maps
2. go to "get directions"
3. type japan as the start location
4. type china as end location
5. go to direction #43

And.. this.

What do you see?

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Quote of the Day: It Takes..

    "It takes 15 years to grow a tree, and just 15 minutes to chop it down"

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Quote of the Day: Only Those..

    "Only those who risk going too far, find out how far they can go"

    Monday, November 08, 2010

    Trip to Milwaukee WI

    For the first time in the US i was reminded that i am part of the minority.  During my entire stay in Milwaukee i only saw two Asians other than myself and my family - and they were tourists!

    My visit to Wisconsin was pleasant.  I got to see my sister and brother in law for the first time in 5 years or so, and it was heart warming.  I stayed for about 5 days and did pretty much everything there is to do there.  The flight took about 3 hours and 30 minutes and thankfully i brought my notebook - so i watched TV shows throughout the entire flight.

    I ate like a pig during that week.. homemade food.. lots of wine.. junk food.. frozen CUSTARD!!  I have no doubt i ended up gaining some weight.  Some of the highlights of the trip were the tourist attractions that we visited.

    More after the break..

    Friday, November 05, 2010

    Dumb Telemarketer

    So a telemarketer from Time Warner Cable calls me up and this was our dialogue:

    Me: Hello
    TWC: Blah blah blah (Self Introduction)
    Me: Sup
    TWC: We see that you have our cable service with us, and we'd like to let you know about our special on our digital cable TV service
    Me: I don't have a TV and i'm not interested
    TWC: Oh - may i ask how you get your news and other local information then sir?
    Me: Uhhh... the internet.  It's pretty full of information, you should try it sometime.
    TWC: .... silence .... Yes sir, I can sure appreciate that.  Thank you for your time.

    What an idiot.

    Song of the Day: 2AM - You Won't Answer My Calls

    Many good songs coming out these days.  Most of the groups i like are coming back with new songs. :)

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    Song of the Day: 2NE1 - It Hurts

    2NE1 - It Hurts

    Putting up.. 3 Songs of the Day in 1 day doesn't make much sense.. lol.  Anyways - What's with Dara's hair?  I guess they figured she would be the only one that could pull it off..  This song gets good towards the chorus. 

    Song of the Day: SNSD - Hoot

    Man, i'm backed up in posts cuz i was on vacation.  Anyways, this is Girls' Generation's new song "Hoot".  This is going to take some time getting used to.  Wasn't a fan of the beat.

    Song of the Day: 2NE1 - Can't Nobody

    2NE1 - Can't Nobody

    Minzy comes out with some awesome outfits.  I love this hoodie by Jeremy Scott with spike studs.  She also wears a skull mask.