Have a fabulous 2012


Gaga: Rest in Peace (b.2002 - d.2010)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Photo of the Day: Fatima Jinnah with her Dog

Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, playing with her dog at her residence in Karachi in 1959.

Source: Dawn/Smoker's Corner

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gandhara Photo Exhibition at Korea Foundation Gallery in Seoul

45 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Pakistan and 30 years of Ambassadorial level relations, this exhibition is being held.. It also features Himalaya ranges.

Source: here.

Education Spending in Korea vs. OECD

Education in Korea still falls short of the highest OECD standards, a report says. According to the annual "Education at a Glance" published by the OECD on Tuesday, the average number of students per class in primary schools in Korea is 26.3 and in middle schools 34, 5.2 and 10.8 more than the OECD average.

Korea's spending on public education per student based on purchasing power parity was US$8,198, also short of the OECD average of $9,313.

The percentage of private spending on public education in comparison with GDP is 2.8 percent, more than three times greater than the OECD average of 0.9 percent. The average annual tuition at private universities is the fourth highest after the U.S., Slovenia and Australia.

Ryan Seacrest and Kim Yuna

Ryan Seacrest uploaded a picture of himself with figure skater Kim Yu-na onto his Instagram page on Tuesday. Taken during his recent trip to Korea, it shows the Hollywood TV personality standing on the ice with Kim.
The "American Idol" host visited the country last Saturday and interviewed Kim in the middle of her three-day ice gala show for a special program ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, produced by NBC.

Source: here

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learning Korean - Tenses (한국어 배우기 – 시제)

Past Tense

The past tense can be past perfect, past progressive, or simple past. Now, I’m sure most native speakers of English (save for the English majors or linguistic majors) don’t really know what each of these terms means, per se, so I shall explain.
Past perfect means an action completed in the past, usually before something else. E.g. I had gone to bed before the snowstorm started. In Korean the ending for this is: 었었/았었/ㅆ었어(요)
e.g. 눈이 많이 내리기 전에 내가 이미 자러 갔었다.
Past Progressive means an action that happened in the past and continued in the past. E.g. I was studying because I have an exam tomorrow. In Korean the ending for this is: ~고 있었다
e.g. 내일 시험이 있어서 공부하고 있었다.
Simple past is the regular past tense that you and I use on a daily basis. E.g. I went to school today. In Korean the ending for this is: 었/았/ㅆ 어(요)
e.g. 오늘 학교에 갔다
Now to mention something a little more complicated: in Korean there is a very easy way to say “I went ____ and came back”. For example, in English we can say “I just came back from my friend’s house” or “I just got home from my friend’s house”, in Korean this can be accomplished with a simple grammar point. So for example: 갔다(가) 왔다 (or 갔다(가) 오다)
The “가” is usually used for “while” doing something or “having just finished thing 1, thing 2), but it is optional in most cases.
So, if you want to say you just got back from your friend’s, or you went there and just got home, you can say: 친구(네) 집에 갔다 왔어(요).
Other than these three major past tenses, there is also a grammar point for the phrase “have you ever…?” This is asking about experience. e.g. “Have you ever visited the States before?” The same structure can be used to reply.
For example:
미국에 가본 적이 있나요? (Have you ever been to the States?)
아니요 미국에 가본 적이 없어요. (No, I’ve never been)
NB: There are some conjunctions in Korean that cannot or should not be used in conjunction with the past tense. It is okay! Koreans will now which tense you are using because the past tense will be used in the second clause instead of the first. In Korean, as long as one clause contains the tense, the rest of your speech can be understood. The same goes for future tense.
The main conjunction here is ~, meaning “so” in the sense of “because”.
For example: Sorry, I couldn’t answer your call because I was working.
미안한데 일하고 있어서 전화 받았어.

Present Tense

The present tense in Korean technically is a plain tense used in most writing, news reports, etc. However, since Korean also has the distinction between 반말 (informal words) and 존댓말(polite words) we can assume that, for the most part, when speaking with or without “요” and without any of the other tense-changing structures, that people are referring to the present. Then, of course, there is also the present progressive tense.
So first, the plain simple present tense is created by adding ~는다/ㄴ다 to verbs (동사) and ~다 to adjectives (형용사).
So for some examples:
동사: I read every night → 매일 밤 내가 책을 읽는다
I like the colour blue → 파란색을 좋아한다
형용사: She is really pretty → 그녀가 참 예쁘다
Seeing you happy is great → 행복한 모습을 보기가 좋다
In everyday speech it is more common to use 반말 (amongst friends) and 존댓말 (with new people or people in a higher position than you [윗사람] / people who are older than you).
So to change the sentence mentioned above into 반말 (존댓말):
동사: 매일밤 내가 책을 읽어()
파란색을 좋아해()
형용사: 그녀가 참 예뻐()
행복한 모습 보기가 좋아()
Now for the present progressive: this is really easy, you just add ~고 있다.
For example:
I am listening to music right now → 지금 음악을 듣 있어().

Future Tense

The most common way to speak in the future tense in Korean is using, ㄹ거에요, which essentially means “will do something”. There is some inherent probability in the statement, although there are other grammar points that will put more emphasis on the probability of something (which I will discuss later), and others which will put more emphasis on voluntary/involuntary actions.
For example:
I will go to my friend’s birthday party on Saturday → 토요일에는 친구 생일 파티에 갈거에요 (반말: 친구생일 파티에 갈거야)
You can also say this same sentence with the “intention” of doing something – meaning you are not really sure if you will or not, but you intend to go. The grammar point for this is: ~려고 하다, but can be used in many different forms in slang.
For example:
존댓말: 토요일에는 친구 생일 파티에 가려고 해요
With slang: 토요일에는 친구 생일 파티에 가려고요/ 가려구요
반말: 토요일에는 친구 생일 파티에 가려고
With slang: 토요일에는 친구 생일 파티에 가려고/ 가려구/ 갈라고/ 갈라구
Now for voluntary! There is a way to say, in Korean “I will ~~~ (do something)” but it has the connotation that you are doing it completely voluntarily – because you want to. You don’t have to do what you say you will do, it just sounds more polite because you are saying you will do it with this connotation of “yes I’d like to! I will definitely do it!” This is constructed with “ㄹ게(요)”.
For example:
I will contact you tomorrow! → 내일 연락할게(요)!
I will stay by your side! → 네 곁에 있어줄게
And FINALLY, for “it seems like”. This structure can be constructed in two ways: “~은/는(present)/ㄹ/를 (future) 것 같다” and “~ㅆ나보다 (past)/ㄴ가보다 (present)”.
These structures are used for probability, when you’re unsure of something.
For example:
You are texting back and forth with your friend until dawn, and suddenly your friend stops responding for an hour or so. Before going to bed you might say something like this: “아 잠들었나봐. 그래. 잘자. 낼 봐!” (oh, it looks like you fell asleep. Ok, goodnight. See you tomorrow!)
Or maybe you want to meet up with your friend at school tomorrow, but you’re still not 100% sure if you’re going to school yet. But if your friend wants to meet up, you will be more likely to go, I’m sure. So you might say something like: “현지야! 낼 수업이 없는데도 학교에 갈거 같아서 잠깐 만날래?” (Hyunji! Even though I don’t have class tomorrow it looks like I’m going to go to school so would you like to meet up for a bit?)
LASTLY, there’s the predicate “겠” which means, might/must. There are some really common expressions/phrases with “겠”.
For example:
오늘 하루종일 일했다고요? 와~ 많이 피곤하겠어요. (You worked all day today?! Wow, you must be so tired!)
잘 되겠네요! (Oh that sounds good!/ It looks like it’ll turn out well!)
Of course, there are many more grammatical points to be explained! Hopefully I’ll be able to cover them in another article! I hope this one helps you with your Korean learning! 화이팅! 절대 포기하지 마세요! Never give up!

Source: ATK Magazine

TAEAN F Festival 2013 Begins June 22nd. - July 5th.

[Photo Credit: TAEAN F Festival Promotion Committee]
This summer, the TAEAN F Festival 2013, one of Taean’s four season flower festivals, will take place at areas around Nam-myeon, in Taean-gun Chungcheongnam-do from June 22 to July 5, 2013.

Marking its 6th year, the festival will be showcasing a rich variety of lilies. About 200 horticultural farms will participate in this festival and cover a large field (260 thousand ㎡) with vibrantly colorful and sweet-smelling lilies and other flowers such as gladiolus, dahlia, Mexican ageratum and many more.

With the onset of summer, Taean makes for a great destination for enjoying the fragrant flower festival and visiting some of Taean’s cool beaches at the same time.

More info

<TAEAN F Festival 2013>

Venue: 168-3, Sinon-ri, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
(New Address: 200, Mageompo-gil, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do)
Period: June 22 (Sat) – July 5 (Fri), 2013 (09:00-19:30)
Individual 9,000 won
*more than 10 people
7,000 won
TAEAN F Festival http://www.ffestival.co.kr (Korean)
Taean-gun http://www.taean.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Inquiries: +82-41-675-7881 (Korean)
1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Wild Berries

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Untitled, a photo by yadem.hayseed on Flickr.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Mohammad Assaf from Gaza - Arab Idol

Asaf: Performing (click)

23-year-old Mohammed Assaf was crowned winner of the Arab idol. From wedding singer to the status he has achieved shows that Palestinian youth have a lot of potential to prove themselves provided, given the opportunities.

Festivities continued into the small hours of Sunday in both Gaza and the West Bank. In downtown Ramallah, the political capital of the West Bank, thousands of people partied noisily in the city's main squares.

Born to Palestinian parents in Misrata, Libya, Assaf grew up in the teeming Khan Yunis refugee camp in southern Gaza.The coastal strip, one of the world's poorest and most densely-populated areas, has been under a tight Israeli military blockade since 2006.

For his final act on Saturday, Assaf sang "Raise the Keffiyeh" a Palestinian nationalist song which refers to the traditional chequered scarf made famous by late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, with his version blasted almost on a loop by radio stations and car stereos throughout the night.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas phoned him personally during the television contest and later crowned him the national goodwill ambassador.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, also congratulated him, naming him their Youth Ambassador.

Source: here.
and the Jewish Press here.

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I would like to own one of these bags in brown or black! For ereally nice bags and this summer's fashion in Korea , click here.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Top 10 Celebrities in South Korea

Sorting out a list of top celebrities is relatively easy for ardent Korean Wave fans who keep tabs on their favorite stars. For non-experts, not many lists offer a guide into who is winning the most hearts in South Korea. Here is The Korea Herald’s list of the hottest celebrities out there.

1. Bae Suzy

Bae Suzy, better known by her stage name Suzy, debuted as a member of JYP Entertainment’s girl group Miss A in the summer of 2010. The 20-year-old singer-actress is one of the most talked-about celebrities in South Korea, charming fans with her glamorous image that has won her roles in many TV commercials.

Although she debuted as a main vocal of a girl group, she nailed the country’s “first love” image with her role in the movie “Architecture 101” in which she co-starred with Lee Jae-hoon.

Other drama series such as KBS2 TV’s “Dream High” and “Big” also helped her rise to stardom.

2. Kang Min-kyung

The 23-year-old singer is a member of a K-pop girl duo Davichi, which debuted in 2008.

Even before her official debut, Kang was already going viral among Internet users with her pretty face and unique fashion sense. After extensive vocal training, she successfully made her way to professional singing. Fans say her mature and deep voice in contrast with her feminine look is one of her prominent charming points.

Aside from her vocal career, the singer also made her first small-screen appearance in 2011, playing a role on SBS’ TV series “Smile Mom.”

Davichi released a digital single “Melting” in April, an R&B-based hip-hop track featuring Verbal Jint.

3. Go Jun-hee
The career of Go Jun-hee, 28, has reached a new high this year.

After debuting in 2011 as a model for a school uniform brand, she has recently taken over the screen, doing more than 10 commercials in 2013 alone.

Go has recently taken the honor of being a poster girl for Korea’s biggest-selling liquor, “Cheoumcheorum” soju. The brand is known for recruiting the nation‘s hottest actresses.

After appearing as a supporting role in several mainstream movies such as “Architecture 101” and “Girls Scout” in 2011, she made her way to TV dramas. She performed in “Can You Hear My Heart?” in 2011 and “King of Ambition” in 2013.

Go joined the fourth season of dating reality show “We Got Married” with Jung Jin-woon, a member of the hallyu boy band 2AM.

4. Son Yeon-jae

Youngest among the enlisted celebrities, Son is a rhythmic gymnast not only winning the hearts of Korean fans, but also those around the world.

The 20-year-old gymnast is the 2010 Asian Games bronze medalist and three-time gold medalist at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Son’s slender figure and lovely face enchanted the country’s TV commercial industry and she has made appearances in ads for various products ranging from air conditioners to sportswear brands.

Son is often compared to Kim Yu-na as she is another sports beauty who performs strongly in international competitions.

5. Park Shin-hye

Model-actress Park Shin-hye’s first appearance on TV involved Korea’s famous rocker Lee Seung-hwan’s music video “Flower.”

She debuted in the TV drama genre with the child role of Choi Ji-woo on “Stairway to Heaven” in 2003.

Park gained fame through TV drama series, notably with “Tree of Heaven” in 2005 and “You’re Beautiful” in 2009.

Park starred in the cable drama “Flower Boys Next Door” with Yoo Si-yoon and the box-office hit “Miracle in Cell No. 7” which helped her rise to stardom.

1. Kim Soo-hyun

Debuting in 2007 through the MBC TV sitcom “Kimchi Cheese Smile,” the 26-year-old actor had not gotten much spotlight after that although he has appeared in more than five movies and TV series as supporting roles since then.

In 2012, Kim hit the jackpot with MBC historical drama “Moon Embracing the Sun,” where he left a strong impression on many female viewers in and outside of Korea with his role as a fictional king of the Joseon Dynasty.

Recently, the heartthrob starred in “Secretly Greatly,” a movie about a North Korean spy.

2. Lee Jin-wook

Actor Lee Jin-wook made his debut in 2003 as a model for Panasonic. Since then, he has built up his acting career through TV series such as KBS2 drama “Resurrection” in 2005, and cable TV OCN’s “Someday” in 2006.

Despite his model-like figure and handsome looks, the actor did not get much attention until he revealed his relationship with hallyu star Choi Ji-woo, whom he met through the MBC TV drama “Air City” in 2007. However, the couple broke up in 2011.

He then played the role of on-and-off boyfriend in tvN series “I Need Romance 2012,” one of the most successful cable dramas that year. Lee continued on to his latest role in fantasy melodrama “Nine,” on the same station. “Nine” was considered a turning point in his acting career since the drama has become a hit.

3. Lee Soo-hyuk

Lee Soo-hyuk, whose birth name is Lee Hyuk-soo, is a model-actor who debuted as a professional model in 2006 for designer Jung Wook-jun’s fashion show.

The 26-year-old model walked down the runway of the nation’s famous fashion brands including General Idea and Song Zio, and managed to do cover shoots with several renowned fashion magazines such as GQ, Bazaar and Elle.

Lee expanded his career into acting, doing several TV series and movies including “Deep Rooted Tree” in 2011 and “The Boy from Ipanema” in 2010.
Lee is certainly not the type that falls into the category of “handsome guy.”

However, his skinny figure and white skin have charmed the public.
His recent drama “Shark” is shedding light on his future career as a promising actor.

4. Lee Je-hoon

The actor started his career in 2007 at a relatively late age of 23 through a short film “They Live By Night.” Ever since, he has appeared in more than 18 short films including a gay romance film “Just Friends?” directed by Kim Zho, who has recently tied the knot with his boyfriend.

In 2011, he featured in an indie movie “Bleak Night” in a role that gave him the honor of sweeping the “Best New Actor” award at movie festivals including the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Another box-office hit that cannot be left out is a 2012 movie “Architecture 101,” where he played a shy college boy pining for his first love. Gaining public fame through the film, he starred in a comedy-drama “My Paparotti” with Korea’s veteran actor Han Suk-kyu.

Lee has not appeared on-screen since October 2012, due to mandatory military service.

5. Song Joong-ki

Born in 1985, Song is known for his good educational background. He graduated from Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in business administration.

Song debuted as a supporting role in 2008 through “A Frozen Flower,” a movie starring Zo In-sung.

He appealed to his fans through SBS variety show “Running Man” and KBS2 TV drama series “Sungkyunkwan Scandal.”

Aside from his proven popularity, his acting skills began to shine through a fantasy romance thriller “A Werewolf Boy,” which premiered in 2012. The film sold more than 7 million tickets and is ranked as one of the most successful melodrama films in South Korea.

Song took on the leading role in a TV series “The Innocent Guy,” which was as successful as “A Werewolf Boy,” once again cementing his position among the fans favoring the melodrama genre.

Park Ji-sung and Kim Min-ji

Kim Min-ji

Park Ji-sung, in his own words, is “in love.”

According to this newspaper, the 32-year-old football star admitted Thursday that the rumors of him dating SBS television announcer Kim Min-ji, 27, since this May were true, at a press conference in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province.

''She is my ideal type. No matter what people say, she is the most lovable person to me,” Park told reporters with a big smile. ''At first, we were just friends. But I started falling for Kim as I realized that she is a very understanding person.’’

Picture of the Day: Prince Karim Agha Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan graduated from Harvard University in 1959 with a BA Honours in Islamic History. In this portrait photo taken in 1958 on the Harvard campus, he is seen in a Harvard University blazer carrying an armful of books.

Copyright: Photo by Hank Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.

Cadet College Skardu - Website

Today, I thought that I should do some volunteer work and for that matter I tried to reach Cadet Collge Skardu (CCS). They have a website but it is not updated nor does it have basic options to reach/contact the school. The only way to contact them - a phone number. Having have a website, I guess there must be an email address or that of a webmaster address so that they can be reached.

I hope that this institution fixes the flaws in website and make it more practical.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Youth Camp for Asia's Future (Apply Now)

2013 Youth Camp for Asia’s Future to be hosted by the Republic of Korea

Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) of the Republic of Korea will host, in collaboration with National Council of Youth Organizations in Korea (NCYOK), 2013 Youth Camp for Asias Future from 12 to 26 August 2013 in Seoul, Gyeongju,Ulsan, Jeju Islands of the Republic of Korea.
The applicants must: be between 18 and 26 years of age (born between  1989 and 1995), speak English with fluency, and have no previous experience of visiting Korea. Students who are majoring in Korea studies or Korean language, have won prizes in Korean language speaking contest or have recommendation letters from his/her own university or organization will be given priority. The successful applicants will be provided round-trip flight ticket, accommodation and meals during the event.

 Application should be made to the Korean Embassy in their respective countries. Required documents, including (A) application form, (B) a photo (or photo file) and (C) a copy of passport, must reach the Korean Embassy NO LATER THAN Thursday, 20 June 2013.

Countries of Participation:

Countries that can participate are:





















Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Medical Waste Used for Making Straws and Kitchen Items.

Medical waste from a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, is being illegally sold off to rubbish collectors and ending up in a range of plastic products.

The Social Security Hospital has blamed junior staff for not ensuring waste is disposed of securely.

Syringes, vials and other plastic materials are being recycled into toys, kitchen items and drinking straws. What could be more dangerous and disgusting.

Details HERE.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monsoons are Here in Korea!


In the last couple of weeks, we faced blistering heat! Temperatures soar to 34 degrees Centigrade - which was much hotter than in Islamabad because Korea is very humid and we have dry heat back home.

It has been raining since last night and monsoons this year have arrived  much earlier. Rain boots, coats and umbrellas are found everywhere.

Monday, June 17, 2013

김민기 가을편지 Lyrics (가사,歌詞) - 1991


가을엔 편지를 하겠어요
ga-eul-en pyeon-ji-leul ha-get-eo-yo-

누구라도 그대가 되어 받아주세요
nu-gu-la-do geu-dae-ga doe-eo bat-a-ju-se-yo-

낙엽이 쌓이는 날
nak-yeob-i ssa-i-neun nal-

외로운 여자가 아름다워요
oe-lo-un yeo-ja-ga a-leum-da-wo-yo-

가을엔 편지를 하겠어요
ga-eul-en pyeon-ji-leul ha-get-eo-yo-

누구라도 그대가 되어 받아주세요
nu-gu-la-do geu-dae-ga doe-eo bat-a-ju-se-yo-

낙엽이 흩어진 날
nak-yeob-i heut-eo-jin nal-

헤매인 여자가 아름다워요
he-mae-in yeo-ja-ga a-leum-da-wo-yo-

가을엔 편지를 하겠어요
ga-eul-en pyeon-ji-leul ha-get-eo-yo-

모든 것을 헤매인 마음 보내드려요
mo-deun geot-eul he-mae-in ma-eum bo-nae-deu-lyeo-yo-

낙엽이 사라진 날
nak-yeob-i sa-la-jin nal-

모르는 여자가 아름다워요
mo-leu-neun yeo-ja-ga a-leum-da-wo-yo-

An entire blog dedicated to Kim Min Gee's work  is HERE.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Ayesha Farooq - Pakistan's Only Female War-ready Fighter Pilot

This is Ayesha Farooq (26 years old) from Pakistan Air Force. She is Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot.

Ayesha Farooq gives the thumb-up sign from the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan.

Ayesha is taller than all the other colleagues... ;-)
See the original post here  and enjoy some great shots!

About Rauf Khaild...

I just found out late last night that Rauf Khaild is no more and it is already a year and a half. I am in a state of shock. I could NOT sleep well. Actually, I was watching Ashir Azeem's interview and when he mentioned Rauf's name so I googled him and could not believe my eye. May his soul rest in peace and may Allah give his family strength to bear this loss. I found the news in Dawn news below:

Renowned television writer-director and actor, Abdul Rauf Khalid, was killed in a road accident when one of the tyres on Khalid’s car burst, fatally overturning his car.

Khalid, a painter, lyricist, speaker and an educationist, was best known for his television screenplays which include Guest House, Angaarwadi, Laaj, as well as a Lollywood film called Laaj.

Rauf Khalid also served as the President and Chancellor of National Institute of Cultural Studies, Lok Virsa in Islamabad.

He had received several awards recognising his work, including the prestigious Pride of Performance award.

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*Please note that Dormitory fee is included in the provision of living expenses.
- Travel Expenses: One round trip flight tickets.
- Cultural field trips, extracurriculum programs are all provided for the student.
■ Qualifications for the Scholarship
- Applicants recommend by the rector (president) of the university graduated or attending. or head of government-approved organizations, companies and art related institutions, etc.
- Applicants with outstanding artistic talents, gifted skills and an excellent academic record.
- Applicants recommended by the government, or ministries, or embassies of Korea or University president or head of art and culture related organization.
** Those who speak Korean language is highly preferred.
■ Eligible Applicant Country
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Kyrgizstan, Tibet, Turkey

Starting from 2013, Africa, Latin and South America countries are included!

Application Form Attached.
Please read some of special departments' eligibility list carefully before you apply.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Internship at Seoul Global Center - Today is the deadline for application

The 12th Seoul Global Internship

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is recruiting international students who are currently studying at Seoul-based universities for its internship program as follows:


  • Eligibility: foreign students who are currently enrolled at a university in Seoul for
    at least one semester (including Korean language program, undergraduate, graduate, or exchange students)
  • Application Period: June 3 (Mon.) –12 (Wed.) 2013 (until 18:00 of June 12)
  • Submission: email at global_intern@seoul.go.kr
    (Download the application form at http://global.seoul.go.kr)
  • Required documents: application form, proof of enrolment, academic transcript
    (Transcript in TOPIK, letter of recommendation, if applicable)

Internship Information

  • Internship Period: June 24 (Mon.) – August 9 (Fri.), 2013 (35 days)
  • Working hours: five days a week, six hours per day (09:00 – 16:00)
    (※Interns should participate in extra group activities for
    a policy suggestion discussion by a group of 4 to 5 on weekend.)
  • Stipend: 30,000won per day (transportation and lunch expenses included)
  • Seat availability: 25 people
  • Result announcement: June 14 (Fri.) 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Seoul Flea Market on June 16th. and 29th.

The Seoul Global Center’s has been hosting the Foreigners’ Flea Market to help expand exchange between foreign residents and Seoul citizens and encourage the recycling of used goods. To sell goods, there is no participation fee, but you must register in advance. Voluntary donations will be accepted and given to charity organizations.
Come and join us in this spirit of sharing!

☞ Sunday Market at Gwanghwamun Square
  • Date & Time: June 16 (Sun.) 2013 from 12 to 4
  • Place: between Gwanghwamun and Sejongno
  • Getting there: Gwanghwamun Station, Line 5, exit #2, 3

☞ Seoul Folk Flea Market in Sinseol-dong
  • Date & Time: June 29 (Sat.) 2013 from 12 to 4
  • Place: Seoul Folk Flea Market
  • Getting there: Sinseol-dong Station, Lines 1 & 2, exit #6, 9, 10

☞ How to Register?

* More detailed information: http://global.seoul.go.kr (02)2075-4180
※ Please note that the event may be cancelled in case of rain.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pakistan Army in Images at Kalpani (Dir)!

Pakistani Army soldiers with the 20th Lancers Armored Regiment, at Kalpani Base atop an 8000-foot mountain in Pakistan's Dir province on the Pakistan-Afghan border. Conditions are terrible! They have to deal with the Talban, the hostile Afghan forces across the border and their ally - the US - who asks for do more!

These men are fighting against Taliban. Pictures were taken in feb ruary 2012 - I hope everyone is O.K!

Read more HERE.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2012/03/pakistani-troops-feel-west-und.html#more#storylink=cpy
Click for some great photos of Pakistan at FLICKR and a Youtube video by Azlan. He travelled through Pakistan for 8 days and took some lovely shots.

Website of CDA (Capital Development Authority)

When I was in Islamabad  - one of the main sources to get numbers and talk to the officials of CDA for complains was their website. Visit this website - you will surely like it and it is helpful in many ways. Moreover, they have upgraded and updated it in recent months.

National Institute of Health (NIH) in Chak Shehzad where my dad worked and where we grew up!
Click here and see some great pictures of Islamabad. Among them is one in which General Ayub Khan (a former dictator/president) is being briefed! Historical pictures of Islamabad chosen by CDA are amazing...almost everything is under construction since Islamabad had nothing but vast, uninhabited land and mountains. I have selected the ones - that have some meaning for me, these places have been the part of my life while growing up there.

GPO, Islamabad in Sector G-6 at Melody

The capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad is located in the northwest of the country on Potohar Plateau. This area has been significant in history for being a part of the crossroads of the Rawalpindi and the North West Frontier Province. The city was built in 1960 to replace Karachi as the Pakistani capital, which it has been since 1963. Due to Islamabad?s proximity to Rawalpindi, they are considered sister cities.

Melody Police Station in G-6

Compared to other cities of the country, Islamabad is a clean, spacious and quiet city with lots of greeneries. The site of the city has a history going back to the earliest human habitations in Asia. This area has seen the first settlement of Aryans from Central Asia, ancient caravans passing from Central Asia, and the massive armies of Tamerlane and Alexander.

Foreign Office (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Islamabad

To the north of the city you will find the Margalla Hills. Hot summers, monsoon rains and cold winters with sparse snowfall in the hills almost summarize the climate of this area. Islamabad also has a rich wildlife ranging from wild boars to leopards.

Islamabad Secretiat and you can see the public transport service - governemt run busus, yes! we used to have buses
 like any normal city, one upon a time,  in Islamabad

After the formation of Pakistan in 1947, it was felt that a new and permanent Capital City had to be built to reflect the diversity of the Pakistani nation. It was considered pertinent to locate the new capital where it could be isolated from the business and commercial activity of the Karachi, and yet is easily accessible from the remotest corner of the country.

Floral Shop in Sector F-6 at one of the ends of Super Market  - across from ICG, F-6/2, it is still there - I saw it in 2012.

  A commission was accordingly set in motion in 1958, entrusted with the task of selecting a suitable site for the new capital with a particular emphasis on location, climate, logistics and defense requirements, aesthetics, and scenic and natural beauty.

There are about a 100 photos , check them out.
Quaid e Azam University under Construction in Islamabad - it needs some attention now w.r.t. rennovation

Paris Jackson Attempted Suicide

A judge overseeing the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children has ordered an inquiry into Paris Jackson's wellbeing after she attempted to kill herself earlier this week.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff asked an investigator to look into the 15-year-old's health and welfare. Details here.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Shahzeb Khan's Killers Sentenced to Death

 An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi sentenced Shahrukh Jatoi, the main accused in the Shahzeb murder case, to death in its verdict . Read the details here at DAWN.

Pictures: Summer in Bundang 2013