2017 Reading Dairy Part 3!

SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER

September began just as I was about a third of the way through the eighth and most recent Outlander novel entitled Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

On September 2, I completed part 2 and decided to delay reading the rest. I would like to keep going, but I also want to draw out the story for as long as possible as there is still no release date for the next book in the series. The author, Diana Gabaldon, has posted excerpts from it, so it’s well an truly on the way, but she warned readers not to expect publication this year. Hence, I’ll take temporary leave from the epic tale of Clair Fraser to diminish the waiting time should book 8 end on a cliffhanger. Continue reading “2017 Reading Dairy Part 3!”

TNKR on Arirang TV’s Heart to Heart

I make a few very brief appearances via a few photographs in this Arirang TV piece which focuses on Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), an NGO I’ve been volunteering with for several years now. Cofounders and friends Casey Lartigue Jnr. and Lee Eunkoo discuss founding the NGO and how it operates to serve the needs of the growing defector community. In the photo below the video, I’m working with Sharon who told part of her story to The Daily Mail a couple of years ago.

August 2017 Fitness Diary!

Tuesday, August 1: August started well with 10 street kilometers and a late-night weights and cardio workout: chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, sides, and abs. The cardio session was a steep 13-minutes. (Cumulative Total: 13)

Wednesday, August 2: Just a decent amount of walking today. Approx 10 kilometers, and it was hot. Continue reading “August 2017 Fitness Diary!”

Photobucket in the News & Dead Links

July 7, 2017: Amazon, eBay Images Held to ‘Ransom’ by Photobucket

Well, Photobucket went just from free to $400 a year overnight with pretty much no notice, so if you see lots of dead photo links like the one below on this blog and my other sites, that’s why. I do hope to swap the dead links for live alternatives – and I just did that in a few posts – but it’s going to be a long, tedious, and arduous process, and I hate long, tedious, and arduous processes. Slow and steady wins the race, but it’s going to be a long, tedious, and arduous race. Thanks Photobucket.

July 2017 Fitness Diary!

Saturday, July 1: The month began with a weights session (lats, back, biceps, and calves) followed by a steep 22-minute treadmill session. I also walked about 12 kilometers as part of my new be-more-active-outside-the-gym initiative. (Cumulative Total: 22)

Sunday, July 2: Total rest day partly due to the rain.

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Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR)Prince Party Fundraiser!

I’m really excited and proud to be performing at and hosting a fundraising event for TNKR, an NGO I’ve been volunteering at for well over two years now. My band is playing; plus, the event provides me opportunity to perform with some of my many musical friends beyond my band mates. I’m also really appreciative of the fact Cherie Yang, winner of TNKR’s fifth speech contest, will be speaking at the event.

Continue reading “Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR)Prince Party Fundraiser!”

June 2017 Fitness Diary!

Thursday, June 1: I started the month with an 82-minute treadmill session. My original plan was for a short treadmill session and then an intense weights session, but the treadmill didn’t let me go. (Cumulative Total: 82)

Friday, June 2: Just an evening weights session: back, lats, biceps, calves, sides, abs, and lower back. Continue reading “June 2017 Fitness Diary!”

KBS TV Korea: Bring My Father Home

Mr. Hwang’s ongoing crusade to have his father, pictured above with a very young Mr. Hwang, released from North Korea some 50 years after his plane was hijacked by a North Korean sleeper agent was the focus of a KBS1 report that aired on Saturday May 13.

I spoke about my involvement with the NGO Teach North Korean Refugees and its efforts to help Mr. Hwang raise awareness of what is almost a forgotten crime. My contribution primarily involves the accompanying Bring My Father Home website and its English language blog which functions as an archive of related articles dating back to December 11, 1969, the day of the hijacking.

The 8-minute show can be viewed here, but as it’s a Korean site, Internet Explorer is the best browser to use. The video doesn’t play when viewed through Chrome.