Thursday, December 12, 2013

Korea Ah Sa!

Wow I have not updated this blog in a long time.

Well its time for a bit of an update. We spent a year in India, and it was a lot of fun and of course we faced some tough spots. I would say that living in India takes a lot of patience. Of course I am refering to tech when I say this. I have found that I rely on the internet for communication, news, education, and entertainment. I had to live wth a much slower internet connection but I learned that 2mbps isn't all that bad all. Its not super but you can still stream videos reasonably well...not full HD but 720 seems to stream at watchable rates.

When we were in Hyderabad...WOW is all I can say. They have fiber optic lines, so we got the fastest available at that time which was 16mbs (almost 1.8MB/s) and I was in heaven! They do still have data caps which really suck! However, when you reach ur limit your pulled down to 6mps which is very reasonable. One company Airtel they are going to offer the same service in Lucknow 3500 rupees a month for 16mps (the max bandwith they are offering), however once you hit your limit they drop you to 256kbs.....WHAT?!?!?!?! Going from a whopping 16mbs to 256kbs is so unfair....they are forcing people to buy more bandwith.

So I was suprised to learn that 2mbs seems like the sweet spot for enjoying the internet.

Dealing with family taught me a lot as well. We went through ups and downs but came through it all in good shape. I really had a great time spending time with my brothers in law. We always had great conersations, and we were able to learn about each other. It was awesome! Jitu and I had some really wonderful conversations I miss them a lot. They live pretty far away so meeting with him was a special thing. Goldy and I became great pals, and enjoyed more time together. I hope that they will visit Korea I woud love show them Korea, and perhaps in the future we could all take a road trip across America.

Back in Korea its actually much better this time around. What I mean is our apartment is MUCH closer to the institute like 5 minutes walking..or maybe 7 minutes? I LOVE THAT! When I buy a car I will use it only 2-3 days week, not everyday and have to worry how gasoline prices.

Our diet has improved a lot since the last time we were in Korea. We meals that are smaller in portion size, aviod preprocessed foods and I feel great. I will ask Yogi to post some pictures on our blog.

I am a technophile so I have to meantion the internet...we are back at 100mbs.....ABOUT TIME. Its awesome!

I will breifly describe what internet speeds like that really mean. 100mbps doesnt mean that your webpages will load super fast. In fact a good (low latency) 2-4mbs connection will load a content rich  webpage at about the same time. You will barely notice any differance between a 4mbs connection and a 100mbs one.

What you will notice and what it important to me is crazy fast downloads, super smooth streaming video in full HD, updates for games, and programs are a hassle. If your gamer you know those patches can get really BIG like 2-4gigs. If you use a torrent you can usually get max download speeds for these files. When I download a game client I try to see if they offer options like torrents, or if I use download acceraters (these make it possible to use ur full bandwith by splitting the download up like a torrent so instead o 1 2MB/s download you will 2MB/s x 4  = 8MB/s. Still torrents with a good number of seeders cant be beat!

wow that was not breif at all! LOL


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Crunch time and a bit of a recap!

Well first I need to sum some of our activities....I really need to update our blog more.

Aunt Goodie past away in Dec. very suddenly and what a heart wrenching time it was. My own mother having passed away not too long ago made it even more painful. Aunt Goodie was planning her son's wedding and she made special plans for it. It would have been amazing.

From what I remember of her she was always accepting, and had a ready smile. She accepted me as a brother even though I'm American. She even started to learn English in order to communicate better with me.

The wedding was 2 days was most unpleasant. Goodies husband must have canceled all of the special arrangements that were made. I will not go into detail here but I do not want to speak with him again.

Now we are at another cross roads. With the wedding behind us now (it was perhaps one of the major events of this year). We can now focus on the next step we ought to take. Should we return to Korea at least for a short term basis (1-2 years), or settle here and obtain work. With my PIO status I have the option to going to and working in India (with out a visa!) I should thank Mike again for helping with my birth certificate, that was alone the most challenging document to obtain because of Korea's restrictive policies on issuing global debit cards to foreigners. Once I again I should thank Omorro for helping us over years with his debit card!

So here we are...I  have PIO status, and we are going to be setting up interviews early next week in India. Mean while we will contact Mrs Cho and see if she needs us to  return.

I have been traveling around Uttar Predesh, and took a trip to New Delhi (jeyo's passport needed renewing).

So it feels to good to be at this point....the option to work and live in 3 different countries. It is part of something I have always wanted to do since I traveled to England in 1999. It is nice to be doing what you enjoy and not be locked into doing something your unhappy with. (another note to working in Gunsan)

Ok I will post some pictures now...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The train station mission

Tonight it looks like I will have another long night. We will go to the train station to pick up my Goldy and Abu......buuut their train is running really late so we will have to be there at 11pm assuming that the train can arrive by even that time. The original time was 8pm. I'm glad because I really missed them even though they were only 275km away. HOwever, note to self....take a plane if trains might be running late (usually in the winter). 

Ok I have to go back down stairs.....oh yeah....its 2013....WOW I guess those idiots were wrong when they said that the world end in Dec. 


p.s im not missing soju.....what I get in fine!