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What is it with Korean guys and blow dryers?

The title says it all. I really don’t understand why almost every Korean guy seems to own one… Don’t get  me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with owning a blow dryer; even I own one! I have a simple, yet beautiful blue Conair that looks something like this:

Maybe it’s something we grew up with? I remember interacting with an extended family with many females. They all used blow dryers to dry their hair, so I instinctively used one to do the same ever since I could take showers by myself.

The reason this was brought to my attention was because of one of my suitemates for the summer. Of course he happens to be Korean and owns a blow dryer. I hear it every morning after he takes his shower, and my blow dryer returns the call from my side of the suite after my shower.

It’s funny because when I googled “Korean blow dryer,” this gif came up: comment.

What’s even more disturbing is the fact that this came from a site made up of “Asian Fanfics.” For those of you not familiar with the term, Fanfic = Fan Fiction (i.e. stories of fiction, written by fans). No, these aren’t fanfics of Asian origin or anything… These are fanfics about Asians. Someone out there must really, really like Asians (fetish, if you will) if they have the time to write stories about Asian people and the Asian things they do.

Here’s a link to the story this gif came from:

I think it’s something like a homoerotic story about two Korean guys….and it involves a blow dryer somehow. Don’t bother asking me what it’s about cause I was thoroughly creeped out and only stayed long enough on the site to take the gif.


2011 In Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,100 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

not-so great expectations

I don’t like to dream too big so that I fall short of my expectations. I’d rather become happy from doing better than I expected. Even landing among the stars requires a period of falling. So why not hop from one star to the next? Maybe someday you’ll reach the moon.

Take a Step Back

When you take a step back and place your life on hold, something amazing happens. Strip yourself of your comfort, your friends, your livelihood — just about anything that makes it your usual life. You see a new world and a new place below the stars. You build your life from the beginning and call on the only thing you own: your instinct. A new-found, almost primal instinct comes out to show you what’s really going on behind all the layers that you placed within your life. Take a step back, and you will understand what is important to you.

And when you come back, you’ll understand what a mess you’ve created. Come back to the reality of your life, and see through these new eyes. What has spiraled out of control? What has crashed, and what has burned? What has led from one thing to another to the point where you can’t turn back? Take a step back, and you’ll see that there is nothing you can do to change what’s been done.

Think positive thoughts!

I think we owe it to ourselves to think positively at all times. Life is stressful enough as it already is…why bother adding onto our seemingly never-ending list of worries? Humans weren’t built to be under a constant barrage of stress at all times. Even evolutionarily, humans developed specific coping systems, such as the adrenal glans and psychological defense mechanisms, to get through particularly tough situations. It’s no use though if we have them permanently on cause that will only drain us and make us weaker.

If anything, this summer has taught me that it is key to deal with all the extra emotional baggage inside of you instead of just sweeping them under the carpet and hoping they will go away. I guess these past few weeks I’ve been especially…uh…sensitive? to particular stressors in my life. I would often get nightmares when I went to sleep and had to deal with very uncomfortable situations in them — things like this only continue to build up inside.

I’ve realized that it’s a great idea to just purge all the negatives out of your life whenever possible before they cling on and fester. Harboring the bad thoughts won’t bring any good, and in the end, it might affect not only yourself but also the people around you. The first step for me always lies in just figuring out what it is that I’m having issues with. Once identified, it helps to see the issue in relation and in context to the rest of your life. Sometimes, the reasons turn out to be rather childish or stupid and makes me laugh that those kinds of things still bother me so much. At other times, they turn out to be genuine injustices. But there’s not much that can be done about it.

There are so many things in our lives that we simply cannot control. I think our generation has a problem with having to know things on demand; we have such a problem with ambiguity. Most of the time, we just have to let things play out and make do with what we have. But instead of going ahead with this “half-empty” mindset, I think counting my blessings really help me. I know, it sounds pretty corny. When it all comes down to it, sometimes it’s good to just sit down and genuinely think about all the good that we have. To be honest, I don’t think I ever do that, but recently it seems to be imperative.

You really can’t hope to have a happy life if you never appreciate what you’ve already been given.
Let’s all be happles :3


It’s funny where the path of life can take us all. I feel like sometimes we don’t appreciate the complexity of it. There are certain roads that will lead us to many different places with many different people. Our paths might lie in the same direction with others for the time being, so we may choose to travel together. More than likely, there will come a time when that highway comes to a fork in the road and divides into two once again. If we’re lucky, we might be able to join together again in the near future. Sometimes, this doesn’t happen and we are left to wonder why. There isn’t always a clear reason, but maybe the two paths grew too far apart. If we back track, there might be a fleeting moment of touch, but in the end things won’t always be the same. In other cases, there are those roads that may have briefly crossed at one point or another but never quite ran together. Those people that come in and out of our lives may have some influence in the direction we’re headed, as theirs may have a similar objective, but in the end it all comes down to where we’re headed.

night time lights

It’s nights like this when I feel so small in this big world. In the overwhelming darkness of night, the few pockets of light are the glowing windows of others in the buildings around me. From another perspective, I am just another window. For us, a lifetime of experiences, struggles, and happiness is all but insignificant when compared to the sheer number of lives shared on this immense Earth. We’re all too preoccupied with our own happenings to notice that it might actually be the same for others. Yet untapped this opportunity may go because for us, one life is all we can handle, at least in this life. And so we will walk, further ingrained in our own pathways. One light struggling to keep a place, an existence, in the darkness that threatens to conquer us all.