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What to Do This Weekend: Trivia, Professional Development, and Live Music!

Hello Gwangju!

Did you enjoy the day off this week? It makes the wait for the weekend even shorter! Let’s see what’s happening in our city.

Thursday, June 7th

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Want to start your weekend off in a healthy way? The GIC has just the thing for you, Zumba! Zumba is a fun filled cardio class that is open to all levels. You’ll want to wear some comfortable clothes, and you’ll need a towel because you will work up a sweat.   When you get involved with the Zumba class you’ll feel energized, and ready for the weekend ahead. The class begins at 7:00 p.m., and it goes for an hour. It is taught by certified instructor Thando Mlambo. If you need more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

It’s time for another night of trivia at Speakeasy! Wait a minute, trivia? Two weeks in a row? That’s right! Since the World Cup kicks off soon, and Speakeasy will be showing a lot of the games, there will be another session of questions and answers this week. It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you can play with up to 5 of your friends. If you don’t have a team then that isn’t a problem. You can find one to join when you arrive. The second place team wins their money back, and the first place team wins the rest. To get more details, please visit Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Friday, June 8th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Friday night is the only weekly open mic night, and it takes place at Loft 28. If you want to participate, then all you have to do is bring your own instrument and Loft will take care of the rest. In case you need any more encouragement, all performers will receive one free drink. Make sure you get there early so you can try some of the delicious food on their menu. Open mic will begin at 10:00 p.m., and if you need more details then please go to their Facebook page.  Friday nights at Tequilaz is hopping because of their popular specials! They have tacos for 3,000 won each to start things off. With those delicious tacos you can enjoy drafts for 12,000 won. They also have unlimited rail cocktails for 20,000 won. All specials are cash only please, and they last from 9:00 p.m., until midnight. For more info, please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, June 9th

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

The Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter of KOTESOL is a great way to improve your professional development. They meet once a month at Gwangju National University of Education. There will be two interesting workshops where you are sure to pick up some tips that you can use in your classroom. You will also get a chance to meet, and network with fellow teachers. For complete details about the meeting, please follow this link. You can also get info by going to their Facebook page. The meeting will start at 1:45 p.m., and it is free to attend.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

There will be another great night of music happening at Speakeasy! The Monday Feeling will be returning to the stage. Their multiple perfromances here show that they are a favorite of Gwangju music fans. You’ll also definitely want to be around for the opening band because it will be local favorites Malarkey! It will be a great double bill of music in town. The concert will start at 10:30 p.m., but make sure you get there early to take advantage of the happy hour specials which run from 7:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m. If you need more info, please go to their Facebook page.

Sunday, June 9th

Dana Han, the winner of this year’s Michael Simning Community Builder Award, will be leading a workshop on nonviolent communication today at the GIC. The workshop will run from 1:00 p.m., until 3:30 p.m. If you need more details, please check out the Gwangju page on Facebook.

Coming Up!

World Cup on the big screen!

Pen in Ten!


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If you have been out of the loop the 2018 FIFA World cup kicks off next week!


South Korean football coach Shin Tae Yong said Monday his training plans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are almost completed. The National team is currently training in Leogang, Austria, with 23 players on the final roster. The team will be captained by Gwangju born Ki Sung Yong!


The Korea Football Association (KFA) cut three players, Kim Jin Su, Lee Chung Yong and Kwon Kyung Won from their provisional roster of 26 after playing two friendly matches at home. South Korea beat Honduras 2-0 , but fell 3-1 to Bosnia and Herzegovina last week.


While in Austria, South Korea will play two friendly matches before flying to their World Cup base camp in St. Petersburg on June 12th.

The Taeguk Warriors will take on Bolivia this Thursday (6.7) and play a closed match against Senegal next Monday.

South Korea is in World Cup Group F with Sweden, Mexico and current holders of the World Cup trophy, Germany.

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(Photos courtesy of the FIFA 2018 World Cup website and Korean Football Association Twitter)


Essentials with JD #372 **63RD MEMORIAL DAY**


Korea is marking its 63rd Memorial Day today with an official ceremony at the Daejeon National Cemetery.

Some 10,000 people, including veterans, police, and firefighters gathered there this morning to remember those who served the country.

The event just began at 9:50 a.m. followed by an air raid siren that will go off at 10 a.m. for one minute of silence.

Drivers are being encouraged to pull over and stop their vehicle during that time in order to observe the moment of remembrance.

A separate ceremony organized by Gwangju City will be held at the HyunChong tower in Gwangju Park

Memorial ceremonies are also scheduled in different cities, counties and districts across the country.




The 2019 Gwangju World Aquatics Championship Organizing Committee conducted a familiarization tour for domestic master-level swimmers last Saturday to Sunday.

The tour invited some 30 swimmers and provided them with necessary information to take part in the 2019 FINA Masters Competition.

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The group also took part in the 2018 Bitgoeul Masters Swimming Competition and enjoyed their time in water with other swimmers from all over the country.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Gwangju World Aquatics Championship will take place from July 12th to 28th and Masters Competition will be held from August 5th to 18th in participation of some 15,000 swimmers and officials from 200 countries.

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One benefit of shooting film is that it allows for a slight pause before a commitment is made to trip the shutter. If using 35mm film, the scene which attracts the eye often must prove its scenic worth to warrant a 1/36nd glimpse into the day of he/she who shoots. While each roll contains only several dozen exposures, it is nevertheless all-to-easy to commit oneself to a moment of light. As the roll winds down, it is also useful to have a smartphone or other pocketable digital camera at the ready, just in case the scene does not yet warrant a precious exposure. Therefore, similarities can be found with the photo-taking process when making decisions when choosing images for this blog.

I often look back at photos taken several weeks before, and to my dismay realize that what had seemed interesting, like a turd on the sidewalk in the shape of the Falkland’s, or a leaf stuck in a passerby’s hair carried only marginal weight to withstand the interest of time passed. Such was my fear when devoting one of my film camera’s precious frames to the outstretched hands of a woman who stood fascinated with smartphone camera pointed at the sky. I devoted several seconds to the unassuming leaves which canopied the trail on which we both stood. Could it be a rare bird? Or, perhaps it was a newly formed leaf or an Airbus in rapid freefall towards the lens? I never did find out. However, this moment of slight regression allowed a new sight to emerge. For, only when my anticipation shrunk from its peak could my eyes rest on her phone pointed upwards towards something I would never know, or at this point care to know. At this moment, the shutter snapped open, then immediately shut on a moment of naked visualizing. From her to her subject, and from my old Contax to her to Samsung smartphone, this remains a photoworthy scene.


[Image taken with a Contax T2 shooting Afga Vista 200. Just in case any of you readers are unaware, after a long and storied history, Afga has recently announced that this cheap and saturated film has been discontinued. So, buy the last few rolls while you can!]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)