Sunday, May 31, 2009

Japan Apologizes for Bataan Death March

Yesterday, the Japanese ambassador to Japan, on the behalf of the Japanese government, issued an apology for the Bataan Death March during World War II. According to the report, the ambassador apologized in person to the 73 remaining veterans who were involved in the march.

I can't believe there are only 73 veterans left from this event. Additionally, I don't think that a whole lot of people know of what transpired during the 68 mile march. I'll refer you to Wikipedia for that.

Anyway, this is big news to me because I grew up hearing about this war crime. During my 2003 visit back home, my extended family and I were swimming near the Bataan area, and I convinced them to stop by the memorial. Atop Mt. Samat, is a large cross, which serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives there. I would upload actual pictures but my old pc crashed.. Alas, we neglected to visit the war museum near the cross.

Fantasy Baseball Update

After stumbling out of the gates in the first month of the fantasy baseball season, I believe that I have gotten things in control now. The biggest factor in my slow start is probably the most stressful last month of school I ever had.

But now, I can take my time, analyze (sometimes over-analyze) and make solid decisions for my team. I am now 2nd place in my division, and at my current pace, take the division lead in a couple of weeks.

Biggest Acquisitions (players i picked up from the free agent pool):

-Marco Scutaro: due to the injury and subsequent struggles of Stephen Drew, I found this player to be solid.

-David Aardsma: Up until this afternoon, he has converted every save opportunity. I did not draft starting pitchers very well, so I try to offset the lack of K's and Wins with saves and a lower ERA.

-Juan Pierre: since Manny's suspension, this guy has been hitting over .400 and provides me with the stolen bases that I desperately need. Probably the best pickup so far.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tensions with North Korea

I am following any developments in this story very closely, as it may affect my job aspirations in S.Korea. I found this breakdown of military forces from BBC and thought it was very interesting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

English Teaching Concerns in Korea

I decided that I wanted to teach English in Asia shortly after my December 2009 graduation. I narrowed down the location to South Korea because schools and other institutions there provide you with housing accomodations. This would allow me to save money and enjoy my time there as well.

I have started this procedure by contacting a third party agency. promptly returned my inquiries and provides very useful information on their site.

According to their website, it is harder to place non-Caucasians. This is due to the homogeneity of Korea's population, and they often associate English speakers with being Caucasian.. which by the way, I am not. I hope this is just me freaking out like I usually do, and hopefully I will be successfully placed.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Look out for me on Twitter, as I have began to use it more frequently recently. I have a 3.2 megapixel camera on my phone, so twitpic is now my new favorite twitter tool. Click on the twitter sidebar on the right, and follow me!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A True Renaissance Man

I read a report on Cbssports, that Shaquille O'Neal is enrolled in a crash course in broadcasting at Syracuse University, a school renown for its sports broadcasting. According to the article, he even scored the first interview with former Duke guard turned football player, Greg Paulus.

So in addition to being a basketball player, thespian, law enforcer, and rapper, Shaq will very soon add sportscaster to his extensive resume.