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Friday, September 30, 2011

NEWS: A trek across South Korea filled with 'small joys'

By Jung-yoon Choi, originally posted on LATimes.com 26 Sept 2011

A backpacker discovers the beauty of her homeland
through its people during a 35-day walk from
the southwest to the northeast
that also brought her closer to her mother.

The hill appeared out of the mist, taunting me. Soaked in sweat and an entire day's rain, lugging a 40-pound backpack, I could hardly see through my fogged-up lenses. But what I could see, I didn't like.

Seven hours earlier, I had started a solo walk across my native land, dreaming of seeing the real South Korea. It was nearly dark when I reached the imposing hill. What lay on the other side — more forest? I had to find someplace to stay for the night, but where? Then, a tougher question: Could I handle the real thing?

*

I had left South Korea in 2002, when I was 16, to study in the U.S. I loved the English language and wanted to be surrounded by it.

In all, I spent seven years in Washington state, always thinking of how hard my family worked to pay for my college education.

Whenever I felt homesick, I'd visit my school's East Asia library and read Korean books. The written Korean language was a big comfort, but what I loved most were the travel books that described the beauty and mystery of the landscape, people and culture.

I resolved that when I returned home, I would walk across South Korea to learn firsthand about my homeland and how I fit into the culture as a modern woman who had seen a bit of the world.

Once home, however, the fantasy shattered. If I represented the new Korea, my mother embodied the old one. "I regret the day I sent you abroad," she fumed. "I can't stand your selfishness!"

I surrendered my dream and got a job as a translator. But hectic Seoul was all about traffic jams and overcrowded subways. I wanted to find the South Korea I'd read about back in the East Asia library.

After nine months, I gave my mother the news: I wanted to hear the dialects change as I crossed from one region to another, taste the different spiciness of its dishes, meet uniquely Korean characters.

On a May morning in 2010, I began a diagonal trek from the country's southwestern corner to a northeastern point at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The 400-mile trip that would have taken eight hours by bus took me 35 days.

*

I thought of quitting so many times. But then something good would happen: My feet blistered, I'd find a church or some stranger to take me in. Not everyone was kind — some turned me away. But with those who did, I formed an overnight bond I'd like to call friendship.

Along the way, I took in South Korea's beauty with all my senses. I'll never forget the ammonia-like taste of fermented skate, a fish wrapped in kimchi and pork belly that I shared with Vietnamese mail-order brides, or the rural markets with their scents of toasted sesame seeds and steamy rice cakes fresh from the pot.

I discovered my homeland through its people. Many stopped their cars to offer a ride, snack or even money. Some suspected I was a North Korean spy. Old women chastised me for running around and not getting married. But others told me that they admired me.

One day, I walked into a temple asking for a bed overnight and ended up staying five days. To repay my hosts' kindness, I helped with the dishes. I remember one woman there whose life seemed carved out of another time. She was simple, with no children, but had a lovely, knowing smile. For the Buddha's birthday, we helped make 700 bowls of mixed rice sitting next to each other on tiny stools.

She told me that even the rural life had its complications, which she hoped her faith would help her solve.

"Buddha's got my back," she said.

Every day, I collected small joys. When the going got too hard, I lay down, looked up at the sky and played my ukulele. I chewed on dried prunes and shared them with the ants. Eventually, I'd get the strength to move on.

On my last day, I stood at the DMZ and gazed into North Korea. It was so strange; everything looked the same, yet the lives of its citizens were vastly different. I thought about my grandparents, former rice merchants in Pyongyang, now the northern capital, who emigrated south during the Korean War. I was grateful for the life I was granted, being born on this side of the line.

*

I arrived back in Seoul at night. The bus station was filled with women with doll-like makeup and pointy heels, men in skinny jeans clutching their iPhones. There I was with my giant backpack, tanned and dirty, but feeling strangely renewed. I had discovered that I am a product of both the new and old Korea.

I also carved out a new relationship with my mother. Near the end of my journey, she drove five hours to meet me. She hugged me and said something that gave the whole adventure meaning: She was proud of me.

Choi is a news assistant in The Times' Seoul bureau.
Word List:

  • mist = a mass of small drops of water in the air close to the ground
  • to taunt = to shout cruel things at someone in order to make them angry or upset
  • to lug = to carry or move something with difficulty because it is very heavy
  • solo = doing something alone
  • imposing = large and impressive
  • homesick = feeling sad and alone because you are far from home
  • to resolve = to make a firm decision to do something
  • fantasy = a state or situation that is not true or real
  • to shatter = to break suddenly into a lot of small pieces
  • to embody = to be the best possible example of a particular idea, quality, or principle, especially a good one
  • dialects = a way of speaking a language that is used only in a particular area or by a particular group
  • firsthand = gained by doing something yourself
  • mail-order bride = a woman brought from another country to be married, usually in return for a payment to a company that makes such arrangements
  • rural = typical of the countryside
  • to chastise = to criticize someone
  • complications = something that makes a process or activity more difficult to do, deal with, or understand
  • ukelele = a musical instrument with four strings, similar to a small guitar
  • to clutch = to hold someone or something firmly, for example because you are afraid or in pain, or do not want to lose them
  • renewed = feeling healthy, relaxed, and full of energy again after an illness or a period of being tired

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MUSIC: You Make Me Feel...


Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel... ft. Sabi

La la la la la
La la na na na
La la la la la
La la na na na

[Verse 1]

Girl I’ve been all over the world
Looking for you
I’m known for taking what I think I deserve
And you’re overdue

And if you listen you can hear me through the radio
In that bright white noise
What I been missing in my life
What I been dreaming of
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be

[Sabi]

Everything you want so let me get up there
I’m the baddest baby in the atmosphere
Tell me what you want so we can do just what you like

[Chorus]

You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You, you make me feel that

[Verse 2]

Get a little closer to me girl
And you’ll understand
‘Cause if you want a guy that knows what you need
Well, then I’m your man

And if I listen I can hear you through my radio
In that bright white noise
What I been missing in my life
What I been dreaming of
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be

[Sabi]
Everything you want so let me get up there
I’m the baddest baby in the atmosphere
Tell me what you want so we can do just what you like

Ooh
Everything you know I’m flipping upside down
Take you ’round the world
You know I like it loud
Tell me what you want ’cause we can do just what you like

[Chorus]

You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel, oh
La la la la la
You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel, oh
La la la la la

Put your hands up
Put your hands up
Let the lights drop
Let the lights drop
Make my world stop
Make my world stop

La la la la la
La la na na na
You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel, oh
La la la la la
You make me feel that
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel that
La la la la la

Monday, September 26, 2011

NEWS: Mongolia eyes 50% stake in key Oyu Tolgoi project

Originally posted at BBC.co.uk on 26 Sept 2011

An increase in mining activity is expected
to boost Mongolia's economy
in the coming years
Mongolia is seeking greater control of one the biggest mining projects in the country, which is being developed by Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines.

The government said it wants to raise its stake in the Oyu Tolgoi project to 50% from 34%.

According to the original contract signed in 2009, Mongolia can increase its stake only after 30 years.

When completed, the project is expected to account for as much as 5% of Mongolia's gross domestic product.

"At this moment the government has made the decision that we will send the proposal to renegotiate the time frame with which to increase the Mongolian portion to 50%", Dashdorj Zorigt, Mongolia's mining minister said.

Changing framework

The project, developing what is expected to be one of the world's biggest copper mines, has seen huge investment being made by Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines.

Analysts believe the companies are likely to raise objections to the government's proposal.

"They developed a project based on a certain economic framework which is now going to change," Gavin Wendt of Mine Life told the BBC.

"The consequences of this will be significant," he added.

Cameron McRae of Rio Tinto said while the company was willing to hold talks with the Mongolian government, it expected the current terms and conditions to be honoured.

"What we are demonstrating is that the investment agreement is a contract, and we are going to honour our commitment and expect the government to honour its commitments," he said.

However, analysts warned that it will be a tricky situation for the mining companies.

"They don't want to jeopardise their existing investment by upsetting the government," Mine Life's Mr Wendt said.

'Resource nationalism'

Analysts said the Mongolian government's decision was not a surprising one, given that countries were looking to have a bigger control over their natural resources.

"There is a worldwide trend over the last 12 months of growing resource nationalism," said Mr Wendt.

Jonathan Barratt of Commodity Broking added that authorities were doing this to ensure that a greater share of profits from the country's resources passed into the economy.

"You can either tax them [the mining companies] on royalties or you can become their partner," Mr Barratt said.

However analysts said the government's move could backfire if companies become wary of investing in the country.

"It is concerning not only for Rio and Ivanhoe, but also for all of the major companies that are establishing mines in Mongolia," Mine Life's Mr Wendt said.

"It's going to add to uncertainty, to costs of developing projects and companies don't like that."


Word List:
  • to seek = to ask for something, or to try to get something
  • stake = the part of a business that you own because you have invested money in it
  • gross domestic product = the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year, except for income received from money invested in other countries. It is often simply called GDP.
  • time frame = the period of time during which something happens or must happen
  • to raise = to mention something so that it can be discussed
  • objection = a statement that shows that you disagree with a plan, or a reason for your disagreement
  • framework = a system of rules, laws, agreements, etc. that establish the way that something operates in business, politics, or society
  • consequence = a result or effect of something
  • significant = very large or noticeable, very important
  • to hold = to have something
  • terms = the conditions of a legal, business, or financial agreement that the people making it accept
  • tricky = difficult to do
  • to jeopardize = to risk damaging or destroying something important
  • trend = a gradual change or development that produces a particular result
  • to ensure = to make certain that something happens or is done
  • royalties = a payment that someone such as a writer or musician gets each time their work is sold or performed
  • backfire = if a plan or idea backfires, it has the opposite effect of the one that you wanted

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MV: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows 1

Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned


...and repel the forces that seek to take it from you.
  • to repel = to force someone who is attacking to move back or to stop attacking
  • to seek = to try to get something
Bill takes his steaks on the raw side now.
  • raw = raw food has not been cooked, or has not been thoroughly cooked
All right. We'll have time for a cozy catch-up later.
  • cozy = warm and comfortable, and making you feel relaxed
That way, if anyone's out there waiting for us, and I reckon there will be...
  • to reckon = [British] to believe that something is true
Imagine if something went wrong, and we ended up a scrawny, specky git forever.
  • scrawny = very thin, in a way that is not attractive or healthy
  • specky = [slang] specticles = glasses
  • git = [British] an insulting word for a stupid or annoying person
Technically, I've been coerced.
  • to be coerced = to make someone do something by using force or threats
Nip it, Mundungus.
  • Nip it = [slang] “stop what your doing/saying before it gets worse”
Blimey, Hermione.
  • blimey = [British] used for expressing surprise
It tastes like goblin piss.
  • piss = [slang] urine
Bill, look away. I'm hideous.
  • hideous = very ugly or frightening in appearance
Head for the Burrows. We'll rendezvous there.
  • to head for = to go in a particular direction
  • to rendezvous = to meet at a particular time and place that you have arranged
My rucksack with all my things, I've left it at the Burrow.
  • rucksack = backpack
It's better we wipe their memories.
  • to wipe (their memories) = to erase
I'm a purveyor of rare and wondrous objects.
  • purveyor = a person who provides information, ideas, or products
you found a locket, am I right?
  • locket = a piece of jewelry that consists of a very small case that you wear around your neck on a chain. People often keep a photograph of someone who they love inside a locket.
There I was, flogging me wares in Diagon Alley...
  • “flogging me wares” = [British slang] selling my merchandise
Says she's a mind to lock me up.
  • “she's a mind” = [British] thinking about
...but Ron got splinched.
  • to be splinched = [story word] what occurs when a witch or wizard disappears unsuccessfully, leaving part of his or her clothes or body behind in their former location. The degree of splinching can range from minimal, such as loss of hair, to life-threatening, such as loss of flesh or muscle, though the damage is usually repairable.
I don't fancy another visit like the one we had in Shaftesbury Avenue, do you?
  • to fancy = [British] to like
Actually, I'm highly logical, which allows me to look past extraneous detail...
  • extraneous = not relating to the subject or situation that you are dealing with
...and perceive clearly that which others overlook.
  • to perceive = to notice or realize something
Look, if you've got something to say, don't be shy. Spit it out.
  • “Spit it out.” = telling someone to hurry and say something when they are too nervous or embarrassed to say it
We're all weeping now...Weeping because
  • to weep = to cry
How long do you reckon she'll stay mad at me?
  • to reckon = [old slang] to think
It keeps cropping up.
  • to crop up = to happen suddenly or unexpectedly
...where he took the stone and turned it thrice in hand.
  • thrice = [old English] three
...but surely you must know I no longer have what you seek.
  • to seek = to look for
Shell Cottage on the outskirts of Tinworth.
  • outskirts = near the outside (of the town)
Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.
  • to maim = to injure someone seriously, especially permanently


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NEWS: Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery

Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery
That Baffled AIDS Researchers For Years
By Leslie Horn – originally posted at PCMag Sept 19, 2011

In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.

Using an online game called Foldit, players were able to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that plays a critical role in the way HIV multiplies. Unlocking the build of the protein could theoretically aid scientists in developing drugs that would stop protease from spreading.

“Following the failure of a wide range of attempts to solve the crystal structure of M-PMV retroviral protease by molecular replacement, we challenged players of the protein folding game Foldit to produce accurate models of the protein,” the study reads. “Remarkably, Foldit players were able to generate models of sufficient quality for successful molecular replacement and subsequent structure determination. The refined structure provides new insights for the design of antiretroviral drugs.”

Developed by researchers at the University of Washington, Foldit turns scientific problems into competitive games. Players were charged with using spatial and critical thinking skills to build 3D models of protease. Few of these players had any kind of background in biochemistry.

According to Fox, it took players a matter of days to come up with models that were solid enough for researchers to translate into scientific rendering of the protein.

“People have spatial reasoning skills, something computers are not yet good at,” Foldit’s lead designer Seth Cooper said in a statement. “Games provide a framework for bringing together the strengths of computers and humans.”

Foldit has not only made this breakthrough with AIDS research, but it has also aided in Cancer and Alzheimer’s research. To download the game, go to Fold.it

Word List:
  • to baffle = if a problem, someone’s behavior, etc. baffles you, you cannot understand it or solve it
  • to decipher = to understand something mysterious or confusing
  • key = important
  • to stump = if you are stumped by something, you cannot explain or answer it
  • breakthrough = a discovery or achievement that comes after a lot of hard work
  • to predict = to say what you think will happen in the future
  • to generate = to make
  • sufficient = as much as is needed
  • subsequent = happening or coming after something else
  • refined = small changes made to something in order to improve it
  • insight = a chance to understand something or learn more about it
  • to charge = to give a task
  • solid enough” = “good enough”
  • spatial = relating to the size, shape, and position of things, and the relation of objects to each other in space

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NEWS: Why All Roads Lead to Mongolia

By By Steven Borowiec, originally posted by The Diplomat Sept 14, 2011

Mongolians have long dismissed their country as a pony between two elephants. But a wealth of natural resources could change that.

In the past month, Mongolia has played host to an impressive succession of visiting world leaders, including senior officials from China, the United States, South Korea and Finland. Movers and shakers in government and business from around the world are taking unprecedented interest in Mongolia. Why?

As industrialized countries scour the globe for increasingly scarce raw materials, Mongolia is seen as a generously endowed partner that is eager to do business. The physically massive but undeveloped country is enjoying the attention as it extends its brand of resource diplomacy. All recent visitors left with plans to extend ties and get their piece of Mongolia’s mineral pie.

The recent meetings were feted by their participants and in the Mongolian press with some gushing rhetoric, with much talk of ‘historic’ agreements and ‘special relationships.’ During his meeting with Zhou Yongkang, a senior official of the Chinese Communist Party, Mongolian Prime Minister S. Batbold spoke of a coming ‘golden era’ in Mongolian-Chinese relations, which have historically been antagonistic.

Batbold also referred to South Korea Mongolia’s ‘third neighbour.’ Shortly after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s visit, the country’s state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) announced the signing of a contract with the Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM) to manage DBM for four years.

Under the deal, inked on August 30 in Ulan Bator, KDB will remake the bank’s operating system and take control of its development financing side. An official from KDB stated that the contract would be extended ‘if necessary,’ though what might constitute necessity wasn’t explained.

US Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, praised Mongolia’s democracy by calling the country ‘an emerging leader in the worldwide democratic movement.’ The United States plans to share its expertise in high technology in return for deals related to Mongolia’s natural resources.

On the same day as Finnish President Halonen's visit, the Mongolian government announced plans to raise $300 billion by privatizing Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, the company in control of one of the world’s biggest coal deposits. The company will be listed on the stock exchanges of London, Hong Kong and Ulan Bator. This spreading of associations perhaps sends the message that Mongolia wishes to keep a range of partnerships, rather than being seen to rely on one partner.

Mongolians have described their country as a tiny pony stuck between two huge elephants, namely Russia and China. Mongolia became a Soviet satellite after it looked to the victorious Bolsheviks for protection from China. The Chinese government at the time wanted to claim both Inner and Outer Mongolia as Chinese territory. Much of Mongolia’s history is therefore comprised of being pulled between larger powers. Now, though, the country is using its mineral wealth to carve out an independent global position.

Mongolia’s economy has been predicted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to grow by 9 percent this year, and 12 percent in 2012, as a result of increased activity in the mining sector.

Yet despite such impressive numbers, the capital of Ulan Bator doesn’t look much like a prosperous city. The city centre is rife with abandoned buildings and a huge, growing slum sits on its edge. More and more Mongolians are finding it impossible to continue with their traditionally nomadic way of life, while extremely harsh winters have killed herders’ animals, leaving them with no option except to migrate to the city, where they generally fail to find work and end up living in poverty.

‘Once they get here, they’re stuck. They can’t go back to being a herder,’ says Troy Tvrdik, who with his family runs the NGO Flourishing Future in Ulan Bator’s ger (traditional Mongolian hut) district. ‘Then all of a sudden they wake up and have nothing to do. They lose all sense of purpose.’

On August 27, Mongolian Finance Minister S. Bayartsogt announced that the government plans to invest the budget surplus into welfare measures designed to improve employment and health. In July, revenues were MNT 248.8 billion ($199.8 million) more than projected, due to big increases in industrial and mining production.

The government says it will increase spending by up to MNT 92.6 billion ($74.4 million), with MNT 30 billion to be allocated for programmes to boost employment, MNT 10.3 billion ($8.3 million) to be used to improve transportation and health for vulnerable Mongolians, and MNT 1 billion ($8 million) set aside to help Mongolian athletes prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Of course, despite the recent interest and pledges of investment, Mongolian officials have a long way to go in trying to create a broadly successful society while relying on industries that employ few people and are often foreign-owned. Still, the decisions and relationships now being made in Mongolia will determine whether it can become one of the big elephants of the global economy, or if it is destined to remain a tiny pony.



Word List:
  • dismissed = to refuse to accept that something might be true or important
  • pony = small horse
  • impressive = you admire something because it is very good, large, or shows great skill
  • movers and shakers = someone who is powerful or who has a lot of influence
  • unprecedented = never having happened or existed before
  • to scour = to search a place or document thoroughly for something
  • scarce = if something is scarce, there is not very much of it
  • to be endowed = having a lot of something that people admire or want, for example money, beauty, or intelligence
  • eager = very enthusiastic about doing something or enthusiastic about something that will happen
  • massive = very large or heavy
  • to be feted = a special event at which you celebrate something
  • to gush = to express admiration or pleasure with so much enthusiasm that people think you are not sincere
  • rhetoric = the art of using language in a way that is effective or that influences people
  • antagonistic = disliking someone or something very much and behaving in a very unfriendly way toward them
  • emerging = just beginning to exist or be noticed
  • prosperous = rich and successful
  • rife = if something bad or unpleasant is rife, there is a lot of it
  • to boost = to help something to increase, improve, or become more successful
  • vulnerable = someone who is vulnerable is weak or easy to hurt physically or mentally

Sunday, September 11, 2011

MUSIC: Someone Like You

ADELE MAKES BILLBOARD HISTORY WITH "SOMEONE LIKE YOU"

After jumping to the number one spot from number 19, Adele's song, "Someone Like You," is the highest leap of any non-single song in Billboard history. Adele has created a Billboard upset with the rise of her song “Someone Like You” from spot 19 to 1 on the music charts. It is the biggest jump in history for a song that is not a single.


Adele - Someone Like You

I heard, that your settled down.
That you, found a girl and your married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things, I didn't give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
It ain't like you to hold back or hide from the lie.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited.
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I'd hoped you'd see my face & that you'd be reminded,
That for me, it isn't over.

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best, for you too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you said:-
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah.

You'd know, how the time flies.
Only yesterday, was the time of our lives.
We were born and raised in a summery haze.
Bound by the surprise of our glory days.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited,
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I'd hoped you'd see my face & that you'd be reminded,
That for me, it isn't over yet.

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you too.
Don't forget me, I beg,
I remember you said:-
"Sometimes it lasts in love
but sometimes it hurts instead", yay.

Nothing compares, no worries or cares.
Regret's and mistakes
they're memories made.
Who would have known
how bittersweet this would taste?

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remembered you said:-
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remembered you said:-
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, yay yeh yeah

Friday, September 9, 2011

MUSIC: Bodhisattva Vow


Bodhisattva Vow by The Beastie Boys

As I Develop The Awakening Mind I Praise The Buddha As They Shine
I Bow Before You As I Travel My Path To Join Your Ranks,
I Make My Full Time Task
For The Sake Of All Beings I Seek
The Enlighted Mind That I Know I'll Reap
Respect To Shantideva And All The Others
Who Brought Down The Darma For Sisters And Brothers
I Give Thanks For This World As A Place To Learn
And For This Human Body That I Know I've Earned
And My Deepest Thanks To All Sentient Beings
For Without Them There Would Be No Place To Learn What I'm Seeing
There's Nothing Here That's Not Been Said Before
But I Put It Down Now So I'll Be Sure
To Solidify My Own Views And I'll Be Glad If It Helps
Anyone Else Out Too

If Others Disrespect Me Or Give Me Flack
I'll Stop And Think Before I React
Knowing That They're Going Through Insecure Stages
I'll Take The Opportunity To Exercise Patience
I'll See It As A Chance To Help The Other Person
Nip It In The Bud Before It Can Worsen
A Change For Me To Be Strong And Sure
As I Think On The Buddhas Who Have Come Before
As I Praise And Respect The Good They've Done
Knowing Only Love Can Conquer In Every Situation
We Need Other People In Order To Create
The Circumstances For The Learning That We're Here To Generate
Situations That Bring Up Our Deepest Fears
So We Can Work To Release Them Until They're Cleared
Therefore, It Only Makes Sense
To Thank Our Enemies Despite Their Intent

The Bodhisattva Path Is One Of Power And Strength
A Strength From Within To Go The Length
Seeing Others Are As Important As Myself
I Strive For A Happiness Of Mental Wealth
With The Interconnectedness That We Share As One
Every Action That We Take Affects Everyone
So In Deciding For What A Situation Calls
There Is A Path For The Good For All
I Try To Make My Every Action For That Highest Good
With The Altruistic Wish To Achive Buddhahood
So I Pledge Here Before Everyone Who's Listening
To Try To Make My Every Action For The Good Of All Beings
For The Rest Of My Lifetimes And Even Beyond
I Vow To Do My Best To Do No Harm
And In Times Of Doubt I Can Think On The Dharma
And The Enlightened Ones Who've Graduated Samsara

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

VV: People - body

VIDEO VOCABULARY: People - body



Below is an English = Монгол хэл (Mongolian) word list. But download the PDF for an English-only version to fill in with any language you know. Keep coming back every week for a new video. Enjoy.

People - body = хүмүүс - бие

Body - бие

people = хүмүүс
body = бие
head = толгой
neck = хүзүү
chest = цээж
breast = хөх
nipple = хөхний товч
abdomen / stomach = гэдэс
navel / belly button = хүйс
waist = бэлхүүс
hip = ташаа
genitals = бэлэг эрхтэн
groin = цавь
leg = хөл
thigh = гуя
knee = өвдөг
shin = шилбэ
foot = тавхай
forearm = шуу
male = эр
female = эм
nape (of the neck) = шилэн хүзүү
back = нуруу
small of the back = ууц
arm = гар
armpit = суга
shoulder = мөр
elbow = тохой
wrist = бугуй
hand = сарвуу
buttock/butt = өгзөг
calf = эрээн булчин
ankle = шагай
heel = өсгий

For more, download the PDF:
VV People - body handout
with simple English-English definitions

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

MUSIC: Moves Like Jaggar



Moves Like Jaggar by Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera

[Verse 1]

Just shoot for the stars
If it feels right
Then aim for my heart
If you feel like
And take me away, make it okay
I swear I'll behave

You wanted control
So we waited
I put on a show
Now I make it
You say I'm a kid
My ego is big
I don't give a sh*t
And it goes like this

[Chorus]
Take me by the tongue
And I'll know you
Kiss me till you're drunk
And I'll show you

You want the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the mooooooves... like jagger

I don't need try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you

With them the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the mooooooves... like jagger

[Verse 2]
Maybe it's hard
When you feel like you're broken and scarred
Nothing feels right
But when you're with me
I make you believe
That I've got the key

So get in the car
We can ride it
Wherever you want
Get inside it
And you want to steer
But I'm shifting gears
I'll take it from here
And it goes like this

[Chorus]
Take me by the tongue
And I'll know you
Kiss me till you're drunk
And I'll show you

You want the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the mooooooves... like jagger

I don't need try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you

With them the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the mooooooves... like jagger

[Bridge]
You wanna know how to make me smile
Take control, own me just for the night
And if I share my secret
You're gonna have to keep it
Nobody else can see this

So watch and learn
I won't show you twice
Head to toe, ooh baby, roll me right
And if I share my secret
You're gonna have to keep it
Nobody else can see this

And it goes like this

[Chorus]
Take me by the tongue
And I'll know you
Kiss me till you're drunk
And I'll show you

You want the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the mooooooves... like jagger

I don't need try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you

With them the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the mooooooves... like jagger


Saturday, September 3, 2011

CNN: Mongolia's National Instrument

Found on CNN's homepage September 2, 2011


CNN's Stan Grant talks with traditional Mongolian musicians.