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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Yuldong Park in Seongnam, South Korea

Two weeks ago, I was trying to find a way to get out of Seoul but not go too far. The weather was getting slightly warmer, so I was open to an outdoor spot. Then I decided to look for parks in Gyeonggido and came across a park that had very high reviews in the location of Seongnam (Bundang-gu), South Korea. The name of the park is Yuldong Park (율동 공언), which opened in 1999.

My wife and I took a bus from Sadang Station and then transferred one time there (See transportation information below). Since it was February, it was a bit warmer, but still a bit cold and windy. To prove it, the lake was still frozen as you can see in this picture!

My wife and I started off by getting some coffee to wake us up at Kona Queens Cafe, which is near the entrance of the park and beside the lake. The people there are very friendly and welcome you as you come inside. Since it was the only cafe that we saw there, you can imagine how busy it was.

However, I had a fun experience there as you will see in a minute. But let me tell you first what's it like to be a white guy that is in a smaller city in South Korea. When I take a trip outside of Seoul, I sometimes get more stares especially from babies, who don't see non-Koreans very often. That leads me to my experience at Kona Queens in Yuldong Park. One baby kept staring at me while we were there and his grandparents laughed. Then a mentally disabled man in his 20s kept glaring at me, but mostly out of curiosity. Though his mother tried to keep his attention on her and his sister, his curiosity got the best of him. While my wife went to the restroom and I was looking at my phone, he came over to me and touched my arm. I guess he wanted to see if this non-Korean alien wasn't just a mirage. It scared me for a second, but I thought it was humorous when he smiled after he realized that I was indeed real.

After that my wife and I decided to take a walk and we were really happy with how quiet it was and how long the path was. The park has a 2.5km for both walkers and bike riders, so you can definitely get some exercise if you are trying to burn off some extra calories that you gained over the winter season.

Since it was still a bit breezy, my wife wanted to keep her head a bit warm, so she turned into a Russian for a second by wrapping her scarf around her head:

Due to the fact it was still winter, mostly everything was brown, but in the summer time not only is it green, but you'll get to see a fountain turned on and greenery everywhere. Nevertheless, my wife and I enjoyed the breeze and the beautiful sun shining over the lake. It was nice and clear and we loved admiring the mountains in the background:

As we were heading back to the entrance, we came across a place where you could go bungee jumping. The jump is 45 meters and is restricted for people between the ages of 25-50. The cost is W25,000. You must be between 40 kilograms and 115 kilograms. For more information you can call the Yuldong Park Bungee Jumping Office at: 031-704-6266 or the Parks Department at Seongnam City Hall at 031-729-4390. It's closed during the winter season. Here's what it looks like:

Right next to the bungee jumping platform is a large grassy area. In that section, you'll see a lot of modern art sculptures spread out all over the lawn. And at the far end of the park, there's a traditional Korean building, which was unexpected.

The coolest feature was this statue of Korean children playing musical instruments:

And here's one look from the other side of the grassy area. You can see the lake and the bungee jumping platform off in the distance:

Overall, this park is great for families, couples, or if you want to bring a pet (You are more than welcome to bring your dog here as long as you clean up the animal's mess). During winter, it's very calm and quiet. I'll have to make a trip out here in summer to see how green it is. I totally recommend coming here. You won't be disappointed!

How To Get There: You can take the Bundang Line to Seohyeon Station. Take Exit 2. Then you will reach the basement of AK Plaza Mall. Go out of Gate 4 of the mall and then you will see a bus stop right in front of you. Take bus number 17, 17-1, 15, or 33 to Yuldong Park. Cross the road on an overpass to the parking lot of the park.

Address: 145, Munjeong-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggido, 13576, South Korea

Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Some Taxi Drivers are Great in South Korea

On the night before the March 1 (Samil Movement) holiday of 2018, I went out with coworkers in the Samseong-dong area near Seolllung Station since it was one coworker's last day. On the following Monday, it was another co-worker's last day, so we had pizza and drinks to give both of them a proper farewell.

To make a long story short, we all decided to go home at 1:30am. I was having a heck of a time getting a taxi and I had been waiting in the street for a good 15 minutes. Thankfully, it wasn't raining or it would have been worse. Finally, one taxi driver pulls up and asks where I'm going. I tell him Nakseongdae Station but he rejects me because he said he was heading to Gyeonggido (Gyeonggi Province, just outside of Seoul).

I wait another 10 minutes and another taxi driver pulls up and this time the driver had a passenger with him. The chances of the second driver wanting to pick me up get even smaller since my destination would have to be similar to where his passenger was going. Expecting to be rejected, I start to walk away. Then suddenly I hear him yell at me and motion for me to get into the taxi. I was really surprised.

I get into the back seat and then it gets awkward. For the first five minutes, the taxi driver and the female passenger in the front are just talking to each other. We pass Gangnam Station and he's pointing out how many people are waiting for taxis and the female passenger is saying "Wow" in Korean.

A couple more minutes pass by as we're near Kyodae Station and the taxi driver asks me in Korean, "Nakseongdae right?" Phew. Thankfully he gets it right. Then a flashback to my earlier days in Korea come back to me. The driver starts asking me how long I had been in Korea, what my favorite food in Korea was, what I did in Korea, etc. As I answer each question, both the taxi driver and passenger react to each answer with surprise. It was hilarious and weird at the same time!

I was so thankful that I was able to get home before 2:30am. Not only that, my wife was very understanding and also very happy that I made it home finally.

Taxi drivers in Seoul usually have a bad reputation of refusing drivers as the first taxi driver in this post did. You can just check Google and see the first page. However, there are some like the second driver that are really polite and kind to non-Koreans. I've been in Korea a long time but still appreciate these experiences!

Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Seoul Lantern Festival (November 2017)

One of my favorite events in Seoul is the Seoul Lantern Festival. When I first went to the festival in 2010, there used to be a parade that would come down the main street in Jongno near YBM and Insadong. My friends and I would save some chairs and watch as various people and floats. They would pass by with decorations and lanterns that moved down the streets of the busiest area north of the Han River. You could see the parade from various stations such as City Hall, Gwanghwamun, Jonggak, Euijiro-1(il)ga, and Euijiro-3(sam)ga Stations.

Today, it is held along Cheongyecheon (Cheongye Stream), which you can reach from the east end near Euijio-3(ga) Station or the west end, which starts near Gwanghwamun Station. It's annually held from the first Friday of November to the third Sunday in November. It starts from 5:00pm and ends at 11:00pm.  Last year the festival from November 3 until November 19 and the theme was for the promotion of the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018.

There was a bit of controversy with this event in the past. In 2009, the city of Jinju criticized the city of Seoul for copying its idea from the Jinju Namgang Yudeng Festival. The city of Jinju held its event every year beginning in the year 2000. The reason for the event was to have a public requiem for 70,000 people and soldiers that died in a battle at Jinju Castle in 1593. The cities of Jinju and Seoul came to a compromise to allow Seoul to continue its event. Seoul couldn't use any of the name that Jinju used in its original event. Next year will mark it's 10th year anniversary of the event in Seoul.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from last year's event. Enjoy!

The countdown to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
2018 Pyeongchang Olympics- Ski jump

2018 Pyeongchang Olympics- Mascot's Joy
2018 Pyeongchang Olympics- Skiing
Lanterns galore!
Floating Lanterns
Duracell's brilliant way to advertise
Korean history lit up
2018 Pyeongchang Olympics- Ice Hockey

Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Things to Consider Before Moving to Seoul, South Korea

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I've lived in South Korea for 14 years and almost the last 13 years have been spent in Seoul. I have enjoyed this journey and although I'm not 100% sure yet, I might be leaving at the end of the year. I would like to share what people should look for before they decide on living here. Every place has it's pros and cons and that's what I will do in this blog post. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom. So here we go. I'll start with the negative aspects first and then move onto the positive ones:


1. On weekdays, subway lines can be extremely crowded (especially Lines 2 and 9) during rush hour such as 9:00am, 6:30pm and even at 10:00pm when some people go home late or some people stop hanging out with their friends after dinner and/or drinking.

2. When walking on sidewalks, people don't choose a side. Some people are walking on the left, some people walk in the middle, and some people walk on the right. It's one thing that I still don't understand. I'm sure it's a lot worse in China, but be forewarned.

3. Another point regarding pedestrians. People are unaware of people around them. If they're texting friends on Kakaotalk (a very popular Korean texting app), people walk slow. Sometimes people are in front of you playing a cell phone game and once again, they walk slow. It's not that they're trying to be rude, they just don't care about people around them and are unaware of who's around them.

4. This one is the MOST important.

(a) Before getting an English teaching job at a children's hakwon (academy), you must check whether the school is reputable, they have a good curriculum, AND if the foreign teachers that work there enjoy working there. My first school was brand new and although the job was smoothed out after a few months, I never got paid pension (which is required by law for Americans and Canadian teachers) and the director never backed me up with disciplinary support when students misbehaved. My second academy was a smaller one. I met the native teacher who was on his way out and he seemed to like the job, but all he did was play games with the kids and the kids loved him. Little did I know that I was expected to be the clown teacher with bad curriculum. It was hard to competed with my previous teacher that did nothing but have fun with the students. My third school was in Yangju (2 hours north of Gangnam in Gyeonggido). I worked at my director's academy on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with NO BOOKS and worked at another school in Dongducheon (2.5 hours north of Gangnam) on Tuesday and Thursday with bad books, six classes straight, and no time to prepare my classes. I strongly suggest you to do some research before accepting a job position.

(b) If you want to teach adults, you're in for a bit of competition. If you came to Seoul 10 years ago, you would only need a Bachelor's degree and may get your housing covered. Nowadays, you need either a teaching certificate and/or Master's degree just to get an interview. There are a lot more native English speakers that live in Seoul, so adult academies can be picky. If you want to teach in a university, you will definitely need a Master's degree and preferably in ESL. You won't get an interview without it.

5. If and when you do get a job in a Korean academy, be aware that Koreans communicate differently. Sometimes Koreans will tell you things at the last minute or they can be very indirect. Make sure that you're always on the same page or you'll expect a surprise. Ask questions and be polite. Never assume anything!

6. Be aware that drivers in South Korea are probably the worst drivers among all OECD countries. I see people driving while on cell phones (even backing up while talking on their phones), people driving fast in areas with a high amount of pedestrians, taxi drivers run red lights, people with tinted windows and/or have black cars drive dangerously because they think they own the road, and people sometimes driving the wrong way to make themselves a short cut. The ones that drive the wrong way will turn on their emergency lights to let people know that they're in the wrong, but to allow them to do it anyway (a half apology).

7. There is only one great season in Seoul, if you're like me (a southern California native who loves warm, dry weather). In winter, when the days are nice and warm, the air pollution is bad due to fine dust from China and coal plants in Korea. When it's a very cold day, the days are clear and sunny. In spring, the weather is comfortable, but fine dust blankets the city on many days. Summer is very humid and sticky until the end of August and July is normally monsoon season, so expect a lot of rain. Expect the best weather in September and October when it's beautiful. It starts to get cool in November but it's not too bad yet but the weather has been really cold the last two years in December in January. Expect temperatures to dip to -15C or -4F at its worst. But it's not the temperature that makes it the worst, it's the wind! It's very windy during a Seoul winter compared to Shanghai or Tokyo.

8. (a) If you're a Korean-American, Korean-Canadian or even Asian, some older people might assume that you're Korean and will speak Korean to you. If you're among a group of white people and you're the only Asian, the restaurant employee will speak Korean to you first expecting that you will understand. This is funny at first but can get annoying if you've been here a long time. I'm not Asian, but know this from speaking to various Asian friends from abroad. (b) If you're black, people may still treat you differently and either not want to sit with you on the subway or not want to work out with you at the gym. This is a sad reality. However, I've known some black friends that had a great time in Seoul, but the ones that told me they had good experiences tended to be female.

9. Although Korean women are very attractive, the ones in Seoul can be very high maintenance especially if they speak English. It's easy to date one, but hard to get married to one. They might have high expectations especially if they speak English well. Since there are many English teachers in Seoul, you won't stand out so much. If you're a professor, that's one step above that. And if you work in a company, they might think more highly of you. Status and appearance count a lot here but there are nice girls here. However, the prettier they are, the riskier it is. Thankfully I married a sweet, Christian, Korean-Chinese woman that doesn't care about shallow things like that.

10. Don't expect to live in a large apartment if you don't have a lot of money. If you want to teach kids, they will provide you with an apartment but it will be small. If you want to teach adults, they will provide you with a deposit (if you're single), but you will have to pay the rent. If you want a nice apartment, that means you'll pay at least $1,000 per month in rent plus utilities minimum.

Now that may seem like a lot of negative aspects, but I have a lot of positive things to say about this amazing city. Please weigh them out yourself and also get to know people that live here and get some other points-of-view. Now the awesome aspects of Seoul...


1. Seoul is a safe city. Yes, women should always be careful no matter what city they live in, but a woman would feel a lot safer walking home at midnight in Seoul compared to L.A. or Chicago in a New York minute. Crime is very low and if there is any crime at night, it's due to a drunk guy getting into an altercation with his friend.

2. The public transportation is beyond amazing. You can from the airport to the center of Seoul at a relatively cheap price. You can get from the center of Seoul to the countryside for another inexpensive subway fare. You can also take a high speed train to Busan in 3 hours. Seoul even beats Tokyo when it comes to easy access to public transportation. It's honestly the best in the world.

3. Seoul has a variety of foreign restaurants from American, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Ethiopian, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Turkish, etc. If you get tired of Korean food, there are plenty of other options. But it can be expensive, so beware of that.

4. Compared to Japan and China, people are much more willing to speak English especially if you need directions. People are very willing and helpful to non-Koreans that are lost. Overall I find Koreans very kind to "foreigners" that are in need of help, so you won't have any issues there.

5. Seoul has many things to do. You can see various palaces, visit various parks, see different types of museums, go hiking in many mountains that are near subway lines, three places with large aquariums,  check out old buildings and compare them with the new ones, etc. You can also see performances such as Nanta or Jump, which have been popular for many years. You can check out the tallest building in the country (Lotte Tower), which has an amazing view of the city. I've been here for a long time and still haven't seen everything.

6. Despite Seoul being a very modern city, there are still 15 traditional markets in Seoul: See the list here. My favorites are Namdaemun (for cheap goods) and Gwangjang Market (for cheap and delicious food).

7. Seoul has the second largest movie theater screen in the world located in Youngdeungpo inside Times Square Mall. It's 103 feet by 42.7 feet. The largest screen is located in Suzhou, China.

8. If you love coffee, Seoul is the place. In 2005, the cafe boom started and now you can enjoy cafes with various themes to them. For example, do you like animal cafes? There's a cat cafe, bird cafe, raccoon cafe, bird cafe, sheep cafe, dog cafe, comic book cafe, book cafe, travel cafe, camera cafe, cereal cafe, pitch black cafe, jazz cafe, etc. When I first came to Korea, people said that coffee wasn't healthy and that I should drink tea. My, how times have changed!

9. Korean food is great here. I love grilled meat and I think Seoul does this the best. You can get grilled pork (samgyeopsal), chicken (dakgalbi) or beef (bulgogi) and enjoy a wonderful experience here. If you want something simple, you can go to a cheap Korean restaurant and get very good food (soup, stew, fried rice, etc.) for a reasonable price.

10. If you're into nightlife, Seoul is the place to be. There are many clubs or bars with various themes to them. The atmosphere fits all different walks of life. If you're young and crazy, you can go to Hongdae or Itaewon. If you're into jazz clubs, you can go to Apgujeong or Sinsa, and if you want a quiet evening with friends, just get away from the most popular subway stations and you'll find a cafe with a lot less people.

So there's my list. Feel free to do some research yourself. Seoul is a fun place to be and it might totally fit what you're looking for. You might think it is, stay one year, and decide to stay for just one year. You can be like me and many of my friends who think they're only here for a year, but spend 1/3 of their life here!

Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What's Your Identity? (A Viewpoint from a Christian)

Human nature is very interesting. We always try to label each other or put labels on ourselves. We label each other based on gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, nationality, hometown, etc.

In Western culture, when people want to get to know you, after asking you your name, people immediately ask "Where are you from?" and "What do you do?" To answer this personally, "My name is Scott. I'm from Los Angeles and I teach English in South Korea." Based on what I just told you, people may make very assumptions about me and put me in one of their categories.

In South Korea, age, job, and family background come into play. If you went to Seoul National University, you must be very smart. If you didn't, you were one of those that didn't try hard enough. If you live with your family and have brothers and sisters, you're normal. If you don't get along with your family, then your company or the blind date that you're on might think there's something wrong with you.

When I talk to fellow expatriates who live abroad, nationality, and location is huge in how we label ourselves. Sometimes if I hear that if we're getting a British teacher, I have this hope in my mind: "I hope the teacher has the sense of humor of Mr. Bean and not too serious like Hugh Laurie." Of if I hear that we're getting an American teacher, I might think to myself, "I hope she's not from New York City. That person might be too over-the-top and obnoxious for me to handle. Lord, let that person be from the west coast because we'll be able to get along better."

My wife is from Yanji, China. She's very specific in the way that she labels herself. She's ethnically Korean, but was born and raised in Northeast China, not too far from North Korea. She is not Chinese. She's not Korean. She's Korean-Chinese. She even distinguishes between how Chinese people, Korean people, and Korean-Chinese people make dumplings. And to her credit, all three of them are very different from each other.

Christians label themselves based on denominations, which is unfortunate. My coworker asked me which church I went to. I said it was non-denominational. She looked at me funny and wondered why there wasn't a denomination attached to it. She was probably thinking "Are you Baptist, Evangelical, Methodist, Lutheran, or do you just use the umbrella term Protestant?"

A friend from church is an adopted Korean. He was born in Korea but his mother gave him up as a baby. He has American parents but came to Korea to find his roots. Although he never found his birth mother, he's still thankful that he has loving parents.

On the other hand, people struggle with their sexual identity. We have so many letters associated with someone's sexual identity that we're up to 10 letters now: LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual). In case you don't know what some of these mean, asexual means no sexual feelings whatsoever. Any ally is someone that is heterosexual but supports the LGBT social movements. People that are pansexual say that gender and sex don't determine their sexual attraction towards someone.

To take it even further, some people claim themselves as non-binary or gender queer. They don't think of themselves as either male or female. People want to claim science when they discuss abortion or climate change but ignore it when talking about sex.

Finally to take it even one step further, you can be a woman that identifies as a cat (See video here) or a man that identifies as a filipino woman (See video here).

The world says "as long as you aren't hurting anyone, be what you want to be." And yes, maybe no one else is hurt on this Earth is hurt by what you want to be. But people that are non-Christians forget that they are hurting someone most important: God, the author of creation. The Lord has numbered every hair on our head (Luke 12:7) and he knew us before we were even born (Jeremiah 1:5). If we receive Jesus, we are immediately children of God (John 1:12). We were created male and female in his own image (Genesis 1:27). There is no accident and God does not want us to change who we were made to be.

And to Christians, it doesn't matter where you come from, how much money you make, what kind of family you have, and how important you are to society. The only thing that matters is Jesus. Don't get sucked into the world's standards of where you think you should be (Colossians 3:1-3). Nothing matters but the blood of Jesus. Without Jesus, we would be doomed anyway. Let's remember our identity in Christ and tell others how special He is. Everyone is worthy to receive grace (a free gift) and no one needs to work for it.

Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mainland Venice, Italy (Part 2- Palazzo Ducale)


A month ago I promised to continue telling you about my trip on Mainland Venice, Italy with my wife. Since there are so many pictures, I'll have to save this blog post for various pictures of our next site: Palazzo Ducale.

(Continued from Mainland Venice, Italy Part 1) We headed to Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace in English) and we were quite amazed by the interiors and the long stairways to get from floor to floor. The most amazing thing that stuck out in my mind was the view of the Grand Canal (particularly San Giorgio Maggiore Island) from one of the windows . You'll see this in my pictures later.

The structure of the Palazzo Ducale is made up of three large blocks, incorporating previous constructions. It has been refurbished countless times due to structural failures, new building installations, infiltrations, and restructuring of ornamental trappings.

Here's the configuration of the site according to the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia website: The wing towards St. Mark's Basin (Basilica San Marco), is the oldest, built from 1340 and onwards. The wing towards St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) was built in its present from from 1424 onwards. The canal-side wing housing the Doge's apartments and many government offices, dates from the Renaissance, and was built between 1483 and 1565.

This was the palace of the Doge of Venice during the late 14th Century. You can see the Venetian Gothic arches of the exterior, which was quite fascinating and it faces the Grand Canal on the Piazzetta Marco. Now onto the pictures:

This is your typical amazing Italian ceiling.
My wife with Mars and Neptune at the top of the stairway.
You can see St. Mark's Basin to the right.
The artistry between the walls and ceilings astounded me.
A view from one of Venetian apartments from one of the windows
A view of the Grand Canal from Palazzo Ducale
A view of San Giorgio Maggiore Island from Palazzo Ducale
The most stunning room
This place is one of the many must-sees on the mainland of Venice. You'll see beautiful paintings on the walls, ceilings, and get some different perspectives of the surroundings (the courtyard, the Grand Canal, and Venetian homes) as you look out of the windows. If you happen to make it here, take your time and enjoy every intricacy of this venue.

Scott Worden (The L.A./Seoul Guy)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

TV Viewing While Living Abroad in South Korea

There is one hobby that I haven't really done a lot of since I left the United States to move to South Korea in 2003: watching TV. Before I got married, my landlord gave me an old TV and I could only watch basic TV channels. However, since it was all in Korean, I didn't watch it that much and I usually spent more time on Facebook or using YouTube for entertainment.

When I got married, my wife didn't want to get a TV, although she still watches her Korean dramas on her phone. She also doesn't want our future children to watch TV because she thinks it isn't good for them. More on that later.

For myself, I didn't really protest my wife not wanting a TV since the only thing that I watch is baseball which I can see on the MLB.TV website or basketball games which are on streaming sites. I always felt like watching season after season of various TV shows was a waste of time. Some of my coworkers could use their whole Saturdays to watch Game of Thrones or various other options on Netflix.  Early last year I got on the Netflix bandwagon and tried to watch the Korean version. But I didn't watch it that often and the Korean one had very few options, so I canceled my subscription.

I have continuously used YouTube to watch an old 80's TV show with my wife that I loved (Three's Company) as a kid. She likes that show just as much as I did and still do, but apparently some people are not allowed to post the shows on the site due to copyright issues, so half of the shows got deleted by YouTube. I also enjoy watching Judge Judy and subscribers post recent programs on there. Subscribers get kicked off if they post the shows and the shows YouTube takes the new shows down before new subscribers pop up and post more shows. It's kind of like a torrent site. You get rid of one user but another one pops up the next day. Although my wife and I still watch Three's Company on YouTube, I felt that I needed Netflix just in case both of those programs are completely off YouTube for entertainment. Therefore, I re-subscribed to Netflix a couple of months ago for more options.

So what's my verdict on Netflix? Netflix is okay for movies. The selection isn't great but I have been able to watch Hoosiers, Serendipity, It's a Wonderful Life and Scent of a Woman (four of my favorite movies) with my wife. She enjoyed all of them and she got more of a sense of what kind of movies I love. However, I've seen most of the "newer" movies on Korean Netflix.

Netflix is good for documentaries, but I find a lot of the documentaries like the media these days. They're mainly shown for shock value. On the other hand, they're still pretty interesting to watch. Life Below Zero shows how people live in Alaska and this has been by far the best documentary. It's realistic, sometimes a bit scary, but the most educational one that I've seen. There's the People vs. O.J. Simpson, which is okay but I watched a couple of episodes and stopped. I don't need to rehash this story since it would only frustrate me that O.J. is out on the streets and he really should be. I've watched the 72 Most Dangerous Places to Live, which is very educational, but obviously negative and depressing at the same time. I tried checking out one episode of Dexter and found it disturbing that people would want to watch a criminal devise creative schemes to kill people. People talked about Black Mirror so I saw two episodes and found it to be complete garbage. The first episode is about the British princess being kidnapped and in order for her to get freedom, the kidnapper wants the Prime Minister to have sex with a pig on live television. The ending of episode shows some of that. The second episode is about the future and how people are exercising at the gym to get merit points while on a treadmill. If they get 15,000 merit points, they can appear on a TV show similar to American Idol. Well, one girl got 15,000 points and she showed off her singing skills. And, after singing her song, the three judges said she was pretty good. However, if she wanted to stand out from the rest, she would have to show her breasts or do something tho show her sexy side. Even though they didn't show her raising her shirt, it was implied that she did because she became famous in the next scene.

But it's not all bad. There is one show that do I recommend: House of Cards. Sadly and ironically, Kevin Spacey (a very great actor), among many other male actors, has been accused of sexual harassment, which took some of the excitement out of watching that show. House is very dramatic, but has some sad elements. It seems that every show has a patient that is close to dying. Stranger Things is a bit weird but interesting. I'm still not sure if I like it that much due to its very dark nature of a small town of Indiana battling a creature from the Upside Down world and its promotion of teens having sex. It's not generally my TV genre to watch, but I'm trying to give it a chance. Bates Motel is a bit creepy but on the same lines as Stranger Things: It's dramatic, violent, and leaves you feeling like you wasted time on nothing.

Getting back to documentaries, I watched one excellent one about the Holocaust but then after watching it, Netflix recommended me FIVE more Holocaust documentaries. Really? Do we really need to have that many documentaries about something so depressing and heartbreaking? To find a show that isn't so dark or so negative is hard to find. Maybe Crown will do that trick. Who knows? All I know is that I now agree with my wife that I don't want to get a TV because my kids don't need to be directly exposed to so much garbage out there. Although I'm not a Baby Boomer, I truly believe that TV is definitely the "boob tube".

Scott Worden (The L.A/Seoul Guy)