An English teacher's blog about his travels and his digital art.

Day: November 21, 2009

Blog Updates–My Favorites

Well, I’m about 30% into updating the old blog postings so that they conform to the WordPress code. It’s actually quite a bit of fun–nostalgic and memorable. I’m updating the posts from newer to older and so far I’ve updated back to October of 2007, when TS Noel hit us at the Yankee Camp in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.

My favorite memories back to then, besides Noel, are the trip to San Juan de la Maguana when the Yankee organization was part of a relief effort to provide food to an isolated community in the Dominican Republic cut off from the outside world by tropical storm Noel. Here’s a photo from that event.


Another post from the Dominican Republic that brought back fond memories was our visit to an orphanage in Santo Domingo just before the trip to Maguana.

Then there was the flooding in Laos, as I reported August of 2008.

There are many more to go, so I’ll give you some other opinions about my favorite posts as I go along. If you’re a long-time reader and you have a favorite post, let me know in the comments below, please. More later.

Comment Entry Box Fixed

In the previous post, I asked readers to leave a comment, if they so desired. So, I was fooling around on the blog, still tweaking (which I’m sure I’ll be doing for quite a while) and looking for things to fix. I noticed that when I tried to type in a comment that whatever I typed in the comment box didn’t show up. The letters were there, but the color almost exactly matched the background color. I fixed that. So, if you’ve tried to leave a comment previously but were thwarted by that problem, give it another try. It should be ok now.

Also note that you’re not required to leave your email address or your URL, if you have one. Those are optional. I would appreciate a name though.

One more thought, if you see anything else wrong with the blog, like the comment box problem, please let me know. I’m always looking around, but I’m sure there are things I may have missed. Thanks.

Boats and Churches

Hmmm, boats . . . do I mean arks? No, not really. I was just going through some of my older photos, kind of cleaning the cobwebs out of the attic, so to speak, and came across a few shots of some boats I took. First up is one taken at the Tall Ship Festival that was held way back in May. Here’s an article about the festival, which was held in conjunction with the annual Turtle Ship Festival. I wrote about the turtle ship as part of my Field Trip post of November 7th this year.

This is a lineup of some of the ships, including a modern-day Korean naval vessel, taking part in the festival. The two tall ships, the Pallada and the Nadezhda, if I’m not mistaken, are from Russia.


Here’s a replica of a turtle ship, also displayed at the festival. It features armor plating and sturdy wooden planking, and, to deter enemies from boarding, sharp metal spikes studded the deck. By all accounts, they were very effective in staving off Japanese invasion fleets in the late 16th century, though there weren’t many of them, according to this Wikipedia article.


Hiding in there somewhere is the Korean training tall ship, the Koreana. Here’s a photo of it at the Soho Yacht Marina, a photo I played around with in Photoshop to give it a somewhat antique look.


Also in the marina area is an interesting Korean church. There is no shortage of unusual, strange and downright bizarre Christian churches in Korea. I could probably publish a coffee table book of them. (Hmmm, there’s an idea.) Are these churches established in existing buildings or are they built from scratch? I imagine it’s a bit of both. The first shot below is a church near the Sindeok Beach area. To me, it resembles the prow of a ship (the ark?). What do you think?


Now, here’s the one that’s not too far from the marina. If the church above resembles a ship, what does this one resemble? What’s its theme or motif? Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below, if you’d like.


[NOTE: Added these photos and one more of me (as if anyone would care except my mother :-)) to the Yeosu Photos section in the Photo Gallery.]

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