To illustrate the grammar point ‘I used to V’, I showed the students several photos of me as a child. One was of me at the age of three with my youngest sister at the age of less than one. One student asked ‘Which one is you?’.
On a previous occasion, a student said ‘Wow, you used to be cute!’.
In July 2016 I visited Lotte World Tower in the Seoul suburb of Jamsil. At that stage the building was complete (at 555 metres, currently the fifth highest building in the world) but still being fitted out, so the observation decks weren’t open, but a shopping mall at the base was open. It was officially opened last week, on the 3rd of April, preceded by a fireworks and laser display on the night of the 2nd.
Short documentary about the building and the fireworks (from Lotte World Tower-Mall’s Youtube Channel)
News report about the fireworks (from YTN News)
My own photo
I’m now back in Australia, so these will be the last photos of Korea for a while.
A few weeks ago, I went to a national cemetery on the outskirts of the city I’m living in. At one point, I took two photos six seconds apart of (a modern reproduction of) a traditional pavillion reflected in a pond, adjusting various things in the time between. Looking at the two photos, one is ‘almost but not quite’ and the other is now in my album of ‘very best photos’ for this year. The differences are small: in the first, a few leaves on bush on the near shore are visible, along with a band of the reflected sky; in the second, I’ve zoomed slightly, framing out the bush and sky, and including less of the trees at the top. The reflection is not quite symmetrical horizontally, but the fish fills the extra space. It may not be the best photo ever, or even my best photo ever, but I unhesitatingly chose it among my ‘very best’ for this year.
Still no captions.
I have just been on holidays for three weeks. One of my few accomplishments has been to select the best photos from my first four and bit months in Korea (with a side trip to Japan).
(I have been having a lot of trouble with WordPress’s photo insertion functions. Among other things, I have not been able to add captions. I know how to, but it won’t let me.)
During my first stay in Korea 2006-2009, I took about 25,000 photos. After exhaustively sorting and selecting, I have an album of 126 ‘very best’ photos. This and the previous posts do not include some photos of me, my wife or our relatives or friends. At this stage, only the briefest of descriptions.