What to do in Sydney, Australia

Visiting Australia but don’t know what to do?

Koalas. Kangaroos. Platypus. These are some common things that people say when they think about Australia. However, in addition to these unique wildlife animals, Sydney is known for its various tourist attractions, ranging from the Sea Life Aquarium to a revolving tower restaurant. If you are ever visiting Sydney, here are some tourists spots recommended by someone who was born and lived there for over a decade:

  1. Climb the Harbor Bridge

Fill your stay in Sydney with some adventure by taking on the harbor bridge. With three courses available, you can choose which route to climb in order to meet your venture needs. Whether it’s the original three and half hour course where you climb to the top, you will find a path just for you. With a balance of flat walking and ladder climbing, this venture will make you afraid, happy, and thrilled. With the best tour guides climbing with you till the end, you will experience the unique Sydney experience with great views and sightseeing from the top.

2. Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

Unlike other aquarium, the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium brings you the most singular creatures of Australia. Whether it is the long crocodile or the classic sea creatures, this place will get your young curiosity rolling. If you are ever with kids, make sure to ride the penguin ride, which will take you through the penguins on a boat!

3. Wild Life Sydney Zoo

 

Experience the raw beauty of Australia through the wild life life zoo that has all the classic Australian animals kangaroos, platypus, and of course koalas. With a balance of indoor and outdoor experience, you will experience the wildlife of Australia. You will also be able to cuddle a Koala in the koala zone or take a photo of one of the largest crocodiles on land.

4. The Rocks Market

A classic go-to for my family anytime we go to a new country, visit the Rocks Market where they sell variety of home-made crafts, arts, and of course food. Whether it is buying a freshly made bubble bath soap from one of the nicest couple in town or purchasing, there are always some vintage or modern clothes and souvenirs you can get.

5. Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant

 

Want to have a family dinner AND see the city of Sydney all in one go? The Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant has got your back. Here, you can enjoy a nice buffet ranging from western to asian food as the platform moves 360 degrees. Make sure you don’t put your hat or bags on the side though- you’ll lose it!

6. Chinatown

Every major city has a Chinatown. However, the one is Sydney is richly dense with the most delicious food from every Chinese cuisine you can think of. Whether it is the home made bubble tea or seafood, you can grab a perfect dinner with your family. You can also enjoy the daily performances at the intersection.

Of course, there are so many other places in Sydney to go. It is no doubt that walking in the bustling city of Sydney will give you the ambience of the country. However, the tourist attractions I have listed here will give you a thrilling experience that you will remember for a long time.

—Sarah Se-Jung Oh (’19)

*All photos were taken by author, unless otherwise noted in the caption.

What would you murder for?

“…is it fast life, money, and clothes?”

It’s a line from a song, “Señorita” by Vince Staples, a 23-year-old rapper from Long Beach, California. He’s perhaps the “realist” gangster in the public world, having been through gang violence and drug trades, both as a perpetrator and a victim. Yet, he’s also one of the least pretentious rappers. He cares little about money or fame; all he wants to do through rap is to reveal gang life as it is – no glorification.1

In a symbolic sense, Vince Staples represents the polar opposite of today’s society, a society that is riddled with superficiality and “fakeness.”

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As students of an international school, we like to think that we know more about the world than other “average” students of our age. But in truth, we understand little about this world and the people in it. We think of ourselves as special and superior, when in reality, we are just fortunate, blessed, and spoiled. We understand little about how it feels to be oppressed and to fear everyday. Most of our sadness and frustration come from first world problems. As much as we hate to admit it, self-sympathizing makes us feel better. We are happy people, drugged with money. And we are no different from the former President “Princess” Park.

And so we are fake. We don’t have to be real because we have no real issues to worry about. We worried about Trump only when he was an issue. The same goes for South Korea’s corruption scandal – we think of it as a one-time issue, but it’s still the main topic of discussion in news today and amongst the real, “average” people whose lives are directly affected by little changes in politics. We live inside the fake capsule of money while others have nothing to protect them. Their lives are dependent; hence, they are not free.

It’s disheartening that ones with power sometimes don’t understand the ones without power. There’s little that can be done about it. Such is the case with the United States’ installation of THAAD in South Korea. Short for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, THAAD is a defensive missile system against nearby, threatening missiles. The United States installed THAAD in South Korea for their own benefit against North Korea, supporting the decision with a fake gesture of hospitality towards South Korea – that THAAD will help protect South Korea. The consequences are rather hostile than hospitable, because China has reacted by banning Korean tourists and businesses.2 South Korea – a small nation in midst of turmoil – can do nothing against the U.S. policies, nor against Chinese policies. We are dependent on them. We are not free.

In order to fight against the fake, we have to first become real ourselves. It’s understandable that KIS students do not have the emotional motivation that less fortunate people surely do. Besides, the greatest fighters against the fake and injustice are those born into misfortune, those with overflowing emotional motivation; think Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Tupac, or even Hyeonseo Lee, who came to speak for us KIS students.

Those people fought for freedom because they wanted it “for real,” not at a superficial level. That’s why they were willing to become criminals in the eyes of the criminals, and why their impact is still felt today.

For us KIS students to become real, we simply have to walk out of the fake capsule and remove our spoiled lenses, so that we can truly see the world. Here in this real world, you can walk the path to self-actualization and find what you truly want – perhaps something that you would murder for, against the unjust standards of the society.

-Roger Han (’17)

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/26/vince-staples-summertime-06-hip-hop
  2. https://qz.com/923890/china-retaliates-against-thaad-antimissile-system-and-bans-tourism-to-south-korea/

Featured Image: http://reaphit.com/vince-staples-senorita/

Live a Better Life: Tips for Mindfulness

Does life feel like a constant cycle of stress that ends in a meaningless void? Do you find yourself drudging through each day? Read about small changes you can make to turn your life philosophy around.

As the second semester speeds up to a full sprint, the cogs and gears of KIS begin to rotate at a blinding pace, sending students into overdrive. Every person you encounter in the halls look ready to rant about each of their weeks- nerves heighten, hearts grow sensitive, and conversations turn one notch negative. And when complaints abound, it becomes easy to get caught up in the whirlwind until all you want is to give up.

But what if there was a way to be a bit more content? Be calm amidst the raging storm? It may sound like an odd “zen” concept, but mindfulness could be the key. Mindfulness often has the specific definition of taking deep breaths, paying attention and being focused in the moment, but I like to give it a broader meaning. Mindfulness is about constantly thinking and reflecting, knowing who you are and where you’re going, and situating your life within the vast machinery of the world. Life is too important to let slip by caught up in emotional baggage the entire time, without ever truly thinking about it. If you’re struggling to make sense of all that, read on for 7 practical tips on how to go about this journey.

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We hate the word “journal” because it evokes the dreary middle school English assignment. But journaling can be surprisingly liberating. This is an activity that is solely for yourself- so there are no rules, no guidelines. In fact, you don’t even need to journal about what happened that day. It’s more about giving your mind a pure moment to take care of what it wants to say. Turn your devices off for twenty minutes, take a pen and a notebook, and see where your thoughts take you.

This can, first and foremost, be an emotional outlet. We are so used to our mental clutter that we decide to live with it, but letting yourself empty your mind can help relieve your stress. Journaling also lets you connect with yourself. What do you fear? What makes you happy? What do you want out of life? These are all important questions we brush away because they are such a long distance from the daily tasks we are trained to prioritize, but certainly ones we should not be ignoring.

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We all have things we enjoy doing and subjects we find interesting. But these are not always offered as a part of our school day. Students often complain about how they want to spend time learning something they want to learn but are caught up in schoolwork instead. It’s important to realize that self-development is always an option.

When’s the last time you read a book just because you wanted to? Or researched a topic just because you were curious about it? What about that hobby you abandoned ages ago just because you didn’t see it becoming a future career- a musical instrument, a DIY project, a painting? Let’s be honest- we all have some time in the day to spare, and we all have the choice to spend it on self-development instead of wasting it away.

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The very concept probably feels very detached, like something you would never try doing. But just like training your body to learn a new sport, you can train your mind to learn a new skill- meditation. There’s a reason why people who commit themselves to learning how to meditate call it a life-changing experience. You’d be surprised at how many sources are available to you online, with plenty of beginner’s guidelines and videos. Take some time to find what’s right for you, and you may find yourself embarking on a journey that pulls you from the obligatory cyclical flow of school into your own flow. The best part is, this can take as little of your time as you wish for it to- just 10 minutes a day can make a difference.

If you’re still hesitant to try formal meditation, everyday mindfulness can help, too. As you move through different parts of your day, try taking a few moments to look around and notice what you’re doing and where you are. Notice your own breathing and the things you see, hear, and smell. In all that time you spend either zoned out or mindlessly buried in a task, give yourself a few seconds in between to be aware of yourself. Notice that you’re part of something bigger- realize the awe of nature or the vast force of humanity that consists of people like you.

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You’ve probably already heard about the benefits of gratitude. It’s one of the best-researched factors that correlate to happiness. It has been scientifically proven that letting yourself be grateful leads to better mental and physical health, enhances empathy and reduces aggression, and allows for a more satisfying work and social life.

Take some time out of your day to think about what you’re grateful for- one recommended method is to jot down 3 items every night before sleep. These may include some lucky circumstances that fell upon you today, the people around you that you often don’t fully appreciate, or even something you were born with in your life. Trust what’s been proven- subconsciously, your mind will focus less on toxic emotions such as envy, frustration, resentment, or regret.

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We all find support in those around us, and we all appreciate our friends and family enough to leave them a message on their birthday or congratulate their latest achievement. But with a lifestyle so busy, sometimes we need to consciously remind ourselves of how much those people mean to us. Where would you be without the people around you? How many times have you felt that someone really cares for you, and how did that change your passing mood? When you sit down to join your friends at lunch after two long morning classes, how quickly are you able to forget your troubles and anxieties?

You have the power to change someone’s day- a random act of kindness doesn’t need to wait until KISRAK week. Just a smile and a word of kindness that replaces an eye roll and a “I have so much homework to do” can brighten someone’s day. In the end, you’ll find yourself becoming a happier person by turning the interactions in your life one notch positive. Connect with someone. Have a conversation that doesn’t consist of individual rants or business-related matter.

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The way you live your life is a choice. Remind yourself of all the things you could be taking control of. You can harness the mindless minutes you idle away on the bus or while brushing your teeth, and take that time to think about something. You can spend your high school career only doing what’s asked of you, or you can do something completely for yourself. You have the choice to spend time with people that lift you up and cut away the people that you know always drag you down. You can take the steering wheel.

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But often, when you take the steering wheel but realize you cannot change what car you’re driving or what the road is made of, you’ll find that the most helpful thing to do is to let go of what you can’t control. Someone out there won’t appreciate you. One of your teachers will refuse to understand you. Sometime in your life, you’ll face unfair discrimination for something. Recognize that everything, in the end, is because humans are fallible- just like you are. You can’t control everything.

So the next time you find yourself struggling with a problem or unleashing a bout of hate and frustration, hit the pause button and consider if the conflict is something you can control. If it isn’t, know how much easier it is to let go. Sift through and spot the things that you can change. By letting go of things you can’t do anything about, you may be surprised at how much power you find resting in your hands.

 

Personally, even the process of writing this article has made me realize how many changes I can make in my life to be a bit more mindful, and how much I’ve let my workload drag my character down. We all need to take a breath and give our tired minds a massage. It would be such a shame to ignore the shifting complexities of our lives and identities- all the beauty that exists for us to feel.

-Jisoo Hope Yoon (’19)

Cover image and list headers designed by Crescentia Jung (’19)

5 Reasons Why Change Is Necessary

Change is paramount in some situations.

Let’s face it, change always sounds so nerve-racking. We were often told to establish ourselves into that commonplace phrase, “go with the flow”, we are subject to question how transformation is such a natural part of life and the human evolution. This is a given; it is something inevitable, yet very manageable at the same time. However, how come many of us tend to digress more towards the behavior towards resistance, while not even realizing that change itself is constant? So are unexpected changes essentially bad? What if all of the so-called changes cycling throughout life were deemed good by default?

 

Many people like to stay within their comfort zone, and for good reason. Even something as little as taking up a small daily challenge stirs up that feeling of disruption, alarm, and uneasiness, whereas our bodies naturally yearn for soft spot of security. But in the end, change happens to all of us, a logical part of life that everybody goes through. When we take time to reflect upon the natural environment, we begin to observe very complex patterns going through stages of transitions in life. So while some change may indubitably be acceptable, sometimes we end up with disruption-type adjustments that certainly don’t feel welcome.

 

On a much happier note, embracing change is not as difficult as people may perceive. Once you start looking into the inherent nature of change itself, you’ll be able to notice the many benefits that follow.

 

  1.    Change triggers growth

Each change is a turning page, the closing of one chapter and the opening of another. They may force us to adapt to conditions we’ve never set foot in before, but it does also bring new beginnings and excitement to life. It also acts as a major impetus of personal, social, psychological, and professional development.

 

  1.    Change challenges your values and beliefs

Embracing change involves the steps of re-evaluating your beliefs and virtues. Although this might sound a little scary at first, if you’re open to accepting new challenges, you may find to take away something important. Otherwise, change might just be able to strengthen the currently existing belief system, instead of a whole new transformation. Either way, you would feel more empowered.

 

  1.    Change unveils your strengths

If you force yourself to avoid changes at all cost, you might never be able to recognize youre true strengths and weakness, as the measure of your own capabilities will be inaccurate. It is true that not all changes are necessarily pleasant ones, but it’s life – life is prone to sad things that occur daily as well. Yet, it’s the overcoming tough times that will help you gain a stronger sense of self.

 

  1.    Change disintegrates routines

Routine really depends on how someone interprets it. It may be an everyday regimen like brushing your teeth and making your bed, or things that can leave you in a helpless rut, a potential cause to depression and immense stress. By disbanding some of the routines that take place in your daily life, the changes that will pursue remind your brain to stay active and channel your inner thoughts to refocus on more positive thought arrangements.

 

  1.    Change leads to new opportunities

Mutability in the way you live your life, even in the slightest method ever dreamed possible, can present new surprises that ultimately lead to the domino effect. This provides more options, which in the end, creates a broader perspective of seeing the world. Altering the main life pattern might seem something terrifying at first, but it is important to keep in mind that with these newly established assets, you can be satisfied with a more fulfilling, authentic lifestyle.

 

In a nutshell, people who believe they have achieved some security by doing the same, familiar things just might be living in denial. Even those who think they are pushing away change will finds themselves unable stop the world from constantly shifting form. Of course, like any new skill, learning to accept change takes some time. However, it is, after all, handy to keep in mind of all the powerful impacts that change could bring – not only on your own life, but on the lives of those around you as a whole.

 

– Ashley Kim (’18)

Featured Image: Celine Yoon (’19)

 

“High Fat Diet”? Is it real?

Can “Fat” be our friend?

For all of you stressing, fussing, and crying about losing weight, there is news to brighten up your spirits. No more “one banana,” “bagel a day,” or “only protein” meals! No more “Fat-free” cereal bars. Stop starving yourself; it’s time to embrace our all-time greatest enemy — fat.

A new, shocking diet trend is sweeping over South Korea — the LCHF diet, also known as “Low Carbohydrate, High Fat Diet.” According to The Korea Times, “eating more fat-rich food such as beef, pork, butter and cheese is the latest trend in weight loss attempts.”

Ever since the recent airing of the MBC documentary “Fat: falsely charged,” highlighting the astonishing benefits of “low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet,” fatty products sales have soared at an unbelievable pace. Already in E-Mart, Korea’s largest retailer, butter sales increased by 41.1%, while cheese and pork sales rose by 10.3% and 7.6% respectively (Korea Times).

This isn’t just in South Korea. The LCHF diet is attracting worldwide attention from Sweden, USA, Australia, and even the U.K. Apparently, people can lose up to 90 kg through this special diet, proven by the numerous successful cases in Sweden, along with results from the Low Carb USA conference in San Diego this summer (Diet Doctor).

So what’s the whole science behind this mystery? Almost paradoxically, by depending on fat as our primary energy source rather than carbohydrates, it creates an optimal “fat-loss environment.” Insulin, a hormone released based on the amount of carb intake, is cut down in proportion to carb intake, and our body turns to utilize fat, rather than storing it.

And with this, the trend is widely spreading through numerous social media and blogs. For example, one blogger named Backpack Boy “lost 4.7 kilograms over the past three weeks” in which “pork, salmon, cheese, and vegetables were the main source of his diet.” Moreover, experts, such as Professor Yeom Geun-sang at St. Mary’s Hospital in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province, reported that “the LCHF diet is truly effective, though how much so may vary by individuals” (Korea Times).

So here are some recommended, incredibly easy recipes from Diet Doctor if you’re ever interested in trying out the LCHF diet. Yes, you may be surprised, but these are truly diet food. Good luck!

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Ingredients:) 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 – 3 lbs salmon, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ground black pepper, 7 oz. butter, 1 lemon

Instructions)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Place the salmon with the skin down in a greased baking dish (1 tablespoon olive oil), salt and pepper generously.
  3. Slice the lemon thinly and place on top of the salmon. Cover with half of the butter in thin slices.
  4. Bake on middle rack for about 20–30 minutes, depending on size.
  5. Heat the rest of the butter in a small sauce pan until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool a little and carefully add some lemon juice.
  6. Serve the fish with the lemon butter and a side dish of your choice. See below for suggestions.

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Ingredients) 2 lbs chicken thighs, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 5 – 10 garlic cloves, sliced, 1 lemon, ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions)

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (225°C). Place the chicken pieces in a butter-greased baking pan.
  2. Salt and pepper generously. Sprinkle the garlic and parsley over the chicken pieces, and drizzle the the lemon juice and olive oil on top.
  3. Bake the chicken and roast the garlic slices. This may take 30–40 minutes, depending on how large the pieces are. Lower the temperature a little towards the end.

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Ingredients) ¼ lb cooked ground beef, 2 eggs, 2 oz. shredded cheese

Instructions)

  1. Set the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Put the ground-beef mix in a small baking dish. Make two holes with a spoon and crack the eggs into them.
  3. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  4. Bake in the oven until the eggs are done, about 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a while, eggs and ground meat gets very hot!

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Instructions)

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Pour into a jug with a spout and let cool.
  2. Mix the egg yolks and mustard in a bowl. Pour in the butter in a fine stream while whisking, using a hand mixer. Leave the sediment at the bottom.
  3. Keep whisking until the mayonnaise turns thick. Season with lemon juice, salt and black pepper.  

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Ingredients) 1 egg yolk, 2 garlic cloves, ¾ cup light olive oil, or other flavorless oil of your choice, ½ teaspoon chili flakes, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 tablespoons greek yogurt

Instructions)

  1. Press the garlic into a bowl. Add the egg yolk and mix well.
  2. Add the olive oil in a thin stream while continuously whisking by hand or a hand blender.
  3. Whisk down the yogurt and spices. Add some more salt or lemon juice and garlic  based on taste preference.

It’s time to take a new stance on our choice of meals, especially when on a diet. Radically cutting down fat does not mean more efficiency; it is scientifically proven that once fat is becomes our primary fuel, we will quickly observe weight loss. But also remember, keep your carbohydrates to the bare minimum.

-Sammie Kim 18′

(Featured image designed by Crescentia Jung)

The Insinuating Effect of Valentine’s Day: Impact on Relationships

 Feb. 14 is a day that couples anticipate with excitement and joy… Or is it?

Valentine’s Day – a time to celebrate love in all of its forms. The holiday mainly serves as a time of the year to exhibit appreciation for that special someone or as a chance to take a relationship to the next level. Yet, might Valentine’s Day, despite its primary marketing as a day to enhance romantic relationships, ironically initiate their collapse and end up in a disastrous departure?

As much as holidays can be stressful, people’s relationships might have endured through the bitter winter holidays of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, you name it. Given this fact, they assume that Valentine’s Day will be a cinch. Surprisingly, in a 2004 study conducted at Arizona State University, week before and after February 14th was the ultimate period when higher-than-normal rates of dating breakups occurred in the week compared to other times of the year. To add on to the awe factor, during this two-week term, relationships were over 2.5 times more likely to end. Indeed, the Valentine’s Day itself certainly doesn’t directly lead to breakups. But it is definitely a fact that there is certainly something going on around this much-anticipated amorous anniversary.

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So what exactly is it about this day that makes couples that are tearing apart more inclined to call it quits after Feb. 14?

Let’s face it: women tend to have the big bloated dream of a perfect Valentine’s Day that will unfold like a corny jewelry commercial, decked out with an emotional gift opening, a big, affectionate embrace and a tender lip lock to complete. So when that doesn’t occur in their hoped schedule of the day, they ponder upon the reality if they’re is a problem within their relationships. Moreover, a “wrecked” Valentine’s Day can bring up other relationship anxieties or unpleasant memories to the surface, causing further trouble.

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The researchers of the study explored and came up with two possible causes that may justify the annual Valentine’s Day breakup boost. One reason is that Valentine’s Day causes variety of comparisons that could be damaging to one’s relationship, or so they call it as “instigator hypothesis”. For example, the significant other may not live up to the sky-high social expectations associated with Valentine’s Day because there was nothing special planned for the holiday, no dramatic gift exchange, no reservation at a fancy Italian restaurant, and many more. Such failures to satisfy the partner could definitely be seen as a dangerous impetus, potentially leading to a rocky relationship. The other cause is called “catalyst hypothesis”, when prevailed problems are worsened after Valentine’s Day, serving as a minor push that eventually result in a breakup. Therefore, the extra pressure of Valentine’s Day seems to attribute to already moderately strong and weak relationships on a downward trajectory, leading to increase in breakups as a result. Meaning, these relationships were particularly likely to falter during the Valentine’s Day period by the exacerbation of existing issues.

Despite the research, the outcomes of the 2004 study did not justify the “instigator hypothesis.” Rather, the results showed that couples that were already on a relational rug resurface were the ones more likely to break up around Valentine’s Day, demonstrating the direct example of the “catalyst hypothesis”. Due to this conclusion, it just all comes down to the fact that everyone desires to feel loved and be treated as somebody special, so on days like Valentine’s Day, they want to feel showered with affection like how the society appoints. For those couples experiencing a rough point of their relationship, Valentine’s Day may serve solely as a little side reminder that something is off within their bond. Then follows up the inner restlessness, the barrage of angry conversations and then the parting of ways, so called a breakup. After all, a box of chocolates can’t erase that pain.

 

– Ashley Kim (’18)

KIS Winter Survival Guide 101

We’re done with autumn; now it’s winter time!

November literally flew by, and we’re already into December. And you know what this means; it’s the beginning of the ever so dreaded long, loong, looooong, freezing cold winter of everybody who lives in South Korea experiences. Are you ready to fight the extreme temperature drop, the freezing sky bridge walks, and of course, the classrooms with barely-working heaters? If not, here’s a survival guide to help you through KIS winter; may the odds be ever in your favor!

 

1. Varsity jackets? Padding jackets?

Let’s start with the basics: your outerwear. As a KISian, you’ve probably seen 90% of the students wearing their varsity jackets during the winter. Honestly, varsity jackets keep you extremely warm. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry. You’ve also probably seen countless students from Korean schools wearing their padding jackets. Down jackets are usually quilted and filled with down feathers, which are great for thermal insulation. With the extreme winter that hits South Korea every year, many famous brands such as Descente, The North Face, and Adidas all come out with brand new lines of padding jackets. So whether it be your varsity jacket or padding jacket; make sure to wear what keeps you warm!

Heesun KIm ('17) and Lynn Baik ('17) know how to stay warm!
Heesun Kim (’17) and Lynn Baik (’17) know how to stay warm! (JohnDavid Choi, ’18)

2. Warmers

Warmers, or scarfs, whatever you want to call them; they’re pretty much vital to survive the winter. Keeping your neck warm makes a huge difference in the overall warmness of your body, and you really don’t want to be the only one with chattering teeth. Plus, they come in so many colors and styles. Whether it be red, black, or white. Whether it be an infinity scarf, or a wrap scarf. I guarantee you’ll find the perfect combination you’re looking for. Hunt around places like Gangnam, and get the warmer that will help you survive the winter!

Bryan Kim ('18) feels sleepy, but warm!
Bryan Kim (’18) feels sleepy, but warm! (JohnDavid Choi, ’18)

3. KIS Go-to-places

Some places in KIS are extra warm, and this list just might help you overcome the winter. First off, Mr. McClure’s room is always exceptionally warm (maybe even a little too warm). I don’t know what’s up with his heating system but students usually find themselves sweating in his class, and end up taking off their jackets. But he sometimes opens his windows, and that drops the temperature right back down, so be careful with that! The individual practice rooms can also potentially keep you warm because you can control the temperature on your own (with the heater), and you’re confined in a small space where the heater can quickly take over. Other than those two rooms, I also recommend the theatre room, and of course, the beloved cafeteria.

4. Uggs

I know, uggs are so last year. But what can I say; they’re so freakin’ warm. You’re better off wearing uggs in the winter over sneakers. Also, avoiding chilling your feet isn’t simply a matter of whether you’re warm or cold. According to Ronald Eccles, Ph.D, of Cardiff University, “chilling the feet causes vasoconstriction in the nose”, and “[this] has two common cold-producing effects”, which are the reduction of “immune cells available in the nasal epithelium”, which, inevitably, allows infectious viruses to easily attack our vulnerable bodies. Complicated terms and language aside, cold feet can lead to sickness, and we really want to avoid this; winter cold can get you pretty bad, and it can weaken your body a lot! Basically, the lesson here is: wear uggs!

Stephanie Cha (’18) with her fluffy uggs. (JohnDavid Choi ’18)

5. KIS Must-avoid-places

Of course, KIS also has the complete opposite, absolutely freezing places. The quite obvious one are the two sky bridges; they’re absolutely freezing. You’ve probably encountered the cold breeze that you have no idea where it came from when you’re walking over to the H building from the G building. With the windows on both sides of the bridge, it’s inevitable for the sky bridges to be cold; so walk through them as quickly as possible before you start shivering. Other places to avoid (if you can) include the conference hall area, the first floor of the H building, and the gyms. Of course, if you’re actually exercising and playing sports, the gym will likely not feel cold. But if you aren’t, it’s definitely not the best place to go to if you want to stay warm!

The winter we experience as KISians may not always be the winter wonderland we yearn to be in. However, we’re lucky enough to be treated by Student Council with hot chocos, hot packs, and the winter ball. See, winter isn’t so bad. Plus, you have this survival guide; so have no fear. Make the best of the season, and stay warm so you don’t catch a cold! Happy Winter!

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

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Throwback to the Boardgames

Indulge in reminiscence of your childhood’s classic boardgames.

That time of the year has come, with the leaves changing and falling, temperatures slowly plummeting – but more evidently, more of us are starting to stay at home more often to avoid the chilly weather. In this current day with technology as our very best friend, it would either be our phone or computer placed in our hands when staying home. Yet it is sometimes better to go back to the basics. For those longingly reminiscing the past of hand-held cards and tangible dice, here are some classic board games you undoubtedly miss from your childhood.

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Here we go!

1. Clue

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The suspense. The thrill. Every second of Clue was kept quiet and kept secret. It was your very duty to piece together the who, what, where of a murder mystery. The suspects are Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard, now it is for you to decipher the enigma.

2. Sorry!

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Presumably, everybody plays Sorry! differently. You have to get all four of your own pawns from the start to home by drawing cards. It is as simple as that, but why was this game always so puzzling? 

3. Candyland

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Yummy! (bbs.clutchfans.net)

Ah, the memories. Despite the game being no different from other racing board game, Candyland was somehow always our favorite. It was probably the visual satisfaction—the joy of gaping at the word, “candy” because not allowed digesting it.

4. Battleship

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Another classic game, Battleship was a simple guessing game originated from WWII. Although mostly based on luck, this was one of the games that winners felt most pride and losers were most upset.

5. Taboo

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Frustration (galleryhip.com)

In this game, you had to explain a set of words but with a frustrating “taboo”, a restriction of using the most relevant and obvious words. At the same time, most likely unaware of your struggle and tension, the sand in the hour glass rapidly vanished.

6. Mastermind

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Make it or Break it. (theboardgamefamily.com)

Yes, just like the name reads, Mastermind. This was a game where you became Alan Turing. You were to solve a visually simple four peg pattern but with 1296 different possible patterns in just twelve tries.

7. Operation

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You were either appalled by your first encounter of a patient or thrilled, first dreaming to become a doctor. Although rules were as simple as just to remove an ailment from the patient’s body using a tweezer, it was at the same time risky with extremely small openings and a fearful sounding buzzer.

8. Guess Who?

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Deductive Reasoning (hasbro.com)

Playing Guess Who?, you had to find the best question to flip as many characters that do not correspond with the answer. I remember my first question was always, “Is your character a boy or a girl?”

9. Tumblin’ Monkeys

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Caution is key. (target.com.au)

This game required caution, sound judgement, and alert strength in hands. The pressure was on you to pick and carefully pull out a stick dropping the minimum number of monkeys. But it was certainly impossible to drop none because even monkeys also fall from trees.

10. Mouse Trap

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Although the name seized my attention, Mouse Trap was quite frankly not that exciting to me. It was too much for a five year old to put together simple machines to create a Rube Goldberg mousetrap. Or was it just me and my stupidity?

 

Instead of spending your time—every second to be cherished—with those electromagnetic waves that do you no good, why not dig into the darkest and dustiest part of your closet to find one of these classic board games that had been untouched for years and get that communication going?

– Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

Six Songs to Fall For This Autumn

Here’s an autumnal list of soundtracks perfect for the sweater weather season.

Autumn: more known as the season of toasty marshmallows and bonfires, digging out your mufflers from the back of the closet and indulging into the glorious, glorious carbs just waiting to make you fat. As summer dawns into fall, our tastes for music change as well — the transition is the only explanation for the groovy autumn playlists pulsating in our phones. And while the perspective of good music never changes, there are some songs that just feel more appropriate to the atmospheric vibe as we move from the sandy beaches to the maple orchards. To get you in the leaves-falling, fireworks-popping spirit, here are tracks that celebrate autumn of all its delicious glory.

 

  1. Green Day – “Wake Me Up When September Ends”

This band draws some delightfully bleak parallels between autumn and death in the lyrics. More focusedly, Green Day correlates the season with the death of the legendary singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s father. Therefore, fall, to him, is so unbearably disheartening that he wishes to skip it completely, and asks to literally “wake him up when September ends,” just like the desolate song title.

 

  1. The Weeknd – “King of the Fall”

Just how fall is it? Drinking a spiced, iced pumpkin spice latte out of a venti cup explains everything. The wistful singer associates the appearance of the season every year, yet never promises to be sober in the first place to get into the overall feel of a moody autumn day.

 

  1. Eva Cassidy – “Autumn Leaves”

For those days of the month when self-indulging in a lugubrious anguish seems the only option for a comfortable afternoon, Eva here is gladly willing to enrich you with a strong dose of empathetic sorrow. After all, there’s nothing like a twinge of collective blunder to begin the season, no?

 

  1. John Mayer – “St. Patrick’s Day”

We can listen to some good old John Mayer during any season, but this song in particular is perfect for autumn especially. He confesses with heartfelt vigor about finding his true love in this season that will help him endure the cold and lonely months of winter… or rather, using the weather as an plaintive excuse to stay with his loved one. Despite the lyrics, this is a great song that really captures the mood of the upcoming winter.

 

  1. Yellow Card – “October Nights”

This mellow track describes the pleasant balm of crisp fall afternoons cuddled against girlfriend, adopting a romanticized simplicity and painting a cozy picture of sweet love bloomed in the season of autumn – going on a date to a pumpkin patch says it all.

 

  1. Ed Sheeran – “Autumn Leaves”

Another song titled “Autumn Leaves” – and this time sung by our favorite acoustic-meets-pop singer songwriter Ed Sheeran. Typically, the best fall songs are about daydreaming, sleeping, or wandering around aimlessly. This track is no different – in the classic Ed Sheeran style, this passionate song soulfully captures the feeling of melancholic yearning of your love leaving. Very autumn-esque and moving, a melody that goes wonderfully with a steaming mocha latte and a nice knitted sweater.

 

Little things like a good song and good company are what sums up fall best. What’s your style of nostalgic, reminiscent autumn tracks?

 

– Ashley Kim (’18)

How to Multitask Like a Pro

Sometimes multitasking really is the only way to fit in all of your priorities.

When you think of “multitask”, do you envision yourself worn down, or maybe just not getting anything productive done because you are doing a little of everything halfway? This is a common view of the particular word, and for good reason. In the fast-paced world we live in today, it’s a miracle if we only have one or two tasks to finish a day. Therefore, the tactic of multitasking has become a fundamental skill in our lifestyles utilized by everyone, regardless of the position or management. Though everyone’s work habits may differ, there’s certainly an adequate style of art to effectively multitasking.  

Just trying to do all your workload at once can be undeniably counter-productive…unless you know how to do it, despite the general consensus. Here are five multitasking tips for better productivity that will help you juggle more than five tasks altogether.

 

  1. Divide Your Work into Small Chunks of Time

Not everyone realizes that productivity actually increases when you work on one type of work for short periods of time instead of a long, extended length. Start out with setting a timer for a reasonable period to get one task done, and dedicate yourself completely to it for that certain duration. When your time is up, immediately switch to your next task and set your timer again. Continue alternating between all your tasks within one, full-on concentrated sitting. With this tactic, it will cease the “burnout” feeling you get every time when spending endless hours on one assignment, while keeping your mind fresh and clear, since you won’t lose sight of everything else anymore.

 

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  1. Ensure to Prioritize

….and don’t forget to be realistic. Each day, begin with a list of the things you have to accomplish. You’re in the clear if you end up with the important tasks finished first and the less important ones still waiting (but partly done – definitely not ignored) to be completed. For those tasks that didn’t get settled yet, confirm that they have a place on the top of tomorrow’s task list, and make sure to actually get them done on that day.

 

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  1. Take Productive Breaks

“Taking breaks is useless!”

…said no successful person ever.

Breaks are an absolutely necessary part of working in the high velocity lifestyle, as long as you go back to your tasks immediately. Okay, it’s normal to be feeling like you’re slacking off at first. However, taking some time to pry your eyes off from the computer and away from your desk for awhile is not only obligatory to a healthy well-being, but also a great way to re-energize for the next round of workload. According to the productivity experts, one should take a break every 50-90 minutes for about 15-20 minutes, since the average person’s attention span is really short. For instance, take about ten to twenty minutes to go for a quick walk, watch a YouTube video or two, listen to some music, or just have a water break. Ideally, this advice will cut down the stress factor, which is essential for your dynamic welfare. Although rather than obsessing about keeping to the ideal length, find your own rhythm and stick to it.

 

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  1. Toggle Well

Productive multitasking really comes down to toggling, and how successfully you execute it. It’s best to toggle between two tasks, (three if you must) but only if you’re positive you can do so efficiently. In spite of that, the odds are when trying to write an email, talk on the phone, and draw up a research report, you’re bound to make mistakes somewhere in the line. By just toggling between two tasks, you’re trying to save time while still avoiding mess-ups. So do one task and then the other – even if you don’t finish the first one before moving on to the second and the third. Remember, you can always come back to the first task. Use your time effectively as well – procrastinating would just make matters worse.

 

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  1. Time Management Is Key

Time is money, people. You can organize and prioritize all you want, but in the end, unless you incorporate time management into everything, all the previously given tips will become totally useless. Once you have your list of tasks set up and prearranged, you need to make a clear deadline. After that, estimate the approximate time each task you think should take you. For the less important ordeals, confine yourself – don’t spend more than a certain amount of time on catching up with minor personal affairs if you know you have more important things to do on hand.

 

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Ultimately, multitasking is not for everyone. However, when these tips are applied regularly to your everyday lives, they will make a significant difference in how you relate to those you connect with, as well as how well you pull off your tasks. After some time, you will find yourself absorbing far more with each duty than if you tried to lump them in the same old way as before.

 

– Ashley Kim (’18)