Thursday, May 28, 2009

단오인 오늘

It's Dano Festival (단오, 端午) today but the mood in Seoul is anything but celebratory.

First, the number of H1N1 Influenza A cases has risen to 29. There is fear that the number of cases will continue to rise as those infected were reported to have been in contact with the public before they were isolated.

Second, the North has nullified the Korean War armistice and threatened military action should the South attempts to intercept any of its ships under the ambit of the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative.

Third, the nation is mourning the sudden departure of their ex-president, Roh Moo-hyun. He entered the harsh world of politics because of people and he departed this world also because of people. He said that its his destiny but he left the nation in deep grief. After the national funeral tomorrow, a mass demonstration against the current president is expected to follow.

Am I feeling the heat? My answer is a positive 'yes' and I mean it in a literal way. The current temperature is 30.5degC and it feels like midsummer outside.

Perhaps all the happenings are just some midsummer madness. Whatever happens, I am not about to flee the country although I keep thinking about what happen if missiles from the North started raining down on Seoul. Guess what was the answer that came out from my mind? "Retreat to Busan" was the answer.

I wonder why I didn't think of going back home even though there are dumplings waiting for me.


  1. It's even hotter in singapore!
    We're around 32-34 degree Celsius everyday~

  2. That's Singapore weather :)

    It will be very hot soon but I think I will like the summer here. I am already thinking about the beaches, water theme parks and patbingsu ^^

  3. You didn't think of going back home because your heart is already there....

    original time stamp: 30 May 2009 18:44

  4. there can be more than one reason but definitely not the above or i would have stated it since it is the most likely answer. i guess there are still some things that are not done yet ^^

    original time stamp: 31 May 2009 17:01