Month: May 2012

The monk who sang Ave Maria at Myeongdong Cathedral


During the Parochial mass on the 27th, the day before Buddha’s Birthday, ‘Ave Maria’ rang across the cathedral. Ave Maria was composed by an Italian composer Giulio Caccini to the words of the annunciation made by Archangel Gabriel to Maria of Nazareth with the words ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, our Lord is with thee’ in Luke 1:30.
Bhiksuni (biguni) Jung-yul Sunim sang the song. When she finished singing her own Buddhist hymn ‘Hyang-sim’ (向心) it was greeted with thunderous applause.
Jung-yul Sunim is the top vocal singer for the Korean Buddhist community, making her debut while she was still a Samaneri in 1988. Having performed over 1,000 times, she helped found the tri-religious women’s musical group ‘Samso (三笑) Music Society’ between Catholics, Buddhists and Won Buddhists. The performance today was made possible by a request from a Catholic nun, herself a member of the Samso group.


Jung-yul sees no point of hiding behind the walls of religious dogma and said ‘other religions should be embraced much as we should embrace other people’s parents as they were our own.’ She added that ‘Cardinal Jung Jin-suk is to give a welcoming message for Buddha’s birthday this year at Jogye Temple and I thought I would make a meaningful contribution by coming here and singing a song. That brought me here.’


The Archdiocese of Seoul has put on a banner welcoming Buddha’s Birthday on the cathedral front gate since the 25th.

“As Chatolic person, i’m so proud with my fellow in South Korean, They communicate not because their beliefs are weak but out of respect for each other. “

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South Korean Customs Seize Pills Containing Dead Baby Powder

The recent uproar in the Western media over the discovery of capsules containing the dried remains of aborted foetuses by South Korean customs is still attracting considerable attention from news outlets such as the Daily Mail and the BBC but how was this unsettling news received in Korea?

When the story first broke several weeks ago, it was not covered here for one simple reason: koreaBANG talks about whatever Korean netizens are talking about, and netizens weren’t talking — at least not about this. Still, the Korean media has continued, periodically, to produce further updates and analysis on the horrific reality of the production of the capsules in China, how they were smuggled into South Korea to be discovered by customs, as well as how the matter should be handled, with the most recent cluster of articles appearing just yesterday.

According to major South Korean news outlets, the capsules in question were produced in China, where traffickers were allegedly purchasing aborted foetuses from clinics or directly from women, storing them at home in small refrigerators, then returning to another hospital where the remains of the foetuses were microwave dried and ground into a fine powder to make the capsules. The gruesome contents of the pills were revealed when DNA tests demonstrated that up to 97.3% of the contents were from human remains, and that in some cases these were from three separate foetuses. Furthermore, earlier reports in mainstream papers described how South Korean customs officers had sized over 17,000 capsules between August 2011 and March 2012.

It is important to bear in mind that this is not the first scandal of its kind in East Asia, where the trade for illegal, supposedly traditional panaceas is well-established, and regularly makes the news. According to a Nate News article  which appeared on April 29, the same capsules had been discovered in China last summer, at which time Korean investigations revealed that the capsules were not available in South Korea. Though the Chinese government was keen to clamp down on the trade of these “supplements”, production continued and they eventually found their way into the South Korean black market. The media soon reported that this was made possible by members of the Joseonjok community, Chinese of Korean descent who for the most part live in North-East China and the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, and some netizens have also picked up on this. Rather than lamenting the sad reality of a trade that involves not only the cannibalisation of aborted foetuses, but equally the trafficking of products from many endangered species as well as dangerous additives, some have responded in a nationalist vein to the news, highlighting racial tensions that would make most people extremely uncomfortable. And not for the first time.

Since the story is still a current issue in South Korea, both as a consequence of the shocking facts involved in the case and to a lesser extent the influence of the foreign media interest in the topic, below are a selection of comments to show how netizens have reacted to the news over time.

However, despite sensationalist foreign media coverage, it seems that many netizens weren’t stirred to comment on the discovery of the illegal pills at all.

If something like this is possible coming from the Chinese economy, then what don’t we know about what is being exported to us?

If I find out that something has ingredients from China, I don’t eat it, period.

If the label on any “food” item says it was made in China, I wouldn’t dream of putting it in my mouth.  Their “candy” items reek of plastic.

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YOHIO 16-year-old Swedish blond bombshell wows Japanese fans

TOKYO (majirox news) — A new force has arrived on the Japanese visual kei scene, a genre among J-rock musicians characterized by elaborate make-up, extreme hairstyles, flashy costumes and sometimes an androgynous look. It has its own particular sound related to glam, rock, punk and heavy metal.

A 16-year-old named Yohio with long blond hair wearing frilled dresses and playing fast, sweeping, picking guitar is making waves with a debut album, Reach the Sky, scheduled for release by Universal Music later in April. The six-track album is composed of songs sung in Japanese, instrumentals, rock, pop, techno, classic, a growling death voice and even rap.

The striking singer/guitarist is not Japanese but Swedish, and despite the dresses and make-up he wears on stage, male.

Yohio comes from a musical family and has played instruments since the age of six, forming a band, Seremedy, three years ago to play his songs. Seremedy has now played at Japan’s V-rock festival, with a single released in Japan and Europe. He will be hosting an event for his debut album in Tokyo on April 28 for 200 fans to be chosen by lot.

Why would a Swedish boy want to sing in Japanese while wearing a dress? In an interview, he gave some reasons.

“I feel Japanese suits the rhythm of rock music better than does English,” Yohio said. “I grew up enjoying Japanese music and anime”, and added, “You don’t have to be Japanese to be a visual kei artist.”

And the gender ambiguity? “The androgynous visual presentation of musicians which transcends the common social perception of gender appeals to me.”

So what do the fans think?

“I wasn’t surprised by his look, but the dude is Swedish and I was shocked when I saw him,” said one female fan on the Asian Junkie website.

A male fan said he loves the sound “and he looks like a girl. I thought he was a really cute girl till I heard him sing.”

“It’s like Japanese anime turning into reality,” another fan said. And there, maybe, you have the appeal of the genre.

Visual kei is spreading worldwide via YouTube and similar sites, with Japanese bands performing outside Japan, headlining and playing guest spots at cosplay conventions and similar Japanese pop culture events.

Of course, there are those who shake their heads, claiming that visual kei is more about dressing up than it is about music and that the sexual and gender ambiguity is distasteful. As a result, the genre is somewhat sidelined, but it doesn’t stop a blond Swedish boy from rocking out in full drag and thrilling Japanese fans with his Japanese language and guitar skills (not to mention his visual appeal).

And… given the way that Japan’s entertainment industry works, we will probably soon be seeing Yohio on TV

A place I need to visit on vacation

I wonder why Indonesia people wasting money for vacation out of the country, while in this country there is still a lot of vacation destination, follow my references :

The landscape of hills in West Manggarai, Pink Beach, Flores, NTT, Friday (10/6/2011). The beach is famous for its reddish colored sands became one of the favourite locations for tourists to enjoy the beauty of underwater

Tourists enjoy the charm of the lake Kelimutu in Ende, East Nusa Tenggara, Sunday (8/1/2012).Lake Kelimutu offers natural beauty, is still attraction of domestic and foreign tourists who visited the island of Flores.

Residents of Kampung Adat Bena, Ngada, Flores, NTT, playing traditional music in the framework of new home construction ceremony, Tuesday (17/6/2011). The village was about 1,200 year, full of ancient architecture and megalithic culture.

Tourists in Jatiluwih, Tabanan, Bali

Rice field and dense trees be a sight at one corner of the village Kumumu, district Jengkat Renah, Regency Merangin Jambi.

so,… awesome destination right???, and i must saving money to go there this year

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)

Reluctantly or otherwise, Facebook is the place most of us have chosen to share our lives online. In spite of its many useful features, the social media site can be a constant source of annoyance, embarrassment, and trouble if you make a few stupid decisions you might not even realize you’re making. Fortunately, with a little effort, you can get Facebook under your control.

Stupid Thing #1: You Don’t Regularly Audit Your Approved Apps

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)How many applications have you approved on Facebook? There are probably a few you don’t even know about. When, for example, someone auto-shares an article through a news app (which has the potential to be hilarious and embarrassing), you have to approve the app just to read that article. The same goes for answering survey questions, participating in games, and basically interacting with half the stuff your friends post to their news feeds.

The problem: Apps have a lot of access to your personal data. You don’t know exactly what they’re seeing or what they’re doing with it, so it’s important you audit your apps once a month to ensure you haven’t inadvertently approved anything you don’t want or forgotten about an app you don’t use anymore.

The solution: Auditing is pretty easy to accomplish. To start, visit your app settings page and you’ll be presented with a list of the apps you’re supposedly using. Facebook attempts to order the apps by how recently you’ve authorized them, but in my experience it tends to get a few things wrong. Nonetheless, go through the list of apps and delete anything that you don’t recognize or don’t want anymore by clicking the X by its name. You’ll also see an Edit link that will display detailed information about what the app can do, plus a few settings. If you want to restrict an app without deleting it, just click that Edit link and change what you want. Changes are saved as you make them, so you don’t have to worry about saving.

Once you’re done, your app list will be nice and tidy. Just make sure you mark a day on your calendar next month to do it again. You might be surprised by what you’ll find.

Stupid Thing #2: You Don’t Filter Your News Feeds

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)The problem: Is your news feed a long list of crap you don’t want to dig through to find the few posts you actually want to read? You may have too many friends—which we’ll get to next—but it’s more likely that you’re not filtering anything at all.

The solution: Facebook does a decent job of deciding what’s important and what’s not, but your help is necessary. If you have a friend who posts mostly crap to your news feed, you can tell Facebook to filter out anywhere from some to all of their posts. Just hover over their message in your feed and click the downward-facing triangle on the upper-right side. You’ll see that you’re subscribed to the person who posted the message and you have the option to receive All Updates, Most Updates, or Only Important Updates so Facebook knows how much to show you. Additionally, you can unsubscribe from that person’s updates altogether (without unfriending them), or just from their comments and likes. In fact, you can even unfollow from the notification alerts menu, too. This is a great way to build a news feed without constant posts from people who annoy you.

If these filtering options aren’t good enough, you’ll want to check out a great extension called SocialFixer. It provides exceptional filtering options. We’ll talk about it more a little later, but if you want to learn more about it right now go check out our guide.

Stupid Thing #3: You Don’t Manage Your Privacy Settings

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)The problem: Facebook and privacy haven’t always gotten along swimmingly, but if you put in a little effort you can mostly control how Facebook uses and shares your data. You want to exert this control Facebook has provided because you’re setting yourself up for disaster if you don’t. The most common and obvious issue is that employers use Facebook to check out prospective hires. With so much information publicly available, it’s not only cheaper than a background check but often better as well. Despite the risks, 13 million people have yet to even touch their privacy settings. It should go without saying, but this is pretty stupid.

The solution: Managing your Facebook privacy is not hard to do. If you don’t want to waste a lot of time, you can always err on the safe side and lock down as much as possible. Just visit your privacy settings page and don’t allow anything at all. This will reduce Facebook’s functionality, of course, but you won’t have to worry too much about exposing private information. That said, putting in a little more effort can get you the best of both worlds. You’ll have to spend a little time figuring out the exact settings you want and then taking the time to update those settings on a regular basis. To stay abreast of everything you need to know about managing your Facebook privacy, bookmark our always up-to-date guide.

Stupid Thing #4: You Complain About Facebook Features You Hate But Don’t Fix Them

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)The problem: A Facebook update rarely goes by without a few people creating petitions to change it back. Regardless of whether or not these petitions are legitimate, if you don’t like a given feature you can remove it yourself.

The solution: All it takes is one extension: SocialFixer. The extension works on practically every web browser and can get rid of just about anything you hate. Our guide will walk you through all of its features, but here are a few examples:

  • Turn off the chat bar
  • Always show both your Facebook message inboxes
  • Prevent Facebook from auto-loading posts
  • Filter out messages you don’t want to see
  • Turn off timeline (for yourself)

Those are just a few of the many options available. If there’s something you don’t like about Facebook, don’t complain about it. Just get SocialFixer and take care of the problem yourself.

Stupid Thing #5: You Friend Everybody

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)The problem: Facebook began as a private club for Harvard students, slowly opening up to other schools and, eventually, the world. It was designed so you could add friends that were actually your friends. When the social media site ballooned into what it is today, you’d end up with friend requests from people you hardly know or met online. Not only did this end up creating an unmanageably large friend list, but you’d end up sharing personal information with people you don’t really know. Many of us are now stuck with bloated friends lists that are too difficult to manage because we didn’t realize the problem until it was too late, and studies are finding that this is actually making us unhappy. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to get your enormous friend count to something more reasonable.

The solution: Send out a message to all your “friends” to let them know you’re cleaning house. Post a message to your wall saying that you’re cleaning house, asking anyone who wants to remain “friends” to send you a message to let you know. Post this message a few times over the course of a week and keep a list of anyone who sends you a request to stay. Additionally, visit your Facebook notifications page to see who you’ve interacted with to help you figure out who else you want to keep around. Once you’ve got a good list together and a week or two has passed, it’s time to start deleting. This can take a long time if you do it manually, but a GreaseMonkey script called FacebookDeletes can make the process much easier. The script allows you to batch-delete Facebook friends by entering in the friends you want to keep. It’ll take care of getting rid of the rest. Once you’re done, you’ll have cleaned house and only have the people on your list.

Mistakes can be made, of course, so if you don’t want to completely rid yourself of the not-quite-friends on your list you should turn on subscriptions for your account. This will turn anyone who sends you a friend request into a subscriber, regardless of whether or not you accept it. This way they can have access to any public information you post but nothing you want to keep private.

Stupid Thing #6: You Let Facebook Spam Your Email Inbox with Notifications

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)The problem: Facebook likes to keep you on Facebook, and one way of doing that is emailing you tons of notifications whenever anything happens. It doesn’t matter if it’s the epitome of minutiae—it’s a reminder that you should be wasting more time on their social media monopoly. These notifications can be useful, as you probably do want to know when some things happen, but they’re overwhelming if you’re getting too many. The upside is that notifications are pretty easy to manage with just a few alterations to your settings.

The solution: To get started, visit your Facebook notification settings page. At first you might be a little overwhelmed because there are a lot of options, but it’s not as bad as you may think. Under the “All Notifications” header you’ll see a list of categories. Expand them all and you’ll see several conditions that will cause you to receive an email or even a text message. In my opinion, the best way to start is by turning off every notification in every category. Once you’ve done that, go back through the list and decide what you actually want to receive. The list is long and you may grow a little impatient when deciding what you want, so if everything is unchecked you’ll end up with fewer enabled notifications if you start rushing through the list. If you do forget to turn something on that you care about, you can always go back and change it later.

Another (and, I think, better) option is turning off all of your notifications and creating a daily digest of updates. This way you only receive one email per day with a bunch of relevant Facebook activity. You get all the same information, but it’s consolidated into a single message. For something in between, check out The Friend Mail, which can also create a daily digest but will notify you about birthdays and important events more urgently. However you prefer to get Facebook updates in your email, there’s a way to make it happen.

Stupid Thing #7: You Spend All of Your Time on Facebook

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)The problem: How much of your time do you spend on Facebook? Apparently a lot of it. It’s kind of amazing you’re not on Facebook right now. There’s also a very good chance you found this post via Facebook. Facebook, Facebook, Facebook! Although it can be a fun distraction, it’s probably one of the best procrastination tools you’ve got. Even one visit per day can derail your productivity. If Facebook is getting in the way of getting things done, it’s probably time to quit—but not really.

The solution: You can quit Facebook without actually quitting Facebook, effectively making it a lot less distracting. This means disabling a lot of features and locking down your privacy settings (as we’ve previously discussed). If that’s too much for you, start tracking the time you spend online and see when you use Facebook the most. Doing so can help you reclaim your time and start using it more effectively. This way you can still use Facebook, but you can avoid it at the times it hurts your productivity the most. If you can pull that off, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

But Wait, There’s More!

Facebook can be a breeding ground for a lot of stupid choices and plenty of mistakes—we just didn’t have enough room or time to list them all. Here are a few more if you want to go even further:

You’re not using HTTPS.
You’re friending people from the office.
You’re oversharing.
Your password is insecure.
You let Facebook track you.
You keep falling for scams.
You’re not following us (just kidding—sort of).

And the list could go on. What are some of the dumb things you’ve done on Facebook and how did you fix them? Let us know in the comments!

source : Lifehacker