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Recap: SeoulTube2010

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Photo by Hyunwoo Sun

The weekend has come and gone, and with it SeoulTube 2010! I had originally wanted to host a gathering in 2009, but never got around to organizing it. I wanted 2010 to be different, especially since there’s been a surge of great people coming into Korea making videos.

I thought it would be great if 20 or 30 people would come out and mingle. That’s not what happened! Instead over 60 arrived at Banpo Park, including a rep from Google/YouTube Korea.

As with my attendance at the 2008 San Francisco gathering, I opted not to take out my camera and just experience the event. I’m glad I did, since this gathering was quite different from that one and others my friends have attended or hosted. What I mean by this is usually 80% of the attendees make videos and everyone wants to make collaborations. At our event, I figure only 20% of the attendees made videos.

That ratio was surprising, but very cool. Because I really wanted to reach out and meet the viewing audience. As YouTubers, one can see view counts and read/respond to comments, but rarely do you ever see and interact with someone who doesn’t make videos. Having this opportunity to sit down and get to know people made everything worth while.

The other amazing thing about the event, was that we had people traveling from all over Korea to gather. I was thrilled to finally meet people who I’ve been watching for a long time, but were in other cities. I only wished I had more time and the event was longer.

A sincere thank you to everyone who came out and especially to Hyunwoo Sun for making the event a great success.

Check out Youngjun’s Video of the event!

Written by Steve Miller

September 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

Monday… Monday

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From the media pole!

The past few days have been amazing, but alas it is Monday once more and time to focus and get ready for work.

This past weekend was a great little get-away for Jo and I since we had a lot on our to-do list. It entailed traveling all over Seoul, picking up items from Craig’s List, seeing movies, breaking bread with friends, and visiting historic sites.

Probably the best part about the weekend, is that we just kind of took things step-by-step, having a few ideas of what we wanted to do , but being open to other opportunities along the way.

For example, we had completed all of our shopping on Saturday and had a few hours to kill before meeting up with our friends for dinner. While on the bus to Sinchon (신촌), we passed by a Megabox movie theater and decided to see if something was playing. We opted for Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl.

It looked like it was going to be a cute comedy, and there were moments, but in the long run, it fell flat and was predictable. But for Jo and I, it served its purpose and allowed us some down time and time to get out of the summer heat in Korea. (Seriously, when is it going to end?)

Over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing some video footage to put together a quick video about a normal weekend in Korea. I hope you’re downtime was fulfilling. What did you do?

Written by Steve Miller

September 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

SeoulTube 2010

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It’s high time the Land of the Morning Calm hosts a YouTube Gathering, and what better place than Seoul- the nation’s capital.

Come join myself and cohost Hyunwoo Sun (ever4one) as we host SeoulTube 2010 right on the Han river at Banpo Hangang Park.

We’re planning on starting around 5pm on September 25th, so bring some food and beverages to enjoy while meeting others that utilize our favorite site. So come one, come all to this gathering whether you make videos or just enjoy watching them!

Got questions? Write them below or shoot me a message!

When: 2010-9-25, 5pm
Where: Banpo Hangang Park

See you there!

Written by Steve Miller

August 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

A date with Jack Sparrow…

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Tres Amigos

Since Jo’s been gone, I’ve tried to be good about going out each weekend with some friends. You see, during the week, time files because of work, but on the weekend it just drags. This past weekend, I made arrangements to go river rafting with Awesome Korea. I’ve been rafting several times over the course of my life, but when I discovered Awesome Korea on Facebook, I really wanted to give it a go.

But white water rafting is best shared with friends. So last month, I opted to try to get the entire male teaching staff to come along with me. Several were interested, but when the time came to commit, only John and Jeff were up to the challenge. Jeff also invited his longtime friend Michelle along, so the four of us set off for adventure and fun.

The package put forth by Awesome Korea was pretty nice. For W42,000, they’ll pick you up in Seoul, drive you to Yeongwll, give you lunch, get you on the water, and ship you home. I was sold, but didn’t know how good the tour would be.

I’ll say this, the tour was solid. Transportation was right on time and awesome. We had a great charter bus, complete with 3D TV and Noraebang. It takes about 3 hours to get to Yeongwel. Once there, we had lunch with everyone on our bus. The ran came down just a little, so the hot kimchi jjigae really hit the spot. With that downed, we were driven to the launching point.

Jeff, John, and I were kind of at a loss, since none of us thought enough to bring other shoes for the day’s trip. Only Michelle had extra footwear. Thankfully, they were selling aquasocks next to the river. Even better, they had my size. The three of us bought the shoes. They were a godsend.

Before we knew it, we were on the boat and paddling down the river. Jack Sparrow (from Awesome Korea) said that the rapids were medium. It would be more accurate to say nearly non-existent. Most of the river was slow and calm. Sure there were rapids, but nothing like I’m used to. In fact, in all the trip, I’d say there was one good set.

You might think by reading this, that I had a bad time or was disappointed, but the fact is I had a great time. Most of the day, we would row up to other rafts and engage in water fights. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. If you’d like to get away during the hot summer in Korea, this is a great day-trip.

Written by Steve Miller

July 19, 2010 at 4:30 am

Little Travellers’ Seoul Scavenger Hunt

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Founded in 2005, Little Travellers assists the Hillcrest HIV/AIDS Center in South Africa. The Korean chapter held an exciting scavenger hunt in Seoul on July 10th to help raise funds. I teamed up with “Chris in South Korea” to tackle from of the more difficult tasks. It was an amazing day and we met some great people along the way.

Back and Ready for Action!!!!

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Who knew?

There’s something about a great cup of coffee. There’s something even better about getting it from the source. For the past few weeks, I’ve been absent from the internet, and now that I’m back, I’m extremely thankful I have my trusty morning beverage by my side as I go through hundreds of messages.

Where have I been on vacation??? Jo and I traveled to the Republic of Indonesia and have absolutely enjoyed our time there. While visited the nation back in 2007, I never really had the opportunity to explore its sights and culture. Jo had never been and our visit was two-fold. Not only did it serve as our honeymoon, but Jo has an old school/best friend that lives in Jakarta that she hasn’t seen in ages. This was the perfect trip for us!

What we did during our time in Jakarta will be the subject of upcoming posts, so I won’t spoil the details here… but I will say that I haven’t taken this many photos in a long time… then there’s the 45gb of video I took. I haven’t even started going through the footage yet; however, the image above is from the McDonald’s in Bali. Who knew that Ronald had such moves.

So how does one spend their time in Indonesia? One does it by being a tourist! Jo and I love exploring things, so when planning the trip, I let Jo handle everything with the caveat that I wanted a few easy days to relax, since after all, it was a vacation. On most days during our vacation, we started the morning at 6am or earlier… and ended the sight-seeing expeditions after 10pm. I have to hand it to Jo, she did an amazing job or putting together THE perfect itinerary. We had it all, great sights, great friends, great food, and a great time together.

While in Indonesia, we spent our time in three locations: Jakarta (the nation’s capital city), Jogjakarta (in central Java), and all over the island of Bali. Each of the three locations had something different to offer. Jakarta is a robust city, where the split between the “Haves” and the “Have-nots” is blatantly clear. It has some amazing attractions (not to mention very cheap). Jogjakarta brought us to the mystical side of Indonesia with a pair of magic trees and the largest Buddhist Temple in the world. Then there’s Bali, Indonesia’s Hindu paradise.

As I start the process of going through my materials, also be prepared for a few upcoming Korean Video projects. Currently, I’m updating the intro/outro for the travel projects. Before my departure, I also streamlined my videos online (and wound up removing half for various reasons). One of the things I’m really excited about is returning to Gyeongbokgung to re-shoot the video there in HD. It should prove to be amazing!

I hope you’re all doing well and thanks for sticking around and get ready for a fun, new year!

Written by Steve Miller

June 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

The Race to Seoul

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Hyunwoo Sun and Steve Miller

This past weekend I had the opportunity to race with a friend. The whole story started a month ago, when Jo and met with Hyunwoo Sun in Seoul for a mini-gathering. At that time, he mentioned that he uses the subway heavily and oftens find it faster than any other mode of transportation in the city.

Coming from the outlying areas, I find the subway convenient, but very slow. Jo and I have spent a lot of time learning various bus routes and have found that we can get anywhere around the city faster than if we relied solely on the subway. This gave Jo the idea that Hyunwoo and I should race to see which one, the bus or subway, was the speediest method of transportation. We both loved the idea, since many Koreans only rely on the subway and most foreigners are too intimidated to learn bus routes.

But just how to go about it???

Since Hyunwoo had never traveled to Dongtan, I thought I’d invite him out for the day. He arrived Saturday morning and we spent a good two hours walking and playing around. He brought Jin Seokjin with him, and I have to say the four of us had a great time.

But it wasn’t long before it was time to get down to business. The race was simple: start from the bronze statue in the Dongtan Town Center and race to the statue of king Sejong in Gwanghwamun Plaza. Jo and I would take the bus and Hyunwoo and Seokjin would take the metro.

The entire experience was awesome and I was surprised at the result. It took me a day to edit all the footage and to see who won, you’ll have to watch the video.


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May 4, 2010 at 8:00 am