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Over the past week, I have spent a lot of time editing films and scripts. In fact, the more time I spend working on film-based projects, the more energized I feel about them. With two in-the-can, I only have two more projects to finish. It’s a good thing I have just under two weeks until deadline on the more important of the two.

However, with all the emphasis being placed on travel-show videos, it doesn’t mean that I don’t get out and have a little fun. Today, I had a few free minutes and elected to stop by my favorite furniture store in Dongtan. Not because I wanted to go shopping, but because I wanted to play with puppies.

Jo and I have been blessed with this store and the nicest dog I’ve met in a long time. Every time I pass by the store, I spend a few minutes giving her love, and now she recognizes me. When she sees me coming down the street, her tail starts wagging and then gives me tons of kisses when I get there.

I had been concerned, since over the past few weeks she hasn’t been around. I soon realized that she finally gave birth. Now, she has four lovely babies with her as well. I’ve gone back twice now and will probably continue to play with these little guys until they’re sold or given away. Part of me wants to take them home, because, as you’ll see in the video, they are filled with cuteness!

Have a great weekend!

Written by Steve Miller

October 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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

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

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.

The Blossoms of Yeouido (여의도)

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Yeouido Path

The weather this past weekend was fantastic. In fact, I think it was really the first time this spring that we had two consecutive sunny days on Saturday and Sunday. With that in mind, Jo and I decided that we’d finally take in some of the sights in Seoul and experience the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom!

The destination of choice for this outing was Yeouido (여의도). We chose this for a few reasons: 1) It has some of the best displays of cherry blossoms in Seoul, 2) it’s along the Han River, and 3) we were hoping to get a chance to explore the sights of Yeouido!

Where the laws are passed... and they have a few fights!

With that in mind, we jumped on our trusty RED EXPRESS bus and made our way into Seoul. Once in Gangnam, it was time to transfer to the Metro-9 Line and go to our first destination: The National Assembly Building! The great thing about the Metro-9 Line is that they have two lines – a regular (all stop) and an express. The express goes to Yeouido in 4 stops. Talk about a quick ride! Jo and I opted for that, exited at Yeouido, then re-boarded the all stop Metro-9 for the National Assembly.

What’s really nice about the Assembly area, is that people flock to it for picnics and get-togethers! It reminds me a lot of the way people visit the Mall in DC for fun times with friends and family. Part of the reason the grounds were packed was in front, there was a memorial for the lost souls of the Cheonan.

Prayers for the departed.

This display was quite moving, as it had photographs of all 46 dead and lost crew members. People could come up and write a note to the seaman or his family and place it on the memorial. On the National Assembly Building itself, there was a huge banner hanging down.

After spending an hour at the Assembly, Jo and I ventured out to the Han River area to see the Cherry Blossoms. We were not disappointed! The petals  were starting to fall and there was plenty to see and do along the main path and along the river.

We walked down to the end of the island and then started walking back along the river. It was so much fun to see people playing, riding bikes, and generally having a good time. Jo and I were fortunate to time our arrival near sunset, so were blessed with some great views as the sun went down.

The setting sun at Yeouido Hangang Park.

For more pictures, check out the album. Here’s the video:

Written by Steve Miller

April 27, 2010 at 4:00 am

The Mini…

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A different kind of mini

When I hear the word “mini” the first thing that comes to mind is the Mini Cooper. It was first seen in the 1960s and became an icon of that generation. Hell, how many times have you see a British film and a quaint little Mini zoomed in and out of frame. As 2000 approached, the Mini gained new popularity. The new Minis are stylish, and from I hear, are quite roomy inside, even for a man of my stature.

But here in Dongtan, mini takes on a whole new meaning.

Last fall, when I was walking around this small town trying to find my apartment, I stumbled across a small re-creation of the Hwaseong Fortress. I was quite impressed and have always wanted to go back. Now that spring has returned, I took some time out this afternoon to visit the park. The only problem was that I didn’t quite remember where it was. Sure it was close to my apartment, but on which street I had no clue.

So with a few hours to kill, I started walking.

And walking I did. After an hour, I finally stumbled upon the park… and only on my way back home for lunch at that. It was just as I remembered it. A beautiful re-creation of the fortress with no one in it, set up against the hills of Dongtan. The reason I wanted to find this place, is I have a sneaky suspicion, that once the weather gets really nice, tons of people are going to flock to this park and I really want to try and get Jo here before then to take pictures of all the buildings and fountains. It really is something special, that not many in the city know about and I think her beautiful eye for photography can do it more justice than my writing. When we do head back, I plan on taking my camera with me and making a quick little video.

I hope that you have a great day and that your weekend is spectacular! What is everyone going to do?

Written by Steve Miller

April 23, 2010 at 4:14 am

The Bridge on the way to work

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A quick view.

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April 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

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