What do Korean Boyband MBLAQ and Nollywood Have in Common?
The answer: My interest.
Earlier I mentioned a post about the now far, far away July concert Mblaq held this summer - but, and I am sorry, I won’t be giving the concert it’s one post after all. However, I would like to make a quick mention that the group is now staring on a show in Korea call “Idol Manager”. The point is to show a more natural side of members much like the idea behind popular variety show “Hello Baby”. And member Lee Joon (Lee Changsun) is also taking part in the fourth season of the variety show “We Got Married” alongside actress Oh Yeon-seo - yes, that’s right ladies, Lee Joon is temporarily off the market, holding another woman’s hand on camera. Just endure it, endure it.
In other news, Franklin College’s Honor Society held their first movie screening tonight - Nollywood Babylon. I had never heard of Nollywood before tonight, but this Nigerian film industry is actually the third largest in the world right after Bollywood (India) and Hollywood (USA). Another fun fact is that films in Nigeria are typically produced within a $15,000 budget. Incredible. The documentary, Nollywood, Babylon shows you how Nigerian films are made and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at an industry unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It also opens the door to a-whole-nother realm of controversial topics that will become - and really already are - huge issues for not only Nigeria but the rest of the world soon. In short I highly suggest taking a break, procrastinate on your other homework for a little bit, and watch this documentary - it’s incredible.
Where in the World Am I Now?
As you may or (in most cases) may not know, I have returned to Switzerland!
I’m not quite sure what implications I mean with that exclamation point, but we’ll figure it out along the way. At any rate - there’s still a few things I want to share with you guys from Korea. My last few blogs were a bit hurried and rushed as I was packing, repacking, and in the process of moving back to Lugano. But now that I’m here and I’m settled (as much as one can be), I think it’s only fair to you and myself that I find some kind of groove.
So for the next couple of posts, you’ll find a mix-up between unfinished Korea posts, Swiss-Franklin shenanigans, Fashion (I feel like I am so concerned with clothes I ought to put up some clothes about them), and a few other topics that don’t really fall into any of the aforementioned categories.
Thanks to everyone who hasn’t unfollowed, who just started following, and those who pop in from time to time. Stay tuned!
Last Day in Lugano! Notices and More Tips for incoming Frankliners
It’s surreal, and I almost can’t believe it.
This time last year, I was going through my routines and thinking “None of this is real. In the morning I’ll wake up and they’ll tell me ‘Welcome to High School’. The last 4 years have all been a dream.” But, of course, they weren’t and then I went off for my first year of college, and now I’m going around in a daze again.I can’t believe it’s already been a year!
But all my sentimentality aside, here’s what you should know - especially if you are an incoming student for the fall semester at Franklin College Switzerland!
1) So I’m going back to the States tomorrow and will be in the air or at the airport until 23.00/ 11pm Arizona Mountain time. Then I’m going to sleep for an entire day. I will get back to answer questions and messages the following day. If you need me message me here or at @sujanie on twitter, or facebook (I’m on the class of 2016 page), or you can even reach me through youtube (SujanieinDreamland). If you want my skype or my e-mail just ask through a private message. ^.^
2) Very soon, the rest of the AM team and I will be uploading an introductory video to the Franklin College 2016 facebook page! We basically just want you to be able to match names to faces (and forgive us if we look like hot messes; we literally came out of our finals testing rooms and just filmed for you guys).
3) I’m so serious about not over-packing! 1 to 2 bags is enough! I promise you, you’re going to accumulate so much at Franklin, you will hate yourself at the end of the year when you have to pack and you have too much crap. DON’T DO IT!
4) Get your paperwork in early. There’s a lot of administration leaving and new people coming to fill the empty positions, so everything at Franklin is going to be hectic for the next few months. Save yourselves the trouble by taking care of your to-do’s today!
5) And finally from June 22 - June 25 I’m going to be a little slow in responding to anything as I will be traveling back to Korea to see family, friends, and take some summer courses. But June 26 everything should be up to speed again. Thanks for reading!
Franklin Fun Fact #9: Special Tips for Freshmen/Transfers
Hey everyone. So it’s official I’m going to be the Academic Mentor (AM) for the First Year Seminar (FYS) CLCS 199 taught by Professor Ferrari. So I’m going to be trying to update you guys more on the upcoming year, classes, and answering any questions you have about coming to Franklin. First a few tips:
1) Do NOT over-pack!
2) Ask the OMs*, AMs*, RAs*, and other upperclassmen questions (even if they seem silly) - we’re here to help YOU.
3) Ask parent to send your favorite cooking supplies: Vanilla extract, brown sugar, jello, 고추장 (gochuchang), and other “ethnic” ingredients are extremely difficult or impossible to find or too expensive here.
4) Get yourselves planners/agendas and remember that you will be IN SCHOOL - the temptation to party all the time will be intense, but you must prioritize.
5) Budget. Budget! BUDGET!!! Switzerland can be pretty expensive but if you manage your money well, you’ll be fine.
6) Follow other Frankliners’ tumblrs twitters, etc. - Everyone writes about life and academics at Franklin pretty openly and you’ll be able to learn quite a lot through these.
7) And remember “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon. In other words, when things don’t work out as you expect them, don’t stress, breathe, we figure it out.
*Orientation Mentor (OM): These are the guys who you’ll first meet during orientation, they are hear to teach you the basics about living in Lugano, Switzerland and going to school at Franklin and they’ll be available to help you throughout the school year.You can ask these guys just about anything and if they don’t know the answers they’ll find them for you - or find the person that does.
*Academic Mentor (AM): We are the teaching assistants for your First Year Seminars and we’re here to help you with any academic questions or concerns you have, like picking classes, making schedules, teacher-student mediations, and much more. You can also come talk to us about life in general. If you have questions or concerns and you don’t know who to go to or how to address these problems - come find one of us and if we don’t have the answers we’ll point you to the person that does!
*Resident Assistant (RA): These are the one or two people who are in charge of dorm safety and community. They’ll help you figure out the recycling and trash in Switzerland, how to do your laundry, they plan cool community events, and also enforce the dorm rules such as quiet hours and clean kitchens. You should definitely listen to these guys - too many violations results in the last pick for housing the next year.
All right! This was a really long post, but I hope it helped a lot. If you have any questions (any questions at all) ask me!!!
Academic Travel 2012
So for the two weeks of my lent absence on tumblr I was in Umbria - central Italy - on what we here at Franklin College Switzerland call academic travel. Last semester I went to Geneva, Paris, Brussels, and Strasbourg with Professor Schlein and took so many pictures and did so much I couldn’t blog about it all. (And for anyone looking to come to Franklin this same travel is being offered in the fall 2012 and I can tell you all about it.)
This semester I decided to stay a bit closer to home, and I went to Italy with Professor Zdanski where we made pottery! We also visited art museums in different cities and ate gelato everyday and had all of our meals paid for. Best travel ever. There is so much I could say, but I wrote some short stories instead and I think they might give you a pretty good hint as to what travel was like for me this semester. I’m going to post one up and follow it with pictures soon.
While continuing to procrastinate on my homework, I found that you reblogged Franklin Fun Fact #8 and added a sad aside about hamburgers.
I’m blogging this now to tell you - DON’T worry! Burgers are one thing you CAN find easily in Lugano.They’re served at Franklin (though they make chicken way better than the beef) and they also have both McDonald’s and Burger King downtown at relatively affordable prices. In fact, I’m considering making a friend go downtown with me tonight and get a Burger King burger.
So, please, don’t worry about hamburgers. ; )
Franklin Fun Fact #8
For many Americans at Franklin finding your usual snack-time cravings will be next to impossible until you go home or leave the country!
Today a friend posted about Chef John’s Superbowl XLVI prediction which was made using Buffalo wing bones.
I read Chef John’s prediction and watched his video, where I got to see these delicious, saucy, don’t-care-who’s-looking-finger-liking-good buffalo wings…and they were out of my reach. I haven’t wanted wings (or chicken at all) so much in my entire life. But where in Lugano can you find real buffalo wings?
Nowhere! Another food fail for Lugano, Switzerland.
Franklin Fun Fact #7
"You know you’re in the common room when…nothing loads."
In Girasole and many other campus areas at Franklin your wi-fi says it’s connected and that the signal is good, but your Internet acts as though it is the very first dial-up connection known to man forced to still function in today’s high-tech society.
In other words it acts very much like those significant others who say they love you and that they love the same music you do, but once you break up they say “Plus I hated your music!”
Quote and this particular Franklin Fun Fact thanks to Nick Fritz.
Franklin Fun Fact #6
You accumulate a riduculous, absurd, ungodly amount of laundry over travel and when you need to get it done - ALL the washers and dryers will be taken. Then one washer will break down. But when you do finally get your clothes washed, one of the dryers will mysteriously stop working and you won’t know which it is until it’s 2.30 in the morning and your clothes still aren’t dry.
I love Girasole laundry machines. Really, I do.
Eating Out in… Geneva, Switzerland!
Fast Boky Food Chinese Restaurant - :-) :-) :-) :-) (4 smiles)
First of all, allow me to warn you that they do not take any cards at the restaurant - you must pay in cash. Also they do not take coins - only bills. But you will get change back and if that means coins, then you’ll get coins back. How this works is a mystery to me.
The waitresses here speak English and French (and presumably Chinese, but I didn’t hear anyone at the restaurant speaking any form of Chinese so I cannot say for sure). Also the service is nice and the waitresses were friendly.
A quick side note - in European resturaunts, cafes, etc. you are expected to take your time and sit for a long time just enjoying the meal and the company of your freinds, family, or whoever. The check/bill isn’t brought to you until you request it and nothing is taken away until everyone finishes. Eating is a very relaxed affair.
I was at the Fast Boky Food Chinese Restaurant with my friend Emily E. and we ordered two soups, shrimp, and wantons (all pictured above). I ordered the orange-ish soup and it was described as a spicy Chinese soup with various ingredients. It was delicious. As were my shrimp with sweet and sour sauce. The sauces came with everything; we didn’t have to ask for it - but in Europe you have to ask for water and you have to specify that you want tap unless you want to pay for bottled.
Both soups cost about 7 CHF. For the shrimp it was also around 7 CHF. I can also tell you that the wantons were close to 7 CHF as well. So Emily and I both paid somewhere between 14.50 - 14.80 for the meal. We had free tap water so I don’t know prices for drinks. But the soups and extras were so filling that this price was definitely a steal.
We found out when we tried to pay that they didn’t accept cards. Nowhere was it mentioned or posted that they didn’t so it came as a bit of a surprise when we had to suddenly dig for cash in our purses. Then when we came up with CHF we found we were short so we asked if they took Euros, which thank God, they did. But then they informed us on this attempt that they didn’t take the coins! So we had to dig for more bills. In the end it was fine and they gave us our change back in CHF coins. Really. And everything until this point was lovely and I was set to give the Fast Boky Food five smiles, but when we tried to pay the bill the waitresses became less and less friendly and more and more pushy and it was rather frustrating and humiliating and so we’re going to have to drop this 4 smiles. As long as you have correct change in CHF (cash!) this restaurant it a great idea when you want to eat out in Geneva and are in the mood for something Asian.