Korean Phrase Time: Shoot!

It’s Korean phrase time with Samtoki!

So today’s phrase is pronounced:

  1. 내 – Nay
  2. 가 – Ga
  3. 쏠 – Sol
  4. 게 – Gay

If you’ve been brushing up on your 한국어, then you’ll recall that 내가 means “I” in Korean.

And from the verb 쏘다 (ssoda), which means “to shoot” (pew pew), this Korean phrase 내가 쏠게 means “I will pay” or “my shout”. You can say this at the end of a date if you want to impress your companion and settle the bill, or just want to treat your friends.

It’s a bit more of a slang phrase then the typical formal speech, so try it out to extra impress your Korean friends!

Spiciness – Nature’s Tool or Just Masochism?

Spiciness is a most curious trait in our world. Certain plants and herbs have the ability to mildly harm or stimulate our senses, not enough to maim or kill us, but enough to make us uncomfortable…and wonder if we should be eating it in the first place.

Chillis and spices are a strange and wonderful bunch that are used in almost every culture, but what could their purpose be?

At the end of the day, are chillis a form of drug – something to stimulate and enhance the senses? Or are they therapeutic?

Do they play a role in selective propagation? Only the animals like birds that are unaffected by spiciness will happily eat the spicy fruit and seed and carry them far away?

Or…are we just being masochists?

Nature certainly works and strange and mysterious ways.

There is an interesting Thai saying that goes:

“A crow holds the chilli in its mouth.”

I’m not entirely sure of its meaning, and how it would translate into English. What do you think it means?

Annoyed With Nature?

As much as nature provides us with the sustenance and provisions we need to survive, well…nature itself, there are times where nature crosses this invisible line and gets on our nerves a little.

Have you ever been annoyed with nature?

Perhaps being annoyed with nature is a first world problem, but I’m fairly certain there are little things that you’ve grown accustomed to in your every day life that are not entirely man’s fault.

Which aspect or part of nature annoys the crap out of you?

Dust bugs me a little.

And it’s hard to see the benefit of things like dust.

Or mosquitoes. God, I hate mosquitoes.

Question As Old As Time

The age old question: what do you want to eat?

I wonder how the ancients decided upon such doubtful and highly charged questions?

I suppose they had more pressing issues, like trying not to starve to death.

In the end it boils down to our modern societal structure and first world problems, such as an abundance of choice. Endless choices and options.

In almost everything, we are faced with a multitude of options: what to eat, what to wear, how to construct my multi-faceted, highly-customised Subway sub.

We are a generation of choice, with a world of options, so many places to visit, so many career paths to choose from, so many potential mates, so many events and so little time.

So is really deciding on what to eat a question as old as time? Or are we simply tarrying and trying to delay our inevitable demise as our clock ticks ever onward, counting down toward our doom?

So next time you’re faced with the exquisitely difficult question of what to eat, remember that in the end we are but microscopic tadpoles floating in a cesspool of swirling decay and the illusion of choice.

Yes, you don’t really have a choice. The decision was already made an eon ago. The cake is a lie. It was all a test. Just go with the flow and shovel it down your gullet and be happy like a good little peon.

What to eat, indeed.

The Best Accessory

Well, it ain’t diamonds, I’ll tell you now. Way back when I remember my best friend telling me about the best accessory a person can ever wear…

Smile and the world smiles with you!

You’re born with it, and it is something that only you and you alone can wield and wear. So wear it with pride!

I suppose it’s nothing new, but it’s nice to remember to smile more often. And you can see the effect it has on others, not to mention on yourself!

So go out there and let your smile shine forth! Brighten the world with your new superpower!

And here’s a bonus panel for our friendo @AmazementComics on the Tapas forums:

Yeah…real lips on a cartoon bunny…

Happy Daddy’s Day!

Happy daddy’s day everybody!

Even if you’re not a dad or you can’t think of someone you would call by that title, let’s celebrate the father figures in our community and in our world!

Father’s Day is a celebration of the effort and sacrifices made by our parents (I’m sure mum’s aren’t exempt from celebrating this fun day) to make us who we are today.

Perhaps you don’t know your biological father or have become estranged from the person you once called “dad”, and that’s alright. If you feel like making amends, then now is a good time to drop a line.

If not, I’m sure there are plenty of dads out there whose days you could brighten up with a quick wish. Have a lovely day!

Runners Are Like Plants

Runners are like plants. Here is why:

Runners endure the elements, the heat and the cold and the rough terrain so they can grow and improve, and also for that sweet, sweet reward at the end.

I guess it’s not just runners – any athlete or person involved in exercise can reap the rewards of a good workout session and revel in the post-workout fun!

What do you like to drink or eat after an intense workout session?

Of Rainy Early Mornings

Have you ever had to wake up super early in the morning, before the crack of dawn for an outdoor activity? And it’s pouring down outside?

Or just waking up to be greeted by rain, and having the luxury of being able to go back to sleep?

Isn’t it simply the best feeling in the world?

Early morning showers are the best!

I’m sure those dirty, dirty pluviophiles will dig this.

So this morning I was intending to wake up nice and early to go for a cool bike ride, but I woke before my alarm to the familiar tapping on my window. The repeated tapping of big, fat raindrops committing suicide upon my window.

And yes, I went back to sleep.

What If Unicorns Were Real?

The mythology of unicorns has been in popular culture for as long as we can remember, but how did it all begin? And why are unicorns always candy-infused, rainbow-spewing, magically cutesy beings?

What would unicorns be like if they were real world animals? What if unicorns were real?

So don’t be shy about loving unicorns, even if you’re a guy! The pink rainbow versions are just the kid-friendly renditions, because the real shit is clearly too much for society to handle.

It feels like as part of the feminist movement, they had to make every single animal on this putrid globe extra cutesy and give them floofy names like danger noodle and trash panda and domesticate them into soggy, docile furballs.

Well, you’ve done it to the poor unicorn for long enough!

Yeah, we’re taking back the unicorn, boys!

Tonight we ride in hell!

Every Friday Evening

Regular people vs Runners on Friday evenings!

You’ll get this if you’re a runner or cyclist. Perhaps I should include those guys as well…

And now it’s time to sleep so I wake up before dawn to hit the road, to crunch that tarmac, to burn those calories!


And now a Chinese version for our good friends!