South Korea: Gini 1980 – 2005


South Korea: Mean Wages 1980 – 2005


Mean wages in thousand Korean won.

MeThink: Error in New York Times?

Probably not a big deal, but it is kinda surprise to note this very obvious error in New York Times article For studies in English, Koreans learn to say goodbye to dad like…

The mothers say they are the modern-day successors to one of the most famous mothers in East Asia: the mother of Mencius, the fourth-century Chinese Confucian philosopher. In a story known in South Korea, as well as China and Japan, Mencius’s mother moved to three neighborhoods before finding the environment most favorable to her son’s education.

Well, Mencius is not exactly a fourth-century philosopher but lived around 372 – 289 BCE.

On another note, the critics on wild geese mother:

South Korean women’s rising social status and growing economic power have fueled the wild geese migration, according to education experts like Oh Ook-whan, a professor at Ehwa Womans University who has studied the separated families. Conservatives have criticized the wild geese mothers for being obsessed about their children’s education at the risk of destroying their marriages. The women’s real intention, they say, is to get as far away as possible from their mothers-in-law. …

“I don’t know why Mencius’s mother is so revered and why we wild geese mothers are so criticized,” said Chang Soo-jin, 37, who moved here with her two children nearly two years ago. “Our coming out here is exactly the same as what she did.”

Well, Mencius’s mother did moved around 3 neighbourhoods but this was not exactly what her scenario: Mencius father passed away when Mencius was three and Mrs Chang still has her husband though…

MeThink: 5kg Rice for 2 days Not Enough?

According to this article, yes.

Waiting in line outside a warehouse last weekend to buy government-supplied rice was Julieta Casanova, 60, who lives with her two children and eight grandchildren in Tandang Sora, a slum outside of Manila.

“We can’t survive without rice,” Casanova said. The government rations the rice to five kilograms per person, which Casanova said would last two days.

So if the author of the article is not mistaking about 5kg rice per household or per person, I wonder how someone can eat 1.25kg rice per meal in 2 days? (Assuming 4 meals in 2 days).


OECD: Female Graduates in All Science and Engineering Field 2004

Let’s look at the percentage of female graduates (first degrees) in all science and engineering field in OECD countries for year 2004:

% of female in first degree of all science and engineering field:
Country / All S&E fields
Portugal — 52.4
Greece — 51.2
Canada — 50.6
United States — 50.4
Iceland — 46.3
New Zealand — 46.1
Italy — 44.5
France — 43.4
United Kingdom — 43.1
Australia — 42.5
Spain — 42.4
Sweden — 42.1
Hungary — 41.6
Belgium — 40.6
Ireland — 40.4
Germany — 37.4
Austria — 36.9
Denmark — 35.9
Finland — 35.5
Norway — 35.2
South Korea — 34.0
Netherlands — 33.3
Switzerland — 30.6
Taiwan (2005) — 27.2
Japan — 20.9

Source: National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Indicators 2008

Malaysia Survey 2007: Religious Profile

Via Asian Barometer, I found the interesting survey which is similar to the series of European Social Survey I have published in this blog previously. First before looking into the religious profile of 1200 Malaysians interviewed in this survey, let’s look at the ethnic and gender profile of respondents :

Female: 49.5%
Male: 50.5%

Indian/Other, Female: 4.3%
Indian/Other, Male: 4.1%
Non-Malay Bumi, Female: 6.5%
Non-Malay Bumi, Male: 6.3%
Chinese, Female: 13.4%
Chinese, Male: 14.2%
Malay, Female: 25.3%
Malay, Male: 25.9%
Total – 100%

So, the religiosity of Malaysians:
a. Religious profile:
1. Islam – 59.0%
2. Buddhism – 16.1%
3. Christianity – 11.0%
4. Hinduism – 6.7%
5. Taoism – 3.9%
6. Sikhism – 0.2%
7. Confucianism – 0.2%
8. Bahai – 0.2%
9. Animism – 0.3%
10.  None/Other – 2.5%

b. Religious practise:
1. Several times a day – 60.9%
2. Daily – 6.6%
3. Several times a week – 6.5%
4. Once a month – 7.8%
5. Only during festivals – 2.1%
6. Once a year – 7.6%
7. Less often – 4.8%
8. Practically never – 3.4%
9. Decline to answer – 0.9%

Source: Asian Barometer – Bridget Welsh, Ibrahim Suffian, and Andrew Aeria. 2007. Malaysia Country Report. Second Wave of Asian Barometer Survey

Picture: Singapore Esplanade

Landmark in Singapore, also known as durian, because of the look 😛

Korea Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1970 – 2004

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in Korea from year 1970 to 2004:

Source: OECD Index of Statistical Variables – Population, Marriage and Divorce

Picture: Cameron Highland

I always wonder why the picture turned out so different whenever I am taking the picture of this flower as compared to others…

Picture: More Sunset at Phnom Bak Heng

The sun was almost going down to the horizont…

Picture: Sunset at Phnom Bak Heng

The wonderful sunray.

Picture: Phnom Bak Heang

Cambodia 15.11.2007 – Phnom Bak Heang, originally uploaded by micpohling.

The last day in Angkor Wat, and we spent it in Phnom Bak Heang for the sunset, the most happening place for sunset view in Angkor Wat.

Picture: Bayon’s Giant Carving

Cambodia 15.11.2007 – Bayon, originally uploaded by micpohling.

Give me the perfect lighting, I will give you her best face and shade 😛

Picture: Carving at Bayon shows…

Cambodia 15.11.2007 – Bayon, originally uploaded by micpohling.

… how this guy safeguard his treasure box… And perhaps another guy (on the right of the picture) is counting his money as well? 😛

Picture: Visit Bayon again…

Cambodia 15.11.2007 – Bayon, originally uploaded by micpohling.

This time, we focused on the war and fightings depicted on the Bayon wall… Using the wheel and shield during the battle…

Picture: Apsaras at Bayon

Cambodia 15.11.2007 – Bayon, originally uploaded by micpohling.

We went back to Bayon again on the last day of our trip. Got a little time before the sunset at Phnom Bak Hean. This time, we decided to spend more time looking at the carvings…

Picture: Ta Som

Cambodia 15.11.2007 – Ta Som, originally uploaded by micpohling.

I wonder who put the lipstick on for her…

Picture: East Mebon

Fine carving on the lintel at East Mebon temple.

Picture: More of Ta Prohm

In Ta Prohm, tree in the temple is the main attraction 😉 So don’t be surprised we are just there for these pictures 😛

Picture : Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, famous for its giant trees grow amidst the temple. This is where the movie “Tomb Raider” was taking place too 😛

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