Wednesday, 6 February 2013

(Day 200) Seoul Nambu Correctional Facility-day 105 D-51


Breakfast coffee
Lunch rice & yellow radish
veggies & potatoes in soy sauce
bean sprout kimchi soup

I actually ate the rice today, combining it with the veggies & potatoes in soy sauce, which is normally served with noodles (if only!). The mandu was cold and doughy. Instead of kimchi as a separate dish, they put it in the bean sprout tea. I choked it down anyway.
Dinner kimchi
grass in red pepper sauce
spicy chicken
Chinese cabbage & soy bean soup

The soup was good if only because it had a flavour that wasn't red peppers. Chicken is always welcome. And I've come to the conclusion that in Korea that they will eat anything, including grass—just add red pepper sauce.

105 days in this prison, 200 days in total... another week or 2 and it'll be 7 months. I wonder if anybody I know will be a new parent when I get out? Less than 50 days to go... then tomorrow... Well, tomorrow is a different landmark altogether, isn't it?

In the NY Times (International Edition) today, There was article about a Hong Kong artist named Song Dong. Accompanying the article was a picture of the Twin Towers from 9/11. The caption said it was the artist's view of those towers on that fateful day in NY. I say bullshit because I drew the exact same picture on October 23, 2012 while I was Hwaseong, and I copied it from a photograph by Steve Ludlum, that ironically enough is copyrighted by the NY Times, except I found it in an American history textbook published by Pearson-Longman.

The original photoSong Dong's drawingMy drawing

After the news this evening, there was a broadcast of a singing concert that took place at another prison in Korea on January 30th. The fucked up thing is that it was also a contest, BUT due to the nature of privacy law, the entire broadcast was filmed out of focus so you couldn't identify any of the singers/inmates and their names were censored so that the winners were displayed on the TV, but blocked out...

Now, my questions are: Since this broadcast will never be seen outside the prison system by anyone but prisoners, why go through the trouble of identifying the prisoner's name if you're just going to censor it anyway, and who really gives a fuck? The prisoners in the contest may care because they get a box of instant noodles if they win, and the prisoners at the prison where the contest is being held may care because it means they got let out of their cells for a few hours, but why the hell should I care? Selfish or not, I'd rather have my teeth pulled without anesthetic.

Of course, all the officials involved with the production were shown in focus, with their names uncensored, so it's a total vanity/ego show for them. It's a waste of time in a place where I have nothing but time.