the truth about plastic surgery rumors…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WMebV5qt3s This story is so sad. Some of you may have heard of a story that had a photo of this beautiful girl and handsome guy married but their kids looked ‘ugly’ and it was designed to spread the nonsense that if you married a woman who had plastic surgery then your kids could possibly look horrendous.

Here are some facts:

-This story is fake. The woman in the picture was a model and the kids faces were photoshopped.
-just because a woman got plastic surgery does not mean they were ugly before. In fact most of the ones I know that got it were quite attractive before. There’s many reasons why someone would get plastic surgery – least of all because they were ugly before
-beauty is not inherited. It is random. You can have ugly parents with beautiful kids and vice versa.
-20% of Korean women between 19-49 have had plastic surgery. Note that the definition of plastic surgery in Korea includes: lasik surgery, laser hair removal, and other minor things. By far the most common is double eyelid surgery. Only a small percentage have done major facial reconstruction surgery like what people think ‘plastic surgery’ is. http://scf.usc.edu/~ailinkim/itp104/kpsurgery.html
-The reason why Koreans look similar is far more than just plastic surgery: its similar makeup, clothing styles, hairstyles and small genetic variance.
-pictures with before/after that you see at plastic surgery clinics are designed to make the after pic look much better. In the before pic the woman does not have makeup on and in the after pic the woman has makeup on; it is designed to fool people into believing that plastic surgery can change everything when in reality – makeup makes more of a difference.
-Criticizing people with plastic surgery and worrying about the appearance of your offspring is ironically more shallow than the people who chose to do surgery in the first place.

A lot of people have been spreading these plastic surgery rumors online because they were jealous of how beautiful Korean women were and had to make up stories to make themselves feel better. Just realize that these rumors are completely false and made up, just like the rumors about [Koreans believe ___ is part of their culture].

I need a break…

Ever since I came back from Korea last year, I find myself more and more lacking the passion that got me into programming and computer science. Since I was 12 years old, all throughout high school and university I’d been designing and working on webpages and websites. After I graduated in 2011, I immediately found a job in San Francisco and was happy to live there and attend tech meetups and startups there until 2014 when I moved to Korea.
When I was in Korea I was also working though my enthusiasm was slightly diminished due to me focusing more on the goal of meeting someone there. When I failed that goal ultimately and was forced to come back to SF, I found myself even less eager to get back into programming and working a day job again. There’s nothing wrong with Spigit, the company that I work for, nor my coworkers who are pretty easy going, nor the salary or benefits (except I wish I had more PTO), nor the technology (I actually prefer Angular 2 to ReactJS) but its just the timing I guess.

I’m at a point in my life where I needed to find a partner, and being back in SF definitely does not help. It doesn’t help that SF has gotten a lot worse than before. There’s more homeless, more crazy people, prices have gone up, less women, less internationals, less Koreans and salary is the *exact same* as what I got from Walmart in 2014. So same salary, less PTO, and everything else in SF has become worse. I only have one friend left in SF now and he wants to leave here even more badly than I do! Coincidentally or not almost all my close male friends have chosen to be with Korean women.. and all of them have had more success than me, ironically, even though my Korean skill is probably the highest out of all of them. And not to mention that I have been focusing on Korea the longest, since 2012.

So yeah, I need a break from work, and I need a break from this city. SF while its still a tourist friendly city, has become a worse and worse place to live in. There’s less and less reason to stay here while the salaries are still stagnant.
These days I just hang out with my friend who constantly complains about life in SF and the lack of women here (doesn’t help my cause) and play video games all day. All my other friends are in Canada or Korea. What a life.

I really want to stay at my company at least one year though, since I’ve never worked for a company less than that and I want to make it seem that I’m somewhat loyal to the companies I go for. Plus I have a plan to sell my place next year and get out of the US, which means this could be potentially the last US job I work for. So why not make it last a little longer?
But yeah this is still next June, and surviving until that time is… difficult. Almost all of my friends from 2014, from before I left SF the first time, are no longer here. Making new friends is difficult; most of the internationals I’ve met this year have all been temporary couchsurfers who I only get to know for a few days before they take off again.

So yes that is my pitiful situation currently. I’m not enjoying my job, Its hard to make new friends here, my old friends have all gone, its impossible to make a girlfriend here due to lack of Koreans, and all this while all my friends and people I care about are next to North Korea, a country that Trump might decide to attack any day now. It is quite misery indeed. Even though 2013 and 2015 weren’t terrific years, in retrospect they were, and in addition to 2012, 2014 and 2016 (those which I always remember fondly), I even begin to miss my life in 2013 (in SF) and 2015 (in Seoul) too… compared to those times 2017 feels like being in a prison. I have to stay here to save money, but at the same time I feel no joy, depression comes fairly often, and I feel trapped in this place that I can’t escape until at least June 2018. I need a change in my life for sure.