Where I live in Sydney, the shops start closing from 5 pm, and a few hours later the only thing still open is a karaoke bar and Coles. But here in Beijing, the city never sleeps.

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At the starting end of the Wangfujing Night Markets. Photo by Wang Zheng

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Though This Morning is a news and current affairs show and will sometimes incorporate updates regarding unfolding events, each show is carefully planned out by the day before — at latest. Guests are booked, packages are locked in, and news segments are defined in length. After three weeks at tbs I had become used to the routine, but wondered what would happen in the event of a massive news story. Would the show’s structure be completely thrown out the window, or would regular updates simply be squeezed in wherever there was an opening?

On Friday I found out that the truth lies somewhere in between.

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An umbrella art installation in City Hall Station. Photo by Brendan Day

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The rainy season is finally tipped to arrive in Seoul. After three weeks of oppressive humidity and drenching sweats, the heavens finally opened for the first time last night, and the omnipresent July mugginess lifted for a brief but incredibly relieving ten minutes. The first rains of summer capped off what has been a week of firsts for me: my first experience of inner-city camping, my first and hopefully last published spelling error, and my first (innocuous) taste of sweet, sweet corporate kickbacks.

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A man takes his dogs for a cheeky Saturday cycle along the Han River. Both owner and pets were having an absolute ball. Photo by Nick Gowland

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Over the last week I’ve had a chance to consistently contribute to This Morning without producing any individual packages. As I wrote about in my last blog entry, I have been given the traditional — in the context of This Morning — intern duties of updating the show’s Twitter feed as well as deciding which stories will be used in the international headlines segment.

Though I initially regarded these as simply easy tasks dumped off to an intern, my producer Christina recently engendered a change of heart about this.

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The front of tbs Radio's current building, and another example of why I won't be a photographer. Photo by Brendan Day

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What a week this has been! I’ve had more articles published, plunged naked into hot baths on a sweltering thirty degree day, and radically expanded the category of what I consider to be food. It's hard to believe that I'm nearly halfway through my interning experience at The Korea Herald, but hopefuly the next couple of weeks will be as fun as this one now that I've found my feet in Seoul.

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The Cheonggyecheon Stream is one of the places where I have found my feet, here during a lunch break. Photo by Nick Gowland

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My second week in Beijing is almost over. During which I fended off my worst cough in years, which prevented me from exploring as much of the city as I would have liked. But I'm ready for an upcoming fun-filled week!

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The naysayers can go home; this medicine really works. Photo by Marina Yang

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I have been at tbs eFM for one week now and it’s been eventful, to say the least. My producer, Christina Seo, told me to arrive at 7 am — in time for the start of This Morning with Alex Jensen, the show I am interning with. After observing the show’s machinations both inside and outside the studio, I was sent off on my first assignment — to report on the ceremony to mark the Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon’s re-election.

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Out the front of tbs eFM Radio. Photo by Brendan Day

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Parallax records the experiences of final year students of the B.A. (Media & Communications) degree who have won competitive overseas internships to work in Asian, Indian and Latin American media organisations.
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