Monday, September 7, 2009

Sorry Sorry

Sorry Sorry   수리 수리 by Super Junior

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Love Love this video!! Thanks to the subs you can now understand as well.

Oh one day I played this in class. The kids went nuts, the boys more so then the girls. They know all the words and the dance moves. Hilarious! 

Notice my awesome Korean writing? I even learned my name, thanks to my business card:
 브리 아나

K-Style

I really need to do a whole post on the Korean culture. It's interesting, frustrating, and hilarious. There are so many things here that are opposite of how it seems things should be.  I'll start out with a list of random things, but pictures are really needed for some of it.

Interesting facts/observations about Korea:

1. Men carry purses- there is nothing man bag about their gucci purses. I saw a guy with a green clutch the other day. At first I thought guys were just carrying them for girls, nope. I've seen a few that were pretty cute and I want. That goes for guys and their bags.

2. Koreans are brand whores- They are obsessed with designer labels. I think Koreans are even better dressed than the Italians or Brits. 

Korean men's casual uniform-Polo brand polo, True Religion jeans or khakis rolled into capris, and Chucks/Havaianas.

Girls uniform- must must wear heels. Could be with a dress or athletic pants. Worn with a designer handbag or knock off.

FYI- it more than ok to wear socks with sandals, strappy heels, or any other footwear that they should not be worn with.

3. Walking-Koreans do not walk on the right side. They do not walk on the left side. They walk where ever they please. This also applies to bikes and shopping carts. You  should have seen costco.

4. Kimchi & rice are served with every meal. I had thought it was an exaggeration.

5. Family mart's outdoor picnic tables is the best neighborhood bar- convience stores that have outdoor tables for drinking cheap beer at. Lil old men in hiking garb can be found here at night. As can teachers just getting off work :)

6. Beer-Korean beer has a lot of sugar in it guaranteeing the worst hangover of your life. You can have a headache off 2 cans of the stuff.

7. The kids are adorable here and a lot more likely to come up and say hello.

8. Korea is like a humid jungle in the summer. 

I actually have these brilliant little containers with some kind of chalky rock in it that absorb some of the moisture. After having one open for 2 weeks, I have about an inch of water in it. 

9. the Korean food is amazing! I have liked everything I've tried so far. It's also much healthier.

10. Plastic surgery- Koreans are obsessed with it here. About 30% of our high school girls have had some kind of surgery. There are ads in the subways and on the streets for it. 

11.Bugs- the kids are scared shitless of bugs, actually the adults are too. they freak out when they see one. It may be the worst thing that could happen during class.

12. English-There are a lot of Koreans that can speak english and a lot that can not. They are very sneaky about letting you know they speak fluently. The korean goal is to get an education at an American university- so many have lived abroad. I've had a few people apologize for not knowing english. No, I'm pretty sure it's my fault I have to point and grunt out jibberish when ordering.

13. Diapers- apparently the koreans don't believe in them, because twice now I've seen mom's whipping their kids pants down and holding them to pee in the street. Yea...


I will try to take some photos of some of these spectacles. You really have to see it to get it.



My Neighborhood

Here are some photos from my neighborhood.  I have a pretty nice neighborhood. It's a mix of tall buildings and trees. Subway stop a block away doesn't hurt either.  In my block I have a Quiznos, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, 
This is directly across from my apartment building. There's 2 towers of my building. This building has a bunch of buisnesses, restaurants, hagwons, etc. 

This is to the left of the last picture. Again right across the road. If  I walk to the left through the bottom of the paragon building is my grocery store.  To the right at the end of the block is a street with really nice expensive restaurants. 



Looking at my building. There's the Quiznos, sadly I've been there once.
This is going through the other Paragon building near my grocery store.
This is the street with all the restaurants. This is from the quieter end. I wasn't about to be korean and snap photos of people eating, so you'll have to use your imagination.  We usually go further away from here to eat, there's a lot of cool Korean restaurants across the river.



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Here's a video of the river next to my apartment. When I turn my apartment is on the right. The water is a little noisy in the background.