I was told that the traditional market near my house has cheaper fresh produce, compared to the department stores. For packaged stuff, the department stores are cheaper.
And yet I’m finding out that it’s not true. Even the packaged stuff is cheaper at the traditional market. Sure, the traditional markets lose out on variety, but they pretty much have everything I need.
Exhibit A: cheaper Head & Shoulders, for my sudden case of dandruff! I didn’t buy the shampoo at Homeplus yesterday. Despite the fact that I now make more money than I know what to do with … I’m still cheap. I did buy this shampoo though!
I was sooo tempted to buy the orange “Woman” scented Head & Shoulders, just for the lols. OF COURSE I want to smell like a woman!
I liked the Original scent better, though, and went with that.
Work dinner. Lots of soju, Cass beer, and Chilsung cider (a local Sprite).
The Boss: Do you drink soju?
Me: Uh, yes …
Co-worker: (warning nudge)
Me: … a little. Sometimes.
The Boss: sometimes a little, sometimes a lot?
The restaurant’s specialty is angler fish (아구 / agu). We had angler fish stew (아구찜 / agujjim) and soup (아구탕 / agutang). After the stew was mostly gone, the server added seasoned rice to the cooking pot, which was lovely and my favorite part.
I strayed over to Homeplus on my way home. 12,000 won for a bottle of Head & Shoulders! I need to figure out the local dandruff shampoo, but in the meantime.. when you need dandruff shampoo, you need dandruff shampoo.
I went to Homeplus today, and the discounts are off limits to me because I still don’t have an Alien Registration Card (ARC). But nevertheless, there’s still stuff that I can’t get at the regular shops and traditional markets.
24 Mission tortillas for 9000 won, and in a box! Like some kind of premium thing. I didn’t buy it, though.
I went to the traditional market later, and got 2 packs of strawberries for 5000 won.
And a 2+1 deal on coffee at 7-11, for 2400 won total. (2+1 is buy 2,get 1 free).
The three most common things people say, after they find out I’m from LA:
LA Dodgers, Ryu Hyun Jin
Burn: looks promising! I mean, if that doesn’t wake you up, then I don’t know what will.
카페타임 is hangulized (is that even a word..) “Coffee Time”.
모닝커피 is “Morning Coffee”.
Subway stations here double as emergency shelters. There’s a few of these emergency supply closets in each subway station. I’ve peered inside, and the greyish-green bags are gas masks (one for each bag, I think), and the blue things at the bottom shelf are wet wipes. Definitely not enough for everyone.