samgyeopsalI had my first Korean-bbq-in-Korea experience today. Two servings of 삼겹살 (samgyeopsal: three-layered pork belly). This was somewhere in Bupyeong.

We ordered two servings (₩ 20,000), for two people. Restaurants here pretty much require a minimum order of two servings.  Also ordered a little container of rice for ₩ 1000. Everything else was complimentary, as always: all the banchan, a claypot of soup, a claypot of steamed egg casserole.


Now I’m horribly sleepy because my neighbors (and the entire neighborhood, for that matter…) were yelling at the South Korea game last night, from 4 am to around 6.

I know South Korea scored twice because there were two extra loud yells.

South Korea vs Russia

This morning, while walking to work at a bit past 8 am… suddenly, every building around me (even the elementary school!?) erupted in loud yells. EVERY BUILDING. I froze mid-step.

Turns out, it was South Korea’s opening World Cup match. South Korea vs Russia. The elementary school kids were in top form. For a moment, I thought they were doing some sort of cheerleading team practice, because it sounded like an entire classroom (or more) were chanting something in perfect sync. I think they were chanting a standard “go Korea!” routine.

I asked around, and found out that the kids were allowed to go to school early that day, so that they could watch the whole game. Their first class is at 9 am, and the game started at 7 am. This morning, I remember seeing a handful of kids walking to school at 7 am today. I remember thinking to myself: DAMN, these kids start school early.

When I arrived at work, I was given a celebratory melon milk.  It’s … an acquired taste.


Korean fried chicken


It’s amazing, by the way. Perfectly crisp on the outside, nice and juicy on the inside. Not that I’m a fried chicken connoisseur or anything, but I do think it’s amazing. This was by Hongdae station,exit 9 … somewhere downstairs.