2015 vs 2016 hair

On the left, 2015 long hair and my Samsung Galaxy S5. I HATED that stupid phone and Touchwiz or whatever their custom Android rom is. The only reason I had it was because (a) that’s the only decent phone that KT Olleh had on offer with their plan, and (b) my Nexus 4 doesn’t have the right bands and LTE for service here in South Korea. Yes, I know LTE is kind of available on the Nexus 4, but I can’t root my phone because Korean bank apps don’t like that, and I need my Korean banking apps.

On the right, 2016 me in the gym post-workout, with my new Motorola Z Play. The camera is just okay, but the battery life is amazing!

KIIP Level 3, Day 1

Today was the first day of Level 3, aka Intermediate 1. The textbook is 7,000 won, just like before – but structured quite differently. The class is quite different too. Previously, my class was small enough that everyone could do dialogue practice, and speak their own attempts at making sentences. This class, not so much. The occasional volunteer (forced or not).

Getting to class was much easier. Previously, I had to take a hourlong bus ride to the middle of nowhere.  Now, I take the subway from the station next to my apartment, switch over at the big station to Seoul Line 1, and get out a few stations later.

I really, really prefer the subway. Also, some expats apparently nicknamed the Seoul Line 1 as ‘Slumpiercer’? I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry.

Going to Taiwan

I didn’t go anywhere during winter vacation, so now I’m going on two vacations! My Malaysia trip has come and gone, and tomorrow morning I’m headed off to Taiwan.

My Mandarin is really bad, but I’m going to try really hard!

KIIP Level 3

Registration opened at midnight on the 16th, and the KIIP website immediately slowed to a crawl. I saw that people were registering slightly before midnight, but I thought I’d wait until after, just to be sure. Occasionally, you see notes on classroom listings that threaten to kick out people who register too early. You’d think they’d build it into the system.

But anyway. I’ve registered! I’m going once a week for 8 hours, every Sunday, from September 04 to December 04. Three months! But it’s only once a week, which should be a cakewalk compared to last semester’s Sat/Sun, 8 hours a day classes.

Incheon Airport observations

Some funny things I’ve noticed at immigration clearance:

  1. Two screens playing only SM Entertainment music videos, one after the other.
  2. Another screen on the wall next to the immigration counters, mostly advertising … LG plasma screens.