First baseball game ever

I never went to a baseball game in America, even though I lived less than 30 minutes away from Dodger Stadium. KIND OF. It’s never 30 minutes on game day. I’ve passed by on the freeway on Opening Day, and it gets backed up to the moon and back.

This particular game was SK Wyverns vs Nexen Heroes, at Munhak Baseball Stadium (home to SK Wyverns, and my local team).

I went with a friend and met his two other friends there, for the first time. Buying food and alcohol at the stadium costs about the same or slightly more expensive than elsewhere (1000-3000 won more, at most). We bought fried chicken and spicy chicken for 15,000 won each. A six-pack of beer cost 6000 won, and we bought two packs. Two large bottles of soju, for mekju (beer/mekju + soju  = mekju) for who knows what price. Drank nearly nonstop during the game.

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Each player has their own song. Everyone either knows the song, or follows the lyrics. In the picture of the stadium, you see that red line running along the middle? That’s where the lyrics are.

So you/I get drunk and start singing along. Whenever it’s your team’s turn to play, you and the other fans start singing and dancing. There are cheerleaders, and everytime you blink, they seem to multiply, and not because you’re drunk. There’s two, then four, then six. During halftime, a bunch of kids come up and do an incredibly energetic and synchronized dance routine. And there’s a guy in charge of everything, yelling and blowing on a whistle to get the crowd amped up.

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The cheerleaders start catapulting shirts into the crowd.

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And then I showed up on the Jumbotron!!!! No photo or video evidence of this, unfortunately!

And after the game, FIREWORKS!

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I’m sold on Korean baseball. SK Wyverns are my team forever!!!

Sat night in Bupyeong

The area around the Bupyeong Station and Arts Center Station are the “happening” places in my corner of Korea. There’s a few foreigner bars in the area, and tonight’s pick was Shelter! It only had about 10 people at its peak, because another bar (O’Malley’s) was having a 4th of July party (yes, on the 5th. technically it’s the 4th in ‘Murica).

The rap party special!! There was a bunch of Snoop Dogg etc music playing, and a few drunk people playing darts in the corner, and two Korean girls trying out their drunk English on a white guy.

 

shelter

Bartender/owner, whose name I totally forgot because I had too many Somersby ciders. 6000 won each.

 

well-vodka

The well vodka is, uh, just like back home.

Sleepy

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.

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Traditional market

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.

shampoo

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.