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!
Some funny things I’ve noticed at immigration clearance:
- Two screens playing only SM Entertainment music videos, one after the other.
- Another screen on the wall next to the immigration counters, mostly advertising … LG plasma screens.
Thanks for nothing, Whiskey. Whiskey has a habit of scratching at the window screen, and I had patched those up with 500 won premade patches, but this was going beyond the beyonds. Off I went to Gmarket to buy replacement parts. Not bad, it only cost me around 15,000 won for the screen and various other tools for the job.
I ordered on Friday morning, and a long thin box, similar to a poster box, arrived on Saturday morning. I love Korea’s delivery speed.
To prepare, I skimmed through an instructional YouTube video.
Pushing the new gasket in, with the special tool. I had waffled about buying a special tool just for this, but I’m glad I did. It was only 1,400 won, anyway. I swear, sometimes I’m stingy about the silliest things.
All done, kind of. It took me another hour or so to cut off the extra screen with a stationery knife.
Way too much 삼겹살 left over from the work barbecue. 60근 had been ordered, and 60근 x 0.6 kg = 36 kg! I was sent home with a 2.5 kg pack. I asked how I was supposed to eat it, and was told: slowly. So I oven-baked all of it yesterday, a hot summer day. It’s in the freezer now.
Two years ago, I told myself: Maybe two years. And here I am with an extension for my third year in South Korea. It’s a great place to be.
To reward me for signing up for internet service with them, KT Olleh sent me a text message with a gift code to Homeplus. It was about to expire, so I needed to use it like, soon.
Except when I tried to check out on the Homeplus website, they were only taking 16-digit giftcard codes, and a PIN? The gift code I had only had 12 digits and no PIN, from a website called Giftishow. Ugh, now what!?
Anyway, I found out (after reading the small print… duh) that I needed to walk into a Homeplus store, go to the customer service desk, and show them the code on my phone. It was surprisingly painless. I went to the counter, and barely got to speak – the lady behind the counter was like “Oh, I know this!”, took my phone, and keyed in the code on her computer. The cash register swung open, and she handed me a paper gift certificate.
The gift certificate didn’t have a 16-digit code or PIN, either. Ugh. Whatever. I roamed through Homeplus and worked off my memory of my online shopping cart. Handed the gift certificate to the cashier, paid for the rest of it with my bank card, and tada! All done. Reading is fundamental.
It was pretty cool to find out that 93% of the American expat vote here in South Korea went to Bernie.
I went there on a Tuesday at 1:30 pm, and there was no wait. I normally wouldn’t be able to go on a weekday, but I happened to have the day off.
Whoever installed the furnishings in my officetel really sucked. Several doors are beginning to sag, and apparently they thought it was a good idea to smear clear silicon caulking all over the place. That “clear” caulking is now yellow. My previous officetel (in the same building!) didn’t have any of this nonsense going on.
Look at this! Even when the kitchen counter is OCD-level clean, it doesn’t look clean!
After six months of living in this officetel, I decided that I couldn’t take it anymore. I went to town with a butterknife, and scraped, chipped, and cut all that away. I bought some glue remover from Daiso but that barely worked. A knockoff Magic Eraser kind of worked for the tiny bits of leftover silicone. I replaced it with white silicone caulking (also from Daiso), and used my fingers, cotton buds, and paper towels to pat it out.
Now I’m happy. I wasn’t able to achieve the invisible look, but it looks much better. Please excuse the random stuff littered all over the stove – it’s bits of caulking and paper towels etc from the process. I can’t scrub it down while the new caulking is curing, because the stovetop isn’t actually attached to the countertop – it’s just resting on top of a slightly smaller gap. I don’t want the stovetop to move around too much and mess everything up.
After it was done, I had the bright idea of looking up some instructional videos on Youtube. Apparently I should have used painter’s tape, but whatever. It’s done. Next time, I’ll know.
Drunken selfie with my cat, upon stumbling home.
I have discovered the use of the occasional free-with-purchase bottled water, packaged with convenience store boxed meals. They’re really convenient when you’re lying in bed with a blazing hangover.