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.

Shopping day

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.

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And a 2+1 deal on coffee at 7-11, for 2400 won total. (2+1 is buy 2,get 1 free).

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