To the right of Namsan Tower are … the skyscrapers of Seoul, I assume.
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.
Isn’t that great?
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.
Finally! After three months! Now I only have to pay tax in South Korea, instead of BOTH South Korea and ‘Murica!
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.
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.
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.
And a 2+1 deal on coffee at 7-11, for 2400 won total. (2+1 is buy 2,get 1 free).
The three most common things people say, after they find out I’m from LA:
LA Dodgers, Ryu Hyun Jin
The weather is nice and cold and post-rain right now, so I went out for a walk. It was so nice, I didn’t want to go back in … but my ears were starting to hurt from the cold. Gr.
Went back in and made myself a cup of “real” hot chocolate – hot milk and baking cocoa powder. (Not that I’m dissin’ on Milo or anything!) And marshmallows on top!! To die for.
Christmas is coming up and I am thinking of getting myself a digital camera (my camera has been broken for the past year. About time. I got it in 2005) or a guitar. Hmm. Which one will I get more enjoyment out of?? Sungguh dilema!!
Back to classes last Thursday. Final sprint!
I recently (as of 10 minutes ago) attempted to seal the fraying cutoff edges of a pair of denim shorts. I attempted to do this by setting them alight with a match. Problem was that I was wearing aforementioned shorts at the same time, and frayed edges catch fire wayyy too easily. But! I can now truthfully say that my pants have been on fire. It was not pleasant! I see the humor in it, though.
I think I may be going to San Francisco this weekend, with two friends from Riverside. The plan is to camp at a nearby park. Should be fun.