Clubbing in Korea… I Kindaa Miss It

I admit. I like to have a good time. And sometimes that means having a few drinks and hanging out at a club in Korea. I had a really good time last year, but this year, I’m not hanging out much and mostly focusing on my site, seoulistic.com. I kinda miss clubbing, but only a little bit. Here’s why:

Clubs in Hongdae

Club NB – Really youthful and energetic, but TOO youthful. I’m 28 (30 Korean age). I can’t hang with them no more.
Tin Pan 2 – Used to go here for a little bit of an older crowd. But I passed by recently, and I’m too old for them too!

Clubs in Gangnam

Club 88 – Things get really crazy, so it’s fun. But I’m not hardcore enough to party like that all the time.
Octogon – Only went here once and would love to go back. But I just can’t afford any type of clubbing at the moment.

I admit, I do miss going out and just having a good time at a club. But I’m broker now, older now and more focused now 🙂 Nearly an adult! Once I start doing my dishes more consistently, I’ll be a full-fledged functioning member of society 😉

My Apartment in Hongdae

Wanted to show everyone my cool apartment in Hongdae, Seoul. Hongdae, for those that don’t know, is a college town in Korea famous for its night life and sub-culture. It’s a waste that I don’t go out much, but at least I have a pretty chill apartment to live in!

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Jealous???????

Contact Lens Convenience

Back in America, buying contact lenses or prescription glasses are a pain. In addition to being up the butt expensive, you always need a prescription. Without one, you can’t buy it, and I never understood why. Dude, it’s not like I’m going to get the wrong prescription on purpose. Why would anyone do that? Are they scared that I’m going to destroy someone else’s eyes on purpose? Come’on now.

Today, I just went to the store and showed them my old box of contact lenses. They gave me a new pair, no hassles, no questions asked. They just asked if I wanted a membership card. I typically don’t get them as they just fill up my wallet for no reason. But I was like, these dudes make it so easy. So why not!

Korean efficiency ftw!

Lunch with TalktomeinKorean.com

Yesterday I visited the talktomeinkorean.com office to discuss an upcoming project. It’s a correction service site similar their other site, harukorean.com, except the site (talktomeinenglish.com – facebook page) is geared towards English learners from Korea. I’ll be helping out with the content and with some videos, and it should be a good time had by all 🙂

After talking with Hyunwoo about the details, the crew was about ready to eat lunch. I expected everyone to get up, put on their jackets and head out to some good neighborhood restaurant. That’s how it was in most of the companies I was involved with – in Japan, Korea, America. People would get up at lunch time, and if they didn’t have plans, they would discuss what they would go eat for the day. But instead of bringing up menu options, almost everyone in the TTMIK crew busted out their doshiraks (lunch boxes)! They all set their home made banchan (side dishes) on the table and shared what they had, even with the few folks that had ordered their lunch (including me).

I don’t think this is particularly common, but it’s not uncommon either. Eating out in Korea isn’t too expensive, but of course you’ll save money and probably eat healthier by doing this. I felt like I was in an elementary school cafeteria in Korea, everyone sharing what their mom packed them. It was weird that no one packed kimchi though!

Lunch was a good time to get to know the crew better, and even better cause I got to cop some of their food! haha, jk. But it was an unexpected Korean experience that I thought was pretty old school.  And anything old school and Korean, I like! 😀

Can’t wait for 홍대 삼거리포차 (Hongdae Samgeori Pocha) to reopen so I can get some of their sick 옛날 도시락 (old school lunch box)!

Minimum Wage in Korea

Free Makeup Samples in Myungdong

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Korea has gotten really cold again recently. I mean like REAL cold. I’m wearing my heat-tec long johns everyday, and really bundling up for the freezing Siberian wind that comes down from the North, which makes me wonder how my grandma survived those cold-ass winters near the China-North Korea border.

I can barely make it from the subway station to my work place in Myungdong. I shiver, I walk as fast as possible, I think of beaches, anything I can do to take my mind off the cold. But if anyone has walked through Myungdong, you will know that there are many make-up shops with girls handing out free samples to get you to come into the stores. They stand outside all day in the freezing cold. When my trilingual ex-girlfriend was looking for work, she saw some ads for this and found that they make about 6,000 won an hour, close to minimum wage (about 4,600 won/hr). And that’s the crazy thing… they’re all bi/tri-lingual! They won’t be screaming at you to come intp the stores in Korean. They’re doing it all in Japanese, Chinese, and sometimes English!

I find it amazing that these multi-lingual people are working 6,000 won/hr jobs in the freezing cold. It’s a whole different pay-scale that I, as an American, am totally unused to. I can see students taking on jobs like these. But these are women in their 20’s, with multi-language abilities. Standing out in the freezing cold, yelling loudly (being really aggressive I might add), working really hard days, for what native-English speakers (no matter what field you work in) can make in probably one to two hours.

The reality of Korea’s pay scale is immensely different than what foreigners in Korea are used to . Foreigners are spoiled in this crazy country, where you can make a days worth of work in an hour or two just because you speak English.

Hey, part-time Korean worker… mad respectsss!!!!

 

Craigslist Korea is My Best Friend

Moving to Korea can be a rough transition. Most people come with just the clothes on their back and have to start from scratch. That means getting furniture, appliances, and everyday household goods is part of the norm. Luckily there are always people on the other end of their stay, hoping to get rid of their stuff before they leave Korea. Craigslist Korea is a goldmine for foreigners in Korea. Here’s a bunch of stuff that I got off of the site and how much.

The best deals comes from people just looking to unload their stuff before they leave Korea. It’s a fire sale, and they’ll just sell it to get rid of it. I got pretty much everything I need, but I still check Craigslist all the time because sometimes there are just some deals that are too good to pass up!