Dating Girls from Work

I met this chick at work and I’m kind of into her. She’s kind of young, but that’s ok (it may even be awesome). But I decided not to pursue her anymore. Why? Cause I know it only causes problems down the line.

Rewind to last year, there was this girl at work that I was seeing. She was really into me, and I was like “ehh… you’re cute and kind of fun, but a little crazy” (the girly kind of crazy if you know what I mean). But we ended up hanging out a lot, and we had a lot of fun with the office romance thing. You know… hiding from people, making out in the stairwells, and all other kinds of fun stuff.

But at some point I couldn’t handle the craziness anymore, and I tried to break it off. And the thing is, I’m usually really bad with break ups. I don’t know how to do it. I end up kind of being nice to them, but silent, and hope they break up with me. She got the picture though, and we kind of stopped meeting up.

Although we weren’t seeing each other anymore, we still worked at the same place and saw each other all the time. Eventually, we started to meet again to do simple stuff. Grab some food every now and then, dropping by each other’s desks to say hi. And before I knew it, it kind of got started again. Meeting up after work, a few drinks every now and then, a movie or something. And the whole time I knew she was still a little crazy. But give me a break… I was lonely!

So this new chick at work, she’s a cool cat. And I kind of started something, but I’m just going to straight up stop. I don’t think I can date girls from work again, especially if I’m going to see them all the time. I think it ends up being bad news for all parties involved.

New Part-time Employee

I need some help working on Seoulistic.com. So I posted on the sites I mentioned in my previous post. I am not offering much as this is coming out of my own pocket, so I went with a student as my first employee.

I love Korean student employees. The younger they are the better (chill, I’m not a creep! just read on). When I was working at KoreanClass101, my first part-time employee was Minkyung. At the time she was a 20 year old college student just looking to make some spending money. It wasn’t a lot of money, but she appreciated it. And she was really sincere and hardworking.

That was in Japan. Now I’m in Korea, and minimum wage in Korea is about 4,600 won an hour. So I know any Korean student would jump at the chance to do easy research work from home for what I’m offering, 8만원 a month (about 70USD). They’ll appreciate anything that doesn’t require serving food in a McDonald’s uniform.

So I picked this 19-year old kid with no job experience at all. When she replied to my ad, she had no resume and said she had no work experience (not exactly the best way to get a job!). When I met her, she seemed lost and it seemed fairly obvious that she had never applied for a job before. But that’s the exact reason I chose her. I know she’ll do what I ask without complaints. She already seems to be hardworking and sincere. And as long as I’m fair to her, I’m sure she’ll keep doing this until she’s got something better going on.

I would like to build my entire team with these college kids. But I mean, that’s not really sustainable nor very smart. But for the time being, these kids are perfect for what I need!

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! :D

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)!

The Making of a Webisode

Monday Night I got to learn again a bunch. There was a filming of a webisode, taken at Mui Mui in Apgujung. It’s designed in that oh-so chic, trendy, upscale Soho style design that Korean women, and social elite are in love with, including outdoor seating, which is where the filming took place.

We got our web manager Yaeri Song to corral her gal pals just to talk about dudes to whole entire night. There was some  smack, I do believe, but in the politeness, most classiest way possible. These girls are straight up classed out to the max! Super supportive, and very encouraging to each other. When they were talking about each other, only the best adjectives, kindest words, and most endearing terms were used. Totally different from what men would be like. Our director said it best… If it was a bunch of dudes talking, they’d be like “You want to know about this m*ther f*cker? Let me tell you something about this c*ck s*cker!”

Was great to watch women just interact together, and also to learn, of course, about the making of a film (or webisode at least). A good sign that I’m learning is the questions that I came away with. Questions of women are too many to count. But I do have a few questions about filming. If anyone would be so kind to enlighten me, please do so!

- Filmed with the light in the shot, not behind. Why? (My guess: intimacy)
- What’s the lamp on the table for?
- There was a gray space on the top and bottom of the camera. What’s that for?
- Since most of the shots were closeups, what kind of headspace was allotted, if at all, and why?
- I saw a few times the camera being zoomed all the way to the closest possible setting, then to the desired shot . Is that for focusing?
- Why was a shotgun mic used in this setting and not lapel mics?