Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So Korea!

So Korea!  That is what Christian says when we notice things that are only found here in Korea.  I think it's catchy and I couldn't resist using it for the title of this post.

There are a few things that I have noticed that is "So Korea" since we moved here.  I'm sure the list will grow for the duration of our stay, but I wanted to go ahead and write about our experiences here, so far.

1. Man purses: I guess a man carrying a designer purse is quite normal here.  I keep thinking of the Seinfeld episode about the European carry all, but the men here are carrying purses, not specifically made for men.  Not a messenger bag, but a purse. I've noticed that men also wears skinny jeans and are very metro sexual.  Even beyond that to the point that they appear androgynous. Sometimes, I can't tell if a man dressed in skinny jeans and carrying a purse is a male or female. I had my haircut recently and the man next to me was getting a perm.  Not a usual thing I would see back home.

 2. Squid Burger - I knew that we would find crazy types of food here, but this one was a bit out of the usual suspects of Korean food.  We even tried a bulgogi burger which was pretty good.

3. Straddling the lanes - Please pick a lane and stay on it.  Now that I have a car, driving around in this type of traffic is so frustrating!  I guess sooner or later, I'll get used to it. Please note, that I was at a complete stop when I took the this photo.  

4. Elevator Trucks - High rise apartments are common here and usually freight elevators are used, but sometimes these types of trucks come in handy. First one I took on my way home from work. The second photo I found online.

That's all for now, but I will be continuing this list on future posts.  For those who have lived in different countries, please let me know if any of these are familiar in a particular country.  I've lived in the Philippines and visited England, but I have not found any commonality in this list. What I have gathered seems to be exclusively Korean lifestyle.

My New Car - Kia Morning

We finally sold the Rav4 (thanks to my awesome friend Maryann) and a few days later, I finally found the car that was perfect for me.  I love my new car! It's a red Kia Morning and exclusive here in Korea. The European version is called a Picanto, but it is not available in the US.

The first three photos were taken in the dealership and the last one is in my parking garage.  Notice that the rest of the cars are comprised of black, silver, and white cars.  So glad that my car is red.  I can easily locate it with no problems.  I thought it was just a coincidence that the cars on that garage floor was the same colors, but Koreans prefer that color scheme.  Rarely will you see a bright colored car on the road.  I wonder if it's because as an Asian county, they are used to a homogeneous type of culture.  I tend to gravitate towards diversity. 

It's a fun little car.  It reminds me of my red Geo Metro that I drove in high school, but a bit sportier and a step up in quality. I hope I'll be able to bring it back home with me.  I will have to do some modifications to have it legal on US roads, but that shouldn't be a problem.

Arrival of our Household Goods

Finally! Our last shipment of household goods arrived.  We have been busy unpacking and so happy that I am able to sleep in my own bed. We have the living room, kitchen, and Jensen's room finished.  I'd like to have some friends over, but not until the apartment is fully ready. I'm hoping to get more unpacking done this weekend.

Unfortunately, the TV and stereo speakers were damaged in the process of moving.  I have 75 days to claim the damages and I'm sure they will replace it. At least we didn't have to do the packing ourselves and everything was insured.

Jensen has thoroughly enjoyed playing with the rest of his toys.  I never realized the enormous amount of toys he owns.  I can't believe how much he has grown since we left.  He now able to climb onto his bouncy horse and he loves it!