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OT: Survived A Trip To Korea
No, the giant wall of text was a me error. I tried to hand format the HTML in the basic editor and goofed it up. So I went back real quick and changed it.
I'm glad mgoblog readers are creepy, making this tangential to the blog,so this off topic post doesn't have to be deleted. I'd hate to have had to miss this.
Endorsed all CREX story posts.
I was in Korea earlier this year for a business trip. 62 hours on the ground from landing to departure. Did you lay over in Narita? Next time, try to get a seat on the left side of the plane from ICN to NRT - fantastic view of Mt Fuji.
Never had dog soup, but did have braised dog meat. Not bad. This was, of course, about 18 years ago when the practice was less unacceptable (or at least publicized).
I've had "Nothing to Envy" on hold at my local library for 2 months now. Jerk that had it before me lost it and they won't order a new copy until the idiot pays up.
Great story. I knew someone who went from LA to Korea to be a pop star, succeeded, and now lives in Atlanta. I also have a childhood friend who starred as the "Korean girl from America" in a few dramas. She also won the Miss Korean-American pageant back in the early 90's. Pop culture in Korea is definitely a weird thing.
It's worth the wait for "Nothing to Envy". I just ended up buying it. I got a copy from the Grad Library and figured it was the kind of book I'd read multiple times so I just dropped the money on it.
Dog meat is a lot more on the dive bar level I'm told now. It's like going out to Jug for PBR night, only with slightly more social stigma these days. I'm just going to be sad the day live squid consumption is verboten. That is one tasty little tentacle creature.
Bar and/or restaurant do Koreans attend to watch Michigan games?...
I honestly have no clue. We just watched it on the laptop (the BTN will stream overseas for a fee). I'd imagine one of our local Korean residents can answer or if you're over there start checking around the American military bases where they have some American style sports bars. Football isn't really big over there so I'd imagine you'd need to find the white people or hope the Korean alumni club books a place: http://alumni.umich.edu/get-active/clubs-and-affiliates/international-clubs
Yeah, up near the military base. There should be bars up there showing the games, but you may have to fight someone to change it to M. Limited # of TVs I'm sure
It's not a bad place to be even if you don't get to watch the game
AFKN (Armed Forces Korea Network) as well - is that still up and running? That comes through as a local station and it's possible they show some sports
Itaewon is definitely a good bet. As I think about it Yongsan-gu also might be worth checking out. Yongsan-guy has a bit less of a red light vibe than Itaewon. Now if you want a hooker Itaewon is the place to go from what I'm told.
I think the base by Yongsan-gu is closing down or closed down, so area might be closing down.
Thanks for making me sound like a perv there, CRex. smiley face. Genuinely, I didn't run into any of that up there, but it is a place where Americans/Internationals hang out. Or at least it used be. Therefore also a place where Korean girls who like Americans/ Internationals would hang out. Also though, a little bit of familiarity and home in strange, very different, but beautiful country
Plus, Korean chicks +1
"ANA though follows through on its corporate mission statement by recruiting young Japanese girls and dressing in uniforms that are also sold in Japanese sex shops."
Egad -- contrast that with the grouchy hags you often get on U.S. domestic flights (the prime ones, anyway) and you'll be tempted to conclude that unions have ruined our country. (I don't necessarily believe that, but I think you'll get the point.)
Asian airlines, in general, tend to have more strict age and physical standards. Singapore Airlines is well known for having flight attendants who are easy on the eyes. Contrast that with the US legacy airlines who rate more on seniority due to collective bargaining agreements. This is how you get 20+ year veterans on the most desirable routes (eg, mainland to HNL). Some, to be fair, are fantastic, but others leave much to be desired. Labor relations in the airline industry (FA's, pilots, mechanics) are EXTREMELY contentious. Many of the frontline airline personnel also know they will be protected by their labor agreements and union reps in the case of minor issues (being surly to passengers, tardiness, serially sick, etc).
Singapore Airlines also seems to pump its stewardess full of perky drugs as well. Those girls are insanely perky after long flights. When we hit the ground in Hong Kong once the younger ones were still giggling, acting cute and bouncing around like they'd spent the last 10 hours mainlining speed.
I'm guessing you've never hung out with the kind of chicks who mainline speed for 10+ hours.
Consider yourself lucky.
Congrats man. Also, yeah, I was already sad for you from the "no longer have a Korean girlfriend" line, so I might have had to kill you for a whole post of it.*
*Please note, this poster will not actually commit homicide over the contents of a post, although maiming is still on the table.
Congrats CRex - a solid engagement trip story. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say we are really looking forward to wedding related hilarity down the road.
Now where are the stewardess pics?
A Google search for "All Nippon Air beauty contest" will do a lot more justice than my cellphone camera could have managed.
I know that there are very good kickers/punters in Korea.
what a great story (no s/)
I hope this means unlimited Bibimbop's for you. (In the literal sense)
Excellent, congrats on the engagement. We're all invited to the wedding, right?
Sure. Odds are it will be in Korea, so start saving for airfare. Not sure on any date. We'll be married in the legal sense (for benefits and citizenship purposes) by Christmas and worry about official receptions and such after that.
So your Korean fiancee used to be your teacher?
Just my GSI. But yes I asked my GSI out (after grades were submitted).
I mean, if your fiancee reads this, and still wants to marry you after hearing about you wanting to start a Mormon/LOST way of life with her and the stewardess, you lusting after her scantily clad underage sister, and how much you liked hanging out with her model friends, then she's a keeper. Those must have been some duck pellets.
...and so far no special operations teams have taken me out.
It works both ways. I get some leeway on stewardess comments and she gets leeway when she comments about how sexy Denard is.
Before I end up on some sex offenders list, I was looking AWAY from lil sister.
YOU think Denard is sexier than she does. I know I do. Michigan Man love for him knows no bounds right now. He puts up 500 yards against Ohio State, I'll ask him to marry me.
(And since there were no pics, I'll take your word on Lil Sis. Nothing to see here, Chris Hanson!)
Modestly more seriously, you'll never regret it. She may, multiple times, but I have faith in you to keep changing her mind. That's what husbands do- keep reminding their wives why they married you in the first place so they forget all the other stuff you do.
Congratulations on the engagement CRex, also glad to hear you made it out of Korea unscathed. Dancing with all those Korean models must have been torture.
It's funny, by about Part 2, that was not the torture we thought he'd get in Korea. Waterboarding was looking good at the time.
- Mazel tov
- You're an excellent, very funny writer. I still have to get around to reading the 4-part series about you meeting your future in-laws.
- You got a date with your GSI. (Apparently some other stuff followed as well.)
- I want to hang out with your future sister-in-law's friends. Deal?
I'm not an "awwww proposal!!!!" person but that was legit heart warming. Good luck!
CRex, you are a MGoBlog legend.
I would pay a considerable amount of money for a bowl of dog soup and a bottle or two of soju...
Seoul Garden has 영양탕 on the menu. That translates loosely to 'nutrition soup', and in Korea 영양탕 = 보신탕, order either and you get dog soup. The Seoul Garden version obviously didn't have dog meat, I'd guess goat meat. It was poor compared to dog soup, but not bad if you have a hankering for 육개장.
Again CRex, congratulations!
What'd you think of the Seoul airport? I was just there a few weeks ago. Free cultural activities for foreigners!
Also, holy crap people talked to your fiancée about this? I mean, I guess I'm impressed with MGoBlog's reach, but. . .
Congratulations! But why didn't you stay for 추석?
Great stuff man. Very entertaining.
Thanks for this, I guess...Congrats on the engagement though.
CRex.... MS Paint or it didn't happen.
I kid, congratulations and thanks for sharing your stories. Well done!
After the long silence, I feared the end of the saga. Congrats on the engagement!
me and my team of USAF Spec Ops who are formerly of Korean girlfriend relationships are ready to extract you on a moments notice should the rehersal dinner go bad. Just light the flare, activate the homing beacon, and a helicopter will be at your location anywhere on the peninsula in 25 min.
Make sure you avoid North Korean airspace lest you spark WWIII (WWIV?).
I'm most interested in the covert pics of the sister in her night shirt and the model friends you managed to snap!
Thanks again CRex, and chuka haeyo.
I am in awe of the fact that you managed to get your UMass stream up within an hour. I would have been dead the second I saw the little swirlies on the Seoul map.
Sniff...all the little MGoBloggers..all grown up...and leaving the nest.... :-(
I know, I know....I'm not losing an MGoBlogger...I'm gaining future ones...