Posts tagged ‘tired’

Fine, I’ll post.

fine. I guess I’ll post something.

I’m in law school now. It’s only been a week of working and school at the same time – and it’s quite a bit. One of the professors said “I know that many of you have full-time jobs, or family/spouse responsibilities, or – God forbid – both …” so I’m not sure how easy this is going to be.

But I’m not the kind of person who gives up so easily. It’s already extremely challenging and stimulating; I’m hoping that the excitement keeps up. I’m also positive that it’ll help me in my current job – I’ll be much better at arguing.

that is all for now. I’m tired.

Korea!

Back from Korea!

All of my good pictures are on Facebook – go see them here:

http://cli.gs/79WdDz – day 1
http://cli.gs/yY10Dy
– day 2
http://cli.gs/7gYJjX
– day 3
http://cli.gs/7DhG3d – day 4
http://cli.gs/4UQhQA – day 5
http://cli.gs/uMep0b – day 6
http://cli.gs/ZYah26 – day 7
http://cli.gs/6SrEM0 – day 8
http://cli.gs/Ny2Pqz – day 9

However, in the interest of using this webspace a bit more, I’ll post a bit of a documentary-style narrative here.

When I have more energy.

~Chris

Will upload pictures here soon.

Eventually.

For now, they’re on facebook.

http://cli.gs/79WdDz
http://cli.gs/yY10Dy
http://cli.gs/7gYJjX

In KOREA

In KOREA!

The flight was long, no problems this time though. Korean Air’s flight attendants are very attentive.  Every time something fell, every time something dropped, every time something didn’t look 100% clean, they came and fixed it.  Kinda creepy; not used to that level of service and I’m not sure if it’s what I prefer or not.

Got in around 3am, Sonia met up with us around 4am (she goes to work really early…my beautiful trooper…), and now I’m in the Hotel’s Internet cafe.

Buttloads of email, and Bank of America blocked my debit card because I didn’t clear it with them that I was going to Korea…except…wait for it…I did…I called them last night and told them to put notes on my credit card accounts. This apparently doesn’t apply to their debit card.

Mother f’er.

Whatever.

Not much worth blogging about yet.

I’ll take pictures soon obviously. It’s 8am and I am really tired, but I’m going to POWER through today.

Just watch me.

~Chris

A short pictorial letter to the Office of Personnel Management.

Back from SF/LA

I’m back from San Francisco and Los Angeles! I had a great time, but I’m tired as hell so I’m going to sleep now.

I’ll post the pictures I snapped tomorrow.

~Chris

Everland and Incheon Airport

Hi there!

It’s 9:35am on the east coast, but it doesn’t feel like that to me. I don’t know what time it really is, but something called “the sun” seems to be out, and it’s in the eastern sky, so therefore it must be morning. Right? Right.

Anyway, I have a few more pictures, both from Everland from my day of travel.

Took a few more pictures of North Korea.

North Korea's right there!

North Korea's right there!

Closer shot of North Korea.

Closer shot of North Korea.

We made it to Caribbean Bay! (Warning: Overly excited English ahead.) It was a water park, mostly indoors. I realize I said “outdoors” before, but there was an outdoor portion of the lazy river part. I had to retouch this photo since it was really really white.

Outside Caribbean Bay! Woo!

Outside Caribbean Bay! Woo!

INSIDE Caribbean Bay! See the difference?

INSIDE Caribbean Bay! See the difference?

There’s a water slide, a few wade pools, the lazy river, a kiddie diving pool, strictly kiddie pools, and a bunch of saunas/spas. It was a relaxing place filled with hundreds of screaming Korean kids.

On the way out, I found a few gifts and took a picture of the theme park’s entrance.

There was also a theme park next to Caribbean Bay. It was open for a "Snow Festival".

There was also a theme park next to Caribbean Bay. It was open for a "Snow Festival".

We took the bus back to Ilsan, and I found the best Billiard Club in the world. Kind of far to travel, but it’s gotta be worth it.

I found the best billiard club in the world, FYI.

I found the best billiard club in the world, FYI.

Dinner was Kimbab, Udon noodles, and Jook. I only got a picture of the Kimbab.

Kimbab! Seaweed, rice, and meat+veggies.No more kimbab!

Kimbab! Seaweed, rice, and meat+veggies.

That was my last day and night in Korea. The next day was all travel.

Woke up early, and headed to the airport. As I said, my complaint letter to Delta got me a free BusinessElite upgrade. A very nice touch for the 13 hour Incheon-Atlanta leg.

Sonia holding the ticket of AWESOME.

Sonia holding the ticket of AWESOME.

This upgrade was key. A 13-hour flight in Coach isn’t too bad – the food’s decent, I had an exit-row seat, and the amenities were pretty good too. But man….BusinessElite is so excellent. If you don’t know, you really don’t know. Take a gander:

The seatback in Business Class on Delta's 777s.

The seatback in Business Class on Delta's 777s.

I sat in one of those seats. They didn’t quite lie totally flat, but reclined maybe to a 30º angle. The footrest also came up to about 75º. They also included a bottle of water, an amenity kit with all sorts of stuff, and a light that you can see on the left side for reading.

Slippers from BusinessElite on Delta.

Slippers from BusinessElite on Delta.

Oh yeah, slippers too.

Business Class also had better food. Dinner...number 1? Pictured: Beef Japchae, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and a Fresh Seasonal Salad.

Business Class also had better food. Dinner...number 1? Pictured: Beef Japchae, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and a Fresh Seasonal Salad.

The food wasn’t bad either. I missed taking a picture of the first dinner (lunch? breakfast? midnight snack? what time was it?), but it was a “Penne Pasta in Vegetable Bolognese Sauce, tossed with arugula, fresh mozzarella, and mushrooms”.

Dinner #2's main course. I chose the Tuk Galbi - "traditional korean beef in spicy soy sauce with mushrooms, pak choi, and steamed rice".

Dinner #2's main course. I chose the Tuk Galbi - "traditional korean beef in spicy soy sauce with mushrooms, pak choi, and steamed rice".

I tried to talk my way into the Delta lounge in Atlanta with my Business Class ticket, but no dice. I paid for it since I REALLY wanted a shower.

The flight after was lackluster, we’ll say, in comparison. But it landed safely.  That’s all I really care about.

My letter to Delta

Here’s the letter that earned Delta a customer for life.

If your criticism of my letter contains the words “dramatic” or “over-the-top”, I ask you to keep in mind the following:

1) who slept on a nearly lie-flat seat for 13 hours? and

2) who got a $400 voucher for future travel?

3) what’s got two thumbs?

That’s right. This guy.

This email was sent to the following email addresses:

richard.anderson@delta.com (CEO),

lee.macenczak@delta.com (head of flight operations?),

daiquiri.gleaves@delta.com (Customer relations),

customer-care@delta.com

Click through to see the letter!

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명동 again, 남산 tower, 남대문 market, and the classy 버거킹

We went out yesterday and Sunyoung wanted me to try a Korean/Chinese/Something dish called 자짱면 (Jajjyeongmyeon).  It is a true Korean dish, invented by Chinese immigrants about a century ago, and historically eaten on highschool/college graduation day.

Jajjangmyeon, a dish with wheat noodles, black soybean paste sauce, some meat, and veggies. Salty but good!

Jajjangmyeon, a dish with wheat noodles, black soybean paste sauce, some meat, and veggies. Salty but good!

The place was huge, and fairly nicely decorated. I won’t attempt to be a judge of authentic Chinese restaurants, but it looked nice inside nonetheless.

After that, Sunyoung remembered that I had to try 두유 (Korean soymilk), so we found a convenience store and asked for directions to the 남산 케이블카 (Namsan Cable Car).  (Note, link to company doesn’t work. Try Web Archive.)

Korean soymilk - with chestnut flavor!

Korean soymilk - with chestnut flavor!

While drinking his soymilk, Chris finds a ridiculous CD rate, and plots to send some money to Korea in the future.  From what I can tell, that's a 1-year CD rate. W. T. F.

While drinking his soymilk, Chris finds a ridiculous CD rate, and plots to send some money to Korea in the future. From what I can tell, that's a 1-year CD rate. W. T. F.

It was a 3 minute ride up the side of Namsan, at which point we could see the Seoul Tower (previously the “Namsan Tower”).

Shot of the city. Higher and higher we go...

Shot of the city. Higher and higher we go...

우리은행, aka "Our Bank". Don't mess with Koreans.

우리은행, aka "Our Bank". Don't mess with Koreans.

Another shot from wayyy up.

Another shot from wayyy up.

The other cable car passed us.  No-one waved :-(

The other cable car passed us. No-one waved :-(

Panorama of Seoul

Panorama of Seoul

After the ride up, we were at the top of Namsan (aka Mount Nam).

There’s a little museum, a restaurant arrogantly called “The Place” (which brought on a lot of bad jokes from me), and a gift shop.

Tree of teddy bears!

Tree of teddy bears!

Wireframe man flying around the Tower.

Wireframe man flying around the Tower.

There was also a demonstration going on.  Apparently the new administration invoked some harsh rules upon the news media, and some of the news unions were protesting in a memorable way:

Up....

Up....

Up....

Up....

And Away!

And Away!

A pretty good shot if I do say so myself.

A pretty good shot if I do say so myself.

We took a few shots of the panorama on the other side of the mountain:

The other side of Seoul. Not in a bad way. Just geographically different.

The other side of Seoul. Not in a bad way. Just geographically different.

We also participated in a tradition on the Seoul Tower; cheesy, yes; but such is life.

Writing on the locklock writingLocks against the mountainlocks down

I think it started from a TV show? Anyway, it was cute, and I have the key. So I can unlock our love if I get tired of it 😛

Namdaemun market. A sea of people and cheap stuff. Oh, and street food vendors.Close up

Namdaemun market. A sea of people and cheap stuff. Oh, and street food vendors.

Namdaemun is an experience. An experience we mostly missed out on since places were closing at the time.

We made it back to Myeongdong to find dinner. At night it's a cornucopia of lights and sounds, quite pretty. And no cars!

We made it back to Myeongdong to find dinner. At night it's a cornucopia of lights and sounds, quite pretty. And no cars!

Dinner was a Korean restaurant, known as 버거킹.

Some things never change, no matter where you go...right?

Some things never change, no matter where you go...right?

You people (Americans) might know it by its traditional name, “Burger King”.

Whenever I go to another country, I love seeing that country’s take on American fastfood. In the same way that Chinese food in America is a perversion of real Chinese food, seeing the Korean version of Burger King was interesting because it’s one of the many impressions that we give off.

Also, it’s interesting to see how Koreans enjoy their food, as evidenced by our dinner.

Honey Potato burger. It was a mashed potato on top of a burger, topped with honey.

Honey Potato burger. It was a mashed potato on top of a burger, topped with honey.

Potato burger + honey = interesting.  It was kind of sweet, but not overly so. Could have done without the mayo.

ANGRY WHOPPER. This was awesome.

ANGRY WHOPPER. This was awesome.

According to Wikipedia, this is already around the world, and not just a Korean thing.  But I didn’t taste the pepperjack cheese or jalapenos. Actually kind of tasted like kimchi. Pretty awesome either way though!

That was my day! Time to wake up and have breakfast. We’re meeting a friend today, and I don’t know what else yet. Rest assured I’ll get pictures this time.

~Chris

2009 and 명동!

Apparently I slept through the new year celebrations.  D’oh!  Happy 2009!

Anyway, we went to 명동 (Myeongdong) yesterday.  We took a bus from Sunyoung’s house in 파주시 (Paju city) to the 합정 (Hapjeong) metro, then on to the 을지로일구역 metro (Euljiro-1 ga, like “Euljiro 1st Ave”).

Jayson, I know you're jealous right now!

Jayson, I know you're jealous right now.

Pretty intense system.

Pretty intense subway system.

Bus/Metro Pass

Bus/Metro Pass. Much cooler looking than the SmartTrip...

I saw an advertisement that beats the Gilette Fusion.

Top that, Gilette.

Top that, Gilette.

Six blades of glory.

Six blades of glory.

First I got some money exchanged.  They took a pretty heavy cut on the deal (about 200 원!), but I got my Korean money, mostly for use in the cash-only businesses :)

We went shopping in the outside markets and the small stores. There were some great deals to be had – I got earmuffs for 3000원 (a little less than US$3). I also picked up a scarf because it was COLD AND WINDY OUT THERE (about 20,000원)!

Outside 명동

Outside 명동

The stores had a few items that weren’t…as you say, legitimate.  I turned a blind eye to those items:

Staging pictures like this never works with me.  I'm trying to avoid looking at the knockoff boots on sale.

Staging pictures like this never works with me. I'm trying to avoid looking at the knockoff boots on sale.

And some were just….yeah:

....I do not understand this tshirt.  Any takers?

....I do not understand this tshirt. Any takers?

We ate from vendors off of the street a few times – once with a sausage, wrapped in fish, wrapped in seaweed, deep fried, and covered in hot sauce…

It really means "take-away food".  But it said "Be able packing".  I like the latter.

It really means "take-away food". But it said "Be able packing". I like the latter.

Mmmmmm.....fried and spicy.

Mmmmmm.....fried and spicy.

Mmmm....street food.

Mmmm....street food.

…and once with a fried pancake filled with honey and sugar…

Aww, how sweet.  Seriously, fried dough stuffed with sugar.

Aww, how sweet. Seriously, fried dough stuffed with sugar.

…needless to say, not the healthiest day in terms of food :-)

For lunch, we went to 명동교자 (Myeongdong Gyoja), a famous noodle shop (we had to wait a few minutes to get in).  We had a dish called 국수 (Guksu), which is a kind of chopped noodle soup with beef and dumplings (교자, aka “Gyoza”, aka “Dumplings”).  The 김치 (Kimchi) was so spicy I got the hiccups…that’s never fun, but it was good.

A noodle soup with beef and dumplings.  Photo courtesy The Official Korea Tourism Site.

국수: A noodle soup with beef and dumplings. Photo courtesy The Official Korea Tourism Site.

We entered a couple of bigger stores, including one big department store/flea market type place, where individual vendors sold lots of clothing at really really cheap prices.  We got Sunyoung a very nice coat and gloves.

We saw (볼트) “BOLT”, the new Disney movie.  It was subtitled in Korean, but I could pick up a little of what was going on from it, which was nice.  The movie theatres had assigned stadium seating, but the tickets were only 7000원 (a little under US$7).

We saw "BOLT". It was cute!

We saw "BOLT". It was cute! Underlined portion: 10th floor, Theatre 2, Row B, Seat 7

After a day of shopping and fun, we came back to “잭이 있는 집” (as her family’s house is known – “The Book House”).  It is an absolutely beautiful house, with interesting design behind it.  Sunyoung’s father gave me the grand tour and the story behind it.  He wanted to embrace the fact that there would be 3 generations living in the house (his mother, his wife and him, and his children); give them all separate living spaces, but also have a central space for “communication”, where the generations could come together more easily.

Thermostat...for the heated floors. I swear, such a sweet deal.

Thermostat...for the heated floors. I swear, such a sweet deal.

The reason the heated floors worked so well is because the bed is on the ground. Definitely worth it, as you step into a bed that's warm to the touch :-)

The reason the heated floors worked so well is because the bed is on the ground. Definitely worth it, as you step into a bed that's warm to the touch :-)

This is a door that opens from the master bedroom closet into the main living area/kitchen. The essence of communication!

This is a door that opens from the master bedroom closet into the main living area/kitchen. The essence of communication!

One of the many many collections of books. My room downstairs is flanked by them too.

One of the many many collections of books. My room downstairs is flanked by them too.

A shot of the kitchen and its view into the central park area.

A shot of the kitchen and its view into the central park area.

As you can see, it’s quite a modern and interesting house.  The walls aren’t just lined with books – the books create the partitions between rooms as well as the outside.

All in all, a great day.  I missed the church service at midnight, but apparently Sunyoung and I were both passed out, so her mother didn’t want to wake either of us.  Today, we’re going to an observatory tower where one can see 북한 (North Korea).

Have a great 2009 everyone! 안녕!