Pump It Up
Pump It Up is all over Seoul. It's tough to find DDR, but once you're good at PIU, DDR seems second-class. I'm still working on my skills, but I have a gimmick that the more skilled don't have: I'm a foreigner. Therefore, even though I still play on Hard instead of Crazy most of the time, I can get quite a crowd.
Note how everything in this picture is pretty sharp, except me.
Korean EngrishJapanese Engrish gets all the attention, but there is plenty of high quality Korean Engrish as well. From bizarre truncations such as "Led Zepp" to huge signs on buildings reading "Business Incubator," there is a lot of unintentional humor in Korean attempts at English.
I became convinced that one could not buy clothing for men in Seoul. I figured that if I was going to wear a woman's shirt, it might as well have a cool message on it. However, as you will notice by examining the neck of this shirt, I was a little bit too big for it, and it made me look rather gay, so I ended up not making it part of my full-time wardrobe (fortunately, I eventually found male clothing).
Photograph of People
From the left, here's who's in this picture: the guy from the army who comes to Windroad to avoid violating curfew at the base, Eun-young, me, and the Swiss girl who had spent time in China.
Mijeong took this picture of me in the lobby. She's apparently skilled at photography as well as drawing (I think it's a good picture).
Everyone Going About Their Business in the Lobby
The Korean dude is Jeongho. The dude using the computer is from Australia (his name escapes me for now, but I do know that he taught English in China). The woman on the floor is Mijeong.
This is Mijeong. I'd say that she's the "Assistant Manager" of the youth hostel. She's extremely nice. She teaches me hanja and frequently cooks meals which she lets people eat for free. She's great.
Mijeong drew this picture of me one day. I had to sit still for a long time, but it's a pretty good picture. Thank you, Mijeong.
I roomed with this dude from Germany for several days. I don't know how to spell his name. He's a nice guy. He has left by now.
Mijeong and I
Don't worry, parents, I'm not really this thin in real life. The woman is Mijeong, who teaches me hanja. You can also see the left side of some dude in a red shirt. That's Jeongho. Thanks, Ken R., for taking this picture! However, I had to shrink it down to 10% of its original size.
I have written my own custom Korean quiz program. It has loads of options. They are:
Append a Korean word (with its English definition) to the word list. The program includes a built-in IME that builds a character based on Romanization (one-to-one correspondence). This way, knowledge of the Korean keyboard is not required.
Displays an entry from the word list. This is helpful if you're not sure if a character was entered correctly. You can go back and check to see whether or not it was.
Exits the program. If you're running it from within QBASIC, it returns you to QBASIC.
4. Korean Comprehension Quiz
Korean Comprehension Quiz throws random Korean words at you from your custom Korean word list. You have to translate them into English. This is somewhat linked to reading and listening.
5. English to Korean Translation Quiz
This quiz throws English words at you, and it's up to you to translate them into Korean. This should help you exercise your speaking and writing skills.
Token Globalization Picture
Squid Tank from Afar
We Can Read Your Minds
The Doors Cafe
Those from countries such as Japan and the United States may find the close proximity of the shower and the toilet to be shocking or humorous.
The W40,000 Computer
This contains my reserve of potatoes (15 remaining in this picture) and barley cookies (0.84 kilograms remaining in this picture).
The View from My Window
Believe it or not, it is better than the view from the window in my previous room.
Out and About
Apparently, it's still the Victorian Era in Korea. Note how the sun is out, and there's a complete utter absence of rain, but there are not one, not two, not three, but FOUR parasols in this picture. It's part of a trend that's sweeping Asia known as "white color beautiful people" ("baek-saek-mi-in" in Korean pronunciation). Occasionally, men even carry parasols, though this is fairly rare. However, when I was in Incheon, the parasol ladies came and shielded me with their parasols and asked me plenty of questions.
The Great Wall of Korea
This stream is almost dry because it's so hot.
Another Picture of the Great Wall
You wouldn't BELIEVE how difficult it was to sneak over the DMZ and take this picture!
It was pretty difficult to sneak into North Korea and get the previous picture, but nothing compares to sneaking across the border, then sneaking into a military installation to take this picture of a North Korean guard tower!