Photo Gallery #2: Life at the Sinchon Boarding House


(or things that sound a little bit weird)

I wonder if the creators of this candy bar are paying royalties to Lil Jon.

White Nationalist Door Mechanism
Warning: the KKK is active in Korea, and they are manufacturing door mechanisms!

There are three different types of available water from this water cooler near Yonsei University, although only one of them is "clean." There is only one water jug, so I guess they must use caustic chemicals and rat feces to dirty the other two. The first time that I took this picture, I didn't get it quite right, so I went back and started to take a better shot, when the restaurant manager came and asked why I was taking a picture of the water cooler. I explained that I felt it was funny English, saying that the implication was that only the water from the center is clean.

As Momma Always Said

Since this is a multi-story building, your soju bottle could put a dent in someone's head.

I found this is in the trash, took a picture of it, and promptly put it back. I'd say it's B-grade Engrish, but oh well.

Pre-Chuseok Hype

Chuseok is Korea's Thanksgiving. That's an oversimplification, but it's a big harvest celebration.

Here's a display of gift sets for Chuseok.

What's this? It's an authentic Korean Chuseok gift set, with fancy olive oil, and of course, SPAM!

More SPAM for Your Computer
I took this picture at 7-Eleven. Apparently, SPAM is everywhere around Chuseok time. In case a gift set of two olive oil bottles and three cans of SPAM isn't classy enough, you can get your loved one a gift set of nine cans of SPAM, for about $26.

Boarding House Food
There isn't much protein, but approximately $300 a month wouldn't even rent a room in most parts of the United States, let alone get you meals as well. In this bowl, I have selected to have:
- Cucumber (middle)
- Kimchi (left)
- Myeolchi (tiny dried fish, right)
- Squid (top)

This is the most important part of my bachelor pad. The bachelor pad is so big, it can't be captured in just one picture.

Here are my bachelor clothes (the lights), hanging up to dry.

The reason that Korea's immigration laws are so lax, and the reason that the Korean green card is so easy to obtain, is because the Koreans want more folks like this walking the streets. This is a picture of a street mural near Yonsei University.

Wow, take a look at that wound! I was trying to kill a mosquito in the bathroom, I brushed against the mirror, and it shattered into a million pieces. I hope the old wives' tale isn't true. When it happened, my leg looked like a barber's pole. This picture was taken later, after I had cleaned it up, but after it had started bleeding again for some reason. I bet that'll leave a scar!

Mom and Dad, in case you were worrying about my health, this hospital is right across the street from my boarding house.

Butt-Kicking Cheap Haircut
Yes, I got this haircut for about $7. Not bad, is it?

This is my formal agreement with the owners of the hasook-jib. Normally, you just give them 300,000 won in cash and there is no contract, but I insist on writing, so this is what I get (it's written on the back of a piece of scrap paper detailing the injury of someone's left hand). Here is a translation:
From October 24 To November 24
We received (received is misspelled, and even I, a foreigner, can figure that out) the hasook money
Ajumeoni (Aunt)
Somehow, I don't think this "contract" would stand up in court, so I hope I don't have any problems with the landlords.

This is a picture taken right after a trip to a bar/restaurant (they seem to be synonymous around here). From the left to the right, we have me, Makiko, Jeongho, and a friend of Makiko's whose name I do not know (I believe he's a student from China).