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Meanwhile in Korea

Discussion in 'Social' started by Jae, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. BetteTheRed

    BetteTheRed Resident Heretic

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    Takes me less than a day to adjust westbound, the better part of a week eastbound. Thinking of going to England in the spring for another canal boat trip, so I'll be reminded...
     
  2. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Carolla. I've heard about the plastic surgery industry here. It's huge, but none of our family and friends (as far as I know, of course) have had it. I didn't know that about the photo on the resume. When I applied for work here, the potential employers all wanted photos, but I assumed that was just something commonly requested of foreigners.
     
  3. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Luce. South Korea also has an interesting president (guess he'd be POSK).
     
  4. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Yes, Yobo is a real blessing to me. I think it would be a lot more difficult for me to navigate being a foreigner here without her. She's helped me find different kinds of stores, explained some differences in language nuance and behavior, etc. One of the things I'm finding hard here is to be constantly surrounded by a different language - on all the buildings, on TV, on all food packages, etc. I really must try to learn some Korean language.
     
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  5. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Had the same experience when I came to Korea for a two week stay six years ago and then returned home. This time, I'm feeling jet-lag here for sure. It may be age-related.

    How was China? How long did you go for? Were you on vacation there or was your trip work-related?
     
  6. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    As I understand it, many people (including a niece of mine who taught in Georgia) do a year of teaching before settling down in Canada. I think, as you said, it's a great opportunity to learn about a different culture. It looks good on a resume too - shows that the person is open to trying new things and understanding different people-groups.
     
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  7. Carolla

    Carolla wondering & wandering

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    Can't say with certainty - the programme featured actual surgical procedures tho - eye 'widening', jaw shaping, but one also had some injections of fat to part of the face the person wanted to be more prominent (forehead).
     
  8. ChemGal

    ChemGal One with keen eye

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    I did a quick search and the top 3 things that kept coming up were eyelid surgeries (creating the crease that Caucasian people tend to have), nose jobs and injections for skin whitening. So I'm guessing not all are surgical. Still the numbers are surprisingly high to me, especially with the eyelid surgery coming up as the most common procedure, which has a fairly long recovery time unless what's being done there is less invasive.
     
  9. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    This coming Tuesday morning, I get to go for a blood test. I'll have no problem passing it - but it means I have to go without anything like cold pills & headache medicine for 72 hours.
     
  10. Mrs.Anteater

    Mrs.Anteater no anteater, but German wild boar

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    I wonder if that is 60% of the women or both women and men? I don’t understand why they would think caucasian looks better than asian, what a sad world, where populations loose their self esteem.
     
  11. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Last night, Yobo, our oldest son, his wife and daughter, and I spent the night at a beautiful hotel in the Seosan countryside. As part of the evening, I tried soju for the first time - alone, and as a bomb shot (soju plus beer). I was feeling good. :)
     
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  12. ChemGal

    ChemGal One with keen eye

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    My understanding is that it at least didn't start off that way - it was just a rare characteristic in the population that was seen as beautiful. Maybe Jae can comment more on it?
     
  13. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Hmm... I'm travelling in the car right now with Yobo and our oldest son. They say that different people have the plastic surgery for different reasons. Yobo added that many Koreans also have plastic surgery just to look like more "perfect" versions of themselves.
     
  14. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    I realized tonight that our Suwon apartment building has no 4th floor. It has B, 1, 2, 3, F, 5, 6. The Koreans avoid 4 in the same way that westeners avoid 13.
     
  15. Mendalla

    Mendalla A Node in the Interdependent Web

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    Do they obsess over numerology as much as the Chinese? 8 is a lucky number in China so you get things like bidding wars over phone numbers containing 8s or domain names with a bunch of 8s tacked on. August 8, 2008 (8/8/8) was a popular day to do things like get married and the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics was held that day.
     
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  16. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    No - I don't think they do as much here in Korea. The only thing I've heard when it comes to numbers is that they avoid 4 (and possibly also multiples thereof.)

    Oh, and speaking of numbers, they celebrate Nov. 11 as Pepero Day because 11 11 reminds them of their much-loved chocolate-covered sticks.
     
  17. Mendalla

    Mendalla A Node in the Interdependent Web

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    That's it, we need a Hershey day or something. Though I guess Valentine's, Halloween, and Christmas all come close to being one in terms of celebrating chocolate.
     
  18. Luce NDs

    Luce NDs Well-Known Member

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    Then there is the fore and oppositional faith as it goes beyond the treize ...

    Treize do have following shadows at their fete ...
     
  19. Tabitha

    Tabitha journeying

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    In Peru there is a day where chocolate is celebrated and the kids all get hot chocolate.
     
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  20. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

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    Things I learned in class today...

    ...Kimbap is highly superior to sushi.
    ...Every kind of pork is delicious, save for bacon, pork chops and pork cutlettes.
    ...Physician assisted suicide doesn't exist in Korea.
    ...When one is sad, one should eat chocolate to become happy again. However, one shouldn't eat chocolate while enjoying sad movies.
     

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