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Title: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: gender8 on July 05, 2013, 10:30:12 AM
The daily quagmire of complaints and bitterness on this site is depressing, so why not post some good stories about fun and usual experiences you have had in Korea?? What do you like most about living here? and so on! Class is starting but will contribute myself shortly! and let's try and keep the usual hate out of this thread
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: damof on July 05, 2013, 10:55:54 AM
It's a noble effort, bro, but I fear it's a losing battle. The xenophobia from the kind of guys who expect all of Korea to be held accountable because their co-teacher is iffy about men wearing shorts in a professional working environment on display here is too thick to cut through, but I'll give it a go anyway.

There's a woman running a kiosk in my subway station who buy a coffee a snack from most mornings. Just this morning she gave me the snack for free, as I didn't have enough cash on me for both it and the coffee. Granted, it's the kind of thing that might happen anywhere. In my experience it's far more likely to happen here.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: acousticr on July 05, 2013, 11:07:24 AM
There's an independent cafe near my apartment building that I go to pretty regularly. It's a really nice little shop, and the owner speaks a little English, so we'll talk about the weather and the music she happens to be playing. Occasionally I get a snack for free - usually to try something new or different, since I often buy the same things, and she'll suggest drinks. Not super special but a really pleasant part of my day.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Captain Corea on July 05, 2013, 11:31:10 AM
I dropped into my old gym yesterday... hadn't been there in months. A older chap that I used to talk to came up to me and asked how my hometown was doing with the flooding(Calgary). I was shocked that he'd remember me telling him that 6+ months ago.

Great memory for an old dude.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Irishcailin on July 05, 2013, 11:34:52 AM
In my building, almost every morning I meet an elderly lady taking her cat out for a walk (Yep, her CAT...it has a leash and everything)

She always comments on what I am wearing, usually I'm heading to the gym so she tells me I have 'hard legs' (as she pats them) I'm guessing she means toned. Some days she learns new words and tests them out on me, It's a really sweet morning routine we have now!  ;D
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: ukukuk on July 05, 2013, 11:37:25 AM
I have lots of cute stories like this

  - when i first arrived (first night)in Korea i was in a pizza place and the heavens opened, the lady saw my concern and gave me an umbrella although she had never met me before

- i was buying rabbit food (for my rabbit not for me) and the owner found out i lived quite far away, so she called her husband to watch the shop and drove me home!

- when i finished my first contract we went to the local kimbap nara, and although i spoke/speak no korean communicated to the lady that i was leaving the next day, she cried hahha
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: confusedsafferinkorea on July 05, 2013, 11:38:38 AM
One evening we went to check out a new restaurant that opened and as we walked in the owner looked at my wife and said, Ah, you are a Filipina, I love Filipinas. He sat us down and gave us a meal for free and has done so ever since.

We feel a bit guilty about it because it feels weird to accept this kind of charity but if we don't go there for a while he calls us and tells us to come and have a meal.

Apparently he travels to Manila on 'business' a few times a month but his wife tells us it is so he can visit the casinos.   ;D ;D

Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: specter13 on July 05, 2013, 11:40:16 AM
I have a couple,

I was watching a movie by myself one time and there were two ladies next to me, maybe in their 50s or 60s. They gave me a napkin and then gave me a lot of their popcorn.

I was out getting BBQ with a friend, there were two middle age Koreans guys next to us. They are were really friendly and spoke English pretty well. My friend and I ended up hanging out with the guy for a couple hours, he also bought a couple of beers.

The one that caught off guard the most was when I went back to the Korean hagwon I go to after a year, the girl at the front desk remembered my name.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: gender8 on July 05, 2013, 11:42:15 AM
not a story but something i'm continually amazed by is the speed and efficiency of services around here. i locked myself out of my apartment a few weeks ago after being to lazy to change the batteries in the electric door lock.  This was at 9 in the evening, from experience living in other places i just assumed i was locked out till the morning. But asked the maintenance man to call the lock the locksmith. 5 second conversation, and he says he will be there in 10 min. Amazed, i walk outside to have a quick smoke and the locksmith pulls up on his moped before I've even lit the cigarette.


At my previous Hagwon job the school decided to replace the wallpaper and those faux floorboards in my apartment. pretty sweet. but then they employed these two Ajumas to do it, and i figured my apartment would be off limits all day/ if not 2.  Went to teach some classes, came back 3 and a half hours later and not only had they re-floored and put up the wallpaper (and a damn fine job) but between the two of them they had moved out and back in all of the furniture in the apartment.  Again, two very old ladies.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: newb on July 05, 2013, 11:42:42 AM
Well, it was fun for first couple of years, but went downhill and hit the rock bottom and even went below ground level for last three years.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: dgregg1987 on July 05, 2013, 11:48:57 AM
Several months ago I met an old guy on the subway who spoke just enough English to communicate. I will never forget him for as long as I live. He had this long chin beard, and used a walking stick to get around. He told me that he was 92 YEARS OLD  :shocked:

Immediately he asked us (me, my wife, and her father who was visiting) where we were from and we told him Mi gook etc.  All of the sudden he brightened up and immediately started talking about the days of the Japanese occupation (at 92 he would definitely have been old enough to remember some of it). He was talking with a muddled mix of English and Korean. Whatever he was saying must have been very interesting as several well-dressed middle-aged Korea folks across from us were discretely hunching forward trying to understand him. The only reason I knew that he was talking about the Japanese occupation was because a Korean guy next to me was loosely translating.

First of all, I love meeting old people by gone eras. The climax of this meeting came when he said "America... dropped uhhh MANY BOMBA.... Hiroshima... GO BOOM!!! :laugh:" " I RIKE AMERLICA" :thumbs up: The guy promptly announced that his stop was next, shook our hands and walked briskly right off the train.

Maybe you would have to have been there to understand how funny that was, but it was definitely one of those blast from the past moments.

Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Nobbie Q on July 05, 2013, 11:49:15 AM
Ahhh...a happy thread. All is not bad in Korea afterall!

-I always saluted my old security guard in my building when I saw him. LOL, I have no idea why I did this, but he gave me a Korean sentence to say too along with it (to pledge allegiance or something).

-Some guy named "Chee" in Gecko's in Itaewon was like hitting on me while sitting next to me at the bar. He was  like "oh do you remember me? My name is Chee" with this weird smile. Riiiight.

Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: gender8 on July 05, 2013, 11:49:27 AM
Thanks OP for starting this thread! We can all use a break from the unpleasant episodes we go through here...

After a night of drinking and dancing with my friend, we did the usual and grabbed kebabs from the kebab truck guys. We were happily munching away on the sidewalk when a drunk guy comes over and takes a huge chomp out of my friend's kebab without a word. He stumbles away obviously pleased with his free mouthful of kebab, my friend is on the verge of tears (she's a bit of an emotional drunk), I'm trying to hold back laughter long enough to comfort her, and a nice stranger who saw all this happen bought her a new one.
 ;D



haha amazing
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: ljtimmermans on July 05, 2013, 12:08:01 PM
All you have to do to get a free lunch and end up drunk around here is go on a hike! You'll be adopted by at least several different hiking teams who seem most pleased to share the mountain with others.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: specter13 on July 05, 2013, 12:16:03 PM
All you have to do to get a free lunch and end up drunk around here is go on a hike! You'll be adopted by at least several different hiking teams who seem most pleased to share the mountain with others.

I couldn't agree more, I was hiking with the same friend that I mentioned above, we went hiking and meet a retired Army general. Really nice guy and he told interesting stories and a lot of history involved with bukhansan.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: francismanaloto on July 05, 2013, 12:30:26 PM
I was at a Ho Bar in Busan when I was approached by a guy saying "Hey I know you!!" When I asked him where. He said he saw me at the Subway. Nice individual, but I would have wished he was a she. Kind of sad when you get more attention from guys here than girls. FML
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: ljtimmermans on July 05, 2013, 12:40:03 PM
This morning I woke early to walk the noble beast of a dog we are fostering. While I was gone, distant neighbors driving past the house noticed the dog missing from its place and frantically called/knocked on an empty house to let us know that the dog had either been stolen or had run away. They were still parked there trying to figure out how to help when I returned with the dog.

I guess if you spend your contact length here believing Koreans are evil liars, this type of thing would be shocking, illogical, you might not even notice it and certainly be unable to appreciate it.

Or one could enjoy most days with all the nice and interesting things that happen from time to time.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: tazz on July 05, 2013, 01:10:55 PM
One Sunday I went down to the local river to read my book while my boyfriend went running. I was sitting reading, and before I knew it 3 older ladies (60 odd) were sitting next to me and insisting that I eat their picnic with them. They couldn't speak a word of English and I couldn't speak any Korean, so they just force fed me their food. Kimbap, soup, tomatoes, sweet potato, kimchi, the works.

When my boyfriend got back from running they decided to feed him aswell, he thought this was hilarious and spoke to the ladies for awhile. (He can speak Korean)
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: iamrhart on July 05, 2013, 01:19:54 PM
My funny story about Korea....

My very first year here, i taught in a Public Elementary school. The students were (mostly) well behaved. The older grades seemed to be most cooperative.  Grade 6, was fun.
One day, i had an After School class with my Grade 6 Girls. I assigned them a task, "Find an English Speaking Country, and research it. Tell me about it. things like "why is it interesting? What language(s) do they speak, brief history, economy, etc.". nothing "college level". just basic research and knowledge finding.

well, i didnt tell them NOT to use a translator. So, one girl uses her resources and goes on Naver or Google, and types in her report/sentences.

yeah....comedic reading/hilarity/smiles ensued (for me).

one sentence, i find hard to forget, was about her country (Netherlands).
she WANTED to say something like "The Netherlands people love nature and are very close to nature".  but the translator said "The Netherlands people quite freely f^cked nature". 

even today, i find it funny. though she didnt get it, and i couldnt explain it to her. but she did a good job regardless.


Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Mezoti97 on July 05, 2013, 01:51:08 PM
- when i first arrived (first night)in Korea i was in a pizza place and the heavens opened, the lady saw my concern and gave me an umbrella although she had never met me before

A similar thing happened to me and my friend once, about a year ago. We went to a kimbap cheon-guk to get some takeout to bring back home for dinner, and it started raining while we were there waiting for our food. Since we didn't know it was going to rain, we didn't bring an umbrella. One of the ladies working at the kimbap cheon-guk insisted that we borrow her umbrella, which we did. It was very nice (and we brought the umbrella back the next day, of course).

There's a Paris Baguette in my current town, and the ladies that work there always remember me and my friend. If one of us goes there alone, they usually ask where the other one is. If we haven't been there for a while (for example, when we went back to our home country last winter vacation for a couple of weeks), when we come back, they tell us that they thought we moved back to our home country. Also, if we forget to bring our point card, they offer to type in one of our ARC numbers in order for us to still get the points.

The point card is actually a funny story. For a long time, we had accumulated a lot of points but we never registered the point card online. There was an error every time I had tried to register it online in the past, so I was never able to successfully register it. Anyhow, we had a lot of points on our card, but we couldn't redeem them because we weren't able to register it online. The Paris Baguette ladies were really concerned about this and even offered to call the point card customer service number and register our card for us.  In the end, I asked someone I know who's Korean to call and register it for me. Once the card was registered and we were able to finally redeem our points, the Paris Baguette ladies seemed really happy about it. Haha.

Also, there is a homeroom teacher at one of my country schools who started working at my country school last March. She doesn't really speak English that well, but she's always been extremely friendly and kind to me -- always makes an effort to say hello to me and say something nice to me whenever she sees me, etc. Last weekend, she even offered to take me out to do some sight-seeing around our rural area, because she always asks me which places I've seen around our rural area, and she's always surprised when I tell her that I haven't really seen anything in our rural area yet. She treated me to lunch and we visited a really beautiful temple. Both were great, since the food was the exact kind of Korean meal that I like (lots of vegetable side dishes) and I really enjoy visiting temples. We also had tea at a traditional tea house afterward, which was also really lovely and the tea was delicious. It was a really pleasant day and I had such a great time. It's kind of funny to me how this Korean homeroom teacher at one of my small country schools has gone out of her way to reach out to me and be so kind to me, whereas my co-teacher would never do something like this, much less make any effort for me or help me at all.  It almost makes me wish that this homeroom teacher were my co-teacher instead.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: sd43n4 on July 05, 2013, 01:56:20 PM
I've taught students from over 50 different countries (ESL teacher in America) and I found Koreans are the most hospitable people I've ever met. When I first came to Korea, I met this nice Korean couple at a local church I joined. We became friends and I invited them for a meal at my tiny apartment. They looked around and commented that the apartment was rather empty. A week or 2 later they came over again... and brought a bunch of furniture for me. Table, wardrobe, blinds, rice cooker, mirror... I was overwhelmed by the generosity of these 2 people I'd only recently met.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: dachiza727 on July 05, 2013, 02:53:47 PM
I was eating at a restaurant with a friend, we must've had that new in Korea glaze over us because we were approached by two older Korean males.  They joined our table and drank with us.  The older gentlemen that sat next to my buddy seemed very pleased to meet us.  He had a huge grin as he was caressing my friends inner thigh.  He held my buddies hand for a good portion of the dinner, it was truly a magical moment! 
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: iamrhart on July 05, 2013, 02:56:18 PM
I was eating at a restaurant with a friend, we must've had that new in Korea glaze over us because we were approached by two older Korean males.  They joined our table and drank with us.  The older gentlemen that sat next to my buddy seemed very pleased to meet us.  He had a huge grin as he was caressing my friends inner thigh.  He held my buddies hand for a good portion of the dinner, it was truly a magical moment!

Yeah, the old men do like the younger ones. Did you have a happy ending to your magic moment?
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Chicagohotdog on July 05, 2013, 03:10:23 PM
I have the nicest landlord and landlady.  They don't really speak English (though they proudly pronounce my name now) but they are incredibly helpful and just generally lovely people.

They also run a butcher shop out of our building, so fairly regularly I am given free samgyupsal or greatly discounted beef.  It's lovely. 

Last winter I went home to Chicago to see the family and left my boiler on that "don't freeze my pipes" setting.  Now my building is old and still uses oil to heat it so the oil must have run out before I returned.  I didn't get back to my apartment until 11PM and ended up just having to suffer the night in the cold.  First thing the next morning, I went to them and they called up the oil company and when they said it would be at least 4 hours until they could get to the building, I was put up in their shop for a while and even fed a lovely lunch (she is a REALLY good cook!) while waiting for the tank to get filled.

Just after I got here I came down with a bad case of food poisoning (5 days laid up) and I tried to get myself to the hospital in town, but I ended up collapsed on the sidewalk because my legs were shaking too bad to hold me up.  A cabbie saw me, pulled over and got me into his cab, drove me to the hospital, got me inside and talked to the nurses for me.  He left without my ever getting a name or paying or even getting to say thank you.

There are so many little moments that just make your heart sing...unfortunately it seems that the bad ones seem to stick out more.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Swinny on July 05, 2013, 03:31:26 PM
My story involves an Ajoshi (of course)

One day I was cycling home from school when I saw a guy sitting in the middle of the right hand lane of a two lane busy street, there was a woman next to him so I assumed they were doing something to the road or picking something up. When I got closer I saw that the woman was trying to coax this ajoshi off the street. The street was such a busy one that I stopped and offered my help, I expected the standard no no we don't need your help but the woman looked at me as if to say "go on give it a try" so I basically bear hugged the ajoshi and lifted him off the street.

At this point I smelled the cause of the problem and bearing in mind my sense of smell is fairly limited this guy must have injected at least 2 litres of the Sojay. So in my bear hug the guy decided to have a nap on me so I kept him upright and kept hugging him because I'm too nice and waited for a taxi to come by, eventually one came and I carried him and placed him gently into the back seat so he wouldn't wake up and the lady told the taxi driver where to go. Then the lady asked me if I wanted to come for a free meal in her restaurant, my instinctive thought was "Yes, free meal" until I saw the sign 순대국 and quickly made an excuse and cycled away.

A few days later I was bombing down the road on my bike and she jumped out of her restaurant, I had to tell her again that I had a plan already so she gave me a bottle coffee and a can of coke and sent me on my way.

Happy times

Also to echo the sentiment of the original poster, there is so much negativity all the time here. When I worked in customer service we were told that every time 1 person has a negative experience on average they will tell 10 people. But when people have a positive experience 1 out of 3 people will tell 1 person about it. bear that in mind next time something goes wrong or right.

Peace.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: cheezsteakwit on July 08, 2013, 08:21:33 AM
I flew into Korea on a Saturday & had a free Monday to explore Seoul before my orientation training started.
My new friends (all Brits & a S. African) & I packed into the subway, like sardines & I found myself face to face with an elderly white haired gentleman. (looked to be in his 70's)

He says to me "American ??" ... & I replied " uuuhhh, yeah. "  (Not really sure what kind of reaction I'd get.)

He then says, " Your president's wife is called 'First Lady' ?  " .. I replied , " uuuhh , yeah. "

He then says, "What IF your president was a woman , what would her husband be called ??? "   

I didn't know what to say, to be honest.  I'd never given that any thought before & was surprised by the question.

I replied, "I don't think we'll ever have a woman president, but if we do, her husband would be called , 'the First Man', maybe ? "

He then made a comment about how he liked America.

It was only later, after I thought about some more, it occurred to me  - "First Gentleman" was probably the better answer.
But, yeah, it was a bizarre introduction to Korea.  It's been a good 16 months so far.  No complaints.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Shinsegae on July 08, 2013, 10:19:52 AM
What a heart warming thread. Its so nice to be able to come into school on a monday morning and be able to read something positive on waygook.

-I was waiting at the bus stop after school one day when a taxi driver pulls over and wants  me to get in. I explain that I dont have enough money to take a taxi and that I only have 1200 for a bus ride.  It turns out that he lives in the apartment across the street from me and recognised me. He drove me home for free.

-I went to a small restaurant with my Korean girlfriend and the owner was so impressed that I "could eat spicey food well" that we ate for free.

-My sister came to Korea for a vacation (she is really skinny and weak) and was having a lot of trouble with her suitcases. A couple of soldiers asked where she was going and got the ticket for her and carried her bags all the way through the bus station. Can't imagine a soldier being such a gentleman back home.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: miljennifer on July 08, 2013, 01:33:17 PM
I have had lots of great, uplifting moments in my 11 months in Korea so far. I have found people here to be really kind for the most part.

One that stands out: My husband and I were visiting Gangneung for the weekend and were trying to get to a new cafe serving Western-style breakfast that was recommended by a friend. Two taxi fails later (nobody seemed to know where this place was, even though we had address, phone number and name of a well-known landmark nearby), we were wandering around looking for the cafe and pretty much lost.

So we went into a CU to ask for directions. There were a couple of guys sitting outside the CU drinking coffee and smoking, and the lady working at the store asked them if they knew where the place was. The guys looked up some stuff on their phones, made a couple of calls, and next thing you know they're giving us a ride to the cafe.

We were just so blown away that a couple of strangers would stub out their smokes and abandon their leisurely Saturday coffee session to drive a couple of lost foreigners to their destination. Awesome!
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: gender8 on July 08, 2013, 03:17:21 PM
nice posts, keep em coming!

will add another of my own.  went home for a siblings wedding this year. Once word got out in my school, a whole bunch of staff members, some of whom i rarely spoke to, if at all,  started giving me traditional and korean style gifts to give to my sister as wedding presents, and some items were pretty pricey for someone they'e never met. Thought it was a pretty cool gesture, especially considering its not Korean custom to give wedding presents.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: 0mnslnd on July 09, 2013, 07:29:10 AM
At the shoe store:

store owner ajeossi: " ighe... made in Korea. Johwa. Good

Me:  "Kighe boyo juseyo. Show me that other one please."

Ajeossi: " Okay. Made in Korea.... made in Korea.... good.
(Pointing at all the pairs of shoes nearby) - "Made in Korea."

Then the ajeossi points at himself and says:
" (me).... "Made in Korea. "
Then points and me: "You??"



Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Dagger on July 09, 2013, 07:40:41 AM
my first couple weeks in korea i had all my stuff stolen, literally everything! clothes, laptop, glasses, everything that i didnt have on me at school that day. there was a communication error between my co teacher and myself as to where to leave my luggage as someone from the school was coming to get my stuff and move me into my new apartment. needless to say i was bummed, but thought i'll look back on this someday and laugh. anyways, i go into work on monday and the principal and vice principal call me in for a meeting with a couple other english teachers. they got donations from other teachers that totaled around 250,000 won. i was pretty taken back as i would never expect this to happen back home. it was just a really kind gesture and certainly something they didn't have to do, but was something i obviously appreciated very much!
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: specter13 on July 09, 2013, 07:47:09 AM
I was in Korea when my dad passed away, it was a pretty rough time. Well I told my head co teacher and he gave me the day off which is pretty nice. The next day they told me that they wanted to me to go home right away for one week. I found this pretty amazing since missing work here is a big no no.

The thing that absolutely blew me away though was that the teachers in the school got together and gave me around $900 to take home. The principal of the school went out of his way to go to the bank and actually get me a $100 bill.

It really meant a lot to me to have that kind of support at my school after something like that happened.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: stemarty on July 09, 2013, 08:27:23 AM
A friend and I went to a pharmacy to get some pain killers for her leg.
None of the workers there could speak much English so my friend and I started doing charades and really poor Korean to explain that we wanted painkillers but Tylenol was too weak.

After about 5 minutes of acting a young woman looked up and said in a perfect foreigner accent: "what exactly are you looking for?" Turns out she was from Calgary (visiting her mother who worked at the pharmacy) and just couldn't hold a straight face anymore.
The mother gave my friend some "nice-uh pills" and a bowl of peaches.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Yellowtree77 on July 09, 2013, 10:06:55 AM
My parents and I were travelling on the subway in Seoul and I gave up my seat for an old man who reluctantly accepted. Next stop I feel a tugging on my backpack, the old man wanted me to sit next to him. Next he starts speaking in pretty good English and tells me he is 83 years old and that he is "very sad".
 "Why" I asked.
"Because I am too old to make love" :shocked:
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: MoneyMike on July 09, 2013, 11:09:19 AM
When I first got to Korea (after orientation) there was a meeting for lunch with our new co-teachers, then the co-teachers took each student to that teachers assigned apartment. Anyways, get there, chat with the co-teacher for a bit, then she leaves. Kind of intimidating being left alone in a foreign country for the first time. (Though I'd lived in other countries before)

About 2 or 3 minutes later there's a knock on the door. I open it, and there's a guy about my age with a plate of fruit. Turned out he was the landlords son and wanted to welcome the new foreigner. That was definitely a nice welcome to the neighborhood.

Hah, and another story that just happened last week.

I was at Homeplus in the vegetable section, putting some different kinds of greens into a bag. The guy who was weighing and pricing the bags is a guy who I sometimes chat with while I'm there. (in Korean, had never heard him speak English) So he weighs it, puts on the price, then opens the bag again and says "Go get more, service!" in English. Thought that was pretty nice, can't usually get service at Homeplus.
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: thunderlips on July 09, 2013, 11:44:58 AM
A group of about 5 foreigner teachers were traveling to a small island near our "hometown". Immediately after disembarking  the ferry, a man introduced himself to us as the village chief. He invited to a nearby restaurant for lunch. We ate well and had a little soju also. He paid for the meal and wouldn't let us chip in. We were getting ready to leave off on our planned adventure when the village chief told us to wait a minute. We didnt want to be rude after the nice meal, so we waited about 15 minutes. Two pickup trucks came to the restaurant and the village chief ushered us in. We drove about the island for about 20-30 min and came to a beautiful traditional house. The chief invited us in and introduced us to his lovely wife. We had tea and fruit in his living room and he discussed some finer points of life to us, no one spoke English and we didn't speak Korean keep in mind. After an hour or so of chatting it was time to leave, the village chief wanted to give us a guided tour of the island, but by that time we had to depart to catch the last ferry home.

I've been back to the island a few times and always look about for the village chief. I have not been able to chance into him again, but his kindness and generosity are firmly embedded into my collective experience of Korea. Thank you village chief where ever you may be!
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Rambi on July 18, 2013, 05:52:23 PM
My school moved me to a new apartment two weeks in and didn't give me the address for it (this is not the fun part).  My previous apartment was very big and all the taxi drivers knew it by name.  I was trying to get home rather late at night (/early morning), and gave the taxi driver the name of my new apartment.  I was greeted with a blank stare.  I showed him a picture of my apartment and was greeted with another blank stare.  I'd had a very bad evening, and I think the driver could tell from my face because he motioned me to sit down and then started making calls.  We drove all around the city with me trying to figure out where we were in case I could point out the route (I'd only been in town a couple weeks though) and also trying not to cry.  Finally we got to my building, the driver wrote down my full address for me, and charged base fare.

Just thought of one more: I bought a bottle of mokkali the other day.  The woman at the counter asked if it was for me, and was very delighted when I said yes enthusiastically.  She then gave me a bunch of service snacks. 
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Spongeblob on July 18, 2013, 06:14:20 PM
My very first day in Korea I started out for work and promptly got lost.  I had no idea where I was.  A kindly old lady saw me walking in circles and took pity on me.  Hoisting me up on her shoulders she ran along bouncing from rooftop to rooftop.   Suddenly, I spotted my place of work.  She placed me gently at the doorstep.  I thanked her profusely but she just gave me a toothless grin then tried to feel me up.  Dirty old lady!
Title: Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
Post by: Seoulman79 on July 19, 2013, 11:22:16 AM
Went swimming at my local pool a couple of weeks ago.  The swimming instructor (who also lifeguards whilst teaching :shocked:) pointed out to me that I'd forgot to don my swim cap.  In my limited Korean I asked him what I should do about my chest hair, as it's much longer than my shaved balding head.   ;D