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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6020 on: July 20, 2018, 09:37:55 AM »


Interesting!!  I don't usually use travel insurance, so might check it out if it is free.




 :huh:

Yikes. I get travel insurance literally every time I travel. When I was in university, I had a friend who didn't take out travel insurance. He got an infection on his foot while travelling, there were complications, he ended up needing some extensive treatment, and he ended up with an $18,000 hospital bill.

I've probably spent about $1500 on travel insurance over my life, and I've never had to use it except for once when the airline lost my luggage. But I still don't consider that money wasted. I literally won't travel without it.

99 times out of 100 everything is cool. But that one time when it's not, dang.
yes, my friend recently went abroad and had a motorcycle accident. not her fault at all, mind you. some drunk guy ran her off the road. she didn't have insurance. the hospital refused to treat her, and she had some serious head injuries. she was actually worried she might be permanently blind (and the embassy was closed for a while as it was lunar new year). finally she got seen and operated on (now, completely better, luckily), but her medical bill was astronomical. even now she has some permanent scars and damage on her face that could have been avoided if she was treated quickly (which she would have been, if she had insurance). scary stuff

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6021 on: July 20, 2018, 09:41:17 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)
The travel insurance is free of you buy 300 USD or equivalent.

Yes, and coverage increases with the amount you spend. The most basic is spending 300 (or equiv.), then it goes to 500,  1000, 3000, 5000, 10000.

I even took out travel insurance to visit home (UK) this year.  Especially with a wife and baby in tow, peace of mind in worth 56 quid of anyone's money.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6022 on: July 20, 2018, 09:47:32 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)
The travel insurance is free of you buy 300 USD or equivalent.

Yes, and coverage increases with the amount you spend. The most basic is spending 300 (or equiv.), then it goes to 500,  1000, 3000, 5000, 10000.

I even took out travel insurance to visit home (UK) this year.  Especially with a wife and baby in tow, peace of mind in worth 56 quid of anyone's money.

For sure, I agree.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6023 on: July 20, 2018, 10:25:49 AM »
Interesting!!  I don't usually use travel insurance, so might check it out if it is free.
:huh:
Yikes. I get travel insurance literally every time I travel. When I was in university, I had a friend who didn't take out travel insurance. He got an infection on his foot while travelling, there were complications, he ended up needing some extensive treatment, and he ended up with an $18,000 hospital bill.

I've probably spent about $1500 on travel insurance over my life, and I've never had to use it except for once when the airline lost my luggage. But I still don't consider that money wasted. I literally won't travel without it.

99 times out of 100 everything is cool. But that one time when it's not, dang.
yes, my friend recently went abroad and had a motorcycle accident. not her fault at all, mind you. some drunk guy ran her off the road. she didn't have insurance. the hospital refused to treat her, and she had some serious head injuries. she was actually worried she might be permanently blind (and the embassy was closed for a while as it was lunar new year). finally she got seen and operated on (now, completely better, luckily), but her medical bill was astronomical. even now she has some permanent scars and damage on her face that could have been avoided if she was treated quickly (which she would have been, if she had insurance). scary stuff

I know accidents can happen wherever and to whomever, but if I were going to do something like hire a motorcycle (which I wouldn't even do in England), then I'd get insurance.  Doing things that give a higher chance of accidents happening, obviously need some extra protection.  In Mongolia, I was in the countryside and was going horse riding for a day, hence the insurance.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6024 on: July 20, 2018, 10:27:39 AM »
I've been hiking in some pretty remote locations with zero travel insurance. I even got injured in a poor part of Eastern Europe (displaced a boulder which fell on my leg) while hiking from one village to another. I completed the hike like an actual man and got help at the village infirmary once I arrived at the village. An awesome experience, and I had the scar to show for it for more than a year. Travel insurance is for pussies.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6025 on: July 20, 2018, 10:30:52 AM »
I don't think people are talking about cuts whilst hiking. It's when you're stuck in a hospital for days / weeks needing intensive care where the travel insurance comes in handy. That does sound like a pretty awesome experience you had though  ;D
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6026 on: July 20, 2018, 10:37:05 AM »
I don't think people are talking about cuts whilst hiking. It's when you're stuck in a hospital for days / weeks needing intensive care where the travel insurance comes in handy. That does sound like a pretty awesome experience you had though  ;D

A few years back, i arranged to meet a friend in Laos to spend a few days together.  He never met me, as when he was in the south, he broke his collar bone pot holing.  The south of Laos is pretty basic, and the nearest hospital to sort him out was in Thailand.  His travel insurance paid for the air transfer and the hospital stay.  it would have been thousands of dollars otherwise.  Seriously, Insurance should be as important as your passport on a trip abroad.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6027 on: July 20, 2018, 10:59:49 AM »
Interesting!!  I don't usually use travel insurance, so might check it out if it is free.
:huh:
Yikes. I get travel insurance literally every time I travel. When I was in university, I had a friend who didn't take out travel insurance. He got an infection on his foot while travelling, there were complications, he ended up needing some extensive treatment, and he ended up with an $18,000 hospital bill.

I've probably spent about $1500 on travel insurance over my life, and I've never had to use it except for once when the airline lost my luggage. But I still don't consider that money wasted. I literally won't travel without it.

99 times out of 100 everything is cool. But that one time when it's not, dang.
yes, my friend recently went abroad and had a motorcycle accident. not her fault at all, mind you. some drunk guy ran her off the road. she didn't have insurance. the hospital refused to treat her, and she had some serious head injuries. she was actually worried she might be permanently blind (and the embassy was closed for a while as it was lunar new year). finally she got seen and operated on (now, completely better, luckily), but her medical bill was astronomical. even now she has some permanent scars and damage on her face that could have been avoided if she was treated quickly (which she would have been, if she had insurance). scary stuff

I know accidents can happen wherever and to whomever, but if I were going to do something like hire a motorcycle (which I wouldn't even do in England), then I'd get insurance.  Doing things that give a higher chance of accidents happening, obviously need some extra protection.  In Mongolia, I was in the countryside and was going horse riding for a day, hence the insurance.
yep, sure. i agree. i generally would never hire a motorbike around SE asia, anyway. then again, it's entirely possible to be hit by a drunk driver while walking on the side of the road, too, so i still think it's not worth not getting insurance (even only for peace of mind)

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6028 on: July 20, 2018, 11:18:50 AM »
I don't leave home without it....and it's really not that expensive, considering.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6029 on: July 20, 2018, 11:22:33 AM »
For me it depends on the trip.
Most of my trips are very physically active.  I always get insurance for those.
But for a week in Kyoto (for example), I don't.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6030 on: July 20, 2018, 11:37:53 AM »
Well if nothing else has confirmed for me that leaving Korea next month is a good decision, the news I got today sure has. My best friend has cancer again.  :sad:
Last time I wasn't around to support her but this time I will be. I'm taking it as a sign it's time to return home and be there for her and everyone else important to me regardless if I have everything figured out or not.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6031 on: August 03, 2018, 06:20:09 PM »
Oh no...

Booked my train ticket yesterday, board today to find I'm on the wrong train. I got the one earlier to the same place, literally 1 minute earlier. I thought it was just early and my train. What do.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6032 on: August 03, 2018, 06:49:14 PM »
Last summer I broke my ankle playing tennis 2 days before summer vacation.

This year? I sprain it bad the week before. I'm halfway through my summer vacatyion this year and I've.........

Senn MI:Fallout
Seen No Country for Old Men on a MASSIVE screen.
Been to Ansan for dinner.
Watched 4 other movies and 2 seasons of Mr Robot.

Thank god it's too hot to do fu** all, or I'd be kicking myself (with my good foot) for doing it AGAIN. oops

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6033 on: August 03, 2018, 06:51:35 PM »
Oh no...

Booked my train ticket yesterday, board today to find I'm on the wrong train. I got the one earlier to the same place, literally 1 minute earlier. I thought it was just early and my train. What do.

Enjoy your trip.

I seriously don't think the ticket checker will give you a hard time about it. If he does, play the dumb waygookin card.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6034 on: August 06, 2018, 06:44:18 AM »
More recently, I complained to my CT about students cheating during my games, and she told me that in Korea, they call it 컨닝 or "Cunning."

Just use of that noun makes it sound like a positive thing to do, and I hate it.  :undecided:
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6035 on: August 06, 2018, 07:30:40 AM »
My "too hot to leave the flat" weight-loss plan is working!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6036 on: August 06, 2018, 08:49:52 PM »
More recently, I complained to my CT about students cheating during my games, and she told me that in Korea, they call it 컨닝 or "Cunning."

Just use of that noun makes it sound like a positive thing to do, and I hate it.  :undecided:

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« Reply #6037 on: August 18, 2018, 01:52:22 AM »
The Adventures of Kevin Pt..................7?

I've told some stories here..... that's true.

Some of you know my adventures in Indonesia (ASIDE Yeah, you don't care/you think I'm a *****, yeah, good, cool, that's fine)

I get a message on Sunday, "Kevin, see you in Korea."

Wot.

Wait what? I investigate. I do the due diligence. WHAT

"I'm coming back."

Hold on. What?

I get a picture of Indo girl in Incheon. She's ****** here, man.

Well, let's grab dinner. Dinner was tonight.

I had come to realise and accept that things wouldn't be (David Bowie Hunky Dory Album Cover here ALSO I had accepted this in January)



BUT, having dinner with this woman tonight, after so long only reinforced, it's okay. I love this woman. In the same way that I love BXXX, or HXXXXX: my good friends. I'm glad to have her back here, but I know now that it's okay. We all have those friends that we would step in front of an ajeossi for.

THAT SAID! I just wish she wasn't so ****** end all and be all of HOTT. But it is okay.

I've been doing my thing since March. But damn, if you don't go on with your day and a Cicada don't **** up your tune. haha

Life is short. Love the ones you love, appreciate the ones that do no harm, and tolerate the rest.

(Hey, I don't understand this post............... google it, it's not my job to educate you, you racist fckk)

(Hey, Kevin, no one cares, why do you feel the need to share this here? Haha, If I cared, I wouldn't be on waygook)
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6038 on: August 18, 2018, 02:40:51 AM »
The Adventures of Kevin Pt..................7?

I've told some stories here..... that's true.

Some of you know my adventures in Indonesia (ASIDE Yeah, you don't care/you think I'm a *****, yeah, good, cool, that's fine)

I get a message on Sunday, "Kevin, see you in Korea."

Wot.

Wait what? I investigate. I do the due diligence. WHAT

"I'm coming back."

Hold on. What?

I get a picture of Indo girl in Incheon. She's ****** here, man.

Well, let's grab dinner. Dinner was tonight.

I had come to realise and accept that things wouldn't be (David Bowie Hunky Dory Album Cover here ALSO I had accepted this in January)



BUT, having dinner with this woman tonight, after so long only reinforced, it's okay. I love this woman. In the same way that I love BXXX, or HXXXXX: my good friends. I'm glad to have her back here, but I know now that it's okay. We all have those friends that we would step in front of an ajeossi for.

THAT SAID! I just wish she wasn't so ****** end all and be all of HOTT. But it is okay.

I've been doing my thing since March. But damn, if you don't go on with your day and a Cicada don't **** up your tune. haha

Life is short. Love the ones you love, appreciate the ones that do no harm, and tolerate the rest.

(Hey, I don't understand this post............... google it, it's not my job to educate you, you racist fckk)

(Hey, Kevin, no one cares, why do you feel the need to share this here? Haha, If I cared, I wouldn't be on waygook)

Delete her from your life and move on. Life isn't some romantic comedy as someone succinctly told you before.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6039 on: August 22, 2018, 09:56:14 AM »
Today is my last day at school.  I've said good-bye to all my classes.  There is only one class I won't miss. I wish the new teacher well with them.  Maybe he/she will be able to reach them.