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Title: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 01, 2019, 02:42:12 pm
Spring is definitely here, and it can be pretty striking.
I thought it might be nice to invite people to post some of their favourite (least favourite?) recent photos of their neighbourhoods.

Here are some of mine, all taken within a 10 minute walk of my apartment.  :smiley:

(https://i.imgur.com/ojaX5Xz.jpg)     (https://i.imgur.com/6xHH8nW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HSmuiNG.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/5QUkEmM.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/QQ2Nv5Q.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/M4IxGJG.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/jJlQ2fR.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/Km2Ht6w.jpg)   

Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: zola on April 01, 2019, 02:45:24 pm
Nice.

Perfect blue sky and clean air yesterday down here.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: leaponover on April 01, 2019, 05:46:43 pm
It was freezing cold and some kind of violent hurricanado windy here yesterday.  March did not go out like a lamb....
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Foreverparadise on April 01, 2019, 09:03:20 pm
I miss Korean springtime. Warmer than where I am now.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kayos on April 02, 2019, 07:55:09 am
Nice.

Perfect blue sky and clean air yesterday down here.

Same here, but still cold, so had to run my heater all day :'(
(was a day off thanks to school birthday)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 02, 2019, 09:07:21 am
Nice.
Perfect blue sky and clean air yesterday down here.
Same here, but still cold, so had to run my heater all day :'(
(was a day off thanks to school birthday)
I agree that its cooler this than this same time last year. On the other hand, I think that the weather systems that are bringing us the chill are also responsible for keeping away the worst of the grime. It's a trade-off, I guess, but one that I'm more than willing to accept!
I mean, here are some pics I took last year in early April:

(https://i.imgur.com/1MJRBGv.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/zr5nDTI.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/FHx1c7h.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kayos on April 02, 2019, 09:11:12 am
Nice.
Perfect blue sky and clean air yesterday down here.
Same here, but still cold, so had to run my heater all day :'(
(was a day off thanks to school birthday)
I agree that its cooler this than this same time last year. On the other hand, I think that the weather systems that are bringing us the chill are also responsible for keeping away the worst of the grime. It's a trade-off, I guess, but one that I'm more than willing to accept!
I mean, here are some pics I took last year in early April:

(https://i.imgur.com/1MJRBGv.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/zr5nDTI.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/FHx1c7h.jpg)

The early spring has been nice and warm, but the last couple of days there has been a really cold air that is ruining it haha.
Ahh wow, you can see the dust / pollution type stuff in the air in those photos. :o
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 02, 2019, 12:24:33 pm
The colder weather is keeping away the pollution.  Be grateful for it.  It will fluctuate in March and April anyways.  I think last year at this time was quite warmer than usual. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on April 02, 2019, 12:54:04 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: alexisalex on April 02, 2019, 01:06:52 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:

So true  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 02, 2019, 01:14:24 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:

are you still here Frites?

The weather is decent but not decent enough to exercise outside without contracting some form of respiratory cancer.  :undecided:

or is it your alter ego Moinspommesfrites?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on April 02, 2019, 01:36:27 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:

are you still here Frites?

The weather is decent but not decent enough to exercise outside without contracting some form of respiratory cancer.  :undecided:

or is it your alter ego Moinspommesfrites?

Listen up Omelette, It's gonna be hot enough to cook you on the hood of my car soon. Comprende?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 02, 2019, 01:54:32 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:

are you still here Frites?

The weather is decent but not decent enough to exercise outside without contracting some form of respiratory cancer.  :undecided:

or is it your alter ego Moinspommesfrites?

Listen up Omelette, It's gonna be hot enough to cook you on the hood of my car soon. Comprende?
Omelettes or Frites, Breakfast or Dinner?  Grudge match at 11! BYOB.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 02, 2019, 02:29:04 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:

are you still here Frites?

The weather is decent but not decent enough to exercise outside without contracting some form of respiratory cancer.  :undecided:

or is it your alter ego Moinspommesfrites?

Listen up Omelette, It's gonna be hot enough to cook you on the hood of my car soon. Comprende?
Omelettes or Frites, Breakfast or Dinner?  Grudge match at 11! BYOB.

oh la-di-da Little Lord Fauntleroy.  Omelette for breakfast and chips for dinner?  the queen called to see if you could pop round for some afternoon tea and scones.

there'll be chips for breakfast if I get hold of him or if he doesn't die of some respiratory cancer first.  no yolking around.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: SanderB on April 02, 2019, 02:44:38 pm
I don't know what you guys are so elated about. This is Spring in Korea.
Please note how it conveniently passes over the industrial belt to provide you with additional cultural flavourings and experiences. This one might be the 'look, everything is covered in yellow stuff' kind.

(https://i.ibb.co/m4CnWQb/Capture.jpg) (https://ibb.co/m4CnWQb)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 02, 2019, 04:50:48 pm
oh la-di-da Little Lord Fauntleroy.  Omelette for breakfast and chips for dinner?  the queen called to see if you could pop round for some afternoon tea and scones.
Tell her my Thursdays are usually free after midday. Also, please no scones from Paris Baguette.

There'll be chips for breakfast if I get hold of him or if he doesn't die of some respiratory cancer first.  no yolking around.
That's the spirit! Ready to shell out some damage? I try not to be ovary obvious about it, but I'm pretty eggcited for the big event!  :smiley:


I don't know what you guys are so elated about. This is Spring in Korea.
Please note how it conveniently passes over the industrial belt to provide you with additional cultural flavourings and experiences. This one might be the 'look, everything is covered in yellow stuff' kind.
(https://i.ibb.co/m4CnWQb/Capture.jpg) (https://ibb.co/m4CnWQb)
Sure, every silver lining has a dark cloud (of lung devouring smog), but why not choose to look on the bright side of life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M)? I mean, you could be living in Eastern China right now.
Also, I wanted an excuse to share some fotos I recently took, so there's that.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on April 02, 2019, 04:52:43 pm
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:
And it came so quick after Dusty.

Don't worry, Sweaty Ballz season will be here soon. And let's not forget Rainy.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: oglop on April 03, 2019, 05:47:24 am
some student showed me their little paper book of new vocab with pictures they were learning (presumably from a hagwon?)

for the 4 seasons it said:

autumn
winter
dust
summer

felt like another teacher was trolling the poor kid, but it made me giggle either way
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on April 03, 2019, 11:07:26 am
Hope you've enjoyed Spring folks. Summer will be here in a couple of days.  :sad:

are you still here Frites?

The weather is decent but not decent enough to exercise outside without contracting some form of respiratory cancer.  :undecided:

or is it your alter ego Moinspommesfrites?

Listen up Omelette, It's gonna be hot enough to cook you on the hood of my car soon. Comprende?
Omelettes or Frites, Breakfast or Dinner?  Grudge match at 11! BYOB.

oh la-di-da Little Lord Fauntleroy.  Omelette for breakfast and chips for dinner?  the queen called to see if you could pop round for some afternoon tea and scones.

there'll be chips for breakfast if I get hold of him or if he doesn't die of some respiratory cancer first.  no yolking around.

(https://media.giphy.com/media/3o752iG3Dqj8QSIlji/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Tetra on April 03, 2019, 05:57:24 pm
Nice pictures
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: JosephB on April 04, 2019, 09:08:46 pm
Spring is beautiful everywhere. Korea is no exception for sure. Great pics!
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 16, 2019, 01:16:32 pm
Fine.  >:(  Because you lazy sods can't be arsed to post photos of your own neighbourhoods, I'll go ahead and post some more of mine.
Again, all within a few minutes walking distance of my apartment.


(https://i.imgur.com/jJIFZf6.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/0JtiTCE.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/947Wqkv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JzZF9gA.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/myWmGrS.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/7q9V68T.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/igx2RJX.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/rIHNGfc.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/GiBEaFF.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: CO2 on April 16, 2019, 01:30:59 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/GnWga72.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 16, 2019, 01:34:49 pm
Godverdikkeme, CO2...
>:(
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Mr C on April 16, 2019, 09:12:28 pm
http://seoulpatch.blogspot.com/search/label/flowers

I've been taking pics and making blog posts of spring flowers in Seoul since I came here around 10 years ago.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: SanderB on April 16, 2019, 09:14:40 pm
Why do these Asians always take so many pictures ??? :)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Foreverparadise on April 17, 2019, 01:22:49 am
I miss springtime in Korea with regards to the cherry blossoms, and the warmer weather. Something I cannot
get where I am. I also miss the Jindo Sea Parting Festival. I attended that one last time in 2016 before I left
Korea.

The things about Korea in springtime that I really don't like are the yellow dust and these light green things
in the air that leaves their particles on the ground.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on April 17, 2019, 09:05:53 am
Why do these Asians always take so many pictures ??? :)

You lacist.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: kiwikimchi on April 17, 2019, 09:13:10 am
Spring is easily the worst time of year in Korea.  The air pollution is savage, yellow dust and the farmers burning trash including plastic and god knows what else.  The amount of times I've had to cancel a hike or any outdoor plans because it wasn't safe to go out in that gunk air was awful.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 17, 2019, 12:00:10 pm
Spring is easily the worst time of year in Korea.  The air pollution is savage, yellow dust and the farmers burning trash including plastic and god knows what else.  The amount of times I've had to cancel a hike or any outdoor plans because it wasn't safe to go out in that gunk air was awful.
Maybe it's just my area, but the last month or so has been pretty okay. We had some atrocious crap near the end of Feb, beginning of March, but it's been decent since. Nothing much past 100.

...
...
... it's weird how an AQI in the 60s now means "good weather" isn't it? :(

http://seoulpatch.blogspot.com/search/label/flowers
I've been taking pics and making blog posts of spring flowers in Seoul since I came here around 10 years ago.  Enjoy!
There are some pretty stellar photos there!
I especially like the tulips (I have to, out of patriotic duty), and the fire maples!
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 30, 2019, 12:34:48 pm
Should be getting nice now.  May is my second favorite month in Korea with October being my first. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Davey on April 30, 2019, 12:40:02 pm
I miss Korean springtime. Warmer than where I am now.

lol from what I recall you're in Ontario?  yeah, it's freakin' winter here still (Toronto)....just had hail today.

Korea does have four seasons; the same can't be said about most of Canada.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: MayorHaggar on April 30, 2019, 01:23:32 pm
Korea does have four seasons

1) Too ****ing cold
2) 2 weeks of nice weather and yellow dust
3) Too ****ing hot
4) 2 weeks of nice weather

SO DISTINCT. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS THIS.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Davey on May 04, 2019, 11:17:59 am
Korea does have four seasons

1) Too ****ing cold
2) 2 weeks of nice weather and yellow dust
3) Too ****ing hot
4) 2 weeks of nice weather

SO DISTINCT. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS THIS.

1) cold winter like southern Ontario, Canada or the north-east of the US (e.g., NYC), but much shorter.  Hell, it's May and Toronto's temps are still 50 to 55 F; was also in NYC recently and it wasn't that much warmer. 

2) I imagine the weather right now in much of Korea isn't too shabby

3) It does get hot and humid in much of Asia, but I was able to manage it (not in Hong Kong, though).

4) Fall is warmer and lengthier in Korea (or East Asia in general) than my region.

But, if you're from, say, SoCal or Flordia, yeah, I can see why people would hate Korea's weather.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on March 29, 2021, 11:48:03 am
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in my area, and I managed to grab some photos over the weekend!
Considering that the skies went from the deepest blue they've been in weeks so the ocher haze we're now getting thanks to China, I'm really glad that I took the time!

If anybody else has some pics they'd like to share, I'd love to see 'em!
These are all just taken with my phone because I can't be bothered to bring a camera everywhere with me...

(https://i.imgur.com/CG3ukag.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/RdWYhFY.jpg)

(https://imgur.com/pFkHesA.jpg)   (https://imgur.com/iQefvTt.jpg)

(https://imgur.com/hBlATyM.jpg) (https://imgur.com/F36FPER.jpg) (https://imgur.com/hBlATyM.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: OnNut81 on March 29, 2021, 01:33:48 pm
Nice shots Kyndo.  Your neighbourhood clearly had some very different weather compared to up in my area this past weekend.  Weather was miserable here both Saturday and Sunday.  Rain all day Saturday and overcast and a bit cool Sunday. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on March 30, 2021, 01:46:03 pm
1) Too ****ing cold
2) 2 weeks of nice weather and yellow dust
3) Too ****ing hot
4) 2 weeks of nice weather

SO DISTINCT. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS THIS.

Back in the day you had nice falls and springs and they'd stick around for a while.  Yellow dust was much less too it seemed.  I remember my schools in the countryside at the time sent me home early too.  In fall I went out cycling every afternoon.  F/n brilliant weather.  Even if I had that free time now, which I don't, it wouldn't matter.  The humid polluted air hangs on a lot longer ruinening any holidays you have until about mid October and for 2 weeks it is nice while you mostly have to be at work. 

Climate here sucks most of the time.

Occasionally, there are a few days in May and sometimes even June that can be nice.  Korea should do daylight savings time so we get an extra hour of sunlight in the evening in spring and fall to get outside and enjoy the weather before it is dark. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: D.L.Orean on March 30, 2021, 01:50:06 pm
Occasionally, there are a few days in May and sometimes even June that can be nice.  Korea should do daylight savings time so we get an extra hour of sunlight in the evening in spring and fall to get outside and enjoy the weather before it is dark.

Countries should be moving away from this. Korea doesn't need to go backwards and adopt daylight savings time.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on March 30, 2021, 01:51:21 pm
Or just get up earlier.
I'm forced to get up at 5 if I want to run before school.  :cry:
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Mr C on March 30, 2021, 03:09:09 pm
Countries should be moving away from this. Korea doesn't need to go backwards and adopt daylight savings time.

Why should countries be moving away from daylight savings?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: D.L.Orean on March 30, 2021, 03:15:42 pm
Why should countries be moving away from daylight savings?

What purpose does it serve? There is no evidence that it saves energy. And increasingly studies are showing that the changing of clocks twice a year has a negative effect on our health.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Mr C on March 30, 2021, 07:56:42 pm
What purpose does it serve? There is no evidence that it saves energy. And increasingly studies are showing that the changing of clocks twice a year has a negative effect on our health.

Interesting--I've always assumed it gives us a little extra waking daylight in the short days of winter as its primary benefit. The agglom page below suggests that there are measurable improvements in power usage, but also measurable negative health effects.

But what I noticed in the health effects is generally about "losing" an hour of sleep being the main cause.  Um, go to bed an hour earlier and you won't lose any sleep, right?

I'm not really committed either way, but next thing you know, this is somehow going to become another GOP v Dem thing.

https://journalistsresource.org/environment/daylight-savings-time-health-accidents-energy/
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: D.L.Orean on March 31, 2021, 07:36:15 am
Interesting--I've always assumed it gives us a little extra waking daylight in the short days of winter as its primary benefit. The agglom page below suggests that there are measurable improvements in power usage, but also measurable negative health effects.

But what I noticed in the health effects is generally about "losing" an hour of sleep being the main cause. Um, go to bed an hour earlier and you won't lose any sleep, right?

I'm not really committed either way, but next thing you know, this is somehow going to become another GOP v Dem thing.

https://journalistsresource.org/environment/daylight-savings-time-health-accidents-energy/

It's unlikely the US would ever move away from daylight savings time because everyone is accustomed to it. But should countries like Korea start adopting it? I would say no. People live different lives than when it was first implemented and I don't think it is necessary.

Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on March 31, 2021, 08:01:49 am
It gets dark too early here because they don't adopt daylight savings.  Would be nice to have an extra hour of daylight in evening to go out and do things.  I remember the longest day of the eyar back home it was dark by 9 40 to 9 50ish.  Sun set around 9 20 actually.  Why so early here in summer?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: D.L.Orean on March 31, 2021, 08:05:53 am
It gets dark too early here because they don't adopt daylight savings.  Would be nice to have an extra hour of daylight in evening to go out and do things.  I remember the longest day of the eyar back home it was dark by 9 40 to 9 50ish.  Sun set around 9 20 actually.  Why so early here in summer?

Is this a real question?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: pkjh on March 31, 2021, 10:12:44 am
It gets dark too early here because they don't adopt daylight savings.  Would be nice to have an extra hour of daylight in evening to go out and do things.  I remember the longest day of the eyar back home it was dark by 9 40 to 9 50ish.  Sun set around 9 20 actually.  Why so early here in summer?
You from western Canada? Because those late sunlight hours aren't normal in most of the world.

Anyways in late-June, in southern Alberta, you'd get sunsets after 11pm.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: thunderlips on March 31, 2021, 10:25:56 am
It's unlikely the US would ever move away from daylight savings time because everyone is accustomed to it. But should countries like Korea start adopting it? I would say no. People live different lives than when it was first implemented and I don't think it is necessary.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/10/us/senators-bill-daylight-saving-time-permanent-trnd/index.html

Daylight savings time served its purpose. End it, I say.

Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on March 31, 2021, 10:29:55 am
You from western Canada? Because those late sunlight hours aren't normal in most of the world.

Anyways in late-June, in southern Alberta, you'd get sunsets after 11pm.
I loved those long summer evenings! Kids here are really missing out with their 21:00 sunsets...  :sad:


That said, Daylight Savings is a relic from an earlier era and serves no useful purpose. I would say end it, except that it's so ingrained that the process of doing so would probably cause the apocalypse in North America.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kurt Sorensen on March 31, 2021, 11:27:18 am
Daylight saving in NZ was great when it started. Even better later on with water skiing after work. Terrible as a parent trying to convince my children that it was actually time for bed.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Chinguetti on March 31, 2021, 11:31:34 am
I had a friend who went to school for a year in Russia, and he had to use blackout curtains during a certain time of year because the sun wouldn't go down until something like 10 or 11 pm? Or maybe it wouldn't go down at all, I can't remember all that much because this was years ago when he complained about it.

I need to get in touch with him again, find out what that city's name was.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on March 31, 2021, 11:52:17 am
You from western Canada? Because those late sunlight hours aren't normal in most of the world.

Anyways in late-June, in southern Alberta, you'd get sunsets after 11pm.

The maritimes and the sun sets at 9 30 pm on the longest day of the year with the light staying in the sky until 9 50.  It's nice to be able to go outside and enjoy your evening.  Dark just after 8?  Seriously, wtf?  Winter dark after 5 pm back home and around the same here, maybe 5 30?  But close. 

October is the best month here weather wise.  By the time I finish work and get home, it's 5.  Then it's dark by 6.  Sucks?  An extra hour would be nice to get out in the evenings.  Spring May not as bad.  Stays light later can go out in those evenings for a bike ride or whatever.  But fall is usually the best season here.  (I remember my first couple of years here in the country and some schools gave me free lunch and then sent me home.  I could go out all afternoon and enjoy the weather.)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: tylerthegloob on March 31, 2021, 11:56:41 am
i like the night -julian casablancas
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on March 31, 2021, 11:57:08 am
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/10/us/senators-bill-daylight-saving-time-permanent-trnd/index.html

Daylight savings time served its purpose. End it, I say.



It's fine to end it as long as they don't set the clocks back in November (just keep them an hour ahead year round) and we can have the extra evening daylight in summer.  Though I don't know what the big deal is setting a clock twice a year is anyways.  Never bothered me. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Chinguetti on March 31, 2021, 12:04:47 pm
i like the night -julian casablancas

Same here. It actually stresses me out when it stays light out for too long. The heat is bad enough as it is, why shine the sun in my eyes longer than it needs to?

****** summer.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 14, 2021, 01:59:43 pm
I had a friend who went to school for a year in Russia, and he had to use blackout curtains during a certain time of year because the sun wouldn't go down until something like 10 or 11 pm? Or maybe it wouldn't go down at all, I can't remember all that much because this was years ago when he complained about it.

I need to get in touch with him again, find out what that city's name was.

Who the hell goes to bed at 10 O'Clock?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 14, 2021, 02:04:46 pm
This spring around town.  Bike ride around the edge of town and the second from the bottom is the view from my Wednesday school at the edge of the city also.  (Smaller area.)
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: tylerthegloob on April 14, 2021, 02:13:41 pm
Who the hell goes to bed at 10 O'Clock?
me
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on April 14, 2021, 02:18:28 pm
Who the hell goes to bed at 10 O'Clock?
Healthy people.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 14, 2021, 02:22:54 pm
Wow!  I meant this as a joke.  I didn't know it was for real.  I just thought old people did that.  Though if I am tired on rare occasion, I will certainly go to bed early in the evening. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: D.L.Orean on April 14, 2021, 02:25:55 pm
Wow!  I meant this as a joke.  I didn't know it was for real.  I just thought old people did that.  Though if I am tired on rare occasion, I will certainly go to bed early in the evening.

What's a typical day like for Hangook77? Give me a rundown. What time do you wake up? Meal times? What do you do for leisure in the evenings after work? What time do you go to bed?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: VanIslander on April 14, 2021, 04:19:48 pm
Seoul is at the same latitude as Northern Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona as well as southern Nevada.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on April 14, 2021, 05:03:08 pm
Seoul is at the same latitude as Northern Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona as well as southern Nevada.

Richmond, VA and Springfield, MO and San Francisco, CA
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: T.J. on April 14, 2021, 06:21:54 pm
Richmond, VA and Springfield, MO and San Francisco, CA
Richmond, VA and Springfield, MO and San Francisco, CA

I always thought it interesting that Seoul and Richmond are at about the same latitude as are Pyeongyang and Washington D.C. Both capital cities during civil wars lying at the same latitudes and roughly the same distance from one another.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: leaponover on April 21, 2021, 08:24:34 pm
Richmond, VA and Springfield, MO and San Francisco, CA

And the weather matches these places more than it does the previous mentioned places.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 22, 2021, 10:40:32 am
What's a typical day like for Hangook77? Give me a rundown. What time do you wake up? Meal times? What do you do for leisure in the evenings after work? What time do you go to bed?

Didn't know y'all cared so much about my life.  I hit the snooze button once or twice, I roll out of bed at 7:45ish, eat some muesli, grab my coffee, and drive to school.  Get home 5ish.  I drink a shake, take a bike ride, come home and cook (sometimes), take a shower, do some light chores, get clothing and all that stuff ready for the next day.  In between, read and search stuff online.  Some chatting, too.  Go to bed, watch some youtube documentaries (bad habit, I know).  I try to get to sleep by 12 and ocasionally 1ish (too late also, I know).  Weekends, meet folks, ride bike, chores, shopping, hike, date, etc.

Deskwarming time, prep for classes, read (lately more investing type books, etc), study about crypto, chat on here a bit, etc.  (Wash my bedding weekly on weekends. etc.) 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 22, 2021, 10:50:21 am
Sounds like a sensible lifestyle.
I envy you it.   :sad:
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 22, 2021, 11:33:44 am
Sounds like a sensible lifestyle.
I envy you it.   :sad:

Thanks.  I am only on here briefly during down deskwarming time.  Though sometimes, I just plain get lazy and lounge around some evenings and some weekends too.  Ha ha.

Bought a decent GIANT a couple of years ago for MTB riding (which means mostly road biking in Korea).
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 22, 2021, 11:53:17 am
Sounds like a sensible lifestyle.
I envy you it.   :sad:

What do you?
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: 745sticky on April 22, 2021, 12:35:10 pm
Didn't know y'all cared so much about my life.  I hit the snooze button once or twice, I roll out of bed at 7:45ish...
 I try to get to sleep by 12 and ocasionally 1ish (too late also, I know)

I'm guilty of this too tbh


Bought a decent GIANT a couple of years ago for MTB riding (which means mostly road biking in Korea).

must be nice, i settled for a shitty folding one due to space/storage reasons
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: D.L.Orean on April 22, 2021, 12:40:19 pm
Thanks.  I am only on here briefly during down deskwarming time.  Though sometimes, I just plain get lazy and lounge around some evenings and some weekends too.  Ha ha.

Bought a decent GIANT a couple of years ago for MTB riding (which means mostly road biking in Korea).

How do you handle storage and basic maintenance/cleaning? Had a road bike before coming to Korea and always had outdoor space for cleaning, etc.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 22, 2021, 12:59:46 pm
What do you do?
We have a 20 month old who has more or less devoured any and all free time that we might otherwise use in the pursuit of hobbies.

While I am definitely not a morning person, I now wake up at 5 so that I can get my daily run in, prep the kid, and have enough time to commute.
From 5pm to 8 we have a pretty set routine (young kids need really well defined routines in order to settle their sleep schedules), and by the time the little gremlin is out, we're too tired to do much in the way of hobbies. We usually watch an episode of a Netflix series ( r/s/p to see which of us will choose the series), then it's lights out before 10, most week nights.

Weekends are a bit more interesting. We're both active in (different) sports leagues, and we both cycle whenever possible (got a little trailer contraption for the kiddo. We go to rivers, lakes and the ocean at least once or twice a month, and go on hikes on the weekends when we don't end up at a beach (kiddo has a backpack thingy he rides in). Usually we drag along a friend or 2.

I used to do a lot of gaming and 3D modelling, TKD, rock climbing, and mountain cycling here in Korea (we're lucky enough to live nearby some stellar mountains that cater to the latter 2), but that's all kinda been put on hold until we have more time for ourselves again.

How do you handle storage and basic maintenance/cleaning? Had a road bike before coming to Korea and always had outdoor space for cleaning, etc.
I store mine in the underground parking area, locked up in front of the cctv cameras. I had my bike stripped down to the frame my second year here in Korea, despite that it was chained to the railing in the entrance way of my villa.  :sad:
Maintenance and cleaning I do in the park area just outside my building. I'm gonna bring it to a car wash tomorrow for a quick power wash, I think, on my ride back from work.
It's a Norco mtb (Bushpilot), so it's pretty tough: haven't had any major mechanical issues with it since replacing... well... most of it... after having had it stripped.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 23, 2021, 09:12:18 am
We have a 20 month old who has more or less devoured any and all free time that we might otherwise use in the pursuit of hobbies.

While I am definitely not a morning person, I now wake up at 5 so that I can get my daily run in, prep the kid, and have enough time to commute.
From 5pm to 8 we have a pretty set routine (young kids need really well defined routines in order to settle their sleep schedules), and by the time the little gremlin is out, we're too tired to do much in the way of hobbies. We usually watch an episode of a Netflix series ( r/s/p to see which of us will choose the series), then it's lights out before 10, most week nights.

Weekends are a bit more interesting. We're both active in (different) sports leagues, and we both cycle whenever possible (got a little trailer contraption for the kiddo. We go to rivers, lakes and the ocean at least once or twice a month, and go on hikes on the weekends when we don't end up at a beach (kiddo has a backpack thingy he rides in). Usually we drag along a friend or 2.

I used to do a lot of gaming and 3D modelling, TKD, rock climbing, and mountain cycling here in Korea (we're lucky enough to live nearby some stellar mountains that cater to the latter 2), but that's all kinda been put on hold until we have more time for ourselves again.


Sweet.  Seems like Korea has worked really well for you.  If ever I go down the kid route, I'd better get a good home gym to exercise while watching the kids.  Need an extra fitness room. I suppose the kids have to grow up more and get some mobility before hiking the mountains again.   Just out of curiosity, not really related, is it easy for foreigners (married to Koreans) to get home loans nowadays?  If I married here, maybe I'd move to a small town to get cheaper housing, buy an old house and fix up.  Can do public school anywhere even rural areas or just move onto other things with the F visa.  Of course not sure if I will leave too. 

Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 23, 2021, 11:07:44 am
You don't even need to be married to a Korean to qualify for a home loan. Just need to have 10% of the home value cash to pay up front, and a verifiable, guaranteed income sufficient to pay off the mortgage.

We got a 40% mortgage without any hassles, and probably could've got more if we had pushed for it... although I think that the rules may have recently changed, pushing the max down to 40% of home value (or 20% if you're rich and are buying a home worth more than 1.2 billion won).

And there are backpacks designed for carrying young 'uns that are pretty sweet for hiking!
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Lazio on April 23, 2021, 11:39:42 am
You don't even need to be married to a Korean to qualify for a home loan. Just need to have 10% of the home value cash to pay up front, and a verifiable, guaranteed income sufficient to pay off the mortgage.

We got a 40% mortgage without any hassles, and probably could've got more if we had pushed for it... although I think that the rules may have recently changed, pushing the max down to 40% of home value (or 20% if you're rich and are buying a home worth more than 1.2 billion won).

And there are backpacks designed for carrying young 'uns that are pretty sweet for hiking!

I believe currently 30% down payment needed at least. And that is out in the sticks. Most urban areas have been designated as "speculative zones" or "overheated speculative zones" (or whatever it would translate to)
In those areas the minimum down payment is 50% and 60% respectively.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 23, 2021, 01:07:26 pm
I believe currently 30% down payment needed at least. And that is out in the sticks. Most urban areas have been designated as "speculative zones" or "overheated speculative zones" (or whatever it would translate to)
In those areas the minimum down payment is 50% and 60% respectively.
We needed to show the 10% as the deposit in order to get the ball rolling on the rest of the  purchase. Like a holding fee, I meant. Basically, if we changed our minds, we would have been out that amount.

We scraped up the remainder later, but I guess you're right that it would be considered as part of the down payment, as it wasn't financed or anything.

I'm wondering though, if loans can only be up to 50%, how can the down payment be only 30%? Doesn't that leave 20% unaccounted for? Or is it possible to get other kinds of loans to make up that difference?


Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Lazio on April 23, 2021, 01:20:58 pm
We needed to show the 10% as the deposit in order to get the ball rolling on the rest of the  purchase. Like a holding fee, I meant. Basically, if we changed our minds, we would have been out that amount.

We scraped up the remainder later, but I guess you're right that it would be considered as part of the down payment, as it wasn't financed or anything.

I'm wondering though, if loans can only be up to 50%, how can the down payment be only 30%? Doesn't that leave 20% unaccounted for? Or is it possible to get other kinds of loans to make up that difference?


30% down payment is for the non-speculative areas.
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Kyndo on April 23, 2021, 01:44:26 pm
You're an awesome reals-estate resource.
Thanks for always correcting mistakes and answering questions!
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 23, 2021, 05:18:25 pm
I'm guilty of this too tbh


must be nice, i settled for a shitty folding one due to space/storage reasons


Older renovated smaller apartments out in the provinces can be had for a deal or a 3 room villa.  Keep the bike in the spare room.  But too much junk though.  10 to 20 mil deposit.  I realize that gets a small place in Seoul.  I lived in a one room for years so I feel your pain. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: hangook77 on April 23, 2021, 05:20:54 pm
How do you handle storage and basic maintenance/cleaning? Had a road bike before coming to Korea and always had outdoor space for cleaning, etc.


I rent a small two bedroom apartment.  I clean outside in the parking lot.  I keep the bike in the small bedroom.  In my old one room, I locked the bike to window bars outside in the underparking area with a metal lock.  Though most friend's villas didnt have this feature. 
Title: Re: Spring in Korea!
Post by: Lazio on April 23, 2021, 11:03:07 pm
You're an awesome reals-estate resource.
Thanks for always correcting mistakes and answering questions!

I just googled navered it really. Can't remember all these percentages.

Btw, if someone qualifies for those government assisted special mortgages, then the LTV can go higher. Up to 70% even in the "overheated speculative areas" But 70% is the most in non-speculative areas as well. So at least 30% down payment is needed, no matter what.
Income-wise: We got two different mortgage loans in the past with zero income (zero on papers anyways) It was based on our credit card spendings and our monthly health insurance premiums.
It was actually good not to have income because that way, we qualified for one of these "poor people's" loans with lower rates. But that was before all these recent regulations. So perhaps it wouldn't work that way now.