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  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 4620

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12800 on: December 19, 2020, 05:29:12 pm »
weird innit. do older men in other countries act like overgrown children quite so much? i've yet to see it. barely a day goes by when i don't mutter "what the **** are you doing...." under my breathe in regards to an old man in korea


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

    • 2376

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12801 on: December 21, 2020, 08:02:47 am »
Everyday gym f*ckery:

- Politely tell ajjushi, who is working out near me, to wear his mask properly (it's covering his chin). He tries to ignore me so I get into his face and sternly tell him. Other people are now looking and he does so after giving me the death stare.

- Like a pissed of schoolgirl, he tries to get his pathetic, passive aggressive revenge by walking in front of me, instead of going around me, while I'm racking my weights. Guess you sure showed me. Keep puffing that little chest out and standing on your toes as you walk past.

- FYI, said ajjushi was doing doing bench presses on the smith machine with the smallest ROM I've ever seen (probably moved the bar about 5cm per rep)... He did do about 50 reps a set though, lol!

- Had to stop multiple people from trying to take the weights off the squat rack, while I was using it.

- Guy was doing deadlifts, but loaded the bar with only 5kg plates! He was taking the 5kg plates off every piece of equipment in sight despite the fact that he had 10kg and 20kg plates at his rack. Obviously, he was trying to give the impression that
  he was lifting a really heavy weight by having the barbell loaded with 8 X 5kg plates as opposed to just 2 X 20kgs and 2 X 10kgs.

- Lady was hogging the leg press and had it loaded with.... 2 X 2.5kg plates. I know everyone has to start somewhere, but lady, if you're going to occupy a a leg press machine, loaded with no more than 5kg, you might as well stay home, save your money and just
  sit on a chair and stand up. You look like you're in ok shape, there are 90yr old grandmothers with arthritis who could push more than that. 

- Another ajjushi tires to steal the plates off my machine, in the middle of my set. I had a pair of 10kg plates and some 20s. I couldn't see properly (in the middle of a rep) and I thought he was taking the 20s, so I told him "No".
  After I was done, I saw that he was trying to take one of the 10s. Still a dick move, but I wasn't planning on using the 10s and since I'm not trying to make enemies, I try to call him over and offer the 10s to him. You know, just trying to bury the hatchet.
  He sees me and just ignores me in the same way as the other old guy and I just know he's pouting behind that mask. I just laughed, it was amusing to witness the immediate transformations of 50yr old men into sulking, 6th grade schoolgirls.

Anyway, session done and feel great.

The gym I tried out a month or 2 ago, was good but 2 small. The problem was: it was a pain for me to go there and back. My town doesn't have a gym, so I had to go to the town over, and because of the corona, the bus timetable has been neutered. That means, there was only a 2 hour window for me to go and exercise mon - fri. A group of guys would always beat me to the gym by 5 minutes and would hog the machines. I saw a guy do 90 minutes of nothing but bench presses, cause the group of guys weren't friends, just a big influx of random people that would arrive at the same time. Once they got equipment, my guess is they didn't want to do part of their workout and wait for the next thing they need, so all of them would just use the same thing for 90+ minutes.
The only things I could ever get on were: treadmills, exercycles, leg press machine, and one I forget the name of - some kind of back exercise machine;

I've slowly been buying my own gym equipment to exercise at home. This payday, I'm planning to buy a bit more weight for my bar/dum-bells, and a 2nd exercise bike. I bought an exercise bike about 2 weeks ago, but the seat is like, a pro cyclist style, and it's very, very uncomfortable for me, and it only has 1 difficulty which isn't challenging at all.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12802 on: December 21, 2020, 09:30:23 am »
The gym I tried out a month or 2 ago, was good but 2 small. The problem was: it was a pain for me to go there and back. My town doesn't have a gym, so I had to go to the town over, and because of the corona, the bus timetable has been neutered. That means, there was only a 2 hour window for me to go and exercise mon - fri. A group of guys would always beat me to the gym by 5 minutes and would hog the machines. I saw a guy do 90 minutes of nothing but bench presses, cause the group of guys weren't friends, just a big influx of random people that would arrive at the same time. Once they got equipment, my guess is they didn't want to do part of their workout and wait for the next thing they need, so all of them would just use the same thing for 90+ minutes.
The only things I could ever get on were: treadmills, exercycles, leg press machine, and one I forget the name of - some kind of back exercise machine;

I've slowly been buying my own gym equipment to exercise at home. This payday, I'm planning to buy a bit more weight for my bar/dum-bells, and a 2nd exercise bike. I bought an exercise bike about 2 weeks ago, but the seat is like, a pro cyclist style, and it's very, very uncomfortable for me, and it only has 1 difficulty which isn't challenging at all.

Really sucks, I've seen what you're describing countless times. The only solution is that you've got to be a bit aggressive otherwise they'll be on the benchpress till next Chuseok. I don't like having to start drama at the gym, but I'm going to finish my workout in a reasonable timeframe so I'm going to tell people to bugger off or do their curls away from the squat rack etc.
Worst case, you'll have to endure someone sulking as they walk away.

Still, I'm incredibly lucky. My gym is 30 steps from my apartment. Gotta love how close everything is in Korea.

Check out http://frogfitness.co.kr/.
I bought all my plates, barbell and a decent enough squat rack from them. Prices are pretty reasonable.


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

    • 2376

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12803 on: December 21, 2020, 09:58:33 am »
Really sucks, I've seen what you're describing countless times. The only solution is that you've got to be a bit aggressive otherwise they'll be on the benchpress till next Chuseok. I don't like having to start drama at the gym, but I'm going to finish my workout in a reasonable timeframe so I'm going to tell people to bugger off or do their curls away from the squat rack etc.
Worst case, you'll have to endure someone sulking as they walk away.

Still, I'm incredibly lucky. My gym is 30 steps from my apartment. Gotta love how close everything is in Korea.

Check out http://frogfitness.co.kr/.
I bought all my plates, barbell and a decent enough squat rack from them. Prices are pretty reasonable.

Cheers for that link. So far, I've just gotten everything on Gmarket. My squat rack, bench, dumbells, and 1 of the 2 barbells (got a free one with the squat rack) have been pretty good.
However, the weight amount I have is not challenging enough. I do double the reps amount to make it more challenging and actually feel the burn. Which is why I'll be looking to upgrade next week. :D

As for the gym, I live in a rural area and the gym goers, as well as the workers, don't speak English. Some of the Korean ladies that workout there were nice and would let me do my thing while I went there, the guys wouldn't budge no matter what though. :\ However, I have a nice little set up in my apartment now, I just want more weights and something to do cardio with and then I'll be golden.


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12804 on: December 29, 2020, 08:09:20 am »
Ordered a new exercise bike, only the seat arrived, and they marked it as delivered. D:
Working on contacting them to see if the rest will arrive later or what. :o


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 8016

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12805 on: December 29, 2020, 08:29:03 am »
Ordered a new exercise bike, only the seat arrived, and they marked it as delivered. D:
Working on contacting them to see if the rest will arrive later or what. :o

Kayos: Where is my bike? What is going on?  >:(

Company Rep: Sir, please calm down. We have---

Kayos: I want an explanation!

CR: Sir, we have an explanation, please, just............... ........ take a seat.




  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12806 on: December 29, 2020, 08:33:16 am »
Kayos: Where is my bike? What is going on?  >:(

Company Rep: Sir, please calm down. We have---

Kayos: I want an explanation!

CR: Sir, we have an explanation, please, just............... ........ take a seat.



Haha nice, that was great.


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

    • 2376

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12807 on: December 30, 2020, 07:58:50 am »
The rest of the bike ended up arriving yesterday, and the seat that arrived first was like a free gift, so a spare seat, or can change to it for more comfort or whatever.
The new exercise bike is really comfortable :D so can start using it today


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12808 on: December 30, 2020, 08:16:22 am »
Nice.

I hope you get a lot of use out of it. I bought one a while ago because I wanted to be able to do cardio in my apartment without disturbing my lower neighbors, but I ended up selling it off later because I didn't like how much space it took up in my little one-room, haha.

Took me over an hour to get the pedals attached, too. I should probably start looking for a bigger place. But moving in Korea is such a chore.


  • Kyndo
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    • March 02, 2027, 11:00:00 pm
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12809 on: December 30, 2020, 08:21:00 am »
The rest of the bike ended up arriving yesterday, and the seat that arrived first was like a free gift, so a spare seat, or can change to it for more comfort or whatever.
The new exercise bike is really comfortable :D so can start using it today

Lucky! Now you can have your bike and seat it too!


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12810 on: December 30, 2020, 12:44:10 pm »
Nice.

I hope you get a lot of use out of it. I bought one a while ago because I wanted to be able to do cardio in my apartment without disturbing my lower neighbors, but I ended up selling it off later because I didn't like how much space it took up in my little one-room, haha.

Took me over an hour to get the pedals attached, too. I should probably start looking for a bigger place. But moving in Korea is such a chore.

Oh damn. I first bought one 3 weeks ago, but the seat was too uncomfortable and never used it. So, I donated it to my school, as a couple of the teachers were interested in using it, and then got this new one. It's much more comfy.
I live out in the wops and have a small 3 bedroom apartment, so, I have the space for a mini home gym set up. My bench and squat rack takes the bulk of my gym space, but I can store the bike next to the bench and have enough room to walk around :D


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12811 on: December 30, 2020, 12:44:24 pm »
Lucky! Now you can have your bike and seat it too!

Sure can! :D


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12812 on: December 31, 2020, 10:10:47 am »
I feel like a huge jackass.
We were doing straw weaving in my class earlier. The top student at doing that, wound the wool up too tightly, that she couldn't get the straws out.
She asked me to do it for her. After using what I thought was reasonable force, it wouldn't even budge for me either. So I put in a bit more oomph into it and got the ball rolling, but it ruined the bracelet at the same time.
The student asked to make 1 more, and I said sure, as I got told I can use the periods after mine to carry on if the students want, or need the extra time. However, that got changed last minute and the students had to go elsewhere, which made the student get really upset. >.<
I did apologize a lot, and explained what happened to the co-teacher, who just laughed.
I still feel like crap over it though. >.<


  • stoat
  • The Legend

    • 2085

    • March 05, 2019, 06:36:13 pm
    • seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12813 on: January 04, 2021, 01:40:44 pm »
I got told off by a parkie today for letting my 5 year old throw a small stone onto the surface of a frozen pond. What's next? You're not allowed to pick up a stick or kick through a pile of leaves?


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 8016

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12814 on: January 04, 2021, 01:47:17 pm »
I got told off by a parkie today for letting my 5 year old throw a small stone onto the surface of a frozen pond. What's next? You're not allowed to pick up a stick or kick through a pile of leaves?

A guy from Parkiestan??


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 4620

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12815 on: January 04, 2021, 02:06:36 pm »
I got told off by a parkie today for letting my 5 year old throw a small stone onto the surface of a frozen pond. What's next? You're not allowed to pick up a stick or kick through a pile of leaves?
korea is soooo full of jobsworths. i wonder what goes through these people's minds. it's like a child's smile is their worst enemy


  • stoat
  • The Legend

    • 2085

    • March 05, 2019, 06:36:13 pm
    • seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12816 on: January 04, 2021, 02:52:03 pm »
A guy from Parkiestan??

Nah, he definitely wasn't posh


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12817 on: January 05, 2021, 01:42:23 pm »
I can imagine that Amazon is just as frustrated with Korean customs as I am.

When registering a delivery address on Amazon, you're given the option to register an import code for customs. Previously, this was a problem as the input field only allowed you to input a code, inputting a DOB or passport number yielded an error message. This makes things silly as Korean customs keeps telling us that foreigners are to use their DOB or Passport number as the code. Fine, you log onto Korean customs and get a code.

Amazon changes their input field and you're now free to input a DOB, passport number or clearance code, so I use my passport number.

No, Korean customs still sends messages asking for my DOB/passport number (seems this changes like the colour of the the agent's socks and the clearance code isn't allowed for foreigners anymore). So.... I go to their website, via the Kakao message link and input my passport number and address... why my address? Wouldn't the package have the freakin' address listed?  Anyway, after inputting the passport number I'm asked (Is this item from an online shopping mall?), it's from Amazon so I click yes.

"Sorry, if the item is from an online shopping mall, please input your DOB."
FFS, I input my DOB and guess what? "Invalid entry, please input your passport number"

...........


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12818 on: January 06, 2021, 07:38:44 am »
Ugh, so the gate dude has stopped unlocking the back gate since no students are here now and the cafeteria ladies just told me I can't use their gate anymore. (It's right next to the back gate, but they have their own key so it was still unlocked) So now I have to go through the front entrance.... it's a good extra 5 minutes walk (this is after my 10 min usual walk) Wouldn't mind normally except it's cold af here.....


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 8016

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12819 on: January 06, 2021, 07:48:01 am »
When registering a delivery address on Amazon, you're given the option to register an import code for customs.

Yeah, Coupang does this, too. What's the point of asking me once and then asking me again for half of my Rocket Jigu orders? IT'S ME, KEVIN. THE SAME GUY.