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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4240 on: March 23, 2017, 12:40:05 pm »
"Why do you raise your beard?"

I don't know why this is a questions that Koreans ask.  I can kind of understand new students asking this, but I don't know why an adult would (random people in school). 

The reason it bugs me so much is because they're never satisifed with the answer I give; "I just like beards".

Yes but what's the reason?
There's no other reason?
Is that really the only reason?

What do you want from me?!!  That I'm on the lam from the police and it's a convenient disguise?  I just like beards!

They've got me doubting myself now.  Why do I have a beard??

You should ask them why they like the same stereotypical Korean haircut that all Korean guys have, big circle shaped glasses, or whatever trend that everyone is participating in at the time, next time.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4241 on: March 23, 2017, 12:52:47 pm »
Went to the dentist yesterday. Got a standard cleaning/X-ray. Proudly whip out my little health insurance card/ARC and they tell me my visit isn't covered because I'm "not Korean." What the ever-loving heck?

So what happened? That's categorically false - if you're paying into the national health care plan, then you're covered, unless you've already somehow used your quota of free cleanings, etc. Although I don't think X-rays are covered. Maybe they are? I'm not sure.

But yeah - tell them to shove it with the 'not Korean' biz.

It was my first cleaning I'd had with my insurance. My limited Korean and their limited English meant I had to pay so now I've *sigh* tattled to my coteacher so hopefully she can help. What a bogus and completely trite experience. YOU ARE DIFFERENT AND THEREFORE YOU MUST PAY.

How much was it?

Around 70,000. Maybe it makes me a ~cheap foreigner~ but it's just the principle of the thing. I would've paid it without thinking if they hadn't said "You are not Korean, your Korean insurance is no good here."


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4242 on: March 23, 2017, 12:55:43 pm »
"Why do you raise your beard?"

I don't know why this is a questions that Koreans ask.  I can kind of understand new students asking this, but I don't know why an adult would (random people in school). 

The reason it bugs me so much is because they're never satisifed with the answer I give; "I just like beards".

Yes but what's the reason?
There's no other reason?
Is that really the only reason?

What do you want from me?!!  That I'm on the lam from the police and it's a convenient disguise?  I just like beards!

They've got me doubting myself now.  Why do I have a beard??

You should ask them why they like the same stereotypical Korean haircut that all Korean guys have, big circle shaped glasses, or whatever trend that everyone is participating in at the time, next time.

This winter's trend was:

A turtle neck with an extra high neck. A long coat that comes down to about the knee or mid upper leg. A bowl cut. Round glasses (optional). Jeans that are 2 inches too short.

We played a drinking game at a bar one night where we had drink each time one of the aforementioned "Korean Male Winter 2016-17 look" walked into the bar. The bar had to shut down after 90 minutes becuase every drop of alcohol in the bar had been consumed due to the massive influx of bowl cutted, turtleneck wearing dudes.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4243 on: March 23, 2017, 01:01:03 pm »

I'm grumpy. Overreacting. Maybe I need a snickers.

Ha, I've totally stress eaten a snickers after annoying classes (almost always first graders).


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4244 on: March 23, 2017, 01:14:53 pm »
Today's gripes:

1) The classroom is not the place for sick people. If you're sick, stay home. If your parents/guardians insist you come to school sick, go lay down in the nurse's office. I don't need my whole class getting sick.

2) I wish school cleaning was more like the US here. Yeah, yeah, I know: "This  isn't the US, this is Korea. If you don't like it, go back to the US."But still.

In the US, the schools tend to be cleaned by professional janitors after school hours. That means the schools actually get cleaned, and the cleaning doesn't interfere with anything.

Here, the halls and classrooms are cleaned by the students, and the bathrooms are cleaned by janitors during school hours. That means the halls and classrooms are perpetually dirty, and the janitor is somehow always in the bathroom exactly at the moment I need to pee.

Petty gripes, all things considered, but still. Ugh.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4245 on: March 23, 2017, 01:54:18 pm »
Did you take your insurance card thing with you? When I got my health coverage I was given this pamphlet like book to take with me when I go to the doctors.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4246 on: March 23, 2017, 02:21:36 pm »
Did you take your insurance card thing with you? When I got my health coverage I was given this pamphlet like book to take with me when I go to the doctors.

That also shouldn't matter. I used to take that book with me but then eventually I stopped and just giving them your ARC number is sufficient since it's tied to your ARC number, anyways. That dentist sounds like they were just trying to rip you off.

Right, usually just the ARC is needed as it's tied to your coverage. Regardless, I still presented my little book thing and they were like "nope." I hope this can be rectified or imma leave one SCATHING comment on facebook.  :evil:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4247 on: March 23, 2017, 03:21:43 pm »
Speaking of the random trends that catch on here... does anyone know how that Taiwanese castella places became so popular, or what started that one? When I got back from my vacation in February, there were about 2 per block in my area and surrounding. Now they are already going out of business and moving on to the next thing.


I am SO disappointed in Iron Fist.

I didn't pay any attention to the bad reviews it got, I just knew that critics didn't like it... but I don't really care when it comes to superhero shows/movies. I just like what I like, so I gave it a fair chance! However, it is REALLY painful.

None of Netflix's Marvel shows have been perfect, I mean, the second half of Luke Cage was painful and Jessica Jones/Daredevil all have things they can improve on, but I still liked those shows and those characters. Iron Fist, however, has 0 charm and I could not care less about the story. In fact, I kind of actually dislike the main character. He acts like a pre-teen half the time and the actor has 0 presence on screen. How am I supposed to really believe this guy punched a dragon in the heart when he gets nearly bested in most of his fights with mere mortals? His girlfriend is a more impressive fighter than he is, but I gagged during their sex scene. Not to mention the guy is just straight up ugly. I mean, his hair is AWFUL. Yellow ramen curls COME ON. Not charming, ugly, bad fighter, bad actor... I mean,  I know he's supposed to be a normal person who happens to have this power, but even when he's on his superhero shit he has ZERO superhero swag. His fist power is so lame with no personality to back it up.


The other actors suck too. I was so distracted by Ward's weird and stiff dialogue delivery in the first couple of episodes but at least his character is getting more interesting. Can't say the same for the actual main hero though. What were they THINKING hiring Finn Jones? I liked him well enough as Loras, but someone with an actual personality would have been nice. Oh and someone a little bit easier on the eyes. This guy can't even pull off the beard.
I've only watched one episode and it's already so bad. I don't pay attention to directors or things, but this is making me wonder about it for once. The effects in the other three shows (of which DD was my least fave) were pretty darn good, but this guy when he jumps is just laughable. I have seen Vines that look better.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4248 on: March 23, 2017, 03:29:16 pm »
Was in the middle of writing a rant but then I looked over at the time and realized...



Have a good evening everyone  ;D


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4249 on: March 23, 2017, 03:30:14 pm »
Daredevil S2 had a lot more schlock than S1, but still, likeable characters, well shot, and mostly fun. Not as good as the first season, but yeah.
Vincent D'Onofrio's absence was felt immediately. The guy is a powerhouse of talent.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4250 on: March 23, 2017, 03:49:23 pm »
Daredevil S2 had a lot more schlock than S1, but still, likeable characters, well shot, and mostly fun. Not as good as the first season, but yeah.
Vincent D'Onofrio's absence was felt immediately. The guy is a powerhouse of talent.

I loved his performance in "The Cell." 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4251 on: March 23, 2017, 03:59:02 pm »
On the subject of pollution/dust/coughing/dying.

I have an app on my phone that is supposed to tell me the yellow dust levels. It keep giving me really low numbers despite my increased feeling of toxic death coming on.

Is there a truly decent app for this? Or should I just carry my masks, asthma pump, anti allergy around all the time (I hate carrying extra crap in my bag).

living in Beijing, air visual has become my best friend.  change it to US aqi for a more accurate pollutant rating. It also gives you a forecast over the next few hours and days so you can mentally prepare.  Had I been aware that the city in Korea i had been living in was constantly orange...when Beijing is sometimes green, I would have gotten an air purifier there. 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4252 on: March 24, 2017, 07:26:41 am »
****Urgent update on Waygook Dentist Visit 2017****

I'm getting a refund. Of course the excuse given was "computer issues."  :P


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4253 on: March 24, 2017, 07:45:17 am »
****Urgent update on Waygook Dentist Visit 2017****

I'm getting a refund. Of course the excuse given was "computer issues."  :P

Haha, nice.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4254 on: March 24, 2017, 07:59:42 am »
Speaking of the random trends that catch on here... does anyone know how that Taiwanese castella places became so popular, or what started that one? When I got back from my vacation in February, there were about 2 per block in my area and surrounding. Now they are already going out of business and moving on to the next thing.

piggybacking off this, isn't castella from japan? All of my coworkers think castella is from taiwan now. I don't have the heart to tell them otherwise.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4255 on: March 24, 2017, 08:12:17 am »
Speaking of the random trends that catch on here... does anyone know how that Taiwanese castella places became so popular, or what started that one? When I got back from my vacation in February, there were about 2 per block in my area and surrounding. Now they are already going out of business and moving on to the next thing.

piggybacking off this, isn't castella from japan? All of my coworkers think castella is from taiwan now. I don't have the heart to tell them otherwise.

Well, Portugal if you want to get 시발.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4256 on: March 24, 2017, 08:28:31 am »
I am SO disappointed in Iron Fist.

I didn't pay any attention to the bad reviews it got, I just knew that critics didn't like it... but I don't really care when it comes to superhero shows/movies. I just like what I like, so I gave it a fair chance! However, it is REALLY painful.

None of Netflix's Marvel shows have been perfect, I mean, the second half of Luke Cage was painful and Jessica Jones/Daredevil all have things they can improve on, but I still liked those shows and those characters. Iron Fist, however, has 0 charm and I could not care less about the story. In fact, I kind of actually dislike the main character. He acts like a pre-teen half the time and the actor has 0 presence on screen. How am I supposed to really believe this guy punched a dragon in the heart when he gets nearly bested in most of his fights with mere mortals? His girlfriend is a more impressive fighter than he is, but I gagged during their sex scene. Not to mention the guy is just straight up ugly. I mean, his hair is AWFUL. Yellow ramen curls COME ON. Not charming, ugly, bad fighter, bad actor... I mean,  I know he's supposed to be a normal person who happens to have this power, but even when he's on his superhero shit he has ZERO superhero swag. His fist power is so lame with no personality to back it up.


The other actors suck too. I was so distracted by Ward's weird and stiff dialogue delivery in the first couple of episodes but at least his character is getting more interesting. Can't say the same for the actual main hero though. What were they THINKING hiring Finn Jones? I liked him well enough as Loras, but someone with an actual personality would have been nice. Oh and someone a little bit easier on the eyes. This guy can't even pull off the beard.

This doesn't bode well.

I loved Daredevil S1 and thought it was genuinely well shot, written, and acted, and all the characters were nice to look at in their own way. Jessica Jones had some bizarre pacing, and there were times when I was watching it that I thought "This is pretty ehhhhh," but after finishing it, looking at it as a whole, it was really good.

You're spot on with the second half of Luke Cage being awful. I stopped caring about anything that happened and just binged as hard as I could to get it over with.

Daredevil S2 had a lot more schlock than S1, but still, likeable characters, well shot, and mostly fun. Not as good as the first season, but yeah.

I saw a trailer for Iron Fist at the theater before I saw Logan (Netflix advertises in theatres - crafty), and I was kind of like... this looks bad and I don't want to look at this lead character.

Oh man, my friends are delusional and think IF was actually good. All the netflix series have been getting progressively worse. DD1 and JJ seemed more planned out and like they weren't trying so damn hard to cram in connections to the other shows. Now its a cluster**** of giving characters a backstory with their own villains while setting up for Defenders.
At least Luke Cage was a more interesting character, granted his series sucked. Iron Fist blows. Colleen's fights were 100% more interesting. Harold and Madame Gao were the only good characters with decent actors and Ward's actor seemed like someone trying to do an overly serious impression of Green Goblin from the Toby McGuire Spiderman movies. Horrible actors, but I guess that's what happens when Marvel needs to funnel all their money into paying RDJ the GDP of a third world country to stick around for the Avengers stuff.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4257 on: March 24, 2017, 09:11:56 am »
Speaking of the random trends that catch on here... does anyone know how that Taiwanese castella places became so popular, or what started that one? When I got back from my vacation in February, there were about 2 per block in my area and surrounding. Now they are already going out of business and moving on to the next thing.

piggybacking off this, isn't castella from japan? All of my coworkers think castella is from taiwan now. I don't have the heart to tell them otherwise.

Well, Portugal if you want to get 시발.


So as far as I can tell it all started with 대왕카스테라 and the others are just copying the trend. I think the original appeal was it's supposed to be lighter and much cheaper than other castella. I've actually tried it and its nice enough but nothing special. Which is probably why the trend died so quickly.

My partner also told me that the original Taiwanese castella was rumored to be super super super cheap so that drove people there, but then they found out that it was more expensive here so the excitement dimmed a little.

Now a few of those castella places have changed into Japanese fluffy cheesecake places in my hood so maybe that's the next thing.

Not complaining though, cake is cake  :-*


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4258 on: March 24, 2017, 09:18:37 am »
Ooo I like the fluffy Japanese style cheesecake.  Never been very fond of castella


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4259 on: March 24, 2017, 09:27:40 am »
Speaking of the random trends that catch on here... does anyone know how that Taiwanese castella places became so popular, or what started that one? When I got back from my vacation in February, there were about 2 per block in my area and surrounding. Now they are already going out of business and moving on to the next thing.

piggybacking off this, isn't castella from japan? All of my coworkers think castella is from taiwan now. I don't have the heart to tell them otherwise.

Well, Portugal if you want to get 시발.


So as far as I can tell it all started with 대왕카스테라 and the others are just copying the trend. I think the original appeal was it's supposed to be lighter and much cheaper than other castella. I've actually tried it and its nice enough but nothing special. Which is probably why the trend died so quickly.

My partner also told me that the original Taiwanese castella was rumored to be super super super cheap so that drove people there, but then they found out that it was more expensive here so the excitement dimmed a little.

Now a few of those castella places have changed into Japanese fluffy cheesecake places in my hood so maybe that's the next thing.

Not complaining though, cake is cake  :-*
Ahhh, hmm. Well I guess thats that. On to the next new thing. If it actually is the Japanese style cheesecake, I definitely want to try that, I never have before.