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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Korean Culture- What's HOT

Photo by "Superlocal"

Hot - Engineering. If you meet a Korean student, don't bother asking what his major is. He's an engineer.
Hot - Naps. Take a snooze in public- anytime, anywhere.
Hot - South Korean dramas. Turn on the T.V. and you'll find at least 10 actors having mental breakdowns, sobbing in hospital rooms, staring longingly into their lover's eyes.
Hot - Matching outfits for couples and even friends.
Hot - Discipline. People work hard for success. I'm talking 12 hour days, 6 days/week.
Hot - Grand openings. When a new store opens up, there are big pink bows, plastic flowers, music, go-go dancers.
Hot - Corny ballads. It's the norebang influence.
Hot - Computer games. There's a generation of young boys wasting their youth in P.C. rooms.
Hot - Metrosexual men. Pink shirts, tight pants, styled hair... purses, even.
Hot - Eating out. You don't tip in Korea, and meals are dirt-cheap. I can't get over how many restaurants there are. Business is easily come by.
Hot - Rip-off brands like a Tim Hortons with a bar interior, serving $7 coffees, "Buma" masquerading as Puma, and 'The Face Shop' after The Body Shop.
Hot - Late nights. It's normal for young children to stay up past midnight.
Hot - Shopping and fashion. Millions of people literally shove their way through markets and malls in search of good deals. Koreans are very stylish.
Hot - Drinking. Many people drink for the sake of drinking and it's legal to drink on public transit. What does it say on a Soju (hard liquor) bottle? "Be Happy Again."
Hot - Plastic Surgery. Seoul is the world's hub of plastic surgery. Walk in off the street. Eyelid shaping is the #1 choice.
Hot - Skinny jeans and dangerously short skirts, on women, but not shoulder-bearing tops, considered too revealing.
Hot - Same sex friends. If you hang out with someone of the opposite sex, expect suspicion.
Hot- Kimchi!!


Anonymous said...

So that's the meaning of life!

priyank shah said...

somethings are similar to Indian life
like every other guy is a engineer , cheap food and stuff but as for drinking is concerned its still a taboo here great going . even i love learning abt others culture and ur profile is rocking u seem to be a very knowledgeable person.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Ohh, I realllyyyy want to go to India at the end of this year! I just die thinking about fresh nan and curry and saris and Bollywood and ... ahh

Craig said...

Love this post and love the posting style.

Anonymous said...

geez..the last one is very true.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Anonymous- the whole country has garlic breath.

Craig- I feel like you're my blog coach.

Craig said...

I think it is the other way around. : )

Melodie said...

Hi Eva,
I like the "hot" list. At first I thought Koreans work harder than others, but I'm not sure now. At my school, the koreans work like 12 hour days but we always catch them sleeping, texting, shopping for clothes, talking on the phone, etc.. I'm not sure they're really that productive. But I guess I wouldn't be either if I was expected to work so long!!!!

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Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see just how permeant digital memory has become in our everyday lives. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB jack, haha. I guess it makes sense though, considering how much cheaper memory has become lately...

Gahhhh, I shouldn't be moaning and groaning. I can't make it through a single day without using my R4 / R4i!

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