What have I been up to outside of cars? Glad you asked…

I started working for this promotional company.  They used to have a motto that said “Print Anything”.  You know, t-shirts, pens, posters, business cards but also Embroidery, displays, banners.  Since we also have a laser cutter, now things can be made/etched.  Anything from wood to steel(Well, technically can’t cut steel, just etch it).  You can do some really cool stuff with a $30K laser ;)

Now, the business has just shifted towards the whole ‘makerspace movement’ and will allow people to come in and use their equipment after they’ve taken a proper training course.  We are also getting a 3D printer and a CNC machine.

Now the motto is “Make Anything, Print Anything” and it is meant quite literally :D

Since we also have a vinyl cutter, I can make some cool decals.  This is what I did today for my car.

Heh, he who dies with the most toys wins!  :P

Well, well, well….

It’s been awhile since I posted here, let’s catch up a bit.

Before I left South Korea, I went to the UK for two months. Then came back, spent the rest of the time in South Korea before returning to Canada.  Then after being for a while, I decided to go BACK to the UK for another 5 months(just pics) and had a great time there.

When I came back to Canada, I moved to Ottawa as my Ex(more on that) had gotten a job there.  I’m always up for trying new cities so off I went.  7 months later I realized that our marriage just can’t work anymore.  So I left and returned back to Hamilton.  Been here ever since.

It seems that I’m not collecting Volvos.  Ever since owning my 2002 S40, I kinda had this idea of getting an older Wagon.  While that job market here for me has sucked big time, I just couldn’t go out and buy one.  Yet life is funny, some guy actually gave me one!

So here is my 1990 Volvo 240DL Wagon

She needs a lot of work.  Here’s the basic list so far:

Now you see why I got it for free. :D

So the goal with this car is to get it fixed up and take trips in it.  The rear is rather huge (75 cubic feet with rear seats folded forward/74 inches(6ft)/188cm) length).  So sleeping in the back will work for me as I’m just a bit under 6ft. :)

So my ‘story’ will continue :)

One month being home

I’m mostly over reverse culture shock.  Subtle things are the worst. Like I’m still a little surprised when people hold a door open for me, or say sorry when they just happen to be in the area I’m walking towards.

Then there is the food!  Oh it is so nice to have variety once again.  I can once again walk over to a deli, ask for “some of this and some of that”. There are tons of foods that I want to grab when I’m in a grocery store.  I’m trying real hard with not over doing it. Just but one thing different/extra each week.

I’ll try not to grumble too loudly about the f’ing insane cost of my 10GB mobile data plan…..>:(

I also bought a car. You really do need one in Canada unless you are a hermit.

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Is a 2002 Volvo S40. Only had 159K on it. Need to attend to some minor issues but once the weather is nice out.  It’s a good car and the turbo is fun to play with :)

Also, each week a connect with another friend/family member.  I realize this is a good plan as trying to contact every single person I knew at once would be hard.

Yes, it is nice to be home. Good to catch up with family/friends/food/cars again.  We’ll see how long it lasts ;)

Pretty adjusted now

I think finally back on track with proper sleeping schedule. I picked up a cold when I got back, it’s finally down to a niggling cough and McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes such these days.

Sigh. I’m really trying to like it back home…. honest!

Friends are nice to see, Tim Horton’s coffee is still good. Family is always good to me. Hmmm, need more time to plan my next move.

The fond farewell

Being in Korea for nearly 10% of my life has been one hell of an experience.  It has given me a perspective on life and the world that could not be had any other way.  Having visited Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia/Singapore, the United Kingdom and obviously South Korea, I learned that it had always been the people you meet that makes the journey memorable.  Oh sure, petting a live tiger in Thailand is pretty freaking awesome, and a tough act to follow, but reality, he never answered his emails or wished me happy birthday…. So, he gets second place to the people I have met.

Saturday night we had our one last blast at a meat buffet place in Jinju called SelfBar.  Basically you grab a plate, pick your own meat, cook it yourself…. no limits. All for a whopping 11,000 won(about $10).  We had a few friends come down from Seoul and it was great.

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With 17 people there, we pretty much dominated the place.

Then we went to Starbucks and owned that place too!  Must have been quite a sight for the local Koreans with so many of us all on one place.

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Everyone signed a book for us too.

Well, I am writing this from our hotel room by the airport. Tomorrow afternoon we fly back to Canada. Thank you Korea, it has been an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives! Hopefully you won’t make the mistake of ” I didn’t realize how powerful the stove is in the place. I put the kettle on it and… ” “Dude, it’s an electric kettle…”

In any case, our sun sets this land….. I’m sure I’ll always more to write about in my “story” here.

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The fun and amusement won’t stop

“Love Motels” are a thing. Is pretty much what you think it is. A place to have sex.  This might sound kinda strange but are kinda bit of a necessity here.  See, kids live at home till they get married basically. So, not like you invite your girlfriend over and get any private time at home!

So, when you see things like this, you aren’t 100% surprised.  90% maybe but not 100%.

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Let’s not forget the shelves of VCR tapes.. for educational purposes only of course….

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What gets even more amusing is that we are staying in one because we have to be out of our place today. They are reasonably cheap (about $50-70) and pretty decent places to stay….. As long as you don’t think to hard about it.  This morning a Korean friend helped us move our luggage to the hotel and the owner was asking what decent people like is were doing here?  Gotta appreciate their honesty I must say.

So yup, stories till the end of my time here!

SCORE! One last point.

Ok, so today is my last day in Seoul and without fail, xenophobia raised its head over last time.

I am sitting on the bus back to my city and it happened. But first io needed to explain a few things.

These ‘Intercity’ buses are awesome. There are only 3 seats to a row. Two on one side, one an another.  They are comfy, spacious and not only do the recline, the leg test pops out too!

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Look at all that knee room!

There is a good amount of space between my seat and the seat beside me, and that’s saying something for a guy my size. The Koreans must feel kinda dwarfed by theses seats.

That being said, when you but your rocket, you get a seat number. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Koreans NOT sit on their assigned seat only to have the property owner of the seat tell them that it isn’t their seat. 

So today I see a got her on and by his looks/actions he bypasses his seat beside me and sits further back. 5 mins later he’s kicked out and forced to suit on his designated seat.  I still count this as a score as toss bus is usually well populated.  So there he did, looking kinda nervous. 

At least I don’t think he’s going to be one of those people that leans forward and hands onto the seat on front of them for the whole trip.

So yeah. Today plus 3 days left!

My Time in Korea – A Pictoral Walk from Nov 2010 till Feb 2015.

Former Spy Chief in South Korea Sentenced in Election Case

“What I did was for the nation and for the people,” Mr. Won told reporters on Monday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/world/asia/former-spy-chief-in-south-korea-sentenced-in-election-case.html?_r=0

You know, when you abuse government services, it don’t matter how you look at it….you are breaking the law by NOT allowing people to make up their own minds.  This is the kind of stuff the makes modern politics really freaking creepy.  If anyone thinks their current government does NOT engage in these kinds of activity, they are fooling themselves.