Today’s Random post in#Korea

There is never any end to my amusement here. You just have to see this stuff to believe it.

I’m sure this all properly licensed and whatnot.

The Smileeyes or The Smile eyes.  Can’t tell which.

This next one will need some explaining.

About 2 weeks before we moved out, our next door neighbour in our building got a puppy. (Oh you know where this is going…).  Yes, it was a yappy thing.  See, because of the generally cramped lifestyle in Seoul, no one gets dogs.  They only get ‘snacks for real dogs’.  I mean, I’ve owned cats that are biggest than most of these pets people get here!  For the most part, the thing only yapped constantly during the day and was quiet when the owners were home….usually.  While it wasn’t terribly bad, and we were moving out, I didn’t care so much.  So after we move out, I had to spend a night or two at a friend’s apartment, he lived 5 units down from our old place.  I walk by the yappy-dog apartment and see this:

…kill it or whatever…

I suspect this is from the person who moved into our place and good on them too!  Although maybe not to the extend of killing anything but the point is well made.  By the time left for my new city, I never heard a peep from the apartment any more.  Seemed to have worked :)

On broken things

When moving, you always worry about things getting broken.  You especially worry about the “significant” items, either due to cost or emotional attachment.  Normally things go just fine until they don’t.  Our only dresser got broken by the mover.  Sure, it’s not an expensive thing, it’s not even truly significant but it is ours and we expect a bit of responsibility.  Sadly, such a thing does not exist for us “normal”people.


What it really comes down to is how much hassle are you willing to cause over something like this?  This part you see is cosmetic, its the back part, which got chewed up some, and now the thing won’t sit level any more.  It kinda rocks.  Also, not only are closets kinda rare in small apartments, so are dressers.  We spoke a few harsh words at the recruiter, who was responsible for hiring the mover, but best he could do was apologize and say that the mover had no insurance so we are basically screwed.  We have learned more on what to demand should we be involved with this recruiter again.

Next on our list is the TV.


Luckily this isn’t ours so we don’t truly care, except that the contract states that a TV would be provided (among a few other things that weren’t here…you really need to be firm with these people!).  We will be informing the co-teacher, and you know they just looooove extra work thrown at them.

Then there is the door that won’t close.


Not that we care at all about this.  In fact, I’m a little stumped why there is even one here to begin with.  The door only closes off the kitchen and main room.  You have to go through the kitchen to leave the place.  The heating (floor) does both sides of the door. So it really serves no purpose but it does show some pretty sad workmanship (either with the door, our more frighteningly with the building itself…).

Now, if this was the only door that had a problem, I wouldn’t care.  Actually, I still don’t really care but when you see a second door, the one to the bathroom, that looks pretty shabby for work done, then you start being concerned about the overall quality of work in the whole place.


I don’t know why the door wasn’t wide enough, nor why there is still a 1/2″ gap when closed.

Should I even mention the poorly setup gas line and drawers?


Just so you understand, having a gas line in your kitchen is normal.  It is a very practical and cheap way to set it up on buildings here (see definition of conservatism and go extreme with it in your building designs.  Who needs to hide gas lines?) but normally they aren’t so screwed up in planning.

I guess I should be checking to make sure the AC works….