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Subway Nuisance

11 Jan

Riding the subway never fails to provide a little excitement and entertainment.Believe it or not I’ve actually started to enjoy the anticipation that comes right before I enter a subway car packed full of unsuspecting Koreans. I stroll in, take up a spot by the doors on the opposite side of the car and await the random looks of bewilderment and pointing that often accompany my unforeseen presence. I’ve read accounts of foreigners being quite annoyed at this, but I often find it amusing.

When I notice someone starring obsessively at me, I like to stare back with as little expression as possible. Do doubt, their probably wondering where I’m from (a lot of Koreans swear I’m from Jamaica) or if my hair is real, but there are things that I’m curious about as well, and the starring provides me with a good opportunity to relentlessly observe and ponder all the shit that continuously blows my mind about Koreans. For example:

Why, sir, do you have what looks remarkably like a woman’s Louis Vitton purse slung across your arm? Is a backpack or messenger bag not sufficient?

Excuse me miss, but it seems you have an addiction to applying pink lip gloss in 30 second intervals in addition to combing your bangs and starring into your pocket mirror.

You seem to have some flem stuck in your throat madam  and I respect your persistence in trying to hawk it up, but your method doesn’t seem to be working.

Now some of you might consider  this as rude or inconsiderate, but I think of it more as Korean cultural awareness. As I said before, it might be easier to allow the incessant staring annoy me,  but I’d rather use it as an opportunity to learn something.

That being said, there are times when I’m just not in the mood for subway nonsense and therefore would rather zone-out until I get where I’m going.

Once when making my way back from the Busan KTX station after a long weekend in Seoul and Daegu, an ajosshi decided to plopp down next to me on the subway. I hardly notice at first because I was enjoying watching Superbad on my ipod. Seconds later I notice the rank stench of soju and b.o. wafting around me, and as I look up and turn slowly to my right I am greeted by an old korean man smiling toothlessly in my face. He was so close I though he was leaning in to give me a kiss.

Startled, I jerk backwards, and before I am able to resume watching Superbad, he begins clapping his hands and happily yelling something at me in Korean, spewing out spit and soju stench with each word he spoke. Not wanting to cause more of a scene, I do the first thing that comes to mind: I point to my ipod and offer to let him watch Superbad with me. He lets out a loud “ahhhh, ok, ok, ok” then scoots closer for a better view. I look at the subway map and notice I’m still seven or eight stops from my apartment. I figure if I can keep him distracted until I reach my stop, I can make it home peacefully and return to breathing unsoiled air. Unfotunately, my friends, I’m not that lucky.

He begins speaking to me again, seeming to ask me an array of questions which I do not understand. This time I try to ignore him which only makes him lean in closer as to catch my attention. I glance across the subway and notice I now have a full crowd of onlookers, some who seem to feel sorry for my situation, others who look as if they’re curios as to what I’ll do next. I look down again and continue to ignore the toothless admirer which brings about more yelling and hand gestures, all while wafting more funk fumes.

With two more stops to go, I finally look over and tell him (in as calm a voice as possible) “You smell really really bad and it’s making me nauseous. Please stop talking to me.”

He clearly had no idea what I said, but it didn’t matter because after a quick pause smiled and yelled “American” and opened his arms as if to invite me in for a hug (which I decline).

I reach my stop, go home and proceed to cry myself to sleep. In a perfect world, me and the toothless fellow might have been friends.

Ciao,

Kimchi Dreadlocks


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Busan Blog Love

15 Oct

In a quest to get more eyeballs looking at my K-blog scribblings, I requested to be added to the Korean Blog List website. It took the bastards almost a month to add me (some bullshit about them needing to make sure I post regularly) but they finally did. Am I jumping for joy? Not quite, but I have gotten a few more hits from the link so I can’t complain much.

I shared the lowdown on how to get added with some other Busanite bloggers and had a revelation: Why don’t I share links for them on my humble site? I’ve been lucky to have several more popular bloggers drop links links to my shit; might as well do the same for others. Besides while I may be a cocky S.O.B., I’m not ungrateful. I’m still a pup on the scene. My traffic doesn’t even come close to fucking with these other chums who put k-blogging on a pedestal right along with Jesus and their Korean brides. If I can help even one newbie blogger get some views, I’ve done my good deed for the day.

At any rate, several members of the EPIK Busan clan are posting their thoughts on the R.O.K. I read they’re shit, you should too (or at least swing by and take a peek).

Keep in mind though. I’m not Mr. Dubs. He’ll drop a link for any Tom, Dick and Harry that asks. With the exception of one written by some friends from the Daegu crew, all of the following blogs are written by Busanites. If any other K-bloggers are in Busan and  looking for some site views, let me know and I’ll do my best to help. I can’t promise anyone will actually look at your shit, but a little  lube never hurt anyone. If I’ve forgotten someone from the EPIK family, let me know and I’ll add them.

The Illerati

Sam and Jesse Take Korea

The Same in Any Language

ANNYEONGHASEYO BUSAN!

The Orient Expressions

I like Your Shoes

A Santana in Busan

A Dude, A Jew…. Daegu

Busan-A-Rama

In other news, I’ve changed the name I post under. It sounded too much like one of the K-Blog lifers I mentioned above.

Ciao,

Kimchi Dreadlocks

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