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it’s all about seoul

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korea is currently the second richest country in asia. having host the olympics in 1988 and the world cup in 2002, it is an asian economic miracle. while many developing countries talk about being developed, south korea went from developing to developed in just a few decades. i see evidence of that everywhere in seoul.

food – s.korea must have been a very poor country. in a society whereby people eat pickled food everyday, i am sure there is a practical reason for that. they have mastered the skill of making food last longer. and if you look at everyday korean diet, they eat very little meat.

be wary when drinking with koreans- they will f**king kill you. soju is 20% alcohol. it’s the most foul tasting form of alcohol.

i wonder what koreans eat. how come they are so tall? the men have bigger chests than me and the women – a lot of them have really nice legs. when i went to olympics park, i was delighted to see how well maintained the stadiums are. although the olympics took place there, 20 years ago, they really took care of the facilities and built a huge park around it. however for a developed country, i was surprised to see the number of smokers but after checking the price of cigarettes, i understand why. at 2,500 won- fags are still cheap!

s.korea is very environmentally conscious – you don’t see them using plastic forks or chopsticks. everything is stainless steel and people sort out their thrash. i like that.

i wonder if s.koreans are that patriotic or if they have no choice but to use local brands. 90% of the cars are local brands. hmm, i have a funny feeling about this. the cost of entry for foreign players must be huge and after looking at the way people shop at duty free, i think s.koreans are just like us – they crave international goods.

if i ever wanted to dobusiness in s.korea – i might look into running a black market selling foreign goods. sometimes governments really shit themselves with this idea of protectionism. people are so resourceful these days, do they really think that by keeping foreign stuff at high prices – that will help them? sooner or later, these giant conglomerates will become complacent.very much like sony or gm.

we were advised to not go to the national museum by the tour guide – don’t believe them. the national museum is really one of the best in asia i have seen. don’t believe in tour guides and don’t buy anything at places they bring you to.

the rise of the chinese consumer – it’s real. i thought that communication would be a vital problem in s.korea but a lot of shop assistants speak mandarin. this is good sign – i do believe that the reason why japan went into decline is rigidity. at least the s.koreans are starting to acknowledge that. even from as far as 5 years back, i noticed the burgeoning korean community in china.

after all said and done, seoul is amazing. i love it as much as beijing. one of the things i like most about it is the fact that both of these two cities are really old. it is easy to stumble upon a historical relic and see the stark difference from where it was to what it is at present. two things i’d wished i had done in seoul – i wanted to see how a middle class family live and i didn’t have time to go to a supermarket. you can tell a lot about a country by looking at what people buy.

koreans love coffee. definitely one of the most valuable commodities. don't go to coffee bean or starbucks - it's not worth the money and the coffee really sucks. it's easy to find quirky coffee places in seoul

the pheonix is one of the four royal mythical animals. the other three are the tortoise, the dragon and the tiger

at the royal palace - compared to chinese architecture, i like korean's and japanese's much better. they have cleaner lines and they use lighter colored wood

seoul is really beautiful.

some images from the national museum of korea. you can spend an entire day there.

i still feel that the cities to shop are tokyo and hong kong


Written by smalltroubleinhk

May 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

shopping in seoul…

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i have never seen a nation so crazed about beauty. i asked a korean lady – wow you guys are really into this whole beauty thing.. and she said, yes – if you are not good looking in korea, your life will be very miserable. actually, if you are ugly, your life is shit everywhere but for someone to openly admit it – i would think this obsession is over the top… i will talk about my findings of korea in future posts but for now – let me be a girl and gloat about all the swell things i bought over the last few days

i love seoul!!!

i love buying accessories more than i like buying clothes.

i bought enough masks, face creams to last me a year. i have not used any korean brands before but i tried skin food while i was there. i like it and it's really cheap.

pretty eye lashes that makes my eyes flutter like butterflies.. woooooohhh!!!!

one of my best buys this trip - only 10,000 won equivalent to about hkd 71

fancy my beyonce wannabe chunky necklace?

haven't really thought about how to wear this but every girl needs wardrobe essentials like this vest!!!!!

my cutesy dress to go with my h&m denim jacket...

when i was a lot bigger - hard to wear stripes.. now i am going to abuse and use it!! i loves stripes

mix and matching it up. gonna wear it with my doc marts.

Written by smalltroubleinhk

May 18, 2010 at 4:57 am

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