It's been a pretty uneventful couple of weeks. I sent home most of my money after I got paid (I only get paid once a month) so I ain't got the dough to get out of hand every weekend. I think I'm gonna need a lot of money when I'm in Newfoundland so the sacrifice should be worth it.
Yesterday I had to get a medical exam. All of the English teachers who renewed had to do the same and this is standard practice in Korean. Even the Korean teachers have to have the exam once every five years.
I hope I passed. And I hope I don't have AIDS or something...
I also looked a few apartments yesterday. Well, technically, they aren't apartments. They're officetels. To me, they are apartments.
I viewed three different "rooms" all in the Seokchon area, one subway stop south of Jamsil. Two of the apartments weren't suitable but one was decent and I think I'm gonna move there. The other incentive is that the girl living there now said she'll leave her TV and bed for me (both are bigger than the ones I have now).
There is a "lake" about five minutes from my apartment called Seokchon Lake. This is where I go jogging, when I actually go jogging. It's been too hot these days.
Seokchon Lake is next to Lotte Department Store, Lotte Mart, and YES, Lotte World. Lotte World is an indoor/outdoor amusement park that has been closed until recently because someone died on one of the rides.
I was told that it wasn't a problem with the machinery, but instead, the guy who died actually worked there and was using the rides on his free time. Apparently, he didn't use the safety strap/bar and went flying off the roller coaster. The people working at the time are at fault I guess because they should make sure everyone on the ride is strapped in.
But the dude who died also sounds like a bit of an idiot.
Jamsil, which I said is just a ten minute walk from my potential new home, has a lot of really nice apartment buildings. To buy three bedroom apartment, you're gonna pay 670,000,000 Won. IN Canadian dollars, you're talking exactly $764,757.48!!
That's kinda nuts for a three bedroom apartment.
You could buy about all of St. Judes for that price, and probably a large chunk of Cormack and Reidsville to go along with it.