My Korean updates

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of updates. Since my last post, my Korean journey has been (sigh) horrible. So here they are:

1) Korea trip canceled! All thanks to 바보 Kim from you know where.

2) I’m done with my second round of listening to TTMIK level 2.

3) I’ve a new obsession! λΉ…λ±…! And I’m looking forward to June (GD’s solo concert)

4) I made kimbap! πŸ™‚
It tasted much better than expected. I prefer kimbap to Japanese maki now. Maybe even more than sushi.

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That’s all for now! Yes, I still owe you all a TOPIK post… Sorry 😦

Free pre-paid SIM card contest

Check out the 3G SIM card promotion. Truthfully I don’t see the link between the ‘contest’ and the steps shown on the webpage but what got me excited was the Prepaid sim. Evergreen runs on KT network which is pretty extensive.

I like the fact that I don’t have to wait for 3 days to collect the Sim card. Only concern would be my heavy internet usage and $$$.
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Domestic flights in South Korea

Finally, I’ve booked the domestic flights for my South Korea trip. For the trip, I found a few airlines where I could booked through their English language reservation website.

I’ve only listed the budget domestic flights. These are the websites and airlines.
1) Air Busan
2) Eastar Jet
3) Jeju Air

Actually, when I was surfing for the flights, Jeju Air was my choice of airline but the booking process was so unfriendly and painful. Even though it was cheaper and the timings were good, I had to ditch Jeju Air for another airline. Here’s the problems I faced:
1) Internet Explorer only for booking. Hello? That’s killing the majority of the Mac population.
2) Install and duh… Ok, so I used a windows laptop instead. During selection, I was asked to install this and that. Fine if it works after installing. But instead, the next button (flight selection page) does not even work. So all that installation crap led to… Duh… nothing.

So moving on from there, I googled and found the other airlines I’ve listed. Since Jin Air was related to Korean Air, I expected a smooth booking process. Boy was I wrong, I could not even find the domestic flights. The selections are for international flights only. Weird.

Noooo… 1 hour of my morning spent. Wasted trying to solve techy issues. Moving on again, I tried Air Busan. And yes! The process was smooth and it allowed me to reserve my seats from Busan to Jeju. Sadly, it does not have Jeju-Gimpo flights.

With this, there was only 2 choices left. 1) Eastar, 2) call Jeju Air and make the booking over the phone.

Fingers crossed, I went to Eastar and there are flights available. I quickly made my reservations. Process was fast but I was unable to select my seats. But at least, booking done.

Overall, Air Busan was the most user friendly to me. As for Jeju Air, I’ve no idea how many customers they have lost through their dated website. Please buck up (You are losing out on your market share due to tech issues, not price or timing).

P.s.: I did not list Jin Air because I can’t even find the domestic flight page.

Hotel Booking Phrasebook

Yes! I booked my hotel! I made an international call to book my room. It was an experience speaking in Korean to a Korean. I realised that there are some phrases that are absolutely crucial. Mine was smatterings of Korean and English. Likewise for the reservation officer on the line. TTMIK saved the say when I forgot the months and days. Almost died making the reservation.

Here are some phrases that are so so important (Do note that it might not be the best of phrases but it worked for me. If you have something better, please share so I can update it.)

1) Can you speak English?
μ˜μ–΄ ν•˜μŠ΅λ‹ˆκΉŒ?

2) I can only speak a little bit of Korean. (Would explain the awkward silence and erm, ah, eh)
μ €λŠ” ν•œκ΅­μ–΄λ₯Ό 쑰금 ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

3) Months (Heck… There’s going to be romanisation for this… When you are desperate and on the line, it’s really a lifesaver.) Sino-korean btw.
January: 1μ›” (i-rwol)
February: 2μ›” (i-wol)
March: 3μ›” (sa-mwol)
April: 4 μ›” (sa-wol)
May: 5 μ›” (o-wol)
June: 6 μ›” (yu-kwol)
July: 7 μ›” (chi-rwol)
August: 8 μ›” (pa-rwol)
September: 9 μ›” (gu-wol)
October: 10 μ›” (sip-wol)
November: 11 μ›”
December: 12 μ›”

4) Days use sino-Korean too. After the days add 일 (il).

5) Number of people and rooms (native Korean).

6) smoking or non-smoking room

7) breakfast or no breakfast

As all of can see, this post is far from complete. I’ll be editing it soon with the other important keywords for hotel booking. In the meantime, if you have a better sentence to replace what I have in this post, please please please leave a comment. πŸ™‚

Till then… Tata!

Fun Korean Lesson Trip 2013

Good news everyone! The dates for 2013 are out! (think it was out earlier but I just found out! >.< ) You can find more information at the visitkorea site.

년도 Number Season Dates
2013 1st Winter January 13, 2013-January 19, 2013
2nd Winter January 20, 2013-January 26, 2013
3rd Winter January. 27, 2013-February.2, 2013
4th Winter February. 17, 2013-February. 23, 2013
5th Summer July. 28, 2013-August. 3, 2013
6th Summer August. 4, 2013-August. 10, 2013
7th Summer August. 11, 2013-August. 17, 2013
8th Summer August. 18, 2013-August. 24, 2013