Friday, July 15, 2005

Random notes from Korea diary

Ate octopus. They had live ones on the menu, settled for dead and cooked. More than tasting exotic stuff, I enjoy freaking out the pure veggies back home by telling them what I ate.

Aishwarya Rai on a Longines ad in Seoul COEX mall.

Kimchi - salted, pickled vegetable dish. Side dish with every Korean meal. Supposed to be very healthy, one engineer even claimed Korea did not have SARS because of eating Kimchi.

Fantastic infrastructure. Road, rail, airport.

'88 Seoul Olympics stadium and park are big landmarks. Lots of infrastructure developed for Olympics.

Hyundai seems to have majority market share in automobiles. Daewoo Matiz is there, so is Hyundai Sonata, Accent equivalent and Terracan.

Indian restaurants available. Very expensive. $20 for a set meal in Chakra, Seoul.

Mobile phones all pervasive. Only CDMA, no GSM. LG and Samsung big players.

School kids throng malls and McDonalds.

Baseball is popular.

Within the city, people live in high rises that are built like a brick. No time or effort wasted on design of apartment (exteriors).

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