Monday, June 30, 2008
Finding a new home
So I have been going threw a transitional period and haven’t been able to blog. Well my sister officially left last Sunday, and the night she left I stayed with her friend Leslie who is also in the army. The night before we went to a birthday party at this guy name Rock's apartment. It was really fun and I got a chance to meet some cool black girls, who are actually in Korea teaching English. We ended the night checking out this club called Harlem. It’s pretty fun they played strictly mainstream hip-hop, which is chill with me.
So after saying the night with Leslie I needed to find a hotel to stay in. Jaewon told me there was a lot of cheep hotels not to far from the Yolksan stop which is one stop from Gangman where the hookah bar is located. But before I looked for a place I met up with Yoshie because it was her last official day in Korea. First we went for lunch at some mall, and checked out this bookstore. After the mall we went to Gangnam and shared some cold stone ice cream. An hour later I dropped her off at the train station and continued my mission on finding a place to sleep. The first place I check was a hotel called Human Star villa. Very nice place but it was filled up for the week, so I decided to check out this place up the street called Cosmos. After fumbling around, my Hangul I found out the place was 60 bucks a night. So called Jaewon the set up my reservation for me. The hotel was small but really nice. There was a flat screen TV, computer, bed, and two extra chairs. The computer also hooked to the flat screen, which was really cool when it came to finding something to watch. I ended up staying for 4 days.
Thursday I meet up with Hanna to go get some food. We went to one of those beef grill places. Later that night we meet up with Jaewon, Leon, and this guy name Peter whose cool with Jae, at the Hookah bar. When we arrived Leon was in the restroom "asking the toilet its phone number". We where also joined by these two other girls invited by Leon, who where really nice. We all had been drinking for a while that night so I grab the guitar and decided to play for the girls. One of the Korean girls really liked my playing and insisted I keep playing until she left. That night Peter and I became fast best friends. This came about because Hanna was talking with a friend on the phone and Jae took Leon’s friends home so Peter and I had time to talk. Man that kid is goofy, if you think I'm funny then you would love peter. This was the first time we only went to the Hookah bar; we ended up leaving at like 2am.
The last few days in Seoul were pretty chill. I meet up with my friend Hong on Friday to have dinner with a few others from my school. The girl Leslie I meet was having her birthday party on Saturday and wanted me to help plan it. It was 80's theme so I was a big help when it came to music and artwork. To better help with the event I stayed with her until the big day (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning). On Friday I found out we could rent a strobe light from this recreational center on post. The only problem was choosing the location. The first idea was to have a roof top party; the only problem was it was due to rain to Sunday. So she decided to have a house party, to further establish the 80's theme. The prime location was at her place, but Leslie felt her spot was too small to hold the guess list. So Saturday morning Rock offered to have the party at his place, and she accepted. All Saturday morning I work on the decor for the party cutting out neon colored arrows, triangles, crazy shapes, and even did some graffiti. We then went to rocks place to set up. We also cut out famous people and families from the 80's for example, Janet, The Cosbys, New Edition, and of course Millie Vanelli. My favorite decoration was this picture of Night Rider and Gerry Colman giving the thumbs up behind the bathroom door. The party over all was a huge success; a lot of people showed up and had a great time. Everyone took a picture behind my "DOPE" tag, which was pretty funny.
The next morning I packed up my things and took a train to Busan to stay with my friend Yung Jun and his family. Yung and his buddy picked me up from the station and we caught a cab to his house. Busan is pretty cool, yet grimy place to live, and it’s a smelly place to live as well. The sewer system is pretty bad here, but it's not to bad. Yung’s brother and I were making jokes in the car calling Busan P-U son. The first day I meet some of Yung's while they where playing soccer. His friends are really funny and very nice. That night we all met up with Yung's family at this restaurant/ grill. There I met Yung's mom, dad, uncle, auntie, and cuz. They were all so nice and were really excited I was there. The food was so good we order rib eye meat and it felt endless, I could cry. I left that place full and happy. We ended that night going to a bar with the whole family. I found out Yung looks a lot like his Uncle even more then his dad.
Monday was a pretty lazy day. We woke up mad late from staying out the night before so we only went to go play basketball. That night I finished my third soulNseoul drawing. The new drawing is inspired by a blind bagger I always see on the L train. I heard he's not really blind and if you put paper in his basket he will chase after you with his stick. Today we are going to do a little sight seeing and maybe make it to the beach.
Well that’s all for now.