The Interview

Korean news networks are saying that the actor portraying Kim Jong Eun is far slimmer than the real dictator, as if that is some major point of criticism. They are also appalled the US would have the cajonas to make this type of movie and also amused at the same time. More on the movie here. My prediction is that this movie will do really well here. 



Hello Banyan Tree Seoul: Part 2

Something didn’t feel right about the all-black Caribbean steel band at the property. At first I thought I was hearing the music over loud speakers but looked up to see the live band sweating in their festive shirts. Poor guys. I wonder if most of the patrons have even been to the Caribbean? I was so relieved when they went on a lunch break. It was followed by Latin music but no players in sight. Overall, if you never plan to go to the Caribbean, I could see how this place would could do it for most Koreans. I heard a lot of Konglish around the pool with many of the patrons visiting from the US for the summer. A whole subset of KoAms coming to Korea and hanging out at BT. Who knew?


About Time

For the first time ever, the Korean government will publish a comprehensive white paper on Japan’s sexual enslavement of women, euphemistically referred to as “comfort women,” during World War II. More here



An All-American Day

On Day 22, I caved and went to a Korean Starbucks. And boy was I glad I did. They didn’t just offer Frappuccinos. They served RED BEAN COFFEE Frappuccino with an extra shot of espresso. Wow. It’s a good thing I didn’t discover this delicious, frothy drink earlier. (It’s not a good photo but Korean shopkeepers don’t allow photos inside any restaurants or shops so I had to move quickly.) 



Followed by LE’s request to have pizza for dinner. I saw this on other “American” restaurant menus but I need to report that there is always a “Gorgonzola Pizza” offering that is ALWAYS served with a side of honey. The idea is that you DIP the Gorgonzola pizza in honey. It is bizarre but with an open mind, tasty.