29 June 2009

Seoul Searching – Part 1 尋覓漢城-上卷


I snatched the ream of documents from my secretary’s hands and shoved them into my carry-on luggage. And so began the 48-hour cycle of a mundane business trip: a mad rush to the airport, a hurried nap on the humming plane and two days in a faceless city. Far from the glamor its name suggests, business traveling these days is all business and hardly any traveling. Imagine a trip where the final destination is a stuffy conference room and your travel companions a table of men-in-black who take their jobs way too seriously. Outside the dreary meeting room and just minutes from the sterile office building, a city beckons, waiting to be discovered. For an avid traveler like myself, it is the adult world equivalent of leaving a child behind the iron bars of the Disneyland entrance gates. So close, and yet so frustratingly far away.


This time my Mission Uninspirational took me to Seoul...

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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.



7 comments:

  1. Nicely written and interesting read as always. Now the background information of the city is done in Part 1, I am looking forward to Part 2 with more of your own view and experience in Seoul. Those are the things I enjoy reading your blog -- the personal insights.

    From your Facebook status, looks like you will be busy and Part 2 will be followed by your Mt Fuji climb then. Have fun and take care.

    Ciao.

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  2. Thanks, Phil. Indeed, Part 1 is to set the stage for a more personal review of the city in Part 2. I am hoping to post Part 2 before my Mt. Fuji trip. Stay tuned!

    Jason

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  3. rita veronica leungJune 30, 2009 at 2:10 AM

    According to chinese history, Goryeo are being claimed as barbarians, this i think i hav the experience of handling a young woman korean who studied in united states when i was dealing with her in ebay; she had upset me for a whole month because of only US60 and she told me that the buyer was always correct and i should feel humble and inferior about myself because i was serving her, i refunded her item and she gave me a negative feedback saying that my item was fake but actually i bought it from joyce boutique, she didnt listen to my explanation.
    Another chapter, a young famous korean film director bought a swiss handmade porcelain doll from me for US5000 and he never questioned me but he said he will fly to hk to take it to avoid the taxes, of course he didnt, i claimed low customs for him. So sometimes Korean men and women r different!! :)

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  4. Compare to Chinese government and 'fenqing', Korean's nationalistic spirit is purer and truer as evidenced by their response in many occasions towards Japanese right wing politicians acts and speeches.

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  5. "Purer and truer" but a lot more violent...

    Jason

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  6. Rita,

    Your stories do sound like isolated incidents. At the risk of making broad generations, Korean women are known to be quite tough and strong-minded, which is good or bad depending on the circumstances.

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  7. Again, you never cease to impress me with your eloquent expressions. I have only been to Seoul once but your description is accurate and brings me right back to the city. Thank you.

    JC

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