30 June 2009

Seoul Searching – Part 2 尋覓漢城-下卷


It was 12:05 pm and we were still on item 2.3 of the two-page agenda. Inside the conference room as white as a morgue, bankers and lawyers pored over company accounts and peppered senior management with probing questions prefaced with profuse pleasantries. Jin-hoon, my colleague and friend, faithfully translated every word for me like a seasoned UN interpreter. Then came the first piece of good news of the day: we were to break for lunch in 15 minutes at a nearby restaurant. Kamsamnida, I whispered the only Korean word I knew despite myself.



Outside the office tower, the midday sun had warmed the urban sprawl to a balmy 25 degrees...


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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.




10 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Jason!

    Karen Ma

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  2. Find things I interest in many different ways in this article.
    Thks for yr writing, posting n sharing!

    P.S. yr lunch break is only 15 mins? O......

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  3. Thanks, Sally. If there were a prize for leaving the first comment, you would have won that many times over!

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  4. South Korea always gives me the Male-dominated impression. Without the equality of men and women. So poor~
    Anyway, this article is quite interesting. Thanks for your sharing.

    Yee

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  5. >.< I were not~
    it was just coincidence.
    do read a lots fr web at evening,
    of course can easily notice it first,
    (but do i really win the prize? ha!)

    Well well, dun worry,
    leave comment a mth after for yr next post.

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  6. Jason,

    OMG. We had the same impression of S.Korea. I remember seeing the news of South Korean student protests so vividly on the news. I learnt about water cannon and plastic bullets from those news.

    I went back to read your old entries and sort of get your humour and style. I thought you must give Dae Jang Geum an honourable mention in your Seoul articles. I am right!!!

    In fact, your entries were kind of "heavy" in the last month or so. I am glad to see a ligher and brighter article from you.

    No doubt you will be doing your Fuji climb article. Please don't make us, the readers, to climb up the mountain with you the hard way. I want to see a humour story of climbing up Mt Fuji.

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  7. Good observation, Phil. My recent postings have been quite heavy: Tiananmen Square, Sichuan earthquake and my usual griping against the our government. The series on Seoul does lighten things up a bit.

    Jason

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  8. wonderful writing, humorous and smart; your cultural observations are always positive, never overly-critical. eagerly awaiting your Mt Fuji post.

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  9. Thanks, Lorenzo. I am working on publishing a collection of my articles, I might be saving the Mt. Fuji article for my book. I will keep you posted.

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  10. I like your ending "maybe it's in the kimchi"!

    JC

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