Apologies for not updating last night. I had knocked out right when I had gotten back home; can’t describe how tired I was.

Yesterday, I started on my first day at my internship. Woke up 2 hours prior to the time I wanted to head out just so I knew I would have enough time to get there and be a little early. I don’t like breakfast at my Grandma’s sister’s house anymore.ImageI got lost trying to get out of the apartment complex but somehow made it to the office a few minutes early. Derpderpderp

To put the day short, I hadn’t done anything all day. I was expecting to be bussing around doing a shit tonna’ bitchwork but I just sat there and social networked all day. Never will I take that for granted again.

Every afternoon, everyone goes out to lunch around 1-2. My hyung 민기(Minki) had taken me out to this really tiny random restaurant. SAY HI!ImageYou go down this steep flight of stairs in between two buildings and there it is. I don’t remember the name, but the food is definitely top notch. Something cool about the place- They give you a huge bowl that has 콩나물(beansprout) and 김(Seaweed/Laver). You pretty much dump the rice out of your little silver rice container (You can see one in the right bottom corner in the pic above) into it and mix it all together. Between the two of us we had eaten 4 bowls of rice, a huge serving of beef and a bowl of stew.ImageThe beef isn’t the most tender but it’s so fucking flavorful! No complaints here at all. By the way, you see that stew? That’s 청국장(Chung-gook-jang, If you’ve seen Bizarre Foods- Korea you’ll know already what I’m about to say), AKA Foot smell stew AKA NDS stew AKA best tasting least nose-appetizing liquid of awesome.

Other than the awesome lunch and social networking, I really didn’t do much (as I said earlier). So I’ll just talk about the random stuff.

A random delivery of 떡(Dduk, rice cake) came in for Charlie 형(Hyung, a male’s elder brother/male figure) and everyone in the office got to have a piece or two. The first one I had was bomb, but the second one was a little funky. It was the Ricecake filling alone with some nuts inside..ImageToo rich for me haha. I enjoyed it though!

Korean Bic lighters are smaller than the American ones.ImageEveryone that works at the office gets free Red Bull. It’s awesome, there’s mini fridges for them and everything.ImageThere’s quite an extensive collection of 만화(Manhwa, Korean manga) at Cartel. This only maybe a 3rd of the total collection at the office..ImageImageI stayed at the office til’ Minki 형 was ready to go and we ended up getting some dinner at the office. Domino’s pizza, Korean style!ImageAfter we ate and cleaned up a bit, we headed over to the 지하철(Subway) and headed home.

As for Today.. I wasn’t able to take many pictures, or do much at all really. I’ve been assigned the job of punching in the information from a box full of business cards. ImageThe hard part is typing out the Korean. It’s not too bad a job though, it’s just really time consuming. i’m not even halfway done yet ):

Today for lunch, Minki형, 규진형(Gyujin Hyung) and I had gone back to the same place again, although we had the Foot Stank stew again, we ordered spicy beef this time + 순두부 찌개(Soondooboo jigae, spicy tofu stew).THAT SHIT IS TOO GOOD! I’m in love with this place! A bowl of stew is like $4 and the plate of beef is like $12… Not bad at all..

As I was doing my task, I hear Charlie 형 chasing another 형 into the meeting room and the proceeding to mollywhop his ass hahahahahahaImageSomething really awesome that happened today though- Dyzee came up to me today while I was typing them business cards down and started conversation. He eventually asked where I’m seshing over here and invited me to come out and practice at TIP studio with Seoul Seekers crew, a crew he started for foreigners living in Korea. This is a huge opportunity for me and I’m crazy stoked to start learning from such a renown Bboy.

I left the office around 8 today with Minki형 along with one of my 누나’s (a guy’s elder “sister”, same concept as Hyung but for girls) and went to Uniqlo so they could blow their bonus’s on some new gear.. I was satisfied with some Sausage Curry bread…. Mmmm……ImageThat wraps up my last two days.

I’ma go knock the fuck out now. Gotta’ get rested up so I can finish that box of business cards tomorrow. Merp..

Peace.

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I gotta’ say; today was shitty.

Started the day off super early. Woke up at about 8 so my mom could drag me over to 강남 (Gangnam) for some appointment with a popular dermatologist. And yeah, -the- Gangnam. The one from the song. We left around 10, dropped off my mom’s laundry at the nearby 세탁(laundry/dry cleaner) and ended up turning around so my mom could change clothes.

Why?

She ate shit on the slippery parking garage floor.

Cool.

It took about 30 minutes on the subway to get to the place. I literally talked to the guy for 2 minutes. That’s it. Biggest waste of sleep! Fortunately, the Cartel office happens to be in the area! (I know I said the office is around my school but I got the two mixed up while talking to my madre.) I called the office with my newly acquired SAMSUNG GALAXY S3!!! And took a taxi to a nearby street as momma and grams went to some dentist appointment. From what my boss Charlie said, I was supposed to take a turn into this street-

ImageThis picture was taken as I was heading back home (Fuck my life). I eventually found the place though! It’s on top of a dance studio called LETZ DANCE, which I believe is co-founded by the famous Bboy Ducky.ImageWelcome to Cartel Creative. I will be their bitch for the next year… I would usually take a flick or two of this kind of momentous occasion, but I’d feel like an idiot going around the office all stoked taking pictures of random shit. Hope that one pic is enough. BUT FOR THE SAKE OF MY FRIENDS THAT WANNA SEE WHAT I’M WORKING WITH I’LL GO PAPARAZZI TOMORROW AND POST A SHIT TON OF PICTURES UP.

The office is pretty dope though. It’s full of graffiti, vinyl toys, merchandise, and not to mention the millions of cans of redbull they got just chillin’ there. I’ma have kidney stones by the time I’m back in the states.

I sat down with Charlie Shin (one of the two co-founders of Cartel/the guy that lead me there) and talked about how soon I’ll be starting, when I’m available, that kind of stuff. My first day there will be tomorrow. I can’t tell you how nervous/stoked/clustermindfucked I am about it! Gotta’ get there by 11 sharp haha. Other than that we didn’t talk too much. He went back to reading his 만화(Manhwa/Korean manga) as I went off to start a conversation with Dyzee.

For ya’ll who don’t know Dyzee, you should go look him up. Just google “Bboy Dyzee” or something, you won’t regret it. But in a nutshell, he’s one of the most influential Bboys to the scene. As one of the three recipients of the 2011 “Spy award” and innovator of O.U.R. (Objective, Unified, Real time) System, he’s definitely up there. Enough brown nosing though..

We discussed what the Portland heads’ think of his “O.U.R. System”  and the next big move he’s working on.

The plan was to go out and look for housing with my mom after the appointment, so I wasn’t able to work today. I didn’t have anything to do there so Charlie told me to go out and get accustomed to the local area. I pretty much just went out and got lost for an hour. Here’s some of the shit I saw-

ImageThere’s a Stussy in Seoul! They were playing Ye’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album inside; good choice.ImageFunny looking bar sign hahaha. The tiny clenched butthole tickled (I’m biting that ‘cab off you Rerchel) me. I was walking down one of the busier streets and saw some graf down an alleyway. Some guy spotted it a little after I did and snapped the whole place with his fancy ass DSLR while I’m posted up with my samsung point&shoot haha. Awkward.Image

ImageImageThat’s it for Gangnam today. If ya’ll don’t want to read a bunch of ranting and whining you could go ahead and skip to the next picture.

I was pretty much waiting on my Mom to call me with someone else’s phone for 2 hours. I had received two calls which I both missed while taking in the city and listening to music. I couldn’t return the calls because well… My mom doesn’t have a damn phone-……….. Fuck! On top of that, the guys at Starbucks gave me a hot Chai tea latte when I asked for on ice! Dawg, I come into your store with beads of sweat all over my forehead and you going to mistake my order for a hot drink? I didn’t want to even try to return it seeing how I was already tired and grumpy as fuck. i eventually just gave up on waiting for my mom to call and started on my way back home.Here’s a cool installment I stumbled upon at one of the stations- ImageBacktracking a quick sec- One of my coworking 형’s had seen me walking into the subway station and had contacted me on Facebook right away. Miscommunications were made and I ended up turning around after one stop, then turning back around to go home again. Face fvckin’ palm, yo…

Finally made it back to the apartment. At this point I was way too tired to go out and look for housing, so I showered, rested up for a sec and went out to dinner with Mamma Kim. On the way I saw some pretty neat stuff-ImageThis is a newer looking ones but there’s a whole bunch of these little huts where you can rest at all over.ImageSome shit (literally), a mouse and a cow. Random as fuck I know, but it was still pretty neat.

We ended up having Tonkatsu for dinner! Some of these places give you a grinding bowl filled with different types of seeds that you mix with your sauce. I love going ham on these bitches!ImageOn the left is an untouched bowl, on the right is the one I pounded the shit out of. Here’s some food porn for yall-ImageFact-My brother and I both fuckin’ LOVE Tonkatsu.

I was supposed to go shopping with my mom but the Itis hit me hard after dinner, so I headed back to the apartment. Here’s another fact-

Asians don’t fuck around when it comes to their fruit.ImageYou see that shit? I’m not talking about the asian pears’, the silver cutlery or the plate with the gold trim; naw I’m talking about them gold kiwis’.

I’ll give ya’ll some time so you can pick up the pieces of your mind that I just blew off.

Peace.

So today was pretty much a go with the flow type of day. Went skating in the morning for about 30 minutes and ended up going back to the apartment, due to the fact that i kept eating shit. Went back to sleep for a little while and ended up going to Cheonan with my Momma to go visit my 할머니(grandma).

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Soon after, the three of us went out to go meet up with my two cousins at the local church. One had to stay there for small group, but the younger one came out with us. We went out to the backroads around the terminal area for lunch. On the way there I spotted out a pretty cool piece outside of a cafe.

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I kept asking my mom to take a picture for me but she just ignored and kept walking… So I smashed $20 worth of pork to myself at a joint called 서래(So-re). Yeah, you pay for my food!Image

You guys do not understand how fvck!ng bomb that meat was. Last time I was here, I remember I got piss drunk with my brother in front of Momma Kim and grandma. Great times with the fam!

Since my older cousin was with us we thought it’d be a good chance to go out and get some cell phone shopping done. We figured she’d know a lot more than us but turns out we’re nearly at par.. It was cool just going around and talking with her though! But back to the point, I got an S3 WOOOOHOOO!

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After all of that, we went to Starbucks to grab a drink and chill for a second. I got a chai tea latte like I’ve been doing lately. That shit tastes like gingerbread yo-…

We headed back to my grandma’s house, I took a shower, talked for a bit and went out to the terminal to head back to Bundang/분당.

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Today has been pretty sweet. I hope ya’ll that are keeping up with me are doing aight. Take care everyone, good night.

Went out to Yonsei university today and I gotta say.. I’m so fucking excited for school to start! The campus is huge, there’s tons of people and places to chill.

We stopped by the Paris Baguette for lunch. I had the chicken curry croquete and some hotdog with a whole bunch of random shit on top. It was nothing special (In Korea that is). Seriously all the bottled drinks there were so abstract and impractical.

I got some apartment hunting done as well. It got me stoked, this shit is really popping off! I only got to see one of the many places but damn, a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom all to myself? Fuckin’ balling. On top of that there’s tons of graffiti around that area. Here’s one right next to the apartment- Image

Overall, today was aight. I’m hoping to see more eye popping impressive blow my fuckin mind shit tomorrow.

Just woke up from my first night of sleep here. I have the worst case of jetlag. Seriously, my sleeping schedule just got shoved up my ass.

Currently posted up at my Grandma’s sister’s place over in 분당(Bundang). I’m about to go out to 강남(Gangnam) for some dermatology appointment and to visit the Cartel office as well. Bringing my board so I can skate around and see the city.

I’m stoked for today.Image