Wednesday, August 31, 2005

@ Work: What's wrong with this scenario?

I work on jobsites, and heavy equipment move in and out of the place all the time. Sometimes, because of the sheer traffic, and also the limited visibility of crane operators and truck drivers, we have signal men.

In a nutshell: The operators only drive the equipment, and signal men are their eyes. They give hand signals to the operators on where/how to move, and make sure nothing hits......

I spotted this on site today:
The bl***y signal man was talking on the phone while trying to get the truck to back up/reverse!! Its almost like asking a big, fat and blind-folded elephant to walk a tight rope and not fall over. Bad idea!

Traffic: Bad parking~

Holy crap...... I walk downstairs to grab the car from the carpark in the morning, and I see this.

I honestly had thoughts of sticking big insulting notes on their windshield!

Thank God my car was parked somewhere else with no one in front of me. Otherwise I'd have a hard time calling up the phone number on the friggin pillow (See here), waking some dude up at 6:30am + speaking in Korean.

Just for the record, Korea does have a problem with too many cars and too few parking spaces...... But then, the carparks in our apartment block are never THAT full. Just that they have to park somewhere else/in the basement, and walk a bit.

Lazy buggers~

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Business: Windshield ads

Went out to the bar last night, and when I came back, one of these little things was sticking on the side of my car.

Its an ad for a Motel~

Its a pretty common way of marketting. You get all sorts of ads - even affectionate hand-written notes from young girls who want you to spend the night with them...... (Ehem).

Me and a mate actually tried calling one for the kick of it. She hung up when she found out we couldn't speak Korean. *Evil laugh......

Monday, August 29, 2005

Nature: Discovery channel Mantis!!

While walking in Boseong, the serenity was suddenly broken by a shriek of terror of a young girl walking in front of us. So I put on my 'What the crap......??!' cap on, and checked it out.

Ooh~ I've seen one of these on the Discovery channel!

Anyone got a clue what its name is?

Travel: Boseong tea gardens

Went out on the weekend. It was a fun day out, just roaming through the lush green rows of tea bushes along the slopes of Boseong tea garden.

Have a look at the pictures we took @ my photo album, in Album 022.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Business: Freebies~

While pumping up at a Korean gasoline station, you'll find that almost all of them will give you freebies. This was of the most interesting/practical freebies I got during the summer months.

Its such a cool paper fan!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Culture: Phone number cushions

You'll see this in Korea, where embroided cushions are placed on the dashboard, with (I kid you not) the car owner's phone number!

"Oh~ In case your car is blocking someone else's car, and they can contact you!" was the response I get when I ask about it......

Well, don't double park then!

Point to ponder: What if you drove, and were a pretty secretary working on our jobsite, and I decided to give you a call??!!


Thursday, August 25, 2005

Health: Vitamin C drinks

OK, so Mr. Kim from one of our contractor walks into the door this afternoon carrying a big 10 bottle box of Brand-X Vitamin C drink. Apparently its good for you, and you should drink up, because its full of Vitamin C
~1,470mg/bottle to be exact.

Being the cynic that I am of what good this 'extra goodness' can bring you, I checked it out. Sure enough the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) dosage of Vitamin C for optimum reduction of chronic disease risk for nonsmoking men and women is only 120mg/day.

'At high doses (over 1000mg/day), some people can experience gastrointestinal side effects such as stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea and may increase the risk of developing kidney stones'
Not all references are accurate, but think what you want, I'm sticking to fruits and vegetables!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

News: Niyazov

How many people reading this now, know where Turkmenistan is? Here's some interesting facts about the president - Saparmyrat Niyazov:

  • 1985 - Turkmen Communist Party chief.
  • 1991 - Elected as independent (from former USSR) Turkmenistan's 1st president.
  • 1999 - Parliament 'votes' Niyazov president for life!
  • 2002 - He renames months of the calender after himself, his mother, and Ruhnama - a compulsory text book at school, written by non other than Niyazov.
    *More on the Ruhnama.
  • 2004 - Orders a giant ice palace to be constructed in the Turkmen desert.
  • Other decrees:
    Close all hospitals and rural libraries outside of the capital ~ Ashgabat.
    Video monitors installed @ all public places .
  • Today - Bans recorded music! See: BBC news.

Conclusion: Interesting, but not funny......

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A brand new blog~

Alright...... for those who have finally found their way to this site. I guess I will try to start making this my permanent blogging home. Please check in again by next week 8/29/2005. Something should be up by then. ;)

The old site was: Vincent's Friendster Blog