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10 Korean products I would export to the U.S. (if I had an export business.) #6 Heated Beds

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 1, 2010 by yujinishuge

Just like ondol, only in bed form!

On the same theme as ondol, there is another winter weather product that I would like to export. It’s the heated stone bed!

In this article, you can find out why this product might actually be better than ondol itself! Continue reading

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10 Korean products I would export to the U.S. (if I had an export business) #9, Mens' Hair gel/wax

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 27, 2010 by yujinishuge

Perfect Hair (and shameless plug of unrelated product).

This is continuing the series of Korean products which I think we should export to the U.S.
#9 Mens’ Hair Gel/Wax

In the U.S., there are generally only two types of hair styling products, those made for “straight hair”, and those made for “curly hair”. These are in fact code words for what they really mean, products for white people and products for black people. A significant portion of the U.S. isn’t either white or black (the U.S. also has many Latinos, East Asians, South Asians, and Middle Easterners). Unfortunately for these people, we are forced to use the products designed for white people by default. For some, this poses little problem. But in my case, I always found that American hair gel and hair spray was simply not strong enough, smelled funny, and generally didn’t do the job it was designed to do. Continue reading

10 Korean products I would export to the U.S. (if I had an export business) #10, SAC SAC Orange Juice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 20, 2010 by yujinishuge

Love in a can.

This is the beginning of a series of articles in which I will highlight a product that is specific to Korea (in only the Korean market) and make a case for why it should be exported to the U.S. I’ve made a list of 10 of these products, and I think they would do extremely well in the U.S. market either because they don’t exist there (and I think Americans would definitely use them) or they are better than their American counterpart.
10. SAC SAC Orange Juice

You might be scratching your head on this one.  Afterall, we have orange juice in America, right?  Well yes, we do, but SAC SAC is better. Here’s why… Continue reading

Art that cools your house!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 19, 2010 by yujinishuge

Who knew that Monet could be so cool? (rimshot!)

LG’s LG-H1260F2L0 model air conditioner looks like a painting but cools you in the summer months.  I found information about this cool idea on this webpage.

This one might trick your guests in the living room as it has the appearance of a beautiful painting. This 1-ton air conditioner has a cooling capacity of 11500 BTU/Hr and has a rotary compressor. Other features include timer settings, Neo plasma filters, soft dry operations, auto clean functions, auto air swing, jet cool and chaos air flow logic. This too has an LCD remote control with an advanced LED display panel (secret behind the super looks!

It certainly is a great idea, and shows that you can keep style in your house a priority yet still use necessary appliances.

I think you can put whatever picture you want in there, and many Korean houses have a huge picture of the family in their living rooms, so it looks like it’d be a perfect fit in Korean homes.

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KTX Cinema

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by yujinishuge

A while ago I wrote an article on the KTX, Korea’s high speed train.  In that article I talked about the new KTX cinema.  The KTX cinema is one car of the train which shows movies.  These movies are not old ones like on airplanes, they are movies which are currently playing in Korean theatres.  For only 7000 won more than the price of a regular ticket, you can watch the movie on your 3 hour trip to Busan from Seoul.

Naturally I opted for this option both on the way to Busan and on the way back home.  It was well worth it in my opinion.   Continue reading

Ulzzang and Circle Lenses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by yujinishuge

Ulzzang is a look that emphasizes white skin and huge eyes.

A reader of mine asked me to write an article on this subject.  Please know though, that this is going to be from a male perspective.

A new word coming into the English language lexicon is “ulzzang”.  This is based on the Korean slang word 얼짱, and online sources say it means “the best face” (얼굴 eolgul = face, 짱 jjang = best).  I don’t think it’s really a good translation because it doesn’t convey nuance.  If I were going to translate it I’d call it “Super Face.”

So, what is Ulzzang?

It is a series of makeup and lighting techniques designed to make the eyes appear larger, and the skin appear whiter.  It basically gives people a plastic surgery look without plastic surgery.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to spend hours and hours doing this kind of thing before going out each morning.  Being a guy rocks!

Is it really popular in Korea?

Um.. I guess?  It seems to be all over the internet, but all the tutorials of how to do it are done by either Asian-Americans or Asians in other countries outside of Korea.  I can’t say with any authority (because I am a man), but I think it’s more of a subculture in Korea that other people in other countries assume is mainstream, kind of how anime nerds think all Japanese people like anime, only to be surprised to find out that the Japanese who like it are also anime nerds.  That isn’t to say that the ulzzang girls are nerds, but looking at the women I see on the street, on the bus, or in my company, there are positively no ulzzangs in my line of sight.

The makeup techniques of ulzzangs are amazing.  The photo below shows before makeup and after makeup of the same person!

Yes, these pictures are of the SAME PERSON!

 

WOW! How can I look like that? Continue reading

Mountain Climbing in Korea; high altitude… high fashion?!?!?!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 7, 2010 by yujinishuge

Mountain Climbing, for real.

A few months back I mentioned mountain climbing in one of my articles, but didn’t really talk about mountain climbing.

The "base camp" at the foot of the largest mountain in Seoul, Bukhansan

Ladies and Gents, in Korea mountain climbing is the national pastime.  (Well for the younger generation, that might be starcraft, but for anyone over 40 it’s all about mountain climbing.)  I’m not older than 40, but I was once a boy scout.  I’ve been known to climb a mountain, catch a fish, or horribly mangle a meal cooked outdoors here and there.  In fact, I wish I had outdoors type friends who would join me.  Oh wait, I’m in Korea, so that means on the weekend the whole 40-60 year old male demographic will join me whether I like it or not.

Now, I’ve climbed a few mountains in Korea.  As I usually only have time on the weekends, that’s when I go, and man, it’s crowded.  Some parts of the mountain trail to the top are so packed that you have to walk single file and only stay at the top for 5 minutes out of courtesy.  This isn’t all bad though, because atop Bukhansan, the most popular mountain in Seoul to climb, I proposed to my fiancé.  The other people at the top were all very happy and clapped for me when she said yes.  It was awesome.

Image shamelessly stolen from courtesy of ROKetship.com

One thing you’ll notice about these people who climb the mountains… even though it’s merely a day trip, they’ll be dressed as if they are climbing Mount Everest!  You’d think they were all professionals, what with the designer hiking boots, quick drying jumpers and outdoor pants, even some equipment I’ve never heard of, like mountain climbing gloves.  Some even bring huge backpacks (the kind I used in boy scouts for 3 day hiking trips that included enough water, clothing, food, and a tent).  I’m not really sure if it’s more about climbing the mountain to enjoy nature, or if it’s to impress the other climbers with the latest and greatest mountain climbing equipment.

Usually I went wearing jeans, a t-shirt and some old athletic shoes.  Nobody seemed to pay any attention to me until I stopped for lunch and brought out the U.S. Army MRE that I bought on the black market from a surplus store.  Suddenly I got all these oohs and aahs.. as I cooked the MRE simply by adding water to it and activating the heater.  One guy even asked me to let him taste it, which I reluctantly agreed to.  He exclaimed how wonderful it tasted when compared with Korean Army field rations.  Several climbers asked me where I bought the MREs, so it’s possible that the U.S. Army MRE might be the next biggest thing to show off to people in the weekend mountain climbing community.

How dapper! No that's not me!

Getting back to their clothing, I wondered if the clothes really enhanced performance or if that was simply a tag word that they liked to put on some articles.  I’m too cheap to actually buy the stuff before trying it out, so a friend of mine was kind enough to let me borrow his mountain climbing gear.  Here’s how I felt about it all. Continue reading