Friday Night Shenanigans and Interesting Commercials

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GUESS WHAT I DID THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!

I stayed at home and looked up language schools and scholarship information until 12:30am, and then made a budget sheet, and then spent another hour after that lying in bed thinking about ‘the plan’ and missing my family.
Productive!
Oh yes, it was a party to be sure.
Ladies and Gentlemen, if you don’t know already…. aside from dancing the night away…. I’m not big into partying.
The minute you say “dancing“, I’m putting on my ‘dance all night’ shoes!
Another thing I’ll go out all night for: KARAOKE.
Dancing and singing. If the night includes those two things, you can bet I’ll be there.

GUESS WHAT I DID THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!

I stayed at home and looked up language schools and scholarship information until 12:30am, and then made a budget sheet, and then spent another hour after that lying in bed thinking about ‘the plan’ and missing my family.
Productive!
Oh yes, it was a party to be sure.
Ladies and Gentlemen, if you don’t know already…. aside from dancing the night away…. I’m not big into partying.
The minute you say “dancing“, I’m putting on my ‘dance all night’ shoes!
Another thing I’ll go out all night for: KARAOKE.
Dancing and singing. If the night includes those two things, you can bet I’ll be there.
But if you just want to go hang out at a bar for 6 hours and drink until your liver cries out for mercy, I’d rather stay home and stare at my ceiling.
Do I like to meet people? Yes.
Do I like to hang out with groups and have a good time? Yes.
Do I like it when all of those people I’m meeting and hanging out with get too drunk to even remember that we met and hung out? No. No. No. No.
Anyway, that being said, I stay home a lot on the weekend, because I seem to be the only person I know who actually wants to go out and DO something. If you’re reading this and you can relate thank GOD for you.
So what’s really in the news today?
Not much.
ECLIPSE is releasing soon, and while I LOATHE the Twilight books (poorly written, overdone story line, with absolutely NO depth) the movies are kind of entertaining.
Speaking of movies…
I finally visited a movie theater here in Korea. It’s funny, because I actually get the chance to see some of the good movies BEFORE my family back home does, because some of them release here earlier. Why? Not entirely sure about that… but hey, no complaints from me.
Anyway, quite an interesting set up they’ve got. The theater is literally RIGHT next to my apartment. I walk out of my apartment building and don’t even have to stroll down a quarter of a block to get to the theater.
The tickets are about the same as they are in the States. 8,000 won which is about 7.25$. There’s quite a lot more to choose from food/drink wise. The most interesting thing though is the seating. The theater I was in had rows of these couch looking things. Each one sat 3 people. They were cushy, and because I was the ONLY one sitting on my couchy thing, I had a lot of space. I feel sorry for the person who ends up sitting in the middle though, because there’s no cup-holder or arm rests there.
That couchy thing is great for couples who want to cuddle, no arm rest in between them. But, I’m guessing it’s kind of weird to be chillin’ on a couch ‘at home’ style with complete strangers during a movie.
The seating is assigned. Yeah… that’s kind of interesting. You don’t get to actually pick where you want to sit. Your ticket has a row and seat number on it. While that seems like an okay idea on busy days or when new movies open, it’s just plain annoying when you’re one of the 3 people in the theater and you got assigned the back row.
I’m sure Koreans just move to wherever they want to sit in that case, but I’m not that brave yet.
17 TEA

I love this stuff. A couple of friends of mine back in the states said that it tasted ‘like dirt’, but I can drink it all day long. ESPECIALLY on a hot day in summer, it’s an awesome way to cool down and relax. Yummy yummy yummy!

I had no idea that this was a ‘diet’ drink until I viewed this commercial for the beverage recently (about 1 minute ago).
This is probably one of the STRANGEST commercials that I have ever seen. I actually don’t even know how to feel about it exactly. Yet I know that this marketing works!
Using a sexy, sensual female to sell a diet drink to other females is a good idea. Why? Because there are plenty of women out there who will see this commercial, covet the sensuality and beauty of the woman drinking the tea and then relate the tea to that sensuality and beauty.
But forget the commercial before, this one is even better:

I just have to laugh. This commercial looks like it would be better for selling beer, or hard liquor, or even condoms. But tea? TEA?
It just seems like with this type of advertising they’re taking the “You too can look like this if you use our product” trick a little too far.
It’s tea. Sure it has no calories, sure it boasts some 17 herbs and whatever the heck else that ‘may boost your metabolism’. But it also may NOT boost your metabolism, and it certainly isn’t going to give you HER body.
Unless your name is Jeon Ji Hyun, you will NEVER have her body.
But aside from that little rant… the tea is REALLY REALLY GOOD!
Body Image in Korea
The diet crazes here in Korea are, as they are in America, insane. The majority of women I see are having some crisis or other over their weight, or the shape of their face, or their eyes, or their nose. I see them and I see perfectly lovely girls with smooth features and pretty faces and thin bodies that girls back in the states would almost die trying to obtain, but their bodies just aren’t living up to the standards that are fed to them via media or the standards apparently held by such a competitive society.
More Interesting Commercials

These commercials are for an energy drink called “Hot 6ix”. The first time I saw one of these commercials I’m pretty sure I laughed so hard that I had a hard time breathing. I just wanted to share it with some of the people back home. Welcome to ultraconservative Korea!

Anyway, I’ve spent too much time on the internet today. Time to go out and meet friends, be social, and enjoy my Saturday!
Everyone reading, keep your chin up and a smile on.
Until next time,
~A.



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