Pijja Hut

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Old Power Pilates studio where I taught english (Now Fitness First)

People who made my travels more enjoyable: Jeong-min (Korea), Jeong-Seon (Korea), Ricky (Korea), Joanne (Korea), Cathy (Korea)

The day started a bit later than usual because I didn't have plans to meet up with anyone for lunch. I got moving around 11:30 and decided to head into Myeongdong. Believe it or not, I was craving Pizza Hut, or Pijja Hut as Koreans like to say. Unlike Pizza hut in America, the Korean version is much fancier. The prices tend to be much higher than traditional Korean food, so they have to spice it up to make it competitive. The dining rooms are always nice, and the pizza is of a much higher quality. When I was living in Seoul, I would tend to eat Pizza Hut once a week.

Ricky (The Korean Enrique Iglesias)
Unhealthy, I know!

After my exquisite lunch I stopped by the Myeongdong Power Pilates studio. While living here, I would come twice a week to give the trainers English lessons. In return they would give me a free exercise session. They were all very talented and had studied fitness during their time at University. They knew everything from technique to nutrition. If I would get tired during my training they would shout at me, "Fighting Kyle!" haha. After awhile they gave up on learning English (Maybe I was a bad teacher), but they enjoyed hanging out with me and continued to offer me free training sessions. Since I was in the neighborhood I figured I'd pay them all an unexpected visit.

When I walked in I was surprised to see all the furniture was gone! Apparently Power Pilates didn't really catch on, and after a year plus, the owners decided to call it quits.
Better light
After a month of being out of business, all of the trainers (minus Julia who left for another opportunity) decided to buy the space from the previous owners. They kept a few Pilates machines, but also added free weights. They had changed the name to Fitness First and were re-launching with a new business model. I was so happy for all of them! I toured the new space, and was impressed with all the new, and first rate, equipment. After talking for a few minutes, I took pictures with trainers who were present, and said goodbye. Luckily they asked me to have lunch with them on Thursday, so it wasn't goodbye goodbye :)

After my departure from Fitness First, I decided to go back to my hotel to escape the heat. I killed time by napping, yes, my sleep schedule is a bit ridiculous these days.
Bikini Bar
I got up around 4:30 and took the Subway to Hongdae. The sight of Hong-guk University, Hongdae is a popular spot for youngsters in Seoul. There are tons of restaurants and lots of bars and clubs. I wandered around for a snapped some pictures of the area. There were a surprising amount of room salon's and bikini bars. These establishments cater to businessmen, who pay a premium to enjoy their drinks with scantily clad, female company.

To escape the heat I went to a Dunkin Donuts, and tried a korean brand of tea called 국�"차 (Travbuddy struggles with Korean so its Guk Hwa Cha). I wasn't sure of the contents, it looked like some type of flower, but it was delicious and refreshing. While in line, waiting for my tea, I accidentally bumped in to a Korean girl standing behind me.
Very Marvel
I apologized (in Korean) and she looked so shocked I thought she might fall over. It's a sad reality that the majority of foreigners in Korea make little effort to learn the local language. While my Korean is better than most, I'm still ashamed that I learned so little over the course of my 10 month stay. Because foreigners are held to such a low standard, whenever I use what Korean I know, people almost always respond in shock!

I had a few more minutes to kill before my friends arrived, so I walked through the side streets and admired some, "Funny English" t-shirts. As I mentioned earlier, English is very popular in Korea. Often Koreans will use words like ì¹ï¿½í�¨ (Chikin for Chicken) instead of the traditional Korean word ë�­ (Dalk, pronounced Dak).
Shrek!
In my opinion, the most entertaining use of English is on t-shirts. Often a random mix of words will be thrown together. Sometimes it will be a direct translation from Korean, or other times, just random nonsense. If you search the internet, you can find some hilarious pictures that people have taken over the years. My favorite was taken during the Korean protests over US Beef (there was a scare over mad-cow disease). It had two elderly women wearing devil horns, and shirts that said "US beef makes me Horny". Hahah, obviously they had no idea what the shirt really said.

A few minutes later I met up with Jeong-min and Seon at the Hongdae subway. We wandered around and opted to try spicy chicken for dinner. A large stone plate is brought out and filled with vegetables.
Jeong-Min and Jeong-Seon at Dinner
They saute it, then add chicken, noodles and spicy sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was too much food for 3 people (even though we ordered 2 portions). This is a common theme in Korea, serve way more food than anybody could possibly eat!

After dinner we walked around Hongdae looking for a place to get drinks. We saw a brightly colored place, that offered Margaritas and Bomb Shots. I wasn't quite sure what a bomb shot was so I got a pineapple margarita. Despite asking for an extra shot in my margarita, I could only taste juice. Either way, I love pineapple juice so what was supposed to be a cocktail turned in to a nice dessert. No complaints.

After our margaritas the night went from fun, to funny. The weather had cooled down a bit so we sat on the terrace of a nice little wine bar.
After the waiter spilled 2 beers on me
Jeong-min and I ordered beer (the wine selection wasn't that great) and Seon had a glass of red. When the waiter came out to bring us our second round of drinks, he tripped and spilled two pints of beer all over me. I felt like I was watching in slow motion as a wave of beer came crashing on to my clothes. The waiter looked horrified, but all I could do was laugh. I had never witnessed such a thing, let alone had it happen to me. I dried off as best as I could, but in the humidity my clothes weren't going to dry anytime soon. Thankfully they gave us most of our drinks for free, and the waiter was extremely apologetic. Using his most formal Korean and bowing to show his sincerity. After this comical event we all hopped in a cab and headed home. I jumped out of the cab at Myeongdong intersection and said goodbye to Jeong-min and Seon.

I walked home, and immediately changed. I wanted to stay up for the Netherlands - Uruguay match but I was too tired. It had been an eventful evening, to say the least!



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Old Power Pilates studio where I t…
Old Power Pilates studio where I …
Ricky (The Korean Enrique Iglesias)
Ricky (The Korean Enrique Iglesias)
Better light
Better light
Bikini Bar
Bikini Bar
Very Marvel
Very Marvel
Shrek!
Shrek!
Jeong-Min and Jeong-Seon at Dinner
Jeong-Min and Jeong-Seon at Dinner
After the waiter spilled 2 beers o…
After the waiter spilled 2 beers …
Rain (ie Ninja Assasin)
Rain (ie Ninja Assasin)
Myeongdong stage
Myeongdong stage
Construction behind the Myeongdong…
Construction behind the Myeongdon…
Joanne and Cathy
Joanne and Cathy
Man Power!
Man Power!
Chungmuro Station
Chungmuro Station
Escalator to line 3
Escalator to line 3
Hongdae
Hongdae
Buildings in Hongday
Buildings in Hongday
Funny Shirts
Funny Shirts
He loves milk and bagels
He loves milk and bagels
Side street in Hongdae
Side street in Hongdae
Tall buildings in Hongdae
Tall buildings in Hongdae
Korea Fighting!
Korea Fighting!
Peo Ga King
Peo Ga King
Shitty Bank
Shitty Bank
Me and Jeong-Min
Me and Jeong-Min
닭갈비 (Dalk Galbi)
닭갈비 (Dalk Galbi)
Ho Bar!
Ho Bar!
All Bartenders Women
All Bartender's Women
Pineapple Margarita, more like Pin…
Pineapple Margarita, more like Pi…
Seon
Seon
Pictures at the wine bar
Pictures at the wine bar
Classic
Classic
Soaked
Soaked
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photo by: chiyeh