I'm back from Guam and spending Chuseok with the future in-laws. Unfortunately, I also have a week's worth of backlogged work to do, so I won't be doing too many quality posts for the next few days (no comments from the peanut gallery, please).
I just want to give props to some folks:
1. Korean immigration authority at the Incheon Airport
Like an idiot, I forgot to get a new stamp on my passport when I renewed my Korean residency last month. The lady at the outbound immigration desk caught that and sent me over to her boss' office. From there, a guy escorted be back to the main immigration office, where I purchases a single-reentry visa.
Through the whole process, everyone was friendly, efficient and professional.
My only complaint is that I couldn't buy an multiple-reentry visa, so I'll have to haul my lazy butt off to the main Incheon immigration office before I visit the States this winter.
2. The folks who put on the Sri-Lanka Big live Music Festival
Lady Yangban and I were walking through a park near my house last Sunday night when we here some odd trot-sounding music. When we investigated, we found several hundred people dancing and drinking copious amounts of soju. What made this different was the fact that the folks dancing in front of the stage were Sri-Lankans.
Ansan is home to a large number of 3D workers from South and South-East Asia. I'm sure many of them miss their homes, so I'm glad that something like this was put on for them. So here are props to the people who sponsored the event:
-International Food Imports Company
-Sri Lanka Embassy
-Ansan Migrant Center
-The City of Ansan
-Korea Exchange Bank
If this is going to be an annual event, I have two suggestions:
1. Include food
If there was food served, I didn't see it. I'm sure the guys who were there would have loved to have a taste of home. Perhaps next year the embassy would arrange to provide the food and have volunteers cook it. Having food (sold at a reasonable price) would also help keep the guys a little more sober.
2. Have clean up crews
A vast majority of the folks at the festival were young men and young men are usually the last people you want to be representative of your nation (just ask the USFK). The drunk guys we saw were a friendly bunch but there were empty soju bottles and other trash all over the place. I hope the organizers arranged for some clean-up after the event so the locals will not get a bad impression of the 3D guys who are working among us.