Seoul Long!

December 21, 2010 in Korea

For every asshole the free thinker’s equivalent of God gives you, He/She/Shim/It also gives you a Good Samaritan. This is a somehow, kind of, almost but not entirely unfair world.

This is the story of how i end up having my 20KG luggage on—-wait for it—- and had a not unpleasant thrill ride (literally. about 2 degree Celsius)  around Seoul city on—wait for it again— a scooter.

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This is also a story of my…. believe it or not, Third Marriage Proposal. (First one here and here and Second one here.)

I will come to that later.

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Most of the time i was shopping solo during my stay in Seoul.

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Gratitude to Marie who intro’ed me to Red Mango. Best frozen yogurt ever.

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Then of course there was Cold Stone.

Anyway, that’s besides the point. That was the starter of the story. Or dessert. Whichever comes first.

So, a big part of the story was omitted due to whatever reasons you will be thrilled to find out but which too bad i cannot divulge. However here’s another part of the story i am sharing.

It began with a pair of military boots. I passed by this shoe store, and the boots seller went all yasui desu yo! kawaii desuyo! on me, so i stopped and looked. I tried on this pair of military boots, which cost me 25,000 won, which i thought was a bloody steal, but i asked for discount anyway because, well, first of all i am a Malaysian, and secondly i wanted to practice my newly learnt Korean phrase (kakachulseyo) and the seller refused to give me any. So i paid him 25,000won and walked away.

As i walked away, he ran after me, and handed me the spare rubber thingie you put at the heel (wtf is that called?) and said i forgot to give you this. Then he asked me some questions, we talked a bit, and that’s how i met the Good Samaritan. Let’s call him GS.

The next thing i knew he totally like abandoned his store (leave it to his brother to jaga) and bought me coffee in a rooftop cafe, that cost half the price of my boots, and he insisted paying.

And i was like wtf. Just 5 minutes ago you refuse to give me discount on the boots. Proud to say that i briefly considered him mental. *practice skepticism wtf. Mommy said kenot trust stranger wtf.

I told him about my predicament with the hotels, and he went all LET ME FIND ONE FOR YOU with the determined-hold-your-shoulder-stare wtf. I was like, whatever la. We exchanged number and i went home and completely forgot about it.

The next day i received an excited text from him saying that he found four (!!!) hotels that was vacant, at one third the price of the hotel i was gonna check in that night. According to him he walked in to four (!!!!) hotels one by one and asked wtf. I was tempted to cancel my current booking, but then i heard stories about tourists getting drugged and wake up in a bath tub full of ice and discover a hole in their body and their kidney is gone wtf so i shuddered and thanked him for his kindness and said i am settling with the hotel i found.

Later in the evening i had to meet up with Aud who took some time off her company trip and went on a secret lover rendezvous with me.

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was texting her

So we were going back to the same place where i bought my military boots because it’s so awesome and cheap. So we meet GS again and he was like wtf you guys are twins! We asked where is a good place for dinner, and he totally abandoned his store (and left the brother alone) and brought us to a Yakiniku place, which we later named it the Manzoku Restaurant cuz we were damn full and satisfied wtf.

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manzoku desu wtf

And he insisted paying the bill and we insisted paying back and the insisting went on for a bit and Aud was like, FHL wei, so he sold you a pair of boots at 25000 won, bought you tea 15000 and now he is paying for a 50000 dinner? Wtf does he earn?

Seriously, if he does that to every girl who buys a pair of military boots from him, he is soon the most pokai Korean guy in Seoul.

Aud and i couldn’t stop wondering if his niceness was genuine. He looks kinda cute, to be honest, and he is just this cheerful, worry-free person who makes me despise my own skepticism. To cut the story short, that night he brought Aud and i shopping, and he helped us haggle price in Korean and i couldnt imagine how much money we have saved compared to if we shop on our own in Japanese and some frustrating finger action on a calculator.

And to cut the story shorter, we hung out every day after that. He skipped his work (one second, let me talk to my brother), cab all the way to our hotel, (cabs in Seoul not cheap!!!!) have lunch together, then go back to his shop to jaga abit, then will text and see where we were, then he would come all the way to join us.

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#8

Aud and i both looked half zombie after a tiring night.

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(Ok this is a story within the story. While two of us were eating, a dude just walked over, bent down at our table, and said, “phone number.”

Aud and i stared at each other in shock dunno what to reply. And he repeated, “phone number”. Wtf? Does he expect to just squat down besides two hungry girls having breakfast and get their phone numbers?

Ok he did. -_-

This was Aud typing my Korean phone number to him. He called on the spot but i left my Korean phone in the hotel so he thought we gave him a fake number and he walked away. HAHAHAHA.

But seriously, why some Korean guys so creepy one???

Ok back to main story)

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Ok wait, more picture first.

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#11

This is another stupid story. Ok so one day Aud and i were supposed to go Samcheongdong to meet someone, and we were in a rush so we hailed a cab so i told the driver Samcheongdong. He then sent us to the Samcheongdong subway station, where COEX is.

We were like, oh that was fast! So we paid and left. Then we couldn’t find the person we wanted to meet, because apparently the taxi driver took us to the wrong place. He sent us to SamSEONGdong. Not SamCHEONGdong. Fuck this shit wei! The Korean and their places names wtf!!!!!!!!

In the end we had to take like 45 minutes subway to the correct Samcheongdong FOL.

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These are like the only camwhore pix we got because other pictures were with someone else which we didn’t manage to get in the end *another side of the long story FOL.

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And they have this F all Korean doggies’ L. T___T

OK BACK TO MAIN STORY FOR REAL.

So like, Seriously, GS was really nice. He was like our full time tour guide. Except he has a full time job too. But he skipped it for us.  Who the hell does that! Everytime Aud and I went to his store to look for him we feel super paiseh to see his brother. Like he was giving us the  wtf did you do to my brother you evil bitches death stare T___T and on the last day, he insisted giving each of us a pair of free boots WTF. We were like no no no no no no no no *looks at his brother NO NO NO NO we could imagine his brother angrily cross off the inventory cursing AH SHIBAL two more pairs of boots gone FTS!

T___T

It was unbelivable. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would be so nice to two strangers!

Ok he may fancy me, but what can he possibly want from me? All i did was buy a pair of boots from him. And he gave me another pair of boots (buy one free one wtf), be our translator and tour guide, and a wonderful shopping buddy. To be honest he was like one of the nicest humans i’ve ever met. It really doesn’t take a lot to be a nice guy, considering all the assholes i have met over the years. But seriously, i haven’t met anyone THIS NICE.

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And he took a lot of pictures for us.

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Ok this one i took one.

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#19

On the last day he skipped his work again, came to our hotel to look for Aud and i for lunch, she had a much earlier flight than me and then some drama happened because the bus from our hotel couldnt go to Incheon airport so he made like a million phone calls to make sure she is safely driven to the correct bus station.

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And Foruchizu parted hence T______T. For like one day.

And then GS teman me shopping for the last 5 hours i had before my flight back.

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On his scooter wtf.

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#22

And he helped me transport my luggage to his store to keep before i left for the airport. That’s the story of my 20KG luggage and a HUGE My Melody Bag on a scooter wtf.

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Also there was some celebrity appearence that’s why so many people.

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#24

Whoever they are.

We were in such a rush! He dropped me off at Itaewon for a couple of hours he rushed back for work then come pick me up we went to Namdaemmon cuz i’ve never been there then i wanted to rush to Myeongdong to buy a top that i regretted not buying earlier wtf then more drama happened.

GUESS WHAT?

Tyre punctured. FOL max.

So we had to take rush hour subway to Myeondong, i bought my top which i end up not liking so much anyway fml, then had dinner, then it’s time i left.

Anyway, until i left for my flight, all this while he asked nothing of me. I couldn’t imagine how someone can treat me so nice without wanting anything in return. It is really hard to find a guy who would even make an effort nowadays (or wouldn’t make an effort without wanting to know “well, what’s in for me?”), and this was really something beyond my comprehension.

We had sometime before my bus to the airport arrived.

And i suddenly felt slightly sentimental. That is when he popped the question.

Like, THE QUESTION.

“Would you please marry me?”

I chocked on air and died.

“Just joking.”

Phew ok i undied.

So he sent me off and i came back to Malaysia and i never saw him again.

The End.

True story.

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  1. lol oh noo. he’s too sweet !!! what an experience … no email exchange or whatsoever ? :grin: i mean, he’s just the sweetest. Turn out to be quite an awesome trip despite “the bumps”
    more !!! ;-)

  2. Wow….ur own korean drama^^ So nice GS. Sigh surely feel very paiseh coz like you said how much could he be earning? Perhaps he should go into tour guide job? ^^ well if he’s so nice nxt time he come Msia u bring him around^^ and btw great sense of humour on the last bit.

  3. omg!!! he really asked that? maybe u gave him the O_o face, thats y he said juz joking..

  4. OMG!! LOL!
    Oh man damn shuang eh ahaha
    You should have gotten his email or number though! Aw man :(
    He was, a, really good friend I guess? LOL

    But wahhh Korea looks so nice *^* WANNAOGOGOGOGOGOO

  5. GS so gooooood :twisted: :twisted: Where got people so good wan? Cheat one.. AND HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER! VERY TEMPTED TO GO BUY DVD FROM SEASON 1 TO 4! :grin:

  6. No tears in the end ah? Last ingredient to make a full fledged Korean movie. Btw, damn cool bike, canihaveitplease?

  7. why do i feel like crying after reading this post? T_T glad you had fun in Seoul!

  8. eh no pics of him? anyways thats a very sweet korean love story of yours.. i think when he saw you he saw a halo above your head and o.s. “i must save her!” LOL

  9. I thought I could see his photo in the end of this entry..lol

  10. ya lorh I feel pitiful for the guy T_T i guess he saw your ‘died’ expression inside and went “just joking” boohoo

    (oh i cant deny this sounds like a tragic korean drama. don’t tell me all those romance in korea is like those in the dramas whurt o_O )

  11. you met both the suckiest jerk and the nicest guy in the world in korea LOL

  12. korean ppl are the nicest ppl if you happen to mit those ppl. they can b nasty too. bt so far, i’ve heard nice stories abt their ppl. :razz:

  13. so, wheres John now? lol!!

  14. So touching T____T

  15. so sweet. did u communicated entirely in japanese? i think GS did all that just for the remote chance at getting together u :grin:

    i dunno if i missed a story or what but if the other guy Scott or whoever who agreed to show you around then dumped you halfway i will slap him with a kimchi marinated trout. i protective-aggressive samaritan one.

  16. hahaha.
    who’s that guy?
    hot or not?
    btw,have you ever thought of getting BRACES for your teeth?
    xiaxue look hotter with invasalign..
    what about your teeth?
    just saying.huhuhhu
    i also met the love of my life…
    on an airplane…
    after that…dont dare to ask him for phone number..
    now regretted d.
    T________________T

  17. Confeitoiren says:

    I love how you told the story like Ted Mosby did in HIMYM
    can you do Barney’s style next post :)

    In the end good things always happen to good people :grin:

  18. the ending is a bit wtf. i wonder if there’s an episode 2 to this korean romance drama

  19. WAH korean guys really scary.

  20. so drama!! ^_^ one of the most enjoyable reads recently!

    this reminds me of the time when i went to nihon and a japanese guy fell in love w me..haha!

  21. ;-) Merry christmas
    visit from Turkey friend :)

  22. seriously why are we so attractive WTF

  23. you should have said YES!!!!!!!!!
    wakakakakakakakakakakakaka
    soooooooooo super duper sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. I kinda heard the cannot tell story, although I am more curious about the why cannot tell bit. anyways!

    I am so glad that at least at the end someone from Korea was nice and helpful to you. I personally find that the few korean friends I have here are very nice and blah blah blah, like it’s part of their culture to be crazy nice or something so I was kinda shocked about *ahem*.

    anyways! I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOUR SHOPPING CAN?!?! :) but also jealous that Aud came and be with you. haiz, where got friends liddat nowadays :)

  25. tell that guy i wanna marry him.
    i wanna convert to be a korean… HAHA!

  26. woah! That’s so Korean! LoL

    and and ! Show something what you’ve bought in Koreaaaa :D!!

    and and and !!

    you look hawwwt in that bike ! Looks like some secret agent that camouflage in fashionable clothings !

  27. WAAAAAH! That’s so romantic! You should have at least get his email or something! That could be the start of a serious relationship between you guys! Guys like that are really RARE these days. AND HE’S KOREAN! ;-) Good for you.

  28. Didn’t he say Kajima? hehehee

  29. did you have to get a phone from korea to get get a korean number? im going to seoul soon and i heard that they dont use normal SIM cards in korea and that they also dont have pre paid cards..

  30. uhh cheesie? no offense, but i think you kinda friend-zoned him.. seems to me that he was definitely interested in you. oh well, if fated then i guess you’ll see him again someday.

  31. GS is max sweet. I will never meet another guy as sweet as him la. esp to help a total stranger wtflux. u did some real GOOD in your past life. :)

    anyways grats that u had him n aud to at least have half fun on the korea trip.

  32. may i know whr i can get mickey luggage like yours? its so nice i love it so much pls tell me

  33. man, you had quite a wild adventure~! Did you keep his #? He could become a really great friend, and you’ll have a friend to go back to if you decide to go back and visit :)

  34. Ringo,

    Your adventure in Seoul is amazing!

    The young man you met at the shoe store is truly a gentleman! Why else would he take time to help you and Aud, take your pics and help in other ways.

    BTW, what male alive would not like to spend time with two lovely ladies and take their photos!

    Good to read you had a great trip!

    David

  35. Wow. Ok so I come into work and read this and it absolutely breaks my heart! To think you will never see him again and such a peculiar character at that. I feel bad for him almost because he sounds like he poured his heart and soul into a simple tourist who stopped by his shop. Not that you were rude or owed him anything, it’s just that kind of stuff doesn’t happen everyday.

  36. Aww… GS is so sweet! Seriously, cannot find that kind of guy in Malaysia lor. Or even here in US :oops: Are you gonna keep in touch with him?

  37. awwwww.. he’s so sweet =) and luckily he was genuine GS, had no bad intentions other than trying his luck with the marriage proposal!

  38. That is a really cool story. :roll: It is nice to hear about good people. It makes me feel a lot better about the world. :twisted:

  39. first is korean drama…then is japanese (insert program title) HOHOHOHO

  40. random!

    but so nice to find scary but nice strangers wtf

  41. LOL!!! This reminds me of a TVC i watched that day. Just that your story is the sweet 1, the TVC story is the funny 1. Hahahaha. Hopefully he’s not acting like the guy in the TVC. :p

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBqk6aKpP9A

  42. so do you still keep in touch with GS?

  43. Wa~ Nice story but the ending is just… wth. Hahahaha!

    Anyway, I believe that nice people always receive help during the time they need it the most no matter where they are.

  44. Interesting! I must say…
    I laughed at the end of the story.
    Too bad you guys not gonna keep in touch.

  45. Wow! That’s kinda nice! But i sense a lot of ‘mou yi si’ feeling towards GS right? >..<

  46. What happened to Scottt who wanted to show you around?

  47. go to Korea and look for him before you regret.

  48. wow :shock: what a sweet guy.. why cant i meet nice guys tooooooo wtf :cry:
    are u gonna keep in contact with him?

  49. love this entry! “undied” hahaha laugh so hard with this!

  50. Wow, so romantic!! >.< I want one!!
    BTW should put 'Warning: Super Long Post' on the beginning but worth it la!

  51. Will you please marry him?! And where’s his photo!!!!

  52. Awww maybe he was actually testing your reaction, maybe he said he was joking after your reaction. Don’t feel guilty I’d be shocked too. Sweet guy though!

  53. OMG where got guys so awesome one!!!!!!! omg he’s so sweet. maybe he really meant about marrying you but seeing you choke on air, he said, just kidding T.T

  54. Oh and btw he’s a terrible businessman, but I think he didn’t want to give you a discount but treated you for all manners of things just to spend time with you :D

    But you already knew that, I’m sure. Give the guy a chance!! O_O

  55. he wasnt like, hamsup? ;-)

  56. PICTURE!!!

  57. what a cutieee ! i want to go to korea now :)
    it’s rare to meet such gentleman nowadaaays ! lucky cheesiee !

  58. Aww! You should have said Yes, then you’ll have a hot korean husband! hahahaha

  59. You should pimp his shop some more (I assume it’s the one in the picture where you and Aud were “selling shoes”) and provide the address and all. Otherwise poor GS’s brother will be like, fml all this work and my useless bro skives off and spends our money on hot chicks. :grin:

  60. wtf his scooter so yeng and until now you didnt get in touch with him?

  61. lol i think he just watched hello stranger :) you should watch it too. haha.

  62. Wow…that guy was really so nice?!

  63. Cheesie,I go the same nail colour as you!omg!!opi also?? :razz:

  64. OMG he’s so sweetttttttttt,
    why dont you guys exchange email? DD:

  65. Why didnt you post a picture of GS! Curious! :D

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  68. Hey Cheesie, Read your post as am heading to Korea again soon. I can totally relate to your story, except I had the experience in another country with Koreans travelers. The Korea travelers seemed rather stoic but they were the most chinchai, generous people I’ve met. The guys paid for my meals as well the 2 other Korean travelers with them, to public transport, one offered & drove me around on the motorcyle to see the places I haven’t been to (as usual, nothing in return wanted) & I & other girls didn’t have to pay when we went together to their all time fav place anywhere in the world, noraebang i.e. karaoke. These people were not traveling together, all were solo travelers but when it came to paying the guys would split the bill unequally (totally chinchai) & girls were never asked to pay, when I offered they just declined & moved on to the next topic. My encounter with them was very unlike my encounters with Westerners while traveling, happens too often that they’d offer to buy one a drink then later on ask if want to sleep with them :-s But these Korean dudes, they didn’t even asked me anything personal (e.g.my occupation, age, etc), just my name to call me & mostly talk about the day & places to visit at the country & if I hadn’t had my meal yet, one of them would offer to show me a place then would end up paying for me! & I never saw them again, we didn’t exchange emails or anything even. I have other brief encounters in Korea with many people, who went out of the way to help in silence & then just a bye-bye or a bow :-s (only 1 person whom I sought help from asked me where am from. Speaking of that, most retail workers/hostel workers just assumed am either Jap or Chinese based on the language they call out to me or refer to me as to their colleagues The “Ilbon saram” or “Chungguk saram” :-s but they never asked to confirm even after my lame attempt to speak Korean back. Surprisingly, I get that question of where am from alot more in Malaysia whenever I go for hols out of KL) I have to say the Koreans are one off the warmest people I’ve met in my travels, though they seem abit distant, loud & appear “rude” sometimes but that doesn’t mean they are cold inside. I think because of that, they are often misunderstood as snobbish or rude. This will be my 3rd trip to Korea in a year & my stay there has been between 2 to 3 weeks.

  69. OMG CHEESIEEEEE
    that was.
    WOW THAT GUY!! I can’t even.
    Okay i don’t know what to say o_o

  70. But if you’re not interested in him and is really paiseh to see his brother, why still keep looking for him sia

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