driving

Dear Korea #140

 

Yo! Long time no see! I guess putting together a book and an exhibition ended up taking a little longer than expected. The good news is that the book is available for purchase for everyone living in Korea, so that’s pretty awesome. I’m still in the process of figuring out some things before making it available for international orders, so I do apologize to everyone who’s been waiting.

It’s sad that even when I update, this comic is still about a week or two late. I don’t know about any other areas, but all the cherry blossoms are gone down here in Gwangju. As beautiful as it all was, I didn’t realize how dangerous it could be to drive through a glittery rain of pink petals on a humid, yet windy day. The important part is that it was fun.

I really hate drawing cars..


Only In Korea Podcast: Parking & Driving In The ROK

Chance & Travis discuss the recent appearance of the Parking Vigilantes of Korea website (http://PVK.website) that sells stickers to place on horribly parked cars.

The duo then share their experiences dealing with the ROK’s unsafe driving conditions while also highlighting statistical data that shows Korea has the worst driving among developed nations.


Neither Rain Nor Rain


Don't let the snazzy background fool you. I was annoyed.


Classic Korean highway rest area’s food you must not miss!

highway food

Driving or taking a bus on the highway is the cheapest way to travel Korea. However, it takes pretty long time to drive, making drivers tired and hungry. So let us introduce Korean highway rest area’s food you must eat in order to lighten up your driving! The number of menu being served in many Korean highway rest areas is increasing, yet there are steady-selling menus that highway visitors enjoy a lot. These are the menu you must try!


The Agony and the Ecstasy of Buying a Car in Korea

As usual, I managed to go for weeks without posting, despite my best intentions. There's something about vacation that just sucks away what little ability I ever had to stick to deadlines or regimes, and suddenly it's been weeks and nothing at all productive has been done, even though I actually have more free time. It's a great mystery of my own personal universe.

In my defense, a lot has been going on. I did manage to buy my car, but not after what were probably the most stressful 48 hours of my life. Buying the car itself was pretty easy, but trying to get insurance...well, the phrase "when it rains, it pours" is pretty accurate here. Okay, story time.

So, I was cutting it pretty close, budget-wise, but I was pretty sure I had everything worked out. I'd heard from various people a ballpark range for insurance for a year, and naturally I divided that over 12 months and figured it was totally doable. That was, of course, where I made my first mistake.

How is a gear shift like a grammar point?

Next month, I will buy my first car. While this is an exciting and very grownup-feeling thing to do, it's also a bit terrifying, for a variety of reasons. Not only will this be the most money I've ever spent in one go, but my future 2005 Chevy Kalos has...a manual transmission.

So, I recently started learning to drive stick. We started simple, in one of the few traditional student driver locations: a semi-abandoned parking lot.  On the way there the friend I'm buying the car from gave me the basic walk-through. This is the clutch, this is when you should shift, that's the noise you don't want to hear, etc. I'd also been given plenty of advice from friends and family, so I felt...entirely unprepared and marginally terrified. 

10 Things About Korea…

So I won’t be along here much longer, so I thought I’d give this a shot. There’s plenty about Korea that I’m going to miss, without a doubt, and then there’s a fair amount of things I won’t miss about Korea. It would be fair to say the same about anywhere, of course. So here […]

Women Only Parking Spots in Korea

You might have seen a rash of articles and notes making the round on Facebook, Tumblr, and the rest of the internet recently about women only parking spots in Korea. I’ve seen a ton of them. They’re from several different places. At first, I laughed it off, then I got annoyed. This stuff was getting shared a lot. So, I wanted to chime in and try to set the record straight.

Why this is annoying.

You see, these articles that are going around – most of them, anyway – have this terribly condescending, misogynist vibe to them. They insinuate that these parking spots were introduced as a result of women being such poor drivers that they’re unable to park a car in a normal space. Some articles even said, incorrectly, that the spaces are larger than other spaces. This is all ridiculous.

What’s the real deal?

To begin with, yes, there are women only parking places in Korea. But this isn’t new! These were widely introduced many years ago. Why has this become a thing to report on and share now? Some of these articles say that the spaces are wider and easier to park in – presumably because women can’t drive as well as men. That’s also not true – all of the spaces I’ve seen or heard about are the same size as regular spaces. There’s no misogynist vibe to these parking spots.

The reality is that these are more like family only parking places. They’re for people who have babies, strollers, and things. They’re for expecting mothers. They’re for families. The parking places are simply closer to the door of whatever shop or business they’re located at.

Thankfully, Mashable caught on to this ridiculous string of articles and posted a great rebuttal. But MSN, NY Daily News, and more – along with who-knows how many social media users, spread a ton of bad information about this without bothering to check it out. How disappointing.

Check out my video about the topic below.

Thanks, as always, for reading. Leave us a comment if you have something to say!

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Dear Korea #115 - One Victory at a Time

 

Welp, here’s the finale. That’s right readers, I got my license. It took a little longer than I wanted it to, but I’m just happy it’s over.

That being said, I think I’ve developed a bit of a fear of driving in Korea. It’s not something I ever had a problem with back home, but I’ve never been very good at city driving to begin with. It’s not so bad when I’m driving at night or through the smaller towns, but watching my friends and my guy scream and literally pull at their hair due to crazy taxi drivers and delivery scooters has left me feeling a little less excited about being on the road than I was before.

Really, I’m sure it’s something I’ll get over in time. For now, I’ll just have fun using my license as an alternate form of identification.

Normal comics will resume starting next week!


Dear Korea #114 - Can't Trust Technology

 

Sigh~ As the comic illustrates, my first attempt at taking the driving test did not end with happy news. At least I learned quite a bit, though I can’t say I agree with everything that went down.

When taking the driving test, at least where I took it, whoever is behind the wheel is expected to follow directions from an electronic voice in the car. The good news is that this can be done in English, though some of the wording can be a little awkward. There is a proctor who will sit in the car to keep and eye on your every move, but they will usually stay silent throughout most of the ride. Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that many of them don’t speak much English.

I’m not sure just how badly I did, as there were so many different things I lost points for. The biggest, most confusing thing that made me lose a lot of points was not putting my car in neutral when stopped at a red light. WHY IS THIS A THING?! I’ve also heard of people losing points for turning their heads to check their blind spots, which I didn’t do too often. What ultimately made me fail was running a hidden red light at a cross walk that was impossible to until it was too late. I know for a fact that this red light has failed MANY people at this particular DMV. Tricky stuff!

The worst part? If you fail, you can’t take the test again for three days. Bleh. I’m still not sure why the machine kept saying “beeper”, though I think it might have something to do with the GPS in the car.


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