Emergency Situation - Passing out on a bus

I consider myself to be quite calm in most chaotic/emergency situations. This comes from several years experience working in chaotic environments. I didn’t imagine I would have to experience MY OWN emergency situation while in Korea.  Here’s what went down:

Christmas weekend, I decided to go to Ulsan (my Korean hometown) to spend the holiday with two close friends. I arrived at the bus station in the early afternoon, around 1pm. Due to the holidays (and not being able to reserve tickets online) I was stuck with a seat in the very back row and had 45 minutes to kill until the bus left. I hadn’t eaten lunch yet, but there was a long line at the fast food chain in the bus station. I noticed a blood bank and thought I would inquire about the requirements. Now, I have donated blood a few times in the States, and was on the emergency donor list in Haiti. When I returned to the States in 2000, I tried to donate again, but the Red Cross denied my donation because of the malaria area/risk. I assumed I couldn’t donate anymore but was told my a former student several months ago that I might be able to donate in Korea. Worth a shot… long explanation short, I had passed the quarantine period and am able to donate in Korea. So, I gave blood. It was my Christmas gift to Korea. When I finished, I had to get going in order to make my bus.  —-No Lunch—- but thought to myself, “I’ll pick something up at the midway point. No big deal.”

I make the normal small chat with the people beside me and we’re off and running on the bus. About 30 minutes into the ride, I feel a bit thirsty, which then almost immediately turns into nausea, which then shortly turns into my vomiting into a black plastic bag. The only thing in my stomach was the four (dixie) cups grape juice I consumed at the blood bank. I’m now sitting on a bus, with a bag of puke, with no water and no rest stop for another 2 hours or so. I clean myself up with the wet wipes I carry in my purse, and try to get some rest. —Very strange, because I have NEVER been car sick in my life. I wrote it off as being in the back, elevated seats of the bus, on a very jerky ride through Seoul holiday traffic. —

How's That for Convenience?

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You're busy. You have work. A family. Responsibilities. A tight schedule. 

No worries. 

Battling Ropes Come to Korean Kartel

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Busan's coolest place to sweat...

An amalgam of different training styles: part Cross-Fit, hardstyle kettlebells, fight gym, and focused task of separating innovating trends from passing fads.
Simon works toward body balance with a mix of high intensity interval training and developing technique. KK is for everyone regardless of age or physical restrictions. All activities are focused on progress- not being THE best, but your best.

Have guts 2 TRAIN!!!!!!! Welcome to the Wellness Workroom. Founder&Instructor:Simon Kang.MBG CNT Lv1,Lv2,HKC,FMS,CrossFit certified

August Rush: Voice in the Wilderness

I eventually had to stop applying for English teaching jobs – at least temporarily. After several days of problems mid-August I’d ended up with a sore throat so bad that it somehow managed to spread as far as my shoulders. That was a new experience. After two hospital visits where I’d been unsuccessfully treated for some kind of chest infection, I went to a specialist ENT hospital to be quickly diagnosed with tonsillitis, and it wasn’t long before I had a second opinion from another specialist confirming this.

I lost my voice almost completely just for three days after my web development job interview, and I really don’t know how I managed to get through that in the first place. I was really under the weather around that time, but I don’t think it particularly impacted my unsuccessful interview, which I think I largely failed on my own merits.

Sobering Statistics: The Biggest Social Problem in Korea

In what seems to have become an annual rite these days, reports have named South Korea as having the leading suicide rate of all OECD nations. The latest data, taken from 2009, presents shocking numbers to those who haven’t heard them before. A total of 15,413 people died by their own hands in that year, an average of over 42 per day.

Dentist in Seoul? Try Tufts

For me vacation time doesn't just mean to relax and unwind it also means to get some things done that would otherwise be difficult. For instance, going to the dentist during my work schedule means going during the evening or go on the weekend. I figured why not get this done while on my time off.

After some inquires at work I found out that a good place to go is called, "Tufts Dental" located in Gangnam. Checking the website I could tell they looked like a good place. The last time I got my teeth cleaned was in Bundang, and they did an okay job except wanted me to come back for something I felt unnecessary. Well over a year has passed since then and I knew it was time for a check up.

Having A Cold in Korea

So here is just a quick video to show you what you can do when you get a cold in Korea.

Putting a Premium on Your Health (Insurance)

Language difficulties aside, Korean health insurance provides quality service at a fraction of the cost.

The Changing Face of Korea

It’s early morning. As the sun creeps over the horizon I am dressed and walking as people around me sleep. The eerie stillness of dawn is broken by a 50-year-old woman clad in bright pink jogging around the nearby playground. As she makes her approach to the swings, feeling eyes upon her, she turns to stare at me. Ignoring the glare I walk onwards to the bus stop.

Koreans care for their image. Walking down a high street you will see brands plastered over the citizens who have opted to buy luxury brands with their hard-earned cash. 

Life Style Martial Arts

Repeats every week on July, August every Monday until Sat Sep 03 2011 .
Monday, July 4, 2011 - 18:00

Life Style Martial Art by Grandmaster Kim Soo

 ** Instruction in English / Easy, Fun, Safe and Effective**

Location: Seoul YMCA
Address: Jongro 2-Ga, Seoul, Korea
Start Date: July 4th
Class schedule: Every Monday 18:00-19:30 (6:00-7:30pm)
Cost: 50,000 Won per month
For information call: 010-8961-4060

Grandmaster Kim Soo welcomes men, women, youth and seniors of all levels and from all nationalities. Note: Grandmaster Kim Soo is fluent in Korean and English and can speak some Russian and Spanish.

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