Cute in Korea

Shopping in Korea is a hoot.  Cuteness abounds, the English language is mangled and contorted, and function is abandoned in the quest for form.  If you have received one of our packages you know what I’m talking about.  If not, brace yourselves.

The cuteness:
I finally indulged myself in an awesome teddy bear hat/scarf/mitten piece.  Mike says that my “I don’t need that button” is in a storage locker in Minnesota.  He would appreciate it if someone would send it to me.

Winner winner!

I’ve been sporting this awesome “Winner, winner chicken dinner” hoodie with built in mittens for a month now.  It is in the dictionary, under awesome.

I’ve considered buying these pj’s/Halloween costumes…  Mike is getting very uncomfortable.

But don’t think it is just a girl thing here.  Men are much cuter than women here.  The glitter and rhinestones are all over men’s clothing. The male teachers at my school alll wear glittery ties, shiny suits and shirts.

Nails are awesome here.  I got a gel mani-pedicure today with a three color gradation and glitter for less than $40 USD.  So fabulous.  Remi helped me to model it.

cute paws and cuter hands

The English:
If you can call it that.  They use our alphabet, our phonemes, but often abandon the little things like spelling, meaning, and word order.  A hodge podge of sounds and words swims before your eyes.

Oh, and the cutest kids can wear some of the vulgarest things. I have a student that wears the cutest sweater.  It has a bunny on it.  It is quilted with rhinestones.  It says “Let’s do it like the bunnies do all day long.”  Another 6th grade boy wears a sweatshirt that says “Bastard.” Then there is the shirt that has become famous on the internet that has all the big dirty words on in huge print.

The intensity of a hip hop lady Mac Beth

The form:
Sweatshirts have zippers everywhere, especially if it could look like a mouth.  Gloves have been repurposed as puppets.  They are super cute.  Your middle finger has a head on it, like a lion, or bear.  Your thumb and other fingers are legs.  They look cute.  They aren’t great for daily wear, but they are fun.  Cell phone covers and fobs are the best example of form over function.  Cell phone covers might cover the phone and add bounce protection, but the most popular ones out right now have 3 inch long bunny ears on them.  The cell phone fobs are often larger than the phones themselves.  We were gifted two cute fobs, a boy doll and a girl doll, in our birthstone colors.  They have micro fiber heart shaped pillows to clean the phone screen.  Cute, but my phone wouldn’t fit in my purse.  Oh!  And all of this is made for couples.

Couples have much more matchy-matchy choices in Korea.  You can by couple clothes from head to toe, including t-shirts that connect.  You can wear couple mittens with connecting strings so that you walk together.  There are couples cell phones, with couple plans and couple ring tones.  We’ve also heard about couples underwear, and that the men’s piece has a special ‘pocket’ Mike’s not eager to know more about. I’m sure we’ll learn more about this during the Valentine’s Day extravaganza that is V-Day, White day, and Singles Day….

The poop:
Poop is a big deal here.  There is a lot of it.  The Korean word for poop is ddung.  Yup.  Ddung.  Ddung is lucky.  If you dream of ddung it is lucky.  If you dream of golden ddung you’ll have a prosperous year.

Dung cookie jars: golf bag, oven, grenade

Ddung is on everything.  There are ddung paper weights, ddung dolls (her hair looks like a DQ poo), ddung doll clothes,  ddung cookie jars, ddung apps. One of Mike’s classrooms has a progress meter that is ddung themed. There’s a row of squatting boys across the top, and teams earn ddung stickers that descend down the poster till they reach a row of squatter toilets. First team whose ddung reaches the toilet wins a prize. How is this not popular in America? And, Wow! I just found these great Ddung cartoons!

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Our winter vacation began today.  We are heading to Seoul/ Busan for a few days then a week in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan.  I am afraid I may experience a cute aneurism after our brief trip to Fukuoka, Japan this summer.

2 thoughts on “Cute in Korea

  1. Gotta love all the cute, but the jammie costumes are a bit creepy. Just imagine how terrified your partner would be, if you snuck into bed after they fell asleep wearing one of those get-ups and they woke up next to a giant chicken! Doom doom dooooom.

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