The clothes in Korea are a little different to back home. Sometimes the English on the t-shirts makes no sense and when you find a pretty dress you go to look at the back and just see random frills on it. The clothes are normally unfitted and unflattering to westerners. The Korean’s can pull off anything. No matter what, they always look good! I had a t-shirt tailored to make it more fitted, which cost me ₩8,000. Paul had two shirts tailored which cost ₩50,000, which was a bit much, but the tailor done a very good job.
Why did they have to ruin this green top with the frills?
I have been to Gangnam station market for some clothes, accessories and to look for some shoes. There are accessory shops everywhere, which sell jewellery, hair accessories, tights and even socks. They are cheap and not bad quality either. The only downside about some clothing is that it is one size fits all, or small, medium or large. However sometimes the clothes are elasticated, which is mainly the skirts and shorts.
The shoes are measured in mm and it is apparently hard, however to find shoes that are above a Uk size 7 in stores. You can get shoes made for you in Itaewon, however this will probably cost quite a bit. I also got told that the Korean shoes are not great quality and to not buy them if they are over ₩10,000 as they break within a matter of months. On the plus side, Converse are cheap out here (it’s even better when they are on sale £11.00).
Recently, all it has done is rain. Rain that will get you soaked even if you are using an umbrella. It seems to fall as heavy droplets just aiming for you wherever you are standing. The humidity also doesn’t help. Sometimes it feels like you are being starved of oxygen as the moisture in the air makes your lungs feel tight when you breathe in. However when the sun does come out it is pleasant, and as it has been raining it at least feels fresher. You can never have too much of a good thing; the sun will pop out for a day and then it’s back to rain again. As I have never travelled to Asia before, I didn’t expect the rain to go on for over a week already... I just want the air to feel nice again!
It is a really good idea to invest in some dehumidifier boxes (which are very cheap from Daiso) which help take the moisture out of your room. However they do seem to turn to water very quickly.
A problem with it being humid and Korea itself, are the insects. They are massive and there seems to be lots of them. There are massive crickets, which sometimes have a parasite living inside them which eats the cricket’s brain and then controls them. These are known as zombie bugs. Just a few moments ago I could hear this buzzing sound and I filmed this bug outside on the mesh, which helps keeps bugs out when the windows are open. I have no idea what it was but it was making a lot of noise. Sometimes at night you can hear the frogs croaking, which after a couple of nights you learn to ignore them.