Monday, June 28, 2010

Rich Valley

So it's Monday after work, and I'm home alone, which is a mighty rare occurrence in ol' Dongtan. But the Hulk went to the gym while I decided to come home and chill after a long weekend of Poly partying.

This time around was an overnight staff party. Our boss took our 20 or so staff members to Rich Valley, a small pension resort on the West coast. We woke up early Saturday morning and piled into our Poly bus, ready to rock. Of course, it rained the entire weekend. (2/2, at least we're consistent.) But like the last getaway, it didn't stand in the way of solid times, solid food, and solid drinking game discoveries. (Gahnda, gahnda, peong, GANDA!)

Sounds lame and much too cliche for a blog, but my favorite part of the weekend was actually getting to experience Korean culture. Since I live in it, I obviously experience it everyday, but I often experience the city culture, and rarely get to see day to day familial quirks. It was cool to see how they camp (bbq masters) the snacks they choose (always fresh fruit) and their breakfast choice (ramyen and kimchi - ouch.) The whole weekend was on the boss man, another display of Korean generosity to add to the list.

We had a really great time bonding with our staff and certainly have some stories for the water cooler. And if there is any lesson to be learned from this weekend, any words of wisdom from the wise of the West, it is this: When in doubt, fake unconsciousness. (But don't forget to check back every 4 to 5 seconds, just in case.)

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