Hello from Korea!
After 1 year, I’m back in Korea again! If you are wondering where I’ve “disappeared” to, I’m now at the World Expo in Yeosu, Korea, working as a tour guide for the Singapore pavilion. I’ve been here for almost 2 weeks already, and I’ll be staying here for another 3 months until August.
This is Yeony and Suny, the official mascots for Yeosu Expo. They are supposed to be…erm…plankton. And their names are obviously derived from the name of the place “Yeosu”.
This is how part of the Expo looks like. The structure there that looks like a ferris wheel is called the Big-O and that is where performances are held. I haven’t had the chance to see it up-close yet, neither did I have the chance to see Big Bang and 2NE1 perform there at the opening ceremony last Friday because only VIPs could enter. My friends and I waited in the freezing cold for quite long before we managed to see Big Bang and 2NE1 emerge and go to their vans. I only managed to see their backs though, and a glimpse of G-Dragon’s red hair and Daesung’s white hair :(
At least we managed to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display. I recorded a really long video of it but I’m lazy to upload it hehehehe.
This is how our Singapore pavilion looks like. We have to work about 8 hours a day, but there were several days where we worked more than 10 hours a day. We have to conduct our tour in Korean so a lot of effort has to be spent on memorising our script, which has a lot of difficult Korean vocabulary and grammar. Had to attend to several VIPs such as our Singapore minister, and delegations from China, Thailand etc (and the Swiss seem to come quite often…they like our pavilion that much?). Also had to present to media from various countries like China, Singapore and Korea. Luckily my ugly face hasn’t appeared on any newspaper or news programme yet (some of my fellow friends appeared in the korean news and even KBS news).
It can be quite tiring having to stand the whole day in uncomfortable shoes, reciting the same lines over and over again, and even having to deal with some irritating guests. So far, the Korean ahjummas are giving me the most problems because they tend not to follow instructions. And to our horror, they don’t lock their cubicle doors when they are peeing in the toilet, and even wear their pants OUTSIDE the cubicle O___O
The weather here has also been quite cold, especially in the early morning and at night, so I’m constantly shivering. And it doesn’t help that our pavilion is always so cold because of the air-con. I hope I’ll be able to survive these 3 months…
This is where we stay - Expo Town. It’s an estate located right next to the Expo for staff to stay. We are staying in service apartments, 7 people to one apartment. Suppose to share rooms, but being the typical loner, I have no room mate.
This is how the town of Yeosu looks like. It’s really small and quiet unlike Seoul, and there’s nothing much to do. Not much shopping either.
Anyway, managed to find a street with some shops that remind me of Seoul. Ended up taking pictures of celebrity standees.