Monthly Archives: March 2007

Business idea a minute…

Over the past 15 years, I think I’ve had about 172 business ideas I’ve thought about, but haven’t implemented.   A little over a dozen became a reality in the hands of others and some are still potentially million dollar ideas.  These days, I’m almost on the verge of starting something with someone…with the advent of blogging & getting paid to honestly be interesting online, I am starting a Top 10 Website of everything & anything that I can think of or know about….check it out at It’s in the beginning stages…definitely no content online yet, but a bunch of stuff behind the scenes in the works — meaning there’s rough drafts of lists already, but I haven’t published them yet because I’d like to do more background research on them.

 Anyway, so I always check out Alexa’s “Mover’s and Shaker’s” and I see #4 moving up 460% as this website called InXpo.  The details about it say: “InXpo is focused on driving business through interactive online events by changing the way you educate, network, and communicate with employees, customers, suppliers and members.”  I think to myself, “frick!” — another idea I thought about a while back in terms of social networking that I should of implemented when I thought it was possible.  Of course, I had ZERO…minus ZERO in capital & less courage at the time…now, I wish I just had more time.  I need to do more than this & I know my ideas are now getting validated right and left.  While this business wasn’t the exact concept, I know my concept actually has a lot of validity.  I wish I just had the time to write it down & get behind it. 

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Need better management? Need more employees?

I hate picking on these guys, but I just have to.  I’d rather be ripping a hole into an unethical branch of our company (outside Busan, by the way) instead because I’m on fire right now about how bad they lie about things — even straight to my face.  I just can’t believe people like that exist on this planet.

Anyway, back to the original victims of this post.  So, I ventured into this place called Indian Village with 3 of my past coworkers, one of which still works with me.  We are in the mood for Indian food or just something good, but bypass our regular Turkish restaurant in front of Pusan National University because we’ve had it a bunch of times.  We heard about the Indian place from other teachers in CDI Busan.  Even though they didn’t have rave reviews, nothing was said that would scare us away.  The positive part of their comments was it was so cheap — that probably should of been hint number #1.  A couple of us were really hungry & so it made sense they were a little more in a hurry for the food.  So, they commented on how other tables were getting food or orders earlier than us.

Well, we had been sitting there in movie theatre seats (which literally they stole or swiped from an old movie theatre) for a good 15 minutes before we finally got some water.  Well, we though menus would accompany the water on this Sunday night, but instead we would wait another 15 or so minutes watching others get frustrated as well.  There weren’t more than 3 other parties in this restaurant and they were no more than 3 people — that was the biggest group.  We saw one of the workers come out to the table next to us that had finished eating to clean up the table.  He walked by us at least 3 times carrying back individual items like a glass and a fork or another glass and a spoon.  After the 3 or 4 trips, the table still was dirty with a couple glasses left on it, cloth napkins and the mess of food droppings.  We wondered why he wouldn’t finish off the table other than the fact that no one else would be coming in after seeing the type of service thus far.

After finally asking for menus since the Proprietor came by a second time to check on our orders — the first time was to make an apology about the delay — we look over the menus and salivate.  We wait another 15 minutes to finally order.  After our order, we banter back and forth about how long this place will stay in business.  Bear in mind, Korean restaurants typically return the order which is taken in literally the first 30 seconds after sitting down in about 5-10 minutes.  We had already waited 45 minutes to finally make our order & then waited another 45 minutes to have one dish after another come one by one with about 3-5 minutes in between each dish.  The portions also were a little funny to look at as well…the Tandori chicken only being one chicken leg (it was filling, wasn’t it Jen!?) and the rest being just about 3-4 bits of chicken in most of the sauce.  The naan wasn’t too bad, but I waited about 75 minutes before they finally brought out my jasmine tea as well.  The hillarious thing was it was 3000 won for a lipton tea bag & hot water — it usually takes someone 75 minutes to go buy one in the next city over…so that was our thoughts. 

Well, we paid & left..we’re thinking 3 months max…if they’re lucky. 

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There’s a bad apple in every apple tree.

Many of us have heard the metaphor “Every cloud has a silver lining,” right?  Well, I”m going to make a new one up after how yesterday turned out.  Rather, there may be one already one out there, but there’s gotta be one about how every apple tree has a bad apple. 

 When I first moved to Ulsan and for the 3+ months I lived there full time and the 3 months I lived there part-time, I always thought it had the friendliest people in all of South Korea.  Well, I went out to eat crab last night with my good friend Young-eun yesterday and the first thing we find when we get there in the busy district is an empty restaurant — we should of probably figured it out right then that we shouldn’t have walked into the doors.  However, she looked it up on the Internet and it seemed to be fine.  We asked for a recommendation on how much was a reasonable amount to order.  First, the owner wasn’t the friendliest to start off with, but secondly, she recommends 2 kilograms of crab for 2 people since 1 kilo could never feed 2 people.  At 30,000 won (about $30 US) a kilo, we think that’s a pretty pricey dinner when the average meal in Korea these days costs you about 3-5000 won a dish.  Yes, there are some meals that are pricier, but usually worth it or at least they either give you a lot of side dishes or a lot of extras.  Well, after they give us our first set of side dishes, Young-eun asks are there more and they immediately reply “sorry, that’s it.”  When they finally come out, they give us enough food to feed at least 5 people. 

So, on the flip side, they could of just gave us a lot less and we could of believed what they said, but if they really knew it was the amount they gave us, they just lied to us.  When another couple sat down next to us, Young-eun couldn’t resist the temptation to basically say out loudly that we needed a doggie bag, but instead of just asking for the trays to take it home, she said it was “WAY TOO MUCH.”  She also asks for the owner to reduce the bill at the end…that’s what I love about her…she’s so forward.

Anyway, we decide to go bowling afterwards.  Now, I understand bowling alleys aren’t always filled with your friendliest types, but when we approach the counter to get our shoes, the lady could of as well not worked there.  She turns around after staring at another game & basically gives us a look of disgust.  It’s like we didn’t deserve to be in the place of 8 lanes where 3 of them weren’t being used.  Not sure if she was the owner, but if she was, I’m thinking the place is going to shut down pretty soon. 

We move on to get our balls.  Well, I find one that fits my hand just right.  However, when I throw the ball for the first time, I feel a tug at my middle finger.  I looked down and it appears as if my finger was torn a little by the ball, but I thought maybe I just threw it a bit hard and let the edge of the hole just tug at my finger.  So, the second time, on the advice of the people next to us, I just “push” the ball.  No problems with the finger…  Well, then the 3rd time, I throw the ball, I use the same method as the first and I look down at my finger after I could of sworn it was being torn by the hole, I see a a 1/2 centimenter cut at the top of the finger and blood just oozing out of it. 

 Well, Young-eun says it’s probably just me not throwing it appropriately.  And I just go to the counter to get a bandaid or something to relieve it.  As evidenced before, I wasn’t expecting the best of service and the lady at the counter again said with displeasure on her face despite the blood pouring out that “we have tape and nothing else.”  After I go to the bathroom to get some tissue to cover it up, Young-eun finds that the ball had a gaping hole in the middle of the holes & that it was basically a defective ball that was actually pretty dangerous to use & was ready to give anyone a nice little laceration, if not worse. 

Well, in the “lawsuit happy United States”, I could of probably taken advantage of the situation.  However, in Korea, legal remedy is still a bit limited.  So, instead of complaining about it, we just bring up the ball to the counter & tell the lady to put the ball away for future use, but she responds, “What do you want me to do about it?” with disgust on her face again. 

I’m surprised we paid the 3500 won a frame for the 4 games we played there.  I did end up rolling one of my higher games in a while of a 161 with the taped up middle finger.  Maybe every cloud has it’s silver lining…

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