Publications like Time and US News are WAY overpriced abroad. If people want to read them though, you have to pay double the price that’s paid at home despite all the profits they make off their advertisers.
If a company could set up a publishing house in countries where expatriates are of significant number, they could possibly publish all the main publications and books that are popular in the world in the local area and many people would be happy. For example, TIME magazine costs 6500 won vs. the cover price in the states being $2 or$3 is hard to swallow. The other option is to just look at it online, but there’s a lot of downtime on the trains, the buses, the subways, the airplanes and so it would be nice to have a hard copy format of these good or decent sources for news. The problem is that you have to take out a mortgage every time you want it. So, sometimes I just opt not to buy it. I’m oh so close each time…the other sad thing is they make most of their profits from the advertisers anyway…so why do they need to charge so much abroad?
Can’t remembered if I posted this because it’s a been a little rough on the brain the past few days with unpaid overtime and just a bit too much stress which I can’t explain today, but may a little later. Nevertheless, we set up this Cancer fund for a coworker of mine. Basically, what happened was a teacher I manage indirectly — I manage her boss and her best friend here in Korea is another manager I manage — well, she got breast cancer or was diagnosed as having such just a couple weeks out of the blue. She went up to Seoul immediately after to figure out what to do & Continue reading
So, in the middle of the country where it’s hard to find convenient transportation minus relatively expensive tax fare, I can find internet access anywhere. At the hotel yesterday we stayed at, there were 7 computer terminals with T1 or better access. Today, we just checked into a hotel where if you pay $10 more for a night, you get a room with a PC and internet access for free. Again, I’m thinking it’s T1 or better access…
Plus, before we found this place, we had a rough time finding where Continue reading
I have to admit, I’m a bit impressed..
Despite the crazy start to the holiday (in the last post), the hotel that we’re staying at is impressive. It’s not the main hotel here near the casino, but a little ways away. I think it’s managed by the same company, but haven’t checked into it. It would rival many 4 star hotels and some 5 star hotels that honestly shouldn’t be in that category. I would personally give it 4 stars because to be at 5 stars you can’t do anything wrong. Continue reading
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A minute before noon on my only day off during the week (I don’t know how I go crazy with just one day off, but its o.k. for now), I surf from writing my latest post here to my Mozilla browser to see that I set my home page that it loads to iGoogle.com — Google’s “all in one” starting page which currently I have a calendar, the news from the Seattle Times and the times of the day visually shown to me on a satellite picture of the globe — identifying the places that have sunshine and those that do not. Below my second middle column, I have a Top Stories widget which had a headline reading “Former Fed chair Greenspan criticizes Bush in book” which caught my attention.
I surf and read the story, but I can’t help to see the above picture with all the applicants wanting to be a stewardess. It’s not because I find them attractive, which many probably would, but it’s the fact that I remember acknowledging many times that many women in Asia want these positions thinking they are “well paid” positions that allow people to travel throughout the world. The young Asian women that complete college or many smart women want to become servants on the Boeing and Airbus ships in the air. It’s one of the prized occupations they think about after finishing college.
While I don’t know the exact statistics in the states, but I find that American stewardesses rarely are the young and talented, but usually the old and bored. Many are men and the demographic profile differs extremely. It’s fascinating to me, at least how these women find asking “Would you like a drink” or “Would like Beef or Chicken?” as a prized occupation. I know of many of their loves to travel, but how about doing it as a consultant where you get paid more and don’t serve others as simply? Just a random thought from Korea…
p.s. The picture is about Chinese applicants, but the same dynamics lie here in Korea.