Saturday, 20 October 2012

(Day 92) Hwaseong Immigration Detention Center-day 79 C-4

sit-ups push-ups chairlifts
100 x 2 75 5 x 40

Breakfast 2 hard boiled eggs
soy milk
Lunch kimchi & rice
cucumber kimchi
soy sauce with vegetables
Dinnerrice & kimchi
slimy seaweed salad
chicken & vegetable soup

The old Chinese Korean give the newbies shit for taking their sweet-ass time this morning. Granted they're new, no one tells you the rules and most of them don't speak Korean, so they wouldn't understand even if someone did tell them, but wouldn't the "lead by example" rule apply when everybody sitting in front of the room and you're the only person in the bathroom brushing your teeth? One guy decided to take a shower and then, even I stepped in and told him to stop, put on some clothes and get his ass to a seat in the common area. He has all day to take a shower. It takes 5 minutes for roll call and it doesn't start until everybody is sitting down. After that you can do whatever you want until the next roll call at 9:30 PM.

I kind of like this old guy. At least he's not bitter or angry. He likes to hold court and talk about politics, or at least that's what I think he's talking about. He mentions the names of a lot of countries, that's about all I understand, really.

For lunch today, we were served a dish Koreans consider to be Chinese food, the same way Kung Pow chicken or egg rolls are "Chinese food" in North America. None of the Chinese ate it. I wonder if they even know what it is (soy sauce with noodles and veggies) and look at it like I look at Korean pizza (with corn, potatoes or yams are all 3...) or some servings of spaghetti I've had here (basically ketchup and noodles)? Koreans do not cook foreign food well, and even when it's edible, it's prepared for Korean tastes, which inevitably include rice and kimchi.