See, I continue to read voraciously. That hasn't changed at all. I still buy books. The only way that has been altered is the quantity of books I purchase.
I've done quite a bit of shopping while here in Korea. I like having tangible souvenirs of the places I visit. So I buy things.
I decided to take a picture of the major things I've purchased up to this point. Why? Because I can, of course.
The books are (from left) Blankets by Craig Thompson, Fun House by Alison Bechdel, Sleeper by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips and Persepolis(the boxed set) by Marjane Satrapi.
I bought a man-bag in Namdaemun. It's handy and a convenient size. Plus: lots of pockets.
The bag is propped against the printer I purchased. On top of the printer is the wireless router. You can see the antenna!
There's a pipe and two pins that I purchased at the Mt. Odu Unification Observatory. The pipe is supposedly a product of North Korea. The pins are of the South Korean flag and of the observatory itself. The observatory is all about the propaganda of unifying the two Koreas. The message I got was that South Korea wants to unify to benefit their cousins in the North, but North Korea keeps screwing things up.
And last, but not least, is the Samsung Galaxy S II. Great phone. Best phone I've ever owned, actually. Here's the cool thing about buying a phone in South Korea: In the phone box, you get the phone, headphones, and a charger. All pretty normal. What makes the purchase great is everybody with a smartphone gets a spare battery and a battery charger. So you can use the phone while the spare battery is charging! Brilliant!
Oh yeah, I also purchased a 2TB external hard-drive. I like having it.
And there you go!