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Pumex international movers: a mini review

I was going to write this ages ago and then I decided I wouldn’t since it’s just a company doing its job. I discovered the process of finding a company to ship all of your household goods from one country to another is not an easy one, so this post is more for people in the future (in korea primarily) who might find themselves in the same situation.

We found Pumex online. They sent a guy around to talk to us about it. He looked at what we wanted to ship and quoted us 1.5 mil KRW. We weren’t taking any furniture just a bunch of stuff like books, clothes, kitchenware, electronics equipment and eight guitars. It ended up being 36 boxes and the end price was 1.7mil—a bit higher than the quote. Other costs included insurance. We had to value the stuff ourselves and then pay something like 1 or 2% of the total amount insured. I think it was 2%, I can’t remember. But I know that we paid another 180k KRW for that. It seemed like a lot, but some of those guitars are worth a bit, and before the move I didn’t have much faith in everything getting to Australia unbroken. Afterall, everyone’s seen video and heard stories of neglectful mover, couriers and deliverers.

However, this was the area that Pumex really excelled. The guy they sent around on the moving day did a really good job at boxing everything up. He custom-made boxes for irregularly shaped items (eg. bass guitar, big telly), foam padding was applied liberally and the double-gauge corrugated cardboard was supa-solid. Nothing at all got broken on the way so in hindsight I guess I could’ve skimped a bit on the insurance, but then I guess insurance is always like that.

Pumex did say they were going to put the eight guitars into a wooden crate before going into the shipping container but I never saw it—it would’ve been hammered together at Busan and taken apart in Melbourne, that is, if they made one at all. Either way, all the guitar necks were fine. Each guitar was put into a separate custom-made cardboard box, then they were put all-together in one big cardboard box. At one stage J-e was standing on one of the empty cube-shaped boxes and it didn’t collapse, so that’s a good example of how rigid the cardboard was.

Another cost we had was Customs & quarantine clearance fee, which would be different for each country you wanted to ship to, but Australia’s (I’m guessing) is kind of high. That was about $150 AUD. To make sure our shipment wasn’t delayed and put through the special treatment at quarantine we were advised to clean the soles of our shoes and be detailed with any food we were sending. We did both, and they did open the shoe box to take a look but didn’t even bother with the food box.

All up it was about one month from when the boxes left us in Seoul to when they were delivered to us in Geelong west.

For us, or for me really, being 8 years in korea and being a collector/hoarder of things this kind of move was the best option. It was better than dealing with a-holes on craigslist, trying to sell things for a fraction of their worth. Sending boxes through the post office would’ve been a huge hassle too. Going with Pumex was kind of expensive but took a lot of the stress out of the task.

, , , , — YS @ 10:06 am, April 12, 2013

on the edge of the abyss

Well now, it’s been almost a month since I posted here, which is unusual, even for me.

Here is what I’ve been listening to:

The soundtrack from the top-down shooter game, Hotline Miami. Haven’t played the game but I like the sounds. All the artists were found on bandcamp.org and most of them also have EPs of stuff going for very cheap monies. Some of it reminds me a bit of the sounds Jan Hammer put to the TV show, Miami Vice, and some sounds a little like 80s era Vangellis. Probably the same synths used.

Mostly it’s been a pretty damn cold december here. Colder than one would prefer it. I have a cold: a sore throat. I had to actually go out and do work stuff yesterday so, because of the cold, ended up crashing out early last night. And then waking up early this morning. I was lying restlessly in bed thinking I’ve been here for a mini-generation now. The girls (because at that school it was only girls) I taught back in 2005 would now be finishing the 2nd year of university. I don’t feel like I’ve changed much at all.

Today is election day in s.korea. I hope the scary lady doesn’t get in.

, , — YS @ 7:01 am, December 19, 2012

FedEx is a guardroom check the wind

A few months back I mentioned how there was a city-wide taxi strike and how no one was the worse off for it.

Tomorrow there’s going to be a nation-wide omnibus strike and I am fully expecting transiting the CBD to be a nightmare. I guess if you’ve ever wondered what the subway would like like if all the omnibus people were also crammed into it, then tomorrow’s your big day.

It’s about how the gummnt is proposing to reclassify taxis as public transport, which will apparently cost a whole lot, which will, apparently make omnibus ticket prices higher. I don’t know all the figures but it sounds stupid. Taxis are private industry. Not making enough money as a taxi driver? Get a different job. The other thing that sounds really stupid is that taxis will be able to use the omnibuslanes, which will I’m sure cause omnishambles.

Update: 22/11/12, Title: OMG j/k

The bus drivers were out for one hour then went back to work. The government admitted their idea was a stupid bunch of balls and deleted the bill proposing taxis be reclassified. Everything’s back to normal. Case closed.

Gangs-terr

PS. this is a new filter/lens pak called Gangster Squad, which is a promo tie-in for the upcoming film of the same name. The circular film looks okay when it’s copied onto a white background but any other colour doesn’t really work. The lens doesn’t do much in the way of affect.

, , , , , — YS @ 7:52 pm, November 21, 2012

“some weirdo from Korea who dances like a horse”

Nice article on Psy’s recent rise to fame here.

And an even better one that takes a closer look at the video here. It was coming across that that made me take a second look and see, as they say, that it’s satire (oh my gosh! in korea?). Which is really cool. It’d be nice if Koreans could develop the ability to have a bit of a laugh at themselves.

The area of seoul called gangnam is shown briefly in a few shots in the video, but it makes me wonder what people overseas must think the place is like. Because, just like every other part of seoul, it’s an overcrowded, noisy, trash-strewn cement jungle. BUt satire is always a double-edged sword, it makes fun but it also promotes the thing it’s making fun of, especially to people who are new to it.

Psy’s playing at my one-horse college tonight. Since we have no one to actually ask how such a thing came about, me and the co-works guess that he was booked last year or something. I would go, but I’m sure it’ll be bedlam since it’s free to get in.

, , , , , — YS @ 2:17 pm, September 27, 2012

50 000 Lux

Well that’s another summer gone. Easily the hottest of the 8 I’ve had here in Korea, although it’s always hard to really compared, since I’ve lived in different areas and different apartments. Apparently this is one of the hottest three areas in Seoul too. I’m pretty sure it was more than subjective conditions—it really was unusually hot.

And because of the small amounts of regular work on weekday mornings I wasn’t really able to drop off the planet as I sometimes do during tertiary education breaks. I’ve had to keep more abreast of local news and political issues as well, which can be sometimes interesting but sources really are limited while I’m only able to read English versions of the news. One issue that’s been dragging along the whole 7 years I’ve been here is of who owns the islets called Dokdo in the sea between korea and japan. There’s endless amounts of stupid when it come to trying to get an accurate read of the situation, but I was nicely surprised to read this two part interview with a couple of wise and knowledgeable old heads in the realm of east asian diplomacy.

Also, goodbye to Hal David. Thanks to my mum’s old records that I borrowed during my teens and twenties I’ve always dug on Hal & Burt’s work—with Dusty Springfield and even just sans the big-name singers.

, , , — YS @ 9:45 am, August 31, 2012

let’s go shopping

Since that last post I’ve been noticing how taxis are in all the wrong places. Blocking up laneway entrances, loitering in bus zones. Taxi driving here is one of those jobs you do when you’re not qualified (or not motivated to become qualified) to do anything else. But of course, it’s always the government’s fault because they hand out taxi-licenses by the fistfull. They’re required to run LPG fuel tanks, so they don’t contribute too much to the air pollution, but they really are like globules of bad stuff blocking up the arteries and capillaries of the city.

And I never thought I’d say this but even some of the buses are a pain. Specifically, the five different route that traverse down outside my window. Three blue and two green buses. Don’t get me wrong, I <3 public transport but this city and this country are the sole examples of PT being in oversupply, that I’ve seen at least. It’s rare that I see buses full. If they’re weren’t creating all that extra engine-grinding noise coming thru my summer window I wouldn’t care, I guess. It’s just weird when compared to every other country that a) never bothered with PT at all or b) is always looking for more excuses to slash more funding to PT. Last wednesday I took the intercity bus down to my work. It’s about a 25km journey. It costs less than $2AUD. There’s first stop where I get on, then it goes express for three quarters of the way, then it gets into the neighbourhood where I work. Last Wed. I was the only one on the bus the whole way. The bus comes every 12 minutes.

Empty bus

, — YS @ 7:00 pm, July 1, 2012

empty the cities

Taxi strike!

Apparently there’s a taxi strike today in Seoul. A cursory squiz out the window confirms this. I see no taxis. I read in the news that the taxi drivers are striking for more money, and maybe it’s right—maybe they need the money but really all I care about is how much more peaceful it sounds out there. Now if we could just get all the motorbike/motor scooter food delivery dudes to go on strike too…

— YS @ 11:45 am, June 20, 2012

monster island

I noticed on the google earth that near the namtaeryeong (남태령) station on the line four there is this plane of quite large proportions. And there is no landing field there. It’s not one of those shots where a plane flying overhead happened to get in the shot either, as the plane has been there for some time.

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Check out just down and to the right of the cursor sitting on the subway icon.

plane-2

We went on a mission to go strolling around the area to see if we could see what it was all about but went slightly the wrong way and ended up walking up a track where some light construction or terraforming was going on. It seemed that this is one of the areas where some of the land-slides happened last rainy season, so the govt is putting in some water drains. Re the plane, there is some army headquarters in that area of the city’s south, so my guess is that the plane’s got something to do with that. Maybe they practice high-jacker situations with it. At least the old style ‘70s high-jacker style where the terrorists kept the plane at the airport and waved their guns out the pilot’s window.

, — YS @ 12:43 pm, May 1, 2012

This ain’t no place to be if you plan on being a star

Some days or some parts of some days I get stuck in the utter wretchedness of it all. I just finished making the mid-term exams and I drank too much tea so I need to go out and get something to eat fast i.e fastfood. I really wasn’t even in the mood for it for once, but I had to go down that way to get a few other things from the mini-supermarket. And both of the fastfood joints near the station are always full of people who sit there without buying anything, to the point where it’s sometimes hard to find a seat. The staff do nothing. There is nowhere I can find on the net to complain about these things, apart from here.

freeloader

The real tradge is I let myself get bothered by it. Does this kind of crap happen to Lewis Hamilton or Yao Ming? I bet it doesn’t. I know life is no picnic for them either. Yao shoots 200 baskets a day, and sometimes up to 1000. I don’t know how many baskets Lewis shoots, but I do know that a co-worker of his, Mark Webber suffers the frustration of not being able to drive on the roads in China, and that the assigned local divers are often, reportedly, terrible at their job.

Lewis & Yao Ming

It’s been a while since I wrote here and as is often the case when that happens, it’s because very little has been happening. We got curtains. I thought about making an entry here titled “It’s Curtains For You (Me, Us)” but I didn’t. It’s amazing went went for so long – a month or so – with no curtains, but I guess that’s part of having a north facing window and sleeping in the top corner of the room.

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Curtains.

Also, I wonder if anyone else has thought about how the ‘80s New Wave song, ‘Warm Leatherette’ by The Normal seems to foretell the untimely demise of Princess Diana.

, , , , , — YS @ 5:05 pm, April 13, 2012

Live from a wintery bunk-bed

We moved to central-south seoul yesterday. It was a long day but not impossible. For an old guy, the moving man was quite friendly, and the land lord seemed friendly too, even if the real-estate agent wasn’t.
There’s a bunch of things we need to get sorted out, like the heating. Like most places in Korea, it’s floor heating but it’s an unusual, antiquated system where the heating is on only between 10pm and 8am. For the first few hours last night it wasn’t on at all but them by about 4am it’d started to warm. Hopefully it’ll kick on right from 10 tonight. The heat kind of sustains itself through the day but I’d say that you need it on for the whole night and not just a few hours unless you want to be sitting around at dinner time with cold toes.
Also the door security system is a bit screwed. The alarm goes off every time we open the door. And the hot-water system was leaking drops of water onto the floor of the upper mezz (bunk) last night but then it mysteriously stopped. There’s no curtains so we have to get on to that soon. I suspect a good chunk of the warmth is seeping out the windows. Some of the contact on the cupboard doors is pealing and needs to be super-glued back down. In the shower this morning I found that the water pressure is really low but I imagine that’s something I’m going to have to adapt to since I don’t imagine it’s easily fixed. The traffic noise is something else I’ll have to get used to. It’s not really really bad. In the day it’s not a problem. Just at night it’s a bit noticeable. It’s just the sshh of tires on the road that can be heard rather than engines.

When standing on the lower floor there’s a nice feeling of head-space. The ceiling is high. The area seems good. There’s no piles of trash all over the place and there’s a load of restaurants close by. The prices are a little more expensive than cheongju but I also notice that a whitey like me can fade into the background, or at least not be gawked at. It’s funny, but I happened to be perusing entries of this weblougue from six years ago, and back then that didn’t bother me.
So anyway, on a day when I don’t quite have the motivation to start the process of unpacking, it’s good to be reminded of a couple of the good things about the last place, like the shower and the amount of closet-space, but let’s not forget:

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Naedok 2-dong’s incomprehensible trash mountains. Third-world living with first-world delusions.

, , , , — YS @ 1:30 pm, January 15, 2012

The Matter Transporter Affair

Things are moving along nicely. After the previously mentioned workplace change comes the necessary change of digs. Most jobs in this line of work provide a place as part of the package, but some don’t and this is one that don’t. It’s a good thing because greater choice is always a good thing. And for me, this time it’s not just me looking. J-e is looking with me because we’re planning to live together. So we’ve been looking at the area halfway between her work and mine. We saw a bunch of places yesterday and the one that came out on top looks like a goer. It’s still ridiculously small, as many places are here, but it has a mezzaniney loft thing for sleeping. A bit like living in a giant bunk-bed where the lower bed has a kitchen and bathroom built in.

God knows I’ve moved about 20 times too many in my life and while I wouldn’t really call myself a hoarder, I do acquire things with good intentions but then the things turn out to be not quite how I hoped they would and rather than passing them on I let them sit, occupying space. Space-shifting living creatures from one place to another is, apparently, quite hard but I don’t understand why they haven’t achieved it with inanimate things yet.

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ricardo-montalban

Here’s a couple of things I’m liking at the moment.

Brazilian music. Specifically, the album ‘Lado A Lado B’ by a rap-rock style group called O Rappa. It’s from 1998 and rap-rock as a pigeonhole doesn’t really do it justice. It’s got nice chord changes and the guy’s singing style really sticks out as catchy and melodic.

This one song, attached below, was part of the soundtrack of a Rio de Janeiro film named Elite Squad – The Enemy Within which I would also recommend if you like brutal action movies with voice-over exposition.

I’m still very slowly watching through the second season of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I was just reading the wikipedia entry on it and it says that each season was headed-up by a different person, and that partly explains the difference between the first season, which was mostly serious, and this 2nd, which is a bit more hammed up. It also says that due to the popularity of the 60s version (obviously) of the Batman TV series, the 3rd season of Uncle continued the campy style. I’m looking forward to that. At least I think I am—hopefully it doesn’t overbalance.

I’m liking the musical scoring in it, and how a lot of the guest actors were both on this and in The Original Series of Star Trek. Eg. Ricardo Montalban, with his exquisite, exotic villain accent. And in ‘The Foreign Legion Affair’ had Howard Da Silva and a scene where you had an English actor doing a Russian accent, an American actor doing a French accent and another American doing an English accent.

, , , — YS @ 12:37 pm, January 5, 2012
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