What’s your opinion about South Korea?

A great country for social conservatives, for men, young people and a great country for nightlife. For liberals/feminists/vegans, workers and for women – not so much.

They work really hard, they study really hard and they play really hard. They probably work amongst the most hours in the OECD and they also drink probably the most alcohol in the OECD. They also have the highest suicide rate in the OECD. They also drink the most coffee out of anyone in Asia I think. They also probably have the most cosmetic stores and plastic surgery clinics per capita out of any country in Asia.

But, despite all that, I love Korea. It’s a really conservative Confucian country, which being a social conservative, I like a lot. The guys are masculine, the women are feminine, there’s a strict gender conformity which I love (seriously screw SJWs and their 23 genders). The people are nice and polite and friendly. 40% of Koreans are Christians and a lot of them are quite devoted Christians. Along with Japan, Korea is the only country where women dress up regularly. In every other place I been to – Europe, China, USA, Canada – the women dress too casually. This is the only place where women seem to wear dresses/miniskirts more often than pants, even in the winter. (This is good for guys).

There is not as much to see and do compared to Japan or China, but Korea has a unique charm about it. And it’s not like they are arrogant either. Koreans seem to have an inferiority complex about themselves. They will have pride in their country but I’ve never heard them say their country was the best. Korean women in particular have really low self esteem especially given how much they care about their appearance. They all have low self confidence about their English too, even though they speak English on average better than Koreans/Japanese. They have a cookie cutter lifestyle where you study for 14 hours a day as a high school student, then after you graduate you work for 14 hours a day for minimal pay. You aren’t allowed to go against your boss or speak out against them. If they make you go to a drinking dinner you have to go. In this sense, Korea has a very strict work culture.

The nightlife there is 24/7, at least in Seoul. Lots of places open at 5pm and don’t close until 6am. Lots of places are 24 hour. The clubs there go until 6am. The nightlife is among the best in Asia and in the world.

In my opinion Korea is a great place to live and party but not to work – that’s why I choose to work abroad but come back every year for playing, haha.

What strikes first time visitors as special or unusual when they arrive in Seoul?

  1. Lots of beautiful girls. Almost all korean girls wear makeup and dress up very well.
  2. Fast process for everything. Never needed anything mailed to me like in the US. Same day procedures for almost everything
  3. Subway is probably the best in the world
  4. Airport is also probably the best in the world
  5. Streets are dirty at night but all of it gets cleaned up by the morning
  6. cheap alcohol and people drink all the way until early morning
  7. Koreans are better at English than other Asians in general
  8. Coffee shops are everywhere. why is coffee so much more popular in Korea than tea? no idea
  9. super fast internet but they use internet explorer, oh the irony
  10. You need a massive deposit if you want to live in a place in Korea. I’m talking like $5–10k. This is surprising because in the US you usually only need 2–3 months worth of rent.
  11. It’s not as expensive as other Asian megacities. Rent in Seoul can be $300–$400 , which i think is cheaper than Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, HK or Singapore.
  12. The winters are not as cold as I expected. the coldest it gets is about -15 degrees in Dec/Jan but the average temperature is around -5 to -10 usually. that’s not so bad. I was born in northeast china and lived in Toronto so I thought it would be similar but was pleasantly surprised. You also see women walking around in very thin stockings (god bless them) as if the cold didn’t even exist at all.

What single person has altered the course of humanity the most in all of history?

Most influential person in history is quite a title, I think most people would agree that Jesus Christ would be the main person behind the next 2000 years after his death but its disputable whether or not he was actually real, so… a few guys I think up for debate:

Alexander the Great – conquered most of the middle east during his time and influenced Western history so much he has his own period named after his time on Earth – the Hellenistic period.

Julius Caesar – I think if anyone’s names get remembered 2000 years after they die and they stay famous for that long of a time, safe to say they are pretty darn influential

Confucius and Buddha – a HUGE influence among basically all of modern Asia

Genghis Khan – for much the same reason as Alexander/Caesar, a conqueror who shaped a lot of modern Asia and middle east

Sir Isaac Newton – probably along with Einstein the most famous scientist in history though without Newton there wouldn’t be Einstein so…

Christopher Columbus – yes its debatable whether or not he ‘discovered’ America but hey he is still the name brought up the most so…

William Shakespeare – if we’re talking effect on the English language he has to be #1

Nicolaus Copernicus – kickstarted the Scientific Revolution in the West that would last until Newton

Socrates/Plato – Again these guys were the backbone of Western civilization for over 2000 years so.. they got to be up there. And no one really knows whether Socrates actually existed so thats why I combined them.

Aristotle – the guy who would shape science for almost 2000 years. Until Newton, this guy was the pre-eminent scientific source for everything

Martin Luther – responsible for creation of Protestantism and all the history/wars that brought….

Muhammed – the founder of Islam, the second most popular religion on Earth

Note: I don’t put Jesus on here because his existence depends on whether you are Christian or not 🙂

Beyond 1700s I really don’t want to say anyone because too little time has elapsed for them to be considered most influential in human history although I want to put George Washington, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler here…