고양이 새끼 (Korean Kitten)

I bet not many people know what that means. It means “Korean Kitten”, because that’s what I’ve been hanging out with in Bangkok the last couple of days. It’s VERY hard to find an inexpensive hotel or bar or anything that has free WIFI, and often when you do it doesn’t work properly or you can’t get access to power outlets.

I had a big argument with one bar. I had been there the day before and used their WIFI, but this evening I needed power. I went in and they told me it was 30 baht an hour for power which I was fine with so I ordered a delicious Banana flavoured B52 cocktail and a yellow curry and rice, and I already had the WIFI password saved but it just wouldn’t connect. I had full signal, it would begin giving me an address via DHCP and then just fail and start over, and over and over.

I complained to the staff and they said “No. Maybe you move over there. Better” and I said “No, signal no problem. Your router have problem”. He vaguely pointed at some guys at another table and says “It work for them”.  I said “Look. Maybe it work before but it no work now. Look… My laptop…. no connect. My phone. No connect. My iPad. No connect. This is not ok. I want you reboot router and fix this”. He just goes “Not my problem. I don’t know IT”. I said “Get someone who does. I don’t come here and pay top dollar for your drinks to get broken wifi”. He again just shrugged like he didn’t care and just walked off.

I threw 120 baht on the table for my cocktail and nothing for the food since I hadn’t touched it and just walked out in disgust. Had anyone tried to argue with me about the bill I swear I would have raged at them. Not because the WIFI didn’t work but because they didn’t give the slightest fuck. My hotel doesn’t have WIFI. The only way I can get internet is to come out to one of the classiest bars or restaurant and pay a fortune. I was NOT gonna pay this fuckhead for my overpriced food if he didn’t give a fuck about the WIFI being broken, so I just left.

Anyway, I know this Korean place. Really nice. Small, cosy. Absolutely all Korean staff and customers. It’s quiet. In the main mall area, but hidden back with a quieter sign. They don’t really cater to foreigners. The main menu is mostly in English, but ALL the writing on the specials board and inside the restaurant is Korean only. They don’t seem to want to encourage outsiders. Well, I’ve done my best to prove I’m not one.

I came in, and ordered two delicious Korean meals and promptly connected to the very fast, reliable WIFI and chatted online and uploaded a bunch of photos. The food was fantastic. As expected of a Korean meal, one meal came with no less than 5 little side dishes as well. So tasty ! I left very satisfied. After searching all around the following day I decided to go back because they had the best WIFI and food and were happy to let you use their power without cost. Realistically this is heaven to me. A wonderful, authentic Korean restaurant, full of Koreans with good WIFI and the ability to listen to my favourite KPOP music and have people actually ENJOY it for a chance !

I met so many nice Korean people too. I got a tattoo yesterday. Yes, seriously. Just a tiny little one with a Girl’s Generation’s proper Korean name surrounded by a pretty love heart. I showed the owner and he cracked up laughing and had to go and tell everyone. Later I met another Korean couple sitting nearby and asked them if the music wasn’t too loud. They said “No, we love Korean music” and the husband motioned for me to turn it up. I was so pleased. I may be a white guy in a foreign place, but I feel right at home.

So here’s some photos of the restaurant and the 한국어 고양이, the Korean kitten. I hope you “dawwwww” as much as I did !

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