A toothy problem, the dentist was old-school?

Image from Dentalorg.com

Lack of dental care and time has forced me to a dentist’s chair. Again. This time the bill certainly was cheaper, but the dentist decided to replace my amalgam fillings with… silver amalgam. I know that all things silver is now trendy but, isn’t a retrograde move? I would have preferred plastic fillings, since they tend to last longer, be almost invisable and are chemically inert…

Ignorance is bliss, but this dentist had all the toys to play with. Including a thumb sized digital camera which gave me a vivid close up of the affected tooth.  Wow, I have to admit having a slight cringe factor at looking the tooth on the screen. A contoured white molar on the screen has it’s obvious errors to be repaired. Was that fissure supposed to be there? (The dentist told me it was a stain and it wasn’t a crack). The story isn’t over, I return to see him again on Tuesday, to have the silver fillings smoothed over. This never happens with plastic fillings, but according to online information, they do have their disadvantages.

More links on plastic, or composite fillings can be found here.

Touchy feelly, no more

Interesting and colourfull, but belying it’s colour, it has a serious message. It’s a public message extolling the rights of women in general. Don’t touch my butt, I’m not here to pour drinks for drunken old farts, nor am I here to be ogled at, or to tolerate dirty jokes. Womans’ lib hasn’t reached Korean shores nor, in my opinion, ever will.

The pre-existing culture is definitely male-orientated, but female bosses do exist. The CEO of Pagoda hagwons is a woman, there are female principals.  But in becoming more assertive, is contra to the projected image of the young, umarried woman in the 20-30  age bracket whom the ad is directed at. Put your foot down at the expense of looking tough and going unmarried? Maybe not.

Fancy a bite? It’s tent city here!

One of the charms of eating out in Korea is the variety of places you can eat. In reference to eating out, this can literally mean, eating outside in a tent.

Tent restaurants have been well documented by travel books and shows. All I can say is that they have their way of doing things. The food tastes the same, and it also has one of my favourite snacks, fish bread or 봉어빵.

This type of restaurant is closely related to street food, or food hawkers. This where their food stall is on wheels. I’ve seen this China, and Japan as well as Korea. I’ve also heard that South East Asia has this type of food stall too, so it’s not unique to Northern Asia alone.

Not cheesy, just mild in flavour

This time in Cheonan city, in Northern Chunchungnam province, I found packs of Anchor cheese. Almost a whole selection of cheeses. This time I chose the mild flavour, since I’d had the Colby (which was quite nice) before. Thinking there would also be also Kiwi beer beer section in the beer section; there was none. But there were many foreign beers. Looking on the expanded shelves of beers on offer, I spent a few minutes and eventually settled on a Paulander Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb, Weissbier.