Faded t, past glories

Yin-yang.jpgA cricket team made up of ex-pats, we played at a ground near Suwon. This was part of a uniform we wore early on at the start of the league. The club design was modelled on the Korean flag, with the club name under it, and the Southern cross embossed over the Yin-yang symbol of the flag. Initially we started with mostly Australians and a few Kiwis.ANZIK t-shirt.jpg¬†When I left there were a huge palate of nationalities in the team. An Indian, a Bangladeshi, an Englishman and much to my approval, the ratio of Kiwis to Aussies coming up to almost equal members. ANZIKs, a great bunch of blokes, they haven’t won a league cup just yet, but these guys never quit.

A can, but like no other

Cardboard box.jpgThe boxes we had to send were huge. I mean, they weighed more than my daughter who is 20 months old. All told, we managed to send about 75kg through the post. That’s more than I actually weigh. Kimchi box.jpgBut, the most revealing thing seen at the local post office were can specifically designed to package and send Kim-chi. Wow. These were made of tin, and had a re-sealable lid. Obviously the senders and Korea post take this sort of thing seriously. I just love marmite, just as well it comes in 500g jars. In comparison, these can probably take a 2 or 3 kilos of Kim-chi.

Kim-chi, is Koreas’ national food. But since, it’s a product of fermentation, it also can smell if you’re not used to it. Personally, I like my kim-chi aged. It’s more sour but less fiery. The opposite is true for young kim-chi. One conceivable probable with the ‘kim-chi can’ would be that fermentation produces gas. Leave the can long enough unrefrigerated, it can lead to a explosive and smelly broken parcel.

Old traveller, broke

Old tote bag.jpgIn the process of packing also comes the process of the choice of whether to keep or discard. I found a tote bag of mine stashed away. You might even call it a ‘man bag’, as no woman would ever use it. Utilitarian, with pockets everywhere, it saw a lot of use when I was travelling Korea (but mainly to see my then girlfriend in Suwon). I tricked out the strap with a carabiner (the ladder hook kept on slipping); and climbing twine to make opening and closing the zippers easier.

Looking on it after years of storage it just looked dusty. No, make that mTote bag, open.jpgoldy. Still, in a peke of curiosity I wondered if it was still any good. I pressed the quick release catch on the buckle. It broke (from being so old and also that the cold makes plastic brittle), falling to the floor. Well, no reprieve for this piece of travel gear. In it I found two receipts for nothing else than a harddisk and a Transcend memory stick, a pen and one zip-tie.