- A huge crowd in front of the grapes in the produce section. Grapes were on sale for 8,000 won for 5 kilos, so people were massing by the grape display to pick up large cardboard trays full of grapes. What will they do with them all?
- A "cupping set" in the health area. This set consists of several rows of small plastic cups, varying slightly in size, and a sucker that pulls the air out of the cups once they're placed on your skin. It's a Traditional Chinese Medicine thing. We got a big kick out of trying them out. It feels weird.
- The employees singing, in unison, and bowing repeatedly, right in the middle of the produce section.
- Free samples of tofu and drinking vinegar.
- Huge sacks of dried chili peppers for sale.
- Covers for everything. If you are on the lookout for a tablecloth, you can find on the same aisle cloth covers for tissue boxes, microwaves, washers and dryers, chair legs, and, most amusingly, refrigerator door handles.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Oddities at E-Mart
Yesterday was a rainy day, so we decided that we'd drive over to Tongyeong (just off the island) to visit E-Mart, supposedly the Korean equivalent of Wal-Mart. Overall, we didn't think it was that much better than Tesco, which is much closer, so we probably won't make a special trip out there again. But we did see some interesting things, including: