Being in Korea has opened my eyes to the incredible amount of resources America wastes. Sure you hear about it all the time, but seeing another country in comparison is astounding.
At my aunt’s apartment complex, where I’ve been staying these past few months, there are separate waste bins for decomposable (food) waste, plastic, glass, metal, paper, non-recyclables and even designated bins for donations (i.e. clothes). This isn’t just a particular system for my aunt’s apartment or city. This is standard practice all over Korea. Some fast food restaurants even have special containers just for paper cups to be recycled.
This is incredible on two parts: (1) That Korea has such a solid system set up and (2) that people actually follow. In Korea, recycling is just a given, a norm, commonplace, a standard!
In many places in the US, it’s almost a hassle to recycle. You have to request recycling services, which even then are limited in what they can take. Either that, or you have to drive around yourself to drop off your recyclables. Even in places that have rather impressive and simple recycling systems, people STILL refuse to put in that minuscule effort. In New York City, papers products go in the green bins; aluminum, plastic, and glass go in the blue bins; and everything else goes to trash. The city picks it up for you, and your job is finished. Easy as taking out the garbage. And yet, so much still goes to waste.
Now I’m sure there are avid recyclers around that are exceptions to these claims, but if my experience around SVA and its dorms are proof of anything, it’s that the vast majority is still TOO DAMN LAZY.
Honestly, it’s not that hard.
My lack of Korean food lately has put me into a withdrawal of sorts. I’m moody, irritated, hungry, and insatiable. The most Korean thing I’ve been eating lately has been Kimchi fried rice. But now with final portolios and projects due, I definitely don’t have time to make anything myself. Sigh. At least I’ll be able to go home in a little over a month and eat real food.
Kimchi Fried Rice
I’m sitting in class bored out of my mind, so I start to browse our school website. And what do I see?
I’m on it or a candid shot of me is on the website. I remember last year a person came around to the sculpture building and was taking pictures of our class. I didn’t think too much about it at the time, but whadya know.
There I am in my nasty sculpture clothes in the sculpture building covered in plaster. If you don’t know me personally, you’ll just have to guess which one I am.
Oh and sorry for the long hiatus. I’ve been busy.
It was lunchtime and I was hungry. I dragged myself up to the communal kitchen of the dorm yesterday to heat up some leftovers. I punched in about 1 min and 30 seconds into the microwave and awkwardly gazed around while my food was blasted with electromagnetic waves.
I looked over to this guy who was stirring a pot of ramen or mac and cheese or some sort of concoction that required hot water. To my horror, he was stirring the pot with a plastic fork: one of those cheapo, white, whimpy plastic forks that take-out places give out by the dozens.
I could hardly believe my eyes. He kept stirring away, occasionally lifting the fork out of the pot to check on the toxic soup he was “cooking” up. The warped twines of the fork didn’t even faze him. He licked it clean, poured in his powder, gave the pot another quick swirl, and went on his merry little way.
Luckily, the microwave beeped and I was in the elevator before I could see him eat any of his meal.
Filed under college, cooking
I’m a huge advocate of cooking your own food rather than eating out. Although eating out is fun and occasionally unavoidable, nothing beats the satisfaction of a home-cooked meal. Not only can you control what goes in it, but it saves so much more money than eating the same meal at a restaurant.
College students especially need to hold fast to this fact. We’re spending all this money on tuition, supplies, etc…we don’t need to be blowing even more money on food you can easily make yourself.
Yes EasyMac and Ramen are cheap and fast, but the sodium and msg in that could probably kill you before you graduate. It’s not hard to eat right AND cheap!!
On that note, here’s what I made for lunch today.
I’ve officially moved into my dorm at SVA, and I can’t even begin to say how much better it is this year than it was last year. New fridge, new beds, new desks, new floors, new everything. It’s the same room I had last year, but they’ve completely revamped the rooms. Thank God. Because before, we had God-knows-how-old carpet floors and grungy walls and yuck. So, this renovation is a HUGE sigh of relief.
Quit an improvement, eh?
I’ve been staying at my friend‘s place since the beginning of August. I’ve been feeling too nomadic to write. So hopefully now that I’m more-or-less settled in, I’ll be better about writing.
Filed under college, Life