After finishing our meal at the Olive Garden, four co-workers and I went out for a drink.
Notice the pics of foreign people in bars located on the left and right of the main entrance.
The interior of the bar looks pretty good. As we walked in to the bar, however, the serving staff all got the "OH SH*T! Here-come-some-English-speakers" look on their faces . . . this is because a fair amount of the time the English customers in Korea speak very little to no Korean, and at the same time the Korean serving staff have little to no English. If you know anything about the 'face-saving culture' in Korea the Korean serving staff experience far more stress in this kind of situation than any frustration the English speakers might have from problems placing an order for drinks . . .
Gotta love how bars around the world load up the walls with 'manly' stuff. It's a little puzzling to me that they choose English cultural objects to put on the walls when it's in a bar in Korea.
This is pure speculation on my part BUT I suspect that the "MGD" on the wall is to help Koreans order an English beer. For example, 'Original Soundtrack' is shortened to "OST" in Korea. Any English word with more than two syllables, or any string of words longer than two syllables seems to be shortened if it is integrated into the daily cultural space here.
And then the heavens opened and an angel brought forth the beer . . . and my oh my what a big beer it was . . . LOL. (I HATE BEER! Shane and Brendan, however, seemed to enjoy it).
It would be interesting to have a Korean ask customers what they think this poster means . . .
All in all it was a nice Friday night/ending to the week.
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