Monday, February 1, 2016

KGSP - HCI Korea 2016

This week was a bit more interesting. HCI Korea 2016 was held in Gangwon-do so the lab went there for the duration of the event. That was cool as this was my first real excursion with the lab. Despite it still being in Korea, it was in a part I haven't been to.

Turns out that part was literally the middle of nowhere. Just a small resort area nestled away in the mountains, but that was fine. The resort itself was really nice. There were ski facilities, a hotel, a casino as well as a bunch other random stuff.

The area was called Gohan, which I thought was awesome.

Getting there was kind of a pain since it was the middle of nowhere, but we got there. The conference itself was alright. Nothing too special, kind of just your standard conference. It's Korea's biggest HCI conference but unfortunately that also meant the vast majority of the talks were in Korean.

I tried to follow along to them, but it's very difficult considering my Korean isn't that good. Plus the use of technical vocabulary doesn't help either. Two of the three keynotes were in English though, so that was really nice.

The fabrication talk was especially cool.

Considering how the conference was at a resort it only made sense to take advantage of the facilities too. As a result I ended up going skiing as well. It's been a long time since I went skiing so I was really looking forward to it.

Luckily I wasn't too rusty so I could still actually ski. That was good because the slopes were quite nice. They were big slopes so it was fun to actually like, ski. I mostly stuck to the beginning slopes though, but for my last run I went up to the intermediate one.

I've been living in this country for like a year and a half but I'm still in awe at the mountains sometimes.

Skiing was fun. Would love to do it again. Afterwards I went to the casino with my lab mates too. Apparently in Korea it is illegal for Koreans to go to casinos except for this one specific one at this resort, so my lab mates have never been to one before.

I don't normally go to casinos either, but at the very least I've been in them before so I showed them how to play the slots and stuff. It was great because foreigners don't even have to pay an entry fee and yet the Koreans do.

I put in 11k, got 35k out. Successful.

But yea, overall it was a pretty fun trip. I wish I could understand a bit more of the talks, but it was still a good time. The resort was really nice. Wish we could've stayed there longer haha. Granted it was pretty expensive.

I don't have anything planned for this week, but I'm going to Hong Kong on Saturday. I took two weeks off from the lab so I'll be away from Korea. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with blog posts so we'll see I guess.

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