Looking through Mini Cooper – Korea lifestyle

Lifestyle in Korea has been changed substantially. In fact there was literally no lifestyle in my father’s generation from 60’s through 90’s. People had to work at the office and sleep at home like a robot 24/7 all year around with no resting. Then Korean people had to go through IMF period. Everyone began to ask for themselves. What’s the meaning in life after all  those hard-working years after years, then we still had to suffer from financial difficulties.

This question led us to start a new era. Creation of Korea lifestyle!

Typically people go to work from Monday through Friday and they usually work late followed by a drinking culture. Then they enjoy their life during the weekend with friends and family.
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I was kind of minority. I pursue quite unique lifestyle like no other Koreans. I decided I would enjoy myself whenever possible as opposed to postponing my lifestyle till the end of the week. Even going to work is part of fun for me. So I chose Mini Cooper as my lifelong companion.
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Mini Cooper in the fall

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I take photos of my Mini Cooper when I find beautiful places which means I take the time to stop my Mini and got off the car take photos of it, then resume driving. This might be quite strange to most people but when you do, you can enjoy wherever you go via driving.

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Also I take great care of my Mini Cooper. One might say, you don’t even get to see your car’s exterior when you’re driving. Why would you bother to clean it 24/7 especially wheels? I totally disagree with this. When you care so much, you want things to be organized and clean. If you don’t have the time to clean it by yourself, you can use automobile cleaning service near your place which I do.

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Mini Cooper under Cherry Blossom trees
Mini Cooper under Cherry Blossom trees

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Enjoying the beauty of four seasons are big part of my lifestyle, too.

Cherry Blossom season

When spring (cherry blossom season) and autumn, between work and home, I detour places to see more beautiful flowers or colored leaves. Most people go on a flower tour or colored leaves tour during the weekend. But this usually end up with bumping people each other or sitting in a heavy traffic long hours. Why not enjoy it daily.

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“Slow lifestyle” became very popular keyword to Korean people. We always are caught up with busy schedules during week days, so starting a day slowly during weekend became a big topic to Korea people. On weekend, brunch restaurants are quite busy due to slow lifestyle popularity.

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I take this as a great sign because the more people put more importance on the personal happiness, people would have more work performance than ever before. To the contrary of old belief, do less means achieve more through effective working.

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My friend’s Mini Cooper in a small town, Georgia USA.

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Somehow I was lucky to pick up slow lifestyle from my friend living in Georgia even before slow lifestyle became popular keyword in Korea. There is no relation between  slow lifestyle and Mini Cooper, but somehow I feel like I should contribute my luck to Mini Cooper!

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What’s your lifestyle? Do you begin to appreciate your personal agenda? Or are you still caught up with busy working schedule at all times?

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