On a recent day, a woman in a black dress with a pink hat and sunglasses entered the Seoul office of a professional software developer.
The woman told me she had just returned from a trip to the country.
She said she wanted to work with a software company and was looking for a job.
The Seoul office was a virtual paradise.
Its walls were decorated with colorful murals and colorful posters.
The place had a vibrant vibe.
There was a huge outdoor pool and a rooftop bar, as well as a cafe and restaurant.
There was a wide range of people, including Korean and American, and everyone spoke the same language.
But the office seemed to have a unique vibe: it had an upbeat vibe and a laid-back atmosphere.
In a few minutes, the woman began explaining how she wanted her new job.
It would be her first time working with a Korean company, and she wanted it to be a high-profile job.
She wanted to be known in the company and be part of a team of like-minded people.
I had no idea where to start, she said.
I thought I had to just go to a job interview.
So I started asking questions and just wanted to make sure I had the right questions.
But it was too late.
I was already a second-generation Korean.
I had never been to a Korean office.
So what was she looking for?
I went back to the company’s headquarters in downtown Seoul.
A few hours later, I had a call from the head of HR.
She wanted to know if I had ever worked in a Korean software company.
I told her about my previous job, but she didn’t seem to understand what I was talking about.
She told me that she’d never heard of it and that I needed to go to the office to get a job offer.
I got to the Seoul building in about an hour, and the woman was waiting for me there.
She showed me to a receptionist who introduced herself as Jie-Min, a well-known Korean celebrity.
I asked what kind of job she was looking at.
She said, “Well, I’m going to give you a job that’s really special and unique and different from any other job you could be a part of.
You’ll be in the first floor, in the office, in a very special environment.
It’ll be really unique.”
I told her I was interested.
She didn’t respond.
The next day, she called again.
This time, I was asked to come back in the morning.
She told me, “You need to go back to work tomorrow.”
I got up early, went to the receptionist, and met with Jie.
She asked me to leave my job, she added.
So, I walked out and left my job for good.
My new job was not exactly like the ones I’d worked in before.
I got a desk with no windows, no computer desk and no internet connection.
It was a very bare office, a cubicle-like environment.
I could hardly see anything, and I had no personal space to be alone.
I sat on the floor, alone.
When I arrived at work, I met a Korean man who was very tall and well-built.
He told me he worked for a Korean government agency.
He asked me if I wanted to come work with him.
I said yes, because I thought he’d be a good mentor for me.
He said he’d take me to lunch at a nice restaurant.
I didn’t have any food or drink in my bag, so I went out with him to the restaurant.
He got us a table and we sat down.
When we finished eating, he said he would bring me a drink.
I asked what he wanted to drink, and he said some water.
I took a sip, and it tasted good.
He took another sip and it had a different taste.
I ordered a glass and then another and another.
He didn’t take my order.
So we started chatting a bit.
He gave me a piece of paper and said, I want you to sign it.
I gave it to him and said I’d like it to say something about the Korean culture and the Korean people.
He signed it and we got back to our table.
He offered me a table to sit at the other side of the table, and after some time, we all agreed that it was a great place to work.
When Jie came to see me, he was dressed in a casual shirt and a black pantsuit.
He wore glasses and a baseball cap.
He had a big smile and a smile that seemed to say, I’ve been here before.
He was very polite and respectful.
We sat down and I told him what I had done.
I thanked him for coming.
He smiled and said that I’m very proud of you.
I wanted him to know that I love him.
He then asked if I would like