100 servings of bulgogi, bottled water, and bento boxes… community members warming up to ‘Guam Jok’

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On the 28th of this month, about a week after Super Typhoon Mawar stranded more than 3,400 Korean tourists in Guam, a Korean restaurant called Sejong prepared 100 servings of bulgogi and posted on the ‘Guam Free Travel’ cafe that all Koreans who wanted to eat it could come. The rice in Guam is different from the rice in Korea, and the chef soaked the rice in water several times to make it taste like rice in his homeland.

The restaurant owner, who has been in Guam since 1991, said, “I’ve always believed that it’s right to help others when they’re in need, so I thought I’d give back to my home country.” He added, “It’s human nature to be able to help others, and I’m glad that no one was injured and that they made it to Korea safely, and I hope it will be a happy memory.” Kyomin Nadia, 55, a local travel agent, picked up stranded tourists in an eight-seater van and transported them from their hotels to restaurants. “After eating, I was overwhelmed by the children who clutched candy and gum in their hands and said, ‘Thank you, I enjoyed the meal,'” she said.

Tourists who had been stranded in Guam by Super Typhoon Mawar and returned the day before said they were in extreme conditions, struggling to메이저놀이터 provide for their basic needs, but that the generosity of other tourists and the local community left them with warm memories. They said that what could have been a nightmare trip turned into “a warm and grateful memory of the kindness shared by strangers with each other.”

South Korean tourists who were stranded on Guam due to Typhoon Mawar arrive at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 on the afternoon of Sept. 29. More than 3,400 South Korean tourists are returning home one after another as the local airport in Guam, which had been closed since the 22nd of this month, has been normalized. /Reporter Ko Un-ho

In particular, members of the KFA in Guam offered rides to the airport through open KakaoTalk chat rooms where tourists gathered, or delivered packages of bottled water from local supermarkets to hotels with water outages. KFA member Lee Jong-won, 56, drove a total of 30 teams to the airport in an eight-passenger van on Sept. 29, the day Guam’s international airport reopened after being closed for a week due to Super Typhoon Mawar. “I don’t know where in the world I’ll be, or when or where I’ll need help, but I don’t find it difficult or wasteful to help people in need while I can,” Lee said. “It’s a great feeling just to be able to return home safely and say thank you.” Mr. Lee is not alone. Through open chat rooms on KakaoTalk, where tourists gather, Korean residents have voluntarily donated groceries such as sunban and banchan, opened up their bathrooms for showers, and even opened up their homes to Korean residents who are at risk of homelessness.

Park Ha-na, 35, a 23-week pregnant woman who is scheduled to return home on the 31st, said, “I was able to borrow a toilet and take a shower through the help of a local Korean community member, and on my way home, I carried a large 19-liter bucket of water.” “Today, they gave me a silver foil lunch box with white rice, sausage, and stir-fried fish cakes with eggs, and I want to say thank you before I leave the country,” she said.

It’s not just locals. Isolated tourists spontaneously created open chat rooms at hotels to share surplus food and other necessities. Tourists spontaneously shared food items such as ramen, cereal, and bibimyeon, as well as medicines such as antipyretic, digestive, and stomach medicines, as well as diapers and toys for babies.

After safely returning on the first flight from Guam to South Korea on Sept. 29, they said they were “filled with gratitude for what could have been a nightmare trip.” When the plane landed in South Korea, they cheered and clapped in unison. Some even cried because they couldn’t believe they were back home safely.

“It was my first overseas trip with my wife and daughter in four years due to the corona pandemic, and I once walked for three kilometers in search of a Korean supermarket.” “I would like to thank all the nameless people who shared information and warmth through open chat,” said Koo Jamin (42), who returned to Korea that day. Mr. Yoo, 34, who traveled with his wife, who is in full-term labor, said, “We shared even baby diapers and helped each other to survive.” So Min-jeong, 41, who has been in Guam for the past 20 days, said, “My husband suddenly developed a fever, and when the hotel system broke down and the air conditioner couldn’t run, travelers staying in the same hotel brought in fans from the supermarket in their rental cars to keep him cool.”

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