Work Hard And Play Hard At SK Planet ADF

As I said in previous posts, I am in South Korea with Haas classmates for three weeks on an international consulting project with SK Planet. Specifically, I’m working with the ADF division, which focuses on developing mobile applications for the global market. Every morning, from 10:00a to 7:00p, my classmates and I work in the SK Planet office alongisde developers, product managers, and marketing managers to enhance the mobile app development process.

We work hard. We also play hard.

Every year, the team goes on an off-site sports event. Basically, the guys play soccer, basketball, and jok-gu (foot volleyball) while the girls um… ride bicycles and clap for their male coworkers. Yeah.

Specifically, we took the bus from Myeongdong to Yongsan. There are parks and sports facilities sandwiched between the river and freeway. Continue reading after the jump for more details!

There’s free gym equipment underneath the bridge. Why join a gym in Korea when you can just work out in the open air? Actually, I had a clumsy accident here upon arrival. I walked into a bench, skinning left kneecap and bruising my shins.

The guys from SK set up a tent (in SK colors of course) and laid out a tarp. They also brought a chair for the big boss. There was a game of foot volleyball already going on. Popular in Korea and Southeast Asia, foot volleyball is similar to volleyball. However, instead of bump-set-spike, you have to use your head or foot to knock the ball to the other side of the net within three attempts.

People brought snacks such as chips and onion rings. Also, there was makgeolli in bottles. It didn’t taste as good as the makgeolli in restaurants. However, it was portable. So that’s a plus.

Before the serious competition began, one of the ADF team members led the others through a stretching routine.

Chicken and beer: a popular combination.

Here’s my classmate playing basketball with some ADF members. The sports contests are supposed to help the employees relieve stress and increase their morale. I asked one of the team leaders whether there was a prize. When I discovered there was no prize, I suggested the winning team should have their pictures posted at the entrance of the office for one week. The losing team should bow to it every morning. The Koreans liked the idea.

Here’s me chillin’ in the most awkward and flimsy hammock ever.

Later, we moved to the soccer field for the main event. By the way, the tall golden building you can see in the distance is the 63 Building (also known as 63 City). Not only did it used to be the tallest building in Korea, it was featured on the cover of Sim City 3000 Unlimited. Nerdy fact, I know.

Once the game got underway, it wasn’t long before the first goal was scored. During breaks, some of the players drank beer and chain smoked. Take that, lungs and liver!

The girls (and a few guys) sit and cheer on the soccer players.

As the sun began to go down, the sky displayed pretty colors. This area is really pretty and I would like to come by in the future and ride a bike down the lane.

One of the teams won the game, but I’m not sure which. I was busy running around the sidelines taking pictures. Also, I couldn’t understand any of the Korean that was being shouted.

Here’s the final team photo. After the sporting event, we went to dinner at a pork restaurant. Basically, we drank a lot of Hite beer and Soju and ate a lot of fatty pork. The big boss paid for everything. Great thanks ADF for being awesome!

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