That doesn't sound too hard, does it?
So I go to the website. No problem. Try to log in. Popup.
"*#&@^$^@%@%^" (translation: "this is Korea, durr. We haven't heard of google chrome, or internet platforms other than Internet Explorer Six") ... or to be more accurate..
you get the idea.
Firefox? (also known as the world's most widely used web browser) No dice. Safari? No dice.
Welcome to Korea. Mac users need not apply. My own dumb fault for getting a mac, I suppose, but cripes almighty!
screenshot: oh really? you don't say.
So I phone the operator at the immigration phone line thoughtfully supplied by the government of Korea. How nice. Really. and the lady was quite polite and patient, as she asked me to tell her my hikorea login and password over the phone (seriously, Korea? this is how you do things? have people read passwords to other people over the phone?)
except that there was NOTHING she could do. Literally nothing.
The password I got when I registered didn't work.
"So how can I get a new password?"
Well, just go to your fax machine...
"Nobody uses fax machines."
Seriously? A FRIGGIN' FAX MACHINE is the only way to recover your password?
Youtube lets you click a button, prove you're not a machine, and sends an e-mail to the address you originally provided. Would that be so hard?
"But if you don't have a fax machine you can't get a new password."
Kind of misses the point of bringing the service online, don't you think?
"Maybe you have a friend who has a hikorea login that can make a reservation for you?"
Umm. no. Why should I need to?
"Maybe you can come in really early tomorrow when the lines are light?"
Got classes then.
So I'm going to end up sitting in immigration for THREE FRIGGIN' HOURS of my ONLY FRIGGIN' free afternoon of the week (thanks to the new "hey, your seniority means nothing; you're all working four nights a week; newlywed nothin'! Better enjoy your new bride on the weekend, 'cause you'll be getting home dead-tired ALL WEEK!" policy at my school) because that lovely, thoughtful phone line won't let people make reservations over the phone, even if they can provide all the pertinent id numbers.
Nope. They just have the phone line to talk you in circles until you go back to the website, so that nobody has to actually directly deal with you.
I'll be positive tomorrow. Right now I'm friggin' choked.
And dear everyone running a website in Korea: it ain't 1997 anymore. figure out a way to run your website on more than just Internet Explorer six. Dumbass.