Things That Go "Beep" in the Night

I know I’ve already talked about the technology here, so I’m not going to bore you with any more details about how cool it is that the Korean can

Suffice it to say that listed below are the things that, along with their other functions, have the amazing capacity to wake a sleeping baby/toddler/preschooler/kindergartner from a nap and/or a deep dreamless sleep.

 Let’s begin in the kitchen, shall we? Here is my dishwasher. It is beautiful. It is brand new. I admit I’ve come close to weeping over finally having one of these bad boys. And, oh my, does this baby sing. When you start it, when it ends, when the drain is clogged, when it thinks you may have forgotten about it… (OK, I may not be able to prove that last part, but I’ve had my suspicions).

And then there is my itty-bitty little Korean oven.  Apparently Koreans don’t bake much (duh) so their ovens are less than optimal for Americans.  I roasted a 12 pound turkey a couple weeks ago and it took up the whole darned thing.  I even had to take the rack out and set the pan on the bottom.  Ours happens to be a convection oven, and also a microwave too.  Don’t worry, the feet are optional.  Anyway, beep beep beep.

My fridge has a nifty feature. When the doors are left open, it beeps a few times to let me know. This is helpful, as The Marauder (aka Gabriel) loves to open the freezer and check out what’s going on in there. Then he likes to wander away with some frozen items and stash them in an unlikely cupboard. (They haven’t figured out yet how to make food beep, though, so I’ve lost more than 1 bag of peas). This is also unhelpful at times. For example, when I’m trying to put away groceries after just having put Ezekiel down for nap. Argh.

On to the bathroom.  Yes, I DID say the bathroom.  Thanks for clarifying.  Anyway, apparently lots of Koreans have emergencies in the bathroom.  Ack, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!  Or, ugh, I’m out of toilet paper.  Never fear, there is a pull cord that sounds an incredibly loud alarm throughout the house.  If you don’t hihgtail it to the main panel (in the living room, see below) and turn it off, a very helpful guard will call you from their station to make sure you are OK (and have enough toilet paper… KIDDING!).  The main problem with this contraption is that it is placed right above the toilet paper dispenser and can easily reached by young hands, or bumped by older ones.  Notice ours is now taped up.  Don’t ask questions you don’t really want the answer to.

Below is the remote panel for the bidet.  It’s not really remote, though, being right next to the toilet.  But it meets the criteria for this post because it does beep loudly when used.  Forget privacy.  Thankfully, the bidet has a sensor and can’t be activated when no one is sitting on the toilet.  Otherwise I’m sure we would have a constant water fountain going in the bathroom.

Not much to say about this one, other than it’s an air conditioner, of which we have three.  All of which sing a little tune when you turn them on or off.

This is a light panel.  It turns on and off the various lights in a room.  The living room has three different lights.  Plus, I believe, there are timers and such on the left.  The way I figured this out was that three days in a row, when I went to get Zeke up from a nap, the light was on.  The first day I suspected I forgot to shut it off.  The second day I suspected someone else had snuck into the room to perpetrate some mischief.  The third day, my brilliant husband said, “Hey, do you think maybe one of these buttons is a timer?”  Smarty pants.

This baby (below) is the main control panel for the house.  Supposedly you can do all sorts of nifty things with it, including contact the guard station, set the alarm, etc.  More importantly you can turn OFF an alarm.  I think you can maybe even order dinner (I’ve REALLY got to practice my Korean so I can work that one).  To us ignorant Americans it is just a glorified doorbell plus peephole, though. 

To truly understand the volume of this device, you have to watch the video below.   We’ve had some “wrong numbers,” both of which came after midnight.  What gives?

And now, assuming you didn’t stop reading ages ago, we’ve made it to the final two.  These two happen to be my favorite.  I don’t know why I find them so amusing.  But I do.  I laugh and laugh whenever they go off. 

This speaker is placed on a living room wall.  About once a week, a very important announcement is made.  It goes something like this.  First, some soothing classical music alerts you to the impending notification.  This is followed by the dulcet tones of a gentle female voice.  She has something urgent to say, I’m sure of it!  She goes on and on, perhaps for more than a minute.  And then, saying the only two words I recognize in the whole monologue, she thanks me and signs off.  Really, I wish she would visit more often.

Finally, to demonstrate how the Koreans love their melodies, I’d like to share with you the lovely little song that our washing machine plays as it finishes its cycle.  Ignore the cacophony in the background.  That is all-American made.

Happy Advent, everyone!


  1. that’s funny! that’s a lot of things that beep in your place. koreans do love technology. loved seeing the girls’ faces and gabe going at it in the freezer.

  2. I second Judy’s comment. LOVE that picture at the freezer. And I think a few more posts dedicated to the “ordinary” stuff in your apartment would be utterly fascinating (to me, at least).

  3. I’m now going to be mildly-to-moderately obsessed with your living room speaker until you can figure out what the woman is saying.
    That’s creepy! I’m overwhelmed by six dozen different conspiracy theories about its function! Please, for my peace of mind, figure out what it’s doing!

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