The last few weeks have been a blur with the wrap up of winter term, thirteen weeks done and dusted. With the chaos of intensives and the recent holidays, it was nice to be able to catch my breath for a bit. But amidst all I had to get done, I didn’t have much time to write. I asked my boss, Michael, on recommendations for topics because my brain was more fried than kimchi rice at 4 am. He suggested writing about the best teaching experience of my life, and the timing of it all was so strange, because after I received this, I went on to in fact, have the best teaching experience of my life.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
In my first year in Seoul, I left the city approximately five or six times. The city can get a bad rep for being too crowded, too commercial, or too concrete. Call me biased, but I tend to disagree. It’s easy to do so when the Han snakes through the city’s half and Bukhansan plops right in the middle. But don’t get me wrong--leaving Seoul once in a while is good for the spirit and for the lungs. One of my favorite places to venture to is perfect for a day trip. It’s peaceful, expansive, and right off Line 4 on the subway. After a long winter, my friend and I decided to make our way down and it ended up being one of my favorite days of the year.Read More
I had never dreamed of living abroad before I met the woman who would become my wife in 2014. She had taught English in Korea for a year and a half and talked so fondly about her time there. I actually have a Korean mother, but while I had visited the country a couple times, I hadn’t been there since middle school, didn’t speak Korean, and hardly felt any connection to the aunts and uncles I had there. When I casually mentioned how much I’d like to learn more about the Korean culture and to get to know my family there better, my wife let me know it didn’t just have to be a dream. We could make it happen.Read More
One of the highlights of my last couple months here in Seoul is definitely my home. There are so many things I adore about it, from many runs to my favorite place in the world, Daiso, to rummaging in flea markets for salvaged wood, to being able to expand my pantry and become a more inspired cook. Two big highlights to mention are that I was the first tenant to move into my place, and when I arrived it smelled like fresh paint; and it’s a forty-five second walk to work. It would literally take me longer to cycle and then chain my bike. But the best part so far has been the experience I’ve had with my landlord, Mr. Jeong. I’ve never lived somewhere and felt so heard and cared for.Read More
The last field trip I chaperoned was to the Lotte World Aquarium. It was my first time visiting an aquarium in South Korea. I was just as or more excited than the students. Unlike other field trips that only have attractions for kids, a museum is enjoyable for people of all ages.
As the name suggests, this museum is located at the same location as the Lotte World Adventures amusement park. Thus, it is in Jamsil Songpa, Seoul. The exact address is as follows: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea. Their operation hours are great, because it is open everyday of the week from 10AM to 10PM. The entrance fees are 31,000 won for adults and 27,000 won for children.Read More
When my husband and I moved to Korea to teach English in June 2017, it wasn’t my first shebang. I’d lived there from 2012-2014 and fallen in love with the country. I moved back to the US to be closer to family; I had no idea then I’d fall in love and marry someone whose mom was Korean. My husband, Wayne, had heard me go on and on about how great my experience was in Korea, and it wasn’t long before he told me he wanted to teach there for a while, too! He thought it’d be a great opportunity to get in touch with his roots. I was ecstatic to hear this.Read More
Wisdom teeth growth was one of those things that I always braced for but eased up on as I got deeper into my twenties. I thought, if I’ve made it this far without them showing up on an X-ray, I clearly am one of the chosen ones that would never have to deal with it. I cruised through early adulthood very much like an early adult, without any health or dental insurance to accompany me as I made very early adult decisions. But last year, after years of working odd jobs without insurance and a cocktail of natural, ayurvedic, and eastern healing techniques I found on google, I knew time was ticking to get my teeth checked. When I got to the office, the dentist told me I had not one, not two, but four wisdom teeth growing in. This especially irritated me because I barely have room for all my adult teeth, and now these nuggets were here to sabotage my WikiHow’d wellness retreat for one. Because I hadn’t had stable income for a while, I wasn’t covered on insurance in California before my move. So when the costs rang up, I was bound to pay hundreds of dollars, and not only that, but it would take a while to secure an affordable dentist because the offices are all so busy. So I decided to wait here, and I am so glad I did.Read More
Valentine's Day is now an international holiday that many celebrate around the world. Like many holidays that get adopted around the world, the manner of which it gets celebrated can change as it is combined with a country’s culture. I am used to viewing Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate love - in a family, in platonic friendships and romantic in relationships. As for in romantic relationships, when I think of Valentine’s Day I think anyone can ask someone of their interest to be their Valentine. Growing up I recall being told I should wait for a guy would ask me to be his Valentines. This simply isn’t the case in Korea.Read More
Seollal (설날) or Lunar New Year is arguably the most celebrated national holiday in Korea. Solar New Year on January 1 is also observed in Korea, however Seollal is much more celebrated and significant and lasts for three days (the day before, the day of, and the day after). In 2019, Seollal falls on February 5 of the Gregorian calendar and Chungdahm teachers have all of February 4 to February 6 off for the holidays.Read More
As a Chungdahm teacher, getting laser eye surgery in Korea is a viable option and something I am in the process of doing. This is a significant decision, therefore, I want to take my time and do the research and my due diligence before choosing the proper clinic, doctor, and type of surgery for my eyes. Let’s take a look at the different types of vision correction surgery, some clinics and prices, and procedures prior to surgery.Read More