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My 2012 in Korea: While you were busy Googling 'Gangnam'...

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

Any worries I had about 'losing touch' during my year abroad in Southeast Asia were quickly shattered one July night while I lay in a hostel bunk-bed in Taiwan. I opened my iPad to find an adorable yet slightly chubby Korean man decked out in hip glasses, a funky suit and an irresistible smirk busy bombarding every one of my bookmarked websites. That moment and many more in the following days and months reassured me that my move to Korea would not hinder my mission to stay relevantly informed about all things social.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, seoul, 2012, Gangnam Style, Gangnam, PSY, music in Korea, Korean pop music, Korean pop artists, perks of korea, teaching in Korea

Teaching English in Korea: A Final Goodbye Checklist

Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:37 PM

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Tags: a year in Korea, 2012, leaving korea, things to do before leaving korea, checklist, saying goodbye, teaching in Korea

Seoul Fashion Week While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 09:08 AM

I don't really know since when, but I started becoming more and more interested in the fashion world. I may not come off very stylish (my wardrobe definitely doesn't), but it's been a secret hobby of mine for a while now. Since the fashion industry in America seems to be more centralized in the big cities (NY/LA), I was pretty much limited to just following fashion blogs. However, now that I am teaching English in Korea I finally have the chance to feel like Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen, wearing my big sunglasses and staring at the super tall models strutting down the catwalk. 

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Tags: 2012, seoul fashion week, seoul city hall, fashion in Korea, events in Korea

Happy Pepero Day to Teachers in South Korea!

Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 09:56 AM

Happy Pepero day!

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Tags: 2012, seoul, november 11, Pepero Day, pepero, pocky, fun days in korea, teaching in Korea

Halloween While Teaching English in South Korea

Posted on Sun, Nov 04, 2012 @ 09:26 AM

Let's face it, Halloween when teaching English in South Korea is nothing like Halloween back at home in America. Kids don't dress up, there are no trick-or-treaters, nor are there carved pumpkins in front of homes.

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Tags: a year in Korea, 2012, halloween, western culture in korea, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Holidays in South Korea

Restaurant While Teaching in Korea: Genji the Grill

Posted on Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:57 AM

Here is yet another addition to my ever growing collection of restaurant posts: Genji the Grill.

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Tags: eating in Korea, restaurants in korea, 2012, genji the grill, hanging out with friends in korea, Activities to do in Korea, teaching in Korea

Korea's Obsession with Obesity

Posted on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

Whenever people come to teach English in Korea, they notice and comment on how skinny Korean girls are. You do see some "healthy" girls here and there, but for the most part you see super slim Korean girls walking on extra tall heels with teeny skirts on. You start wondering whether it's their diet or some secret that the rest of the world doesn't know about.

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Tags: diet in korea, 2012, losing weight in korea, korean girls, obesity clinics in korea, 365mc, liposuction, Beauty Products in Korea

An English Teacher in Korea's Life in Anyang

Posted on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

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Tags: a year in Korea, 2012, living in Korea, anyang, pyeongchon branch, celebrations in korea

Ice Cream for Teachers in Korea: Molly's Pops

Posted on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

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Tags: 2012, ice cream in korea, hongdae, hongik university, molly's pops, teaching in Korea

Super!Sonic Music Festival in Seoul, Korea

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 01:03 PM

I live for live music. A perfect night for me consists of a few friends, an awesome outfit, a cold beer and front row standing room at a concert, preferably one with a performer who doles out dance-worthy beats. As soon as I started teaching English in Korea I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Seoul is a hub of fantastic music venues. I snatched up Lady Gaga tickets for the first show of her Born This Way Ball in late April, I aced 'KPOP 101' when my friend brought me to an exclusive taping of Inkigayo in Seoul, I ventured out to Nami Island to dance with Korean hippies and listen to Jason Mraz sing sweet nothings in June and I jumped for joy when I realized I could attend Seoul's Super!Sonic show in August. I originally thought I would have to miss the two day music festival because it was scheduled for mid-week (Tuesday and Wednesday) in Seoul, but I soon realized the Wednesday was not just any Wednesday, it was Korean Liberation Day, so I had the day off and attended my first mid-week music festival at Seoul Olympic Park.

Super!Sonic is the sister festival of Japan's famous Summer Sonic. I missed the festival's first day line-up (due to work) which included The Smashing Pumpkins, Gym Class Heroes, Idiotape, Soulwax and more. As much as I wanted to see The Smashing Pumpkins, Wednesday's line-up impressed me with New Order, Gotye, The Vaccines, Tears For Fears and Foster The People. What was supposed to be another rainy and humid summer day in Seoul turned out to be surprisingly sunny and comfortable. My friend and I spent the day shuffling in an orderly fashion (that's how it's done in Korea) between two stages where bands performed back-to-back sets.

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Tags: Korea, a year in Korea, seoul, events in Korea, free time, Olympic Park, things to do in Korea, Concerts, having fun in korea, 2012, Super!Sonic, Foster The People, music, dance, Gotye, Activities to do in Korea

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