Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

3 Must Know Tips for Packing for Korea!

Posted on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Packing for Korea can be one of the most stressful things you do prior to moving across the world to teach abroad.  If you have never lived in Korea and or experienced Korean culture, misleading stereotypes and conflicting stories about what you can and cannot buy in Korea can make packing confusing.
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Tags: dressing in Korea, packing, Training Center, Clothes in Korea, traveling, training week

A Man's Guide to Buying Clothes in Korea

Posted on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

I am a bigger sized guy. (I’m 6’3, 250 lbs.), Finding clothes that fit me is difficult in Korea and online resources about where to shop for larger sizes are scarce.  This blog is dedicated to you  - the expat males who currently live in, or plan to move to Korea! Beware - you may not meet the average male Korean size. 

Recently while back in the U.S. for vacation, I was thrilled to find a  wide variety of clothes that fit me comfortably.  I replenished my wardrobe to meet my needs for the rest of the year in Korea. If you don't have the opportunity to visit home and stock up while living in Korea,  here are a few tips on where to buy clothes in Korea that will fit and what you should pack prior to departure.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, busan, IFC mall, myeongdong, Apgujeong, Lotte World Mall, Clothes in Korea, men's shoes, Texas Street, Gmarket

Garosugil: The Trendy Area to go Shopping when Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 02:36 PM

Korea is known as the fashion capital of Asia. In recent years, its fashion industry has increased the number of Asian tourists flocking to Korea to shop. When walking through Seoul fashion districts, the bustling crowds are full of Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean tourists who have just come to Korea to for clothes. Asian tourists travel to Korea for a shopping holiday and this has become more and more popular in the years since I arrived. When traveling to Taiwan and Beijing alike, the first words that the locals always say to me when knowing I live in Korea is “K-pop, K-drama and K-fashion.”  

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, seoul, things to do in Korea, fashion, Gangnam, Activities to do in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, garosugil, Sinsadong, Apgujeong, shopping in Korea, Clothes in Korea

A Shopping Mecca: The Seoul Summer Sale!

Posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Myeongdong is one of the shopping Meccas of Asia. During the Korean summer its streets are filled with Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese tourists who bustle into Korea in numbers, stocking up on clothing and brand names. In recent years, Korea has been a growing fashion trendsetter due to the rise of K-pop and the growth of local designers.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, myeongdong, accessories, things to do in Korea, sales, discounts, make up, patbingsu, mandu, kalguksu, Activities to do in Korea, summer in korea, Clothes in Korea

Seoul's Winter Clothing Paradise: Gwangjang Market

Posted on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 @ 08:07 PM

Winter is coming. How do I know? Am I a Stark of Winterfell? Fortunately, I am not. I know winter is coming because it is getting COLD. Winter in South Korea is a frozen hell for a simple boy who is used to the perpetual spring and summer of Southern California. 6 degree weather? About the coldest it gets in my part of Cali is 60 degrees! However, I know I’ll survive the coming winter because I survived the last winter Korea threw at me. If you’re worried about the Korean winter, I'll tell you the secret of how I beat the cold last year: nestled in the heart of Seoul is a magical market of cheap, gently used winter gear. It is called Gwangjang Market.

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Tags: seoul, shopping in Korea, Clothes in Korea

A Teacher in Korea's Obsession with K Fashion

Posted on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

I am currently obsessed with the Korean style, so much that I have been spending a lot of money shopping here while teaching English in Korea. There is definitely no harm in shopping, especially to add a new touch to a girl's closet. With this said, I have been obsessed with Mootta, a website that was recently launched in Korea, bringing South Korean fashion to the rest of the world. It is a fresh and innovative website that brings the world South Korea's trend setting fashion designers. Collections consist of a mix and match between designers to fill your closet with goodies from the head down. 

One thing to keep in mind when shopping in Korea is that almost all clothing is Free Size. I have recently touched about it here. Not all women have the same curves in the same area so it can be a bit frustrating when shopping. I am grateful that Mootta offers a handful of stylish pieces that are not free size which makes shopping in Korea easier.

This easy to work website is in English (great for English teachers here in Korea!), providing you with photos for all their looks, a collaboration of all designers to complete your everyday wardrobe. The best part about Mootta is their extremely quick and easy international shipping which reaches the United States within 3 days and the rest of the world up to 7 days. Shopping internationally has never been so easy and limited to one region. I love that they are trendy and it is exactly what the Korean celebrities are wearing as well!

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Tags: fashion, accessories, obsession, Korea, international, designer, trend, shopping in Korea, Clothes in Korea

Throwing away trash when teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 10:49 AM

Throwing away trash back in Georgia is an easy job. All you have to do is put all the trash in one of those over sized black or white trash bags, take it out to your driveway, and dump it in those giant plastic bins (separating cans, plastic, and glass, of course).

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Tags: a year in Korea, trash in korea, learning in korea, plastic, recycling in korea, donation boxes in korea, charity in korea, Clothes in Korea

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