Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Treating My Acne in one of the Beauty Clinic Capitals of the World

Posted on Thu, Nov 22, 2018 @ 05:39 PM

Everytime I get used to my life in Seoul -  of all of the benefits, opportunities and experiences - something new comes my way. If you keep up with my blogs, you may recall that I have received laser hair removal and underarm botox while in Korea. 

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Tags: skin care, Health in Korea, beauty, Beauty Products in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Korean Side Dishes: Banchan 반찬

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

My love and appreciation for banchan began in Canada growing up in a Korean family with a passion for Korean food and continues while teaching with Chungdahm in Korea. Teaching in Korea with Chungdahm is an amazing experience. My students are just wonderful, they love to learn the material and I have so much fun teaching them and interacting with them throughout each lesson. Also, you will really enjoy spending time and going out to eat with your fellow teachers too, and of course, banchan will be involved when you go to eat out.

Banchan, 반찬 meaning “side dish” in Korean, are served as the prelude to the main dish. However, they don’t serve the purpose of appetizers. They add a whole new dimension to a meal and act more as complements and are eaten together throughout the meal. When you eat out, which you will do a lot, expect to see anywhere from 5 to 12 different side dishes, and the best thing about them besides the variety and taste is that you can ask for more once you are finished.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, health, Health in Korea, Korean food, banchan, food in Korea, restaurants in korea

My First Hiking Experience in Bukhansan National Park

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’d  consider myself very health conscious. There is a range to this. LA health can become a parody of itself, with twelve dollar activated charcoal juice and any vegetable you can imagine being “massaged.” Yoga studios charge exorbitant amounts for classes that make you wonder how aligned the practice is from the place it was created. But for each absurdity you encounter when it comes to wellness, there is also gold. While raised in a predominantly Asian and Latinx neighborhood, there was a fruit stand each direction where I could buy a mango bouquet drenched in chili powder and lime as well as decades-old family run acupuncture studios passing down the stunning tradition of cupping therapy. I had the privilege of having access to so much greenery, with mountains skirting through the city, with countless breathtaking hikes that jumped out at you from the freeway. I’d run through the mountains as frequently as I could, so when I got to South Korea, I knew Bukhansan National Park would be my friend. But I was wrong.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm, Health in Korea, hiking in seoul, hiking in korea, Korean mountains, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Join Me for a Korean Kickboxing Class in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Do you want to learn a new skill and get a great cardio workout simultaneously? Feeling stressed from work? Have some extra energy to spend? Come and join me for a kickboxing workout in a Seoul Mixed Martial Arts gym that offers kickboxing, jujutsu (also known in the West as jiu-Jitsu), and weight training.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, fitness, pursuing hobbies in Korea, personal growth, health, Health in Korea

Neil's Amazing Korean Adventure: Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Contrary to getting wisdom teeth taken out in the U.S., things are done a little differently in Korea. For example, I only have one wisdom tooth left in my mouth because I’ve had three previously removed over the course of several months. I have never had to be put under for any of the procedures. Each only took between 5 - 10 minutes, and I only needed to have stitches one time. My situation sounds odd, doesn’t it? Usually, we are used to having them out in one go, but I think that the process I went through is much better than conventional procedures in America.

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Tags: dentist, wisdom tooth extraction, dental insurance, life in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, expat, health, Healthcare, Health in Korea, teeth

Learn About the Secret Benefits of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Having spent the last three years living and teaching in Korea, I have grown a strong love for the country. There are just some things here that I will never be able to get anywhere else. There are some things that I enjoy, I hold on to, and I use them to their fullest. This blog post is about the unsaid benefits of living in Korea and will focus on a number of differences, primarily focusing on my experiences between the living in the U.S. and South Korea.

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Tags: Transportation in Korea, food in Korea, Korean food, Health in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, Social Clubs

Signing up for a Gym Membership while Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

When you begin teaching in Korea, you will quickly realize upon your arrival that Korea is one of the leading fashion capitals in the world. The Korean influence has been spreading from their Kpop music, Korean movies and dramas, and Korean fusion food. One thing that you will notice in Korea, is that many Koreans try to keep in shape from the youngest to the oldest in Korean society. With all of the soju drinking and Korean BBQs, you would think that Koreans would be so unhealthy. However, this is not the case for many people.  In this blog I will write how to sign up for a gym membership.  If however want to learn about how to workout in non-traditional gyms, such as at a yoga studio or at a bouldering gym, feel free to also check out Linda's recent blog.

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Tags: gym, gyms in Korea, working out, fitness, Health in Korea, living in Korea, living in Seoul

Working Out on a Budget in Seoul

Posted on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

If you haven’t lived and taught English in Korea for long, you quickly realize how important one’s appearance is. Beauty and fashion go hand-in-hand here. Korea is one of the top consumers for make-up/beauty products for both men and women. Unfortunately, buying all of these things can add up quickly and hurt your wallet. Luckily, if you live in Seoul, you can take advantage of the Han River, surrounding mountains, and numerous parks nearby to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some places where you can workout while living on a budget in Korea.

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Tags: seoul, Korean mountains, hiking, Han river, Health in Korea, bike, gym

Who Says Guys Can't Have a Spa Day? A Trip to Yuseong Spa

Posted on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

            Life in South Korea is not for the faint of heart. I slave away for 30 hours every week shooting the breeze with kids and confronting the depressing financial realities of a life with minimal expenses and far too much disposable income. All of these hardships can really weigh on a man’s soul and test his ability to endure, but luckily this weekend I had a chance to rejuvenate my body and mind with a trip to Daejeon's Yuseong Spa. Yuseong Spa (so famous that it has a subway stop named after it!) is a well-known locale among Daejeon residents, and certainly is a spot that any visitor should try to include in their tour of the city. For those of you not familiar with the area and unable to read English signs in the subway, Yuseong Spa can be reached by leaving the Yuseong Spa subway stop through Exit 7.

 

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Tags: Korean culture, spa in Korea, Health in Korea, Relaxing in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

LASIK in South Korea: What's the Deal?

Posted on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

I can see! I had been wearing glasses since I was 7 years old in the first grade. Between then and my late teens, my eyes progressively worsened into a strong astigmatism. Before going to college, my parents bought me contacts. Because my astigmatism was so high, my parents at first and then I paid over $500 for contacts every year since college. But now fresh at 26, I can see without glasses or contacts after receiving an affordable LASIK eye procedure in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea.

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Tags: health and safety in Korea, Health in Korea, Healthcare, LASIK, south korea, teaching in Korea

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