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A Guide to Grocery Shopping While Teaching in Korea 

Posted on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 03:48 PM

Once you have settled into your apartment and are sick of ordering food from Yogiyo and eating processed food from the convenience store, it is time to figure out how to grocery shop in Korea.

First time grocery shopping in Korea can be quite overwhelming. Questions like where to go, how to pay, where are certain products, and how to carry all these bags, are all things that can stress you out before you even begin shopping.  

Also, bear in mind, that you will not have a car nor the tools to communicate (especially when you first move to Korea), so every time you go grocery shopping the experience is a part of the adventure of traveling and living abroad. As a person who has lived in Korea for a few years now, I hope this blog will help making your grocery shopping experience a little easier when you begin teaching in Korea.

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Tags: groceries, shopping in Korea, lottemart, shopping guide, what to buy in Korea, food in Korea, grocery shopping

3 Things I Wish I Had Done Before Traveling to Teach in Korea

Posted on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 03:32 PM

I remember the day I left for Korea like it was yesterday. My stomach was flying with nerves as I began unpacking my bags at the airport. I recall my luggage weighing too much and I was frantically throwing things in and out of my suitcase. At that time, I hadn't traveled much and I knew nothing about teaching and had very little knowledge about Korea and Korean people. Even though I tried to do as much research as possible, no travel book could have prepared me for the journey ahead. Below I offer three tips about things you should do prior to departing to teach in Korea.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, teach in Korea, packing, bags, what to bring, what to buy in Korea, shopping in Korea, hangul, learning Korean, Teaching skills, Best blogs, Blogs

Tips on How to Buy Furniture Like a Local in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

Furniture is easy to purchase when you are living in your home country -  you speak the local language and have knowledge about good deals and sales. This simple task gets more complicated when you shop in a place where you cannot read or understand the language, and do not know how to find good prices. Here are some tips to help new teachers in Korea easily find items for their new house just like a local Korean
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Tags: seoul, living in Korea, living in Seoul, what to buy in Korea, benefits of Korea, benefits of living in Korea, Apartments in Korea, furniture

10 Things to Bring to Korea! (Updated Version)

Posted on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

If you are moving to Korea to teach English, here is a helpful list of things to pack. Do it!

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Tags: moving to Korea, a year in Korea, English teacher in Korea, teaching in Korea, accessories, what to buy in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Tastes Like Home: A Trip to Costco in Korea

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

As much as I adore Korean food, sometimes I just need a break from all the rice and kimchi. The availability of western brands and products in the regular supermarkets is definitely respectable, but there are just some things the likes of Lotte Mart, Home Plus, and E-Mart don't carry. Luckily, Costco does exist in Korea, and it's basically a mecca for Westerners who need to stock up on some favorites from home. 

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Tags: eating in Korea, cooking in korea, a year in Korea, foreign products, food in Korea, groceries, what to buy in Korea, Costco, shopping in Korea

One Cellphone Option: Staying Connected in South Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 02:08 PM

I left my country behind. I left my friends. I left my family. I even left In-N-Out. But I couldn’t, I just couldn’t leave my need for a smartphone. It’s like a vital organ! As soon as my phone from the States stopped working, I needed a transplant within 24 hours. And thanks to The Arrival Store, I got one!

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Tags: cellphones, cellphones in Korea, a year in Korea, arriving in korea, what to buy in Korea, the arrival store

Must-Try Sweet Street Foods While Teaching in Korea!

Posted on Wed, Jun 05, 2013 @ 03:20 PM

Feeding off the last blog of Savory Street Foods, this list is for all the sweet savory street foods!  

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Tags: food in Korea, snacks in korea, what to do after, dinner, Hof, cheap goods, what to buy in Korea

Must-Try Savory Street Foods While Teaching in Korea!

Posted on Wed, May 29, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Being that there are so many food choices in Korea, being able to eat a lot of it and the best of the best is very much needed. In addition to the traditinal ddukbokki, fish cake, and fried goodies you can find at almost every stand, the special ones on my list for a salty and more filling taste include:

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Tags: food in Korea, snacks in korea, what to do after, dinner, Hof, cheap goods, what to buy in Korea

Top 5 Things to Buy in Korea

Posted on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 04:40 PM

When teaching and living in Korea, there are going to be things that you need to have during your year long stay that you just won't be able to pack or bring with you. Plus, you should take advantage and buy some things that happen to be cheaper or of better quality in Korea. A year in Korea goes by pretty quick and you can learn to get by with a relatively small amount of stuff, but still, there are things that you might want to have to make your life in Korea more enjoyable or more fun (and who knows when you might actually have another opportunity to buy some of these things!). So with that in mind, here is my list of the top five things that any teacher in Korea should consider buying.

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Tags: Korean culture, living in Korea, gyms in Korea, teaching in Korea, sauna, year in Korea, what to buy in Korea

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