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How to Live Cheap, Clean, and Healthy While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 05:56 PM

 Living and teaching in Korea is great. I absolutely love it here. But there are a few differences that can make life a little bit more challenging, like the fact that there isn’t a clothes dryer, your parents aren’t here to cook for you, and space is a luxury. In my blog, I hope to help you overcome some of these obstacles so that you can have a cleaner, healthier, and cheaper life.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, living in Korea, cooking in korea

5 Easy Meals To Cook in Your Korean Kitchen

Posted on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

 So, you have finally settled in Korea, got through ChungDahm training week and finished apartment hunting. You are exhausted and starving after unpacking and now the real nightmare begins... how do you turn on the stove? How does the gas work? What can I make to eat?

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Tags: eating in Korea, cooking in korea, food in Korea, western culture in korea, Apartments in Korea, Korean food, kitchens in korea

Daiso: Dollar Store of Korea

Posted on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

            Teaching English in South Korea certainly is an attractive option for many, and the motivations for doing so vary widely. Obviously the chance to experience a new culture was a strong draw for me, coupled with the glaring and troubling realization that I was not totally sure of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. But another large part of the appeal of this profession was the opportunity to save significant amounts of money. Now, there are varying degrees of frugality that you can strive for, and personally I would put myself somewhere in the middle of the savings spectrum. I do not make many extravagant or expensive purchases (some of my friends jokingly call me a tightwad), but at the same time I am a big lover of food and drink, so I like to eat out with friends pretty regularly. Whether you are a dedicated worshiper at the alter of penny pinching, or simply a person who likes to save a few bucks here and there, one of your strongest allies in the fight for a bigger bank account is Daiso.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, cooking in korea, arriving in korea

(Slightly) Poor Man's Guide to Living in Korea

Posted on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 09:59 PM

So I’m sure everyone has his or her own reasons for teaching English in South Korea. Many people come just for the new experiences and the chance to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, but there is a significant portion of the Chungdahm community using their earnings to pay off student debts. With that financial mountain looming over many of us, we are all looking for ways to save money. Personally, I am not one to spend all my nights staring at my computer screen, depriving myself of fun just for the sake of frugality. But I still do make an attempt (some months I am more successful than others) to save a decent chunk of my paycheck, and here are my strategies for doing so. Don’t worry, they don’t require burning whale oil, living off a ramen and water diet, or using smoke signals to communicate with your friends.

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Tags: money in korea, cooking in korea, eating out in Korea, Costco, eat in korea, Kimbap, Spoiled by Korea, Transportation in Korea

Home Cooking in Korea; New Ingredients, New Recipes!

Posted on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

I was never much of a chef at home, I usually stuck with boiling pasta, draining it, and then adding a bottled sauce and scarfing it down. So, when I first moved to Korea, I was worried about whether I'd still be able to find and use the sauces and pastas I was used to from the USA. Korean grocery stores have a wide variety of new ingredients (kimchi, radishes, gim, duk, etc.) I had never heard of, and at first I was a bit scared, but with a renewed sense of adventure I have been able to be a lot more creative in the kitchen!

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Tags: eating in Korea, cooking in korea, food in Korea

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

Hummus Heaven in Korea: High Street Market in Seoul

Posted on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 @ 09:33 AM

"You look like you could use an almond milk coffee smoothie with real mint chocolate bits," the man behind the counter caught me off-guard as I stood at the entrance of the store wide-eyed and drooling. "I can make it for you now and you can enjoy it while you shop." I nodded, unable to verbalize my gratitude. "Did he just read my mind?" I thought. Maybe he did, or maybe he just saw me for the sucker that I am, regardless, the drink was beyond amazing and I couldn't help but make a few annoying slurping sounds with my straw as I managed to enjoy each bit of the almond milk deliciousness as I browsed all that High Street Market had to offer.  

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Tags: High Street Market, a year in Korea, things to do on weekend, cooking in korea, food in Korea, Itaewon, cafes in Korea, foreign products

Hosting dinner in your tiny apartment when teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

If I had a big house with a big kitchen, I would be hosting breakfasts, lunches, brunches, dinners, snacks, and midnight snacks for my fellow Chungdahm teachers. Unfortunately, that is not the case for English teachers in Korea. Some apartments have kitchens that are smaller than a bathroom, while having no built-in oven is also common in most Korean homes. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, cooking in korea, food in Korea, 2012, friends, arriving in korea

Teaching in Korea - Survival Tips

Posted on Mon, Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:10 AM

Teaching English in Korea can be difficult in terms of getting certain items. There have been a few blogs on the topic and even tips on where to get items. For starters, I have constantly asked for care packages from home because there are a handful of items that I cannot find here, or the price is ridiculously overpriced for the items. This is to the point where international shipping is cheaper, unbelievable! I decided to compile a list of things that are a MUST bring if you do come to teach English Korea, and a tip as to where you can pick up certain products.

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Tags: packing, teaching in Korea, living in Korea, cooking in korea, shopping in Korea, tips, things to bring, foreign products, survival, discount

Want to learn to cook in Korea? Here's a simple recipe!

Posted on Fri, May 11, 2012 @ 10:39 AM

One goal that I have had during my stint as an English teacher in Korea is to learn how to cook some Korean dishes. I am not a great chef by any means and even when I lived in the United States, I rarely found the time to cook. I wanted to change that when I came to Korea because I would be living alone and I knew I would have ample time to experiment in the kitchen.

To make my learning more fun, I decided to invite some of my local friends who liked to cook over to my place. I would buy the ingredients and they would show me how to make some tasty local dishes. That seemed like a much more fun way than looking up recipes online and trying them by myself. And it has been a lot of fun. Plus, I have learned a lot of the past few months.

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Tags: cooking in korea, Korean recipes, food in Korea

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