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Tidbits of Fun Teaching in South Korea

Posted on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 04:34 PM

Living abroad has its surprises. Some aren’t pleasant, but most are. I try to focus my blogs around topics of interest and depth. Sometimes, however, a pleasant happening or surprise is brief without much to say about it. I’ve decided to compile a handful of these into one incohesive blog post. I present some tidbits from Korea.

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Tags: a year in Korea, Korea, events in Korea, food in Korea, eating out in Korea, cultural experience, cultural differences, Good times, Costco

My Great Korea K-pop Adventure, Part One: Flash Mob

Posted on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 05:05 PM

Sometimes in life, and especially while living in Korea, you just have to go along for the ride. In my experience, agreeing to a crazy adventure or event typically seems to work out in my favor, giving me a crazy story at the very least. So, on September 1st, bleary-eyed and semi-apprehensive, my friend and I woke up early so we could catch a cab to the Chinatown area of Incheon. We knew very little of what the day would entail, but the promises of "flash mob" and "free tickets to a K-pop concert" were enough for us to jump right in, hoping the day would exceed our (admittedly low and/or vague) expectations. And boy did it... 

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Tags: Korea, events in Korea, cultural experience, incheon, music, music in Korea, entertainment in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, K-Pop, PSY, Weekend activities in Korea

TEDxItaewon: Ideas worth spreading...in Seoul, Korea

Posted on Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

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Tags: seoul, free time in korea, living in Korea, events in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, TED, critical thinking projects, cross cultural experience, TEDxItaewon, Weekend activities in Korea

Party and Play at the Haeundae Sand Festival in Busan, Korea

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

The city of Busan, South Korea has it all. It is a huge city with an awesome nightlife, tons of attractions, and located right next to some of the best beaches in South Korea. Plus, the climate is a little bit warmer here than Seoul and the traffic is much less worse. In a nutshell, Busan is a slightly smaller Seoul with warmer weather and awesome beaches.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, English teachers in Korea, festivals, events in Korea, busan, Beaches in Korea

A How To: Get Your Music On This Summer In Korea.

Posted on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

I'm all about the music. I am up for any concert, just ask. With only a month and a bit before I leave (tear tear), lately I've been reminicing about all I've managed to experience while teaching and livng in Korea (Are you ready?). I am amazed at how much I have done in such a short amount of time, especially when I think about all the concerts I've attended. It seems like ages ago, but at this time last year I was preparing to witness Lady Gaga's first and very controvercial world tour stop in Seoul. A short while later I joined happy-go-lucky young Koreans lounging on Nami Island for the annual Rainbow Island Festival with Jason Mraz as the headliner.

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, events in Korea, Concerts, music, music in Korea, fun, entertainment in Korea, music guide, Grimes, Activities to do in Korea

Support a Good Cause While Playing Sports in Korea!

Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

Jeju, like a lot of communities and cities in Korea, has a tight-knit foreigner community. As English teachers in Korea, we try to get together for events, dinners, nights outs, and whatever else we can plan. Even though I have made a special effort to get to know some locals and make some Korean friends, at times, it is really nice to spend time with fellow native English speakers that often share the same culture, foods, sense of humor, etc. One event that I have fallen in love with and attend every chance I get is the Jeju Furey Beach Volleyball tournament.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, events in Korea, friends in Korea, sports in Korea

Saying Goodbye to Korea: Don't leave my friends out of this.

Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Time is running out. Please stop saying, "Yeah, we will have to do that some weekend." I have exactly 6 weekends left in Korea and each is pretty much full from 8pm on Friday until late Sunday afternoon. I am lucky in that many of my friends in Korea are also leaving close to my departure date. We are all in a rush to eat lots of kimchi, find Psy socks to bring home and most importantly soak up each others awesomeness before we depart for homes scattered all over the globe. And oh yeah, I still have to find the confidence to make a jjimjilbang date. Umm, a little help please?

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Tags: a year in Korea, seoul, Korea, kimchi, events in Korea, what to do in korea, hanging out with friends in korea, life in Korea, leaving korea, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities 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: fashion in Korea, events in Korea, 2012, seoul fashion week, seoul city hall

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

R16 Korea: World BBoy Masters Championship

Posted on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

I'm not a dancer nor do I ever aspire to be one. However, I do love the art of dancing. Movies like Step Up and You Got Served are my guilty pleasures, so I was so excited to be able to see an actual dance competition in real life while teaching English in South Korea.

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Tags: a year in Korea, events in Korea, Nightlife in Korea, bboy in korea, r16 competition in korea, competitions in korea, Weekend activities in Korea

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