When was the Korean War? Who was the runner up of Wimbledon 2014? Listen to music that mentions something about school and guess the artist and song's name. Read the first line of a novel and guess the novel's name. Where does the Korean president live? Who was the figure-skating world champion? Name the Defense against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Bonus round: Name all the countries and their currencies. TRIVIA!!! There is no better way to spend a Sunday evening!
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Chungdahm’s Social Clubs are a great opportunity for new Chungdahm teachers to get acquainted with veteran teachers as well as with Korea itself. Also, if you are a non Chungdahm teacher and are looking to teach in Korea, maybe Chungdahm’s Social Clubs can be an additional benefit for you. Previous Chungdahm Social Club outings included trips to Everland Amusement Park and Aiins World Miniature Theme Park.
Many people who have been to South Korea have come to realized how self-conscious many Korean people are regarding their looks. Korea leads the world in plastic surgery and also in men’s grooming product sales. It is interesting when I have my middle school boys tell me that they need to go on a diet and when my younger girls tell me that they want to have plastic surgery. Although there is lots of pressure to look beautiful or handsome in Korea, there are some fun ways to do it. Hiking is a tradition here as well as playing sports next to one of the many parks located near the Han River. Many of these parks have weight and exercise machines that citizens can use for free. But there are some of us who like to be on the move. Here is a list of some of the most fun and intense runs that Korea has to offer.
“Some of the top golfers in the world come from Korea,” said my dongsaeng (little Korean brother). He told me 10 of the top 25 female golfers come from South Korea. I wondered to myself, “How could this be? Korea doesn’t even have a lot of golf courses!” There are golf courses, but the majority of them are an hour or two drive out of Seoul (Korean real estate prices are ridiculously high, so it makes sense that it is not in the city.) If you can’t get away, here are some ways to get your golfing fix:
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Daejeon Citizen soccer (big win against Daegu the other day for all those wondering). They are my one true Korean sports love, but like with some relationships, sometimes you find yourself longing for something better. Just like when a man at a football game with his girlfriend sneaks a glance at the gorgeous cheerleaders prancing on the sidelines, lately I have been gazing longingly at a more beautiful brand of soccer. I am talking about the FIFA World Cup, the most popular sporting event in the world, which is currently taking place in Brazil. While a challenge, watching the World Cup in a passionate country like South Korea has proven to be immensely enjoyable, much like a beautiful Messi goal sublimely curled into the top corner. I have some tips for all fans of the jogo bonito on how to maximize your World Cup experience in South Korea.
You may have noticed after reading my critically acclaimed and wildly popular Daejeon Citizen blog that I am a passionate sports fan. While soccer is my first and most intense sporting love, I am also known to dabble in other sports, including baseball.
As a lifelong Boston resident and witness to countless playoff collapses and disappointments, I figured I knew it all when it came to sports and the unbridled passion that accompanies them. But, since moving to Korea last May, I realized that I still have a lot to learn about true fandom.
This is my second Baseball season as an English Teacher in South Korea. Last year, I blogged about baseball and how the Samsung Lions won the League. Well, the season has just kicked off again! As a word of advice for anyone who is considering going to a baseball game in Korea, it is definitely worth it! There is so much fun and hype behind each and every game, I would go to all of them if possible.
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Taekwondo originated in Korea, so one of the goals I listed for myself before coming to South Korea was taking a straight-from-the-source Taekwondo lesson. I had one of my friends help me find a Taekwondo training center around Jangsan, where I live and work. There were a lot in the area, but the closest was one just a couple blocks away, called Dong-A University.
Before I came to South Korea to teach English, I had no idea just how big baseball was here. However, having been here five months already, I can tell it is a BIG deal. From the many stadiums, to the kids in my classes wearing their team jerseys and even their little league uniforms, there is no question about it, baseball is big here in South Korea. In Ireland, where I am from, baseball is not big at all, in fact I don’t even think I know anyone who has watched a game! So, I decided to go see my first game while here in South Korea. The game I went to see was The Samsung Lions vs The Dinos.