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A New Twist on Bowling: Korea vs. America

Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 04:56 PM

Pierrot Strike is one of the most recognized bowling alleys in Seoul. With all kinds of entertainment with a focus of bowling as their central means of entertainment, it is one of the must visit locations in Apgujeong with a group of friends or even on a date to show off your bowling skills—or not. Pierrot is practically the fanciest bowling alley in Seoul because of their black light bowling. With house balls that glow as you roll them down the lane, it makes for fun and games with a group of friends while teaching English in Korea.

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Tags: bowling, glow in the dark, Pierrot Strike, free time in korea, sports in Korea, Apgujeong

Sporting Events in Korea: Pohang Steelers

Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 04:20 PM

The last week in February was especially nice while teaching English in Korea; the temperature hit at about 40-50 degrees during the day.  Although Spring officially begins on March 20, this first week in March in Korea was a great welcome for warmer weather; I want to say that Spring is in the air!  The past Saturday, we hit 70 and what a glorious day that was for a Pohang Steelers game at the Pohang Steel Yard.  

The Pohang Steelers is a  professional football club based in Pohang, Korea.  According to Wikipedia, they were originally called POSCO, after the Pohang Iron and Steel Company that owned it. The club was founded in 1973 and is one of Korean football's most successful sides.  They are the most successful team in Asia with three AFC Champions League titles.  The Pohang Steelers competed for the FIFA World Cup in 2009 and place 3rd.  Needless to say, this the Pohang Steelers have what it take to compete!!  

Pohang has a surprisingly large community of English teachers and other foreigners from all around the world.  And facebook has been a major link for connecting to other expats living and teaching in Korea.  Earlier this week, a post to a local group “Pohang Legends” was made by an expat about the upcoming game and if anyone was interested in attending the Steelers game on March 9 at 3pm.  I decided that I would go and I met up with others teachers on the day of the game at the downtown McDonalds.  I was excited to see a few other familiar English teachers in addition to hang out with my new friend Denise.  After some chit chat and waiting around for others to arrive, the six of us split up and caught a taxi to the stadium for the game.

That day, I learned a few things:

1.  How to get to the Steelers (home) games.  POSCO is a huge steel company in Korea and POSCO owns the Pohang Steelers.  The stadium is located relatively close to the steel yard and so, if you say , they’ll usually figure out that you’re going to the stadium, especially if you or someone in the group is wearing a Steelers jersey.  

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Tags: things to do in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, sports in Korea, Korean soccer

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

Following Sports While Teaching English in Korea!

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 @ 08:41 AM

Autumn is upon us and for all our sports fans, you know what that means. Yes, it is football (both American and soccer!) season and it is time to do some serious game watching. However, as an English teacher in South Korea, it can be difficult to watch and follow certain games. Mainly it has to do with the time difference, but I sometimes run into problems with access and availability of games. After over a year in Korea, here are a few things I have learned about watching games.

First off, if you are a European soccer fan, you are in luck. I am a huge Premier League fan and I follow most major European soccer leagues. I never have a problem watching games because soccer is probably the most televised sport in Korea. People here are avid soccer fans, especially the Premier League, and games will be played, replayed, and analysed throughout the week. Unforutanely, most of the commentary is in Korean but you can pay for channels within your basic cable package that do offer televised sports in English. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, sports in Korea, expats, Nightlife in Korea

A Teacher in Korea goes Paragliding

Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Last weekend I celebrated my 25th birthday.  This was the second birthday that I have celebrated since moving to Korea to teach English.  Every year I try to think of something creative to do for my birthday.  Last year, 2 of my good friends flew to Jeju for the weekend.  Because this was my 25th birthday, I decided that I needed to do something out of my element for it.  Since I have never been the biggest fan of heights and I knew that I didn’t want to go bungee jumping and I couldn’t find a skydiving place where  teach English in Gwangju, paragliding was seemed like the perfect idea. 

The biggest challenge that I faced (besides the actual jump) was setting up the event.  With a lot of help from one of our desk staff members, I was able to find a paragliding school with 15 minutes of my house.  For some reason, I was not able to just call in a reservation in order to reserve the date and was subsequently forced to use a Daum account to register online.  Another issue that we faced was with the logistics of bringing such a large group.  Figuring out transportation for 13 people was quite a challenge as none of us posses an international drivers license.  Long story short, it really helps to have good Korean friends who can help you navigate confusing websites and procedural issues.

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Tags: birthday in Korea, things to do in Korea, having fun in korea, sports in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Golfing as a Teacher in Korea!

Posted on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 02:04 PM

Before arriving to teach English in Korea, I have to admit I did not know much about the country. I knew a few Korean words, some food dishes, and a little about Seoul. When it came to Korean sports, I did not know what were the most popular sports in the country. It wasn't until I started watching more and more of the PGA tour during college that I began to notice several Korean players on both the women's and men's tour. Seeing this, I took note that golf must be a fairly big sport in Korea. But I really didn't know how big until I landed in Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, sports in Korea, golf in Korea

Soccer in Korea

Posted on Wed, Apr 04, 2012 @ 10:32 AM

                Park Ji Sung, Manchester United midfielder and Korea's most famous player!

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Tags: tourist spots in Korea, sports in Korea, Korean soccer, K-League

Sporting Events for English Teachers in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

Back home my friends and I loved going to sporting events. No matter the season or sport, it was something that we had been accustomed of doing. When I was researching things to do as a teacher in Korea, I was surprised to see the amount and quality of sporting events just like home. 

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, winter in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, sports in Korea

Baseball in Korea: A Spectator's Sport

Posted on Mon, Aug 01, 2011 @ 02:02 PM

We’re more than halfway through the baseball season now and if you’re anything like me, you enjoy a good baseball game.  Even after you start teaching English in Korea, you shouldn’t be too concerned about being cut off from your favorite sport. Naturally, you won’t be able to attend Major League games anymore, but what Korean baseball lacks in players, it makes up for in enthusiasm.

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Tags: moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, English in Korea, Korea vs. Japan, sports in Korea

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