Only In Korea Podcast: Businesses Continue To Ban Foreigners

The excuse by Hongdae bar “Green Light” that it’s “not racist” to refuse foreign customers because employees “are not able to communicate in English” is just the latest example of discrimination by South Korean businesses.

Hosts Chance & Travis discuss the story as reported by the Korea Herald, detail the results of an opinion poll on the topic from OinK Facebook members, and play an audio clip of one listener who fears how discrimination in Korea will affect his biracial children.

The 5 Day Deal: Why you should buy it NOW!!

Yes, You Can Get That in Korea. And That. That, Too

Expats of the ROK, stop if you’ve heard this one: You can’t get “____” in Korea.

“I love Korea,” the imaginary newly-established English teacher from various western countries of the world of yesterday would say to other newly-established English teacher friends at the lone expat-friendly drinking establishment in town, over bottles of Hite because, you can’t get decent beer in Korea, and Hite’s at least better than Cass. “But, you can’t get decent cheese here. You can’t get avocados here. I would kill for some kettle-cooked chips. Powdered coffee is gross, some coffee beans would be nice. What about some toothpaste with fluoride? My teeth are going to rot out of my skull!”

Selling Photos in Korea

One of the hardest things that I struggle with is setting a price for my work. Recently, I have looked into how to properly price my work and the numbers were staggering compared to what I normally charge. Now, this is not a “one size fits all” sort of thing but it should give you something to think about. In Korea, one of the things that we sometimes forget is that we are offering a service as photographers and that is the same as we would for teaching a class in English.

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SuDam: Anyone been to this spa service?

I keep seeing ads for this spa service in Korea on Ivan City and wanted to ask if any of my readers have visited. Looking at their webpage it looks like a little bit more of a spa treatment... prostate massage included? They definitely are targeting a gay clientele.

Yangyang Traditional Market

Across Korea traditional markets are still a common feature. Taking place every five days in towns and even cities, the markets give a brief insight into an older part of Korea. For the most part these markets are straightforward occasions and possibly a bit like you could imagine in the so-called olden days, drawing in all the local populace for not only business but also social reasons.

Throughout you can see people meeting and doing business, while at the same time there is a good quantity of back slapping and hearty laughing by the stalls. There are rows and rows of people, mostly old women it has to be said, selling what is clearly the excess from their small gardens, and for them it seems to be as much a chance to get out and meet people, with the added benefit of actually making some money.

Bici Coffee: Java on Wheels

It was about a decade ago when the coffee craze hit Seoul.  Although the caffeinated beverage had been introduced a century earlier, it was often considered a luxury product and was not consumed by common folk until the sixties.  The industry further transformed, however, in 1999 when Starbucks entered the Korean market.  It didn't take long for profiteers to follow suit and before anyone could say "Double Ristretto Venti Non-fat Organic Mocha Frappuccino" the Korean capital had become overrun with a number of domestic and international coffee chains.

Shop Local

I have some incredibly talented friends, not only are they knock outs on skates, but they're industrious little bees that sell amazing products.

If you have access to the internet, or find yourself lucky enough to be in or around Sheffield, you should check them out.


Big Pimpin’

This question goes out to all of you other hagwon teachers out there.

Have you found yourself, at the beginning or end of the public school semester, big pimpin’? I did, on Monday, along with my fellow foreign teacher, as well as everyone else.


Those are the collective of my co-workers at my school. Our director, who also teaches classes, is out there. Hell, even the bus drivers are out there.

Complete with our sashes (or bands, as one of my co-teachers called it), we were big pimpin’ our school among a number of other tutors. At several locations, with promotional materials in hand, as the elementary school children made their way to their first day of classes, we let them know they and their parents should consider our school for their extra studies.

Free Food Madness

One of the things my husband and I enjoy every time we shop for groceries in Korea is the free food.

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