Dear Korea #094 - How Do You Like Them Apples?


Happy Monday! I’m sure the majority of you living in Korea might be busy on vacation right now, but for those of you that aren’t, I hope you dig the new comic!

Maybe it’s because it’s hot out, but I’m learning very quickly just how quickly fruit can go bad when it’s out of the fridge. Even when I keep my produce chilled, nothing seems to last very long. Some people have told me that this is because of how organic things are around here. I guess that would make sense, seeing how most of the stuff I buy happens to be from local farmers. Still, it makes things very sad and stinky when I’m gifted with a box of apples that won’t last much longer than a couple of days.

Dear Korea #058

Dear Korea #058

Oh look, another comic about pretty Korean women. To be fair, there are more than enough of those in the country to justify this strip.

Anyways, I’ve learned during my time here that there are so many single women in the country. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with single, but when you see groups of beautiful people that are actively looking for someone to love, you can’t help but question why.

Dear Korea #055 - Insomniac TV

Dear Korea #055

This seems to happen to me every single time. Speaking of which, I actually drew this late at night when a bunch of movies I like decided to come on back to back. I didn’t end up getting to bed until around 6AM.

I guess it makes sense, seeing how most of the movies and shows I entertain myself with are in English, and Koreans may generally prefer to watch stuff in their own language during the day. Maybe I just need a different cable provider. Maybe I should just watch less television. The latter is probably the better idea.

Dear Korea #043 - Food Coma

Dear Korea #043

Hey everyone! I’m back! Those two weeks seriously just flew by. I guess that’s what it’s like when you’re busy with all sorts of crazy stuff. On that note, I apologize for the lack of background in this comic. No one likes a rushed comic, so I’ll try to be better about that in the future.

This particular comic is long overdue, and is dedicated to a friend of mine who moved away a few months ago. This is pretty much exactly what went down during one of the first few times we went to go eat together. The walk home was pretty painful afterwards. I don’t know what people mean by saying that Koreans have such small portions, as they always seem to give ridiculous amounts of food at many of the restaurants I go to. I have yet to walk out of a shabu shabu joint without wanting to find a comfy corner to take a nap in. At least you’re getting you’re money’s worth, right?

The comic will be back on its regular schedule, so see ya’ll next week! Oh jeez, did I just say “ya’ll”..?

Question from a reader: what to tell your parents

A reader writes in:

My parents seemed quite impressed and supportive when I mentioned that teaching in Korea was a possibility for graduates like myself, but now that I’ve actually started the process, they’re, well… less than, shall we say.

Any advice/tips/resources you could recommend to help put them at ease? I’m going to go through with it either way, but it is nice to have them on one’s side..



“You’re doing WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY?!” The questions are as varied as the people, and the responses aren’t necessarily straightforward.

For twenty-plus years, they’ve been trying to keep you safe, out of trouble, and possibly bailing you out of a tough situation. To most parents, choosing to leave your home country will come as a shock, or at the very least a change of plans. In most cases, however, being a twentysomething means the need to recognize your independence.

Some questions parents commonly ask:

Question from a reader: must-knows before coming to Korea?

A reader writes in:

Hi Chris! I love your blog and have learned so much about various experiences in Korea. I am leaving on Friday to Seoul for a week of training and then living in [city redacted] which is nearby Seoul. Just wondering if you have any must knows that you could share with me, as I am clearly becoming nervous as time comes. Thanks so much!


Coming to Korea remains a scary thing. Despite the abundance of information, it’s hard to cut through the out-dated and biased info to find the useful nuggets.

Question from a reader: stuck in a rut?

A reader writes in:

First of all I would like to say that your website is fantastic! Really refreshing, and you seem to cover all angles.

Question from a reader: school gives bad references?

A reader writes in:

I’m having a problem. I’m trying to find a new job in [city redacted], but no hagwon owner will hire me without speaking to my previous school about why I left early. (They stopped paying me on time and I gave them notice and left 2 months before my contract was up. It was an amicable separation.) However, it seems that [hagwon name redacted] is giving me a bad reputation or something, because once I give the recruiter info on my school, I don’t hear back from the recruiter. And, I figure I can’t exactly lie and say I’ve never been to Korea, because they will see that I’ve been there before once I try to apply for a second visa.

Thanks for any advice!


Question from a reader: a teacher’s schedule?

A reader writes in:

Hi Chris:

I stumbled across your blog and I’ve found it to be of great use to
me, as I am going to be heading to Seoul in approximately two months
to teach English. Although I have done quite a bit of research on my
own, I have been unable to find information on how much time I’m going
to have to spend outside of the classroom preparing lessons and
grading papers.

I went to school to be a Spanish teacher and when I did my student
teaching, it was a life-consuming process. I’d be curious to know your
experience with the overall workload of an ESL teacher in Korea.



Question from a reader: being vegetarian / vegan in Korea?

A reader writes in:

Hi, Chris,

I have a question.  I’m interested in traveling to Korea this fall, and am learning Korean to prepare, but have one concern about the trip:  I’m vegetarian.
How difficult is it to eat in Korea if you do not eat meat, fish, or eggs (allergy to eggs)?
Thanks for your help,

Hi S.W.,

Going vegetarian or vegan is somewhat difficult, but manageable. Assuming you’re already familiar with what to watch out for, that makes the job a little easier – and there are a couple great bloggers out there living the vegan / vegetarian lifestyle. More on them in a second.

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