What would you do?

Teaching English in Korea – General Q & A

How To Understand Everything

Menelaus and his company lay in wait for Proteus.

“We rushed upon him with a cry, and cast our hands about him, nor did that ancient one forget his cunning. Now behold, at the first, he turned into a bearded lion, and thereafter into a snake, and a pard, and a huge boar; then he took the shape of running water, and of a tall and flowering tree. We the while held him close with steadfast heart.”


“The nature of the universe”, Marcus Antoninus has observed, “delights not in anything so much as to alter all things, and present them under another form. This is her conceit to play one game and begin another. Matter is placed before her like a piece of wax and she shapes it to all forms and figures. Now she makes a bird, then out of the bird a beast—now a flower, then a frog, and she is pleased with her own magical performance as men are with their own fancies.”

Question: Gay DVD Bangs

Question from a reader:

I was wondering if you could go into more detail about those gay DVD rooms in Jongro. I have heard they are used as pick up and cruising spots for some NSA fun. But I don't see how they could considering DVD rooms are meant to be private. Any input would be great! 

Dear Korea #078 - Sorry for the Party Rocking

Dear Korea #078

Happy December everyone! As promised, here is a new comic to make up for the lack of one last week!

I don’t know if it’s just my old age catching up to me, but I just can’t seem to keep up with some of these work parties that I’m often invited to go out to. They actually do these parties in rounds, which I think is kind of funny. Round one will usually involve dinner, and round two can be anything from going to a bar to drink more to getting coffee. I can usually handle that, but it’s those nights that have four to five rounds that really get me.

Questions Worth Answering

These are questions I ask myself regularly:

Dear Korea #062 - One Ring to Rule Them All

Dear Korea #062

This one took a little longer than usual to finish, which is why it’s a few hours late. On the bright side, I’m actually okay with how it came out. Gasp! Shock! Awe! Who knows how long that will last?

어머나! = It’s kind of like the Korean version of “Oh my gosh!”

Dear Korea #045 - Where are you pants?!

Dear Korea #045

Argh, I’m a few hours late with this one. So much for getting experimental. Anyways, look! I’ve drawn hands in every single panel! While I kind of do enjoy drawing hands, it’s obviously something I need to improve on (along with many other things).

Anywhoo, let me start off by saying that I think Korean girls are some of the most gorgeous ladies I’ve seen on this side of the planet. That being said, I’m not sure if I’m a huge fan of seeing them exposing that much skin whenever I take a stroll downtown (though I’m sure there are guys out there that would disagree). They also seem to enjoy doing this in the middle of winter while wearing big, puffy jackets. I didn’t even realize outfits could get that short until coming to this country. I’ve also been told that it actually is in style to look like you’re just wearing a long shirt out in public. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out some of the many K-Pop videos out there.

What I think is kind of hilarious is that most of these girls don’t have big enough bottoms to fill out the shorts and skirts they wear. What can I say? I’m from a magical place in America called the South. I’ve grown too used to apple bottoms. Was that creepy of me to say?

Ever notice how the main character’s hair is ALWAYS changing? Let’s all ignore that..

Dear Korea #026

Dear Korea #026

First off, I don’t have a problem with standing up for the elderly. If anything, it annoys me that younger middle school and high school kids just pretend as if they don’t see somebody that obviously needs the seat more than that.

With that being said, it seems like they always come right for me. Maybe I’m just paranoid. Honestly, I don’t mind. It just kind of stinks on those super long days when I can barely keep my head up.

On a side note, I apologize for the laziness that is the background of this strip.

The Same Same Questions

I've been in Korea for five and half years now. That's right. I'm pushing six years on this overcrowded little peninsula, though it seems more like two. At this point I've become quite comfortable with the place. I have a grip on the language, I know all the crazy food, and I think I have a good understanding of a culture that is, at times, difficult for Westerners to wrap their heads around.

Despite this, I still get the same asinine questions from perfectly bright Korean people who know that I'm not fresh off the boat. It really amazes me.

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