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4 Things in Korea I Will Never Get Used To

I've officially entered my third year teaching in South Korea.  I'm settled into my new apartment and have already started teaching at my new elementary school.  It's a challenging and exciting time.  On the same token, it causes me to reflect on all my experiences since I started.  From body-altering judo injuries, to eating dog soup (yes I did it!), to meeting the wrath of ajummas getting on the subways.

As I reflect, I recount the things that I grew accustomed to, learned to accept, and also those things that just won't get through to me.  The things I will NEVER get used to.

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4 Things in Korea I Will Never Get Used To

I’ve officially entered my third year teaching in South Korea.  I’m settled into my new apartment and have already started teaching at my new elementary school.  It’s a challenging and exciting time.  On the same token, it causes me to reflect on all my experiences since I started.  From body-altering judo injuries, to eating dog soup (yes I did it!), to meeting the wrath of ajummas getting on the subways.

As I reflect, I recount the things that I grew accustomed to, learned to accept, and also those things that just won’t get through to me.  The things I will NEVER get used to.


Why Korean Men and Women Marry Foreigners (Matchmaking Poll)

I'm not big on talking about the whole dating and marriage thing, but when I came across this article I figured I wouldn't be the only one who was intrigued.  The Chosen Ilbo recently reported a poll taken by matchmaking company, Bien-Aller, about the reasons why Korean men AND women make their choices to marry someone from outside their own ethnic and cultural group.


According to the poll, 32.1 percent of the men said they felt the biggest benefit of marrying foreign women is their lack of interest in their groom's educational background and financial or social status


For me, the reasons Korean men and women make their choices, according to this poll, were not what I expected.  The next three most popular reasons for seeking a foreign bride?


Why Korean Men and Women Marry Foreigners (Matchmaking Poll)

I’m not big on talking about the whole dating and marriage thing, but when I came across this article I figured I wouldn’t be the only one who was intrigued.  The Chosen Ilbo recently reported a poll taken by matchmaking company, Bien-Aller, about the reasons why Korean men AND women make their choices to marry someone from outside their own ethnic and cultural group.

According to the poll, 32.1 percent of the men said they felt the biggest benefit of marrying foreign women is their lack of interest in their groom’s educational background and financial or social status

For me, the reasons Korean men and women make their choices, according to this poll, were not what I expected.  The next three most popular reasons for seeking a foreign bride?


Kim Jong Un Has a Smartphone!!

Will miracles never cease.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the other day that the infamous, fearless leader of the Hermit Kingdom is now equipped with a smartphone.  The article over at North Korea Tech (.org) explained how North Korea is now getting into handheld device game by introducing their own smartphone.

Named the "Arirang" after the popular Korean folk song which is, coincidentally, the de facto adopted national anthem of the ROK, it aims to please.  Or something along those lines.  It has a touchscreen.  And great "security".

This more than likely Chinese produced product is being billed as North Korean hailing from their May 11 factory.  Details surrounding this handheld are foggy, in line with all things DPRK.  With a "high pixel" camera and "Korean-style" applications, I wonder if we'll be able to follow Kim Jong Un on Twitter or catch up with him on Kakoa Talk.


Kim Jong Un Has a Smartphone!!

Smartphone Kim Jong Un Has a Smartphone!!Will miracles never cease.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the other day that the infamous, fearless leader of the Hermit Kingdom is now equipped with a smartphone.  The article over at North Korea Tech (.org) explained how North Korea is now getting into handheld device game by introducing their own smartphone.


The Noob Traveler Packing for Bangkok

I finally decided to take the plunge and go to South East Asia for vacation.

Destination:  Bangkok

It's the second half of Summer break and the plan is for Bangkok.  To see the many different things that this gritty gem of a town has to offer.  Temples, fighting, museums, tuk tuks, it's all in there.

Speaking of all in there.  Packing is always an interesting part of travel.  I remember preparing to come to Korea.  2 huge suitcase, 1 medium, 1 carry-on, and 1 backpack.  Not enough.  Looking back I can only think of one question for myself.  "Self, why did you bring all this crap?!"  For any of you preparing to come to Korea and wondering what to leave behind, I did a vlog about it.  Give it a look before you start packing.

The Noob Traveler Packing for Bangkok

I finally decided to take the plunge and go to South East Asia for vacation.

Destination:  Bangkok

It’s the second half of Summer break and the plan is for Bangkok.  To see the many different things that this gritty gem of a town has to offer.  Temples, fighting, museums, tuk tuks, it’s all in there.

Speaking of all in there.  Packing is always an interesting part of travel.  I remember preparing to come to Korea.  2 huge suitcase, 1 medium, 1 carry-on, and 1 backpack.  Not enough.  Looking back I can only think of one question for myself.  ”Self, why did you bring all this crap?!”  For any of you preparing to come to Korea and wondering what to leave behind, I did a vlog about it.  Give it a look before you start packing.


Faces of Pain: the Tales of My Judo Injuries in Korea

As I am sitting here writing this blog, my arm is slowly returning to a normal color.  Fleeting are the days of tie-dye skin tone and a swollen Popeye-sized forearm.  What am I rambling about?

Yet another judo-related injury here in Korea.  For the life of me I can't understand what I did to deserve the injuries and near death experiences I've enjoyed while practicing judo in Korea.  I'm not talking the normal twisted fingers and toes, or sore shoulders, or anything like that.  I'm talking REAL injuries.

Faces of Pain: the Tales of My Judo Injuries in Korea

As I am sitting here writing this blog, my arm is slowly returning to a normal color.  Fleeting are the days of tie-dye skin tone and a swollen Popeye-sized forearm.  What am I rambling about?

Yet another judo-related injury here in Korea.  For the life of me I can’t understand what I did to deserve the injuries and near death experiences I’ve enjoyed while practicing judo in Korea.  I’m not talking the normal twisted fingers and toes, or sore shoulders, or anything like that.  I’m talking REAL injuries.


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