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6 Must-Try Coffee Drinks Now in Korea

Pumpkin spice latte is the popular coffee flavor in the fall, but it’s time to try some more adventurous coffee creations.

These are some unique flavors (and sizes) currently popular in Korea that you must sample.

Trazy’s 8 Step Guide to Korean Restaurant Culture

Even the most experienced foodies can feel lost at authentic Korean restaurants.  Follow these 8 steps to enjoy the flavours of Korea like a local.


The most delicious Korean restaurants are often hidden in basements or behind small alley ways. Locals use Naver Cafe, a Korean-language-only free blogging service used in a similar manner as Yelp, to research restaurants and order the most delicious recommended foods on their menus. Don’t know Korean? Trazy’s got you covered, check out our restaurants section.

Itaewon Reborn

The gates to the famous district in Seoul, South Korea

The gates to the famous district in Seoul, South Korea

I must admit that I never really liked Itaewon until now. It just seemed like too wild of a place. I think that it stems from a night where I tried to find a hostel there and found myself walking up Hooker Hill. I was then promptly grabbed by a large Russian prostitute and almost dragged into a seedy bar. Her Schwarzenegger-like accent demanded me to “have a good time” but I broke free and ran like hell.

Cheorwon County

Gangwon Province, South Korea — One late Friday afternoon, I didn’t know what came to Danny’s mind but he drove both of us all the way to 철원 (Cheorwon), situated at the center-most of Korea peninsula. I would have been very scared and probably refused if it was after the recent tension that has been all over the news for many days.

We visited 2 major historical places in Cheorwon.

1. North Korean Labor Party headquarters (노동당사 / Nodongdangsa)


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Eulalia Festival 2015

Seoul, South Korea — Danny and I visited Haneul Park 2 weeks later after its annual eulalia (silver grass) festival last October 10 to 17, 2015. Haneul or Sky Park (하늘공원) is one of the 5 theme parks in Nanjido, where it has been known to be the city’s dump site around 1978 to 1993.


There were still quite a large number of visitors although a couple weeks had passed the festival. Upon arrival, there was no entrance fee but, we purchased a round-trip ticket ride for both of us. Hiking is another option and it could take at least 40 minutes to do that while the ride is only for 10 minutes.

Andalusian Cycling, Summer and Autumn 2015

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After my summer travels in Europe I had a little free time before I began the academic year and what follows is a list of some of the more enjoyable cycle rides that I found myself doing as I prepared myself for work again and some that I have managed to squeeze in on my days off since I have returned to work.

6 Ethnic Enclaves of Seoul

Not all of Korea feels Korean.

Korea is approximately 96% ethnically homogeneous, but also serves as one of several central business and international relation hubs for all of Asia. Similar to large cities in the USA, Seoul also has different ethnic enclaves with authentic foods, residential housing and services dedicated to their respective nationalities.

Here’s a short description of where to find these ethnic enclaves and some things you can find there:

Central Europe: Prague, Czech Republic

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I’ve been so preoccupied with getting my head around my classes at work for this new academic year that I have slightly neglected my writing from my summer travels. Fortunately I have only one more entry to make, and judging by how much time has lapsed and the minuscule notes I might not be able to give the full picture!

1. Edge of the town square

Meet the Latest Hot Alcohol Drinks in South Korea

Perhaps, you know that South Korea is one of the heaviest drinking countries in the world. You will either witness or experience the wild drinking culture of Koreans for once during your stay. But, please let’s not over drink and pass out on the street! So the question is, what kind of alcohol do most Koreans drink? It’s ‘soju’, of course.


You just can’t imagine how much Koreans love soju. To help you get the picture, here’s the figure. An average Korean adult drinks 9.16 liters of alcohol each year, which is around 60 bottles of soju. And 1.5 million bottles are consumed in just a month. Unbelievable!

Top 3 Fall Foliage Trails in Korea

Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Sep 24~Oct 07)

Congratulations Mini EFat Girl, newcomer Tae-Hyun for making it up to Top 3!! :)



Summer in Nami Island

Chuncheon, South Korea — Winter Sonata, tall trees covered with snow.. does it ring a bell? Oh yes. It’s a popular Korean melodrama back in 2002, which shooting set is at Nami Island (남이섬), also known as Naminara.

I was discouraged when I heard some people said that there is nothing to see (or do) in Nami. But it didn’t stop me from visiting, and I have to disagree. I saw everyone around there with happy faces and I think anywhere is a great place as long as one enjoys the company.


Vlog Entry #22: Get Wet, Go Wild

Drift with me through the streets, hillsides and waters of northern Vietnam on the “Get Wet, Go Wild” tour, offered by Vietnam Backpacker Hostels! Catch a glimpse of Hanoi’s top attractions: Quan Thanh Temple, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the West Lake. Then hop on board a junk boat to cruise past the cliffs of Ha Long Bay. Throw in a bit of swimming, kayaking, rock climbing and beach volleyball for good measure. Lastly, journey inland to the rural Mai Chau Valley, home to breath-taking, emerald rice paddies and towering, dramatic peaks.

ESL Teachers: Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think

I recently came across an awesome blog post from Thought Catalog by Brianna Wiest called 20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are. In my opinion, this post was about fulfillment as much as it was about reflecting on signs that we’re doing better than we think. I believe it applies to ESL teachers who are doing life away from home because normal challenges in life become amplified without our home base of support to fall back on. Over time the smallest things can get you down and make you question how much longer you can stay on the vagabond path. Even more so, maybe it causes some of us to ask ourselves if the decision was even the right one in the first place.

Teaching ESL abroad is a magical experience though, isn’t it?

Central Europe: Vienna, Austria

0. CoverHaving boarded the cross-border train from Budapest to Vienna I settled into the book that I had been picking up in bad weather moments and tedious flights. Train journeys are usually quite calm but this one had the added excitement of an unscheduled stop at the Austrian border to allow border patrol guards on. Although no one was ejected from the train they methodically worked their way through the carriages checking people’s passports and credentials, a gradual accumulation of ‘illegal’ refugees and migrants grew between the border patrol guards as they moved along the train.

Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Sep10~23)

Congratulations Mini EFat Girl, newcomer Ellie P and Jennie S. There were a lot of new participants this week although they couldn’t make it to the top 3. :)



The M&M Trail of Sulawesi: Makassar to Manado

The M&M Trail of Sulawesi: Makassar to Manado (via The Togean Islands)


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Teach ESL Abroad to Travel Like a Pro

ITA - Photo Logo 300 x 250Among the many reasons why teaching ESL abroad rocks is travel. Being in the country you teach in is travel in and of itself. Take for example South Korea, which is where I am.

7 Reasons Why Malaysia Is Awesome

If you haven’t been to Malaysia yet, you’re doing it wrong. “It” being anything from adventure activities, lounging at the beach, appreciating architecture and history, eating foreign cuisine, and/or experiencing cultural diversity. One of the most underrated travel destinations in Southeast Asia, this place has it all! Below are 6 reasons why Malaysia should be next on your traveler’s bucket list.

Top 5 Souvenirs You Should Buy in Korea


What do you usually buy as souvenirs when you travel other countries? Small magnets? Cards? Or key chains? You may have had an experience of buying some souvenirs that only took a large portion of your suitcase and never looking at them again. So, Trazy recommends you the top 5 souvenirs from Korea that you won’t regret buying at all.

Central Europe: Budapest, Hungary

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I arrived in Budapest in the middle of a horrendous thunderstorm, after grabbing an airport bus that connected to a glorious tram with an interior daubed with olive green walls and low-light yellow glass wall lights I arrived in Budapest at Nyugati train station. After getting slightly confused in a rather grim underpass that had partially flooded from the torrential downpour that was continuing above, I discovered the correct exit and, closely hugging the semi-shelter of building walls, walked the few hundred metres to my hostel. The weather refused to allow any evening activities and with a common room full of bedraggled travellers I chose to have an early night.

Vlog Entry #21: Amazing Malaysia

This video takes you along with me through the streets and waters of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Langkawi and Penang! Special thanks to my Malaysian friends and hosts: Kristy, Edwin, KT, Denise, Amanda and Marcus. My trip wouldn’t have been nearly as amazing without you!

All about the Korean “Room” (Bang) Culture

Rooms, or “bangs” as it’s translated into Korean, form a huge part of the entertainment industry in Korea. Koreans love to spend time with their friends, lovers or family in these rooms that offer much more privacy. Some of the most popular of these are places like noraebang (Korean karaoke), or PC bang, which is an Internet cafe where people mostly enjoy computer games.

1. Noraebang 

This is probably the most common, and the most popular, form of bang in Korea. This is a place where people can sing their hearts out for a minimum of 1 hour (the time depends on the place). Usually, the noraebangs will charge per hour (costs about 15,000 won to 25,000 won per hour, depending on the area and the timing of the day).

Eastern Europe: Athens, Greece

Top 10 Korean Snacks You Must Taste!


Have you ever been to a snack section in a big Korean supermarket? Endless stacks of snacks with vibrant wrapping must be alluring you, right? For those who have difficult time choosing which snack to buy, here are top 10 unique Korean snacks that you would find very interesting!


Eastern Europe: Sofia, Bulgaria

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As soon as I finished my final summer intensive class the first thing I did was jump onto Skyscanner, type Malaga to ‘Everywhere’ and looked at my cheapest European flight options. The first country that came up, which I hadn’t of course been to already, was Bulgaria. Possibly not everyone’s traditional idea of a holiday destination but certainly, at least to me, a location that fulfilled the requisite of being unknown and having the potential for adventure. Tickets booked, I found myself a few days later on a plane to Sofia.

Check out the hotel room I’m staying in before my flight...

Bowling in Korea. The process of getting some shoes. : ) Cool...

How to become Love Birds in Han River Park.

Have you ever been to Han river? with whom? It’s pretty known that Han river is one of the best places to go on a date!

It is romantic enough to just walk along the river with your lover but there are also special activities which will make your love bigger. :p

I love you…for sentimental reasons♡

Here are Top 6 Things you can do in Han River Park with your lover.

Andalusian Summer Cycling and pre-Bulgaria, Greece and onwards…

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