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10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO greg

Fantastic piece. 

This post serves well as a cautionary tale for all those considering staying on for a second (or third, sixth) year after their initial contract:  Beware the righteous douchebags who walk among us. It does not take a keen eye to recognize the postings of a douche, however this post in particular is a terrific example of just how douchey a douche can...

4 years 16 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO hardpuncher

Kat,

Your top ten list made me laugh harder than the original!

4 years 16 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. bare_naked_jake

This sounds all too familiar... If you don't mind me asking, what's your director's name and where do you work??

4 years 16 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO tharp42
I wish.  Such a lovely beard.
4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. helenreee
TOEFL prep sounds good to me.
4 years 17 weeks ago
English Bookstores in Centum Re: English Bookstores in Centum Beverly-Burke
I don't know if they sell Times for Kids, but there is an English bookstore in Trump World Centum (same building as Outback). It is called English Plus. They have lots of children's books and text books from the United States. They also have American board games and DVDs in English. They also have books about teaching English. They are open until 7, I believe. However, they are closed on Sundays.
4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO SolidChamp

Edit:

Never mind.

4 years 17 weeks ago
Socrates Cafe - Blinded by culture? Re: Socrates Cafe - Blinded by our own culture? Angel
I think the correct term used to phrase this is Bounded Rationality i.e the choices and decisions we make here are limited by our own prejudice to an extent, and our cultural eye.I think being blinded is an incorrect term, you can be affected, stimulated, coerced, biased, but not blinded.If you are blind- you can not see, absorb, assimilate and that is...
4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Sa-rah

I've only lived in Busan for 1 year but I've been in Korea for 7and a half. I don';t know about Hogwans down here but  I would suggest that the only abnormal thing you have mentioned is the fact that you only get 10 days holiday. The usual situation is 10 days plus national holidays. 

The situation doesn't sound amazing from what you've said but your experience here...

4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Angel
Is your girlfriend's name Roy?
4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. lee-bum-suk

Kite, he might just be clueless. Many Koreans are when it comes to matters dealing with visas and us. With that said though you mentioned that he has had dealings with foreigners before. Be on your toes. If not having health care and pension really bothers you then mention it to him but if you can get along without it and not care to shake the hornets nest then by all means let ...

4 years 17 weeks ago
Banks that Issue Certified Cheques Re: Banks that Issue Certified Cheques lee-bum-suk

Yes, you should be able to get a money order in Canadian dollars. I wouldn't go to farmers,fisherman mutual(nong/su-hyup) but one of the bigger banks should be ok. Korea exchange bank or busan bank or jae-il. Good luck.....make sure it's payable to the receiver general or whomever you have in Canada.

4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. kiteupusan

Thanks everyone, there was some good info in there.  I didn't even think about documentation on my insurance or pension plan.  I can definitely stick it out and I'm sure changing jobs is far more complicated than it sounds.  I just haven't been explained anything which worries me, my director is either that spacey or is setting me up to screw me.  He seems like a good...

4 years 17 weeks ago
Banks that Issue Certified Cheques Re: Banks that Issue Certified Cheques Peppie
I just verified on the RCMP website that money orders are accepted and yes it must be in Canadian dollars. Are you certain I can obtain one at a bank? Like I said, it has been several years since I did this and I may very well have gotten one last time, I just can't remember. Thanks for your help.
4 years 17 weeks ago
Can we use Korean bank cards (ATM) in Japan? Re: Can we use Korean bank cards (ATM) in Japan? kat
KEB has a global debit card.  they also have global credit card.  But you need to make a deposit for the latter.  Go to KEB and ask for global debit card. you can use it at atms all over the world.  I used it in Japan many times.
4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO tharp42
Nah, wasn't there.  I had a gig across town with my rock and roll band.
4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO tharp42
You are right, Jay.  I am "god looking."
4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO tharp42

Oh, to be totally and completely irony-free...

What's it like?

4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO tharp42

As for Kat:  Thanks for redoing my list and managing to take out every bit of humor in the thing.  You really took what I thought was a piece of fun and made it into the most tepid, mushy, boring piece of writing that my now-sleepy eyes have ever had the misfortune to take in.

....

And really, if everybody only said "nice" things all the time, what kind of lame, awful,...

4 years 17 weeks ago
10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO Re: 10 THINGS IN KOREA THAT I'LL NEVER, EVER DO tharp42

Wow.  This suddenly blows up on Koreabridge.  I wrote this months ago.  You should have seen the facebook thread.

I wrote it because I think it was funny.  I still think it's funny - EVERYTHING ON THE LIST - ESPECIALLY THE ORPHAN BIT.  Sorry if it offends some of you, but when I was seven I was raped by a roving band of orphans. 

As for your "...

4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. lee-bum-suk

''It's all too easy to find fault, complain and quit.''

Damn skippy! Not to slam the thread starter because I don't know your background but newer people these days don't seem as hungry as the previous EFL generation of peoples.I think the dynamics back home have changed for the worse somewhat and people are longing for the days when they could just sit in their parents basement,...

4 years 17 weeks ago
Hi Fi Cables/Speaker Cables Re: Hi Fi Cables/Speaker Cables j9scott
Thanks.  I tired the major supermarkets and electronic stores without success.  I have been successful with buying the cable at Nampo-Dong (near Jalcachi and Gukte Market) in Busan where there are plenty electronic stores/stalls.
4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Angel
Your conditions are somewhat
normal, though you should check on your ARC card and visa .Asking too
many questions of other foreigners, reading too much can be
unhelpful at times.You are probably stuck there for 6 months, a meaningful and
good experience. I reckon everyone should have the pressures of a
Hakwan for at least a year.It's good training, hard and will make...
4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Angel
  Your conditions are somewhat normal, though you should check on your ARC card and visa .Asking too many questions of other foreigners, reading too much can be unhelpful at times.You are probably stuck there for 6 months, a meaningful and good experience. I reckon everyone should have the pressures of a Hakwan for at least a year.It's good training, hard and will make you...
4 years 17 weeks ago
Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. Re: Is this a bad situation or not??? please help. lee-bum-suk

''There are no co-teachers in class, no help, guidance, assistance, curriculum, and very little useful material. ''

Trust me, that's a good thing. People are happier running their own show, there are losts of useful things on a number of websites you can copy,paste,download etc.. Are you getting paid on time? That's very important. I wouldn't work on the weekends but you need to to...

4 years 17 weeks ago

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