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L2W: The DMZ Showdown (Summer 2015 edition)





It has been a while since a Korean soccer player broke his leg in June. Just to let you know why CNN was busy last week with its reporters in DMZ.


Korean Deal Reached

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Another round of marathon talks conclude between North and South Korea with a deal reached to the end the tension. I’ve got the latest updates from the Peninsula. It was not a good day for Chinese markets. Key indices essentially gave back the year in one day. Plus after killing 15 in the Philippines, Typhoon Goni bears down on Japan.

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Dear Korea #129: We Should Be Fine

Dear Korea #129

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has been receiving these types of calls and messages over the past week or so. I won’t lie, the first time South Korea hit the news for one reason or another? I was a little concerned. After living here for over five years, it’s hard not to be jaded, even when the locals around me seem genuinely scared. That being said, I will always hope for the best.


What I Miss Most About Korea (and I’m still here!)

I have been living in Korea for exactly four years now. It’s an amazing experience that has helped me to grow as an individual in many ways. Living in another country has forced me to break many of the mental molds I once had as an American.

I’ve learned that there are many different versions and translations of the bigger picture. What I once thought I fully understood about Koreans has proven to have been a preconceived notion as I look back.

Learning a new way of life, a new profession, a new view on life stretched my heart and mind in ways too countless to list here.

This sequel to my life is proving to be better than the original. It’s incredible to see how all the dots from my past have connected and my new direction makes sense to me now.

Growth as a person is no different than growth of a muscle. The more pressure and resistance you subject the muscle to, the bigger and stronger it will become. The muscle’s endurance will also increase.


Top 5 Vegan (and Vegan-Friendly) Restaurants in Seoul

I often get many e-mails requesting recommendations for vegan eats in Korea. While I appreciate vegan food, and have had some fantastic dining experiences at vegan restaurants in the city, I'm most certainly no expert. So, I enlisted the help of someone who is. Amanda from SoKoreazy.com has graciously offered to share her top five vegan (and vegan-friendly) restaurants in Seoul. Without further ado, here they are:

1. Cafe Suッkara (Sukkara) (vegan-friendly) 

My favorite vegan restaurant in Seoul is not actually a vegan restaurant, though vegan-friendly dishes and drinks feature heavily on their menu. Cafe Sukkara is nestled in a quiet, cozy, and rather nondescript building (noticeable only because of its huge, green wooden door) located between Hongdae and Sinchon. Cafe Sukkara has the perfect cafe atmosphere: dim lighting, low, comfy seats, and a completely open kitchen surrounded by bar stools. In the summertime, they slide the glass doors at the front of the cafe open, and you can enjoy your meal outside on their deck.

The cafe prides itself on using local, mostly organic, ingredients, and the menu changes seasonally. There are usually at least two vegan main dishes on offer, in addition to their always present vegan yeast bread, soup, and salad set. They also offer many vegan desserts, such as carrot cake and raw vegan cheesecake, as well as amazing drinks! I love their seasonal mojitos, made with homemade candied fruit, and their homemade ginger ale is the best I've had anywhere, with the perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness.




Filipina Wife vs. Korean Husband (Part 1)

2As a couple who lives in a marriage with two different cultures, my husband and I don’t usually see eye to eye on many things.


Yes, You Can Get That in Korea. And That. That, Too

Expats of the ROK, stop if you’ve heard this one: You can’t get “____” in Korea.

“I love Korea,” the imaginary newly-established English teacher from various western countries of the world of yesterday would say to other newly-established English teacher friends at the lone expat-friendly drinking establishment in town, over bottles of Hite because, you can’t get decent beer in Korea, and Hite’s at least better than Cass. “But, you can’t get decent cheese here. You can’t get avocados here. I would kill for some kettle-cooked chips. Powdered coffee is gross, some coffee beans would be nice. What about some toothpaste with fluoride? My teeth are going to rot out of my skull!”


3 Things you need to know about Gwangbokjeol (Aug 15), the National Liberation Day of Korea

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August 15 is one of the most meaningful days to Koreans. It is Gwangbokjeol, the National Liberation Day of Korea . You can see many Korean national flags “Taegeukgi” hung in the street or on the windows of the houses.

1. Why is Gwangbokjeol so special?

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Making Korean Friends and Getting a Job in Busan

Before we left the Philippines, I thought that I could easily find a job in South Korea. I heard that there’s a lot of job opportunities in Korea and the pay is really great. When I was doing my research online and reading some blogs about life in Korea, I stumbled across this website: http://mykoreanfriends.com/xe/. I signed up and made my own account. I started making friends (most of them are Koreans) and now they are members of my English study group in Busan. I was also able to find a client who wanted me to tutor her kids starting September through My Korean Friends website. Isn’t it great? If you’re an expat living in Busan and wanted to meet some Korean friends, I recommend you check out My Korean Friends.

Here’s some of the photos during our study group meetups/study sessions. Our first ever meetup took place at the Aqua Place Hotel in front of Gwanganli beach. It’s kind of a meet and greet event. I prepared some fun activities for the group. We enjoyed each other’s company plus the awesome scenery outside the hotel. It was really breathtaking! Our second meetup/study session was at Cafe DropTop in Jeonpo-dong. My study group members are nice and pleasant to talk with. I love hanging out with them.

 

first meetup (meet and greet event)

first meetup (meet and greet event)



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