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Let’s Visit Toys R Us 토이저러스 in Korea! (Image heavy!)

I love toys~ and I think most of you guys that read my blog on a regular basis are aware of that fact! If not, I have a whole related category that I plan to fill up with all sorts of features and eye candy ^^

Korean and Guest English Teachers Working Together Webcast

ELT Live:  Korean and Guest English Teachers Working Together
September 5, 2013

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Korean Public School teachers and  Guest English Teachers discuss cultural issues, teaching tips, and basic survival skills for surviving and thriving in school. 

The Ahjumma Made Me Stay

When my co-teacher opened the door to my apartment, I don’t know what I was expecting. Here, around the corner of the middle school that i work at, in a small building three floors up. When she opened the door, I thought that I really had the worst luck in the world.

I was greeted by a horrible mildew smell and absolute filth. The place seemed like it had been used by four people and then ditched for five years. The floors were caked with dust. The sheets smelled bad. The kitchen was covered in an ungodly amount of food residue and spilled sugar. Laundry room reeked. The place was awful.

Introducing Brian Romasky: A Makgeolli Homebrew Blog

We love hearing about people in the community who are experimenting with makgeolli making.   We recently got in touch with Brian Romasky, who has started making his own makgeolli, and is documenting his results on his blog.  We wanted to know a bit more about Brian, so we asked him to introduce his makgeolli story to us.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from & what do you do for a paycheck these days?

Goodbye, Friends, Hello, Friends: The August Expat Bloodbath

On Sept. 13, I’ll have been in South Korea for seven months. You could definitely call me a veteran now.

The thing with being a veteran is, you start to see a lot of casualties. It starts slow–one outlier here or there that got a hagwon contract on an off-month. But then, either February or August arrive and …

… it’s a bloodbath. Koreabridge becomes a bone-picker’s paradise: everything goes up for sale, from bicycles to furniture to videogame consoles, to computers, musical instruments and, of course, jobs. Lots of jobs.



The trouble of letting go

The hiring and firing process in the ESL world in Korea is contentious to say the least.  I myself have run into a great many issues regarding both, and not only in practical terms, but also the legal issues concerning the hiring and firing of people.

Follow Us Around: 부산대 (Busan University)

As most of you may know, we don’t actually live in Busan. We live in Yangsan, a city of about 300,000 just north of Busan that is connected to the city by subway. If we are hanging out in Busan, you’ll most likely find us in the Busan University area. When we lived in Seoul, we lived very close to 홍대, the very popular area surrounding Hongik University. Evan and I tend to gravitate to these university areas no matter where we are! The food is cheap and delicious, and there’s a young, fun energy surrounding the whole neighborhood. There are always fun events, random concerts, unique cafes, and interesting people.

PNU Free Market

Temple Stay: Beomeosa Temple (Busan)

CSC_1987The beautiful Beomeosa Temple in Busan.

Hello Again Everyone!!

In an all new segment on the website, and since a few of you have been asking for it, I thought I would now include the popular Temple Stay program.

Introduction to the Temple:

Things I Will Miss About Korea

-3G on the subway
-being able to charge my phone literally anywhere, including bars
-elevator buttons that cancel if you press them again 
-key codes to apartments
-dweigi galbi
-dalk galbi
-all the galbis, really
-being invisible to sidewalk solicitors
-cheap contacts and glasses
-national health insurance
-drinking in public
-만원 ($10) shoes
-5천원 ($5) clothes
-천원 ($1) socks
-$16 salon haircuts 
-no tipping
-busses that are timed to the second
-no last call
-McDonald's delivery
-feeling safe walking around at 2am
-this view

-a lot of other things that won't occur to me until I'm home

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