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Hey, travelers! Want to spend less and travel more? Then, check this out. Here, we’ve shared the easiest way to save money on your travel expenses when traveling to South Korea!Psst, have you heard? Right now, Korea’s #1 travel guide, Trazy.com, is offering their Biggest-Sale-Ever ‘Trazy’s 5 Day Countdown Sale till 2016′ as a End-of-Year sale. Kicked off on Trazy’s Facebook page on December 27th, this Countdown Sale features Daily Deals with a limited time and will run until 31st!
Wonder what the deals are going to be? Then check out Trazy’s Facebook page everyday! You can meet new deals and SAVE BIG! :)
Well, Dec. 27th was the first day of the Trazy’s 5-Day Countdown Sale, and it was called the Sunrise Sunday. ;)
5 days away from the New Year, Trazy offered a $5 discount on the New Year’s Tour Package, which includes travel destinations like Jeongdongjin, one of the places where the earliest sun rises in Korea, Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch, and a local village called Jireumae Village. So, THUMBS UP for those who have purchased on this day because they’ve saved $5 off from $46 to $41!
Even if you’ve missed the golden chance to enjoy the New Year’s Package at a lower price, you can enjoy this tour. For details, click here. Do take note that this tour package is only available from Dec 31st til Jan 2nd, 2016.
Today, the second day of the sale kicked off with SMTOWN Studio Tour offering a ‘10% OFF’! The sale is ongoing right now at this moment, so rush down to get the discount of the day!
FYI, with the SMTOWN Studio Tour Special Package, you enjoy an exclusive tour around SMTOWN’s studio, and get a sneak peek of how the studio works and also experience actual dance training! Find out more here. :)
Shhh! This is only between you and me ;) Only 3 days away from the New Year, tomorrow, you can get ‘3% OFF’ on 1 Day Ski Tour at Alpensia Ski Resort, the venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Here you can enjoy skiing to the fullest with this tour package, which includes from transportation, rental, to pass, all in one!
Here’s a deal on Wednesday, Dec 29th, that will probably be the best deal for first-time travelers in Seoul. From a palace tour to a helicopter tour, this ultimate selection of must-try tours, Top 10 Most Popular Tours in Seoul got all the things you must do in this vibrant city of South Korea. To find out more, click here.
The final countdown sale will end with a Crazy Thursday, which will offer ‘ONLY $1′ for an admission ticket of N Seoul Tower! With only $1, you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the entire city of Seoul! But be quick! The sale for tickets is on a first come first serve basis, FYI. ;) Once again, this deal’s on Dec 31st! For details and directions of N Seoul Tower, click here.
So, these are the daily deals from ‘Trazy’s 5 Day Countdown Sale till 2016′. Join the countdown and join Trazy’s Countdown Sale!!
Check out Trazy’s Facebook page everyday at 11:00 am until 11:00 pm KST, and find the best deals that can help you save big on travel to South Korea ! Spend less and travel more! ;)
ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks
I remember back to when I first started teaching in a hagwon (private language institute) in Korea and how much of a struggle it was. The root of the problem was that I was totally and completely clueless about classroom management and the kids totally knew it. They walked all over me and I basically had no control, for at least the first six months. Even though I did eventually establish some order, it wasn’t as happy or as productive of place as it could have been. Over the years, I’ve figured it out, but it certainly would have been much easier if I’d had an ESL classroom management boot camp of sorts.
The good news for you is that I’ve teamed up with Jennifer Booker Smith, the guru of all things teaching English to elementary school kids and we’ve written a book about ESL classroom management that will help out any new teacher. Old teachers too can benefit and pick up a few new tips and tricks! Keep reading to find out how our book can help you out in your classroom today.
Take the reins in class with these actionable tips and strategies for ESL classroom management.
What more could you accomplish in class, if you weren’t losing valuable minutes coaxing students to participate or transitioning between activities?
Authors Jennifer and Jackie have a combined 25 years of experience in the TEFL classroom.
Learn how to get the entire class involved.
Discover how to plan a lesson and organize your class.
Learn motivation and discipline strategies that work.
Get some tips for forging a strong, productive relationship with your co-teacher.
Prepare yourself with go-to activities for those “surprise” classes.
And so much more!
Get your copy of ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks today and have a less-stressful, more-productive class tomorrow!
Click the link above to get the book easily on Amazon in both digital and print formats. The (cheaper and faster) digital copy can be read on any smartphone, tablet, Mac or PC as long as you download the free Kindle reading app.
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“Everything starts with a sunrise, and it’s what we do before it sets that matters.”
With the year coming to an end, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best places in South Korea to catch amazing sunrises and sunsets that every traveler should know.
Here’s our pick of 15 best spots to seize sunrise and sunset across South Korea!
Wonder where Koreans celebrate the Year End and see their first sunrise of the year? We would say it’s Jeongdongjin, where you can spot one of the earliest sunrises in Korea! Located in the east coast of Korea, it is also well known for its beautiful coastal scenery and a cafe and a hotel that resemble a ship. Take a look at the photos below. :)
2. Chuam Beach
Chuam Beach, located in Gangwon-do Province, is another beautiful attraction for travelers and tourists. This place is highly recognized for ‘Chotdaebawi Rock (Candlestick Rock)’, which resembles a candlestick. Take a photo when the sun slowly rises above the Candlestick Rock! It’ll be one of the best photos in your life time. ;)
Here, at Suncheonman Bay, you can witness a jaw-dropping scenic panorama of wetlands thickly covered by reeds. And the sunset over these open fields of golden reeds along the bay is absolutely stunning! If you’re interested, refer to K-Shuttle Bus Tour, which provides travelers a convenient way to travel and experience the best attractions around South Korea. For more details, click here.
When the sun falls down, this building in Jamsil is strikingly beautiful. Tall and well polished, Lotte World Mall, is a department store with duty free shop, aquarium and cinema all in one building. Other attractions nearby are Seokchon Lake and Lotte World, a popular amusement park in Seoul that offers great entertainment and thrills to all. FYI, you can get 25% discount on One Day Pass at Lotte World here. ;)
Daebudo Island, located near Ansan, is a beautiful charming island that offers a fantastic view of sunrise and sunset in South Korea. A drive around Daebudo Island and other islands nearby is strongly recommended! ;)
6. Okjeongho Lake
This picturesque scene of Okjeongho Lake, in Imsil, Jeollabuk-do Province, is totally worth waking up in the early morning. So, get your camera out, and do some hiking! Then, you’ll be rewarded with this awesome photo. :)
Along with Okjeongho Lake, Guksabong is another favorite photography locations for professional photographers in Korea. And no words can describe how marvelous the natural landscape is from Guksabong!
8. Soraepogu Ecological Park
Once the biggest production region of natural sea salt, the place has turned into an ecological park today, and the reflection of a sunset over this wide salt pan is just unforgettable.
Paragliding adds a thrill to a travel as well as a magnificent view of natural landscape from above. Okmasan, in Boryeong, is a perfect place to enjoy this extreme sport and a wonderful surrounding!
See more Paragliding near Seoul.
Hit the road to Baeksu Coastal Road, in Jeollanamdo Province! It’s a 16.5 km long highway where you can enjoy a great drive and a beautiful scene of Chilsan Sea. All year round, people visit this west coast of South Korea to see the captivating sunset!
Daewangam is another spot that boasts fantastic sunrise and sunset in South Korea. It is a rock island connected to the mainland with an iron bridge. Try a visit to Daewangam and capture the moment when the sun rises or when it falls!
Wait for the right moment to click the shutter! The sunrise and sunset over Gameunsaji (Gameunsa Temple Site), in Gyeongju, is just incredible. The photo of a sunrise, silhouettes of the temples, and a natural surrounding…seems like a perfect shot!
FYI, Gyeongju is referred to as “the museum without walls”, boasting a vast number of archaeological sites! For travelers who want to visit Gyeongju and other cities throughout Korea other than Seoul without too much hassle, see more K-Shuttle Bus Tour- All around Korea (4N5D).
Lazy to get out of the city? Don’t worry. In Seoul, there are 12 Han River Parks where you can catch awesome sunrise and sunset over Han River.
Another great way to enjoy this dynamic change of scenery is by getting on board of the Han River Ferry Cruise. Running day and night, the cruise offers a convenient ride all the way through the river and a great view of the 63 Building, Namsan Tower, Jamsil’s Multi Sports Complex, and other famous tourist spots from the deck. For details and schedule of the cruise, click here.
Travelers often get confused with Incheon Metropolitan City and Icheon. But, Icheon is a place registered as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. Well known for its quality ceramics, not many people know about beautiful fishing site of Icheon where you can enjoy the view of sunset.
Followed by Jeongdongjin, Homigot, located in Pohang, is also a popular spot to spend the Year End and catch the first sunrise of the year. For this year, Homigot National Sunrise Festival is going to be held at the Sunrise Square from 31st Dec 2015 until 1st Jan 2016.
Another famous attractions of Pohang are the hand-shaped bronze sculptures, and you can find them at the waterfront and the beachfront. For details and directions, click here.
In case you missed the first sunrise in 2015, don’t miss it again! Now that you know where to catch the best sunrises and sunsets in Korea, just choose your favorite one from this ultimate selection. Join the countdown and welcome in the first sunrise of 2016 in South Korea! :)
The view from the upper courtyard at Myogwaneumsa Temple in Gijang, Busan.
Hello Again Everyone!!
Located just east of Mt. Daleumsan and hugging the coastline is the well-kept grounds associated with Myogwaneumsa Temple in Gijang, Busan. Off of a bit of a hidden entrance, and along a dirt road, you’ll finally come to the temple parking lot at Myogwaneumsa Temple.
You’ll first be welcomed to the temple by the visitors’ centre. It’s up the set of stone stairs that you’ll pass through the entry gate at Myogwaneumsa Temple. Beautifully adorning the gate are a pair of intimidating guardians. Up on the adjoining walls to the gate are a pair of paintings dedicated to Bohyun-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power), who rides a white elephant; he’s joined by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom), who rides a blue tiger.
Perfectly framed by the entry gate, and as you step inside the main temple courtyard, you’ll see the nine story stone pagoda at Myogwaneumsa Temple. Slender in size, painted images of various guardians adorn the base of the pagoda instead of being carved into the stone as reliefs, which is far more customary.
Past the pagoda and the book-ending dorms, you’ll find the temple’s main hall. Out in front of the main hall are a line of palm trees. Adorning the exterior walls to the main hall are masterful paintings of the Shimu-do, Ox-Herding, murals. Stepping inside the Daeung-jeon main hall, you’ll notice a triad of statues and a pair of paintings on the main altar. Sitting in the centre of the triad of statues is Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). He’s joined on either side by Munsu-bosal and Bohyun-bosal. The red painting to the right of the triad of statues is dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). And the other red painting to the left is dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars). The final mural hanging in the main hall is the descriptive guardian mural. The ceiling to the main hall, especially near the front altar, is adorned with various Buddhist-motif paintings.
To the right rear of the main hall stands the Josa-jeon Hall. This hall, with a floral exterior, is dedicated to prominent monks that once called Myogwaneumsa Temple home. In total, there are five murals hanging on the main altar inside this hall. The central painting with three monks are of Majo Doil, Namcheon Bowon, and Baekjang Huihae.
To the far rear of the temple grounds, and situated on the upper courtyard, are a pair of shrine halls. The first, which has a beautiful view of the neighbouring sea, is the Gwaneeum-jeon Hall. Fronted by a slim five tier stone pagoda is the newly built shrine hall, which houses two incarnations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The first is a diminutive golden statue of Gwanseeum-bosal. This seated image is joined by an elaborate wooden carving of the female Bodhisattva.
The final shrine hall at Myogwaneumsa Temple is situated to the left of the Gwaneum-jeon. The Samseong-gak at the temple is larger is size and houses three beautiful murals of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Chilseong, and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint).
HOW TO GET THERE: From Jangsan subway station, stop #201, you’ll need to walk about 4 minutes, or 230 metres, to get to the Jangsan post office bus stop. From there, take Bus #180. After 42 stops, or 55 minutes, get off at the Myogwaneumsa Temple entrance stop. From there, walk for 4 minutes, or 233 metres, to get to the temple.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10. The grounds at Myogwaneumsa Temple are immaculately kept. It’s also beautifully situated by the sea. As for the temple itself, it has an amazing wooden image of Gwanseeum-bosal, as well as newer paintings of the three shaman deities that are masterful in their execution.
A look through the front entry gate at Myogwaneumsa Temple.
The painting of Munsu-bosal that adorns the front entry gate.
As well as one of the guardians painted on the front entry gate.
The main temple courtyard at the temple.
Some of the paintings, uniquely, that adorns the base of the nine story pagoda.
The tropical main hall at Myogwaneumsa Temple.
One of the paintings from the Ox-Herding mural set.
Inside the Daeung-jeon main hall.
The main hall guardian mural.
The Josa-jeon Hall to the right of the main hall at Myogwaneumsa Temple.
A look inside the Josa-jeon Hall.
To the rear of the temple, and located on the upper courtyard, is this newly built Gwaneum-jeon Hall.
The main altar inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall.
A closer look at the amazing wooden carving of Gwanseeum-bosal.
The view down on the temple’s grounds from the upper courtyard.
The Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall.
The painting of Sanshin housed inside the Samseong-gak.
As well as Dokseong.
A look at the temple courtyard from the Daeung-jeon main hall.
English As a Second Language, or “teaching English”, is many things to many people. It exists on many levels ranging from a travel ticket to a serious career choice. Most people look at it as a way to have an extended stay in a place they’ve always wanted to visit. There’s nothing wrong with this. In fact, I think it’s a valid reason, and many recruiters and schools know this. Some of them will market their positions to cater to this angle.
Others, however, have approached it much differently. They are highly qualified teachers whose plan is to be part of a bigger picture in international schools or specialized private schools. They teach in subject-specific roles. If they do teach English, they need to be English majors with experience often times. Some become department heads, others, principals. These types of roles are not for the majority of “teach English” people out there.
To cross over from one side to the other is no simple task. It means meeting some serious requirements and having specialized experience, depending on the school.
When I first started teaching in Korea I knew right away that I wanted to both teach abroad for a long time, and to improve my options for the future. I got a TESOL certification as this is essentially industry standard now. The only thing about TESOL certifications that is changing is how they are obtained; that is, online versus in-class.
As I filtered through the endless supply of job ads, I also realized that in order to qualify for more complex, better paying jobs, I needed to get a teaching license. So, that’s exactly what I did. I spent 2013 and the beginning of 2014 completing a state-required course to become a Florida certified teacher. This also included flying back home to sit for three exams. The subject endorsement on my license is ESOL K-12 which is a specialization in teaching English as a second language, or English for Speakers of Other Languages.
During this course I learned many things about teaching as a profession and how to be an effective teacher. This was really great for me, only I now had to apply the concepts to my own classes. Seeing that English teachers in Korea are often limited in their involvement, I had to look for places I could use what I had learned.
The clearest way for me to apply what I learned was in the area of classroom management. How to bring structure to a classroom and make classes effective. It was a process of trial and error, but after four and a half years I feel like I’m starting to develop a stride in what I’m doing in class.
As I plan for my next steps in teaching abroad, I am trying to bridge the gap between being the common traveler-teacher and a serious career-minded professional someday. Some of my recent job hunting endeavors required teaching examples, either fabricated or actual video of classes being taught. That is what brought me to filming one of my 4th grade classes. If only I had video of when I started, you would be able to see what I see. A vast difference in the quality of my classes from using distinct techniques I learned in my courses.
It’s easy to focus on our shortcomings and mistakes. I try to look at the improvements I’ve made as encouragement and a way to guide my future growth.
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ESL, Travel, and Judo!
How to Freeze Fresh Ginger
by Debbie Wolfe, CKC Writer
Ginger is an essential ingredient in Korean cooking. It’s used in many recipes, from kimchi to herbal teas. Many chain grocery stores might not have fresh ginger in stock in the produce section. Instead, your only option may be the ginger purees sold in tubes. Those tubes of ginger are not nearly as peppery or flavorful as fresh ginger. So if you happen to find fresh ginger the next time you are out shopping, grab a few; preserving ginger is a cinch.
My local Asian grocery sells fresh ginger for $1.69/lb. That’s not super expensive, but most recipes only require an inch or a tablespoon or two of fresh ginger. What then should you do with the rest of the root? Refrigerating it will only keep it fresh for a few days. After a week or so, the root will start to dry out. Freezing ginger is a better option. However, before you freeze ginger you need to prep it.
parchment paper, freezer paper or silicone liner
freezable container or plastic zip baggie
Cut the ginger into manageable sizes. Ginger grows in all sorts of crazy shapes and angles. I cut wherever the ginger intersects or branches.
Next you need to peel the thin brown skin off the ginger. A knife will take off too much of the ginger flesh. Use a metal spoon instead. Hold the ginger segment securely with one hand and use the other hand with the spoon to scrape the skin off. The spoon will only remove the skin. You might have to use the paring knife to cut off a few bumps or some of the little crevices on the surface of the root.
Rinse the peeled ginger and dry on a clean towel. Cut the ginger sections into ½-1 inch thick pieces. If you want, you could mince or puree the ginger at this time. Lay out the cut ginger pieces on a lined cookie sheet or plate. Do not let the pieces touch. Ginger contains a good amount of water and the goal is to freeze the pieces individually. If you toss the pieces in a container before you freeze them, they will stick together and it would be difficult to pry them apart without defrosting. If you opted to puree the ginger first, scoop by the teaspoonful onto a lined tray and freeze until solid.
Once they are frozen you can scoop them up and put them in an airtight freezable container and/or plastic zip baggie. They will keep in the freezer for 6 months.
How to Use
When I need to use ginger in a recipe, I take out a piece or two (whatever amount the recipe calls for) and let it defrost of a few minutes. Then, I use a microplane to grate the ginger. For soups or teas, you can toss in frozen chunks. Frozen ginger works great in smoothies too. If you need a larger amount to use in kimchi, then let it defrost (it will not take very long) and mince or puree.
The next time a recipe calls for a tablespoon of ginger, go ahead a buy a big piece and freeze the rest. You’ll be stocked up for several months.
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$20,000 a Year in Korea: “But it’s Impossible!”
I ran across an interesting thread over on ESL Cafe where someone is talking about how, before they came to Korea ten years ago, lots of bloggers were talking about how it’s possible to save $20,000 USD per year teaching in Korea. However, these days, she struggles to save more than a thousand a month on a 2.2 million Won salary. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to say that 1000 Korean Won = 1 USD.
A few of my thoughts on this:
10 Years Later: Still Making 2.2?
I totally get that times are tough in Korea and fabulous jobs are few and far between. It’s really difficult to get a university job in Korea these days. But, after 10 years in Korea who is still making 2.2 million Won and working at what seems like a kindergarten hagwon? That is my very definition of living hell on Earth. Seriously, what has this person been doing with the past 10 years of their life?
“Of course, money isn’t everything. Living in a new country/culture has it’s own invaluable rewards that should not be overlooked.”
My theory is that anyone who says they didn’t come to Korea solely for the money should be treated with suspicion and questioned further. If you didn’t care about the money, you’d most certainly go somewhere with much better weather and much happier people who weren’t studying and working zombie robots. The extremely high suicide rate in Korea is no fluke.
Why Only 550,000 Korean Won?
This person has debt to pay back home (students loans?) but is only sending back 550,000 each month. This seems ridiculously low. Compound interest can work for you, or against you and in this case, it’s certainly working against her. The interest payments are probably killing her. Who hasn’t paid off their students loans after teaching English for 10 years in Korea? Why hasn’t she just locked it down and gotten serious about paying them off instead of going on ESL Cafe and lamenting/whining about her situation. Here’s why:
“Admittedly, I am, and always have been, terrible with money.”
If you’re terrible at managing money, why not get educated? Take some responsibility for your life. Use the Google machine to learn something.
Free Lunch + 350,000 on Food
She mentioned that she gets a really good free lunch at school, but that she also spends 350,000 a month on food. What is she eating? 2 meals a day on weekdays, and 3 meals a day on weekends equals about 70-75 meals a month, which is 5000 Won per meal.
If I were in this dire of a financial situation, I’d have locked that food spending down years ago. When I was paying off my student loans, I made the free lunch at school my biggest meal of the day, had only a small breakfast, since snack time at work came soon enough. Then, a modest dinner consisting mostly of vegetables and tofu or beans for a grand total of 4000 Won per DAY on food.
Here are some of her entertainment choices:
“Coffee, beers, eating out, dates, baseball games, trips, etc.”
Don’t you know that coffee, beers and eating out are ridiculously expensive, especially if you go to Starbucks and expat bars? Baseball games can burn through $50 without even realizing it by the time you go out after. Trips? $200. Why isn’t she locking it down? Going for walks. Inviting a friend over for dinner. Joining a book club. Seriously.
The craziest part about it is that she seems to be deluded and thinks that she’s living frugally. Let me tell you. This is not frugal. Frugal is rice and beans, beans and rice and not seeing the inside of a restaurant unless you’re working in one.
Reading her post made my skin crawl. It’s like she’s all about playing the victim and not being a grown-up, taking some responsibility to make positive changes in her life:
“But if I had no debt…”
“…the majority of us work one job and private lessons are much harder to come by these days.”
“I only make 2.2mil/mth.”
I was in the exact same place she was 10 years ago when I first came to Korea. Working at a kindy hagwon for 2.2 Million and paying off students loans. Except I realized that this is not what I wanted for myself 10 years later. Why has it taken her 10 years to figure out that her situations sucks?
Honestly, she still sounds like the fresh off the boat 22 year old straight out of uni their first year in Korea. It’s all good to live in that world for a year or two. Have fun. Experience a new culture. Make new friends. Travel. But, 10 years later? It’s sad and disturbing.
Why Hasn’t She:
- Gotten a better job after 10 years
- Found some privates. SURELY she must have some connections after 10 years. I get approached for private teaching at least a couple times a month (but I never do it because I get so much overtime at my uni job).
- Stopped going out all the time (But….everyone is doing it!).
- Taken some responsibility for her finances and stopped whining on ESL Cafe.
- Educated herself about finances.
- Started living frugally.
- Read the Wealthy English Teacher and started following the 10 steps?
20,000 a Year in Korea: Is it Possible?
Yes, in fact it is. I just wrote a blog post a couple days ago about how I managed to save $22,000 USD per year during my time in Korea. I could have saved a lot more too if I didn’t take exotic vacations twice a year (Europe, Africa, SE Asia, Canada, USA), have a car and two cats, and bought myself a sweet bike and stand-up paddleboard. Probably closer to $30,000 if I had stayed super-serious about frugal living as I was in the beginning when I was paying off debt.
However, the average person coming here for just a year or two? It’s kind of impossible these days and the ESL industry in Korea is in serious decline. But, if you are here for the long-term and can (SHOULD!) work your way up to better jobs? It certainly is possible, if you man or woman up and get serious about your financial future.
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This week marks the first video in a brand new series that will teach you Hangul (the Korean alphabet) from the very beginning to the end.
Part 1 introduces Hangul and talks about where it came from, why it's important to learn the alphabet, and the basics of how the alphabet works.
In future lessons, we'll cover all of the rest of the alphabet, including all major sound change rules and plenty of practice along the way.
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