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How to cope with a sleepy traveller*Step 1: Try to determine the...

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How to cope with a sleepy traveller*

Step 1: Try to determine the cause of the sleepiness. Did they not get enough sleep? Did they have a long day? Are they bored because of the lack of stimulating conversation? Learning the cause behind the current sleepiness is the first step to dealing with it. 

Step 2: Provide them with time and space. Give them some time to get a quick power nap in if possible. Enjoy the moment; take a selfie you can both enjoy later.

Step 3: Retreat to your own personal space or activity (e.g. Instagram the photo of them sleeping) to allow them time to sleep or get some caffeine. Try to stay engaged in your own activity while your partner works through their sleepiness.

Step 4: Offer your support and listen if they want to talk. Talk about what you’d both like to do next. Time to call it a day and get some proper sleep? Or can the day be salvaged and it’s time for some activities?

Step 5: Consider what to do in the future to prevent further sleepiness in the days ahead. Think back to their moods over the previous month to see if you recognize a pattern of this type of sleepy behavior.

Happy “together” travels, people. And as they say: It will either make you or break you! 

*Note: The writer of this article is a self-proclaimed “sleepy traveller.” I can literally sleep anywhere at any time.

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Hi, I'm Stacy. I am from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living and teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea. Busy getting into lots of adventures, challenging myself, and loving people. Something more than an ethereal will-o-wisp.

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This Week Out There – Expat Spared, Taste of Home, & Repatriating

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A selection of this week’s expat-related stories

Whatever gets you through the night…

kim-kardashian-hollywood-game-revenueIt can be a little lonely out there as a stranger in a strange land, and everyone has different ways of dealing with it. To combat her loneliness and alienation in Spain, 30-year-old British expat Emma Biggins spends 30 hours a week playing the Kim Kardashian – Hollywood game, in which users (most of whom are teenage girls) “compete to get points in a bid to become Kim’s best mate.” Biggins says the game makes her feel “fabulous.” and that she thinks “Kim really is [her] best friend.” Read the story here, or decide you’ve already heard enough and move on.

Filipino Expat Spared Death (for now)



Filipino expat Mary Jane Veloso narrowly escaped execution by firing squad in Indonesia on Wednesday when Indonesian President Joko Widodo granted her a temporary 11th-hour stay of execution after evidence surfaced that she may have been duped into drug trafficking. Time will tell if she is exonerated, granted a reduced sentence, or executed, as were eight other convicted smugglers, including seven foreign nationals whose appeals fell through. For now it appears she will be given the opportunity to testify against Maria Kristina Sergio, the daughter of Veloso’s godparents who Veloso claims set her up by giving her a bag that had over 2 kilograms of heroin sewn into the lining.

There’s no Taste Like Home

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The Battleship Burger. Oh yeah.

As U.S. troops relocate from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul to points south, a reluctant U.S. expat marks the passing of the Navy Club, “an eccentric bar-and-grill that was a vital taste of home for generations of soldiers, sailors and civilian expats,” and waxes poetic about the Battleship Burger, “a sizzling half-pound of ground Angus sirloin, topped with America.” Seoul’s changing food scene in the area around Yongsan may make the passing of the Navy Club a quiet one, but the Navy Club will no doubt be missed by many for whom it provided a crucial taste of home to smooth the transition abroad.

You Can’t Go Home Again?


A group listens to a returned expat as he relates his overseas experience.

Repatriating after an extended stay abroad can be tough; so tough, in fact, that many expats (like yours truly) never seriously attempt it, and those who do sometimes end up bouncing back overseas.

Was Thomas Wolfe right when he wrote that you can’t go home again? The followingshort primer on repatriating is a bit more sanguine, and advises those heading back to treat it as they would treat a move to any foreign country. This bit of advice from one commenter stood out:

“Don’t immediately talk about all the places you’ve been, what you’ve done, etc.… This will alienate people,” she wrote. “Keep it low-key, make it like dating, dole out information very, very slowly.”

Sounds about right. I would also add that favorably comparing country X to your home country in any way should be exercised with extreme discretion, especially during Christmas dinner.

And how are you doing out there this week

Seonsuam Hermitage – 선수암 (Yesan, Chungcheongnam-do)

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A look inside the well-populated interior of the Gwaneeum-jeon at Seonsuam Hermitage.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Just to the south-west of the temple courtyard at Sudeoksa Temple is Seonsuam Hermitage. Directly associated with the famed Sudeoksa Temple, Seonsuam Hermitage is built for Korean Buddhist nuns.

When you first approach Seonsuam Hermitage, just before the Sacheonwangmun Gate at Sudeoksa Temple, you’ll notice a miniature Dabo-tap pagoda from Bulguksa Temple halfway up the path. Nestled under towering trees, the pagoda is an exact replica of the stone monument, but just a quarter of its size.

Finally entering the hermitage’s courtyard, you’ll notice the large main hall to your right with the nuns’ quarters off to the left. The main hall itself is adorned with a dual set of murals around its exterior walls. The ones on top are vibrant Palsang-do murals dedicated to the eight scenes from the Buddha’s life, while the second set are various murals from the various stages of life. The latticework on the front door to this hall are beautiful flower blossoms in full bloom. Strangely, but caringly, there is a large umbrella to shield people from the sunlight while worshiping at the main entry.

Inside the hall, and sitting all alone on the main altar, is a large seated statue of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). The entire interior to this hall is decorated with various murals. To the right of the main altar are a set of four such murals. To the far right is the dynamic guardian mural joined to the left by an elaborate Chilseong (The Seven Stars) mural. This is then joined to the left by one of the larger Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) murals you’ll find in Korea. Rounding out the set is an equally large mural dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife).

To the left of the main altar is another collection of Buddhist murals. The first of the four to the left of Gwanseeum-bosal is a larger, multi-arm and headed mural of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The next mural to the left is the Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) mural. Another in the set is an intricate mural dedicated to the Ten Kings of the underworld. The final mural in the set is a beautiful Gamno-do mural with various acts of misdeeds at the base of the Sweet Dew mural for the dead.

It should be said that one of the nicest Buddhist nuns (or monks for that matter), I met at Seonsuam Hermitage. Her name was Nama, for Namaste. She took the time to explain some of the details behind each painting. Also, she gave me a beautiful wooden dancheong piece of artwork. If your Korean is good enough, and she’s around, take the time to talk to this beautiful soul.

HOW TO GET THERE: To get to Seonsuam Hermitage, you’ll first need to get to Sudeoksa Temple. There are a variety of ways that you can get to Sudeoksa Temple. From Seoul, you’ll need to get to the Nambu Bus Terminal and board a direct bus to Sudeoksa Temple. The bus ride lasts about two and half hours and should cost about 8,000 won. From anywhere else in the country, you’ll first need to get to the Yesan Intercity Bus Terminal. From there, you can take a rural bus to Sudeoksa Temple. Here is a list of potential buses that you can take: Bus #553 (8:20), Bus #547 (9:40), Bus #558 (10:50, 17:35), Bus #551 (12:00, 15:00), Bus #557 (13:20), Bus #549 (14:00), Bus #555 (15:55), Bus #556 (19:15). These buses will take about an hour and forty minutes to get to the temple.

Once at Sudeoksa Temple, make your way towards the main temple courtyard. Just before the Sacheonwangmun Gate, hang a left and head towards Seonsuam Hermitage. It’s about 100 metres up the pathway.

OVERALL RATING: 5/10. There is a beautiful collection of Buddhist and shaman artwork inside the Gwaneum-jeon main hall at Seonsuam Hermitage. Also, and if you’re lucky enough to meet her, Nama can help explain some of the finer points of the hermitage and Korean Buddhism as a whole. So if you’re visiting the neighbouring Sudeoksa Temple, drop by Seonsuam Hermitage along the way.


The miniature Dabo-tap pagoda at Seonsuam Hermitage.


The main hall at the hermitage.


Some of the beautiful latticework adorning the main hall.


One of the life cycle pieces of artwork on the exterior walls of the main hall.


Which is joined above by some vibrant Palsang-do murals.


The guardian mural inside the main hall.


Joined by the Sanshin mural.


The Jijang-bosal mural to the right of the main altar.


Gwanseeum-bosal sitting in the middle of the main hall.


A mural of the Bodhisattva of Compassion to the left of the main altar.


Joined by Dokseong.


As well as the Ten Kings of the Underworld.


The final painting in the collection is this Gamno-do mural.

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University Jobs in Korea: In-Person Visits?

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I answer the question of whether or not in-person visit to university campuses in Korea if you're looking for a job is an effective use of time, or not.

University Jobs in Korea Facebook page: like it for all sorts of job-finding goodness.

ESL Lesson Planning for Kids

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ESL Lesson Planning for Kids

I know that this site is all about teaching in Korean universities, but at some point we've all found ourselves teaching kids during our careers and if you're like me, perhaps you felt a bit like a fish out of water. But, not to worry! Here are 4 stellar sites that you can use to plan ESL classes for children.

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This is a site that one of my readers Neil recommended (thanks for the tip!) and here's what he says:

"Multimedia Games with a plethora of common topics/word-sets to choose from. There are also ready made or customizable worksheets available. Free games rotate monthly, or try a premium membership for a month for free. These games are a dream for kids with short attention spans. So ALL KIDS basically!"

Boggle's World is my favorite site for pre-made worksheets on just about any topic. Don’t re-invent the wheel! Just go to Boggle’s World.

Kids love puzzles and this is by far the best site out there to create your own, based on whatever material you are studying.  Crossword puzzles in particular are an excellent way to review material in an interesting way. Each puzzle only takes a few minutes to create using this site.

Based in Japan, this is the best site for complete lesson plans for your children's ESL classes. They are interesting, fun and will help you plan awesome classes with not a whole lot of effort. Perfect for the busy teacher!

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