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Drunken Master Bar & Bistro has tasty American-style Chinese...

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Drunken Master Bar & Bistro has tasty American-style Chinese food in a fun atmosphere. The service is stellar and they’re usually running some sort of special on food and/or drinks. It’s a good place to go to kick-off a night near Kyungsung University in Busan, Korea. 

Hours: Mon - Thurs: 18:00–02:00, Fri - Sat: 18:00–04:00, Sun: 18:00–02:00

Directions: Take the subway to the Kyungsung/Pukyeong University station, go out exit 3. Walk straight and then take the first right. Keep walking until you see CU convenient store on your right. They are located above it on the third floor.

Address: 3rd Floor, 56-2, Daeyeon 3-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea, Busan, South Korea 608-804

Phone: 010-4527-6662

About the girl

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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ESL Conversation Teaching Tips

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ESL Speaking Activities for Adults

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Some of my favorite tips for teaching ESL conversation and speaking. It can be quite a difficult subject to teach because everything happens in real-time and you often need to react instantly to what’s happening around you. But like any skill, teaching ESL speaking can be improved through practice.

ESL Conversation Teaching Tips:

Provide a Demonstration of the Language or Activity

Engaging Apathetic Students

ESL Lesson Planning Template

Teach your Students how to Ask Questions

Graded Language: Use it!

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What to do With the Money you Make Teaching!

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The Wealthy English Teacher

So you're working in Korea and making a bit of money, probably more than you can spend each month. What to do with it, especially after you've paid off all your debts? It can be pretty complicated because there are so many options and trying to invest as an expat adds a further layer of complication.

Good news for you! I wrote a book about personal finance for English teachers living abroad. You can get it on Amazon for $2.99 US. I promise that you'll find it useful, or I'll happily refund you the money via PayPal. So far, the reviews have been pretty stellar.

The Wealthy English Teacher: Teach, Travel, and Secure Your Financial Future

Do you know house-style in Busan?

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1. Studio Apartments/One Rooms in Busan(원룸)

Studio apartments (we call “one room” in Korean) are just regular ol’ apartments.
You should check out less central areas for very cheap housing, and in Busan that means the suburbs (i.e. Yangsan etc.). And if you’re ok with walking a bit from public transportation, housing will be even cheaper. 
Of course, the problem with finding housing for most foreigners in busan is the very large security deposits. The rental system in Korea is different, and before moving into an apartment in Korea, tenants will give landlords a security deposit starting anywhere from 5 to 10 million won (approximately 5,000 to 10,000 USD). You’ll of course get that money back, but that’s not cheap at all. However, if a 2 million won (~2,000USD) security deposit sounds doable, there are places with ultra cheap monthly rent, starting from 250,000 won (~250USD). The apartment will definitely be small, but at least you’ll be living by yourself and no one will interrupt your life and every night.
Security deposit is 5million won and monthly rent is 500,000 won. Very good!

Tip: If you can afford to give more security deposit, many landlords will be open to lowering your monthly rent.

2. Goshiwon (고시원)
If you don’t want to live in the suburbs of Busan and are looking to live somewhere super cheap so you can spend all your money on boozing in anyplace, why not check out a goshiwon, housing for super small people or for people that just want mega cheap rent. Rent can be as cheap as 250,000~500,000 won a month, and if you’re ok with living in these closet-sized rooms, you’ll get the benefit of free furniture (typically come with a bed, table, and mini-fridge) as well as free internet and TV (sometimes even free rice and kimchi!). Be warned though, you’re typically not allowed to bring friends and you most likely will have to use a communal bathroom (although you can pay extra for private bathrooms at some goshiwon). It’s probably uncomfortable for most, but it’s also perfect if you’re outside all the time and all you want is a place to sleep (for cheap!). “Hooray!” say all the tiny and broke people :)
Language tip: Sometimes these are referred to as different names: 고시텔 (goshitel), 원룸텔 (One room-tel), 원룸리빙텔 (one room living-tel), etc.

3. Ha-suk-jip (하숙집)
Ha-suk-jip is a pretty old school housing option in Korea. This was and still is mostly utilized by students who need to live close to their schools. But students miss their mommies. That’s why ha-suk-jip a-jum-ma(아줌마) offer breakfast and dinner everyday! The rooms aren’t anything amazing (usually a bit bigger than goshiwon rooms), but if you’re going to get not just one but TWO full on homemade Korean meals everyday, we don’t think you’ll be complaining too much. These are mostly privately/independently run by the a-jum-ma, so it is not as easy to find as goshiwon. But go to any university and there’s guaranteed to be a ha-suk-jip close by. Prices are similar to goshiwon prices (starting from 250,000~500,000 won and up).
Tip: The buildings/rooms are typically owned by the a-jum-ma. Essentially, you’re moving into their house. So some owners might not be cool with you coming home too late. Don’t worry though, the rules will be laid out for you.

-  Planning to come to Busan in Korea on a budget?
- Which one of these would you stay in? Write me a comment!

Keeping in mind that I like American-style sushi, Sushi Berry...

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Sushi Berry rolls

Sushi Berry hours

Sushi Berry menu

Keeping in mind that I like American-style sushi, Sushi Berry (스시베리) is my favorite sushi restaurant in Korea. I enjoy all the rolls as they’re big and tasty. Rolls range in price from 3,500₩ to 8,000₩. Check menu picture above.

The customer service is attentive and the chef speaks perfect English.

Directions: Go to Dongbaek Station (Green Line #204). Go out Exit 4, walk straight for 100 meters, and then take the second right under a bridge. Keep walking straight and it’s across from 7-11.

Hours: Open noon-9pm, closed 3pm-5pm.
Also, closed every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.

Address: 955-4 U 1(il)-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Phone: 051-743-7566

Seoul City Wall VIP Tour with Mayor Park

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Mayor Park shows the different styles of stonework that are along Seoul's City Wall
Mayor Park shows the different styles of stonework that are along Seoul’s City Wall

If you’ve been reading my blog there’s no need to remind you of how in love with Seoul I am! I feel really lucky to have experienced so many aspects of the city and Korea in general. With all the great things Seoul has to offer it is really difficult to pick a favorite, but I must admit I do have one, and it’s Seoul’s City Wall.

Beautiful gardens surround Seoul City Wall
Beautiful gardens surround Seoul City Wall

Yesterday, (May 20th 2015) I was thrilled to be invited to attend a VIP tour of the Seoul City Wall lead by Mayor Park! The government is currently working to preserve and beautify what has been one of Seoul’s overlooked gems for years. As of 2014 over 70% of the wall has been restored and currently projects are underway that will create a comfortable place for tourists to enjoy.

Mayor Park presents the map of Seoul City Wall
Mayor Park presents the map of Seoul City Wall

Seoul’s city wall follows the natural landscape of Seoul, curving along the ridges of Bygaksan, Naksan , Namsan and Inwangsan and stretching 18.6 km. Built over 620 years ago, the history of Korea is engraved in the many varieties of stone work, 8 city gates and surrounding tourist attractions.

Mayor Park observes a shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.
Mayor Park observes a shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.
A shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.
A shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.

A unique aspect of Seoul’s city wall is that it is easily accessible from Seoul’s subway and in close proximity to many tourism attractions, cafes and restaurants. Mayor Park’s Tour lead us along the Naksan Mountain Trail which can easily be picked up from Dongdaemun Station.

One of the many museums showcasing art along Seoul's City Wall
One of the many museums showcasing art along Seoul’s City Wall
Street art on one of the alleyways near Seoul City Wall.  All of the artwork done along the wall was made with organic material
Street art on one of the alleyways near Seoul City Wall. All of the artwork done along the wall was made with organic material



After enjoying the bustle of Dongdaemun, having a delicious meal, and looking at the modern marvel of the Dongdaemun Design center, there is no better way to step away from hustle and bustle of the city (while actually still remaining right in the city) and quietly stroll along the city wall while taking in magnificent views!


The Naksan Mountain Trail is an easy 2.1km portion of the wall and takes under an hour to walk.   Café’s, museums and shops line the outskirts of the wall making it a lovely place for tourists to stroll, or take a rest. The trail is wheel chair and stroller accessible and has public restrooms. These facilities have been recently added and is a wonderful addition to this magnificent attraction.



Yesterday was an exceptionally gorgeous day in Seoul, and there was truly no better place to be then enjoying the tranquil city wall while learning about the history and rebuilding efforts from Mayor Parks perspective.


If you are a resident or visitor of Korea do not miss the opportunity to visit a portion of Seoul’s wall. For more information visit or pick up the ‘Seoul City Wall Guide Book’ at any tourist information center.

The Seoul City Wall Guidebook available at tourist information
The Seoul City Wall Guidebook available at tourist information
Resources inside the 'Seoul City Wall Guide Book' that show how to access tourism attractions surrounding the wall
Resources inside the ‘Seoul City Wall Guide Book’ that show how to access tourism attractions surrounding the wall

If you’d like to see more media coverage of the Mayor’s VIP tour you can visit any of the following news agency links:

Financial News


 YTN (video clip)

TBS ( video clip)

  Mayor’s Blog

5 Tips for Engaging apathetic students

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Engaging Apathetic Students

5 Tips for Engaging Apathetic Students

A reader question from Katrina about how to get her low level middle school students to participate in class when the last thing they want to do is speak English. This is a tough one and I’d appreciate some feedback from the readers (I’ll leave the comments open). But, here are 5 tips for engaging apathetic students that I hope will be helpful.

Choose Activities Carefully

The best ones are those where it’s almost easier to speak English than it is their first language. Some examples of good ones are ESL board games and surveys for ESL students. The survey one is particularly good because it gets students up and about, moving around the class. Anything that you can do to get students out of their seats is a good thing.

Mix It Up

Mixing things up is perfect to keep your students on their toes. Surprise them by introducing new activities into the classroom as well as interesting, relevant topics. Make them go with a new partner or group every once in a while.

Give some Incentive

Implement a reward system of some kind with a prize that actually has some value such as a pizza party or a gift certificate to a popular store. It may cost you a bit of money, but it’ll be worth it in the end when students are actually participating. Putting students into groups can be helpful so they can kind of police each other!

Don’t Expect Miracles

If students are very low level and apathetic, don’t be too hard on yourself. Do your best but realize that if a student is 14 or 15 years old and absolutely refuses to participate in your class, there isn’t much you can do. Avoid the power struggles and test of wills that you’re not going to win. If one or two students at the back of the class are sleeping, but not disturbing anyone else, don’t worry too much about it.

Praise even Small Things

If students in middle school are quite low level, they probably haven’t had much or any positive feedback about their language skills in years. Praise even small, simple things and make encouragement your #1 priority. As my boss in Korea once told me, my goal was to make my students hate English a little less. I think I accomplished that through using these 5 things that I’ve mentioned.

In my upcoming book I have a section about how to teach speaking to really low level students. It’ll be out in a week or two and it’s free to those who join my mailing list before it’s published:

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Again, please comment readers and offer some of your own advice for this situation.

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Jinhae didn’t work out but the following week for cherry...

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Jinhae didn’t work out but the following week for cherry blossoms worked out! : ) 

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Some trips just don’t work out…. oh well better luck next time! ^^ 

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