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First Sunrise of 2016

30 Jan

Jebu-do: Sexy by the Sea

13 Jul

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Jebu is this great little island about 1-2 hours from Seoul. You can only visit when the tide is low. There are a plethora of cheap seafood restaurants and love motels for the stranded couples ^^

Trick Eye FUN!!!

24 Mar

Yesterday I spent an awesome day in Hongdae at the Trick Eye Muesum here are just some of the photos

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and here is a handy map to the museum. Its a little tricky as its in a basement of a build.

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Baseball Season is BAAAAAAACK!!!

24 Mar

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Easy Meals to Make in Korea

20 Mar

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You want this…? Add this… this and this…

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The best part is all you have to do is boil a pot of water pop in the silver pouch then pop a strainer (collander?)

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and put it the lid on it. While everything is in the pot steaming and boiling throw the premade rice into the microwave and 2 minutes later your eating a bowl full of rice, veggies and meat. Mmmmm DELICIOUS!!! I really think any of the Ottogi premade meal and a premade rice and cabbage and its CHEAP Rice: 900₩ Ottogi: 1990₩ 1/4 Cabbage: 1200₩ (and you can use 1/4 of the cabbage)

Taxes for American ESL Teachers in Korea

13 Mar

ONE WORD!? HANDY! Almost makes all those crazy hagwon issues worth it by getting to avoid the tax man. http://www.reachtoteachrecruiting.com/us-taxes-for-english-teachers-abroad.html

But regardless if you know you qualify for the exception you need to file each year.

New Year in Korea

3 Jan

After getting back from Seattle I had a full day of work then picked up my dog from the sitter and hauled ass to Seoul National University to catch my bus to Jeongsongjin. I recently discovered meetup.com and have gone to a couple of meetups where I went snowboarding, ice skating and now to the East Sea to watch the first sunrise of the new year. The organizer had gotten a deal on some tickets- similar to the group on deals in the states. We were in a standard coach loaded with university students and moms with their kids. We left at 11:00pm and it took us about 4 hours to get there including the one rest break. When parked about a 30 minute walk outside of Jeongdongjin since it was still early everyone sleot on the bus till 5am when they kicked us off and pointed us in the direction of town. In the dark there we were walk on the side of the road with TONS of poorly parked cara on either side of the road along with more cars trying to squeeze thru. Jeongdongjin is a cute place with a few quirky building – the life sized pirate ship coffee shop and the ocean liner resort hotel perched on the cliff. If your coming to see the sunrise, word is you want to be on the right side of the cliff with the ocean liner resort on it. There is a huge rock which everyone goes to stand on but the cops were kicking everyone off right as I goto the gate. The sunrise happened for a second so I just saw a sliver of the it so maybe next year. After that I had to hussle back for the bus which was leaving at 8:30am it took me an hour to get back due to the like minded crowds. At one point I looked over and saw a 13 year old fall off the edge of the road luckly the beach was what he fell into… you should have heard the grasps of the ajummas- a collective “OOOOOOOOOHH!!!”… haha then about 10 other boys did the same. Finally I reached the bus 10 minutes late… and there were only two other people. We finally pushed off around 9:15am then went to this sheep farm which at the time I could havae cared less about but it was actually really cool and gorgeous… still sooooo cold !!! Due to my poor choice in clothing it also meant I was slipping and falling on my ass all the way around the ridge but still a good way to kill an hour. Between traffic and the snow it took us 5 hours to get to Seoul. Good times tho. Ah! On a side note my pipes froze by the time Id gotten home. Word to the wise leave your heat on low and you bathroom tap trickling.

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Cracker Your Wardrobe!

22 Sep


I don’t understand it but I love it! Its available at most subway magazine shops for 4,000 (I think- can’t really remember). Its full of great ideas but again totally in Korean soooo its more of a picture book for me.



If you wanna shop like the kids you goto Kwangjang Market

The Jacket…recently found at Kwangjang Market for 80,000 but got a pity discount because I didn’t even try to haggle… I’m pathetic I know- I think the discount was really for the hole in the sleeve lining I failed to notice 😦 of well 2,000 spent at the dry cleaners to fix it and its right as rain 🙂
Lookin AWESOME in The Jacket…

Blogs and Sites I Love…

30 Jun

Below are some of my favorite blogs and websites about everything in Korea

(this will be continually updated)

koreaBANG

Itaewon Fatty

Party Luv

Hi Seoul

Korea How

Official Seoul City Tourism

HiExpat

Interpark (great for most concerts, musical, plays and festivals)

Exploring Korea

Three Wise Monkeys

Illuminate Me

Waygook.ORG

Waygook Effect

Korean Herald

Groove Magazine

The Grand Narrative

Beating the Ruts!

2 Jun

It happens to everyone once in a while- you got on a trip and it just doesn’t go as planned. After thinking it over, maybe your expectations were too high? But for whatever reason your left with a bad taste in your mouth. I’ve been pretty lucky and this has only happened twice, however I’m embarassed to say the first time I tried to sleep through it and then the second time I didn’t eat, I over slept and I burned through all of my cash because I was “angry”. Whatever way you cope with these ruts, bumps or whatever you want to call them, the important thing is you get over them because why would you want to be miserable while doing something you love. I’m writing this in hopes of deterring anyone from having a pity party and repeating my mistakes.

So here are my 5 golden rules for avoiding a bad trip.

  1. Get around people: Don’t go in to a shell. Make yourself get out there! Get loaded if you have to. Being around people who are excited and amped to be at a place will help you out of your funk. Its a proven fact happiness is contagious and its easily transmitted and at the risk of sounding like a Stepford wive.

  2. Get arty: Draw, listen to music, read- WHATEVER! Start making something. I’ve found writing about what is bothering me helps me get specific about what it is that has got me in the rut. Usually I can get out of it and never fall back in because I can see the signs.

  3. Get loud: Go to a club, bar or concert- not only will you probably meet some new friends you won’t be able to hear your thought through the bass.

  4. Get try something new: Make it your mission to trying 5 new things a day. Not only will this goal keep you busy, but it will keep you distracted. So with any hope eventually you will forget about your crappy time.

  5. Make plans for the next day: This is probably the single best piece of advice. Everyone has seen the guy/girl who is just floating along and not enjoying it. They don’t seem to have anything going on except waiting to move on to their next destination. Even if its just jumping on the next train do it! And leave the bad juju at the last station!

Getting bummed on the road can easily derail you for a day or two but theres no reason it should make you lose your will to travel. Failing on the road romances, fights with friends or just a boring town is no reason to waste a moment of your trip.