Peace Out Seoulmates: 15 Things I Hate About Korea

Deuces, Korea! In March of 2018, I’ll be leaving Korea. After 1 year in Busan and nearly 2 years in Seoul it’s time to bid adieu to the Land of Morning Calm.  I’ve had plenty of amazing travel experiences and local opportunities, dating blunders, and hagwon hells in Korea.  There’s plenty to love, but everyone loves…

AsiaTravChat Q&A on Twitter!

Welcome to #ASIATRAVCHAT – a Q & A based on traveling and living as expats in Asia. The goal is to make new friends, follow interesting accounts, and connect with others you might meet on your travels!  We’re thrilled to have the chance to learn more about other bloggers throughout Asia, tour operators, experiences, hotels,…

Candidly Kate: My instagram vacation was faked

I faked my instagram vacation.  The day before my Chuseok holiday began I was feeling pretty stressed out.  I couldn’t shake this nagging feeling that something was wrong. Seriously? 3,000 posts? I guess I like you, #instagram. • • • • • • • • #Seoul #Itaewon #travelblogger #travelblog #igpossetravels #wearetravelgirls #digitalnomadgirls #travelista #seetheworld #instapassport #passport…

Why TEFL Now?

What are the differences among TEFL, TEYL, TESOL, TESL, CELTA, etc.? In the simplest of terms, they are different levels and methods of teaching English to non-native English speakers. TESL certifications are widely regarded as methods for teachers of non-native English speakers and immigrants to English speaking countries. TESOL and TEFL are geared more toward those who want to teach English in non-English speaking countries. Bingo! That’s me!

…and they’re off (-track Horse Racing at Walkerhill)

Let’s Run: A case where going “Off Track” is a good thing.

The new facilities at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, which opened Friday June 3rd, 2016, are clean and quiet. This is a far cry from what I would have imagined having been to some of the casinos throughout Asia. A few juicy details to note before jumping into the nitty-gritty.

Candidly Kate: Where to Teach in Korea

In a country the size of Indiana, you would think that the two largest cities would have similar lifestyles. After spending a year in Busan I thought I have conquered Korea enough to hit the capital. Could I have been more wrong?

Jogyesa Temple – Lotus Lantern Weekend Part ii

Korean couples love to get dressed up and wander around the old, traditional towns, as well as the Palaces and the Temples. All this was amplified by the hoopla of Buddha’s Birthday Weekend which has been celebrated as a festival since the Unified Silla era over 1,300 years ago. Yep – he gets the whole weekend, the festival, the parade, and all the beautiful lantern displays at nearly every temple the month leading up to his birthday and for for many, the weeks beyond (at Jogyesa they’ll be around until May 22nd). I guess it’s like leaving your Christmas lights up on your front porch all year long, just a lot less honky-tonk and a lot more beautiful!

Renewing my Canadian Passport in Busan

  Renewing your passport while abroad isn’t exactly the smartest course of action.  I had a year and a half left on my passport when I left Canada to teach English in South Korea, but with all the expenses of applying for my visa, getting my fingerprints and background check done, having my degree notarized,…

Shanghai 2: Jing’an Sculpture Park & Temple, Crystal Galleria

Shanghai treated me to the most wonderful weather over the course of my trip.  The days were sunny and hot with a nice breeze every now and then, and the nights were mild and clear.  After a night of monkeys, models, bottles, and midnight street food, I needed a good breakfast.  I was able to…

Gamcheon Cultural Village

When G’s Mum decided to come visit we decided it would be as good a time as any to be tourists in our own town.  I imagine that this will be the first in a series of touristy adventures while she’s in town! I had heard about this place from a few different blogs comparing…

Seoul vs. Busan

As you may have guessed by now, The Toronto Seoulcialite actually lives in Busan, not Seoul.  The terms of my transfer from Gwacheon to Hwamyeong are confidential, so blabbing about it all over my blog or any kind of social media would be a giant faux pas.  The bottom line is that I live in…

Gyeongju – fit for a Queen

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to travel to Gyeongju with some passionate history students from Dong-A University in Busan.  They’re our friend Joe’s students (from G’s birthday yachting experience) who wanted to share their Korean pride, culture, and history with Koreans and foreigners alike.  This trip was an absolute steal at KRW 50,000…