Saturday May 20th (in Seoul) and Saturday June 3rd (in Busan) the Kiwi Chamber will be hosting its well-known New Zealand Wine Festival! In advance of this special event, get to know a little about Dr. Tony Garrett, Chairman of The Kiwi Chamber (aka the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce). What originally brought you to…
The blogs I read before coming to Korea all had one particular common post that kind of irks me now that I live here. The majority of them stated that a single, straight woman over the age of 21 or 22 would have a tough time dating.
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!
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.
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?
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!
After a very relaxing day meandering around Sincheon, we ventured up to the subway and along the green line to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. This area is one of my favourites already, even though I’ve only explored it for the Indian food (well, Nepalese), and for Seoul Fashion Week. The area is particularly modern because of the architecture surrounding the big Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Dame Zaha Hadid.
Whenever I let people know I live in Sincheon, I usually say Jamsil instead. Sincheon is located in between Sports Complex (where the LG Twins and Doosan Bears play, where tons of music festivals and concerts are held, and where what I believe is the second tier soccer team calls home) and Jamsil. In Seoul there is “Sinchon” and “Sincheon”, so it’s easiest just to say Jamsil. The reaction is usually “Whoa! You live so far away!”.
New to Korea and feeling a little homesick and under the weather, L had been talking about hot sake for a couple of days. When we stumbled upon Izakaya Zushio and encountered such great service in such a beautiful and interesting little restaurant I didn’t hesitate to get a little footage!
We got a little Japaneasy in Korea in our new neighbourhood of Sincheon. The area between the subway and my apartment is packed with great restaurants and reminded me a lot of a cross amongst Seomyeon, Deokcheon, and Sasang. My new neighbourhood is really rad!
Here I am super-duper excited to tell you all about Anapji Pond, and I find out it’s a man-made, artificial pond. Well…uh-oh. Regardless, I’m excited to tell you all about the culmination of our magnificent tour with some wonderful people from Dong-eui University. These students took us on a fantastic tour around Gyeongju. Before making…