Category 'South Korea'

7 Things I Wish I’d Known About Teaching English In Korea

Before I hopped on a plane at Newcastle Airport, bound for Dubai and then Seoul – and then a bus to Daegu – to start my one-year contract teaching English in South Korea, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’d had very little interaction with children before, apart from when I was a child myself. I’d never lived abroad, never eaten Korean food, and the only teaching I’d done was delivering a slide presentation to colleagues at the call…
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Teaching In Taiwan vs Teaching In South Korea

Teaching in Taiwan and teaching in South Korea may, at first glance, appear to be remarkably similar. After all, they’re both countries in the north-east of Asia, both have big markets for learning English in their crowded cities, and a fast-paced way of life. Foreigners get enticed by the decent pay and relatively low cost of living, and often use teaching in Asia as a way to save for their dream wedding, to fund future travels, clear credit card and…
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Don’t Listen To The Stereotypes, La

Every nationality in the world has stereotypes attached to them. Americans? Loud, uneducated, obnoxious. The French? Rude, and will refuse to speak English. The Chinese? No concept of personal space, will shout if they’re mere inches from your face. The British? Cold and standoffish. Folks from Burkina Faso? I have no idea, but there are probably stereotypes that exist from the Burkinabe in neighbouring nations.   They say there’s no smoke without fire, and stereotypes sometimes contain an element of…
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Planning Your Korea Itinerary

I’d love to be able to say that I get inundated with reader emails on a regular basis, but if I were to tell you that, I’d totally be lying. Yet, some of you lovely people do get in contact every now and again, and one thing crops up more than anything else – advice on planning a Korea itinerary for an upcoming trip to the Land of the Morning Calm, usually with questions on the best place to see…
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The Korean Food I Miss The Most

I’ve compared Taiwan and Korea before…, deciding that the latter, my home of three and a half years, wins out in the food stakes. I still stand by that judgement. The only Korean restaurant I’ve been to here in Taipei was a big ole’ let-down, and nothing at all like food served up back in Korea – if you’re in Gongguan and see an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue joint, avoid it. It was not good. I’m craving good Korean food.
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My Top 10 Bodily Discharge Moments From Around The World!

Warning: this post contains way too much information about bodily discharges. I mean, I hope you figured that out from the title of the post, but it’s worth repeating just in case. If you’re squeamish, it’s probably best that you click away from this post now. Go and read about that time I stroked all the pussies in Seoul. Or now that spring is approaching, look at pretty pictures of crocuses… that I took in Harrogate. Maybe even perk yourself
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7 Lovely Libations From Around The World

Recently, my fabulous blogger friend DJ¬†wrote a post about a drink called sekamehu, a kind of Finnish juice drink that he had in, well, Finland. It sounded delicious, and that got me thinking about the beverages I’ve imbibed around the world. Some were delicious (more on those in a little while), some not so much, like the coconut juice I swilled down to try and rid my mouth of durian… aftertaste, or what can only be described as
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Hey Expat, Don’t Judge Me Because I’m An Expat

Life as an English teacher in Asia is pretty damn good. The salary enables you to live comfortably, teaching (even in a cram school) is a fairly well-respected profession, and you get to experience another culture while essentially being paid to entertain and delight children, and tricking them into retaining a foreign language in the process. Sure things aren’t always ideal, but overall, I have a pretty sweet deal here in Taiwan, ditto for over three years in South Korea,…
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The First Impressions Post: Taiwan vs Korea

I’ve been in Taiwan for a little over two and a half weeks now. I live here, but the amount of time I’ve spent in the country is more on par with a long vacation. Yet despite that fact, I’m getting asked an awful lot of questions about how it compares to South Korea, a country that I lived in from June 2009 to March 2013, with a few breaks for travel in between.   So I’m going to try…
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Five Things To Do In Daegu

There are plenty of things to do in Daegu, my favourite city in South Korea. How would I know, you might ask? Well, I lived in the city for two and a half years. That’s right, before I called Daejeon home during my last year in Korea, the lovely city of Daegu, Korea’s fourth-largest city, was my place of abode. Yet for some reason, in all my time writing this blog, I’ve never, ever written about things to do in…
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