Living rent-free for a year while teaching English is definitely an awesome deal. However, what might not be so great is your apartment. Real estate in Korea - especially in Seoul - can be insanely expensive, and you might find yourself envying the wide, open spaces offered by a refrigerator box.
A couple of weeks ago, I went on a date to a barbecue restaurant in the south of Seoul. The waiter put the pork belly we'd ordered on the grill to cook, and returned periodically to flip it. When it was done cooking, he then cut it up for us and told us to enjoy… Continue reading White Privilege in Korea
Last summer, I changed jobs. I went from teaching with EPIK in the small, rural city of Namwon to teaching with GEPIK in Suwon, the capital of Gyeonggi Province and a satellite city of Seoul. Obviously, I would have to move yet again, as my apartments were given to me from my employing schools. That,… Continue reading Moving in Korea On the Cheap
In a previous post which you can check out here, I wrote about finding a lump in my breast, getting shoved around to a few different doctors, and ultimately hearing that I needed to have the aforementioned lump removed. Last Saturday, I had a surgery on my boobs which didn't even make them bigger… Continue reading What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part II
The only pick-up line you need in Korea, made easy.
One evening a few months ago when I was taking a shower I noticed a small, hard lump - which I have since decided to name Hector - in my right breast. After a full-blown mini-panic attack, I decided I should actually go see a doctor before prematurely picking out a totally dope '80's playlist for my… Continue reading What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part 1
I 'became' a lot prettier when I moved to Korea from the US. This is how my life has changed - and how I'm dealing with it.
Ah, the jjimjilbang (찜질방). Korea's nude saunas can be a pretty intimidating for someone who has never bathed naked with a bunch of strangers before. The first time I went I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and subsequently awkwardly followed people around. I was convinced that everyone would stare at me - the… Continue reading Six Steps to (Korean) Sauna Success
You’ve made the choice to move to Korea, bought your (one way!) plane ticket, and now you’re getting ready to pack. I'll be honest here: I packed for Korea the night before I moved there. It was not my smartest move, so learn from my mistakes! Though, to be honest, the very fact that you're… Continue reading Moving to Korea: The Ultimate Packing Guide
It's the end of the year, which means that hwaeshik (회식) abounds in Korea. If you're not familiar with what hwaeshik is, let me explain. Hwaeshik when you go out and get more wrecked than a fratboy during his third week of college with your colleagues. It isn't really an optional thing; it's more like forced fun where you can't… Continue reading Forced Fun: Korean Company Dinner (회식)