If you plan a trip to Singapore then check out Alex Thio’s podcast ‘Coming to Singapore’ in iTunes or on his website www.comingtosingapore.com
Do you plan on bringing your dog?
Do you ask yourself what’s better: traveling here together or seperately?
Did you receive your orders to come here and now want to start apartment hunting online although it’s still 6 months until you will actually set foot on Korean soil?
Then this episode is for you!
Thank you for sending in questions. Keep them coming!
links mentioned in the episode:
This is part II of my series about challenges (although a very entertaining one) and it has to do with the concept of personal space here in Korea. Episode 009 is tightly connected to a blogpost that I released a couple of days ago. You can check it out here: http://tastyoldcabbage.com/personalspaceinkorea/
I also drew this comic about my experience with a Korean guy’s NON-awareness of his surroundings and show the way a proper German reacts to it 😉
Posing happily in the rain at a popular Korean sight. A Korean guy approaches with a giant (!) umbrella…
“MAY THE KOREAN TOILET GHOST HAUNT YOU FOREVER!! Grrrrrr”
Sometimes it seems to us “foreigners” as if Koreans are not aware of what happens around them, which might sometimes be very much the truth. However, it just feels like they don’t bother with curtesy in the street too much given that they life in a small country of roughly 50 million people..
happy dodging umbrellas in the rain everyone! 🙂
In this episode of the WiK podcast I get to talk to my friends and ESL teachers in Korea, Sadie and Nora, about teaching and living in Korea, medical care, love motels, food, Busan, safety and travel.
Side note: Sadie mentioned that most Korean apartments don’t have ovens. While that is true the newer apartment complexes have ovens and most Americans manage to find a place to live that has an oven in the kitchen (although it might be a smaller one lol). TIP: So when you are out hunting for apartments look out for those with a dishwasher and an oven.
Here are the resources we talked about in today’s episode:
US embassy in Seoul: http://seoul.usembassy.gov/index.html
This site is a great way of linking up with people and finding others with the same interests getting together in Korea: www.meetup.com I have been a member now for almost a year and love that Nora and Sadie pointed this resource out. This site connects many people world wide.
Link to the International Health Care Center/ Severance Hospital: http://www.yuhs.or.kr/en/inter_healthcare_center/inter_health_severance/intro/
KTX Train online: http://info.korail.com/2007/eng/eng_index.jsp
Spa Land Busan: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1000306
Haedong Yungkungsa Temple by the sea in Busan http://www.yongkungsa.or.kr/en/
Tasty foods mentioned in the interview:
Donkasu Korean version of German Schnitzel
Becoming an English teacher being a military spouse here in Korea. Employment regulations:
Hope you enjoy every little bit of info in this episode. Take care!
also in this episode: Sound attribution: http://www.freesound.org/people/Halleck/sounds/18665/ by user Halleck
In today’s episode I share with you the challenges that can come with a move to South Korea and are tightly connected to the language barrier. Of course, I am not leaving you with just the stories. Instead, I will pass on some good advice on how to overcome these hurdles.
Thank you to the online military spouse community who so openly answered my question about what challenges they are facing when they moved here.
fire department and ambulance: 119
“Help me!” – dowa-juseyo – 도와주세요
“Fire!” – boo-reeya – 불!
1. …- do (province)
2. …- si (city)
3. …- dong (village/rural town/district)
4. house number
Be safe everyone and have trust in your own abilities to deal with the challenges that come with such an adventure.