Tag Archives: South Korea

017 Why I Took A Short Break From Podcasting & Want To Pack My Bags And Leave Korea

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Jessy K. Piskai www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea... podcast In this episode I share with you what kept me away from podcasting fro the past 2 months and how this reason was connected to me wanting to pack up my bags and leave Korea.

Life in Korea is challenging, especially for us foreigners who come here as teachers. I am so lucky that we at least have some access to home by being able to get our hands on some American food or house items thanks to commissaries and the PX. It would be so much harder without that access. That being said, living here is can be an amazing adventure when you just keep focused on the positive things. That attitude will help you get over the tougher things and situations that come with living here.

Now I experienced a little “bump” in that attitude and started to get overwhelmed with the tough side of life here. Check out this episode to find out the reason behind that attitude-bump ;)

I am glad to be back guys!
Jessy

015 How Koreans Confuse Us (In Scary, Funny And Challenging Ways) – My Top Picks

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Jessy K. Piskai www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea... podcast Moving to Korea means dealing with cultural differences no matter what country you moved here from. In this episode I pick top 13 funny, scary and challenging things that Koreans do that will definitely confuse you ;)

Happy getting over it!
Jessy

sources mentioned in the show:

Nowon 24 hour Animal Hospital:
GPS friendly: Seoul, Nowon-Gu, Sanggye-dong 371-2

Tel: 02-919-0075 or 02-919-0074
www.namc.co.kr

Wikipedia entry on driving etiquette in South Korea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driving_etiquette#South_Korea

About.com article on the short history of Spam in Korea: http://koreanfood.about.com/od/koreanfoodbasics/a/A-Short-History-Of-Spam-In-Korea.htm

Korea Times article on driving etiquette in Korea from a Korean’s point of view: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2013/07/162_138709.html

Blog entry on driving in South Korea: http://gdaykorea.blogspot.kr/2013/07/driving-etiquette-in-south-korea.html

 

 

014 My Top 9 Ways To Confuse A Korean Big Time

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Jessy K. Piskai www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea... podcast Ever wondered how to confuse a Korean? I did! That is why I present you with 9 fabulous ways to make a Korean stare, startle or not believing their ears or eyes ;)

—–> how to say “I am a vegetarian” in Korean? = this is the translation I got from my Korean friend:

I'm 나는 vegetarian 채식주의자예요.
"나는 채식주의자예요" :)

Stay happy!
Jessy

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You got to keep your hopes up. Some Koreans actually smile back at you in the street. Whoopdee!

013 Taking A Trip To LOTTE World Theme Park & Department Store – Recommendations And Pointers

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Jessy K. Piskai www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea... podcast In this episode my guest, Dani, and I share our thoughts on our trip to LOTTE World Adventure. We recommend rides, restaurants, cool spots for picture taking and foods. We also discuss the popularity of the LOTTE company and its magnitude.

Listen in as we talk, laugh and get interrupted by random Koreans in Dani’s apartment. You’ll find what this means and what it has to do with being able to trust in Korea.

show notes:

restaurant recommendation: Chrystal Palace

recommended rides (thrill rides):
1. Pharao’s Revenge
2. Giro Drop
3. Giro Spin
4. Balloon Ride

Side note: your entrance fee covers most of the rides, however, for some (like the Haunted House) you have to pay extra.

Tip: Look out for discounts online http://global.lotteworld.com/main.asp, bring your passport (for possible foreigner discount), look out for discounts through the military (if you are here as a soldier or dependent)

by train: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & 8), Exit 4.

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exciting shopping decorations in LOTTE world department store

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Castle with German flags in LOTTE Adventure park

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random car model with lashes and a big bow.. soooo Korean! you have to embrace it ;)

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004 Challenges Part 1 – Language Barrier

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When in Korea... podcastIt is not always sunny in Korea and you will encounter a variety of obstacles, however, you will master them!

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.

show notes:

fire department and ambulance: 119
police: 112

“Help me!” – dowa-juseyo - 도와주세요
“Fire!” – boo-reeya - 불!

GPS:

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.
Jessy

003 Ten Reasons Why You Have To Love Korea

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WISK_9You have orders to come Korea or are already living here but don’t know much about the country and the abundance of exciting things to enjoy while being here? Then this episode is for you.

I share  ten reasons with you (although I could have gone on and on…) for why I fell in love with Korea.

links featured in the episode:

Whale watching in Ulsan: for more information on whale watching in Ulsan head over to www.ulsanonline.com
The people behind this website have done a tremendous job on gathering information about Ulsan. If you plan to visit make sure you head over to www.ulsanonline.com!

temple stay: http://eng.templestay.com

my friend the river turtle

IMG_7258my friend the Korean river turtle

Dragon beard candy
my favorite is the one with nuts in it (not sure if those are peanuts) but definitely go for the nuts one.
Dragon beard candy

photo-15–> This is the Asiatic Black Bear and I immediately fell in love with them. Look at those round ears (not like I said in the episode “round eyes” lol). The ears remind me of the Panda Bear’s ears. They are a highly endangered species here in Korea. That is why I am so happy to share with you the news that today there are up to 20 under protection in Jirisan national park :)

Be excited about Korea! #YouGottaLoveKorea
Jessy

002 Top Ten Items To Bring/Ship To Korea

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When in Korea... 002In this episode we will talk about my list of top ten items to bring when moving to Korea. I hope it helps you with making a decision on what to bring and what not to bring.

Also check out the blog post that I released earlier this month about it: http://tastyoldcabbage.com/the-top-ten-things-to-pack-for-your-new-duty-station-korea/

Enjoy!

 

link to the Washington Post article that got mentioned on the show: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-09/world/35721716_1_samsung-chairman-smartphone-market-samsung-credit-card

Something I forgot to mention in the episode is that YES, indeed, out of the dishes we shipped only one cup broke during the move here. I was just referring to plates and glasses etc. However, unfortunately we have more damaged items, such as picture frames, Christmas decoration (especially ornaments for the tree), a lamp and other stuff. So please, if you only come for a year or two, consider to leave your high value items or, most importantly, items that are of  sentimental value to you and that can break easily at home. I for example didn’t want to ship my grand father’s hat because I was worried it would break (He passed away and we kept some things of his which remind us of him. Among them is his hat.) So Chris, my husband, put it on his head during our day long travels to our new home. It arrived safely here in Korea.

Happy packing everyone!

 

the upcoming podcast and I

Hi - So great you stopped by!

Jessy - When in Korea ...My name is Jessy, I am a newly wed who married into the Army, a media fanatic, writer and researcher by trade, a passionate culture explorer and currently stationed in South Korea.

When I graduated from high school I packed my bags to leave my hometown in Germany and since then they never got unpacked again.

Over the past ten years I have lived and worked in 5 different countries and Korean will be the sixth language I plan to master (Shamelessly showing off my talent for languages. Note: Please be impressed right now…Okay done.)

The WHY and what it has to do with who I am

Before I came here I had tons of questions about the country, the culture and life in South Korea in general. I simply wished I would have had someone who could just talk to me about Korea and give me an insight on what life is like there. That’s why I started this podcast and blog.

I am learning each day about life here, becoming an entrepreneur and about my new life as a military wife. My world has once again turned upside down, but this time I want to take you along for my journey.

      My goal is to learn as much about this country as possible, to share it with you and to       make my and your (!) stay an amazing one.

I want to help at least one person with the information I share. May it be with the decision to come here (or even with the decision not to), with adjusting to life in South Korea or with entertaining those who have already lived here for quite some time.

I will share my experiences, research and personal views on life in Korea with you. This site is not related to the US Army in any way. It is a personal and passionate project with a lot of love for CULTURE, LIFE, the MEDIA and the MILITARY FAMILY.

Who is this podcast for?

Well, by now you know that I am an Army wife so naturally this podcast provides lots of information specifically of interest for my courageous fellow families in boots.

However, it’s an open house. Everyone who wants to know what life is like here and who wants to learn more about the country has come to the right place and will benefit from the podcast.

No risk no fun

Have I done such a podcast project before? Nope. (I plan one in German but that is a different story.) Honestly, I am a little intimated about taking on such a project. There is always the risk of failing expectations. However, “no risk – no fun!” right?When in Korea ...

I am putting this project together because I believe there is a real need for an entertaining and positive way to inform our military families and everyone who wants to come live here about South Korea and prepare them in a way for what to expect.

It’s not easy and sunny here all the time. I know that from experience, however, I am convinced that this country CAN be an amazing experience for a lot of people (not for all, unfortunately). I want to help with that while I personally live life in Korea, learn about the culture and make my first steps into the blogging and podcasting sphere. All this I will share in real time with you.

Oh and have I mentioned that I LOVE doing this anyway?

Support and goals

By following my blog and subscribing to my podcast you help me reach my goal: to help others and give my passion for Korea, real life experiences and media a meaningful and entertaining outlet.

Let’s see how much I will learn about this country, how many people I can help, entertain, get together and how many podcast episodes will get produced.

           Where this project leads me to, I don’t know yet, but I am determined to find out.

If you like what I do please subscribe to my podcast in iTunes (here: www.tastyoldcabbage.com/wik/itunes), leave an iTunes review, follow my blog or come over to Facebook and join me there.

Your support will help me reach more people and share the message.
Long live the Kimchi!

Jessy