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018 Tools for overcoming challenges that come with living in Korea – Intro to Resiliency series with Evie Ann King

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Jessy K. Piskai www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea... podcast Join me as I dive into the psychology behind adapting to a new life in Korea. My special guest is Evie Ann King, a Master Resiliency Trainer and coach, who will provide us with tools and methods that help  overcome difficult times here in Korea (and in every part of life really).

This is the kick off to a series of episodes highlighting different tools and methods.

Thank you Evie for being a guest on my show and for sharing your knowledge with us!

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

www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea...podcast

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

009 Personal Space And Awareness Of One’s Surroundings – Challenges Part II

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Jessy K. Piskai www.tastyoldcabbage.com When in Korea... podcast 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…

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“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! :)

005 Moving Your Family To Area I, South Korea – Interview with Tracy, An Area I Mom

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When in Korea... podcastListen to Tracy, great friend of mine and Area 1 mom, and me talking about moving with your family to Korea, about safety, school, food and overall family experience in this foreign country. Come join in the fun as we record the first WiK podcast interview, laugh and reflect about life here as a foreigner.

We also feature a third VERY SPECIAL guest who is a natural in front of the mic. So adorable.

And no, I didn’t actually cover Tracy in gold and put her in my closet… that would be weird.. just to mention something like that would be very weird… who would say something that? ;)

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If you have any questions about bringing your family here, please send them my way and I will cover them in future episode or get back to you directly.

Jessy

 

When life in Korea really SU**S

www.tastyoldcabbage.comI am sorry for the choice of words in the title of the post. You won’t hear (or read) me speak like that very often, however, these days are different…

I have to start a couple of days back in time with this story.

A couple of weeks ago I got a text message from my sister in Germany. In that message she explained that our step mom had to be rushed to the ER and that they plan surgery due to the suspicion of bone cancer.

I was shocked.

Do you know that feeling when your gut turns into a tight knot? Everyone who knows me well knows that my emotions are tightly connected to my stomach. If I feel sad or angry my stomach starts to ache badly.

I felt helpless and scared. Due to the time difference I couldn’t even get my sister on the phone since it was nighttime for them. The time difference can be exhausting. It’s 7 hours to Germany where our German family and friends live and at least 13 hours to where our American family and friends are. Getting a hold of anyone during the week is pretty difficult.

It is a one or two day long travel to Germany and it takes two to three days to travel to our family on the East Coast from here (including the time to react to an emergency, book flights, plan for everything and the solid travel time).

And we haven’t even spoken of the money yet. Who cares in moments like that about the time spent on a plane, right? But the travels are expensive, especially the short notice ones..

My initial reaction was: I want to go and be with her to help her through the time of waiting for the results and distract her as much as one can distract a person with such worries.

Now all I could do from here instead was to wait, pray and see.. After the emergency surgery and a couple of days spent with worries we finally got to hear that it is not cancerous and that a couple of additional surgeries will take care of my step mom’s health.

No need to describe to you how relieved we were.

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Today we woke up to an urgent sounding email from a close friend.

It just stated CALL ME in the subject line.

I immediately got that feeling in my stomach again. Within 15 minutes we managed to get connected with him. He informed us that his wife, mom of three and dear friend of ours got rushed to the ER. She is in the hospital now waiting for brain surgery and an updated evaluation on her health…

My stomach is sill aching from his call that we received hours ago and my mind is racing. I can’t tell you how helpless and restless we feel.

This is not about me, of course not!

It is about our dear friends that we want to travel to and be with in these difficult hours and days. However, it is not that we are separated by a state.. we are separated by landmasses and the Pacific Ocean.

THIS HAS GOT TO be one of the hardest things to go through when living that far away from your loved ones.

In my last podcast episode I started talking about challenges that come with a move to Korea. Now this one couldn’t wait for the next episode, this one I had to get out NOW.

www.tastyoldcabbage.comWe enjoy our life here a lot, however, we are far away from our loved ones. We can only show via telephone or video call how much we care and are there for them. This is close to torture, especially, when all you want to do is drive through the night to go and hug them, be there for them, watch their children, make ironic and inappropriate jokes about health and life together..

All we can do from here today is to send our love their way and keep them in our prayers and thoughts while we are waiting for news.

Please, if you move that far away from home (it could be anywhere. Not only Korea.) Just know that this is one of the biggest challenges that come with living your life far away from your loved ones.

What I will do today?

I will go outside and make this day count. I will be kind and understanding with the people who surround me because that’s what will go a long way.

I believe that this is like a butterfly effect: treating others like you want to be treated will be passed on and on and eventually reach our friends far away. Other people (may it be strangers or friends and family) will be there in person for them treating them as kindly as we would, helping them and supporting them through these rough times.

Also, always keep in mind that we are all far away from our loved ones being stationed here in Korea and that we need to be each other’s family and friends. Go make it count!

Love,
Jessy

Dragon’s Beard Candy

Do you like stories from ancient times and far away countries? Then you want to know about the Dragon’s Beard Candy one.IMG_7609

The myth has it that Dragon Beard Candy made its debut in ancient China during the Han Dynasty when a court chef performed before the Emperor. The cook made candy out of sugar (or honey) turned into a dough like consistency. He pulled and stretched the dough until thousands of fine and sticky strands of sugar appeared. He then wrapped peanuts or chocolate with the powdery strands.

Since the fine strands looked like hair to the Emperor and because they were sticky enough to  stick on one’s chin, the Emperor gave it the name Dragon’s Beard Candy.Dragon's Beard Candy www.tastyoldcabbage.com

Maybe you tell your kids (or your spouse ;)) the story before you go take them to see how they make Dragon’s Beard Candy in Insadong (neighborhood of Seoul) and then prove them that it really can stick on your chin and looks like an old dragon’s beard (if you wanna impress any further please learn how to spit fire.)  —>

 

Here are two videos I took of the guys making Dragon’s Beard Candy in the streets of Insadong. They don’t only show you how it’s made but also perform for you by singing and counting along. If you ask me how I like the candy I would honestly say “get the one with peanuts in it” and “It is interesting but will definitely not replace my favorite candy in the world: German chocolate” ;)

Click and look at how they are making it

Click here: Me getting a sample