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Expats in Korea – Seoulcialites: Gillian Witter

Thu, 2017-04-27 18:19

In January and February I was doing a lot of…Seoul searching.  I was deliberating between heading back to Canada, traveling, and staying in South Korea.  I had been nursing a broken heart for a couple of months and felt like I really didn’t know where to turn.  Fellow blogger, Gillian Witter came to my rescue one night.  She dropped everything and got on Skype with me to let me talk out my fears and frustrations.  Gillian Witter is also a Spiritual Consultant, you see.  Before long, our girl-talk time turned from negative to positive.  I wanted to make necessary changes in my life.  Sometimes you just need someone to put it in perspective.  Sometimes, you need a little help from the stars…  

What originally brought you to Korea?

I actually wrote a blog about it.  (Here’s a little excerpt:)

(There was a particularly difficult) winter in Toronto…for me, emotionally and spiritually. I was fortunate to have people around me who gave me the space and support I needed to help me figure out my next steps. For years, I’ve wanted to teach and travel abroad. The timing was never right. The first spark of desire arouse when I graduated from university and wanted to teach in Japan. My boyfriend at the time gave me an ultimatum between our relationship and my desire to travel. I chose to stay in that relationship. The travel bug stayed dormant for five years. After that relationship ended, I attempted again to get a teaching gig in Japan. I was ready to proceed when the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 hit the country. Another four years have gone by and this past February, after coming out of a dark place, the desire surfaced again. This was the right time.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Korea? 

Friends, living abroad, being in an ideal place to travel in Asia, and Foooooood!

I love the friends that I’ve met so far.  Before I arrived in Korea, I had researched that Koreans are extremely racist.  When I arrived I had nothing but positive loving connections with not only Koreans but people from all around the world.

I really enjoy living aboard.  I love to be different from the rest. That’s a very easy thing to do in a monoculture such as Korea. I love learning about new cultures and customs.  It helps me grow as a person and learn more about others to have compassion and understanding.

Korea is in a prime spot to travel.  To travel to Asia from Toronto cost a pretty penny.  However, once you are here you can travel and experience all of Asia for a minimal amount of dollars.  Lastly, the food!  I love all the delicious food here in Korea.  I love japchae, galibi, and anything BBQed.  Life is great here in Korea.

What’s your favourite thing about Seoul in particular? 

Honestly, it’s people and food.  I love the good friendships I’ve developed in Seoul.  I feel I connected with like-minded people that love similar things such as energy work and trying to manifest our dreams.  I LOVE the food!  I love all the yummy restaurants and new places to discover.  I feel like a country mouse coming to the big city when I go to Seoul.  I love it!

Tell us a little about your services  

I offer a range of services such as Tarot Card Readings (one-on-one, small groups, and parties), Reiki energy healing, Energetic Space Clearing, Spiritual Cleanse, and BARS energy work.

My most popular service is tarot readings.  A tarot reading is an opportunity to discuss life events from a non-judgmental and different perspective. Your reading with me can help you get “out of your head,” choose where to go next, or feel reassured about your decisions or path. Our sessions are conversations, an opportunity to ask questions, and share as much or as little as you wish.

You will receive a detailed and highly accurate reading that covers the aspects of your life where you feel you need the most guidance.  I am available in the evenings after 6:30 pm and on most weekends.  If we are not in the same city of Jincheon, Ochang, or Cheongju, and sometime Seoul, I am happy to offer Skype readings.

What makes your style stand out?

My approach stands out.  My main intention is healing and empowerment.  It is very important for me that clients feel comfortable with me. I also like to teach others about the cards, so that they can make an informed decision about working with me.  I create a safe space for you to look at the events, circumstances, and relationships in your life from a new perspective.  Not every reader does the same thing.

My regular clients come to me because I am honest and share personal stories of my journey and healing process. Finding the right reader is like finding the right hairdresser. You need to do your research, try a few places, and get recommendations, if you hope to consult someone long term.

This work requires trust and connection. I recommend consulting the reader to get to know them a bit, before you do a reading. You will hear about their experiences and their own healing journey. A good reader must do their work: they need their own emotional healing, too. This is important because readings are so personal. You don’t want the reader’s emotional energy to cloud or pour into a reading. Also, you’ll want to see a reader who is constantly trying to improve and evolve. This a strong, positive sign that they will be able to understand, relate, and share sound information, so you can learn how to connect to it and act upon it.

Tell us about some of the packages you offer

https://www.gillianwitter.com/services

How much lead time might people need to book you? 

Depending on our schedules, a reading can be booked on the same day.

On what kind of projects would you prefer to work?

I would have a healing retreat centre in Hawaii on the beach.  I would like to work more with though who want to heal their family emotional pain and live a more full-fill life.  I would do that through energy healing, family constellations, and psychotherapy.

Share one of your favourite memories  

My favourite memory was working with a client that was about to get married.  She felt there was some energetic baggage hanging around her that need to be cleared.  We worked together to do a spiritual cleanse and a tarot reading.  She was so moved by the experience two of the cards that was in the reading her and her partner got tattoos about it.  Then, when it was time to get married, they asked me to spiritually officiate the wedding.  Officiating the wedding was the most moving beautiful experience.

Here’s her testimonial:

Gillian Witter has always known her to be a compassionate, loving spiritually connected person. She has been a source of support to me through her caring heart, warm hugs and kind soul. Gillian Witter helped me through a very difficult time by providing me with a spiritual cleanse and tarot reading. This experience changed my life. Through her empathy, kindness and her unique ability to help me open my heart, I was able to not only overcome but thrive through this transition period in my life. The experience was both accurate on so many levels as well as empowering for my future. The processes of the spiritual cleanse and reading was so profound that both myself and my partner have since gotten tattoos (King and Queen of Cups) which were part of Gillian’s reading. Before this experience I had always been skeptical of alternative healing. Gillian Witter helped me by providing an environment of non-judgment and loving support so that I could open myself up to the possibilities in the universe. I consider Gillian Witter a personal and spiritual role model. She has always accepted me for who I am at each moment in my life, at the same time inspiring me to grow continually. We have asked Gillian Witter to spiritually officiate our upcoming marriage because she represents all we believe is true in this life. Gillian Witter believes in Love, Empathy, and Compassion.

Learn More about Gillian Witter!

Website: https://www.gillianwitter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillianoliviawitter

My travel blog : http://gillianwitter.wixsite.com/thesoulfulwanderlust

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April 29th Meeting Registration Open!!!

Wed, 2017-04-26 16:53

I’m sure you’ve all noticed a lot of changes going on with us lately, and by now most of you have heard that we have officially re-branded to become The Sool Company.  However one thing we vowed to do was keep our community monthly meetings open for as long as we can, as it was such a huge part of where we came from.

So even though it’s late notice, we hope you all join us for a meeting we have been saving for just the right moment.  Usually the bars we go to are first-time visits, but this place is an exception and has been on our radar for a number of years.  It is now time to share this gem with you all, as we dine on some of the best comfort food in town!

This hidden place in Ahyeon-dong is most famous for the owner’s incredible tofu which is made fresh daily (even non-tofu lovers have been instantly converted on first bite) and his expertly fermented cheongukjang.  But of course it all has to be washed down with something, and this is one of the very few places in Seoul that you can drink his own home-made makgeolli to your heart’s content!

Come one, come all to this hearty, tasty meeting!  Email mmpkorea@gmail.com to sign up 

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Burgers and Art in Hannam-dong: D Museum

Wed, 2017-04-26 03:01

“To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world—impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.” — Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays

I am going to try to remain calm and stay on subject. But it isn’t going to be easy.

A few months back, I came across an article about a free exhibition at D Museum, an offshoot of Daelim Museum (just north of Gyeongbok-gung Station and one of my favorites as far as exhibitions go) located in Hannam-dong. The exhibition, titled “Wanderland”, was curated by Hermes based on their 2015 theme, “flânerie”. The flâneur (a man who engages in flânerie) is a concept that came to prominence in the latter half of the 19th century in Paris, when Baudelaire outlined him as a quintessential part of Parisian life. He was embodied by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Man of the Crowd”, which you can read here.

The flâneur as an academic concept is largely a product of industrialized city life and was propelled by Walter Benjamin’s 1930s reflections on Baudelaire’s writing and his own lifelong work on The Arcades Project. Basically, he is an urban wanderer. He roams the city not for any purpose other than to observe. By blending in with the crowd, he becomes anonymous and stripped of fixed identity, while he simultaneously forms intimate, fleeting relationships with the scenes and strangers he observes.

The reason why I was attracted to this exhibition, despite the fact that it was curated by Hermes, was because much of my private work at the moment centers around the concept of the flâneur, or rather, the flâneuse, the female version of the flâneur, who does not exist (her closest living relative, in 19th century Paris, was of course the prostitute).

So you can see why it would be easy for me to go off the rails a bit in this post. And actually, I guess I have. So much for that.

IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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I suppose the exhibition did its best to embody the concept while hawking the brand. I think the fundamental issue is that there can really be no proper representation of flanerie without city streets and, more importantly, without people. Instead, Hermes seemed to have boiled the concept down until the definition shifted a bit, conveniently for them, to the concept of wandering through the city and observing curious items, like a chessboard constructed on the bottom of a chair, or a bicycle in projected, electronic rain. A French bulldog stood in front of a fire-engine-red “Hot Dog Club”.

Some other parts of the exhibition were more on target. Visitors were handed “magic” walking sticks on their way in — on the end, there was a glass lens that transformed what appeared to be blank patches of light spaced throughout the exhibition into animated scenes. There was one section that mimicked the arcades in Paris, where you could peer through simulated shop windows at unusual displays. Another window offered a peek into a home that seemed normal at first, until a jaunty song began to play, the lights went down, and the room transformed.

I think I would’ve been  more keen had we not stood in line in the cold for about a half an hour to get in, but it was free, so what can you do?

IAmaBurger And D Museum, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.

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Afterwards, we headed upstairs to check out one of the more popular restaurants in the museum, the humorously name IAmaBurger. While nearly every other place in the building, which houses a number of restaurants, bars and cafes, was middling to empty, we had to wait another half-hour to get into to IAmaBurger.

I don’t really know why, to be honest, other than the fact that the area of Hannam-dong where D Museum lives is a bit of a restaurant ghost town of the sort that exists in the weird suburban bubbles within Seoul where expensive high-rise apartments loom.

Still, I was quite pleased about two Americanesque factors: Ketchup and mustard on the table and a lemon in my diet coke. The patties were available in 140g or 200g, with the burgers running about 9,000 to 13,000 KRW depending. It was an additional 5,500 KRW for a set. Allegedly, you can sometimes choose the bread you want for your bun, but for some reason, we couldn’t on the day we went. They also have cajun fries. The burgers were good, but it was a bit pricey for the quality. Then again, a set from a standard American fast food chain here will run you close to 10,000 KRW, so I guess the prices aren’t too bad, comparatively speaking — I think I just have trouble settling into the pricing in the middle ground for burgers here.

Oh, and they deliver. There are also IAmaBurger restaurants in Hongdae, Hanam, Busan and Daegu.

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So, I guess the prices weren’t bad, but “not bad” is also how I would describe the food. I’m keen to go back and check out some of the other restaurants there. Positioned directly opposite IAmaBurger was a place called Gamsung Tacos & Grill, which was dead empty. It appears to be a Vatos knock-off, but the food doesn’t look half bad.

D Museum offers a lot more than decent meal and a bit of art. There are evening classes a few Friday nights a month that cover a variety of subjects. Recent examples include stained-glass making, flower arranging, cocktail making and graffiti art, for 20,000 won per hour-and-a-half class. There are also a variety of Saturday “meet ups”, that have included DJ performances, indie concerts, yoga and meditation, tango and disco dancing, and all kinds of niche art meet-ups where attendees had the chance to meet famous designers and artists and other enthusiasts while enjoying a cocktail.

Sunday classes seem to be new. So far there has been one focusing on DSLR photography, one on smartphone photography, and one in December on Christmas crafts. In addition, there are regular “party” nights, concerts, events and lectures. It’s a pretty rich community resource. Some of the events, such as the lectures, would be rough on those who don’t speak much Korean, but even if your Korean isn’t stellar, I reckon you could muddle through the more hands-on classes like the art workshops, yoga sessions and dance meet-ups, and of course, there are always the concerts.

At the moment, D Museum is showing an exhibition called “Youth”, which I haven’t seen yet, but which looks as colorful, vibrant and urban as the title suggests — much more interesting, in retrospect, than the Hermes exhibition.

D Museum
서울특별시 용산구 독서당로29길 5-6
Dokseodangro-29-gil 5-6, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday 10:00am-6pm
Friday-Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm
Closed Mondays and on Chuseok and Seollal
Admission: 8,000 KRW for adults; 5,000 KRW for students; 3,000 for young children
Website: English / Korean

IAmaBurger
서울특별시 용산구 독서당로29길 5-6
Dokseodangro-29-gil 5-6, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Monday-Sunday 11:30am-9pm
Phone: 02-749-5484
Instagram / Facebook

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I’ve hung out with dogs, cats, and even sheep. The next thing to...

Tue, 2017-04-25 11:30


















I’ve hung out with dogs, cats, and even sheep. The next thing to hit Korea is raccoons. Yup. You’ll find Raccoonamatata (라쿠나마타타) around Kyungsung University in Busan. There are two areas: a comfortable cafe area with seating and fun raccoon themed artwork, and a separate raccoon room you can enter to play with the raccoons.

What surprised me was the quality of the drinks (grapefruit-ades at 6,500₩ and a nice Americano for 5,000₩) and strong wifi. A surprisingly great place to hang out and get some work done. You can enter and exit the “raccoon room” as often as you’d like and have a nice long stay at the cafe.

There are three raccoons:

1: Very adorable blonde type, Yulmu (율무).
2: Dark-colored raccoon, Kooni (쿠니). She’s the only female and her name is a play-on-words (정신없군 = hectic, 정신없 쿤 = 쿠니).
3: Mild and meek cutie, Choco (초코) is a big eater and especially likes bananas.

They’re really fun and reminded me a lot of cats. Be careful not to bring anything in with you as they’ll be quick to snatch it and eat anything (even paper). I made the mistake of leaving my phone down and had to wrestle it away from a raccoon. They have a strong grip! Don’t pick them up and don’t wake them if they are sleeping. 

Directions: Come out Exit 5 of Kyungsung Univ. subway station, do a U-turn, and walk back towards the main street. Turn right down the main street, walk straight, and take the second right. Walk straight past a couple of buildings and Raccoonamatata will be on your right.

Address: 부산광역시 남구 용소로14번길 10 2층

Hours: Every day from 12:00 - 10:00pm

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Hi, I'm Stacy. I'm from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living in Busan, South Korea. Check me out on: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Lastfm, and Flickr.

 

US Aircraft Carrier Finally En Route To Korea, College Grad Unemployment Rate All Time High [Korean News Update]

Mon, 2017-04-24 23:38

China warns there will be “no winner” in an armed North Korean conflict that could start “at any moment”, Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in Seoul on Sunday, & despite an economic boycott over THAAD, South Korean exports to China have risen. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM.

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9 Student Travel Tips I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Mon, 2017-04-24 14:52

Heading overseas to study? Congratulations on being one out of more than 10 million others like you who are travelling abroad to study! Chances are that you’re super hyped up for all the adventure and fun travels you’ll have. But before you get on that airplane for your overseas study program, here are 9 travel tips that will definitely help make life easier for you!

Always PLAN before you land

As the age-old saying goes “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Before you start packing for your semester-long studies abroad, read up on the country and city that you’re heading to. Tons of information can be found both online and off, ranging from travel guides, forums, blogs or even films. A good starting point to find carefully curated information for your exchange university would be the Flying Chalks University Guides, which covers essential information from the student life you can expect to even good food on and around campus! They have guides for universities in Korea, USA, Europe and more!

Learn more about the culture and social norms so that you wouldn’t stick out like an alien with your new foreign friends. Now, some may think that planning in detail can kill the spontaneity and adventurous nature of studying abroad. However, the truth is that planning can help keep you safe by knowing when and where you need to be, while also helping you to save time and money so that you can explore more places and experience the escapade of your life!

Discover a whole new COMMUNITY at home and abroad

Going abroad to study is probably the first time that you’ve lived independently away from home for such a long time. While travelling alone offers you flexibility and independence, there are benefits of travelling in a group.

Firstly, it’s safer to travel in a group where everyone can help look out for one another. It is also cheaper when it comes to accommodations, or taking a taxi. If your school does not offer opportunities to meet others heading to the same university, check out the Flying Chalks Community! You’ll be able to connect with like-minded peers travelling to the same university or region, potentially finding yourself a travel buddy. Furthermore, you’ll be able to find seniors who have been to the same university and seek advice from them!

STRETCH every dollar and make your wallet flexible

It is paramount that you keep track of your spending so that you won’t have to break the piggy bank when you’re going to be alone for the next 6 months! Before you embark on your journey abroad to study, check the exchange rates! Especially with the current economic climate, foreign currencies are particularly volatile, which can help you save or spend more for each dollar you have.

While travelling, look out for bargains, student benefits, and promotions to help you save that extra bit of cash. Promotions like the ISIC card or railway passes help students studying abroad by offering discounts off daily expenses such as transport and entertainment.

Now, what’s even better than promotions? Free stuff! With a bit of digging online, you’ll be able to find some free walking tours of some of Seoul’s best tourist attractions. Many European cities such as London, Berlin, and Paris also have their fair share of free walking and museum tours! Most of these tours have tours held in various languages so you do remember to find out about the tours beforehand! Studying abroad can be expensive, but with these tips, you’ll be able to do it on a budget.

Book your FLIGHT without a fright

The cost of flying abroad is one of the highest (if not the most expensive) when embarking on your study exchange. Check for price fluctuations often (or use a price alert feature), and a significant drop could signal the best time to book.

An important thing to note is the various additional baggage fees that apply. Travelling abroad for studies will require large luggage, thus it is important to check the existing limits and additional surcharges that each airline charges when choosing an airline. Look out for certain airlines which offer student or youth promotions which will help you save a fair bit.

Lastly, you should also consider other factors such as the accessibility of the airport which you’ll be landing at, or the number of transfers you’ll take before you reach your destination.

Where you STAY will change your day

When choosing your accommodation, think about the kind of experience that you’ll want to have for the next 6 months. Would you want to live with other students in a residential hall or campus dormitory, join a fraternity and do crazy wild stuff? Or are you interested in living like a local, finding a host family via your local university and living with them, immersing yourself in the culture and language.

Perhaps you are travelling with a group of friends, renting out an apartment on AirBnB. Consider also the costs of travelling to school from your/your host family’s apartment, the distance to the city center and major attractions that you’ll want to visit, and the general safety of the area which you want to live in. One thing that could be helpful would be finding out more about the norms of the country. In cities such as Warsaw, AirBnBs are a good option, but in other cities, short term renting of apartments could be more cost efficient and reliable. One pro-tip would be to get a bicycle, such that if public transport fails, you’ll always have your two wheels to rely on in any situation

Get INSURED today and be assured tomorrow

When you’re studying abroad, you may encounter several mishaps such as losing your phone, wallet or even your luggage. Having insurance coverage provides you with medical, logistical and financial support when you need it most! Often, schools will have group/student policies for students studying abroad.

These policies are often subsidized and are targeted specifically to the needs of exchange students. If your school does not provide such services, fret not because Flying Chalks has partnered with companies to offer you exclusive travel gifts and discounts!

When looking for travel insurance, the two main categories to consider are: Medical Coverage, which covers you for any medical expenses or hospitalization charges incurred both during and after your trip; and Travel Inconvenience, which covers trip delays or cancellations, loss or damage of personal baggage and replacement of travel documents.

Besides insurance, you should also check if the country you’ll be studying in requires an international visa to enter, as well as the time limit that your student visa will allow you to stay for. Check out this website to see if you’ll be affected!

PACK like a pro

What do you pack into your luggage? The task of squeezing 6 months worth of living essentials into 1 (or 2 if you’re lucky) luggage and a carry-on bag seems impossible, but it can be done. As a rule of thumb, the first question you should ask yourself is if the item is useful. For example, would you really need that thick and bulky woolly jacket if you’ll be heading to Australia for the summer? Ensure that you have your bare necessities covered. Thermal clothing is a must if you’re heading to a winter country, while swimwear will be essential when heading to the coast!

Comfortable, not branded clothing should be favoured. Think twice about that pair of 7-inch heels and go for a comfortable pair of walking shoes that will help you go the distance on your travel adventures. YouTube offers plenty of tutorials on how to maximize your luggage space so that you’ll leave enough room for all the shopping and souvenirs that you’ll be bringing home in a semester later. Always remember, you’ll most likely be able to find and buy anything that you’ve forgotten to pack in the city that you’ll be going to!

Take nothing away but MEMORIES

While some of us may be able to memorize and recite 67,280 digits of Pi, most are not gifted with such powerful memories. The simplest way to keep the memories of your “YOLO” adventures intact would be to keep a blog. An online record of your adventures that is weather-proof can neither be stolen nor lost on a train ride is a great way to relive your memories when you grow old.

While you’re at it, you may also wish to do something special, like having a signature pose for each photo you take at the many different places you explore. Upload them to your blog, and over time it’ll become memorable to both you and your friends as that unique thing you did on your overseas exchange.

Need some inspiration? Or simply want to know more about life studying overseas? Find out about the experiences of other students on Flying Chalks’ Travelogue

Be OPEN to the adventure of your lifetime

We’re often caught up in the rush of time, especially with the time limit hanging over our heads during the study abroad semester. With just 6 months to eat, see, play and enjoy all the various wonderful things planned out, we forget to stop and experience the moment.

After taking the photograph of your signature pose, put the camera down, take in the scenery and bask in the atmosphere. Whether it’s standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, diving down to the Great Barrier Reef, or walking along the Christmas Market in Zagreb, or climbing a volcano in Seoul, detach yourself from technology and make memories that will last you forever.

Be open to new experiences, even if you’ve never tasted Colcannon in Ireland, Bresaola in Italy or Durians in Singapore, try it! The unforgettable experiences you embark during your semester-long exchange will stay with you forever.

Although these 9 student travel tips may apply in general to most students studying abroad, ultimately, it is you who will determine how your journey will turn out! By planning ahead, you’ll be able to stretch every dollar of your budget by finding the right flight and accommodation, while also ensuring that you stay covered from any problems that may arise. Once you’ve done all the necessary preparations, open up your heart and let the World lead you on!

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March 25, 2017I performed at a sold-out show for Vagina...

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March 25, 2017

I performed at a sold-out show for Vagina Monologues in Busan at Vinyl Underground in KSU. All in the name of raising money for charity and raising awareness of the anti-violence against women global movement of One Billion Rising! Busan has come together once again to put on the award-winning The Vagina Monologues written by Eve Ensler, and it’s NOT to be missed!

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Expat Dating Diaries: The Eternal Expat

Sun, 2017-04-23 19:20

Photographer: Frank McKenna

The Eternal Expat

The Eternal Expat is one of the most likely men you’ll meet from my list of the 7 Worst Guys an Expat Can Date.  Flitting from city to city and country to country “sampling the local fare”, this guy has found a good life.  Probably considered to be generically attractive from a North American perspective, he’s got an even more charming personality.  Somewhere down the line he was likely a varsity athlete, fraternity brother, or both.  He’s got natural game and women everywhere seem to swoon.  He’s never settling down in one place, and for him you’ll never been enough.  He might make a grand gesture.  He might make it seem like he’d have you join his nomadic lifestyle and travel the world together (#travelcouple, #instaromance, the whole nine yards).  When it comes down to the actual plan, he’s a lone wolf and you’re just dead weight.

Photographer: Denis Gavrilenco New Notches

The main goal of the Eternal Expat is to carve as many notches on his bedpost as is humanly possible.  He loves to have the girlfriend experience.  He loves it so much that he’s collecting as many as he can manage and in as many countries as his passport will allow.  Let’s be clear: this guy does not want a girlfriend.  He wants adventure between the sheets and on the open road.  He has 1 priority, and darling as lovely as you are, it’s never going to be you alone.  Tucked between expensive dinners out, museum trips, and spa experiences, the eternal expat must be a master scheduler.  He can juggle multiple languages and even more women.  Remember “marinated cherries“? He was juggling THREE of my friends all at once and one more he brought on vacation!  I wonder just how many other rolodex members he had on rotation…

Photographer: Leeroy Red Flags

The Eternal Expat won’t ever let you see his phone because he’s sending the same messages to you and half a dozen other girls.  He will make it seem like he wants to date you exclusively right off the bat.  He will tell you how amazing and beautiful you are.  Far too early for heartwarming discussion, he’ll tell you straight up how much he likes you.  He’ll tell you exactly what he thinks you want to hear in an effort to avoid having “the talk“.  Try to see through the bullshit.  He probably does like you a lot.  I bet you are beautiful and amazing, too.  Just take it all with a grain of salt since all these lovely things roll off his tongue easily.

Photographer: Samuel Zeller Long Gone Silver: Emotional Pirate and Booty Chaser

If you encounter someone you think might be an “eternal expat” communicate your expectations and desires immediately.  Don’t let yourself get surprised or hurt down the line thinking you’re in an exclusive relationship when he’s on a completely different page.  If he’s not where you are, move on.  You won’t change him.  Why would you want to waste your time trying?  It’s unlikely he’ll wake up one morning and realize what an idiot he’s been and what a loss you are.  If he does, it won’t happen until he’s Long Gone Silver and you’ve moved the eff on.  If all you want is a good time then that’s totally fine, too.  Be adults and talk about the kind of relationship you want to have.  He’s got plenty of experience and you’ll hopefully be more than satisfied.  If you want emotional satisfaction, however, don’t walk that plank.

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I was happy to be part of the art exhibit, The Future (미래), on...

Sun, 2017-04-23 11:30












I was happy to be part of the art exhibit, The Future (미래), on March 18, 2017 in Gwangan, Busan. It was a Saturday full of original art, beer, and fun.

We had art from 14 artists from around the world. 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

March 8 - 11, 2017I can’t believe it’s been almost seven years...

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March 8 - 11, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been almost seven years since I’ve been to Jeju-do, a volcanic island an hour flight from Busan. I bought my mom, boyfriend, and myself three roundtrip tickets for 135,000₩ altogether on JejuAir. The trip was really affordable and the island pretty empty because we went in early March, as it’s still a bit chilly and it’s before Membership Training (MT).

Renting a car from AJ Rentacar on RentalCars.com was really simple online. The smallest car cost 76,839₩ for all three days. There was an AJ shuttle bus from the airport (just outside Gate #5 - cross the street and turn right and the AJ shuttle bus was at parking number “3-1″). The bus runs every 10 minutes. You do need an international or Korean driver’s license + your passport.

We stayed at the Happy House Pension (해피 하우스 펜션), three nights for $161. The airport is on the northern coast and Happy House was a 1-2 hour drive south. 

Here are a few things we enjoyed on our trip:

  • The Starbucks drink special to Jeju Island, a honey peanut latte (제주꿀땅콩라떼) for 5,500₩.
  • Jusangjeolli (대포주상절리), impressive rock formations from cooling lava long ago. Worth the ticket of 2,000₩ a person. Easy to head to Jungmun Saekdal Beach (중문색달해변) afterward.
  • Kimbap made of all local ingredients at 오는정김밥 (Dongmundong-ro, Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo). Hours are 10 am - 8pm. Call beforehand +82 64-762-8927 - as you may have a 2-hour wait.
  • Watch the sunset at Hyeopjae Beach (협재해수욕장).
  • Admission to the museum, Hello Kitty Island (헬로키티아일랜드), is 12,000₩ a person. I also spent 20,000₩ at the cafe at the top (4,000₩ Americano, 5,000₩ caramel latte, and 11,000₩ chocolate cake).
  • We enjoyed spending some time at the Lotte Hotel Casino (롯데호텔 제주 카지노) and having lunch at Mugunghwa (무궁화), which was 138,000₩ for three people.
  • Of course we had to eat the regional dish of black pork (흑돼지 갈비), which was 41,000₩ for lunch or dinner.
  • We walked up Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉), a beautiful UNESCO heritage site. Admission is 500₩ a person. It means “sunrise peak” in Korean but we still enjoyed it well past this time.
  • Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연폭포) at 2,000₩ a person was worth the visit, especially to eat the tangerine bread (귤하르방) just outside the gate.

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How Long Does It Take to Learn Korean? – A Glass with Billy Ep. 5

Sat, 2017-04-22 08:51

Do you wonder how long it will take? Learning Korean can feel like a long journey, but sometimes you just want to know "how long will it take?" I've been learning Korean for 12 years, and I started back in 2005. If I look back on the trip, I can definitely see how long it took me to reach each level. But my personal experiences will differ from everyone else's, and it's important not to compare ourselves to other people. In the video, we both agree that it's a difficult question to answer, because the amount of time spend learning a language and the way a person studies is a lot more important than how many days have passed since someone's started learning.

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Young Koreans Challenging Politicians & Their Role In South Korean Society

Fri, 2017-04-21 20:03
Young Koreans Challenging Politicians & Their Role In Korean Society

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s presidential career began & ended with firsts, & while countless pieces have been written on the protests that led to her removal from power, one recent writeup from the Canadian weekly current affairs magazine Maclean’s makes the case that that South Korean youth, & the forces they control, are perhaps behind it all. Maclean’s writer Dave Hazzan, formerly based in Seoul, joins Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to discuss his article & what it reveals about the power of South Korean youth. Read Hazzan’s full article at http://www.macleans.ca/politics/worldpolitics/in-south-korea-the-young-rise-up-against-a-president-and-a-society/.

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Young Koreans Challenging Politicians & Their Role In South Korean Society

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s presidential career began & ended with firsts, & while countless pieces have been written on the protests that led to her removal from power, one recent writeup from the Canadian weekly current affairs magazine Maclean’s makes the case that that South Korean youth, & the forces they control, are perhaps behind it all. Maclean’s writer Dave Hazzan, formerly based in Seoul, joins Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to discuss his article & what it reveals about the power of South Korean youth. Read Hazzan’s full article at http://www.macleans.ca/politics/worldpolitics/in-south-korea-the-young-rise-up-against-a-president-and-a-society/.

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The Best Ways to Explore Seoul by Foot: Trazy’s Guided Walking Tours

Fri, 2017-04-21 19:05

There is no better way to explore Seoul than on foot, and a guided walking tour is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at South Korea’s capital city of Seoul.

Here are well-curated and guided walking tours offered by Trazy.comKorea’s #1 Travel Shop for you to unlock the city’s sights and stories.

Whether you are a culture vulture, history lover, adventurer or a globetrotter on budget Trazy’s got the one-of-a-kind walking tour for you!

1. Deoksugung Palace & Jeongdong History TourTake a walk through the centuriesA passionate tour guide explaining about the history of Deoksugung Palace to the participants of the walking tour.

Tune into the modern Korean history at must-visit places of historical significance with a professional English speaking tour guide, a superb storyteller who will tell you dynamic stories of the transition period of Korea from the late 19th century to early 20th century.

Participants peeping inside Deokhongjeon Hall where the king met foreign envoys and other diplomatic officials.

Starting at Deoksugung Palace, one of the five royal palaces in Seoul, the walk takes you along the Jeongdong-gil Road, a picturesque tree-lined cobblestone street of Jeong-dong district in downtown Seoul that runs along the stone wall of Deoksugung Palace.

Entering Deoksugung PalaceWalking along the picturesque Jeongdong-gil RoadMaking a stop at Chung Dong First Methodist Church

You will also have the chance to stop at lesser-known cultural and historical heritages such as Chung Dong First Methodist Church, Korea’s first Methodist church built in 1898, on this walking tour. Join in now and dive into the rich history of Seoul with Trazy!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins
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“The tour was an enjoyable experience for me, especially since I’m a big fan of both walking and learning about history. The guides have excellent English and do a great job of talking about the stories in relation to the Palace and its surrounding area. I wouldn’t have known where to go and what to do on my own, so this is great for people who would like to know a little bit more about Korean history while taking pictures of beautiful architecture.” – Jasmine

2. Seoul City Wall & Ihwa Mural Village Walking TourEnjoy a leisurely stroll along the walls of art and rich historyThe famous “Flower Staircase” in Ihwa Mural Village

Take in the best sights in Jongno district in Seoul with this walking tour that combines history, street art and murals and a pleasant night stroll.

An artistic mural at Naksan Park

Starting from Dongdaemun Gate, one of the most iconic landmarks of Seoul, you will walk along the historic Seoul City Wall to Ihwa Mural Village, a charming neighborhood with alleys filled with the photogenic mural painted walls, and up to Naksan Park where you can admire the fascinating night views of Seoul on this walking tour.

A pleasant night stroll at Naksan ParkA stunning night view of Seoul from Naksan Park

※TIP: Seoul City Wall, or ‘Hanyangdoseong’ in Korean, is an 18km-long fortress wall with 600 years of history, which circles the four mountains in the heart of Seoul, Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan. You can find the restored remnants of Seoul City Wall at these mountains.

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins
★★★ SIGN UP NOW ★★★3. Seochon Village Walking TourJourney into the depths of an old, artistic village hidden in the concrete jungle

Explore the winding alleys of Seochon Village, a little-known neighborhood filled with traditional houses and dotted with trendy art galleries, situated on the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of five royal palaces in central Seoul.

An alley of Seochon Village

While listening to the stories of Korean professional artists and writers who once worked for Gyeongbokgung Palace, you will make stops at an old house of a renowned Korean painter named Park No-soo, a famous traditional Tongin Market and stylish, hip cafes on this walking tour.

A house of a famous Korean painter, Park No-soo, in Seochon Village

 

 

A small cafe with unique design in Seochon VillageA traditional Korean hanok -style restaurant in Seochon Village

 

If you are in favor of lesser-known and secretive discoveries, this is the perfect walking tour for you!

  • Duration: 3 hours
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“I’ve heard of Seochon village from my Korean friend and this tour was a great chance to hear some interesting history about the village walking through the hidden small alleys. Highly recommended especially if you are interested in art.” – Jessie

4. Namsan Park & N Seoul Tower Evening Hiking TourSoak up stupendous night views

This is a ‘best of Seoul’ evening walking tour that takes you to Namsangol Hanok Village, home to traditional Korean house, along the remnants of Seoul City Wall and up to N Seoul Tower, an iconic tower where you can take in spectacular nighttime views of Seoul.

Namsangol Hanok VillageA scenic walkway at Namsan ParkA beautiful night view of Seoul from N Seoul Tower

The hiking trail up to N Seoul Tower is suitable for everyone, every skill level. So sign up for this evening hiking tour now and spend a great night out with Trazy!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
★★★ SIGN UP NOW ★★★5. Ingwangsan & Bugaksan Mountain Hiking TourChoose a hike and discover stunning landscapes and breathtaking vistas

Put on your hiking boots and tackle the two remarkable mountains in central Seoul, Inwangsan Mountain and Bugaksan Mountain, with a passionate English-speaking local guide on this urban hiking tour!

A panoramic view of city of Seoul from Inwangsan Mountain

Check out the two trail options you can choose from:

  • Option 1. Ingwangsan Mountain: A 338m high mountain that features uniquely shaped rocks, massive granite peaks.
Peering down the city of Seoul from Inwangsan MountainUniquely shaped granite rocks in Inwangsan MountainHiking up Inwangsan Mountain

※TIP: Though there are rocky sections, the trail is well-paved, making the hike relatively easy for everyone – highly recommended for amateurs!

  • Option 2. Bugaksan Mountain: A 342m high mountain which is the highest among four major mountains in central Seoul, Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan.
Bugaksan MountainClimbing up the wooden steps in Bugaksan MountainA breathtaking view of Seoul from top of Bugaksan Mountain

※TIP: Expect some sections of dirt trail, wooden steps and steep inclines and declines, which make it a more challenging hike – highly recommended for avid hikers!

  • Duration: 3~3.5 hours
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“I had so much fun with my guide! After the hike he showed me around the neighborhood and I was really grateful to be shown around. I highly recommend this tour because the guide is great and the view is amazing!” – Maya

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North Korea Tensions & Trip To Japanese Island Tsushima

Fri, 2017-04-21 18:58

Chance & Dan begin by discussing the recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula that after a lot of hype seem to have now cooled down. Dan reveals that no matter how much danger there might be, nothing will stop him from walking his dog. US Vice President apparently has a similar mentalist as he dropped by South Korea this weekend to say hello. While all that was happening, Chance & his girlfriend took a ferry to the wonderful Japanese island Tsushima, whose fresh air and nearly deserted streets reminded him of a Japanese version of his 900 person rural Iowa hometown. Dan finishes the episode by taking us back in time to his early life as an employee at a Florida bingo hall when he was ordered by his boss to not help an elderly man having a heart attack, and instead, just kept calling out numbers.

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North Korea Tensions & Trip To Japanese Island Tsushima

Fri, 2017-04-21 18:58

Chance & Dan begin by discussing the recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula that after a lot of hype seem to have now cooled down. Dan reveals that no matter how much danger there might be, nothing will stop him from walking his dog. US Vice President apparently has a similar mentalist as he dropped by South Korea this weekend to say hello. While all that was happening, Chance & his girlfriend took a ferry to the wonderful Japanese island Tsushima, whose fresh air and nearly deserted streets reminded him of a Japanese version of his 900 person rural Iowa hometown. Dan finishes the episode by taking us back in time to his early life as an employee at a Florida bingo hall when he was ordered by his boss to not help an elderly man having a heart attack, and instead, just kept calling out numbers.

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5 Best Festivals in May 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:41
From romantic spring flower festivals to star-studded spectacular music festival, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals. Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2017 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide! 1. Taean Tulip Festival 2017 Immerse yourself in 1.5 million … Continue reading 5 Best Festivals in May 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival | Travel Review & Tips

Wed, 2017-04-19 18:57
Usually, when the cherry blossoms are gone, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea.Now, if you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be! About Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival Every year from mid-April to the end of … Continue reading Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival | Travel Review & Tips

“March For Science” Taking Place Saturday, April 22nd In Busan & Seoul

Wed, 2017-04-19 17:07

This Saturday, April 22nd the “March For Science” will take place around the world as “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in… health, safety, economies, and governments.” It’s no coincidence that date is also Earth Day, & alongside the main march in Washington, D.C., more than 500 cities around the world will also participate. Seoul & Busan will hold their own marches, & Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland recently spoke with March For Science Busan organizing member Jennifer Blackman to discuss why she, & other foreigners & South Koreans in the area, will be marching at 10 am on Earth Day, April 22nd, at Busan’s Peace Park. Find more info on the Busan March For Science at https://marchforsciencebusan.wordpress.com/. Info for Seoul’s March For Science is available at https://www.facebook.com/MFS170422/.

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