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Happy Feet

It might have been the coldest day of the year, but Spring is in the air. “Customers at a Nine West store in Myeong-dong, Seoul, look forward to spring’s colorful fashions, such as these enamel shoes released by the brand yesterday. Bright enamel shoes are expected to attract many customers with the change of season.” […]

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Hey you guys, it’s “hump day”

Some things just don’t translate well at first.  Take for example the expression “hump day,” which is sometimes used when greeting people—such as in “have a happy hump day’—on Wednesdays back in the States (or anywhere else people have a five-day work week). A few years ago that expression would be hard to explain to a […]

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Hey you guys, it’s “hump day”

Some things just don’t translate well at first. Take for example the expression “hump day,” which is sometimes used when greeting people—such as in “have a happy hump day’—on Wednesdays back in the States (or anywhere else people have a five-day work week). A few years ago that expression would be hard to explain to […]

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Reefer Madness in Korea

Obviously the new E-2 visa rules to weed out undesirable teachers hasn’t quite worked out as some people would have liked following the news this week of some foreigners getting busted for drugs.” “The government has introduced several tough measures to counter foreign English speaking teachers’ drug consumption and trafficking, but they are recurring.The absolute […]

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Seventeen years (sort of) and counting…

Today is an anniversary of sorts. It was on this day in 1990 that I came to Korea for the first time. Had I not left Korea in September of 2006, I would have been celebrating seventeen consecutive years here. Nonetheless, on a cool, clammy night seventeen years ago, my life would change forever when […]

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The death of TV?

These days, and especially if one is living overseas and wants to keep up with the latest television programming back home, instead of tuning it’s now all about downloading. And now that AFN is no longer available for cable subscribers in Korea, I suspect more and more people are going to be downloading more of […]

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News Flash: Paris Hilton Digs Bibimbap!

That’s right folks, Paris Hilton who was recently in Korea for a promotional tour raved about Korea and the chance to indulge in some of Korea’s tasty cuisine.”Hilton, who is currently in Seoul for a promotional tour sponsored by sportswear brand Fila Korea, smiled and showed off her trademark pose for photographers and cameramen at […]

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More scrutiny for English teachers?

Late last year when I was back in the States preparing to come back to Korea and begin teaching at Woosong University in Daejeon, one of the things that I had to do before I could get my E-2 teaching visa was to have a criminal background check done.It felt a little strange for me—especially […]

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To boldly go where no kimchi has gone before

When Korea’s first astronaut blasts off into space next year he just might be bringing along some space-age kimchi with him. To be sure, there is a different kind of “space-race” back here on Earth with Korean food manufacturers competing to whip up some space-edible foods for Ko San, Korea’s first astronaut who will lift […]

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Time to turn on the floor

With the mercury starting to dip down into the lower 40’s at night, it won’t be long before I turn on the heat. Or in my case—and the apartment I am living in now—turning on the floor. My apartment uses a traditional Korean-style of heating called ondol, which is an underfloor heating system. It is […]

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