Jeju Island is said to be the paradise of Korea, and the number of tourists that flock here only supports that sentiment. Seogwipo-si sits on the southside of the island, less than an hour’s drive from the main city of Jeju-si. It has a small town feel with the amenities of a larger city, making it an awesome place with something for everyone. Although there are plenty of museums and indoor attractions in the area to keep anyone entertained, the best spots to visit are definitely the natural wonders. Below is a guide to the best outdoor spots to hit when visiting the south side of Jeju-do.
Even though learning hangul, the Korean alphabet, will make your life in Korea infinitely easier, I know a lot of people can’t be bothered to study a language for a place they’ll only live for a year or so. That’s why I’m going to teach you how to pronounce words in Korean, the easy way! Continue reading →
A few weeks ago at cooking class we learned how to make an amazing rib dish. I’ve never really been a big fan of ribs, but this completely changed my mind. They were tender and full of flavor. I can honestly say that it’s my favorite thing we have made at cooking class.
Yoogane (유가네), pronounced Yoo-ga-neh, is a chain restaurant in Korea that specializes in dak galbi (닭갈비: spicy stir-fried chicken). Yoogane is a favorite among foreigners and Koreans alike. It’s especially great for people just beginning to eat Korean food because the menu is in English and there aren’t an overwhelming amount of choices. Also, you’re sure to see some things on the menu you’re familiar with, like fried rice and ramen noodles. I always bring my friends that are visiting Korea here because it’s a nice, easy transition into Korean food. It’s also pretty inexpensive and very tasty! Continue reading →
Dave got an email from KEB, his bank here in Korea, that provided some pretty interesting tips on how to stay warm during the cold Korean winters. We found it really amusing so I knew I had to share it with all of you.
Scour your friend’s drawers for stray gloves, hats, mufflers, and any other wearable accessories, borrow them for 3 months, and return in April;
Knit your own muffler, hat or sweater: it’ll keep you indoors for days at a time and prepare you, well, for next winter;
Indulge in winter treats like hotteok, a fried, chewy, doughnut-like rice pastry; bunggeoppang, a piping-hot, fish-shaped pastry filled with red-bean paste; or keun koguma, crispy baked sweet potatoes;
Invest in a foot warmer (or two); they come in all shapes and sizes, from huge fuzzy ladybugs to thin heated insoles that slip inside your boots;
Spend a few hours at a Korean bathhouse; Jjimjilbang bathing pools range from warm to skin-searing hot (tip: water temperature is posted on the wall). After you’ve turned to a shriveled prune, unwind in the dry sauna;
Sign up for KEB’s Internet Banking, and take care of your banking needs from the warm comfort of your own home (okay, we’ll admit this is a bit of cheerleading, but it makes sense, doesn’t it?)
I have been taking a Korean cooking class for the past few weeks and I love it! Our teacher, Sunok, is so sweet and she’s an amazing cook. I’ve also been having a great time with the other wives that take the class.
A few weeks ago Sunok invited us to her parents house in the countryside for a special class. We were going to learn how to make samgyetang (삼계탕), which is a soup made from chicken and ginseng. Sunok’s parents even supplied chickens for the meal, and many of the ingredients were fresh from their garden. Continue reading →
As you may already know, I came to Korea over two and a half years ago to teach English in Busan. Then, I met Dave, who was working on an oil and gas project in Ulsan. Now that I’m not teaching, I am on a tourist visa, but I stay with him as much as possible and spend a lot of time in Ulsan.
Photo by Aaron Nicholas Photography
I haven’t worked since leaving Busan. I went from being a teacher who was extremely self sufficient to a stay at home girlfriend. It was a drastic change and has taken a lot of getting used to. Something that’s really helped the transition is keeping busy! Lately I have been loading up my schedule with tons of activities.
As part of my promise to make my blog a bit more personal, I thought I would share with you all what a typical week in my life might look like. If you’ve noticed a lack of activity on my blog lately, you will probably realize why after reading this post. Continue reading →