The Western Influence

During the past few months, there’s been a sudden increase in Western food products, both at the large supermarkets- E Mart, Homeplus, Lotte Mart- and smaller convenience stores- CU and 7/11. Anyone else celebrate when Reeses Nutrageous Bars appeared in the shops? How about when Biscuit Spread became readily available? Personally, my most recent exciting discovery was Milka

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Happy New Year! Have some plastic

The month of February sees the supermarkets and convenience stores in Korea filled with pre-packaged gifts. Of course there are all the heart-shaped chocolates boxes and extra red, pink, and white cellophane for Valentines’ Day gifts, but there are also the somewhat strange gift boxes of more “every day” items: canned tuna and olive oil,

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Looking On The Bright Side…

The Korea Observer recently published this article, listing the ‘Top eight reasons why expats love Korea.’  The list was as follows: Price of Food Nightlife and Music Mountains and Hiking Safety/ Lack of Crime Internet Technologies Public Transport Respect Festivals and Events You might not agree with all of these, but the list proves that

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“Dumpster Diving” in South Korea

Walking into Sue’s one-room apartment, you may for a second think you’ve stepped into a boutique second-hand furniture shop. It’s about the same size, it has a lovely selection of furnishings and decorations, and a laptop and kitchen sink are not uncommon finds in little Korean stores along a “high street”. Like a second-hand goods

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The Battle with Dust

When I first came to Korea, I noticed that during certain times of the year, people would come out of the house wearing cloth masks to cover their noses and mouths. I thought Koreans were extremely paranoid and way too prepared for any surprise. Turns out the government would actually issue warnings if dust and

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Enjoying the food of Chuseok

In kitchens the country over, families assemble to make conventional Korean dishes for Chuseok, one of South Korea’s biggest yearly occasions. This Sunday, family units will be occupied with creating songpyeon, half-moon-formed rice cakes, and different delights to present to precursors in energy about a decent gather this advancing Monday morning. Those stately tables, stacked

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