Blend Me Not

How long does it take for an expat to settle in South Korea? Well, that depends. As a Korean American, it has taken me 10 months, more or less. Even so, I might still be transitioning. Yes, it is trite, but time does seem to fly here. I attribute the arbitrary pace partly to the

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The Arrival Store: Preparing for Korea

I have successfully settled in Korea. It took a lot of work to prepare many things to settle in more quickly, however the Arrival Store helped me with the last few important items needed.   What is the Arrival Store? The Arrival Store is specifically designed to help foreigners move to Korea. Focusing on mainly

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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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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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A Lack Of Empathy = A Lot Of Problems

It’s fair to say that (the majority of) Koreans are among the nicest people you’ll ever meet; my Korean friends have always gone above and beyond to help me, and strangers have done the same. Saying that, there are many aspects of Korean behaviour which irritates foreigners, leading people to moan and criticise Korea. And

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House Hunting In South Korea

One of the firsts things you have to do when you arrive somewhere is to find a place to live. Upon our arrival, my parent’s in-law welcomed us in their home. But, even though they are really kind and welcoming, my wife and I needed a place that will be ours. I had heard a

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5 Essentials for life in South Korea

So what are the 5 essentials for life in South Korea is becoming a popular destination either for traveling or for studying or just for short-term living. I have lived in Korea for a year for the purpose of study. I got a lot of new experiences living in such a new place. After my

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Learning Korean

Thinking of learning Korean? What better way to experience a culture or society than to learn the language?  If there is a way, I can hardly think of it.  For many, the difficulty in learning a whole new unrelated language and the hours required, are outweighed by the fact that most people foreigners will only

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