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How CDI-Cheonan (ChungDahm International) Screwed Me Over

This is a really difficult post for me to write, because I am so enraged and sad about what happened to me at the company I work(ed?) for, ChungDahm International. (Shame on the name!)

Please know that every hagwon and every teaching job in Korea is different. Just because I’ve had a nightmarish experience doesn’t mean that everybody does, and it certainly doesn’t mean that South Korea is a bad place to live and work in. This post is about my personal experience with a specific branch of one company.

A little backstory…

I had been planning on working with ChungDahm for over a year. I heard they pay well and on time, and seemed to be a reputable company. Before I came here, I’d been in contact for months with my recruiter. I should have known by the sounds of her ominous name, Misty Crooks, that something was up with ChungDahm.


Chef Bob Burger

 

Chef Bob Burger is a tasty place to eat in Cheonan and you should go there.

It’s located near the Starbucks, but unfortunately I can’t give you exact directions because I don’t really know how to do that in South Korea yet.

They serve “burgers” with rice “buns” instead of bread buns. The meat of the burger is a mystery to me, but so far I’d be willing to bet the meat I’ve eaten inside them is from a cow and occasionally a tuna fish that ran into a lot of mayo.

You can order for here or to go, and it’s really cheap. Anywhere from 2,000 3,500 won for a burger. You can also order a side of ddeokbokki, which is a mixture of really squishy rice and fish cake in a hot sauce. Ddeokbokki is good in small amounts and bad in large amounts. Chef Burger Bob has nice ddeokbokki.

 


I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I left...


















Just a year old, Cantina (캔티나) is easily becoming a regular...











Just a year old, Cantina (캔티나) is easily becoming a regular restaurant and hangout for those that live in Cheonan, foreigners and Koreans alike. It’s the only Mexican restaurant and bar in town, located in Buldang-dong (불당동). 


My favorite place to eat pizza in Cheonan was Sinore (시뇨레) Pizza...







My favorite place to eat pizza in Cheonan was Sinore (시뇨레) Pizza in Ssangyong-dong (쌍용동). It was real oven-baked Italian style pizza, either thin crust or deep dish, with no random Korean toppings (e.g. corn, sweet potato, or shrimp).

Directions: Walk down the alley across the street from Lotte Mart, between the Holic and the bank. Take a right at YuNa Hair Leader, walk past Mammoth and Angel-N-Us. It will be on your left.


My favorite Italian food restaurant in Cheonan is Dono Marco....







My favorite Italian food restaurant in Cheonan is Dono Marco. It’s located downtown, in Yawoori. Across the street from Shinsegae, go to Dunkin Donuts, and walk straight down that back street for about 3 or 4 blocks. It’s on your right side.


Best patbingsu (팥빙수) in Cheonan is on the 5th floor of Shinsegae...







Best patbingsu (팥빙수) in Cheonan is on the 5th floor of Shinsegae at a cafe called 운보 찻집. It’s so simple, with toppings of only rice cake and honey, but I really enjoy it.


One of my favorite restaurants in Cheonan, South Korea is a hot...





One of my favorite restaurants in Cheonan, South Korea is a hot tofu soup restaurant called LA 북창동순두부. I think it’s a chain that you can find in other cities, so if you see it elsewhere, you should check it out. The restaurant has the traditional Korean soup in different variations such as dumplings, curry, etc. for up to 8,000₩.

You can find this restaurant in downtown Cheonan, in the Yawoori area. There is a map on the Foursquare page.


One of my favorite places to eat in Cheonan is the ramen...









One of my favorite places to eat in Cheonan is the ramen restaurant, 멘야마쯔리. The service is excellent, the prices are reasonable, and it’s a fun place to go to with friends. They have two ramen choices, regular for 5,500₩ and spicy curry for 7,000₩. They have non-ramen choices, such as gyoza and fried rice, as well.


There’s a cat cafe in Cheonan, Korea. It’s called...


stacylaughs.com at the cat <3


Names of all the cats!


Cleaning station




Nice slippers


Kitten cuddles


The weird ones like to sit in Rowan's lap.

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