korean life

The Bright Side of SMOE English Teacher Layoffs


By Achilles

“I don’t like teaching English!” said “Sally” to the class. “Matt” said the same. And then “Lisa.” And so it continued for an entire week.

Korean Female Fashion: Lots of Leg (Even in Winter)

By Jen Lee

Call me a wuss, but Korea has been pretty cold during the past few weeks or so. I mean, I prefer the cold over the heat (not looking forward to summer), but the extremes of either make me not want to go outside for anything.

Do You Remember Sinchon and All the Strange Rock ‘n’ Rollers?

Ed’s Notes: This begins a loose-leaf, round the dial, yawp heard round the world on diverse (hopefully) neighborhoods in Seoul.

Part II

By Mizaru

How to Get Justice Korean-style–Cash Only


By Lee Scott

Part 1

Making Kimchi with the Hong Sisters: A Tradition of Taste (Pt. 2)


By Seon-Myung Yoo

Read Part 1.

Travelers Beware: Serial Scammer on the Loose and Doing Business

By Iwazaru

Pick Your Korean Pleasure (or pain): Going to the 노래방

By Jen Lee

I won’t lie, that last panel was fun to draw.

Zenith Travel Scam Artist Still Scamming Expats out of Cash

By Iwazaru

3WM broke the ongoing Zenith Travel scam back in September after being contacted by those involved. With the reported arrest of “Wystan” Wan-koo Kang in October, many thought that justice had been served. Zenith Travel had its doors shut and Kang was to face prosecution for scamming dozens of foreigners out of more than an estimated 100 million won. So why is he still conducting deals and scamming more foreigners?

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Story on closing of Zenith Travel

See Korean media (MBC) coverage of Zenith scam.

Expat Hell: The Coping Mechanisms of Expats

By The Expat

I don’t like or dislike the entire “Korea Experience.” That is to say, I’m not in love with the place, but I don’t hate it either. I’m simply a non-person here, a marriage migrant who rolled the dice and accepted the outcome.

We all have experiences both good and bad in Korea, but for me, most of my experiences are simply neutral. I don’t experience mind-blowing revelations, nor do I experience extreme depression or feelings of hatred. Day after day passes, and my experience mostly remains neutral. In fact, I make a concerted effort to exert as much control over my neutral “Korean Experience” as possible.

Neighborhood Review: Do you remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinchon?

By Mizaru

Editor’s Note: This begins a loose-leaf, round the dial, yawp heard round the world on diverse (hopefully) neighborhoods in Seoul.

Part 1

I’m in Love with modern moonlight

And the neon when it’s cold outside

I’m in love with rock ‘n’ roll and I’ll be out all night

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