living in korea

Trial and Hair-er – Getting A Haircut In Korea

Getting a haircut is usually a rather mundane part of everyday life. But when you’re an expat living in another country and you don’t speak the local language, it suddenly becomes a much more exciting and emotional experience. Every snip of the scissors and buzz of the clippers sends a rush of trepidation down your spine; because beyond uttering a few broken words of Konglish and showing the barber a picture of your desired style, there’s really not much you can do but sit back and watch in a state of helpless paralysis as he begins to sculpt your scalp. We all like to think “it’s only hair, it will grow back if I don’t like it,” but when we’re suddenly faced with having to practice what we preach and live with the consequences, our thinking drastically changes.


It Takes A Village

Starting last week my school moved to its new, permanent location about 20 minutes outside the city. The campus is absolutely huge and beautifully tucked into the valley of some small mountains with a distant view of the ocean (pictures to come later)! However, it makes for a bit of a longer commute and especially for me, since I don’t have a car, a slightly more complicated journey to and from school.


The Beauty In the Ugly

Gajisan - Yeongnam AlpsWoody Allen is quoted saying, “Eighty percent of life is just showing up.” But after coming to teach English and live in South Korea, I’ve come to believe it’s about much more than that. One-hundred percent of life is about showing up with the best version of yourself.


The Sounds of the Jimjilbang

I recently mustered up enough courage for my first trip to a Korean spa, locally known as a jimjilbang. Lots of public nakedness was had by all, and I left feeling relaxed and squeaky clean. While parts of it might be a tad exaggerated for comedic purposes, this song I made pretty well captures the experience, which was great but also slightly scarring. Apologies in advance for my mediocre singing voice, ‘guess I need to hit the norebang more often. Enjoy!

The Sounds of the Jimjilbang

 


10 Reasons Why Ulsan Rocks!

With only about 1 million people calling it home, Ulsan is not the biggest city in South Korea. To many, it’s also not the most “happening” place. But, as I said previously in a similar post, there are still a number of things that make it a GREAT place to live!


23 Times Your Expat Life Was Like An Episode of Friends

 


AXA English Website Makes Car Insurance Easy for Expats

Car insurance. Every driver is required to get it to be able to drive in Korea. And, like in any other country, it's important to carefully consider the brand and coverage, which is not always easy for non-Korean speaking expats. Fortunately, AXA Direct has just launched an insurance website entirely in English to make the entire process a lot less stressful!



So, what exactly is AXA?

Vlog Entry #12: Student Video Projects

In another post I explain a little bit more about how these awesome videos came into the world. So if you want to learn more, you can check that out. Othewise I’ll just get out of your way and let you enjoy yourself!

A comedic introduction to some of the sports students practice at my school.

 


Hus-hu: Seoul's Best English Speaking Dermatology Clinic

After struggling with rosacea-- a vascular disease that causes intense redness and flushing of the face-- for the past few years, I decided to bite the bullet and experiment with laser therapy. After doing a bit of research on the internet (and cringing at some of the photos of the extreme side effects) I figured the benefits those that had had the procedure spoke of outweighed the risks.

So I made my way to Hus-hu Dermatology Clinic in Apgujeong. I had been to the dental clinic of the same name and location before and was exceptionally happy with their services and the results, so presumed the skin clinic would be the same. As it turned out, I was right. 

A Blessing in De Skies

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It happens abroad

Feeling homesick

To explore is a great gift

But the tug of the deeply familiar in the midst of differences

Emotions too hard to deal with

Sometimes can be a blessing

Away from home will help you to remember that you love home



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