Tag Archive for Korea

Dating in Korea

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This piece was originally written for a local magazine. After requesting the piece, they apparently didn’t want it, so here it is for you the reader on the Interwebs. The names, except for mine which seems like a mistake in…

Preview: India and Other Things on the Horizon

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As the days in March dwindle, and winter slowly loses its grip on the Korean Peninsula, my impending trip to the Indian subcontinent looms larger and larger ahead. If I largely eschewed technology with my previous trip to the Philippines, I…

It Keeps Getting Better

I made sure to end my speech by exclaiming, "Bork bork bork!" And then I indiscriminately threw some utensils.

I’m not a big fan of the “humble brag” so I’m just going to come out and publicly pat my own back: I got a promotion at work! I am now the Cooking Content Area Leader at English Village. It’s…

V.I.P. @ E.V.

Yours Truly, Anime Style. By the one and only David Park.

It occurred to me tonight, while listening to some tunes and thinking about what to write in my blog, that I haven’t written much about my job since my arrival in Korea. At my last job, it made sense to…

2011: A Retrospective

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A Primer A year ago, I sat down and wrote about the volatile and life-altering year that was 2010. Well, my life has settled down a good bit, and I am happy to once again report that my life is better now than…

On Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Il, ca. 2004

Those of you who have followed my blog know that I have a very special relationship with the late Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. After visiting the DMZ last year, I referred to the North Korean regime as part Dr.…

Football, Football, Soccer

A Packed House in Goyang Stadium

Being a soccer fan in America can be difficult approximately three years and eleven months out of every four.* On the other hand, being a soccer fan while living abroad is great for eleven months out of the year, with…

Japanese, Koreans, and Russians, Oh My!

From the get-go, I realized that teaching at English Village would be very different from just about any other teaching gig in Korea, or anywhere else for that matter. One of the more unique aspects is the ability to teach…

A View from the Top

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Sometimes we plan outings weeks in advance. Others, we plan after last call at the pub mere hours before departing. When I was invited to hike Dobongsan with my co-worker Fergus on Friday night, it was clearly the latter. This…

A Wild, Wild Week, Part 2

Thursday, Continued The knock on my door interrupted a few moments of quiet reflection. I put Sydney into her travel kennel and let the mover into my apartment. His English wasn’t great, but it was passable. We managed to move…

A Wild, Wild Week, Part 1

I spent a significant portion of today finally getting settled in my new apartment. I’ve even managed to amaze myself* with how well this apartment came together. It’s a nice feeling, seeing everything in place before the hustle and bustle…

Gyeonggi English Village: My First Impression

In less than two weeks, I will be moving and starting a new job. I decided to take a few precious hours out of my weekend to make the two-hour journey up to the “small” city of Paju (population 250,000)…