Archive for November, 2010

Reactions to the Attack on Yeonpyeong

November 25, 2010
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Reactions to the Attack on Yeonpyeong

As everyone in the world is no doubt aware by now, North Korea launched an attack on Yeonpyeong Island in South Korean territory, supposedly in response to military training exercises. The DPRK claims South Korean forces were firing towards, towards the border; the ROK maintains it was firing west. One marine and two civilians...
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English Teachers Might As Well Be Robots…

November 22, 2010
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I’ve been getting a little frustrated with teaching lately. Part of the reason is my students’ growing disrespect: - One boy in my blue class actually pulled out a Harry Potter book (in Korean) and started to read in the middle of a lesson. - A gold class student lied right to my face...
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Three Months In Korea

November 21, 2010
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Now that I’ve finally achieved three months of residency, I qualify for health insurance. I should point out to those readers researching life in Korea, this isn’t always the case. If you’re working at a public school, you will receive insurance after registering as an alien. If you’re working as a independent contractor to...
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Photos: Uljin Red Snow Crab Festival

November 20, 2010
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Photos: Uljin Red Snow Crab Festival

The Uljin Red Snow Crab Festival (붉은 대게 축제) kicked off this weekend in the small fishing community of Hupo (후포).
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My Thoughts on the New TSA Regulations

November 16, 2010
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I was tempted to title this entry “Don’t Touch My Junk”, but decided that’s been overdone. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), under the US Department of Homeland Security, has recently implement new security procedures for travelers flying into the United States: All travelers are required to submit to a full-body scan. If you refuse...
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A Sense of Entitlement

November 15, 2010
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I’m all for respecting your elders. In Asia, that usually means a slightly longer bow, or letting them board a bus or subway before you rush on. To say nothing of children who continue to live at home and help their parents. People are often surprised when I tell them this: in the west,...
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Learning the Hard Way

November 11, 2010
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Today was Peppero (or Bebbero) Day in Korea, 뺴뺴로. What is it, you may ask? Well, 11/11, with all those 1′s, vaguely resembles sticks of chocolate. As a result, gifts of Lotte Bebbero are not uncommon on this most splendid of days. Well, I did receive my fair share from students. Anyway, I come...
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So you want to teach English in South Korea?

November 7, 2010
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My own contribution to the xtranormal universe (prompted by this one on being a travel writer). I didn’t make one on Japan because I honestly couldn’t think of as many harsh things to say about the ESL system – if anyone comes up with a good one, send it my way.
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Pension and Taxes

November 5, 2010
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I’ve been in Korea almost three months, and that means I, as an independent contractor, now qualify for health insurance and pension payments (not thrilled about the latter). I made it. I could have sworn I’d succumb to some kind of accident or natural disaster by November 7th, but karma is on my side…...
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Finding Thanksgiving Turkey in South Korea

November 2, 2010
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Finding Thanksgiving Turkey in South Korea

Many thanks to Danni Shtraus on Couchsurfing for posting this information to the Seoul forum. Dining Out Options 1. Where: Chef Meili’s in Itaewon When: Thursday, Friday evenings; Saturday, Sunday all day Price: ₩35,000 Contact: christianmeilinger@hotmail.com, 02-794-7024 2. Where: Grand Hyatt Seoul’s Paris When: Thanksgiving Day, 6 – 11 PM Price: ₩110,000 + tax...
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