Archive for July, 2011

Golden Pine Trees and Radiation Exposure

July 31, 2011
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Golden Pine Trees and Radiation Exposure

Living in a small town during one’s time abroad has many advantages. Not only do I save money by not indulging in imported products and decadent nights out you big city folks enjoy, but I also have fewer options. I mean this in the best possible terms: by limiting my options, I can ensure...
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What’s in my Korean Wallet?

July 30, 2011
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What’s in my Korean Wallet?

Just a short look into what your life in South Korea may hold. After all, the contents of one’s wallet or purse can tell you a great deal about the individual. Is he all business? Nothing but pleasure? I got the idea from EXPAT Hell (read with a grain of salt). What’s in my...
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My Seven Links

July 26, 2011
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My Seven Links

I’m a little late on the ball, but I thought I’d participate in Tripbase’s “My 7 Links” to organize my best blog entries here on Once A Traveler. Since OAT is still rather young, I think it’d be best if I include links from all my articles on Keeping Pace in Japan, Matador Network,...
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Doing Business in Korea: Skirting the Law

July 25, 2011
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Some of the business practices I’ve seen my hagwon doing, and why I believe Korea has more of a relationship-based culture vs. a legal one.
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Conversations at Mudfest

July 24, 2011
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Conversations at Mudfest

Rain is pouring down on the east coast of South Korea this month, being the rainy season and all. I have to say the timing on all this bad weather has worked out swimmingly. Saturdays have been clear and sunny, only Sundays and weekdays have seen any rain. This weekend is also the last...
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Perception of Languages

July 22, 2011
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Make no mistake: learning another language is serious business. I don’t really buy into those arguments claiming once you immerse yourself completely in another culture, you’ll just start picking up words and phrases until you become completely fluent. Whatever “fluent” is, anyway: “Fine”, you say, “let fluency be someone who is fluent to a...
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Boryeong Mud Festival

July 20, 2011
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The Boryeong Mud Festival is being held on the west coast until July 24th. I had the chance to take off work early Friday, hop a bus to Pohang, and meet up with a crazy group of people to bus it over to the infamous party. Check it out.
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Classroom Discipline: Unteachable?

July 19, 2011
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Greetings from Korea. I’m still trying to integrate Google+ into my blog (and deciding if I really want to do it). If you’d like to add me, go right ahead. In the meantime, with my videos from the Boryeong Mud Festival still in the buffer, I thought I’d discuss something that’s been going on...
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Gift Giving

July 10, 2011
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One aspect of Korean cultural that I particular enjoy is its practicality when it comes to gift giving. Just like back home, there are certain gifts that are more appropriate for given occasions, i.e. registries v. cash for weddings. Because I’m the kind of person who likes to eliminate the junk in his life,...
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11 Months in South Korea

July 9, 2011
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It’s been just over eleven months since I landed in Incheon. In this video, I show some more interesting scenes around the country and my life, as well as go over the benchmarks from being in Korea: language, food, teaching, friends, travels. I spend a little time talking about the Korean pension scheme and...
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