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The Korean Path to Immortality

January 26, 2011
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The Korean Path to Immortality

One of my motivations for coming back to Asia was the healthier lifestyle. It’s true you can find ways to overindulge and get fat almost anywhere in the world, but Korea held an appeal for me from two fronts: a consistent schedule to base my runs and workouts around, and exposure to a better...
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Bitterness and the Lifer

January 24, 2011
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I promise I’ll try to make more of an effort to blog consistently. The truth is, I have a difficult time finding a good balance between blogging for leisure and out of obligation. What’s been on my mind recently? Actually something I’m quite concerned about. Let me set the stage. A new NongHyup Mart...
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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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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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