Waegukin - living and teaching in Korea
 
 
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Mar
03
2020

❧  Locked down in Daegu: Coronavirus, social distancing, and bonsai 

Coronavirus comes to Daegu, the city where I live, and I reflect on things while being locked down in my apartment. Fun times; end times.
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Mar
12
2018
Daegu's green motel

❧  Love motel review: Daegu’s Green Motel 

I write about Daegu’s notorious Green Motel, the Chateau Marmont of Korea’s south-east. Also the stories of the two students from my elementary school teaching days who I still talk to regularly.
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Oct
18
2016

❧  Reading Alex Garland’s The Beach on the Gulf of Thailand 

Alex Garland’s The Beach is a novel about the backpacker’s desire to be authentic, to be something different from the average tourist. While vacationing in the Gulf of Thailand I reread this book, and think about it in the context of my own experiences as a traveler.
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Jul
02
2015
okpo city

❧  The 5 best cities to live and teach in Korea 

A list of the best cities in Korea for living and teaching – and a guide to what to look for, when choosing a city.
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Dec
26
2014
kakao friends

❧  Advanced KakaoTalk paranoia tips 

A guide to dealing with the little Kakao Talk 1 that indicates an unread message. How to read the message without deactivating the one!
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Nov
18
2013

❧  What to do in your first year in Korea 

How to make your year in Korea a life-changing experience, and avoid the traps that can lead to a wasted year spent drinking in foreigner bars and complaining about Korea.
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Nov
01
2013

❧  Coming home, and going back 

Coming home, dealing with reverse culture shock, and applying for university teaching jobs in Korea.
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Jun
22
2013

❧  On fear, travel, and coming to Korea 

The fear of travel, and of the unknown – why I first came to Korea, and the two best pieces of advice I ever received for how to travel well.
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Dec
17
2012
pink motel sample pack

❧  Love motel review: Pink Motel, Sinsa-dong, Seoul 

I get stranded in Seoul, due to the complete ineptitude that overcomes me whenever I visit that place, and check out the Pink Motel near Sinsa Station.
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Nov
10
2012
Some Korean canned coffees I tried

❧  Korean canned coffee – a reasonably complete guide 

I drink a lot of Korean canned coffees, most horrible-tasting, so you don’t have to. A look at the popular Korean phenomenon of canned coffee.