Life Update: Teaching at Our School in Korea

Life Update: Teaching at Our School in Korea

NOTE: This is a long, but informative post that is necessary for you to understand a huge part of my life in Korea. There are many levels of ESL jobs abroad. I think a lot of people back home hear that you’re going abroad to teach, particularly in a popular ESL destination like Korea, and […]

Seoul Sites: Cheonggyecheon Stream

Seoul Sites: Cheonggyecheon Stream

If you’re following along with my (very tardy) chronological order of summer events in Seoul with my mom, you know we visited some cool palaces and caught a glimpse of the Blue House. Another site that isn’t too far from the palaces (and is $Free.99) is Cheonggyecheon Stream.  How to Get There: Line 2 (green […]

Exploring Seogwipo, Jeju Island: Cheonjeyeon Falls and Nearby Sites

Exploring Seogwipo, Jeju Island: Cheonjeyeon Falls and Nearby Sites

Jeju Island has so much to offer in terms of sites to see and adventures to pursue. In one summer afternoon, we managed to squeeze in multiple sites and activities such as Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. Not to be confused with CheonJIyeon Waterfalls (equally amazing, but completely different), Cheonjeyeon, aka “the pond of God,” is a main […]

Trinkets, Murals, Souvenirs: Korean Tings in Insadong

Trinkets, Murals, Souvenirs: Korean Tings in Insadong

I love how many Asian cities with deep histories are mapped out: turn left and you’ll see skyscrapers; turn right, and an ancient palace comes into view. In a city like Seoul, which is super modern and densely populated, it’s nice to see cultural areas preserved and celebrated. One neighborhood rich in cultural activities is Insadong, […]

Korean Hanbok in Insadong, Seoul

Korean Hanbok in Insadong, Seoul

Even though I lived in Seoul for a year, I never got to cross “wear hanbok” off my Korea bucket list, so when my mom came to visit earlier this year, we had a fun day of dress up in Insadong, a neighborhood in Seoul. The traditional form of dress in Korea is called hanbok. […]

Water Bikes at Soesokkak Estuary in Jeju Island

Water Bikes at Soesokkak Estuary in Jeju Island

This post is a continuation of our trip to Jeju earlier this year, which also includes itinerary ideas for anyone planning a trip to Jeju Island! Jeju is a great destination, especially if you live in Korea. It’s cheap to get there, the weather is great, and there’s an activity for everyone: from the lazy […]

Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, Gwangali Beach, and Jazz Clubs

Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, Gwangali Beach, and Jazz Clubs

Each year, the southern coastal city of Busan holds a Lotus Lantern Festival to celebrate Buddha’s birthday in Korea. Thousands of lanterns in all shapes and sizes are on display throughout historical sites in the city, including a lantern parade. Eric and I had a long weekend in May. We decided to spend it at the […]