Korean movie: Poetry

This spring I had the pleasure of doing a private lesson with a professor at my university. Her goal is to teach Korean culture through movies in English at our university. Every week she would recommend a movie to me and the next week we would get together to discuss it. She recommended some really…

One shot!

Source: qz.com It’s no secret that Korea has an out-of-control drinking culture. It’s the only place where I had to help an old woman key into her apartment because she couldn’t see straight. It’s where the most common English phrase heard is “one shot!” It’s where you often see people passed out on the sidewalk….

Korea’s Subtle/Blunt Culture

There is a bluntness in Korea that still catches me off-guard from time to time. In some cases Koreans can skirt around the issue and in other cases nuance just isn’t a common practice. For example, your boss might let you know you are doing a bad job at work nonverbally by giving you a…

Wordless Wednesday: Korea splash park

It isn’t hard to keep your child entertained in Korea. Most neighborhoods have a great park for their kids. Korea’s cities aren’t all concrete and high-rises. Most cities take the initiative to provide their overworked citizens with a place to relax and play. Korean adults are still learning to relax, but their children sure know…

Attention Artists of Korea! Check out [b]racket Magazine!

By Whit Altizer Looking to get involved in Korea’s art scene? Here is a great place to start. [b]racket Magazine out of Daegu is a collaboration between 4 passionate expat artists and almost anyone who is interested. [b]racket aims to give artists in Korea a place to showcase their work who may have never had…

7 tips for staying positive in Korea

By Whit Altizer Expats in Korea seem to fall into one of two camps. The positive and the negative. Trust me, having been here for almost 6 years now I’ve found myself in both. But I refuse to stay negative for long. So if you are teaching, in the military stationed in Korea or a…

Hansando—>Gujora Beach, Gojae Island

If you live near or around Busan then you probably don’t need an introduction to Gujora Beach on Gojae Island. But for us, who spent most of our beach time in Korea on the islands off Mokpo in the west, Gojae Island is a new discovery. We took our son on a day trip there…

Swimbathing…Korean bathhouse with a toddler

By Whit Altizer Sometime before my son was born, I went to a bathhouse in Gwangju after a run. There I saw a father and his young son enjoying the bathhouse experience together. They swam, soaked and when finished, scrubbed each other down with coarse washcloths. I remember sadly thinking I’d never get to experience…

Gyeongsan to Busan by bike!

Originally posted to: http://blog.biketoursdirect.com/ Traveling often seems to give us that Eat, Pray, Love feeling. Please pardon the cliché reference. But, you travelers out there, you know what I mean. You know, the moment when you realize you don’t care you gained ten pounds from eating too much pizza margherita in Napoli. Or when you…

A gift box for you: Happy Chuseok!

Now in my fifth year in Korea, I’m starting to realize that I have assimilated somewhat into the culture. Things that were once very foreign to me now seem completely commonplace. Sometimes, I have to remind myself…wait a minute, I actually used to leave my shoes on INSIDE my house? Eww, how dirty! Or, why…