He told me this story because of the Titanic thing the other day. There are a lot of really boring times when doing military service so they like to act out scenes from movies to pass the time. Of course it made sense to do Titanic scenes because they were on a ship! The poor guys who were new were bossed around by those in a higher position and made to do things like this!
I googled it and…. yeah not many! We do much better at the Summer Olympics.
Korea is a similar time zone to Australia so that is good for our athletes. Japan has just been announced as the host to the 2020 Summer Olympics which is also good for Australian athletes because of the similar time zone and we are used to competing in Asia.
What do you think about Japan winning this bid?
Korean convenience stores are really good. So much better than overpriced Australian ones with not much range and that mainly sell junk food. Convenience stores in Australia are the last resort because you can’t find a supermarket, and you wonder why you are paying $5 for a bottle of water. Korean ones offer so much more and it’s so much cheaper. AND they are everywhere, so they are actually very convenient (not like Australian ones).
And they have delicious delicious banana milk. While we can get most Korean products in Australia, that banana milk is not sold here because it can’t be shipped here. I think because of the foil lid. It makes me sad.
This is the video he was watching:
European settlement in Australia began not much more than 200 years ago so what we view as old isn’t that old for most other countries! Aboriginal history is long and interesting and very important, but Aboriginal people didn’t build big structures that lasted, so something that is considered old in Australia… isn’t that old. I love history so I’m excited when I’m in Korea and see buildings that are hundreds and hundreds of years old. You just can’t experience that in Australia. Which is why as I walked past a bridge and saw the date it was built I thought that was cool. My husband was there to remind me about Korea though. Australia can’t win in this competition.
So what about your country?
I’m curious how many blog readers are working in South Korea but not as a teacher? My brother is going to try and apply for jobs in Korea. This is a post for helping him and a post for discussion about working in Korea. I’ve been asked a few times what other types of jobs there are so foreigners in Korea. So let’s talk about it!
So my brother has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics (HONS) with work experience in research for computer vision and semiconductor design. He has heard resumes in Korea are expected to be a certain way that is different to how we’d do them in Western countries. Does anyone have any experience with this? I’ve googled a little bit but nothing really clear came up. If you applied for a job in Korea did you follow the Korean standard?
What I have heard about working in Korea is that besides from teaching English, there are not many jobs unless you have a certain qualification that is needed. I do know people who have worked in cafes but they had a certain level of Korean to do that.
Hopefully others can shed more light on this, so please tell us your experiences in the comment section! I know there are many people who’d love to live and work in Korea but are not keen on teaching English.
And if anyone has similar qualifications to my brother and is working in Korea please let us know! I’d love for him to be working in Korea while we are there… haha.
One of those moments where you just have to grin and bear it. I know these women haven’t had much contact with anyone who isn’t Korean and don’t know much about the world outside of South Korea, so they are genuinely interested. It can be pretty uncomfortable for me and this time in particular I was hurt a bit by the slaps across my back and on my arms. They weren’t gentle at all and yet still grinning at me and chatting to me… One woman in particular was so rough! I think she meant it to be just pats but it was really hard whacks.
My parents-in-law were nearby but couldn’t rescue me because it’s someone much older than them so they can’t tell her to back off and stop it. They know I’ll sit there politely anyway and it was a pretty funny situation. If you are going to Korea to work or teach and are in major cities you are probably never going to have a situation like this. However, if you marry into a Korean family, especially one in the countryside, you may have moments like this. Especially if you have fair hair and skin. I don’t really like being touched except by my husband so there are moments that can be uncomfortable for me in Korea or with Koreans. If it’s someone the same age as me or younger and it’s a constant thing that makes me feel uncomfortable I can say something about my personal space, but an old woman in Korea… there is no way I can say anything about that!
It did happen quite a bit while we were there. Not just being touched but being stared at as well. I was such a novelty to them. We weren’t always home but old women would come asking my mother-in-law where I was because they wanted to look at me. Some were coming every single day asking about me. My husband rolls his eyes at it but I could deal with it because the attention was positive not negative
He says he points it out because he is just curious, but I can’t help thinking that he is doing it just to annoy me.
Where he grew up, and where we stay with his parents, is quite rural, which usually means not many foreigners. Especially his very small home town. I think the other nonKorean there is a woman from Vietnam. We usually see foreigners when we go to Jinju but it’s still not that often, so it’s something to make note of. Often there is a nod or smile or acknowledgement as we pass by.
While we may see a foreigner every 3 days or so in that area, we see a foreigner like… every 3 minutes in Seoul! Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration but it seems like a lot. It is a bit strange after spending a lot of time in a rural area and getting used to being stared at and then going to Seoul and not getting a second look. Seoul is only a 3 hour bus ride away, but it can feel like a whole other world.
My husband is surprised at how many foreigners are in Seoul, either tourists or residents. The number has increased a lot over the years. When he was younger there were a lot less foreigners there, so it’s interesting to see how it’s changing.
So I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but it’s finally official. I signed with a Korean publishing company to have a comic book published. It will be targeted at a Korean audience and will be a lot of the stuff that is already on the blog. So English speakers- don’t worry, you won’t be missing out on a lot. Though, if you do want to practise your Korean, maybe the book will help.
This is just the first step but we are hoping to publish a comic book in English that shows how we met and a lot more stuff later on. Right now we are focusing on the book for the Korean market. So hopefully that will all go well.
Big thank you to everyone who reads the blog. I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for you guys. I really appreciate everyone who follows the blog.
The YG building is pretty cool to see, not only because of the famous people but because the architecture is interesting too. For those that don’t know, YG Entertainment is the company that Kpop groups like BigBang and 2NE1 are under. If you have read all my posts back to the beginning I mention early on how I have a friend that lives right near it. She doesn’t like to stare too much because she has to walk by so much and doesn’t want others to think she is a stalker. We didn’t linger either because we were just walking past, but there are always a few fans there no matter what. Usually they wait by the convenience store across the road. I have no idea if they even get to see anything interesting because cars that stars get in to drive right up to the doors, so it would only be a glimpse IF you even saw anyone. I suppose there is small chance of someone going out to buy something from the store. I couldn’t do it though… I walked past one time in the rain on the way to the subway and fans were still there huddled under umbrellas.
I think the Big Bang concert stuff was meant for me…. but oh well. I think he has a bit of an obsession with things that light up like that. He brings them home from work a lot. Remember the big glow stick and cubes?
Thank you to the blog reader who gave us these presents. You know who you are!
We’ve been seeing a lot of friends in Korea. This particular friend is a very good Japanese chef. My husband knew him and his wife in Australia but they live in Korea now. So it’s true, GD comes to the restaurant quite regularly. Obviously we can’t say which restaurant it is though. Our friend has said that he can let me know when GD comes in but I don’t want to be a creepy stalker AND it’s a pretty expensive place. As much as I’d love to see GD, I don’t want to interrupt his privacy.
I had never thought that much about face size until I had Korean friends. The first few times people told me I have a small face I thought maybe it was an insult! Then I realised it was a compliment as I observed Korean friends complain about the size of their faces. The fact that GD has a small face doesn’t make me think “Oh that makes him so handsome!”, I think his face is handsome no matter what size. That fact annoys my husband a little bit though… hehehe.
For several days we have had someone from EBS filming us. Sometimes it’s just one camera man/producer and sometimes it’s two. Being filmed hasn’t been so bad but the schedule has been exhausting! All up it’s about 7 days of filming for just a 30 minute program. Usually we wouldn’t be doing so much stuff, but we need to be doing lots of stuff for the camera.
So that’s why this comic is so delayed, it’s the middle of the night but I stayed up to do it. Comics take twice as long when I’m tired too. Mr Gwon is out partying with the camera guys and some friends, but I needed some quiet time.
By the way, we didn’t break the camera!