Weather’s been great here in Seoul

It might be that it’s close to fall, but it’s also the rainy season and we’re in between supposedly two typhoons.  Yet, I felt like we’re having some pretty great weather recently.  Sure, it’s been a bit rainy lately due to the Typhoons, but going for a jog earlier tonight, it was really mild in terms of the temperatures and I’m not sweating bullets like I have in the past.  Continue reading

HP Service & Support (A/S) Center in Gangnam, Seoul

As I was mentioning earlier in the post about going crazy without a proper Internet connection here in Korea and potentially having Windows problems with my American version of Windows 7, I went to the HP Service Center in Gangnam to see if they could help.  However, finding a close “A/S” as Koreans like to call it (which stands for “After Service” Center) took a little more time than I was expecting.

Computer Support (A/S) Centers in Seoul

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Great Hamburger Joints in Seoul and other parts of Korea

If you grew up on burgers and fries like me, you probably had a hard time living in Korea a number of years ago.

But no longer do you have to suffer from just McD’s and Burger King!  Korea has landed in the 21st century.  This Top Asian destination has stepped it up when it comes to grilling up some “all beef paddies.”  Here are a few options to seek out if you land in Seoul: Continue reading

Typhoon Bolaven Appears to be Heading West

Korea’s bracing for what might be.

In Okinawa, Typhoon Bolaven tore through the country with no regard for the citizens.  From CNN, they report:

Typhoon Bolaven, with wind gusts that reached as high as 259 kilometers per hour (161 mph), is the strongest to strike the region in nearly 50 years. And with a cloud field of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), it is 20 times larger than Okinawa’s length.

An Emergency Warning by the Department of State was also issued for all US citizens here.  In sum, they warned it could be extremely severe and from the reports in Okinawa, their reports are proving possibly to be very accurate.  They did warn that it would happen yesterday, but it appears it will be more likely here today, Tuesday, August 28, 2012.   Continue reading

Lack of Internet Almost Killed Me

For two weeks, I couldn’t get my laptop to connect either “wired” or wireless.  The irony is that I’m in the “most wired country in the world.”

Fortunately, I had at least a backup with my iPad and it was at least allowing me to do a bit of emailing and keeping somewhat connected.  However, I couldn’t write detailed blog posts like this one or upload photos to finish off the posts as well.  I had to go to the coffee shops to get anything relatively productive complete.

I had Tom n Tom’s nearby and also a Starbucks kiddy corner from it.  I used PC Rooms here and there to get some things done, but most of them don’t all have Microsoft Office which I needed in order to edit my resume.  I’ve been applying to adult english teaching positions, but also finding I need to broaden my search and efforts to include the bigger market which caters to kids.  The search for adult teaching positions has been somewhat challenging.  It appears that companies prefer the following “type of candidates” to teach them (in this order): Continue reading

Castle Fine Goshiwon in Gangnam Seoul is Just Fine

For my first month back in Korea, I decided to “go it on my own.”  In my previous two stays in Korea, I depended on my companies to secure housing for me.  However, most forms of traditional housing in Korea typically requires large sums of money.  For example, the area of Seoul I’m living in right now could command as much as several hundred thousand dollars to rent an apartment.  The larger the deposit, the less you pay in monthly fees.  If you deposit a large enough sum, you don’t even have to pay monthly rent.

**Note: the map of eMart in Yeoksam is down below

Living in a Goshiwon isn’t that Bad

Nevertheless, most forms of housing in Korea require a significant deposit, but I wanted to try one of the smallest forms of housing that didn’t require such and also wasn’t “shared living”:  Goshiwons (고시원 in Hangeul and sometimes also referred to as Goshitels aka 고시텔).  My “Goshiwon Adventure” started with “Castle Fine” in Yeoksam (a neighborhood in Gangnam).   Continue reading