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

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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

Switching from the Korean Version of Gmail to the English Version

A little different from the problem in our post about “Switching to the US or English Version of Google.com”, users of the popular web based email client Gmail may get frustrated with all the Hangeul when logging in.  Many of the features they’re used to including just which link is the “Inbox” may get to some.  However, I’d argue most people seem to figure it out because there are obvious signals like the Inbox having a number that’s bolded with parentheses symbols around it and other folder links are the ones you’ve created already in English.

Nevertheless, the problem can be easily solved if you just want your gmail in English.  Here are the steps (or should I say “step” because it’s really simple!) Continue reading

Switching to Google’s (USA) English Version in Korea

using google in koreaThis is dedicated to my new friend Kris who was having this issue when trying to get the same results as he’s used to back home.

If you’re like most people who’ve come to live and work in Korea, you’re used to using Google.com when looking for something online.  However, when you land in South Korea and literally type in “Google.com” or the various permutations of it, it many times redirects to the localized version ->  “Google.co.kr

The problem that arises from this isn’t just that you have a different url that pops up or even the 한국어 that pops up below the “Google” image, but it’s that the search results will also change because you’re using the Korean version of the popular search engine.  So, the same results you used to find back home in the West might not show up where you’re used to them.  The same results may not even show up depending on the topic you’re looking for information on. Continue reading