13 quirky things about Korea

We have been living in Korea for over 2.5 years now and my friends and family back home are always asking us to share our experiences living here.  Throughout our time here we have definitely noticed little things that we find very interesting and/or amusing and very different from back home.  Originally I was planning…

What can you get for $1? (Daiso) 

****Update as of June 2017**** Daiso has just opened a new store in Myeongdong.  Why is this so exciting you ask? Because it is 8 stories high, I think it’s the largest store in Seoul!!  To get there and see all 8 magical floors for yourself take the subway to Myeongdong Station, take exit 2….

S. Korea Presidential Election

South Korea has been making big headlines in recent news for the impeachment of its President Park Geun-hye and the uncertainty involving it’s neighbor to the north.  However, you may not have heard, that on May 9, 2017, South Korea will holding a special election and electing its new President.  There are 15 candidates who are…

The International Drivers Permit – A cautionary tale

We recently decided to book a trip to Okinawa, Japan. All the feedback from those who lived there is that public transport is not sufficient and that you really need to rent a car. Plus we booked an Airbnb in the northern part of the island (about 2 hours from the airport) making it even…

Kakao Friends

If you have ever been to South Korea before or you have Korean Friends, you have probably heard of Kakao. From the minute we arrived in South Korea, we were told we had to download Kakao in order to message our new found friends and even our realtor! Kakao talk is a multi-platform texting app…

Getting a Visa for China from Korea

****Update as of 09/30/2017 – There is a new rule which requires any foreigners applying for a Chinese visa via Seoul, regardless of the purpose of their visit or the number of allowable entries, to possess an Alien Registration Card (ARC) issued by the Korean Immigration Service (KIS).  Please keep this in mind before your…

AREX – Airport Express Train 

So I have been back and forth to the airport a ton of times in the last two months. We’ve really had back to back visitors! Lucky for me there is the A’rex to make going to the airport easier and more comfortable. The A’rex is a non stop train between Seoul Station and Incheon…

Help! I need a doctor!        

Now that we’re living here in Seoul permanently, we needed to figure out how to see the doctor. In the U.S. we commonly have a primary care physician who sees us for most everything and refers is out for labs, specialists, X-rays, etc. And when you tell someone that you’re going to the hospital, everyone…

What is on Korean TV?

So some of you may be wondering what Korean television is like.  Well so were we!  Of course when we moved into our unit we requested English TV channels, so we have CNN, NatGeo, and a handful of other channels.  What is on the other channels you ask (we have about 200 channels in total)?…

Adopt don’t Shop!

We’ve been thinking about making our little family of 2 into 3 and are so excited about our newest edition! Now don’t get too excited, we’re talking about the 4 legged furry kind of addition 🙂 Meet Gomi (곰이). She is a Jindo Mix that we first started fostering and ended up deciding to adopt….

Learning CPR

I have mentioned before how Seoul has so many awesome resources for foreigners, specifically the Seoul Global Centers.  Recently, the Itaewon Global Village Center held a CPR and First Aid course for foreigners as there are very few courses in Seoul that are given in English. I thought it was a great service that they…