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…

Hanji dying and Book binding

I must say that Seoul is fantastic in that they offer so many free cultural experiences.  In addition to the free language classes that I mentioned Itaewon Global Village offers, we found out about the organization Korean Traditional Culture to the World (KCTW).  KCTW’s purpose is literally to share traditional Korean culture with the world….

Great Resource in Seoul – Seoul Global Centers

I just started a Korean Language course last week at the Itaewon Global Village Center and wanted to share with you the programs that they offer for foreigners.  There are a total of seven Global Village Centers in Seoul (located in Itaewon, Ichon, Seorae, etc).  They have a main Seoul Global Cultural Center in Myeongdong that offers weekly cultural…

Life in Seoul – Helpful Hints Part 1

Money – South Korea uses the won, currently the exchange rate is anywhere from 1,050 – 1,120 won per $1. There are many exchange locations and you can also use ATMs to withdraw won. Credit cards are widely used here, however, you will find that some places will give you a discount (from 1-10% off)…

The colors of N. Seoul Tower

Seoul tower is easily seen from basically everywhere in Seoul and every night it is illuminated with a different color. In our time here, we started wondering if the colors meant something or if it is just for fun. Well apparently there is a meaning behind the different colors. On nights when the tower is…

It may sound trashy, but…

Sorting your trash here in Seoul is a BIG deal. Gone are the days of throwing everything into 1 bag and tossing it onto the curb for the the garbage man to whisk away and never be seen again.  Even recycling is more complicated. For those of you who live in apartment buildings with trash…