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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Studying abroad in Korea: How to get a phone

I decided to do a short series after helping one of my friends get everything set up for her year abroad in Korea.

There are options when you arrive and I'll go through some of the pros and cons below.

Moving to and Living in Korea Series!
Part 1: Packing for study/living in Korea
Part 2: Getting a Phone in Korea
Part 3: Doing Laundry in Korea

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Studying abroad in Korea? Packing list (mainly health supplies)

It's about that time of year when exchange students start coming to Korea.
So, I decided to write a list of some packing tips I have (combined with suggestions from my friends who also studied abroad in Korea).

The school year is a little different in Korean universities than America. (This post will be written from (mainly) an American perspective)
Students have a very long winter break.

Typical schedule:
Summer school: Late June through August
Fall semester: September through mid-December
Spring: March through late June

Just leave a comment if you have a question about if you should pack something or not. Or, if you don't want to post publicly, send me an email and I'll try my best to give you a well-informed opinion.

Moving to and Living in Korea Series!
Part 1: Packing for study/living in Korea
Part 2: Getting a Phone in Korea
Part 3: Doing Laundry in Korea

Friday, January 29, 2016

[Korea Shopping] 3M Nexcare Blemish Stickers


So, this may be a weird post, but this is one of those products I always recommend to my friends when they visit.

They're stickers you put over pimples and it makes the pimples disappear very quickly!

Have you discovered any skin miracles in Korea?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

[Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul] Brasa Rotisserie on Grand Avenue

I went back to Minnesota for the holidays and met up with my friend at one of my favorite places to eat, Brasa Rotisserie on Grand Avenue.

As a student at the University of Minnesota, I used to go to the location in Northeast Minneapolis rather frequently.

Both are great.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

[Seoul] D Museum January 2016 "9 Lights in 9 Rooms"

Exterior (from official website)
The Daelim group just opened a new contemporary art museum, D Museum, in Hannam-dong. The original Daelim Museum is in the Anguk/Gwanghwamun area.

My friends and I just went to the inaugural exhibition, "Spatial Illumination: 9 Lights in 9 Rooms."
The exhibition runs through May 8, 2016.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

[Seoul, Itaewon] Khao San - Thai Food Spicy Prawns and Fried Rice

My friend and I decided to check out Khao San in Itaewon for some Thai food.

My friend had just returned from a trip to Thailand and noted how this restaurant is pretty authentic (compared with other Thai restaurants that cater to Korean tastes).

Monday, January 25, 2016

[Seoul, Korea] Where to Shop: Seoul Shopping Guide 2016

I had a request via email to introduce some of my favorite shopping areas in Seoul (if you have a request for travel information or a food tip, please send me an email).
I don't really have any pictures, so please bear with me.

If I missed any or you'd like to give your opinion, please leave a comment here!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

[Seoul, Hongdae] Hongdae Jopok Ddukbokki - Dukkukbokki, Mixed Tempura, Soondae

Another one of those great foods for winter is ddukbokki and other traditional bunshik foods like soondae (blood sausage) and fried veggies and seafood.

My friends and I stopped off at one of the more famous bunshik joints in Hongdae for a quick bite.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

[Seoul, SNU, Goshichon, Sillim] Pho 36 St - Vietnamese Noodles

Chilly winter days in Seoul means it's time for soup every day!

Went to Pho 36 Street in Goshichon area for some delicious pho!

Goshichon 고시촌 is an area in Seoul where hopeful future diplomats live and prepare for the diplomat exam.
It is also pretty close to Seoul National University (and the SNU Language Institute dorms), so there are plenty of students around, too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

[Seoul, Gyungbokgung] Seochongil Donkatsu (Seochon Pork Cutlet)

Went to 서촌길 돈까스 Seochongil Donkatsu (Seochon Pork Cutlet) and had some homemade breaded pork cutlets.

This is a perfect location for lunch or dinner after touring Gyungbokgung Palace.

I apologize in advance. I had a fight with my phone this day and...the food pics are terrible quality.

Life Abroad: Hulu, Pandora, Netflix while abroad

This post is from an American perspective, but the tips offered work for any country's blocked sites.

If you're like me, I'm sure you like watching TV on the internet and listening to music online.
One bummer about working/living abroad is that often times these subscription services and media content are blocked for users abroad.

You're going to need a VPN (virtual private network) to access the content.

Over the years, I have tried many different VPN services.
I'll rank them in terms of reliability below.

Friday, January 15, 2016

[Samcheongdong, Seoul] Cook'n Heim - North American Plate featured on Running Man

If you're a fan of Running Man, check out Cook N Heim in Samcheongdong.

Even if you're not, check it out. This is a great location for brunch because it has great views of the Samcheongdong Street.
The novelty burger trend is still holding strong in Seoul. It seems like there is a new burger place opening every day.

Cook n Heim has been around for a few years. I always saw it and meant to check it out, but finally got the chance.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

[Korea] Beesket Juice Bar - 100% Fruit

Beesket is a chain juice bar in South Korea. It serves 100% fresh fruit juice with no sweeteners, sugar, or other additives.

I went to the store in Lotte World Mall (Jamshil station), but there are plenty of other locations.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

[Edae, Seoul] Gil Cuisine Brunch - Ricotta Cheese Salad + Salmon Benedict

Gil Cuisine is a cute little brunch spot in Edae. It's kind of tucked away, so you kind of need to be "in the know." I first visited about five years ago, so it's great this non-chain place has been supported by its customers even after the constant increase in rent prices in Seoul.

Monday, January 11, 2016

[Seoul, Hongdae] Thanks Nature Sheep Cafe

Last year was the year of the sheep, which meant Thanks Nature in Hongdae got a lot of press! It has been around a few years. It's an organic cafe right off a main street in Hongdae, which happens to have two sheep.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

[Seoul, Samcheongdong] Onmaul - Fresh Soft Tofu Stew

 One of my favorite Korean foods is soondubu (soft tofu).

Onmaul (온마을) in Samcheongdong makes its own tofu in house!

I highly recommend checking out this restaurant next time you're in the area. It's pretty traditional in an area known for very Westernized cafes and brunch restaurants, which all have their time and place.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

[Korea] Mom's Touch - Cajun Mango Chicken Sandwich

When my friend visit me in Korea, oftentimes they have Mom's Touch on their list of "must try" places. I, honestly, had never tried it until this year.

It's a fast food chicken sandwich chain found throughout Korea.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

[Boston, Boston Common] Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden is right next to Boston Common. It is a lovely park with a pond in the middle. During the summer, for $3, you can take a ride around the pond on the Swan Boats, which have been operated by the same family for their entire existence. There are also statues, including one of George Washington and of the ducks from "Make Way for Ducklings." It's a nice place for a walk or to sit and relax on a hot day.

The "Make Way for Ducklings" statues.

The George Washington statue.

The Swan Boats.

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