Korean Etiquette

Blush

Blush

A flashback to Korea for Erin’s most embarrassing travel moment.

Presents!

Presents!

A handy how to guide for presents in Korea.

Busted

Busted

That’s it. I blew it. They’re on to me. After two years in Korea, my fellow teachers discovered I don’t know any of their names. It came up on the drive to work, surrounded by co-workers I’d known for ages. I was trapped. I could […]

Bing Su

Bing Su

I’m about to admit something that might be a little troubling to some people. I love red bean paste. The texture is a lot like Mexican refried beans, but the taste is mild and slightly sweet. It’s a bizarre combination that unsettles Erin to this […]

Warning: Side Effects

Warning: Side Effects

Foreign travel, exotic foods, affordable health insurance; these are only some of the positive benefits EPIK has been proven to give users. But teaching English in Korea is not for everyone; read all warnings and contraindications carefully before deciding if EPIK is right for you. Side effects […]

Birthday Suit

Birthday Suit

One day, long ago, the daughter of God flew down from heaven to bathe in the hot springs of Korea. A huntsman saw her spashing in the water and stole her clothes, as lovestruck men are wont to do. Unable to leave, she married him. […]

Getting Old(er)

Getting Old(er)

Do you know what happens when you travel to a foreign land and try out the local customs in the interest of exploration? Seaweed soup on your birthday. According to Korean Tradition, pregnant women would eat seaweed soup, or miyeokguk, for about a month prior to […]

Uno, dos, tres!

Uno, dos, tres!

A guide to Korean numbers.

Lazy Days

Lazy Days

A note on Korean hygiene standards.

Miss Manners Goes To Dinner

Miss Manners Goes To Dinner

A few basic rules of etiquette for a Korean teacher dinner: 1) No eating until the principal arrives. Like most Korean social conventions, this is a sign of respect toward the highest ranking person in the room. Or, in this case, not in the room. In […]