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The Daily Kimchi - My Korea Blog About Living and
This is my blog experience on teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. As a first time teacher in Korea, my experiences will be valuable to future teachers and fresh grads that are considering a career in South Korea. I will also be documenting my tra
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Preparing for your Journey Teaching English in Korea
2009-02-11 10:05:00
Hey everyone! Hope all is well. Things have been busy back here in Canada. Life after teaching English in Korea is quite different. You start to recognize all things Korean in Vancouver and when you do see something you get this "wait a minute...I know you" feeling!A lot of people have been emailing me about where to find a job in Korea, how to prepare yourself, etc. Well, for starters the immigration process in Korea has toughened up immensely over the past 2 years.Just to reiterate, you will be required most of the time to...- Have an undergraduate degree from a university- Be a native English speaker, preferably from the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, etc...- Have no drugs in your system- Have a clean criminal record- Be interviewed at the closest Korean Consulate at your expenseIf you have met the above criteria, you are sitting pretty. Most of the time, experience with children or teaching is a valuable asset. Also, if you have a TEFL certificate or equivalent, that will incre...
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Getting Married in Dubai
2008-12-27 14:21:00
Hello everyone! Yes, I am still alive and kicking. Apologies for the lack of updates but life has been just so busy ya know? Anyways before we get started just wanted to say a big MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all those people out there still reading this blog! Thanks for checking up on my updates and commenting. I hope everyone has been able to spend the holidays with their family and friends.As for us, we have been spending the past couple of weeks again in the UAE! As most of you know we got engaged last year and just over two weeks ago we tied the knot in Dubai ! It was a very small wedding on the beach, right outside the Burj Al Arab hotel and Madinat Al Saqr. It was pretty nice to be in the sun and out of the snow and cold that people back home have been "enjoying" to say the least. ;)Here's a pic of our view from the Madinat Al Qasr:Here's a pic of Dubai from the top of the Burj Al Arab, where we had brunch the following day. Can you see the world's tallest building...
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I Bought a New MacBook!
2008-11-07 08:30:00
Hey folks! Yes, I am still alive and well. Things have been busy at home so I haven't had much time to update the blog. But I recently did something very significant in terms of updating my computer collection: I bought a Mac!I was waiting patiently for Apple to update their MacBook line up and I'm glad I did. I ended up picking up a 13" aluminum base model and I've been loving it! Using OS X was a bit weird at first, but I quickly picked up the differences after using Windows for the past 15 years!I am happy to say that I will never have to format and reinstall XP ever again. What a great feeling to be liberated from the grips of Microsoft. It's really unfortunate that I never did get the chance to experience the wonderful upgrade in Vista. /sarcasmAnyways, here is a pic for your enjoyment. If you have any applications you can recommend or good sites to visit, let me know! Until then, I'm happily enjoying my new MacBook to go along with my iPhone 3G. Does this qualify me as an...
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Blog World Expo 2008 Contest Entry Take 2
2008-09-10 02:37:00
For those who have been following my blog still, you may remember my previous contest entry to win a full pass to the 2008 Blog World Expo from the notorious panda killer, John Chow. Well, unfortunately I didn't hit the jackpot that time, but here we go again. Enter Blog World Expo 2008 contest entry, take 2!Zac Johnson is going to part of probably going to complete one of the most EPIC panels ever at Blog World Expo 2008. You're not going to find a bigger star-studded line up of bloggers and marketers then the likes of John Chow, Jim Kukral, Darren Rowse, Jeremy Schoemaker, and Brian Clark. These guys can afford lots of luxury goods I tell ya!Why Do I Want to Attend Blog World Expo in Las Vegas?I want to attend the Expo for a variety of reasons. Attending the Blog World Expo will allow me to meet so many of these influential bloggers and marketers whose advice I've been following all this time. It's through the help of people such as Zac Johnson, John Chow, Darren Rowse, and...
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Food Consumed During the Summer (Goodbye Summer!)
2008-09-07 09:05:00
Helloooooo everybody! No, this isn't your eyes playing a sick joke on you, it really is Gdog coming at you with a blog update! How lucky (or unlucky) for you! Well, the summer has come and gone and it's been a busy one. I've been very busy with my iPhone blog and enjoying my first summer summer off as a teacher (it's going to be extremely difficult to wake up early again). Anyways, aside from relaxing everyday and riding my bike around town, I've eaten a whole variety of different food here in Vancouver. You can eat any cuisine as the choice are just endless. I'm going to stop with the rant and jump right to the pictures!BBQ salmon on a cedar plank:BBQ Duck Noodles at Congee Noodle House on Broadway/Main:Beef and black been sauce on rice noodles at McKim's Noodle house in Richmond:Cedar plank salmon with chips and guacamole:Fresh fruit salad (Yes, I made this) with fresh black plums, lychees, raspberries, cherries, green seedless grapes:Fresh steamed mussels on the patio at ...
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Aspiring to Head to Blog World in Las Vegas
2008-08-10 20:03:00
Hey folks, it's been a while since Gdog has posted on The Daily Kimchi. Anyways, the summer has been going great, keeping very busy. So busy that I've neglected this blog! Anyways, today I'm going to post about why I hope to win a ticket to the Blog World Expo, the largest convention on blogging that is being held in Las Vegas this September. My buddy John Chow is holding a contest giving away two free tickets and I'm hoping that I get one of them.Why I Deserve the Pass to Blog WorldFirst things first, I am free in September and am committed to going to Blog World. You won't be wasting giving away your tickets to someone who is not going. I want to go to Blog World to network and finally meet all the crazy bloggers in this world. Notable examples are Shoemoney, the UBD crew that helped setup my iPhone Blog theme.To experience the chance to meet these influential bloggers at the blogging mecca would be an unforgettable experience that would add to my blogging repertoire. By actu...
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The Quest for Shinpo Woori Mandoo in Vancouver
2008-06-30 19:11:00
I know what you're thinking and I already have the answer to your question--yes, we are still alive and kicking! This is definitely the longest break between posts but it's been busy busy buy here so updates have been slow. Now that I have the summer to enjoy, maybe expect a few more updates coming your way!For those long time readers, remember when I visited Tommy Hilfiger's long lost brother, Tommy Atkins? That night we ate at Shinpo Woori Mandoo. On our first visit there I noticed there was a Shinpo location in Vancouver ! So, out of the blue we decided to embark on a trek to locate this Shinpo location in downtown Vancouver.First off, great news, we found the location! Bad news, the place has closed down! LOL. I don't know if they moved or not, but I thought of Western businesses failing in Korea (think Walmart) and then here we have Shinpo's chain closing shop in Canada. Maybe the owners went back to Korea or moved to another location. I'll have to investigate further.So S...
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The Quest for Shinpo Woori Mandoo in Vancouver
2008-06-30 19:11:00
I know what you're thinking and I already have the answer to your question--yes, we are still alive and kicking! This is definitely the longest break between posts but it's been busy busy buy here so updates have been slow. Now that I have the summer to enjoy, maybe expect a few more updates coming your way!For those long time readers, remember when I visited Tommy Hilfiger's long lost brother, Tommy Atkins? That night we ate at Shinpo Woori Mandoo. On our first visit there I noticed there was a Shinpo location in Vancouver ! So, out of the blue we decided to embark on a trek to locate this Shinpo location in downtown Vancouver.First off, great news, we found the location! Bad news, the place has closed down! LOL. I don't know if they moved or not, but I thought of Western businesses failing in Korea (think Walmart) and then here we have Shinpo's chain closing shop in Canada. Maybe the owners went back to Korea or moved to another location. I'll have to investigate further.So S...
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BBQ Season Starts with my Weber Q 300 Grill!
2008-05-19 23:15:00
Ahh, the joys of Spring in Vancouver means...RAIN! Well, it has felt that way for the longest time, but this past long weekend we were blessed with some of the hottest and sunniest weather we've had to date! What makes hot and sunny weather even better? If you guessed a "slip and slide", try again. If you said barbeque...now you're talking!We recently moved into a condo and with that came a nice sized deck, enough room for me to fit my new Weber Q 300 barbeque! This bad boy retails for $399CDN or so, but I managed to pick it up for half the price used on Craigslist--and the unit was in excellent condition. This bbq sure does beat the el cheapo' $49 mini propane bbq I was using in Victoria. The conclusion is that cast iron grills are bad ass and will sear like no tomorrow!This is something I definitely missed while I was in Korea--barbequing in the summer. Well, I did eat barbecue all year round in Korea, but it's not the same when it's only cuts of galbi and samgyeopsal! I'm t...
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BBQ Season Starts with my Weber Q 300 Grill!
2008-05-19 23:15:00
Ahh, the joys of Spring in Vancouver means...RAIN! Well, it has felt that way for the longest time, but this past long weekend we were blessed with some of the hottest and sunniest weather we've had to date! What makes hot and sunny weather even better? If you guessed a "slip and slide", try again. If you said barbeque...now you're talking!We recently moved into a condo and with that came a nice sized deck, enough room for me to fit my new Weber Q 300 barbeque! This bad boy retails for $399CDN or so, but I managed to pick it up for half the price used on Craigslist--and the unit was in excellent condition. This bbq sure does beat the el cheapo' $49 mini propane bbq I was using in Victoria. The conclusion is that cast iron grills are bad ass and will sear like no tomorrow!This is something I definitely missed while I was in Korea--barbequing in the summer. Well, I did eat barbecue all year round in Korea, but it's not the same when it's only cuts of galbi and samgyeopsal! I'm t...
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April Update...What's Been Going On...
2008-04-25 05:22:00
Hey everyone! It's been a while, hasn't it? Yes, we are still alive and well. Things have been really busy back home! The month of April has almost come and gone, and this month has been smokin' busy for the both of us.I've been working pretty much full time as a teacher on call here in Vancouver. It's been a lot of fun so far, and the students have been awesome. I think teaching is my calling card--I enjoy the students and they laugh at my silly jokes! ;) Lately I've been working in a Grade 3 class. These students I must say are a great age group to work with. Still so keen and eager to learn!This month it was also my mom's birthday near the beginning of the month. Happy birthday mom! Check out this mango birthday cake:Stuffing my face full in Richmond has become a sport it seems. Everywhere you go there is always some restaurant or eatery where you can find a great deal (just watch out for some of the drivers, LOL). The following meal was from Ginger and Garlic on No.3 Road...
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April Update...What's Been Going On...
2008-04-25 05:22:00
Hey everyone! It's been a while, hasn't it? Yes, we are still alive and well. Things have been really busy back home! The month of April has almost come and gone, and this month has been smokin' busy for the both of us.I've been working pretty much full time as a teacher on call here in Vancouver. It's been a lot of fun so far, and the students have been awesome. I think teaching is my calling card--I enjoy the students and they laugh at my silly jokes! ;) Lately I've been working in a Grade 3 class. These students I must say are a great age group to work with. Still so keen and eager to learn!This month it was also my mom's birthday near the beginning of the month. Happy birthday mom! Check out this mango birthday cake:Stuffing my face full in Richmond has become a sport it seems. Everywhere you go there is always some restaurant or eatery where you can find a great deal (just watch out for some of the drivers, LOL). The following meal was from Ginger and Garlic on No.3 Road...
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Happy April Fools' Day, Hello Kitty!
2008-04-02 05:27:00
Hey everyone, you're probably surprised that you're reading a new post on The Daily Kimchi! No, this is not some sort of dirty April Fools' joke--but it's going to be close enough. A lot has been happening lately in our lives, we both are working full time and we recently just purchased our own home! How exciting!Anyways, just here to wish everyone a happy April Fools' Day. But in particular, a Happy April Fools' day to the following mango dessert I recently devoured from dim sum on the weekend. The following sequence of pictures is dedicated to all those creepy Hello Kitty fanatics out there! Enjoy...Gee, here I am naked without syrup...What is this stuff you're dousing me with?Noo, not of all things, my jugular...ahhh!haha...if that wasn't good enough for you, please check out the following clip of me at work:You've been RICK ROLL'D!
To Hell & Back at Hell's Kitchen
2008-03-15 06:41:00
This has been the longest period of time between blog posts! Anyways, I haven't had much time (same old story) to post stuff, so when all else fails why not just post about the meals I've eaten?This time around our brunch took place at Hell 's Kitchen --no, not that Hell's Kitchen but the one located in Kitsilano in Vancouver. We went there with my brother and his wife and this place is known for its decent grub. However on this day, I have to say they definitely had an off day...For starters, the place was extremely understaffed (we had to wait a long time for drinks to come, and sugar packets were hard to find for our coffee). Service was not great and the cleanliness of the restaurant (we sat on the patio) was not the greatest. I've worked as a server before and in restaurants all my life--so I'm well aware of the hardships sometimes faced by servers.On this day I felt like eating a burger so I went with that choice. Now, I know that Hell is supposed to be flaming hot, but wh...
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To Hell & Back at Hell's Kitchen
2008-03-15 06:41:00
This has been the longest period of time between blog posts! Anyways, I haven't had much time (same old story) to post stuff, so when all else fails why not just post about the meals I've eaten?This time around our brunch took place at Hell 's Kitchen --no, not that Hell's Kitchen but the one located in Kitsilano in Vancouver. We went there with my brother and his wife and this place is known for its decent grub. However on this day, I have to say they definitely had an off day...For starters, the place was extremely understaffed (we had to wait a long time for drinks to come, and sugar packets were hard to find for our coffee). Service was not great and the cleanliness of the restaurant (we sat on the patio) was not the greatest. I've worked as a server before and in restaurants all my life--so I'm well aware of the hardships sometimes faced by servers.On this day I felt like eating a burger so I went with that choice. Now, I know that Hell is supposed to be flaming hot, but wh...
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Eating Samgyeopsal in Richmond!
2008-02-25 07:38:00
I'll admit, I am dedicating a lot less time writing posts for this blog. Honestly, I've been so busy with work and other online endeavors that I have been neglecting this blog. However, I am grateful to all of you guys that still swing by here once in a while to check up on things!Anyways, earlier last week went went for a Korean meal in Richmond --samgyeopsal and samgyetang to be exact! This has only been the second time we've had Korean since we arrived back in Canada. You can read about our first encounter in Coquitlam here.Why you ask? Well, I think we both had more than enough of our fair share during our time teaching English in Korea. Plus, it's so darn hard to eat anything else but delicious and cheap Chinese food in Ricemond!So our restaurant this time around was none other than Kyung Bok Palace (check out my visit to the REAL palace here) located inside Landsdowne Shopping Mall.On the menu today, some samgyeopsal for me and some samgyetang for Devante. Let's take a loo...
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Eating Samgyeopsal in Richmond!
2008-02-25 07:38:00
I'll admit, I am dedicating a lot less time writing posts for this blog. Honestly, I've been so busy with work and other online endeavors that I have been neglecting this blog. However, I am grateful to all of you guys that still swing by here once in a while to check up on things!Anyways, earlier last week went went for a Korean meal in Richmond --samgyeopsal and samgyetang to be exact! This has only been the second time we've had Korean since we arrived back in Canada. You can read about our first encounter in Coquitlam here.Why you ask? Well, I think we both had more than enough of our fair share during our time teaching English in Korea. Plus, it's so darn hard to eat anything else but delicious and cheap Chinese food in Ricemond!So our restaurant this time around was none other than Kyung Bok Palace (check out my visit to the REAL palace here) located inside Landsdowne Shopping Mall.On the menu today, some samgyeopsal for me and some samgyetang for Devante. Let's take a loo...
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Namdaemun: Then and Now
2008-02-17 08:41:00
I've visited Namdaemun in Seoul on countless occasions. It is located in the heart of the city and I have taken lots of pictures of the beautiful monument, which sits at over 600 years old. So to discover that the ancient gate was set ablaze while I was perusing news headlines, I was surprised to say the least!For those unaware, Namdaemun was set on fire just over a week ago. The entire incident was suspected to have originated from an arsonist, which proved to be true soon afterwards. A 70 year old man, known as "Chae" confessed to lighting Namdaemun on fire with paint thinner and a lighter.Why the heck did this elderly man set the structure on fire? Well, his beef was about how he was not properly compensated by delevopers in the sale of a plot of land he owned. His cries for help went unnoticed so he took matters into his own hands!Koreans are a very patriotic bunch, and to see their #1 National Treasure burn to the ground must have been devastating! They are planning to rebuild...
Namdaemun: Then and Now
2008-02-17 08:41:00
I've visited Namdaemun in Seoul on countless occasions. It is located in the heart of the city and I have taken lots of pictures of the beautiful monument, which sits at over 600 years old. So to discover that the ancient gate was set ablaze while I was perusing news headlines, I was surprised to say the least!For those unaware, Namdaemun was set on fire just over a week ago. The entire incident was suspected to have originated from an arsonist, which proved to be true soon afterwards. A 70 year old man, known as "Chae" confessed to lighting Namdaemun on fire with paint thinner and a lighter.Why the heck did this elderly man set the structure on fire? Well, his beef was about how he was not properly compensated by delevopers in the sale of a plot of land he owned. His cries for help went unnoticed so he took matters into his own hands!Koreans are a very patriotic bunch, and to see their #1 National Treasure burn to the ground must have been devastating! They are planning to rebuild...
View of the Highway from our Officetel
2008-02-11 05:58:00
I'm still receiving emails from some of you guys asking about my time in Korea. I apologize if i haven't responded as I've been very busy. Anyways, whenever people go teach English in Korea, finding out that your accommodation is a wonderful feeling. One of the best ways is to ask your employer for pictures. Most of the time they will send a few pics.Anyways, here are a few pics of the highway outside our officetel in Mokdong. I've been meaning to show these pics, but never got the chance. These three pictures were taken with my Canon digital SLR, with my head stuck out the window, while I was getting a few breaths of (smoggy) air.From the left (in front of that bus is the fire station, which is beside Homever; yes, buses are colored in South Korea):Directly below (the bottom right, where those red tables and chairs are is the king crab shack):To the right (the bottom right is a police station; we would walk 10 mins to work following traffic)So there you have it...the typical vi...
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View of the Highway from our Officetel
2008-02-11 05:58:00
I'm still receiving emails from some of you guys asking about my time in Korea. I apologize if i haven't responded as I've been very busy. Anyways, whenever people go teach English in Korea, finding out that your accommodation is a wonderful feeling. One of the best ways is to ask your employer for pictures. Most of the time they will send a few pics.Anyways, here are a few pics of the highway outside our officetel in Mokdong. I've been meaning to show these pics, but never got the chance. These three pictures were taken with my Canon digital SLR, with my head stuck out the window, while I was getting a few breaths of (smoggy) air.From the left (in front of that bus is the fire station, which is beside Homever; yes, buses are colored in South Korea):Directly below (the bottom right, where those red tables and chairs are is the king crab shack):To the right (the bottom right is a police station; we would walk 10 mins to work following traffic)So there you have it...the typical vi...
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A Pre-Chinese New Year/Birthday Dinner
2008-02-03 08:56:00
Another week, another post. Work this week was pretty cool, and subbing is a lot of fun. Every class in every school seems to have one or two or three Korean students. I was able to talk about my experience in Korea in a few classes, giving examples of the differences in life between our two countries (EG, not being able to buy certain things--deodorant; expensive fruit, etc)This weekend I had some family come over from Victoria to celebrate a few birthdays (my little cousin and grandma). It was also a pre-Chinese New Year celebration at the same time. So what happens when you get family together in Richmond? If you guessed a big dinner at a seafood restaurant, you're right!Tonight we went for dinner at Imperial Court, in the Staples plaza off No.3 road. It was a set menu that included a lot of seafood and other goodies. Let me warn you: the following pictures will make your mouth water! Let's go through the extensive gallery of MSG-laden dishes, shall we? ;) Get ready for a lot o...
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A Pre-Chinese New Year/Birthday Dinner
2008-02-03 08:56:00
Another week, another post. Work this week was pretty cool, and subbing is a lot of fun. Every class in every school seems to have one or two or three Korean students. I was able to talk about my experience in Korea in a few classes, giving examples of the differences in life between our two countries (EG, not being able to buy certain things--deodorant; expensive fruit, etc)This weekend I had some family come over from Victoria to celebrate a few birthdays (my little cousin and grandma). It was also a pre-Chinese New Year celebration at the same time. So what happens when you get family together in Richmond? If you guessed a big dinner at a seafood restaurant, you're right!Tonight we went for dinner at Imperial Court, in the Staples plaza off No.3 road. It was a set menu that included a lot of seafood and other goodies. Let me warn you: the following pictures will make your mouth water! Let's go through the extensive gallery of MSG-laden dishes, shall we? ;) Get ready for a lot o...
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Review: Phnom Penh Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown
2008-01-26 20:10:00
Another week of work gone by, and more encounters with Korean students at work! I taught at a high school on the westside this week, and two ESL social studies classes consisted of 50% Korean students. When I mentioned to the class that I had previously taught English in Korea for a year, their immediate reaction was "WOW (throw in a few golf claps)! Do you like Korea?"Ahhh, the joys of teaching Korean students once again. My answer to their question was "I love all countries," haha. Most of them where here studying and living with homestays, some were here with their mothers (which they are still scared to death of) while their "salary-man" fathers are back in the motherland, and some have been living in Vancouver for quite a while. What I find humorous is how these students come over here to learn English, but they end up hanging out with other Koreans, which impedes their ability to practice English 24/7! I even caught a few of them dropping some "18's aka shee-pal's" in class,...
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Review: Phnom Penh Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown
2008-01-26 20:10:00
Another week of work gone by, and more encounters with Korean students at work! I taught at a high school on the westside this week, and two ESL social studies classes consisted of 50% Korean students. When I mentioned to the class that I had previously taught English in Korea for a year, their immediate reaction was "WOW (throw in a few golf claps)! Do you like Korea?"Ahhh, the joys of teaching Korean students once again. My answer to their question was "I love all countries," haha. Most of them where here studying and living with homestays, some were here with their mothers (which they are still scared to death of) while their "salary-man" fathers are back in the motherland, and some have been living in Vancouver for quite a while. What I find humorous is how these students come over here to learn English, but they end up hanging out with other Koreans, which impedes their ability to practice English 24/7! I even caught a few of them dropping some "18's aka shee-pal's" in class,...
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Blog Review: The Thinking Blog!
2008-01-20 20:43:00
There are lots of websites out there on the internet. Some are interesting, some are not. One blog that I've stumbled across over a year ago was The Thinking Blog , which started in Dec 2006. The writer of this blog is ilker, and originally the blog was hosted on Blogger but now is on Wordpress. ilker is also a designer, and he has actually helped me out immensely over the past couple of months. Now it's my time to help ilker out by talking about his blog! :)Going with the tag line, "Knowledge Grows When Shared," ilker's blog has some pretty cool and interesting posts, garnering just under 1800 RSS subscribers. That's what makes his blog unique, is that he always has something interesting to read. Some of my favorite posts are:How To Eat Vegetables We Don't Like7 Tips to Deal with TMI (Too Much Information)Please Do Not Feed Internet TrollsWeirdest Named Places On EarthTop 10 April Fool Pranks 2007You can check out some more by reading the Top Posts. The cool thing about his pos...
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Blog Review: The Thinking Blog!
2008-01-20 20:43:00
There are lots of websites out there on the internet. Some are interesting, some are not. One blog that I've stumbled across over a year ago was The Thinking Blog , which started in Dec 2006. The writer of this blog is ilker, and originally the blog was hosted on Blogger but now is on Wordpress. ilker is also a designer, and he has actually helped me out immensely over the past couple of months. Now it's my time to help ilker out by talking about his blog! :)Going with the tag line, "Knowledge Grows When Shared," ilker's blog has some pretty cool and interesting posts, garnering just under 1800 RSS subscribers. That's what makes his blog unique, is that he always has something interesting to read. Some of my favorite posts are:How To Eat Vegetables We Don't Like7 Tips to Deal with TMI (Too Much Information)Please Do Not Feed Internet TrollsWeirdest Named Places On EarthTop 10 April Fool Pranks 2007You can check out some more by reading the Top Posts. The cool thing about his pos...
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Food I've Eaten in the Past Two Weeks
2008-01-18 07:31:00
It's hard to stay on top of updates when I'm not in the land of kimchi. However, I do try to maintain a connection to Korea with my life here back home. For example, you saw my post about the locally fermented kimchi. When I am teaching, I always give a short intro about myself. I tell students where I'm from and that I taught English in Korea for a year. I then ask if anyone is from Korea.85% of the time, I have at least 1-3 kids say "me!"...then I like to drop an 안녕하세요 bomb on them and you should see the look on their faces! I've come to the conclusion that Koreans are everywhere...secretly hiding in places where you least suspect them to be. They're taking over...the world! In this one school, one student labeled a Korean student "kimchi boy". Of course, I made the kid apologize to "kimchi boy". Some students have picked up English super quick, while others are still trying to master the language. One student told me "I've been here 5 years, but my English still s...
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Food I've Eaten in the Past Two Weeks
2008-01-18 07:31:00
It's hard to stay on top of updates when I'm not in the land of kimchi. However, I do try to maintain a connection to Korea with my life here back home. For example, you saw my post about the locally fermented kimchi. When I am teaching, I always give a short intro about myself. I tell students where I'm from and that I taught English in Korea for a year. I then ask if anyone is from Korea.85% of the time, I have at least 1-3 kids say "me!"...then I like to drop an 안녕하세요 bomb on them and you should see the look on their faces! I've come to the conclusion that Koreans are everywhere...secretly hiding in places where you least suspect them to be. They're taking over...the world! In this one school, one student labeled a Korean student "kimchi boy". Of course, I made the kid apologize to "kimchi boy". Some students have picked up English super quick, while others are still trying to master the language. One student told me "I've been here 5 years, but my English still s...
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A Long Awaited Kimchi Update
2008-01-11 06:27:00
Hello there, my name is Gdog and I currently am teaching English in Korea...errr...umm...wait a minute, that just doesn't sound right anymore! For all you patient people out there, I do apologize for not updating daily anymore. I wish I could, but now that I am busy working I don't have much time. Well, I have time now so tonight I'm going to give you a kimchi update--literally!When I was in Korea, no matter where I went I always thought about "hmm...this could be a potential blog post!" Well, the same thing still comes to mind back home. Just yesterday I was at a local Asian supermarket chain, T&T Supermarket in Richmond. I was roaming down one of the refrigerator aisles and what did I see? You guess right--KIMCHI!I've seen this kimchi/Korean aisle before, but today I decided to snap a few pictures. Man, Koreans who are living here must love being able to buy pretty much anything from back home in Richmond (and Coquitlam). I visited an Asian specialty shop and was able to f...
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