Living in Seoul: Seollal (설날) Food and Traditions

Last Thursday was the start of the new year on the lunar calendar, also known as Seollal (설날)! It was a very busy holiday for me, as I visited two different families more than 1 and a half hours apart and ate tons of Seollal foods. The morning started off with the family performing Charye (차례), which is a ritual offering food to the ancestors of the family. They set up a table and Continue reading “Living in Seoul: Seollal (설날) Food and Traditions”

Gentle Monster: The Craziest Glasses Store Ever

If you’re ever in the market for the hippest glasses or want to experience an equally impressive art display, go to Gentle Monster in the Hongdae (홍대) area. This is one seriously creative store that Continue reading “Gentle Monster: The Craziest Glasses Store Ever”

Volunteering for Bean Seoul

Want to donate some of your time on the weekend? Check out Bean Seoul! They have volunteer events at a couple of orphanages throughout the month where you can help kids with English and other activities. The events usually last for 3 hours and don’t take much of your time at all. However, you shouldn’t treat it as a filler for your weekend and decide to cancel last minute should something more interesting come up. Volunteering is a commitment Continue reading “Volunteering for Bean Seoul”

Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진 수산시장)

If you’re looking to get your hands on some of the freshest seafood in Seoul, the Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진 수산시장) won’t disappoint! Visitors interested in seafood or unique places in general will have their sights and senses thoroughly stimulated by the plethora of wondrous sea creatures available for decadent consumption.

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Living in Seoul: Milk Choices and Prices in Korea are Equally Insane

If you’ve ever visited a large market like Emart or Homeplus, you may have come across the surprisingly crazy milk section. Quite the opposite of the typical cereal selection, there is a plethora of milk companies and sizes that they offer. Continue reading “Living in Seoul: Milk Choices and Prices in Korea are Equally Insane”

Gyeongbokgung Palace Lighting 2014 (경복궁)

Finally went to the Gyeongbokgung palace light up which started October 24th and ends November 1st. It takes places from 7 pm to 10 pm. This is an occasional event throughout the year where parts of the palace are lit up, luring floods of tourists, couples, and of course, photographers. Continue reading “Gyeongbokgung Palace Lighting 2014 (경복궁)”

How to Apply for an Alien Registration Card (외국인등록증)

After a month of living in Seoul, I decided to finally get my alien registration card. This is mandatory for any foreigner planning to live in Korea for longer than 90 days. I looked on the internet for resources, but felt most of the resources were very incomplete and I thought I would make a more comprehensive resource for anyone in my position. This write-up pertains specifically to my own experience as an H1 visa holder, but most of the requirements are the same. Continue reading “How to Apply for an Alien Registration Card (외국인등록증)”

Volunteering for a Welfare Center in Korea

Today, I had the opportunity to volunteer my time to help paint a mural for a welfare center through a Korean activity group called Meari which was Korean for “echo”. The group consists of college students and workers alike, who have a common interest in going out and doing activities such as hiking, swimming and skiing. Continue reading “Volunteering for a Welfare Center in Korea”

Living in Seoul: The Dismal Selection of Cereal in Korea and My Rather Upsetting Experience

If you’re from the US, or somewhere accustomed to a variety of cereal you may be in for a huge culture shock. It seems Koreans aren’t too accustomed to eating cereal for breakfast as the selection at my local Emart is pretty dismal. I actually believe it serves more as a snack which doesn’t really make a good excuse, but I will put it out there. The selection is so bad that you can pretty easily divide cereal into roughly 3 categories. Continue reading “Living in Seoul: The Dismal Selection of Cereal in Korea and My Rather Upsetting Experience”

Samsung GSAT Test

As a fun little experience and because I need a job/source of income anyways, I decided to take the Global Samsung Aptitude Test (GSAT) for new business/marketing candidates. This is the 2nd stage of their 4 step employment process, the first submitting your materials including resume and work experience, and the other two being interviews with different executives and HR. Continue reading “Samsung GSAT Test”