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Creative Taekwondo

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in | Comments Off on Creative Taekwondo

For foreigners looking to get into shape and achieve a better understanding of Korean culture and etiquette, taekwondo is your best choice. However, the biggest challenge is not just getting your black belt before you leave but finding the right “dojeong” or school. There are so many dojeongs in Ulsan, it can be a difficult choice, not to mention so few speak English. However, Creative Taekwondo has you covered. Creative Taekwondo offers classes in English for both kids and adults. Master Kim has been teaching the art of Taekwondo in English to foreigners in Ulsan for over 4 years. He has a distinct understanding of how to work with and train foreigners. This is a great advantage over other schools whose main focus is usually looking after Korean elementary school children. It is important to know that Taekwondo is not about remembering a sequence of steps, but is a holistic approach to exercise and wellbeing.  No matter what your personal goals are, or what your fitness level is, Taekwondo is a fun, confidence boosting and rewarding way to exercise. Taekwondo is Korea’s national sport and the more that you understand about Taekwondo the more insight you gain into Korean culture.   Taking a class at Creative Taekwondo is a great way to blow off some steam...

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After Ulsan: Chris Mazeroll

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in | Comments Off on After Ulsan: Chris Mazeroll

It is not every day that you get a chance to meet up with someone that you met while living abroad. We often lose contact with those who were a big part of the community here in Ulsan after they leave. However, when I heard that a prominent member of the Ulsan community was living now “near” where I was studying, I made the 5 1/2 hour drive out to see him. After a long drive through some of the most beautiful country that I have seen in a long time I was great warmly by Chris Mazeroll. Many of you know Chris from his impressive computer skills and repairs. During his time in Ulsan, he quickly became the go-to guy for computer repairs and help. He was an active member of Ulsan Online’s facebook group and was always willing to help out. When he announced that he was leaving to run a bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia it left a bit of a hole in the fabric of the expat community. However, it was great to see that he is doing well back home. Chris and Gina own the beautiful Chateau Sainte-Marie bed and breakfast along the shores of St. Mary’s Bay on the Western side of Nova Scotia, Canada. The beautiful old house...

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Beyond Surviving South Korea: Top 5 Tips for an Awesome Life

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in | Comments Off on Beyond Surviving South Korea: Top 5 Tips for an Awesome Life

I’ve been living in Korea for almost 10 years and I’ve met plenty of people who were thriving, but I’ve also seen people who were just surviving, and just barely in some cases. Some of these people who were only surviving had been living here for years. Don’t let it happen to you! Create a happy life for yourself in your adopted home. Here are my top 5 tips to help you have an awesome life in South Korea....

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MERS – What You Should Know

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in | Comments Off on MERS – What You Should Know

The internet in Korea is buzzing with information about the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). The rumour mills also have been running day in and day out which is confusing the issue for most people who are concerned about the safety of their families and themselves. The Canadian Embassy now warns about following media reports during this time and suggests heading to credible sources  of information like WHO website Also noted from the letter sent out by the Canadian Embassy...

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The Wealthy Teacher: An Interview with Jackie Bolen

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in | Comments Off on The Wealthy Teacher: An Interview with Jackie Bolen

The expat community in Ulsan is very diverse but a large portion of the population are English teachers. While the money is decent for young single people, it may not be the best job in the long run. So how do you become wealthy as an English teacher here in South Korea? Better yet, how do you make sure that you are covered for the future. This is a concept that many teachers fail to think about until it...

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Ulsan Awareness and Safety Night 2015

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in | Comments Off on Ulsan Awareness and Safety Night 2015

Whenever you come to a new place it always takes time to adjust and to understand things. Sadly, at times things can take a turn for the worst. While many have the time of their lives here in Ulsan, some have had an unfortunate experience and it is why the event was planned. Amanda Bell, Sean O’Gorman and Kristen Svenstrup Keuler put together a night to help raise awareness for safety in Ulsan. Safety has always been an issue...

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Independant Culture in Ulsan

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in | Comments Off on Independant Culture in Ulsan

By Philip Brett Ulsan is an industrial city. This has not changed. In 2012 I was informed that the only things to do here were drinking and shopping. That has certainly changed over the last few years. Whether you’re new to the city or just looking for something new to do about town, here’s a (in no way comprehensive) list of options. Go support your local scene, or better yet – get involved. Make music, organise a show, or...

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NB Clinic: English-Speaking Skin Clinic in Samsandong

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in | Comments Off on NB Clinic: English-Speaking Skin Clinic in Samsandong

**Update August 2015*** Doctor Kim Su Mi has gone to Busan. However, Doctor Park Min Woo and staff speak English as well.  We get asked a lot of questions over on our facebook page and aside from the usual “where can I find an English-speaking dentist?” there is usually a question with regards to health. NB Clinic (Natural Beauty) is a skin clinic located in Samsandong, next to Outback Steakhouse and offers a wide range of services. Now, I...

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Old Downtown is Ready for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in | Comments Off on Old Downtown is Ready for Christmas

Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to take a walk in Seongnamdong or “Old Downtown” as many expats call it. For the longest time it was the hangout of middle school students and old people. However, like most things it has been making a comeback in many ways. For the most part the old charm of the area still exist. Dank alleyways with interesting shops still exist but are slowly being replaced with trendy cafes and fashionable...

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I have Lived Today

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in | Comments Off on I have Lived Today

Former Ulsan resident Steve Moore has come out with his first book called “I Have Lived Today” and we couldn’t be happier. According to Moore, the book started out as a project while he was teaching here in Ulsan and then was finished later on. Steve was a fixture at the Mugeodong Ediya Cafe during this time but has since moved on from Ulsan to the bright lights of Daegu. Sadly, the novel has nothing to do with life...

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