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The Best Places to Take a Date in Ulsan

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in | Comments Off on The Best Places to Take a Date in Ulsan

Words and Photos by Ashley Hatcher Although Valentine’s Day is over, that doesn’t mean the romance doesn’t need to stop. You could take your date to the typical coffee shop or dinner and a movie but where’s the fun in that? I’ve compiled a list of unique ideas to take a date around Ulsan, but of course all of these activities are perfect to do with friends as well. Dog Cafe/Cat Cafe There are many around Ulsan but my personal favorite is Puppy Mama (퍼피마마). They have many different dog breeds of all sizes including a sheep dog, a golden retriever, and a couple bulldogs. As with all the dog and cat cafes I’ve been to, admission is generally included with the cost of a drink (around $8). If both of you love animals, this would be a great place to spice up a typical coffee date. Who doesn’t love cute puppies and kitties? More Info Address: 울산광역시 남구 왕생로 79 Directions: 3 blocks behind New Core outlet in Samsandong. It’s located on the 2nd floor Couple Rings For those of you that don’t know, couple rings are very popular among young Korean couples, usually given around the 100 day mark. Although we are already married, we thought it would be a fun experience. We...

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In Memory of Dave Harvey

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in | Comments Off on In Memory of Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey may not be a household name in Ulsan these days, but he certainly helped create the amazing expat community that exists here today. On December 27th of 2015 Dave Harvey passed away from a rare form of cancer that had taken over his body in less than a year. He was only 37 years old. Dave was instrumental in helping the expat community become what it is today. He arrived here back in 2003 with his best friend Fin Madden, who later created this amazing site. I arrived later that year and together with the help of the fledgling expat community at the time, we not only laid the foundation for this site but also the caring community that it has become. Dave was the editor of the Ulsan Pear, which was the first English/expat-run newspaper in the city. He was also the lead photographer for it as well. He taught me pretty much everything that I know. Many of the images that people use for the various facebook groups are using his images. If you are a part of the EPIK 2015 facebook group, you have seen his work because he took your profile photo. Dave would later return to Canada and start work at Footprints Recruiting, where he help bring...

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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...

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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...

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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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