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Surviving Christmas in Ulsan

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in | Comments Off on Surviving Christmas in Ulsan

Christmas can be a hard time for us all. Whether this is your first Christmas away from home or your 15th, it can have it’s ups and downs. Recently, Ulsan and surrounding areas have been getting more and more into the Christmas spirit. This makes it a lot easier to get into the spirit of the holidays here. That being said, Christmas (and much of life here in Ulsan) is what you make it. The ingredients are all here from the light festivals to the copious amounts of hot “choco” from Costco. You just just have to dig a little deeper here. If you are struggling, here are a few tips to help your through the holiday season: Spend it with friends Christmas can be lonely and not a lot of workplaces in Korea will let you jump on a plane and celebrate Christmas with family. More often than not, you will have to wait until the Lunar New Year holiday to see any kind of vacation. However, with the time that we do get off, you don’t have to spend it alone in your one-room apartment eating stale butter cookies. There are many places around the city that are putting on Christmas (and New Year’s) celebrations. JJ’s Bar is one that is putting...

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BGN Eye Hospital

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in | Comments Off on BGN Eye Hospital

Nowadays modern society is unimaginable without smartphones and computers, and while more and more people find themselves inseparable from them, cases of eye problems are also increasing. Myopia, Astigmatism and Hyperopia at a younger age, and Presbyopia, Cataracts and Glaucoma at an older age create a greater need for professional and affordable eye treatment. BGN Eye Hospital is a general eye hospital that provides all kinds of ophthalmological treatment including LASIK&LASEK Laser vision correction, ICL surgeries, cataract surgeries, presbyopia correcting multifocal IOLs, Glaucoma and Retina diseases treatment, comprehensive Eye check-ups and Dream Lenses. If you suffer from poor vision due to astigmatism, myopia or hyperopia, Lasik surgery is a great choice to toss out your spectacles while you are in Korea! LASIK is an eye procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea in order to improve vision and reduce person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This is a safe, painless and fast procedure that is chosen by millions of patients all over the world. Why choose to do it in at BGN Eye Hospital? The main reason would be that we have some of the most advanced technologies for an absolutely safe and fast procedure and very affordable prices compared to United States, Western Europe, or other developed countries. Besides, we also...

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The Ulsan Metropolitan Library

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in | Comments Off on The Ulsan Metropolitan Library

April 2018 The Ulsan Metropolitan Library recently opened it’s doors near Samsandong. This modern library is a great addition to Ulsan and an extremely functional space for the public. What makes this library great is the fact that they made great use of the space making something that is enjoyable for all ages with modern up-to-date features. Getting a Library Card In order to take books home, you will need a library card. You can use any computer in...

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How to Renew Your Passport in Ulsan

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in | Comments Off on How to Renew Your Passport in Ulsan

There may come a time when you have to renew your passport. Being in Ulsan, makes this a little more difficult than places like Seoul or even Busan. If you are travelling to countries like China, you will need 6 months or more on your passport to get a visa. Thus, you may find yourself trying to figure out how to renew your passport easily in Ulsan is a must. This will be an ongoing article as we collect...

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Staying Warm in Korea

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in | Comments Off on Staying Warm in Korea

Winter in Korea is no laughing matter, even for those of us from Canada. Heating an apartment no matter the size can get extremely expensive. Not to mention, the Korean floor heating system or “ondol” can also be a bit confusing. Hopefully this guide can help you stay warm this year and keep your bills in check. Mastering the Ondol One of the hardest things to master in Korea beyond the language is the heating system. When I first...

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Guide to Online Shopping 2017

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in | Comments Off on Guide to Online Shopping 2017

A lot has changed in the time that I have been here. One of the biggest changes (and a welcomed one) is the recent ease that one can order items off the internet and have them shipped right to your door. While Korea is arguably lightyears ahead of many places with regards to domestic online shopping and their amazing taek-bae delivery system, as foreigners we often suffer when trying to order items from home. In recent years, things have...

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Ulsan: Then and Now

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in | Comments Off on Ulsan: Then and Now

It was almost this time way back in 2003, when I stepped off the plane and met the recruiters who brought me to my first hogwan. It was located in Samsandong and although it has changed names a few times the school is still there. Looking back, it was an interesting time because I was a new teacher and  living in an area that was not the most cosmopolitan of places at that moment. Ulsan was still primarily a...

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We’re Back Online!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in | Comments Off on We’re Back Online!

I just wanted to update everyone on the fact that we are back up and running. It was a stressful time as this has quite possibly been the worst hack that I have ever had to deal with. It cost a lot of money and took a long time to find the right people to fix the site. What Exactly Happened? To the best of my knowledge it was a perfect storm of events that caused the downfall of...

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Important Dates for 2017

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in | Comments Off on Important Dates for 2017

National Holidays for 2017 Seollal (설날) Jan. 27th ~ 30th One of the most important holidays of the year. Most shops and stores will be typically only closed on the 28th. The rest of the days most places like shopping centers are usually open. Traffic is problematic and should be avoided. Travel and plane tickets are usually sold out as many people are heading home for the holidays. Independance Movement Day (삼일절) Mar. 1st This marks the Declaration of Independence proclaimed...

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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...

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