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Preparing for a Typhoon in Korea

Posted by on Sep 5, 2020 in | Comments Off on Preparing for a Typhoon in Korea

Every year at the end of the summer, there is an uncomfortable time where typhoons are common. Usually this period is around late August to early September and sometimes we even get a few in October! That being said, it is a good idea to prepare for this time and make sure that you are safe from the typhoon. You are going to find a lot of varying opinions if you are solely sourcing your information from internet memes found on expat facebook groups. They typically range from “we’re doomed! How can we survive!!???” to the macho pablum of “Been here 1.5 years… I’ve seen it all. They’re nothing. I just go to the ocean and flex my muscles at them” and so on. The truth of the matter is that typhoons are unpredictable and a bit preparation can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. For an idea of the chaos that these weather systems cause here are some shots of a recent typhoon to hit the Ulsan and Busan area. Stay Informed These days there is a ton of information on the internet about weather predictions and forecasts. This contrasts to when I first came here and was caught off guard by Typhoon Maemi. This was one of the...

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How to Get LASIK in Korea

Posted by on May 10, 2020 in | Comments Off on How to Get LASIK in Korea

Many of us wish to correct myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia and finally get rid of our glasses or contact lenses while we are living in Korea.  However, the process may be daunting at first. Getting any kind of surgery in a foreign country can be frightening.  However, at BGN Eye Hospital they have detailed the exact procedure to help you understand the process and feel more comfortable when you come for a visit.  Step 1 Examination and consultation The first step for all patients that come in for LASIK is an examination and consultation. BGN Eye Hospital currently offers a free LASIK consultation for everyone who would like to check if they are candidates for Laser Vision Correction. To book an appointment we will require your full name ( like in ARC card), date of birth and contact number. If you use contact lenses you should stop using them at least 4 days before visiting the hospital for soft lenses and  2 weeks for hard or toric lenses. Examination and consultation for Laser Vision Correction lasts for around an hour and a half. We will check all your eye structures, including cornea condition. During the examination, pupil dilation medication (mydriatics) may be used to check your retina if needed. So we highly recommend using...

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How To Shop Cheaply in Ulsan

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in | Comments Off on How To Shop Cheaply in Ulsan

With the COVID-19 virus causing many schools and places of work to shut down temporarily, this puts many members of our community in a bit of a bind financially. If you are struggling to make ends meet this month or when you first get here, here are some suggestions on places to go where you can find affordable prices.   Daiso This may seem obvious if you have ever spent any time in Korea but Daiso is worthy of...

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Korean Language Resources

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in | Comments Off on Korean Language Resources

Part of living in Korea is actually learning Korean. It’s sound silly to say this but if you talk to a lot of foreigners here, many of us have only a basic grasp of the language despite (in some cases) many years of living in Korea. The problem is largely due to the lack of actual classes. Which is ironic because many of the foreigners are here to teach in language academies. At any rate, there are resources available...

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Top Ulsan Instagram Accounts that You Should FOLLOW!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in | Comments Off on Top Ulsan Instagram Accounts that You Should FOLLOW!

Ulsan has never really been known as a destination city. Being surrounded by places like Busan and Gyeongju, it has some serious competition. However, there are a number of great instagram accounts that show the amazing things that Ulsan has to offer. Here are a few hand picked accounts that will have you wanting to get out and see the sights! Angela Davis – The K-Food Project Angela has made a name for herself with amazing posts on the...

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How to File Your Taxes In Ulsan

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in | Comments Off on How to File Your Taxes In Ulsan

Taxes are difficult enough in our home countries, but filing them in Korea is something that needs to be done and it is not always easy. If you work at a public school or company they may file your taxes for you. If this is you, you are one of the lucky ones. Foreigners, just like Koreans, are required to submit their tax forms on a yearly basis between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10. The year-end tax settlement is...

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How to Use Kakao Maps in English

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in | Comments Off on How to Use Kakao Maps in English

  Kakao Maps and almost all of the apps in the Kakao family now can be switched to support the English language. However, they all still default to Korean. In this video, I will show you how to change the app into English and also use the navigation feature. Take a look at how to change it to English in the video below:  Kakao Maps and even Naver Maps are so much more useful in Korea than google...

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Fine Dust in Ulsan: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Pollution

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in | Comments Off on Fine Dust in Ulsan: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Pollution

  Let’s face it, Ulsan has never been known as the cleanest city in Korea. Fact is that it has always been known as one of the richest, thanks to the many industries and factories that call this city home and because of that, it is also known as one of the more polluted. It has been stated that residents of Ulsan have a shorter lifespan than those living in other parts of Korea. However, recently the pollution all...

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Ulsan Family Loses Everything

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in | Comments Off on Ulsan Family Loses Everything

Local UK expat Peter Muffet, his Korean wife Mia and their 2 children (ages 1 and 8) are dealing with the most unimaginable tragedy that unfolded on February 12th. Their family home was engulfed in flames for nearly an hour which destroyed everything they own. There are no words to express the shock and sorrow their family is feeling. Mia and the children were unharmed however Peter sustained significant burns covering nearly half of his lower body and a...

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Korail Talk: An Essential App for Traveling in Korea

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in | Comments Off on Korail Talk: An Essential App for Traveling in Korea

  For many years people have relied on this site for a lot of their travel information. Bus and train times in particular, continue to be a top search term despite being kind of outdated. One of the reasons that I have not included a detailed schedule of the KTX train and whatnot is simply because the Korail app and site do the job much better. Also why add the extra step to complicate the process? I prefer the...

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