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Counseling Resources

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in | Comments Off on Counseling Resources

As many people already know, counseling resources can be hard to come by in Korea. Mental health issues, which have a large stigma attached to them in Western cultures, are even less discussed here than at home. But this is starting to change, slowly, and more counseling resources are becoming available to those who need them, both Korean and foreign. This is information that has been gleaned from our Facebook group members in the past few months in regards...

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Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in | Comments Off on Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

What if this happened to you? Police Officer: Hello, could you please stop? I need you ask you some questions. Subject: (startled) What? Okay, what? Police Officer: Please show me your ID. There’s a protest scheduled nearby, and you’re suspicious. Subject: What? No, I’m late for work already, I can’t stop and answer questions. Police Officer: In that case, please accompany me to the police station. Subject: ?!?!?!! In Korea, as anywhere, the police may have need to stop and question...

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What you should know about BAPS (Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in | Comments Off on What you should know about BAPS (Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary)

This article was written by Leo, one of the two people who run the Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary. It’s pretty much the only no-kill dog shelter in the Busan-Ulsan area. The article was written in response to some negative comments, and posted on their Facebook page. With Leo’s permission, I’m sharing it here, because I think it’s important stuff to think about – not just for this particular shelter, but for any service run by volunteers with the intention of...

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Whale Festival Weekend

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in | Comments Off on Whale Festival Weekend

The Whale Festival kicked off last night with a small fireworks display at the Taehwagang Park, and continues on over the weekend. The Event Schedule is on the Ulsanwhale website. There will be performances on stage, Whale Boat Races on the Taehwa River, a local craft market, and of course lots of food and soju available at the main festival location at the Taewhagang Park, and at the secondary location at the Jangsaengpo Whale Museum. This event is controversial,...

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What to do with a Stray Animal

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in | Comments Off on What to do with a Stray Animal

Regularly we get posts on the Ulsan Online Facebook group from kind-hearted people who have found a stray cat or dog (or sometimes even rabbit) on the streets, and want to help the creature out. Here is a post from BAPS explaining the best procedure you can follow should you find yourself in that situation. BAPS deals with dogs, but the advice is similar for other animals. From the Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary (BAPS): Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary usually...

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Typhoon Neoguri expected in Ulsan this week

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in | Comments Off on Typhoon Neoguri expected in Ulsan this week

Typhoon Neoguri, which is currently classed as a Category 4 Super-typhoon with winds up to 250km/hr, is blowing it’s heart out over the East China Sea, and bearing down on poor Okinawa, Japan, which is a typhoon magnet and gets pummelled regularly. The current forecast predicts that Ulsan has a 70% chance of being in the path of this typhoon, which will likely make landfall here on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. By that point, Neoguri will be of...

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OMK Bikes

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in | Comments Off on OMK Bikes

In our ongoing series of articles which explore the “must-see” places in Ulsan, we head to OMK bikes in Taehwa-dong. This shop has been a long time partner of Ulsan Online and a shop which is dedicated to helping foreigners with their cycling needs. Few bike shops offer the kind of service help that OMK provides to foreigners. OMK offers high quality bicycles, precision fitting and used bikes as well. While there is a selection of premium bikes that...

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Difficult to Find Ingredients

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in | Comments Off on Difficult to Find Ingredients

Every week on the Ulsan Online Facebook group, we get requests for help locating specific, non-Korean ingredients or food that are not available in the neighbourhood marts, or even some larger grocery stores. Here is a list of places around Ulsan, or online, to check for those harder-to-find ingredients. Costco – While they still focus on Korean foods, there are many treasures tucked away in the warehouse style store. Things like sour cream, bacon, and varities of snack foods and...

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For Jason

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in | Comments Off on For Jason

This past week, the Ulsan expat community was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our own, Jason Lappies. Jason lived in Ulsan for several years, and was a fixture behind the bar at Cima, serving drinks as Al’s right hand, and keeping us happily in beer and cocktails. He had returned to the States for a while, but was due to return to Ulsan in just a few weeks, when tragedy struck. The details...

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Going to the Doctor

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on Going to the Doctor

Going to the doctor can be a worrying trip no matter where you are, but when you’re in a foreign culture, where everyone speaks a different language, it can be even more frightening. Here are a few of the hospitals that have better service for English speakers, and some tips on how the medical culture may be different from your home country. For women’s health or pregnancy, try Boram Hospital or Frau Medi  in Samsandong, Ulsan University Hospital or Rosimedi...

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