First ten songs on my iPod (shuffled)

You never know what you’ll find on your iPod. Some of these songs have been on here since forever so don’t judge.


Die Kaptein – Bok van Blerk

Everyone – Resident Evil

Wandering crush – Garbage

Bad girlfriend – Theory of a deadman

I’ll be gone – Linkin Park

Immortal – Adema

In the house – In a Heartbeat

Cum on feel the noise – Quite Riot

Feed my Frankenstein – Alice cooper

Vengeance – Jack Hemsey

Types of apartments in Korea

Being a first time Korean English teacher can be tough. When you first arrive here, you don’t understand the language and you are unable to help yourself, with anything… Mostly your Korean co-teachers will try and help you wherever they can, but because you don’t know the language you are unable to rent the type of apartment you want, especially being a newbie in a foreign country. Therefore you have to stay in the apartments assigned to you by the school. For most teachers you will either stay in an office-tel, one room or 1.5 room apartments. All of these are tiny but still liveable.

One room apartment.

The one room is the worst. Mostly it will be 1 room with the kitchen and bedroom all in one. Luckily you’ll have a separate bathroom.


One and a half room

1.5 Room apartments are a little bigger. Here you will have a separate bathroom and bedroom. The kitchen and living room however is all situated in the same space.



Office-tel apartments that were previously used as offices but are now mostly rented out as housing. Most of them have a loft style apartment making them sort of bigger than the 2 options above. The kitchen and living room area will be in the same space but the bedroom area will be on top of the kitchen and bathroom area.


Korean apartment tour by gumbalayablog

My family

Today I would like to share my family with you. I have chosen a picture from my wedding back in 2007. It is one of the last photo’s I have of my mother still alive and well, with  the rest of our nuclear family. It is also at that time that we added more family members to our little family.

The first picture is of my parents. The second is of my husbands’ parents and the last picture is of us and our brothers.

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My favourite YouTube guru’s

Although I do not spend too much time on YouTube, there are quite a few YouTubers I like to follow and subscribe to.

When it comes to beauty, hair and makeup I quite like Luxyhair and Leeannesays. Leeanne has a great personality and she is somewhat quirky, I really like watching her do her makeup and hair while luxyhair always has great hair styling ideas.

When we first decided to come to Korea we didn’t have a lot of information about Korea. Therefore we had to search for a lot of things on the internet. One of the things I came across was Simon and Martina’s Eat your Kimchi videos. It is funny and informative and gave us some ideas about what to expect and where to go in Korea

For fitness my go to girl is Zuske Light. She has these 12 – 15 minute workouts. They aren’t always easy but it is fast and gives you a cardio AND weighted workout blast. I also use her videos for some inspiration or if I want to try out some new moves. A while ago I did her arm balance challenge, it was a lot of fun and different from the usual kind of exercises.

Last but not least I like to watch college humour  if I’m in the mood for a laugh

There are many other channels I like to follow but these are the Top 5 ones for me!!!!

The good, the bad and the ugly about Korea

A lot of blogs you read about Korea will only highlight the positives. Its great to be positive but when I first came to Korea we were looking for information but nothing prepared us for the reality. Korea is a great place but there are some things that can be somewhat irksome.

The weather

The weather in Korea ranges from extremely cold to excessively humid. Its cold most of the year. Winter temperatures are around -12 and even when the temperature is 10 degrees it feels like 3 degrees. During Spring the wind is often chilly. It gets warmer during May but by September its cold again. The Summers are mostly OK but there are around 3 weeks from late July to early August that it is incredibly humid, when you walk too far it feels like you’re struggling to breath.


Living in Seosan

Shopping hours. 

This is a problem that we’ve only experienced in the smaller cities. Since we can’t all work in  Seoul and Busan therefore we are often placed in small cities. First of all the big department stores all over Korea are closed every 2nd and 4th Sunday( shopping hours 10am -10pm). This is so as to give the smaller shops a chance to make some money. This isn’t a problem because we know about it and work accordingly. BUT some of the smaller shops are often closed on the days that the big department stores are open. This is frustrating because it happens irregularly. They have no sign to indicate that they are closed. They just close whenever they feel like it. In addition some store will say that they open a specific time and then they’re not open when you get there. Another thing is that the stores in smaller areas only open around 11 a.m therefore if you are stressed for time and wanted to buy something quickly before work, then you can’t because they open too late. This is especially a problem if you had to browse around first



Korea is a Patriarchy. Although woman have some place in Korea you will often notice that men will not talk to you directly if there is another man present. For example when you are married or have a boyfriend they will rather explain everything to your partner rather than to you. It is not a huge problem if you don’t pay too much attention to it, but there are some people who might find this annoying or disrespectful. The main thing to remember is “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”.



There are some really big Korean girls in Korea, but it seems that society doesn’t want to except the fact that they are getting bigger. I’ve seen some really big girls but when you walk into the shops and try to buy size 10 (UK) pants then you can’t because they only stock up to size 8 (UK) Another thing is shoes. I recently tried to buy a big European brand shoe in a size 39 and they told me in the store that the designer doesn’t make the shoe in that size that’s why they only have size 38’s, which was a blatant lie, because I’ve fit a size 39 in South Africa in that exact shoe.  In addition the shoe is available at the designers website up to size 42. It is possible to find foreigner sized clothes in Myeong-dong and Itaewon but if you don’t live in or around Seoul its a real mission to go there.

All these things aren’t so bad and these are just the experiences we had. It is totally something one can live with if you accept people as they are and make the appropriate preparations. These are just some of my experiences. If you have experienced something similar or something I have neglected to mention then please feel free to comment below 🙂