오랜만이다. (It has been long.)

Oh my gosh, it’s been a LONG TIME since a posting has been on the blog! No need to worry, all is fine (…better…not as bad as it was?!?), we’re not abandoning you! There’s much to get caught up on, like the weird types of people you’ll meet who’ve been here “too long” or the…

“Loner Culture”

I came across an article on CNN about something on the rise in South Korea: loner culture. As a certification student at Yonsei University, I’ve come across the topic in my cultural studies course, but I didn’t think that the article would seem so… peculiar… to me. “Culture” is an interesting word. A formal definition…

“All work and no play…”

Today was a “throw the whole experience away” type of day. Monsoon season has the power to change even the kindest attitude into a horrible one. I like a little bit of emotional anarchy from time to time (sparingly) but it grinds my gears when the youth are without emotional release. Korea demands so much…

Kimchibytes New Social Media Launches July 1

Kimchibytes is rolling out two new social media accounts on July 1, 2018. Click the following links and begin following them for new content! NEW! Twitter: @itskimchibytes Facebook: kimchibytes NEW! Instagram: itskimchibytes

The Traveler’s Guide to The Unique Tastes of South Korea (Part 2)

This series originally appeared on the now-defunct blog, Black In Korea in 2015. The story recaps a foreigner’s first trip to South Korea prior to becoming a resident alien in 2017. Oh good, you’re back! Is your appetite ready for more? I’m glad to hear it, because we’ll be on the move, leaving the Capitol…

The Traveler’s Guide to The Unique Tastes of South Korea (Part 1)

This series originally appeared on the now-defunct blog, Black In Korea in 2015. The story recaps a foreigner’s first trip to South Korea prior to becoming a resident alien in 2017.   Welcome! Take a seat at Jinju’s Cafe. No, this isn’t a real place, albeit there’s at least 4 to 5 thousand coffee shops and…

Breakfast Outside of Metro-Seoul [Part 1]

There’s a lot of things people talk about when they’re living and working abroad on countless blogs and YouTube channels. For some, it’s the pulling on the heartstrings about loved ones who aren’t physically close anymore. For others, there’s the adjustment to wet rooms over a solid bathtub. Yeah, boo-hoo or whatever. I’m here to…

To Go To The (Foreigner) Bar or Not To Go To The Bar?

After a few weeks of having every single Korean native you meet go “Huh?” to you when you speak in Korean (honestly, it doesn’t matter at all that you know you’re speaking sentences properly. Why else would your tutor tell you otherwise?) , you’ll eventually find yourself hoping you’ll literally bump into a native English…

“I want to go to Seoul.”

When I first learned about South Korea roughly 6 years ago, it was certainly through its entertainment industry. All I could recall about the peninsula was what I’d learned through many years ago in high school (North Korea is the Hermit Kingdom and there was a longstanding war between the two Koreas), so the entertainment…