How To Be Thin Like A Korean Girl

According to the burnt out search engine that brought you to this page, you desire to know the secret of how Korean women, and more increasingly the men, are so impossibly thin. We’ve seen how they can eat a family sized portion of carbs and top it off with soju yet still weigh less than your…

Being Lonely In Korea And Creating Community Through Volunteering

As the winter frost recedes and you begin to unfurl from hibernation you may find yourself craving human interaction or a greater sense of purpose. Check out a few of my favorite volunteer organizations that will fulfill those nagging needs. One such organization offers a unique opportunity to aid North Korean defectors. There are plenty…

Racism in Korean Gyms? Hongik University Gym Bans Foreign Students

  Ok, so most of us literally have to drag our asses to the gym. I know during the extremely brief times in my life when I decided to go it was an absolute chore. But, the international students of the International Language Institute of Hongik University no longer have to worry about getting that…

Tao Expeditions: Kill What You Eat

Between El Nido and Coron:  Tao Expeditions Chapter Six:  Killing Pigs   The method for killing what you eat, at least on this island, was to pierce the throat with a long spike and thrust it downwards to the heart. I wanted to do it. They brought the pig to the outdoor kitchen at the…

The Elderly: A Korean Horror Story

“I’m hungry, I don’t need respect, I don’t need honor, I just want three meals a day.” On a night of ghouls and goblins, instead of military police and a menagerie of drunken expats, a few brave souls donned the most frightening costumes in Itaewon: the ajeossi and ajumma costume. When translated, these words literally mean…

Is the Korean Banking Scandal a Form of Institutional Racism?

By George White     A few days ago, Korea experienced the biggest security breach of identity theft in its history.  Almost 15 million customers and 110 million credit cards became vulnerable when a technician working for company designed to protect customers from fraudulent credit card purchases, loaded the data onto portable hard drives then…

Why Are Koreans Skinny? : Korean Women Weigh In

Why Are Koreans Skinny?  Korean Women Weigh In.   Well here it is — the last installment of my series on Korean diets. I’m all packed up and ready to go back to the land of the lumberjacks and hopefully back to feeling normal around bodies! But I did promise one more article, so here it is….

When English Bloggers in Korea are Assholes

You Have A Blog in South Korea – No One Cares   English bloggers in Korea can be special creatures. Let me rephrase, English bloggers who take themselves too seriously about blogging in Korea are ****. Now, before we all jump to conclusions, let me preface this by pointing out that I’m obviously not talking…

How to Eat Out, Eat Healthy, and Stay Trim in Korea

Kayla McColl, a fitness model and teacher in South Korea, continues her series on how to stay fit in Korea. In the first part of her health series, she shared some of her negative “fat” experiences in Korea along with some healthy social eating habits she learned while living in Korea. Click here if you…