Linda Goes East

Korea

10 Places in Asia To See Before You Die

Asia has become more and more attractive for people from the West to travel to or backpack in. It’s relatively cheap to get around and the cultures are so different from back home that travelers are simply stunned by amazement. There is an endless number of amazing places to see in Asia but these following […] Read more…

The Time I Attended The HCM English Speech Competition

It always baffles me how competitive Koreans can be, even the youngest ones. My kindergarteners don’t resist fighting over who gets to use the pink scissors or who was the first one to raise their hand to answer my question. Competition seems to be on a daily schedule and nobody gets tired of it. However, Koreans especially […] Read more…

Sisterhood Of the World Blogger Award

I’m so happy that Jocelyn from Speaking of China nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Jocelyn runs an awesome blog about her life in China with her Chinese husband. I was very fortunate to meet her in her Chinese hometown of Hangzhou in the beginning of this year. She’s so much fun to hang […] Read more…

Why I Love Teaching in South Korea

I never saw myself teaching English abroad. However, I always wanted to live and work abroad. After working a marketing job in China, I soon started teaching part-time there and then, in order to move to South Korea to be with my fiancé Jeongsu, I decided to teach English full-time in Korea. Now, I must […] Read more…

Touring the Korean Presidential Exhibition Center

Have you ever heard of the Korean presidential exhibition center, also called Cheongwadae Sarangchae? This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit this underrated site and was quite impressed! The center is a tourism promotion hall where visitors can see and understand the traditional culture of Korea. It also features official portraits of past […] Read more…

5 Strange Things About Weddings in Korea

I have finally attended a wedding ceremony in South Korea. Since getting married is a pretty big deal for Koreans, I expected the occasion to be quite the event but I did not know what I had bargained for. Being engaged to a Korean man, I looked out for the details and noticed five things […] Read more…

South Korea’s Hidden Gem: The City of Yeosu

During my Chuseok vacation this year, me and fellow blogger and friend Rafiqua from Rafiqua Israel Express (See Rafiqua’s post about Tongyeong!) took a trip down to the city of Yeosu in Jeollanam-do. We started our journey in Rafiqua’s Korean hometown Pohang and drove down to Tongyeong and Yeosu. If you also want to take a trip […] Read more…

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming to Korea

Moving to another country is quite challenging, especially if you move to a place that’s completely different from home. Ever since I moved to Korea, I have noticed quite a lot of differences that I just wanted to share with anyone who is planning on moving to South Korea or even just of traveling. Take […] Read more…

Gangwon-do KPOP Festival 2015

Ever since I met my Korean fiancé Jeongsu back in 2013, I am addicted to KPOP. My favorite bands inlcude 2NE1, Big Bang, GOT7 and Shinee. However, I never had a chance to see any of these artists live in concert… until now! On the first weekend in October, I attended the 2015 KPOP Festival […] Read more…

Celebrating My First Chuseok in South Korea

I love experiencing foreign customs and celebrations first hand. When I moved to South Korea in May this year, I had the opportunity to observe “Buddha’s Birthday”, one of the biggest holidays in the country. This time in September, it was finally Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, which is probably the most important festivity of the year […] Read more…

Fall Favorites: Korean Beauty Products

Fall is here and the temperatures are going down in South Korea and almost everywhere on the Northern hemisphere. When the seasons are changing, we our skin needs to adjust to the new weather conditions and we need to use different prodcuts than in summer. Here are my top picks to make it through fall […] Read more…

Cheongju City Wall Parade 2015

This weekend, Jeongsu and I participated in the annual Cheongju City Wall Parade! We heard about it on Facebook where the organizers were looking for foreigners to participate. We got to dress up in hanbok and walked through downtown with 2,000 others! It was a great event with lots of amazing show acts and activities! […] Read more…

100 Days in South Korea

Wow, time really flies: I have been living in South Korea for 100 days already! I’ve enjoyed (almost) every minute of it and can call this my new home now. I like my new friends, my new job and, most importantly, I can be with my fiancé Jeongsu! Life has been truly good here. This […] Read more…

Korea – A Foodie’s Paradise

Korean cuisine is famous all over the world and seems to be quite “in” at the moment as you can see it being featured in many “Asian fusion” restaurants in major cities around the globe. However, it’s still not quite that common and easy to find in the West, especially where there isn’t a large […] Read more…

How To Settle Into South Korea Much Easier

Since I’m a newbie in Korea, I am thankful for all the awesome pieces of advice I received from fellow bloggers and friends living here in Korea. It’s a wonderful country and I’m enjoying my new life here every day but I’m still in the “settling in” phase. I’ve asked some fellow Korea bloggers about […] Read more…

My First Month in Korea

Yes, it’s already been 1 month since I moved to Cheongju in South Korea and started working as an English teacher. Time really flies and I’ve slowly adjusted to my new life here. There are days when everything seems “same old same old” but the next day, I’m discovering things I’ve never seen before. It’s […] Read more…