Hanbok Wearing Experience

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Have you ever tried wearing Korea’s traditional clothes known as ‘hanbok’? It’s been a year since I first came to Korea, and I’ve never worn a ‘hanbok’ before. However, I found out through online search that there’s a free hanbok wearing at Bexco.

My friends and I decided to take advantage of the free hanbok wearing at Bexco few weeks ago. It was a fun experience. We went there on a Saturday morning, and a Korean lady assisted us. She even took some photos for us. She’s really nice.

Look at us in our pretty hanboks.:-)

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F6 Visa Extension

Hello everyone! This morning, my husband and I went to the immigration office in Busan to process my F6 (spouse) visa extension. When I processed my spouse visa a year ago, I was only given a 1-year sojourn. However, I heard that if you attend the Happy Start Program sponsored by the immigration office, you would be given a 2-year sojourn. Since my F6 visa expires in June, I had to extend it ahead of time to avoid paying the penalty for not renewing it before the expiration date.

Here are the requirements we submitted at the immigration office:

1.) Passport

2.) ARC (alien registration card)

3.) Medical Certificate

4.) Family Registration Certificate (I don’t know what they call it in Korean.)

5.) A proof of my husband’s Korean citizenship.

6.) Spouse Visa Extension Fee: 30,000 won

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3 Things I Like About Busan

I’ve been staying in  South Korea for 9 months now. My family and I moved here last April 2015, and we stayed at my in-laws’ place in Uiryeong (a province near Busan) for 3 months. We moved to Munhyeon-dong, Busan last July 2015, and I am so happy to be here. Today let me share with you the things that I like about living in Busan.

The first thing that I like about Busan is my job. Believe it or not, I am an English teacher. I know my English is not that good enough for some people because I am a Filipino, but hey I got a job! And I’m loving it! I have had my share of ups and downs when it comes to job hunting, but I’m glad that I survived. Teaching English in Busan is an awesome experience. I have kind and generous employers (yes, I’ve got a couple of employers since I work as a part-time teacher), nice students (well, some can be a bit unruly at times), and a great pay! Woohoo!!!

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What’s Missing in Your Life?

Some people work hard to earn a living for their family. Some people work hard to save money in order to buy the things that they want: new house, nice car, expensive gadgets, etc. But after buying all these things, why do people still feel empty deep inside? This feeling of emptiness fills their heart, and it’s suffocating them. They wanted to escape, but they just couldn’t.

I am guilty of satisfying my own desires by buying the things that I want. Sometimes, my obsession with material things is just too much to handle. I wanted to go shopping and buy new clothes, shoes, bags, and latest gadgets. I wanted to buy a new house. I wanted to buy a nice car for our family. I wanted to travel abroad with my family. I wanted to enjoy life because life as we know it is too short. We should be enjoying life, shouldn’t we? I used to compare the things that I have with the things that other people have. Why is their life better than mine? Life is unfair. Is God being unfair?

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My Passion for Teaching!

Hello, everyone! I’m back! It’s been two months since the last time I posted an article in this blog. I apologize for not being able to update my blog as often as I should. It’s just that I’ve been busy with work lately. I just want to say that I am super blessed to be able to find a job that I like most~~~teaching English! My love for teaching started when I was a kid. During my elementary days, I used to pretend that I was the teacher and my playmates were my students. One more thing, English has always been my favorite subject. I love English so much!

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Making Korean Friends and Getting a Job in Busan

Before we left the Philippines, I thought that I could easily find a job in South Korea. I heard that there’s a lot of job opportunities in Korea and the pay is really great. When I was doing my research online and reading some blogs about life in Korea, I stumbled across this website: http://mykoreanfriends.com/xe/. I signed up and made my own account. I started making friends (most of them are Koreans) and now they are members of my English study group in Busan. I was also able to find a client who wanted me to tutor her kids starting September through My Korean Friends website. Isn’t it great? If you’re an expat living in Busan and wanted to meet some Korean friends, I recommend you check out My Korean Friends.

Here’s some of the photos during our study group meetups/study sessions. Our first ever meetup took place at the Aqua Place Hotel in front of Gwanganli beach. It’s kind of a meet and greet event. I prepared some fun activities for the group. We enjoyed each other’s company plus the awesome scenery outside the hotel. It was really breathtaking! Our second meetup/study session was at Cafe DropTop in Jeonpo-dong. My study group members are nice and pleasant to talk with. I love hanging out with them.


first meetup (meet and greet event)

first meetup (meet and greet event)

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15 Korean Expressions That I’ve Learned

Having been married to a Korean for 4 years gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding about the Korean culture. Learning how to speak Korean fluently can be challenging and frustrating at the same time. I don’t know why I find it difficult to master the Korean language. When I decided to move to Korea with my husband and our 2-year-old son, I have accepted the fact that whether I like it or not, I have to learn the language in order for me to communicate well with other Koreans especially with my in-laws who couldn’t speak and understand English. When we arrived in South Korea on April 2, 2015, we stayed at my parents-in-law’s residence in Uiryeong County, Gyeongsangnamdo for 3 months. I’ve learned some Korean phrases/expressions just by listening to their daily conversation.

Here are the Top 15 Korean Daily Expressions that I’ve learned so far…

1.) Annyeonghaseyo!

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