Entry 51: What you should bring to Korea if your planning on moving!

1.) BOOKS! or E-Reader!

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Novels, Classic Books, Music Books, Religious books, Cook Books, College textbooks, Foreign Language books like French or Spanish, Children’s books, etc.

Basically if you are an avid reader I highly recommend you bring books from your country before coming to Korea because chances are if you like books in your native language besides English or Korean it will be hard to find or very expensive. English books are a very lucrative business in Korea so if your aren’t willing to shell out nearly 40-70 % more for your favorite books please heed my word. If you are coming to Korea to teach English it would be good to bring children’s books since they are very expensive in Korea. To give you an idea check online and Google what the book bookstore in Seoul or Kyobo Books. The other option is to bring an electronic E-reader book like Kindle and purchase books directly online.

2.) Certain Foods!

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Your favorite Kosher, Gluten-free, Soy, Vegetarian, Vegan dry goods and seasonings would be a great thing to take with you. I can’t stress it enough that Koreans don’t have nearly as many diet restrictions or habits like other nations. There is an emerging Organic food movement in Korea but it’s still expensive and rare to find besides affluent neighborhoods. Honestly I grew up on Ghetto American foods and I have yet to find my favorite dill pickles or sausage pickles.

3.) Teas!

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If you are in avid tea drinker please be aware how expensive it is to buy your favorite Twining or Lipton teas. Well over 6,000 won or a little less then 6 dollars. I have never managed to find Tazo teas besides what they sell in Starbucks not a single passion tea box in sight.

5.) Your favorite toothpaste and hygiene products.

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It is tricky to find Crest or Colgate toothpaste in Korea so if you are very particular about your toothpaste do pack it along with your favorite shampoos and body washes.

6.) Special Holiday treats, Cards, Stickers, Holiday sprinkles, Special cupcake cups, etc.

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Korea doesn’t have an obsession with holiday cards for every occasion/event or themed candies/baking supplies for Easter, Halloween, American Thanksgiving.

Koreans have only Birthdays, Chinese New years, Chuseok to really look forward too. I’d admit it the thing I miss most are the holidays in the States. As well dessert fillings are incredibly difficult or expensive here so keep that in mind as well.

7.)  Office supplies.

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If it really matters to you, just think no 5-star notebooks or American college ruled loose-leaf paper, or your favorite pencils/pens. I wish I brought my 3-ring hole puncher…

8.) Clothes and shoes.

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If you wear a certain size over a US size 12 I’d recommend you should bring clothes like jackets, formal dresses, sun dresses, swimming suits(A MUST!), jeans, suits, etc. Shoe sizes over 8 1/2 I beg of you to bring your shoes especially heels, flip flops, boots, flats.

9.) Game Consoles, Computer games, Handheld games, board games.

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It’s expensive and rare to find games in English believe me…

10.) Food scales, Measuring tools.

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If you are an avid baker or dieter please do bring a food scale or measuring tape. Especially if your American and you have a hard time like me with the metric system.

Entry 50: Garden Five in Songpa District and Emart.

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Decided to venture to Garden Five in Songpa District since I’ve never been there and the place I wanted to hit was Emart.

Address:

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서울특별시 송파구 충민로 10
Garden five Emart Branch
10 Chungmin-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Across the street there is a gallery and lots of modern looking buildings.

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These buildings were across the street from where I was but I’m sure those are office space/office-tel buildings.

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I noticed a large metal modern sculpture first.

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This might be one of the nicest Emart’s I’ve ever visited thus far and I’m amazed how similar the size is comparable to Yangjae Emart.

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House hold goods section.

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Outdoor gear, plants, camping section.

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Seeds~

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Lots of indoor plants.

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Oddly candles are sold next to plants.

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Snacks from around the world.

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Coffees from around the world and then instant Korean coffee lol.

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Fanciest food court ever~

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Wine, Vin, Vino, go happy~

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Sweet, sweet cheese~ But alas my budget is low…

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Milk and Honey Bakery. Selling artisan breads, rolls, pastries, and cakes.

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Spices and oils.

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Western sauces.


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Cocktail section~ Party!


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Lots of Japanese ingredients~ 

I came and saw the verdict is I don’t have to go all the way to Yangae anymore yay~ If in Korea do check out the closest Emart to you and take in the experience.

Entry 46: A day spent at Moran Market.

Spent a day in Moran Market (모란시장) in Seongnam City. Moran means peony in Korean. Today the traditional market wasn’t open so I decided to just wander around the area.

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Street vegetable/fruit vendors.

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Outdoor household goods vendor.

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Fake flowers on display.

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Scarves on sale.

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More fruit and vegetables for sale.

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Korean stencil print shop.

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Streets of Moran Market.

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Entry 42: Spring brings the flowers and Starbucks seasonal cherry blossom drinks~

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Decided to check out Yangjae Flower market really brief and to my delight going inside the greenhouses was like being in spring already.

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I love plum blossom trees!

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Azealea’s remind me of my childhood.

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What amazes me are how large the orchids are here!

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I treated myself at Starbucks next to the Yangjae Samsung store and got a seasonal edition drink. My first time having a cherry blossom cream frapiccino and it tastes like the lightest cherry ice-cream imaginable.

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I love the shaved pink chocolate on top that reminds me of cherry blossom petals.

Entry 41: What Koreans have for lunch~

Did a post about what Koreans have for breakfast so I decided to add on to it with lunch. So here is a bunch of foods Koreans like to eat for lunch!

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Mul Nangmyun. (Chilled buckwheat noodles in a cold beef broth topped with vegetables and fruit.)

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Cooked vegetables and cut tangerines. Japchae Noodles. (Vermicelli glass noodles with mixed vegetable and meat.)

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Kimchijigae with pork. (Kimchi stew)

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Baked Lobster.

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Egg and sliced green cabbage sandwiches.

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Ramen, Egg Omelet with ketchup, and white rice.

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Diet lunch box meal. Stir fried vegetable banchan, stir fried anchovies, vegetable pancake, and wild red rice with beans topped with dried seaweed.

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Tomato and basil white pasta.

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Cheese white pasta.

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Kimbap and ddokbokki ramen.

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Beef bulgogi, rice, lettuce, and banchan.

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Spinach and Parmesan pizza.

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Cheeseburger and french fries.

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Buffet food! Snow crab, sushi, steak, chicken wings, and salad.

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Spicy fresh skate and vegetables paired with steamed pork.

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Pork cutlet, brown sauce, and white rice.

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Army Stew. (Budaejigae)

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Fresh sliced raw fish. (Hwei)

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Chicago deep dish pizza.

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Cheese panini sandwich, fruit, and mixed salad.

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Vietnamese wrap platter. (Summer Rolls)

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Misoya seafood lunch box set.

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Cream pasta bread bowl.

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Charcoal grilled skewered chicken.

Entry 39: What Koreans have for breakfast~

Traditionally rice and soup has been the staple meal for Koreans yet that is simply not the go to meal anymore. Many Koreans nowadays enjoy bread, yogurt, fresh fruits, and health drinks or coffee in the morning.

I like to mix up my morning meals so I eat rice and soup somedays or have a breakfast sandwich. I make sure to never skip out on fresh seasonal fruits.

Below are a bunch of actual breakfasts that Koreans enjoy. Some of these people go on extreme diets I think.

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16 grain soymilk.

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Brown rice, Seaweed soup, Egg Omelet, kimchi, and vegetable side dishes.

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Cheese flavored ramen, spagetti ramen, and banana milk.

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Seafood Porridge (juk).

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Seaweed soup and wild red rice.

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Grilled Makeral, white rice, fried anchovies and vegetable banchan.

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Green fruit smoothie.

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Spicy beef stew with white rice.

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Tofu mixed vegetable salad.

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All in one egg muffin and coffee.

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Beef bone soup with banchan side dishes.

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Fried rice cake, Korean hot cakes, sliced apples, and blueberry nut yogurt.

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Toast, sliced apples, sliced persimmon, coffee and chocolate.

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Wholegrain powder shake. (FACT: I hate the taste of these shakes!)

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Bagel with cream cheese and iced coffee.

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Ramen, fried kimchi rice, and minced beef patty.

Entry 37: Latest food craze- Honey mustard chips from Nongshim.

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Got the chance to finally grab a bag of Nongshim’s honey mustard chips! This snack has sparked a food trend and many shops can’t keep up with demand. I paid 2,400 won for a bag of medium size chips but I had to know what all the fuss is about.

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The chip itself is a wave potato chip made with 100% Korean potatoes. The taste starts off sweet and has a hint of butter then there is a sharp kick of mustard. Overall it’s a great snack and I see why kids or teenagers can go crazy over it.

I actually oddly like it and I hope the prices will go down~

Entry 34: Unknown Coffee in Yatap~ Had some seriously amazing coffee!

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Had a blast going to Unknown Coffee Shop near Yatap Station. By far some of the best coffee I’ve had in Yatap by far.

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The overall feel of this coffee shop is industrial and urban. Something you’d more likely encounter in the streets of Hongdae.

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This a good picture of how the decor looks like in the shop it isn’t a very large café.

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A complete joy to see an artisan coffee like the one I saw today.

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Here is the logo and the size of this coffee is really a lot for the price in Korea.

Price Value: 9 1/2 this was only 3,100 won and I couldn’t ask for more out of a coffee like this.

Taste: 9 this a kind of coffee I dream about and what 4,900 won+ lattes should really be delivering. I had a sort of coffeegasm and it was fantastic. Light as air milk foam and a truly aromatic coffee it was like I was drinking a work of art.

Look wise: 8 1/2 liked the latte art and I really like the logo.

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This is a cappacino for 3,100 won really delicious that I ordered the next day.

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This is the café menu and prices.

Entry 32: Korean Ricecake Dumpling Soup~Ddeok Mandu Guk (떡만두국)

Eating korean ricecake dumpling soup the dumplings are stuffed with a kimchi and noddle filling. The soup is a anchovey based broth with egg and korean leek.

Eating this soup on the first day of the new year is tradition just like seaweed soup on your birthday~

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This is a piece of ricecake. Known as ddeok.

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This is the kimchi dumpling or known as kimchi mandu. Delicious~