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Teach English in Korea: A Day in a Life of an EPIK Teacher

A Day in a Life of an MTV Producer turned ESL Teacher (Part 2)

February 8, 2011 3
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From MTV Producer to English Teacher in Korea (Part 1)

These days I find, readers have been curious about the life of an English teacher and how I got my start. What’s my story? How did I get this gig?… Well, my story can be shot from many angles- this is one aspect of it. Here goes part three of my four-part series…
Reality teens to real life tots

I teach in the public school elementary school system through the EPIK program. When I left my career as a TV producer and shooter in New York City to embark on my gap year, I was beginning to feel a little burnt out by the handful of MTV teen reality shows I’d been working on and the economy wasn’t getting better. I didn’t have a 9-5 job chained to a cubicle but living in NYC as a freelancer was a 24/7 gig. Sustaining a career in such a competitive city chained me to the non-stop megalopolis of pushing to

February 7, 2011 8
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Review: Mountain Top Restaurant brings Indian food in Seoul

Shahrukh khan.

He was the first person that greeted me when I walked through the door of our Indian restaurant. I let out a partial shriek…

February 1, 2011 3
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Love Letter #2: Dear Korea

Dear Korea,


My feet under my “deskwarming” desk constantly draw the AC draft coming from the floor, such I have put hand warmers in my shoes. Such is not a way to love winter or is it?

My ondol is no match for your chill.

January 28, 2011 5
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Getting my hair done at the Korean beauty salon

Koreans are the best dressed and groomed people in the world. Without a doubt.

A high maintenance looks-oriented society, you’ll find the men, women, teens and toddlers are all stylish, made up, manicured… not a hair out of place. Here, plastic surgery is as common as going to the dentist. Clothes shopping is a popular pasttime for men and women, alike. Guys are tailored to look like like K-pop stars, as women wear short skirts and balance on stilted toothpicks. Toddlers get perms and manicures and children are dressed as if they came out of fashion pages.

January 21, 2011 52
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8 Ways to Stay Warm during Winter in Korea

It’s been said that this is the worst winter Korea has ever seen. It sure feels like it. It’s so cold that the concrete at my work desk provides regular AC breezes through the soles of my shoes and to my feet. Not kidding. During the winter you’ve got to find ways to keep warm.

Here are 8 ways that I fend off winter chill (as well as, a few other K-bloggers):

January 18, 2011 48
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2011 GRRRL’s mom, my solo travel fears and the mystery I’ll be!

Annyeong 2011! Time is flying and it’s taking a jet.

Writing Home for the Holidays: GRRRL TRAVELER’s blogging mom

It was a winter white holiday for us in Korea and this year, while I abroad, I didn’t have to write home. Instead, my mom, the real family blogger, did it for me!

With my mother in town for two weeks, she battled the ups of sightseeing, desk-warming, seeing snow fall for the first time,… with the downs of first time solo travel and winter health. …

January 17, 2011 1
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How many travel love letters will you write?

I said 2011 would be my year to ‘experience love’.
Love comes through many doors, inspiring our creativity and playful curiosity of life. For a traveler, love portals can be opened through countries we immediately fall in love or find rocky romances with, the odd kitsch souvenirs we uncover wandering through an offbeat alleyway of shops, the comforting and trusted smiles we find after a long day of haggling…

If the door is wide open and we’re curious, love rushes in.

January 15, 2011 5
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5 Things Working at MTV taught me about teaching ESL

I used to work for MTV producing teen reality shows. What did it teach me about teaching ESL?

January 11, 2011 15
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