About

So, this is my blog!  Mmmm! I am teaching English at a middle school in Daegu, South Korea.  South Africa is where I call home.  Kimchi with Eish is my outlet, and believe you me, I need an outlet.  Teaching is fun and the kids drive me crazy.  Livinging it up in R.O.K (Republic of Korea) and traveling Asia is what i’ll be doing for the next year. 

Have fun, and hope you enjoy the my blog from Kimchiland

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9 Responses to “About”

  1. kissmykimchi March 30, 2010 at 15:13 #

    Thanks for the characters for the third grade lesson! Let me know if you’re up for a link exchange!

    kissmykimchi.com

    peace

    • christodewit March 30, 2010 at 15:23 #

      No probs, I’ve added you to my page! Thanks for reading!

  2. howtoclimbamountain July 1, 2010 at 13:35 #

    PS. I really like your blog. It’s very honest and visual! I check in from time to time.

  3. Andrew July 20, 2010 at 01:37 #

    Hi Chris,

    I am commenting here since I couldn’t find any contact information.

    I’m Andrew Dunkle and I currently serve as the senior editor of GoOverseas.com. We are contacting you with regard to your blog, which the editorial staff at GO! Overseas has selected as one of the top travel related blogs in South Korea. As recognition of your outstanding writing skills we are delighted to include your blog in a select list of websites representing South Korea. We select only the most exceptional blogs that meet our exacting standards and we hope you feel a sense of pride that you have been recognized for your efforts. You may view this list on our website here:

    http://www.gooverseas.com/korean-blogs

    On that page you will find an image badge that we have created specifically for the blogs we feature in South Korea. We welcome you to display this badge on your website to let your readers know that you have been recognized as an outstanding blogger. Contact us if you have any problems displaying the badge.

    Thank you for all the high quality content you have contributed to the global online community. We look forward to continuing to follow your experiences abroad in South Korea. If you have questions about GO! Overseas please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Warm regards,
    Andrew Dunkle

  4. Sharon August 5, 2010 at 14:16 #

    Hey Chris,

    I couldn’t find any contact info either, and so I’m leaving you a message here. My name is Sharon, and I work for Huijun Communications (www.huijun.co.kr). I came across your blog and I love your detailed account on your stay in Korea, and I was thinking you would be a great asset for us.

    At Huijun Communications, we are currently in the works of creating a website (www.lifeinkorea.kr) that serves as a hub and a community for foreign nationals living in Korea. Our vision is to create a website where people can get all info and service they want through this website without need of searching and looking here and there, and through which people communicate with Koreans as well.

    Many bloggers showed their interest and joined in our website by posting their articles to share with others, and I would like to invite you to do the same.

    Your participation will be greatly appreciated, and we offer complimentary Culture gift cards for bloggers who work with us. For more details, feel free to email me at lucykim4323@gmail.com.

    Best,
    Sharon

  5. Halle December 17, 2010 at 11:28 #

    Hi Chris,

    Love your blog. I recently graduated from college and I’m thinking about going to Korea to teach English. =)

    Been following your blog for a few months now. I know it’s not that long but the more i keep reading, the more it makes me want to go. haha

    I was wondering if you could share with me your experience so far? Teaching? culture? anything would help. =)

    You have my email address. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you!
    Halle

    • christodewit December 17, 2010 at 11:48 #

      Hi,

      Thanks for reading! And I’m glad that you enjoy it. I am glad that you want to come to Korea after reading my blog. I really enjoy Korea but as with working and living in a different culture there are some hardships. I documented everything here. The good times and the bad, not only as a journal for me but also for prospective teachers as yourself. So take the negative things written here with a grain of salt and interpret it with the humour intended. Before coming to Korea I only read good things about working at public schools! All the bad stuff happened at the Hagwons (private academies). But to my surprise when I got here the public school system is not perfect. I was not prepared for this. I thought everything was going to a walk in the park. But it wasn’t always. But it’s all part of the experience. I have grown a lot this year and learned so much! Korea has been an enriching experience but prepare yourself for good and bad. Glitches are inevitable but the good memories you make here will make up for it. I am not really a teacher and I don’t ‘love’ the job (I like it) but it is fun. It’s super easy and probably the least stressful job you’ll ever get. Working in a public school gives you great opportunities to travel around Asia. We get 3 Weeks paid vacation and Korean public holidays. There public holidays are mostly a cluster of days so you will get up to 3 days off in a row preceding the weekend. So it gives you opportunity to travel. The cultural difference took me a long time to get used and to be honest it still gets me sometimes. But I have made wonderful friends and have had some great memories here! So come to Korea you will have a blast I promise you. Just come prepared for good and bad! If you have any more questions just drop me a line.

  6. Jihyeon Park March 15, 2012 at 05:07 #

    Hi there. I’m a Korean living in SA. It’s been just over a month I’ve been here and I’m keen for a place to buy some KIMCH in SA. (I tried to make it and it didn’t work obviously……OTL) Can you recommend me a place? Thanks in advance!

    • christodewit April 30, 2012 at 20:36 #

      Hi there,

      Sorry, I only saw this now. Where are you? In Cape Town there are two very good Korean restaurants in Cape Town and there is a Korean market in Observatory where you can buy Kimchi.

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