Today’s find … Corn Sausage? And he has a moustache?


Etude House – Lip Gel Patch

While I was shopping around, I was looking for new (but cheap!) things to buy.

As you know, I love mask packs, but they are making packs for all kinds of places on your body these days.

Adding to that list, they also make LIP PATCHES! Woohoo! I’ve never tried it, so I picked up one from Etude House.

As you can see, the price is 2,500 won for one pack. Roughly 2.50 USD. This is going to look funny.image

I’m going to get cherry lips!image

Well the image is cute…


Here are some original lips before the pack!



Oh dear … my skin is not that great today, so please forgive me. DOESN’T THIS PACK LOOK AWESOME!?image

And after the pack.image

Looking a little bit pinker and flushed…image


And with my whole face…

Conclusion: Isn’t lip balm easier to achieve the same look?

I’d recommend other strategies for plumping and refreshing your lips. 

Hey, it was worth a try!



Pizza Hut English Ordering

The menu is limited but…

I just found out that if you order from Pizza Hut from their English site, you automatically get a discount!
You can upgrade a medium pan to a large pan at no extra charge.

On the site, the menu looks limited for the English but …

YAY! No more difficult phone calls in Korean! ^^; 

Check it out! 

If you order using Pizza Hut’s English website, you can get a discount on your pizza! 

Daum/Kakao skirt hierarchy

Interesting … I think this is a nice touch!

Daum adopts English names for employees to skirt hierarchy

By Kim You Jin

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s No. 2 portal operator Daum Communications Corp. on Wednesday said its employees will adopt English names as they embrace the anti-hierarchical work culture led by mobile messenger service provider Kakao Corp., its counterpart in an upcoming merger.

“Daum and Kakao have reviewed together how employees of the merged firm will address one another, and after much discussion, we’ve decided to follow the case at Kakao where workers call each other by their English names,” said Kang Yukyeong, a communications official at Daum.

“Some 1,600 employees currently at Daum will choose a new English name for this, and by doing so, we hope to further promote the two firms’ work ethics that prioritize openness and active participation as well as create a synergy effect between the two groups.”



Addressing employees of different ranks by their first name is uncommon in South Korea, where corporate culture is often perceived as rigid and is operated along regimented and hierarchical lines, a reflection of the country’s Confucian roots.

Such hierarchy at workplaces is palpable in local companies, where workers call each other by their position, such as “senior manager” or “director,” unlike in the United States where all employees are usually on a first-name basis.

In recent years, however, several local IT firms have been trying out new ways to change this culture, as is the case at Kakao where everyone, regardless of rank, calls each other by their first name in English. The idea is that workers are less apprehensive about sharing honest thoughts and passing judgment on new ideas.

Daum has had a similar means of creating a more laid-back atmosphere, having workers call each other by their Korean name with “-nim” at the end, which roughly translates to “dear” or “Mr.”

   “Daum had already been pursuing an easygoing culture for our workers, but the two companies felt the first-name basis using English names would be helpful in creating an even more casual and worker-friendly environment,” Kang said.

“We’ll probably come up with a concrete guideline to this process come October when the merger is finalized,” Kang added.

The two companies announced in May they will merge through a stock swap, a union that weds the portal with the operator of the most used mobile messenger service Kakao Talk. The merger, to be completed on Oct. 1, will create a company that is the second biggest on the tech-heavy KOSDAQ market with a staff of around 3,200.

Kang said that while Daum staff are picking out English names for themselves, some workers do feel they need more time to become comfortable with the idea.

“Of course, it may feel weird or awkward for people to call each other by a foreign name, but we’ll see how this system settles in when business begins at the new Daum-Kakao in October,” Kang said.


Culture Day – Last Weds. of Every Month

The last Wednesday of each month in 2014 has been designated as a special “Culture Day” in Korea. During culture day, participating museums, galleries and other cultural facilities will offer free or discounted admission. The royal palaces, Jongmyo Shrine, the National Theater of Korea, National Gugak Center, Korea National Opera, and Korean National Ballet are just a few of the many participants of Korea’s Culture Day. 


-The National Museum of Korea (Free)
-Gyeonggi Provincial Museum (Free)
-Gwangju Folk Museum (Free)


-National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Free)
-SOMA Museum of Art (Free)
-Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Free)
-Songam Art Museum (Free)

Cultural Sites

-Gyeongbokgung Palace (Free)
-Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon (Free)
-Deoksugung Palace (Free)
-Changgyeonggung Palace (Free)
-Jongmyo Shrine (Free)
-Royal Tombs (Free)

Performance Facilities

-National Theater of Korea
-National Gugak Center
-Seoul Arts Center
-Chongdong Theater
-Myeongdong Theater
-Hanguk Performing Arts Center
-The National Museum of Korea – Theater
-National Theater Company of Korea
-Korea National Opera
-National Chorus
-National Narrative Song
-Korean National Ballet
-Korea National Contemporary
-National Gugak Orchestra
-Korean Symphony Orchestra
-Seoul Performing Arts Company


-CGV, Lotte Cinema, Megabox (discount)



ESL Teacher Handouts, Grammar Worksheets and Printables –

ESL Teacher Handouts, Grammar Worksheets and Printables –

Any English teachers out there looking for materials?

This is my favorite site. I have a few advanced level students who are looking for a challenge. For Business English, I found some great stuff on here.

Check it out!