Monthly archive for July 2014

Korean Cosmetics: A Beginner’s Guide

Korean Cosmetics: A Beginner’s Guide

If there’s one thing I’ve been turned onto in Korea (besides blunt bangs) that I’m positively obsessed with it’s beauty products and beauty chains. They’re absolutely amazing – which is hardly a surprise considering Korean women and men have envious perfect porcelain complexions. For the longest time I’d thought their smooth skin was a matter of genes, and I sulked that I hadn’t won the gene lottery.

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Unexpected Journeys of Travel

Unexpected Journeys of Travel

We stepped onto Australian soil an hour before the New Year’s fireworks. We had friends here. We had a place to stay. We had a timeline for our stay. We had absolutely no idea about anything else. Where would we work? What would this year as temporary residents involve? Who would we meet? How would a year in this city shape us? It’s nearly August now, but the journey plows forward as unexpected as any I could have imagined on the plane ride over. Not only am I a writer and a traveler, but I am now a manager of a small business in the food industry. I never saw it coming. Then again, do we ever? Isn’t that kind of the point of travel? On Initiative January, 2014 The days are long and hot. It’s summertime in Australia. We spend much of our time easing into a working life: applying for tax numbers, opening a bank account, looking for reliable transport, job searching online, writing cover letters. Setting up a new life takes time. Waiting, though, is seldom as easy as it is humbling. The world doesn’t turn on our time, it seems. Once the foundations were set for […]

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5 Tips For Strong Expat Relationships

5 Tips For Strong Expat Relationships

I’ve been hesitant to write this article for sometime now. Mainly because I hardly fit the bill of being able to give any type of love advice when my own journey to a relationship was filled with tears, heart ache, and too many pints of ice cream to honestly admit. Despite my lack of expertise on the subject, I’m going to try to tackle it anyway because the number one question I get asked in emails and Facebook messages is “Judith, how does one make an expat relationship work?”

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Resource List for Teaching the Past Progressive

Resource List for Teaching the Past Progressive

Were you listening when you learned about the Past Progressive Tense? Yeah, me neither. That’s why I’ve got a whole heap of resources to help you teach the Past Progressive just as if you had been listening. C’mon, what are friends for? Understanding and Teaching the Past Progressive Grammar Monster does a great job of explaining the Past Progressive. Don’t worry, it’s not scary. A guide to the Past Progressive with some exercise links at the bottom from My English Pages. A “How To” Guide in teaching this verb tense including, challenges you’ll face, where to start, and some comprehension activities. This is a good one! English Page always does a good job of showing their verb forms. Don’t be fooled – Past Continuous is the same as Past Progressive. Lucia walks us through this tense with her charming accent. I totally get it now. Practicing the Past Progressive Fifteen fun Past Progressive activities. No seriously. They are so fun. A flash game with a monkey who really loves grammar and incorporating all the Past verb tenses. You know those word magnets you get for the fridge? The ones where you can make up sentences? ESL Partyland has the raw […]

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The Secret Wealth of Travel

The Secret Wealth of Travel

My wife and I were in the process of selling and storing the great majority of our accumulated possessions. At the same time, we were meticulously choosing the handful of items we would carry with us across the world. I discovered in the tensions of storing, simplifying, and selecting, that there is a sacredness to our possessions.

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10 Places Not To Miss In China (Part 1)

10 Places Not To Miss In China (Part 1)

During a year abroad teaching in China one has lots of opportunities to travel. Where to go? China is so vast, bursting with possibilities, it can be difficult to choose where to go. This article is here to help! Here are 10 places not to miss in China (part 1).

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Advice From Veteran Expats

Advice From Veteran Expats

Moving date is looming closer, and I bet nerves, excitement, and other strange emotions are beginning to run rampant throughout your pretty head. Don’t worry, future expat, you’re not the only one who has had doubts and worries right before leaving your comfort zone for a year. The current expats in Korea, myself included, would like to offer you some sound advice on everything and anything expat and South Korea related.

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Life on the Streets: The Mobile Food Industry and Supporting Local Business

Life on the Streets: The Mobile Food Industry and Supporting Local Business

It’s lunchtime, Thursday, in the middle of the business district. A small market has taken root in an abandoned parking lot and over the last year has blossomed into a merry gathering. The nearby office workers now have more to eat than reheated leftovers. The market vendors now have a recurring weekly trade. Win/win. But life on the streets is tough. As scores of hungry people line up to take a bite out of your business, it better be worth the wait. And the money. Otherwise, they’ll queue up at another stall next week. Once the day is over, you stay up late to prepare everything and do it all again tomorrow. But that’s the thrill of the game for the mobile food industry here in Brisbane, Australia. And it’s catching on. For three main reasons. Passion It may seem like free food, good business, and an easy workday from the outside looking in, but building and growing a food business is synonymous with hard work and long days. Preparation, cleaning, booking, cooking, serving, ordering, stocking, risking, guessing, paying for it all, then finding time to sleep somewhere in the midst of it. Over the past six months, I have […]

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