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cogden4 replied to the thread Moving with babies -negotiate package on the Korea forum:
LSUlaura initially posted:
Hi! Husband is interviewing for an engineering assignment in Seoul. They asked him to interview so we are optimistic of the position. We have 2 boys, 3 and 3 months (US age). What should we request when negotiating our package? Would you request furnished living space? Tuition for our oldest? I would be fine homeschooling as he is only in preschool. Do they do car seats in Korea? I wear my boys a lot, but wearing 2 is difficult for long distances. Is food shopping easy enough? I have dietary restrictions (celiac) but feel like we would do ok as it is a rice not wheat based food culture... Any tips for newbies are greatly appreciated.
cogden4 replied most recently with:
The international school where I teach (German) charges about 14K (roughly, in won) per year, plus about $2K in fees (new families, enrollment fee, bus, surcharges) for their 'kindergarten' program (equivalent to USA preschool), so roughly 16K. The Franciscan foreign kindergarten(English) in Hannam charges around 12K per year, plus fees, so there are definitely preschools out there in the under 18K range. The 18K-22K price you mention sounds more like elementary school tuition to me, and I know there are actually Korean preschools which are much cheaper if you're interested in going that route. Our son (high school senior) is in his 4th year at Seoul Foreign School, arguably one of the best (and most expensive) foreign schools in Seoul and tuition and fees (plus bus) run right around $30K per year (more expensive as they get older so elementary is always cheaper.) You should be able to find a preschool program in the $15k range with no problem if you decide to send them. As far as driving goes - I know many people who do not drive in Seoul. It took me almost 7 months to get up the nerve, and I only did it because I was tired of taking taxis to my son's school all the time for parent meetings, PTA, and activities - especially when I was carrying food for a lot of hungry teenagers. You are right that you can only drive on your US license here for a short time(can't remember how long) before having to surrender your American license (PITA when you go home for home leave.) You can live very comfortably in Seoul without driving. If you plan to do this, I recommend making sure your apartment is close to a subway or bus stop, unless you plan to always travel by taxi. Consider this when looking for a place to live, and also consider your husband's commute. When you look online at apartments (nicerent.com is a good one) don't believe whatever they say about '10 minutes to the nearest subway stop' - walk it yourself to be sure. Many people I know rent cars for weekend ((or longer) trips out of Seoul, which is sort of the best of both worlds, and really nice with small kids on long trips - all you need is an international driver's license, which you can get for $15 (while keeping your US license) at any triple A office in the USA. The intl license is good for 1 year, so we renew ours each summer when we're in the US on home leave. It is also useful if you plan to travel to other countries and feel like renting a car there. You are correct that public transport is quite cheap (buses are about $1.50 per ride with free transfers, subway less than $2, and a typical cab ride, say, to the grocery store, will run between $5-$10 max) and very efficient and easy to deal with, but I would still get that international DL before coming just in case you decide to rent a car. Another site you might appreciate is http://koreaye.com/ It is geared toward military wives (especially those with youngish kids) but there is a lot of applicable information for non-military in Seoul. Good luck - I remember trying to sift through all the info before we came and it seemed overwhelming - it all falls into place, though, and you will find Korea a very easy country to live in with kids. Lots to do and a culture which loves children. You are in for a treat.
LSUlaura replied most recently with:
Thank you for the reply. Those links are very helpful! We found there is a standard package online and we will likely get something similar. I don't think we will get tuition, as they specifically asked our children's ages, but we are used to spending $10KUSD for our son's preschool currently. The prices I've seen for international schools are closer to $18-22K, so I'm hoping to find one for closer to $15K. I do plan to bring our US car seats. I think I am going to ask for our car allowance be a lease. We will likely not do much driving as I'm not sure how all that works with US licenses etc. I've seen where you can trade your license for a Korean one, but I also hear the public transportation is very good in Seoul. And I've read trains to other cities (like to ski or to the coast) are pretty easy to navigate. I hope that is true. I may come back to you with questions if you don't mind, and thank you again cogden4. Laura
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I will be looking for a reasonable place to live. I live very humbly and need only a very small place. where could I get started for this kind of information? You can either post or email me at, irenec100@hotmail.com. Thanks, Carla
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Dear All, I am currently an engineering teacher/researcher in University in Korea with Ph.D. degree (Visa E-1) for more than 2 years, coming from non-native English speaking country in Asian continent. My teaching/research job contract is going to be over by the end of December 2014. I am now trying to find another workplace starting in January 2015. I have the following questions: - What are my options if I would like to stay in Korea and find a job (Preferably a full-time teaching job which pays decently)? Unfortunately, my Korean language skill is almost non-existence. - Are there any places/links where I can find job at university? I welcome any suggestions as my end time is approaching fast. Otherwise I have to leave Korea by January 2015. In case further information is needed, then I will post it upon your inquiry as private message. I am looking for assistance and any ideas would be appreciated.
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Kerstin replied to the thread Moving to Seoul November 1, 2014 on the Korea forum:
edfarquhar initially posted:
Hi, I was just approved for my F-6-1 visa, and my wife and I will be locating to Seoul from Canada on November 1st. I am American, and my wife is a PR in the US, and we have been living and working in Canada for the last 4 years. My wife is Korean, and hasnt been home to live (Korea) for about 20 years, so we are both looking forward to the re-location. Her mother and sister live in Seocho-Dong, very close to Kang-nam, so that is the area we are looking in as well. We are looking for any assistance as to location to live and work to do, any ideas would be appreciated.
Kerstin replied most recently with:
Welcome, as for the location to live I would recommend to see where you will be working. To travel to work otherwise can be a long ride - and the place should be within your budget. A good idea is always to make yourself known in the Korean and the Foreign Community. This way you can learn how others did it and meet people who can introduce you to possible employers and/or landlords. For a start you can look here: http://www.korea4expats.com/article-community-groups-clubs-seoul.html A good start are as well all Chamber of Commerce Meetings, Rotary, churches, all kind of clubs etc. In your case I hope you will get some assistance from your family. Happy moving!
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Ok, this might be a long shot but here it goes. My friend is urgently in need to find someone to move into her apartment as she is leaving Korea VERY SOON. The person who was going to move in cancelled last minute without explanation!!!!! So if either yourself, friends, family, or anyone you know who is looking for an apartment please have a look at the details below. MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/coLfc[1] ADDRESS: 454-1 Sang-dong (70 Songnae-daero) Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do RENT: Bond (?3000) - Rent (?500/month) PICS: http://imgur.com/a/XUjIF [2] This apartment comes un-furnished and it is really close to Song-Nae Station and buses. Please PM me for further information or to get in contact with my friend.
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ruud3 replied to the thread ebikes on the Korea forum:
greenvolks initially posted:
looking for stores in Seoul
ruud3 replied most recently with:
Hello, I' m very interested in whether you hav found a shop which sells ebikes. I'm personally interested in high speed pedelecs. As we will move next year to Seoul and do not know the loacl situation could you help me answering the following questions: 1) is it possible to cycle to work? 2) is it safe to cycle on the roads? 3) is a high speed pedelec allowed (45 km/h) 4) what is the quality and price of local (high speed) pedelecs? Should I buy one here in Europe or in Seoul Thanks Ruud
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BALL HOCKEY MANIACS, LEND ME YOUR EARS... Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK) is once again recruiting a few good men and women for our 13th season of play, which will begin this August. Old and new players alike are welcome to start registering at www.cbhk.org now. The league is limited to the first 130 people to have registered and paid. If you register and complete your payment after the league fills up you will be put on a waiting list. Don't let this happen to you! WHEN: The 2014 Fall League will open up with two MANDATORY rookie camps (All Rookies must attend one of the two camps in order to be eligible for the draft) on Sunday August 24th (4:30PM – 7:00PM) and Saturday August 30th (11:00AM – 1:00PM). Official league games and playoffs will begin on Sunday, August 31st and continue through to Saturday, November 29th. Game times will either be from 10:00-12:00, 12:00 - 14:00, 14:00 - 16:00, 16:00 - 18:00 or 18:00 - 20:00 every Sunday, except for Saturday, November 15th, for the bottom four teams in the standings and Saturday, November 29th, which will be the day of the Finals. LOCATION OF THE RINK: Sports Complex, Seoul. (Central and very convenient to get too.). DIRECTIONS TO THE RINK: A map with full directions to the rink are provided on the main page of our website. LOCATION OF HOCKEY/OTHER SUPPLIES SHOPS: They can be found on our website under the Forum section. CLOTHING NEEDED: Team Shirt (provided) and then whatever other exercise gear you feel comfortable in and running shoes. Nothing more. We RUN. GEAR NEEDED: You will need at least a hockey stick. Other gear is up to you. TEAMS, SPONSORS AND CAPTAINS: Names of teams, sponsors and captains vary from season to season. Please refer to our website. REGISTRATION FACTS: (What You Get) 1. Eligibility for the Fall, 2014 Entry Draft which will take place on August 30th, 2014. Each player will be drafted on to one of 10 teams and be provided beer at the draft party. 2. Team Shirt. 3. Four months (up to 13 weeks of ball hockey INSANITY from August to November). 4. Weekly stats of all players (Goals, Assists, Points) and goalies (GAA, Wins, SO) displayed on our website. 5. Use of a communal stick when you first come out, full goalie equipment (if you are a goalie) and world class rink facilities (boards/ official size nets/faceoff circles located on the site of the 1988 Olympic Games). 6. Discounted prices from our league sponsors. Please refer to the website for updates on this year's sponsors. 7. Bragging rights, if you outperform your mates. 8. A forum to build solid relationships, friendships and networking via league members and our website. 9. Being part of one of the largest expat groups in all of Korea. 10. Being part of the largest Ball Hockey Organization in all of Asia. 11. The chance to win the CBHK CUP!!! 12. The League Banquet (Award Ceremony, Buffet, Beer and Hard Liquor) will be held on Saturday, June 14th following the Championship Games. 13. 130,000W (140,000 won if you are paying after August 11th) worth of dead weight removed from your wallet and invested into something that will DRASTICALLY improve your quality of life in Korea, socially, emotionally and physically. Register at the league's website -www.cbhk.org ASAP to reserve your spot for this season. All league payments must be received by August, 30th (NO EXCEPTIONS). Payments can be made to: Name: Robert Gibson KEB Account #: 620-204950-746. After transferring the money, please let him know so he can confirm receiving your payment. Text him at 010-9028-3469 or email him at robgibs@gmail.com League numbers are limited to the first 130 people to register and pay. For further information please refer to our website, email us at cbhk.info@gmail.com or call Rob Gibson at the above number. Once that's done your world just got a whole lot better. Don't miss out on this opportunity and be ready to play some ball hockey this fall. We guarantee that it will be one of the best things you will ever do during your stay in Korea. Check out the publicity we have received locally and internationally, which includes player testimonials regarding the league and for additional information about us as well. This is who we are. ARTICLES: 1. Hockey For Expats Goes Beyond The Ice http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000078160& 2. Big Rock Teams http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000078159& 3. Sticks Clash In Seoul Season Finale http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000079202& 4. Hockey Holds Preseason Draft http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000080436& 5. Ball Hockey Season Set to Commence http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/05/177_50693.html 6. Hockey Season Starts Sunday http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000084966 7. New Ball Hockey Season Starts http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/02/177_39273.html 8. Hockey League Oasis in Korea Is Platform for All http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/12/177_57307.html 9. Hockey League Hits Its Stride http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100226000062 10. Where Canadians Go, So To Does Hockey http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100607001779 11. Still Got Game - Age Doesn't Stop Player From Giving His All In Hockey by league member Jon Rabiroff http://www.stripes.com/military-life/still-got-game-1.102455 12. Canada Ball Hockey League Set To Start Fall Season http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100817000568 13. Ball hockey Cup Brings Korean, Hong Kong Expatriates Together http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101012000602 14. Canada hockey league gets ball rolling for spring season http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120207000795 15. Canadian Stories - Embassy of Canada Newsletter http://www.myzenic.com/html/canada/201001/newsletter_eng.html 16. Hockey Community Grows in Seoul http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130108000658 17. Ball Hockey In Korea Gears Up For Season 10 http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/01/177_128505.html We have also been featured in the following publications: 1. Eloquence Magazine 2. Groove Magazine (in print and online at www.groovekorea.com ( ball hockey links can be found at http://groovekorea.com/search/node/ball%20hockey ) 3. 10 Magazine 4. KBS Radio 5. TBS Radio VIDEOS: (Numerous clips of league members and play can be found online) 1. www.youtube.com Type " CBHK " into the search box. You will find clips of league games, promotions and events by a number of current and past league members as well as interviews by Rajnesh Sharma. 2. www.facebook.com – CBHK – Canada Ball Hockey Korea (photos and videos). WEBSITE: 1.www.cbhk.org AWESOME AWESOME POWER!!!! GAME ON!!!!
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