America isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either.

Porkchop and Chicago Weather Sign

Growing up, America was THE place to go to. Every single person who grew up poor in the Philippines dreamed of emigrating to this advanced, rich utopia where jobs are aplenty and hard work pays for a grand house with a yard. And because there were more poor people in the Philippines than other social classes, their mentality prevailed in all forms of media. As such, it was easy to fall and believe in this propaganda left over from the last world war. Alas, I was not one of them. […]

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How House Hunting Can Reveal Your Inner Ungrateful Snowflake

Dream Penthouse

Moving to Brussels has been stressful for my husband and me. Being apart for almost 6 months, being delayed 4 months, eventually learning that my husbandโ€™s employer misled us, all contributed to the stress meter. I tried to plan everything I could even with a limited knowledge of our relocation timeline. For 4 months every day, I was taking notes, memorizing addresses and their location in the map, and even street viewing apartments if I could, on a laptop in the Philippines. I have memorized neighborhoods in my head and […]

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Moving again.

It’s been a while since I wrote anything. Partially because I have been in a cooking and baking frenzy, and mostly because I have been going out more by the end of 2017 with new friends I have met. Also, because I got addicted to Overwatch. (Shhh.) Since then, my husband accepted a new job offer and we moved to Belgium! STOP. Hold on. Yeah, that was me imagining an alternate reality. While the first part really did happen, the moving part is still ongoing. By the end of December, […]

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Adapting From Urban to Rural Living

It has been 3 months since the husband and I moved to Pyeongtaek (Dongchang-ri, to be more specific), a rural wasteland 70km from Seoul or an hour and a half of driving. I have maintained a routine of cooking, gardening, cleaning, and filling my time with random crap, willing the clock to strike 4:30PM. At that point, I will feed the dog and wait for the husband’s arrival at the front door. It has been 3 months, and I am bored to death. Before I moved here, I knew I […]

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How to link the SNU ID with a Nonghyup Bank Account

A month ago, I was issued a student ID at the Yongon Campus. This made my life easier since I do not have to rely on the admin lady to help me open doors. I swear the security in this school can rival that of a maximum security prison. The same lady helped me through the process of filling up the ID application form in Korean. A week later, I got a text message from the school that my ID was ready to be picked up. I had to register […]

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How to Apply for a Shinhan Bank Account as a Foreigner

Korean banks are notorious for being a headache for foreigners. I was really confident that I could deal with it smoothly if I came prepared, but I was wrong. Choosing a bank to cater to your needs is an ordeal in itself. Most of their websites are in Korean, available only on IE, cannot automatically be translated by Google, and impossible to highlight and copy text to use Google Translate manually. Searching various forums and blogs for information isn’t that much help either since 95% of them are outdated. I […]

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How to Apply for an ARC in Korea

FINALLY. That is the sum of all my feelings right now. South Korea is, in so many ways, an advanced society. They embrace technology and even make new ones. It is not a secret that their internet is blazing fast and their homes are connected to the web to make life easier. However, there are some things that are NOT easy in Korea. Banking is definitely one of them. Doing things online is another. They got the fastest internet speeds in the world, but their web ecosystem is crippled with […]

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