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Tiger Beer
July 28th, 2005, 06:41 PM
I'm a mainlander who lived in MI, MN, OR, NY and CA.. but off and on since 1996 been teaching in Seoul, Korea.

I have a filipina fiance (who has US citizenship and lives in the US) and I'm living/working/teaching English in Seoul Korea. She'll be living with me here soon in Seoul.

Anyhow, thats my introduction.. hope to be chatting on this board more often. I've been to Oahu twice now.. and with all the other life experiences and everything else.. Oahu seem ideal! (except for the cost of housing/renting - but we can't have it all)!

Anyhow, whenever I'm finished teaching here in Seoul.. our next destination for living/working will be Honolulu!! I am sure of that!

Miulang
July 28th, 2005, 06:54 PM
Welcome to HT. So, have you built up a tolerance for the "real" kim chee yet? :D I'm a spice wuss but I heard that some of that stuff is so powerful that it takes paint off the walls. My Korean food experience thus far has only extended to bulgogi, kalbi, mandoo and bibimbap.

A hui hou,
Miulang

Glen Miyashiro
July 28th, 2005, 06:57 PM
Howzit TB. Welcome to HawaiiThreads!

1stwahine
July 28th, 2005, 07:23 PM
Aloha and welcome to hawaiithreads.com! See you on the boards! :)

Auntie Lynn

Tiger Beer
July 28th, 2005, 11:54 PM
Welcome to HT. So, have you built up a tolerance for the "real" kim chee yet? :D I'm a spice wuss but I heard that some of that stuff is so powerful that it takes paint off the walls. My Korean food experience thus far has only extended to bulgogi, kalbi, mandoo and bibimbap.

A hui hou,
Miulang
speaking of galbi.. i heard that galbi (soemtimes referred to as korean bbq on the mainland) was big on the islands? is that true?

i looked briefly on my last visit.. and didn't see it everywhere.. but did find it in one restaurant for $10 a portion.. great compared to $25 a portion on the mainland (in korea, its around $6 to $9 a portion). So Honolulu its really reasonable!

(for others reading:) Korean BBQ is when they cook the meat in the middle of your table with the fire. Mmm.. love it. Then place the cooked portion of meat in a lettuce leaf and insert some sauce, rice, etc.) Delicious! I couldn't live without it!

shaveice
July 29th, 2005, 12:12 AM
just curious, are you thinking of esl work in hawaii? if you have a master's degree in esl, you could shoot for a position at the community colleges or u.h. schools, though the pay is small and they try to keep your hours under 20 to keep from paying you any benefits; and security from one semester to the next isn't usually there...

DaLink
July 29th, 2005, 01:10 AM
Aloha Tiger! This thread makes me hungry. One of the best places to eat korean food on the island is Waikele BBQ. MMMMM so ONO!

Tiger Beer
July 29th, 2005, 01:15 AM
just curious, are you thinking of esl work in hawaii? if you have a master's degree in esl, you could shoot for a position at the community colleges or u.h. schools, though the pay is small and they try to keep your hours under 20 to keep from paying you any benefits; and security from one semester to the next isn't usually there...
Yeah, I thought it would be something like that - although I haven't really looked into it.

I'd prefer just a straight 40-hour workweek job.. was thinking of going to the local temp agencies to see what they might offer. Its would be a start. Then go from there.

shaveice
July 29th, 2005, 02:01 AM
yup, sounds reasonable. please note that i wasn't trying to discourage you, just wanted to let you know what it's like. there's always the exception to the rule.

good luck!

Tiger Beer
July 29th, 2005, 02:11 AM
Thanks.

Nah, no discouragement there. I already had a general idea what ESL work would entail there. I've gone back and forth a few times between Korea and the U.S., and seems consistent with elsewhere on the mainland.

Usually I end up doing temp work until something stable comes from it. So more or less the same plan with Honolulu (whenever post-Korea comes around the corner).

EastCoastTropics
July 29th, 2005, 02:12 AM
E komo mai to HawaiiThreads.com!!

ahola
July 29th, 2005, 10:43 AM
I'm a mainlander who lived in MI, MN, OR, NY and CA.. but off and on since 1996 been teaching in Seoul, Korea.

I have a filipina fiance (who has US citizenship and lives in the US) and I'm living/working/teaching English in Seoul Korea. She'll be living with me here soon in Seoul.

Anyhow, thats my introduction.. hope to be chatting on this board more often. I've been to Oahu twice now.. and with all the other life experiences and everything else.. Oahu seem ideal! (except for the cost of housing/renting - but we can't have it all)!

Anyhow, whenever I'm finished teaching here in Seoul.. our next destination for living/working will be Honolulu!! I am sure of that!


I spent my high school sophomore year at the Seoul Foreign School in Yunhi-Dong right behind Yonsei University.Is the school still there?I loved my year of non-stop partying there and back in the late 70s everything was so cheap and the dollar went a really long way.We lived in the UN Village and I and my friends would go all over Itaewon and Myungdong.I know it is now as modern and expensive as Tokyo,etc.,but plan to visit there soon and eat all the yakee mondoo and kalbi and kimchee chige.Anongikeseu and comsomnida!

Tiger Beer
July 29th, 2005, 05:04 PM
I spent my high school sophomore year at the Seoul Foreign School in Yunhi-Dong right behind Yonsei University.Is the school still there?I loved my year of non-stop partying there and back in the late 70s everything was so cheap and the dollar went a really long way.We lived in the UN Village and I and my friends would go all over Itaewon and Myungdong.I know it is now as modern and expensive as Tokyo,etc.,but plan to visit there soon and eat all the yakee mondoo and kalbi and kimchee chige.Anongikeseu and comsomnida!

You are still okay with prices. Nowhere near the prices of Japan yet! I've been over to Japan five times now.. and blown away with the prices in comparison to South Korea.

That being said.. the cost isn't dirt cheap anymore from those I've met who had lived in Korea even 15-20 years ago, let alone the late 1970s.

One thing that is probably still the same.. its still a non-stop party place for Koreans and foreigners alike. There is no 'closing time'.. so its quite easy to actually drink 24 hours if someone is prone to that. (When I was first here in 1996, the bars closed at midnight - but thats been lifted maybe 7-8 years ago).

How was it back then when you were here?

ahola
July 29th, 2005, 05:38 PM
You are still okay with prices. Nowhere near the prices of Japan yet! I've been over to Japan five times now.. and blown away with the prices in comparison to South Korea.

That being said.. the cost isn't dirt cheap anymore from those I've met who had lived in Korea even 15-20 years ago, let alone the late 1970s.

One thing that is probably still the same.. its still a non-stop party place for Koreans and foreigners alike. There is no 'closing time'.. so its quite easy to actually drink 24 hours if someone is prone to that. (When I was first here in 1996, the bars closed at midnight - but thats been lifted maybe 7-8 years ago).

How was it back then when you were here?


It was very strict back then for Koreans with Park Chung Hee and the North Korean threat.There was a midnight curfew and the city was blacked out.There was a lot of paranoia as they found all these spy tunnels under the DMZ and that was also the time when University students starting having big protests against the government and they were very rough ones.All Korean men had to serve in the military and have short hair and I had some Asian-American friends pulled into alleys by cops because they had long hair and when the cops found out they were Americans they apologized profusely and let them go.If they had been Korean citizens it would have been haircut time.Back then being Americans and even being young teenagers we had a lot of freedom and leeway there.Cigarettes and beer were like a dime and "happy smoke" was about a dollar an ounce.We all had motorcycles and no licenses and rode to the mountains and beaches and partied non-stop.I know it has changed a lot and can't wait to see it again after all these years.

Tiger Beer
April 2nd, 2006, 08:03 AM
Aloha once again!

I disappeared from these threads for about 3-4 months.. 2-3 of those months I was down in the Philippines with my sweet Filipina girlfriend.. hehe :cool:

Back online.. and back in Seoul once again.

However.. I'm planning to be in Honolulu this Summer for anywhere from 6-12 weeks.. can't wait.

(Basically I teach at a university in Seoul with paid vacations.. while its not a lot of money.. its enough I might be able to escape by in expensive Honolulu for the summer - as long as I look for some temp work at the temp agencies as well!).. which I'm more than willing to do!

1stwahine
April 2nd, 2006, 10:10 AM
However.. I'm planning to be in Honolulu this Summer for anywhere from 6-12 weeks.. can't wait.

(Basically I teach at a university in Seoul with paid vacations.. while its not a lot of money.. its enough I might be able to escape by in expensive Honolulu for the summer - as long as I look for some temp work at the temp agencies as well!).. which I'm more than willing to do!

Eh, Tiger Beer! Wanna make some Big Bucks while you're here? Bring some Yobo Movies! Gurantee you make Mula $$$! :D I buy! Das foa sure!

MAMA & Me are Fanatics! :eek:

Auntie pUpule :p

Tiger Beer
April 2nd, 2006, 10:48 AM
Yeah, I heard they are the BIG RAGE there in Hawaii.. same when I was in the Philippines this winter.. everyone was talking about all those Korean soaps! People in the Philippines kept asking me if I'd ever seen any of these Korean soap stars and all that.. amazing.

Actually here in Seoul.. few if any foreigners watch any of the Korean soaps.. largely because they aren't translated into English here.. :( its ALL in Korean all the time!! :mad: and my Korean language abilities kinda suck! :o

Not that I'm into soaps all that much.. but the film industry in Korea is incredible.. and I usually don't see the films until I go back to the US and see them in some international film festival there with english subtitles! grrrrrrrrrr.....

Maybe if I brought Korean soaps to Hawaii.. no one would want them without the translations.. but then again.. if they are on DVD they might have that capabilitity to be seen in English.. maybe.. hmm.. I wonder.

1stwahine
April 2nd, 2006, 10:54 AM
Maybe if I brought Korean soaps to Hawaii.. no one would want them without the translations.. but then again.. if they are on DVD they might have that capabilitity to be seen in English.. maybe.. hmm.. I wonder.

Find out if it's LEGAL first. Then check if it can can get um in DVD capabilities which I'm sure can, cause das what get ova here to rent and buy. If you really interested and want to talk bussiness - PM me.

I'm serious.

Auntie Lynn

Tiger Beer
April 2nd, 2006, 04:14 PM
Find out if it's LEGAL first. Then check if it can can get um in DVD capabilities which I'm sure can, cause das what get ova here to rent and buy. If you really interested and want to talk bussiness - PM me.

I'm serious.

Auntie Lynn
Okay.. I'm going to ask my students this week in class if the DVDs are at least available with English subtitles.

What are they like in Hawaii? Dubbed or subtitled?

1stwahine
April 2nd, 2006, 04:23 PM
Okay.. I'm going to ask my students this week in class if the DVDs are at least available with English subtitles.

What are they like in Hawaii? Dubbed or subtitled?

With the click of a button you can have your choice of having English, Japanese or Chinese Sub-Titles. Make sure you get the Legal ones! They have alot of Pirate ones coming in from China - those you can get into Major trouble. Good Luck!

Keep in Touch. :D

Auntie Lynn

wanderer
May 19th, 2006, 04:06 PM
Is this thread still alive? I know I'm swingin' in a bit late, but I saw 'tiger beer' and it threw me for a loop- I'm in Seoul now but will be in Honolulu- U of H, Manoa- in late July for a year.

I'll bring any dvds you want in exchange for some tips on what neighborhoods to avoid and what bars to hit.

Wanderer

1stwahine
May 19th, 2006, 04:21 PM
Is this thread still alive? I know I'm swingin' in a bit late, but I saw 'tiger beer' and it threw me for a loop- I'm in Seoul now but will be in Honolulu- U of H, Manoa- in late July for a year.

I'll bring any dvds you want in exchange for some tips on what neighborhoods to avoid and what bars to hit.

Wanderer

Me! Me! Me! PM Me! Me! Me! :D

Auntie Lynn

Hello????? I waiting for your reply!!! :rolleyes: