Life After Korea: The job hunt

So it’s been a solid 90 days since we packed up and left Seoul in our rearview mirror. The first month was honestly dedicated to relaxing and seeing friends and family, and making sure my husband is acclimating well.

Now that the holidays are over and all the overwhelming feelings of being busy are gone it’s time to focus on the year and make some money.

I have been plucking away at job applications since I got home but nothing has panned out and I thought, “well maybe it’s for the best.”

But now I’m starting to get worried…

Within the past 3 months, I have applied to the very obvious teaching positions and paraprofessional positions in the school districts around me. I have also applied to companies my friends are working for as well. I always manage to get an interview but nothing has solidified yet.

It wasn’t until I met up with one of my girlfriend that used to be a teacher here in Dallas that this problem isn’t exclusive only to me.

We sat at lunch and talked about how difficult it truly is to find a decent job after teaching.

She told me, “It’s like my teaching experience didn’t matter and it was like I didn’t have a real degree. They were kind of like oh that’s cute but what kind of skills can you really offer us.”

Luckily she said that she found a job she likes but it took her a while to actually find a company that was willing to give her the time of day.

When I was driving home from lunch with her my panic ensued. 
Thoughts were attacking my brain from every angle.
It was like I was planning my own demise.
Help.

The job search still continues as I write this blog post.
This past week I put myself on a couple of websites to see if I could get any leads or interviews.
I went on an interview and it honestly wasn’t for me
and clearly, I wasn’t for them.

 As time is passing I’m feeling dejected. a tad deflated. 

But I know it will happen.
It’s this weird calmness knowing that some way or somehow it’ll happen.

My husband and I did save a lot of money before leaving Korea to provide us with this 3-month cushion sans jobs. 

Have you moved home from being abroad and felt frustrated by not finding a job? Or maybe felt like you were being looked down on because you have been teaching overseas?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Jobless Julie

 

Cafe Gals visit Mr. Holmes Bakery

 Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is tucked away off of the main Garosugil road. It’s in a cozy little area where you can find Dr. Jarts, Asics, and other fun shops. It’s towards the end of the street and you can’t miss it with its gorgeous neon signs! It’s like a little piece of Americana on the busy streets of Seoul. You can find all the familiar pastries from home with a fun twist! All the butter and richness will make you feel like your grandma just made them.
If you haven’t already you should definitely check out Mr. Holmes bakery! If not in Seoul you can visit them in LA and San Francisco!
Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 
 Pastries start from 3,000 KRW to 6,000 KRW
Drinks start at 4,500 to 6,500
Menu:
English & Korean
Wifi: 
Found on the first floor of the cafe
Pet Friendly:
Nope
Atmosphere: 
The vibe is fun and chill. Great music and ambiance
Seating: 
Plenty for you and your crew!
Instagram Worthy: 
Absolutely! Snap a pic with one of their famous neon signs and upload it!
Thoughts:
We have been to Mr. Holmes multiple times! This is probably one of my favorite places to get American style pastries. The vibe is great and the decoration is trendy. You can gather the crew and hang out here or bring your honey for a date! Mr. Holmes is sure to please anyone’s taste buds!
🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 
4.5/5

Address:

South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa dong, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, 34

Open:

Everyday 10AM – 10:30PM

Phone:

02-547-2004

Instagram:

Mr. Holmes USA | Mr. Holmes Korea

xoxo

 Cafe Gals

Cafe Gals visit DB Story Hongdae!

DB Story Cafe is less of a cafe and more of a fun craft place. You can however, get basic drinks like coffee, tea, cherry cola, etc. They have phone cases, charms, straps, and a ton more! It’s a good place to come with friends and exercise your creativity. 

They have a store in Hongdae and Dongdaemun and online store. Check their Instagram for the website!

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

Phone Case- ₩1,000-8,000

Accessories- ₩500-₩15,000

Drinks

Menu:

English and Korean

Wifi: 

Yes 

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Cool, everyone was having fun!

Seating: 

about 20 seats

Instagram Worthy:

yes! a lot of cool things and your phone case will look cute!

Thoughts:

This is a super fun place to come to with your friends. They have so many amazing accessories and things to make your perfect phone case. I had a hard time with my long nails but if you’re a normal person with normal nails you shouldn’t have a problem! They supply you with tweezers and super glue to help with adding everything. You can bring a friend or many, they have seating that accommodates both. It was so much picking everything and making the phone case. We recommend coming here, maybe not for the drinks, but to let your creative juices flow!   

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨

☕.5/5

💕

Address:

서울 마포구 서교동 345-7 2층
Seoul. Mapo-gu Seokyo-dong 345-7 2F

Open

Everyday except holidays

12:00-9:00


Phone Number

 070 4202 0649

  📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals

 

Cafe Gals visit Bistopping Sinsa!

Bistopping is a small ice cream shop in between Sinsa and Nonhyeon Station. It’s definitely in an area that you need to map out! If you know how to use Naver maps then you’ll definitely be in good hands! 

Bistopping has attracted a wide variety of clients. When we went there were lots of Japanese people and a few Koreans. They have definitely amped up their business via instagram. 

The system of ordering is pretty fun because you can choose your cone, type of ice cream, and your toppings! In their case you can choose chocolate stars, mermaid tails, chocolate pearls and other assorted goodies! 

When we went in Cheyenne customized hers but I showed the clerk an instagram picture and said, “This one pleaaaase!” They are super nice helpful here! This is absolutely a great place to come!

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

5,000 +

[[Depending on how fancy you want to get]]

Menu:

Available in Korean, English, Chinese, & Japnese

Wifi: 

Absolutely! Bottom of your receipt! 

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Very cute! The inside of ice cream shop is small and adorable!

Seating: 

Inside seats about 30

Outside about 8 

Instagram Worthy:

Of course! You can take a picture with their signature wall or the bubble gum pink walls! 

Thoughts:
Honestly I love coming to Bistopping because it’s fresh and delicious! It’s perfect on hot summer days or even lazy Sundays! Bistopping is great for casual meeting with friends or a family hang out! You should definitely come and check it out! You’ll be glad you came!
🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

☕☕☕☕☕/5

💕Address:

Seoul, Seocho-gu, Jamwon-dong, Sinbanpo-ro 47-gil, 68

🌟Sinsa Exit 3 go straight and cross at Kia Motors 

Open

Everyday from 11AM – 10PM


Phone Number

070-7792-0409

 📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals

 

Cafe Gals visit Loui Ruth’s Itaewon!

Loui Ruth’s is a chill brunch cafe just down the street from Itaewon Station. They serve fluffy and delicious pancakes and super filling french toast. They also have a decent sized drink menu. We thought the prices for the drinks were pretty cheap compared to other cafes in the area. 


Now let’s get into the details here:
Prices:
Brunch: ₩7.5~₩13.0
Drinks: ₩3.9-₩5.5
Menu:English and Korean

Wifi: Yes

Pet Friendly:No

Atmosphere: chill with loud music

Seating: Around 25 people max.

Instagram Worthy: not really


Thoughts:

We thought this place was pretty good but wasn’t really worth the price. Good American breakfast food isn’t hard to find in Seoul anymore and there are better options. However, it is a nice place to sit and chat with friends over a good and inexpensive drink. You can even share a platter of pancakes or french toast as they are really filling! 

🚨Julie and I gave this cafe🚨

☕☕/5

💕
Address:

서울 용산구 이태원로210
Seoul, Yongsan-gu  Itaewon-ro 210
🌟Exit 3 of Itaewon Station

Open
Monday~ Friday
11:00~11:00
Phone Number
02.512.6257

xoxo

Cafe  Girls 

 

Finding a comfortable spot

This week marks 2 months since my husband and I hopped on a plane and left Seoul, South Korea.

The past 2 months have been hectic and awkward as we have been trying our best to find our comfortable spot back home.

A little background on me:
I moved to Seoul in the Fall of 2013 and met my husband in Seoul (at Ultra Music Festival in the summer of 2014). After we started dating I kept extending my contract and stayed in Korea wayyyyy longer than I ever expected. He then served his 2 year military service, we got hitched, and moved back home!

Living life after Korea is kind of weird to be honest.

Especially since my husband isn’t an American citizen it’s like rediscovering my American pride all over again.

Seeing Dallas through his eyes has actually opened mine and has made me appreciate being a Texan.

But truth be told a piece of me misses Korea and it’s crazy magnetic energy. To be completely honest I miss everything but working in Korea.

Coming back home has brought up emotions and opinions I never really knew were there.

Looking for a new job, seeing my friends and family, moving in with my dad, and managing my money has all been a giant change. 

Life after Korea has had some glitches so far but my husband and I have started using our time wisely and that’s how I ended up starting a more “professional” blog!

GO ME!

To all my fellow expats out there who have lived abroad and moved back home:

How did you feel? 
What were some of your biggest concerns/problems readjusting?
Do you regret coming home?

I’d really love to hear your point of view on this!

I’ll actually be starting a weekly segment dedicated to different topics that have come up in the past 2 months since I’ve moved back!

I hope this is as cathartic for you as it is for me. 

Happy Monday Everyone!

xoxo

Julie Ko