I’ll be away for the holidays…

Merry Christmas everyone! 
(Or belated depending on your time zone)

This was actually my first Christmas home with my family and my husband.

After spending 4 Christmas’ away from home and family it’s nice to be back!

But during those 4 years, something deep inside of me felt sadness, distance, and a bit of anger.

Those of you currently living/working abroad may have felt similar emotions during the holiday season.

Every year while I worked in Korea I actually left the country to push back my emotions and try to make the best of the fact that I wasn’t home surrounded by loved ones persuading me to move home.

But for some you, you have to stay in Korea and keep working through the holiday or your break is split up differently.

I want to take a minute and say this.
To those of you who are still abroad and are feeling homesick and blue this time of year,  I am here for you. I know it’s hard to be away from familiarity and traditions so if you find yourself depressed or wanting someone to talk to my inbox is ALWAYS open.

I am no stranger to my dear friend depression.
It loved to try and control me and steer me down dark alleyways of my brain. It’s cold outside, crying seems normal, and your feelings are numb.
I have dealt with depression from a young age and sought out professional help that has ultimately given me the tools to dig me out of a grade A pity party.

Sometimes change is difficult and lonely.
But you should always know that there are people who have been there and possibly felt what you are feeling now.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to others in the expat groups or people on Instagram that maybe you’ve never met.

I actually met some really cool people in Korea through Instagram!

I want to wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday break.

Be sure to take care of your mind & body!

Lots of LOVE,

Julie Ko

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 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

Cafe Gals visit Sayoo in Itaewon

Sayoo is a huge cafe with a lot to do! There are 5 floors, each  with their own theme. This cafe has a space for everyone from movie buffs to artsy people to people who just like to chill on a good rooftop. They have delicious drinks and even yummier cakes!


1F Cafe

2F Fashion Store

3F Cinema Cafe

4F Gallery Cafe

5F Rooftop

Now let’s get into the details here:


Prices: 

4,500 KRW – 10,000 KRW

Menu:

Korean and English 

Wifi: 

Yes!

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Each floor had it’s own vibe!

Seating: 

Lots of seats on each floor!

Instagram Worthy:

For sure!

Thoughts:

Sayoo is such a nice to come to when you need to relax. Julie and I checked out each floor for a bit. The first floor is where you order everything. There are a few one seaters so you can sit and wait for your coffee. The second floor is the store. Each time we went it was closed, it was pretty late at night though. The third floor is the cinema room. They have a huge wall where they show all kinds of different movies. The room is huge and has a lot of space to work. (Don’t worry the movie is silent.) The fourth was our favorite; the Gallery. They had a bunch of art from paintings to sculptures. They even had sketchbooks and other art supplies up there; free to use! Unfortunately the rooftop was being renovated at the time we went plus it was dark so there wasn’t much to see there. 

The drinks…

Definitely come check this place out! 

 

🚨Julie and I gave this cafe🚨

☕☕☕☕☕/5

💕

Address:

서울 용산구 이태원로 54길 5
 5 Itaewon-ro 54-gil,  Yongsan-gu, Seoul

🌟 Go out of exit 3 from Hanggangjin Station and walk for about 5 minutes. Turn left at the 3rd street, it will be on your left. 

Open

Sunday-Thursday 1:00-10:00

Friday-Saturday 11:00-11:00 

Phone Number

02. 2289.9050

 📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cheyenne & Julie