What Are Occlusives and Why Do We Need Them?

Let’s talk about occlusives! What exactly are occlusives and why is everyone talking about them? Because they’re important. That’s why. Now let’s answer the first part. Occlusives are a type of moisturizing agent that form a coating on your skin to help prevent transepidermal water loss (or, TEWL). And that means… Transepidermal water loss is … Read moreWhat Are Occlusives and Why Do We Need Them?

Ingredient Spotlight: The Skin Benefits of Mugwort (Artemisia)

Let’s talk about mugwort! Mugwort or, Artemisia (sometimes labeled as this), is the current “it” skincare ingredient coming out of South Korea. Previous “it” ingredients include things like snail mucin, donkey milk, and centella (cica) (all of which are still fairly popular). If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that when a specific ingredient becomes … Read moreIngredient Spotlight: The Skin Benefits of Mugwort (Artemisia)

Mini Fridges for Skincare: Brilliant or BS?

If you follow any beauty influencers on social media, you probably would have noticed the flurry of “shelfies” (a photo of a shelf of skincare or makeup, for those unaware) that take place inside a mini fridge. #minifridgeshelfie #skincareshelfie Basically, storing many skincare products in a mini refrigerator has become very popular. The most popular … Read moreMini Fridges for Skincare: Brilliant or BS?

In-flight Skincare: Why you shouldn’t apply skincare during a flight

In a few days I will be taking a 13 hour direct flight from Seoul to Toronto. That’s a long-ass time to be on an airplane, but I tend to prefer direct flights rather than wasting time with layovers. However, 13 hours stuck on an airplane can be pretty brutal to your skin, so I … Read moreIn-flight Skincare: Why you shouldn’t apply skincare during a flight

Understanding the PA + Sunscreen Ratings on Asian Sunscreens

When I first moved to South Korea, I noticed a difference in how sunscreen was listed on products. In Canada I was accustomed to only seeing “SPF” listed (example, SPF 30) and an indication that the product was “broad spectrum”. In South Korea, I was surprised to see two different ratings, the usual SPF rating, … Read moreUnderstanding the PA + Sunscreen Ratings on Asian Sunscreens

Jeollanamdo Language Program (JLP) Contract Changes for 2019

My original post made about the Jeollanamdo Language Program still seems to get a lot of views, so I thought it was important I do an update. For any incoming 2019 intakes (April, August, & November) there have been some fairly big contract changes in terms of vacation days. The Old System If you are … Read moreJeollanamdo Language Program (JLP) Contract Changes for 2019

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

This review is for the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream. TL;DR OK…are you ready for an unpopular opinion? Let’s talk about my experience with the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream. Warning! If the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream is a ‘Holy Grail’ product for you then I strongly encourage you to close … Read moreHolika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil Review

This review is for the innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil. What is it? The innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil is an oil-based cleanser. The first step in a two step cleansing routine if you are familiar with double-cleansing. Not only do oil-based cleansers help remove oil-based debris from your skin, but they’re also amazing makeup … Read moreinnisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil Review

Rural South Korea Apartment Tour: Yeosu, Jeollanam-do

Rural South Korea Apartment Tour: Yeosu, Jeollanam-do

This is the first video in my apartment tour series, looking at apartments in rural South Korea! This was shot in Yeosu, one of the main cities in Jeollanam-do. You can watch the video above and read about the apartment below if you’d like some more information. The apartment is fairly small so there isn’t a whole lot to discuss, but leave me any questions in the comments!

The Building

I believe this building would be classified as a “villa” here in South Korea. It’s only a few stories high, maybe 3 or 4, and overall fairly small. There are no elevators in the building.

On the outside of the door is a keypad. Most apartments in  Korea no longer use regular keys but instead key codes. I really like having a code opposed to a physical key because forgetting your key is easy but forgetting a code is harder (if you choose a good one!).

The Inside

Immediately when you enter the apartment there is a tiny little area where you need to take off your shoes. There is also a nice shoe closet at the entrance which can hold quite a bit of stuff.

The first room is the kitchen. This is a very standard kitchen for smaller apartments in Korea. It has a refrigerator, small gas stove, sink, and a washing machine. You won’t find full-sized ovens in Korea, at least not easily. From what I understand they are more of a luxury item here. Most people just use a microwave oven which can do the same job on a smaller scale. Microwave ovens come in many sizes and I definitely recommend purchasing one if you like to cook (or bake)!

The Bathroom

Again, this is a very average bathroom for small apartments in Korea. There is no separated shower and the shower head attaches to the sink. You need to wear slippers in the bathroom to prevent wet feet!

The Living Space

So the main living space in this apartment is a pretty good size. The bed is a little bigger than a single bed, but smaller than a double. There is definitely room for a work space or some small chairs. There is a large closet in the main room which could easily fit all of your clothes and suitcases.

Attached to the living space is a ‘balcony’ area. It isn’t exactly what we would call a balcony in Canada but it is mainly used to dry laundry. There is also some good storage space on the balcony.

Closing Thoughts

Overall this is (I think) a very typical apartment for a Native English Teacher her in Korea. Of course there are differences and you probably won’t know what you have until you get here, but I hope this has calmed some nerves!