Where is Oegukeen

Where is Oegukeen?

Those that follow this blog regularly might have noticed that it’s been quite a while since the last time I wrote anything. And they may think I have given up. Well, you won’t get rid of me that easily :) I didn’t get discouraged because of the breakup nor did I get tired of writing…

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Do I regret relationship with Korean man

Do I regret relationship with Korean man?

As I went through the photos he made publicly available on Interpals, I had noticed there were quite a few photos of him in a military uniform. He didn’t strike me as a military type of guy so I asked him about it. He had explained right away that South Korea has mandatory military service…

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Am I breaking up with Korea?

It’s been a rough couple of days. It’s difficult smiling. And it’s difficult getting used to not having him in my life. I’m still not there yet. Actually, we have stayed in touch but it’s so different now. So… official. It’s been a whole week. It seems much longer. I thought the fact we both…

It is over

Kimchi Man and Oegukeen are no more. We broke up. I know many people are going to ask “What happened!?” Nothing happened, really. Which I guess was the problem. Both of us got very ill, at different times and from different illnesses, but with the same results: our lives were put on hold. And in…

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Your Korean love stories #3

<- Your Korean love stories #2 Few months ago we started a new Your Story section where people who don’t have any questions to ask about the dating scene with Korean guys but would like to share their romantic or heart-breaking stories can do so. We’ve been getting many stories with amazing variety of happy…

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‘Do Koreans eat dogs?‘ and Western hypocrisy

Having a Korean boyfriend means getting a few question asked over and over again, every time people find out who you are dating. “Is he from North or South Korea?”. South of course. “Aren’t they really poor there?” You’re thinking of North again. “Are Koreans Buddhists?” Most are atheists actually, but there is fair share…

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Your Korean love story #2

<- Your Korean love story #1 While it may seem that romances with Korean guys are a rare experience for non-Korean women (even more so for Western women), many sweet and bitter-sweet stories you submitted to Your story section may prove otherwise. Isn’t it wonderful that we live in the age of fast internet and…

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Survey: How do you keep in contact with Koreans?

In our series of posts about long distance relationships we want to share with you easiest ways to keep in touch with your faraway boyfriend/girlfriend/friend. We tested out many free Korean instant messaging apps and wrote a post titled 4 best free Korean apps. We would like to find out what you think and which ones you…

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Long distance relationship advice

He lives in Korea, and I live in Europe. That’s as long distance as it gets. I’ve spent more than seven years in long distance relationships so far. This is my second one and it is a lot more successful and enjoyable than the previous. The main reason is that I found real and passionate…

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Your Korean love story #1

My Korean boyfriend and I have an unusual love story – meeting online, falling in love without ever seeing each other, and becoming a real couple while being of different nationality, race, culture, and speaking different languages… all in the name of love. But we are not the only ones! Other girls and women have…

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Be the Change

I was sitting yesterday at a family lunch, looking around, thinking how very different we are. Brothers and sisters and grandparents and cousins all sharing same genes, we have spent our whole lives in the same town, and yet we could hardly agree on any given topic that arose in the conversation. What kind of…

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What does it mean to be Korean?

“… he is a Korean but he doesn’t speak Korean.” The first thought that popped into my mind when I read that was that the man is mute. When I scanned the rest of the comment which that sentence was a part of, my hasty conclusion didn’t seem to fit the context. So I came…

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Top 5 things you should know about Korean guys

Dating Korean guys is not much different than dating other people, but here are top 5 things about Korean guys that are good to know: Korean Age Korean age is calculated differently than international age. When they are born, they are one year old (approximation for the 9 months they have spent in their mother’s belly).…

Korean men are men before they are Korean

Korean men are men before they are Korean?

“Korean men are men before they are Korean” is a phrase I first read over at fellow blogger’s Ask a Korean. Since then I have seen it parroted out by many who think they are being progressive and seeing beyond someone’s nationality. While I completely agree with its premise, that our culture has very little influence on our…

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Dating Korean guy – the clash of prejudices

Dating outside your race unavoidably brings about stereotypes and prejudices. Unusual thing about dating Korean men is that it brings two sets of stereotypes that are completely opposing and mutually exclusive. I must admit that there is rarely a thing that can throw me off balance as much as prejudices. But this conflict of stereotypes…

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What does oppa mean?

Korean dictionary defines Oppa ( 오빠 ) as “older brother of a female”. However, addressing other people in Korean language is never that simple. To truly understand the meaning of the word oppa, you must understand a bit about Korean culture. For Koreans, it is really important to observe the relationship between the speaker and…

Korean Jindo pup

Korean Jindo Dog

One of the first things I found out about Kimchi Man when we met is that he owns a dog. The cute little white fluff was right there among his profile pictures. Underneath it said that it was a Korean Jindo dog. I have never heard of that breed so I searched online for any…

Ignore the “shocking” video

There is a video that raised quite a storm both among the foreign community in Korea and, as Kimchi Man informs me, Korean women married to American men. The video depicts the “shocking” reality of foreign men mistreating Korean women. The segment is stellar example of bad and cheap journalism. They make shocking claims but…

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Korea on YouTube

Having fallen in love with a Korean man I inevitably became interested in Korea and everything Korean. Love is a strange thing. Which other thing in the world could make my heart beat faster just because I am passing by a Samsung store? :) Being driven by love and curiosity I searched and searched for interesting things…