Your Guide to Survive & Thrive in Korea

KMK: Updated E-2 Visa CBC

KMK: Updated E-2 Visa CBC

If you’re like me and have already completed the E-2 visa criminal background check you probably think  you’e all set and sitting pretty. Unfortunately, if you’re in a similar situation as me then you’d be wrong. You see I am currently seeking another position and my potential new employer doesn’t...
KMK: Top Ten Apps for Expats in Korea

KMK: Top Ten Apps for Expats in Korea

I love my smart phone. It has become an indispensable part of my life. It’s practically attached to my hand. Armed with my I-phone and an army of Apps I’m practically Superman. Hungry? There’s an app to tell you where to eat and how to get there. Bored? A slew of games...
KMK: Coex Wine Buffet

KMK: Coex Wine Buffet

The wine buffet at the Intercontinental Coex Hotel executes a flawless victory night after night. Of course, it helps that the luxurious surroundings lend itself to an experience of debauchery and devilment. The lobby is simultaneously spacious airy and uncommonly intimate courtesy of the light show that drenches the high back love...
KMK: Liquid Soul

KMK: Liquid Soul

a recent Friday night my gal pals Geninine and Veniese whisked our flock of friends away to a fabulous cocktail bar in the French area of Seoul. One speedy cab ride was all it took to find ourselves at Liquid Soul. This trendy little spot oozes style with a sharp...
KMK: 12 Rules for Expat Life in Korea

KMK: 12 Rules for Expat Life in Korea

CNNGO recently published Kyle Burton’s 12 rules for expat life in Korea. I’m a little behind on the ripples through the Korean blogosphere. If you haven’t seen the reaction then you can check out what Roboseyo, Chris in South Korea, Paul Ajosshi, and Dave Willis each had to say. The...
KMK: Czechoslovakianese?

KMK: Czechoslovakianese?

The 사무실 Transcripts from a “frustrating-when-it’s-happening”, but “funny-in-retrospect” foreigner-infused Korean workplace. Gaston: “Rolanda, Czechoslovakia citizen is what?” Rolanda: “Um, a person who was born, raised and has a passport from the Czech Republic…in Europe.” Gaston: “Please come and look at this resume.” Resume says “Citizen – Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma”...
KMK: Ten Warning Signs Not to Sign Your Contract

KMK: Ten Warning Signs Not to Sign Your Contract

If you’re thinking about coming to South Korea on an E2 visa then you’re standing in the shoes of a lot of people who’ve come before you. You’re probably running on equal parts excitement and anxiety. So it’s understandable that the prospect of a yearlong adventure in a foreign land...
KMK: Platoon Kunsthalle Night Flea Market

KMK: Platoon Kunsthalle Night Flea Market

Platoon Kunsthalle Night Flea Market KICK ASS KOREA reason 5 As you approach the first thing you notice is the flicker of strobe lights splashed on the buildings. Then, as you come closer, the rumble of hip hop beats grows. Nearby, passerby on their own evening adventure slow, heads rubbernecking...
KMK: Queer Seoul Series Part One

KMK: Queer Seoul Series Part One

Queer Seoul Series An Expat Guide to Queer Seoul Part I: The Hidden Ten Percent Seoul is a city teeming with millions. Millions! Wikipedia puts the number of Seoulites in the metropolitan area at 23 million. Now as an expat I naively thought that meant the gay population of Seoul...
KMK: South Koreans Wrestle with BOA

KMK: South Koreans Wrestle with BOA

Recently, the NYT has taken an interest in the local Korean ecology. The article in question focuses on Bonogit Hussain, an Indian man, and Hahn Ji-seon, a female Korean friend of his whom both found themselves facing down BOA. If you’ve lived in Korea for any significant amount of time,...
KMK: Phuket - Club Absolute Holiday Scam

KMK: Phuket – Club Absolute Holiday Scam

So, one morning I rose up early to head to the beach for some fun in the not so hot early morning sun. On the way I was stopped by an English man who asked if I too spoke English. Thinking he might be lost and I might be able...
KMK: An Open Letter to Flower Boys

KMK: An Open Letter to Flower Boys

Pardon me for being so forward. I don’t mean to interrupt your wistful gazing of your reflection in your cup of coffee or perhaps your deep contemplation of the latest strapless oversized leather Murse, but I feel compelled to make a suggestion that will hopefully make both our lives easier...
KMK: An Open Letter to Ajummas

KMK: An Open Letter to Ajummas

You may not read this, but I felt compelled to write anyway just to get this off my chest. I hesitated; really, I did, because I thought about the repercussions of how this letter may be received and how it may result in a walking stick to the back of...
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KMK: Fukuoka E2 Visa Run

KMK: Fukuoka E2 Visa Run

Hi, folks! It’s been awhile since I’ve been posting regularly. Suffice it to say, I’m back in the blogger saddle. The posts should start popping up with more regularity, so stay tuned! In the meantime time I wanted to update those not in the know about the dreaded visa run a some  of us have...
Jiva Cubes - Kickstarter project approved by Vegan U.S. teachers in S.Korea

Jiva Cubes – Kickstarter project approved by Vegan U.S. teachers in S.Korea

Hi there! My name is Natalia, I’m co-founder of Jiva Cubes. We make coffee cubes using Single Estate Colombian coffee and raw sugar (think of a sugar cube combined with coffee). We just launched a Kickstarter campaign to release a non-sweet coffee cube. We are a completely crowd funded company that focuses on making delicious...
KMK: Seoul A New Queer Mecca?

KMK: Seoul A New Queer Mecca?

Seoul is a city teeming with millions of people. So many millions that I believed the gay population would be bursting at the seams. Years ago, as a freshly minted expat, I pictured a gay Asian mecca analogous to San Francisco. How naïve. Still, undaunted, I waded through the deceiving sea of straight guys in...
KMK: Amandier

KMK: Amandier

Macaroons! It’s not that I’m a big fan of macaroons, its just that I love the way the word rolls off the tongue like some pastry battle cry. In the traditional souvenir swamped streets of Itaewon just across the street from Anguk Station you’ll find all the macaroons and other pastry delights at Amandier. The...
KMK: TATTOO KOREA

KMK: TATTOO KOREA

Known as best tattoo parlor in Korea
KMK: Hollywood's Bar and Grill

KMK: Hollywood’s Bar and Grill

Tuesdays nights at Hollywood Bar and Grill have never been friendlier to the starved and broke. Just pop in and you’ll find appetizers are all fifty percent off with a drink order. The types of appetizers include chili fries, nachos, potato skins, poutine, chicken tenders and chips, deep fried chili peppers, burritos, chicken wings, pepperoni...
KMK: Some Kind of Queer

KMK: Some Kind of Queer

Look, moving to a new place, let alone a new country, means facing a daunting set of hurdles. Saying good-bye to family, friends, and social networks tied intimately into your day to day life probably paralyzes most people. When leaving your home country those losses can seem even larger after realizing how steep the cultural...
KMK: Interview - Paul Sharkie

KMK: Interview – Paul Sharkie

Banking in Korea used to be a huge headache for newly arrived expats. More likely than not it involved conscripting a Korean coworker during lunch or perhaps after hours imposing upon their time and good will. Thankfully, things are changing. Today, some of Korea’s top banking institutions focus on servicing the ever growing expat community....
KMK: Battered Sole

KMK: Battered Sole

  EDITOR’S NOTE: This contribution was emailed to me by a reader.   Hey there, I’ve been a big fan of KMK for a while so I thought it was finally time to contribute something to the site. Anyways I was in Sinchon last week with some buddies and we ended up going to this...
KMK: Interview - Ryan McKelvey

KMK: Interview – Ryan McKelvey

Pennsylvania native Ryan McKelvey may be far away from home, but he’s quite centered when it comes to his sense of self showcased in his own personal brand of artistry. If you don’t know him personally you may have heard of his alter ego the enigmatic Madame Sarcasma. For folks not familiar with your work...
KMK: Vinyl

KMK: Vinyl

Vinyl is litterally gem of a bar so tiny that you’ll probably walk right on by if you don’t keep an eye out. It’s one of the best spots to kick off any night in Hongdae when it comes to getting well and throughly pissed. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s quirky. They’ve got a gimmick...
KMK: Vogue To the Third Power

KMK: Vogue To the Third Power

  두번째 파티의 엄청난 반응을 이어 세번째의 v.o.g.u.e party를 열게 되어 너무 기쁩니다. 서울의 게이와 레즈비언, 그들을 사랑하고 즐길수 있는 모두를 위한 디스코! 서울을 이끌고 있는 언더그라운드 클럽 Cakeshop Seoul에서 열리는 다시 찾아온 기회 v.o.g.u.e에서 남녀 모두 모여 서울에 빠르게 변화하고 있으며 두드러지고 있는 LGBT night을 가질 것입니다. 음악을 중점적으로한 v.o.g.u.e는 제한될 수 있었던 gay...