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Interviews, Things to See »

[31 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

“Welcome to English News KCTV – I’m Nik Brountas….”- and with those words he leads into the top story of the day from the studio of the new English language news service dedicated to serving foreigners living and working on Jeju island.
Today I’m interviewing Nik at the modern and bustling KCTV office in Yeon-dong. Kang In-Hee, the production director also sits in on the questions, and I get the proceedings started by asking how he came to be anchorman: “I knew someone who does some English editing work …

Bars & Clubs »

[30 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Bull’s Darts Bar is nestled amongst a cluster of flashy neon lights in the heart of City Hall. This underground establishment was opened in September of 2006 by Go Hun Mi (고훈미). Darts have been a personal interest of hers for many years, and she had a desire to utilize her love of darts to get other women more interested in the sport. She wanted to “gear the bar towards women” because she felt that, while men are the main players of the game, more females could become …

Art Galleries & Museums »

[30 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

In 1653, Jeju met its first foreigner. It came in the form of a shipwrecked Dutchman named Hendrick Hamel. The local community must not have liked what they saw, as they immediately shipped Hamel and his crew off the island to live in captivity in Seoul. It took Hamel and a handful of crewmates nearly 13 years to escape.
Nowadays, Jeju is far more hospitable to its foreign guests. The island attracts an eclectic group of foreigners who have come to live here for wildly different reasons. …

Pets & Animals »

[30 Aug 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Who says you can’t choose your family? If you’re like me, a fellow pet owner here on Jeju, you understand how important health and happiness are for your furry (or feathery) family members. It’s safe to say that owning and taking good care of a pet anywhere is a huge responsibility; however, it’s even more difficult in a foreign country – not to mention an island where the culture of pet ownership and care hasn’t been cultivated for a long time. I’ve had my puppy, Bubak, for three months …