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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    October 13, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Same as Annisa! Korean grammar is sooo hard. A lot of more advanced grammar points are based on feelings, opinions, or judgments of if the outcome was positive or negative. I am constantly finding myself using the wrong grammar and I’m not sure if I will ever be able to use them correctly.

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    October 13, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Hi Dani!

    From your pics, I think we have a similar hair texture. I got a magic perm one summer a few years ago and it actually worked pretty well, but it was way more expensive than I was expecting so I don’t think I’ll do it again.
    Before I had it done, I was told that it would be around 150,000 won. However, my hair is different than normal Korean hair so I ended up having to use more products and it took extra time. They also didn’t include the after-treatment that’s needed in my quote. It ended up being 300,000 won in the end ㅜㅜ

    Instead, what I do is regular deep conditioning to keep the frizz down and straighten it out. I know it might sound kind of weird, but covering your hair in mayonnaise once a month actually helps a lot. I wet it first, then cover the hair in mayo, leave it for 20-30 min, and rinse it out. Then, I use a circular brush to blow dry it straight. Normally, it keeps it pretty silky for a few weeks.

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    October 13, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Hi! Not sure if you are still in Korea now, but there are a ton of things happening this month. All month long, there are festivals happening pretty much every day.

    This is an article with a list of some of the main festivals: https://koreabyme.com/festivals-in-seoul-gyeonggi-daejeon-october-2022/

    Festivals in Seoul, Gyeonggi & Daejeon October 2022

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 17, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Hi Julia!

    When I first came to Korea I lived in a Goshiwon during my vacations. It’s not the most comfortable situation, but if you are planning to spend most of your vacation going out and exploring it’s a decent option. Plus most have free ramen, rice, and kimchi so you can save money on food too.

    There are some options for around 200,000 won per month with no deposit.

    You can check out some options here: http://www.gosi1.net/

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 11, 2022 at 5:37 am

    Hi Bri!

    It really depends on the industry. However, I think it’s always a good idea to lean more formal. For interviews, it’s generally better to be overdressed than underdressed. I would get a nice, button down white shirt and some slacks. then, you can pair it with some low heels or flat formal shoes.

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 11, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Yes!

    At the previous place where I worked, they divided my salary and had a portion of it be a pre-paid overtime allowance. As a result, I couldn’t get paid for any extra hours I worked and refusing to work overtime would have violated my contract. In three months, I worked more than 400 overtime hours and did not get paid for any of it.

    This is one of many things to look out for in an employment contract. Especially if you are working for a larger company, it is a good idea to have a lawyer look over your contract. And, if you are going to be on E series visa, it is a good idea to include a guarentee that they will give you a letter of release in your contract.

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 11, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Korean deposits have a huge range depending on the location and type of property. Generally, the higher the deposit, the less monthly rent you have to pay.

    When I was looking for housing in Seoul, the lowest housing deposit I could find for a decent one-room was 5,000,000. However, there really weren’t too many options and housing is getting more expensive. I would aim for a 10,000,000 won deposit.

    As for paying you back at the end of the contract. I have never heard of anyone not getting their deposit back. If they happened you could contact the Seoul Global Center, or your local foreigner office and they would assist you with finding a lawyer.

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    June 7, 2022 at 4:26 am

    Hi Rayssa, if you are on a D-4 visa, you need to have been in Korea for 6 months and have at least a TOPIK 2 or KIIP equivalent Korean score. If you have that, then you just need:
    1. A letter from your school stating its ok to work

    2. your academic transcript

    3. your employment contract

    4. the general immigration form
    You should call 1345 and double-check on the documents you need because it changes frequently. Then, you can fax the documents to the local immigration office.

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 24, 2022 at 4:47 am

    No problem! I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation 💜

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 24, 2022 at 4:46 am

    Thank you so much for the suggestions! I went to the Philippino market on the weekend and it was amazing!!

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    Kizzy Kuhn

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    May 24, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Great question! If you are on an employment visa and leave before your contract ends, you need a letter of release to be able to get a new visa or start a new job.

    If they do not give you a letter of release, you will be required to leave the country in two weeks. And, you might be barred from ever getting a Korean visa again. So, it is SUPER important that contracts for foreigners on an employment visa include a letter of release. Otherwise, you really can’t quit your job unless you intend to leave Korea or have the money to pursue legal action.

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