SeoulPodcast #127: New World Order

Feb 19, 2012 by

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LETTERS
Hello,  thanks for reading my email.  Here is my dilemma.  my wife and I have been discussing a move to Korea, but have concerns over our ability to support a family (2 children).  I am a civil engineer and she is a nurse.  She is a Korean national.  I have regularly scanned through different ESL websites such as ESL-Planet and find the salaries to be too low for a family of four.  Would it be possible to develop a good monthly income via contract teaching and private tutoring,  assuming that I would be working under an F class; guessing F2, visa.  I thought the cast of the seoulpodcast would have a unique view into this area.   Thanks again for any help.

Oh yes, I love the podcast.

Aaron

NEWS

Korean Government Pushes For Tougher Penalties Against Illegal Chinese Fishermen

No More Cool T-Shirts For Korea – South Korea and the Growing problem with Credit Cards

Video: Behind the Battle Between Apple and Samsung

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?
Read Marmot’s note–What? You mean to say there ISN’T a band of Chinese cannibals running around Gyeonggi-do?

Meet Saenuri Party

The ‘crooked dick’ defense? Really?

#1: Classy #3: Needed another mushroom #4: idiot #9: Doh! –Most-read Naver.com articles of the week — Feb. 5, 2011

Korean human rights commission disapproves women-only library

‘World’s worst building’ set to open in spring
Seocho-gu has the fastest Internet connections in the world
North Korea’s Diamond Resort – A business worth doing?
If you have to defend its fairness, likely it wasn’t–’7Wonders selection process fair’

Entertainment


Found in Korea–The Incredible Hulk Is Incredibly Constipated

Scribblings of the Metropolitician: On the Embarrassing Debut of Girls’ Generation on Letterman and Culture Codes
Lady Gaga Picks Seoul as Launch Pad for World Tour

“Superstar K3” Chris Golightly Calls Sexual Abuse Allegation “Lying Trash”

Seoul Court Ruled Jin-Young Park, Famous Korean Music Composer and Producer, Is Guilty of Plagiarism – Korean Copyright Law on Music Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Five Better Places to Visit than the Wonder Girls Suggest

Education

SKorea: Teacher arrested for secret camera photos

Nine in ten teens not getting laid

With a name like “Hackers Education Group” – what did you expect?

Books more satisfying than native speakers

 

EXPAT COMMUNITY

Pic: Foreigner Xing

Parents tremble at ‘pleasure parties’ thrown by foreign instructors

Foreign remittance charges to be reined in : Business : Home

Have you been filing your taxes?

 

TIME WASTERS

Shit Korean Girls Say (여자들이 많이 하는 말) – YouTube

Foreigner Conversations in Korea – YouTube

Take On Me by a-ha, North Korean Style – YouTube

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  • http://www.monster-island.net/ kushibo

    A clarification on the tax stuff (re: “Have you been filing your taxes?”). As I understand it, there are two ways to avoid paying taxes as a US citizen or permanent resident living abroad (even green card holders have to worry about filing taxes in the US!). 

    One is the foreign income exclusion (or something like that) that deducts the first $90K or so from your foreign earnings, if you’re a bona fide resident of a foreign country. That’s most of your listeners. 

    The second is that, I believe, the taxes you pay on your income in Korea can be taken off your overall tax bill. But you can’t take both of these methods. One or the other should be able to wipe out your tax bill to the IRS, unless you’re making beaucoup bucks in Korea. 

    And it’s not so much an amnesty as it it is a reminder that people need to do this, along with them saying they pretty much go easy on people who wouldn’t have had a tax bill had they filed in a timely manner. They just want you to do it so that you’re above board and all good and won’t get in trouble later. 

    Most of the information is available on the IRS info page I linked to, or on links that that sends you to.

    By the way, I thought the YouTube videos were pretty funny. It truly was a time waster when I needed to get a paper done, just like today.

    • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal/ ZenKimchi

      Thanks for clarifying that. Glad the videos produced unproductivity!

  • Jackie Bolen

    Seoul Podcast: I truly, truly love you (and personally know 2 of you, and have talked to all 3 of you together on the Podcast), which makes your recent podcast all the more disappointing.  As you were talking about eating whale-meat, it turned my stomach and I had to switch off the Podcast.  Numerous species of Whales are endangered and many more are vulnerable.  No species of whale could be considered to be “thriving.”   As long as people continue to frequent Whale Restaurants, the killing will continue. 

    Basically, the ocean is not a supermarket and we shouldn’t treat it as such, especially for those species who are in danger of disappearing forever.  I love seafood and think it’s quite delicious, but I limit myself to once or twice/year because it really is a serious concern. 

    • roboseyo

      Mmm… yeah. I’m kinda with Jackie here. Weird delicacies are awesome… but I can’t even eat tuna in good conscience anymore.