Finding and Staying at a Seoul Goshiwon

Ace Residence Seoul

Image Source unknown. Ace Residence Sinchon (aka. my old home!)

If you’re looking for a cheap and affordable place to stay in Seoul, be it for one night or one year, goshiwons make a great budget option!

Goshiwons are places offering small rooms, usually located in the more studenty areas of town like Shinchon, Hongdae, Ehwa, Seoul National Station etc.

A goshiwon will usually offer renters a small room with a desk, chair and cupboard for about 15,000-25,000 won/night (short-term) or 300-600,000 won/month (long-term).

Almost all of them will also offer free rice and kimchi for you to eat (and instant noodles read more

Season-All Ham and Egg Pasta

season-all ham and egg pasta

When I was a kid I was an unbelievably fussy eater. Vegetables were a no go, fruit was only eaten if it didn’t look or feel funny (delicious strawberries… Ewww no way they’ve got all those funny seeds on them mommy!!! -*sighs*-) and would you believe me if I said that the first time I willingly ate a salad was at twenty-one?

Well, you better believe it, because it’s true!

Nevertheless, one of the things I could never get enough of and ate almost daily was pasta… and cheese. No garnish, no sauces, just plain pasta read more

Cancer Research UK #nomakeupselfie Time!

Post-run #nomakeupselfie plus a donation for a good cause? I'm in!

Post-run #nomakeupselfie plus a donation for a good cause? I’m in!

#nomakeupselfie is what again?

I’ll tell you straight, I’m not really a huge fan of taking pictures of myself. It’s not that I don’t like pictures, I actually don’t mind joining in on others’ picture taking fun, but I was just never big on taking pictures of myself… or at least not since I closed down my Myspace profile many many years ago!

For many girls I know, voluntarily presenting themselves to the world without make-up is not really an everyday occurrence, so when I started seeing a plethora of no makeup selfies floating around read more

UNICEF Tap Project: Unplug, Unwind and Save Some Lives

unicef tap project

Screenshot of the UNICEF Tap Project website

I came across the UNICEF Tap Project yesterday and really thought it’s a super great idea for a really good cause, which is why I’m spreading the word and sharing it with you.

The idea behind it is to get people to put down something that really isn’t a necessity in this world (like a phone) for long enough to give something very necessary for life (water) to those on the very brink of survival.

When you participate in the UNICEF Tap Project, for every MINUTE you decide not to use your phone, UNICEF’s partners read more

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Cold Cold Soul

It’s winter. It’s cold. The sun comes up later, the sun goes down earlier and yet with a few simple ingredients and a little bit of kitchen magic, this super simple chicken soup will have your senses humming in no time!

I actually made this recipe for the first time, the day I came back from my freezing Seoul winter vacation. I’d wanted to make my insanely delicious Cheatsheet Dolmio Lasagne, but my roomie insisted on something healthy, hearty and delicious instead. Never one to say no to a culinary challenge when there read more

Travelling to Seoul on a Budget – 7 Top Tips!

Korean Sushi

Image by Nayoung Kang

It’s kind of unusual for me to be back and not living here, but I’ve noticed the experience is already pretty different. I have to budget, I don’t have time to let things happen later and living out of a suitcase isn’t quite as handy as having everything you need with you when you need it!

However, as an ex-Seoulite and self proclaimed pro-budgeter I know a thing or two about living well (but cheaply) in the capital of the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, so here are some handy tips if you want to travel to and stay read more

Everyma’am’s 15 Must-Have Kitchen Staples

I am a person who loves her food. When I have the funds, you’ll find my cupboards and freezers filled with everything from flour, to spices, to meat and vegetables. However, as money can be pretty tight at times, being a self-funded postgraduate student and all, I’ve learnt that when push comes to shove it is still quite possible to cook together a number of delicious meals with only a few cupboard staples. read more