The Most Striking Differences Between Colombia And South Korea That No One Ever Knew About

Colombia and South Korea have had wonderful and strong ties for many years. These include trading in various aspects and fields, diplomatic relations, sporting activities and military services. In 1951, Colombia deployed troops to the Korean country as part of a UN peacekeeping force. There were however no direct relations especially in diplomatic matters between the two countries until march 1962.

In June 2012, the two countries further went ahead and signed a free trade agreement, which would see the two countries trading freely without any sanctions. The political relations between the two countries also strengthened and Colombia was one of the countries that strongly condemned the attack on South Korea by the North Korean republic.

With all the things that both countries have in common, there are however differences between them both that most people do not know about. Some of these are

Political

Colombia is the fourth largest Spanish speaking country in the world and has a population of over 40 million people. The Spanish colonized the South American country when they first set foot in the country in 1499. The Japanese on the other hand colonized South Korea in the early 20th century. It however had to go through a trough Korean War that saw the split of the whole of Korea into South and North Korea.

In the political scene, the Colombian government elects their president democratically and has no limit to how many terms the president can serve. The current president has been in power since 2010. In South Korea on the other hand, the president elect can only serve one 5-year term without any possibilities of re-election after the end of his or her tenure.

Industrialization And Natural Resources

South Korea is one of the most industrialized countries in the world today. It can easily compete with other larger industrialized countries in terms of technology and the service market. It has a wonderful and active workforce making it also one of the richest countries in Asia. Colombia on the hand is very rich in natural resources and agriculture produce but not as industrialized as South Korea. Though the Colombian state is growing economically now, the rate of unemployment is stull high as compared to the South Korean state.

Entertainment

Mylf - Mature Women Rule

Mylf – Mature Women Rule

Talking about current trends in entertainment we can say that introduction of MYLF series is going to stir some fire up for both of countries. Given that mature women are very popular in both, we think that this new website with its acronym standing for moms you would like to friend is going to bring some serious joy. Of course we need to be aware it’s adults only and it will feature these mature women in explicit actions 🙂

Show business in Colombia is growing at a tremendous rate with Hollywood choosing many beautiful places in the country to shoot their movies and TV scenes. Besides Hollywood, many more producers from all over the world are cashing in on the beauty of Colombia to make block buster movies. Colombia has not been in the map for international entertainment moguls in the past. South Korea on the other hand is rich in drama, movies and music. The entertainment industry in this country is very vibrant making it a favorite stop for many producers especially in the Asian community.

Trading

South Korea exports products like textiles, automobiles, steel and plastics to the Colombian state while Colombia in return exports agricultural products like coffee, bananas and natural resources like crude oil.

Sports

Asian countries in general are more vibrant when it comes to sports as compared to South American countries. While the Colombian soccer team is a force to reckon with, South Korea on the other hand has a variety of sporting activities that put them on the world map as one of the strongest sporting countries. This saw South Korea as one of the host countries during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The South Korean football team is strong with excellent stars that play in international clubs. Football is the most watched game in Colombia but other sporting activities like gymnastics are not as popular.

There was an uproar recently when a match between South Korea and Colombia got out of hand due to a racist gesture from a Colombian player to his South Korean counterpart. The eye gesture from Cardona to Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min caused outrage from all corners of the world.

Wrapping It Up

Despite the cultural, economic, social and political differences between the two countries they continue to work together to grow in developing their trading, education, diplomatic relations and social links. The connection between them both runs deep and continues to grow.

Travel Sketching Can Change Your Holiday Experience

When you are planning for a holiday, there are many things to take into consideration to make it memorable and for it to go well without any hitches. Making a travel sketching can change your holiday experience to make it worthwhile and to go at it fully prepared. Below are tips on the best travel sketches or travel plans for your next holiday experience.

Insurance

Anything can happen while you are on holiday and you may need that urgent medical help. Do not let any illness or injury spoil your holiday. Check to see if your medical insurance is in order and if your medical policy applies away from home and in the place where you are taking the holiday. If your policy does not cover you, arrange with your travel agent on how you can acquire vacation insurance.

Plane Seat Selection

While this may not seem as a very important issue, it is best to select a good seat position when traveling. Choose a window seat that provides you with a better view of the surrounding areas outside of the plane or an aisle seat that gives you unrestricted access to the bathroom and your overhead baggage.

Language and Culture

While taking a holiday to any foreign country may be fun, it would be more fun if you learnt a few words of the native language and their culture. You will meet many people like tour guides, hotel staff and other residents and learning simple words like “thank you”, “good morning”, “I’m lost”, “where is the embassy?” and so on will prove important in case you need to use them.

Luggage

Many people do not know what to pack when going away for holiday. Pack only the essentials and if possible pack light. You do not need more than one suitcase, but then again all this will depend on how long your holiday will take. Airports are busy places and security is tight. Packing light ensures you do not take too long going through the checks and it means less baggage fees. Packing less also means you are most likely to lose fewer items or lose nothing at all. Bulky items like shoes should not hold too much of your packing space and carry as few pairs as you can.

Seasonal Time To Take The Holiday

When drawing your travel sketch for the holiday, be very sure on the seasons. If you are a summer person, then choose a summer holiday time to take your holiday. If you are a winter person and probably love to watch and participate in winter games, then a winter holiday will suit you better. If you love a certain activity and your holiday destination offers that particular activity, choose a time that coincides with your activity.

Read Reviews

Do not take a holiday blindly without reading as much as you can about reviews of your holiday destination. Do not only rely on the positive reviews, which are mostly what you get to see online. Read deeper and get all the facts about the people, the hotels, the food, the perception of outsiders and everything else that would interest you. This will give you an idea on whether to proceed with your holiday or look for a place with better reviews.

Your Favorite Video Content

Yeah you need it as well! A lot of countries in the world still have poor Internet access and speeds are totally horrific. The best way to enjoy things you like to watch is to bring them on your laptop or tablet. I personally recommend taking a look at the newest production of Nubiles called Daddy’s Lil Angel (where step-daughters are having backdoor love with their step-dads!).

Wrapping It Up

The tips above are some of the many tips that would help you make the perfect travel sketch before your next holiday. Make it memorable by planning to save on disappointments and costs.

A Beginner’s Manual of What to Do In Colombia and South Korea

If you want to know the first steps in making life easier during your move to Colombia and South Korea, I’m here to help. Let’s cut to the chase.

After Moving to Colombia or South Korea

First Steps

After you’ve entered the country, reached your accommodation, done all the paperwork, etc. you’ll be hit by the jet lag, the confusion of a new country and disorientation. Possibly anxiety. Don’t be alarmed, it’s common for many people to take a few days to adjust.

 

Some employers may help by setting up the apartment, taking you out for a meal and orientating you. Not all. That’s why you need this list of first steps:

Information

Pick up a copy of the local On Arrival magazine. It will contain info and ideas that you’ll be grateful for.

Internet

You may not have internet access as soon as you move in. You may be able to catch a wireless connection from an office nearby to Skype friends and let them know you’re safe. Or you could visit an inexpensive “PC Bang” in Korea (they’re everywhere) or Internet Cafe In Colombia. Coffee shops are also an option.

Beat jet lag

Try not to sleep through the day. It will keep your jet lag as low as possible.

Your apartment

Apartment at downtown Bogota

You may find yourself spending the first few days in a hotel, while the teacher before you vacate the apartment you’ll be living in or you hunt for an apartment. In Korea, you’ll find tenants who leave can leave behind a mess. Those who come in place of them will be expected to clean. If your employers aren’t kind enough to get the apartment cleaned before you get there, you may have to scrub it down yourself. Keep your chin up. Try to explore the neighborhood for a few days.

Communication

Getting a cell phone in Korea for foreigners is a pain. It can take months to get through the process. Skype is a more convenient option. Plus it’s free if you don’t buy credit to call landlines and cellphones back home. Even then it’s cheap. I recommend Skype for Colombia as well, though getting a cell phone here is easier than in Korea. Avoid buying from street sellers or unauthorized sellers, as they could be selling you a stolen phone. Expats can get pay-as-you-go plans easily from stores. But for monthly contracts, you’ll need a Colombian ID.

Groceries & necessities

7 Eleven Store

7 Eleven Store in Bogota Columbia

There are convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Buy the Way, Family Mart etc. everywhere in Korea. You can get water, snacks, beer, ramen (which you can make and eat at the store), electronics, household goods, medicines etc. Larger grocery stores though will have lower prices. Colombia has local open-air markets that are incredibly cheap and fresh. Find a market near you.

Bank accounts

Most employers will set up an account for you with the same bank they use, and automatically deposit your wages into it. Your passport may be enough to do this, or you may need an Alien Registration Card (ARC). You’ll get an ATM card and a Passbook as well, which can be updated by the bank with your transactions. Carry some cash with you when you move in, you may get paid only after a month.

Make friends

You could invite your neighbors in Colombia for drinks or a meal. You’ll find they are very friendly, hospitable and more than eager to help. In Korea, things are more formal and restrained. You could start by bringing some gifts (a fruit basket is nice) to your neighbors and introducing yourself.

Find healthcare

After moving, scope out the area and make sure to find a doctor or dentist you could go to for emergencies. Register for health insurance if you haven’t already. Healthcare can be free under the NHI program, if you meet certain criteria in South Korea. In Colombia, healthcare is widely available with public and private systems, though the quality between the two is very different.

 

I hope this checklist will make your first few days and weeks easier after the move. Good luck!

Martial Arts

Taekwando School

Taekwando School

A Hobby to pursue in South Korea to learn about the formalized styles

When it comes to martial arts, there is a stereotype about Korean that we westerners have. We seem to think that every Korean has grown up on Taekwondo, and can split tables with their palms without a hair out of place.

After living in South Korea for a while, I realized that Taekwondo and other martial arts in the country are like baseball. Lots of people are interested in it. Many kids train in it in school clubs. But not everyone is super dedicated.

I have always been fascinated by the martial arts. So I thought it would be foolish to give up an opportunity to learn about the formalized styles of Taekwondo, Taekkyeon, in the land of their birth. I highly recommend a martial arts program for expats to get a deeper perspective on Korean tradition and culture.