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Melbourne crash causes inferno

Dramatic video has emerged of a fiery crash involving multiple vehicles at Thornbury, in Melbourne s north, late last night.

A 24-year-old Queensland man is in hospital after losing control of a sports car he was driving and ploughing into a number of parked vehicles, including a caravan.

The driver and his 24-year-old passenger reportedly tried to flee the scene, but were stopped by an off-duty police officer.

Police are investigating after a car lost control and smashed into a caravan, bursting into flames. #9News pic.twitter.com/C5smEVjE5m

Trump changes FBI sacking story

US President Donald Trump has shot down his own White House s initial explanation for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In an interview with NBC today, Mr Trump called Mr Comey a showboat , and said he was going to sack him regardless of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein s recommendation.

That recommendation was central to the White House s story in the hours after Mr Comey was fired. Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Mr Rosenstein had independently assessed Mr Comey s performance, and the President wasn t even aware of his probe before receiving the pivotal memo.

I was going to fire Comey, Mr Trump told NBC today. Regardless of the recommendation I was going to fire Comey.

James Comey was leading the FBI investigation into any possible collusion between Mr Trump s campaign team and Russia.

Comey Firing Fallout: 3 Things to Know 3:22

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey triggered a blizzard of reactions Wednesday from lawmakers and the White House. WSJ’s Tanya Rivero has three takeaways from the day after the bombshell announcement.

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Sydney woman s epic brow fail

A Sydney woman says she is completely shattered after an attempt to get the perfect eyebrows tattooed on her face went horribly wrong.

Rather than enhancing the natural shape and colour of her brows, the strokes etched onto her face with a microblade are clumsy, misshapen and clearly fake.

She posted the disaster in a make-up forum on Facebook, comparing her new brows to her natural ones and begging users to help her out of her predicament.

I just got them done today is there anyway to remove them or do I have to get them lasered off?

Calls for inquiry into tragic death

Shocking footage has emerged showing NSW woman Miriam Merten staggering naked through the corridors of a Lismore hospital dying, after she was drugged and dumped into the facility s tiny seclusion room.

The video, obtained by the Daily Telegraph. shows her falling and hitting her head multiple times as two nurses meant to be caring for ignored her cries for help.

My stomach actually turned at one point, Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies said after seeing the images.

I got to a point where I just closed my eyes because I didn t want to see what was going to come next. I am still pretty much shaken by thinking that was happening to a lady. I was pretty disgusted.

There are now calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the state s mental health services.

The shocking footage shows Miriam Merten staggering through the hospital. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Russia forges ties with North Korea

Russia is increasing its focus on the Korean Peninsula as tensions grow between China and North Korea amid increasing US pressure.

A new report by private-intelligence firm Stratfor reveals Moscow is expanding its ties and influence with Pyongyang as another way of building leverage in its negotiations with the west and protecting its eastern border.

Stratfor, which successfully predicted Europe s inability to cope with the financial crisis and the US-jihadi war, also reveals Russia is developing the capacity to play spoiler to US plans to increase pressure on North Korea.

Vladimir Putin was friendly with Kim Jong-il back in 2002, and now he’s working on Kim Jong-un. Picture: Alexander Nemenov Source: AFP

In Summary

Good morning! Russia is working to strengthen ties with North Korea, as tensions with the US drives a wedge between the rogue state and China. There are calls for a NSW parliamentary inquiry into mental health, after disturbing footage was released from Lismore hospital. And a Sydney woman has begged Facebook for help, after an eyebrow tattooing session went horribly wrong.

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This week we try to tackle the issue of dating in Korea, which quite obviously we can t give a lot of insight into, since we re married to each other and have never dated anyone in Korea. In fact, we ve never dated anyone Asian ever in our entire lives. So the best we can do here is to relate the stories we ve heard from our close friends who have dated people in Korea. We re lucky to get both perspectives: that is our Korean friends tell us about dating foreigners, and vice-versa. Seeing as this is just us relating anecdotal stories to you, they do not represent Korea as a whole, obviously. We can only offer you their perspectives on the situation.

Anyhow, there are a couple things that we ve noticed that are commonly related to us by our friends who date Korean people. Primarily:

1) Forget that stupid Should I call or Shouldn t I Call Rule
Garbage! We re so glad that Korea doesn t seem to use this rule. From what we ve been told, if you meet someone and you like them and you exchange numbers, you don t wait for a few days before you call them again. You just call them THAT NIGHT or the next day. When we asked our Korean friends about this, they told us that this is standard practice, and in fact if you don t call right away then it s a sign that you re NOT interested in them. Sounds weird, huh?

You have a phone. Use it!

But it makes sense! Seriously! Why wait for so long for fear of looking like a creeper or overly keen? It s true that we operate off a principal of less interest, in which the person who shows less interest has more power in the relationship, as the one being neglected will try to compensate by showing more interest. Then you get the stupid well if I pretend not to like them then they ll start to worry and like me back kind of deal. What silliness!

If you meet someone and like them, call them up. Stop the subtle jockeying for position. And, likewise, if you re in Korea, prepare to not play that game anymore. Of course, that doesn t mean that there aren t other games to be played, just not ones we re used to in North America.

2) Send lots of text messages. :
Now, this might not be a golden rule, but just a pattern that we ve noticed, but our friends who are dating Koreans, or Korean people dating each other, tend to text message their significant others a lot. Like, a lot a lot. It s hard to have conversations over food because they re always writing something on their phones. It s funny how constant question asking and texting doesn t transfer over well to a North American crowd. Even our Korean friends who moved to North America complained that they freaked out their Asian-American boyfriend by texting too much. Asian-American does not always equal Asian culture. It could just be fluke instances that we re hearing about but we do see lots of text messaging. Are we wrong here? Again, we re just trying to observe from an outsider s perspective.

3) Go public to get private :
Real estate is really expensive here in Korea. Not only do you pay monthly rent, but you have to put down a huge deposit, usually around $10,000 for the deposit, and oftentimes more. You get that deposit back by the end of your lease, mind you, but the problem for many people is simply coming up with the money for the deposit. And so, since many people can t come up with that kind of money, they stay at home with their parents and families a lot longer than usual. Usually until they go to University, and then they move back in until they get married.

So everyone goes out! Korean Coffee shops are open reallllly late; like until 1am and sometimes later. Which is why you ll see some of them have really cool atmospheres, perfect for dating, like Cafe Lua. Restaurants and movie theatres, and private DVD rooms are everywhere. On the street behind our apartment, not even the main street, there are three coffee shops on the same small strip of road, not even a three minute walk from one end to the other. And the coffee shops are crammed, most often with couples longingly looking into each others eyes. Also, if you want to go somewhere private for playing Yahtzee, then you have love motels that offer you the privacy you need, either by the night or like a boss by the hour.

Random side note, love motels are EVERYWHERE in every city in Korea, so if we re worried about spending money on booking a hotel, don t do it! Majority of foreigners crash at love motels when visiting friends in other cities! A simple looking/fringed covered parking lot/single tower with small windows/gaudy named = love motel/love hotel. There are usually 2 or 3 in one area so you can compare rates. Some of them are totally amazing, with comfy big beds, hot tubs, and flat screen TVs and others are just simple with a bed and bathroom. For $30-$60 bucks a night, you can t go wrong! Anyways, we digressed

Again, this is just our attempt to relate what others have told us. Some people will have terrible stories about their experiences, and some will have great ones, and neither side represents dating in Korea as a whole. If you have any stories about dating you can relate here, either confirming similar experiences, denying them outright, or just adding your own stories, we d much appreciate it!


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Date Koreans – Korea Dating is a international online community offering real and successful opportunities to meet the partner you have been waiting for.

Find Chines soul mates and personals online. If you are interested in meeting lovely beautiful people with a Koreans background you have reached the right place. Attractive Koreans ladies and men from all social backgrounds would love to meet you.

Constantly updated with new profiles and real photos. Women and Men on this page are single, sincere and very interested in meeting people from all over the world, for friendship, romance, love, pen pals and marriage.

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Sign up for FREE membership and enter your profile. As a free member you will be immediately able to retrieve unlimited e-mails from the ladies who like to contact you. This site provides an e-mail system where you handle your correspondence absolutely privately! If you wish, additionally, you can upgrade your membership for a small fee to get the premium option to contact any lady directly. Our web site staff are constantly working to assist you in your search to find the girl of your dreams.

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7 Things You Should Know About Dating in Korea

Every culture has its unique dating customs, and Korea is definitely no exception. In Korea, dating is all about showing your affection for each other – couple menus, shirts, and sneakers are everywhere, and every month has at least one special, albeit incredibly commercial, day for couples to celebrate. There’s just so much to do and experience if you’re a couple, or at least going on dates, and that’s why everyone is always looking for someone! Naturally, each and every relationship is special and unique, and there’s no guidebook to mastering the “Korean dating style.” But, if you ever find yourself getting ready for a date in Korea, nervous and clueless about what to expect, our list should give you an idea of how dating here works.

1. It’s common for your friend to set you up with someone

When in need of a date, look no further than your Korean friends. It is all about connections, and people commonly set their single friends up with each other. You’re technically going on a blind date, but at least you know (s)he’s not a creep (always a plus) and you should have something in common. In Korea, people rarely meet anyone outside their personal school or work circle unless they’re introduced by a mutual friend. Approaching people on the streets is not as common as in the West, for example, but young adults are generally more open to strangers than their parents’ generation, especially if they have had a drink or two.

2. There are two options: one for everyone, one for couples

Couple rings, shirts, sneakers, pillows, caps, underwear… You name it, Korea probably has it, and people make them look stylish, not tacky. Couples pretty much live in a fascinating parallel world of coupleness, and everyone wants to experience what it’s like to be in it. Most restaurants and cafés have menus designed specifically for couples, major attractions have romantic date packages for two, and movie theaters even offer private couches for an intimate date. For those that are not used to such couple-centric culture, this might all sound puke-inducingly sweet, but once you try everything out yourself, you realize that the couple activities are actually fun and meaningful.

3. Be prepared, and willing, to pay

It can be pretty awkward to decide who’s going to get the bill, especially if it’s your first date. While the status quo used to be that men pay for the first couple of dates (or even all of them), that is quickly changing, and women are no longer afraid to swipe their cards at the cashier. Korean couples rarely split the bill, and it’s usually the guy who gets the movie tickets, and the girl who pays for dinner afterwards. In the end, you end up paying around 50-50 or 60-40, which is what most people feel comfortable with. Some couples use money from their joint bank account for dating costs (like Hong Jong Hyun and Yura on “We Got Married” ), which just makes everything a tad bit more fair and convenient.

4. Keep your phone with you at all times

Forget everything you ever learned about the ‘three day rule.’ Koreans love their smartphones with instant messaging apps and adorable emoticons, and couples will spend hours glued to their phones, chatting with their other half. Don’t be surprised if you get a text from your crush every two hours, asking what you’re doing, eating, or thinking. And remember to text back instantly, or (s)he might understand your silence as a rejection. If you like someone, don’t be afraid to send a message even if you have nothing special to say – it’s just to show that you care.

5. Anniversaries and holidays are a really big deal

Another distinctive characteristic of dating in Korea is the celebration of anniversaries, which take place every hundred days, and not just on an yearly basis. You might have seen K-pop groups and “We Got Married” couples bring out decorative cakes and gifts whenever it’s their 100th, 200th, or 1000th day together, and this is an accurate depiction of what happens in real life as well. Additionally, couples have a unique romantic holiday to celebrate on the 14th of every month. You have the traditional Valentine’s Day and White Day, but also ones like Rose Day, Wine Day, and Kiss Day. Commercial? Undoubtedly, but if you love planning romantic dinners and wrapping gifts in the cutest way possible, then you’re going to enjoy dating in Korea.

6. Hold back on the PDA

Overall, Koreans are not afraid to get touchy with close friends or family, but when it comes to public intimacy between couples, you might want to hide from judging grandmas. It’s totally acceptable to hold hands, hug, and give a gentle kiss on the lips, but try to have your passionate makeout sessions in private. While contemporary Koreans are not exactly conservative, there are still unwritten rules regarding acceptable public display of affection, and anything beyond cute pecks tends to cross the invisible line, especially in bright daylight.

7. There can be a difference between someone you date and someone you marry

It’s not uncommon for Koreans to have two “ideal types”: one you’d like to date, and one you’d like to marry. You might date a pretty girl with a wonderful personality, but if she can’t cook for her life or comes from a financially unstable family, marriage might be ruled out. Similarly, many Koreans are open to dating foreigners, but tend to be much more hesitant about interracial marriage. Naturally, there are numerous couples who unexpectedly fall in love and end up tying the knot, so don’t automatically rule out marriage with your Korean partner. Just remember that traditionally, Koreans see marriage as a union between families – not just two individuals – which means that marriage will eventually require the approval of the Korean family, and not everyone considers this when they jump into a relationship.


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#korean dating

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This week we try to tackle the issue of dating in Korea, which quite obviously we can t give a lot of insight into, since we re married to each other and have never dated anyone in Korea. In fact, we ve never dated anyone Asian ever in our entire lives. So the best we can do here is to relate the stories we ve heard from our close friends who have dated people in Korea. We re lucky to get both perspectives: that is our Korean friends tell us about dating foreigners, and vice-versa. Seeing as this is just us relating anecdotal stories to you, they do not represent Korea as a whole, obviously. We can only offer you their perspectives on the situation.

Anyhow, there are a couple things that we ve noticed that are commonly related to us by our friends who date Korean people. Primarily:

1) Forget that stupid Should I call or Shouldn t I Call Rule
Garbage! We re so glad that Korea doesn t seem to use this rule. From what we ve been told, if you meet someone and you like them and you exchange numbers, you don t wait for a few days before you call them again. You just call them THAT NIGHT or the next day. When we asked our Korean friends about this, they told us that this is standard practice, and in fact if you don t call right away then it s a sign that you re NOT interested in them. Sounds weird, huh?

You have a phone. Use it!

But it makes sense! Seriously! Why wait for so long for fear of looking like a creeper or overly keen? It s true that we operate off a principal of less interest, in which the person who shows less interest has more power in the relationship, as the one being neglected will try to compensate by showing more interest. Then you get the stupid well if I pretend not to like them then they ll start to worry and like me back kind of deal. What silliness!

If you meet someone and like them, call them up. Stop the subtle jockeying for position. And, likewise, if you re in Korea, prepare to not play that game anymore. Of course, that doesn t mean that there aren t other games to be played, just not ones we re used to in North America.

2) Send lots of text messages. :
Now, this might not be a golden rule, but just a pattern that we ve noticed, but our friends who are dating Koreans, or Korean people dating each other, tend to text message their significant others a lot. Like, a lot a lot. It s hard to have conversations over food because they re always writing something on their phones. It s funny how constant question asking and texting doesn t transfer over well to a North American crowd. Even our Korean friends who moved to North America complained that they freaked out their Asian-American boyfriend by texting too much. Asian-American does not always equal Asian culture. It could just be fluke instances that we re hearing about but we do see lots of text messaging. Are we wrong here? Again, we re just trying to observe from an outsider s perspective.

3) Go public to get private :
Real estate is really expensive here in Korea. Not only do you pay monthly rent, but you have to put down a huge deposit, usually around $10,000 for the deposit, and oftentimes more. You get that deposit back by the end of your lease, mind you, but the problem for many people is simply coming up with the money for the deposit. And so, since many people can t come up with that kind of money, they stay at home with their parents and families a lot longer than usual. Usually until they go to University, and then they move back in until they get married.

So everyone goes out! Korean Coffee shops are open reallllly late; like until 1am and sometimes later. Which is why you ll see some of them have really cool atmospheres, perfect for dating, like Cafe Lua. Restaurants and movie theatres, and private DVD rooms are everywhere. On the street behind our apartment, not even the main street, there are three coffee shops on the same small strip of road, not even a three minute walk from one end to the other. And the coffee shops are crammed, most often with couples longingly looking into each others eyes. Also, if you want to go somewhere private for playing Yahtzee, then you have love motels that offer you the privacy you need, either by the night or like a boss by the hour.

Random side note, love motels are EVERYWHERE in every city in Korea, so if we re worried about spending money on booking a hotel, don t do it! Majority of foreigners crash at love motels when visiting friends in other cities! A simple looking/fringed covered parking lot/single tower with small windows/gaudy named = love motel/love hotel. There are usually 2 or 3 in one area so you can compare rates. Some of them are totally amazing, with comfy big beds, hot tubs, and flat screen TVs and others are just simple with a bed and bathroom. For $30-$60 bucks a night, you can t go wrong! Anyways, we digressed

Again, this is just our attempt to relate what others have told us. Some people will have terrible stories about their experiences, and some will have great ones, and neither side represents dating in Korea as a whole. If you have any stories about dating you can relate here, either confirming similar experiences, denying them outright, or just adding your own stories, we d much appreciate it!


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7 Things You Should Know About Dating in Korea

Every culture has its unique dating customs, and Korea is definitely no exception. In Korea, dating is all about showing your affection for each other – couple menus, shirts, and sneakers are everywhere, and every month has at least one special, albeit incredibly commercial, day for couples to celebrate. There’s just so much to do and experience if you’re a couple, or at least going on dates, and that’s why everyone is always looking for someone! Naturally, each and every relationship is special and unique, and there’s no guidebook to mastering the “Korean dating style.” But, if you ever find yourself getting ready for a date in Korea, nervous and clueless about what to expect, our list should give you an idea of how dating here works.

1. It’s common for your friend to set you up with someone

When in need of a date, look no further than your Korean friends. It is all about connections, and people commonly set their single friends up with each other. You’re technically going on a blind date, but at least you know (s)he’s not a creep (always a plus) and you should have something in common. In Korea, people rarely meet anyone outside their personal school or work circle unless they’re introduced by a mutual friend. Approaching people on the streets is not as common as in the West, for example, but young adults are generally more open to strangers than their parents’ generation, especially if they have had a drink or two.

2. There are two options: one for everyone, one for couples

Couple rings, shirts, sneakers, pillows, caps, underwear… You name it, Korea probably has it, and people make them look stylish, not tacky. Couples pretty much live in a fascinating parallel world of coupleness, and everyone wants to experience what it’s like to be in it. Most restaurants and cafés have menus designed specifically for couples, major attractions have romantic date packages for two, and movie theaters even offer private couches for an intimate date. For those that are not used to such couple-centric culture, this might all sound puke-inducingly sweet, but once you try everything out yourself, you realize that the couple activities are actually fun and meaningful.

3. Be prepared, and willing, to pay

It can be pretty awkward to decide who’s going to get the bill, especially if it’s your first date. While the status quo used to be that men pay for the first couple of dates (or even all of them), that is quickly changing, and women are no longer afraid to swipe their cards at the cashier. Korean couples rarely split the bill, and it’s usually the guy who gets the movie tickets, and the girl who pays for dinner afterwards. In the end, you end up paying around 50-50 or 60-40, which is what most people feel comfortable with. Some couples use money from their joint bank account for dating costs (like Hong Jong Hyun and Yura on “We Got Married” ), which just makes everything a tad bit more fair and convenient.

4. Keep your phone with you at all times

Forget everything you ever learned about the ‘three day rule.’ Koreans love their smartphones with instant messaging apps and adorable emoticons, and couples will spend hours glued to their phones, chatting with their other half. Don’t be surprised if you get a text from your crush every two hours, asking what you’re doing, eating, or thinking. And remember to text back instantly, or (s)he might understand your silence as a rejection. If you like someone, don’t be afraid to send a message even if you have nothing special to say – it’s just to show that you care.

5. Anniversaries and holidays are a really big deal

Another distinctive characteristic of dating in Korea is the celebration of anniversaries, which take place every hundred days, and not just on an yearly basis. You might have seen K-pop groups and “We Got Married” couples bring out decorative cakes and gifts whenever it’s their 100th, 200th, or 1000th day together, and this is an accurate depiction of what happens in real life as well. Additionally, couples have a unique romantic holiday to celebrate on the 14th of every month. You have the traditional Valentine’s Day and White Day, but also ones like Rose Day, Wine Day, and Kiss Day. Commercial? Undoubtedly, but if you love planning romantic dinners and wrapping gifts in the cutest way possible, then you’re going to enjoy dating in Korea.

6. Hold back on the PDA

Overall, Koreans are not afraid to get touchy with close friends or family, but when it comes to public intimacy between couples, you might want to hide from judging grandmas. It’s totally acceptable to hold hands, hug, and give a gentle kiss on the lips, but try to have your passionate makeout sessions in private. While contemporary Koreans are not exactly conservative, there are still unwritten rules regarding acceptable public display of affection, and anything beyond cute pecks tends to cross the invisible line, especially in bright daylight.

7. There can be a difference between someone you date and someone you marry

It’s not uncommon for Koreans to have two “ideal types”: one you’d like to date, and one you’d like to marry. You might date a pretty girl with a wonderful personality, but if she can’t cook for her life or comes from a financially unstable family, marriage might be ruled out. Similarly, many Koreans are open to dating foreigners, but tend to be much more hesitant about interracial marriage. Naturally, there are numerous couples who unexpectedly fall in love and end up tying the knot, so don’t automatically rule out marriage with your Korean partner. Just remember that traditionally, Koreans see marriage as a union between families – not just two individuals – which means that marriage will eventually require the approval of the Korean family, and not everyone considers this when they jump into a relationship.


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Welcome to Date Koreans – The Koreans Dating Portal

Date Koreans – Korea Dating is a international online community offering real and successful opportunities to meet the partner you have been waiting for.

Find Chines soul mates and personals online. If you are interested in meeting lovely beautiful people with a Koreans background you have reached the right place. Attractive Koreans ladies and men from all social backgrounds would love to meet you.

Constantly updated with new profiles and real photos. Women and Men on this page are single, sincere and very interested in meeting people from all over the world, for friendship, romance, love, pen pals and marriage.

Join Date Koreans – Koreans Dating For Free

Sign up for FREE membership and enter your profile. As a free member you will be immediately able to retrieve unlimited e-mails from the ladies who like to contact you. This site provides an e-mail system where you handle your correspondence absolutely privately! If you wish, additionally, you can upgrade your membership for a small fee to get the premium option to contact any lady directly. Our web site staff are constantly working to assist you in your search to find the girl of your dreams.

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7 Things You Should Know About Dating in Korea

Every culture has its unique dating customs, and Korea is definitely no exception. In Korea, dating is all about showing your affection for each other – couple menus, shirts, and sneakers are everywhere, and every month has at least one special, albeit incredibly commercial, day for couples to celebrate. There’s just so much to do and experience if you’re a couple, or at least going on dates, and that’s why everyone is always looking for someone! Naturally, each and every relationship is special and unique, and there’s no guidebook to mastering the “Korean dating style.” But, if you ever find yourself getting ready for a date in Korea, nervous and clueless about what to expect, our list should give you an idea of how dating here works.

1. It’s common for your friend to set you up with someone

When in need of a date, look no further than your Korean friends. It is all about connections, and people commonly set their single friends up with each other. You’re technically going on a blind date, but at least you know (s)he’s not a creep (always a plus) and you should have something in common. In Korea, people rarely meet anyone outside their personal school or work circle unless they’re introduced by a mutual friend. Approaching people on the streets is not as common as in the West, for example, but young adults are generally more open to strangers than their parents’ generation, especially if they have had a drink or two.

2. There are two options: one for everyone, one for couples

Couple rings, shirts, sneakers, pillows, caps, underwear… You name it, Korea probably has it, and people make them look stylish, not tacky. Couples pretty much live in a fascinating parallel world of coupleness, and everyone wants to experience what it’s like to be in it. Most restaurants and cafés have menus designed specifically for couples, major attractions have romantic date packages for two, and movie theaters even offer private couches for an intimate date. For those that are not used to such couple-centric culture, this might all sound puke-inducingly sweet, but once you try everything out yourself, you realize that the couple activities are actually fun and meaningful.

3. Be prepared, and willing, to pay

It can be pretty awkward to decide who’s going to get the bill, especially if it’s your first date. While the status quo used to be that men pay for the first couple of dates (or even all of them), that is quickly changing, and women are no longer afraid to swipe their cards at the cashier. Korean couples rarely split the bill, and it’s usually the guy who gets the movie tickets, and the girl who pays for dinner afterwards. In the end, you end up paying around 50-50 or 60-40, which is what most people feel comfortable with. Some couples use money from their joint bank account for dating costs (like Hong Jong Hyun and Yura on “We Got Married” ), which just makes everything a tad bit more fair and convenient.

4. Keep your phone with you at all times

Forget everything you ever learned about the ‘three day rule.’ Koreans love their smartphones with instant messaging apps and adorable emoticons, and couples will spend hours glued to their phones, chatting with their other half. Don’t be surprised if you get a text from your crush every two hours, asking what you’re doing, eating, or thinking. And remember to text back instantly, or (s)he might understand your silence as a rejection. If you like someone, don’t be afraid to send a message even if you have nothing special to say – it’s just to show that you care.

5. Anniversaries and holidays are a really big deal

Another distinctive characteristic of dating in Korea is the celebration of anniversaries, which take place every hundred days, and not just on an yearly basis. You might have seen K-pop groups and “We Got Married” couples bring out decorative cakes and gifts whenever it’s their 100th, 200th, or 1000th day together, and this is an accurate depiction of what happens in real life as well. Additionally, couples have a unique romantic holiday to celebrate on the 14th of every month. You have the traditional Valentine’s Day and White Day, but also ones like Rose Day, Wine Day, and Kiss Day. Commercial? Undoubtedly, but if you love planning romantic dinners and wrapping gifts in the cutest way possible, then you’re going to enjoy dating in Korea.

6. Hold back on the PDA

Overall, Koreans are not afraid to get touchy with close friends or family, but when it comes to public intimacy between couples, you might want to hide from judging grandmas. It’s totally acceptable to hold hands, hug, and give a gentle kiss on the lips, but try to have your passionate makeout sessions in private. While contemporary Koreans are not exactly conservative, there are still unwritten rules regarding acceptable public display of affection, and anything beyond cute pecks tends to cross the invisible line, especially in bright daylight.

7. There can be a difference between someone you date and someone you marry

It’s not uncommon for Koreans to have two “ideal types”: one you’d like to date, and one you’d like to marry. You might date a pretty girl with a wonderful personality, but if she can’t cook for her life or comes from a financially unstable family, marriage might be ruled out. Similarly, many Koreans are open to dating foreigners, but tend to be much more hesitant about interracial marriage. Naturally, there are numerous couples who unexpectedly fall in love and end up tying the knot, so don’t automatically rule out marriage with your Korean partner. Just remember that traditionally, Koreans see marriage as a union between families – not just two individuals – which means that marriage will eventually require the approval of the Korean family, and not everyone considers this when they jump into a relationship.


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This week we try to tackle the issue of dating in Korea, which quite obviously we can t give a lot of insight into, since we re married to each other and have never dated anyone in Korea. In fact, we ve never dated anyone Asian ever in our entire lives. So the best we can do here is to relate the stories we ve heard from our close friends who have dated people in Korea. We re lucky to get both perspectives: that is our Korean friends tell us about dating foreigners, and vice-versa. Seeing as this is just us relating anecdotal stories to you, they do not represent Korea as a whole, obviously. We can only offer you their perspectives on the situation.

Anyhow, there are a couple things that we ve noticed that are commonly related to us by our friends who date Korean people. Primarily:

1) Forget that stupid Should I call or Shouldn t I Call Rule
Garbage! We re so glad that Korea doesn t seem to use this rule. From what we ve been told, if you meet someone and you like them and you exchange numbers, you don t wait for a few days before you call them again. You just call them THAT NIGHT or the next day. When we asked our Korean friends about this, they told us that this is standard practice, and in fact if you don t call right away then it s a sign that you re NOT interested in them. Sounds weird, huh?

You have a phone. Use it!

But it makes sense! Seriously! Why wait for so long for fear of looking like a creeper or overly keen? It s true that we operate off a principal of less interest, in which the person who shows less interest has more power in the relationship, as the one being neglected will try to compensate by showing more interest. Then you get the stupid well if I pretend not to like them then they ll start to worry and like me back kind of deal. What silliness!

If you meet someone and like them, call them up. Stop the subtle jockeying for position. And, likewise, if you re in Korea, prepare to not play that game anymore. Of course, that doesn t mean that there aren t other games to be played, just not ones we re used to in North America.

2) Send lots of text messages. :
Now, this might not be a golden rule, but just a pattern that we ve noticed, but our friends who are dating Koreans, or Korean people dating each other, tend to text message their significant others a lot. Like, a lot a lot. It s hard to have conversations over food because they re always writing something on their phones. It s funny how constant question asking and texting doesn t transfer over well to a North American crowd. Even our Korean friends who moved to North America complained that they freaked out their Asian-American boyfriend by texting too much. Asian-American does not always equal Asian culture. It could just be fluke instances that we re hearing about but we do see lots of text messaging. Are we wrong here? Again, we re just trying to observe from an outsider s perspective.

3) Go public to get private :
Real estate is really expensive here in Korea. Not only do you pay monthly rent, but you have to put down a huge deposit, usually around $10,000 for the deposit, and oftentimes more. You get that deposit back by the end of your lease, mind you, but the problem for many people is simply coming up with the money for the deposit. And so, since many people can t come up with that kind of money, they stay at home with their parents and families a lot longer than usual. Usually until they go to University, and then they move back in until they get married.

So everyone goes out! Korean Coffee shops are open reallllly late; like until 1am and sometimes later. Which is why you ll see some of them have really cool atmospheres, perfect for dating, like Cafe Lua. Restaurants and movie theatres, and private DVD rooms are everywhere. On the street behind our apartment, not even the main street, there are three coffee shops on the same small strip of road, not even a three minute walk from one end to the other. And the coffee shops are crammed, most often with couples longingly looking into each others eyes. Also, if you want to go somewhere private for playing Yahtzee, then you have love motels that offer you the privacy you need, either by the night or like a boss by the hour.

Random side note, love motels are EVERYWHERE in every city in Korea, so if we re worried about spending money on booking a hotel, don t do it! Majority of foreigners crash at love motels when visiting friends in other cities! A simple looking/fringed covered parking lot/single tower with small windows/gaudy named = love motel/love hotel. There are usually 2 or 3 in one area so you can compare rates. Some of them are totally amazing, with comfy big beds, hot tubs, and flat screen TVs and others are just simple with a bed and bathroom. For $30-$60 bucks a night, you can t go wrong! Anyways, we digressed

Again, this is just our attempt to relate what others have told us. Some people will have terrible stories about their experiences, and some will have great ones, and neither side represents dating in Korea as a whole. If you have any stories about dating you can relate here, either confirming similar experiences, denying them outright, or just adding your own stories, we d much appreciate it!


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