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Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Expats lives 


All 20 episodes from Semipermanent  in Seoul (Korea)

 See synopsis below.  

From the last last to the oldest, so  episode 20 is  the first.

vimeo videos:
  • Episode 20: "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now."
  • Episode 19: "Money Talks"
  • Episode 18: "Making the Grade"
  • Episode 17: "Body Issues"
  • Episode 16: "Night Owl"
  • Episode 15: "Paws and Claws"
  • Episode 14: "Quirky Korea"
  • Episode 13: "It's cold"
  • Episode 12: "A Spin On Traditional"
  • Episode 11: "By Design"
  • Episode 10  " High Performance "
  •  Episode 09 We Are Family 
  • Episode 08- A Fine Pair
  •  Episode 07  Booze
  •  Episode 06 All dressed Up
  •  Episode05 A good Sport
  •  Episode 04 – 'State of the Art'
  •  Episode 03 Live to Eat
  •  Episode 02  music
  •  Episode 01- The Expat Life
                                      
Episode 20: "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now."
Erik and Tiffany meet up with three expats who have found different ways to feel at home abroad. Ashley was born in Korea but grew up in the U.S. after being adopted. A few years ago, she came back to Korea without a definite plan, but after meeting people who made a difference in her life, she decided to stay and volunteer for an organisation that helps single mothers. Later, Erik and Tiffany meet Luis, a Mexican diplomat serving his first post. Luis takes them to a few places that remind him of Mexico, and the three discuss the importance of having those reminders when living abroad. Ide came to Seoul from Ireland with nothing but a backpack 11 years ago. Now she is married Korean husband and has three-year-old twins. Seoul is where she feels most comfortable, but her husband has just been transferred to Russia. Erik and Tiffany meet Ide to reminisce about her time in Seoul and discuss the challenges of starting over in a new place.

Episode 19: "Money Talks"
Erik and Tiffany head down to Daegu with Evan, a business reporter for the Wall Street Journal. The three of them discuss Korea's economic history while touring KOMSCO, the company responsible for producing all of Korea's currency. Back in Seoul, Erik and Tiffany meet Swiss born, Reto. The owner of a men's luxury shoe store, Reto chats with them about how Koreans view luxury products and what it takes to compete in the market. Finally, Erik and Tiffany tackle the practical side of money matters in Seoul with Rusty and Lynn. Recently married, the couple is looking for a new apartment. Can they find everything they're looking for within their budget?

Episode 18: "Making the Grade"
Erik and Tiffany spend the day with Matt, a 7th grade international school teacher. They resurrect their math skills to see if they can compete with Matt's students, and then afterwards he gives them a tour of the school facilities. Next Erik and Tiffany meet Mi Na, a 6th grade student who attends a multicultural school especially for kids of mixed ethnicity. After music class, they treat Mi Na for ice cream to celebrate her graduation. Later, they visit Rick, a hagwon owner. An experienced teacher, Rick recently opened the English language academy with his wife and is finding out what it takes to make the business survive.

 Episode 17: "Body Issues"
Erik and Tiffany meet Kevin in Apgujeong Station to begin a tour of Korea's plastic surgery culture. After checking out a few "before" and "after" advertisements, Kevin takes them to the center where he works to get an idea of what patients actually experience. Next, it's off to meet Raimund, one of the only foreign doctors practicing Oriental medicine in Korea. He takes them to Gyeongdong medicine market to look at some of the traditional herbs and ingredients used for treating various ailments. Later, Erik and Tiffany meet up with Ilse, an aspiring make up artist. They take a look at some makeup in Meyongdong and then meet one of Korea's top make up artists.

Episode 16: "Night Owl"
Tiffany and Erik explore the underbelly of the city after the sun goes down. For Bobby, a musician, night is the most creative part of the day. Erik and Tiffany head to a cafe where he's giving a small concert and then Bobby takes them to his "studio", which is wherever he happens to be at the moment. A bit later, Erik and Tiffany meet up with Mihal, a Bulgarian chef and explore the night vegetable auction at Garak market. Then it's off to spend time with pro-gamer Nick. Erik and Tiffany get a look at what life is like inside a professional team house as well as what happens in a PC bang during the wee hours.

Episode 15: "Paws and Claws"
Tiffany and Erik head to Asan to visit one of the largest no-kill shelters in Korea. They spend the day with Allison, an animal lover and one of the shelter's key volunteers. Later, they meet Katherine, a pet accessory designer. They check out some cat-centric novelties and also explore a cat cafe. Finally, it's off to meet Dubu, a big white Samoyed that's one of the expat community's most famous pets.

Episode 14: "Quirky Korea"
Some things in Seoul leave foreigners scratching their heads. Erik and Tiffany take on two cultural differences, "cuteness" and "poop". They meet Cherrish, a Filipina actress, at the Princess Diary cafe where they try on wedding attire. Then it's off to a Korean accessory shop filled with overly cute knick knacks. Finally delving into her acting repertoire, Cherrish teaches Erik and Tiffany how to put on their best "aegyo" face. Later, they meet up with Paul, a blogger who's taken a particular interest in Korean attitudes about "poop". The trio pays a visit to the toilet museum then embarks on a poo sculpture scavenger hunt. Along the way, they satisfy their hunger with a snack of poop shaped bread.

Episode 13: "It's cold"
Erik and Tiffany bundle up and head out to Phoenix Park Ski Resort for a day on the slopes with pro boarder and instructor Brendon. Next, they warm up with food blogger Tom, who's on a mission to sample traditional Korean winter fare, from patjuk to naju gomtang. Finally, they meet up with Clay to get some rest and relaxation on a slow train heading out of the city to Jeongdongjin Beach.

Episode 12: "A Spin On Traditional"
"A Spin On Traditional" meets three expats who bring new perspectives to Korean traditions. Erik and Tiffany start by getting their hands dirty with Peter, who invites them into his pottery studio at Hongik University. Peter moved here to study ceramics, and he's about to graduate and start his career. Next, it's over to Gunja to visit an exhibition of modern Hangeul typography co-curated by Chris, who's written a book about the history and design potential of the Korean written word. After checking out posters designed by artists around the world, they head over to Chungmuro to get a printing job done and check out the industrial history of the neighbourhood. Finally, it's time to brew some makgeolli with Dan and Becca, a couple who have become experts on the traditional rice beverage. In their classroom at the Susubori brewing academy, the foursome test out some new flavours and toast the old and the new.

Episode 11: "By Design"
Erik and Tiffany visit Italian architect, Simone, at his hanok home in Bukchon. Simone shows them how he's modernised the interior to make it a livable and personal space. Then it's off to one of his projects in progress, the Citizen Gallery located under Seoul City Hall. Later, Erik and Tiffany meet, Alain, a Belgian designer at Renault Samsung Motors. They get behind the wheel for a test drive as well as a tour of the design facilities.

10  " High Performance "
B-girl, Misslee, starts Erik and Tiffany off on a breakdancing lesson. Later, they meet up with Misslee's crew of expat breakers, the Seoul Seekers, as well as 500 other dancers to attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest breakdance.
Raul, a percussionist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, invites Erik and Tiffany to attend a rehearsal before their concert showcasing Russian composers. The next day, he gives them a tour of the orchestra rehearsal space in the Sejong Center and then follows up with a percussion lesson. Then, it's off to the Korean National Theatre where Lauren, an actress with the Eurasia Shakespeare Theatre Company takes them centre stage for a bilingual Korean-English performance of Richard III.


09 We Are Family
Erik and Tiffany take pregnant mom Ami to a birthing centre to help her figure out how she wants to deliver her first baby. Romin and Jenny Johnson give Erik and Tiffany a taste of life with their two little boys, Joel and Justin. Then it's on to hanbok shopping and a wedding spa with Caitlin, who's in the middle of planning a Korean-American wedding

  
08- A Fine Pair
Is Seoul better when you're not solo? Erik and Tiffany set Linus and Luigina up on a blind date to hunt for couple sets. They take AJ and Johnathan to a fortune-teller to find out what's in the cards for their new relationship. Over dinner at romance cafe, they discuss married expat life with Brad and Dani Moore
  
07  Booze
Erik and Tiffany prepare for a big night out with Sid who gives them a proper drinking tutorial Korean-style. Later they learn how to make craft cocktails with Phil, one of three founders of a cocktail catering company. They take their recipes to the street for some guerrilla bartending to see how the drinks measure up

06 All dressed Up
Erik and Tiffany meet three expats who are all contributing to Seoul's unique style. James, a model, takes them behind the scenes at Seoul Fashion Week. Up and coming designer Sandra invites Erik and Tiffany to her workshop to work on her latest collection, and they wander the streets of Garuso-gil with fashion blogger Karen for some local style spottin

 05 A good Sport
Erik and Tiffany meet three expats whose lives revolve around sport and fitness. Whitney, a professional American volleyball player with the Heungkuk Pink Spiders gets them working on their serves and volleys. Ian, the founder of British Army Fitness in Korea (BAFIK) takes them outdoors for a workout on Mt. Namsan and the Han River. Then Erik and Tiffany head to practice of Roller Derby in Korea, where Tiffany laces up her skates for a crash course from derby girl Go Go Gadget, aka Maresha.

04 – 'State of the Art'
Erik and Tiffany travel outside of the city to meet Sarah, an American gyopo, who's been working with the chef at Bean Table, an organic farm-to-table restaurant serving traditional Korean dishes. Then, it's on to some new flavours, as Erik and Tiffany link up with food writer Megan, who lives near the Chinese market in Daerim. Still hungry, they visit Wahid at his Moroccan sandwich restaurant in Haebangchon.
  
03 Live to Eat
Erik and Tiffany travel outside of the city to meet Sarah, an American gyopo, who's been working with the chef at Bean Table, an organic farm-to-table restaurant serving traditional Korean dishes. Then, it's on to some new flavours, as Erik and Tiffany link up with food writer Megan, who lives near the Chinese market in Daerim. Still hungry, they visit Wahid at his Moroccan sandwich restaurant in Haebangchon

02  music
Music: Discovering one of the best music scenes in Asia. How is Western and Asian music influencing each other? Why is the international music scene here so good? What are the challenges when working in the industry?
Possible profiles include a Chilean percussionist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra leading a Korean band playing Latin music. Korean American, Bernie Cho, exporting the Hongdae music scene to the US versus British expat of Super Colour Super bringing international acts to Seoul. Expat run, Loose Union, record label promoting Korean bands.
  
01- The Expat Life
The Expat Life: We introduce Erik and Tiffany and discover a little bit about their story and why they are in Korea.
We also meet a long time expat who’'s explored the city and Seoul his/her home. In contrast we see what Seoul is like through fresh eyes, from a newly transplanted foreigner, trying to find their feet. What do they love and hate about life here? Have they embraced Seoul? Why or why not?


                              List of  20  episodes   SEMIPERMANENT



Episode 20: "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now."
Episode 19: "Money Talks"
Episode 18: "Making the Grade"
Episode 17: "Body Issues"
Episode 16: "Night Owl"
Episode 15: "Paws and Claws"
Episode 14: "Quirky Korea"
Episode 13: "It's cold"
Episode 12: "A Spin On Traditional"
Episode 11: "By Design"
Episode 10  " High Performance " Episode 09 We Are Family Episode 08- A Fine Pair Episode 07  Booze Episode 06 All dressed Up Episode05 A good Sport Episode 04 – 'State of the Art' Episode 03 Live to Eat Episode 02  music Episode 01- The Expat Life

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