I also feel that this story might help other foreigners in similar situations prepare for what they might encounter.With just a month left in Korea, my boyfriend, Yongguen, turned to me and in a no-nonsense tone announced that he wanted me to meet his parents. We had only been dating about 5 months or so and this was the last thing I was expecting to hear him say./ Courtesy of Hallie Bradley"A lot of people say that Western guys in Korea only want to date Korean girls and Korean guys only want to date Korean girls," she said. "There are men who are exceptions."She eventually began going out with a Korean, a "rebellious and unique" man who "liked being different." But her initial expectations reflected common perceptions about dating here, where it's more common to see heterosexual couples of expatriate men and Korean women, than vice-versa.The number of Korean man-expat woman couples appears to be on the rise, however.While the premise for romantic connections is a possibility it isn’t the primary goal.Two groups of friends will meet, usually set up by one or two of the participants.
If this sounds like a 3rd wheel, he or she basically is, but they leave upon their discretion based on how the interaction is going.
Looking back on our relationship (as shortlived as it was) I have a number of thoughts and feelings. As much as I’m content with my life without him as my boyfriend, there are still moments that give me pause. There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from every relationship, and expat dating is no different.
We are completely different people with a few key common interests (fitness, food, and expat dating, it seems). Take a look and see what you can extrapolate from every interaction. I’m not looking for the stars and the moon in another human.
If you’re nearing 30 (I turn 29 next month…scary stuff) the pressure to settle down is greater than ever, and seems almost impossible halfway around the world.
That said, having dropped some weight and having moved to Seoul, my dating life is actually better than ever (even better than in Canada! With tons of new places to explore (date spots in Seoul are everywhere! 연어아보카도 블렉퍼스트와 크렌베리미모사 칵테일 -#hbc#mimosa#cranberrymimosa#breakfast#brunch#haebangchon#theroyal#theroyalfoodanddrink#seoulbrunch#해방촌맛집#해방촌오거리#브런치카페#브런치#남산소월길#웰빙브런치#더로열푸드앤드링크#더로열 A post shared by The Royal Food and Drink (@theroyalfad) on I always love going for brunch on first dates because if you really like the person you can spend the rest of the day together (maybe even making your way through this list! You’ll find out if your date is a sweet or savoury person (Eggs Benny or Very Berry Waffles?