Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Naver Blogs get fresh new default theme skins for 2018


Naver is releasing a whole set of new updated and responsive blog templates for their service Naver Blog. This is hot on the heels of their refreshed Google Blogger-style theme updating  from 3 months ago. They use the same sort of minimalist and clear style. Here's how some of them look: They look pretty nice. I like this design style that Nav…

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Lookalikes 4: Na Ah-reum and Lee Mi-Do


Asian games gold medalist in cycling Na Ah-reum looks a little like actress  Lee Mi-Do. I think it's the eyes and eyebrows. And as far as I know they're both Jeollado people so maybe that has something to do with it. Congratulations to both on their recent achievements: Cyclist wins monumental gold; baseball team reaches final Actress Lee Mi…

Monday, September 10, 2018

Warning: KakaoTalk 8.0 update kills Groups feature


KakaoTalk recently got a big update to version 8.0 which is supposed to include the "delete sent messages" feature and a big revision of the UI (mainly by placing the menus at the bottom now). However some guy on Reddit pointed out , and I just confirmed on my own phone, that the Friends Group feature has been removed from this update wit…

Recommended: "Life at a Korean law firm"


Over at the Korea Times, they've been running a series the whole year so far called "Life at a Korean law firm, or at least my journey to it" (now simplified to "My life at a Korean Law Firm") by longtime expat Jacco Zwetsloot. As of right now there are 32 parts and counting, where he recounts his memories of coming to Kore…

Banking Tip: change password to keep Korean account active


Since my shtick here is offering tips, here's a useful one that popped up in my feed last week I felt deserves some more attention. This from KEB Hana Bank Facebook page. Our online banking system suspends your online transfer service if you do not make any online transfers for 12 months. You can prevent this service blockage by just logging i…

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Prevent text flowing under image in Blogger mobile templates homepage


I currently still use a variation of Blogger's "Awesome Inc" template. If you use one of these slightly older themes too, you may notice that the post summaries on your blog's mobile version tend to have the text bleed under the image. It looks a bit ugly. You probably want the text to stay to the right of the image, as in these …

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Links from August 2018


Time for another good old link roundup. Interesting stuff I read about Korea in August and a little bit from early September that you might be interested in too. I've been swamped this week and don't have time to go through and add my usual hilarious and engaging commentary to these links so I'm just providing a big fat list of links. …

Friday, August 24, 2018

Costco Korea to exclusively use Hyundai Cards starting May 2019


Big news for long-term expats: Costco Korea has officially announced that they will switch from Samsung Card to Hyundai Card starting next May. Previously, Costco customers were required to pay with Samsung Cards (or cash) but following speculation that Costco were considering switching to Hyundai Card , they announced today via their website and a…

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Naver widgets affected by new Android API changes


Real quick FYI, I noticed a few posts from Naver recently about changes they're having to make to a couple of their apps due to new stricter guidelines for background services running in Android 8 Oreo and beyond. I noticed three apps so far have had changes made to accommodate: Naver app's home screen widget which was basically access to m…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Naver Map features updated Joseon-era palace imagery


Naver Maps is featuring some updated high-quality indoor streetview-type imagery to celebrate Liberation Day. Several palaces and museums from Chosun times can be examined in full 360 panorama mode in Naver Map. Most imagery is from the last month or so and is highly detailed, so you can zoom in. Here's one of several promo images Naver highli…