Busan South Korea – Digital Nomad

Busan South Korea Digital nomad

Busan South Korea is South Korea’s 2nd largest city. Why would you want to come here? The biggest draw aside from the korean food, fast internet, decent air, top notch public trains, are the beaches.
Haeundae  and Gwangan (Gwangalli beach) are the most well known. I’ve been here twice both for 1 week stints. Let’s get down to business.

Busan South Korea Digital nomad
Busan South Korea Digital nomad

Essential Info for Busan

I recommend going during the summer in June for nice warm weather. They also hold a famous film festival in October. I visited in early March this year, which is a bit cold and sunny. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom end of March.

Who is Busan for? It’s for a digital nomad that isn’t as price sensitive, wants to enjoy the beaches, a dose of korean culture, fast internet, perhaps a free co-work space, and a developed city in asia that can offer good direct flights to Western North America. Bring out XE currency or your favorite convertor as I will be quoting prices in various currencies. If you need to complete some fast uploads then some of the fastest internet speeds are located here.

Getting in. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Busan via air Asia. They do leave kuala lumpur late around 2am and you arrive in around 9am in the morning. I paid about 1400 MYR for mine. As a Canadian I get 6 month for my visa just for visiting! For sim cards I use an android phone and needed phone number and data so I went with KT at the airport. Price was 38,500 won and is good for up to 10 days and reliable throughout South korea. This will cover all your internet needs. Basically there is solid fast wifi from most places from starbucks to Holly’s cafe.

You can get into the city using subway, limousine shuttle or taxi. From cheapest to most expensive. Subway is about 4000 won to the city and the shuttle was 7000 won one way. I took the shuttle as I had some heavy luggage to carry.

Where to stay in Busan South Korea

I recommend staying in Huaeundae or Gwangalli as they are both walking distance to the beach and offer convenient access to the subway and restaurants. Other areas you could try are Centum City or Seomyeon. I checked out hotels, but airbnb offered a more comfortable experience and better value plus extras like a kitchen,washing machine, access to a local host, and living like a local is an experience I value. I paid 338cdn for my airbnb for a modern, well-located condo with kitchen, washing machine, wifi, japanese style toilet, heated floors, walking distance to the beach, and a view. No fancy amenities though and it’s not as spacious as malaysia. Yes it’s a bit pricey.

You can work at Starbucks Reserve or any starbucks, holly’s cafe, or check out the creator’s content studio at centum city for what they call a free co-work space. Wework is opening soon so there are many options. Be sure to bring a plug adaptor as North American style plugs will not work.

Busan South Korea Digital nomad

What to do in Busan

I recommend checking out all 3 beaches: Gwangalli, Haeundae, and
Songjeong  beach. The Gamcheon cultural village known as the Santorini of SKorea is nice for photos and also close to the Jagalchi  fish market. As for food I recommend trying a lot of beef (beef shabu, beef bbq, beef bugolgi), dumplings, bim bam bop, and if you’re into seafood there is a ton of variety here as it is a sea port. The subway station is pretty cheap and efficient. You can try visiting different areas and working out of cafe’s and enjoy the fast internet speed. Can you fly your drone in Busan. I flew at Haeundae beach with no problem and have flown at Gamcheon cultural village last year. Check the rules, and fly at your own risk. Standard Aerial Videographer rules.

Cost of Living

I haven’t lived in Busan for a month for so I’ve made an estimate based on my week here. You’ll notice that the exercise and gym has a gap as I haven’t had time to figure out costs of using the gym yet. My total accounts to $2050 US which is about $500 US more than Kuala Lumpur. Use this as a guide as this varies with everyone’s lifestyle and you have to make certain assumptions to project out costs and how you will spend your time. In general accomodation costs are higher than south east asia at 1126 US, but not bad considering I’m looking at an apartment less than 5 minutes to the beach. One way ticket from Haeundae to Centum city if 1400 won. Coffee is about 3800 won from starbucks. A nice noodle soup dish is about 9000 won. Taxi ride from Haeundae to the Busan station is about 16000 won. Craft beer is about 7000 won a pint.

Busan South Korea Digital nomad

Summary

Busan is probably too expensive and the language barrierr will leave you with a level of isolation that won’t be as long-term friendly. I could probably do a month here or a few weeks for a visa run in the summertime to enjoy a beach lifestyle in a developed city with good flight routes to Canada. You can take the the high speed train (KTX) from busan station to Seoul if you want to check out another city or a cheap flight to cities in Japan using Air busan.

360 Video Debunked – Go Fusion Camera (Interview)

360 video gopro fusion

In this episode you’re learn all about where 360 video is at in 2018 and beyond with American 360 Video expert Al Caudullo. We chat in Bangkok about everything from Gopro’s new 360 camera called the fusion and compare it to the other consumer options. You’ll learn why its time for you to start learning 360 video

7 ways to earn an income Online as a Videographer and my experience

earn income online videographer

If you are a Videographer looking to earn an income online or leverage the Internet to help you then check out this episode.

shooting stock footage gh5
shooting 4k video stock footage in Chiang Rai Thailand

  1. Stock Footage – I discovered this business model by making a $90US sale on a shot from Beijing China. Most people are aware you can sell stock photos. You can do the same, but with Video Footage. For example you can license your aerial footage shot with a drone to nightlife shots done with a DSLR camera and earn from $40 to 199US a video clips. You can sell your clips on stock agencies like Shutterstock that keep a commission from 30 to 50%. Learn more about Stock Footage and which agencies to use.
  2. Gumroad – This is a great platform that allows you to sell anything digital or service related from skype coaching to PDF ebooks. You are only limited by your imagination. You have to take care of your own marketing, but gumroad plays nice with Youtube and email marketing platforms like convert kit.
  3. Online Teaching – I discovered online teaching while teaching English in Taiwan. Platforms like Udemy were growing in popularity with a built-in audience so I started teaching courses about Travel video, How to shoot with a gopro, how to do aerial footage, and do stock footage. I’ve since published 16 courses with about 6500 students on Udemy. With some camera and audio gear, some knowledge, and a desire to teach you can also teach online. It’s a good business model that is passive income and is non exclusive allowing you to build  your own school online or host your courses on other platforms like skillshare.

check out the Episode for more ways to earn an income as a videographer

Monetizing on Youtube Rule Change

Youtube is not the most efficient way you earn income online, but if you create good content, are consistent, and enjoy sharing it’s one great way to build an audience. It’s actually my favorite social media platform for creating and also watching. I first created a channel in 2011 called Chicvoyagegroup.

I started to share travel videos and then started adding educational tutorials on camera’s like Canon SLR’s, drones, and more. When I started to become more consistent publishing I started picking up traction and saw progress as it started from a few dollars to almost $50US a month with my combined channels. This is not my main focus as I prefer to get exposure and an audience on Youtube; providing them an introduction to my content. This is something that I think you should aim for as well, but the side income from Youtube is a good incentive to keep creating and sharing free Video content on Youtube.

Youtube is now changing the rules on Feb 20 2018 stating that you need 1000 subscribers and 40,000 views to qualify. I have enough views, but need more subscribers to continue to earn from Youtube. I would appreciate if you can click and hit that subscribe button. Thanks

Mock Interview Service for IT Technology jobs

Mock interview service for IT Technology jobs

Mock Interview Service for IT jobs

Hi I’m Greg Hung a Former IT Manager, Business team lead, and Senior Network Administrator for over 13 years in Vancouver. During my career I created roles & job posters, technical tests, and conducted countless interviews.

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Mock Interviews IT Technology jobs

 

My Mock interview service for IT technology jobs will help prepare you for your interview. I’ve can offer practice for roles such as help desk, IT Support, senior network administrator, project manager, or even general roles. We can interview via skype or facetime to best prepare you for your interview on a video call so you can simulate a real interview. If you are based in Vancouver, Canada we could even meet in person.

How it works:

– Purchase the service

– Send a link of the job poster

– I will prepare some questions specific to your job

– I will schedule a time with you

– We will do the Interview

– I will provide feedback right after the interview for improvement.

World Tour 2017 Report – South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia – GH29

world tour 2017

I’m back to Chiang Mai after traveling on a world tour that took me to Singapore, Bangkok, Penang, Johannesburg, and Capetown. In this podcast world tour 2017 I share gems from each destination from food, getting around, co-working , and local areas I stayed. I took my filming gear and shot from amazing footage of the modern singapore skyline in marina bay to the beautiful postcard views of Capetown’s Table mountain.

I stayed in modern condos in Penang, a penthouse in Penang, and a unique estate in Houghton, the neighborhood of Nelson Mandela and another past South African president.

I ate world class xiao long bao, dumplings, noodles to delicious rump and fillet steaks in South Africa. The amazing wines in Capetown South Africa from the sauvingnon blanc in Constantia and stellenbosch. Listen and watch to learn  more.

My Amazon book on South Africa: http://chicvoyageproductions.com/southafricabook

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#17 @NigelFish – Running man & Vancouver Digital Nomad

Vancouver digital nomads

Nigel Fish is a Canadian running junkie and location independent developer junkie that is living a pimp downtown lifestyle in Vancouver. He lived and ran in Asian cities such as Taipei, Siem riep, and Chiang mai. He is also the man who introduced me to the Digital nomad scene that eventually led to me to relocating to Thailand. We got together in downtown Vancouver to discuss running in Asia, dating in Asia compared to Vancouver, and even really good tips for digital nomads in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver digital nomads

In this episode you will learn:

  • Running tips while living abroad in Asia (Taipei, Bangkok, Chiang Mai)
  • Digital nomad Canadian customs experiences
  • Dating in Vancouver compared with Asia
  • Tips for being a digital nomad in Vancouver
  • Where to record a podcast for free in Vancouver

Links

Nigel’s Scirunner Podcast Page and Blog

Twitter @nigelfish

 

360 video podcast – Virtual Reality Gear VR – Greg Hung Show 13

I caught up with Sam Tate to talk about his Samsung Gear VR goggles, the future of video, 360 video, video gaming, and everything in between

Sam’s stuff:
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I’m @samueltates on twitter, company is @tsrctco, site is www.tsrct.co

Japanese take on NAB 2016:
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B and H photo NAB 2016
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Greg Hung show podcast on itunes
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Greg Hung Show – 002 The Location Independent Kiwi City Planner

Richard Kemp is from Queenstown New Zealand, a city planner that has transformed his job into a business he can do remotely from Chiang Mai or anywhere in the world

Greg Hung Show
Richard Kemp (Left) the location independent City Planner from Queenstown New Zealand

You will learn:

How Richard found clients for his new business

His approach to making his job location independent

His daily routine

How he runs his business from Chiang Mai

How you can stay in Thailand for a year if you’re a New Zealander or Australian

 

 

 

Links

http://pragmaticplanning.co.nz/

Podcast Intro by : Petter Miller http://www.petemiller.com/

Tarantula spider eating digital nomad in Cambodia – Skype video

Tarantula spider eating digital nomad in Cambodia

Yes that’s right. Traveling, coding, and eating a Tarantula spider in Cambodia. Today we have a special guest Nigel Fish, a Vancouver digital nomad in Asia on “ghunglive”. I met Nigel in Taipei thanks to the introduction from my Taiwanese friend Serena in 2014. I credit Nigel with taking me deeper in the world of the Digital nomad and making me realize that I myself have become a digital nomad. Nigel is the first digital nomad that I’ve met in Asia actually from the same hometown.  While I prefer to use Taiwan as a base and take less frequent trips to nearby countries in Asia, Nigel is more “nomadic” as he travels more frequently than I do. The truth is I would love to more freedom to travel like Nigel.

Why should you watch this video?

  • Catch a glimpse of Nigel eating a Tarantula in Cambodia
  • Learn more about the life of a Canadian web developer who makes a living traveling and working from different countries
  • Get useful insight as a digital nomad in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Taiwan
  • Learn about the type of digital nomads Nigel has met in Bangkok meetups
  • Hear about Time Zone Freedom – The idea of not being chained to a 9am – 5pm schedule. Nigel is able to do sightseeing in the day and do some work at night
  • Digital nomad essentials and useful resources
  • How regular working people can get started into the Digital Nomad lifestyle
  • Talk about visa allowances for Canadians in Asian countries
  • Payment systems that are used to get paid over the Internet
  • Bitcoin chat
  • Way to meet people on our journey’s using Meetups and tinder
  • The idea of becoming a Digital indefinitely

 

My takeway

I think it’s great to meet people like Nigel that are not just talking about being a digital nomad, but that are actually living the lifestyle. He is so optimistic about giving it a try that it actually inspires me to push on.  Nigel touched on the lifestyle stuff like green space and going for a run in Cambodia. I think its important for Digital Nomads to take into account the lifestyle that a city offers other than just cafe’s, low cost of living, and the Wifi availability. In Taipei I can go to the local sports center gym for 50nt for ($1.98 cdn, $1.59 US) for an hour or run at an Olympic style track for free. You can take out a U-bike rental with the Easycard to the riverside for an hour or two for less than $1 US without any sign-up or insurances hassles. What is the transportation and convenience like? Do you need to take a taxi to get to space that  you can run? Do you need a car? In Taipei I can take the MRT just outside my apartment for 1 station and be at the track in 7 minutes.  Everyone has a different lifestyle. Perhaps you like having a larger house in the suburbs with a car and commuting to work and back for an hour each day is your lifestyle.

Getting paid over the Internet as a digital nomad in a foreign countries has some issues. For me receiving money through paypal means I get his with a fee from my domestic bank and the local bank here costing me about $25 US for each withdrawal. I also loose some money in the conversion process. I’m not sure what the best solution is yet.

Lastly the idea of being able to get a business visa in Cambodia and being a digital nomad indefinitely was very interesting. Not having to worry about visa issues really does open up new possibilities to setup shop in Asia.

Digital nomads any thoughts or comments on this episode?

This was my first Skype video interview that I setup from Taipei while Nigel was in Cambodia. I hope you enjoyed this format, and if you enjoyed it please sign up for the newsletter and comment below!

 

Resources and links from this show

stream.nigelfish.com – follow Nigel and his adventures in Asia on his microblog

(eCamm Call Recorder on the Mac) – I used this trial software for the Skype video interview. I believe it was free for 1 week. It worked out great and was easy to use

DIY Video guy – Caleb did an excellent tutorial on the eCamm software and the idea settings to use

Maps.me – app that you can use for off-line maps when you have not internet on your phone. I can imagine very useful!

Nomadlist – A good general ranking of cities for Digital nomads ranked by city. Take it with a grain of salt as I find the cost of living for Taipei to be highly inflated

Slack.com – I’ve been hearing more about this site for business instant communication. Nigel mentions this as a way connect with the digital nomad communite