Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Chance and Dan Do Korea" Returns with Expat TV Star Nevada Rhodes, "Korea Observer" Journalist Lee Tae-hoon & Cheonan-based Indie Band Colin Phils!



Listen to the latest episode of "Chance and Dan Do Korea" using the player above or subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes Store HERE


Chance & Dan Do Korea's second LIVE variety show was recorded at Rocky Mountain Tavern on Friday, November 28th.


Comedian & expat TV sensation Nevada Rhodes spoke with Chance and Dan about coming to Korea as a Mormon missionary, his rooftop "Hanging Gardens of Fabulon," acting in Korea and living her as a member of the gay community. Check him out at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNevadaRhodes


Lee Tae-hoon, the founder of KoreaObserver.com & in Chance's words, "The best journalist in Korea," then joined the show to talk about creating his own journalism website after being frustrated with the corruption of Korean newspapers and television companies.


And indie rockers Colin Phils came all the way from Cheonan to play music off their upcoming release. In the words of Dan: "They're my favorite band from Cheonan!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First LIVE "Chance & Dan Do Korea" Variety Show Podcast w/ Comedian Wassim, Journalist John Power & Indie Rockers Baekma!

Listen to the latest episode of "Chance and Dan Do Korea" using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


Chance & Dan Do Korea's first LIVE variety show was recorded at Rocky Mountain Tavern on Friday, September 12th.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The GroveCast: Expat Musician Henry Bloomfield

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


GrooveCast host Chance Dorland spoke with American musician Henry Bloomfield & Groove Magazine contributor Remy Raitt about Henry's hit music video "Ms. Mary" and his music career in Korea. Working as a teacher while also developing a music career, Bloomfield has enjoyed the opportunities available to him so much he's decided to continue his life here rather than going back to America to make it as a musician. Check out Remy's article in the September issue of Groove Magazine and more info on Henry Bloomfield's music career on YouTube and http://HenryBloomfield.com/.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The GrooveCast: Single Mothers & Adoption In South Korea

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


I spoke with South African journalist Deva Lee about her articles in this month's edition of Groove Magazine that highlight the stories of Korean mothers and the children they gave up for adoption. While the mass exodus of children from Korean to the United States and other countries originally began to find homes for children born to U.S. servicemen and Korean women more than 50 years ago, the current focuses on unwed Korean women who often have no options to pursue in order to raise their children on their own. Deva says half the unwed mothers’ facilities in Korea are run by adoption agencies which use their influence to coerce women into giving their children up for adoption. One woman interviewed for the articles said "The women who are giving up their children for adoption are not doing it because they don’t want to raise their kids. ‘it’s because they don’t have any other choice, especially if the child’s father will not help support, (and) if the parents will not help support ... then they really have no other choice. We need to get rid of this public atmosphere that encourages these women to send their children for adoption."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The GrooveCast: Nichola and Hugh From MyKoreanHusband.com

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.



Nichola and Hugh are an Australian-Korean couple who have turned their married life into a comic strip, online videos and soon a Korean-language book. I spoke with them about their success, living with Hugh's family in a small Korean village and how they met in Australia.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The GrooveCast: "Chance and Dan DO KOREA" Live Variety Show

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.

Dan Wiberg and Chance Dorland host a LIVE podcast variety show with an emphasis on audience participation. Our 1st recording is Friday, September 12th at 9 pm at Rocky Mountain Tavern (Itaewon) & features comedian El Wassim, indie rock band Baekma and expat journalist John Power. With an eclectic mixture of guests, bands and the man-bro chemistry of the hosts, Chance & Dan Do Korea has something for everybody. Like Facebook.com/DoKoreaPodCast to receive regular updates on guests, special deals and recording dates. Here's our preview podcast episode with info on what to expect during our first live recording! Also, subscribe to our podcast via the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chance-and-dan-do-korea/id432052235?mt=2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Korean Ebola Fears Delay Scholarships For West African Students

Approximately 800 Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) recipients from around the world are traveling to South Korea this month to begin master's degree and doctoral programs at universities across the country. A small minority, however, have been instructed to not enter Korea for at least six months due to concerns over the Ebola virus.


One student, who wishes to remain anonymous (and will be referred to from this point on as 'Jack'), told SeoulItUp.com that the National Institute For International Education, (NIIED) has informed him and three other students from West African nations their scholarships have been delayed. Jack says all four students were sent etickets on August 8th for travel from their home nation to Korea. However, those travel plans were then cancelled when Korean Air flights to Kenya were suspended due to Ebola concerns. NIIED, the organization in charge of the scholarship, sent new itineraries to approximately 800 other students, but he and three others were told to stay home.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

TBS eFM: Plastic Surgery In Korea


Listen to my report on TBS eFM using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


It's no secret that plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular here in South Korea, but a story earlier this year brought the topic back into the headlines. Owners of a plastic surgery clinic in Gangnam have been fined 3 million won and faced up to two years in prison for using chin bone fragments from around 1,000 patients to fill two large see-through columns in their office. Each fragment was even labeled with the name of the client it belonged to. The clinic tweeted a photo of the columns, leading to the fine and removal of the bones from the office.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The GrooveCast: Hyundai Card Citybreak Festival w/ New Found Glory Interview


Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE.

GrooveCast host Chance Dorland and his good friend Tyler spend the weekend at Hyundai Card's Citybreak festival where they score an interview with Chad Gilbert, the guitarist for New Found Glory.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TBS eFM: New Gangnam Tourist Trolley

Listen to my report on TBS eFM using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


Seoul's Gangnam District Office now offers a trolley tour bus that is said to offer an easy option for foreigners visiting the city who want to visit popular destinations in the Gangnam area. But, do foreigners know about the new tour? And does the Gangnam Tour need to change the way it is operated to better accommodate tourists here in Seoul?

Monday, August 11, 2014

The GrooveCast: Dean Crawford At The Movies

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com/.


I spoke with Groove Magazine film critic Dean Crawford for his reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well as previews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and You're Next. Do yourself a favor and see both Guardians and Planet of the Apes if you have some spare time to head to the movies!

Also be sure to subscribe to The GrooveCast via the iTunes Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-groovecast/id828301645?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Groove Magazine: Hyundai Card Citybreak Festival

Story by Chance Dorland / photos courtesy of Hyundai Card Citybreak


Hyundai Card’s Citybreak Festival is brimming with potential. Between the impressive lineup and the fact that you can most likely bring your own food and beverages, this concert should offer a good return on your investment. One-day passes start at 115,000 won using Hyundai card discounts (165,000 won without) and a two-day “super plus package” hits 240,000 won (300,000 won without discounts), so this concert can in no way be considered “cheap.” But luckily for those who decide to buy in, there’s a hell of a lot to see.

Veteran heavy metal god Ozzy Osbourne head- lines this year’s festival and performs on Sat- urday night. This looks to be a solid choice to follow up Metallica, last year’s main heavy metal/rock attraction. Osbourne, the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, is no longer the spry young man he used to be, but given that this is Ozzy F***ing Osbourne we’re talking about (the actual name he signed on his consent form before appearing on “The Howard Stern Show” while I worked there in 2010), his presence alone should infuse energy into the first day of the event, if not both days.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The GrooveCast: Seoul International Comedy Competition


Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com/.


The first ever Seoul International Comedy Competition aims to crown comedic royalty in a three round bout that includes Koreans, local expat performers and comedians that are traveling from as far as the United States to perform. I spoke with event organizer Dan Wiberg about his show and the newly released list of performers. He will host the event at August 30th at Bull & Barrel in Itaewon. More information, including a complete list of performers, is available at https://www.Facebook.com/SeoulComedyCompetition/.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The GrooveCast: Seoul's Urban Beekeeping

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com/.


Writer Jaimie Steef joins GrooveCast host Chance Dorland to discuss her article on urban beekeeping here in Seoul. Several different groups have sprung up in the past few years, as well as the on-going culture of traditional beekeeping high up in the mountains. For more information, find more info on "BeeCAUS" at www.facebook.com/beecaus and "Urban Bees Seoul" on their website http://www.UrbanBeesSeoul.com/ and Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/UrbanBeesSeoul/.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The GrooveCast: Gachi CSA Organic Food Delivery

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


Writer Beryl Sinclair says, "Joining a CSA is like having Christmas come once a week." She spoke with GrooveCast host Chance Dorland for her article in this month's edition of Groove that features an organic farming service that will send you a weekly supply of fresh vegetables, fruits and other products. Chance also spoke with 30 year organic farmer Kim Byung Soo and food activist/organic farm businesswoman Stream Jang.

Find more information online at http://www.GachiCSA.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/473075806152256/.

Monday, July 14, 2014

TBS eFM: McDonald's Korean Controversy

Listen to this "GrooveCast" episode on the player above or subscribe via Spreaker. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


What started off as a dispute over how long customers were allowed to stay in a NYC McDonald's turned into a much larger dispute involving Korean community leaders and elected officials. The incident began when many older Koreans had been spending multiple hours, perhaps even the whole day, at the McDonald's while ordering only a coffee or small fries. I interviewed Koreans here in Seoul to get their opinions on the issue, and I also spoke live with the President of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York on TBS 101.3 eFM to get her perspective.

The GrooveCast: Dean Crawford At The Movies With Edge Of Tomorrow, Transformers 4, Guardians Of The Galaxy & Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com.


I spoke with Groove Magazine film critic Dean Crawford for his reviews of the excellent "Edge Of Tomorrow" and the unfortunate "Transformers: Age Of Extinction." Dean also previewed "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" and Marvel's latest film, "Guardians Of The Galaxy." Check out the episode here or at http://www.spreaker.com/user/seoulitup/july-1-dean-crawford-at-the-movies

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The GrooveCast: HIV Positive Korean Artist Lee Jeong Sik

Listen to my latest GrooveCast episode using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker HERE or in the iTunes Store HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com


In this GrooveCast episode, I spoke with Korean artist Lee Jeong Sik about his art and activism to help other HIV positive people in Korea feel a sense of community and get the help they need. Jeong Sik, a self identified member of the gay community, says it's important to remember everyone's story and spread those stories to others. Groove Magazine staff member Lee Jong Min also joins this episode as an English/Korean translator. Special thanks to her for making this interview possible.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RoboCop & Pompeii Movie Reviews With Dean Crawford

 Listen to this "GrooveCast" episode on the player above or subscribe via Spreaker or the iTunes Store.


"RoboCop" finally gets a remake, but was it worth the trouble? And "Game of Thrones" character John Snow makes his leading role debut in explosion-heavy film "Pompeii." I discussed these and other current releases with my regular guest, Groove Magazine film critic Dean Crawford.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The GrooveCast: Making Beer At Seoul Homebrew

Listen to this "GrooveCast" episode on the player above or subscribe via Spreaker or the iTunes Store.


For my 2nd GrooveCast episode, I took a 3 + hour beer brewing course with Seoul Homebrew co-owner Jonathan Wilson. Find all of my GrooveCast episodes on http://GrooveKorea.com or in the Itunes Store. (Click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.)

Groove contributor Christine Pickering and I learned the basics of making beer, ate some delicious beer ingredients and got a little tipsy while we waited, waited and waited for the very long process to finish. Visit http://www.SeoulHomebrew.com/ for more information or to purchase some homebrewing supplies of your own!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Teaming With Groove Magazine, Korea's #1 English Publication

Listen to this "GrooveCast" episode on using the player above or subscribe via Spreaker or the iTunes Store.




The Seoul It Up PodCast has teamed with Groove Magazine, Korean's #1 English publication, to highlight stories from each month's print issue in a new audio podcast. Each month, episodes of The GrooveCast (which I host and produce) will be released on http://GrooveKorea.com. You can also download and listen to the GrooveCast in the Itunes Store. (Click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.)

In our first episode of The GrooveCast, I spoke with Groove Magazine contributor Emilee Jennings and expat musical artists Jake Pains (https://www.facebook.com/beingjake) and Pinnacle TheHustler (https://www.facebook.com/iampinnacle). Listen for details of their childhood musical experiences, why they originally came to Korea, how they first started performing and what pushed them to the top.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

American Expat Musician G.T. Arpe

Listen to this podcast episode using the player above or subscribe to my Spreaker profile HERE. Find more podcasts & other fun stuff from my life in Korea at www.SeoulItUp.com



Prolific performer G.T. Arpe spoke with me recently after his performance at Club Free Bird here in Hongdae, Seoul's indie rock capital. I've seen a lot of G. T. Arpe's performances, and this one was particularly unique.