It has been about a year since updated my ‘About’ page so I thought I had better get it sorted.

I have been blogging for just over a year now about my life as an expat in Korea and we have just returned to the UK, to a new part of England for us, so we get to explore  and investigate a new area.

However, doesn’t seem that this will be a long stay in England as my husband’s work will be moving us again, this time to Baku, Azerbaijan. We don’t have confirmation of the dates yet but it is likely we will be going early 2014.

Hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures, both home in the UK and around the world. If you want you can subscribe by email , which is over on the right hand side. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog.



23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 11:43:23

    Moving to Ulsan in a week…Thanks for your time and blog!


  2. Esther Haydock
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 13:30:10

    Hi Amanda, hope you move goes smoothly. We have found the transition here really good and most of the time people are helpful. Was it your comments I have seen on Facebook, on the Ulsan pages?


  3. Grace
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 19:02:14

    Goodluck on your expat adventures! 🙂


  4. Emma McNeill
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 21:12:29

    Hi Esther, I have been following your posts with great interest as our family may be relocating to Ulsan. I have lots of questions, mainly around schooling and accomodation. Is there any way I could contact you directly? I’ve never lived abroad before, and have exhausted all avenues of information on the internet! Kind regards, Emma


  5. petroleumwife
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 16:59:09

    We might be moving to Ulsan in less than a year. Very excited and hope to learn a thing or two from your experience! So glad I found your blog, I’m really enjoying reading through it 🙂


    • Esther Haydock
      Dec 10, 2012 @ 17:03:28

      Thank you, it is nice to know my blog is being read – and not just by family. We have really enjoyed our moved to Ulsan, it is a lot easier than some people make out! And there are lots of petroleum wives here.


  6. Wendy Heide
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 09:42:36

    Hi Esther I have really enjoyed reading your blog. It has given me a more detailed and greater insight into life in Ulsan than any travel book could. We are hoping to move out in January. Just awaiting our visas. We have never had the chance as a family to live abroad so looking forward to our adventure. Wendy


  7. Esther Haydock
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 19:09:41

    Hi Wendy, we are having a lot of fun in Ulsan, being an expat always has ups and downs but Ulsan is a good city to be in and there is a great expat community. Have you found Ulsan online yet? They have a website and a Facebook forum where you can ask questions which will be answered very quickly.


  8. Kelly
    May 30, 2013 @ 13:56:11

    Hi! I’m Kelly who goes to Ewha womans university in Seoul! I’m currently on the project related to Hyundai heavy industries’ foreigners compound, and the benefits or relocation services offered by the company. I was wondering what kind of benefits do company offer to locate foreign workers to regarding housing, insurance, services, etc. Also the parts that you want company to consider when hiring foreigners and the good parts that the company is offering for the foreigners at the moment!!! I want to hear more from the foreigner point of view whos living in Ulsan and i greatly appreciate the fact that i came across this website!! Thank you!!! i can contact me through email : kehjka@aol.com


    • Esther Haydock
      May 30, 2013 @ 14:00:08

      Hi Kelly,

      I will send you a proper reply by email soon. Have you found the foreigners compound facebook page? It would also be a good place to ask these questions. The Facebook group is HFC Clubhouse! There are lots of families there so if you could up with a survey people could fill in, then you will probably get more answers.


  9. Patricia
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 12:33:37

    Hi Esther,
    I have recently moved to the HHI Foreigners compound and would like to ask you a question.
    I have to fly back to the Uk in September and was wondering the best route to take from here.


    • Esther Haydock
      Jul 19, 2013 @ 19:35:48

      I’m not sure there is a ‘best’ route, they are all a bit tricky. There are two main options:

      Via Incheon: and you can get there 3 ways; by KTX from Ulsan to Seoul Station and then the airport express, fly from Ulsan to Gimpo and get the bus round, fly from Busan direct – but you have to buy the ticket for all they way so this sometimes doesn’t work.

      Via Hong Kong: you fly from Busan, we are going this way next week but have done all of the above as well.

      My husband travels a lot back and forwards from the UK and uses a mix of all of these depending on connection times.

      Hope you are settling in well into the compound.


  10. Patricia
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 07:38:30

    Thanks for the information Esther, I had looked at these routes but was hoping for something a little easier! Strange how you can’t get a flight to connect to the 10.30 am flight from Seoul which goes to London, I expect we have had it too easy for flight connections before and just take it for granted it will be as easy from here.
    I believe you are heading back to the UK soon, safe flight.


  11. Elisha
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:23:10

    Hi Esther I’m relocating soon to Ulsan I noticed you do boot camp where do u do this? Do you have contact details?
    Regards elisha


    • Esther Haydock
      Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:42:45


      I do it at the Spanish Soccer Field, which is in Dong-gu, very close to the Foreigners Compound. It is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am and Thursday evenings. If you are on Facebook the best way to find out is though James McAloon, who runs it.

      Good luck with your move.


  12. Jane
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 02:31:39

    Thank you for all your wonderful information. We will be moving to Ulsan in the near future from the United States and all your information has been wonderful and has eased my mind. We would love you to blog about the UK since our next stop after Ulsan will probably be there.


    • Esther Haydock
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 19:45:25

      Thank Jane, I really enjoyed the year in Ulsan, of course there were down points and challenges but that is part of life. I hope you enjoy your time there as much as I did. There is a great bunch of people there who have been though nearly everything that you will and are very willing to help. Have you checked out Ulsan online, either the website or the Facebook group – it is a great place for information.

      We are only going to be in the UK for 5 months and then heading Baku, Azerbaijan. All very very quick so still trying to get my head around it all.


  13. Heather
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 18:08:34

    Hi esther, we are a family of five moving to ulsan this fall. I was wondering if you could give me some tips about how to find a nanny in ulsan. Many thanks, Heather


  14. kala
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 05:20:33

    Hi Esther,

    We are a family of three from India, my husband, my toddler son, of course me and a 21 plus weeker inside. I find your blog useful while I search for various options, would you be able to give me an idea of how delivering a child in Ulsan works, and what the National Insurance covers.





  15. Klaus Kopf
    Jan 26, 2015 @ 21:53:25

    Dear Esther
    I am posted to Baku and my family a party of 3 plus dog are searching for a furnished villa/house in Baku. I came across the name “stonepay” as a rsidential complex but was unable to find any contact to them in Baku. Couldyou help out and advise where to get some details or how to contact the management. Thanks a lot.


    • Esther Haydock
      Feb 05, 2015 @ 10:13:11

      I don’t know how to contact the management, as all our contact is via my husband’s company. Sorry I can’t be of any more help and I hope you find somewhere to live that suit you all.


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