Social Media Resources for Camp Humphrey’s and Pyeongtaek Residents
You’ll notice I am only posting Facebook groups. Twitter, Pinterest etc are available for Camp Humphreys but when there is important information, Facebook gets the fastest updates. Plus, the photo albums and group search functions hold valuable information in a more accessible way than other social media platforms. If you aren’t a Facebook fan you may still want to join these groups anyway and check them every once in awhile.
Camp Humphrey’s Wives and Spouse Group on Facebook
This will be your go-to social media information hub. All the spouses and soldiers in this group know what you are going through and someone will have an answer. The search tool is a gold mine but Facebook’s search algorithm takes me back to my highschool days trying to use Netscape; it’s a nightmare. When using the search function, do not use filler words like “what” or “is” otherwise you’ll get every post in history that used those two words. If you want to know if off post housing is for you, then search for “Offpost housing”.
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys on Facebook
The official Garrison Humphreys facebook page. Go to the photos album to find shuttle bus schedules, new road construction updates etc and go to posts to read the daily newsletter. Have a question? They usually respond within an hour or on the same day. Very polite and helpful.
Did you go to an event on base and saw a bunch of soldiers from PAO snapping pictures? Find those photos over on their FLICKR page, they update it lightning fast.
USAG Humphreys FMWR on Facebook
Get news on upcoming trips and events at Humphreys.
USAG Humphreys ACS on Facebook
Get information on classes, local events outside of post and inprocessing briefs.
USAG Humphreys Boss on Facebook
Get news on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for single soldiers and geographical bachelors.
Pyeongtaek Food and Fun on Facebook
This group will answer all your questions that are Pyeongtaek or Korea related. Lanae, the lady that moderates this group and writes the South of Seoul blog, is an American expat living in Korea and she knows what it means to be an America experiencing Korea and what it’s like to be a Korean experiencing American’s for the first time. She is a fount of information and she is actively trying to bridge the gap between foreigners in Pyeongtaek and the Koreans who live here.
Humphreys Hiking/Biking Hooligans and Hoolligals on Facebook
Many in this group have moved away and it just needs a few crazies to bring it back to life. Lots of information in here on biking and hiking trails in the Humphrey’s area.
Pyeongtaek International Exchange Foundation PIEF on Facebook
Go here to learn more about PIEF and the amazing free events they offer to foreigners and locals here in Pyeongtaek.
Must Have Apps for your Smart Phone After Moving to Camp Humphreys/ Pyeongtaek
A community generated map tool. Since Korea hates Google and Google hates Korea, Waze is your best option for a GPS driving tool. Wazers (yes, these are people who use Waze) input new destinations and create a Waze ID for each one. Search for the Waze ID, pick the funny voice you want to navigate for you (Morgan Freeman!) and start exploring.
I don’t know why this Chat app hasn’t taken the world by storm yet. It’s easy to create and organize group chats and it syncs with contacts in your phonebook. Throw in the adorable Emoji characters and the signature “Kakao” sound and I am hooked. Most units on Camp Humphreys use Kakao Talk to contact their soldiers and family members end up loving it, too.
The Camp Humphreys app is very basic. I took all the useful phone numbers out of it and put them in my phonebook then deleted the app. For soldiers, the app keeps the Humphreys’ off-limit list updated.
South of Seoul
This app was made by my friend Lanae who runs the South of Seoul blog and it is her baby. She’s always wanted to create an app that was a cross of Yelp, Foursquare and Google Maps for foreigners in Korea. This is the year that she hunkered down and dedicated hundreds of hours to create a free app to for everyone to enjoy. And her timing couldn’t be better. Anyone living in Pyeongtaek needs this app to find local restaurants, reviews, playgrounds, kid’s cafes, bars, local events, language exchange groups etc. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
This new app helps dependents and soldiers find the nearest hospital and provides important phone numbers and information when seeking health care on the peninsula.
Get English speaking taxis to come straight to you.
Other Apps and Social Media Resources
If you’ve been feeling tired with sinus troubles you should download this app and see if the air quality corresponds with your symptoms. I was stubborn for an entire year telling myself I’ve never had had allergies before so it can’t be that. Well, four sinus infections later I grudgingly admitted that it was the air that was getting me.
The weather app on your phone will disappoint you. I go to Windy TV for all of my precipitation needs. It gives three different weather models to browse through and having an active radar can be useful.
Pokemon GO, Walkr or Ingress
Big bonus to living in Korea, you will do a lot more walking than you’re used to. Personally, getting my steps in for the day is not enough motivation for me to go the extra mile but video games are! Pokemon Go and Walkr are my favorites.
Boardgaming in Korea on Facebook
Boardgaming in Korea is a real hobby and when you walk into your first Boardgaming Cafe you will Squee. I promise you, it’s going to be embarrassing but oh so satisfying. The best cafes and game groups are in Seoul, Daegu and Busan but there are a smattering of groups around military bases.
Pokemon Go Korea on Facebook
I hate and love this group. I love the updates and information and how we all stuck it out together for 6 months waiting for the game to be released here. I hate seeing all of the Pokestops up in Seoul. Big cities are ridiculous!
Paengseong Language Exchange, Pyeongtaek Language Exchange and the Songtan Language Exchange on Facebook
Three very active language exchanges in the Pyeongtaek area.
Humphreys Homeschool Group on Facebook
I love finding new Homeschool groups when I move to a new duty station but I was surprised to find such an active and lovely group here at Humphreys.
A facebook group run by housing for on-post residents to chat in.
Facebook Community Page for residents of Oscarville Apartments.
Facebook Community Page for residents of Ace Town.
Facebook Community Page for residents of Brownstone Apartments.
When the second elementary school opens Aug, ’17, there will be a Humphreys West page.
When the middle school opens Aug, ’17, each school will have its own page.
Humphreys Client Legal Services on Facebook
Come tax season you’ll want to have these guys friended to learn of changes for the new tax year.