Sunday, April 20, 2014

Unknown: South Korea Ferry Disaster ㅠㅠ

After the tragedy of MH370 (missing airplane), world once again been shocked by the heartbreaking disaster.ㅠㅠ This time there was sunken ferry in South Korea. The ferry was en route from Incheon to Jeju Island. The ill-fated ferry by the name of Sewol (세월) had been in trouble around 8:58 a.m. (kst) on 16 April somewhere near to Jindo, which is about 3 more hours to arrive its final destination.

The ferry delayed departed from Incheon late night of 15 April due to the fog. The total number of the passengers inside the ferry were 476 however until this period only 174 people  had been rescued. 181  person were still missing in this tragedy and its had been said that 121 bodies were found. Most of the trapped passengers are school students of Danwon high school, Ansan,outskirt of Seoul.

The school students were on study trip to Jeju Island for 4 days.ㅠㅠ. The ferry sank approximately 2 hours after it capsizing. Without a proper guideline of evacuation orders from the ferry captain and crews, most of students were trapped inside the ship as they were told not to move even though most of them wearing life jacket!!ㅠㅠ  However the captain and 20 crews were survived which bring a lot of anger, frustration from those family affected.

One of the most heartbreaking story of survivor is a 6 years old girl. She told the doctor that her brother (7 years old) gave her, his life jacket and since its chaotic, no ones knows what happen to them.ㅠㅠ The girl was found by another survivor alone and soaked with water, without thinking twice a school student by the name of Park Ho-Jin grab her hands and bring her to the safest place. Every time when I saw the footage of how she's been save, tears will running out from my eyes!ㅠㅠ

Personally I once ride a ferry in Korea but we just ride it at Hanggang, and during our ferry ride there were also school trip from Daegu. Those kids were adorable and very friendly even though most of them can't speak English well. I can't imagine if something bad like this happen to us..ㅠㅠ For more information about this tragedy you can refer it here.







p/s: Lets' all of us pray for them, even though the hope were slim but its' not over yet! Who knows if we can find any survivors, only God knows. #PrayforSouthKorea

Sources: http://www.youtube.com/user/arirangnews

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guesthouse: Busan

It's been about 6 months after my last trip to Korea, but I still get a lot of topics I haven't write here! ㅋㅋㅋ For those who had been to Korea but miss a chance to visit Busan, you gotta come back!! Busan is famous with stunning beaches especially during summer! Summer will hit soon so what are you waiting for?? ㅋㅋㅋ

For today I will NOT writing about those beaches though as I will write it on different entry later, so what am I talking about now? It's a guesthouse! I know that some people who love bag packing will not really make any reservation for accommodation. Well I was like that long time ago when I was in university!ㅋㅋ However since I learnt my major, it change me!! ㅋㅋ These days I become such a planner! Everything ll be in plan..ㅠㅠ

There are many guesthouse around Busan and the rate is not much different from one to another. Compared to motel or hotel, I prefer guesthouse more as in Korea most of guesthouse were provided with washing machine!! No need to bring lots of shirts as you can do your laundry at guesthouse!ㅋㅋㅋ

Back to my topic, while I'm in Busan we (my boyfriend and I) stayed at Terraguesthouse. This guesthouse located at rooftop of Jalgachi Market. The guesthouse were cozy and have a very nice view as well friendly staff! The amenities they provided is good too but I'm not really sure about the laundry service as we just stayed there for one night.

For cats lovers, there is BONUS for you!! At this guesthouse there are cute cats! One of their cats scared me though! ㅋㅋ I thought what was it! As its Halloween, when we stayed there! ㅋㅋ For more information about this guesthouse you may contact them at here




p/s: We haven't take many pictures as we were rushing! Both of us also forgot to take pictures of our rooms when we were there! Funny things is their staff thought my boyfriend were Japanese so they talked to him in Japanese!ㅋㅋㅋ!! :P and best part is my boyfriend confessed to me at this guesthouse! ^^~ You can read about it here.




Friday, April 11, 2014

Seasons: Spring Festival 2014

It's spring again! Wee ^^* Seasons that I'm always waiting for as its one of the most beautiful moment in South Korea! Sadly again I'm NOT there and miss a chance to have a glimpse of Cherry Blossom!ㅠㅠ However I'm lucky enough for having quite numbers of Korean friends, whose willing to lend me their eyes on cherry blossom through their DSLR camera or phone! Nice of them!^^ 

Every time I saw those beautiful bunch of cherry blossom, I was like astonish and as if my soul were there! ㅋㅋㅋ Imagining strolling under those cherry blossom trees with petals falling down along with my boyfriend!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I hope someday we will able to do that!!^^*

Nothing can describe how pleasant the view in South Korea during Spring! so here are some of cherry blossom photos for all of you, my readers! Enjoy it ^^ For those who got a chance to go to Korea at this time or even at Korea now, take some time to stroll along cherry blossom trees/ festival with your love one! Make a beautiful moment! For more information about spring festival, you may refer here..



















                          

p/s: Amazing pictures?? How about the last one?? Well that was taken in Malaysia! We had our own cherry blossom version too! However its NOT all over Malaysia just at some area, I wish authorities will plant this beautiful trees a lot around Malaysia in the future so that we also can enjoy beautiful moment of spring even though we were NOT four seasons country! ^^*


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Places:Korean Palace

South Korea were popular with its spectacular scenery. This four seasons country have many incredible sites that you should put in your bucket list!From mountain, beaches and island as well their heritage, cultural and people. In my past entry I talk a lot about their places and I'm focus more on its nature and modern site, but for this entry lets' treasure their heritage.^^

For those who plan to visit Korea, there is one place that you MUST visit! Actually its not one place, because they have few site and its different from one to another. ㅋㅋㅋ As we know, Korea were ruled by few dynasty long time ago. Different dynasty have its own charms and uniqueness

What places I'm talking about??? ㅋㅋㅋ still clueless?? It's their palace! I've been to Korea twice so far and only on my second visit I went to their palace. ㅋㅋㅋ However due to limited time, I just visit two of Korean Palace. The most and foremost palace known as Gyeongbokgung Palace. The second palace I've been to is Changgyeonggung Palace

These palace were near to each other and we just walk from Gyeongbukgung Palace to Changgyeongung Palace. Gyeongbokgung were the new main palace after one of the King from Joseon Dynasty move it capital from Gaegyeong to Seoul (known as Hanyang). This palace were destroyed by fire during Japanese invasion of 1592 and it was not reconstructed until 1867 by King Gojong. For more details about this palace you can refer it here. At this palace, my friend and I get a chance to see the changing guard event. It was awesome!!

Changgyeonggung is another palace where it was first build by King Sejong, the 4th ruler of Joseon Dynasty. This palace were build for King Taejong and often served as residential quarters for queens and concubines. During Japanese colonial rules, this palace was turn into park that includes a zoo and botanical garden.For more information about this palace you may refer here.







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p/s: There are so many stunning places to visit around South Korea, however if you didn't grab a chance to visit their palace then your South Korea trip is incomplete! ㅋㅋㅋ You can see changing guard video here.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongbokgung
              http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264350

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Relationship: Whats its like having a foreigner as your LOVER

It's been so long since my last post. Missing me?? ㅋㅋㅋ Well due to MH370, I can't focus for writing new entry,ㅠㅠ sorry for the late posting!ㅠㅠ Lets' go thorough my topic then ^^. Having a relationship with a foreigner is not easy as ABC. There are too many to consider as its complex yet it bring you abundance of joys as well difficulties! People around me always asking me how is your feeling for having a foreigner as your boyfriend?

It's quite tough to give exactly answer as different people experience it in their own way. First of all, man is still a man, NO matter what color skin he had, from where he come from; nothing much different from one to another.

Having an intercultural spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend will give you an opportunity to learn new culture from each other. However within this process you may faced some misunderstanding, and need to tolerance to each other lots of time. In order for me to keep maintain my relationship with my boyfriend is I study a lot about his culture, country and etc.

Some of my friends asking me how I get to know my boyfriend and why I choose someone who live far away from me. About this I'm only able to answer the first part which is we met while travelling. For second part, I have NO idea why I choose to have a long distance boyfriend,ㅋㅋ it's just our feeling towards each other. Even we live miles away, we know our true feeling towards each other, that's most important.^^

Having intercultural relationship also may lead to racism, why I says so? Did both of us became racist?? NO!! I'm not talking about that! ㅋㅋㅋ It's people perception, some call it as curiosity but of course we can differentiate which people were curious and which one were racist.

People with curiosity normally will ask many things including, where did we met? How do we keep our relationship, what about parent and family opinion regarding this and etc. While people that simply showing their prejudice normally will asking us, why you choose him or her? Is there is NO more girls or guys in our own motherland??

Next is, some people think that I have an obsession with Korea because of K-pop and so on. Well I'm not really big fan of their celebrity except Kim Soo Hyun!ㅋㅋㅋ However that doesn't mean I will sneak out to watch him while I'm in Korea! I'm not a saseng fan! ㅋㅋ

Honestly, when I was young, yes I love to watch Korean drama but I never had a dream for having Korean boyfriend!! ㅋㅋ This is because at that time I never thought that one day I will visit South Korea!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋWhatever it is, I'm grateful and happy to have him as my boyfriend. ^^~







p/s: You may read at some other blogs about how they manage their intercultural love. These were some good example regarding to the topic. My Korean Husband, Dom & Hyo

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Is it still safe to travel to South Korea??

It's been so long since my last post! I guess all of you knows what happen right? Yes as Malaysian I was affected by that incident.ㅠㅠ Even though I didn't know any passengers or crews boarding personally, but I shared the grief like any of you. This incident is a rare case and its was unexpectedly. ㅠㅠ

Even aviation experts have no idea how this could happen! Many countries give their hands in order to search for it yet still cannot be found. No clue, nothing at all, its just vanished in thin air!ㅠㅠ Regarding to this incident there are many speculations arise as well the safety aspect turn up

Lots of people have questions on their mind whether is it still safe to travel abroad at this time?? No ones can't give a concrete answers about it. This is because we simply didn't know what could happen! Even one minutes after this we don't know what heading us

For going abroad, most of us need to take airplane UNLESS if you living in Europe, because in certain part of Europe, you can take train from one countries to another. Yet the safety issues still arise! No matter which option you take for travel, it is still insecure. However don't get me wrong! I am NOT telling that all of us shouldn't travel at this time. We still can travel to anywhere we wanna, just pray that we will arrive to the destination safely! :) 

Some people asking me is it safe to travel to South Korea at this time? I asked them why this questioned arise? They told me since for heading to Korea we going to use the same airspace path. Well about this I'm not sure though, but I believe every airlines have  their own pathway, and it was confirm by air traffic that it still safe. All airlines still running their operations as usual

No need to worry!! However please bear in mind that this incident can happen to any airlines! Doesn't mean it happen to Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) so its insecure to take MAS! It's unfair to says so as it was unexpectedly and rare case. For whatever reasons it is, only God know whats happening and I believe there are wisdom behind this incident. Even if any country had most powerful technology, remember NOTHING CAN'T defeat God as God create us and everything!

For those who plan to travel to South Korea, no need to worry as far as I'm concern South Korea is one of most safest country. I've been there twice and looking forward to go there again or should I call as return home sweet home?? ㅋㅋㅋ Whatever it is, make sure to take care of your passport and your belonging while you abroad even if you at most safest country! ^^






p/s: Dear MH 370, please come back! Whole world were praying and waiting for you. Any runaway were ready for you. ^^  Lets' us give our best for praying the aircraft safe returns. Don't give up! and believe in God. God know whats the best for all of us!.  

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tradition/ Food: 미역국 (Seaweed Soup)

Owh its March 5!! Big day for me!! Wee ^^ What does it mean big day for me? Some people might think "big day" can be engagement day or wedding day?? ㅋㅋㅋWell I'm NOT talking about those!ㅋㅋ It's my birthday!! Thank God that I'm still alive! ^^ I'm happy for that however yes I'm little bit unhappy too as I'm getting older. ㅠㅠ

Compared to my boyfriend, I'm way out older than him!ㅠㅠ However he always told me that he sees me younger than himself!ㅋㅋ. I guess you guys must feel little bit annoyed by that statement??ㅋㅋㅋ When I was in Korea, supposedly I should look after him as I'm older but we changed our roles!ㅋㅋ He's the one that always look after me!!ㅋㅋㅋ

Lets' back to our topic, what is the relation between seaweed soup and my birthday??O-o We always hear about having a cake during birthday is a MUST right? However for Korean, there is other special tradition for them. During birthday, they will eat 미역국(miyeokguk) (seaweed soup). I'm curious about this so I make some research.ㅋㅋ

Why Korean eat seaweed soup during their birthday?? According to their tradition, long time ago pregnant women will eat seaweed soup for about a month as preparatory for giving birth. This is because seaweed is high in iodine and calcium, beneficial for uterine contraction as well in milk production. Due to this, having seaweed soup during birthday is kind of significant or a reminder to children not to forget the pain of childbirth as well to appreciate how their mother taking care of themselves.

Apart from eating seaweed soup before giving birth, mothers normally will eat it after giving birth too as it is believe that seaweed soup will help to nourish blood production. As seaweed soup is the first meal for mothers it is also first meal to children as they get it through breast feeding.

Since my boyfriend is not here, I will NOT get 미역국 from him.ㅠㅠ Maybe in future??ㅋㅋ Honestly I'm NOT a fan of seaweed though ㅋㅋ. This is because we were not use to eat seaweed here so I'm not into it. However while I'm in Korea, I still remember one of my Korean friend told me to finish my 미역국 as its good for me. Even I'm showing him my cheeky face for NOT having it I was failed!! I just eat half of it! ㅋㅋ

With my boyfriend I managed to escape! ㅋㅋㅋ Whenever there is seaweed he will finish it for me! ㅋㅋThere is one case where an owner of the shop were extremely happy to see us together (me and my boyfriend), she put dried seaweed on my plate! I was like!!! @_@!!! At last my boyfriend took that rice portion (rice that already with seaweed on top) ㅋㅋㅋ




p/s: For this birthday, my wish are about health and having stronger relationship with my love and family! ^^

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_4_9_2.jsp
             http://morningcalmadness.blogspot.com/2011/03/birthday-seaweed-soup.html

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