Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coffee Addicted: DropTop

It's been sooo long that I didn't have a sip cup of coffee!ㅠㅠ.. Last weekend, as festive seasons I've been so busy plus one of my family member admitted in ward, I was so tired!ㅠㅠ What a hectic days!!ㅠㅠ After struggling with my work yesterday and today, finally I got a chance to relax, listening to the music and having my coffee! Wee ^^

While having sip cup of coffee and listening to random K-Indie songs, my mind suddenly fly away to Korea!ㅋㅋㅋ Not to Seoul, but to GWANGJU! My favorite spot in Koreaㅋㅋㅋ Owh how I miss Gwangju so much!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋThat dangerous sentiment (some Korean says its such "black spot") didn't stop my love to Gwangju city though!~ ^^

Gwangju, such a sleep motion city at night is actually full of love, warm and friendly faces! Even though their dialect is quite hard to understand!ㅋㅋㅋ It's a city where I had my THIRD cup of coffee in one day and gain my COFFEE INTEREST!~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ  I still remember when one of my Korean friend (live in Gwangju) told me, lets have a cup of coffee at DropTop! My mind was @-@! Ok that name is quite weird! I wonder why the founder choose those words despite so many other words!ㅋㅋㅋ

DropTop is one of the best cafe in Korea as it received many awards in 2012, one of the award is Grand Prize Franchise Cafe Section at Korea Economic 2012, Korea Customer Confidence Representative Brand.^^ Apart from that, DropTop cafe is different from any other brand! Why I said its different??! O-o Anyone who had been to this cafe would like to answer?? :P The answer is DropTop is the only cafe in Korea that express its interior features based on each regions! On their web, there are some of photos of their cafe theme according to regions. One of the design that captured my eyes most is Gyeongju Hwangnam Store located in Gyeongju City which is famous for Hanok! For more information about this cafe and their signature product you may visit here.





p/s: Anyone knows Jun Ji Hyun (lead actress from Man Come from the Star)? She's ambassador for this cafe ^^! This cafe also appear in few Korean Drama like Lee Soon Shin, You are the best and Pretty Man! I wish to go to this cafe again someday when I visit Korea! ㅋㅋㅋ

Source: http://cafedroptop.com/n/en/src/main.php





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Special Event: Seollal# What is Sebae (세배)??!!

Tick tock, tick tock! Time flies so fast, felt like I'm writing about Seollal yesterday, but its been a year ago O-o and now Seollal is back!!!ㅋㅋㅋ For this 2015 I wonder what should I write about this special event??!ㅋㅋ Last year I choose to write about a game that Korean play during Seollal so this year I choose to write about Sebae (세배) or literally known as performing deep bow to the eldest. ^^

This year Seollal begins on 18 February to 20 February, like Chuseok, Seollal is another one of most important celebration so basically Korean have 3 days leaves which is before Seollal, Seollal day celebration and after celebration.Wee ^^ For tourist that around Seoul now, you might be quite surprised as Seoul somehow become a ghost city! ㅋㅋㅋ Most of Koreans, were back to their hometown and gather together to celebrate this festive seasons with their families. ^^

During Seollal there are few activities that they do which start with Charye (ancestral ritual). While performing these some of them will dress up with hanbok (한복) (traditional attire for Korean) however these days they often dress in formal or in Western formal attire.ㅋㅋHowever kids will wear their colorful hanbok!^^  Lets' move to our topic, who perform Sebae and to whom they performing deep bow to?

Sebae is one of the way on how Korean respect their eldest. However this deep bow normally only be performed during Seollal with exchanging gift or best wishes to each other. Along with the deep bow (Sebae), they will wish their eldest with "새해 복 많이 받으세요" (Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo) meaning hoping new year will bring many luck. ^^ 

After Sebae, normally eldest will give children new year's money or known as Sebaetdon (Seollal gift), so its like a chance for children to collect their cash!ㅋㅋㅋ I'm sure this celebration is what children waiting for every year :P. For adult, seen this occasion might remind them of their childhood memories during Seollal celebration!ㅋㅋㅋ






p/s: Can't take my eyes off looking at triplets wear their hanbok and performing Sebae!ㅋㅋㅋ To all who celebrate Lunar New Year, 새해 복 많이 받으세요~ May this year bring more joys,luck, good health, longevity and prosperity  to allEnjoy with your family and love one!~

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?gotoPage=1&cid=941952&out_service=

Photo Credit: www.blog.korea.net
Video Credit:Phuong Anh Nguyen 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Language: Konglish??!

I'm back! After one week away and no new entry! Missing me?? O-o ㅋㅋ Anyway, have any of you had Korean as a friend in real life?? Whether they live around you or just online friend? I had many of them, and whenever I go around I kept bump with Korean! Sometimes I felt funny when I think about it!ㅋㅋㅋ During my last flight to Egypt (my vacation) for my four time of boarding, I've been served all by Korean flight attendants! I didn't choose to and I didn't take Korean Air though! ㅋㅋ I just sit on my seated number then I saw them! I was like!!??? Oh my!! Even here I were around them??! I'm in disbelief! ㅋㅋㅋ

Since most of my circle are Koreans, (I spend most of my time with computer/smart phone everyday) these days I can tell what they wanna talk about even they not yet talk about it or whenever their words/sentence is wrong!ㅋㅋㅋ I still remember long time ago, before I went to Korea and meet most of my Korean friends, most of their concern is that they are not fluently in English! Some of them asking me, what if I don't speak much to you compare when we chat on the internet?? it's not that I become shy or what, it's just I have less confident talking in English! They told me that! ㅋㅋ I said it's ok I already get used to it, I understand Konglish as well!ㅋㅋㅋ. That's surprised them!ㅋㅋ

What is Konglish that I'm talking about??? You can refer it hereApart from that, I guess most of us aware right, that in every non English speaker countries, whenever they try to speak English, there must be accent or slang with it! It's not a new language but English come with different accent from different regions.ㅋㅋ As Korean alphabet pronounce R similar with L so sometimes words that start with R, they will pronounce it as it start with L!ㅋㅋㅋ One of the example is they wanna said "right" but they said "light"! At first I heard it, I was like @-@?? Why suddenly talk about light?? Then I found out its actually "right"! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Another popular term is "Naver" instead of "Never", this words normally appear when they typing, "Naver is actually a search engine that very popular among Korean, its's like Korean Google, but since they use it all the time to search anything, they type it as "naver" instead of "never" to show that they haven't or not ㅋㅋ! Any of you have experience like this?? Feel free to leave comment :P




p/s: Anyone understand what that sentence tell about?? ㅋㅋ If you do let me know, lets' see if you  get it correct or wrong! ㅋㅋㅋ

Source:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konglish
               http://www.naver.com/

Photo Credit: pinterest.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Guideline: How to guide people in Incheon Airport even you are not there??!!?

When I was a kid, I always wonder why whenever people going for travelling, their family and love one will sending them off at airport. On my mind was they only going for traveling, after they finish their trip they will come back home, so why need to go to the airport with them??O-o Its not like they can hop on the flight for last goodbye though!ㅋㅋㅋ However when I grow up eventually I understand why people sending their love one at airport. Hugging, kissing and last goodbye at airport  are more warm than at ordinary place!ㅋㅋㅋ

Going to the airport alone can be a very relaxing or lonely. ㅋㅋ When my close friend went to the airport alone for the first time, I can't understand his feeling. He told me that he's quite nervous!ㅋㅋㅋ. Then when I went to the airport alone for the first time, I got that feeling too!!ㅋㅋ International Airport normally bigger than normal airport, so when I was there I was like, ok where do I go now?? Where is the signboard? Direction? Lucky me, I went to the airport early!ㅋㅋso I don't have to rush and get lost in airport! ㅋㅋㅋ

I am a person who don't like rushing too much! I hate panic and being lost!ㅋㅋ However when we travel with someone sometimes we cannot avoid it! Especially if your travel mate is kind of lay back person! I once experience this at Incheon Airport!!ㅋㅋㅋ Not 100% is his mistake though, its was my mistake too! I wrongly look at the boarding time!ㅠㅠ His only mistake is we start taking our subway late to the airport. ㅋㅋㅋ

When we reached airport, it was final call for my flight!!ㅠㅠ I have to check-in my luggage too!! Actually they cut off the time for check in luggage, thank God, they help me at last and I reach at boarding gate a minute before boarding time!! Phewwㅋㅋㅋ. Direction at huge airport like Incheon can be confusing when you in panic mode!ㅋㅋㅋI've been to South Korea for three time, so I'm quite familiar with the airport. ㅋㅋㅋ

Last week, my cousin and her children travelling to South Korea for the first time. I guess they have no problem travelling there as they didn't ask me much ㅋㅋ, well the best part for traveling Free and Easy is the confident that you get when you have to ask about direction!ㅋㅋㅋ However at very last minutes she ask me about any restaurant that they can stop by at airport before boarding! As we are Muslim, we have to find for halal food but then she already pass the immigration checking and reach at boarding gate! Most of restaurant and cafe at the main concourse!

As she look at the time, she knew that she have to look for something to eat as the journey back to Malaysia takes more than 6 hours! Without any airport booklet she asking me where should she go!?? I was like!!?? What?!! It's not easy to give direction when you are thousand miles away!! O-o Thank God, I managed to find the airport website and guide her to the place! She did get lost in airport for a while though! ㅋㅋㅋAfter all I feel good as I managed to guide her to the bakery and way back to boarding gate!ㅋㅋㅋ   







P/s: I've been to many airports but somehow I felt Incheon airport is the best! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Why?? You will not feel bored while you there, you can visit Korea traditional,cultural experience center, sometimes they have performance like concert or cultural performance.! They also have spa, just prepare your money if you wanna try it!  They also have ice skating rink too and it available all year round!!! ^^

Photo Credit: passengerterminaltoday.com
                      askthepilot.com
                      businesskorea.co.kr
                      airport-int.com

   

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guideline: How to join Student Exchange Program in South Korea Higher Institution??

As Korean Wave penetrate around the globe, there are so many people around the world whose really interested in Korean culture. Some of them even get a chance to experience what was it like Korean daily life is by joining student exchange program in either University or Korean school. Ooh how I wish I could turn back the time!! If I can, I really wanna join this program too!ㅋㅋㅋ

Earlier I did mentioned about student exchange program in school or university isn't it?? I guess for today lets just focus on how to join student exchange program in South Korea Universities. Since we were living in globally environment, these days is it common to see people from various countries around us! ^^

South Korean were known for protecting their roots, cultural and heritage well even though some of them already living abroad!!ㅋㅋㅋ Since all of us is going towards global, they have to slowly adapt with international environment. One of the ways is to let Koreans mix up with foreigners by providing student exchange program in Korean universities as well to send some of their student abroad for experiencing new places, new cultures and new environment!

People always says for learning cultural or language, going to the motherland of those particular cultural/language is the best solution! I guess its true!ㅋㅋㅋ Long time ago, one of my Korean close friend did ask me to join this program so that I will understand how hectic Korean life is!ㅋㅋ but at that time I didn't seriously have a deep thought about it! ㅠㅠ Now I'm kind of regret though!ㅠㅠ  

In Korea, there are so many universities that offers student exchange program. However student exchange program admission is normally been controlled by host university itself. Since the programs enrollment been control by universities, each university have different criteria requested, as well offers various discipline. For more information about it you may read here and here.

Below are some of Korean Universities (around Seoul/Gyeonggi-do)  that offers Student Exchange program:

Seoul National University
Sungkyunkwan University
Korea University
Ehwa Women University
Chung-Ang University
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Konkuk University

Another Korean universities (other provinces) that offers Student Exchange Program

(Gwangju)
Honam University 
Chosun University

(Busan)
Pusan National University
Pukyong National University

(Daejeon)
Chungnam National University
KAIST

(Daegu)
Kyungpook National University
Yeungnam University





p/s: Getting a chance to experience new places is like having a gold in your hands, make sure grab the chance if you get it but of course sometimes we also need to consider many things before decided and get going. ^^

Sources: http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/exchange.do
               http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/korea_edu/edu_student.do
               http://www.useoul.edu/apply/exchange/programs
               http://www.skku.edu/eng_home/global/edu/inbound_1.jsp
               http://oia.korea.ac.kr/listener.do?layout=student_2_1
               http://www.ewha.ac.kr/mbs/ewhaen/subview.jsp?id=ewhaen_020301000000
               http://neweng.cau.ac.kr/04_international/exprogram01.php
               http://en.seoultech.ac.kr/admission/students/program/
               http://international.hufs.ac.kr/
               http://www.honam.ac.kr/english/
               http://eng.chosun.ac.kr/
               http://www.als.hku.hk/admission/exchange/file/partner/375/PNUFact2015.pdf
               http://korean.pknu.ac.kr/E_Main/main.asp
               http://plus.cnu.ac.kr/english/M01/sub_0111.jsp
               https://irt.kaist.ac.kr/prog/incoming.do
               http://en.knu.ac.kr/
               http://www.yu.ac.kr/en/study/index.php?c=study_02
               http://www.konkuk.ac.kr/eng/jsp/International/inter_1_2.jsp
             
    Photo Credit: neweng.cau.ac.kr
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Culture: Did Korean showing affection everywhere???

I’m back!! After a week away, I felt fresh! Wee ^^ My vacation just over, strangely I felt my body is here but my mind was still there??ㅋㅋ Well I guess that’s normal for anyone after a long break (having vacation) isn't it? My body still need some time to adjust to normal conditionㅋㅋㅋ

As I travel with Korean to Vietnam, most of local people were amazed on how we get to know each other ㅋㅋ. Anyway today I’m not going to write about my personal experience for having a vacation in Vietnam though, as you guys knows right I write about Korea on my blog so I don’t want to make you guys confusing! ㅋㅋㅋ. However someday I might write little bit about it as K-Pop culture had brought Korea trend everywhere these days including in Vietnam! ㅋㅋㅋ

While I’m away, I still have some time to check about interesting event/news that happening around us (especially related to Korea)! ㅋㅋㅋ I guess most of you were aware of K-POP trend isn't it? I never write about it on my blog as I don’t have much interest in it but because of the incident between Korean band and their fans in Malaysia, I felt I need to at least say something.

I read a lot from different sources, most portrays about this incident badly, personally I disagreed with the “hugging session or they said it as parody of K-Drama scene” itself, true as celebrities this is normal for them, this is one of way for artist showing their appreciation to their fans. (Some artist from western or even from Malaysia itself does the same things to their fans but somehow it’s never become an issue). However as an event organizer, they fail to follow the rules.  They know well about conditions for organizing concerts or any entertainment event in Malaysia, so supposedly they can prevent this from happen. Yes, at first they already asking permission and agreed that there is “hugging session” between celebrities and fans (win contest) but they should think it again as these days with internet it is very common for anything to be viral!

For B1A4 members, this might be a surprised to them because most of KOREAN didn't know much about Islam teaching and Islamic culture. Even though most of Korean didn't know about Islam that doesn't mean we should just agree with them. I have a lot of Korean friends including guys, it’s true some of them didn't know anything about Islam when I first knowing them, they was like “Islam/Muslim”? Ok I know it’s about religion, but I don’t know the rest of it. Slowly I explained to them about Islamic teaching and culture and they understand it well, so when I met them in Korea, most of them knowing that shaking hands between women and guys (that’s non mahram) is forbidden in Islam. There is no offended for them when I refused to shake their hands (if they forgot) ㅋㅋㅋ more over, they felt guilty and kept saying sorry as they failed to memorize about it!!ㅋㅋㅋ

Korean are known for securely their PRIVACY well, so if you asking meDid Korean will act like simply HUGGING or KISSING at public?” The answer is NO! In Korea itself it’s very hard to see everybody showing AFFECTION much in PUBLIC area, for holding hands, that’s normal, even in Malaysia, we can see many holding hands everywhere regardless Malay, Chinese or Indian! Those act like hugging; kissing on forehead and etc is just simply in DRAMA and in K-POP culture, in reality NOT every Korean like that. I hope Malaysian will not backlash every Korean because of this incident. For any girls especially MUSLIM who obsessed about K-pop, please get yourself on grid, even if they are your favorites, you can choose to say NO for those actions, perhaps taking photos is more acceptable.






p/s: As a person that have background and once working in event industry, I felt that in the future, event organizer should be MORE CONCERN and AWARE about those CONDITIONS. K-Pop fans don’t make yourself to become VIRAL on the internet if you know that you CANNOT handle situation well, WORLD is HARSH than what you EXPECTED. I hope Korean also will improve their UNDERSTANDING about others culture as well, as many people were attract to Korean culture so much, hope Korean also can do the same things! ^^ 

p/s:Those are Koreans that I known well while I'm in Korea (I only get to know them while I'm there), see the different? Showing affection between same gender is no problem, but for opposite gender, there still gap between us 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Throwback: Places# Gimhae Traditional Market

It's been few days of 2015 but I don't feel it much ㅋㅋ, due to the flood that been affected my town, we don't celebrate new year this year. Not even my town/state, actually whole Malaysia! We did celebrate it but with prayers from all religions, I guess its a good start for us to pray for a better year of 2015. Despite of new year celebration, people at my town were too busy looking for clean water on 1st January as at that time we already experienced 10 days without having clean water.ㅠㅠ

Thank God, now the condition is getting better, no more flood and we had clean water back! Wee ^^ Looking at calendar "ohh, its already 2 years since my autumn trip to Korea! Time flies so fast! I'm also counting days for flying again! Not to Korea but somewhere else. ^^ Back to my topic, during my 2013 trip,while at Busan I got a chance to visit one of my friend who live in Gimhae. ^^

It was my first time meeting her. We used to chat at Kakaotalk before I went for a trip, a bit nervous actually but lucky me I'm not alone ㅋㅋ, I met her with my Ex. ㅋㅋ. What a warm meeting! ^^ Even though it was our first time, but I felt as if I known her for more than 5 years??? ㅋㅋㅋ She's older than me, so I address her as "eonni" (언니) ㅋㅋ. You can read our stories here.

She brought us to Gimhae Traditional Market or known as Gimhae Jeontong Sijang. Before we arrived there I was like stunt for a while, its like we were at foreign land!ㅋㅋ Along way before we actually reach Gimhae traditional market, we passing by a bunch of international shop! Over there, there are many international restaurant, groceries, and etc. I even saw few words in Indonesian/Malaysian, I was just laughing! ㅋㅋㅋ The feeling was like where I am now?? Indonesia? Malaysia? ㅋㅋ too bad its at night, some places already closed! If not maybe I can practice speaking my language there and make two of them like  O-o! ㅋㅋㅋ 

After few minutes of walking, we arrived at Gimhae Jeontong Sijang, over there we saw many Korean delicacies! There are so many types of kimchi and other side dishes, they sell it in bulk, I think if people wanna buy they can ask like " can I have this for 1kg?" We snapped some pictures of those delicacies, then 언니 bought us snack, I can't remember the name ㅠㅠ but I guess I tried it earlier when I'm at Gwangju! ^^ Then since its cold 언니 also bought us bong eo bbang! It was our first bong eo bbang during early winter on 2013, also my first time ever taste it! ㅋㅋㅋ Taste good!!







p/s: This traditional market located somewhere in downtown Gimhae city, so for going there need to know how to read Korean or maybe knowing local? If you asked me, I don't know how to give a direction to that traditional market as we go there via her car. ㅋㅋ