Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback# Places: Gimhae Observatory

Spring come again, it such a nice period for travelling to Korea. ^^ For this year I don't have any plan to go back my "second hometown" a.k.a Korea ㅋㅋㅋ. However, whenever I heard any of my friends having a plan to travel to Korea; its make me envy them!ㅋㅋㅋ As I travel abroad twice on January, I felt ahh I should saving again for next traveling!ㅠㅠ

Since I'm missing Korea so much, I glance my Korea albums again and again.ㅠㅠ It remind me of some nice places that I've been to but not yet writing specifically in here.ㅋㅋㅋ For today, lets travel with me to Gimhae Observatory.ㅋㅋㅋSome people are more familiar with Busan isn't it??What about Gimhae then??

Gimhae is located in Gyeongsangnam-do province, which take around 30 minutes driving from Busan. Wanna know where is Busan Airport?? It's actually at Gimhae-si.ㅋㅋㅋ One of a nice place that I've been at Gimhae is Gimhae Observatory. I'm not sure if there is public transport to this place because I went there at night, with my Gimhae friend. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Its quite cold as we went there during late autumn! ㅋㅋㅋ

Even though it was cold, we still hiking until we reach at it peak. ㅋㅋㅋ At one spot we can see the whole area of Gimhae from this observatory. Too bad my DSLR camera setting is not that good.. so I don't have a nice photo here!ㅠㅠ Gimhae Observatory starts open to public since February 2002. This public observatory is the only ONE at Yeongnam area.

The shape of Gimhae Observatory resembles an egg as to honor King Kim Suro, the founder of Garak Kingdom during Gaya Period. This observatory been build at the top of Bunseongsan. The purpose of building it as to inspire young generation as well to satisfy public curiosity about universe and to let them create a memorable experience while coming over here. ^^ For more information about this observatory you can visit here and this.








p/s: We didn't went inside observatory building but we went at one spot within observatory area which we can see entire of Gimhae. Owh you can see it at photo number 3! ^^~ Exactly the same spot!

Sources: http://english.gimhae.go.kr/02/04_04_04.jsp
               https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=708772


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Life:Wonder why there are so many tents in the middle of Seoul city??!!

As the wind blew gently, its time for Korean going out and enjoying outdoor activities after been wrap up with padded winter jacket for few months! ㅋㅋㅋ Spring, that always bring spectacular view in Korea; never failed to make every traveler fall for its beauty!! ^^ How I wish I'm there so that I can hold cherry blossom, as well spending a night out with my Korean friends watching over the stars! ㅋㅋㅋ

Seems a very nice plan isn't it?? ㅋㅋㅋ Yes with this nice weather, many Korean will gather together or bring their family for camping during weekend! For camping, normally some of us might think its somewhere in the forest isn't it??ㅋㅋㅋ Well its very different with Korean cultural, for them during spring or autumn they will camping at any open space that suitable for this activity. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Be it in the field, or park, lots of them will rent equipment gear and happily camping! ㅋㅋㅋ

Since this activities become some sort of Korean cultural, their government even permit them camping within the city! Well don't get me wrong!! In the city doesn't mean near to the street! ㅋㅋㅋ Of course at park like Noeul Campground in World Cup Park and others.ㅋㅋㅋ One of famous spot for camping  in Seoul is Seoul Grand Park. Every weekend you can see line up of tents around there, with colorful tent, its like a festival! ㅋㅋㅋFor more information about campsite you can visit here.

This activities allowed them to relax with their love one, after having a stressful hectic schedule during weekdays.ㅋㅋㅋ Sometimes they make a new friends too while camping!ㅋㅋㅋ Sharing same interest, experience, knowledge and joys; that's make this activities more enjoyable and lively! I wish someday I can experience this activity too, not necessarily in Korea perhaps at any suitable placeㅋㅋㅋ However if I get a chance to experience it in Korea, it would be bonus for me! ㅋㅋㅋ






p/s: If you are in Korea now, why don't give a try camping within city? Might be new or good experience to you! ㅋㅋ

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=768898
             
Photo Credit: him.hs.ac.kr 
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Korean Restaurant Review # Malaysia: The Street Cafe

For those who love Korea so much, how about their delicacies?? Do you guys love Korean Cuisine?? Have you try any Korean restaurant at your city without flying to Korea?? ㅋㅋㅋ Well if you ask me about the taste, of course having meal in Korea is the BEST compare when eating at Korean restaurant in foreign countries! ㅋㅋㅋ

However that doesn't mean all Korean restaurants in foreign country is BAD! It's depend on the ingredient and person in charge for particular meal.ㅋㅋㅋ Sometimes even if we eat at motherland of particular meal, it taste not good too!ㅋㅋ Different people have different taste buds! So we can't really say it taste the best, maybe for me it taste the best but for someone else, its just bland?? ㅋㅋㅋ

For today I'm going to suggest one Korean restaurant/cafe in my country that I've been to few times! Actually this cafe is the FIRST Korean cafe I have ever been entire of my life!ㅋㅋㅋ Before I went to this cafe I just glance at internet about Korean dishes and wonder when I will try it for real! ㅋㅋㅋ While hanging out with my cousin, she suggest us to try Korean food as at that time we were counting months for going to Korea! ㅋㅋㅋ

Before we decided to try, we search for a good Korean restaurant review on the internet and we found it! Wee ^^ There are few good Korean restaurants review in our country but this name captured our interest!ㅋㅋㅋ  The Street Cafe. People always says when we go for travelling, always try their street food because street food normally taste the best and inexpensive compare to luxury restaurant!ㅋㅋㅋ with that fact we went to the cafe, it is located at Subang Jaya, Selangor. ^^

The owner of this cafe is a Korean who live in Malaysia for few years, so basically he knows every ingredient the best, and most ingredient were imported direct from Korea!! For Muslim Korean food lovers, NO WORRY! This cafe got their halal certificate status from IFRC Asia.Wee ^^ This cafe have two branch. Main branch is at Subang Jaya, and another branch is at Sunway Pyramid.

The food selection is variety too and inexpensive! How about the taste?? If it's not yummy enough I don't think they won't simply got Official Endorsement from The Taste of Korea!ㅋㅋㅋ For those who love Korean Cuisine they will know The Taste of Korea isn't it?? Or you can refer here. For more information about the cafe you can check it out here.








p/s: Since they got good response from Muslim Korean food lover, I heard that they had delivery business in Korea! Maybe you can ask them at their page for confirmation.

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/thetasteofkorea
               https://www.facebook.com/TheStreetCafe
               

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Guideline: How to know "Halal product in Korea"

Some of you might noticed that I've wrote about this topic before isn't it? I guess in two separate entries ㅋㅋㅋ, well first one is about a restaurant in Itaewon?? Perhaps I should change that entry topic as in the future I would like to write some review about restaurants that I've been to in Korea, where Muslim can eat without worry. Wee ^^ ㅋㅋㅋ.  Another entry is about how to check packaging food in Korea by using special application via smartphone.

Then why I choose to write about this topic again?? O-o Curious to know about it?? ㅋㅋㅋ Well this is because its simply another way to know about "halal product in Korea!"ㅋㅋㅋ At first when I saw her page and get to know the admin, I was amazed! You guys must wonder why I was amazed right? ㅋㅋㅋ This is because the admin for this page is Non-Muslim ㅋㅋㅋ 대박! Me as Muslim myself didn't try to do something like that but she did! Hats off to her!! ^^ Congratulation! Way off to go!!
파이팅!

Basically, how does it work?? To know if particular product from Korea is "Halal", can be consumed by Muslim, all you have to do is just to e-mail her at Halal.inKorea@gmail.com or simply like Halal in Korea page and inbox her, she will try her best to contact the manufacturer of products and let you guys know by posting on her page ^^ However, don't expect a very quick respond as for sure she might get hundreds of request per day??! ㅋㅋㅋ and she also have her own life, like us, so many thing to do.ㅋㅋㅋ



P/s: Muslim who plan to visit Korea and wanna try some Korean products like some of their snacks, you can refer list on Halal in Korea page or asking page admin to check particular product for you before trying ^^ . Or any Korean who wanna send package to their international Muslim friends, they can refer there too!ㅋㅋㅋ

Source: https://www.facebook.com/halal.co.kr?fref=nf

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/

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