Monday, December 15, 2014

Seasons: Snow Flakes falling down! ^^~

Entire my life, I never had a chance to experience snow!ㅠㅠ I wish I will get a chance to experience it someday. ^^ On last Friday, it was snowy day in certain part of Seoul and Incheon. They have snow flakes, while in Southern part of Korea, they have heavy snow!! Burrrr must be so cold!!ㅋㅋㅋ If only I'm there to see the snow falling down while sipping cup of coffee!~ Nyum!ㅋㅋ Anyway here are some photos and a video by my friend on last Friday!~ I hope you guys enjoy it!~ ^^

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p/s: I envy them! Grrrr >-<!~ My friends says let's wait for all white land! Will they have whitey Christmas this year?? O-o

Photo & Video Credit: My Korean Friend

Monday, December 8, 2014

Heritage: Top Ten Clan names in Korea???

For any foreigner who living in Korea, when you first arriving there have you ever encounter the situation where there are few Kim, Park or Lee in the same workplace?? Do you think they are related to each other?? Well you got it WRONG!ㅋㅋㅋ

Kim, Park, and Lee are most common surname in Korea. These names are almost half of entire Korean population who living in South Korea.ㅋㅋㅋ According to recent studies, there are 75 million Korean living in South Korea, and about 7 million live in global diaspora.

Why these three common surname hold the top record compare to 287 registered family names??O-o The history of it began almost as long as civilization in Korea peninsula itself!ㅋㅋ Some of you might know right that there are three ancient Kingdoms in Korea peninsula?? They are Goguryeo, Bakjae and Silla. During the best period of those Kingdom some of the ruler choose surname as to show their nobility.

Founder of Goguryeo Kingdom (고구려, 37BCE~668), Jumong took Go () as his family name. While founder of Gaya Confederacy (42~562) choose Kim () as his surname. According to the legend, Kim Suro was born from a golden egg (Chinese character for Kim means "gold"). During those three Kingdom period, Hangul is NOT invented yet so they were using Chinese handwriting system and this influence many of their surname.

In ancient time, technically family names only been used by nobility which most of them bestowed upon by royalty. However as times passed, people start decided to using family names as to distinguish themselves. During Joseon Dynasty, (19th century) the caste system had been demolished, so early 20th century almost all Korean have their surname. When lower class earned their right to have family name, many of them adopted the name of revered royalty, and these three names was the most chosen. Below are top ten list of family name in Korea:  




p/s: These days even some foreigner who living in Korea start choosing their Korean name and those three most common surname is their favorable! Your surname were NOT listed in the list??ㅋㅋㅋ Don't worry you can refer here for full family name registered ranking!~^^  


Sources: http://blog.korea.net/?p=7082
               http://m.blog.naver.com/petechung822/10077002678
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Photo Credit: literacythroughphotography.wordpress.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Korean Food:Winter Treat!# Hobbang

Winter officially starts in Korea wee ^^ and yesterday they had snow, second snow for this season!!^^Two years ago in one of my entry, I suggested Bong eo bbang as one of snack that should try if you come over to Korea during winter. Today, I will suggest all of you another snack that taste good and its only available during winter.^^

This snack known as Hobbang (호빵). Hobbang can be found at convenient store like CU, GS25, 7-Eleven or supermarket. Long time ago, this snack were available at the street as its one of famous street snack(during winter) in Korea. Due to enforcement of licensing program, illegal street stalls are hardly to find these days unless at touristic place like Myeongdong and Hongdae.

Hobbang were made from rice cake. However for Muslim and vegan travelers, you should ask first before buying! Some of hobbang filling with curry, might consist of meat (chicken, beef or pork)(Yes Muslim can eat chicken or beef but it must be slaughtered in Islamic ways) otherwise Muslim traveler can't consume it. If the filling are red bean or vegetables, then Muslim and vegan have no problem with it. ^^

Certain countries in Asia have the same snack but of course the name is different and the filling are various!^^ After some research, I can't found where Hobbang originate as its looks the same, and most countries claimed themselves as its origins.ㅋㅋㅋ Anyway here are the countries that have the same snack!~

China =   Baozhi
Malaysia= Pau
Japan= Nikuman
Philippines = Siopao
Mongolia= Buuz


호빵

Pau (Malaysian Version)




p/s: At Malaysia, this snack are very cheap and available 365 days!~Wee ^^ㅋㅋ We can get it either at the street (street food), restaurant or supermarket (instant pau)where you have to steam it at home. Plus the filling are various too compare anywhere else ㅋㅋ, our fillings are red beans, coconut sprinkle, coconut jam, strawberry jam, custard, curry,vegetable, meat,chicken, pork (for non-Muslim) and sweet corn. However, in Korea they said this snack is expensive,only available during winter and their filling is limited, only red beans, pizza, curry, pumpkin and vegetables. ㅠㅠ

Sources: My Korean Friends

Photo Credit: baby dragon
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Throwback# Places: Jagalchi Market

Heading to the most top seafood paradise in Korea??!Which province I'm talking about?? There are so many places in Korea that nearby to the beach or an island! Any place that nearby to the sea were famous for seafood heaven! The question is which one is the MOST TOP?? Jeju? Busan? Incheon? Tongyeong? what else?? Keep make a wild guess!ㅋㅋㅋ

Anyone get the answer? Too hard?? Alright, I will give some clue thenㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ. The clue is its famous slogan is "Dynamic City". Anyone got a correct answer??O_o O-0............ The answer is BUSAN! ^^ Why am I saying that Busan is the most top seafood paradise in Korea?? Busan have the largest seafood market in Korea! It's Jagalchi Market

During my 2013 trip, when I was in Busan, my guesthouse located at rooftop of Jagalchi Market! ^^ The view is stunning! There are so many sea creatures at this market but sadly I've got NO chance to eat baby octopus alive!!ㅠㅠ I was too busy running around with my Ex at that time. ㅋㅋㅋ Not only haven't get a chance to eat those unique creatures, I even didn't snap any pictures at Jagalchi Market! Thank God, I can get pictures from the internet!ㅋㅋ

Jagalchi Market is located at Nampodong. This area is one of  MUST visit in Busan!For Muslim traveler, over here you can eat so much because its all seafood!! Grab your chance to filling your tummy with those fresh seafood at cheaper price compare to any other Korea cities! Me and my Ex having our simple dinner at here as it was quite late! We didn't snap many pictures though as too starving?? ㅋㅋ Anyway here is a video made by Korean introducing Jagalchi Market in Bahasa Indonesia/Malay. Hope you guys can enjoy it! ^^ 










p/s: If you visit Jagalchi Market, don't forget to try baby octopus alive! Nyum! If I got a chance to visit Busan again, that's will be on TOP of my list! ^^ ㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Direction to Jagalchi Market: Jagalchi Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 10.
Turn right onto Jagalchi 3(sam)-gil Street.
Walk for 5min, then turn left to arrive at Jagalchi Market.




Video Credit:  Kang Taehyeok

Photos Credit: journals.worldnomads.com
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                        foodietopography.net

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264168


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Coffee Addicted: Espresso Cafe

Before this I reviewed about Roti Boy right? Place that I start to get addicted to coffee while I'm in Korea!ㅋㅋ Today I'm gonna review about next coffee brand that I've tried! Well this coffee shop is just a small cafe at downtown Gwangju. I forgot to snap picture of their cafe name though ㅠㅠ

However I did snap their coffee cup!ㅋㅋ If I'm not mistaken they stated their brand on it.ㅋㅋㅋ This cafe located at downtown Gwangju, but I can't give a correct direction to this cafe as we also found it accidentally.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

After dinner, me and my Korean friend were walking back to our guesthouse, then we spot the cafe. ㅋㅋㅋ We stop by to grab our coffee! My second coffee for today! ㅋㅋ We had latte ^^. Even the cafe is very small, the interior is nice! ^^

While we waiting barista brew our coffee, we snap some pictures there! So here some pictures of the cafe!





p/s: The latte were not bad and staff were friendly too! This cafe is privately own not franchise.ㅋㅋ   Sometimes trying coffee at small cafe like this is good too and their price is cheaper but taste good! ^^         

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seasons: Bye Bye lovely Autumn!

November starts, meaning its about a month left before we say Hello to new year again! Time flies so fast! Autumn will finish soon and white winter will come along. A year ago, I've been to Korea alone for the first time during autumn, even its already a year, those memories still fresh on my mind like it was yesterday!^^ Same date this year I was sitting at office all the time, busy with so many works and document!ㅠㅠ Owh I miss Korea so much and how I wish to get away soon!ㅋㅋㅋ Even I'm not at Korea for this autumn, I'm such a lucky girl as some of my Korean friends sent me photos of lovely autumn foliage! Here are some of it! I hope you guys enjoy it! ^^~



























Photo 1-3       Jeonbuk, Muju
Photo 4          Olympic Park
Photo 5-8       Anyang City
Photo 9-12     Seoraksan 
Photo 13-20   Mudeungsan Park
Photo 21-22   Namseoul University
Photo 23-24   Seoraksan


p/s: Too much??ㅋㅋㅋ but its just lovely! ^^ Till we meet again wonderful autumn! ^^~

Photo Credit: Babydragon
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                      Rose Lee
                      Park Seungsik
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Places: Hard Rock Cafe Seoul

Some travelers simply travel from one point to another without thinking of having something to bring back home, because they think that's just a waste of money!!However I believe some of you are collectors  don't you??ㅋㅋㅋ  Whenever I travel I love to buy something as small token and not only for myself, I include entire families!ㅋㅋ Some of my friends were shocking seen my gifts list! They was like "what is this?? Are you sure you are buying for your family members? or you were buying as you running business??" ㅋㅋㅋ

Due to some reasons, some people find its hard to travel as they got lots of commitment but that didn't stop their passion for collecting coins/currency, stamps,fridge magnet or key chain from all over the world!ㅋㅋㅋ Even they cannot go for traveling sometimes their close friends or family members collect those items for them. ^^ While extreme collectors items don't mind to spend their money for their passion like collecting items from establish brand such as Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks or Planet Hollywood.

During my Korea 2012 trip, one of my friend who love to collect stuff from Hard Rock Cafe were really frustrated when we found out that Hard Rock Cafe Seoul been closed down. We read on the internet that there was Hard Rock Cafe Seoul in Itaewon but when we reach there, someone told us they no longer operate their business!ㅠㅠ

However there is good news for Hard Rock Cafe lovers!!^^ One of my Korean friend told me that they were back in business and re-open! Wee ^^ For new outlet, they open it at new big shopping mall in Jamsil! I guess some of you might wonder where is that? Heard about Lotte World before??! Yes its within that area! It's inside new shopping mall called Lotte World Mall.

Hard Rock Cafe Seoul just re-open on last October. For more information about it you may visit here. You can take subway to Lotte World via LINE 2 and stop at Jamsil station.










p/s: For those who love to collect Hard Rock Cafe collection, what are you waiting for?! ^^

p/s: What you can look for in Hard Rock Cafe? They were famous for their T-shirt! Some other item are fridge magnet or key chain.  

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/HRCSeoul
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Photo Credit: Hard Rock Cafe Seoul Facebook
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