Friday, April 22, 2016

Throwback#Places: Namdaemun Market

Long time NO see! I'm BACK! ㅋㅋㅋ After being too BUSY finally I let GO everything!Currently I'm JOBLESS! Wee ^^  People might THINK why I'm so HAPPY been JOBLESS isn't it?? Some might think am I'm CRAZY!ㅋㅋ Well for whatever reasons it is I'm HAPPY with my own DECISION!! Run out of MONEY is something PEOPLE will be SCARED of, of course I'm WORRY about that too!ㅋㅋ However being HAPPY is the most IMPORTANT for me!! When you seen there is NOTHING you can do.At ONE point we know where to STOP isn't it?? ㅋㅋㅋ  

Let's get BACK to today's topic, this topic, THROWBACK I think it's been quite LONG since I LAST wrote about it.ㅋㅋ So here we go again! FIRST question for this topic, what DIFFERS from being TOURIST and TRAVELERS?? Anyone have a good ANSWER for it??Raise your hands!ㅋㅋ When I heard about TOURIST and TRAVELER at first, I'm scratching my HEAD too!!ㅋㅋㅋ For me BOTH travel to DIFFERENT places than their NORMAL life, so what's the BIG deal? People goes for VACATION, that's NORMAL! That was my THOUGHT!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 

After been TRAVEL to many places, I think I UNDERSTAND the DIFFERENCES! Looking back my OWN experience of traveling, I think I was BORN as a TRAVELER rather than tourist! ㅋㅋㅋ Why I said that?? I love been care FREE and NOT tight with SCHEDULE while I'm traveling!! Personally, I think TRAVEL with AGENT is a WASTE!! Travel with agent makes you a TOURIST, where they BRING you to ORDINARY attractions and PREPARE everything for you. While being TRAVELERS allowed you to STUDY a PLACE, CULTURE and you must be ALERT all the TIME!ㅋㅋ What is the RELATION between tourist or travelers with the TOPIC then??

Like I MENTIONED before, been a TOURIST; normally travel agent will SET up your SCHEDULE and bring you to ORDINARY places right? Meaning they HARDLY bring you to the MARKET, either WET market or FLEA market. YES they might bring you to some SOUVENIR SHOPS at certain area, but with TIME constrain, you cannot LOOK around and CHECKING much. Plus they will TELL you that the SHOP they bring you in is the CHEAPEST shop! Well do NOT totally TRUST them!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I know some of you might love travel to new places with TRAVEL AGENT arrangement but why NOT trying to be DIFFERENT? Told them for 1 FREE, EASY day in the SCHEDULE. COMMUTE yourself like LOCAL do!ㅋㅋ Take PUBLIC transport like SUBWAY or BUSES to their MARKET. This PRICELESS experience will SURPRISE you!!^^ 

Back to our TOPIC!ㅋㅋㅋ We know that in SEOUL there are few FLEA markets. One of it is NAMDAEMUN (남대문) market. What differs NAMDAEMUN with DONGDAEMUN market?? As we know, DONGDAEMUN market is a CENTER for FASHION. What about NAMDAEMUN then?? NAMDAEMUN market known as ONE of LARGEST and OLDEST TRADITIONAL market in SEOUL. The location is at GREAT SOUTH GATE, the main SOUTHERN gate to the OLD city.  TRADITIONAL market?? Does it mean ALL you can get here is TRADITIONAL item?? Don't worry! We LIVE in 21st CENTURY, this market BASICALLY serve many stuffs that might come across your HEAD!ㅋㅋㅋ YES you can find some TRADITIONAL/souvenirs here, you also can find MODERN/IMPORTED item here. Just NAME it!ㅋㅋㅋ I don't have to LIST it down here! Too MANY! lol 

Once you ARRIVE at NAMDAEMUN Market, you might get CONFUSED! The ALLEY is full of row SHOPS! Worry for being LOST here?? Better NOT!ㅋㅋ If you going ALONE here and CANNOT speak in KOREAN, make sure to get a MAP of Naemdaemun area!! I FORGOT where I place my MAP though.ㅠㅠ It's been few YEARS ago.ㅋㅋㅋ FIRST things I do when I'm there is I got a copy of NAMDAEMUN map! I CANNOT remember where I GET it, but I go all alley with map on HANDS!ㅋㅋㅋ I'm ENJOYING the surrounding! I go AROUND and CHECK the PRICE before I BOUGHT souvenirs! At that time I think I might ONLY buy FEW but END up I bought A LOT!! I have to ask ONE of my KOREAN friend to POST it back to Malaysia!!ㅋㅋㅋ

At this MARKET, you also can STOP by at one most EXCITING stall!ㅋㅋ Wanna HEAR GOOD looking Korean GUYS babbling/EXPLAIN the process while making KKULTARAE (꿀타래)?? Most of you might WONDER what is it right?? Well you can watch VIDEO below!ㅋㅋ (It's NOT my video though, I FORGOT to record it when I was there) It's HARD to explain by words.ㅋㅋㅋ These guys NOT only can speak KOREAN! When I was THERE, they SPEAK my MOTHER TONGUE! MALAY language!ㅋㅋ I was like WOW?! ㅋㅋㅋ! Perhaps they can SPEAK in your MOTHER TONGUE too?? ㅋㅋㅋ


p/s: KKULTARAE (꿀타래), is ONE of  Korean SNACK, it made up by more than 16 000 STRINGS of HONEY. SWEET of course but you will get ADDICTED once you have a BITE!ㅋㅋ Somehow my EXPERIENCE makes you WANNA visit SEOUL? Why NOT check flight ticket NOW and make your own EXPERIENCE too!ㅋㅋㅋ


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Video Credit: Deimos

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seasons: Cherry Blossom 2016

안녕 하세요 여러분! Hi everyone! How do you do??
I'm quite BUSY finishing all my JOB these days but I'm NOT as busy as ANYONE who LIVE in KOREA!ㅋㅋㅋ We all know what is like living in HECTIC schedule DAILY! With their 빨리 빨리 CULTURAL, its must be tiresome~ Anyway despite of BUSY schedule they FIT in, I think I'm such a LUCKY person here as many of THEM sent me CHERRY BLOSSOM photos all across KOREA! Well NOT from EVERY provinces,ㅋㅋㅋ but I think those PHOTOS from 5 DIFFERENT area is WONDERFUL enough to be SHARED here! Those PHOTOS were taken in SEOUL, DAEGU and GYEONGGI-DO. FINALLY I got some  PHOTOS from my favorite SPOT, GWANGJU! I MISS that CITY so MUCH!ㅠㅠ  NO need to keep babblingㅋㅋㅋ lets the PHOTOS speak for you!~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: As SPRING seasons starts, there are many FESTIVALS happening in KOREA, if any of you PLAN to VISIT Korea soon during this SPRING seasons, you can CHECK here and hitting those PLACES for your EYES FEAST!~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ This is the SCHEDULE of cherry blossom start BLOOMING but we knews that THIS year cherry blossom blooming EARLY!

p/s: Another FRIEND sent me CHERRY BLOSSOM photos TODAY! She was at YEONG DEUNG PO CHERRY BLOSSOM festival, Yeouido. For those whose in Korea NOW you can VISIT this~ This festival START from 4 April to 10 April 2016. ^^

p/s: For all my Korean FRIENDS who sent me PHOTOS this time, I HEART YOU GUYS!~


Photo Credits: My Korean Friends

Friday, April 1, 2016

Trend: Heart Shape sign???

Oh its APRIL! Time flies so FAST! It's the most CHARMING period in KOREA and JAPAN now as CHERRY BLOSSOM start BLOOMING everywhere! How I WISH I get a CHANCE to seen and touch this with my own HANDS!! ㅠㅠ Miss the CHANCE last time!~ Well for TODAY I'm NOT writing about it though ㅋㅋ because so far I got NO photos of it! ㅠㅠ So what TOPIC for today is???

We all know that KOREAN have many QUIRKY charm to SHOW off their AFFECTION publicly. I'm NOT talking about those KISSING or HUGGING part ㅋㅋ! DON'T get me WRONG!ㅋㅋㅋ What I'm talking about is by using their HAND GESTURE. Sometimes we FOUND it WEIRD to see they ACT such CUTE for taking PHOTOS or VIDEOS isn't it?? SHIFT away all your WEIRD thought!ㅋㅋ You might think it WEIRD but in their MODERN cultural its just to SHOW how ADORABLE they are ㅋㅋㅋ. Long time ago, we might see how they make a HEART SHAPE to show off their affection right?? It's HARD to put it into words, so PHOTOS serve you the BEST isn't it?? ㅋㅋㅋ  

These DAYS they are more ADVANCED. Compare to the OLD way to show HEART SHAPE recently they use NEW sign??ㅋㅋㅋ However the OLD sign to show HEART SHAPE is still EXIST and people WON'T think its WEIRD these days.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ This HAND GESTURE been spread WORLDWIDE though and NOT only ASIAN knows how to DO it ㅋㅋ. WESTERNERS celebrity also COPY this too! I FOUND it FUNNY but hey its a WAY to EXPRESS your FEELING! ㅋㅋ so WHY would you CARE what OTHERS think??ㅋㅋㅋ

Nowadays we SEEN a lot of KOREAN celebrity taken PHOTOS with a sign using TWO FINGERTIPS, at first seeing it I wonder what DOES it means?? I UNDERSTAND this sign is like "KA-CHING, KA-CHING"! ㅋㅋㅋ MONEY sign! Then I thought ahh of COURSE those thinking about money ㅋㅋㅋ but when I saw KOREAN KIDS doing the SAME sign I was like?? HUH DON'T tell me their oldest TEACH their KIDS for being MATERIALISTIC at this AGE??? O-o As I was CONFUSED I start to ask my KOREAN FRIENDS about it!ㅋㅋㅋ  

Their EXPLANATION makes me LAUGH at MYSELF!ㅋㅋㅋ It's COMPLETELY cross with my own THOUGHT! ㅋㅋㅋ That HAND GESTURE is actually a HEART SHAPE!! I DO it by myself and still CONFUSING by it!ㅋㅋㅋ until one of  my KOREAN FRIENDS laugh at me and have to DRAW me the HEART SHAPE at the FINGERTIPS!ㅋㅋㅋ Only then I get the MEANING! ㅋㅋㅋ I was like WHAT??LOL!! Below are some PHOTOS KOREAN celebrity/artist snap their PHOTOS with the HEART SHAPE sign!

p/s: Shall we take SELFIE with this POSE too??ㅋㅋㅋ

Souces: My Korean Friends

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Life/Relationship: Bromance???

Hi guys!
This YEAR seems like I'm ON and OFF here a lot DUE to few ISSUES, I'm so SORRY for my LATE entry~ I will try my BEST at least to write MAYBE 3 or 2 entry per MONTH~ Before this, I told MYSELF to write ONE entry per WEEK but due to many REASONS I CAN'T kept that PROMISE..ㅠㅠ PEOPLE might think its EASY to WRITE a BLOG, well its DEPEND on what KIND of BLOG you are WRITING. For MY blog, BEFORE writing I NEED to gather some INFORMATION from my KOREAN FRIENDS, and reading the FACTS before I start writing. This is because NOT everything on the INTERNET is CORRECT!ㅋㅋ  Of COURSE you need NICE idea and MOOD to WRITE too. ㅋㅋ Ok ENOUGH with my BABBLING!

I'm SURE these days many Korean drama FANS were CAUGHT in DESCENDENTS OF THE SUN fever isn't it? or maybe SOME caught with PLEASE COME BACK, MISTER?? Well BOTH drama have their own CHARMS with SUPERB actor and actresses! When I saw the PREVIEW of both drama, I WONDER which ONE I should WATCH, I'm a BIG fan for SONG JOONG KI and BI RAIN too! At LAST I make my DECISION.ㅋㅋㅋ I DON'T watch Please come back, Mister, my NIECE watching it.ㅋㅋ Like the OTHERS I'm ONE of the FANS that CAUGHT into Descendants of the sun!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ SONG SONG couple make my HEART racing! ㅋㅋㅋ

Well I DON'T have to WRITE the STORY LINE here isn't it?? Lets' MAKE many Korean drama FANS around the WORLD caught in this DRAMA and SEARCH for it! lol Ok  for my TOPIC today is BROMANCE. What this BROMANCE about that RELATED to the DRAMA?? ㅋㅋ SIMPLE I will just used PHOTO of the drama here.ㅋㅋㅋ Before that, anyone knows WHAT is BROMANCE?? Its actually 2 WORDS that been COMBINED into ONE, which is BROTHER and ROMANCE shortly become BROMANCE! BROMANCE is a CLOSE, emotionally intense, NON SEXUAL bond BETWEEN TWO or more MEN. BROMANCE is MALE bonding relationship that EXCEED usual FRIENDSHIP.

Aha! I know SOME of  you might feel CONFUSED isn't it?ㅋㅋㅋ Like I SAID before its NON SEXUAL BOND so its DIFFERENT with being GAY. However I UNDERSTAND that BROMANCE is something UNCOMMON for us in ASIA. In KOREA, BROMANCE is COMMON in ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY but HOW about in REALITY? I have ASKED some of MY Korean MALE FRIENDS about this, on HOW this BROMANCE STAGE start and HOW society PERCEIVE it?? SURPRISING me, MOST of them NOT knowing much ABOUT this!ㅋㅋㅋ So I WONDER why its become POPULAR these days??

After ASKING few KOREAN FRIENDS, I GOT the ANSWER.ㅋㅋㅋ They said this WORD BROMANCE become FAMOUS after recently HIT drama, DESCENDENTS OF THE SUN. Since its ON drama, BROMANCE somehow pop up on NEWS too. I'm NOT sure WHAT they TALK about as I CANNOT find the NEWS CLIP. ㅠㅠ However I'm SURE its about the AFTER EFFECT of the DRAMA.ㅋㅋㅋ We all KNOW that in ASIA there are many ISSUES become a TABOO. This BROMANCE about is on the LIST too. YES its COMMON in ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY as they trying to RE-DEFINE about it yet its still HARD to PERCEIVE by SOCIETY.ㅋㅋ Like any other ASIANS, KOREAN society find this ISSUES is quite DIFFICULT to DEAL with.ASIAN are DIFFERENT from WESTERNERS.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Thinking about when BROMANCE starts? ㅋㅋ Like I said its HARD to perceive by society, so there is NO NEED to answer that. ㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: If you NEED answer for it, you guys can ask SOMEONE in entertainment industry~ ㅋㅋ        
       However in reality, BROMANCE is something that HARD to ACCEPT by society, and even if          Korean GUYS have this BROMANCE cultural, they HIDE it from PUBLIC.

p/s: For Korean drama FANS, do NOT think all in Korean DRAMA is REAL, ㅋㅋ some of it just in         DRAMA but in SOCIETY its the OPPOSITE things!~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


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Monday, March 14, 2016

Special Event: WHITE DAY?? What is it about??

Hey its 14th MARCH today! Do you guys KNOWS that in Korea EVERY 14th each MONTH is a DAY of CELEBRATION?? ㅋㅋ some of you MIGHT wonder what CELEBRATION is that and WHY its EVERY 14th EACH month right?? I have NO idea too WHY its every 14th, ㅋㅋ there are many other DATES but why they CHOOSE every 14th? If ANY of you have IDEA the REASONS behind it, you may SHARE with us~ It's INTERESTING topic isn't it?ㅋㅋㅋ

Like I said earlier EVERY 14th EACH  month is a CELEBRATION day, I WON'T talk about it in this ONE entry because if I DID, I know you guys MIGHT be so TIRED to read it..ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Let's FOCUS only for TODAY, 14th MARCH! As you guys KNOWS the CELEBRATION of VALENTINE is on 14th FEBRUARY, in Korea they CELEBRATE it TWICE but of course with DIFFERENT names and DIFFERENT month.ㅋㅋㅋ We all KNOWS that on Valentine normally many COUPLE exchange GIFT to each other. In KOREA some of GIRLS will take a CHANCE to give CHOCOLATE or SWEET GIFT to SOMEONE they ADMIRED on VALENTINE day and HOPING they WILL get the REPLY or ANSWER later.

LATER? WHEN is that? You might WONDER about it right?? It's ACTUALLY on 14th March! This SPECIAL day call WHITE DAY. During WHITE DAY normally a GUY ll give the ANSWER to a GIRL who gave  them CHOCOLATE during VALENTINE Day. If a GIRL received a chocolate on WHITE DAY meaning a guy ACCEPT her as his GIRL/PARTNER. However you have to BEWARE too, who knows the GUY give to every GIRL that give him chocolate during Valentine day??ㅋㅋ It's NOT because they want a girl as PARTNER but simply as to SHOW token of APPRECIATION? ㅋㅋㅋ

WHITE DAY originally START in JAPAN on 1978 with the name HOWAITO DE. This celebration were START by NATIONAL CONFECTIONERY  INDUSTRY  ASSOCIATION as an ANSWER DAY to Valentine Day. After few YEARS the celebration been SPREAD to other ASIAN neighboring countries like in SOUTH KOREA, CHINA and TAIWAN. However there are DIFFERENCES about ITEM been GIVEN to a GIRL between in SOUTH KOREA and JAPAN.

In JAPAN, men PREFER to GIVE a girl some SOFT stuff like MARSHMALLOW, WHITE CHOCOLATE or DARK CHOCOLATE. Apart from that, some might CHOOSE to give NON-EDIBLE item that have SENTIMENTAL VALUE like JEWELRY  or WHITE LINGERIE as an ANSWER. However in KOREA, men normally PREFER to give HARD sweet like LOLLIPOP or HARD CANDY for holiday rather than marshmallow. There is CHOCOLATE gift set too but normally it will INCLUDE HARD CANDY inside the SET

p/s: Even I have experience in RELATIONSHIP with Korean guys, I NEVER get a chance to celebrate this, ㅠㅠ because its LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP. ㅋㅋㅋ However, for me when you are in relationship NO matter what days mark you guys being together, GIVE and TAKE is the MOST important. No NEED to wait for SPECIAL days to give GIFT to your love one, EVERY day can be SPECIAL days for you guys! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Special Event: 1st March Movement

It's already MARCH! Time flies so FAST~ SORRY for the late entry guys, I'm NOT feeling well for these past few WEEKS. I'm getting BETTER now so I decided to WRITE today~ ㅋㅋㅋ In KOREA, 1st March is PUBLIC holiday every YEAR. What is so SPECIAL with this date? Anyone wanna make a wild GUESS?? O-o ㅋㅋ

It's actually a DAY where the FIRST INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT start on 1919 by KOREAN from JAPANESE Empire. I know some of you might CONFUSED with 15 August celebration isn't it?? Well they celebrate BOTH, but for 1st March is more known as DECLARATION of Movement (1919) while on 15 August is known as RESTORATION of LIGHT DAY, this celebration start on 1945 as a FREEDOM from Japanese during WORLD WAR 2.Both celebrations is DIFFERENT as YEARS apart but yes from SAME colonized which is JAPANESE

For this YEAR, its the 97th CELEBRATION of 1st March Movement.The 1st March Movement literally known in Korea as SAM-IL MOVEMENT. There is ANOTHER name for it which is MAN-SE Demonstration. I'm sure if you guys knows the most FAMOUS triplets in Korea, you might familiar with the words "MANSE"ㅋㅋㅋ Their father portray the BEST patriotic spirit in his triplets names, DAEHAN MINGGUK and MANSE which mean THE DEMOCRATIC NATION OF THE GREAT HAN/ REPUBLIC OF KOREA HURRAH! What a GREAT names right??! ㅋㅋㅋ

Anyway BACK to our TOPIC~ SAM-IL Movement in KOREA START at SEOUL as the RESULT of repressive nature of colonial occupation under the military rule of Japanese Empire. However is it start because of that PARTICULAR reason or there is another REASONS for it??? I read some of articles about it and FOUND out that BEFORE it start in KOREA actually it was BEGIN at JAPAN itself! The movement START after KOREAN STUDENTS in TOKYO hearing a SPEECH by President Woodrow Wilson at PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE on January 1919. During the conference, President Woodrow Wilson had POINT out about the RIGHT of National SELF-DETERMINATION, as they hearing that, they PUBLISHED a statement and DEMAND FREEDOM from JAPANESE Empire. 

Apart from the SPEECH, on 21 January 1919, Emperor KOJONG, which is the FORMER 26th King of Joseon Dynasty had PASS AWAY. This incident widely known as SUSPICIOUS the DEATH of him, that he been POISONED as there are several attempt by JAPANESE rules or known as coffee plot. Due to this incident and the hearing, Koreans start to DEMAND FREEDOM from Japanese Empire following by the EVENT on 1st March. For more INFORMATION about it, you may read here.  

For this YEAR, 2016. as a DAY to commemorate the SACRIFICE of their ancestor in 1919. Seoul Metropolitan Library CHOOSE to put on their board the letters of"HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME?" This catch phrase as referring to ONE of  SURVIVING KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN, Ms. Gil during WORLD WAR 2. The Seoul Metropolitan also put their KOREAN National Flag "TAEGUKGI" on the wall of City Hall as well ENCOURAGE citizens to SNAP photos in front of it as to SHOW that they always remembered their FALLEN PATRIOTS who fought for their country during Japanese Rules.  

P/s: When I was in KOREA, I saw many KOREAN bring their KIDS even BABIES to HISTORY PLACES in Korea, for all KOREAN, why NOT bring your KIDS or LOVE one to this HISTORICAL area during SPECIAL day like today~ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

 Photo Credit: Seoulcity Korea facebook