Thursday, November 26, 2015

Coffee Addicted: Cafe Cappuccino Friends

November almost FINISH soon! Time flies so FAST isn’t it?? For me seems like we just START 2015 yesterday but it’s almost OVER like a BLINK of eyes!ㅠㅠ AUTUMN will PASS by soon and here come the white WINTER!ㅋㅋ A SEASONS that I’ve been WAITING for!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Too BAD I’m NOT heading to KOREA but to SOMEWHERE else!ㅋㅋ Yes, I HEARD snow flakes STARTS in certain AREA within Korea but at the SAME time FOLIAGE still YELLOW lay down offside the ROAD path! Beautiful! Its makes me MISSING Korea badly!ㅠㅠ 

Whatever it is,  my KOREA trips always feel FRESH on my MIND!ㅋㅋ I still REMEMBER many things about it EVEN THOUGH it’s been a YEAR I HAVEN'T come BACK to KOREA!ㅠㅠ While I’m in Korea I’m such a HEAVY COFFEE LOVER but when I’m HOME (Malaysia) I drink COFFEE once in a while!ㅋㅋㅋ Perhaps I drink coffee MUCH there because of the WEATHER/SEASONS?ㅋㅋ Since Korea temperature is DIFFERENT from ours so I felt drinking COFFEE makes me WARM!ㅋㅋㅋ

Apart from that, in Korea CAFE are almost EVERYWHERE, with DIFFERENT THEME and CONCEPT! There are so MANY cafés to explore COMPARE when I’m BACK home!ㅠㅠ. Even though you went to SMALL or RURAL area, still there are CAFES!ㅋㅋㅋ Back to my TRIP on 2013, while I was in BUSAN, I got a CHANCE to stop by at a SMALL café!This cafe LOCATED on SECOND floor of shop rows. Seen this CAFE for the FIRST time makes me think is this a cafe?? 

The café CONCEPT is very DIFFERENT from the NORMAL café! Normal café, we will see that there is COUNTER and so many row of TABLE SET isn’t it? This café is DIFFERENT though!The set of TABLE is within cubicle ROOMS. NO door for the cubicle room but there is CURTAIN to go in. Each CUBICLE room provided with a TV and there is NO seat.Basically you have to SIT on the FLOOR and there is some sort of Japanese table set. While having your COFFEE and DESSERT you can watch TV! The AMBIANCE makes you feel like you at HOME!ㅋㅋㅋ

The COFFEE is GOOD too!! 냠 ^^ INSTEAD of having Latte or any other, that night I had AMERICANOㅋㅋㅋ What else is a good PAIR for it?? It's a CHEESE CAKE!ㅋㅋㅋ Simply DELICIOUS!^^  Since its COLD outside its good to kept WARM, enjoying our DRINKS and chatting a lot! Good memories.ㅋㅋㅋ I bet IF the cafe's FACING the SEA VIEW it would be the BEST!ㅋㅋ However the cafe VIEW is facing BUILDING! Too BAD.. That's ok,ㅋㅋ the IMPORTANT part is their CONCEPT is different from ORDINARY cafe! THUMBS UP for them!ㅋㅋㅋ   

p/s: Sometimes you should just TRY some SMALL cafe too rather than LARGER chain COFFEE MAKER/BRAND, because even the cafe is so SMALL the BEST TASTE lies behind it! ㅋㅋ Enjoy your COFFEE dear COFFEE LOVERS!ㅋㅋ

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guideline/Life: How to get HALAL RAW ingredient within SEOUL??

Living as MINORITY in FOREIGN countries might make some of us been STARED all the TIME. Sometimes it makes you think "am I wear my shirt upside down,torn shirt or is there something on my face???"   O-o Some of them STARED at you with their EYES like popping out isn't it?? and that's make you felt like UNEASYㅋㅋㅋ  RELAX, I experienced those before while I'm VISITING foreign countries especially KOREA!ㅋㅋ At first I felt UNEASY too but after a while I ADAPT it wellㅋㅋㅋ.

With HIJABB on while travelling people KNOW that I'm MUSLIM and I DON'T have to tell them.ㅋㅋ Yes some might ASK "didn't I feel hot wearing it??" I just ANSWER them politely that I got USED with it.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ  Plus its COMPULSORY for Muslim WOMEN to wear it. ㅋㅋ There are many other TOPIC for MUSLIM to be CONSIDERED of before went ABROAD or MOVING in another COUNTRY. For example about HALAL. Halal is NOT only APPLICABLE in term of FOOD but even in DAILY stuff. ㅋㅋㅋ  

Some of my FOREIGN friends always telling me this, owh you MISS so many CHANCES to try many GOOD food due to HALAL! Well for ME its NOT an issue ㅋㅋ. I believe there are so MANY other SELECTION cuisines that I can TRYㅋㅋ so NO big deal for me!ㅋㅋㅋ Long time ago I once WROTE about ONLINE shopping mall in South Korea isn't it??  ONLINE SHOPPING plays such IMPORTANT roles in Korean DAILY life due to their HECTIC schedules. They even have Emart which is mainly for FRESH ingredient or READY FOOD market online. 

EMART makes LIFE easier when LIVING in Korea. People DON'T need to go to MARKET everyday to get their STUFF but for MUSLIM, there are NOT many HALAL CHOICE at Emart. We know that to get HALAL ingredient, MUSLIM have to go to ITAEWON. For some of them maybe its NOT practical to go there EVERYDAY due to their HECTIC schedule or DISTANCE. So what is the SOLUTION then??? Buying ingredient ONLINE from ABROAD?? Hahaha thats takes few DAYS or even MONTHS to REACH you!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

THANKS to the world of INTERNET, NOW there is HALAL ONLINE MARKET in SOUTH KOREA!!대박!! (Daebak)ㅋㅋㅋ Of course the STUFF is LIMITED for the TIME being, and the DELIVERY is WITHIN SEOUL CIRCLE! However I believe as the DEMAND continue to GROW the OWNER will ADD more SELECTION on it and EXPAND their DELIVERY area soon! Wanna know the LIST of HALAL PRODUCT in HALAL ONLINE market?? Visit here. For MUSLIM who LIVE in Korea, this ONLINE market will HELP you a lot! For MUSLIM TRAVELERS, rather than SPENDING too much MONEY at luxury HALAL RESTAURANT maybe you can TRY to COOK by YOURSELF while you at KOREA! ㅋㅋㅋ 

p/s: I THINK some of you might SAY its NOT easy for COOKING as you guys NEED cutlery too right?O-o TRUE I AGREED with that. (I DID that before when I TRAVEL with my ex, I BOUGHT CUTLERY and CROCK)ㅋㅋㅋ Maybe you have to go to DAISO to buying those?? ㅋㅋㅋ One of my BIGGEST hope is, SOMEDAY some KOREAN or MUSLIM FOREIGNER who LIVE in KOREA might CONSIDER to PROVIDE friendly HALAL accommodation?? ㅋㅋㅋ

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Event: Seoul Lantern Festival 2015

We all know that SOUTH KOREA is a country that RICH with HERITAGE, astonishing place to VISIT, full with TRADITIONAL charm, yet UPBEAT with LATEST technology isn't it?? What else you can ASK for when YOU are in KOREA??ㅋㅋㅋ ^^ SEOUL, a city with VIBRANT colors and all YEAR round FESTIVAL! ㅋㅋㅋ There are so MANY about Seoul that CAPTIVATE travelers HEART once they ARRIVED in KOREA!ㅋㅋㅋ

AUTUMN will saying GOODBYE soon and white cold WINTER is making their WAY back to Seoul! ㅋㅋ Some of my Korean FRIENDS told me this "ahh winter is coming! I HATE it!"ㅋㅋㅋ What can they do? LIVING in 4 seasons COUNTRIES, they have to BEAR it!ㅋㅋ Before autumn CLOSE its curtain, as USUAL Seoul will having LANTERN FESTIVAL! ^^ This festival is an ANNUAL event and the SCHEDULE normally around November.

For 2015, the event will STARTS on 6 NOVEMBER until 22 NOVEMBER. I've NEVER get a chance to JOIN this festival when I WAS in KOREA.ㅠㅠ I've been to Korea at end of AUTUMN few YEARS back but I'm completely FORGOT about this EVENT!ㅋㅋ Plus I was too BUSY meeting my Korean FRIENDS in other PROVINCE at that TIME. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

For those who PLAN to VISIT Korea this WEEK, make sure to put this on your LIST!! This EVENT will be HELD at CHEONGGYECHEON STREAM from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. It's in the HEART of Seoul! Have TIGHT budget??? Swept away your WORRIES,ㅋㅋ LANTERN FESTIVAL is FREE!!ㅋㅋㅋ and NO need to do RESERVATION or whatever. All you NEED is a MAP or DIRECTION to the event AREA!ㅋㅋㅋ Taking SUBWAY is the BEST choice and why not STROLLING from Jogno area to Cheoggyecheon if you STAYING around there! ㅋㅋㅋ For DETAIL and DIRECTION you may REFER here.

p/s: For this year, the theme is ILLUMINATED SEOUL! Along with the main event there are some other event, check here. For other event, there is charges to participate! Check before sign up!ㅋㅋㅋ

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Trend: Pastries Industries turn SOUTH KOREANS to be more WESTERNERS???

Long long time ago, South Korean having rice as their main dishes all the time. This including breakfast, lunch as well dinner. However during these past few years we can see the trend changing! In fact NOT only in South Korea but almost across ALL Asia! ㅋㅋㅋ Why I choose South Korea then?? I choose South Korea because this country favor me more. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Travel have taken me to a few countries, yet I found myself back and forth to Korea for few times! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Even I've been there three times so far, I felt there are still so much to explore!ㅋㅋHowever, I take a break for one or two years maybe as to give myself a chance to explore other countries too! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Looking at our topic, maybe my next trip to Korea (somewhere in the future) ll be eye opener to me?? Or I will find new side of Korea as its quite hard to look for RICE while I'm there??ㅋㅋ I hope NOT!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Everyday I have to eat RICE at least once!! ㅋㅋㅋ Don't take away my rice!~ ㅠㅠ I can't live without RICE!!ㅋㅋㅋ

Apart from that, we know that Korean are obsessed with anything that looks cute!! Just list it down, from fashion, pets, even to meals!ㅋㅋㅋ For me if meals/food are too cute I might NOT eat it! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Even though you guys knows right that I'm addicted to their coffee??Too bad I'm NOT a fan for their pastries!!ㅋㅋㅋ It's NOT because the taste is NOT up to my expectation but I need to make sure is it HALAL or not. That's one of the reason, why I don't eat it much! Another reason is like other people, seen such cute pastry, cake or dessert I cannot help myself to snap some of  photos! yet I can't eat it!ㅋㅋ

Back to our topic, do you know why these days Korean are more keen to pastries, cake or dessert?? The first reason is due to their hectic schedule! Many Korean wives who works prefer to prepare bread/toast for family breakfast instead of rice.ㅋㅋㅋ This is because to preparing rice, it takes many times and most of them need to rush to the office!! Preparing toast is simple as A, B,C compare preparing rice with side dishes!ㅋㅋ Some even just buy it from shopping mall and add some other stuff like cheese, jammed, peanut butter or chocolate syrup! Depend on their taste buds.ㅋㅋ

Another reason is quite cliche.ㅋㅋㅋ People might wonder why I said like that isn't it?? Well there are many Korean who adores western culture!!ㅋㅋ For them western culture is the best!ㅋㅋㅋ Hearing it makes me think "aha!quite.." ㅋㅋ It's not only culture but almost anything related to The State.ㅋㅋ Movie, drama, ability to fluent in American English and even food!ㅋㅋㅋ For them eating fancy bread or pastries will make people around kept eye on them.ㅋㅋㅋ Hmm I'm NOT sure if I used correct phrase!ㅋㅋㅋ However one of my Korean friend said that.ㅋㅋㅋ Which I found it quite funny! ㅋㅋㅋ

Those two reasons already show some significant downturn to rice producing! I guess some people think that this topic is not much important isn't it?? I mean people might says," who cares?? If I eat pastries or rice"??ㅋㅋ For those whose NOT working in agriculture sector might think that way ㅋㅋㅋ However for farmers who planting paddy, this had affected them! Poor them.. Yes Korea produce both paddy as well wheat. However paddy production is greater than wheat. This make them to import more wheat from outside to cover the demand. If you asking me which one you prefer I still said rice ㅋㅋㅋ because for me eating those pastries cannot fill my tummy for a long time!ㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Too cute pastries??? Well, yes but its contains so much sugar in it! ㅋㅋㅋ Be careful or you will register yourself as diabetic patient soon ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Life: KOREAN had their FIRST KISS at a very YOUNG age?? O-o

Raising a kid is NOT simple as you THINK! You might think that you can EMBRACE them all the time. However there are TIMES where they will drive you CRAZY with their MISCHIEVOUS behavior. ㅋㅋ You guys might WONDER why am I saying this and if I had RAISE one?ㅋㅋㅋ Well for the time being I DON'T have any nor raising. Yes I do have MANY nephews and nieces but they are NOT the same as raising our OWN!

I love BEEN around them even SOMETIMES they drive me CRAZY!ㅋㅋThey just a KID, always PLAYFUL yet charming on their own WAYS, every ONE of them! I’m sure WE were like that too during our CHILDHOOD isn’t it?ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ O-o Back to our TOPIC, Korean had their FIRST KISS at a very YOUNG age??!! What is the RELATION between this TOPIC and RAISING a child??!ㅋㅋㅋ

Every PEOPLE/SOCIETY has their very OWN ways to RAISE their CHILD. Some are SEEMS very MEANS or strict, some are very PLAIN or people might think did they raise a kid or simply IGNORED them?? ㅋㅋ Since I LOVE to watch one of KOREAN Variety SHOW, SUPERMAN RETURNS, I guess some of you know this PROGRAM isn’t it?? I saw EACH of them have their own WAYS to RAISE their kids but at ONE point all of them have COMMON or similar action raising their kids.

To DISCIPLINE a kid is NOT an EASY job! Yes we must LOVE them but sometimes we also NEED to PUNISH them when they do WRONG DOING! However after PUNISHING them you NEED to make them feel WARM and SAFE around you again!! From the PROGRAM I saw how KOREAN PUNISH their kids but at the SAME time make them to LOVE you MORE! INTERESTING isn't it?? The SIMPLE way is KISSING. Kissing kids is NORMAL. Like me I love to KISS my nieces and nephews too!ㅋㅋㅋ However SMOOCHES a kids on their LIPS is UNCOMMON action at MY COUNTRY!! Over here we HARDLY saw it! I’m NOT even SEEN any of my SIBLINGS doing that to their CHILD!ㅋㅋ

Most Korean KISSES their child all the TIME too, but they KISS on kids LIPS. COMPARE to here at MALAYSIA, most of US kiss kids on their CHEEKS! We know that KIDS sometimes ACT in mischievous ways as to get our ATTENTION isn’t it??Some of their mischievous actions may LEAD to parent BLOW UP!ㅋㅋ When parent blow up normally they will PUNISHING their child. If you see how Korean TRAINING their child, I guess some of you might SPEECHLESS!ㅋㅋㅋHowever, one of their GOOD ways to TEACH their child is NEVER to BEAT them EVEN they did WRONG! Does it MEAN just to LET them go?? Of course NOT!ㅋㅋㅋ   

If we SAW how most Korean PUNISHING their child when they did WRONG, sometimes we felt like did it WORKS?? Will they LISTEN?O-o Sometimes we FELT like it’s too STRICT! ㅋㅋㅋ However we saw from the SHOW its WORKS! Sometimes I WONDER is it really works?? Or for the SAKE of PROGRAM so they simply ask kids to BEHAVE or perhaps SHOWER them with GIFT???ㅋㅋ Well ONE of important FACT is, kids DON'T know how to LIE, so I think they did OBEDIENT! ㅋㅋㅋ

Even if Korean PARENT punish their kids, at the END we saw that kids were ATTACHED to their parent a LOT. ㅋㅋ   Apart from KISSING, most of them offer HUGS a lot too! This TWO ways seems to be very EFFECTIVE to DISCIPLINARY kids. No WONDER most of Korean KIDS seems OBEDIENT too much isn’t it?? ㅋㅋㅋ Maybe SOME of us didn’t BELIEVE it right?? I did some more RESEARCH by READING on PARENTING blog, and books as well WATCH parenting videos. I found out that its TRUE!! Some of GOOD ways to get CLOSE with KIDS and make them obedient is by KISSING and HUGS them a lot per DAY!ㅋㅋㅋ. I guess that's WHY we can see that many Korean kids WELL BEHAVE around their OLDEST!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Even if kids been PUNISHED for WRONG DOING, make sure to HUG and KISS on their lips as to create more BONDING with them! SOMEDAY if I have MY own, I would LOVE to try this too!~ ^^   

p/s: For THOSE who have KOREAN as LOVER, you DON'T own their FIRST KISS.ㅋㅋㅋ Their PARENT did! :P


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Event: Black Friday is here!

I think MOST of people around the WORLD knew about BLACK FRIDAY isn't it??? Somehow it makes us who NOT living in THE STATE envy them for this EVENT!ㅠㅠ Starting this YEAR, for those who LIVE at SOUTH KOREA, SHIFT away your ENVIOUS and WORRY!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ BLACK FRIDAY South Korea VERSION is HERE!! Wee ^^ Technically for this YEAR its NOT their very FIRST event. This BLACK FRIDAY event had BEEN started LAST YEAR but it ONLY host by ONLINE SHOPPING MALL like 11st,,AK Mall, HyundaiHmall,CJ Mall and etc.

After a DAY event, they were SURPRISED to see the OUTCOME! Hence for 2015, all of them DECIDED to HOST South Korea BLACK FRIDAY on the SAME period ACROSS the NATION!! NOT only PARTICIPATING by ONLINE shopping mall, but also PARTICIPATING by LUXURY department stores,LARGE discount chains, CONVENIENCE store and TRADITIONAL market. This EVENT will ON-GOING for 14 DAYS, STARTED on 1st OCTOBER to 14 th OCTOBER! How I WISH I'm there!! T.T  Just like in THE STATE their Black Friday is AFTER Thanksgiving, South Korea Black Friday also been HOSTING right after KOREAN THANKSGIVING (CHUSEOK).

Wonder how BIG the EVENT is??Well from what I READ, they said many involved in! About 27 000 STORES and markets INVOLVED across the COUNTRY! This make it as the most very FIRST and LARGEST nationwide SALES event ever! Woww!!O-o This makes me ENVY my KOREAN FRIENDS!!ㅠㅠ According to their GOVERNMENT, this LARGE scale EVENT been ORGANIZED as to STIMULATE the GROWTH of their DOMESTIC economic. Due to the HARD hit sagging of their EXPORT sector and WEAK consumer SPENDING, as well after the IMPACT of slow economic since MERS.

p/s: Some of my Korean friends said due to NOT FULLY preparation, this EVENT makes people CONFUSING too. Well I'm NOT sure as I'm NOT there now. Perhaps after FIRST day it will getting BETTER?? O-o For those who already visited, let me know how was it.~ 


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Cultural/Traditional Games: Ddakji (딱지)

Is there are any of you ADDICTED to ORIGAMI?? Why I said "Origami" and what does it RELATED to our TOPIC today??ㅋㅋ Well I'm NOT interested to make a GROUP for origami CLASS session here as I'm NOT good at it!ㅋㅋㅋ However the GAME that I wanna talk about here is RELATED to ORIGAMIㅋㅋ DDAKJI (딱지)is one of the MOST POPULAR games among KOREAN since LONG time ago. 

I try to LOOK for the FACT of when did it get STARTED but I FAILED to FIND it.ㅠㅠ I FOUND a FACT about it but it was NOT clearly STATED as well the author DIDN'T shows any EVIDENT to SUPPORT it..Despite of giving WRONG information here I guess the BEST I can do is NOT revealing about the FACT!ㅋㅋㅋ  As I'm LIVING in ASIAN country, I FOUND out that MOST Asian countries SHARED a bit SIMILAR games to ONE another!ㅋㅋㅋWhat a SURPRISED!ㅋㅋ I CAN'T believe it at first, but its TRUE! ㅋㅋ My CLOSE friend who LIVING at KOREA said they play the SAME games, what a SMALL world!ㅋㅋㅋ

For DDAKJI, I think at my country we DIDN'T play this game ㅠㅠ(During my childhood, I never saw anyone play this but I'm NOT sure late 1998 years on wards).ㅋㅋㅋ We have SIMILAR games but we use PEBBLES! However my KOREAN friends says they have that VERSION too!ㅋㅋ The BEST part is ONE of my GERMANY friend also said the SAME things!He DOES played well with my NEPHEWS when he COMING OVER!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Ok for ASIAN countries to SHARE it I think its COMMON isn't it?? But EUROPE?? 대박!(Daebak) INTERESTING!ㅋㅋㅋ Back to OUR topic, ddakji. DDAKJI can be PLAYED at ALMOST ANYWHERE whether INDOOR or OUTDOOR! The ONLY things that NEEDED when to play is DDAKJI itself. 

WHAT is DDAKJI?? Ddakji is a THICK FOLD PAPERS where it consist at LEAST 2 FOLD PAPERS. I know you guys seems CONFUSING right?? ㅋㅋ Well its kind of TOUGH to explain it to all of you!ㅋㅋ Ok why NOT see VIDEO below :P This video will SHOW you HOW TO MAKE DDAKJI! There are few WAYS to make ddakji but this is the SIMPLE one.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

SIMPLE isn't it?? Didn't have COLORFUL PAPERS?? No WORRIES!ㅋㅋ For ddakji its UNNECESSARILY using colors papers!ㅋㅋㅋ You CAN use ANY papers even OLD NEWSPAPERS!ㅋㅋJust make SURE the SIZE and STEP is CORRECTㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ There are some other WAYS to make it, you can CHECK it out at youtube! ㅋㅋㅋ There are few MORE videos there. ㅋㅋㅋ WHATS NEXT?? HOW TO PLAY IT??O-o I guess some of you might watch RUNNING MAN a lot DIDN'T you?? ㅋㅋYes they have so many GAMES. Ok Im NOT going to explain what Running Man is all ABOUT here!ㅋㅋㅋ However for those who DIDN'T get a CHANCE to WATCH the episode of Ddakji University Challenger ORGANIZE by Running Man, you can WATCH it below. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


p/s: INTERESTING games isn't it?? Make some DDAKJI yourself and START playing with your friends now! ㅋㅋㅋ This GAME can be play by ANY AGE.ㅋㅋ DON'T feel OLD enough to play it! Just like any other TRADITIONAL games, age DOESN'T matter :P  Wanna KNOW who WON the FINAL between the BATTLE of DDAKJI University Challenger organize by Running Man, watch RUNNING MAN episode 197!ㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Still DON'T get it how to make DDAKJI even you WATCH the video??ㅋㅋㅋ Well REFER here then. ㅋㅋㅋ


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