Monday, February 8, 2016

Special Event/ Tradition: Sebaetdon during Seollal??

Hi Everybody!! I'm back! Wee  ^^

Finally my ANNUAL LEAVE for 2015 left 1 more DAY!ㅋㅋ After a LONG break, I need to get up EARLY and off to WORK as usual! Ahhh lazyyyyyyyyyyyyy but what to do?? WORK is work!! ㅠㅠ I've been BUSY catching up my WORK until I got NO time to SHARE my piece of MIND here..SORRY guys for the LATE entry..


After FINISH writing NEW entry and about to POST today, I've been THINKING should I POST about it or NOT?? Since its FESTIVE seasons why NOT writing about it?? So I DECIDED to WRITE another TOPIC that related to SPECIAL occasion TODAY!ㅋㅋㅋ Few YEARS ago before I have KOREAN friends, I'm only AWARE that this OCCASION had been celebrated by CHINESE as over here we called it as CHINESE NEW YEAR rather than LUNAR NEW YEAR!ㅋㅋㅋ

Then somehow, after I GET to know KOREAN, they told me this, WE as KOREAN also CELEBRATE it but WE are NOT Chinese!! We are KOREAN! so WHY you WISH us with that?? I was like HUH??O-o What's WRONG?? It's CELEBRATION anyway?! Being like a DUMB I said that! ㅋㅋㅋ Then my KOREAN friends said that in KOREA this celebration called SEOLLAL or known as LUNAR NEW YEAR. Yes this CELEBRATION according to CHINESE ZODIAC YEAR but NOT only CHINESE celebrate it! You should KNOWN that FACT

Finally I GET it!ㅋㅋㅋ After that, I NO longer wish HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR instead I wish HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR at my SOCIAL network.ㅋㅋㅋ You guys KNOWS right that KOREAN is very PARTICULAR about their NATIONALITY! Yes SOME of their TRADITION is ORIGINALLY from CHINA but they also CREATE their OWN history like KOREAN ALPHABETICAL which is TOTALLY DIFFERENT with the CHINESE character and etc~. Ok lets' BACK to our TOPIC! I think I'm TALKING too much today.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ ONE of the TRADITION during SEOLLAL is SEBAETDON

What is SEBAETDON??? We all know that during CHRISTMAS, most of them giving GIFT to their CLOSE family and friends right? so this bit SIMILAR  to this CELEBRATION! During Seollal, normally ADULT will PREPARE some NEW YEAR'S MONEY to the KIDS. Actually I asked ONE of my KOREAN friend about it, is MONEY is the PRIORITY GIFT during SEOLLAL? He said that according to REAL tradition of SEBAETDON, ADULT will prepare something like FOOD or DESSERT to KIDS as GIFT but these DAYS many prefer CASH. ㅋㅋㅋ So the tradition CHANGE according to the YEARS

This YEAR, this TRADITION somehow become an ISSUE in KOREA. It's about HOW much should be GIVING to the KIDS. KIDS will put it in BOKJUMEONI (복주머니) or known as Lucky Pocket/ small bag. Long time AGO, its between 1000 WON to 5000 WON, but these YEARS the AMOUNT become 10 000 WON to 50 000 WON. This can be quite BURDEN to ADULT. Anyway this ISSUE is NOT only happen in KOREA I think, ㅋㅋ for THOSE who CELEBRATE this OCCASION, this might be SOMETHING need to CONSIDER about. ㅋㅋㅋ Personally for ME, during EID MUBARAQ, I also give CASH to MY NIECES and NEPHEWS and the AMOUNT sometimes DOES make me NEED to CHECK (my expenses) everything FIRST too before GIVING! ㅋㅋ



p/s: HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF RED MONKEY to those who CELEBRATE IT! May this year of RED MONKEY ll bring GOOD health and run SMOOTHLY in EVERYTHING~!~


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Throwback#Places: Dongdaemun

Hi Everyone!^^ How was your DAYS so far in this NEW year?? Busy?? I wish everyone have a FANTASTIC days!ㅋㅋ Brand NEW year, I was extremely BUSY for the pass few DAYS!! I did my BEST to finish all my WORKS before get ready for my TRIPS! DOUBLE trip for this YEAR!ㅋㅋ 

After TIRING days, finally the DATE will coming soon! Wee ^^ Few more DAYS to heading to airport!! ^^ Just like LAST year, its DOUBLE trip too during JANUARY, but at least there is enough GAP in between! However this YEAR... really CLOSE to each other! I hope I'm ABLE to stay FIT after my WINTER trip for my NEXT trip! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Looking back at my WORLD mapping stop, always makes me MISS Korea so much! However I'm still NOT sure when I can COME back..... Too BAD! I felt SORRY for my Korean friends, some of them kept ASKING me when I ll VISIT them again.. Hmm maybe SOMEDAY! ^^ Since I miss KOREA so much, today I would like to VIEW one of PLACES I stop by during my VISIT there! 

PEOPLE says, the BEST places you have to CHECK out once you TRAVEL to NEW area is their MARKET! So TRUE! I AGREED with that, because their market will show HOWS their DAILY LIFE is!ㅋㅋ In Korea, there are many MARKET you can VISIT. In SEOUL itself, they have some SEPARATED MARKET like fish market,NORYANGJIN Market,NAEMDAEMUN. market is a place where you can find GLASSES, SOUVENIRS, CUTLERY, and etc!!ㅋㅋ As well DONGDAEMUN, where a place you can look for FABRICS, CLOTHES. HOWEVER do you know that DONGDAEMUN also FAMOUS for TOYS and STATIONERY whole-seller market?? 

Basically its a HEAVEN for KIDS!ㅋㅋㅋ Why I said its a HEAVEN for KIDS??? At first I have NO idea too about THIS! All I KNOW is DONGDAEMUN is a MARKET where you can purchased CLOTHES or BAGS for CHEAP price!ㅋㅋㅋ While strolling ALONE in SEOUL, I decided to STOP by at DONGDAEMUN because I was HUNGRY and my cousin says that there is a HALAL TURKISH fast food dinning there! I have a NICE lunch there even though I have to WAIT for few HOURS before that restaurant start OPERATING!! 

While waiting it's OPEN,  I strolling around, just to kill my TIME.ㅋㅋ Then I saw an ALLEY where there are soooo many TOYS!!! I said WOW!! Heaven for kids!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Even I'm OLD enough for TOYS, I felt like wow my CHILDHOOD DREAM came true!ㅋㅋ LUCKY I'm NOT living in Seoul! Or else I CAN'T imagine how my ROOM would be!!ㅋㅋ Apart from that lucky that I TRAVELED alone! If I travel with my FAMILY and we accidentally found that area I  might BLOW up there! My nephews and nieces might TROUBLE us! Those kids will wanna STAY and asking BUYING many toys for THEM!ㅋㅋㅋ







p/s: I took some PHOTOS there but I think I accidentally DELETED it! ㅠㅠ All I can do is DOWNLOAD it from the internet.ㅋㅋㅋ For THOSE who have KIDS, DON'T tell me I DIDN'T warned YOU!ㅋㅋㅋ If you think you are ABLE to stop your kids LUST, you may BRING them here, if NOT, better bring THEM to other PLACE! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ For more information and direction about this area visit here.

p/s: I will be away maybe for 2 weeks! Hope you guys enjoy reading my entry! Have a great day guys! ^^

Sources: http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Travel/view?articleId=129433

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Tradition: Watching sunrise on New Year??? Why Korean do this?

WELCOME 2016!!^^
It's New Year AGAIN!!!Wee ^^ A brand new year that I can't WAIT!! HAPPY but at the same time SIGH, plus another YEAR to our age!ㅠㅠ I felt ohh I'm getting OLD ㅠㅠ but hey lets be POSITIVE, AGE is just a NUMBER!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ  

We KNOWN that EVERY 31 DECEMBER, people around the GLOBE were ANTICIPATED with New Year EVE; most of them looking FORWARD for CONCERT, COUNTDOWN and FIREWORKS!! For those who WILLING to STUCK in the CROWDED for seen the FIREWORK, I HOPE you guys ENJOY it wherever you are!!^^

HOWEVER for ME, I prefer to stay at HOME, sit on the COUCH watching on TV, the celebration of NEW YEAR EVE around the WORLD ㅋㅋㅋ. YES you can CALL me OLD FASHION but I already get USED with those sequence of New Year Eve CELEBRATION since I was YOUNG!ㅋㅋㅋ

So HOW about other TRADITION???O-o  Most at WESTERN countries, after FIREWORK on new year eve NOTHING more SPECIAL.ㅋㅋㅋ PARTY?? That's NORMAL for them!ㅋㅋ New year or NOT, PARTY is just a PARTY!ㅋㅋㅋ However in EAST ASIA countries, its DIFFERENT. Like in SOUTH KOREA, most of them BELIEVE seen SUNRISE on NEW YEAR is such special TRADITION/RITUAL. It's hold PROFOUND meaning to them!

WHY they think its so SPECIAL??O-o I do some RESEARCH and ASKED some of my Korean friends. They SAID in order to see SUNRISE on NEW YEAR, it need VERY HIGH courage for them to ENDURE harsh COLD weather with such a HUGE crowd!I'm NOT talking about 20 to 50 PEOPLE,ㅋㅋㅋ its nearly 100 000 PEOPLE gather at the MOST favorite SPOT which is JEONGDONGJIN, Gangneung, Gangwon to see the SUNRISE every year!!ㅋㅋㅋ

MANY Korean love to see SUNRISE at MOUNTAIN PEAK!!Can you IMAGINE how they HIKING with COLD weather and too MANY people?? For me HIKING during WINTER is ONE of the TOUGHEST part! I CAN'T bring myself to THINK about it!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ APART from that, some choose to GATHER near the SEA for the same PURPOSE. Here are some other FAVORITE SPOT for seeing SUNRISE!  For THEM, seen the SUN RISING during NEW YEAR is the BEST MOMENT to say their  PRAYER and HOPE for the NEW BEGINNING!!! It also considered as a BEST TIME for SELF REFLECTION




p/s: PERSONALLY, I think its WORTH for seen a STUNNING SUN RISE after all hardest ship, and surround by your LOVE one seen it will create a BEAUTIFUL moment for you!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!!

Sources: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2998952
               http://blog.korea.net/?p=14384
        http://www.hanyang.ac.kr/user/indexSub.action;jsessionid=9YgdmWDVVYo51thuF7GQsusR8EY2Di88ibuZ5o6N1qWKC0LIOqEaAYYzbCyzkNj6?codyMenuSeq=1292&siteId=hanyangeng&menuType=T&uId=7&sortChar=G&menuFrame=left&linkUrl=07_03.html&mainFrame=right&dum=dum&command=weekly_view&weeklyFile=i&weeklyId=2013-01-1-j%20&weeklyViewType=eng_list&year=2015&month=&search=


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Friday, December 25, 2015

Dating Tips: What to EXPECT when you are DATING a KOREAN GUY??

2015 will LEAVING soon, everyone were BUSY to FINISH their annual leave at my office! Lucky me, ( I've been working in ANOTHER sector) we are ALLOW to finish our annual leave before 31 January 2016! Wee ^^ On LAST weekend I was on SHORT getaway and enjoyed it so much!! Since I was AWAY I didn't get a chance to write, well actually I'm just LAZY!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ However I force myself to write LAST entry for year 2015!ㅋㅋㅋ

I keep looking for a NICE topic to write about, ASKING few of my Korean friends but I got NO good suggestion!ㅠㅠ I kept READING and somehow this TOPIC pop up to my mind.ㅋㅋㅋ CURRENTLY I'm NOT dating any KOREAN guy but yes I have EXPERIENCE for having KOREAN guys as my LOVER so I think I'm QUALIFIED to write about this TOPIC isn't it???ㅋㅋㅋ Why I choose LOVER instead of  BOYFRIEND?? O-o For me that TYPICAL word can be with ANY guy as a FRIEND ㅋㅋㅋ compare to LOVER. We all know that many KOREAN guys are being POLITELY or NICE. This is because of their background, MANNERS.

For those who NEVER had any SPECIAL relationship with Korean guy, this might CONFUSING you.ㅋㅋㅋ DON'T simply fell head over heel seen how GOOD they TREAT you!!ㅋㅋㅋ There are  some DIFFERENT when any KOREAN guy treat you just as a FRIEND or a SPECIAL one. It's HARD to explain. However few POINTS below might make you UNDERSTAND. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Having a KOREAN lover is just the SAME like having ANY other guys (RACES) as LOVER!! DON'T  expect them to be so ROMANTIC just like in KOREAN DRAMA!ㅋㅋㅋ Some might be so lovey dovey but some might just typical guy who FORGOT your BIRTHDAY or SPECIAL day between BOTH of you!ㅋㅋㅋ Disappointing?? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ That's the REAL fact! When I was with him, we DO celebrated OUR 100 days but I'm the ONE make it SPECIAL for us. ㅋㅋㅋ For other SPECIAL occasion we hardly celebrate since he forgot and we were in long distance relationship, but lucky me he REMEMBER my BIRTHDAY!ㅋㅋㅋ

Expecting him to CARRY my bag AROUND when we meet?? Well when I FIRST meet him, TRUE he DID this!ㅋㅋ CARRY my bag around until I ALMOST left my bag with him!ㅋㅋㅋ However after a while, this NO longer happening.ㅋㅋ We both CARRY our own bag when we travelling together. While we buying stuff, sometimes I NEED to ask him to CARRY for me!ㅋㅋ Sound like typical guy isn't it?? ㅋㅋㅋ There are times he OFFERED to bring my STUFF too.Apart from that, there are times when I just went out with my Korean GUY FRIEND, and he CARRY all my shopping bags! About  this I think DEPEND on that GUY himself.ㅋㅋㅋ.. Your Korean LOVER might a type of CARRYING all your stuff or just an ORDINARY Korean guy friend will did this to you.~

What about PAYING when having meals?? Many KOREAN GUYS pays whenever they went OUT with their LOVE one but again NOT 100% Korean guys doing this. For this factor, I think DEPEND on the guy SITUATION or PERIOD you been together. Yes I had a Korean guy friends who PAID all the TIME when I WENT out with them! I was like, hey CAN you GIVE me a CHANCE to pay for you at least ONCE??!!!! (BOTH  just my ORDINARY guy friend) ㅋㅋㅋ so again this DEPEND on that GUY himself!

LAST but NOT least is COMMUNICATION. Ok about this, so far my PREVIOUS lovers are a types of KEEPING IN TOUCH with me ALL the TIME,ㅋㅋㅋ so basically we BOTH let each other know what HAPPENING now, next and share almost EVERYTHING together. Before I had Korean lovers, I'm a type of NOT care much if he TEXT me or CALL me EVERYDAY(with non Korean lovers). However after I had KOREAN LOVER, I'm CHANGED! ㅋㅋㅋ I become a PERSON who expect KEEPING IN TOUCH all the time!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ



p/s: This entry will be the end entry for 2015! I know its Christmas TODAY , for those who celebrate it, HAPPY CELEBRATING to you! (People might wonder why I didn't wish them with normal greeting during Christmas isn't it?? Well I have personal reason for that. ㅋㅋㅋ Anyway like I said HAPPY CELEBRATING for all readers who celebrate it ^^. Happy holidays to everybody too! Till we meet again on 2016!! May 2016 bring more happiness to all of us! Peace ^^


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Korean Food: ODENG (오뎅) is a MUST during WINTER???!!

I'm BACK!! Missing me?? :P Yes I know I HAVEN'T write any ENTRY for THREE week! ㅠㅠ I miss to WRITE and SHARE information with all of YOU but due to my busyness I DON'T have time to make some RESEARCH and write.. My NEPHEW got married, so rest of FAMILY were extremely BUSY! Thank God, all went smoothly! Pheww!

LAST entry was on late AUTUMN isn't it?? I can't remember well!ㅠㅠ... WINTER finally arrived! Wee ^^ Some of my KOREAN and JAPANESE FRIENDS sent me snow PHOTOS and VIDEOS! Ahh I CAN'T wait for my WINTER trip!!ㅋㅋㅋ Speaking about that, I might be BUSY again for following WEEKS since I have to FINISH my work BEFORE I go for my TRIP!! I have TWO UPCOMING trip on JANUARY!! Hmm WHY we MUST pay VAT on JANUARY??!! Grr >-< Plus I have to FINISH my ANNUAL LEAVE before END of JANUARY!ㅠㅠ Still STRUGGLING scheduling my WORK/time!ㅠㅠ

Anyway lets MOVE to my TOPIC today! Harsh WINTER is coming, so WHAT else you can do to keep yourself WARM??? Yes of course I KNOW that wear ENOUGH layers is a MUST! What about SOMETHING else?? Like FOOD??? Any idea?? O-o FEW years ago I WROTE about bbong eo bbang (붕어빵) and hobbang (호빵), these FOODS are FAMOUS street food during WINTER! Its EASY to get, AVAILABLE almost everywhere in KOREA and INEXPENSIVE too! ^^ㅋㅋㅋ

For THIS year I CHOOSE something else!ㅋㅋㅋ Have you heard about ODENG () ?? I know,some people especially JAPANESE will say that THIS winter food is ORIGINALLY from JAPAN, but hey why would we CARE much about it! FOODS, something that we SHARED all the time regardless WHERE it come from!ㅋㅋㅋ  Practically ODENG are WELL KNOWN in Korea, Japan and Taiwan that it can HELP people to keep some WARM during WINTER!The BEST part is its YUMMY too!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Personally I HAVEN'T try it since I NEVER went to KOREA during winter!ㅋㅋㅋ Yes I SAW it during other SEASONS but as MUSLIM, I should ASK first about INGREDIENT for DOING it and the PROCESS of MAKING the BROTH! At THAT time I was RUSHING so I DON'T have time to ask about it! Hmm maybe NEXT time during my UPCOMING winter trip??ㅋㅋㅋ I did ASKED some of my KOREAN friends and make some RESEARCH, most of  THEM said Odeng or Eomuk literally MAKE from FISH. For the BROTH, this DEPEND on the SELLER, some ONLY use vegetable, salt, soy sauce. However some might USE animals sources, like chicken stock, beef stock, pork lean stock or seafood! For MUSLIM, if you wanna try I think you better make sure to ASK FIRST!! ^^  




p/s: I think ODENG is NOT only FAMOUS at East of Asia COUNTRIES, we have our OWN version of ODENG too!ㅋㅋ Of course with DIFFERENT name!ㅋㅋㅋ Plus we DON'T have winter, so its AVAILABLE 365 days at my country!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: For MUSLIM, you must be EXTRA careful! Not ONLY about animal lean for BROTH! For making odeng itself, some use RICE WINE! Make sure to ASK about that too! ^^ Some of my Korean friend said they DON'T, but there are so many RECIPES to make Odeng so, its just for precautions, ASK BEFORE TRYING!~

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oden
               http://www.10mag.com/a-taste-of-korea-odeng/#

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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