Friday, June 26, 2015

Life: Ramadhan 2015 in Korea

The most holiest month for Muslim known as Ramadhan had start around the world!  With different area had different duration for fasting I wondered how they doing.ㅋㅋㅋ In most of 4 seasons countries, since its SUMMER seasons their daylight is longer than night,so they had to fasting for more than 15 hours according to their latitude. One of those 4 seasons countries is South Korea! I never had experience fasting abroad so I ask some Malaysians who live there about their life during fasting month of Ramadhan. ^^

By hearing what they said, I'm speechless yet thankful that I didn't have to experience it. (so far) However who knows someday I might experience it too?? O-oㅋㅋㅋ They said as it fall on summer and with high temperature, they rather stayed at home if there is no necessarily of going out!ㅋㅋㅋ They will start fasting around 3.00 a.m until 8 p.m! Its 18 hours! I think if I had to fasting in 4 seasons countries (during SUMMER), for the first day I might can't get off from my bed???ㅋㅋㅋ

Apart from that, there is NO such Ramadhan bazaar like we had over here. They have to cook for their meal (Iftar and Suhur). Practically for me I think its GOOD,ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ as it can save their expenses, plus you get a chance to cook at home with your own creativity!ㅋㅋ (Bear in mind, during fasting month some people might have many demanding for their meal!) ㅋㅋㅋ For Muslim university students and workers there is NO such extraordinary permission like can leaving early or what. That will be another challengers for them while fasting abroad!ㅠㅠ

Living in Islam countries, for Iftar and Suhur we can heard call for prayer, Azan so we don't have to worry about it. However living in countries that Muslim as minority, its quite HARD NOT only to know when is the time for prayer every time plus its quite HARD to find Halal poultry or beef sources. I know some of you might seems it in NEGATIVE way isn't it?? ㅋㅋㅋ However Islam is NOT a HARD religion. For those who have INTEREST in knowing about ISLAM, you can visit nearest mosque and asking. If you are living in KOREA and interested to learn more about Islam, visit this siteMake sure to get information from RELIABLE sources. Owh for MUSLIM who LIVE in Korea, here are schedule for your Iftar (breakfasting) time as well prayer time.  







p/s: Ramadhan Mubaraq for Muslim around the world!Lets  focus more on worship during this holiest month of RAMADHAN. DEAR READERS, forgive me if any my enty ever offended you.Have a great days ahead! ^^


Sources:
http://islamicfinder.org/prayerDetail.php?city=Seoul&state=11&country=south_korea&lang=
http://www.koreaislam.org/en/mainpage/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iftar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suhur
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhan
My Malaysian Friends

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Trends: Mask Selfie during MERS???

Since MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in South Korea been reported few weeks ago, many of us still blur about it.. Not just us, even scientists also wonder how this virus seems aggressively been spread from human to another human.O-o The fact is this virus is hardly transferred might need to be revised again, as every day we heard that there are new cases. It was reported that 31 fatal due to this outbreak in South Korea alone, highest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia, (the virus originally detected).

I asked some of my Korean friends about precaution they take during this period, most of them said not much.. Not much effect on their daily life, but yes some of them cut down the numbers of daily outing. As we all know that this virus is NOT been transferred via airborne and so far most of cases are hospitals clusters cases. Yet personally, I think public still should take precaution for themselves because there is NO CURE nor VACCINE for this virus! Scientist also still doing research on how its been transmitted.

Malaysia have ONE case of MERS last year, where a man died after back from pilgrimage in Mecca (Saudi Arabia). At that time most of us also have NO idea about it but THANKS to media, our government manage to stop the spread!! Phewww! Our authority released a statement in newspapers and TV news asking for passengers who boarding the same aircraft with the man to go to hospital for checking and quarantine if necessary.

Apart from that, our authority also let public knows on how to prevent it (just in case). We had some experience to another outbreak back in 2003, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and since that most Malaysian were aware if we had some respiratory syndrome outbreak or cases. Even we don't have many SARS mortality case, yet it stir public fear! Like myself, I'm having one of respiratory problem, so whenever those pandemic cases arise, I've been extra precautions for myself. ㅋㅋㅋ PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE! For myself, I always carry hand sanitizer in my handbag and use it whenever I need. I also wash my hands with soap often.^^  Sometimes if I'm having flu I always wear mask, (even normal flu/cold) this is not only for myself but I don't wanna spread flu/virus to others especially those who had kids. (My office mate) ㅋㅋ 

Another precaution is do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Always covers your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.  Some people ignored these precaution and thinking that they trust their health/body well, but for me this virus don't care if you are MOST healthy or not. Last time, during SARS outbreak we had one case where a women hardly sick and maintain her health very good yet couldn't make it.. She pass away with SARS. ㅠㅠ Those precaution might seems too much for some people but its BETTER rather to say SORRY later. Since MERS outbreak, I heard that some Korean artist make a NEW trend these days by taking selfie with mask on. I think this action is GOOD as to encourage public to do so!! Below are some Korean artists who wear mask during this critical MERS outbreak!!~








p/s: Anyone can guess who are those Korean artist/celebrity??ㅋㅋㅋ If you can wow 대박 (Daebak), you are Korean idol fanatic fans!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Don't get me wrong! I wore it as I have flu that day!ㅋㅋㅋ Cute mask?? One of my Korean friend gave to me as a gift ㅋㅋㅋ!  It's good as its washable mask! ^^ Thanks for this cute mask! You know who you are ^^ ㅋㅋㅋ

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_respiratory_syndrome
              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/mers-cases-south-korea-outbreak-150614012824661.html
              http://kpopherald.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=201506091604214941999_2

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Throwback#Places: Busan Lotte Department Store Observatory

Whenever I saw about Busan on TV, its remind me of my good time there.~ Known as seafood paradise in Korea yet there are some more attractions that might be off from prime spotlight! ㅋㅋㅋ When someone said about Haeundae or Gwanggali beach, people will automatically knows its about Busan. However if you mention about Lotte Department Store Observatory, people might need some time to think where is it??ㅋㅋ We all know that Lotte Department is one of the biggest shopping store across South Korea isn't it? but is every Lotte Department have it own Observatory deck?? O-o

There are 35 stores of Lotte Department nationwide. Among those, Busan Lotte Department or known as Gwangbok is the FIRST branch that been build by sea-side. Anyway I'm NOT interested to talk about the shopping mall because for me most of shopping mall is quite similar from one to another. ㅋㅋㅋ Since I have a very limited time to explore Busan, I didn't stop by at the shopping mall instead I go to it observatory deck! ㅋㅋ ^^

For local this observatory deck is known as 'Sky Park' in Busan. Don't get confused with another Sky Park ㅋㅋㅋ, another famous Sky Park in Korea was located in Seoul. (I will write about it in different entry, as I've been there too!) ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ ^^ I've been to Busan Sky Park during daylight, so each corner of it showing different side of Busan! ^^ From main observatory deck I can see Nampo-dong as well Jalgachi Market. On the other side I saw Youngdusan Tower and the most beautiful scenery is Busan Harbour with the bridge.~

Apart from that, in this observatory deck; for those who missed a chance to go to Namsan Tower to click your pad lock, you can do it here! Wee ^^ Well I didn't click any pad lock at this observatory deck as well at Namsan Tower though. ㅋㅋ For me just click pad lock in hearts is enough! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Lets my photos speak more than my words! I had a video too but its too short! ㅠㅠ Hope you guys enjoy it! ^^






video


p/s: Anyone who come over with kids, this place also provided a small park for kids to move around! ^^ However I don't snap it photos! ㅠㅠ

Sources: http://www.trazy.com/spot/2247/Lotte+Dept.+Gwangbok+Observatory+%EB%A1%AF%EB%8D%B0%EB%B0%B1%ED%99%94%EC%A0%90+%EA%B4%91%EB%B3%B5%EC%A0%90+%EC%A0%84%EB%A7%9D%EB%8C%80

Photo Credit: english.visitkorea.or.kr

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trends: Ulzzang vs Kawaii Make up??! O-o

Koreans were known as very particular about beauty and well being. For them SKIN and IMAGE is the MOST important aspect in daily life! That’s why either Korean girl or guy really worries if someone came to them and telling ahh I see some wrinkles. It’s like a nightmare for them!ㅋㅋㅋ Having a good skin that flawless and bright is NECESSARY for them, and this also creates some such double standard in their mind setting.

However today I’m NOT going to talk about what double standard meaning is regarding to this issue, let’s talk about something else!ㅋㅋㅋ For those who get a chance to go to Korea, I believe many of you saw Korean girls have flawless skin isn’t it?? That’s make many of us jealous right? However is it real?? I mean their beauties?? O-o

Well, actually lots of them had knife on their face!! Some of my Korean guy friends said those are plastic beauty!ㅋㅋㅋ (Korean girls, I hope I don’t offended you) but that’s really what I heard from some of Korean guys.ㅋㅋㅋ Anyway I’m NOT interested to talk about cosmetic surgery though, I mean not in this entry.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ For today I just wanna talk about how to differentiate between Korean and Japanese girl through their make up style!ㅋㅋㅋ

If we saw on TV most of Korean girls artist make up themselves as NATURAL as they can and that’s make me wonder, did they really had some make up or not??! ㅋㅋㅋ  While I’m in Korea, there are few times were I got a chance to share a room with Korean girls, and while travel abroad too. Seen with my naked eyes, their face (without make up) somehow makes me said, ahh their skin is as NORMAL as any of us!ㅋㅋㅋ I mean some really have good skin and some are not, regardless nationalities its depend on our GENES! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Some of them asked me this, are you surprised to see us?? I was like!!?? Huh??! ㅋㅋㅋ They said make up did it, it hide any of scars or whats ever. Seen how they make up themselves makes me shocking my head!!ㅋㅋ I was like wow! 대박 (Daebak)!! I even don’t know how much their steps are!! Their make up bag itself looks like taken about 10% of their suitcase space!!ㅋㅋㅋ I can’t imagine myself like them!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 

For foundation, some applied 5 based??! Ok I’m NOT good to explain about those! ㅋㅋㅋ I’m such a very simple person, and I don’t like to draw on my face so much! ㅋㅋㅋ Ok, lets get back to our topic! How to differentiate a Korean girl and Japanese girl?? KOREAN girls tend to make up themselves as DEWY and BRIGHT skin with STRAIGHT eyebrows. For lips, most of them like to put on RED color lipstick which make this is the MOST IMPORTANT features!ㅋㅋㅋ For cheek they will just let it looks natural WITHOUT any blush on.  

On the other hand, JAPANESE is completely different!ㅋㅋㅋ JAPANESE girls normally focus more on SOFT and MATTE skin. I don't know how to explain it though!ㅋㅋ They also love to APPLY blush on their cheeks as its important FEATURES for their looks. For lips they will finish with lighter PINK/ GLOSSY lip color. For more understanding, why not just look at photos below.Let their photos speaks! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


(KOREAN/ ULZZANG)





                                       (JAPANESE/KAWAII)





                           
Ulzzang Tutorial

                           
Kawaii Tutorial

P/s: For me, I don't know which one I follow ㅋㅋ Well I just apply make up as I pleased ㅋㅋㅋ I don't mind about it though. As long no ones come to me and said, ahh you looks old than your age! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ :P Readers choose which one suit you the best!~


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                        pamcakewithsweetsyrup.blogspot.com
                        care-tags.org 
                        pinitgallery.com 
                        asian-makeup

Video Credit: beautifymeeh
                       Rindi Antika

Monday, May 25, 2015

Culture/Heritage: Lunch Box (도시락)

I believe in every country most of us have our own lunch box culture right? For those who love to watch Korean drama, sometimes we saw a typical lunch box set isn't it? The one that made by steel and need to put on hot stove for a while before bringing it to some where. Long time ago this lunch box set is very famous in South Korea, but these days its quite HARD to find this old lunch box version due to modernization.ㅠㅠ

Some of my Korean friends said looking at this typical lunch box set or known as Dosirak (도시락) makes them remember their childhood memories. ^^ The rectangle steel lunch box is normally available in restaurant (long time ago) however there are another version of it at home. During year of 1980 till around year 1996 dosirak had been ESSENTIAL part in Korean student life.ㅋㅋㅋ Most of mothers will wake up early in the morning to prepare dosirak for their kids to bring to school.

My mom did too when I was in primary school but we DON'T have steel type of dosirak. We just used a plastic container and normally we already KNOW what meal inside of it. Compare to Korean, most of them NOT KNOWING what their mom prepare for them everyday. They just know about it when they open it at school during recess hour! Full of surprise!!ㅋㅋㅋ Some of my friends says their mom will put it in nice shape for them ㅋㅋ. I think if my mom do my dosirak in a very cute shape I might not eating it!!ㅋㅋㅋ Too cute to gobble it!ㅋㅋㅋ

Since modernization era, dosirak is NO LONGER common for Korean student.ㅠㅠ Some of Korean youngsters NOT even knowing what Dosirak is all about!ㅠㅠ Too bad, modernization had RIP OFF one of their heritage!ㅠㅠ Late 1990, their dosirak set (at home) normally can be found in some different shape, like a tumbler, or rectangular set with few partitions and etc. However since school provides lunch set for them, NO one bring dosirak to school. Some of my Korean friends said, if a student bring dosirak at school, other students will look at him or her strangely which is in my opinion "why would they do that??"Did they become CRIMINALS because of that??

I did asked some of my Korean friends, why dosirak culture is NO LONGER been practiced?? Their answer is as school provide meals for student, most of parent were happy, as to make dosirak for their kids require some time. However from my opinion, making dosirak to kids actually STRENGTHEN the BOND between parent and their kids. Yes there are so many other ways to strengthen the bond but this also make youngsters VALUE their HERITAGE.

Living in modernization era, these days there are even electric dosirak set. This is more easier. I know that students CANNOT bring this kind of appliance at school but why not start the dosirak culture in office?? This culture NOT only SAVE money, it save TIME too!  NO need to go out for lunch ㅋㅋㅋ. If every staffs BRING their own dosirak and SHARE with each other, doesn't it CREATE more FRIENDLY environment in office??ㅋㅋㅋ Me and my office mate did, and yes so far we were MORE friendly than ever ㅋㅋㅋ but of course in SOME CASES sometimes by doing this kind of activities, we can KNOW the TRUTH COLOR of our friends.ㅋㅋㅋ


Old Version of Dosirak



1990+ version of Dosirak

My Dosirak set

Electric version of Dosirak

Pororo dosirak meal



P/s: For students, if bringing dosirak to school make their LIFE hard, why not ORGANIZING like a DAY trip or a PICNIC with their friends, and everybody bring their own dosirak to somewhere and ENJOY it together?? This kind of event we normally call it as POT LUCK! Parent or older generation can explain to them about this CULTURE so that this heritage will still ALIVE even we were living in globalization era. For office workers, why not share SMILE and JOYS with cute dosirak meal at office? or who knows its can be your BEST time to SHOW OFF your cooking skill talent??! :P Be it OLD VERSION of dosirak set or ELECTRIC dosirak set, the IMPORTANT part is keeping HERITAGE/CULTURAL well and alive~

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Culture/Application: Delivery Food in South Korea

We all aware that South Korea have been recognized world wide as one of the MOST fast developed nation around the world isn't it??  Many people curious about how they do it so well, how come they managed to catch up and rapidly growth!  Well I will NOT writing in ECONOMIC aspect as I'm disqualified to do soㅋㅋㅋ but lets look at a very simple topic; that we might wonder is it important??? Why does this topic significant with their growth??? O-o

Korean were known as one of the MOST workaholic workers,plus hectic working culture is absolutely NORMAL compare to other places around the world!! For office workers, most of them start working at 8:00/9:00 a.m up till 6:00 p.m. Some stay back for another few hours! Wow! I can't imagine myself in their shoes!ㅋㅋㅋ Looking at this fact, you got the answer right on how they become fast developed nation in the world!ㅋㅋ Apart from that, we know that Korean love to EAT too!ㅋㅋㅋ Since most of them workaholic how they enjoy their food during weekdays then?? Any wild guess?? O-o Bingo!! It's DELIVERY FOOD!ㅋㅋㅋ

Delivery food in KOREA is one of the best DELIVERY SYSTEM in the world!According to the report of 2014,per year this sector worth around $12 Bn!! This make them as top 3 in Delivery Food Service after US and Europe!ㅋㅋㅋ  Believe me Korean love to order food from morning until dawn!!ㅋㅋㅋ No wonder some restaurants or cafe operate almost 24 hours per day!! From heavy meals to snack, (Korean, Chinese, Japanese food, Burger, Pasta or Pizza) just name it, you can find it from DELIVERY FOOD, from various brand too!!냠 냠

I haven't got a chance to try it while I'm in Korea, due to my limitation, its extremely IMPOSSIBLE for me to find DELIVERY HALAL FOOD in South Korea!ㅠㅠ  Through my Korean friends, they said that there are some application that can be used to order DELIVERY FOOD. There are two company that compete side by side in DELIVERY FOOD APPLICATION known as Baedal Minjok (배달의민족) and Yogiyo (요기요) These application not only make its easy for them to order their favorite food, we know that it is normal for ordering food when we are at home or office isn't it?? However, these application are beyond that!!ㅋㅋㅋ  Even if you are at a park you also can order them!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Yogiyo been founded by Team Europe as a quasi-copycat app to the existing local player for DELIVERY FOOD. This application allows user to make direct call to the restaurant or by using in-app quick messaging service or simply just ordered through their website. Baedal Minjok also offered the same application like Yogiyo but their application is more catchy to Korean eyes!! With the obsession of  FANCY DESIGN, many Korean prefers Baedal Minjok over Yogiyo!!ㅋㅋ Yogiyo focus on experience which makes its easier even for foreigner to try their app! While Baedal Minjok put lots of effort through glossy design, plus giving full of discount possibilities through point system. Method of paying for Baedal Minjok is very flexible too!! ^^









p/s: Currently (Jan 2015) there are 150 000 stores listed in Baedal Minjok app, sorry I can't find the figure for Yogiyo though ㅠㅠ. However some says Yogiyo is more user friendly, as for English speaker you can use it without hassle even all was written in Korean.  More interested in fancy design then what are you waiting for?? Try to order using Baedal Minjok then, this application bit complicated yet thrill!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Blue photos is Baedal Minjok while Red photos is Yogiyo.

P/s: Some Koreans said, the portion of serving is different too. For anyone who have big appetite, you can browse the menu or restaurant list using those application and call the restaurant DIRECTLY. Normally you will get big portion compare when you ordering through Delivery Food application, as restaurant owner need to pay money for those application so the size of serving been reducing too~ Be wisely about this ^^ and enjoy your food! ㅋㅋ

Sources: http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2015/01/23/korean-food-order-directory-service-seeks-t               o-build-delivery-nation/
             http://en.besuccess.com/2015/01/07/baedal-minjok/
             http://en.besuccess.com/2014/05/02/food-delivery-app-war-in-korea-heats-up-yogiyo-vs-       
             baedari-minjok/
             http://en.besuccess.com/2014/07/14/the-korean-food-delivery-marketing-industries-are-     
             going-digital-present-huge-growth-opportunity-for-innovators/
             https://www.yogiyo.co.kr/
             http://www.baemin.com/

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