Thursday, August 27, 2015

Event/Festival: Muju Firefly Festival 2015

Brand new WEEK starts, yet already looking FORWARD for next WEEKEND?? O-o ㅋㅋㅋ Since its SUMMER in Korea, DAYS are LONGER than night and the HEAT is NO KIDDING! Some people might CHOOSE to stay at HOME rather than make their SKIN get tanned!ㅋㅋ  Some choose to go OUT and ENJOY sunlight as MUCH as they can because when WINTER come, its going to be very DULL seasons ㅋㅋ, most love stays at HOME!ㅠㅠ

During SUMMER, many UNIVERSITY STUDENTS grabbing chances to TRAVEL abroad! Some parent also having TRIP either overseas or DOMESTIC GETAWAY with their kids as in summer there are short SCHOOL BREAK!! What about YOU (who live in South Korea)?? Any PLAN for this weekend GETAWAY?? We all know that KOREA is ONE of spectacular PARADISE for vacation, however lots of KOREAN didn't AWARE that, as they were too BUSY with their works or school!ㅋㅋㅋ

I asked few of my KOREAN BUDDY about certain AREA or festival but most of their REACTION are like this O-o! ㅋㅋㅋ Every SEASONS there are many EVENTS to enjoy across the NATION! AUTUMN will come soon and before summer END, one of SECOND most POPULAR event will HELD this WEEKEND! They call is as MUJU FIREFLY FESTIVAL. This event successfully ATTRACTED 72 Million TOURIST around the WORLD on 2014!! Wow,대박!! What is so SPECIAL about this event?? It's just FIREFLY??O-o

For those who may NOT know what is so SPECIAL about firefly, below VIDEO might be the BEST that I can DESCRIBE to you~ㅋㅋㅋ About  the FESTIVAL, it will be held on AUGUST 29, 2015 until SEPTEMBER 6,2015. The festival will be TAKE PLACE at MUJU. Not KEEN much about firefly?? No need to WORRY because there are few MORE ACTIVITIES includes in FESTIVAL!For more details, you may visit here.






p/s: I supposed to POST this entry few DAYS ago but due to BUSY SCHEDULE I CAN'T make it on time!ㅠㅠ However at last I post it TODAY! Wee ^^ Anyone of you have any EXPERIENCE seen group of firefly when you were kid?? It's a MEMORABLE event isn't it??ㅋㅋㅋ I DIDN'T see 10 million firefly though but just SMALL GROUP of them, yet still make me say WOW! ㅋㅋㅋ Last year firefly video? Why not going to the FESTIVAL this YEAR and RECORD it! ^^

Sources:
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_2.jsp?cate=&area=&dateStart=08-23-2015&startDate=20150823&dateEnd=12-31-2015&endDate=20151231&keyword=&category=&areaCode=&gotoPage=2&stype=&cid=697205&out_service=
http://english.firefly.or.kr/content/outline_summary.html

Video Credit: Goatman Arts

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Guideline/Transportation: Seoul OWL BUS

Have any of you having DIFFICULTIES while in South Korea?? O-o Like you been busy walking here and there, visiting to many places! Then out of blue you realize that MIDNIGHT approach??? Ohh My!! "What would I do??" You were thinking of HOW to go back to your hostel/hotel/guesthouse??? SUBWAY only available until 12 A.M. and been STOP earlier at some stations!!ㅠㅠ

You are ALONE and DIDN'T have any KOREAN friends to contact?? WORSE scenario is you DON'T know anybody there?! O-o  Don't WORRY or become PANIC!!ㅋㅋㅋ Korea is ONE of MOST SAFEST country ever I've been to!ㅋㅋ I DIDN'T say that there is NO crime at all, get the CORRECT fact ok?? However the percentage is VERY LOW!ㅋㅋㅋ Even though Koreans are known as HEAVY DRINKER, you still DON'T have to worry walking ALONE at night!ㅋㅋㅋ

Yet  I guess its NOT a good suggestion to WALK let say from Sanggyedong to Jongro! CRAZY solution! You will take few HOURS to reach!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Then how CAN you reach your place?? Taking CAB is ONE of the solution, but for BAG PACKERS, they might think it will COST them a lot!ㅋㅋㅋ (Most bag packers are FRUGAL, seems familiar word! O-o) ㅋㅋㅋ I think I'm ONE of them :P ㅋㅋㅋ Then how CAN I go back??O-o

GOOD news for bag packers! ^^ Within SEOUL there are OWL BUS! Why they call it as OWL bus??? Well I'm NOT sure about that ㅋㅋㅋ but if we think logically OWL been ACTIVE at NIGHT, so maybe that's the REASON they choose OWL rather than other ANIMAL name?? ㅋㅋ Owl bus have been INTRODUCED to Seoulites on 12 September 2013. When Seoul Metropolitan Government introduce it, they selected ONLY some  routes (normally crowd with people even late night) and starting to FULLY operated throughout Seoul GRADUALLY.

How to DIFFERENTIATE between ORDINARY bus and OWL bus?? First is its OPERATION HOURS start at MIDNIGHT to 5 A.M. Next is the bus signage, OWL BUS have words N followed by numbers, along with OWL character on bus LED panel. Apart from that, you can see OWL IMAGE  will be placed at OWL bus stop. The bus FARE is 1950 won (adult), 1800 won (teens), 1200 won (kids) (for those who pay using cash). For those who INTERESTED to know MORE about OWL BUS  or it ROUTES, you can visit here.



p/s: I never get a chance to use OWL BUS while i'm at Korea, perhaps I can try in the future??! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FU/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=1844851

Photo Credit: english.seoul.go.kr
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Korean Restaurant Review # Malaysia: DubuYo/ Dubu Dubu

Hi guys! Sorry for NOT being able to post new entry last week ㅠㅠ After back from traveling within my beloved country, I was so BUSY! Catch up my works!ㅠㅠ Finally I got a CHANCE to write my piece of mind here!ㅋㅋ I'm back at my hometown few days ago but seems like my mind still left WANDERING!ㅋㅋㅋ Did you guys experience something like this before?? If any of you did, I guess you will know what I'm talking about don't you??ㅋㅋㅋ

About my RECENT trip, its not much that I can share it here as this BLOG more focus on South Korea and anything related to it, plus my RECENT trip is within Malaysia!ㅋㅋ However there is something that my mind cannot interpret it well.. Where ever I'm going I kept bum with something that related to Korea, either Korean, Korean restaurant or etc.ㅋㅋㅋ Like my recent trip, near to my hotel there is ONE Korean restaurant!ㅋㅋㅋ Well I DON'T get a chance to go there and I also DIDN'T know if it "Halal Korean Restaurant" or notㅠㅠ

Ok enough babbling!ㅋㅋㅋ My topic for today is Korean Restaurant Review that I've BEEN to. As you guys know I LOVE Korean food, so sometimes I go to Korean restaurant, DINE in there or I try to COOK any Korean cuisine by myself.ㅋㅋㅋ On last January, before my trip to Vietnam, I got a chance to dine in at one of "Halal Korean restaurant" somewhere in KL. The restaurant I've been to is DUBU DUBU. However I NOTICED that they CHANGE their name recently, their new name is DUBUYO.

There are 11 DubuYo RESTAURANTS within Malaysia. Most of it at FAMOUS shopping center like Midvalley Megamall, Berjaya Times Square, and Sunway Pyramid. DubuYo that I've been to last time LOCATED at Nu Sentral. We all know that many of Korean dishes are famous as HEALTHY dishes! However NOT everybody can finish it well, these depend on people TASTE BUD!ㅋㅋㅋ DubuYo is very famous for its hearty SOONDUBU JJIGAE!! There are 9 VARIETIES of Soondubu Jjigae at DubuYo,

Interested to TRY it, check it out here.ㅋㅋ  I'm NOT sure how does it taste as I NEVER try it.ㅠㅠ Why not someone go there, have it and give your RESPONSE, commenting below this post?? ㅋㅋ :P Menu that I've tried there is HONEY GARLIC BULGOGI. As I'm a DIE HARD FAN for Bulgogi, wherever I went to Korean restaurant I ALWAYS try Bulgogi.ㅋㅋㅋ For me the TASTE of Bulgogi HERE is GOOD but not as BEST as the one I HAD in SEOUL!ㅠㅠ  Of course food at it MOTHERLAND is the BEST compare to other places.ㅋㅋ For DRINK, I choose PEACH TEA. ^^ Even though the dishes is not as the BEST as I had in Korea, but I highly RECOMMENDED this restaurant for Korean Cuisine LOVERS!ㅋㅋㅋ






p/s: I did SNAP some photos while I'm there UNFORTUNATELY my old smartphone BROKEN..so I CANNOT attached the photos here.ㅠㅠ Thanks to google though! I can SEARCH for DubuYo image on internet! :Pㅋㅋㅋ

Sources: http://www.dubuyo.com/home.asp#

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Coffee Addicted/ Drama Location: Hollys Coffee

Few days ago one of my Japanese friend text me, asking WHEN I will coming to Seoul again. ^^ Owh how I wish Seoul is just next door to me!ㅠㅠ Just like me, her PASSION when she's at Seoul is all about COFFEE and DESSERT!ㅋㅋㅋ She asking me how about PLANNING some time to travel and doing CAFE HOPPING together! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Well I need to check my BUDGET first ㅋㅋ and I still haven't PLAN any for my WINTER trip!ㅠㅠ

Anyway lets get back to our topic.ㅋㅋ As you all know there are THOUSANDS cafes in South Korea, be it small cafe or chain cafe just name it! I even CAN'T list it down as there are too many!ㅋㅋ I've been to some of their cafes' and trying DIFFERENT type of coffees! For today, I wanna bring back my MEMORY at HOLLYS COFFEE!ㅋㅋㅋ For Korean DRAMA LOVERS, you might be aware with HOLLYS isn't it?? This brand appeared in few KOREAN DRAMAS like Rooftop Prince and I Hear Your Voice.

They shoot the SCENE in one of the cafe at Seoul. However I DIDN'T go to Hollys Coffee in Seoul ㅋㅋㅋ I went to Hollys Coffee in Gwangju with my Gwangju friend. ㅋㅋ After a very tiring day yet fun, strolling around Gwanju city at night is one of GOOD memory for me.ㅋㅋ If you asking me which part of Korea I prefer to stay, I would say GWANGJU! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I know some might think it as SLOW city, but the food is marvelous! ㅋㅋㅋ

Back to our topic, Hollys Coffee ^^. Well I DON'T remember any particular REASON why I really wanna go to Hollys (Before visited) probably because I've SEEN it in Korean drama?? ㅋㅋ There are so many Korean dramas that I've watched yet I CAN'T name which one of it!ㅠㅠ Hollys Coffee was FOUNDED on 1998 and the headquarters is in GANGNAM. Like any other cafe, this cafe OFFERS coffees, tea either hot or cold as well yummy pastries! When I think about it, suddenly I'm craving for it!ㅠㅠ Someone send me Hollys Coffee please! :Pㅋㅋㅋ

On 2008, there are MORE than 100 Hollys Coffee in South Korea and they also EXPAND their business by franchising in China, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Peru, and United State. Korean Coffee/Drama lovers who LIVING in those countries listed, why not check Hollys Coffee around you today!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Apart from that they also start their OWN ACADEMY on 2011 which called The Hollys Coffee Academy.  









p/s: Anyone plan to become BARISTA?? Check it out here. Instead of become BARISTA, I prefer just to enjoy my coffee!~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Sources:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollys_Coffee
                http://www.hollys.co.kr/

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Korean Food/Tradition: Bok Days, Dog Meat?? & Samgyetang?

Another seasons coming in Korea just like a flash card! with one blink, you will see such greeny scenery along the road and the heating is NO kidding! Very hot indeed!! ㅠㅠ Compare with any countries at equator line (which had hot weather) South Korea weather during summer is worse than that!!ㅠㅠ I guess most of you might wondering why I says so isn't it?? Well I'm living in Malaysia, so of course I know our normal temperature is but I also  been to Korea on late spring, nearly summer. ^^ When I felt their sunlight, I was shocked!! Can't believe it!? I thought living in equator will be the hottest area on earth?! Yet 4 seasons countries summer is NIGHTMARE!! Makes me sweat more!ㅠㅠ

During summer, there are not many cloud in Korea so that's why the weather is really hot as it is direct sunlight! Make sure to wear plenty of sunblock or else you will see stripe on your face!ㅋㅋㅋ It also take quite long period to completely fade and back to normal tone! (Skin tone on your face) I experience that and I'm so REGRET for not put much sunblock back then! The moment my face tone back to normal, I felt as if I was reborn!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Ok I'm not a make up MANIAC though but like any ordinary women, I do WORRY about my skin!ㅋㅋㅋ

Anyway today I'm NOT interested to talk about make up as I'm NOT expert in it. ㅋㅋㅋ What I wanna talk about it the BEST food during SUMMER! In Korea, during summer they said there are THREE days that are the most HOTTEST days every year known as BOK DAYS. These bok days (according to Lunar Year Calendar) were divided into three which is chubok, jungbok, and malbok. Since its July now, its a period for malbok, also known as peak heat during summer. Malbok normally start from 13 July or 21 July up until early August.

According to old tradition, during bok days, Korean will eat dog meat. They BELIEVE that eating dog meat is the BEST remedy to counter the heat as well to REFRESH themselves. I did ask around about it, whether this tradition still been PRACTICED these years. Some of my Korean friends says, this OLD TRADITION still been practicing, but its only FAMOUS among OLD generation. Lot of Korean YOUNGSTERS said NO for this tradition and they REPLACED it with chicken.

Some of us believe that when its get HOT, we SHOULDN'T take hot meals instead taking cold meal isn't it?? However for Korean taking hot meals is one of the best remedy during bok days!ㅋㅋㅋ What meal I'm talking about? There are many DELICIOUS meal in Korea so which one is?? ㅋㅋ The BEST meal during bok days is SAMGYETANG. Samgyetang is a HOT soup where consist of whole YOUNG chicken that been cook with Korean ginseng, jujube, scallion and etc.

Samgyetang is ONE of popular dishes among Korean, known as one of HEALTHY meal to prevent people from getting SICK. This dishes is AVAILABLE 365 days but MOST famous during bok days.ㅋㅋㅋ For some people Samgyetang soup might taste PLAIN but consider of its ingredient, its one of the BEST meal to HEAL fatigue as well RESTORE people stamina. Even though this meal were considered as TRADITIONAL food, new generation of Korean still aware that this menu is one of the BEST remedy during bok days.



p/s: I haven't get a chance to try it though since it's quite hard to find Halal Korean cuisine restaurant. ㅠㅠ Maybe if I got a chance to visit Korea again, I should listing this menu as top request! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

http://speakupforthevoiceless.org/2015/06/25/bok-nal-dog-eating-days-south-korea/
http://blog.korea.net/?p=3891
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FO/FO_EN_6_5_2_2.jsp

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Event/Festival: Korean HALAL Expo 2015


I've been to South Korea for 3 times so far, but I NEVER get tired of it!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ People around me asking is it easy to find HALAL food in Korea?? Well of course as Muslim I searched for Halal restaurant before boarding to Seoul.ㅋㅋㅋ For Muslim HALAL is one of most COMPULSORY aspect for us! However how many Koreans knows about it???? For anyone who have Korean friends try to ask about "Halal" to them, I'm sure some of them might be like O-o (this)ㅋㅋㅋ

Do not blame them though!ㅋㅋ This is because Islam is a MINORITY religion in Korea compare to Christianity, Buddha or paganism. Some of them might even NEVER heard a word "HALAL" entire of their life!ㅋㅋㅋ We can see there are so many expatriate living in Korea isn't it?? There are many INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL but I have NO idea about their syllabus as well in which language they using. I asked some of my Korean friends, but they also unsure about it as they said international school fees is very EXPENSIVE! That means NOT many Korean had interaction with international community (especially Muslim) since they were young.

Their school system is good (I mean accredited system) , I don't want to talk about their education system though because I don't think I have a RIGHT to says so (I never attend school in Korea).I did asked my Korean friends about their NORMAL school, their syllabus, they said during school time they just learnt BASIC about other RELIGION.However ISLAM didn't have HUGE impact on their history, so it DIDN'T cover much about it. That's one of reason why KOREAN have LESS idea about Islam and its culture.

Since "HALLAYU" wave swept globally. INTERNATIONAL travelers flock in to Korea every year including MUSLIM traveler. The rise of  Muslim travelers CREATE many OPPORTUNITY for NEW industry which is HALAL! Yet KOREAN still have LESS knowledge about it.This is because they ONLY FOCUS about Islam as RELIGION not a WAY OF LIFE (related in daily life). Some of them ONLY knows that HALAL is popular in FOOD aspect!ㅋㅋ However actually in Islam, HALAL is applicable in DAILY life and almost in EVERYTHING!ㅋㅋㅋ Halal aspect also COVER in finance, buying selling, measure (buying and selling), cosmetics, fashion, personal care products, daily living products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredient, and food contact material.

For those who have ZERO idea about HALAL, they might wonder HOW COME it can be RELATED to finance and other aspect isn't it?? Well its such a HUGE topic to discuss here.ㅋㅋㅋ Maybe I will write about it in different entries someday when KOREANS understand about ISLAMIC BANKING SYSTEM and others!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Wonder when it will be, but I think that day will come soon!)ㅋㅋ Due to the RISE of MUSLIM traveler to South Korea, their President take an initiative to START providing GOOD THOUGHT about it.  

These days, some of their mainstream MEDIA start letting PUBLIC knows about HALAL industry. ^^ One of good news is South Korea will HOSTING the very FIRST ever Korean Halal Expo 2015. Yes for MUSLIM, HALAL is very IMPORTANT aspect but for NON MUSLIM this can be opportunity for them in business (opportunity to export their product in ISLAM COUNTRIES)ㅋㅋ or simply new knowledge for them! ^^ This event also open for HALAL Industry/company WORLDWIDE! For more information about it, you may refer here.  






p/s: Islam also a MINORITY RELIGION in THAILAND, however they are HUB for HALAL FOOD INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE!~ I think you guys must wonder why isn't it?? Its because they saw HUGE POTENTIAL/PROFIT/MARKET in this industry!ㅋㅋㅋ  

p/s: Some of KOREAN COMPANY already get HALAL CERTIFICATE from various HALAL ACCREDITED BODY, and they earn new VOLUME as they manage to EXPORT their product in ISLAM COUNTRIES!~ One of the company is NONGSHIM .

p/s: I saw KOREA HALAL EXPO 2015 page, yet wonder why there are NOT MANY HALAL companies from Thailand and MALAYSIA join in! Maybe they DIDN'T promoting much about it in international level?? 
O-o

Sources:
http://www.halalexpokorea.co.kr/eng/
http://www.ifanca.org/Pages/staticwebpages.aspx?page=whatisHalal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140304001195
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/03/26/technology/technology_30098896.php
My Friends

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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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