Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Coffee Addicted: Angel in Us Coffee

It's been CHILLING these days at KOREA, when my Korean FRIENDS told me that, I've always SUGGEST them to grab HOT COFFEE. ㅋㅋ I think if I LIVE in KOREA, I probably BROKE since I'm ADDICTED to COFFEES!ㅋㅋㅋ I still REMEMBER while wandering at JAPAN (during WINTER) I'm looking FORWARD for COFFEE house to make myself WARM but too bad, they DON'T drink COFFEE much! JAPANESE are more FAMILIAR with TEA. UNLIKE Korea, its really HARD to find COFFEE house in JAPAN and this SURPRISING me!ㅋㅋㅋ They are NEIGHBORING countries yet full of DIFFERENCES.ㅋㅋㅋ

Back to my TOPIC.You guys knows right when I was in KOREA, I simply can make COFFEE TOUR if I DON'T have MOOD to go around much~ㅋㅋㅋ Of course its COST me a lot, since a cup of COFFEE normally COSTING about 3000 won, depend on Coffee CHAIN and the FLAVORS. For today I will share about ANGEL IN US coffee. During my 2013 trip, I MISSED a chance to TRY it since I was too BUSY running around from one PROVINCE to the other!ㅋㅋ I'm NOT saying this coffee chain ONLY available at Seoul, but I TRIED few LOCAL coffees at DIFFERENT province. At the end I REALIZED, it's time to BOARDING!ㅠㅠ

For sure, during TRAVELING most of US cannot FINISH whole PLACES in particular COUNTRIES at ONCE! Even LIVING there I'm SURE there always NEW places to EXPLORE! ㅋㅋㅋ I've only MANAGE to TRY Angel in Us coffee during my 2014 TRIP. Basically Angel in Us coffee OWNED by LOTTE Group. This BRAND was established on 2006. UNLIKE other coffee chain, the NAME of this coffee seems a bit OLD school isn't it?? I'm NOT sure WHY they choose this name, but all I know is this BRAND implies that Coffee is a GIFT from GOD and delivered by ANGELS

EVERY coffee chain have their own SECRET as WEAPON to sell their BRAND isn't it?O-o. For Angel in Us coffee, the SECRET is they use PURE roasting system which means coffee BEANS been roasting INSIDE and OUTSIDE EQUALLY so that the coffee have a FRESH taste and RICH flavor. Beside that, the THEME for this cafe is ethereal, cherubic symbol engraved on all of its furniture as well cutlery. Based on their SUCCESSFUL market within KOREA, they finally EXPAND their business ABROAD by opening cafes in CHINA on 2008 followed in INDONESIA on November 2011. NOT a FAN of COFFEE?? Don't WORRY!! They also have other selection of beverages! TEA, and JUICES, as well yummy DESSERT!

                       Cafe that I miss a chance on 2013

p/s: For those who will VISIT Korea on upcoming CHRISTMAS, you might NOT wanna miss a CHANCE to stop by at this CAFE! This is because during CHRISTMAS seasons, they have their OWN SPECIAL menu, CAKES and coffee beverage! Anyone who VISIT during Christmas seasons, why NOT sharing their SPECIAL menu with us~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel-in-us

Monday, September 26, 2016

Trend: Minion Bottle Milk

안녕 하세요!!Hi!~ Time flies so FAST, we almost at the END of SEPTEMBER~ Wee ^^ My most FAVORITE seasons OFFICIALLY starts in KOREA.How I WISH I can HOLD those spectacular LEAVES with my hands! Again this YEAR I only can SEE it through PHOTOS that my Korean friends SENDING me~ They said its been CHILLING these days. FOLIAGE will start changing their COLORS soon and BEAUTIFUL scenery will be expected to COME! For those who had FLIGHT ticket to Korea, I'm sure you guys are EXCITED and counting your BOARDING date isn't it? ㅋㅋㅋ I know that SENSATION feeling!ㅋㅋ When you got a TICKET to overseas and counting DAYS!ㅋㅋ

BEFORE traveling, you guys must make some LIST places you wanna VISIT in Korea or ACTIVITIES that you might wanna TRY while you are there. For me, since I've BEEN to Korea for few TIMES, if I got a CHANCE again to go there, I just simply wanna ENJOY it like LOCAL!~ㅋㅋㅋ Heading to MARKET looking for INGREDIENT I can cook, or maybe just wanna experience how they are rushing to WORK every morning!~ lol Then making myself RELAXING sipping my favorite BEVERAGE as well dug in delicious SNACK or CUTE dessert! Nyum!ㅋㅋㅋ 

Speaking about CUTE dessert, most of us knows that in Korea, super CUTE stuff is COMMON and almost EVERYWHERE. Just NAME the item, be it FANCY meal at cafe or CUTE stationery/household product. Or it can be your READY TO DRINK beverages at CONVENIENT store to quench your thirsty! ㅋㅋㅋ When I was in KOREA, whenever I went to convenient store, my eyes SCANNING those beverage! Owh how CUTE the packaging are but I CANNOT buy some of it due to the "HALAL" status. For Muslim, like ordinary people we LOVE cute stuff, but BEFORE buying make sure to CHECK it Halal status first! (BEVERAGE/SNACK)

Recently, in Korea, there are a TREND of CUTE bottle/packaging for ready to drink milk in convenient store!Fans of MINION character, I guess you guys might DELIGHTED to hear this! At Korea, these days, they started SELLING a milk in MINION Character bottle. This bottle COME in 3 DESIGN which also DISTINGUISH of 3 FLAVORS. The flavors are COFFEE, CORN and CHOCOLATE. However, this beverage ONLY available at GS25 convenient store.  Wonder what was the BRAND?? Well there is NO brand for this item but like I said earlier its ONLY AVAILABLE at that convenient store, perhaps LIMITED edition?? I'm NOT sure about it.ㅋㅋㅋ My friend said the COST per bottle is 2000 won, but when there is DISCOUNT, it would be 1600 won ~

P/s: For me let say I CANNOT drink it, perhaps I will BUY and ask my Korean friends to DRINK it and I will KEEP the bottles!~ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ My friend said, GS25 also SELLING 2 types of bread/SNACK of MINION character. The snack is CUTE too with Minion SHAPE and seem like inside are CUSTARD filling~냠 냠! Nyum Nyum!!~

Photo Credit: kdaily.presslogic.com

Source: http://naver.me/Gsq4HC36
             My Korean Friends

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Throwback#Places: Haneul Park/Sky Park

Hey it's already SEPTEMBER!! Been wondering what did I DO for the past few MONTHS? I'm getting SLOWER writing from MONTH to MONTH, did I LOOSE focus on this BLOG?? Well I CAN'T answer it.. There is a TIME where I'm STRUGGLING  myself to think about what should I WRITE?? No IDEA, O-o so I STOP for a while, but when I GOT an IDEA I DON'T have TIME to WRITE it~ I felt BAD about it. Deep down I'm so SORRY for NOT able to keep up my PROMISE guys..

These DAYS, I will just WRITE when I CAN, maybe in a MONTH there is ENTRY or maybe NOT. Whatever it is, I HOPE you GUYS will still READ my BLOG and FOLLOW it~ㅋㅋㅋ Since AUTUMN expected to be EARLY this YEAR at KOREA, it blows back my MEMORIES too! It's been 2 YEARS since my LAST visiting Korea. For AUTUMN, it's been 3 YEARS ago, I was THERE!ㅋㅋ Even 3 years, the MEMORIES is still FOND on my BLACK BOX~ㅋㅋㅋ

There are many PLACES within SEOUL itself that you can stop by when VISITING Korea. One of the HOT SPOTS that you should GO during AUTUMN is SKY PARK. For LOCAL it more known as HANEUL PARK. Haneul Park LOCATED somewhere at MAPO-GU. To REACH this place you have to take SUBWAY to World Cup Park.If you TAKING subway LINE 6, and stop at 619, you have to WALK a bit. NOT taking much TIME though just around 10 MINUTES on FOOT. ㅋㅋㅋ

Back to our TOPIC, when I first ARRIVED at the park I ASKED my Korean friend, WHY they call it as SKY PARK?? He DIDN'T answer me INSTEAD we kept WALKING around. ㅋㅋ While we STROLLING together we reached at a PLACE where it does LOOKS like SKY on earth?? I CAN'T remember the name of it, but its within Haneul Park! ㅋㅋ Then my FRIEND said this is WHY we call this park as SKY PARK~ The view is so NICE!~ ^^

HOWEVER did you KNOW that BEFORE they make it as Haneul Park, that AREA is actually a LANDFILL with poor SOIL!. Due to the STRATEGIC area, GOVERNMENT take an initiative to make a WASTELAND recovery project. The SUCCESSFUL of their EFFORT turn the place to be one of BEAUTIFUL place around SEOUL and one of MUST visit SIGHTSEEING if visiting SEOUL~ This park also FAMOUS as local LOVE to go there for EXERCISING or just to REDUCE their STRESS living in METROPOLITAN city.~    

p/s: Above are some PHOTOS of HANEUL PARK but NOT all was TAKEN by me~ Some are my KOREAN friends PHOTOS~~ HOPE you guys ENJOY it!

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1751100

Photo Credit: My Korean Friends

Monday, August 15, 2016

Life/Culture: Game is my life for Koreans??

Most of us AWARE that LIVING in Korea is TOUGH! NOT only in term of HECTIC schedules, but its includes COST of living, UPTREND culture and etc. I'm sure some of you MIGHT know about REPLACE driver in Korea (as seen in Korean drama) isn't it? Well NO worry I'm NOT going to talk about that ㅋㅋ. However there are FEW more EXTRAORDINARY job that KOREAN do in order to SURVIVE living there. Some of these JOB is quite ODD to us though. ㅋㅋㅋ 

A JOB like a PROFESSIONAL GAMER is IRREGULAR in certain COUNTRIES isn't it? Includes here in MALAYSIA, we know that many PEOPLE love to play GAMES but its only for FUN. Personally I NEVER heard SOMEONE in Malaysia become PROFESSIONAL GAMER as their CAREER.ㅋㅋㅋ However in KOREA some of them WILLING to QUIT their JOB and FOCUSING to this CAREER! I was like, WHAT????  It's UNBELIEVABLE isn't it?? but that was the TRUTH! ㅋㅋㅋ

If any of you have KOREAN friends, I'm sure you WILL heard this almost EVERYDAY, I'm PLAYING games now!! When it comes to the GAMES, some of THEM can be GAME MANIAC! Why I said that?? It is because they can EAT, and SLEEP in front of their COMPUTERS or LAP TOP and play it WHOLE days long!!ㅋㅋㅋ I CAN'T imagine if I LIVE in the same ROOF with them! That's might makes me BLOW up!ㅋㅋㅋ

I did ASK some of my KOREAN friends, what MAKES them like this. Some of them SAID it's one of their CULTURE or they have NOTHING to do at HOME. They get USED to it since they was YOUNG, somehow its make them become ADDICTED to it!ㅋㅋㅋ Like I said before,in KOREA PROFESSIONAL GAMER is NOT a funny things.  Some of them even EARN 6 figure contract, date SUPERMODELS plus been treated as A LIST CELEBRITY!! O-o Wow! NO wonder many Korean become ADDICTED to it!ㅋㅋㅋ

Another FACT is some of us might think VIDEO game industry is NOTHING isn't it?? Surprisingly in KOREA this industry did DRIVE their NATIONAL GDP!! How COULD it be?? Well most of us know that their INTERNET speed is the FASTEST speed in the world isn't it? This connection ALLOWED them to subscribed GAME at HIGHEST rate within the SAME time. The rate is be 25.4 per 100 residents compare to America, 16.8. Even though the subscribe RATE is high MOST of them actually PLAY the games OUTSIDE their house, which is at PC BANGS/INTERNET cafe. With a CHEAP rate per HOUR plus it almost EVERYWHERE it does make SENSE that GAME activities become FAVORITE to KOREAN.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Ok enough, I DON'T have any INTENTION to discuss this topic in SERIOUS manners yet only in LIGHT way.ㅋㅋㅋ For those who have KOREAN friends and sometimes FEEL what?? still PLAYING games?? Welcome to their WORLD, get USED to it, its ONE of their MODERN CULTURE/LIFE.ㅋㅋㅋ    

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Event: Taebaek Sunflower Festival 2016

It's almost END of JULY, and I just posted ONE entry so far for this MONTH!! ㅠㅠ HEAVY schedule EVERYDAY makes me RESTLESS.. I think for this ENTRY I should make it SHORT then.ㅋㅋㅋ Im sure SOME of you FOUND out the word of "TAEBAEK" recently isn't it?? Even I've BEEN to KOREA for 3 TIMES I DIDN'T know that such this place is EXIST. ㅋㅋㅋ

Where is TAEBAEK?Anyone knows?? O-o Taebaek LOCATED at GANGWON-DO province..Taebaek received HUGE attention after some AREA been FILMED by one MASSIVE drama NOT only in KOREA itself but all over the WORLD, Descendant of the Sun. However for TODAY I will NOT discuss about the LOCATION of the drama.ㅋㅋㅋ DISAPPOINTING?? Relax, I will write about it SOMEDAY when I get a CHANCE to go to the AREA~ ^^ For TODAY, lets figure out what ELSE Taebaek PROVIDE for us. ^^

For those whose been LOOKING for a PLACE to spend with your LOVE one during this WEEKEND, heading to TAEBAEK could be the BEST choice! As its SUMMER in Korea, you probably TIRED of splash SUMMER event AROUND you (in Seoul) isn't it??ㅋㅋ Why NOT trying something NEW! This FESTIVAL already START from JULY 22 till AUGUST 16,2016.  The NAME of the FESTIVAL were taken from the NAME of that AREA itself which is TAEBAEK SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL. The LOCATION for this event is at GUWAU-GIL VILLAGE, Taebaek- si. 

There are ENTRANCE fees to JOIN for this event.For ADULT need to pay 5000 won, STUDENT 3000 won (elementary- high school student/STUDENT ID is REQUIRED), and for GROUP 3000 won per PERSON. MINIMUM number for GROUP is 20 PEOPLE. For the festival, there are FEW EVENTS that can be JOINED however you might have to CALL first to know the SCHEDULE. To REACH Taebaek, you may RIDE INTERCITY BUS or TRAIN. For more INFORMATION about it, you may CHECK it here.

p/s: FEAST your EYES to this SUNFLOWERS OCEAN! It might be your NEW experience! Hope you ENJOY it!~

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_2.jsp?searchWord=&fid=41027&cate=&cate=&areaCode=&dateStart=07/29/2016&stype=&out_service=&cat=1&gotoPage=2&dateEnd=10/29/2016&eventCategory=A0207&cid=1074722

Photo Credit: english.visitkorea.or.kr 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Korean Food: Kongguksu (콩국수)

Hi,how are you guys doing?? I know MOST of you might be WONDER what did I do for the PAST month, it's exactly a MONTH, after 2 ENTRIES I've been MISSING..I'm so SORRY, I've been so BUSY these days due to FAMILY matters, plus its was RAMADHAN so I FOCUS more WORSHIP towards my GOD/believe. I'm BACK now! Wee ^^ That's the most IMPORTANT part! ㅋㅋㅋ Anyway I guess it still NOT too late to wish EID MUBARAQ to all my MUSLIM readers isn't it?ㅋㅋ EID MUBARAQ to you!

SUMMER had arrived in KOREA, my Korean FRIENDS kept complaining "ahh its HOT these days!" I was like, WHAT??!! At least you just ENDURE it for few MONTHS, over HERE, we just have SUNNY days and RAINING seasons! You are BETTER than us whose LIVING at EQUATOR area!ㅋㅋ Since KOREA is 4 SEASONS country, nor they only have 4 DIFFERENT type of WARDROBE! (kidding)ㅋㅋ in fact they have DIFFERENT meals according to SEASONS too!I ENVY them!!ㅠㅠ

For the last few SUMMERS seasons, I did SUGGESTED patbingsu, samgyetang and another meal. (I FORGOT ㅠㅠ and LAZY to check) ㅋㅋ what about THIS summer then?? I asked few of my Korean FRIENDS about KONGGUKSU (콩국수), well I have NO idea or the TASTE of this meal though since I NEVER try it!ㅋㅋ However looking at the meal PHOTO, seems like YUMMYLICIOUS meal!ㅋㅋㅋ KONGGUKSU normally served with ICE.

What is KONGGUKSU??  Like any other noodle dishes Kongguksu derived from  noodle. In Korea, there are VARIETY of noodles dishes and some of it known as SEASONAL dishes. Of course most of noodle you can get it on 365 DAYS per year but some of DISHES known well to be the BEST to eat during PARTICULAR seasons. Looking at the BROTH for the first time is like a CULTURE shock to me! ㅋㅋ I NEVER try it but I saw it in the MENU before. The broth been MADE by SOY BEANS, which is WEIRD to me.. I wonder HOW can I try it!~ ㅋㅋ For those who wanna try MAKING it, you may watch the VIDEO attached below.~

p/s: This delicious meal NOT only make you FULL but will REDUCE your BODY heat!

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=1058712

Photo Credit: Youtube.com
Video Credit: Maangchi

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Guideline/Korean Food: Halal issue on Samyang Ramen/Ramyeon

For the YEAR of 2016, MUSLIMS around the world started FASTING on the month of JUNE. This can be a little bit DIFFICULT for those who LIVE in 4 SEASONS countries as its fell during SUMMER. As the DAYLIGHT is LONGER than NIGHT, MUSLIM in some COUNTRIES need to FASTING at least 16 HOURS per day or the LONGEST will be around 21 HOURS 3 minutes.ㅠㅠ What about MUSLIMS that live in KOREA then?? I ASKED some of them, and they said, they need to FASTING for 16 HOURS 33 Minutes. Quite CHALLENGING I guess! O-o

Anyway TODAY, I'm NOT thinking to WRITE about the challengers they had there but I would talk about HOT issue regarding SAMYANG BULDAKBOKEUM MYEON. Most of us know that many MALAYSIAN have a high TEMPTATION  to try something NEW, that's why as you can see there are so many FOREIGN restaurants being OPEN in MALAYSIA.ㅋㅋㅋ SAMYANG BULDAKBOKEUM MYEON is NOT a restaurant though, its a SPICY CHICKEN RAMYEON which AVAILABLE in KOREA as well in MALAYSIA plus at some other COUNTRIES. So what was the ISSUES?O-o The issue is regarding to its HALAL status. 

As MUSLIM, HALAL and HARAM is ONE of the MOST important aspect in our DAILY life, this including from our FOOD SOURCES, clothing, finance and almost EVERYTHING! As I said the issue is HALAL. First of all we should KNOW what is HALAL all about. HALAL normally been FOCUS into FOOD and DRINKS which PERMISSIBLE for MUSLIM to EAT or DRINK under ISLAMIC SHARI'AH (law). The CRITERIA for HALAL food and drink NOT only FOCUS on the INGREDIENT itself but also the PROCESS of those been PREPARED as well the cleanliness PEOPLE who PREPARE it. HALAL food/drink should NOT contain ANY trace of PORK in any FORM, as well ALCOHOL. However in certain ASPECT alcohol is PERMISSIBLE with the amount is NOT more than 0.01, for STABILIZER, the amount should be NOT more than 0.05.

Next we move to the RAMYEON (라면) itself. Why it become a HOT issue?? Before we explain more, here are a FACT about the product, for SAMYANG BULDAKBOKEUM MYEON, there are 2 VERSION of this ramyeon. 1 VERSION is for DOMESTIC market and another one is for IMPORTED. The PACKAGING and BARCODE for both PRODUCTS are SAME yet for IMPORTED, on the PACK there is HALAL CERTIFICATE from KOREA  MUSLIM FEDERATION (KMF). Then what was the ISSUE?? The issue DERIVED when few SELLERS sell DOMESTIC product ramyeon OUTSIDE of KOREA and CLAIM its as HALAL.  

Another REASONS of this issue ARISE is because of the STATEMENT from HALAL IN KOREA page. For your INFORMATION, most PRODUCT that they check are DOMESTIC product which mean the product that AVAILABLE/CIRCULATED at KOREA and for DOMESTIC USED/CONSUME. For this ramyeon (DOMESTIC CONSUME) they DON'T have HALAL certificate. As people reading the page, some of them might NOT know well about it so they SIMPLY snap the photo and SHARE it. As they ONLY snap on the ingredient DETAILS, they did NOT check with PEOPLE who RESPONSIBLE to check it. Plus ADMIN of that page did make a NOTICE that the product is only for DOMESTIC used.

As the HALAL status being questioned by MUSLIM, some of them did asking about where the product been PRODUCE and if they PRODUCE the NON HALAL item along with HALAL product within the SAME area. As far as I know, this BRAND have 4 FACTORIES within KOREA, for IMPORTED ramyeon, they PRODUCE it at DIFFERENT factory. This factory FOCUS on producing HALAL product, located in WONJU, GANGWON-DO.



p/s: For those who still DOUBT about it, do NOT buy or EAT the product as this will LEAD you to 'SYUBHAH'.

p/s/; For those who have DOUBT on KMF, you can REFER to JAKIM page, where you can see there are many HALAL RESPECTED BODIES around the WORLD that been CERTIFIED by JAKIM including KMF.

p/s: For those who have DOUBT on JAKIM PROCEDURE, please EDUCATE yourself first. Travel ABROAD if you can because from traveling, you can LEARN more about HALAL and HARAM. (considering a PIOUS MUSLIM)  JAKIM been known WORLDWIDE as one of the MOST respectful HALAL HUB bodies and many COUNTRIES refer to JAKIM first for HALAL PROCEDURE.

p/s: Last but not least, I'm NOT a big fan of these RAMYEON in fact I NEVER try it, NOT because of the HALAL status, I write about this because as a MUSLIM, its my responsibility to SHARE facts that I know..   

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/halal.co.kr/posts/1771317393112145 

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