Friday, February 3, 2017

Life/Culture/K-Food : Strange Tea in Korea???

Most of COUNTRIES in EAST NORTHERN of ASIA are RELATED to either BUDDHISM,CONFUCIANISM or TAOISM. You must be WONDER why I suddenly TELLING you this and what is the RELATION between these FAITHS with the TOPIC for TODAY isn't it?? Since these THREE faith is popular in East Northern of Asia COUNTRIES, TEA play such an IMPORTANT roles in their DAILY life. I LOVE to write about COFFEE but somehow why I mentioned TEA now??O-o

Did my TASTE bud CHANGE?? lol In these THREE faith, TEA is NOT just a TEA but there is a SYMBOLIC meaning behind the TEA ceremony. For today I will NOT explain about it though.ㅋㅋ NO worries! I need to STUDY a lot if I WANNA write about that!ㅋㅋ. Lets talk about it in LIGHT way.ㅋㅋㅋ

We are AWARE that most of KOREAN practice CONFUCIANISM aspect in their DAILY life regardless what their RELIGION is. That's mean TEA ceremony is ONE of BASIC that they should KNOW at home, but in these MODERN era, I'm NOT sure if every Korean YOUNGSTERS knows about this TRADITION well. For THOSE who ever BEEN in KOREA, I am sure MOST of us seen COFFEE Cafes are ALMOST everywhere COMPARE to TEA cafe isn't it?? COFFEE culture is totally a DIFFERENT lifestyle, abruptly took OVER their TRADITION, its more to WESTERN culture. 😒 

Back to the TOPIC, at my COUNTRY, we DON'T have many POPULAR type of TEA, if you asking around we normally either have NORMAL tea or TEA with MILK which is FAMOUS as TEH TARIK! However in KOREA, they have VARIOUS kind of tea, Some TEA might be WEIRD for us as FOREIGNERS! I mean NEVER thought or HEARD about it! It's like a NEW world to me when I HEARD about it at Korea!ㅋㅋㅋ TEA in Korea known as CHA. Now lets take a look at some of their TEA.

Have you ever HEARD about JOB'S TEARS Tea and SOLOMON'S SEAL Tea?? The NAMES of tea itself is WEIRD isn't it?lol Well maybe because they TRANSLATED it to ENGLISH name??ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ For KOREAN name I guess its just FINE.ㅋㅋ JOB'S TEARS Tea or known as YULMU- CHA(율무차) is very HIGH in PROTEIN, one of FAVORITE beverage among Korean sipping in BETWEEN of classes. This tea also known as best beverage in helping STUDENTS to do EXCELLENT in their ACADEMIC if taken daily. Well I have NO idea since I'm NOT a Korean.ㅋㅋ For those who like THICK and SOUPY tea, YULMU-CHA might be your BEST choice as it been made by COMBINATION powder of JOB'S TEARS, a grain plant and nuts like WALNUT or sometimes they use BLACK BEANS.

Next is SOLOMON'S SEAL Tea. Solomon's Seal Tea is very FAMOUS among Korean and they said its COMMON to get this tea at any GROCERY store. However if you ASKING them using the ENGLISH name, it might make them CONFUSED ㅋㅋㅋ, instead tell them that you WANNA DOONGGUL-RAE-CHA. (둥굴레차) This tea is LIGHT, NUTTY and SLIGHTLY sweet, even you LEFT it for a long time, it DOESN'T brew heavy. Doonggul-rae-cha is GOOD to keep your body MOISTURE and COOL.

CHUNMA-CHA(천마차) is another STRANGE tea type. Why I SAID it strange, let's HEAR about it ENGLISH name first, TALL GASTRODIA and CORNFLAKES tea. CORNFLAKES tea?? Isn't that WEIRD??ㅋㅋ Plus what is TALL GASTRODIA? O-o Tall gastrodia basically is a TUBER of orchidae family. The taste is SWEET and MILD. Seems like NOT related to CORNFLAKES at all! ㅋㅋㅋ Well this TEA, normally they ADD with BROWN RICE POWDER or any other GRAIN that they BLEND. This kind of tea OFTEN considered as TEA or EQUAL part of BREAKFAST as there is CEREAL in it.ㅋㅋㅋ

Last but NOT least is GUGIJA-CHA (. Gugija-Cha is a GOJI BERRY tea.This berry RECENTLY known WORLDWIDE as one of SUPERFOOD as it have HIGH anti oxidant. However in KOREA for Gugija-Cha, they COMBINE this DRY berry/DATES with GINGER. They said it CREATE even, sweet FLAVOR. Have NO idea about this,ㅋㅋㅋ maybe I SHOULD try it when I go to KOREA again SOMEDAY~   


Doonggul Rae Cha

Chunma Cha

Gugija Cha

p/s: For those who INTERESTED to watch KOREAN soap, you might WANNA watch Love on a rooftop. It's about TEA industry in Korea. ^-^


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Guideline: Expiry Date??? O-o

A YEAR ago, TODAY (12/1/2016) at this hour I was at AIRPORT waiting for my FLIGHT and I was so EXCITED as its going to be my very FIRST time to build SNOWMEN with my BARE hands!ㅋㅋㅋ However TODAY, I was sitting here in my SMALL room cherish those MOMENT.. I wish I can TURN back the time! lol It's been the FIRST time on JANUARY I was sitting at HOME after a few YEARS I traveled ABROAD, what a different FEELING!ㅠㅠ I wish I'm NOT here now instead at somewhere else..

Ok lets STOP whining, and back to the TOPIC above. At FIRST I have NO idea about THIS, I mean everybody check EXPIRY DATE, BEST BEFORE or USED BY when they buy FOOD or BEVERAGE right? Then why we DISCUSS about this?O-o, It is because many COUNTRIES have DIFFERENT way to READ it.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I only NOTICE this when SOMEONE asking me HOW to read EXPIRY date in KOREA! Then pop up on my MIND that I should WRITE about this.ㅋㅋㅋ

Maybe some of YOU might WONDER why its IMPORTANT to talk ABOUT this right??ㅋㅋ Well for a TRAVELER like me, of course it is IMPORTANT to know HOW to read it PRECISELY as I cannot FALL sick due to my OWN ignorance. FAILURE to check the EXPIRY date of food or beverage during your TRIP may LEAD you to have FOOD POISONING. I know in most COUNTRY, they WON'T sell anything that PASS expired date however sometimes people MISS look about it.ㅋㅋㅋ  

Lets' CHECK on how to READ expiry date either at FOOD/BEVERAGE or even COSMETICS at your COUNTRIES after this~ At my COUNTRY, we READ our EXPIRY date by DATE following by MONTH and YEAR. However in KOREA, its DIFFERENT. Their EXPIRY date is by YEAR, follow by MONTH and DATE

I TRIED to ask AROUND and check on INTERNET but I COULDN'T found SPECIFIC reasons why it is DIFFERENT from ONE to ANOTHER. One of my friend said, maybe its ACCORDING to their COUNTRY calendar/DATE  system CODE. Most WESTERN countries apply GREGORIAN Calendar so MOST of them use DATE, MONTH, and YEAR (DD/MM/YY). While on NORTHEAST ASIA most of them USING their OWN calendar like LUNAR, IMPERIAL calendar so they READ it by YEAR, MONTH and DATE (YY/MM/DD)

                             PRODUCT ORIGIN: SOUTH KOREA

                              PRODUCT ORIGIN: JAPAN

                              PRODUCT ORIGIN: AUSTRALIA

                              PRODUCT ORIGIN: INDONESIA

                              PRODUCT ORIGIN: MALAYSIA

                              PRODUCT ORIGIN: THAILAND

                            PRODUCT ORIGIN: SWEDEN

p/s: During trip, we SHOULD aware about EVERYTHING to AVOID  having DIFFICULTY, EXPIRY DATE is one of it. Feel FREE to SHARE how to read EXPIRY DATE or BEST BEFORE from your COUNTRY so we can HELP each other~ 

P/S: For those who CURIOUS about the DIFFERENCES between EXPIRY DATE/BEST BEFORE/USED BY may  refer here for more information. 


Monday, December 26, 2016

Throwback#Places: Hwaseong Fortress

Hey guys, HOW are you doing??I bet you guys have a WONDERFUL Christmas isn't it??ME?O-o Well I'm NOT celebrate it ㅋㅋㅋ. It's HARD to explain the reasons though. Anyway HAPPY BELATED CHRISTMAS to you guys.ㅋㅋ HOLIDAY mood is still on ^^ and since I have NOTHING much to do, I just looking back my TRAVEL photos again and again~ I'm MISSING traveling but at this MOMENT I CANNOT go prior to my COMMITMENT.ㅠㅠ Too BAD~ These days so MANY things happening and I'm getting TIRED each day. That's ONE of the reasons why I COULDN'T write as USUAL on this blog, NOT because I DON'T want to but I have NO idea, my mind and heart EMPTY.. 

Looking BACK my travelling photos MAYBE can bring back some IDEAS to write or perhaps its actually a SIGN for me to take a BREAK for a while.. Lets' SEE if I get the ANSWER from it.ㅋㅋㅋ As I looking back my PHOTOS, I feel WOW! There are many PLACES I've WENT in these short 5 YEARS and I've been to some UNESCO site. I DON'T know since when I grow a FOND of visiting UNESCO site ㅋㅋ. I'm sure you guys KNOWS what UNESCO is all about isn't it?? Aha maybe I SHOULD give a link here? lol    

For TODAY, I will share with all of you, a PLACE that I've visited in KOREA, and it had been LISTED as ONE of UNESCO site since 1997. For those who had VISITED Korea, Im sure you probably get USED with SEOUL isn't it?? However have you heard about SUWON?? This area is very CLOSE to Seoul, 30 km from SEOUL plus it's take approximately 1 hour to REACH there by SUBWAY. The UNESCO site that I'm talking about is HWASEONG FORTRESS, located at Suwon si, Gyeonggi-do. 

It's been said that Hwaseong Fortress had been BUILD to DISPLAY the King FILIAL piety towards his FATHER, Jangheonseja. This fortress also been build as a NEW pioneer city of its ECONOMIC power during the REIGN of King JEONGJO. Total length of 5.74 kilometer of this FORTRESS been point out as ONE of the GREAT military defensive for that PERIOD as it cover both FLAT and HILLY land. HWASEONG Fortress also DIFFERS from Fortress in CHINA or JAPAN.

HWASEONG fortress been bind by FOUR gates. These FOUR gates FACE each cardinal directions which is NORTH, SOUTH, EAST and WEST. Each gates have their OWN special FUNCTIONS and differs from ONE to another. EAST gates known as CHANGNYONGMUN, while WEST gate known as HWASEOMUN, and these TWO gates are SINGLE-STOREY structure. For NORTH and SOUTH gates, BOTH are made by WOODEN structures on STONE bases and both LINK to the MAIN road. NORTH gate known as JANGANMUN and PALDALMUN is the SOUTH gate. For more INFORMATION about this FORTRESS you may read it here.

During my VISIT, it was AUTUMN and as its CHILLING, ME and my FRIEND COULDN'T finish to explore each AREAS.ㅋㅋㅋ We walk HALF way then we STOPPED as we were too TIRED! lol Perhaps because we are NOT fit enough to walk through HILLY areaㅋㅋㅋ. Owh this fortress also FAMOUS as one of SPOT where few HISTORICAL Korean drama shooting LOCATION, for example JEWEL IN THE PALACE and  LATEST drama of LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT. Variety program of 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT also spot been FILMING here.

To ENTER Hwaseong Fortress, you need to PAY for TICKET, located at EACH gate area. At that time we ENTERED it at SOUTH gate I guess. ㅋㅋㅋ Hwaseong Fortress also held few ACTIVITIES during autumn such as SUWON HWASEONG CULTURAL FESTIVAL. I tried ONE of their TRADITIONAL games when I was THERE. ^^  

p/s: For PARK BOGUM fans, thinking of snap some COOL PHOTOS where he's used to SHOOT?           you should COME over!ㅋㅋㅋㅋ I think this ENTRY might be the LAST entry for 2016. See           you in 2017! ^^ HAPPY HOLIDAYS and ADVANCED HAPPY NEW YEAR OF 2017.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Seasons: Winter is CALLING!~ First SNOW Seoul~

Finally WINTER seasons officially STARTS in SEOUL!! Wee ^^ YESTERDAY, snowy start FALLING and its was SATURDAY, many people went OUT. ㅋㅋㅋ I CHANGED my PROFILE and COVER photos at my SNS since WINTER mood is ON!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Some of my FRIENDS been asking WHERE I am now!ㅋㅋㅋ Of course I'm NOT there!ㅋㅋㅋ However I guess I'm LUCKY enough to get a VIDEO of FIRST snow falling for this seasons from a GOOD friend who LIVE there.~~ ㅋㅋㅋ SEEN it REMIND me of my FIRST time TOUCHING snow and let it SHOWER on my face!~Even though it was NOT in KOREA, that FIRST SNOW experience finally makes my DREAM come TRUE!ㅋㅋㅋ I'm LIVING in a very HOT country, where we DON'T have 4 SEASONS. Since I was a KID I love WATCHING movie or drama around CHRISTMAS as most of it will show SNOWY scene and WONDERED myself  "WHEN will I get a CHANCE to hold those SNOW with my bare HANDS, NOT only watching from TV?"ㅋㅋㅋ Finally that DAY came to ME!~~ㅋㅋ DON'T dare to DREAM HIGH and make sure that ONE day you will TURN your DREAM into REALITY!! If you CANNOT enjoy it for a LONG period, SHORT time is enough I guess!ㅋㅋ If you asking me HOW was it?? Well it's VERY cold, since I'm NOT used to it!ㅋㅋ Anyway this ENTRY just to share FIRST SNOW with you and makes you DARE to DREAM like me! DREAM HIGH, it's NOTHING wrong! SOMEDAY you will FIND a WAY to make it into REALITY! (For those who HAVEN'T seen SNOW in their LIFE yet)!~~ 


P/s:  READERS,I hope you guys ENJOY this SPECIAL GIFT from me!~ ^^ For a GOOD Friend of this VIDEOTHANK YOU so much!~~ You know who YOU are!~~  

Video Credit: My Friend

Friday, November 18, 2016

Event: 2016 Seoul Lantern Festival

I've been so BUSY these DAYS perhaps because towards the END of the YEAR so everybody been BUSY. ㅠㅠ I am ENVY with my FRIENDS who are busy TRAVELLING around to COMPLETE their ANNUAL leave, yet I'm still having 5 DAYS off to be FINISHED by 31 December.ㅠㅠ Somehow my SNS page feed been BOMB by their traveling PHOTOS.ㅋㅋㅋ

For those who WILL travel to Korea TODAY or perhaps ALREADY reach there, you might WONDER, "what can I ENJOY this WEEKEND for FREE?" How about ATTENDING festival?? During AUTUMN, there are many FESTIVALS happening within KOREA. Didn't have ENOUGH budget to go OUTSIDE of Seoul??O-o 

GOOD news is you DON'T have to!!ㅋㅋ You still can ENJOY it for FREE, simply just ATTEND one of the BIGGEST festival in SEOUL either TODAY, TOMORROW or NEXT day! Wee ^^  I know this WEEKEND is the LAST week for the festival, some might CONCERN about CROWDED isn't it? No WORRIES, even if crowded, the place is HUGE. It's from CHEONGYECHEON PLAZA to SUPYOGYO BRIDGE, about 1.2 KM! Didn't KNOW where this place is??ㅋㅋㅋ its CHEONGYECHEON Stream~ 

Owh I HAVEN'T tell the NAME of the festival isn't it??ㅋㅋㅋ The NAME of the FESTIVAL is 2016 SEOUL LANTERN FESTIVAL. This festival START at 5 pm to 11 pm EVERYDAY from 4 NOVEMBER to 20 NOVEMBER 2016. The event TITLE for this YEAR is "LIGHTENED HANGGANG RIVER WHERE HISTORY FLOWS." 

For this YEAR there are 5 THEMES for this event. The FIRST theme is "HAN RIVER LANTERN THEME." The SECOND theme is "LANTERN of MUNICIPAN GOVERNMENT and FOREIGN  COUNTRIES." The THIRD theme is "PARTICIPATING CORPORATIONS' LANTERN." "ARTIST LANTERN" is the FOURTH theme for this year event following by "CHARACTERS LANTERN", the FIFTH theme. For those bringing KIDS, don't WORRY for sure kids will ENJOY the characters lantern! 

p/s: Here are some PHOTOS of the event, of course I DIDN'T go there ㅋㅋㅋ but a GOOD friend of mine went to the FESTIVAL!~ For those who INTERESTED to join the event and looking for more INFORMATION, you CAN visit here


Photo Credit: My Friend

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Event: Gwangju World Kimchi Festival

As WINTER approaching, it's been COLD in Korea LATELY. Some of my Korean friends said its UNPREDICTABLE these days, the temperature can DROP a lot and the next day is fine CHILLING day~As I NEVER been living in 4 SEASONS countries I wonder HOW they manage to the sudden CHANGE weather. Aha, now I got it, weather FORECAST plays important ROLE to them~ㅋㅋㅋ

These days I saw few of my FRIENDS traveling to KOREA somehow I'm NOT that pleased with them. ㅋㅋㅋ NOT much EXCITED like I used to be.ㅋㅋㅋ Anyway back to our TOPIC for today, whole WORLD knows that going to Korea WITHOUT tasting KIMCHI is like "are you SURE you been to KOREA? Perhaps you went to DIFFERENT countries?? lol O-o

KIMCHI known all over the WORLD as ONE of the BEST healthiest food. Even though, some PEOPLE will think TWICE before having it DUE to the SMELL or TASTE. (For those who HATE garlic). Honestly I'm NOT a big fan of it especially CABBAGE kimchi. Yes I know there are not MORE than 100 types of KIMCHI according to PROVINCE, but still I CANNOT make it as my favorite.ㅋㅋㅋ Like I mentioned earlier there are not MORE than 100 of Kimchi types but I PREFER RADISH kimchi or known as kkakdugi (깍두기) be it DRY version or NORMAL one, I can easily FINISH 1 small bowl alone by MYSELF.ㅋㅋㅋ

In Korea, the BEST season for making KIMCHI is during AUTUMN. Most of Koreans will GATHER with their FAMILY members during AUTUMN for making kimchi TOGETHER. You might think it just for a WEEK stock? You are WRONG!ㅋㅋㅋ The STOCK can last for a SEASONS.ㅋㅋㅋ No KIDDING! You ll see how BIG the container is and how many KILOGRAM they make EACH time!ㅋㅋ I CAN'T imagine MYSELF washing those cabbage ALONE for making KIMCHI.ㅋㅋㅋ

Long time ago, making KIMCHI activities only FAMOUS within FAMILY/LOCAL but these days they make such CLASS for FOREIGNERS too. This hands on EXPERIENCE not only BENEFICIAL to FOREIGNERS but showing how IMPORTANT is for KOREAN to PROTECT their CULTURAL/custom. Honestly I NEVER attend these CLASSES but if I'm GOING there again in the FUTURE, why not.~ Good NEWS is for those who PLAN or even have a TICKET to Korea now, they can JOIN this EVENT for hands on experience.

The event will be HELD at GWANGJU from 18 NOVEMBER to 22 NOVEMBER 2016. The event will take place at GWANGJU KIMCHI TOWN. This event is FREE admission but for PARTICIPATE it there will be participant FEES. For more INFORMATION about it, visit here.   

p/s: If you are big FAN of KIMCHI, you can buy it and brought home. DRY version or NORMAL one, are AVAILABLE at some AIRPORT DUTY FREE store. For those in Korea why not JOIN the event! I'm sure it going to be AWESOME experience!~~~


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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