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 
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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

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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.

HALAL PACKAGING



HARAM PACKAGING


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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Friday, June 3, 2016

Coffee Addicted: Dahlia Cafe

Weather is so NICE here, its raining whole night yesterday, how I wish today is SUNDAY! ㅋㅋ Lazy to get off from my bed this morning!ㅋㅋ Oh NOO!, it's time to work!ㅠㅠ May finish, hello JUNE, its half of the YEAR!O-o Makes me thinking what do I ACHIEVE so far for 2016??I CAN'T answer it.ㅋㅋ Anyway these chilling weather makes me SLEEPY, before I dozed I better grab a cup of COFFEE!!ㅋㅋㅋ

This instant coffee DOESN'T feel GOOD though, if only there is CAFE near to my office!ㅠㅠ How I wish my town is SIMILAR like in SEOUL, where coffee cafe is almost EVERYWHERE!! I think my CASH will be finish as I'm super ADDICTED to coffee!ㅋㅋ Maybe I should BREW my coffee everyday?ㅋㅋㅋ

I think most of you KNOWS that's I'm a coffee ADDICT isn't it? This DISEASE I got when I visit KOREA for the SECOND time, back in 2013.ㅋㅋ BEFORE 2013 I drank coffee occasionally but I'm NOT a big FAN of it, as I hardly FIND it at my hometown. ㅋㅋ Back from that TRIP, all CHANGED! ㅋㅋㅋ Too bad I live at RURAL area so I CANNOT get it everyday UNLESS instant coffee.ㅠㅠ

As I CANNOT get it everyday, during my TRIP I drink COFFEE almost everyday!ㅋㅋㅋ Sometimes in a day I can have TWO cup of DIFFERENT coffee! ㅋㅋ It's a REVENGE as I CANNOT get it at my hometown everyday! ㅋㅋ During my TRIP to Korea, I try MANY brand of coffee, whether its a BIG CHAIN of coffee or its just a small/PERSONAL tiny cafe. My TRIP can be considered as COFFEE TOUR!ㅋㅋㅋ

As I went to few PROVINCE during my 2013 trip, I also TRIED some coffee from TINY cafe or a LOCAL brand coffee. At GIMHAE, me and my FRIENDS had our COFFEE at ONE of famous cafe for LOCAL there. The cafe LOCATED at a HILL and it's quite FAR from TOWN. I think its NOT easy to ACCESS by PUBLIC transport like BUS and if you PLAN to visit this CAFE, you might need to take a CAB or if you are having LOCAL friend; then should be NO problem for you.ㅋㅋ DAHLIA cafe is NOT only famous for its COFFEE in Gimhae, the LOCATION for this cafe is one of  FAVORITE SPOT for LOCAL to relax and enjoy. ^^

As it LOCATED on top of hill, the atmosphere is BETTER and CHILLING. FREE from hustling bustling of city. At this CAFE, I had LATTE, my Gimhae friend had GREEN TEA LATTE which is I found its a bit WEIRD,ㅋㅋ another one having CHOCOLATE as he's NOT a fan of COFFEE.ㅋㅋ Plus a slice of CHEESE cake to enjoy with our beverage! Simply the best! Nyum!냠 ^^






p/s: It's been quite long, but the memory still fresh as if it YESTERDAY! ^^~ If any of  you plan to  
       go to GIMHAE, maybe you can try COFFEES at this cafe! I can't find their OFFICIAL page, but I just found this at facebook, feel free to check~

p/s: RAMADHAN coming soon, for MUSLIM readers, Ramadhan Kareem, lets improve ourselves and be a BETTER MUSLIM. Forgive all my mistakes,if i ever hurt your feeling through my entry.~

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caffe-Dahlia/224904997656579?fref=ts

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Places: Seoul Grand Park

Time surely flies so FAST!Like a BLINK of eyes it's almost HALF of the year?? Seasons CHANGE so QUICKLY these years isn't it?? As spring will CLOSE it's curtain soon, here coming the SUMMER!!Wee ^^ Summer in KOREA can be more HOTTEST compare to MALAYSIA. Relatively the temperature is NOT as high as in Malaysia but at Korea, they DIDN'T have many CLOUDS during summer!O-o SUNSHINE goes STRAIGHT to SKIN, auch!!ㅠㅠ Better put lots of SUN BLOCK if you plan to spend some TIME in Korea soon!!ㅋㅋㅋ

SUMMER is a seasons that typically WAITING by Korean. Why??O-o Because as there are plenty of SUNSHINE meanings its a good TIME to spend OUTSIDE!ㅋㅋ During summer, UNIVERSITY and SCHOOL will having a BREAK too.(4 seasons countries) This give them a CHANCE to have a vacation ABROAD or within KOREA itself.~Some of them also PREFER to just hang out within CITY as there are many PARK that they can enjoy.^^

Last SPRING, I wrote about ACTIVITIES that Korean do on SPRING right? Korean love to CAMPING or picnic during spring throughout autumn and its INCLUDING summer. Don't be so SURPRISED to see few TENTS at the park even during NOON? ㅋㅋ During weekend, most of PARK will be FULL with CROWDS. Some will just relaxing, picnic or some prefer to cycling around the park together. Having KIDS and have NO idea to bring them these WEEKEND??ㅋㅋㅋ Maybe you can START reading and googling now!ㅋㅋㅋ

Rather than STAYING at home with them, why NOT get your skin tanned or let your kids EXPLORE the world by visiting PARK?? Spending precious TIME with KIDS at the park is ONE of good way to EDUCATE them the IMPORTANT of taking care our environment. As I mentioned earlier there are many PARK in SEOUL, just CHOOSE which one is the BEST for you and your kids.ㅋㅋ I've googled about it and one of my friend SUGGEST me about SEOUL GRAND PARK.

Honestly I NEVER been to this park while I'm in KOREA, but my Korean friend been there LAST WEEKEND with his nieces and sisters. This park is NOT only SUITABLE for kids but for ADULT too! This park consist of ZOO plus AMUSEMENT PARK! What a PERFECT combo??ㅋㅋㅋ I know you might say EVERLAND is much more BETTER because they also have these two, but hey kept some of your PENNY!!ㅋㅋ There is NO entrance fees to ENTER Seoul Grand Park!Wee ^^What else you asking for?? You can ENJOY plus SAVE your money!ㅋㅋㅋ

Bringing your KIDS to the zoo is the BEST way to educate them about ANIMAL, in school they only LEARN through the books or computer, so OUTDOOR learning is more lively. If I have one, I would love to bring him or her there!ㅋㅋ After outdoor learning, why NOT let your kids enjoy GAMES at amusement park! ㅋㅋ For amusement park, of course there is FEES entrance which is 21 000 won for kids free pass, and 25 000 won for adult free pass. It's more CHEAPER compare to Everland.ㅋㅋㅋ At this park you can bring your FOOD or buy there but my friend said there is NOT much selection of food, just fried chicken, burgers (fast food) and some Korean cafe, you might consider to buy OUTSIDE or bring from home! ㅋㅋ









Sulking Serval?? ㅋㅋ

This red fox surely knows how to pose in photo!ㅋㅋ





Wow! This cheetah lay back there?? ㅋㅋ






p/s: NOT interested in zoo? Why not HEADING to tennis court then? ㅋㅋ They have some other FACILITIES too but of course with the FEES entry before go in. This park also CONNECTED to subway station, which make you EASIER to COMMUTE without thinking parking facilities.ㅋㅋㅋFor more information you may check with the link below.