The Next Chapter

Hi guys!

So it’s been quite awhile since I posted here last but I have started a new blog for the next chapter of my life!

I think I caught the travel bug while I was in Korea, and now I’m moving to New Jersey!

I’ll be updating my travels over there from now on! Thank you for following! 😀

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Saving Update: (Vlog #1) Saving up with Chantel

Just a quick savings update with Chantel!

Check out her blog HERE and follow her on twitter HERE.

And also, HERE‘s a link to the blog I mentioned in the video 🙂

Keep an eye out for more vlogs coming soon… Itinerary vlog with Grace will be next 🙂

안녕~!

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Idol Chit-Chat: Sandara Park

According to The Telegraph, idle chit chat can make you unhappy….

But you know what will make you happy?

IDOL Chit Chat! (Teehee, like my little play on words there??)

I’ve decided to start a new segment on idols and just my own personal view of them. I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting on this segment, probably just once monthly… maybe a bit more once I get the ball rolling…. but without further a due, I’d like to welcome you to the first edition of Idol Chit-Chat!

This blog came about quite simply. All I knew is that I wanted to write a little something about Sandara Park aka Dara of 2NE1 fame and the idea of writing about other idols stemmed from that.

Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, 2NE1!

This is just my own personal take on Dara. Basically, I’ve been following her for awhile now. I come from a Filipino background and of course, my house has TFC (the Filipino Channel) blaring 24/7. Because of this, I was exposed to Dara back when she was good old Sandy – the Korean Beauty – on the TV show Star Circle Quest.

In all honesty, I didn’t think she’d achieve much after this show. She was a beautiful girl however she only came in at second place after Hero Angeles (her rumoured love interest).

Hero & Sandy :3

After having a successful career in the Philippines with a few movies, shows and songs under her belt , Sandara finally moved on to greater things (namely: 2NE1 and the YG family). After training with YG for four years (I think), Sandara’s star has only continued to rise and grow brighter. I mean, Dara’s kissed Lee Min Ho! OMO! (Inner fan girl coming out, I apologise)

She doesn't look too interested... if you want, I can take over for you Dara.

The one thing I absolutely admire about Dara though, is that she has remained humble over the years throughout her transition from Filipino reality-TV star to international K-Pop star! She always goes back to her roots, and her fans are always her first priority. I recommend that you read THIS post about her generosity to her fans.

But the one thing that attracts me to Sandara so much is the fact that she’s accomplished most of the things I have always wanted in life. Namely, 2NE1 recently performed at the Araneta Colliseum in the Philippines. I can only dream of one day accomplishing such a feat (but I’ll keep trying anyway… 화이팅~!) Also, she has become the face of etude house along with SHINee.

Mwah~!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now… keep an eye out for more Idol Chit Chat in the future (I promise it won’t all be YG family). I hope you enjoyed your first dose. As for now…

안녕~!

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K-Talk Tuesdays: What’s Your Name?

Hey guys!

Hope you haven’t missed me too much! Hell month (aka exam/assessment month) is drawing to a close meaning that in two weeks from now, I will no longer be a full time student! Woo! This means only one thing – I can dedicate more time to this blog! Yay!

I have decided that K-Talk Tuesdays will now only happen every second week – otherwise I’m going to run out of material real quick!

So by now you’d know your Hangul and some popular Korean expressions (Pt. I & Pt. II), but let’s go back to the basics now because you’re going to need to know this phrase if you’re going to want to make any friends in Korea.

What's Yo Name?

Your other option is to be a socially awkward turtle (like me) and pretend to know someone’s name for weeks on end and just hope someone says it in front of you or you find it over Facebook. (True Story)

So in order to avoid awkward situations such as the above, this is how you say:

What’s Your Name?

Just some quick info on Korean culture – Korean’s usually ask for names using formal language. Otherwise, informal language is more than acceptable in everyday conversation. When asking for names, it is okay to use the informal form when speaking to someone younger than you.

Before you even ask for someone’s name you want to get their attention and you’ll do this by either saying Joesonghamnida (Jwae-song-ham-ni-da – ‘I’m sorry’) or Sillyehamnida (Shill-ye-ham-ni-da – ‘Excuse me’).

Excuse me miss girl. 😉

You’ll then go on by asking for their name by saying:

Seonghami eotteoke doeseyo? (Formal Polite form)
(Song-ha-mi ot-taw-kae dwae-sae-yo)
성하미 엍터게 되세요

or, alternatively

Ireumi mwoeyo? (Informal Polite form)
(Ee-rum-ee mo-ae-yo)
이름이 뭐에요

And that’s pretty much it. Once again I will reiterate that the formal polite form is used most often when asking for names, otherwise you can use the informal polite way when asking someone younger than you, or if you’re asking your friend’s friend.

To make your sentence sound even smoother, you can add the word “but” in between your ice breaker and your inquiry into their name. “But” in korean is “man” so if you wanted to say “Excuse me but what is your name?” You’d say “Sillyehamnidaman seonhami eotteoke doeseyo?”

Anyway, that’s all for this week. I’m pretty sure that’s right. Haha! If there are any mistakes, please feel free to correct me. 🙂

안녕~!

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Saving Update: Working the Public Holidays and Spending to Reward Yourself!

As promised, here is my latest Savings Update! Hope you savers have been doing well!

Since mid-February, I have been trying to save a minimum of $4000 for my Korean holiday! I have great news! I have just hit the $1k mark with ten months more to go until holiday time! Seoul, I can almost smell you!

No more trying to hitch rides to Korea!

So what have I been doing to save up, exactly?

Well, the Easter Holidays have just past and everyone had the opportunity to get away from school and work, and just have some family bonding time.

….Almost everyone.

I worked during Easter Sunday so I could get holiday penalty rates of time and a half. I find that if you don’t have anything planned for a public holiday anyway, why not just work? Make a quick buck. I made sure I still had the time to spend with my family because of course, family matters. So instead of celebrating on Easter Sunday, we had dinner on Easter Monday instead with our extended family.

Since reaching the $1000 mark, I thought I’d reward myself a little bit. I think I’ll be doing that now every time I reach a certain threshold! I don’t want to be too much of a tightass! You’ve still got to have fun and reward yourself a little every time you achieve something worthwhile! Before I started rewarding myself though, I made sure to transfer a percentage of my earnings into my Netbank saver account so I won’t be tempted to spend it!

So my mates and I went out last night for dinner at Alrose Garden in Strathfield for some hearty traditional Korean dishes. Apparently the spicy food there is really, really hot so I took the coward’s way out and just ordered a Chicken Schnitzel instead. I didn’t get to take a picture but their servings are MASSIVE! My Schnitzel didn’t even fit on the plate!

The Menu at Alrose Garden

All in all, the prices were really good in relation to how big their dishes are. The ambience was great, too, and they played K-Pop which was cool. 🙂

To continue on with the theme of big things, we went to Noggi afterwards to drown ourselves in their Frozen yogurt. We ordered the Groupi which is their largest serving and we demolished it in no time! Omnomnom!

This is the Maxi... not as big as the Groupi.

Also, we went to China Town Friday Night Markets in the city. I bought some dragon beard candy and I was going to buy 4 Minute’s new mini-album Volume Up but I found that the internet sells it for much cheaper! So online shopping it is!

I won’t drag on any longer, but I wish you guys the best in saving! And just remember to live a little, and spend a little to reward yourself every once in awhile!

Good luck!

안녕~!

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K-Talk Tuesdays: PPALLI, MOMOMO and other Korean expressions. (Part 2)

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you’ve had a good Easter break! I know I have…

Don't make me run! I'm full of chocolate!

Anyway, I hope you’ve found last week‘s K-Talk words useful! Here are a few more common Korean expressions!

 

PPALLI -빨리 – Hurry!

Koreans live fast paced lives so it’s no surprise at all that “Ppalli” is a widely used expression! Ppalli means “hurry” or “fast” and it can be used as an expression on its own or as a word within sentences. So how would you use it?

” Ppalli! Ppalli! We’re going to be late!” (as a separate word.)
“Ppalli Gayo!” – Let’s hurry up and go! (used in a sentence.)

"Be my love! Ppalli Ppalli Jeonhwahae!" - IU (Love Attack)

 

MOMOMO – 모모모 – Blah Blah Blah!

This is an easy one to remember and you can use it in everyday conversation! All it means is “BLAH BLAH BLAH!”. Don’t want to hear what someone is saying? Momomo! Tired of explaining something? Momomo! You can also use it in place of “etc.”

“Rumour has it that you have a crush on Siwon….”
“Momomo! Shhhh!!”

“I have to do the dishes, iron my clothes, pack my bag, momomo… the list goes on.”

Speaking of Siwon, did you know SuperJunior are coming to Sydney?

Get your SuperShow4 tickets here! Exo-M will be supporting them. 😉

 

MWO HAEYO – 뭐해요 – What are you doing?/What’s up?

Mwo Haeyo can be used  like a greeting when you see your friends. It’s the equivalent of “What’s up?” or “What are you doing?” in English. Make sure you rise in intonation at the end of this sentence to indicate a question! You can also use the formal version of this expression which is “Mwo Haseyo (뭐하세요)” but typically, the informal version is just fine.

“Annyeong Haseyo! Mwo Haeyo?”
“안녕 하새요! 뭐 해요?”
“Hello! What’s up?”

Wasssuuuuuupppp?!?!

 

A, GEURAEYO – 아, 그래요 – Oh really?

This expression is generally used to indicate that you are listening and paying attention to the speaker, and that you are following what they are saying. Saying “A, Geuraeyo?” pretty much means “Oh really?” or “Is that so?” but if you just say “Geuraeyo” without the “A” before it, it turns into the statement “That’s right” or “Exactly”. Once again, when saying “A, geuraeyo?” make sure you lift the intonation in your voice to indicate the question. Usually when Koreans use this expression, they have a very interested, almost surprised face.

“Omo! Did you know that Sohee and Seulong are dating??”
“A, Geuraeyo??”

“She’s very pretty.”
“Geuraeyo.” 

A, Geuraeyo??

That’s all for this week’s K-Talk! Have fun with the words! I’ll be posting a Savings Update later in the week so for those interested in saving, keep an eye out!

As for now, 안녕~!

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YG Family Auditions!

So as some of you may know, I am an aspiring singer and a major YG Fan! So when I heard YG Family were having auditions right here in Sydney, I grabbed the opportunity!

I won’t bore you with the minor details but basically, we got to Chatswood very early (mind you I live almost two hours away) and I got to be the 14th Auditionee (is that even a word?) !!

Lucky Number 14!

Like my haircut? 🙂

I sang 아파 (slow) by 2NE1. I knew it was a popular song…. but I didn’t think it was that popular… I was Number 14, and I met two other people who sang the same song before me. Can you imagine how many other people would have sung it after?

Anyway, here’s a little snippet from my audition….

The night before I had completely lost my voice from recording with my band, but thanks to steam inhalations, ginger, honey, lemon and prayers I got my voice back long enough to sing!

Did you audition for YG? Or any other Korean companies such as JYP last year? Rumour has it that SM Town will be having auditions in Sydney later on in the year, so for you Sydney siders out there, keep your eyes peeled!

Anyway, I’m keeping positive but if I don’t get it this time around, YG, you’ll be seeing me again. I’ll be auditioning in Seoul next year. 🙂 I’ll leave you guys with Park Bom’s audition for YG Family!

Extra trivia: Did you know Park Bom was rejected from YG multiple times before finally being accepted after three years? (So to everyone who auditioned, stay positive!)

안녕~!

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