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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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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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YG Entertainment Month: 2NE1 vs BIGBANG

So in the past 72 hours alone, YG Entertainment have released two new videos from their two biggest acts: 2NE1 and BIGBANG.

Which one is your favourite? Check them out below:

Scream – 2NE1

Fantastic Baby – BIGBANG

Personally, I have no bias here. They are my two favourite K-Pop groups and I like them both on an equal level. I find that their colour schemes are very similar in their respective MVs however I enjoy 2NE1’s clip more. I find that 2NE1 are more into their clip (movement wise) and it makes me want to get into it more, whereas Big Bang’s MV is more laid back. On the other hand, I love Big Bang’s set design and just overall costumes more (however I’m definitely going to be stealing 2NE1’s style from “Scream”).

Don't make me choose.

In terms of the actual songs itself, I can’t choose a favourite. They’re both extremely catchy and both have great hooks… I don’t know whether I want to “Boom Shakalaka” or “Scream! Ah Ah Ah Ah!”

Anyway, I’ve just got to say that Dara looks amazing! Loving all her styles. And Minzy’s hair looks great!

Annyeong~!

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Major Setback: Pt. 2

Piggy isn't happy.

I’ve been doing so well saving up but some things you just can’t help. Today I bought Big Bang’s new album “Alive”. I bought two copies. One with all of Big Bang on the cover and the other was G-Dragon’s edition. Don’t worry, they’re not both for me! One is for Chantel who is turning 20 in approximately 10 minutes! (Happy Birthday Chantelly Belly! I hope you don’t see this until tomorrow)

Also, Die Antwoord’s concert is next Friday and as I said in my first blog “10 Ways to Save for Korea” they’re one of my Must See concerts of 2012 and I am not going to let myself miss this.

So in the past two days alone I have spent just over $100 … and I have to buy my $30 train ticket tomorrow. Damn.

But on the other hand, I went for my job interview yesterday and I’d have to say it went pretty well! The rates are incredible and if things go well, I’ll have enough for Korea sooner than expected. I don’t want to count my eggs before they’ve hatched though so we’ll just see how it goes and I’m just hoping for the best. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a banana with a face on it.

Omnomnom~!

Welcome to my little (but growing) YG Collection, Alive!

🙂

That’s all for now! Wish me luck for this job!

Annyeong~!

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What songs do you show a K-Pop n00b?

K-Pop is getting more and more popular with each passing day especially with all these groups trying to break into the International market. I mean, Billboard has a K-Pop Hot 100 chart, SNSD were on The Late Show with David Letterman a couple of weeks ago, 2NE1 are working with Will.I.Am, and Hyuna had so many comments from foreigners on her Bubble Pop video when it came out on Youtube (mostly because of not-so-innocent and non K-Pop related reasons).

I'm sure Bill Murray feels the heat!

But what songs do you show someone who’s never listened to or given K-Pop a chance?

I believe K-Pop isn’t too different to Western music. There’s something for everyone. This is just my opinion but I don’t think you can limit K-Pop to just straight pop. You have Big Bang for your Hip Hop lovers, CN Blue & FT Island for the rockers, Clazziquai for the Jazz Cats, (Some) Park Bom for the Balladeers, Wondergirls for the Motown folk, and SuperJunior for the “Big Band” fans (lel) :/ … the list is endless.

I think all you have to do when you’re showing someone K-Pop for the first time is match their music tastes to the K-Pop group. Obviously you wouldn’t show an acoustic fan a B.A.P. song and you wouldn’t show a heavy rocker dude an SNSD song. It’s all just a matter of matching the music to the person.

B.A.P.

Anyway, the reason I came to writing this post was because I had an assessment at uni today. What we had to do was choose a song we like and re-arrange it into a new genre. Most of the people in my class have not listened to K-Pop (if they’re listening to world music, it would most likely be Latin) so what I did was sing “The Boys” by Girls Generation and I re-arranged it into a Motown shuffle feel. I got a few giggles from the class when I said I took a K-Pop song but in the end I definitely enjoyed it and I’m sure other people liked it too.

So here’s a list of what I think are some great introductory K-Pop tunes in no particular order:

  1. Nobody – Wondergirls

    How can you go past this song? This song started my K-Pop journey for me, and along with the Korean version, there’s an English version too to slowly ween people onto the genre.
  2. Fiction – B2ST

  3. Trouble Maker – Hyuna & JS

    Two words: Sex Sells.
  4. Hate You – 2NE1

    I put this one in the list more for the video clip. It’s different and I’m sure people will appreciate it.
  5. Gee – Girls Generation

  6. 직감 – CN Blue

  7. Haru Haru – Big Bang

    Don’t think I’m going to finish this post without adding at least one Big Bang song. (VIP!) If you haven’t already checked out their  new tracks “Bad Boy” and “Blue” from their new album “Alive” do so now!

Anyhoo, these were just the songs that popped into my head as I wrote the post. There are so many more songs that I could add (but I’m sleepy now). Let me know what songs you would show a K-Pop n00b in the comments below!

Annyeong~!

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Saving Update: Saving on the side

Being a full-time musician and student makes it a great deal harder to save up for anything. I get the occasional gig here and there but as many of you know, unless you’re a worldwide superstar, being a musician doesn’t pay greatly. But don’t get me wrong! I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way however it becomes a great dilemma when you’re trying to save up for Korea!

Performing with my band "Enter the Ninja"

So how can I save any other way?

Obviously, there’s having a job which would be my number one option. I quit my job last year once I became a full time student and since then my bank account gradually became emptier and emptier. Being a student isn’t cheap. Every week my public transport expenses costs me $30, I have to spend for food if I don’t want to starve myself, plus there are tuition fees. As I mentioned in my 10 Ways to Save For Korea post, I’ve begun packing lunches for uni but occasionally I do want to eat some nice hot food and sometimes my packed lunch just isn’t enough. Either way, if I’m packing lunches or buying at uni, I’m still spending none-the-less.

Anyway, I’ve applied for a few jobs and I have an interview on Thursday! (Woo!) I’ll just have to deal with being an employed full-time student somehow.

Regardless of what I’ve mentioned above, here are some things I’ve been doing to help fill up my piggy!

  1. Busking


    Yesterday I went busking for the first time with Frances! We used this opportunity as a paid rehearsal before a gig we had afterwards. It was daunting at first singing in public in front of strangers but then, think about it. As a musician, I sing in front of strangers all the time. Most people loved it, and we even had a little audience by the end of it all. It was great! And to be honest, the income was fantastic. I made more money busking than playing actual gigs. The money you pay for a busking license is pretty much remitted back to you on your first busk.I think I’ll be busking more often.  Yep, definitely.
  2. Giving Lessons
    We’re all particularly good at something and there are always people wanting to get better at that something you do. I’m a singer so recently I decided I’d give some singing lessons to beginners for heaps cheap. And when I say cheap, I mean cheap. You get more business that way.
  3. Gigs

    One day I'll have my own Big Show

    My band Enter the Ninja and I have been gigging around Sydney since late 2010. However, until the day we get as big as Big Bang, originals bands just don’t earn nearly enough but it is a great way to save on the side. Fighting~!

Anyway, Piggy is getting fatter and fatter! I’ve just got to keep finding ways to feed her!

Feed me~!

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Why Korea?

Over the past few weeks, this has been the most common question I’ve received from my colleagues, my family, friends and just everyone really.

Of all the places in the world, why Korea?

Even the Koreans are asking why.

Initially, Korea wasn’t high up on my list. I just got back from a 3 month holiday in the Philippines and during that time I brainstormed a few places my friends and I could visit next year. Top on my list were Boracay (Philippines) or the Gold Coast in Sunny Brisvegas. Both beautiful places with tropical climates. Neither one too far from home and both well within our price ranges.

So I messaged my friends on facebook to suggest my ideas… turns out since I was gone for such a long period of time (2 and a half months at that point), there were already ruminations about going to Korea! So there goes Boracay and the Gold Coast… but at the end of the day this was actually a lot more exciting for me. It’s a lot different to what I’m used to in terms of holidays. I’ve already been to both Boracay and the Gold Coast, both of which are summery beach places. I’m from Sydney so I could easily just drive down the coast to Bondi, but how often do I see snow?? Never! We’re going in February which most probably means snow! YAY!

Anyhoo…

My friends have been massive fans of Korean culture for a long time. Kpop, Kdrama, Kfashion – you name it.

Btw, Happy Valentines Day 😉

I was fairly late to the entire Korean Culture boom when I got into it in 2009. Chantel introduced me to f(x)’s songs “Chu” and “La Chata”, and Cat introduced me to the Kdrama “My Girl” and I guess that’s what got the ball rolling for me. Also, during this time was the massive WONDERGIRLS boom and  fortunately (or unfortunately?) for me I was holidaying in the Philippines (read: Asia) at this point and “Nobody” was playing on the radio, on TV, in shopping centres and everywhere, constantly. You’d think the radio DJ had fallen asleep and left “Nobody” on repeat.

Anyway, I guess from that point my interest in Korean culture started to grow. From there I started discovering my own favourite Korean related things (2NE1 and Big Bang anybody??) and basically, I developed an interest in all things Korean (which was fed by my slightly K-obsessed friends).

So now you know a little about my background in regards to Korean culture, still, why Korea?

Personally, I am going because I want a change. Korea is very different in terms of what I’m used to in terms of culture,  climate and latitude/longitude. Korea will be my first holiday as an adult and by that I mean it’ll pretty much be the first time I’ll be away from Mommy and Daddy (aww) for such a period of time, and it’ll be my first non-family oriented holiday. I’ve been to other places but I’ve always gone with my family and I guess this upcoming holiday will be testing  my independence and my ability to hold myself as an adult in the big wide world. This is my main reason for going.

Otherwise, other than the fact that my friends are going, I have many reasons for going… especially after discovering Eat Your Kimchi’s youtube channel last year singing praises for Korean life. If you haven’t met Simon and Martina of Eat Your Kimchi yet, I suggest you head over to their website now. NOW! (Just make sure you don’t have any work to do because I can assure you that you’ll be there for awhile.)

Simon, Martina & the Spudgy!

Anyway, Eat Your Kimchi have started a segment recently called W.A.N.K. (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea!) where they travel to different places to review it so I suggest you check that out if you intend to travel there anytime soon. Other than that, they have K-Pop Mondays where they review songs and they also have TL;DR for any of your (mostly) Korea related questions.

In their blogs they make Korea look so amazing, which I’m very sure it is! Pretty much everything they have reviewed is on our itinerary from Namsan tower to Se7en’s restaurant.

So I’m going to wrap this blog up now and in my upcoming posts I guess I’ll write a little about the places my friends and I plan to visit.

Are there any places in Korea that you recommend? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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