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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jeju Draft Plan

Can't wait for my Jeju trip with my baby! He's coming to visit me on 19th August for two weeks, and I'm counting down the days~~~~~~~~~

This time next month, I will be sipping Jeju orange juice on the patio, here~ ^^

[Photos taken from Green Castle - which is the B&B we'll be staying at~]


I was searching online for a complete 4D3N Jeju itinerary but the info is so scattered. There are more on Chinese forum websites though... I'm so totally gonna blog about it when I get back! ^^

My Jeju trip plan (4D3N)
Day 1
Rent a car
Loveland (sex museum)
Mysterious road (turn off the car engine and watch it go uphill)
Lunch - black pork BBQ
Horse farm
Check-in Green Castle
Evening stroll by the beach
Lotte hotel volcano show

Day 2
Visit waterfall that falls into the sea (正房瀑布)
Hot air balloon park
Lonely Rock 孤立岩
Teddy bear museum
中文观光区
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (天地渊)

Day 3
Watch sunrise at Seongsan Ilchubong
Manjanggul lava tube
Gimnyeong maze garden
山君不离火山口 volcanic crater
Chocolate museum/ Glass museum/ Herbs garden

Day 4
Dragon head rock 龙头岩
Jeju-si (Jeju town)

Monday, July 26, 2010

What's your blood type?


Here in Korea, people don't usually ask "What's your horoscope?" Instead, they prefer to ask "What's your bloodtype?"

According to Wikipedia, this Korean practice is somewhat similar to the Japanese practice of using blood types to gauge someone's personality. This link shows how the Koreans interpret the personalities according to different bloodtype groups.

From Wikipedia,
"There is a popular belief in Japan that a person's bloodtype or ketsueki-gata is predictive of their personality, temperament, and compatibility with others. Ultimately deriving from ideas of historical scientific racism, the popular belief originates with publications by Masahiko Nomi in the 1970s."

During Korean language class, our teacher divided us into 4 groups according to bloodtype - "A, B, AB, O". I didn't find it peculiar at the moment, because dividing into 4 groups is definitely easier than dividing into 12 star signs, right?

Then, during dinner with my Korean friend, I was playing with his military tag when he took back the tag and asked me to guess what bloodtype he is. So I guessed AB because AB is the minority bloodtype and I feel that he is one of the minority Korean guys who are actually intelligent, hardworking, non-xenophobic AND nice to me. :P Then he told me he is Type B, and the bloodtype is printed on the tag too.

Two tags: one short and one long. Printed on the tags are "Air Force, military number, name (I think in ASCII code or something) and bloodtype".

Then I asked him to guess my bloodtype and he said I was definitely 100% O type because I am cool girl and have bright personality... Yay~

By the way, after serving two years in the military, Koreans still have to go back for reserve army training for one day every year for six years. Korea is very strict about military training because technically, North Korea and South Korea are still at war because they never signed a peace treaty. If someone were to purposely go overseas to avoid military service, then he will be barred from returning to Korea until he is 40 years old~

Me wearing my friend's army cap~ Had to crop off his face from the pic cos "somebody" said he's jealous~

Btw, there's a Korean romantic comedy called "My Boyfriend is Type B". Type B guys are stereotyped to be the "bad boy" type (나쁜 남자) in Korea. Type B guys are perceived as being selfish and mercurial, quick to anger and unreliable. That said, their bad boy image makes them very attractive to women, however while they are seen to be good boyfriend material, they are not considered to be good husband material... hahaha. Should be interesting to watch and I can't wait till it finishes the download!

Synopsis from IMDB:
Young-bin and Ha-mi meet by accident after a row over him ruining her cellphone. She believes he and she were destined to meet, but the problem is, he has blood-type B, making him spontaneous and emotional but unreliable. Her sister, running a dating-agency based on selection by blood-types, opposes the friendship, as she's convinced that Ha-mi, with blood-type A, making her soft, introvert and shy, will only end up as another victim of his whims and arrogance.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What a difference a day makes

My version of romance:

Sipping cranberry juice (the dark, red juice and taste is a temporary stand-in for red wine) while listening to Dinah Washington's "What A Difference A Day Makes" at night.

Singing the bluesy tune through videocall with my hubby while he's laying under the comfy covers, getting ready to fall asleep. (He used to sing me Coldplay's "Till Kingdom Come" while he was in the USA and I was under the covers falling asleep in Malaysia.)

Re-watching "Chungking Express" (sorry "California Dreamin'", I graduated from hippy pop to the blues now) and (still) ogling over Tony Leung (everybody was so young back then). Faye Wong replacing stuff in Tony Leung's apartment when he's out, adding more goldfish, changing his slippers, sticking a childhood photograph of herself on his mirror, changing his ex-gf's CD from "What A Difference" to "California Dreamin'"...) 当你爱上一个人,你会想把他潜移默化地占有。

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summery Things ^^

It's officially SUMMER time now, and...

Damn, I missed my dorm's first serving of samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) today! Koreans like to eat boiling hot samgyetang during the summer (以热攻热), and they eat it three times during summer - the first day of summer (which is today), middle of summer, and last day of summer.

What's up, summery stuff?

My exotic-ly colored plant given to me by Pearly on my birthday, which I codenamed Jurassic, almost died the other day. I came back from my Suncheon/Yeosu roadtrip to find it sprawling limply on my desk. Oh no! It must be the summer heat... Magically enough, once I'd revived it with water, the plant "stood up" again and its color is now more vibrant than ever!~

I also stuck a heart-shaped rod into the plant which came as a cardholder in the bouquet of flowers Leo ordered for me. ^^

Come summer, bring out your fans!~

Here you can see people walking around with handheld electric fans blowing into their faces. So I went and got myself one from Daiso for 1000won (RM2.70)~ The pink TV shaped fan I put on my lab desk is a free gift cos I bought something~ ^^

And Moroccan Rose face mist from Nature Republic! I spray it into my face each time I get back from the sweltering heat, and instantly, it makes me feel like a woman~ ^^

There's this beautiful bush near my lab building which just bloomed~ I love the tissue paper-like flowers!~

And more accessories to fill up my jewelery box for summer! Diamante-heart shaped charm bracelet with "name, tel, birth, bloodtype" metal tag on it (3900 won)... I think I could just show this to the guys if they ask for it, hehehe~ And cute little doggie earrings... for only 1000won (RM2.60)

And 1000won aromatherapy incense from Daiso which come in a pack of four scents - sandal wood, jasmine, cinnamon and vanilla! Going to turn my dorm room into a spaland tonight!~ ^^

And, I'm totally hooked onto this song from The Pancakes (a solo girl indie band from Hong Kong) called "Tamagawa". Lyrics:

Everyone has a secret
Many authors are sad
Look at the children over there
What is our difference
Why do they smile
Why do we cry

All that i need is a hand to guide me through the rain
All that i need is a friend to hold me when i faint
All that i need is a man to take away my pain
All that i need is just Ben just Ben
To call my name again and again

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Piano Recital

On Tuesday, we went to watch a Piano Recital. The solo pianist was my church friend Edie Kang's elder sister - Kang Hye-Duk. The recital was held at Haeundae Cultural Center near Jangsan Station.


Program Flow:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Französische Suite V
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata No. 10 Op. 14-2
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) - 8Klavierstück Op.76
Bela Bartók (1881-1945) - Allegro Barbaro

OK, I'm not familiar with any of the above classical pieces cos I didn't learn theory nor piano, only organ pop. Time to start learning to appreciate classical music!

Taken outside the cultural hall before the piano recital started - Ivy, Shirly, Beelie and me. Luckily I had Beelie sitting beside me to explain some of the music stuff!

All of us with Kang Hye-Duk after the performance.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Damyang Bamboo Forest and Railbike 夏日出游~

夏天到了... 是出游的好时候~
上个礼拜六和朋友们跟着一日游团巴去观光
价钱是一个人 45,000韩币(RM120),旅行团会带我们去四个地方

坐了三个小时的巴士后,我们到达第一站,潭阳竹林~

竹林深处

地上有泥浆湿湿的,有点怕滑倒
竹子长得有点密,阳光很难透进来,再加上当天云层很厚,所以照相有点难度~
也因为竹子长得密,很难想象有那种《卧虎藏龙》章子怡追赶周润发的那一幕
但看告示牌,也有韩国战争电影在这里拍摄

有人把名字刻在竹子上

还有瀑布,我们从旁边勺了山水来喝,很清凉的感觉
还有到处可以见到熊猫,都是假的,没什么好照相~

xxx

整个 trip 最好的东西来啦... 就是... 午餐时间!赫赫~
好特别的竹筒饭,还有很多的盘餐~
这一个人要 7000韩币哦,已经包进旅费了

竹筒饭里有糙米,泡参,枣子,还有妈妈最爱的 pine nut~ 哈哈
整个饭是香泡参味的~

很多很多的盘餐~
中间的叫"된장찌개"(doenjang jjigae), 是用豆酱(taucu),豆腐,小螃蟹煲成的汤,是我的最爱!
还有辣猪肉(duru jigi),煎鱼,冬菇,鹌鹑蛋,当然少不了泡菜~

xxx

下一站,到下面这地方参观,是一条大路,两边有高大的树,也是夏天冬天著名的取景之地哦~

我可爱的朋友 yoyo,马来西亚人,比我小两岁
海报里的是著名的韩国电视节目《两天一夜》,曾经到过这里拍摄哦~

xxx

接下来,第三个地点是参观铁路博物馆/玫瑰花园
里面有旧式的火车,木造火车站,等等...

哈哈我还真的跟火车站蛮有缘分的...
我的摄影相簿里好像在收集火车站
从美国 Grand Canyon 的 Canyon Railway,还有 Scottsdale 的 圣诞铁路 , 还有台湾的菁桐铁路,都是让我留下回忆的地方~

记得这电影吗?太极旗飘扬 《Taegugi》,演员是张东健和当年很红的元斌,距离现在,好像很久了~

xxx

玫瑰花园,还有荷兰式风车

第一次见到这么多太阳花~

原来太阳花还没成熟之前是这个样子的,象把绿色的电风扇~

还有一些石像,第一个想跳湖的是谁我不知道~
第二个据说是一千韩币的妈妈~

还有象被血染的玫瑰~ 漂亮之中带有点恐怖~

当天天气实在太闷热了,很晒是没有,因为太阳透不过密布的云层,但真的非常 humid~

远远在稻田的另一边的一排黄色,全都是太阳花~ 好美哦~

xxx

最后一站,去坐四人铁路脚车 - railbike!
我觉得整程最特别最好玩的在这里了

Railbike is a new type of leisure sport that combines biking along a railway and scenic views. Rail bikes are commonly found in the mountainous regions of Europe. The sport makes use of an abandoned railway track that runs for a total of 5km long and is a continuous descent that is easy to ride along clean valley waters and crimson red foliage. There are 2-person (110 kilograms) and 4-person rail bikes (138 kilograms). Despite its large size, a rail bike runs quite smoothly so it is sufficient for one person to pedal a 4-person rail bike at speeds of 10 to 30 kilometers per hour.

iRiver D100 and more...

First semester has ended and summer break has begun. Well, to put a conclusion on my first semester, I passed with flying colours in my exams and also traveled to many places. Seen snow, sakura, and met some great friends here. My research work could go better, but I also wrote my first paper and attended my first conference as a presenter. More on that to come, if I'm in the mood! :-)

Summer break has already begun and I'm taking extra Korean classes to learn the language! The Korean class is actually for undergraduate students only who want to take TOPIK Level 3 & 4 Exams. TOPIK is something like our MUET exam for the Korean language and Level 3 & 4 is really advanced. Most of the students in the class are from China and there is one girl from Japan. However, son saeng nim (teacher) has kindly let me, Janice, Pearly and Bryan attend the class for free. It's really difficult... vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, making sentences, listening... and to make it extra difficult, son saeng nim teaches wholly in Korean. I have to pick up... fast!

So, I bought myself a digital dictionary to make my learning easier. I'm gonna use it for two years here, so I'd might as well get a good one! Presenting the iRiver D100...

iRiver is a Korean brand that manufactures mp3 players, e-dictionaries, etc. Isn't it beautiful in baby pink? I bought it for around RM500. It comes with a carrying case and it's touch screen. Dictionary functions have English-Korean, Korean-English, Chinese-Korean, Korean-Chinese, Oxford English, thesaurus, Jap, French etc. Other than dictionary functions, I can use it to watch movies, play mp3s, play flash games, sound recording, and digital photo album!

When I got it via delivery yesterday, I couldn't wait to play with my baby iRiver! However I was sooooooo disappointed to find that I couldn't change the system language into English nor Chinese... so frustrating!!! Everything's in Korean, the menu, the push buttons, user manual... It was so frustrating for me because it's like, I spent RM500 and I can't even navigate it and it's something I bought for convenience's sake yet I have to spend time learning what all the menu buttons mean! So disappointed...

So I went to ask Pearly and it seems that her Intec brand e-dictionary is the same, all in Korean! Then Bryan told me if I wanna get a digital device that has English in it I'd have to buy Apple products... but the iPod Touch costs double the price of my iRiver! Arghhhh... so... what's been done been done, guess I'll just have to live with it and learn how to push the right buttons!

This is my Korean class material for summer. Learning to translate from Hanja (Chinese character) to Korean writing. Some Korean word pronunciation are similar to Chinese, but not all... nevertheless if you know a bit of Chinese it's easier to pick up Korean.

OK, moving on to other things...

This is what I had for tea break yesterday. Plain tasting wafer biscuits and plain tasting coffee. Everything is low calorie here is it!

And my latest summer spoils from Gmarket online... kekeke... can't wait to wear them out! Oh yeah, and my new hairstyle too... actually not much different from the previous one just the color... :">

Plain white angel wing one-piece dress

Must have piece for summer!

Flowery skirt

And another Bohemian style cotton lace blouse which makes me look like I'm pregnant here!