Even before the influx of Korean pop culture all over the world I’ve already started to maintain a love/hate relationship with the country’s offering.
If I were to really think about it, its probably because of their
fast paced fashion style. The colors so bold. Style so eclectic.
People daring enough to wear them.
Or perhaps because I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with a
handful of good natured Koreans before and also because I adore
Sandara Park even before she became Dara.
Before I go on. I would like to emphasize that my opinion is solely
taken from: a: the littlest experience I’ve had with Koreans (who
came here to learn the English language because it is cheaper
compared to English speaking countries) b: watching Korean dramas,
TV news and entertainment and reading Korean pop culture related
List of why I like South Korea
1. Jeju Island
That place just looks so beautiful and bountiful.
2. The piggy back ride
This is better explained by clicking this.
Sourced from one of my favorite websites http://www.dramabeans.com. My thoughts about it? At first I found it uncomfortably creepy then I got used to it. You see, its all over their K-dramas. Then I read the explanation from dramabeans and got over my initial discord with the gesture.
3. The seemingly bottomless liquor pit.
Really. Its as if they treat soju or beer as the would water. I so
miss that, the drinking I mean, I get an allergic reaction when i
do so I completely stopped drinking.
4. The digital locks on doors.
I must admit I don’t like that at all. I like using metal keys that
jiggle and dangles every time its being used. But hey, I do like the
sound of beep-beep-beep every time the code is keyed in.
5. The mini albums.
You know, I think, a standard record is a waste in Korea. Although
fan bases are very aggressive to show their support and dedication
towards idols they also seem to want and crave for “new singles”
every time. I wouldn’t know for sure but it seems like it, so correct me if I’m mistaken.
Now that I’ve said at least 5 of why I like about South Korean culture and lifestyle, allow me to move on to the more dispensable but highly appreciated K-pop!
I don’t have a specific group, duo or solo singer that I love entirely. Mainly because I might go crazy over one song by a certain performer/s BUT be totally disgusted with another.
Here’s a list of songs in play list this month:
Daybreak – Space
Flower – She
2NE1 – I am the best
NS Yoon-G – If you love me
Ji Hyun Woo- Baby Elephant
Juniel – Cat day
K. Will – Please don’t
Mighty Mouth feat Yoon Eun Hee
Park Jiyoon – V8 02 그럴꺼야
Secret – Shy Boy
Big Baby Driver – Spring, I love you best
M Signal feat Kim Ye Rim – The two of us
Big Bang – Fantastic baby
G Dragon – CrayOn
I have about 600 (really I do have about 600 mp3s and mp4s) more. No, they’re not all comprised of K-pop, some are 70’s and 80’s music from UK and the US, J-pop and C-pop and of course Original Pinoy Music.
One of the most important that I like about Korea is their food. Here’s one of my favorites.
I never heard of this until I watched an Edward Kwon show in one of his previous travel episodes, or so, I can’t remember. This one is the easiest to make though it may not taste like the authentic bibimbap.
What I find amazing about bibimbap (mixed vegetables in rice with sauce and meat) is that it can be eaten cold. Like making a take away from your fridge or left overs.
So anyways, I’d really like to talk about K-dramas. I do have a lot to say. However, I feel, they deserve the same space per post that I give my favorite American dramas.
Oh right, I’ve said this a lot of times and I’d like to say it again. I adore Sandara Park, now better known as Dara. Not because she’s become more fashion forward, confident and world famous but because I think she’s still the same Sandara who graced our local screen years ago. Afterall she’s an honorary Pinay. Thank you Oh-Dara.com for the updates.