Hook, Line and Sinker for IU!

Phew,it has been awhile since I’ve written in my blog. 2017 was a really difficult year for me in all areas. However, I’m glad I survived it and made it with much difficulty into 2018. 

Due to the crazy amount of pressure and stress I was going through, I did something I’ve never done before I’m impulse. I travelled solo and attended a concert in Seoul! 

I’ve liked IU for quite a few years now but in 2017, she outdid herself. I paid close to $1k for my air ticket to fly to Seoul for her concert on 10 Dec. It was amazing!! If you have followed my posts, you’ll know I’m a Big Bang fan but I’ve never travelled to watch their concerts overseas. In fact, I think it’s quite fanatical to do so. Anyway, I did this time round to distress and think through some major decisions. With difficulty, I managed to get the concert tickets. 

It was surreal to touchdown and watch her concert on the same day. It’s the first time I’m watching her live and the concert was 5 hours long! Her voice is amazingly good and she was a genuine person. I loved the fact that she was comfortable enough with fans to wear her going home clothes to perform her en-encore. I had 1 song in mind that I hoped she would perform and she did! Thanks to Mr Drummer for suggesting it to her! 

After going for many concerts, I dare say that this is the best I’ve been to. I’m definitely planning to go for 1 or 2 of IU’s concerts this year if time and money permits! Now I know why her concert tickets get sold out in a flash. My spirits were truly uplifted after the concert.

Here’s a photo I took and a link to the en-encore for your enjoyment.

I hope your 2017 has been better than mine and Happy New Year!

3대천왕 The Nation’s Big Three Restaurants

Current I am watching 2 food shows, both hosted by Baek Jeong Won, owner of Bornga Restaurant and many more. The shows are 3대천왕 (The Nation’s Big Three) and 집밥 백선생 (Home Food Rescue or Mr. Baek The Homemade Food Master). In this post, I want to focus on 3대천왕. Every week, based on locals recommendation, Baek Jeong Won will visit the different provinces to eat the selected dish. Based on the visits, the show will invite 3 of the best, 1 from each province to cook in front of a live audience.

This show really got me drooling big time and thanks to it, I have been eating Korean food every week. Since I am pretty determined to go to Korea in 2016, I want to keep a record of the places so I can visit them! I will not be recording all the episodes here but selected ones that I am interested in. As usual, with all my food posts, this is a working document and it will be updated constantly.

Warning: Formatting will not be consistent! It’s for me to take quick notes.

Information from this Korean blog, includes food pics from the show.
1) Busan – 재기식당 (Featured but was not showcased in the live show)
Address: 부산 영도구 절영로 49번길 25
Phone: 051-418-0526
Opening hours: 11:00~21:30
Menu: 돼지국밥 5000원, 순대국밥 5000원, 내장국밥 5000원

Fried Chicken


Bindaetteok from Gwangmyeong market Seoul 광장시장
More info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/tkmh1982/220594076252

평창동 Olympics Market 메밀전
To order: buckwheat jeon – 배추, kimchi, 두드래기
Info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/hyeblue5/220556310153

Seoul 사당동 모둠전 (not featured live)
맛집 – 전주전집
영업시간 – 15:30 ~ 02:00
연락처 – 02-581-1419
가격 – 22,000원 (not included in assorted jeon: bindaetteok, chilli pepper jeon, oyster jeon, pajeon and potato jeon)
주소 – 서울 동작구 사당동 1032-1
휴무 – 연중무휴
추가정보 – 일요일 14:00 ~ 24:00
Info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/hosi1030/220591367887

Dongnae-gu, Busan
Info from: http://m.blog.naver.com/thfleur/220553963487
1) 동래할매파전 (not featured live but this place is the “grandmaster” of jeon that have done it for a long time – expensive!)
For more info: http://m.blog.naver.com/ym001482/220588708564

2) 소문난동래파전
For more info: http://m.blog.naver.com/ferrycross/220580590529


Address of all the places: eighty4 Blog

AWAD – Oh I see 그렇군요 (phrase)

Recently, I have been using HelloTalk quite frequently. I realised that Koreans use the phrase 그렇군요 (geu-reo-gun-yo) often. Since then, I have been using this phrase during my communications with them. This is an example of how I used the phrase.

Friend: We have about 15 – 20 days of annual leave each year.
J: 그렇군요.

Simple! Just use 그렇군요 instead of ‘I see’ or ‘Oh I see’. So go forth and use it. 🙂

Foodie picks for Korea in 2016

I think I have a serious addiction. I am addicted to Korean food blogs. I might not be able to read everything but foodporn goes beyond words. Just the picutures is enough to keep me drooling and looking forward to it. I am planning to go back to South Korea in 2016 with a few close friends. Yay!

Since then, I have started to plan for our foodventures. 2 of us are pretty big YG stans so I should include a couple of them in my foodie picks. I would love to try some Eat Your Kimchi recommendations and some popular Korean places I did not get to go to last year.

This will be a working document so it will seem incomplete. My blog seems like the best place to record all my information. If you have certain dishes that you want to try,  leave me a comment. If I have the time, I may do the research for you. Or if you have a die die must try recommendation, please leave me a comment too! I love love recommendations for tried and tested places. 🙂

Nasi Goreng (Winner’s Fav?) – I am not sure how accurate is the information but according to a Twitter account, this is where Winner goes for their nasi goreng. No confirmation yet though!

Sinju Yang Kko Chi (신주양꼬치) – I was drooling after watching this chinese lamb skewer EYK video! EYK posted the address: 360-24 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul but I had problems finding the shop on Google Maps. After some digging, I finally found the name of the place, Sinju Yang Kko Chi “신주양꼬치“. If you want to search it on Naver, please include the words Hongdae in your search. Otherwise you may be pointed to another restaurant in Jeju! You can read more about it at blog 1, blog 2. The stuff to try: lamb skewers “양꼬치” and spicy lamb skewers “매운양꼬치”. It’s open from 5pm to 5am, till 6am on weekends.

Royal Cuisine – I have always wanted to try the royal cuisine since I watched Dae Jang Geum at least 5 times. LOL. I blame my addicted parents. Recently, EYK did a video of it (found here!). However, the name of the restaurant seem to be incorrect. It seems to be called Jimiwon “지미원“. I found a Korean blog talking about it with the same address. The address is: 전북 군산시 나운동 870-10. There is another famous one which was mentioned in EYK’s blog that is located in Seoul!


BBQ – I ❤ it!
401 (Running man Haha) – It was quite a pity I did not get to try it when I went to Seoul. So I’ll definitely drop by next year.
[Hongdae Outlet] 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 395-17  / 395-17 Seogyo-dong (23 Jandari-ro) – closest to Honggik Univ. Station Exit 9
[Myeongdong Outlet] 서울특별시 중구 명동 10길 41 참피온빌딩 8층 / 8FI, Champion bldg, 41, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu Seoul – closest to Myeongdong Station Exit 8

** Please note that Paljamakchang opened by Gary, Running Man is no longer in operation! It’s closed! Do not go.

3 brothers (YG!)

GeolGuNe WangGobchang(걸구네왕곱창) – Of all places, I caught up with my primary school mate in Seoul! She recommended this BBQ restaurant in Itaewon and it was pretty good. I’m still craving for the pork rind. This blogger went to the same place and wrote about it. I had an additional order of gopchang. The address is: 서울특별시 용산구 이태원1동, 전화번호:02-795-3992. You can check out the map from this blog: http://blog.naver.com/sir_goni?Redirect=Log&logNo=220347807033

Yeolbong (Se7en) – This is one of my favourite meals in Seoul. Tasty and spicy!
Cafe Miel
Ohjju Sincheon
AND.here Cafe (BIGBANG Seungri’s mom)

Gwangjang Market
Majang Meat Market – Actually I have half-written this post. It deserves a post of its own. The most VFM beef BBQ meal in Korea!

Variety Shows Recommendations
Infinity Challenge (무한도전): K-BOB Team by JunHa and HaHa (Episode 453 and 454) – food tour of local restaurants
AhHyeonDong Ganjang Gejang(아현동간장게장) – Recommended: Ganjang Gejang (간장게장); K-blog reads: Blog 1, Blog 2
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 아현동 282-1; 282-1 Ahyeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Sat 11 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm; Closed on Sundays.

GoHyangJib (고향집) – Recommended: Bossam (보쌈) and Pollack (황태구이); K-blog reads: Blog 1 – Pollack, Blog 2, Blog 3
Address: 서울특별시 강남구 언주로134길 20; 20 Eonju-ro 134-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: 02-543-6363

Gwangjang Market
Monsant (몽상) Cafe (BIGBANG GDragon) – It will be open in October 2015! I’m glad GD is finally moving into the F&B business. I think it’s long overdue. 🙂

If you have not seen pictures of Monsant you should really check it out! It looks amazing at sunset and who knows, you might bump into an artist or two. Or even a guerilla concert, like Hyukoh.

Always Wanted to Learn Korean in Korea?

Truthfully I don’t expect myself posting anything about Korean in this blog until I finish my part time studies. However, Korean seems to be my current procrastination activity of choice. If you have always wanted to study in Korea, like me, this post is for you!

If I did not take up my studies, I would have taken up the 3 weeks intensive Korean programme in SNU or Ehwa. Since I am unable to and had to even ditch my TOPIK exams, I’m pretty disappointed that my official learning journey ended this way. I’m still trying to learn through immersion by watching dramas, variety shows and listening to music.

Recently I found about about The Cyber University of Korea or CUK in short. They provide structured lessons that I find is similar to normal classes of I were to take them. The best part of it, it’s free.


If I complete the 4 levels, it should equip me for TOPIK 3. As you would imagine, I am excited at this find. I’m addition, I believe that this course is just as good as a course taken in a university, less the vis-a-vis element, because of the course creators.

What made me like this more than other online Korean university classes is the structured learning that is matched to TOPIK, the video lessons, pdf files of the lesson and online test for me to know my standard.

If you are interested to pick up Korean at your own pace, yet follow a syllabus that will be similar to any Korean university, check out Quick Korean now. It’s free and can be accessed even via mobile.