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Thursday, February 09, 2006

. . korea and me . .

Believe it or not, I know nothing about Korea when I was young. Frankly speaking, I didn't even know such a country existed even until the near end of my secondary school days. Not until I met my penpal, Hye Jeong from Korea. Though she didn't really tell me much about Korea, the first thing I noticed was the uniqueness of their eyes. So Ji Sub has the exact Korean guys and in my personal opinion, I find that really cute and sexy!

When I reached poly at around the year 1999 or 2000, my dad brought my whole family to Korea as there was a suddenly tourism boom to promote Korea in Singapore and visiting Korea then was really cheap. If I'm not wrong, each person about SGD$900, not even SGD$1000. Maybe we were lucky to have met a group of great families in my tour group, but I totally enjoyed myself throughout the trip. Love the scenary, love the steamboats we had almost everyday, love the kimchi, love the skiing and many more! That was also my first time experiencing snow too. Well, silly young me even had a huge crush on a guy in my tour group, it just made the whole trip a tad sweeter and very memorable.. hahaha!! *shys away* It was one of my best trips ever! I miss Korea so much even till now.

Soon, Singapore started showing Korean dramas on TV but I wasn't that a huge fan then. All my friends were going ga-ga on Song Seung Hun and Song Hye Kyo, but because I didn't watch any, I didn't join in. Maybe coz there was no dual sound on my TV and I don't like the dubbing, or maybe I can't accept sappy soaps opera in the language which I'm not familiar then. I gave most of them a miss. My first drama, Beautiful Life starring Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo. Lee Byung Hun was the first K-actor whom I first liked. Besides his acting, I've read up on his sincerity towards his fans even in SG, from The New Paper one day, I was impressed. One day, he even called up personally to one of the SG fan's office and talked to her for like 5 to 10 mins! All the way from Korea! I started to discover the sincerity the Korean actors have towards the Korean fans. After I caught Winter Sonata, I'm a goner to Bae Yong Joon. I wish I knew him and Korean showbiz earlier, even before I go for the trip. I may have met him before and I don't even know it!! *pout*

I like Korea a lot, I honestly do and it is not entirely because Yong Joon though he is one of the actors who really make me want to know Korea more and learn their languge and culture. The other actor is Lee Byung Hun. I don't know, many people don't really like the language, but I love it. Love the way their speak, love how noisy it sounded when the locals talked so fast and loud, just love it. I am even more amused by the way how Korean characters are written, many lines and circles.

I don't know about politics and such though I know Korea has a lot of these, but I shan't be bothered too much or get affected by any of it. I just know that Korea is a great place to visit with the magnificient scenary you just can't miss! When am I going again? Probably later this year as I prefer the Wintery season. Am saving up now.. hee hee! Maybe I can be able to meet Yong Joon this time round coz it seems like fans got to meet him face to face unexpectedly these days, I may just be the lucky one?! *cross fingers*


At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you about the beauty of Korean language. I like to hear the sound and the way Korean speak. I like the tone, especially when our Yong Jun speaks. Sometimes I just let my TV on while doing things just to listen to his voice. Now I like everything about Korea and even like to meet Korean. Luckily I live in MacGregor, Queensland,Australia, where many Korean live.

I started to like Korean drama after I watch Hotelier. My friend insisted that it was good drama. I accepted only because of the handsome photo of Yong Jun in the picture. Since then, there is no time without "Yong Jun".

Actually, I am a Muslim women who wears hijab/scarf. I am a good Muslim, I guess, but I also a big fan of Yong Jun and Korean pop culture. I graduated from Japanese Language and Culture. I am thinking of learning Korean Language now.

At 3:19 AM, Anonymous Lorasun said...

I really can relate to everything you have written here... ^__^ I am a Filipina who now considers half of my soul as Korean... haha, actually I am totally clueless about Korea, until, yeah, the Korean Dramas started infesting the local channels here.

And it all started when I viewed and got addiced to Winter Sonata. Gosh, for me it's the ultimate Korean Drama ever. I've heard that, that drama alone boosted Korea's tourism and gave our totally handsome Yong Joon a National Artist Award.

I totally agree with you about South Korea being an interesting place and apart from the dramas, the Language is also nice to listen to.. Hahaha! I did study Basic Korean, and is sooo happy that I could read those lines and circles.. LOL!

But the speaking part needs a lot of practice...haha!

Thanks, for creating this blog about BYJ. I hope our co fans multiply!

I hope you can give me some new updates about our favorite BYJ, It has been sooo long since I have heard rom him, the last news was when April Snow was shown here.

At 7:16 AM, Blogger luvjoon aka chiligoyo said...

Thank you for dropping by, Anonymous (hopefully you can leave me your name in ur next message.. hee!)!

I totally love Korea and her culture! Ahh.. how nice to know that this country brought out so many friendships!

At 7:20 AM, Blogger luvjoon aka chiligoyo said...

Thanks for dropping by too, Lorasun! Winter Sonata and Yong Joon inspired me so much, I created a blog for him and maintained it for almost 2 years.. talk about craziness.. haha!

U are learning Korean? Wow.. I totally can't read but I can grab a few words and description when they talk in the drama and I insist not to watch the dubbing version coz I juz love the way how Korean language sounded! Many says it doesn't sound nice like the way Japanese does, but heck, I still love it.. hee!

I apologise for not updating frequently but I will try my very best! *nod nod*


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