"Don’t underestimate KPOP fans, their hearts are purer than anyone else.
They love courageously. They try their best to tackle difficult obstacles, language and culture barrier.
KPOP FANS symbolizes PEACE. They don’t discriminate based in race.
They befriend people with the same interest from different countries.
They are more passionate and warm than anyone else."
A Psychologist, 2012.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

[2014 KOREA TRIP] Day 1: Nami Island (남이섬) + Yeoju Green Village

Hi guys! Finally i'm here with a post about my trip to Korea last October! I went to Korea with my friend, kind of celebrating our college graduation hehehe! Yay <3 We were on Private Tour for our first 3 days, and after that we explore Korea by our self. During the private tour, we were given a guide (he is also our driver). 

Now, let's take a look at my first day of this Korea Trip! 시~~~작!

Nami Island 
October 19th, 2014: After 6+ hours flight (and 2 hours transit), we finally arrived in Seoul, South Korea! ^_^ As soon as we arrived in the Arrival Gate, we spot our guide Mr. Lee holding our name board. Our first destination is the famous Nami Island (남이섬)! Mr. Lee kindly told us about the history of Nami Island during our long drive (about 2,5hours). Too bad i didn't remember any of it now lol T_T

Since we went on Sunday, it was super crowded and took us more than half hour to get a parking spot. After a little walk, we finally ready to depart to Nami Island by ferry. The ferry was really crowded, but thanks to Mr. Lee, we managed to take some photos on our ferry ride.

// Our first selca in Nami Island :D //

We were greeted with super beautiful view as soon as we arrived in the island! Fallen leaves everywhere. It was a great choice to visit this island during Autumn! ^_^ The weather was also super nice, a bit cold because of the breeze. 

We took some photos with the help of Mr. Lee, and it turns out very beautiful! lol <3 He even told us how to pose ^_^ Here's some of Mr. Lee's masterpiece hohoho ↓↓↓

Nami Island was filled with many couples, family, and friends spending their time together. I think Nami Island is a great place to have a quality time with your loved one! ^_^ I would really like to spend a whole day in this island, enjoying beautiful view all day long! Too bad, we need to hurry up to visit our next destination T_T

// One of my favorite spot on Nami Island. 
The leaves started to turn yellow and it's beyond beautiful <3 //

We had a super delicious 닭갈비 (Dalkgalbi) lunch at Nami Island before we left. Dalkgalbi is s a popular Korean dish generally made by stir-frying marinate diced chicken in a gochujang (chili pepper paste) based sauce. ()

Since it was our first meal in Korea, we really enjoyed it. It was super delicious! T_T Next time i go to Nami Island, i will definitely visit this restaurant again <3

// Our super delicious late lunch! //

After lunch, we still managed to took some photos in hurry. lol. We went back by ferry too, and it's time to say goodbye to Nami Island. Till we meet again <3
// Winter Sonata filming spot and statue in Nami Island ^_^ 
Hello, Bae Yong Jun oppa and Choi Ji Woo unnie! <3 //

// Now, we're off to our next destination, Yeoju Green Village! 고고 씽!~~~ //

Yeoju Green Village 
After a long drive (again), we finally arrived in Yeoju Green Village. We were greeted by a very kind ahjussi. He is also the owner of the place. We were there for Ginseng Juice Tasting, Korean Kimchi Making, and Korean Traditional Costume (Hanbok) Experience.

Owner ahjussi told us a bit about the ginseng and show us the ginseng that are decades old! Even older than we are lol. We then tried the Ginseng Juice! Actually it was a Ginseng Milk and it tastes really good, even better than my expectation. We also tried a slice of Ginseng (he told us it was expensive lol) but as expected, it tastes bitter. T_T

Afterwards, it's time to make some kimchi! We were given an apron and plastic gloves before making the kimchi! Ahjussi told us that if we can make a beautiful kimchi, we will get a handsome boyfriend! lol. <3

// Us trying to make the kmichi lol //
// My friend's kimchi! //
// My kimchi! What do you think of our kimchi?? It looks nice right? hehe XD // 

After the kimchi making, ahjussi's wife made us a Kimchi Pancakes. It was very good! She also give us some apples and kimchi she just made. Super nice! She's also very beautiful and fun. <3 And sadly ahjussi need to go somewhere else so we said goodbye to him. His wife will help us to pick some Hanbok to wear.

// Wearing a pretty Hanbok♥ //

Ta-Da!~ That was my first time wearing Hanbok! They had lots of Hanbok and i had a hard time to choose one T_T All the hanbok was too pretty! I (finally) choose this one. Ahjussi's wife helped us to wear the hanbok. She also told us to take some photos and suggesting how to pose with the hanbok while Mr. Lee was in charge to take the photos XD

// Our 설롱탕 (Seollongtang) dinner //

For dinner, Mr. Lee took us to a Seolleongtang Restaurant. Seolleongtang is a Korean broth tang (soup) made from ox bones (mostly leg bones), brisket and other cuts (). The soup was really refreshing! Served with a bowl of rice, we had a really good dinner. <3

After dinner, we were off to our hotel. Our first hotel is M.Biz Hotel, located in Gangnam area. We stayed there for about 4 night before moving to our Myeongdong hotel. ^_^ We had a very comfortable stay there, although the hotel location is a bit far from the subway station (about 15 minutes walk) T_T But overall we really enjoyed our stay there! <3

Our first day in Korea finally come to an end. Will blog about our second day later. See you! <3

[2014 KOREA TRIP] Day 2: Bongeunsa (봉은사) Temple + LOTTE WORLD + GAROSUGIL (가로수길)
[2014 KOREA TRIP] Day 3: Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁) + Jogyesa Temple (조계사) + Insadong (인사동) + Myeongdong (명동)


Friday, November 28, 2014

Take a Look: 2PM Midaretemina (ミダレテミナ) Ver. B Album!

Last month, JunkayStreet (International forum for 2PM's JUN. K) held a giveaway with 10 copies of Version B of 2PM's 8th Japanese single, 'Midaretemina' as the prizes for 10 lucky individual! Unexpectedly,  i was one of the lucky winners! Yay! <3 

I've been a member of JKS forum since 2012 and i always joined their giveaway. Since i rarely won a giveaway (almost never, lol), i didn't expect anything. But yay, so happy when they told me that i was one of the lucky winner. ^_^*

The package finally came in my mail today. It was directly sent from Japan ^_^ Let's take a look!

// Left: Front Cover and Right: Back Cover //

// What's Inside //
【First Press Limited Edition B】
■ CD+DVD (Making movie)
■ 12P Lyrics Booklet

The album comes with a CD and DVD,  12 pages of Lyrics Booklet, and 1 trading card out of 7 possible cards. I got 2PM group photos hehe! <3 

1. ミダレテミナ
2. Fight
3. ミダレテミナ (Instrumental)
4. Fight (Instrumental)

01.ミダレテミナ (making movie) 
 // Album's Booklet //

Overall i super love this album! The booklet is very nice. Can't stop staring at oppars photo hehehe. The concept is also a bit different with other versions (Ver. A and Normal edition) and Korean version. Thankyou, JunkayStreet! Can't wait to join another giveaway hehehe ^3^ Now i'm off to watch the DVD hihihi 뿅!~♥♥


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Park Hyo Shin (박효신) - Happy Together


On November 2014, Park Hyo Shin has returned with his latest single title 'Happy Together', 8 months after his previous single 'Wild Flower (야생화). He tops several music chart right after online release. The Music Video was released one day after the online release. Check out the MV below! ^_^*
The music video revolves around a young boy who likes to draw, when his drawings come to life. The characters the boy drew encourages him to set out on an adventure to give a helping hand. Though the story is very simple, the music video has left fans with good feelings. (©)

[MV] Park Hyo Shin (박효신) - Happy Together
// ♪ ♫ Even if I fall over a small rock,
I’ll get up and walk on that road again.
Who cares if it’s a little late? Anywhere is fine...
♪ ♫ //

Park Hyo Shin is one of my favorite singer in Korea. I'm so in love with his voice. His voice is just so warm and dreamy T_TI can listen to his song all day long; it's somehow very comforting. Too bad he won't be promoting this song on any music shows ;-;

For the song and music video, i major love it. Both the song and MV was made beautifully. Was listening to this song with headphones and seriously, his voice is just amazing. Got a goosebumps T_T Hoping he will release a full album very soon! Can't get enough of his beautiful voice <3



Friday, November 21, 2014

Korea Trip 2014: Myeongdong (명동) Shopping Haul!

Hi, Guys! It's been a long time T___T Been really busy with life, but; I finally got my Bachelor of Design last September! Yay! After 4 years of study with all the hardships, my college life comes to an end! Cannot be happier lolol. 

And to celebrate our graduation, me and my friend went to Seoul, South Korea last October from 18th until 25th! Yes, only two of us! HEHEHE. It was my first time went abroad without my family. And it feels amazing. Will blog the details about our trip very soon; but now let me share about my shopping haul in one of my favorite place in Korea, Myeongdong! 자, 이제 시작하자!! ^_^*

Myeongdong Station Underground Shopping Center 
Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center connects Myeong-dong with City Hall through an underground passage. The stores at the underground shopping center offer goods and services that can be found along the streets of Myeong-dong, but as a slightly cheaper price. From nail shops to cosmetic stores, just about anything you can find on the streets above can be found here. ()
// Our Etude Style Me Body Graffiti World Cup Look lol XD //

MRT Station Shopping is one of my favorite activities while in Korea hehehe <3 We spent our last 2 days in Korea mostly in Myeongdong because our hotel (Hotel SkyPark III Myeong-dong) is really close with the shopping area. Less than 5 minutes walk! Also only need a few steps to go to the Myeongdong Subway Station Exit 9! Really a good area! ;)

On our third day, it was my 22nd Birthday. My friend (and my only travel partner^^) got me a limited edition of Go Crazy (Grand Edition) Album for my birthday present! There are only 20.000 copies of Grand Edition available and i got one of them! :D Guess that day was my lucky day, huh? <3 There's only 1pc left on the store and it comes with super huge (50x75cm) poster of 2PM! Yay, a happy fangirl here, thank you, chingu-ya. ^__^

Here is some details of my 
2PM Vol. 4 - Go Crazy (Grand Edition) (Limited Edition) album!~♥

// This album comes with 2 CDs, 100 pages Booklet, 84 pages Making Book, 7pcs Photo Postcard
(6 Members Individual Photo +1 Group Photo) //

// Super love the jacket photo concept of this edition! <3 
At the back of each photo postcard there's 2PM members printed sign and messages. 
Work Hard Play Hard!- Jun. K //

// Andddd guess what, the group photo postcard is actually a mini standee. Surprise! //
// Go Crazy Poster beautifully hanging in my room! <3 //
Not only the Go Crazy Grand Edition Album, my super bff also bought me two clear files (still at the same store)! There are lotsssss of K-Pop Idol clear file sold there, but of course i choose 2PM and their hoobae, GOT7! Yay! I forgot how much this file cost but i think it's about 1,000won each hehe Not too expensive in my opinion since the quality is pretty good. <3

Besides clear file, there's also keychain, photo card, sticker, mini standee, poster, and many other merchandise being sold. Actually i got myself a 2015 2PM Photo Desk Calendar below at Insa-dong for 10,000won but you can also find this calendar in Myeongdong with a cheaper price (7,000won) T_T
Since it's a 'Photo Desk' Calendar, the main point of this calendar is the photo so yeah, lol. The calendar itself didn't have days written on it, only a line of date. OTL It won't be easy to figure out what day is today when i use this calendar but since oppa is there, it's okay. hehehe <3

This shop is definitely a heaven for K-Pop fangirls. ♥_♥ There are sooo many album and even fansite photobook there; something that you barely see outside Korea lol T_T The price is also slightly cheaper than Myeongdong street!

Myeongdong Street
As you guys all know, Myeongdong is a shopping heaven in Korea! There are tons of cosmetic store such as Etude House, Innisfree, Nature Republic (who plays EXO songs all day long lol), The Face Shop, Holika Holika, etc etc there. Besides that there's also clothing, accessories, shoes, bags, souvenir and many other shops.

I was always a big fan of Korean cosmetics brands, and my favorite is Etude House and Innisfree; so of course one of my to-do list while in Myeongdong is to shop my daily make-up and skin care! <3

Here's some of my make-up haul! It usually cost me about IDR 400K+ for Etude House BB Cream Bright Fit and IDR 120K+ for Etude House Oh M'Eye Line here in Surabaya, but in Korea the BB cream is only 15,000won and eye liner is only 4,000won each!

And my favorite of all is this beauty! I actually not familiar with this brand, but their hand cream smells reallllyyyyy good <3 Bought these for 1,000won each! Enesti Shea Butter Hand Cream comes with 4 varians: Rose Bouquet, Lemon & Verbena, Baby Powder, Apple & Honey; but my favorite is these two, the baby powder and rose bouquet! Trust me, they smells really good <3

Last day before going home, got myself an OkCat Doll with Suction Cup (details✮) at a souvenir shop for 9,900won. It's slightly more expensive than the official price on the website (7,000won), but i guess it's a good buy since i couldn't find any other store that sell OkCat doll in Myeongdong hihi ^_^ You can also shop official OkCat stuff online at www.okcatmall.com!
// 2AM-2PM Section in Music Korea //

Another heaven for K-Pop fangirl is Music Korea CD/DVD that located above Nature Republic (3rd floor). Spotted this 2AM-2PM section in this store and i literally Go Crazy! hehehe <3 2PM's debut album, Concert DVD, Solo members album (Junho's Feel, JWY's Sexy Lady, and Jun. K's LOVExHATE^_^*), Limited edition album is all available here!

There's also Super Junior, BigBang, SNSD, TVXQ&JYJ, and other K-Pop artist section there with complete album since their debut until their latest album ^_^ Drama Soundtrack (OST) Album is also available there. If you want to find specific album,  i recommend you to ask the staff to save time! :D

My friend bought Song Ji Eun '25' and Girls' Day 'I Miss You' album for her friend and got a free Gaon Chart K-Pop Award Photobook. We ended up leave the book on our hotel because it was too heavy to take home; especially considering our luggage that was about to explode..... lol.

In Myeongdong there are a lot of shop that sell cute and high quality socks for 1,000won each. Bought my nephew and niece 5 pair of socks each and 2 for myself lol. The design is just too nice that i want to buy the whole socks shop lolol.

In conclusion, Myeong-dong is definitely a MUST VISIT place in Korea, period. ♥♥♥ 뿅!~