Posts Tagged ‘korean’

1km is a Korean social networking application for smartphones.  This application is very popular among Koreans.  I downloaded this app about 6 months ago and so I decided to do a review on it for interested audiences. 🙂

Just so you know, this app is currently only available in Korean… knowing a little Korean is helpful in terms of navigating around on the app and communicating with people, since it is a social networking app…  My Korean is elementary and I am able to use the app without a problem.


  • For native Koreans, it is a very good app to meet other Koreans in the area-since the app extracts gps data.  I’ve met Koreans on the app who are traveling in the US and miss home, so they want to interact with other Koreans. 
  • For non-native Koreans, this app is a great way to practice reading and writing Korean.  Personally, I use the app to practice basic conversation skills and learn new phrases and vocabulary.  You’d be surprised, but I’ve learned quite a bit of vocabulary and grammar points through conversations.  Most of the time, if I did not understand a phrase, the other person would explain it in simpler terms that I did understand and THAT really helped. 


  • This app is filled with bullshitting bullshitters.  About a handful of people you talk to are genuine… and the rest lie… about everything.  Oh and probably because they have hidden motives-
  • Speaking of hidden motives, there are lots of old 아저씨s and young 변태s who will reach out to you.  It’s really disgusting when the old men send you pictures of themselves (to clarify, they send you photos of their faces… O_O) and ask for your pictures… Not going to lie, sometimes I gag.  A couple of times, I even had some 아저씨s ask me to marry them and “create a fairytale” with them.  On the other hand, the young 변태s act normal at first- we could be talking about butterflies and rainbows and suddenly they’ll turn the conversation 180 degrees and ask if I “like to have fun” or if I can send “sexy photos” of myself to them. 
  • It’s really a dating app.  This might be a pro to some people, but I think it’s a con.  I joined 1km to have genuine conversations but the majority of people on there want more than that (plus, they don’t even have genuine conversations!?).

The overall picture?  Well, 1km is just a community of old and young perverts (and “loose” women I guess since the girls on there want attention from men… pretty badly).  Scratch that- not everyone is bad on there.  Any social networking app/place has freaky and regular people… Also, I feel like the app is better utilized in Korea. So I like to keep the app around for my entertainment.  I don’t take everything that goes on there seriously… only the learning and practicing Korean part. 🙂

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5

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“빨리 빨리”


A pretty common phrase you’ll hear in Korea these days is “빨리 빨리”, which means “hurry, hurry!”  Everything you do, everywhere you go, 빨리 빨리! 빨리 빨리!

I particularly remember Samchon (my host dad) saying this to me numerous times.

We were going somewhere and I was putting on my shoes- 빨리 빨리!

We were about to leave for Emart and I’d be shutting the computer down- 빨리 빨리!

I was getting ready to go to school- 빨리 빨리!

Time for dinner- 빨리 빨리!

I was walking- 빨리 빨리!

Seriously, I have never been so rushed in my life before… and my mom rushes me a lot… and I’m a New Yorker.  I practically grew up in a fast-paced life, but never had I been so… rushed before!  It was like living in a super-sped-up society.

I liked the ring of “빨리 빨리” so it never bothered me much.  In fact, I used it quite often myself to hurry other people!

One day, Samchon explained the phrase 빨리 빨리 to me (don’t ask me why- it was so random… I was putting on my shoes and he went 빨리 빨리! and then started explaining the meaning behind it…).  I learned that 빨리 빨리 is a positive term- it references to Korea’s rapid economic growth around the 1960s.

In the early 20th century, Korea was a very slow-moving country- everyone seemed to be moving at a leisurely pace.  Some say this might have been due to the fact that the Koreans were worn out from the long Korean War.  Not only were the people slow and tired, the country was war-ravaged.  However, this all changed in the 1960s under the rule of Park Chung-hee.  Korea industrialized and went under rapid economic growth through export-oriented industrialization.  Around this time, Koreans started to move faster.  With the 빨리 빨리 mentality, Korea has now developed into a fast and dynamic society.

Personally, I love the phrase 빨리 빨리.  I love how the phrase has a historical and cultural context behind it- it makes me appreciate the term that much more!  I remember coming to California soon after my stay in Korea and it was a HUGE contrast.  I went from 빨리 빨리 to… slow and chill.  It was such a strange adjustment… especially since Californians are known to be really relaxed .  I recall rushing to all of my classes… and seeing people stroll in 5 minutes late.

While it is nice to slow down once in awhile, I miss the 빨리 빨리 culture.  To be honest, I wish some people here would 빨리 빨리(︶︿︶)

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Some of you may have heard of the term “밀당” before… and some of you may be unfamiliar with this term.  I first heard this phrase about a year ago and I didn’t quite understand it.

밀당 can be a really confusing concept to understand but it is a good cultural phrase to know, especially for those interested in Korean culture and perhaps living in Korea.  With that said, I will do my best to explore the meaning of 밀당 and I do have my opinions about it… so beware of my bias. ㅎㅎㅎ

What is the origin of “밀당”?

The phrase 밀당 mil-dang is a combination of the verbs 밀다 mil-da, to push, and 당기다 dang-gi-da, to pull.  Together, the 2 verbs create a phrase that represents the flirting and power struggle between a couple in a relationship.

How is “밀당” used?

There is usually some confusion as to what is and what isn’t “밀당”… It’s hard to explain, but I will try to give you examples of “밀당.”  For example:

  • A guy and girl have a lot of fun on a date, but then the guy doesn’t call the girl for another date until 1 week later (and he really likes her and wants to see her again)… he is doing “밀당.”
  • A girl picks up a phone call from a guy she really likes after the 3rd time he calls (and she is not busy), then she is doing “밀당.”
  • A guy asks a girl to see a movie and she says she is busy (even though she really likes him and has no plans), she is doing “밀당.”

So “밀당” is kind of like doing something on purpose to make the other person work harder to get you… I guess it’s like “playing hard to get.”

Why do “밀당”?

Most of the time, the girls do it because they want to see how far their guy will go for them.  In other words, they like the attention and want to feel cherished by their boyfriends.  On the other hand, the guys who do it want to establish themselves as the “man” in their relationships.  The guys also want to see some love from their girlfriends!  And… most Korean guys like 밀당”– so it works for most couples… I think.

Now, I personally don’t like “밀당.”  I’ve always liked guys who are straight-forward- if they like a girl, then show it… there is no need to play the whole “catch me if you can!” game…  It’s annoying to have to go through the whole pushing and pulling thing when I have enough to worry about.  My thought is, if 2 people like each other, then like each other happily and openly.  I can understand why girls do it- it’s totally understandable to want to feel special and unique… but isn’t that why the guy chose you out of all the girls in the first place??

 And another thing about “밀당”– I have heard of cases where things go wrong because of this whole concept of “밀당” in Korean culture.  As you know, there are many foreigners in Korea these days and not all of these foreigners are familiar with “밀당.”  So, sometimes, a girl doesn’t like the Korean guy who is hitting on her and rejects him, but then the Korean guy thinks she is doing “밀당,” so he continues to pursue her (most cases, forcefully) because he thinks she really wants him.  In their minds, because of the use of “밀당” in their culture, they think a spoken “no” actually means “yes.”

So, I hope you are a little more educated about the phrase “밀당” and can form your own opinion about it.  I personally don’t like it, but many people do… and even though I don’t like it, I respect it as being a part of Korean culture.

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My most recent addiction is online shopping.  This all started 2 months ago when my sister and I were looking at shoes on YesWalker.  There, I found the perfect pumps, ordered them, and am now in love with those shoes~

Now, I’ve been eyeing YesStyle items for awhile now, but I never actually looked into them… If you don’t know what YesStyle is, it is an Asian online retailer that sells everything from jewelry to clothes.  I like this site because the apparel is tailored to Asian tastes in style.  Any way, a couple of weeks ago, I was bored and so I decided to look around on the site- boy that was a bad idea (well, really, a FANTASTIC IDEA).  I found so much stuff that I liked that my shopping bag totaled the thousands… It took a few weeks for me to narrow down everything to a reasonable price (by then, some of the sale prices were no longer applicable… but it was okay, the items were replaced with deals of the week clothes!).  

So I finally had a shopping bag that was decently priced for the items that I was getting AND I was extremely satisfied with the final items I chose.  I ended up getting 5 items of clothing, and my sister got 3 items, and the total of all 8 items was under $200.  Plus, since the total was over $150, there is free shipping! 🙂

I am so excited that I cannot wait to receive these items in the mail~  Check it out:

1. Dual-Pocket Long Sleeve Cardigan

2. Pink Chiffon-Hem Tunic

3. Fleece-Line Logo Print Pullover

4. Turtleneck Striped-Panel Pleated Dress

5. Cotton Blend Pullover

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One of the most touching Korean films I have watched is 통증 Pained (2011).  I am not the type of person to cry easily to “sad movies” (or jerk and cover my eyes when it comes to horror/torture films), but by the end of this film, my face was glazed in tear juice.  The best part was that I couldn’t even control the tears ((O_O)).  

This film is directed by Kwak Kyung-taek and tells of a romance between a debt collector who lost his sensitivity to pain in an accident when he was young, Nam-soon, and a homeless hemophiliac who works a street vendor, Dong-hyun.

What I loved about this film was that it developed very nicely- somehow it seemed to move slowly and quickly at the same time.  I think Kwak Kyung-taek did a great job pacing this plot, which is very important in a film because if the plot moves too slowly, the movie may come off as boring, and if the plot moves too quickly, the movie may come off as rushed. 

Now as I move into specifics of this film, I’m going to have to turn on the….

The film starts with Nam-soon and his boss collecting debt from a couple- when I first watched this, I didn’t understand what was wrong with Nam-soon.  He had an empty stare and he seemed fine throughout his beating… which puzzled me.  After I learned that he had analgesia- the inability to sense pain- I realized that the beginning of the film, which focused in on his face, was to demonstrate his lack of feeling and emotion.  When I found out about Nam-soon’s condition, I felt sadness, but nothing to turn the tears on.

However, despite Nam-soon’s inability to sense pain, we see that change… a little tiny bit when he gets beaten at the riot and is taken to the hospital by Dong-hyun.  It was almost painful for me to watch him get beat like a pulp and yet he still had a look of emptiness in his eyes.  The scene when he stumbles towards the street and Dong-hyun asks him if he is okay, we are shown a flashback to when young Nam-soon is in a car with his family when their car crashes and burns.  In the flashback, we are also shown that as their car swerved off the road, his sister wraps herself around him to protect him.  Then the flashback fades to Dong-hyun hovering over him in the street looking for help.  This was one of the most powerful scenes in the film because it shows that Nam-soon hasn’t met anyone who has treated him genuinely since his sister passed. 

When Dong-hyun moves into Nam-soon’s place (since she is homeless and Nam-soon wants to keep an eye on her until she pays her father’s debt), we are able to peek into Nam-soon’s world.  As he shows Dong-hyun around, we see that his house seems almost untouched and untouchable.  Basically, Nam-soon preserved the home he had before his family passed away from the crash.  And when Dong-hyun accidentally breaks one of his family dishes, we finally see some pain in his eyes.  But the pain stays only briefly in his eyes… 

About half-way through the movie, Dong-hyun finally expresses her pain at seeing him hurt himself everyday and asks him if he ever thought about what his family would think.  But Nam-soon only responds with bitterness and anger.  For the first time in the film so far, Nam-soon shows emotion.  He no longer appears to be a “piece of wood,” especially when the topic of his family comes up.  And the presence of Dong-hyun in his life gave him some emotion…

After the mini fight between Nam-soon and Dong-hyun, Nam-soon’s change becomes bigger and clearer.  He tells his boss friend (from the beginning of the movie) that he is no longer interested in hurting himself.  Even though he is insensitive to pain, he doesn’t want to abuse his body seriously for other people and money anymore.  Rather, he starts taking on stunt jobs and for awhile it seems that he and Dong-hyun are living happily together. 

However, Dong-hyun is sick too and her sickness needs constant care and expensive treatment.  Because Nam-soon does not have money to support her sickness in order for her to live a long life, Dong-hyun tells Nam-soon that she cannot be with him.  With that said, Nam-soon takes on one last dangerous job offered to him by his boss friend so that he can give that money to Dong-hyun so that she can live.

The last scene is the one that made me tear uncontrollably (even as I watched it again just now to evoke the same emotions so I could write about them).  Nam-soon is pushed off of a building to his death- as he is sprawled on the ground, he is ironically happy.  There is that twinkle of happiness in his eyes and even a smile comes out when Dong-hyun runs over to his side.  On her way to try and save Nam-soon, Dong-hyun stepped on a nail and started to bleed (problematic since she is a hemophiliac).  However, somehow, she is still okay.  Nam-soon, seeing Dong-hyun by his side, is happy and there is a look of completion on his face.  While he is losing consciousness, we hear his plead to God to watch over and keep Dong-hyun safe.  In turn, he is willing to endure anything, even death, if that is what it will take for Dong-hyun to live a long life. 

Throughout this film, Nam-soon never comes off as “the bad guy.”  Somehow, I always felt sad when I saw Nam-soon.  He never hurt anyone, he couldn’t hurt anyone- that is why he was always the one beaten and he never lifted a finger to defend himself. 

His last job- he didn’t defend himself as he was pushed off of the building.  And even though most people in his position would be in great pain, he wasn’t at all.  However, Dong-hyun and his boss friend were the ones experiencing the pain that he couldn’t feel.  His boss friend always gave Nam-soon dangerous jobs, but Nam-soon was also his friend.  Seeing that the job he gave Nam-soon killed him put him in great pain.  He was also the one who promised Nam-soon that he would be fine and that he would even protect him by parking a truck with boxes where he was supposed to jump.  However, the truck broke down and boss friend tried his best to tell Nam-soon not to jump until he could push the truck to its right location.  Ultimately, his plan failed when the guy on the roof pushed Nam-soon off on purpose… and the truck wasn’t parked below yet. 


This is definitely a film I would recommend, especially if you like “meaningful” movies.  The title says it all- the film explores all the degrees of pain and what it actually means to feel pain.  By the end of the movie, you’ll know what true pain is. 

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Here is a list of my top 20 most wanted idol boyfriends.  The list is arranged in order from most wanted to… wanted.  I’ve compiled this list based on their looks, abilities, and personality. So here it is:

1. 정윤호 Jung Yunho (동방신기 DBSK)

2. 온유 Onew (샤이니 SHINee)

3. 김기범 Key (샤이니 SHINee)

4. 김재중 Kim Jaejoong (동방신기 DBSK)


5. 김현중 Kim Hyun Joong (SS501)

6. 이혁재 Lee HyukJae (슈퍼주니어 Super Junior)

7. 조규현 Cho Kyuhyun (슈퍼주니어 Super Junior)

8. 김종현 Kim Jonghyun (샤이니 SHINee)

9. 닉쿤 Nichkhun (2PM)

10. 태양 Taeyang (빅뱅 Big Bang)

11. 김준수 Kim Junsu (동방신기 DBSK)

12. 정용화 Jung Yong Hwa (씨엔블루 CN Blue)

13. 이태민 Lee Taemin (샤이니 SHINee)

14. 권지용 G-Dragon (빅뱅 Big Bang)

15. 이동해 Lee Donghae (슈퍼주니어 Super Junior)

16. 최시원 Choi Siwon (슈퍼주니어 Super Junior)

17. 최민호 Choi Minho

18. 옥택연 Ok Taecyeon (2PM)

19. 승리 Seungri (빅뱅 Big Bang)

20. 박재범 Jay Park (2PM)


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It’s summertime.  It’s hot.  I’m sweaty, you’re sweaty.  What to do?  EAT 팥빙수 Patbingsu~!

I’ve never tried this “팥빙수 Patbingsu” before, but man does it look delicious!  Apparently, it’s a really popular snack/dessert in South Korea that people love to chow on during the summer months.  The yummy 팥빙수 Patbingsu is basically shaved ice and sweetened azuki beans.  But nowadays, there are variations of 팥빙수 Patbingsu in which other things are added to the dessert either for taste purposes or for appearance purposes.  Whatever they do with 팥빙수 Patbingsu, I still drool at the sight of it!  Hahah…

Now, the real attractiveness about 팥빙수 Patbingsu is that it looks very fresh and colorful.  I’m not a fan of artificial foods or anything that looks plastic.  I only eat natural and healthy foods because, as they always say, “you are what you eat.”  So, I try to keep my diet in check and I hope that my skin reflects that. OO”

Any who, 팥빙수 Patbingsu…  From pictures, it is always decorated with freshly cut fruits and my goodness, are there A LOT of fruits.  wahaha~ I think the variety of fruits gives it color and life.  *drool*

There’s really not much else I can say about 팥빙수 Patbingsu because I’ve never eaten the dessert… So I don’t want to blab on about something I haven’t even tasted.  In essence, all I can do now is hope that I’ll have the opportunity to try 팥빙수 Patbingsu when I go to Korea this August.  Soooo looking forward to it!  I’ll definitely blog about it if I do get the chance.  I mean, this is something that I wouldn’t be able to hold back from my wordpress!  Mmmmmm 팥빙수 Patbingsu~

팥빙수 Patbingsu, here I come!

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So. This Heechul… I don’t like him one bit!  A;LDKFJEOUR!

He… he… acts and dresses so womanly, and get this!  He thinks he can kiss any guy he wants!  Yet, he claims he’s not gay and has a girlfriend… psshhttt that is bologna!

See, the other day, I was cruising around YouTube, and then one of the videos was titled “Heechul and Siwon Kiss.”  Being a little curious, I clicked it and that led me to a whole string of these Heechul and  _________ kiss videos!  The worst part of it all was that he slobbered his mouth all over Kyuhyun, Henry, and Hankyung (Han Geng)!!!!!!!  Those are 3 out of 4 of my favorite Super Junior members!  gahhh!!!!!  Why Heechul?  Why must you do this to me Heechul?!!?!?!?!?!

The only thing that comforted me was the one video where Heechul tried to kiss Donghae (the 4th SuJu member that I like) and Donghae actually had the guts to MOVE AWAY from the man… or woman… whatever Heechul is.

DANGGGGG…..  I haven’t been able to get those images of Heechul’s kissing moments with my fav SJ members out of my head!  It’s making me sick!… for real… I started gagging at the thought today!  Omgzzz… Ewww…. especially Kyu!  He’s my favorite of the favorites and Heechul slobbered all over his cute face!  😦


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