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Last week, a couple of days before the Vixx concert, I went to a non K-Pop Korean concert that the South Korean embassy was arranging. Some musicians played classical western instruments, like piano and violin and others played traditional Korean instruments (gayageum, haegeum and daegeum). There was also a vocalist and a guitarist. They were all extremely good!

I really like the sound of the gayageum. The haegeum also has a frail but nice sound.

They performed both classical and traditional Korean pieces. The piece I liked the most was 바다의 사람들 (People of the Sea). You can check it out in the video below. It’s the same artist, Jung Ji-eun, that I saw.

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At the end they performed Arirang, which feels pretty standard at a Korean culture event, mixing piano, violin, guitar and the traditional instruments. At first it sounded pretty plain, but after a while it turned into an upbeat fusion piece. Really good.

 

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These past few weeks I’ve been watching Running Man a lot (which should be no surprise to people who know me on Instagram :lol: ). It’s a Korean ”urban action” variety show consisting of a main cast (including singers and actors) and different celebrity guests. I don’t remember why I decided to check it out, but I started by downloading some episodes where people I like were guests. But then I thought the main cast, and the concept as a whole, was so funny that I started to watch more and more episodes.

It’s basically a race where the cast and guests are divided into teams that have to do different challenges/games, often at some famous location (mostly in Korea, but also in other countries). Each episode is different, but usually ends up with a battle where each member has a big name tag attached to their back and if their name tag is ripped off, they’re out.

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As a direct result of my last post, I had too much kimbap left over. It was fine to bring for lunch the following day, but the next day the rice had hardened too much and it wasn’t as tasty. I still had one roll left in the fridge at home when I stumbled across a post over at Soompi where someone wrote that you can use egg batter and fry it.

I thought I’d try it, so I mixed up some eggs and a little milk and salt and pepper and dipped the kimbap slices in it and fried them. I also took the filling (sausage and veggies) I had left over and made an omelette out of it with the rest of the batter.

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I had some chogochujang for dipping. It was quite tasty actually. Random ideas from the Internet put into practice FTW :lol: .

 

At my last Korean class we made kimbap (김밥) as an activity to change things up a little. It was way easier that I had thought, since you can pretty much throw anything you want in as filling. Today, while I was at the grocery store, I got the idea of making it at home for dinner (and tomorrow’s lunch) and bought some ingredients.

Just for fun, I took a couple of pictures while cooking. This isn’t really a tutorial. I just felt like posting it :) . Here are the ingredients (you only need a little):

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You need (sushi/porridge) rice (쌀), dried seaweed (김), carrots (당근), cucumber (오이), eggs (계란) if you want an omelette filling, sausage (소세지) or meat (고기) of some kind and I also got some spinach (시금치) and bean sprouts (콩나물) (which always makes me think of IU :) ). I didn’t … Continue reading

 
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Tonight I went to the Korean embassy here in Sweden for a movie night. We saw War of the Arrows, which is about the Manchu invasion in Korea and a skilled archer who is caught in the middle of it all when his village is attacked and his sister (along with the other surviving villagers) taken by the invaders.

It was decent. Not all that much happening actually apart from the violence, fleeing and chasing. Kind of like a period action movie.

It was fun watching it at the embassy though. A friend of mine told me about the event and I got an invitation. The embassy is located in a nice neighbourhood with nice houses — all embassies I think. The Korean embassy is the one with KIAs with diplomatic plates in front of it :) . It looks nothing like the US embassy further down the road, that looks like a prison with a huge barbed wire fence around it.

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We got wine or soda and popcorn for the movie. On the way out I picked up a brochure about the Korean wave. There were many different brochures about K-drama and other things, but I picked this one. It’s actually more like a book at 100 pages. It’s about how Korean pop culture has spread via K-Pop, K-dramas, movies, etc. It has a section about SMTown in Paris :) . It even has quotes from Swedish fans (I had to think if it could have been me, but I don’t think so). It’s very concise and well written and it has a lot of pictures. Even if you just skim through it, you get a good idea about the Korean wave, why people generally like K-dramas, and so on. I think I might bring it to the office and put it in the break room. It’ll give my co-workers a better idea what K-Pop is compared to that program on Swedish TV (Kobra), which I think gave the wrong idea to people who have never heard about K-Pop before.

On my way home the train stopped in the wrong town. Luckily it was the town where my sister lives and she could give me a ride home.

This weekend I’m picking up my Korean studies again. I’ve been rehearsing some of the stuff I learned the last time around during my lunch breaks this week (we’ll be using the same book). I seem to remember most of it and I noticed that I can read hangeul way faster now. There is some vocabulary that I haven’t really used that I need to remind myself of again. It’ll be fun.

 
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I watched Korean monster action movie Sector 7 last night. The main character, Hae-jun, is played by Ha Ji-won. The reason I watched the movie (apart from the fact that Ji-won is in it) was the reference to this movie in the drama series Secret Garden that I watched recently.

The movie is about a crew on an off shore drilling rig… and then there’s a monster. No need to explain the plot in more detail :lol: . It’s Korea’s first 3D movie, but I watched it in 2D.

I wasn’t expecting much from Sector 7, and rightfully so :) . Ji-won looks great, but that’s about it. There’s a lot of CGI. It seems like there are almost no proper sets, just green screens and a few props. It’s kind of cheap looking CGI which takes a while to get over. I was hoping that the movie would be a little scary, but it wasn’t even close. It’s one of those movies where whenever the monster catches up to the main character it stops and roars instead of just decapitating its victim. The actions scenes at the very end were pretty WTF-inducing :P .

The movie had the ingredients to turn out OK, but it was kind of bad :) . I agree with the iMDB rating of 4/10. It’d be great to see Ha Ji-won in a better action movie, though.

Apart from the reference in Secret Garden to this movie, another link is that Hae-jun’s deceased father is played by the same actor who played Ra-im’s deceased father in Secret Garden. Ha Ji-won also did her own stunts in Sector 7.

 

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I’m currently watching the Korean drama series Dream High. There are so many familiar K-Pop faces in this drama. There’s Suzy from Miss A, Taec-yeon and Woo-young from 2PM, Eun-jeong from T-ara and IU ♥. You can also see JYP as one of the teachers. I also recognize some of the actors from other dramas and movies. … Continue reading

 
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Today I got the textbook for the Korean course that I’m taking this fall. The book is called Korean 1 (한국어 1) and is written by the Language Education Institute, Seoul National University.

The course I’m taking is an evening course with lessons once a week. It’s in a different city, which is a bit inconvenient and it’s going to be a bit expensive with the train tickets, but it’s no big deal. I’m looking forward to learning in a class where you get to practice speaking in a way that’s not possible in self-studies.

In the course information the textbook for the course was listed, along with the name of a book shop that sells that book. The price of 405 SEK for the book (including a 30% discount for taking this course) and domestic shipping didn’t sound too much… until I saw what the book costs in Korea. I got it for about 200 SEK including express shipping from Korea. I’m all for supporting the local economy, but I’m against paying twice the price ;) .

 

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I’ve finally started chewing away at the pile of Asian movies that I have, so I thought I’d post some short thoughts about some of the movies that I’ve watched.

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Skyline is the big finale of the musical Midnight Sun.

Tae-yeon ~ Skyline Live@Midnight Sun Musical 20100605

Tae-yeon ~ Skyline Live@Midnight Sun Musical 20100605

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I hope you’ve enjoyed Tae-yeon’s performance :) .

You can download the whole show here.

 

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