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Korea in the Metro?!

Although Korea is a popular topic in the media at the moment due to high tension between South and North Korea, today I opened up a copy of Metro and on one of the first pages, I stumbled across this article:

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What is it? It’s 해장국 (Haejangguk) also known as 술국 (Sulguk)!
Well… that’s the original hangover soup but American soldiers in Korea decided to alter the dish a bit. I was really shocked to see that the writer and editor at Metro decided to mention that this is a dish founded in Korea.

However, you may have your facts wrong Metro.

해장국 (Haejangguk)/ 술국 (Sulguk)
해장국 (Haejangguk)/ 술국 (Sulguk)

The original Korean Hangover soup (pictured above) is called, as mentioned above, 해장국 (Haejangguk) also known as 술국 (Sulguk). Although Americans altered this dish, the name ‘Yaka Mein’ is a Chinese dish. It is also a noodle soup but it is not Korean.

YaKa Mein

There are two points of view on the origins of Yaka Mein. One is that it originated in New Orleans when Chinese immigrants created a Chinatown (which no longer exists).

The other is that Yaka Mein was introduced to the US by African American troops who fought in the Korean War. Is the confusion caused by Americans changing the name of 술국 (Sulguk) to Yaka Mein?

Regardless, I am glad Korea was featured in a British newspaper for reasons other than tension between the South and North or Psy.

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It’s been ages!

Hello,

I feel like not a lot of people follow this blog, so I feel like I am talking to myself! But if you do come across my blog, HEY!!!

Update on me:

I finished level two of my degree in early May. As I had a lot of spare time on my hand, I thought I would start blogging more. However, I have had the busiest two months. I’ll explain.

So in January, I applied for a job that my friend recommended me for. They called me back in April and asked me to come in for an interview! As you all know I hate my current job, I was ecstatic! So I went in, it went well. One week later I got a phone call telling me that I have got the job!
(But unfortunately, I am still stuck at my old job because the new one is not permanent yet.)
I started work there last week and I love it!! The people are nice, the job is interesting, I’m happy!

I know, a new job doesn’t make life overly busy. So here is the big news!

I am going to Korea to study for a month!! I’m not sure if you know, but I love East, North-East and South-East Asian culture!! So this is an amazing opportunity for me! My university is paying for tuition and accommodation, so all I pay for is flights and spending money!

I am very excited! SO… hopefully when I am out there, I will do vlogs and more blog posts since I will have something specific to talk about!

Anyway, it’s time for me to sleep as I have work tomorrow morning! But I will be updating you guys (if there is anyone there) very soon!

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‘ello Jello

This is a little piece I wrote for the magazine I had to produce at university. It was written a while back, before Christmas, so it is a bit out-dated!  I will be posting a more recent article about Far East Movement soon! Enjoy =]


The entertaining, down-town LA boys of Far*East Movement have come back with another club-hitting song. Like a G6 was a massive hit in the clubs last winter and luckily, the boys are back with another song which will definitely be a club anthem this winter! Jello hit the iTunes hot 100 chart at number Seven in its first week.

 The Far*East Movement lads have definitely given thought into when to release a new track since their fans must be dying for some new material after their first mainstream album Free Wired. It’s a great idea to keep fans keen for more by release a track of their next album which hasn’t even been given a release date yet.

But are we just waiting for another album with the same sounds of Free Wired? Far*East Movement have definitely got a fresh sound that stands out from other hip-hop based groups.  Far*East Movement are signed to the Alternative-Pop record label Cherry Tree London, which other artists such as LMFAO & FrankMusik are signed to. Kev-Nish and the rest of the group have pressure to sound new and different. But it seems that the Los Angeles based group have nothing to worry about because it looks as though they are making music effortlessly.

Kev-Nish speaks about how the album will have,

‘a few songs that show the hip-hop roots and the ‘Rocketeer’ style, and heavy synth dance tracks as well, but the majority of the album is going to be the L.A. dirty bass sound’.

Sound a bit like the first album? Regardless, it won’t be a disappointment if the second album (rumoured to be called Dirty Bass) sounds like their previous album Free Wired. Kev also comments on how him & the boys are trying to take the album to a different level;

‘To accentuate the bass, we bought an old school refurbished 1989 Cadillac limo. I used to install car stereos, so I’m going to hook up the system myself and we’re going to take all of our songs in this car and drive around in L.A. and vibe out’.

With the success of their first album, I’m sure Far*East Movement won’t find it hard to get the right sound for their album to succeed. They just have to stay true to themselves & the next album will be a masterpiece.

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‘The Empty Suitcase Project’.

=[ I’m sorry. I don’t know if anyone cares (or even noticed) that I haven’t blogged in two days. I have been stressed with uni and work so I wasn’t in the right mind set to think about what to write. So I promise 3 posts tonight!

But anyway!

Okay let me start from the start….lol

Basically two years ago I was in a group project where we had to make a documentary. I wanted to make the documentary on Inspiration. But the stupid lecturer thought it was a shit idea!! So we did it on Ska music…..

Soooo I was on YouTube and I came across a short documentary that  Jeremy ‘Passion’ Manongdo made. And here are the links. He posted them in four parts but please watch all four!!

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmPTJClWd0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxE0i9OlZyU&feature=related
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PszWnQXXWpM&feature=related
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE-SOHdrzLU&feature=related

So I am greatly inspired by Quest =] (my first blog post on my tumblr ( http://dinadinosaur.tumblr.com )! Go read it if you haven’t!)

But the parts of the documentary that touched me the most was AJ Rafael and Wesley Chan.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve met AJ, but I really felt what he was saying in the little clip of him. He has so much passion and is so talented. Every word that he said touched me because he is talented and he meant every word he said. But more importantly because I feel like he has the best (but hardest & saddest) reason to love and do what he loves best which is Music.

Wesley Chan read a letter that his mum wrote to him for graduation. The letter is touching and inspiring because now he is doing what he loves with the support of his family. This is the part of the documentary that I started to cry on! Very inspiring. =]

But what Jeremy did was just so amazing. He had a similar idea that I had but actually did it. And the fact that he has got so many people to donate money and material to improve the lives of children who don’t have school supplies.

This is a message I want to say to Jeremy.

You asked people what there opportunity was, if you ask the kids that you give all the supplies that you got people to donate and what you donated yourself, they will say that you gave them their opportunity. You are truly inspiring and not only have you inspired children who are less privileged, you have inspired a lot of people, like me, around the world, who have an idea. You achieved what you want to do, now you are inspiring me to do what I want to do. You are truly amazing, and I am so upset I didn’t get the chance to meet you when you visited London. So come back!!

=]

I hope the documentary touches you too!

After I wrote this post about a year ago on tumblr, I tweeted it to Jeremy and he sent me a message saying that my post touched him. It was on of the happiest days of my life! Not only because it was Jeremy that messaged me, but because in a way, I inspired him! That is the first time someone has told me that my post ‘sparked’ something in them.

I doubt that you will, but Jeremy, if you read this post, I have to tell you that you have inspired me again. Just by sending me a simple direct message on Twitter to say that you liked my post and it touched you. And when you visit London again, I would love to have the chance to interview you.

I really think everyone should watch The Empty Suitcase Project. And again, I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.