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One year on.

This time last year, I was on my way to what I didn’t realise would be the most amazing place I had ventured to before. Seoul, South Korea.

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Every day & night for a whole month, I had a great time. Trying new foods, stumbling across Soju and Makgeolli, wondering around, and meeting amazing people. Not only did I enjoy discovering Korean culture and meeting Korean people, a big part of my time in Korea and at Hanyang International Summer Schoo(HISS) was meeting people from all around the world. I made great friends who I will never forget and hope to meet again in the near future.

It is hard to forget anything which happened in Korea last summer, and I hope I never do. I can picture my room clearly and even remember the sound the lock used to make when my door closed! I learnt a lot while attending HISS, academically and personally. I miss my Media in Korea & Korean Language classes sooooo much!

I met truly amazing people during my time at HISS. Although we don’t stay in touch as much as I would like, you have a special place in my heart and I am glad I can share such great memories with you all.

When asked what was my favourite thing about my time in Korea, I can’t name one. The experience as a whole was and still is indescribable. My least favourite part was saying goodbye. Packing just 1 hour before I had to leave my dorm and saying a tearful goodbye to Ethan, who I will never forget and hope to see again soon.

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A year on, I am still studying Korean language! This will be a big surprise to my fellow Korean language students!! I am planning my return to Korea after I graduate in November and I have become accustom to the taste of Soju and still drink it! (despite it being really expensive in London)!

I’m hopeful that I am not the only one who cherishes Korea dearly. I hope that July 2012 will always have a place in your heart, like it does in mine. It’s great to see that some of you have now graduated and are having new experiences and even travelling the world (Kesiha I am so jealous!).

To sum up, I am glad that I met people who are so open-minded adventurous and unique. I think of Korea everyday and although I love Korean culture, my view of Korea wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t met such outstanding people.

I truly hope to meet all of you again! How did this year go by so fast?!?!

I’m thinking reunion next year?! =D

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To a great friend.

My friend has his graduation ceremony today & this morning when I woke up I realised how much I appreciate him & thought I’d let him know.

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Although we have only known each other for a few months, I feel like you understand me more than most people I have known longer. I don’t have to make an effort when I’m around you because we just naturally have fun because you like me for who I am.

We have so much in common & we have only met each other this summer! And even when we have different thoughts & opinions, we accept it & move on without arguing.

We bonded in Seoul & although most people that we met in Seoul spent 24hrs with each other when they were there, they don’t see each other now. But thats not the case with us! I feel like we have become closer in London. If I don’t see you once a week it feels strange!

When I introduced you to a friend of mine & I told them that you are like a brother to me, I really meant it.

Tadiwa, I am truley proud of you for graduating & I want to say thank you for being so awesome! Although I wish I had met you sooner, I am glad we met in Korea because we now have the same hopes for our future! Can’t wait until we are back in Korea!! =D

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City Hunter [Episode 20]

I recently started watching the Korean Drama, City Hunter. This drama is action packed, unpredictable and keeps you anticipating what will happen next! I suggest that you should watch it as it was very exciting and interesting!

I will not be reviewing City Hunter in this post. Instead, I am going to answer the question that I asked myself after watching the last episode, as I am sure it is a question that many people asked. I don’t know if anybody knows why the ending was so brief and rushed, but I will write this post anyway to inform the people who said they thought the same as me! The question is: Why did the series end like that?!
I will not give anything away about the drama because I hate it when people spoil stuff for me!

While I was in Seoul, I was lucky enough to meet somebody who worked behind the scenes of City Hunter. I can’t remember if he was the direct, producer or screen writer, but I know that he worked on City Hunter and spoke about it in a presentation. He was a guest lecture at the summer school that I was attending, and spoke about City Hunter and other dramas that he had worked on.

As City Hunter was a very popular drama, he let us in on a few secrets! He spoke about the budget of the drama and showed us how the scenes were edited, (he showed us that one of the opening scene with the people in the sea, was actually filmed in a swimming pool and then edited to look like it was out at sea!). He also spoke to us about the last episode of City Hunter.

We were told that, the actors involved with City Hunter, were stressed out. Instead of the whole drama, (or at least a majority of episodes) being filmed before airing, episodes were filmed just days before the episode was aired. This put a lot of stress on the cast of City Hunter and the editors, producer and directer. I remember him mentioning Lee Min Ho (of course I would remember this!). He mentioned to us, that the reason why the season ended so abruptly and without any explanation of what happened after the final action scene, was because a few of the actors did not turn up to the filming.

I personally was disappointed with the ending when I watched it and I forgot that I was told before why the ending was the way it is! I was disappointed because we don’t know if Lee Kyung-Hee fully recovers & what happened to Lee Yun-Seong? Is Kim NaNa crazy or did she really see him? What about the President?…

So I turned to twitter, and my followers who had also watched City Hunter, expressed the same disappointment as me! It wasn’t until around 3am, when I woke up from deep sleep that I remembered what the guest lecturer had told us at Hanyang University!

So I thought I’d write this blog post to inform my friends as this is too much information to write in a tweet! I hope they read it! =D

I just wish that Korean actors didn’t have so much stress put on them. The guest lecturer told us that the actors of City Hunter and the people who made City Hunter possible, did not get any days off while filming the drama. I know it is their job and they became actors on their own accord, but they are human and do deserve a day or two off every now and again!

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Missing Seoul.

This is an entry in my diary that I wrote yesterday morning. I wrote this as soon as I woke up and I just want to post it here. I enjoy reading personal blogs and blogs that are raw thoughts, so I thought I’d have a go at it!

Missing Seoul.

The view form my class room in Hanyang university.

This day, two months ago, I was getting ready to go to Seoul for one month. On June 28th, I boarded my flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi to Incheon South Korea.

I had the best & craziest month of my life. I met amazing people and seriously fell in love with Korea. A month flew by so fast, it felt like two weeks.

On the 28th of July, the torturous pain began because I was leaving Seoul.

I knew from the very start that saying goodbye to the people I met would be hard, but I didn’t predict that I would be so attached to South Korea. I felt like I was saying goodbye to my home. That I would be going to a foreign land. That I would never return.

Today is the 28th of August. I have been back in London for a month. Not one day has gone past where I haven’t thought about Korea.

I have plans to return to Korea next year, but until then, I will have an empty void in my heart, soul and mind. That void will be filled when I return to Korea. Until then, I can only reminisce.