Over the Rainbow

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Thursday last week was the 16th and final episode of the show That Fool/Accidental Couple in KBS. I really feel bad it's over. I'll miss Gu Dong Baek (Hwang Jung Min) and my TV time with Asul:(

The video below was a clip from episode 14. The way they sang Over the Rainbow was really cute (especially the "doom ba doom ba doom" lol ang kulet!:) and I was surprised at how good Hwang Jung Min's set of vocal cords is:) Not only is he my favorite Korean actor now, he's also my favorite singer! lol



Should you want to see the drama for yourself, just click here. Kakaaliw:)

Scaredy cat

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Summer's here and horror movies that will definitely give chills in the midst of scorching heat are, as well. One film entitled A Blood Pledge (or Whispering Corridors 5- Suicide Pact) has just been released here in Korea last June 18. It's about four high school girls who sealed their vow to commit joint suicide through their own blood.

Well, a scary movie is definitely not in my list of 'films that I go for'. The last scary movies I saw were: Ring (I watched it on the laptop with my friends in UP Palma Hall after our group meeting. After that, I wasn't even able to look at the television if it's off for like a week for fear that Sadako might just crawl out of it!) and The Eye(2002) (I was with my two close friends and there were probably less than 15 people in the theater! I couldn't take the elevator after watching the film.lol)

I hardly saw any of such films after that. I just don't like them... hmmmm, okay, actually i'm just a certified scaredy cat! It's probably hereditary!lol My mom told me how she would cover herself with a blanket while sleeping (especially when she's alone ) though it was sizzling hot and she was profusely sweating. She said she would hear suspicious sounds and imagine strange figures in the middle of the night!lol

As for me,just a few days ago, I was about to go home and my friend's son sent me off in the elevator of the building. He pressed the button longer and hovered for awhile while we say our endless goodbyes. And then he joked at me and said "Museopta! (무섭다 or scary!). I instantly knew what he was thinking and I found myself imagining the old man in "The Eye" with deformed face floating in the corner of the elevator about to turn around and face me.. nyay! I covered my ears and looked away and I still saw my him laughing and pretending to point to someone on the other side of the elevator! Really naughty kid!lol I coudn't take it anymore so I decided to use the stairs. Luckily,we were just on the fourth floor so it was not a problem. (I just wondered though, what if somebody just popped out in front of me? Well, I'm not a bad runner so I thought I could handle that!lol)

Now that elevators have been brought up again, I guess I'll be having problems going out and coming home again for a while because guess what? We live on the 13th floor of our apartment building! (tama ba yun?!lol) (Apparently, in Korea, the number 13 is not as notorious as it is in the Philippines.haha They think that number 4 is the unlucky number because it means death in Chinese language. So you would usually see 'F' floor instead of 4.)

Just the thought of number 13 welcoming me as the elevator door opens gives me goosebumps already!

scaredy cat indeed!:)

The Ring

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A few days ago, I was just about to go out when I had a I-should-be-wearing-something-but-I-wasn't feeling. Out of reflex, I looked at my fingers and noticed that I didn't have my wedding ring! For a long time, I had not worn my wedding ring because I was so worried I might lose it. But for some reasons, I felt like wearing it again so I put them on. The last time I remember slipping it on my finger was when we went out on a Saturday. I forgot all about it after that. It was not until two days later that I noticed it was gone.

No matter how much I tried, the only clear memory of the last time I saw it was in the bathroom where I put it on the edge of the bathtub (yeah, stupid me!) why on earth would I put it there? Anyway, I couldn't visualize though whether I put the ring on again or not. All I could remember was I cleaned the bathroom the next day!

Now, the thought of flushing the ring in the toilet or something like that was too much for me to bear. How could I possibly explain it to my husband? And so I thought of possible places where I could find it. First, in the bedroom (it probably fell off while I was sleeping). Second, in the living room (I usually put it near the laptop when I take it off) and third, in the vacuum cleaner ( you'd never know what treasure lies within!lol ).

I had probably turned the house upside-down but I ended up crossing out the first two options. I saved the vacuum cleaner for last because, believe it or not, when I lost my homework for my sewing class (meaning a small piece of cloth!), I found it there! And so I was full of hope when I opened the vacuum cleaner bag. It had been months since I last changed it and... eewwwww! it was really gross inside (arte ko!haha) but the hell I care! I dug in the dirt with a stick and turned it over and over but no ring was in sight! I would stop once in a while and forced myself to cry (I thought, hey! I should be crying! How come I wasn't?) But my tearducts were not functioning, either. I don't know how long it had been when I finally gave up and thought of some ways instead to replace it... as if I could!lol

After quite a while of searing agony, an energy seemed to have pulled me towards the small cabinet near the bathroom door. Still a bit disoriented, I looked over the stuffs on top of it. My gaze hovered on the wooden card-holder and... voila! My precious ring was there! (I suddenly felt like Gollum saying "my precious!" over and over!lol) and before I knew it, tears were already streaming down my face. I cried my heart out (with sound! I normally cry silently!haha) It felt so good as if something was taken out of my chest. I realized even more that I really value this ring (ergo my marriage:) more than anything... nyay! with all that crying!lol

Asul was laughing so hard when I told him what happened (he liked the part where I actually turned over a pile of dirt in the vacuum cleaner bag) and he apologized that he was not able to tell me sooner that he put it there after seeing it in the bathroom (it's just normal since we are both forgetful!lol lalo na siya!:-)

Lesson learned? Take good care of your important belongings.

oh, and not all treasure can be found in a vacuum cleaner bag:-)

Haneul (sky)

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I took pictures of the sky on a clear Friday afternoon while riding the bus home.



Couln't help thinking about my husband. He had "Blue" as his English name because of how much he loves the sky particularly its color:-)

The 22nd Korea World Travel Fair

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To make it up to me for turning down my invitation to go out on a date last Friday, Asul decided to take me "around the world" last Saturday... for free!

We went to the 22nd Korea World Travel Fair which was held in COEX, located in Gangnam-gu Seoul, from June 4-7 2009. It was an event which brought together different countries to exchange travel information and promote their tourism :-)


ASul, with my bag and his Sony bluetooth headset listening to 'Way Back into Love' (read: again and again!) lol, checking out what's in the bazaar tents set up in front of COEX:-)

We got this pass by presenting the free ticket we printed off in their site! (otherwise we had to pay 3000won!)


A mascot (which probably had too much candy!) in Seoul's booth:)



The Korean Air booth showcased their new Prestige Sleeper Seat which was said to have been installed this month for flights to New York and Ho Chi Mihn. It has a 180-degree lie-flat sleeper seats, 15.4inch LCD monitors for AVOD (Audio/Video on Demand), adjustable individual reading light, a bigger privacy partition and cushions made with better fabric. Hanggang picture na lang kami!:-)


Countries had different ways of presenting their culture. Several of them showed dance numbers, had a free-tasting of their traditional food and one even had a fashion show! Most of the countries we saw perform were Asians. There were plenty of other countries from different continents, too.
The most exciting thing though was the raffle draw held in some countries' booths. And the prize? (drum roll please!)....... A free trip to their country! We joined one raffle draw and all we had to do was sign up, put our stubs in the raffle box and wait till they pick the winner. There was only one winner though and neither one of us was:( It would be incredible if we got picked, right? Akapta!:(

Because of their groovy music and a touch of modern moves, I thought it's probably a fusion of their traditional and contemporary dance (which would also probably explain why there's too much skin showing off!lol :-)



Thailand also fed the visitors with Khao Kriap Pak Mo, pork wrapped in rice pancakes. Really tasty!:-)


Malaysia's performance had a touch of Chinese and Indian dance:-)




Vietnam had a fashion show to present their gorgeous clothes.

Taiwan, with an element of circus stunts in their performance.



And of course, our very own, Philippines! A dance portraying fishermen, with the women acting (or dancing!) out as the fish:) It was fun and playful and the dancers seemed to be having a great time:-)

I'm in Boracay! (with paperbags!) lol The bold korean letters say "Pilipin-eso nurida" (Enjoy Philippines!)


And the highlight of the event, my photo op with F4! lol Located in the booth of New Caledonia (where some of the scenes in the drama Boys Over Flowers (korean version) were shot)

After like 3 hours of going around the exhibition hall and squeezing out every freebie we could get, we finally went out to go home (and take just one last picture!) :-) This is me and COEX:-)

I was so excited that the moment we arrived home, I checked out the stuffs we got!

We've got a bunch of pens, a fan, a notepad, a bookmark (with the hieroglyphic alphabet) from Egypt, and a cute figurine that Asul won from a game!:-)
Aside from plenty of paperbags (which seemed to be becoming my collection!lol), we got travel guides and maps of different countries. Should we get the chance to ACTUALLY travel somewhere, we'll know where to go!:)
And these cute bags were from Maldives, Duty Free and Seoul.

hmmm... touring "around the world" was not so bad!lol especially if you get to have all these stuffs for free!:-) We're SO going there again next year!:-)

Just a phonecall away

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Being able to talk to my family regularly keeps me sane:) I usually call my mom once a week. And it would usually cost us 100,000 won (around 80 USD) worth of 8-hour call. I normally use it for three months (sometimes less than 3 months!) and I feel quite bad that we spend as much for phone calls.

Fortunately, after months of research, Asul 'discovered' very affordable packages in KT, a telecommunication service provider, in this site, for Koreans who have foreign spouses.

Through a landline, one can communicate to their families in countries such as China, Thailand, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Mongolia and Philippines. These countries are divided into groups which have 3 packages to choose from.

As for the Philippines, the monthly cost of Package1 is 9,900won (approx. $8) worth of 60-minute call. Package2 costs 19,000won ($15) for 130 minutes. And 29,000won ($23) for a 200-minute call in Package 3. Should you go beyond the time limit, it would cost you 165won, 146won, 145won (for packages 1,2,3 repectively) per minute.

I personally opted to use the cheapest package because I only call my Mom once a week (but as expected, it was hard to limit the time especially when my Mom chats nonstop!lol) But I thought it's much better. Cheaper and the line's clearer!:)

Thanks KT!:)

TV Time

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Finally! Asul and I can actually watch something together.

Normally, when we're both at home, it's either he's watching TV and I'm using the laptop, or the other way around. Sometimes, because Asul is the king, he gets hold of both. But since I'm the queen, I get to have either of the two later on (which is quite unfair because I can use both almost all day) lol :)

But we hardly watch something together... i don't know... just different interests? (I don't like action movies and sports games) oh, and different language as well (I rarely watch korean programs because of the extreme case of nosebleeding!lol)

There's this korean drama though. It's entitled "Geu jeo BAraBO daga" or That Fool (Babo means fool) that is being aired in KBS on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:55-11:00 (I just love it when they show the programs nonstop without a bunch of commercials in between!) It's a romantic comedy show about a postman (Hwang Jung Min) and a popular actress (Kim Ah Joong) whose relationship started through a 6-month marriage contract.


Surprisingly, the show grew into both Asul and I. It was quite sweet and charming and so much fun to watch. And before we knew it, we were both laughing out loud in some funny scenes...and I feel good!


It wasn't that easy, though. Imagine Asul's frustration when I ask for translation from time to time.lol Believe me, bloody translation! lol:)

What?

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When Asul and I eat together especially during dinner time, I tend to chatter. I almost always feed him with every single thing that has happened during the day ( except when I buy something that, shall we say,is in our "wants" or "not necessary" list!lol ) and tonight was not an exception...

Me: I went to supermarket today, 'jagiya' (a term of endearment!harhar) and I bought "oiji" (pickled cucumber). I had been meaning to make "oiji muchim" (seasoned pickled cucumber) but hadn't got around to do so... until now. The recipe was in the cookbook we bought. It was quite easy you know. I hope you like it.

ASul: hmmmm...

(there was a little pause)

Asul: What?

Grrrr! Sometimes I want to just strangle him! But I find it funny so I just laugh it out. I remember before when there was a moment when I was getting oh so mushy, and I told him something like how much I love him or I'm thankful to have him or something like that. There was dead air again for a few seconds (while I was waiting for him to reply) before he said... "hmmm...What?" lol

To Asul's defense, he can really speak English well. But he could just sometimes be preoccupied. When he quiets down all of a sudden, he's usually thinking of work ( which makes him quite stressed for a while )

It was one of my fears when we got married... you know... language barrier. A couple who have the same nationality normally have misunderstandings, too, what more if they speak a different language?

And so, I took it upon myself to learn Korean. I discovered though that learning another language would really take some time for me (I really suck!lol)

But then again, when frustration comes, I just think that LOVE is the universal language. It can say things that merely words can't. (nyay! corny!haha)

I just wish ASul can say something else other than "What?"... don't you think? lol

Philippines in the Eyes of a Korean

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I have just been browsing my previous emails (even the ones way way back) when I ran across this one... a post in multiply and I thought it's quite related to my previous post. It was a Korean student's essay about the Philippines and it was posted 2008. Worth reading...


My Short Essay about the Philippines

Jae Youn Kim


Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you
really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think
so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the
Philippines.


Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you
understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest
countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country
was destroyed completely after the Korean War, and we had no natural
resources. Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were
very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like
Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father's brother also died because of
famine. Korean government was awfully corrupt and is still very corrupt
beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because
Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with
patriotism. Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their
neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of
patriotism.


40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform
Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to
get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economy situation of
South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent
many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea
to build a factory. They had to go through a horrible experience. In 1964,
President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany
came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President
Park. They asked to him, "President, when can we be well off?" That was the only
question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart. Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.


My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life
and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The
only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our
neighborhood. And I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.
I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to
share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.
When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic
country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church
every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed. My parents came to the
Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much
poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that
there so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my
parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after
taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they
were sympathized the boat men, for the boat men were very poor and had a small
frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not
enjoy it because of love for them. My mother who has been working for
Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass
without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with
action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them
because all of us are same and have received a great love from God.
I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword which
Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It
should start from person. Love must start in everybody in a small scale and have
to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let's put away our
prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every
person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible.
Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It
changes the world.

Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ
said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is
God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for
love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them
why they have to love their neighborhood and country.
You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others. That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

Is the Philippines worth crying for?
Who will shed tears for the Motherland?
Who will lend a hand to lift her spirit, to hold the
lonely Flag that symbolize her name?


Postscript:
I only regret that I have
but one life to give for my country.
A man’s country is not a certain area of
land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is
loyalty to that principle.
Love of country is like love of woman – he loves
her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.
A man’s feet must be
planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

Ranting

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As I'm writing this, Asul's already in bed (and snoring! lol :) I always tell him not to sleep when I'm not yet in bed with him and that he should wait for me. But tonight, when I followed him in the bedroom, he was already in a deep slumber! ( so much for saying "Yes!" when I said "Wait for me, ok?" kumusta naman?! )

In fairness to Asul, he was not really in the mood for any sort of communication today, which usually happens when he's not feeling well. I still feel bad about it though..

Bedtime is also our time to talk... just about anything (and my time to cuddle as well!lol:)... what happened for the day, updates about family and common friends... it could sometimes be repetitive but I don't mind. Just the thought of us being able to talk about anything makes me feel good...

But times like this make me FEEL bad!:-( I already tried to sleep beside him but I didn't feel like sleeping anymore (like losing your appetite even before eating!lol) It was as if he didn't know I even exist (with his eyes closed and his probably being in the dreamland by now... that's very much possible!lol)

Okay, so, actually I'm just overreacting! lol

*sigh*

I hope he feels much much better tomorrow, though.

Got a bucket list?

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I had been wanting to watch The Bucket List of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and just last night, I had the chance to do so.

It's a feel-good movie about death ( strange, right? how can you feel GOOD about DEATH? You should see the film for yourself;) It's about two terminally ill patients who decide to live their days to the fullest before they "kick the bucket" (which means 'to die')

Prior to watching this film, I had been thinking of making a list of what else I want to do in life. It started when I experienced rafting and riding a cable car to reach the peak of Mt.Seorak which both happened last year and I thought "Hey, I wanna do some more."

And so I just mentally took note of what I want (or wish!) to do and here's what I've got so far:

(in no particular order)

- backpack around Europe

- sing/jam with MYMP:)

- meet Josh Hartnett in person

- do skydiving and bungee jumping

- play a piano piece for Asul (which means basically learning to play the piano!)

- watch the UP oblation run once more (I've seen it twice!;) harharhar

- travel to Palawan and Sagada

- learn the Russian language

- go for a hot air balloon ride

- be married to Asul (again! but in church this time:)

hmmm... there are plenty of things I wanna do I'd just write the rest later:)

How about you, got a bucket list?