신화창조! – Shinhwa Forever! Shinhwa 17th Anniversary Concert

Hello all!
I had an amazing experience going to see my favorite group – Korean group Shinhwa!

I’ve been a fan of them since middle school. I remember the first song I ever heard was “All Your Dreams”.

For me, it was a bit life-changing. They were the reason I started to learn Korean. I wanted to follow their songs so I used to write the lyrics over and over, eventually learning how to write Hangeul. It seemed very natural. It’s really a dream come true to see them every time. I’ve even had the lucky chance to talk to Minwoo and Dongwan (best moment of my life!? YES.)image

Ready with orange glowstick! (That is their representative color)image

Outside of Olympic Stadiumimage

Hi everybody!image

A photo of my favorite member Hyesung!image

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I bought a hairband for 6,000 won!image

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And put it on of course!image

In the stadium! SO EXCITED. BUT NO PICTURES ALLOWED. They are very strict.image

Waiting, waiting, waiting…imageBut I snuck two pictures at the end!

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신화창조!

멤버들중에서 내가 신혜성 제일 좋아한다. 넘 멋있다. 노래도 제일 잘 부르고 진짜 잘 부른다!

내년에 또 봐 !

Today’s Strange Find: Charcoal Eggs? 참숮란

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I picked up these bad boys at the local Lotte 999 mart. How could I ignore them? Black boiled eggs? I have to find out!

They were only about 1,500 won for two. (I guess some would consider that on the more expensive side)

I was surprised because the outside feels like a fine powder, but it doesn’t rub off on my hands. I peeled it open to find the egg inside is brown, similar to the ones you can buy at the sauna.

It seems these are baked over charcoal. See that white packet? Salt included.

It was delicious! Basically the same as a regular boiled egg, with a smokey aftertaste.

K-POP Experience Program (FREE!)

 
Venue SMTOWN STUDIO (inside of the SMTOWN Coex Artium)
Address Coex, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Date(s) 2015-08-17 ~ 2015-11-24
Time(s) Each session: 11AM-12:30PM (every Monday, Tuesday; one session per day)
Price Free
Program -K-pop dance lesson : 60 mins
(Instructor : A member of the professional choreography staff at SM Entertainment)
-Looking around SM TOWN STUDIO and taking photos : 30mins

K-pop experience program offered by the city of Seoul!

The city of Seoul presents a K-pop experience program designed to allow foreign tourists to enjoy K-pop more directly. It is a great opportunity to learn the newest hit K-pop dance choreography adapted for beginners and to visit the Hallyu star experience zone free of charge. We request the keen interest and active participation of tourists who love Hallyu.

[Program information]
○ Program schedule

– Period: Aug. 17 (Mon.) ~ Nov. 24 (Tue.), 2015 (Once daily on Mondays and Tuesdays)

–  Hours: 11:00 AM ~ 12:30 PM
○ Place: SMTOWN STUDIO at COEX Artium
○ Limit on the number of participants: 15 persons
○ Program details

– Newest hit K-pop dance class: 60 minutes
(Instructor: A member of the professional choreography staff at SM Entertainment)
– Duration of SMTOWN STUDIO tour and individual photo shoot: 30 minutes

[How to apply]

○ Eligibility: Any foreign tourists who visit Seoul
○ How to apply: Access the link below and submit your application
http://goo.gl/forms/gbo34YnWyD
○ Application period: July 31 (Fri.) ~ Nov. 19 (Thu.), 2015
※ Please note that there may be an early closure for application. Participants will be selected by lottery and winners shall be notified by e-mail two weeks prior to participation in the program.
○ Participation fee: Free of charge

[Contact]
○ K-pop Experience Program Operation Office (Tourism Business Team, Seoul Tourism Organization)
– TEL : 02-3788-0823 (From overseas: +82-2-3788-0823)
– E-MAIL: hallyu@seoulwelcome.com

Farewells and Hellos …

Jem here! I was sad to say goodbye to two special friends at the cafe – Sam (Seungmin) and Michiko!

Sam has been coming to the cafe since April to participate in the language exchange. Kyndra bought him this beautiful rainbow cake! He’s heading to Kansas to study abroad for six months,image

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Michiko is one of our original members. She joined the cafe back in October when we first opened and has attended diligently since. That’s 10 months! She was first introduced here by another member Naomi!

I’m sad to see her go… but hoping she’ll come back soon. T_____Timage

And a long time no see to Rayoung, my former student!

We were quite close and studied for over a year when she suddenly found out she was pregnant. So we took a break after that! Good to see her looking bright, healthy and now she’s a momma!image

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