Loving this black and white patterned dress from Cutie Code.
Loving this black and white patterned dress from Cutie Code.
According to the the Daily Mail, about 2000 North Korean defectors were recently interviewed in South Korea to learn about the current state of the country. It turns out that there are some unusual trends going on in the North. Of items that are a hot commodity are things such as skinny jeans, blue crabs and human feces (poo) because there is a lack of fertilizer.
I can only imagine what hipsters look like in North Korea…
We really like these handmade earrings, and pretty much everything else over at www.okitokki.com. Look at the cute little flower fox spirits, called kumiho (구미호) in Korea. According to the maker, Aein, “they’re believed to gain an extra tail for every 100 years they live, the wisest and most powerful being nine tails.”
Here are some related links.
A Fox Woman Tale of Korea by Heinz Insu Fenkl
In case you were wondering, Christmas is a very festive time of year in South Korea. It is the only East Asian country that recognizes Christmas as a national holiday and every year there seems to be more decorations in shopping malls and festivities in the streets.
Christians now make up more than half of all religious Koreans. That said, not all Korean’s celebrate to the same extent. There are still many Buddhists in Korea who don’t actively celebrate Christmas. However, much like in the West, there’s really no escaping the fun and feeling of the season. As such, Christian and non-Christian Koreans engage in some holiday customs such as gift-giving, sending Christmas cards, and setting up decorated trees in their homes.
Children, especially, appear to have embraced Santa Claus, whom they call Santa Halabuji (Grandfather Santa) in Korean. Local radio stations play holiday music on Christmas Day and a few days before, while television stations are known to air Christmas films and cartoon specials popular in the Western countries.
As in the West, churches in Korea hold Christmas pageants and conduct special services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Young people especially enjoy the fellowship these observances provide; after the Christmas Eve services, for example, they go caroling to the homes of older church members, where they are usually treated to hot drinks and snacks.
Kpop artists are really beginning to understand the economic benefits of Christmas as well as more and more have begun releasing Christmas tracks and albums as well as holding special Christmas concerts.
This is a cute Christmas music video from point of view to make it feel like you are part of the Christmas fun with all your favorite kpop stars from JYP.
See some fun links here
Merry Christmas from Rory and Jamie. May your New Year be happy and most of all, peaceful.
Etihad Airways, the airline that Rory works for, has officially begun flying between Abu Dhabi and Seoul, Korea. Rory was part of the crew that flew out before the launch and took part in the press conference as well as events with high-level Korean officials.
This is great news for Rory, as she can now visit her mom whenever she has to work on a flight to Korea and it is good for me also, because now I will be able to see my in-laws as it makes going to Korea a lot easier.
I think that this new service route was a long-time coming. Recently, there has been a lot of big business deals between the UAE (particularly Abu Dhabi) and large Korean businesses (Chaebol 재벌).
I want to do another post that explores the huge Korean conglomerates in more depth. But I think this shows how there are many ties between Korea and the UAE.
For anyone interested, I have put together a map of Korean restaurants, groceries and entertainment venues in the UAE. If you know or find somewhere that isn’t on this map, please feel free to suggest it in the comments and I will add it.
UPDATE - I just saw in the National newspaper today that there will be a Korean film showcase in Abu Dhabi hosted by the Korean Embassy. The free, three-day Korean Film Series will be held at Abu Dhabi Theater starting on Saturday, December 18, marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and the UAE. A Korean chef will prepare food during the screening and free flights to Seoul will be given away. Abu Dhabi Week did a good article on it too.
Apparently, the event is co-organized by the Embassy and King Sejong Institute, which was founded at Zayed University this past October and is the the first organization to teach Korean language and culture in the UAE.
I know it has been soooo long since May 2nd. It really shouldn’t have taken us this long to get our photos from the wedding up, but here they are. While there were thousands actually taken, these are the choice shots taken from our hired photographer, as well as good friends @ayhoom, Tai and Stephen. I will use the photos to also explain the different elements of the wedding ceremony. If you would like to see the whole set, please visit the photos page. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have in the comments section. Enjoy!
If you want to see the rest of the pics from the ceremony, please see the photos sections of the blog.
I look forward to finally getting the video and editing it down so that we can share it as well. The music, the dancing, the outfits and the bowing. It really was quite a magical day. If you have any questions about the ceremony, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks.
Korean pop music is HUGE!!!!!! and not even just in Korea.
According to Wikipedia, in addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults throughout Southeast and Central Asia, resulting in widespread interest in the fashion and style of top Korean idol groups and singers. Through the presence of Facebook fan pages, availability on iTunes, Twitter profiles, and music videos on YouTube, the ability of K-pop to reach a previously inaccessible audience via the Internet is driving a paradigm shift in the exposure and popularity of the genre.
There are so many bands and groups that it is hard to keep track. There are even a lot of popular KPop artists who are actually from Thailand and China that were groomed, taught to speak Korean and made into international sensations. It is a really interesting industry actually.
I am going to do more research on the subject but I would love if anyone wanted to comment and explain who their favorite artist(s) are and why.
The 25th Golden Disk Awards
Not coincidentally, the major KPop awards are happening now at Hwajeong Gym in Koryeo University in Korea. The awards show first began in 1986, and since then, it’s become Korea’s most prestigious awards ceremony for music. They are nicknamed the ‘Korean Grammy Awards.
Samsung YEPP Digital Daesang
1. DJ DOC
4. Super Junior
3. Miss A
4. CN Blue
5. Lee Seunggi
Samsung YEPP Newcomers’ Awards
Ceci Popularity Awards
MSN Asian Popularity Award
Winner: Super Junior
COSMOPOLITAN Rock Award
Winner: F.T Island
Hip Hop Award
Winner: Supreme Team
Winner: Hong Seungsong
Winner: Park Choonsuk
Here’s the winning speech by SNSD!
To see more photos from the event, check out www.allkpop.com