BIG BANG IN MALAYSIA WITH A BANG!!!!

Big Bang was here!!!!!! The biggest open concert held in Malaysia by K-Pop artist. 15,000 thousands Big Bang’s fans gathered at Stadium Merdeka on 27th October 2012 to watched this awesome band. Everybody were drenched under heavy rain before the concert start but luckily the rain stop right before the concert started. But hell, nobody moved!!!

Me? I’m not VIP (Big Bang fan club), but in the name of appreciating 5 awesome guys’s talent i was among the crowd!!! ya..ya..ya… don’t laugh at me.. :). Me and my buddy Grace arrived around 6.00 pm but the stadium already swarm with sea of fans. Poor management maybe, finding the entrance gate for our CAT 3 ticket already a hassle for us. Fighting to be inside the stadium is another story but Big Bang is living up their status as the best group ever!!! Performing their famous songs for almost 2 hours ..yes, it’s was a short one…Everybody had their fun last weekend and i guess it will remained the most talk concert for a long time.

No video or pictures during the show captured by me coz to find a space for my eyes to watch them performing was hard enough. But i’m glad others had and shared.

  Fancam during their Stupid Liar song’s. I guess this fan was at the same area with me but far nearer to the stage.

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 Pictures during the event

 To whom yet to know who are Big Bang.

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HWASEONG FORTRESS,SUWON,GYEONGGI-DO

WWOOfer usually will get time off during their stay to explore any interesting places in vicinity . So, I spent my day at Suwon city which 1 hour ride by bus from Joam.

When I arrived at Suwon Terminal Bus around 11 am, I hurriedly went to tourism booth placed inside the Terminal. I was greet with surprisingly in my native language, Malay Language!!! The staff incharge learned Malay Language as his 3rd language. He was my biggest help that day. Based on his explanation,  I took a city bus and after 20 minutes if I’m not mistaken I arrived at Suwon Fortress.

Suwon Fortress was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive fortress ever built in South Korea stretches for 5.52km in  Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Well known for it’s advance technology used in constructing the fortress and become the world first planned city, in my eyes the fortress is a beautiful history monument left with too many stories to be told.

During my walk, I can’t help but wondering on what this fortress been witnessed during this whole time when peoples and time passed and changed.

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How to be here:                                                                                                                                       Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)                                                                                                     Take Bus 2, 7, 7-2, 8, or 13 and get off at Jongno 4-geori (intersection).                                                       Walk 5 minutes to fortress.

Priceless Experience : WWOOFing at Joam, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do

After the first experience WWOOFing at Geochang, I was more confidence when I left Seoul alone to Joam. My host this time already been 8 years hosting WWOOFer. Being to Metropolitan Seoul left me startled a little bit when I set foot at Joam terminal bus. It was small, shabby terminal bus in the middle of small Joam town. I forgot most of the time blinded by all beautiful and grand lifestyle Seoul portraying that every country has their own rural site and not that well off peoples.

Mr Keum my host is a middle age man with trace of hard work clearly can be seen on his face when he pick me up with his small pickup truck. Even he claimed that he is not good in english but he is better than other people I met previously. We left the Joam terminal bus that late afternoon and soon my memory here was made.

As Mr Keum house is quite small and has 2 grown up boys , Mr Keum arranged me to stay at girls dormitory near his house. There, I was surrounded with young students preparing for the college entrance just like what I watched in Korean movie.

Again, there is no farm working for me. But I had a chance to work at flower shop belong to Mr Keum’s friend Teacher Lee. After working, Teacher Lee teach me how to make roses using Hanji paper. hahahah … i discovered my hidden artistic talent here. Besides that, I’m too busy at Joam, busy meeting people, busy attending meeting, busy at gathering. I think this is the first time in my life that I meet that many new people in my 5 days. Mr Keum is quite active in several organization such us “Slow Food Organization”, Farming Organization”, helping others in online shopping project, etc. I’ve been introduced to head of Joam bank, Public officer at several government agencies, Professors at University up till farmers and also business man..and also politician. Huh….even I can;t understand most of the conversation between them but I enjoy being the centre of attraction whenever I’m with Mr Keum.

What I impressed with Mr Keum is how well he bring himself in any of the gathering even he is only a farmer. Everyone respect him and he is a person with lots of idea and enthusiasm. Spending time with him, I learned a lot about his dream and his perspective of life. He is like a farther and a teacher of life for me. Still clearly I remember him saying ” A person should have a big and warm heart. Giving out to others without asking for a return coz giving already give you happiness  Life is like onion sprout grow in winter,even how much snow covered and cold it will stand the long winter to wait for spring.  Siha ya, you are a brave girl. Remember that you should go for what your heart wishing to so that you have no regret in life”.  Bidding a goodbye was not easy for me, to Mr Keum  ‘s 2 sons who understand their farther’s hard life and study harder. To Mrs Keum’s   who eager to let me trying and knows lots of new things, and to grandmother whom warmly embraced me and cried when I left.

And from time to time, I sing our favourite song that we used to sing whenever we were on the road, driving on Mr Keum’s pick up truck that has no radio and heater. It was never a silent and cold ride whenever we sang this song.

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Priceless Experiance : WWooFing at TURWOOL, Gyeongsangnamdo

My first experience, their first experience too. Both of us (Host and WWOOFer) are new to this program. I was worried but excited. From the forum wrote by other wwoofers, good things and bad things did happen. To be at unknown place and meet unknown people, i’m glad that my sister, Nor was with me.

We travelled for more than 4 hours by express bus to southern part of South Korea due to New Year long holiday’s traffic jam. We arrived at Geochang Terminal Bus around 9.30 pm and hurriedly i gave a call to our Host. Around 20 minutes later, our host arrived, a women around 45 years old. Our place to stay not that far from Terminal Bus (around 20 – 30 minutes walking). We left our bag in a small Hanok house and again been brought to another house belong to another host. Hahaha ..From the conversation over supper, i got to know that my host is not 1 person or a family but consist of 6 families together under a group call TURWOOL. They called each other by nickname, no real name and i don’t need to use respect term who a younger person or stranger like me should use to address other people which a big NO in Korean society. hahaha .. i still recalled how nervous i am trying to address them just by their name.

Winter when most of people is in hibernating mode especially for farmer, nothing much we done for 7 days staying there. But i learned a lot appreciating time without the buzzling life at big city, without tv, without internet connection. Our routine everyday will be woke up early, walking around 5 – 10 minutes to one of our host second house aka workplace. Having breakfast, helping our host with her chores, lunch, back to our place and touring the village or sometimes went to the town. As our stay fall during festive celebration aka Seollal or in Malaysia, Chinese New Year, we experienced how local celebrate it. Starting with rice cake soup as breakfast, greeting the elders (bow), together with one of the host family to watch movie, we spent the holiday like local did.

The other things that i cannot forget is the experience of managing ondol system using charcoal in a very traditional way and manually. Even my younger korean friends impressed with that coz it’s hardly been used nowadays. Find out more about ONDOL.

Only on the last day, when the weather much more warmer, we managed to work at the farm by cleaning out the previous left over harvest and prepare the land for spring. And at night with 2 of our hosts, we watched an old German movie at Geochang Community Centre.

Even i had not experienced farming activity here, but I enjoying a slow life Geochang offered me. And time spending with my hosts was a memorable one. I’m not sure how Sangi the poet, Param the painter, Yonggam the academician, Hasim and his Pansoori husband and others whom I didn’t had a chance to meet got together at Geochang, But they are here now, to achieve their dreams to be involved with nature and away from busy life at big city. We bid goodbye on the day snow slowly falling at Geochang with a promised to be back when their hotel project finish in 3 years time. Till then, Thank you TURWOOL!!!

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My K-pop Talent Quest (MyKTQ) 2012

On my way to meet the girls for our meet up last Saturday at Farenheit , I accidentally found out that KTO organizing a contest so call My K-Pop Talent Quest. Lots of Malaysian youngsters showcased their talents related to K-Pop that day.

Final stage will be held later this month during Korea Day Exhibition.

Hahahha… suddenly I remember when I first got the Hallayu fever 3-4 years back, it’s rather an isolated disease back then. But now it’s a contagious!!! I’ve been listening to Psy’s songs 2-3 years back before he released the viral song “Oppa Gangnam Style” but heck I don’t dare to mention his name when others didn’t even know Super Junior, Big Bang or DBSK. While people goes crazy with this current phenomena, it’s more comfortable for me to watch from outside. To get excited all over again on the same issue, it’s not me.. 그냥 재미는 더 이상 없다!!!!!

Rain, My Toe …In Pain

September left with pains to bear..

Most article covered on the news that Rain was hospitalized with severe back pain… the condition is not that bad for him so that he can still continue his military service. But some speculate that this is a “stage” for an early discharge. huh…. personally i don’t think he will be that short minded to do that foolish act. But who knows?

But i can’t worry much about others as i hurt my own toe. Even it just 1 toe but i can’t freely put my foot in a covered shoe for 2 weeks already!!!!! Arghhhh …why it hurts so much, my heart??? My Toe??

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Maybe it’s time to see another doctor ..yups