Few months ago I was going go-go and ga-ga over Lee Jee Hoon (the second guy from the drama ‘Wonderful Life’).   For 2 straight months I was playing his Trinity Album songs in my laptop while working, driving and even on my MP3 player.  I couldn’t seem to get enough of him.   

I think I have symptoms of addiction to se7en now.  After getting hold of his 24/7 album which is so cool, i was able to get Mp3s of his other songs from his various albums (Passion, Style, 1st of Se7en, Must Listen etc).  I may run out of cash if I had to buy those albums and maybe have problems getting the old ones. But listening to the songs made me go back to studying Hangul which I temporary set aside given the tremendous work that I need to focus on the past months.

My sister who is Marketing Manager for local clothing company is hunting for a model.  They prefer getting rights to use picture of an international star.  Se7en immediately entered my mind… I think he is such a potential hit here in the Philippines.  His genre matches the target market of the product.  I wish they will get him even before the Prince Hours (Goong S) is shown here.

In his 24/7 album there is a Chinese version of ‘Wajuo’ (Comeback 2).  The song is entitled Chixie (thanks to my chinese friend) which is not necessarily ‘Comeback’.  I find the Chinese version cute than the Korean version but that doesn’t mean I don’t like that version.  The way Se7en sings each line is so cute… the accent is probably weird to a native Mandarin speaker but it makes the song even lovelier.    I also like track 16 which I am not sure if I have romanized the title well but it goes something like ‘Ko Namjocharam’.  The song is mesmerizing and soothing to my ears.   You will also feel like dancing listening toNan Arayo (I Know) and Oh No.

How can you resist watching and listening to Se7en? I don’t fully understand the songs but similar to how I loved the melody and rhythm of Lee Jee Hoon’s songs… I am also in love with Se7en’s R&B renditions.  This I must say is Se7enism.


Gyoza this Time

My kitchen theme this weekend was Japanese.  Yesterday I made some gyudon, stir fried veggies and siomai.  I got the recipe of siomai from it was so delicious.  I used shitake mushrooms, pork and shrimps. 

Gyoza in line

This Sunday, i tried cooking one of my favorite Japanese dish.  A dumpling called ‘gyoza’.  My dad loved it and I don’t want to be proud of it but it did taste great.  Preparing Gyoza was easy you just mix all the ingredients.  The more challenging part is the wrapping. You have to be careful not to break the dumpling wrapper.  I think the ginger makes a lot of difference in the taste.  This makes Gyoza very Asian in taste.  The sesame oil added yumminess to it too.   This recipe is tried and tested.  It goes well with tempura sauce:

Gyoza (Japanese Dumpling)

  • 1/3 cup boiled cabbage
  • 1/4 kilo ground pork
  • chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • dumpling wrapper (circle)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl except vegetable oil. Put a teaspoonful in the center of wrapper.  Make a semi circle gathering the front side of wrapper and sealing the top.

Heat pan, pour the vegetable oil. Fry gyoza until light brown then steam it for about 3 to 5 minutes. 

Shoes…Shoes…and my Korean Shoes

Eversince I was a kid, shoes is one of the girl essentials that I am so interested with.  I remember wearing heeled sandals and slip on when I was in Grade III which I got from a cousin in Clark (nevermind the period… US Base still exists during that time).  Until i turned high school, buying shoes along with my mother is a big event for me.  We could spend the whole day looking around for a pair that will look pretty on my feet.   Because we are not rich (and my mom is really very practical), I usually have a pair of black shoes for school, pair for going out and one pair of rubber shoes.  When i got into college i was able to secure a part time job.  This gave me the chance to buy extra pair of shoes that I like.  I was no longer restricted from SM Parisian shoes or those that you typically find in Recto. I became a bit conscious of the brand and somehow felt that my taste improved.  It’s probably true that there is an Imelda Marcos in every girl (and I admit I am one of them).

Several months after landing on my first job, i was addicted to shoes. Every payday, buying a new pair of shoes is a must.  So by the time that I got my credit cards, I swiped my way to get the shoes that I want.  I was actually ‘shoeing’ beyond my means.  My collection may not be designer shoes but I could spend 4,000.00 pesos for a pair when I was just earning 11,000 a month (which is gross by the way).

My love for shoes never faded.  It’s been years, I could no longer spend that much for a pair.  There are other expenses that are more important but I still dream (and drool — sorry for the term) on nice pair of shoes.  Now, I wanted to wear not just Naturalizer or Nine West but to own designer shoes whew!

I don’t know if the Marikina Shoe business will be happy with the entry of Korean Shoes all over the market and tiangge but I am such an addict to it the designs are cute and lovely.  Most of all it fits me well.  This is one big problem that I have when I gained so much weight my feet followed and its hard to buy a nice pair that will not hurt that bad not to mention post pregnancy led to size 9 for me (few brands offer this size).  In a month I bought 8 pairs of Korean shoes… MNJ, YS etc.  and the total cost is just half the price of my Dexter loafers. 

My most favorite is the my pair with velvet material and ribbed ribbon on top.  My feet looks slim with it.  Compared to a local shoes it is 6 months old and i have been using it almost 3x a week.    It so comfortable and cute… so in the 8 pairs that I bought last month, I included the same style and picked 2 colors (black my original pair and tan).  I remember buying a Parisian shoes in SM which I happen to like the style, in less than a month its already worn out. 

Its fast becoming an IN thing for women regardless of age, why? 

  • There are various styles to choose from depending on what you feel like wearing. You can surely find a pair that is cute, chic, elegant or even a bold one.  
  • The materials used in every pair is quite interesting some fabrics have prints, some are soft and the texture varies.  Its like having different personalities when you wear one.
  • Almost all the pairs I bought are very comfortable.  No more sored feet. 
  • On top of all, I think every pair is value for money.  The cost ranges from Php 170 to 300 and it lasts more than 6 months (based on my experience).  Compared to some local brands (sorry!) these shoes are far better if you have to consider price, durability and style.

I am so in-love with my Korean shoes.  I temporarily stopped dreaming of getting designer shoes because of it. Now my only problem is space and storage…

It’s All About ‘K’

Few months ago I was back doing marathon watching of Asian TV Dramas.  After the Meteor Garden saga, it’s been quite a while since watched that way again. I could finish watching a drama non-stop for two days with little breaks in-between.  It Started with a Kiss reminds me of Meteor Garden with less of the 3 other good looking guys of F4. Cinderella type of stories never fails to amuse me.  The story is very fancy but I was so hooked into it that I watched it all over again after.  Trailing as poor second on my queue of DVDs to watch is Princes Hours or Goong (literally means Palace).  This drama is just about to be shown then in a local channel dubbed in our native language.Trailer of the drama was quite interesting, now this is really more of Cinderella story.  It was interesting at the beginning, but midway I wanted to finish it one day so I was fast forwarding some of the scenes that I thought was not that vital.  I fell in love with the story it was one of the best Cinderella type of Drama I ever saw.  The scenes were amazing and the actors suited that characters they are portraying.  Suddenly I find my self going back to the scenes I skipped.  I wanted to understand further each and part of the drama even those that I initially judged to be ‘unnecessary’.  I even went to as far as watching some of the scenes again over the internet to compare on the dialogues. 

Goong has started everything.  It suddenly interests me to find out more about Korean Dramas.  Maybe I was so hopeless with the plots and storylines of local TV dramas.  Would you imagine watching a soap that has been airing for more than 2 years?  A diary that been missing for the entire duration of the drama… a diary that caused killings, hatred and been subject of a long and winding search is just found in one cabinet of a house where the protagonist has been living right from the start.  Or probably the ‘who is my mother’ formula.  

Suddenly, I am one of the K-Drama addicts out there. I have started buying DVDs of some other Korean Dramas that interests me.  Even those that were not shown in my country, I took time to watch in marathon manner.  Fireworks was one of them, it’s a gift from my younger sister.  The actors and actresses where unknown to me but the story was quite good.  Every week I am able to finish one drama and when I thought I have purchased almost all the dramas that would interest me, a copy of a Korean movie collections landed on my hands. This has fuelled my interests not just in their dramas and movies but also into their culture and language.

I know I am not the only one who seems to be like a fool for K-Pop.  I started listening to Korean music as well.  It was pure admiration of the music and arrangement as the words are unknown to me.  I can listen to Goong’s OST and Trinity (5th album of Lee Jee Hoon) over and over again in my 1 to 2 hours of driving to and from the office.  One must say I am crazy but I find joy in listening to it.  Now, this is one of the things that I am quite observant when watching a K-Drama or movie.  I try to find a way to get hold of a music file of the OSTs that I like.  This is probably 2nd degree of addiction to K-Pop. 

I am not sure if this is the ultimate degree of such addiction but recently I have been busy scribbling some words using Hangul.  Through the internet and by buying some books, I did a self study on how to read the script.  At first, it was really hard that I gave up trying to learn the language.  I thought it was foolish for me to attempt this, but one book made me understand it a little more than the other books I read.  Like the Da Vinci code, it was like trying to crack a code.  I was so happy and fulfilled having been able to read some Korean scripts, I am not so confident of my pronunciation but I made it.  Unfortunately more than being able to decode it, one must try to understand what it means.  Now I know why they say some can speak but cannot read; and some can read but could not speak.

I don’t know how long will this interest will last but one thing is for sure…this is something that I love doing.