Sunday, May 26, 2013

Monkey 5, a New Way to Enjoy The Music

The first song I've heard from Monkey 5 is from Bach composition, Air on G String. My first impression, sounds funny and cute. Then, I listened some compositions from this group which are different than the previous one. Those are more cheerful. I think Monkey 5 is a great project, as illustrated as the spring water came from the mountain, they give different taste and so refreshing. Modern and classy and the most important is I can feel Korean style on their music which will be indicated about their origin is from Korea.

But ... couriously... who is Monkey 5 ?

Monkey 5 is a group managed by SOREA Group with five misterious member, they are Whikey, Goldee, Liva, Bello and Touyo. They sing in uniquely way, by whistling. I thought this is very creative new way to enjoy the music.

Let's find their songs on this Youtube link :

This is my most fave song ^^

There are another interesting songs to enjoy :

Healing Whistle "Monkey 5" - Salut d'Amour

Healing Whistle "Monkey 5" - Air On The G string

Shall We Whistle ?~^^

Video Credit : Sorea TV on Youtube.

Friday, May 24, 2013

순두부찌개 Sundubu jjigae

This is my first experience of tryring sundubu jjigae. Also my first time to try a jjigae. Jjigae is one kind Korean soup with less water, various ingredients can be put in it.

Photo Credit : My Seoul With Love

Such as my sundubu jjigae, I had tofu, seafood such as oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp, also vegetables
such as mushrooms, onions, scallions. They put together with gochujang and raw egg. Sundubu jjigae is made in a hotpot. It is propose to keep the ingredients hot while eating that's why it is more suitable to eat in a winter or a cold weather.
I ate my sundubu jjigae together with rice, it tasted very good and a little bit spicy.

Photo Credit : My Seoul With Love

Friday, May 17, 2013

About Korean Language (Dialects)

Northwestern dialects :

There are three dialects which have been used in part of northwestern of Korean peninsula. They are :

1. Pyongan dialect 평안방언 is the northwestern dialects. This dialects is using in North Korea.
2. Hwanghae dialect. It is spoken in Hwanghae region, North Korea.
3. Yukchin dialect. This dialect is spoken in Yukchin area in North Hamgyeong province.

Central dialects :
1. Seoul dialects 서울말 also called Gyeonggi. It is spoken in Gyeonggi do, Incheon, Seoul and Kaeseong (part of North Korea).
2. Yeongseo dialects 영서 방언 is spoken in Yeongseo region of Gangwon do, South Korea.
3. Chungcheong dialect 충청도 방언. It is spoken in Chungcheong region, South Korea. Chungcheong 충청도 is located in the southwest of Korean peninsula. This dialect is devided into two. They are the northern Chungcheong dialect and southern dialect which is closer to Jeolla dialect.

Yeongdong dialects 영동 방언 :
It is spoken in Yeongdong region in Gangwon do, South Korea, the eastern part of Mount Taebek.

Gyeongsang dialects 경상 방언 or Southeartern dialects :
This dialect is spoken in Gyeongsang region in South Korea.

Jeolla dialects 전라 방언 :
Is spoken in the Southwestern part in Korean peninsula.

Jeju dialects 제주 방언 :
It is spoken in Jeju Island.

Hangul Korean Alphabet (Introduction)

한글 Hangul is a Korean alphabet founded by King Sejong the Great in year 1443 that he was proposed to make his people especially those who was uneducated people from a lower class at that time, could read and write easily.
As we know at that time, only some people who were in the middle up status only had a change to study for writing and reading Hanja (the augmented of Chinese characters) and it was too difficult for lower class to learn. That's why King Sejong had an initiated to created some new alphabets for his people.

Now there are Hangul that we can check on this chart below :

Hangul is the most systematic alphabet in the world. To learn Hangul, we must know first and remember of each alphabet below :

Then to create a word or sentences, we must put the consonants and vowels. Here is the chart below :

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In my opinion, to learn Hangul, formaly  한국어 Hanguk geo is similar when I'm learning math. We should practise a lot especially in grammar, there are a lot of particles that we must put on the senteces.

(To be Continued) ...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pyebaek, The Korean Wedding

폐백 Pyebaek is a part of Korean traditional wedding ceremony. Only family members attend this ceremony. The bride present's jujubes, chestnuts as a symbol of fertility or children to parents and elder family from the groom.

My point of view here is not about the ceremony itself but I'm interesting of the wedding food for pyebaek.

Wedding food is intented in order to invite praise and admiration. Chastity was regarded as the most worthwhile virtue for wedded couples. Fertility, longevity were also considered to be great blessings.
Some points above are represented in Korean wedding food. Various colors such as blue, red, yellow, white, and black are represents of the five moral virtues. They are benevolence, propriety, faith, wisdom and also righteousness. The jujube and chestnut symbolize the endless generation of posterity and longevity. Jujube means a son that forms the line of family pedigree. Dried persimons which are sliced resemble of flowers, represents penance and is valued because the process of making it requires time and a lot of care.

Pyebaek table setting :
Stacked jujubes (served for the bride's father in law, chicken (served for the bride's mother in law), gujeolpan (nine-sectioned plate), wine.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Royal Court Cuisine

Gujeolpan, nine-sectioned plate, is a special dish that features nine different food items, it is one of Korean royal cuisine. The name of gujeolpan is composed of three hanja words: gu (구, "nine" ), jeol (절, "section"), and pan (판, "plate"). The dishes are served in a wodden plate which has nine devided sections. Meat and vegetables are arrayed around the outside of the dish, and a round dish in the center holds small wheat crepes. It creates various kinds of color represents of the zenith of Korean cuisine.
This is how to eat : You can put meat and vegetables on the wheat crepes and eat them together.
This dishes usually served with alcohol accompanied by various kinds of nuts and jujubes also tea which is accompanied with Korean traditional cakes.

Two Years Ago in Korea

This is my first article for this blog. I don't know what to write because there are a lot of ideas that still around in my head. Well to start on my blog, let me share my travel experience two years ago in Korea.
Exactly on this date, I was in Korea for solo travelling two years ago. I went around Seoul by my self.
Well it was very convenient because I used subways. My Korean language was not very good at that time, so that I was affraid to use buses eventhough I wanted to try, as I know there was no English for bus direction so I affraid to get lost.
I went to many places in Seoul and had a special festival which is always held every May. Lotus Lantern Festival. The one of Korean festival I had ever seen by me. I had a great time by watching a parade in Insadong.
That 's very memorable for me.