Wow, it’s been a long break. I have to figure out how I’m going to post now that school has started at Korea University… but I’m sorry for not posting! I have been so busy every day since coming to KU – this is actually the first time I have a good amount of time to write a blog entry. Even though I’m still posting about my summer vacation adventures, I wanted to mention that things at Korea University are going great and I absolutely love it here so far!
One day, I went to Hyehwa, an area in Seoul, with my language exchange partner. Hyehwa is an area known for having many plays – there are so many theaters in the area. It’s also in an area with a few universities, so its atmosphere is kind of like Sinchon’s.
First we went to a restaurant that my language exchange partner said was famous in Seoul for having some authentic Japanese donkatsu (fried pork cutlet). I admit that I have no idea if it was authentic, but it was really good!
After we ate, we wandered around Hyehwa for a while while waiting for our play to start.
On another day, I went with my friend, Julia, to a district in Seoul called Samcheong-dong! It was my first time there, but I really liked it. There are lots of cafes and nice restaurants there, and even though there are always a lot of people there, it had a peaceful and calming vibe.
Samcheong-dong has a lot of Italian restaurants, so Julia and I picked one to try out called Oz’s Kitchen. It was really cute and quaint, fitting into Samcheong-dong’s overall feel nicely.
I had oven-cooked spaghetti and Julia had some kind of shrimp pasta. It was delicious! The ingredients were all fresh and real, nothing fake here!
After walking around a bit more, Julia and I relocated to a cafe for dessert: ice cream waffle! Waffles are not just a street food here, you can also buy “gourmet” versions in many cafes. These waffles come with dipping sauces, ice cream, fruit and more! I love them~
SHOW OFF YOUR SHUFFLE DANCE MOVES
& FLY TO 2011 MAMA SINGAPORE
‘Music Makes One’ Song Dance Relay
An event for K-pop fans across the globe
Upload a video message for your favorite artist with your shuffle dance
to win an invitation to the 2011 MAMA Singapore and a chance to get on stage!
“Music Makes One”
Mnet <2011 MAMA>
November 29th, Singapore Indoor Stadium
SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2011 – Dubbed as Asia’s leading music awards, the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (hereinafter MAMA) to be held in Singapore on November 29th, is offering a sensational event for K-pop fans from all over the world to watch MAMA live and also appear on stage.
Under 2011 MAMA’s theme of going beyond Asia and bringing global fans together through music, this year’s ‘Music Makes One’ Song Dance Relay has been prepared to allow fans worldwide to communicate with each other.
To join the event, fans must upload a message for their favorite K-pop singer along with a clip of exciting shuffle dancing on YouTube then click on Mnet Youtube(www.youtube.com/Mnet)’ to update their entry.
The three contestants selected for enthusiastic and creative ideas will be awarded with seats at the event, roundtrip tickets to Singapore, accommodation as well as a once in a lifetime opportunity to appear on stage. In addition, 25 participants will be given MAMA Special Edition Beats headsets, gift sets and many more.
MAMA organizers said, “We have prepared an event to actually hear the voices of fans who love K-pop and to bring them together as one. Since this will be an unprecedented event that offers people a chance to enjoy a large scale performance by their favorite artists in real life and a magnificent opportunity to get up on the same stage, we look forward to see fans from home and abroad participate.”
The 2011 MAMA will open its curtains on November 29th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore’s most prominent performance venue. Korean artists leading the K-pop wave along with artists from Asia and other parts of the world will be on stage for a spectacular finale music event of the year.
Starting with a red carpet ceremony from 5pm till 7pm, this year’s main event will be held from 7pm till 11pm on November 29th (Tuesday) and will be broadcasted live from Singapore throughout the entire six hours with over 1.9 billion viewers watching from approximately 19 countries including China, Japan, Singapore as well as the US and Europe.
2011 MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards)
Time & Date November 29th, 2011 (Tuesday)
Main Event – Live Broadcast from 7pm to 11pm
(Korea time / Singapore local time – 6pm to 10pm)
Red Carpet Ceremony – 5pm to 7pm
(Korea time / Singapore local time – 4pm to 6pm)
Venue Singapore Indoor Stadium
2011 MAMA Theme Music Makes One
Bringing Asia and the World Together Through Music