All things Korea is huge these days. Millions of K-drama, K-Pop and K-food lovers emerged overnight. And I’m one of them. I admit that the the Korean wave has hit me, and it has hit me hard. People say I’m too old for these stuff, people say that someone like me shouldn’t be into it in the first place, but I don’t care. I don’t like it just because everybody else like it. I like it because I like it.
The Korean addiction (should I say addiction? If it’s too harsh a word please forgive me) began around seven years ago. There was this Korean drama called Princess Hours or Goong. The main casts weren’t really the out-of-this world pretty and handsome, but it wasn’t really about the stars back then for me. Yoon Eun Hye doesn’t look like SNSD’s Tae Yeon or f(x)’s Crystal. Joo Ji Hoon is definitely not Lee Joon or Kang Min Hyuk. But the drama is so funny and fresh that I somehow couldn’t get my eyes off of the Television screen.
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Then after that, along came other dramas. There was My Girl (Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae), Prince’s Hours (Se7en and Park Shin Ye), Coffee Prince (Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye) and many many more. I watched drama after drama, fascinated by the storyline, the casts and everything in it.
In every single Korean drama, there would be at least one scene where the cast is eating something with gusto. They look like they enjoy what they’re eating so much that it got me craving for it. Thus, the hunt of Korean cuisine began. I love cooking and I am often curious about how food is made. So, in order to get familiar with the taste of Korean cuisine, I ordered several kinds of them from a cheap but delicious little joint called Gansikjib. Then, I started to try making them at home.
I enjoy eating kimchi, always have them in the fridge. I love tteokkpokki, with extra cheese. I adore doenjang jigae. I really really enjoy eating hoddeok for my afternoon snack. And the list goes on and on and on and on….
This HODDEOK image taken from my blog, food-experimentalist.blogspot.com
Until this very day, I can’t stop doing it, even share some of the recipes that I modified with available ingredients and Indonesian taste bud on my food experiment blog (yes, I do have other blogs).
I once mentioned that, up until two years ago, I’m not really someone who love Korean variety program. Several of my friends already busy talking about Running Man, Family Outing or Invisible Youth, but I had no interest whatsoever. Then 2 Days 1 Night came knocking on my door and I’ve hooked on it ever since. My love of the show made me open up to watch other Korean varieties and talk shows. Running Man, Happy Together, Gag Con (Madam Jeong, why do you have to end your skit???), We Got Married (Poca Guri and Jinwoon Junhee couple!), Weekly Idol and Win Win (stopped airing last year, soooooo sad) are some of the shows I sometimes watch, when the guests are interesting for me. Thanks to KBSW channel on YouTube, I can also watch things like Entertainment Weekly with their famous Guerrilla Interview and know the latest news of Korean celebrities.
Image copied from 1 Night 2 Days Season 3 Tumblr
When it comes to Korean Music aka K-Pop, my version of it back then was only Korean drama OST. I had no idea what the lyric was about, who the singer was, what the title of the song was, just as long as it’s a nice song to listen to (mostly ballad, I love ballad) and reminded me of the drama, I would definitely put it in my music player.
A couple of years ago, one of my best friends introduced me to Sung Si Kyung, the Prince of Ballad. I love it. Then I started to open my heart for other Korean singers or group that I’ve only heard the name before but never heard even one single song. The first is Koyote.
If you’ve read my previous posts, by now you would know that I’m a huge fan of Kim Jong Min. The funny man turned out to be the leader of one of the longest running trio in Korean music history, Koyote. Their music is more to the happy disco kind of style, but I listened to them anyway, at first only because of Jong Min. After listening to almost all of their songs, I found plenty that I love, such as Did You Even Love Me, Uri Sagwija, and Apado.
Next, the very same best friend that introduced me to 1N2D and Sung Si Kyung got me listen to Beast. Oh my, I’m in love. Back in the 90’s, where boybands were thriving and ruling the world, I was a sucker for pretty boys singing pretty songs. With Beast, I found my way back to those days. I love almost every single song they sing. My favorite is definitely their latest album, How to Love. The talented Mister Yong Jun Hyung wrote and composed great songs that immediately made me head over heels for them. When it Rains, Shadow, How to Love, When I Miss You, Will You Be Alright, I’m Sorry, Clenching Fist were the songs that I listen to almost everyday. You got that, almost every day. I can’t get enough of them… especially Yoon Dujun, the leader. Okay, I’m a little biased because he’s also a football freak like me, but I like him, really. Love watching his latest drama, Let’s Eat. Such a funny guy.
Other than the two groups, I’ve listened and enjoyed a bunch of other singers and groups. Although I may not be a fan, but if they have one or several songs that I like, I will undoubtedly listen to them. I’m listening to songs from Xia Junsu, 2NE1, MBLAQ, Baek Ji Young, K-Will, Clazziquai Project, Urban Zakapa, Jung Jun Young and many more. Even one of my friends from college, a fellow Korean lovers, were amazed when my knowledge of K-Pop tripled within six months of the last time we met. My latest soundtrack of life, other than Koyote and Beast, are Standing Egg and Park Se Young plus Soyu and Junggigo. Both duo got some pretty awesome, easy listening music.
Strike… hey, no more strike. I’m guilty as charged in getting hit by the Korean wave. This may or may not last a long time in me, but I really, truly enjoy it. Mind you, this doesn’t mean that I’m forgetting who I am. No, no, no. Don’t mistaken me for that. I am and will always be an Indonesian girl (or woman? whatever works for you. I prefer girl.). I am and will always be a Sundanese girl. I live and breath in Indonesia, speak Indonesian, eat Indonesian food and call Indonesia my home. I just happens to be an Indonesian girl who love Korean stuff *wink.