Fly to Korea for free with Jeju Air!

Here’s your chance to win a free round-trip airfare tickets to Korea. Just visit the Jeju Air booth in the Travel Madness Expo this July 20 to 22 at the SMX Mall of Asia and show your love for Big Bang!

Thanks to Jeju Air for the photo.

Jay Park, SHINee on the cover of Sparkling magazine

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the latest Sparkling Magazine featuring K-Pop idols Jay Park and SHINee on its back-to-back cover. This issue for Summer 2012 covers a lot of the latest in the Korean scene from Bench endorsers Siwon and Donghae to YouTube star David Choi. Plus, it comes with a free Jay Park and Super Junior poster!

The magazine is available for only P150 in all bookstores and news stands all over the metro.

Thanks to Sparkling Magazine for the photo.

Ryu Seung-Beom parties at Prive

Here’s something that happened below the radar this month! Korean actor Ryu Seung-Beom partied with the gang of Filipino socialites Liz Uy an Raymond Gutierrez at Prive Bar in The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, last July 5. The multi-awarded actor has a very prolific movie career and has had several dramas and even an album.

Thanks to Liz Uy and Raymond Gutierrez for the photos.

Jang Gun: from Korean food to Filipina actress

I recently went to Jang Gun Korean Restaurant with my friends for a quick dinner. This place is located near Eastwood City along E. Rodriguez, Libis, Quezon City. It’s a bit pricier than the other Korean restaurants in the area but I think the food is good although the servings are a bit small.

My friends and I are big meat lovers so we always order Samgyupsal or pork belly and So Kalbi 소갈비 or marinated beef in alll te places we go to. Although I’m not a big fan of their Samgyupsal, the So Kalbi in Jang Gun is actually quite good as it has the perfect sweet balance of soy sauce, garlic, and sugar marinade. I’m sure they used sesame oil in it as well, since it had a subtle nutty taste to it. In case, you don’t know how to it So Kalbi, it’s actually eaten just like Samgyupsal wherein you dip the grilled meat in ssamjjang 쌈장, a sauce made with fermented bean paste and red pepper paste, before being rolled in sangchu 상추 or lettuce leaf.

We also ordered some Kimbap 김밥 because we have some Filipino friends who don’t like eating spicy food so much. Their Kimbap was again ok although I think the servings was a little too small.

One of my friend’s favorites in this restaurant is the Spicy Seafood Ramen. It’s actually quite rich and hearty, and the sweet spiciness is just right. Jang Gun doesn’t skimp on the seafood either, as a huge serving includes a generous amount of squid and clams in it. If you’re heading for the restaurant, you shouldn’t miss this.

During the night that we were dining there, Filipino comedy actress Pokwang was also there. One of my friends asked for a picture with her and she was happy to oblige. I’m glad to see that Korean food is catching on even with Filipino celebrities.

And in case you were wondering where Joon has been all these past few days, I’ve been very busy with work so I have had very little time to update this blog. I was actually considering shutting it down already but then I saw how a lot of you still visit and I feel that I should continue sharing Korean things with you all. So thank you, everybody!


KCC breaks new ground with ceramic exhibit

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines launched a new ceramics exhibit entitled “Living Ceramics: The Modern Touch of Korean Heritage” last July 13. This was just in time for its first year anniversary.

Among the guest of honors were the Minister and Consul General of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Min Kyong-Ho; the President of the Korea Ceramic Foundation, Song Young-Kun; and the Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Felipe de Leon, Jr.

This is definitely something that is quite interesting because it showcases a wide usage of ceramics in Korean culture – from pottery and everyday life to fashion and arts. The said exhibit will run until Oct. 13 and is open to everyone interested in learning more about Korean culture. Just bring a valid identification card when you visit the center.

Thanks to the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines for the photo.