One-night only with Bobby Kim

Korean singer Bobby Kim will be having a special one-night only concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on August 18. Bobby Kim is actually known in Korea for having introduced Reggae to the music scene.

Despite having created his own band called Dr. Reggae, his solo career was actually more prolific. He contributed and collaborated a lot with other artists like Drunken Tiger and Dynamic Duo. He also has already released 6 albums and has an upcoming album due for release by July. He has definitely cemented his street cred as Reggae Hip-Hop’s Grandfather.

Also among his guests in the concert are actor and singer Kim Min-Jong and actor Park Sang-Myun. These two are established actors in Korea, having starred in several hit dramas and movies. Tickets are priced at P5500 for VIP, P4400 for Premiere, and P3300 for Balcony.

Thanks to Resorts World for the photo.

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Fusing drinks and beef at Seoul Fusion

I had dinner with a couple of friends last Saturday at Seoul Fusion Korean Charcoal Grill Restaurant. This authentic Korean place offers the most affordable food and alcoholic drinks among Korean restaurants I have visited so far.

Since I was out with friends, we had a couple of drinks. Instead of our usual soju, we had two different types of makgeolli 막걸리 or Korean wheat/rice wine. It’s not really as alcoholic as soju with only around 6% alcohol in it and tastes sweeter so I think more of you can try drinking it. There are two types of makgeolli available at Seoul Fusion, the ordinary rice wine only and the wheat wine version. The rice wine version is P200 per bottle while the wheat version is P300 per bottle. Interesting enough, the special makgeolli that they serve here is the type imported to Japan since Japanese people have grown fond of makgeolli as well.

Since we were drinking that night, we wanted to have samgyeopsal 삼겹살 or grilled pork with our makgeolli. However, it wasn’t available since it ran out with so many Koreans eating and drinking that night, as well. So we decided to have chadol baki 차돌박이 or thinly sliced  grilled beef instead. I personally like samgyeopsal more but this is a little bit healthier. ㅎㅎㅎ For those who do not know, chadol baki is essentially similar to samgyeopsal except that it is beef.

After grilling you dip the meat into gireumjang 기름장, which is a mix of salt and sesame oil. Then you roll it in sangchu 상추 or lettuce with garlic, green pepper, raw onions, and ssamjang 쌈장 – a paste made with gochujang 고추장 or chili paste, doenjang 된장 or soybean paste and sesame oil 참기름. You can also roll it instead in kkaennip 깻잎 or perilla leaves.

Aside from these, we also ordered japchae 잡채, the traditional dish you all know looks like Filipino pancit. This is made with sweet potato noodles stir fried in sesame oil with various noodles.

We also had chicken tteukbokki 떡볶기 with kkaennip. This dish is made by cooking chicken with tteukbokki 떡볶기 or rice cakes with kkaennip in gochujang 고추장 or pepper paste.

All in all, we spent around P2500 for 8 people. That’s quite affordable since we had several servings of the grilled beef dishes although the bill would have been higher if we continued drinking. (*^^*) The place is well-ventilated although of course, we still smelled like charcoal and beef after. Service is also quite good since there are both Filipino and Korean staff who are more than willing to help you out with a smile.

So for those looking for a great drinking place or dining place that is very affordable with a nice ambience, I highly recommend Seoul Fusion. It’s located at the Ortigas Home Depot in Julio Vargas, Ortigas.

Bulgogi Brothers offers lunch set meals

Bulgogi Brothers, the Korean restaurant with 29 branches in Korea, is currently offering special set meals for lunch. The prices start at only P895 and each set meal is already good for two persons (unless you eat a lot like me). Do try the Gwang Yang Set shown above as it is one of my favorites from Bulgogi Brothers. The main dish includes deliciously seasoned tender beef in sweet sauce, delightfully served with fresh sesame leaves, green onions, and bean sprouts.

Located at the 3rd Level of Greenbelt 5, Bulgogi Brothers offers a nice, sophisticated ambiance that is definitely family friendly. The set meals are only available from 11am to 3pm from Monday to Friday so I suggest you head there for a nice break from your normal lunch. You can call 621-6216 or 621-5289 for reservations.

Thanks to Greenbelt for the photo.

Fly to Korea free with Sangobion Star Mom Promo

Calling all fab moms out there who love Korea!

Sangobion, the organic iron with vitamins and minerals, is giving away a free trip to Korea for moms and their family! Just join the Sangobion Star Mom Promo! First, you need to buy any Sangobion product, either capsule or syrup. Then take a photo of you and your kids with the product. Finally, send the photo to TradeMarketing.ph@fox.com

Remember that the deadline for submission of entries is already on July 31. So hurry and start buying Sangobion and start taking your photos now! This might finally be your chance to visit the land of Korean dramas and Hallyu Stars. Don’t forget to visit and like the Sangobion Official Facebook Page for updates.

Good luck and do tell me if you win! I would love to share your photos here! I might even see you there!

Catch the “Runaway” drama on TV5

TV5 will be airing the Korean action drama, “Runaway”, starting June 11 every 9pm. This is an old drama from 2010 starring Rain as Ji-Woo, a private detective who gained fame and fortune after he solved the mysterious case of an Asian couple who killed themselves in a Las Vegas casino. With his established self-proclaimed reputation as the best detective in the world, his life turns upside down when he meets the daughter of the dead couple, Ji-Ni, played by Lee Na-Young. For contrary to Ji-Woo’s conclusion, Ji-Ni believes that her parents were murdered.

This drama was partially shot in the Philippines and was much publicized back then after its main cast including Daniel Henney and Lee Jung-Jin visited the country to shoot scenes in Manila and Cebu. Too bad, the network (who also co-produced the local production), is only airing it now.

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