노래방 = karaoke room/singing room

노래하다/노래를 부르다 = to sing 

노래 = song

노래하는 사람 = singer

가수 = vocalist/singer

음정 = tune, key

리듬 = rhythm

박자 = beat

선율/가락/멜로디 = melody/tune

템버린 = tambourine

음정이 맞다 = to be in tune

음정이 틀리다 = to be out of tune

춤을 추다 = to dance

사진: 노래방, 서울 (Noraebang, Seoul)

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Let’s Eat Ep8

When Soo-Kyung’s boss pisses her off, she goes to noraebang…

Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar
- Jumping! Jumping!
- Everybody! 
- Jumping! Yeah, jumping! 
- Everyone jump together!

EXO’s Growl
- I’m growling, growling, growling.
- I’m growling, growling.

(Screams) Asshole Kim!!!!

(Laughs like a maniac)

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010412: last time seeing silang until i come back for spring break :/
i always feel like i can truly be myself when i’m with her, especially during NRB.

i’m gonna have to be honest, i think we’re getting pretty good at singing. LOL

010512: went to breeze with a friend before he has to go back to the Naval Academy. talked for a long time and caught up about a lot of things. it’s good to know that despite how different your friends can be from you, there are always things to talk about :)

Day 28:

So today a few of us CIEE students signed up for a cooking class with some North Korean refugees. We made some traditional North Korean (people in the South eat them too I guess) snacks. The director of the school is actually the first North Korean refugee to get her doctorate degree. She was even given an award by Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama. What I really liked was the little tagline on the sign of her school. It said “북.남한의 통일은 식탁에서 부터” which means “North and South Korea’s reunification starts at the table.” I just thought this was so beautiful and was so touched by the hardships of the North Korean refugees. One of them was really nice but she told us not to take pictures of her, just in case somehow North Koreans see it and she gets traced back to her family, since her parents and her sisters are still there, and there could be bad repercussions for her family. So scary.

The cooking class was REALLY long, like 4 hours. It was fun but halfway through everyone was already really tired. :( But it’s okay, we made some really delicious snacks. After the class, Sean said that he was going to meet Brian and so David and I went along. We went to Myeongdong and just ate and went to a store that sells like signed merchandise of SM artists. (IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE ANYTHING FROM THERE, PLEASE TELL ME. It’s a little expensive if you want the signed things, because they are official SM items. There are like SNSD notebooks and folders, buttons and pins and whatnot and also signed posters/framed pictures of Super Junior, SNSD, and SHINee. Dana, I was going to get something for you but I wasn’t sure if you’d prefer just Key or all of Shinee. Let me know and I’ll go back and get it for you if you want.)  

Then we went to noraebang because Sean really wanted to go. But OHMYGOSH, Brian is so good at noraebang… well I guess most Koreans are. He is such a good rapper! And he gets so into it with the little tambourine thing, he’s like a freaking karaoke king. 진짜 멋있어요! o___o Haha, Sean said that he learned some new songs but he kept singing the wrong melody or off key. OTL He needs to learn more Korean songs. 

Didn’t go to Music Core today because I found out that B1A4 was pre-recording super early and there was no solid information on the fan meeting (so it probably was an exclusive meeting for registered fans). I thought about going anyway but Boram (the program assistant that got our tickets for me) probably should have been at the cooking class and they paid for us to take the class, going to MC would have been too much hassle and I didn’t feel an intense need to see anyone that was performing… even if 2NE1 and 2PM were there too. .__. So yeah, decided not to go today and hopefully we can get tickets again for another day. :)

So yeah, today was fun even though I didn’t go to Music Core. I am so tired too. But I think I should do some studying before I sleep. Or watch some movie for my cinema class, that should be an easier homework assignment to start.

Why I Love South Korea

HELLO I AM BACK. Work has been crazy, and I also have a social life and stuff, but now I have returned with some thoughts about why I love life in the ROK.

FOOD

ALL OF IT IS GOOD. Korean food, American food, Italian food, fusion food…I have yet to be truly disappointed by a meal here. Plus, most of it is ridiculously inexpensive. I barely cook here, because why labor over a hot stove when I can get a delicious, healthy(er than an American) meal for 2-5 US dollars?! (also I am lazy)

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This delightful lunch cost a mere $3!

Music

As most of you know, I was a fan of Korean pop and hip hop music long before I moved here. Lucky for me, I can now hear the music I like EVERYWHERE. All businesses play popular music, and many of them even blast it on to the sidewalk. Walking down a busy street can become an aural patchwork of several different songs playing at once from different storefronts. At first I found it a bit overwhelming, but now I realize how much more efficient it is to listen to 12 songs at once instead of just one!

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This street in Hongdae so far wins my award for the highest concentration of pop songs blasted per square meter.

Safety

I live in a major metropolitan area, and I have been catcalled exactly once since I moved here nearly three months ago. You know all those videos going viral these days about women getting catcalled several times an hour in New York City? Yeah, I’ll take once every three months, thanks.

Korea is also just a really safe place to live in general. It’s not crime and harassment free, of course, but it is a lot better than most places in the US. It’s rare that I feel unsafe here, whereas I felt unsafe almost every late night out in Ann Arbor.

Noraebang

Literally meaning “singing room,” Korean-style karaoke is not a bar full of drunk strangers, but rooms rented by the hour with your friends (drinking may still be involved). Great for groups, but also surprisingly good for dates (my boyfriend and I are weird and go almost every weekend to perform duets of rock songs that came out in 2004). 

Sweet Red Bean

When I first moved here, my thoughts on bean-based desserts could be summed up as “wut.” BUT OH HOW THE TIDES HAVE TURNED. Sweet red bean breads are my fave. The best ones are fried and look like fish and are 3 for $1.

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Too cute to eat?!?!?!? No.

Skeggings!

Is it a skirt? Is it leggings? It’s both! It’s skeggings! Maybe these have totally blown up back home and I don’t know, but as far as I know, the leggings with the built-in skirt is unique to Korea. The rest of the world needs them! They have the comfort of leggings without the butt revealing qualities of leggings! I have two pairs and I want more.

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Not the best pic, but here I am trying being sexy in my skeggings.

I could list more reasons, but since I can’t think of many clever or interesting things to say about “an affordable and clean public transportation system!!!!!!!1” I will stop here.

Well that was slightly awkward...

I’m used to random Koreans approaching me, both (mainly) males and females for various reasons, due to my white, small (like a fist…) and round face. Today, in Burger King (surprise, surprise) a Korean lady came up to me “Hello, hello, hello” she said.

I was like “Oh, hello”,

She said “You don’t recognise me to do you?”… 
I was like shit what have I done now?

"No, sorry I dont" I replied, after staring at her for a few seconds.

She went on to tell me I’d done a duet with her at Norae Bang at somebody’s leaving party (lasting impressions eh). I was adamant that I didn’t know her, I’d almost convinced her she didn’t know me and she started apologising. She went back to her table and returned with her phone and showed me pictures… She was bloody correct I had sang ‘Let it go’ with her at James and Romeos leaving party (she’d said a different person whom I’ve never spoke to).

"You were very drunk" she said…