Global Seoul Mate Mission 3 – My Seoul

It’s time for Global Seoul Mate’s 3rd mission, which is one that I can’t wait to write about! The theme for this mission is: Time Capsule, things about Seoul that we want to remember even after a long time. So here goes mine!

Seoul, the hustle and bustle city that could never stop turning livelier every hour when the sun sets. A city with their delicious sour spicy kimchi stew and ddeokbokki, or maybe a sizzling steaming hot Ssam Gyeop Sal during the autumn and winter. A city that could never resist Soju. This is the Seoul that I have always known, and hope this culture would continue to live up to many more years ahead.

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Seoul, despite being a modern city, one could find traditional architectures in the midst of the huge busy crowd, or take a visit to the royal tomb which located in the middle of Gangnam. And the stream that went through major modification and become a new spot for both locals and foreigners.

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Lastly, of course, the landmark of Seoul, can be seen from most of the places in the city, N. Seoul Tower located not quite far from the crowded Myeondong, became one of the most visited spot in Seoul.

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I do hope even 10 or 20 years later, these great spots and cultures would remain as a part of Seoul, and that will continue to remain in my memories..

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Global Seoul Mate 2014 – MY First Mission

Time to cut the slack, pack my lazy bones and shove it out the windows. Seoul Metropolitan Government has finally disclosed the long awaited mission for 2014 Global Seoul Mates just a few days ago. Certainly feeling anxious yet excited at the same time, this will be my very first mission from the day I had been given the honor to be a part of Seoul Mate community.

Supposed you had read my previous introduction about Seoul Mates, you might have also read about missions somewhere in between the lines. We are expected to participate in all 3 missions given throughout the year and as for this mission, it’s about MYSELF, ok, there’s no title but I personally made this up after going through the requirements and steps.

Taking a set of pictures forming the letters S, E, O, U, L that could describe your daily life.

So, here goes!

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Everyone started liking something for a different reason, which is no difference from mine. I recalled slouching on the sofa one boring afternoon many years ago, a Korean drama was playing on the television, April Snow was the name, I couldn’t help being intrigued by the snow covered streets, and tree branches thickened with pure white ice layered over it while In Soo throwing snow balls at the room window trying to get Seo-Young’s attention. Little did I know, I fell deeply in love with the romantic snow-filled landscapes, and made myself a promise to visit this beautiful country someday.

Not long after, my enthusiasm took me one step further into learning the language when I eventually bought my first language book, Dummies Korean. Dummies was popular back then. Foreign cultural points and history comes as an advantage of learning languages, as to say I am exposed to an elegant touch of Hanbok suits, to how the locals bowed in respect to their elderly, the difference between noona and onnie or oppa and hyung. So, I had created an S as a beginning of the word “Seoul” with Hangeul to mark the start of my Korean journey with the Korean Language.

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I set up a mouse and placed it on the laptop, creating the letter “E” that could partially described my work also my entertainment. As a blogger, these are my faithful friends, workmates and partners. I spend most of my free time at home, sitting in front of my laptop, going through different blogs on wordpress or google, collecting ideas and inspiration to start on my next article, it might take a few hours, sometimes, few days or weeks to complete one post. Do you know bloggers spent a lot of their time and effort on blogging?

Once a while I get some time off by doing some other things such as reading latest topics on Facebook and Twitter, listening to K-pop or music that will relax my mind while watching MV on Youtube etc, like any other person does, only with their smartphones at this era, correct me if there are anyone who doesn’t have social network accounts.

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During the weekdays from 9am ~ 6pm, I am just a normal full time employee trying to earn money to pay my bills while surviving in this corner of the world. This image was taken at my office which seems fit to put in as an “O” for the mission. Can you imagine being surrounded by so many documents that could eventually suffocate if they were to fall on you?

Working in the accounts department dealing with monies, tallying figures, I am not afraid to admit that I actually don’t like maths or anything which got to do with numbers and hoping that I wouldn’t need to face them any longer. Nothing could win reality, harsh, merciless, you just have to work to make your living. Don’t you agree?

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Do “U” love to eat? For me, I love eating whatever I wanted to, sushi, donuts, BBQ, grilled meat… Eating is my pleasure. I might be able to skip 1 or 2 meals, but living without food for a WHOLE day is gonna make me crazy, like who doesn’t right? Sometimes my stomach will growl for food during middle of the night, forcing me to wake up to hunger. Either making myself some midnight snacks to fill my hungry tummy, which will never happen since I’m a lazy bitch, or wait for the growling to stop irritates that will last forever. Could it be just me or will your empty stomach act the same as mine too?

Blessed by my family member’s skinny genes, most of them, ok, maybe all of them, are on the slim end. I felt really thankful to my parents for gifting me such genes, as I need not to worry about all the weight problems.

20140804_215304_1Last but not least, my interest.. An obvious guess isn’t it? Yep, it’s photography! Put up your hands if we have the same hobby! What inspired me to get my very first DSLR, taking the first step into the world of photography was those images of calming red maple trees lining neatly along the side roads, or the gloomy icebergs which elegantly portraying the beauty of Alaska. At the very moment, I thought to myself, will there be any chances that I could snap such stunning pictures.

Photography came to me slightly later in life, there’s a saying that goes: Better late than never. Creating the letter “L” with an equipment of a wonderful hobby which capture “life”, a straightforward yet honest way to define and show a person’s memories. Exposure to photography allows me to capture the moments, happy or sad, keeping them safe in one place where I could easily review it when I wanted to, just like how Professor Dumbledore of Harry Potter’s series used to kept and viewed his memories in a Pensieve, whenever he liked.

All in all, as part of Global Seoul Mate, I will strive to fully utilize my Korean language abilities searching and sharing about the hidden gems in Korea to everyone who shares the same love towards this charming little country.

 

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A Gift from 2,867 miles away

It’s just another normal Saturday, I was looking at blogs and editing my posts, suddenly a postmen appeared in front of my door while shouting “Poslaju…” (Poslaju is a National Post in Malaysia if you are wondering). I thought it was a parcel for my family, but I’m shocked to find that it was for me. I wasn’t really expecting anything so, I’m truly excited!

As mentioned in my previous post, I was selected as one of the Global Seoul Mates in the year 2014, and as promised by the Seoul government, this little gift arrived right at my doorstep! I couldn’t wait any longer before I opened the parcel, it was an awesome Adidas Climachill tee!

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It has smooth and great quality meshlike fabric and the alluminium silver dots on the back is said to conduct heat away from the body. Trying it on right away, I could instantly felt that my body heat moves slowly away, giving you a lighter and cooler feeling. Totally suits the weather in Malaysia.

The size was a perfect fit, and there’s only 1 reason to explain that, the staff actually does look into your SnS profiles carefully before selecting the candidates. At the bottom right corner of the shirt, it was printed with the word “SEOUL”, you could say that the shirt was specially ordered just for the Seoul Mates.

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It’s always an honor to be selected as someone who could share the beauties about my beloved country (Seoul) to my audiences, as well as receiving such special gift from 2,867 miles away from my home country. Thank you once again Seoul Metropolitan Government.

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Appointment as 2014 Global Seoul-Mate

Back in May, I get to know about the application from the Seoul Metropolitan Government Facebook and decided to give my tough luck a try. Unaware of the result and maybe my luck just isn’t that tough, I was already one of the 200 people who are appointed to be a 2014 Global Seoul-Mate!

The main duty of a Global Seoul-Mate is to seek out Seoul’s many hidden attractions and promote Seoul in colorful and interesting ways to the global community.

Of course, I have been indeed a fan of Seoul, South Korea due to it’s beautiful city, cultures and language, and as a Seoul-Mate, it is my duty to share with everyone about the attractions in Seoul!

Upon being selected, a certificate will be issued in your name by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and can be downloaded on their website. Other than just a certificate, Seoul Mates are allowed to download the icon and published it onto their social network accounts (I always wanted to have one of these)!

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There will be missions waiting to be completed by us and those who have successfully finished it will win themselves a gift. It is really an honor to be appointed as a Global Seoul-Mate, though I am still lacking a lot, but I guess it is time for me to make use of my Korean language skills to bring everyone more contents about Seoul.

Once again I sincerely thank the Seoul Metropolitan Government for giving me a chance to participate in this programme and have a great weekend to everyone!

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