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More Cookies

Since there isn’t really a baking culture in Korea, for some Koreans (my husband in particular) tasting real home made cookies can be like a religious experience. In Korea, cookies (or biscuits in Australian/British English) are just store bought ones and even ones in cafes are not that good. Whenever we are in Australia Hugh demands more and more cookies. There are a lot of people living at my parents’ house so he was very concerned about other people eating the cookies. Several times I caught him trying to hide the container of cookies in our room.

It’s also interesting comparing childhood experiences with Koreans in regards to cooking. For example, baking is a relatively safe activity to do with children and my siblings and I were able to bake and make cakes and cookies from an early age. Since most homes in Korea don’t have ovens, it isn’t possible to get children baking at a young age and other types of cooking (stove top cooking) are more dangerous for young children. Not only are baking skills not learnt early on in Korea, but even buying simple baking items like measuring cups and wooden spoons can be difficult.

Did you learn how to bake when you were young?

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Back in Korea! 1

Unfortunately we haven’t had nice weather here yet. I can see that it’s spring and it will be very pretty but it’s been raining since we got back.

As we mentioned in the video, I’ve just easily gone back to our normal life here while Hugh has felt a bit weird and maybe some reverse culture shock again. He was the one that fitted easily back into Australian culture, so it’s interesting how that works out.

Link to the Nicholalala Webtoons here.

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Back from Australia: Pics post 0

We are back in Korea! We did film some things in Australia and have a few more vlogs to upload, but mostly it was a holiday for us. We have a bunch of photos to show you (mostly food) and then we’ll be back to normal schedule!

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NEXT EPISODE OF NICHOLALALA UP ON LINE WEBTOON HERE!

For many people this isn’t actually a new episode as it was on the Challenge League, but it’s the first time it’s up as a featured webtoon. While there will be some episodes from the Challenge League, I will be mixing in new episodes in the coming weeks and gradually it will change over to all new episodes. Please like, share and comment because that really helps me out!

The Nicholalala Webtoon is up every Tuesday at 11pm Korean time on Line Webtoon and you can also download the app! I also have a new Facebook page for my art.

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Collecting Questions 11

We are filming this week with Han and Sophie before we go back to Korea.

If you have any questions for the Ask Korean Guys videos, please ask them there! They can be about Korean culture, Korean dramas, or about Han and Hugh’s lives.

Sophie and I will be filming some videos too, so if you have any questions please ask us too! We will be talking about dating and marrying into Korean culture and raising a child to be bi-lingual.

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Sunday Sydney Meetup details 0

Thank you everyone who came! Was so nice to see everyone!

The meetup will be on Sunday (12th) at Darling Harbour next to the water in front of the IMAX at 3pm. Just a casual meetup for meeting us and other blog readers. See you there!

(Han, Sophie and Alice will drop by too).

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Sydney Meetup – Postponed 5

Update- Due to the rain tomorrow (and some health reasons) we are going to postpone the meet up until possibly Sunday. Will update when we know. Sorry everyone!

 

 

Hey guys, we are just having a casual meet up in Sydney this Saturday afternoon (11th April) at 2pm in Hyde Park. We will most likely be somewhere near the pond that is near the war memorial. Come say hi! If anyone has some picnic blankets that would be great! It will just be super casual.

We will update and post any changes on the social media.

 

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First Nicholalala Webtoon Up! 5

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This is just the introduction, but it will be new for those that were following Nicholalala on the Challenge League, and new for everyone else too of course.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FIRST EPISODE!

Please share and comment if you like it! Thanks everyone!

ALSO: I have made a Facebook page for me as an artist. Rather than create a Nicholalala Facebook page and then create a new Facebook page every time I start a new webtoon series or something, it will all go under the Nichola Gwon Facebook page. Please go like it. Thank you everyone!

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Mr Gwon does Motorkhana! 3

If you are wondering what Hugh does with my brothers while in Australia… well here is one thing!

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Rooster 6

Rooster

We were trying to film in my parents’ backyard and the rooster next door decided that he had to interrupt as much as possible. We were filming something for Hyunwoo, for Korean TV, that kinda needed to be one take but it ended up being impossible. Eventually we had to film somewhere else! That rooster was pretty lucky that Hugh didn’t eat him!

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BIGBANG Tix 7

BIGBANG TIX

Woohoo Bigbang comeback! Unfortunately tickets for concerts go on sale while I’m in Australia so it’s impossible to try to buy them online from here. Even if I was in Korea, it’s so hard to get tickets because they sell out immediately and super hardcore fans have many computers set up to get them as quickly as possible. I can’t compete with that! Fingers crossed that I can get some tickets though… and don’t just have to settle with my husband singing me songs…

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The Nicholalala Webtoon starts 7th April! Links will be posted when it’s up!

A few people have been confused because the webtoons are no longer on the Challenge League on Line Webtoon. That’s because the webtoon will be starting as a featured webtoon. The Challenge League is where people post their work in hopes of being selected. Again a big thanks to everyone who liked, commented and shared. You had a big part in helping me become selected. Once the webtoon starts, it still really helps me out if you like, comment and share as well.

If you do comment on webtoons a lot you have a chance to win an iPad!

There is a ‘Comment to Win’ competition at the moment!

For those that followed all the webtoons on the Challenge League, you will see some you have seen before, but I’ll be mixing new ones in as well.

Also, the My Korean Husband comics won’t be going anywhere and will always be on the blog here.

You can follow the Nicholalala Twitter as well!

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Mulan

I really hope they do it right…

I’ve talked before about de-sexualisation of Asian men in Western media. We shouldn’t have to wait until a live-action version of Mulan to have a romantic lead who is Asian and it would be even more disturbing if they cast a white actor in the role of Shang. I really hope this movie isn’t white-washed.

Hugh told me about how growing up in Korea that he could watch many Korean and Asian movies where the lead males are Asian. Of course it’s normal for the romantic lead to be a Korean man because it’s in Korea. But slowly as he grew up, there is a gradual realisation that there is never an Asian man as a romantic lead in Hollywood movies. He has talked about the assumption Asian men then have that other women have no interest in them, because they are never shown as a love interest in the media. Western women definitely absorb what movies are telling them as well. I’ve had many well meaning friends say things like, “Your husband is good looking for an Asian guy”.

In fact, there are so many negative stereotypes about them that in movies they are usually only represented as the silly side-kick, the bad guys, or very occasionally an action hero in action movies. Hugh has talked about the impact Western media can have on self esteem and confidence, especially when interacting with people in other countries. If you’d like him to talk about it more, we could make a video discussing this topic. Let us know!

The live-action version of Mulan won’t be out for several years so I hope that by then that there is better representation of Asian men in movies. I really like Mulan, so I hope they do it well. Hugh has already said that if they cast white actors, he won’t be seeing it.

Because Australian internet is so bad, it’s hard to upload many videos while we are here. We won’t be able to upload much until we go back to Korea in 2 weeks.

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Where we first met 1

This vlog was filmed on our second day back in Australia. We show you where we first met!

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Present for me? 4

Present for me

What a lovely present! He usually does the laundry so there was no point giving me his dirty socks. I was just glad to see him though.

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