I’m a big fan of Simon and Martina from Eat Your Kimchi. So much so that sometimes I tend to talk about them like I know them personally… (because they are so awesome).
IS THAT REALLY WEIRD?
I also mention Simon and Martina to my parents sometimes. Luckily my parents know who I’m talking about now. Because my husband and I are planning on moving to Korea at the beginning of 2014 sometimes we are discussing our plans at the dinner table and I’ll say “Simon and Martina said…. blah blah blah.”
Oh and their kitten is so cute!
Is there anyone that you talk about or mention in conversation like you know them but actually don’t?
Also: I’ve added a FAQ section.
Yesterday was a pretty bleak day. Horrible rainy weather, so I thought it was a good time to stay inside and try these nanoblocks I bought. I picked them up at the Sydney Supanova Pop Culture convention last month. Basically they look like lego blocks but TINY! I love lego so I wanted to try these out.
I bought the Hokkaido Dog
All the pieces
Blocks compared to my finger… but I have tiny fingers so probably doesn’t give an accurate idea of size.
No legs yet
Finished! But why do I have so many blocks left? Did I do something wrong? Oh… the packet says extra blocks are included. Yay!
The nanoblock dog and my face.
Now he is going on an adventure!
Well that was lots of fun. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have massive fingers because it is really fiddly, but if you have normal sized hands it will be fine! I want some more…
HERE is the Nanoblock site.
p.s. I am not paid for this. I bought them myself and I receive nothing for doing anything on this blog.
Haha, well It’s not really a secret how much I love G-Dragon.
So what is the correlation between K-Pop and having a Korean partner? Does having a Korean partner make someone interested in K-Pop or does being interested in K-Pop result in ending up with a Korean partner?
Both are possible. Some people are gradually exposed to K-Pop through their Korean partner and grow to like it. There are also others who discover K-Pop in another way and start to really enjoy Korean culture as well. This interest results in meeting more Korean people and the possibility of having a boyfriend or girlfriend who is Korean.
My story is a little bit different. Years ago when I first starting making Korean friends I really didn’t hear any K-Pop. My Korean friends were all on working holiday visas while in Australia. At this time I briefly dated a Korean guy as well. I was not exposed to any K-Pop at all. The following year I was living in Sydney in a share apartment with Koreans and that’s when I got bombarded with K-Pop! I didn’t like it…. and I said a lot of negative things.
Because most of my Korean friends were on working holiday visas, eventually, one by one, they all left Australia. There came a time when almost all my Korean friends were gone. Missing them, I actually starting listening to K-Pop on my own accord. G-Dragon was really what first got me interested. Through him I discovered Big Bang.
By the time I first met my husband I had completely become a K-Pop fan. Oh I’m still critical of a lot of groups but I always give them a chance now. Big Bang remains my favourite group and G-Dragon will always be the one that first led me into the wonderful world of K-Pop.
It’s not that my husband dislikes him, actually he really likes him, he just gets slightly jealous of my admiration.
We visited one of our favourite restaurants last night. The Taiwanese Restaurant ‘Din Tai Fung’. It is actually part of a chain with restaurants all around the world but they are known to have possibly the best dumplings (xiaolongbao) in the world. I’ve been going there since the beginning of 2009 and have watched its popularity grow. Three years ago my brother and I could get a table right away but these days there is always a long wait. That’s because the food is so good! I introduced my husband to Din Tai Fung quite early in our relationship. We’ve also visited the Din Tai Fungs in Korea and Japan but I don’t think they compare to the Sydney one. Still good, but I noticed it was only Koreans working in the Korean branch but in Sydney all the staff are Taiwanese or Chinese. Maybe that makes a difference. There are differences in menus depending on what country it is located in as well but all have the most important xiaolongbao.
Waiting for our food.
The main website for Din Tai Fung- HERE
And for Australia- HERE