Remembering the Sewol Ferry Tragedy

There is a lot to say, but too little words for the tragedy of the Sewol Ferry back in 2014. If you remember on today’s anniversary the Korean ferry named Sewol capsized on its way to Jeju Island / South Korea. I was in Korea at that time hearing the horrible news from my relatives at home first, and then watching local TV and news feed about the ferry – carrying mostly highschool students from Danwon High – sinking rapidly. Even though the Korean coast guards and fishing boats came to the rescue the 476 passengers and crew, only 172 survived. Most tragic fact: the high school students were told to stay put and wait for rescue on board and in their compartments while the ferry was flooded with water. Worse, the captain and most of the crew members abandoned the sinking ship while leaving the passengers behind – high school students (!!) – being the first to be rescued. The captain even disguised himself as a civilian to get off the ferry quickly. The first call for help wasn’t made by the crew either, but by a student (RIP Choi Dukha) aboard Sewol who sadly didn’t survive the disaster.

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8 Chicken Comics for a fun New Year

So, today is a big holiday in Korea and in many other Asian countries: it’s Seollal or Lunar Year – internationally better know as Chinese New Year. The use of the lunar calendar – which is based on the cycle of the moon phases instead of the solar based Gregorian calendar – is widely used throughout Asia (south, west and east!) and plays a large role for festivals and holidays. Korea doesn’t sport many public holidays, but Seollal is definitely in the top 2 with three whole days off work to visit family and celebrate. A well-known feature of the lunar calendar are the 12 recurring animals of the Chinese zodiac. This years’ new zodiac is the rooster (닭띠) and I found Continue reading

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It’s the Year of the Rooster

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

To be more precisely, it’s the year of the fire rooster. People born this year are said to be trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. In all the rooster-born are said to have great characteristics such as being observant, communicative, frank, quick minded and multi-talented which leaves them with a certain confidence in themselves. On that point, however, they might tend to an eccentric and boastful life-style, being moody and impatient or impassive as the quickly lose interest after being overenthusiastic about something.

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I just enjoy Google Asia’s New Years banner every time :3

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Happy 4939th Birthday Korea!

The 3rd of October is a meaningful date in Germany as it is German Unification Day. This holiday is mostly important in politics and in media; Germans themselves hardly celebrate the unity of East and West Germany. However, this date is not only of national importance in Germany, but also in Korea. Koreans celebrate Gaecheonjeol (개천절) which is nothing else than National Foundation Day. According to history the first nation state of Korea was founded back around this date in 2333 BC by founder King Dangun (단군왕검 /dangun wanggeom/). He named his kingdom Joseon (nowadays officially known as Gojoseon, meaning ancient Joseon) which was located at the northern part of north Korea in the area of Manchuria (now part of China).
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Playlist: Kpop for Valentine’s Day

As some may know, I’m really bad with liking love songs (which is weird as about 95% of all Kpop songs have no other topic), but there has to be some romantic tune on Valentine’s Day, right? So I decided to share these songs listed on Soompi by making a Valentine’s Day playlist on my TY channel. The order is based on Soompi‘s songs choice and not to my personal peference… but I swear number 10 will make you cry. Happy Valentine’s Day ❤

  1. I Love You by Akdong Musician
  2. Ordinary Love by Block B‘s Park Kyung feat. Park Bo Ram
  3. A Good Boy by Baek A Yeon
  4. No Other by Super Junior
  5. The Space Between by Sistar‘s Soyu, Park Yong In, & Kwon Soon Il
  6. My Heart Is Beating by K.Will (feat. IU & MBLAQ’s Leejoon)
  7. Propose Song by 4Men
  8. Love Day by Beast‘s Yoseob & Apink‘s Eunji
  9. Photograph by Apink‘s Kim Namjoo & BtoB‘s Yook Sungjae
  10. My Love by Lee Seung Chul
  11. Dream by Miss A‘s Suzy & EXO‘s Baekhyun
  12. Heaven’s Door by Eric Nam
  13. All For You by Seo In Guk & Apink‘s Eunji
  14. Just One Day by BTS
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It’s the Year of the Monkey

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

If you’re born in this year your character traits are probably somewhere around these: sociable, intelligent, optimistic, quick-witted, confident, romantic, restless, selfish, stubborn and reckless.

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Paying Respect on Parent’s Day

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May is the family month in Korea. We already past Children’s Day (어린이날 – eorini-nal) on May, 5th which is hugely celebrated in Korea, up-coming will be Teacher’s Day (스승의날 – seuseungui-nal) on May, 15th, Married Couples’ Day (부부날 – bubu-nal) on May, 21st and Buddha’s Birthday (석가탄신일 – Seogga-tansinil) this year on Mai, 25th. Inbetween lies Parent’s Day (어버이날 – eobeoi-nal) on May, 8th.

Parent’s Day is similar to our Mother’s Day and in fact it was also originally only dedicated to mothers. Parent’s Day is a combination of the Christian Mother’s Day and Confucian culture. Continue reading

Why Koreans take WHAM seriously

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away.

This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.

If Germans hear Last Christmas by WHAM! in September they know the awful commercial Christmas time is on the way and try to avoid it until Christmas Eve. If Koreans hear the song in September it is the start signal for the most irritating sport ever: grab yourself a lover for Christmas Day.

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The Power of Love: Valentine’s Day in Korea

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There is a lot to say about Korean dating, love and couple customs. Coming to Korea it is very amusing to watch Koreans going crazy about three days in particular. One is the well-known 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and it is a highly commercially successful love related day in Korea. As my teacher told me, actually there is a love designated day every month on the 14th, however, Valentine’s Day, White Day and Black Day are the most known ones. In Germany we do not take Valentine’s Day that serious (different from the USA) and we are not too strict upon it. It is perfectly fine to send Valentine’s gifts or cards to family members or friends and both men and women participate. But in Korea you should not mess around like that. Continue reading