What Do You Know About Korea?

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For those who don’t know, Korea is located in Asia and during the World War II (a.k.a Korean War), it was divided into two parts: North Korea and South Korea. North Korea is a communist country while South Korea is a democratic country. I decided to write an article about South Korea because I wanted to share with you guys some interesting facts about this fast-growing Asian country which is also known as the “Land of the Morning Calm”. South Korea is one of the most developed and highly modernized countries in Asia. Its capital Seoul is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Asia. South Korea itself is a beautiful country and it has a lot of wonderful things to offer. I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of their culture. They have a very interesting history and most Koreans strictly follow their traditions. Korea’s traditional clothes is called “hanbok” and their alphabet is called “hangul” which was created by King Sejong during the Joseon Dynasty. As some of you may know, Korea was ruled by Kings and Queens a long time ago. Have you watched the famous Korean historical drama “Queen Seondeok”? Basically, the drama was inspired by the life of Queen Seondeok. She was the first reigning queen of Silla, one of the 3 kingdoms of Korea. A long time ago, Korea  was dominated by 3 kingdoms: Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla. Interesting history, isn’t it? fullsizephoto93147queen-seon-deok-011

In South Korea, KPOP (a.k.a Korean Pop) is very popular among teenagers. Some middle-aged Koreans also like listening to KPOP. Boy bands and girl bands are also called “Korean Idols”. Even in the Philippines, KPOP is becoming a trend and a lot of KPOP pinoy fans go gaga over Big Bang, 2NE1, EXO, Super Junior and Girls’ Generation! Many young girls adore these KPOP idol groups because the members are not only good at singing but they are also great dancers. There are too many Korean idol groups in South Korea and most of them undergo years of strict and vigorous training before they can finally debut as a member of an idol group or as a solo artist. No wonder why they always show their best during their stage performance. I am also a fan of KPOP. I personally like Big Bang and EXO. Haha! One thing I like about KPOP music is that it’s upbeat and catchy. It has a good vibe to it. By the way, do you still remember Sandara Park, “Ang Pambansang Krung-Krung ng Pilipinas”? This girl has made a name for herself in South Korea as the prettiest member of the famous girl group, 2NE1! Who would have thought that this pretty Korean girl who became popular in the Philippines after joining Star Circle Quest in 2004, would eventually become one of the most famous artists in South Korea today? Even though Sandara Park is already famous in South Korea, she still speaks Tagalog and visits the Philippines whenever she gets a chance.

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Beauty is everything in South Korea. Most Koreans love to look beautiful and youthful, and that’s the reason why they invest too much on beauty products. In the Philippines, most Filipino women also love using Korean brand cosmetic products. Some of the most famous cosmetic brands in South Korea are Etude House and The Faceshop. I personally like using The Faceshop’s BB cream because it does not feel sticky and heavy on my face. I’ve been using it as a make-up base since last year. The quality of the product is superb because it blends perfectly well with my complexion after allowing it to set on my face for a few minutes and I like how it moisturizes my skin without making my face look too oily. Plastic surgery in South Korea is very common. It’s not really a big deal for them. Some Koreans opt to undergo plastic surgery for beauty enhancement and to make them feel confident about their physical appearance.

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My Easy-to-Make No-Bake Cheesecake

Do you love eating desserts? Most people have a sweet tooth and I’m one of them. We just couldn’t get enough of eating sweets. As a matter of fact, I’ve been craving for a slice of cheesecake since the day Harry bought a 2-kilogram pack of Philadelphia cream cheese. Whenever I see a pack of cream cheese, the only thing that pops into my head is a YUMMY CHEESECAKE! Haha! Since I couldn’t find any bakeshops that sell cheesecakes here in Uiryeong, I decided to make my own version of a homemade non-bake cheesecake. My goal was to keep it easy and simple as much as possible because I didn’t want to stress myself too much. Hahaha!

This recipe which I’m going to share with you today may not look appealing to you or may not even suit your taste but I can guarantee you that it is the easiest no-bake cheesecake recipe you could ever find. Yesterday, I had fun making this yummy recipe with the help of my lovey dovey, Harry. He was my photographer yesterday. Even though it was my first time making this delicious dessert, I felt confident enough that I could pull it off. Actually, anyone can make this dessert. You don’t have to be an expert because the procedures are very simple and easy to follow.

Here are the steps:

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1.) Crush the biscuits thoroughly. You can use crushed grahams for your convenience. They don’t sell graham crackers in Uiryeong so I decided to buy a box of plain biscuits instead.

2.) Melt the unsalted butter on the stove. Please be careful not to burn it.

3.) Pour the melted butter into the crushed biscuits. Add some sugar according to your taste and mix well.

4.) Get a rectangular pan and cover it with aluminum foil. Pour the mixture into the pan and press using your clean hand. Make sure to evenly distribute the mixture because we want to create a nice crust.

5.) Put the crust inside the refrigerator and allow it to set for about 15 minutes.

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6.) In a separate bowl, put your cream cheese and whipping cream and mix them altogether. Add some sugar to add sweetness to the batter. Add some milk. In my case, I used fresh milk. If you want to skip adding milk, that’s absolutely fine. Mix the batter continuously until all the ingredients are well incorporated. We want to make a lump-free batter. If you see that the batter is already free from lumps, then you know that it’s good to go.

7.) Put the batter into the crust which you prepared earlier. Make sure that the batter is evenly distributed on top of the crust.

8.) Refrigerate the finished product overnight to let it set. I’m sure you don’t want to eat a mushy cheesecake, do you? 😄;)

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Some people say that waiting is the most difficult part in making this kind of dessert. Well, I couldn’t agree more! After making my cheesecake, I was drooling over it and all I wanted was to grab a spoon and dig in. But you know it’s always worth the wait.

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This morning, after eating breakfast, we ate some of the cheesecake which I made yesterday. I’m glad that it turned out well. Harry told me that his family likes it as much as he does. Thank goodness! Hahaha! So there you have it folks! My very own non-bake cheesecake. Hope you try my recipe and let me know your feedback about it.

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The Gift of Motherhood

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Hey y’all! Thanks for dropping by! Today, I’m going to talk about my journey through motherhood. I didn’t expect that my role as a mother would forever change my perspective in life. To teach myself how to raise a child of my own is a very challenging responsibility given to me by God ~ the author of life. I consider motherhood as a special gift from God. In fact, it’s the greatest gift that I treasure most in my heart. Being a mother is very challenging, yet very rewarding. I like it when my son calls me “Omma”. It’s like a sweet music to my ears. Well, “omma” is a Korean word which means “mommy” in English.

When my husband and I found out that we were expecting a baby, we just couldn’t hide our excitement. We told our family and friends about the good news. We were ecstatic to…

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My Life as a Korean Guy’s Wife

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I am a Filipina who is married to a Korean guy for almost 4 years now. We were introduced to each other by a common friend. We became friends, fell in love with each other, and eventually decided to tie the knot in 2011. Unlike most Koreans I know, my husband speaks English quite well. So communication is never an issue in our relationship. I admit that during our first year together as a married couple, we fought and argued with each other a lot. It’s never easy to live with someone who grew up in from another country. Both of us have different cultural backgrounds, and I think that’s the main reason why there’s always a conflict between us.

On the 29th of September 2012, I gave birth to our first-born child. We named him Ji Hoon. That was the happiest moment of our lives. He was the cutest…

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Blogging: A Newfound Hobby

I just wanted to let my readers know why I started blogging.

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Hi, guys! I am new to blogging so please bear with me. To be honest, I don’t have any idea how to start writing blogs but I’m going to try to write interesting articles to the best of my ability. There’s no harm in trying, right? Haha! Allow me to introduce myself first. My name is Anel Park, a 28-year old Filipina who got married to a Korean in 2011. We have a 2-year old son who is turning 3 years old this September. His name is Ji Hoon. The new chapter of my life began when I became a mommy. When I first saw my little one, I was just overwhelmed with joy. My son means the whole world to me. Praise God for the gift of motherhood!

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I decided to create my own personal blog because I feel bored oftentimes. I also wanted to do something new and…

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A Simple Life

image My family and I moved to South Korea last April 2, 2015. We’ve been staying at my husband’s family’s residence in Uiryeong County, Gyeongsangnamdo since we arrived. Uiryeong is a small town located near Busan. It only takes an hour to get to Busan from Uiryeong by car. image I wasn’t really happy with the idea of staying in the countryside because I grew up in a small city in the Philippines. I know that life in the countryside is very boring. You don’t have any exciting things to do around here. Not enough neighbors, too! We’ve been staying here for almost 3 months already and I must admit that I do get bored most of the time. image image But one thing I like about this place is that I can get to breathe fresh air. The beautiful view outside the house is refreshing to look at. You can see mountains and tress everywhere. My in-laws also work on their field every morning. They plant different varieties of vegetables. My mother-in-law cooks delicious food every meal and she cooks fresh vegetables straight from their garden. image image image image image image Life in the countryside is so simple. That’s the reason why my husband’s family (his parents and grandmother) chose to live in Uiryeong. It’s a quiet place where they can relax and enjoy the nice view outside the house. My son likes it here, too. Since the house has a wide front yard and back yard, he enjoys playing and running around the house. But still I prefer to live in the city area. Thank God because we are moving to Busan next month. Oh, I’ve been looking forward to living in Busan since we got here. Hahaha!

How I Changed My Korean Visa From C3 to F6

Some people have asked me how I processed my Korean tourist visa (C3). Honestly speaking, obtaining a Korean tourist visa is not easy. It can really be stressful because of the many requirements that you need to comply. What’s worse is that after you’ve submitted the requirements, you won’t get any assurance that your visa application will be approved. Some applicants go home with a heavy heart because their visa applications have been denied.

In my case, my visa application wasn’t that difficult or complicated because of the fact that my husband is a Korean citizen. I know most Filipino women who are married to Korean men will agree with me. Ladies, we have to thank God for our Korean husbands! If it weren’t because of them, we would have never stepped our foot into the Land of the Morning Calm. Haha!

I processed my tourist visa at the Korean Embassy in Taguig City. It only took us 3 hours to get eveything done. After 3 weeks of waiting, I finally received my C3 visa. It was attached to my Philippine passport. The embassy granted me a 90-day sojourn which means that I can stay in Korea for 90 days. If a C3 visa holder plans to extend his/her stay in Korea, he/she can apply for a visa extension at the nearest immigration office.

We arrived in Korea on April 2, 2015. I wanted to work as an English tutor but I couldn’t do it because of my visa status. Tourist visa holders are not allowed to work legally in Korea. So my husband and I decided that I should change my visa status from C3 to F6 (tourist–>spouse). We went to the immigration office in Changwon and processed my F6 visa and my alien registration card (ARC) last May 14, 2015. It’s the nearest immigration office to my in-laws’ residence in Uiryeong. On June 18, 2015, I received my ARC with an F6 visa status. I was very happy that day. With my F6 visa (spouse visa), I can now apply and work legally as an English tutor at hagwons. A hagwon is a private language academy in Korea where most foreigners like me teach English to Koreans. F6 visa needs to be renewed every year. If Harry (my husband) wants to renew my F6 visa or not is definitely up to him. He calls the shots. For this reason, I think I have to be nice to him every single day. Hahaha!

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