Texting On Kakao Talk With My Friend (Cartoon)

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So I try to text in Korean with my best friend, but at times she speaks and texts so fluently that I can’t really keep up. Although I can catch and read some words here and there. I mostly try and guess but that is not always a good thing. Our friendship has been based primarily in English so I guess for her and for me it can be strange to transistion over into Korean, but we do speak a few words now and then.

I watch a lot of dramas (with the subtitles) and although I have had to press pause on my studying Korean, I dream of the day that I can speak fluently and not need a dictionary.

It is always Patbingsu time! ( Cartoon)

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Patbingsu is a very popular dessert in Korea typically had in the summer time. It is made up of shaved ice with sweet toppings such as chopped fruit and served with condensed milk, fruit syrup, ice cream and more importantly red bean paste. There are many many varieties.

I never thought you could actually have this dessert all year round and the above is a true depiction of what actually happened after having a wonderful Korean meal with my friend Helen. It was her first time to eat in a Korean restaurant in London and she was really up for trying new things. Given that current weather is very cold and wintry in London UK, I did not think it a suitable sweet to have following our delicious meal of seafood pancake, bimbimbap, Japche, Kimchi and Kanpoongi (fiery garlic and chilli chicken).

(20th January) Free Lunch time Concert with Cellist Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee, Image Courtesy of Catherinemusic.com
Catherine Lee, Image Courtesy of Catherinemusic.com

Catherine Lee a budding young cellist, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last year, is playing a lunch time concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields along with John Paul Ekins on the piano. The concert starts at 13:00 and is a free event. So make sure you arrive early. Have listed the programme details below with further information.

Watch out for my interview with Catherine in a future post.

Programme:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Variations for Cello & Piano
Robert Schumann – Intermezzo from F-A-E Sonata
Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello & Piano, Op.40

The event is supported by the South Korean Embassy.

More information:
St-Martin-in-the-Fields
Catherine Lee

Happy New Year and Resolutions

Wishing you a great start to the New Year
Wishing you a great start to the New Year

Ever since I was ten years old, I was given a soft toy polar bear (drawn in my cartoon above) that I loved and carried around with me everywhere. It was not until much later and during the start of my love of all things Korean that I noticed the little tag at the side of his fluffy paw that said ‘Made in Korea.’ Coincidence or what? Little did I know that Korea has been with me since childhood. It is interesting how you can attract things into your life without really knowing.

So the New Year has begun and the start of it brings the inevitable resolutions we make to ourselves and intend to keep throughout the year. Sometimes declaring things out loud to your friends and family, help keep you focused.

This year my resolution for Diya On Korea is to write more and draw more frequently. I will post a schedule and will annouce it in a few days. So watch this space.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for this year?

London Korean Film Festival 2014

Jung Woo Sung at the LKFF 2014, Image courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre, UK
Jung Woo Sung at the LKFF 2014, Image courtesy of the Korean Cultural Centre, UK

Unfortunately for me, I was not able to attend any of the films showing at the LKFF this year. It would have  been nice given my first time as an official Korea.net blogger rather than just an eager movie watcher and film star stalker! I had booked a holiday to India/Thailand where I am currently now! Although I am enjoying seeing the facebook and twitter feeds respectively report updates of the days gone by.

Most of the coverage you can obtain from sites such as London Korean Links. Click here.  Philip has listed the movies in order they were shown at the festival and has also given links to the reviews. Hangul Celluloid is a good place to search for reviews and activities on the recent film festival.

I have yet to venture into writing about film on this site, but hope to do so in the forthcoming months.
From the looks and sounds of it, the festival is getting bigger each year attracting a larger audience and introducing newcomers to the joys of Korean cinema. I am only gutted that along with being unable to attend most of these screenings, I was unable to bask in the warm glow of Jung Woo-Sung and his Q&A and watch his movie Cold Eyes. I am a big fan, in case it does not come across!
Looking forward to next year 2015 at the LKFF!

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