Starting the month of March right with a thing close to my heart : last March 1, 2014 another gem and good news to K-pop and Korean drama enthusiasts came to Philippines. littlemisshoo’s Oppa! Take Me to Korea! book was launched at National Book Store Glorietta1. This is littlemisshoo’s second book on finding your way to Hallyu hotspots in Korea following the success of her first book Travel to Korea in Kpop and Kdrama Syle in the same genre (Hallyu or Korean Wave defined as the ever increasing popularity of Korean culture mostly through Korean pop music and dramas). The book was out since Jan of this year through pre-order online and in Singapore and book launches followed in Malaysia and Philippines among others.
For those who are not familiar with littlemisshoo here’s a little background on her as taken from the book and her blog littlemisshoo.com. Miss Hoo is born in Singapore and has a degree in Computer and Information Systems from University of London. She has been a Korean drama and k-pop fan since 2002, who have fallen deeply in love with Korean culture. She learned Korean language through private tuition and self-learning and even attended a three-week Korean language course in Yonsei University in 2011. She has been running her own blog prior to writing the first book sharing whatever she know of Korean dramas and k-pop locations providing locations information and photos to help fellow fans through her travels to Korea…and this love led her to finally writing and publishing the first and now the second travel guide books to Korea lovers. — Now I know why I instantly loved her, I can relate to her love for Korean culture, so very me isn’t it (and I know a lot can relate too) . 🙂 ^^
Now on with the book launch proper. It’s an afternoon filled with excitement as the author shared the book features in a “Korea Travel Workshop” session. Miss Hoo engaged us more as she tells her Korea travel stories in making this book possible. We really love her job, who would not? If only I can apply as an assistant writer or the likes of a personal assistant hahaha. 😛
Her first book, true to its title Travel to Korea in Kpop and Kdrama Syle focused on K-pop idols café and restaurant shops and famous Kdrama filming locations. Her second book Oppa! Take Me to Korea! continued this fashion with a whole new set of kdrama and kpop places and this time the book is much more colourful and double the number of pages of the first one, so that’s double the fun. The directions are also much more detailed hence easier to follow.
During the “Korea travel Workshop” she showed some of the featured Korean drama and kpop locations in the book. Of course cafes are just the top of mind filming locations of Korean dramas hence this café street in Gyeonggi-do landed the pages of Oppa! Take Me to Korea! Wonder what were the Korean dramas filmed here? Just scroll down. 🙂 (photos from littlemisshoo’s slides as shown in the workshop)
Yes the just concluded viral alien-human love story korean drama Man From Another Star and I Need Romance 2012 were filmed here. What a way to open the travel workshop hihihi. Just a disclaimer though that as of writing of the book the epic Man From Another Star drama is not yet aired (or at most still airing) so it is not really part of the book but coincidentally I’m Home café is part of this café street featured in pages 84-85 so might as well littlemisshoo pointed it out during the book launch. You are so keen Miss Hoo. And due to various request of her blog readers she recently posted on her blogsite a feature on Hakrim Coffee – one drama filming location of Man From Another Star. Check this link for her blogpost.
The very popular dramas of 2013 That Winter the Wind Blows (Café Illuso on the finale episode) and The Master’s Sun (Enter 6 Shopping Mall, with that famous fountain^^) are among the other Korean dramas featured in the book. These two and a lot more….
For K-Pop I know a lot will be interested in this “We Got Married Village” and but of course the very close to my heart Coffee Cojjee co-owned by Kim Jaejoong of JYJ (wahhh my SEOULmate hahaha). There are just news/rumors that he already let go of the shares on this café with the opening of his own Café JHolic, but nevertheless I would still want to go here. ❤
Aside from these, what makes this book different from the first one is the addition of two other popular city and island in South Korea aside from Seoul. Oppa! Take Me to Korea! offers around 100 pages feature on the 3rd largest city in SK : Daegu City and the infamous honeymoon place of Jeju Island.
Jeju Island is probably most popular island outside Seoul but Daegu is I think not so heard of. I have encountered of Daegu City probably by watching Korean dramas but I was not really aware that it is as awesome as Seoul until littlemisshoo gave us an overview of what is Daegu as featured in the book.
Being the 3rd largest City in Korea Daegu boasts of not just nature, but also hallyu and yes SHOPPING! Miss Hoo mentioned that it is around 30% cheaper (if I remember it correctly) there compared to Seoul. It’s like a “cheaper” version of “Myeongdong fashion and shopping district”.
Not only that, my memory is correct that I have heard Daegu in korean dramas as one of the popular drama Love Rain or Sarang Bi was filmed here. The book featured a lot of “Love Rain in Daegu” (See below photos of slides presented at the launch). OMO, Jang Keun Suk, I envy Miss Hoo as she have been there and took photos ❤
An “almost everything on Jeju” part of the book featured Jeju Island’s nature and adventure apart from the “Love” island’s romantic spots as littlemisshoo called it “Fantastic 8 Days in Jeju”. This part even presented a “Rent a car” option as well as this Hello Kitty island for the kids at heart. Really fantastic, as this is my ultimate dream place to go in Korea…someday soon hihihi. ❤
After around an hour of travel talk what else can we say but, Aw, we want more! Really I’m eager to know more about what’s in the book but I guess I’m just excited to flip the pages of Oppa! Take Me to Korea! for my next Korea trip (Wahh I hope to book this year). I remember how useful Travel to Korea in Kpop and Kdrama Style is for us when we were in Seoul October of 2013. We were able to navigate must see shops in Myeongdong as well as last minute decision to go to the Caffe Bene branch where most of the korean dramas were filmed. Imagine it was already around 9pm but thanks to the magic travel guide book that we found the famous cafe so easily. Happy like a kid me to have taken photo with the signed mugs of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won: the Secret drama couple. Littlemisshoo’s book is so handy and user-friendly to a k-fangirl wandering in Seoul. Surely Oppa! Take Me to Korea! will do more.
I would really want to thank Miss Hoo for having this second book and her never ending passion to share hallyu and nature spots in Korea. Of course the book launch event wont be complete without a book signing part. Yey, I got her sign again, and what made this happier is the fact that she kinda knows me as she said “Oh, hi, you look really familiar” ~ waahhh, a k-fangirl and blogger really knows her fellow addicts. ^^
Oppa! Take Me To Korea! is now available in Manila though National Bookstore. Kindly call the nearest branch to you to make sure it’s there but I think NBS Glorietta is the most sure one 🙂 For those outside the Philippines you can visit littlemisshoo’s facebook page here and blog at littlemisshoo.com for more info on the book and how to buy it online. Borrowing her note on my book “Have fun in Korea”…Aja! 🙂