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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.

Oppa! Take Me to Korea! book copies at the launch

Oppa! Take Me to Korea! book copies at the launch

littlemisshoo giving her welcome speech at the book launch

littlemisshoo giving her welcome speech at the book launch

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) . 🙂 ^^

littlemisshoo with her books at NBS Glorietta 1

littlemisshoo with her books at NBS Glorietta 1 (cr to National Bookstore facebook page)

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. 😛

Korea Travel Workshop

Korea Travel Workshop

Korea Travel Workshop

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.

littlemisshoo's masterpieces <3

littlemisshoo’s masterpieces ❤

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)

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page 84-85 of Oppa! Ttake Me to Korea! <3

page 84-85 of Oppa! Ttake Me to Korea! ❤

korean dramaKorean drama (I'm Home)

Korean Drama - clip screencap from My Love from Another star

Korean Drama – clip screencap from My Love from Another star

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….

Cafe Illuso (That Winter the Wind Blows)

Cafe Illuso (That Winter the Wind Blows)

Enter 6 Shopping Mall (The Master's Sun)

Enter 6 Shopping Mall (The Master’s Sun)

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. ❤

We Got Married Village

We Got Married Village

Coffee Cojjee (Kim Jaejoong)

Coffee Cojjee (Kim Jaejoong)

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.

Daegu Intro 1

Daegu City (slides from the book launch)

Daegu City (slides from the book launch)

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”.

Daegu Shopping street

Daegu Shopping street

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  ❤

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Hallyu in Daegu features Love Rain kdrama of Jang Keun Suk <3

Hallyu in Daegu features Love Rain kdrama of Jang Keun Suk ❤

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. ❤

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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.

Caffe Bene page from Travel to Korea in K-pop and Kdrama Style <3

Caffe Bene page from Travel to Korea in K-pop and Kdrama Style ❤

holding signed mugs of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji won of Secret Garden hihihi <3

holding signed mugs of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji won of Secret Garden hihihi ❤

at Caffe Bene Deonseo-dong branch in Seoul

at Caffe Bene Deonseo-dong branch in Seoul

with Caffe Bene souvenir kdrama photos

with Caffe Bene souvenir kdrama photos

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. ^^

with littlemisshoo <3

with littlemisshoo ❤

me and my friend with littlemisshoo <3

me and my friend with littlemisshoo ❤

my signed Oppa! Take Me To Korea! <3

my signed Oppa! Take Me To Korea! ❤

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! 🙂

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Seoul Tower or N Seoul Tower is a known major tourist attraction in Seoul.  It boasts a panoramic view of Seoul and nearby areas as it seats atop Namsam Mountain.  Many flocked to this place, tourists or locals alike for its one of the romantic places in Seoul.  Aside from a panoramic view at the observatory deck (and mind you even on a Sky restroom) it also offers the teddy bear museum which represents both the modern and ancient Korea through teddy bears dressed up in different costumes of each era, the infamous love padlocks which you can hang with you and your partner’s name and a message that symbolizes forever love and the exhibition of lights at the Seoul Tower at night as it changes color from blue to pink to green and all.

N Seoul Tower changing colors  Lights exhibition

N Seoul Tower changing colors Lights exhibition

N Seoul Tower and me <3

N Seoul Tower and me ❤

@Teddy Bear Museum Ancient Korea Bears Student Bears

at the Teddy Bear Museum

at the Teddy Bear Museum

Heart Padlocks sold for hanging love messages

Heart Padlocks sold for hanging love messages

overlooking Seoul on Sky restroom

overlooking Seoul on Sky restroom

Last October I had my second visit to this infamous tower and I know it will never fail to amaze me.  We went this time through the Namsam Cable Car and it’s a must-try scenic ride (on my first trip to Seoul we went by bus).  My friend is a first-timer in Seoul so I had my take 2 on each attraction.  As we enjoy the view at observatory deck this sight captured me ~~ “Love N Letter – Send your best regards to your beloved ones from Seoul’s highest post office”. It’s not Valentine’s day (or White Day or Pepero Day) but it’s just so romantic enough to get anyone’s heart. Isn’t it so cute and unique in this day and age of social networking even on expressing our affection?

Love N Letter at N Seoul Tower

 

The curious and hopeless romantic me can’t resist and tried this one.  Basically you just need to buy a postcard from the so many choices there and a stamp, write your heart out loud as you imagine your loved one atop the tower, put his/her address on the postcard and drop it in the mailbox.  It costs me just around 5,000 won if I remember it right to send a love letter from Seoul’s highest post office.

trying out Love N Letter

trying out Love N Letter

the mailbox at Seoul Tower

the mailbox at Seoul Tower

In love at N Seoul Tower <3

In love at N Seoul Tower ❤

It’s like you are in a Korean drama setting and you can really see from here how Koreans are just passionate on love.  Do try this one if on your trip to Seoul.  I hope it’s still there by the time you booked a trip. Love is in the air everyday at N Seoul Tower hihihi! ❤

Love is in the air at N Seoul Tower

Love is in the air at N Seoul Tower

 

P.S. ~~ More posts/feature of my Korea travel soon 🙂

 

Note: You can reach N Seoul Tower by bus or cable car

By Bus (yellow bus 2 at Chungmuro subway station Line 3 or 4, Exit 2)
By Cable Car (ten minute walk from Subway Line 4 Myeongdong station Exit 3)

Reference: Korea Tourism Organization or KTO official website in this link

 

[this post is originally submitted for the free-style essay part of Korea.net’s Worldwide Korea Bloggers application, and yes I’m in! ^^]

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I Love March 31

Just today,
hours ago
in the middle of my keyboard and monday blues
someone uninvited popped…

He’s like from a not so long time ago
but the mere fact that I saw his name
I don’t know what to do nor what to say
but I guess he’s just on the right timing

“ang mga panahong wala akong ginawa
kundi magpakadalubhasa sa trabaho, pera at pag-ibig
ya lagare, pero sya ay nasa lahat ng aspeto na ito…”
those crazy days he reminded me of

Ewan pero sa hindi maipaliwanag na tadhana
he opened up to me this time of a chance…
of a chance of a dream come true
na malayong malayo sa nakaraan.

I guess hindi man kami ang nakatadhana
isa syang instrumento to say that dreams and prayers may come true
in a very different way you expected
And I must say he made me smile like a crazy fool in heaven full of kimchi ❤

I love March 31 or should I say I just love March
Today is the biggest coincidence
capping off my March full of goodvibes
as he is the least to say Annyeonghaseyo to me…forever, but he did! 🙂 ❤

Originally posted in my Facebook account ~~ March 31, 2014, 9:16PM

 

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