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Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust


@Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Many years ago, my idea of swimming was to hang out with friends in the pool, in which we didn’t actually swim, just to splash the water around as my little Phnom Penh was pretty hot over the summer or let say our lovely one-year-round summer!

Like many people here, I can’t swim back then. First, I drown once. Thus, the idea of on, in, or near the water freaked me out…like… all the times.  Second, there was no second reason.  One day (I don’t know when), I plucked up my courage and decided to take a swimming lesson, which didn’t end that well but good enough to know the basic kicking as I spent almost three weeks just to kick around with my fellow sexy trainees, Korean Ajummas ^^.


@Blue Lime Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

SWIMMING Aujoud’hui

After arriving Phnom Penh, I met many swimming lovers (Yay!!!) and some are willing to teach me some moves  (Yay Yay Yay Yay!!!). but had to give up ( 😦 ) because I’m not that good student (guilty as charged). Well, beside those moves, swimming needs to be coming from the inside. It’s a solo sport, nobody can help you, except you, yourself. Therefore, I need so much time and practice to be able to get through my dark old drowning day before I can believe in the water again (You, water, be nice to me!).

So I learn the basic fact that to be able to swim, the secret ingredient (Kong Fu Panda hash tagged) is to believe.

1)   Believe that you won’t die even if you put all your head inside the water.

2)   Believe that if you let everything go, your body will float! Like seriously, please no struggle, no fighting to survive, just keep calm and float around! (don’t expect pixie dust like in Tinker Bell, mother nature is kind enough to gift us to float in the water).

Back to the tip in swimming, I would recommend “floating” to start for a new beginner because once you trust that you won’t sink it, you will have that confident to try to move your body and that will be the next step or your trainer can show you how. With many times of practices, there you go, my newbie swimmer!

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That excitement for my first time backward swim like a mermaid! ^^

At the end, you don’t have a choice but to believe in “if somebody can do it, I can too”. We are the same human being after all.

IMG_7243You will be amazed how things are easier than you thought, or maybe how the impossible is just derive from the word “I’m possible”, who knows?

Experience Real Touch Korea Season.1 Seoul Tour

Last week, I’ve been quiet lucky enough to have a chance to join the first tour of Real Touch Korea organized by Korean Tourism Organization (KTO). This tour was about three main themes among many others in Real Touch Korea Application (Samulnori, Ssam, Bukchon Hanok Village). With other iBuzz member bloggers, together we enjoyed the tour program, and come back to buzz about the activities we actually experienced.

First, I was totally amazed to find out about this tour because it was like dream coming true to me! Since I only wish to experience them after reading it on Real Touch Korea web, but now I can truly experience it.

And KTO made it true for me, even more amazing they made it even more wonderful with their Travel Passport book feature. Again and again I want to scream out, I love it, it is my favorite thing on earth!!! Traveling and documenting the memory, that what make life beautiful!  Here I am going to introduce about each theme of the tour and if you have time, do not forget to experience it yourself, it quite easy since the location are in Seoul (and never ever forget to bring your camera).

In the morning, we all gathered up at KTO office, bloggers from iBuzzKorea with different nationalities came and introduced themselves. Those included from US, India, Pakistan, The Philippines, and Cambodia ( Chinese and Japanese bloggers are held on different schedule). We all were given the Passport book, my favorite thing. It is like the diary of the tour around 16 pages. The content include briefly describe of the program, spaces for instax pics to document the progress of our activities, and the funny idea on how to pose a photo (ex. Copy scene from CF.lolz. Laughing, but it’s my favorite thing). So here let’s me introduce the program.

1~ Samulnori (사물놀이) ~ A Short Lesson on Korean Traditional Music

When I first arrived Korea, we were brought to our Scholarship orientation and at that time we watched the Korean traditional performance. Of course, not only me, but many other foreign students as well know nothing about Korean traditional music. Definitely, do not ask me what was the most popular Korean pop song or which Korean pop group just  released their new song. I knew it all! That time, it was Girls’ Generation has their new “Run Devil Run” . Correct me if I am wrong. But, what was that music and what is “Samulnori”? and Arrirang? Puzzled!! zZZZ

However, the more I stayed in Korea, the more I started to know other things . The uniqueness of Korean culture. Like other countries, each culture has their own and unique special meaning. It is like to me, a Cambodian girl, “Apsara dance” will be the most precious moment if I have a chance to see the real performance. While in fact, 23 years already, I have never had such chance. Just by TV ㅠ.ㅠ. However, to foreigners who visit Cambodia with many schedule and has just spare time to watch Apsara, I do think they were like me, once I saw Samulnori at the first time. Since the value of one thing depend on how people give their expectation to it, it will never be able to measure or to judge. And of course, words will not be able to describe as well.

I started to like Samulnori once I studies in Korean language level 3 class when my teacher showed us the performance of  Kim Duk So  who is former Namsadang star performer. The energetic genre and how performer put their effort into making music, very much appreciative!

So, we went to  learn to play Samulnori and Korean traditional mask dance. There I can know more about Samulnori and we were introduced about how unique is the Samulnori. The word Samul means the  4 objects and Nori means play. Since Samulnori usually play together by the 4 instruments, it gives such energetic sound and beat.  There are names and unique sound for each objects

~ kkwaenggwari (small flat gong) represents the sound of “Thunder”

~ the buk (barrel drum) represents the sound of “Cloud”

~ the jing (large gong) represents the sound of “Wind”

~ the janggu (traditional drum with hourglass-shaped body) represents the sound of “Rain”

The sound different

I think, when The fours  played together it made the sound of calling for rain to pour down to earth. Some ducument says Samulnori has its roots in  Nongak (farmers’ music). It has been performed for religious purposes in village gut (shamanistic rite), and as martial music in times of war. However, recently with its accented rhythms, vibrant body movements, and an energetic spirit, it gains lots of international popularity . Now it’s also performed with an orchestra and jazz band.

Our Samulnori teacher just back from performing in India and he clarify the different beat between Korea Samulnori and Indian traditional music. We had so little time, therefore we learned to play only Janggu. However, at least some puzzle in my brain got the answer and the most important thing I know how to use my hand correctly. Crazily, after I got back whenever I saw Samulnori performers I secretly keening for their hands whether they hold it right or not and told it to my friend. Then, they just started to notice that as well.

I used to wonder how can they hit both side of the Janggu by the stick,

now I know if you hold the stick like you see in the pic,

you will can hit both side of it and it will generate the strong and weak sound of Gung (궁).

The note and space for instax pic to document our fun moment.

Pics ^^

Korean Traditional Mask Dance.

These long sleeves are for hands, not arms. keke

Move your bottom part, but do not shake your body. Follow the beat.

2 ~  Ssam (쌈) ~ Korean Wrapping Food, the culture of sharing

I always notice Korean middle age women whenever they made Kimchi or Radish, they always hold a big piece of it and put into the adult mouth to taste. I found much love and sharing with this action. It make me feel I can not only taste the food but also feel the heart of the giver. In Cambodia, we ate meat and vegetable separately by using spoon. You might have experienced and of course to many foreigners, enjoyed having Samkyobsal (Korean pork BBQ), but Ssam just a bit different. Ssam is rice and condiments wrapped in leaves of lettuce, cabbage, sesame, or other greens. When things mixed together Korean call it Ssam. So, since their are many vegetable and other tasty things make Ssam recognized as a healthy or diet food. So once you taste Ssam it seems like you can know Korean people’s generous hearts as they covered a table with many things to eat. Therefore, during our tour, we have been to a Ssam restaurant near Insadong. Enjoying our lunch while sharing our generous heart by wrapping the biggest Ssam and give it to our new friends to taste.

Wrap everything you like and give them to those you care.

Enjoy the moment together with Ssam.

It looks a bit different from the one shown in Real Touch Korea Application. We got different menu though, but it’s still a tasty Ssam. Ah.. I want to have it again! Can’t wait!! >.<. We had meat, rice, different kind of green to wrap, of course unforgettable Kimchi, fried egg, radish, onion, garlic, chilly, sauces, and others that I do not know what it is called.

In side a small comfy Korean style restaurant, our newly met friends enjoying Ssam with our tour organizer. Everyone busy wrapping tasty Ssam. I think we can do the same thing to Kalbi or Samkyeobsal by mixing together and wrap inside the lettuce for fun with friends and family.

Korean Culture of sharing! Say “Ahh….”

Yummy! 맛있다!! ^________^

I made my friend this  “not so big” but “one bite”-Ssam, and we won the prize! Aigoo! he likes it so much! Since it is mixed all the taste, I was at that time put away the weight scale and 즐겨 먹었어요!  I think you also can make Ssam and enjoy it at home with your love one as well and the tip is “Make a big and one-bite same for each other”!! You are going to love it!

Sorry I can only find the vdo in Japanese language.

3 ~  Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) ~ Best Dating Spot in Seoul

My beloved grands! They are making me jealous now! ㅠㅠ

If you watch Korean drama you might spotted some romantic scene that captured at the traditional Korean house. It look dramatically romantic, doesn’t it? If you want to make yourself a best memories in Korea with your special one, please do miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, there are lots of best photo shoot landscape are waiting for you. Example, the scene from the school in the drama “Winter Sonata” or the scene from the house in “Personal Taste” ,etc. Please make sure you check on the weather forecast before going there. Below is the romantic video from the commercial. I really love it! Bukchon Hanok Village is also in there. Check out how beautiful it is! ^^

Have you check out these places yet? It is highly recommended! ^^

How to get there:

Getting off from Anguk Station (안국역) exit #2 and walk straight, you will find yourself walking in place where traditional houses from Joseon dynasty and modern art galleries and cafes are surrounding you.

It really was a great and enjoying experience ever!  It was sad that there was only one couple on the tour that why I have only one pic to post here. They are really sweet, right? Oh! I’m getting jealous with our grands right now! They are just so wonderful in the photo. When can I have such moment? Secretly, I plan to go to Bukchon Hanok Village again someday~ You know what I mean, right? ^^

Thanks a lot to Korean Tourism Organization for this wonderful tour.

Additional Source: For more picture about the tour click here.

For more info about special program I introduced above, please click on the name below:

Korean Tourism Organization, Buzz KoreaTouch Korea.

Hopefully I can have such chance with the team again! And that time I’m gonna………….. 비밀!:)

Heartstrings by Clara Chung


Experience Korea via Real Touch Korea Application

Do you ever want to make a Buzz on something, but do not know what about?

iBuzz Korea! How about you?

Lately, Buzz Korea just launched the new application name “Real Touch Korea Application” which you can enjoy reading various fact stories related to Korea with beautiful pictures and relaxed music theme sound playing along while discovering new amazing places which you will definitely mark it in your travel-lists, and more amazingly you also can enjoy special activities that you have never expected, but it is totally in there. And it is not all done here yet, the  secret locked boxes are worth your time to continue reading the whole  stories in order to unlock them (shhh.. it reveals Korean’s Secret).

Do you ever curious in something about Korea, but prefer not to ask? Or have no one to ask? For example: Why this/that is being famous? How to make this/that?  What is the history of this/that? You can find some answers from  “Real Touch Korea Application” with an enjoyable way while discovering new fact as if you are REALLY being there, in that place, in Korea.

I bet you gonna enjoy the app as much as I do. Here are some highlight of the amazing facts that surprised me once I used “Real Touch Korea Application” .

1. The 4 Seasons at Mt. Seoraksan

I know Mt. Soeraksan is famous for its view, I thought it’s only in Autumn but it is not. With Touch Korea, I feel like I was standing there on the top of the mountain and enjoying myself with changing leaves due to the changing season. And those voice of nature make it the best. While, reality I am still in front of my laptop. Thus, Mt. Soeraksan is on my travel list now, and this time no matter what season it is.

2. Make a wish on Korea’s Dolharubang

This is my 2nd favorite stories from Touch Korea. Last month, I have been to Jeju island and really fall in love with the beauty of the island and also fall in love with him, grandfather statue “Dolharubang”. Here and there across the whole island you can see him with different kind of expression. However, I have no knowledge that rubbing have nose while make a wish. So I feel so regret that I have not done that. Only hope I can go there again~

3. Perform Korea’s Gayageum

Last year I learned Arirang song and watched many performance that use this Gayageum as music background. This year I watch the drama “You’ve fallen for me” and the main actress play this  Gayageum as well. I am so impressed and also wish to try it, and here at Touch Korea I can play it anytime. So comfy.

4. Hongdae Club Dance

Hongdae is called as the area where there are many youthful clubs. Even if I do not know much about club, but I was amazed to see in Touch Korea  they also teach how to do beautiful club dance for lady. It is very impressive that I must have to give myself a try.

So what is Buzz Korea?

Korean Tourism Organization have created a new webpage named Buzz Korea which is a campaign to promote Korea via social networking like Facebook, Twitter, QQ, etc. The page covered with many resourceful information regarding Korea with the main aim of 4Cs, which stand for “CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, CAPTIVATE, and CREATE”. Various interesting topics starting from food, fashion, festival, seasons, entertainment, etc no matter where it happens, are all in there. At the same time you can also feel the actual Korea via reading the blog from people across the globe expressing their point of view and their very own experiences in Korea as well.

Then why not sharing your own story there, so it can be read? As for me, I am very enjoying reading news from other while sharing mine, even if it is not a big deal to everyone, but it is from my own pleasure of life in Korea and by doing this I can also document my own world of happiness as well.

You can visit the link below:

Real Touch Korea: http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/eng/eng_banner.php

Buzz Korea: http://ibuzzkorea.com/eng/buzz.php

Meaningful Moment

Are there anything more meaningful than being 1 day away before my very big and important exam just to drop my lovely blog some news? ^^I always kinda like that. Seeking opportunity. Treasure every second. Utilize chance.  Everyone can success, but how did they success? and to what extend they accomplished? I can say I only consider those who know the value of TIME are the real success people. Therefore,… whether you get the big or small achievement, I dont care. I’ll only ask the only 1 question. “How do you spend the second in your life?”

Saturday Outing ~ Samkyobsal

Since our dormitory doesn’t provide Saturday dinner, we always hang out with the main purpose to eat some meat. Of course, usually, there is not many delicious food with plenty of meat provided. We like the best, Samkyobsal (grilled pork). Normally, we eat them at the buffet restaurant as it’s cheap and we can as much as we want, but now we just find a very good place that the meat also tasty and even if it’s not buffet, but we can still be fulled with it. I can say, the meat there taste real great!!


Sunday Lunch ~ Cambodian & Vietnamese Food

Who say we can’t make a good cook without the official kitchen? My sister technique, just this little microwave is enough.

The Ginger Chicken was ready first, while waiting for other dish to be done, I keep asking them “When we ready to eat?” I really can’t wait!! The smell is damn gooooooooooooood!!

Friendship ~ Concept from “The Little Prince”

“Nothing is perfect,” sighed the fox. But he came back to his idea. “My life is very monotonous,” he said. 

“I hunt chickens; men hunt me. The fox hearing the sound of a step that is different from all the other stepsAll chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . . “

The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time. “Please–tame me!” he said.

“I want to, very much,” the little prince replied. “But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.”

[…] So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near–

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you . . . “

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox, “because of the color of the wheat fields.”

“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . . “

Tatoo ~ Jordan Sparks

The song that remind how much we struggled in life, how much mistake we had so far, even if there left us scars and pain, people always make mistake, one day they will stop and sure enough, one day they will change their mind from time to time.  The only thing is, if we live life like it’s the last one for us, then we will know that there is no time to worry about everything we have done. Of course, those memories are still in mind, and those memories affect every step of today who we are, it must be thankful to it, but it’s no time to waste more. There are a lot new things to see, meeting new strangers, experiencing new destination, free yourself, then you will treasure this decision later on or not, that will be another tatoo! (˘⌣˘)

Oooh… Oooh… Ohhh..
No matter what you say about love,
I keep coming back for more,
My head in the fire,
sooner or later I get what i’m asking for
No matter what you say about life,
I learn every time I bleed.
The truth is a stranger
My soul is in danger,
I gotta let my spirit be free to,
Admit that I was wrong and then change my mind.
Sorry but I have to move on and leave you behind.

I can’t waste time so give me the moment
I realize nothing’s broken
No need to worry about everything I’ve done
Lived every second like it was my last one.
Don’t look back got a new direction
Loved you once, needed protection.
You’re still a part of everything I do, you’re on my heart just like a tattoo,
Just like a tatto, I’ll always have you.

I’m sick of playing all of these games
It’s not about taking ties.
When I look in the mirror,
Didn’t deliver
It hurt enough to think that I could stop
Admit that I’m wrong and then change my mind.
Sorry but I gotta be strong and leave you behind

I can’t waste time so give me the moment
I realize nothing’s broken
No need to worry about everything I’ve done
Lived every second like it was my last one.
Don’t look back got a new direction
Loved you once, needed protection
You’re still a part of everything I do, you’re on my heart just like a tattoo, I’ll always have you.

If I live every moment
Won’t change any moment
Still a part of me and you.
I will never regret you
Still the memory of you
Marks everything I do.

I can’t waste time so give me the moment
I realize nothing’s broken
No need to worry about everything I’ve done
Lived every second like it was my last one
Don’t look back got a new direction
Loved you once, needed protection.
You’re still a part of everything I do, you’re on my heart just like a tattoo.
Just like a tattoo
I’ll always have you.

Here I am…

Time flies~~ Yeah.. definitely! Just a blink of an eyes I’m already resided in Korea for 8 months (as of 242 days, I guess) various memories have been fulfilled my brain, Spring almost say “Goodbye”, while Summer is not far from the corner~

This time, some question must be answer: How life so far, Molyna ssi? and what’s next?

My Korean is improving kinda steadily, but I’m still wondering whether I should pay the money  for continuing Level 5 & 6. So frustrating now! +_=

It’s about my master course, yeah.. even if I’m a KGSP students, but they still need to screen our application again. I spent several hours preparing all docs and just finish them yesterday. So here last night, I’m scrolled for my favorite courses and professors. Thankfully, I have some Seniors here who can help me to choose. However, I’m still worried with this BIGGGGG STEPs of mine. 4 months more to go, I’ll become a  master student. That’s mean 4 things will saying “Hi” to me: No more fun, no more hang out, multiply my study schedule, and the most important of all is getting grade “A”.

So today, just feel like wanna make some changes to get ready for that blink of the upcoming future. What about check out some stores for some new colorful Teeeess and dye my hair brighter? Hmm.. not that bad~^^V As it’s great to crave for more update before exam wave their hands to me again! Awhh….~

Have a good day everyone!

P.S: Hi hi hi … beautiful friday ♬ ♬ ♬ ^^