Monday, August 28, 2017

Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake

After 5 years dreaming of visiting this magical lake, alhamdulillah I finally got a chance to visit the lake last week. Did not get the best picture of the lake as I did not climb the rockpile - the rockpile offers you the best viewing point and angle of the lake, but I was satisfied. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Thank you Allah :)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Imu-nim's (이모님) Stall at Gwangjang Market (광장시장)

If you happen to be in South Korea and are craving for the Korean street food, may I suggest to you my favourite 이모님's stall at Gwangjang Market (광장시장). I firstly discovered 이모님's stall during my first trip to South Korea when I stayed in Jongno area. I had my few last dinners in South Korea at her stall and have been craving for more ever since.

이모님 at Gwanjang Market
Look for her if you are in Gwangjang Market :)

She was one of the main reasons why I decided to have a layover at South Korea recently. I craved for her omuk and sikhye! It also does not hurt because she is such a nice lady. (I am a sucker for kind people!). Even after 9 months since my last visit, she still recognized me. lol!

I think I had 3 omuk and 3 sikhye during my recent visit. You guys have to try her sikhye! Her sikhye is to die for! I have tried sikhye at few places but her sikhye is hands down the best sikhye I ever had. I also got free mayak kimbap from her. hehe! *I love free food*

Some people asked me about the ingredients and stuff when I recommended 이모님's stall on my Twitter. As far as I observed (and I asked), she does not use and serve any meat, chicken, or pig. As you can see (or not), she only sells sikhye, mayak kimbap, omuk, spicy omuk, and tteokbokki.

So, if you have a chance, do visit her at Gwangjang Market and please savor her omuk and sikhye on my behalf! :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert (Harmony) / 2017 스윗소로우 소극장 콘서트 (화음) (Part III)

Read: 2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert (Harmony) / 2017 스윗소로우 소극장 콘서트 (화음) (Part I) & 2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert (Harmony) / 2017 스윗소로우 소극장 콘서트 (화음) (Part II)
Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concert

For this final part, I want to share about other stuff related to the shows. As you can see, the title of the concert is Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert <Harmony>. For Sweet Sorrow, Harmony Concert series emphasize on their harmony and outstanding vocals while showing their true selves. And I think the shows totally lived up to the name. They showed how harmony should sound like yet they managed to show their goofy and fun selves.

Samsung Hall, Ewha Womans University
Can you see how close the stage with the first row?

The venue itself; Samsung Hall is very small and intimate. I was super shocked when I entered the hall. The gap between the first row and the stage is super close. I estimated the distance to be selebar queen bed sahaja. It might be less than that. So, even though I did not have the best seat in the house (I sat at row L and N), I still can see them clearly! :D

Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concert

I also really liked the audience. For me, audience plays an important role in making or breaking a show. The audience was very sporting, fun, and responsive! You also can see how diverse their fans are in terms of age groups. There were quite a number of middle-aged and older adult fans. You can even see a number of children. Honestly, it felt like a family event instead of concert in some ways. They also had almost a balanced number of male and female fans which I find refreshing cause I have always been surrounded by girls only whenever I went to K-concerts.

Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concert

Besides that, I really loved the audience because they came to enjoy the performances. They really enjoyed the performances to their hearts' content. You cannot see people recording the shows using their phones and cameras except during the encore. Granted, I might not see the whole audience. There might be few people recording the whole shows sneakily but they did not disturb the show's flow and block others' view. As such, I was really impressed with the audience.

Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concert

Ergo, I want to reiterate that Sweet Sorrow's concert was the best concerts that I ever been in my entire life! I am so glad that my first paid concert in South Korea was Sweet Sorrow's cause they definitely hold a special spot in my heart. After being a fan of them for 7 years, the whole situations were definitely like a dream come true.

Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concerts

I got to witness their beautiful friendship firsthand which is something that I have adored for quite some time. Can you believe these guys have been singing together for more than 20 years?! I got to interact with their fun selves. I also got to see how genuine their love for music and their fans. I also came to like their fans too! :)

Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concerts

Thank you Sweet Sorrow for the sweetest memories. Hopefully there will be next time for us. :)

2017 Harmony Concert Footage.
Song: I'll Sing For You

Friday, August 04, 2017

2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert (Harmony) / 2017 스윗소로우 소극장 콘서트 (화음) (Part II)

Now, I will share about the actual shows. But first, let me make an exclamation. Sweet Sorrow's concert was the best concert of my life! Okay, now we can move on.

Sweet Sorrow at 2017 Harmony Concert
Gotta love these talented and quirky guys! :)

If I were to describe the whole performances in one word, it would be phenomenal!  And yes, that was fangirl in me talking. lol! They were so good that I decided to attend 3 shows instead of 2 shows like I initially planned.

The performances were everything that I expected from them. In fact, they went above and beyond with few surprises here and there. If you happen to see them on TV shows once in awhile (they usually appear on Immortal Songs 2 or Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook), you know how high quality their performances are. They sounded exactly like, if not, better than their recordings or TV shows. The size and layout of the Samsung Hall added with the good sound system also helped, I think.

2017 Sweet Sorrow Harmony Concert at Samsung Hall, Ewha Womans University

On the 1st show that I attended, I got goosebumps throughout the whole show cause they sounded so good! They successfully conveyed the intended emotions when performing as I felt like crying whenever they sang sad songs yet I was hyper and happy when they sang happy and fast tempo songs.

They had different song lists according to each member's day and other days, which is why I was glad I decided that I attended 3 shows instead of 2 shows. I still wished I could attend all the shows as they sang few different songs for each show. Ughhh :(

But basically, they divided their performances into few segments. The segments/song list that I am about to write might not be 100% accurate as I do not have good memories and I do not recognize all the songs. hehe! I also exclude the ments cause I am not sure if they were even ments. But I have to say, their ments (if they were indeed ments) were totally funny and interesting. I laughed like crazy whenever they had funny ments. I also was indulged by memories when they had walking on memory lane ments.

1. Opening song. They sang something similar to what they sang at Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook.

2. K-pop medley. They sang Mirotic by TVXQ, Lie by BIGBANG, Wild Eyes by Shinhwa, a song that I do not know the title and the singer but I am very familiar with, Replay by SHINee, Couple by SECHSKIES, Can I Get Married by Coffee Boy, Cheer Up by TWICE, Beautiful Night by Beast or currently known as Highlight, and Be Mine by INFINITE. This segment was fun cause I have always enjoyed their K-pop covers. It was also entertaining cause I know almost all the songs and they were witty in making fun of In Ho Jin :D

3. Sign by Sweet Sorrow. This song was my jam for few months before the concert. Absolutely adore this song!

4. Happy New Year by Sweet Sorrow. This song is one of my top favourites too! So much happiness, so much joy! I remembered Sweet Sorrow looked so happy when the audience sang along with them especially during the last part.

5. So Cool by Sweet Sorrow. I honestly do not really listen to this song that much but I super love the show version :)

6. Sweet Sorrow by Sweet Sorrow. This is their debut song. I got goosebumps all over my body cause I did not expect they will sing their debut song.

7. Sunshine by Sweet Sorrow. This is arguably one of their famous songs in South Korea. I usually listen to this song whenever I need a pick-me-up. So, it is kinda weird to listen to their rendition when I was in a good mood. hehe.

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8. Pounding Heart by Sweet Sorrow. This is definitely one of my favourite songs. So glad that I had a chance to listen to this song live. They only performed this song on the second show that I attended! :D

10. No Matter How I Think About It by Sweet Sorrow. This is definitely their most famous song as far as I know. Those who watch Running Man might be familiar with this song. The song arrangement was a lil bit different during the shows. I prefer the show version :)

11. Give Me Affection by Sweet Sorrow & Jung Jun Ha. This song is one of my favourite songs (again!) and this segment was my favourite segment of the shows. They had this funny short sketch before singing the song. During the sketch, they introduced the hashtags that we should use for the day. The hashtags were so funny and some of them did not even make sense. lol! They also held a short dance lessons and an enjoyable harmony lesson so that the audience will enjoy the performance. And everyone looked so happy dancing and singing together with Sweet Sorrow! :D

12. 10 minutes break. Thank god for the 10 minutes break I managed to take a breather :)

13. A cappella segment. I am not sure if it was a full a capella segment of not cause starting somewhere in the middle of second song, I can hear faint music. During this segment, they used condensed microphone. You basically can hear everything clearly even their coughs. During this segment they performed Good Night by Sweet Sorrow, Wild Flower by Park Hyo Shin and First Love by Sweet Sorrow. I really love this segment cause I am a sucker for a capella! And guys, you need to listen to their rendition of Wild Flower. It was so beautiful and they totally made a justice for the song.

14. The Wind Blows by Lee So Ra. This was one of the goosebumps inducing performances. You have to listen to their rendition yourself. Seriously, I was holding my tears back during their performance.

15. The Words I Tell You by Sweet Sorrow. I just realized the existence of this song during the shows even though this is their old song cause I do not really listen to emotionally heavy songs. I love it! 

16. Upbeat songs.They sang medley of their few songs; Drive, Just Get Way (You Deserve It), Dark Circle, & Let's Go to Sokcho!. They also incorporated two other K-pop songs; Nayana by Produce 101 and Cheer Up by TWICE. This was the segment that I mentioned on my previous post where #oppanoticedme. Hahaha! :D

17. I Love You by Sweet Sorrow. This is definitely one of their classics that I really love! Might be one of the songs that I hummed a lot for the past 7 years too cause my youngest sister said she knew Sweet Sorrow cause I always sing this song. lol! Totally love their live performances cause they were cute and lovely! :D

18. Once Again by Sweet Sorrow. This was the last song for all three shows. I do not know why but I always feel heavy whenever I listen to this song. Felt the same when I listen to their performances.

19. Encore. They sang their songs; No Daebak and I'll Sing For You. No Daebak was all fun and entertaining. Can not stress enough how happening this song was. This also was the time where everyone started to bring out their phones and took pictures. As for I'll Sing For You, the vibe was heavy and emotional cause it was the very last song for the night. I love it when all the audience started to sing together with Sweet Sorrow.

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So, that was about it for the performances. Again, the performances were different according to the days. But this was what pretty much happened on the three days that I attended. :)

Oh, somewhere between the performances, Song Woo Jin performed one English song and two Korean songs during his day. As for In Ho Jin's Day, In Ho Jin performed a duet with Kim Young Woo and a duet with IU. We also got a solo performance from IU.

And yes, what a nice surprise. I actually got to see IU performing live!
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