언니 (unni) PQ Style.

One of the many awesome things about being home in Parañaque is that a Korean supermarket (yes, I’m using supermarket and not just store) is never too far away for me to get my Korean quick fix. I kind of feel like I’m in the metro’s Little Korea sometimes. I have a wide selection of Korean stuff, and if they don’t have what I’m looking for, there’s sure to be another supermarket a few blocks away. I live in an are with a high concentration of Korean nationals, and my goodness, I’m loving it.:)

I love it so much, that I sometimes have little Korean-inspired dinners.
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..and yes, this was one of those instances.

Today I had Shin Ramyun Black, a Black Bean Calcium drink, and Norman’s favorite– kimchi. Honestly, I had the idea to get Korean food, because I was talking to Normy earlier today about food. He really likes kimchi, that I’m seriously starting to wonder if he’s an undercover Korean just pretending to be Singaporean, haha! By the way, Norman’s last name sounds slightly Korean too, though it’s actually Hainanese.

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I really like kimchi. My ex-roommate, Ira, can attest to that! I never thought it was possible, but there was a time when I was slightly fed up with kimchi, and it was when I was in Korea wherein loads and loads of kimchi would seemingly come out of nowhere. I like to think of that time as a rough patch in my love affair with kimchi, and right now, I’m proud to say that the relationship is stronger than ever.:)

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I think this is the first time I had Shin Ramyun Black. I almost never see it in local supermarkets, and not all Korean stores carry the variant. It’s slighty more expensive, but it was really good. The mushroom chunks and other trimings were a lot bigger, and there was more seasoning, as opposed to the regular Shin Ramyuns.

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I had some of this too. I like soy milk and all its simple glory, so I was way curious about what black bean soy milk had to offer. Didn’t disappoint at all! It’s like regular soy milk, but better. Sadly, it’s expensive. One milk box cost me Php30.

Of course, a Korean-inspired home dinner wouldn’t be complete without..
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Yeah, KBS. Haha.

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this to anyone, but I have this weird way of holding chopsticks. Like way weird. It’s really B-A-D since I’m part Chinese, and I regularly go to chopstick restaurants.
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The sticks aren’t really supposed to cross. Rather than going up and down, I tend to manipulate the upper stick side to side. It gets a lot worse when I think about it. I’m not really sure where I picked up that incorrectness, but I think it’s been something I’ve been doing since I was a little kid, but was just never corrected.

The part of greater strangeness?
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I actually do a better job at holding chopsticks with my left hand. To be fair, I’m ambidextrous, which means that I don’t have a non-dominant hand, just a less dominant hand. Then again, it gets ruined when I overthink.

I should have Korean-inspired dinners more often! It’s fun. Maybe I should go buy tteokbokki and fish cake next time. Oh wells. No pressure to it, after all, the Korean supermarket’s just a 10-minute walk away.:)

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Throwback KOREA.

I’m glad that ny darling pal Stephanie has landed safely in Busan a few hours ago. She, and the other exchange kids have most probably arrived in Daegu by now, and probably getting settled. Cozying up in blankets and all. I was in the same foreign exchange program last year, and now I’m like.. Has it already been a year?

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It’s a shame that my memory card got corrupted before I got to upload everything. Two weeks’ worth of pictures? My goodness! Luckily, I still have the ones that actually count. Yay for that! I won’t be talking that much about the internship, as I’ve already given it my all at an old post on my old blog (I may or may not link it), and given the nature of this blog, which is pretty much fixated on randomness, I’d rather just talk about the little things.:) besides, I don’t want to be so cruel as to ruin the surprise for her.

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It was quite a challenge dressing up for Korean winter. Although I live in tropical climate, I have experienced a nice winter when I was little.. Just not -2°C ones. In the Philippines, I just dress up in sheer stuff, but in Korea, I had to pile it on! 3 pairs of socks in one go level. Haha.

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I had almost forgotten about the washing machine! Everything was written in Korean, so it really took time for us to figure out how to use it!

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So I’m guessing this is Nuno sa Punso: Korean Edition? This is probably where little Korean dwarves live.

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Stephanie SHOULD see these padlock things! It symbolizes a couple’s promise to stat together. Well, I didn’t have a guy with me then, not in the Philippines, and more so, not in Korea. If I had, I would’ve locked a padlock there as well! Haha.

I miss Korea, but of course, there’s so much of the world to see. Looking back, and knowkng that it’s Stephanie’s turn, I can’t help but be happh for her. I can’t help but be excited for all the cool things in store for her. Korea was fun for me, and I just know that it would be just as fun, or even more, for her.

If Miss Guitering is reading, well..
ENJOY, MY DARLING!:)