Thanks to my daughter, the one over at Whimsy Hive, I am now hooked on Korean Dramas, food, and even KPop! Not quite sure how that happened since I don't like reading subtitles, I don't normally like spicy food, and I could never imagine listening to songs with words I couldn't understand but I guess she has rubbed off on me. She has actually been very interested in Korean culture for a couple of years now and has been teaching herself to speak Korean for several months.
In all honesty, I should have watched some of the shows with her and checked the music out long before now just to make sure there was nothing inappropriate about any of it but since I trusted her I kind of put it off. I was pleasantly surprised when I did finally decide to see what it was all about. The Korean dramas are MUCH more modest than American shows, there is hardly any foul language at all (actually none in most of them that I've watched), and the music artists actually have a set of standards they must follow when it comes to their music videos and behavior.
My daughter is only in her Freshman year of high school, but we have made the decision to go to Seoul, Korea for her Senior trip in a few years. We are both very excited about this and although it may seem a bit early, we are already beginning preparations. For starters, we are saving for the trip and I have also decided that I will attempt to learn to speak & read Korean!
My 2 & 1/2 year old has known who Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong is for about a year now. She can be in the middle of a major melt down but if you say "Hyun Joong" to her, she will stop crying and start laughing saying his name over and over again.
Right now, I am watching The Great Doctor (Faith) on Viki. It's awesome! It actually airs on SBS on Monday and Tuesday nights and then I have to wait for it to be translated to English so I can watch it on Viki. I'm all caught up, to episode 20 so I am impatiently waiting until next week for the next 2 episodes. There will only be 2 more episodes after that and although I will be sad for the show to be over, I'm excited to find out just how it will end.
I've also watched City Hunter, You're Beautiful (Lee Hong Ki is SO funny as "Jeremy"), and Boys Over Flowers and am getting ready to watch Playful Kiss (because my daughter says I should). If you don't mind reading subtitles, you should definitely browse the shows on Viki.com or Dramafever.com. The subs don't bother me at all now and I am even starting to learn some Korean words by watching them.
Baby C frequently walks around the house belting out Korean songs. Super Junior's Sorry Sorry is a huge favorite of hers!
I'm still discovering the music, but here are some of my favorites:
As for the food, my daughter made Korean Spaghetti a couple of weeks ago and it is now one of my favorite dishes! I'm rather surprised that I like it so much considering it has mushrooms, peppers, onions, garlic, spinach and soy sauce which are all things I really don't care for. It was seriously delish though!
We are planning on trying to make Kimchi next. I'll let you know how it turns out (or doesn't)! Until then.....annyeonghi gaseyo.