육회, Korean Beef Tartare.

Now this may appall some people.

육회, Beef Tartare – or some people may describe it, raw beef.

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It may not have the most comfortable aesthetics, however this is one of my most absolute favorite dish in the world.

The natural scent of raw beef is simply wonderful.

 

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Now Korean beef tartare is usually seasoned with some soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. Also, it is served with sliced pear or spring onions.

 

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Oh and alcohol. Can’t have this meal without alcohol. Today it was accompanied by 막걸리, Korean Rice Wine.

곤드레밥, Seasoned Thistle with Rice.

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Recently, I’ve been eating out way too often. Never got the chance to eat some nice home-cooked meal.

 

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Seasoned thistle with rice. I love this so much. It has it’s unique herb-like smell, a little bit pungent and strong, yet comforting and rich all at the same time.

 

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Dried cabbage soy bean soup (우거지 된장국). It may not have a clean or neat aesthetic, but it tastes amazing. Eating this hot soup on a cold winter day is simply heavenly.

 

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I personally like eating this meal with fried eggs. With a spoonful of thistle rice, fried egg, and some soy sauce on top. Absolutely lovely.

2017.4.4 Lotte World Tower Grand opening.

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I live in Jamsil, Seoul. When I see outside my window, I can see the Jamsil Lotte World Tower.

And yesterday was it’s grand opening day.

 

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The ceremony continued started at 9:00 pm, and continued for 11 minutes. I must say, it was pretty spectacular.

 

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Samgyeopsal, Soju, Korean BBQ.

 

삼겹살 (Samgyeopsal) – which means porkbelly – is probably the most popular and famous Korean bbq, and it tastes amazing. Absolutely amazing.

To try to explain what this meal is like, try to think of bacon. A really good bacon. Done? Now multiply the taste and flavor by 10 times.

Yes, it’s that good.

 

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With some cooked kimchi and spiced bean sprouts on the side, this is truly a heavenly meal. Your life expectancy may shorten a little bit every time you eat this meal, but eh. It’s good and all.

 

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You can’t eat Korean bbq without soju, too.

In Korea, we say “Jjan” and clink our glass with each other before we drink.

It is Korea’s “cheers”.

Spring is here.

 

 

Studying. (not really)

 

Like I said, I’m a student. I major in Tourism Management.

Someone has told me that studying in college is a process of  “studying a specific subject for 4+ years and finding that you hate that field of subject after all”.

I hate paper so much.

 

New York is called a “Concrete jungle where dream comes true”.

Well, at least we got the “concrete jungle” part right.

Are you giving up hope?

Depression.

Submission.

Such weight, immense pressure and gravity –

 

yet,

a certain comfort and relief.

You don’t become happier,

but at least you don’t become more sad.

 

 

But this is not you.

 

 

Waking up everyday, groaning and moaning.

Complaining your stale coffee.

Stuck in your car, staring at the red light – unblinking.

 

 

But this is not you.

This is not us.

This is not who we are.

 

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Me, Guitar, Music.

I play the guitar.

Or at least, I used to play the guitar.

I was once obsessed with my guitar. I think I once fell asleep hugging my guitar like a teddy bear. I loved the humming vibration crawling all over my body when the strings were strummed, I loved the hollow – yet sturdy sound of the body, and I loved that roasted, cinnamon scent of mahogany.

 

 

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I also loved music.

From the complex and twirling rhythm of Jazz, tapping my window like rain,

Greasy and violent hard rock, stampeding the hall,

To country music – deep yet weightless, smoke of a cigarette.

 

I loved it all.

 

 

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Weak scent of watered-downed beer and cigarette.

Every time I see those bumps and scratches I made while carrying around the guitar – it’s like I can smell them.

The days when I slept on a crappy mattress in my studio with my friends for weeks.

Watching the sunrise while strumming the strings.

 

 

 

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I even took two semesters off from college to study, practice, and learn about guitar.

I even did some woodworking because I wanted to make my own guitar.

 

 

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But there came a moment.

A moment where I realized that music no longer brought me pleasure and happiness – but instead brought stress and pain.

And that terrified me.

 

 

So, I went back to college.

 

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But sometimes, when I’m walking down the streets,

I find myself fiddling and flinching my fingers – playing the chords of ‘Stairways to heaven’.

Korean bbq.

 

Sitting together in a circle,

laying newspaper on the living room floor,

slowly watch as the meat turns crispy and golden-brown,

and dipping it in Doenjang (된장, Soy bean paste).

 

 

This is my favorite food in the world.

 

 

Korean bbq.

But to be honest, I’m not really happy with the term “Korean bbq”.

Like ‘Yakiniku (焼肉)’ – which is the word meaning ‘grilled meat’ in Japanese,

I feel it should be called ‘Gui (구이)’ or ‘Gogi-Gui (고기구이)’ which means ‘grilled meat’ in Korean.

 

Still, tastes great.

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