Archive for the ‘TGIF’ Category

Stormtroopers invaded Seoul!

February 27, 2010

Seoul Dance Troopers performs KPOPS group – Kara, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, Brown Eyed Girls with Stormtrooper costume! LMAO! Enjoy it & TGIF!

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Kimchi Jjigae Index

October 5, 2007

As usual, the daily flames of debates, criticisms, rants keep alive in the Marmot’s hole on Korea / Korean matter.  Surprisingly it was Tteokbokki(떡볶이) that flamed the comment session today.  Yes, Tteokbokki, Tteok(,Rice cake) with hot spicy paste Gochujang (고추장), one of the most popular Korean snack dish(먹거리). The linked article was about the spicy “Tteokbokki” gaining its popularity among New Yorkers followed by other spicy Korean dishes. The thread also kindly compared how much need to be paid for a plate of Tteokbokki. That   

“In Korea, a serving of tteokbokki will cost between 1,000-2,000 won (about $2), but in New York, you’re looking at $6-19.95.”

 This line reminded me an interesting article from local Korean newspaper in recycled box.  A week old article wrote, original articles copied from overseas Korean newspaper(The Dongpo News,재외동포신문), about the interesting results from the price of a Kimchi Jjigae in different parts of the world.

 

Not the Big Mac Index but the Kimchi Jjigae Index(김치찌개지수).   

The Dongpo News started its research on the price of Kimchi Jjigae around the world back in 2004. This year’s result, the Kimchi Jjigae Index, concluded from the pricing comparison in 62 cities around the world.  The standard price of Kimchi Jjigae was set at 5000 won (approx. $5.50) as indexed as 100.  

 

So, You need to pay as high as $32 in Zurich, Switzerland or you could enjoy Kimchi Jjigae as low as $2 US in Kunming (昆明), China. Zurich got 620 index points and Kunming got 40 points. If you go to Berlin, it costs 12 Euro ($17) and 15Euro ($22) in Paris or in Amsterdam.

KJI, of course the Kimchi Jjigae Index not the dear Leader KJI, ranged from 350 to 620 in Europe.

You could enjoy Kimchi Jjigae less than $4 in anywhere China where Miyazaki (宮崎市), Japan scored parity with Seoul. In Moscow, you need to pay $12 (220 KJI) and it cost $3.50 in Bangkok with 64 KJI.  In this part of the world, Kimchi Jjigae priced at $13 in Washington DC, $10 in New York, $9 in Miami, $6.99 in L.A., and $7~$8 here in Vancouver. North American KJI ranges from 150 to 220. 

Kimchi Jjigae priced less than $11 in 45 cities out of 64 cities. It priced at $7.50 ~ $8.50 in average in the globe. The article points that the price dropped by 30% in Japan and North American cities caused by growing Korean population and the Korean wave (한류). It also claims that the Kimchi Jjigae Index, KJI, shows similar pattern as the Big Mac Index.

 

The Article also briefly states about the Soju index, indeed.

 

SOJU! You need to save some bucks in Frankfurt to drink a bottle of Soju; it’s a shocking $27. It’s $3.47 in Kunming.  I’m Kunming!!!. Soju costs $11 in global average.  So, you could drink a bottle of Soju with Kimchi Jjigae around $20. Of course taste will vary in different cities.

For your tip, here is one of the best Kimchi Jjigae restaurants in Seoul that I recommend to anyone who ask for the best Kimchi Jjigae. It is located near by Sejong Center, GwangHwaMoon.

In fact, it’s called, GwangHwaMoon House (광화문집).  

   

The restaurant serves the finest taste of Kimchi Jjigae if you don’t mind pieces of chunky pork belly. A plate of rolled egg fries (Gaeran Mari(계란말이)makes good combination of menu. But a bowl of rice does not come with Kimchi Jjigae. That’s right, you need to pay extra for it!

 Oh! This week’s TGIF song, I picked Koong Pak Life(쿵팍 Life) By JK Kim Dong Uk ft Leo Kekoa – TGIF!!

The Ultimate Record

September 28, 2007

According to Reuters, More than 1,000 Australian women donned free bikinis on Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday for a group photograph to win a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records.

WOW! 

Speaking of the Guinness World Record, it also lists some of weird, wonderful and wacky abound of the Guiness. 

1. Using only ONE hand, Germany’s Thomas Vogel unfastened 56 bras in 60 seconds. (Definitely, I love to try it someday!)

2. Australian John Allwood smashed 40 watermelons with his head in just one minute. (Good for anger management?)

3. Italian Michele Santana wins an entry for typing 57 books backwards.

4. Indian yoga instructor G.P Vijayakumar snorted eight fish up through his mouth and out of his nostrils in a minute. (He is a Y.O.G.A instructor)

5. American Jackie Bibby shared his bath with 75 live western diamondback rattlesnakes.(Wacky!)

6. Frenchman Michel Lotito claimed the weirdest diet — over the years he consumed 128 bicycles and 15 supermarket trolleys which he washed down with six chandeliers, two beds and a pair of skis. (eeeeeeeu)

7. China’s Dong Changsheng — he pulled a 1.5 tonne car using ropes hooked onto his lower eyelids.

8. 3,541 Philippine women in Manila shared the record for the most women ever to have breastfed their babies simultaneously. (Were 3,541 babies in one place?)

9. American park ranger Roy C.Sullivan — he was struck by lightning Seven times. Each strike took its toll — he lost eyebrows and a toe nail as well as suffering singed hair and chest burns.  He died in 1993 — not killed by lightning but by his own hand after reportedly being rejected in love. (Poor man!)

I pick one of rising Korean hiphop singer, Leo Kekoa (리오 케이코아) from Hawaii for this week’s TGIF song.  He has been working with D.T, YDG, Buga Kingz and JK Kim Dong Uk.

Here’s “Like That (황혼에서 새벽까지) (ft. Rhyme Bus)” from his first album III Skill, Enjoy it!

 TGIF!

The Season is back!

September 21, 2007

While Vancouverites covering up the BBQ Grills as months long rainy season approach, the hockey season is back, the Canucks enjoyed 5-4 home victory and improved their pre-season record to 2-0-1 while the Oilers fell to 2-1-0 .The Canucks will practise in Vancouver today and fly to San Jose on Saturday afternoon for a televised game later that night.

Go Canucks Go!

Speaking of sports, Vancouver have banned mixed martial arts, fights, like UFC or Pride FC, temporarily because city councillors don’t know enough about mixed martial arts, and they are concerning about city liability surrounding local events.

Of course, supporters fighting back against a possible ban.

Oh! Don’t forget to check out very interisting photo essay blog about North Korea

And here’s this weekend’s TGIF song, “Do You Love Me?” by Bobby Kim

TGIF!!

Where is the LOVE?

August 3, 2007

T.G.I.F!!