5 MUST VISIT Neighborhoods in Seoul

Seoul is rapidly growing into an international powerhouse. The Seoul Metropolitan Government stated that roughly 10 million tourists came through Seoul to check out the various sites, sounds, and food. Although Seoul doesn't have a shortage of touristy things to do (i.e. multiple palaces, Seoul Tower, limitless shopping, etc.), the best part of Seoul is actually hidden within its neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods will obviously be a lot more popular than others, but this also means more tourists and people in general. Two things I despise with a passion. So, if you ever have a chance to visit Seoul, I want to give you the real inside scoop and tell you the 5 absolute must see (non-touristy) neighborhoods to visit in Seoul! 

I Just Landed in Seoul, Now What?

As soon as you land into Incheon International Airport, you got to make the journey into the city center. Be sure to download a foreigner friendly subway map on your smartphone prior to coming. This map will be your best friend when visiting Seoul. Now, once you drop off your luggage, it's finally time to go explore. Head over to your nearest convenience store and make sure to buy a T-Money subway card, so that you can replenish your subway card with money if you ever run out. Let's get started!

1) Sinsa-dong / Garosu-gil
This neighborhood is easily becoming one of my favorite places to visit in the city. It is part of the affluent Gangnam (cue Gangnam Style) section of Seoul. Sinsa doesn't receive as much foot traffic as, let's say, the actual Gangnam subway station area, but Sinsa isn't a pushover either. One of the biggest attractions of this neighborhood is the artsy Garosugil street. This street is lined with incredible shops that are designed by local artists, so the overall vibe and look of Garosugil is unlike any other in Seoul! Tons of cool little clothing shops, art halls, restaurants, and unique bars in the area. A definite must visit!

How to get there: Subway Line #3 (Orange) to Sinsa Station, Exit 8

2) Anguk
Now, this area is a critical part of Seoul. The majority of tourists come to Korea to visit Gyeongbokgung/Changdeokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun Square, and maybe see some traditional Korean markets. What these tourists don't really know is that heading to these direct subway stations on the subway map is the wrong way to go. There's actually a quiet little neighborhood located at Anguk station that can hit all of these spots within walking distance and isn't nearly as crowded as the main drags to these tourist spots. Anguk is stationed right in between the two main palaces, the main square, and some of the most famous traditional markets in Seoul (Gwangjang Market and Insadong). The neighborhood leading to these areas is also filled with cool little mom and pop restaurants and cafes. This gives you a chance to get away from all of the noise and crowds while taking your time in walking over to these tourist areas (whenever you feel ready).

How to get there: Subway Line #3 (Orange) to Anguk Station, Exit 3 (Changdeokgung Palace) and Exit 6 (Insadong)

3) Hapjeong
One of the most recognizable and most visited neighborhoods in Seoul is Hongdae, which is short for Hongik University. This area's got it all - from foreigner friendly restaurants to night clubs where the party doesn't stop till the sun comes up! It's a big time College area that's filled with drunk 20 somethings just trying to have a fun night out on the town. The main downfall of Hongdae is the sheer amount of people and overcrowding that goes on. It's seriously a nightmare to walk through this area on any given weekend night. Most businesses started to realize that rent and space in the ever popular Hongdae area was soaring through the roof, so a new breed of store owners started to spread to the next closest neighborhood. Enter Hapjeong. Hapjeong has recently experienced a huge boom in the trendy bar and restaurant scene and the public is starting to take notice. It's totally a hipster heaven at the moment and people just can't stop raving about the new found bar/restaurant scene that's blossoming there. I recommend checking it out immediately.

How to get there: Subway Line #2 (Green) to Hapjeong Station, Exit 3

4) Yeoinaru
Now we're getting into the fun stuff. This has got to be my favorite area in Seoul by a long shot. It's a part of the Yeouido financial district of Seoul, which is known as Seoul's Wall Street. This is a really well built and clean cut part of Seoul. It is also home to the recently built IFC Mall, which is just a jaw dropping gorgeous mall. However, the best part of Yeouinaru area is the Hangang or Han River Park that is at the edge of the subway station. Hangang Park is an awesome place to take a date, go for a run, have a picnic, or just go to relax. It's essentially a wide open space that sits right in front of the Han River that cuts through the entire city. It is an absolutely stunning park, especially at night when all of the buildings light up across the river. I actually made a blog post about this on my travel photo blog. You can check out my Hangang Park article here

How to get there: Subway Line #5 (Purple) to Yeoinaru Station, Exit 3

5) Hyehwa / Daehangno
I know what you're thinking. How the hell do I pronounce that?! It's actually pretty easy and is pronounced HEEYEH-HOOAH (but try saying it fast). Kind of a tongue twister, but you just got to get used to it. Hyehwa is an incredible neighborhood mostly because of Daehangno. Just like how I mentioned that Sinsa had Garosugil, this area also has a cool street called Daehangno. The word Daehangno means "College Street" and here you're going to find amazing restaurants, cafes, and the best part of all, musical theaters. This area is just full of artists and you'll see tons of street performers singing, doing magic tricks, putting on free plays, etc. Daehangno is most famous for its live musical theaters. Here you can catch some of the best live musicals or performing arts shows in a cheap and intimate setting. These shows are mostly put on by up and coming artists or amateurs. It's a great place to take the family or even a nice 2nd or 3rd date with someone special. 

How to get there: Subway Line #4 (Blue) to Hyehwa Station, Exit 2

There you have it! These are my 5 favorite and underrated neighborhoods of Seoul. As you can see, I'm not the biggest fan of any tourist traps or overcrowded areas, so I hope you enjoy these areas as much as I do. If you think I forgot any cool neighborhoods, feel free to leave a comment! 

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Korean Plastic Surgery - Good or Bad?

Plastic surgery. These two words are starting to become synonymous with Korea and not in a good way. With the recent success of KPop and KDrama taking over the world, the pressure for these Korean actors/actresses/singers to look beautiful has gotten out of control. They are the faces of multi-million dollar companies, so it's only natural for them to want to keep their best assets (their face) in tip top shape. However, I really think this taken on a negative effect on Korean or general society as a whole. 

What's Wrong With Korean Plastic Surgery?

To be dead honest, the Korean superstars aka "idols" in Korea are absolutely gorgeous. How is this bad? Well, for starters, it definitely alters the standard perception of beauty within society, especially among young impressionable teens. These teenage girls (and some guys) literally obsess over their favorite idols' clothes, makeup, hairstyle and facial features. These teen girls/guys will do anything to look like their favorite stars. Plastic surgery has become so prevalent in Korea that some high school girls actually ask and receive the surgery of their choice as a graduation gift. Something about that idea is just disturbing to me. Whatever happened to teens asking their parents to help pay for their first car, buying new clothes, asking for concert tickets, etc.?! 

The plastic surgery craze in Korea has also gone mainstream and is now widespread/easily accessible. Korea's plastic surgeons are well regarded for their value and expertise. This has led to women from various neighboring countries, such as China and Japan, to flock to Seoul just to get a quick and cheap procedure done and then fly back home. The Chinese plastic surgery tourists that come into Korea make up about 70% of ALL foreign patients that get plastic surgery in Korea. I know that this unexpected plastic surgery craze has become an economical windfall for the country, but something about being known for fake beauty around the world is very unsettling to me. Korea is a land full of beautiful mountains, scenery, history, culture, etc. and yet Korea's biggest tourism niche is its plastic surgery market. Insert disappointed emoticon face here.

Another reason I think plastic surgery is bad is because it is contributing to the loss of Korean natural beauty and identity. I honestly don't know why most Korean women are so quick to pull the trigger and get plastic surgery. In my opinion, some of these women (and this goes for all women around the world too) need to look themselves in the mirror and realize that they should be proud of their natural beauty. I don't care what any of these actors and actresses look like on TV, which might explain why I look like such a bum most of the time (hehe). But the important point is...I DON'T CARE! It seriously hurts me to see Korean people reject our natural distinct Korean beauty in order to look better based on other people's opinion. Looking the way we do is what gives us and our country a unique identity. However, some people just want to look "better" I guess...This also reminds of an article I read about Julie Chen (famous TV news reporter) and how she felt that she was pressured to get plastic surgery. Early in her career, her boss really pushed her to get plastic surgery based on what he thought the viewers would consider "beautiful" for an on-air TV personality. This made me very angry at the time since he pretty much said being Asian wasn't good enough. I didn't know if I was more pissed with Julie Chen for succumbing to her ignorant boss's request or her boss acting like an asshole and essentially telling her that being too "Asiany" is bad. 

Personally, I find people to be more attractive if they love and are confident in who they are. That, to me, is true beauty. These KPop idols I see on TV really have no self regard or confidence for who they are. They are obviously supremely talented individuals; however, they still succumb to the pressure just like Julie Chen did and end up getting plastic surgery for the sake of others. Also, what's worse is these KPop girls all look EXACTLY THE SAME! They all get the same surgeries by the same doctors and ultimately look like identical twin sisters. Friggin ridiculous if you ask me!

To me, trying to achieve that everlasting goal of beauty is just a pipe dream. All these stupid actors and actresses that we see on TV are just what you think they are...fake. They are manufactured to look the way they do, act the way they do, and essentially do everything the way they do. Yet, teenage girls and women in Korea seem to be enamored by this concept of beauty. My only question is why don't they realize just how beautiful they already are! Maybe it's easier said than done, but I feel like women in Korea should focus more on trying to be more confident in themselves, rather than trying to change who they are on the exterior. This is just my two cents. I would love to hear your opinions. What do you all think about Korean plastic surgery and its benefits/negatives? Feel free to leave a comment below! 

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3 Reasons Why Online Shopping in Korea is the Best

I'll be the first to admit, I'm addicted to online shopping. I'm always snooping around Amazon looking for any cool new gadgets or whatever they might offer on discount. It's actually pretty sad considering how broke I am. I of all people definitely shouldn't be spending money so frivolously on things that I might or might not need. But...that's besides the point. I thought shopping online was awesome back in the States, but Korean people take online shopping to the next level! Here are 3 quick reasons why online shopping in Korea is simply the best.

The Benefits of Online Shopping in Korea

Let's take a look at some of the reasons why Korea's internet shopping game is on point.

1) Delivery is ridiculously FAST
Shipping is such a pain in the ass back home. It's either you sign up for Amazon Prime or you're out of luck. Usually, standard shipping rates are about five bucks a delivery and take a week or two to get to your door. Things are much more efficient here in Korea. Let's say you order a package from G Market (Korea's version of Amazon) on a Monday, you'll see that package delivered straight to your doorstep either on Wednesday or AT THE VERY LATEST that Thursday of the same week. A two day turnaround is almost unheard of back in the States without selling one of your kidneys to pay the shipping premium. I'm seriously still in awe at how fast my delivery comes as soon as I hit that "purchase" button on shopping websites here. I LOVE YOU Korea!

2) You can shop from ANYWHERE
As most of you know, Korea is a huge technology breeding ground. It's home to Samsung and LG and also boasts one of the fastest internet speeds in the world. In Korea, internet based services like WiFi and cell service are provided in every crack or crevice of the country AND at blazing speeds. This is an amazing benefit since I could essentially hop on the subway, weasel my way onto a 5G WiFi network, and finish paying for an online order all before I get to the next subway stop. Now that's what I call efficiency! This also leads me to my next topic...

3) Paying is so convenient
Online shopping here works the same as back home where you can either use a Visa, MasterCard, or some other Korean issued credit card. However, there's one added bonus. Let's say you're in the middle of a crowded subway car or working out at the gym and you forget your credit card. If you ever decide that you really need to buy something right away (i.e. expiring discounts on electronics, movie tickets, concert tickets that sell out fast, etc.), Korea lets you pay for online purchases with your cell phone. Most websites like G Market just let you check out using your phone number. Once your phone receives a confirmation text message, you can enter the unique confirmation code that was texted to you and voilà your payment is automatically tacked onto your next cell phone bill. Sweet!

If any of you guys are into online shopping as much as I am, you gotta come check out what Korea has got going on. It will seriously amaze you at how convenient, easy, and fast it is to get your order from your computer straight to your door. 

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4 Reasons Why Korean Fried Chicken is the Bomb

If you've never heard of Bon Chon Chicken or Kyochon Chicken, I highly suggest you run to the nearest internet connected device and Google where the closest store is to your location. I think people in America are slowly starting to discover the best kept secret on Earth -- Korean fried chicken. I just recently tried these succulent, juicy, and ridiculously (emphasis on the ridiculous) crunchy chicken wings and they changed my life forever. My sister first turned me onto these wings after she had her first Bon Chon experience and she couldn't stop raving about them ever since. After hearing about all of the hype, I decided to give these little suckers a try. Once I finished my first batch of Korean fried chicken wings, I realized that these were the best wings I have ever tried in my life and could EASILY be the best in the entire country. Here are the reasons why I believe Korean fried chicken is the best fried chicken in America. 

Why is Korean Fried Chicken the Best?

1) EXTREME crunch 
A lot of chicken wing restaurants in the country tend to heavily batter their fried chicken to give it extra flavor and crunch. However, Korean fried chicken separates itself from the rest of the pack. Now, I have no idea what their frying technique is, but I can assure you that these wings will break like glass once you bite into them. They somehow transformed the skin into a candy like substance that shatters once it hits your mouth. They also were able to retain the chicken's natural moisture, so the meat stays juicy while the exterior provides an indescribable crunch. 

2) No mess 

Another reason why I think these fried chicken wings are the best in America is because the sauce is somehow embedded into the crunchy skin. Most bars and restaurants tend to fry the chicken wings and douse wing sauce onto the meat, which leaves your mouth and fingers very messy while eating. However, Bon Chon/Kyochon has reinvented the way we think of sauces. Their sauce seems to be infused into the skin of the chicken or is some form of adhesive glaze that just leaves your fingers very clean when you dig into these morsels of goodness. 

3) Less greasy and fatty

Bon Chon/Kyochon claims to have a secret double frying method that makes their wings "healthier". Although I am skeptical of these claims since pretty much anything deep fried in oil adds tons of unwanted calories and fat, I do feel like their wings ARE less greasy and fatty. If you're a chicken wing fanatic, you know the difference between good and crappy wings. I've tried some in dive bars where the skin was still soggy and chewy and it just ruins the taste of the wings. Bon Chon/Kyochon, through some crazy ancient Asian frying method, almost obliterates the fat off the skin and leaves it as a crunchy outer crust. It's heavenly.

4) Unique and Asian-y Flavors
I know most Korean fried chicken joints only have two flavors, but they are absolutely delicious. The first is a non spicy Soy Garlic, which kinda tastes like a soy sauce mixed with teriyaki. This one is not spicy at all. The other flavor is just called Hot and Spicy and I'll admit that it'll get you sweating once you eat it. The first wing isn't so bad, but then the spiciness DEFINITELY creeps up on you. Watch out for those creepers. The only issue is that these wings probably have crack in them and you can't stop eating, even if it's fire in your mouth. At least its delicious fire. 

I am glad Korean fried chicken is starting to get some recognition around the country. Koreans absolutely LOVE fried chicken and will usually do anything to get their hands on their hands on these bad boys. If you want to see what else Koreans love, check out my list of 30 Things Asians Love. Until then, happy eating!

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How To Use Chopsticks: A Step By Step Guide With Pictures

I woke up this morning and wanted to write something for this site, but had no idea what. Then it hit me that with a site named the Chopstick Lounge, I should have mentioned something about chopsticks. I know chopsticks can be a difficult thing to get used to, plus not many people are taught how to properly use them. In case you suck at using chopsticks and want to learn how to get better, here's a great step by step picture guide on how to use chopsticks with ease.

Let's Get Started!

1) Make a peace sign with your fingers and face them towards you.

2) Open your thumb out so that you can place the first chopstick (what I like to call the Stationary Chopstick) in your hand.

3) Place the Stationary Chopstick down between your ring finger and the base of your thumb and palm. Apply pressure from your ring finger and base of the thumb almost as if you are trying to snap the chopstick in half using only these two fingers. This will keep the Stationary Chopstick sturdy. 

4) Next, place the other chopstick between your middle and index fingers and support the chopstick by using the tip of your thumb to stabilize it. Just imagine you are holding a pencil and apply pressure from all fingers. Remember, the base of your thumb should still be holding the Stationary Chopstick and the actual thumb is used to support what I call the Moving Chopstick.

5) Now, once you have both the Stationary and Moving Chopsticks in place, remember to apply pressure from the respective fingers that were discussed earlier. The Stationary Chopstick will NEVER move. With your fingers, slowly move the Moving Chopsticks up and down in almost a Pacman like munching motion. 

6) Close the Moving Chopstick down toward the Stationary Chopstick. See the pressure being applied by the fingers in the picture below. Tip: once you master the movement and your chopsticks are stable, try to pierce your food or pick up food from the side instead of from above. This will help ensure a more reliable grip on whatever you want to pick up.

Now that you know how to use chopsticks, you should buy a nice pair that you are comfortable with and start practicing! I personally only use wooden chopsticks like Totally Bamboo Twist Chopsticks, which I think are much better for hand and food griping. Plastic and metal chopsticks can be a little too slick and harder to grab your food. I hope that helps. Enjoy folks!

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Ken Jeong Sucks!

If any of you have seen The Hangover movie series [The Hangover (Rated Single-Disc Edition)], you will have undoubtedly noticed the over the top Asian character named Mr. Chow. This character, who is played by Ken Jeong, is not only ridiculously annoying, but is also racially stereotyped in a bad light. With his undeniable Asian accent and insinuations of excessive gambling and murder, Jeong really is not doing himself, or the Asian community for that matter, much help. I personally am very sick of seeing Ken Jeong and I will just flat out say that I think he sucks!

This guy really needs to get out of show business. He always plays the same overly aggressive and stereotypical Asian character in pretty much all the TV shows, commercials, and movies he is somehow miraculously cast in. Although I commend him for making it to the limelight and also making a fortune (apparent net worth of $14 million), I just feel that he needs to work with the Asian community to begin changing the perception that most of the Western world has about us Asians, particularly Asian men. Asian actors have always been portrayed as either nerdy, eccentric, evil, or asexual beings that are incapable of standing side by side with their American counterparts. Ever since the world was sadly introduced to Long Duck Dong in Sixteen Candles, Asian men have faced a long climb up. 

Since Sixteen Candles made its debut in the 80's, Asians have worked hard to assimilate within Western society and have tried to shed some of the negative stereotypes that were unfairly assigned to us. That is why I feel it is even more important that the next generation of Asian actors continue to work to change the perception of Asians and to show that we are not the karate kicking, math loving, and socially inept people that we are portrayed as on TV or in movies. This is the exact reason why I hate all of Ken Jeong's work and I think he is a no talent sell out. Yes, I'm a hater. Yes, he's free to do whatever he wants. But I am also entitled to my opinion and I feel that he just needs to stop what he's doing and leave show business graciously. You made your cheap buck, now get out! 

Sorry, this was my annoyed rant of the day since I just saw him in another ridiculous commercial with Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. I have tons of things that annoy me, but nothing more than Ken Jeong. He irritates me. Profusely. That is all. 

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I Love Neoguri Instant Ramen!

The other day, I was craving something good to eat. I had no idea what to eat, but I knew I wanted something that would hit the spot. I love to eat fancy or new foods as much as the next guy, but sometimes I get random indescribable cravings for ghetto ramen noodles. After brainstorming some ideas in my kitchen, I found this little nugget of gold that just made me weep with joy once I rediscovered its existence in the pile of dry and canned food in my pantry. What is it you ask? It's spicy Korean Neoguri Ramen by Nongshim!

What is Neoguri Instant Ramen?

If you don't know what Neoguri Ramen is, then you've been living under a rock. In my opinion, Neoguri blows every ramen noodle out of the water. The packaging describes it as "spicy seafood udon style" instant noodles. I honestly don't even care what it says, it just tastes so damn good. If it were up to me, I'd be eating this breakfast, lunch, and dinner and would probably bathe in it if I had the chance (minus the temperature burns in certain private areas of my body). Korean people really know what's up when it comes to instant ramen.

What Does Neoguri Taste Like?

Spicy. That is one way of describing its red lava like goodness in its broth. The one thing that I love about it are the actual noodles itself. Since they claim to be more udon style, the noodles are a bit beefier and thicker than other typical Asian style instant noodles. It also comes with bits of seaweed, carrots, mushrooms, and scallions, which gives it a delicious seafood-y taste. All I'm going to say is once it all hits your mouth, you'll be glad to have tasted the sweet nectar of Neoguri. 

How Do You Eat Neoguri?

I personally love to add an egg or two to the ramen noodles to give it more substance and a tastier broth. I then bust out my jar of Kimchi and go to town on these noodles. If I'm still hungry by the end or if I'm feeling ambitious, then I'll thrown in a couple scoops of rice to the broth to finish it up. You can't let good things go to waste!

OK, I'm done with my obsessive rant about Neoguri. Sometimes I get an overwhelming craving for instant ramen and my number one go to is ALWAYS Neoguri. If you want to try some, you can actually grab a box (20 pack) from Amazon for about 20 bucks, which is an absolute steal in my opinion. 

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Is Asian Food Healthier Than Western Food?

According to the Get America Fit Foundation, roughly 60 million Americans that are 20 years or older are obese and another 9 million American children are overweight. Now that is a lot of fat people! A lot of this obesity problem can be attributed to the fact that most Americans live completely sedentary lives (approximately 25%) and do not or refuse to work out. But how much of this obesity problem is also caused by the diets that we eat? Personally, I feel that Asian food is much lighter in comparison to American style food and here is a breakdown of why (outside of Chinese take out of course).

Rice is the Star of the Show

Many people don't realize that in Asian cuisine rice is the MAIN dish and all other meats, seafood, vegetables, and/or soups are all considered SIDE DISHES. On the other hand, in American style meals, meat is typically the star of the show and is supported by a rich cast of potatoes/rice and vegetables. Also, meat, such as beef, chicken, bacon, ham, etc., can increase our "bad" cholesterol levels which can impact our overall cardiovascular health. Check out this interesting article from WebMD about 9 Surprising Foods That May Raise Your Cholesterol

Portion Control for Asian Food

Maybe you guys haven't noticed, but Asians tend to eat with something called chopsticks! Chopsticks are huge in that they really help people eat with portion control. Instead of using large forks and spoons to pile food into our mouths, Asians usually just continuously pick and nibble on food with chopsticks. The good thing here is that at the end of the day, chopsticks can only pick up so much which can help us eat at a slower pace. Thus, gives time for our stomachs to shoot a signal to our brains to tell us to stop pigging out so damn much!

Asians Like to Use Naturally Prepared Foods

Asians love to eat whole and naturally prepared foods. Before you guys blast me on Asians eating ramen noodles all day, hear me out. For the most part, whenever we have our tiger moms or tiger grandmoms cook us food, it is almost always a meal that is actually prepared in the kitchen and consists of natural whole foods. None of that Chef Boyardee or Stouffer's fully cooked lasagna crap that you blast in the microwave/oven. Those kinds of foods are jam packed with preservatives and/or other crazy chemicals that I don't even wanna know about and probably can't even properly pronounce. Usually, Asians like to stick to nice organic vegetables and ingredients to be used in our meals.

Asian Snacks Are Very Different

Lastly, Asians tend to shy away from eating greasy or overly sweet snacks on a regular basis. We DO, however, love to munch on some Shrimp Crackers every once in a while (mmmmm shrimp crackers...), but you won't see us eating too many Dunkaroos, Ritz Crackers, Doritos, Bagels, or anything that has crazy refined carbs and grease. Growing up, my main go to snacks were sliced apples, oranges, and the occasional shrimp crackers that I would dominate. This is all from my own personal experience of what Asian food is to me and how it can actually be lighter/healthier than the typical American diet. I want to know what all of your thoughts are. Is Asian food actually healthier?

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