Sunday, 28 April 2013

Thanks, buzz KOREA, For The iPad-Mini!

Well, just leave to the the Korea Tourism Organization's buzz Korea to roll out the best prizes! 

Over the years of blogging and participating in their contests and games, I have won quite a few prizes. Since blogging is just a hobby for me, sort of a way to help promote the things I do and the places I visit in Seoul and around South Korea, I  appreciate receiving these prizes and souvenirs. 

Two years ago, my blog about a day spent in and around Myeongdong, The Occidental Tourist, was voted as one of the top ten blogs, for which I won a hefty sum of shopping money (which I splurged on pasalubong shopping at the duty-free shop!). But this time, on the buzz Korea's app (do download it on your smartphone if you haven't yet), they rolled out again a contest with impressive prizes: iPad Minis!
So, who wouldn't be interested in participating in contest with such prizes? I immediately downloaded the app and, as they say in baseball, I immediately swung away! I uploaded photos of tourist attractions in Seoul accompanied by its location and a bit of information about the place, and voila!

I won an iPad Mini! Yes, it was that easy! 

So, for all of you who want to win prizes, too, just watch out for the contests where, while you help promote Seoul and South Korea to the world, you win souvenirs and prizes, too!
And while you're at it, do visit buzz Korea's homepage for more information about the festivals, tourist attractions and things to do in Seoul and Korea.

Thanks again, buzz Korea! And happy sightseeing, everyone!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Who Cares About These Silly Threats? It's K-Pop Party Time!

Jeez, most media outlets on print, online and on TV have been reporting non-stop about North Korea's threats, which I think was its plan - to grab the world's attention. And well, everyone fell into its trap. But does it have to sound exaggerated every time? My friends and relatives from overseas have been asking me about it, and I always tell them that my reaction is: nothing.  And yesterday, on TV, a middle-aged, white-haired, male CNN reporter reported from what looked like an alley in the Jongno district of Seoul which is full of bars, clubs and the locals' favorite hangouts, saying that "this could be ground zero". Huwaaat???  That small street full of neon signs and barkers inviting everyone on the street into their bars for soju, chicken and a lot fun --- was going to be ground zero??  I hope he was kidding! Because if anyone drops something on that alley and destroys it, things will get ugly! 

So I did the next best thing: I turned off the TV. Ha-ha-ha!  I had better things to do than listen to this irritating crap every day.

And speaking of better things to do, is there anything else better than.....TO PARTEEEH?
Yes, while everyone else was watching those sensationalized news on TV, the Korea Tourism Organization feted the 2012 and 2013 K-Performance Supporters into a buffet dinner and a K-pop concert in Gangnam. (Thank you, KTO and staff!)
That 'Thank You' party and K-pop concert night deserves a separate blog (with more photos and videos I took of the artists), which I may have to write soon. This one's just to get this complaining of sensationalized news off my chest. Ha-ha-ha!
So, to my friends from everywhere, this is what we do in South Korea amidst these so-called provocations.  We party!