I am so happy to be one of the new bloggers for this year, and I’m excited to share my experiences with Korean culture, Korean culture in my community, and some common interests in Korean culture that you and I may have!
My name is Jennifer Ma (@jennifermakm). I am 23 years old and I currently live in Calgary, Alberta. I recently graduated from Mount Royal University with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2016 for a semester, I did a student exchange program to Hanyang University in Seoul. That experience changed my life – not only did I get to live my dream of attending a school in Asia, but I got to experience and gain more knowledge about Korean culture.
How I Got Into Korean Culture
It started in 2008 when my dad was blasting in the house, 에픽하이(Epik High) – Fan. At that time I was into J-pop and C-pop, so I was intrigued in what my dad was listening to. I really enjoyed how the singing and rapping of the Korean language flowed with the melody of the song. The song was very catchy, and it made me try to sing along (even though I did not understand what they were saying or how to say the words properly). I ended up searching the lyrics of the song, which made it even better to listen to because of the poetic meaning behind it (I would recommend looking up the lyrics). From then on, I was addicted to finding more 에픽하이(Epik High) songs (I would also recommend listening and searching the lyrics for Love Love Love, One, and Fly) and other Korean songs. This led to my interest into Korean culture, I started getting into Korean dramas, movies, variety shows, fashion, beauty and cuisine.
Some of My K-Favourites
I saw other bloggers doing this, and I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my favourites too. Please comment down below and share me your favourites! I really enjoy reading them!
Favourite Korean Drama: Full House
Favourite Korean Movie: 200 Pounds Beauty
Favourite Korean Variety Show: I Live Alone
Favourite Korean Brand/Designer/Clothing Store: Around101
Favourite Korean Beauty/Skincare/Makeup Product: HERA – Cell Essence and Etude House – Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk Chiffon (#BE110)
Favourite Korean Food: 안동찜닭 (Andong-jjimdak)
Favourite Korean Artist/Band: MFBTY
Favourite Korean Song: 리쌍 (LeeSSang) – Tears (Ft. 유진 (Eugene of THE SEEYA))
Upcoming Blog Posts
Some of my topics I plan on posting this year:
- Tips on Studying Abroad in Seoul
- My Experiences as an Exchange Student and Living in Korea
- Current Korean Fashion Trends
- My Top Picks in Korean Variety Shows, and Korean Hip-Hop/R&B
- Korean Cultural Events in Calgary
- Korean Restaurants in Calgary (Any bloggers or readers who live in Calgary that would love to join me in eating at some of the restaurants, please let me know!)
I plan on posting at the end of every month, and so I hope you all will enjoy my posts on this blog!
Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions or just to chat!
Let’s be friends!