Tteokbokki

July 08, 2020

I’m craving for Tteokbokki.

Tteok-bokki (떡볶이; also spelled ddukbokki) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok (떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”). Eomuk (fish cakes), boiled eggs, and scallions are some common ingredients paired with tteok-bokki in dishes. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the most typical form, while the latter is less common and sometimes called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki).

Today, variations also include curry-tteok-bokkicream sauce-tteok-bokkijajang-tteok-bokkiseafood-tteok-bokkigalbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls). There are also dedicated restaurants for tteok-bokki, where it is referred to as jeugseog tteok-bokki (impromptu tteok-bokki). It is also a popular home dish, as the rice cakes (garae-tteok) can be purchased in pre-packaged, semi-dehydrated form.

Source: Wikipedia

I bought gochujang but already expired. And I found this recipe without gochujang in internet (I forgot the website url). But I have modificated this recipe, because I didn’t like spicy.

Recipe:

  • Tteokbokki (I bought it from supermarket, the package is using vacuum and freeze one)
  • 4 pcs minced garlic
  • 2 pcs shallot / onion
  • 6 pcs Bird’s Eye Chilli (puree)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 6 tablespoon Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Salty Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • Chile Powder
  • Leek
  • Water
  • You can add another ingredients such as boiled egg, sausage, cheese, eomuk, etc.

How to Cook?

Fry the garlic, onion, and bird’s eye chili in the butter, until smelling. Then pour the tomato sauce, mayonnaise, soy sauce, oyster sauce into it, give a little water (if you like the sauce to be thick, don’t give too much water). Pour the sugar, mixed it well. Taste it, if you think it’s not spicy enough, you can add the chili powder. If you like sweet, you can add the sugar.

Then when you think the taste is good and water height or volume is enough for your taste, put the tteokboki inside, and boiled it. Don’t boiled it too long because the tteokbokki will too soft and it’s sticky.

Serve in a plate and put some boiled egg and the cheese (look for melted one, so when the cheese put inside the sauce, it will melted and taste wonderful).

No More Sticker Visa for South Korea Visa

Starting July 01, 2020, South Korea Visa will stop using sticker visa. According KVAC (Korea Visa Application Center) in Jakarta, Indonesia, they will change sticker visa to visa grant notice which can be downloaded on Visa portal website and print it.

For more information, please visit KVAC website

Picture Source: KVAC_ID instagram

To see the grant notice, use the same method when you check the application status.

The requirement document is the same as before. You can start to apply for single-entry visa 3 months before departure date. But my suggestions is, apply 1.5-2 months before is better. Usually, some people need longer time to approve (usual time is 5 business day).

After you got the notice, print and bring the notice together with your passport. When you arrive at South Korea, the immigration will check both of them.

Usually, people like to collect visa or stamp of other countries. And the more you have them in your passport, the more you like it. But it’s getting lesser and lesser, South Korea without sticker visa and no stamp when you travel in there.

Royal Natural Placenta BB by The Saem

Another cosmetics that I bought when I’m in South Korea, is the Saem Royal Natural Placenta BB.

The Saem Royal Natural Placenta BB have SPF 30 PA++ (UV Protection + Whitening + Anti-Wrinkle). It’s a functional cosmetic.

The 5-in-1 premium nourishing and moisturizing BB makes skin moisturized and elastic with Vegetable Placenta.

It’s Cover, Tone correction, Nourishment, Elasticity and Moisture your skin.

How to use: Use after your skin care routine. Apply an appropriate amount evenly on the face along skin’s texture.

Price: W 33.000 (approximately IDR 430.000 / USD 30)

The cream only has 1 colour and when you first apply to your face, it might have difference with your skin color. But just apply it gently and spread it, then it will united with your skin color. Because my last bb cream just finished used, then I try to use this bb cream. It’s just a few days, and I still waiting for the result.

Gold Snail Wrinkle Plumper 2x power by The Saem

One of my favourite cosmetics product from South Korea is The Saem. I like to use The Saem Jeju Fresh Aloe Shooting Gel 95%. I feel that it has good result for my skin, even not too obvious (slowly but sure).

Last time, on January 2020, I went to South Korea for open trip, and I happened to shopping in the Saem. I just want to restock my shooting gel, but with the power of sales marketing, I ended up buy other products too.

Gold Snail Wrinkle Plumper 2x Power by The Saem ~~ credit

Price: KRW 50.000원 (about IDR 650.000 / USD 45)

Internal Capacity: 10ml/33oz

Description:

  • Skin moisturizing and elasticity improvement with 43% snail mucus filtrate
  • Skin energy enhancement effect of 24K gold
  • Layering moisturizing and activating effects of low molecular・high molecular hyaluronic acid
  • Peptide・red ginseng extracts provide rich nutrition

Let’s describe each material:

  1. Snail mucus Filtrate ~ packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin.
  2. Hyaluronic Acid ~ is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues.
  3. Peptide ~ are the building blocks that make up protein.
  4. Red Ginseng Extracts ~ boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working within skin to bolster its natural firmness.

How To Use? Take a small amount and apply it to the area where wrinkles are anxious by tapping lightly.

Precautions When Using

  • Use only as directed.
  • Stop using if it causes any allergic reaction or any problems arising.
  • Do not use the product on scars or any area of skin irritation such as dermatitis and eczema.
  • Avoid storing in high/low temperatures or in areas exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Keep the product out of the reach of children and babies

The package is like inject, just press and the it will come out. It smell nice, and very soft. The texture is very light. It absorb immediately to the skin.

I’m just using it now because I still have previous serum. Hope this suitable to my skin and give my skin a good result.

South Korea Multiple Visa

South Korea Visa?When people hearing about applying for South Korea Visa, a lot of people has already feel it’s complicated, because too many documents that needed for apply a visa. But here’s it is, this month I try to apply for South Korea Multiple Visa.

One of condition to apply Multiple Visa is, you had went to South Korea at least 1 times. And I have already been there 2 times before, so I decided to apply Multiple Visa.

At first, I plan to apply at the embassy directly. But after ask around, many multiple visa that applied via travel agent also has been approved easily. I live in Magelang, located at Central Java. So the fee to go to Jakarta is too expensive. So, I decided to apply via Travel Agent.

The other requirements is as same as when you are applying for Single Visa. I just modify my Sponsor Letter for multiple visa and give statement to why I want to apply for Multiple Visa. Everything is just addition, if you didn’t want to add them, it’s okay.


Multiple Visa Requirements:
1. Passport that still be used at least 8 months before expired and also old passport that have Korean Visa inside.
2. Copy of all pasport name, visa and stamp.
3. Copy of identity ID
4. Copy of Birth Certificate
5. Copy of Family Card
6. Sponsor Letter

example

7. Copy of Bank Reference
You can ask from the bank, usually they already have a format for it. Just make sure it is in English, and to Embassy of South Korea.

8. Copy of bank account transaction the last 3 months
If possible, please don’t add any significant amount between 3 months, if you wants to borrow some money from your parents, you can add it before 3 months. Or, you can borrow little amount by amount and don’t forget, make it beautiful (income, and outcome). There’s no rule how much do you need for the amount, just make it as you have job and live.

9. Copy of SPT Tahunan (annual tax yearly)
Some people said, if you didn’t have this, you can still apply by make statement if you didn’t have SPT PPT21 / annual tax letter, especially when you apply directly to embassy. But, if you apply from travel agent, they will ask you to provide it at least, maybe from your parents, brothers, or sisters. But if you really don’t have it, they are willing to proceed it, with applicant consent (approve or not is all by embassy, or if embassy ask for it, you have to be able to provide it later).

Statement letter didn’t have SPT PPH 21 / NPWP — example

10. Multiple Visa Statement Letter
I decided to make statement letter, with materai 6000 and my sign. So the embassy will be more trust me that I will always back to Indonesia before the maximum of stay. This letter is not mandatory.

example

11. 2pcs of Pas Foto 4x6cm / 3.5×4.5cm with background white.
My travel agent ask for 4x6cm Pas foto, but in application form it said 3.5×4..5cm. So you better ask your travel agent for it. In embassy, it also required 4x6cm.

12. Copy of deposit billing, credit card billing, five stars member, etc.
This is just additional, you don’t have to include it.

13. Copy of Flight Ticketing

14. Copy of Voucher Hotel

15. Copy of ItineryFor number 13-15, for travel agent, they wants this to be included, but in embassy, this is not mandatory.

If you want to try to apply directly in embassy, you don’t need the flight ticketing, voucher hotel and itinery. But remember, for SINGLE ENTRY, once the visa granted, it will expired after 3 months from the date it granted — for example, the single visa granted at 10 January 2017, so before 10 April 2017, you have to enter Korea —

Usually, the flight ticket has already very expensive. Many people buy the promo ticket which more than 6 months before departure. And the risk is, the visa is not granted. 

Because I plan to go on November 2018, and I have already had Flight Ticketing, and Voucher Hotel, so I send all of them. I still plan to go to South Korea on April 2019 for Cherry Blossom Festival, but I haven’t had ticket yet, so I didn’t mention about this in my letter.


That’s the requirements for applying Multiple Visa, which is the same when you apply for Single Visa.

For information,
Single Entry Visa: IDR 576.000 in Embassy
     via travel agent that I use to apply: IDR 850.000
Multiple Entry Visa: IDR 1.296.000 in Embassy
     via travel agent that I use to apply: IDR 1.600.000

Multiple entry visa proceed only 1 day once our documents enter the embassy. But if you apply via travel agent, spare about 1-1.5 weeks processing time because they need to send it first to Jakarta and send back.

You can check the application via Korean Application Visa Web.

The embassy received our application
application date: 12 September 2018, I check it on 13 September 2018 afternoon, and the status is APPROVED.

Multiple entry visa will get 5 years of South Korea Visa, with maximum of stays 30 days everytime you enter Korea.

It’s easy, as long as you provide all documents. So, Let’s go to Korea again and again for the next 5 years.

Movie :: Battleship Island (Korea) (2017)

Credit:
– IMDB
– Wikipedia

The Battleship Island (Hangul: 군함도; Hanja: 軍艦島; RR: Gunhamdo) is a 2017 South Korean film starring Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub, Song Joong-ki and Lee Jung-hyun. It is a Japanese occupation-era film about an attempted prison break from a forced labor camp on Hashima Island.

Synopsis:
About a group of about 400 Korean workers who risk their lives to attempt an escape from Hashima, and the story of forced labor on the island.

2016 KGSP-Graduate announcement is out now

So, who still wants to apply for full Scholarship in Korea? The announcement is out now. The notice available on 2nd Feb 2016. But, you have to go to KGSP home to notice it.

Website: http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/main.do

After you click those link (with red circle), you will directly go to this link:
http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/selectBoardList.do?bbsId=BBSMSTR_000000000714

Then click again the red circle link, and you can find the notice.
http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/selectBoardArticle.do;jsessionid=6D799F4D6FB5127658E6B68F8B24AB57.node_20

Download all the attachement list, and read carefully every point. The applications form available on DOCX file, so you don’t need to convert the PDF file to DOCX file.

Typed all the applications (not hand writing), call / email the embassy in your country or the university you would like to apply about the deadline and documents.

Korean Embassy in Indonesia’s Notice: http://idn.mofa.go.kr/worldlanguage/asia/idn/mission/notice/index.jsp

2015 KGSP-Graduate — 2nd Selections by NIIED

Today is the 2nd selections notice. And it come out in the evening (as usual).
It’s a pity, I didn’t passed the 2nd selections, because in the 2nd selections, you will compete with applicants from your country.

For university, only there’s 10 people from Indonesia that will got the scholarship.  And I’m not in that 10 people.

Mmm.. It’s a strict competition. Everything is beyond of luck. So, will I try again next year? 😀

Credit: http://studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/selectBoardArticle.do;jsessionid=26AE4D3274AFC41DF3EB989BAEAA91B0.node_20

2015 KGSP-Graduate — SMU Interview Schedule

Sookmyung Women’s University interview for KGSP 2015 is out. Check their notice.

Link: http://e.sookmyung.ac.kr/notice/view.jsp?cmsCd=CM0341&ntNo=180&dvsn=&src=&srcTemp=&currtPg=1&fix=

I got interview on 3rd April at 11:00 Korean Time, which means 09:00 at Indonesian Time. Nervous? No.. I really feel relax this time, no under pressure, because I always remind myself that this is only trying. Everything happens for a reason.

2015 KGSP-Graduate — Email from SMU

After the phone call, then they send the email. It consists the same, notify me that they have received the documents, and ask me to check the notice at SMU website on 2nd April 2015, about interview time at 3rd April 2015.