K-Pop Academy Week 11: Korean Traditional Games

I had an early day as a few of us planned to go to H Mart before class
It was Jenny, Chantelle, Mushiirah and me! We met at Waterloo Station and took a train to New Malden, and waited for Mushiirah there since we didn’t know the way hehe
It took only around 30 minutes from Waterloo to New Malden so it was alright (yes I have motion sickness >.< )

We walked to H Mart and it took around 10 mins or so – not that far but the shortcut we took might be dangerous if you’re alone (too quiet!)
There should be a bus, I’m going to check it next time πŸ™‚

We (I did) were excited! haha I never been there before so I was really looking forward to it!

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We went around, picking snacks, drinks and checking everything out! Too bad there weren’t many varieties of Pepero

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andddddd finally arrived at the KPop Section! it was smaller than I expected
A lot of CDs, posters but not so much of other things. Some things are really cheap (idols file etc – not official things I think!) while things like EXO ring necklace is costly, I think it is about Β£15
I took a bunch of pictures there haha

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We finished shopping around 12.30pm, took a bus and had lunch at Korea Garden
we weren’t familiar with the area so we stopped at stop before reaching High Street
there are MAAAAAAAAAAANY Korean Restaurant at High Street! next time we should check those out πŸ˜‰

Korea Garden was pretty good (and cheap!)
They have many things on the menu but not so much for vegetarian
I had haemul pajeon (Korean seafood pancake) even though I just had it the week before
I think, haemul pajeon has become my favourite! haha
It only costs Β£5! I had one at Mudo Korea and it was Β£8.50!
the portion was huge (same size at Korea Garden and Mudo Korea) and both tasted so good! crispy and yummy! πŸ˜€
Jenny and Chantelle had japchae and Mushiirah got Kimchi pancake

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then we hurried to the train station and got on the 1.37pm train, arrived a little after 2pm at KCC

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Today class was on Korean Traditional Games YAY!
I always watch the games on 2 Days 1 Night but there were a few games that I couldn’t understand
We had a quick lecture of the types of games – jegichagi (similar to the western game of hackey sack), Neolttwigi (Korean see-saw), Ssireum (wrestling – KANG HODONG!!), Tuho ( throw arrows into a pot or container), Yutnori (board game with four halved wooden sticks), top spinning, kite flying and Ganggangsullae (singing, dancing, and playing and is exclusively performed by women)
Too bad we didn’t have Ddakji (folded paper disks, similar to game of Pogs)
we played Yutnori and the stops had Quiz, Jegichagi, Tuho, change, go back and do nothing

I was in… Group 3 I think! xD
We had time to try and select who’s the best in which
I totally can’t do jegichagi! it’s harder than it looks because it doesn’t bounce!
Tuho was fun but it’s hard to aim right but it’s so much fun once you get used to it πŸ™‚

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Our team nearly won (only a few stops left) but another group kicked us out and we had to start from the beginning again
The game was easy to understand, simply throw yut and if 1 face up, 1 step; 2 face up, 2 steps and so on. If all face up, you’ll get another round. If all face down, you move 5 steps and go again (I might have mixed up the face up and down lol – where did I put the rule handout at?)
If you stop at where your opponent is at, you’ll kick them to restart again (our group got kicked out TWICE!) xD
it was really fun! πŸ˜€

the winning group got rice crackers YUMMM!!
they gave out to all of us haha so everyone got a taste of it (thanks guys! :D)

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today (Saturday 29/11/14) was Hyerim last day with us (she can’t attend our graduation since she has to go back to Korea for a while to settle some stuffs but she’ll be back)
it’s sadddddd! 😦 She’d been with us since the beginning so it’s a shame she can’t be there next week 😦
We prepared a Thank You Card and a present for her

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also it was Lyndsy birthday a few days ago. Sofia prepared cakes for her and we all sang the birthday song πŸ˜€
I wonder why we didn’t sing in Korean? haha

we then went to eat as usual wohoo!
We went to Yori – it was somewhere near Leicester Square

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Since I had lunch, I wasn’t that hungry yet (yes I usually eat once a day haha – I’m not on a diet, it’s just a hassle to eat 3 times a day lol)
I ordered cheese tteokbokki and shared it with Jenny
it was sooooo good! πŸ˜€ the portion was just nice πŸ˜€ very filling! and it wasn’t that spicy either

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then, Jenny and I went to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland!
It was so packed with people! We had to queue to get it
We went around, took some pictures and also had churros on our way out πŸ˜€

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We went home around 9pm
A looooooooooooooooong fun day πŸ˜€
I’m going to miss KPop Academy a lot! even though it’s ending (graduation next week!), hopefully we’ll still hang out together whenever we can (or every Saturday! hehe)
What should I do on Saturday after this? 😦

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