Wednesday, July 30, 2014

KOREA day Exhibition 2014

KOREA day Exhibition 2014
July 24 2014 ~ July 26 2014
Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

On the 25th July, I got a chance to participate in KOREA day Exhibition 2014.
This exhibition was hosted by Korean society in Malaysia.
Korean society in Malaysia is kind of friendly society. They promote friendship each other and plan lots of events for Korean who staying in Malaysia.

In advance Jin and I asked to them whether we can get a free booth or can’t
Fortunately we received free booth from Korean society in Malaysia.

Because of the exhibition was held at 10am, I arrived at 9:30 am by no.99 Bus.

There were a lot of people on Saturday than Friday.
Owning to out booth is free, we don’t have volunteer. But other volunteers helped us and told about this exhibition, overall Malaysia life and so on.

I ate TTeok-bokki, Korea vegetable pancake and Gimbab for lunch. I didn’t eat Korean food well after I came to here. When I eat Korea food, I got homesick.

When people passed by our booth, Jin and I informed our eco-baskets and explain who made this eco-baskets.
People who came to Korea day exhibition mainly were interested in Korea food.
Some of them were interested in our eco-baskets but they preferred baskets was made in Korea.
Korea traditional play that was located in front of our booth absorbed interest, but Jin and I did not give up and did our best.

Even though I participated to other exhibitions before, each time I participate exhibitions I meet good people and feel a lot of things.
It was short time but it was precious time to me.

Posted by Oh Ji Hye (July 31 2014)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Eco-Baskets at Rotary Club Meeting

On the 29th August, I was given a chance to participate in a Rotary Club meeting. The Rotary Club is an international service club whose stated purpose is to bring together businesses and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
 I went Kelab Shah Alam Selangor for the meeting. I had light lunch of chicken rice and some fruits before the meeting started. After the light meal, the Rotarians greeted each other. The meeting was held about one hour long.
 Chong Sheau Ching, Excutive Director of eHomemakers gave a speech about the eHomemakers history and introduced our Eco-bakset Project and ECHO, which is a Mobile-E-mail System and enquired in making a partnership with the Rotary Club.

[The philosophy of the Rotary Club]

1) The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
2) High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition if worthiness of all of used occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve.
3) The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
4) The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world  fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Blogged by Lisa SeungYeon Kim

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bon Odori: Beyond Cross-Cultural Between Malaysia and Japan

On the 14th July, one of the biggest cultural events was held in Malaysia. It was called ‘Bon Odori Festival 2012’.

I have never heard about this festival before. Thanks to a local friend who invited us to this event, we now have a better image about this Festival. From what I experience, Bon Odori is a cross culture event of Malaysia and Japan. Nowadays, many of young Malaysians adopt the Japanese culture. When I walked in Jalan Bukit Bintang (KL Hotspot), I found several Japanese Restaurants and Clothing Stores. 

Anyway, I followed the local intern, Jin to Bon Odori held in Shah Alam: Stadium Matsushita. Although we got a bit lost in Shah Alam, there was no way we could miss the trail of people wearing Japanese traditional clothing: YUKATA, walking the distance to the Stadium itself. Why were there so many young people wearing other country’s traditional clothing? That’s because it is a Japanese traditional dance festival. Young Malaysian people know how to respect different cultures, not to mention really enjoy learning different cultures. 

By the time we got there, many Japanese stalls were already selling food and beverages. We quickly got our food before the crowd started to arrive. There were also many stalls selling various things: big-framed spectacle, foam spray, portable fans, kites and the list goes on. Frankly speaking, when I arrived in here, I didn’t know what I should do. But, after few minutes, I settled into the crowd and went with the flow. 

Even though the two countries had bad blood between them in the past, today, they are closer than anyone ever imagined. The past was what happened. To me, the present is more important. The real spirit behind these cross-culture events is not to force someone to adapt to an unfamiliar culture, but enjoy and understand together for better life. In this context, Bon Odori was a successful event in Malaysia.

The Bon Dance was the main attraction in the festival. Everyone would just look upon the stage and mimic the dancers’ actions. Doing this in a large crowd make me very happy and comfortable. It was like a Midsummer Night’s Dream…

People warming up to the beat of the drums

As the day turns to night...
Everyone PARTY~

[Bon Odori’s meaning]

There are a lot of traditional dances in Japan, but the one of the most famous and common dance is Bon dance, which called ‘Bon Odori’ in Japanese. People dance Bon Dance in the Bon Festival. The Bon Festival is held every summer whatever country.
Bon means ‘welcoming ancestor’ souls’ and ‘holding a memorial service’ for the souls. August every year is a Bon week, and Bon continues for about a week. During Bon weeks, sometimes all family have gathering and held a memorial service for their ancestors, and enjoy being in a reminiscent mood. This traditional comes from Buddhism in China.

[The meaning of Cross-Cultural Communication]

   The key to effective cross-cultural communication is an understanding. First, it is necessary that people understand the communication problems from different culture, and tries to overcome these problems. Second, it is important to assume that one’s efforts will not always be successful, and adjust one’s behavior appropriately.
  For example, one should always assume that there is a significant possibility that cultural differences are causing communication problems, and be willing to be forgiving and patient like a Guide rather than hostile and aggressive like Coach, if one wants to solve the problem. One should respond slowly and carefully in cross-cultural exchanges, not jumping to the conclusion that you know what is being thought and said.
  The key for resolving conflicts is listening and thinking. These two help in cross cultural communication as well. When things seem to be going badly, stop or slow down and think. What could be going in here? Is it possible I misinterpreted what they said, or they misinterpreted me? Often misinterpretation is the source of the problem.
   Effective communication with people of different cultures is absolutely challenging. Cultures provide people with ways of thinking-ways of seeing, hearing, and interpreting the world. Same words can mean different things to people from different cultures. When the languages are different, and translation has to be used to communicate, the potential for misunderstandings increases.
   It is very difficult for people who have different cultures live together. However, if we just approach carefully and try to understand one another, it will happen, given enough time.

Blogged by Lisa SeungYeon Kim

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trip To Ipoh

27/07/12 ~ 29/07/12

On the 27th July, all four of us Korean Interns decided to leave KL to explore the unknown land of Ipoh. It was a reasonably long holiday for us. (3 days including weekends) We left the office late Friday afternoon around 12 noon, had our lunch before departing from TTDI at 3pm to KL Sentral.

Our journey continued via KTM (Kereta-Api Tanah Melayu) to Ipoh. We met a friendly Indian couple on the train. We had a good, long chat with them. At first, I thought they were a Hindu couple but it turned out they were Christians. Hence, I am once again reminded that there is a huge diversity of people living in Malaysia which cannot be categorized into ethnic and religion.

After a three hour train ride, we arrived at the capital of Perak! (Ipoh). In my opinion, Ipoh is a very peaceful town. I was completely absorbed by the exotic atmosphere. At the station, we met Pong’s brother and her cute little niece who took us to see her, a patient in Ipoh Hospital. She looked very pale when we first met her.
We had a short chat with her about her condition and really hope that she will get better.
Pong’s brother then took us for dinner at the famous Chicken Noodle shop in Ipoh. To tell the truth Choi, my friend, couldn’t eat local food but there were some exceptions. This was one!! The Ipoh Chicken Noodle was delicious. This marks our first night in Ipoh.

 The Ipoh Chicken restaurant together

On the second day, I didn’t expect to see much in Ipoh. However, I was proven wrong once again. Since it is a day trip, can’t afford to go around by foot. Therefore, we rent Pong’s brother’s car to tour around Ipoh. We visited Kellie Castle, temples, huge limestone caves, many recreational parks.

Kellie Castle

Gunung Lang Recreational Park

D.R. Seenivasagam Park, formerly Coronation Park

At night, we went to Ipoh Stadium. There are a lot of street restaurants over there. We ordered fresh cool juice and fried rice.

I have never eaten this kind of the fried rice before. The taste was awesome. After we finished dinner, some of Pong’s brother’s friends joined us. We shared good time together. The last night in Ipoh was never forgotten to me.

Night Restaurant at the Ipoh Stadium

I am really satisfied with the Ipoh trip. Ipoh is different from other developed city. The natural environment has been perfectly preserved and Ipoh food tastes good. Not only is the price very low, but also really delicious. It’s been a happy experience to me.
I used to think that ‘Happy is associated with well-developed?’ I would like to answer ‘not necessary, I felt much happier the time stayed at Ipoh than KL which is a well-developed city. I think a peaceful mind is an essential condition for happiness.

I would like to thank eHomemakers and Pong’s family for give me this time. If you want to find to place go to, I would definitely recommend Ipoh!

What I ate:

The Fried Rice and Ipoh White Coffee

Blogged by Lisa Seungyeon Kim

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bubur Lambuk: More than Porridge

On the 30th of July, I went to the TTDI mosque with Bae and Jin.

I have already visited a number of mosques in Malaysia, this time I went there to get bubur
lambuk. Bubur lambuk is a traditional rice porridge dish given out for free during the month of Ramadan.

It is cooked for several hours with chicken and a variety of vegetables. Bubur lambuk is very nutritious since it includes many herbs and spices that are good for the body.

The Volunteers scooping out the bubur lambuk into plastic bags
After a tiresome cooking session for three hours, the packaging process begins.
Volunteers in the mosque form a work line to scoop the porridge and pack them in plastics. The bubur lambuk is then distributed to the public after the afternoon prayer by the volunteers.

People are willing to queue up for hours in order to take home some of this traditional dish. The
man who voluntarily took us to the mosque was Uncle Wan, who is a Muslim himself. He was foreign minister diplomat in Malaysia. It was by luck that I ran into him because he’s knowledgeable not only local but also foreign affairs.

Most of them were retirees who volunteer to do community service during their free time. I introduced myself to them: ‘I’m an eHomemakers Intern from Korea. Our organization help single mother through various ways.’

The Muslim volunteers also helped single mothers. They held a charity bazaar for single mother some time in early July, selling donated, unclaimed airport baggage. Before I met these people, I thought Muslim were very narrow-minded and aggressive people.

This was reasoned through rumours and news about religious strife and inequality for women. However, the Muslims whom I met were very humorous and open-minded. Even though they were dissimilar from my religion, I was impressed by their charity
. Although I didn’t see how they made bubur lambuk, I really enjoyed talking with them.

Malaysia is a multicultural country which consisted of various race and religion. When I first arrived in this country, I was very confused about this multicultural society.

How can they live together in harmony when there are so many differences, so many traditions and so many cultures? Therefore, during my stay in Malaysia, I shall devote some time and effort to understand as many as possible.

Different race: Mutual respect
Different religion: Tolerate
Different culture: Understand

Blogged by Lisa Seungyeon Kim

말레이시아는 정말 다양한 인종, 다양한 종교가 있는 나라이다. 다양함이란 의미속에는 특별히 우대받는 사람도 있고, 소외 받는 사람도 있음을 의미한다. 높은위치에 있건 낮은위치에 있건, 내가 만나온 사람들은 환경에 불평하기보다는 각자 자신이 맡은 자리에서 열심히 노력하며 살고 있었다. 말레이시아에 거주한지 40여일이 지났다. 그동안 내가 가지고 있었던 편견에 대해 조금씩 있는 계기가 되었길 바라고, 또한 이곳에서 성장했을거라 믿고 싶다.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Amazing Durian Buffet!

After dinner at a Malaccan restaurant, we encountered durian stalls on the way home.

It is the first time I’ve seen a durian buffet… We still cannot forget the first smell of durian. However, we have had some training on the smell of durian for several times during our series of durian torture. We were feeling good as we had a wonderful dinner so we built up our courage.

“BE BRAVE!” I told myself as we headed to the durian stalls.

Picture 1 and 2: Durians… Many types of DURIANS!

We stared at the mountain of durians…. We picked one. The ‘waiter’ cut it open and we ATE it.
This is the second most unique thing I’ve seen in Malaysia, second to the pineapple tree in the Police Station we walk through every day.

Durian waiters picking a durian for us
The crowd at the roadside buffet

Here is the King of Fruits

Many people there were enjoying the durians slowly as it was an eat all you can buffet.
This street was blanketed in the pungent durian scent. In spite of tropical country, Malaysian love durian which is a fruit that generates heat. Ms Chong told us that to counter the ‘heaty’ effect of the durian, they eat mangosteens which have a ‘cooling’ effect.
This explanation was very strange to me!
BTW, if you ever want to eat durian:
1.     You have to be BRAVE enough to approach the stalls.
2.     You have to endure its pungent smell.
3.     You have to be able to swallow a bite!
PS: It’s not as easy as it sounds…  
However, if you’re game for it, you can head out to SS2 or Petaling Jaya. Bring Ms Chong along as there are many types of durians. (Not all are ‘sweet’)

You could also search a stall up at:

Small note: Durian season is around now. There are tons of durian types as quoted by the waiter: ‘’ We have D2, D101, D24, D88, Jiu Ji, Raja Kunyit, Tawa, Thraka, Udang Merah and Mas Pahang. Come join the durian fest and eat all you can!’’

Blogged by Bae SeonJin.

Monday, July 16, 2012

PT Foundation Charity Night

Past Tuesday, we went to the Laugh Yourself Red which was held by PT foundation for volunteer support. Lucy, one of the staffs of ehomemakers drove us to Taman Bahagia station. From there, we took LRT to Central Market. On the LRT, we saw severe traffic jam in KL. We walked through the Central Market. We saw many people on the street were drawing portraits.

We had dinner in KFC. That was the first time I had chicken rice at KFC because in Korea, there are only chicken and hamburger. Bae only had coleslaw and a chicken burito while Choi only had potato wedges with CHEESE. We had a quick lunch because we needed to be back fast.

After having dinner, we started to serve food at the food bar. There was lamb curry, fried chicken, vadai and curry puff and packets of rice. It was tough speaking english to the local people without help.

Two comedians made jokes about K-pop. They said k-pop is not real music. Although I couldn’t agree with them, I could know K-pop has been spread all over the world including Malaysia.

After the show finished, we returned back home in a taxi. The night out was exhausting and it was a very good experience.

Blogged by Sohee Lee
This was taken from The Star on Thursday, 12th July.
Night of laughs raises RM15,000 to aid fight against HIV
By: Terence Toh
KUALA LUMPUR: From quiet chuckles to loud guffaws, two young men had the crowd in stitches laughing for more as they took the stage with their humorous take on a serious topic HIV/AIDS.
Comedians Douglas Lim and Kuah Jenhan joined the battle against the disease by helping to raise RM15,000 in a night of laughs to help children, women and men affected by HIV/AIDS here on Tuesday.
The event, Laugh Yourself Red, was held at the DoPPel Kafe at Central Market Annexe and organised by PT Foundation (previously known as Pink Triangle), a community-based organisation providing information, education and care services relating to HIV/AIDS and sexuality.
The show, emceed by former Miss Malaysia Elaine Daly, had the two funnymen giving humorous anecdotes about the misconceptions people have about HIV/AIDS and delighting the audience with their witty wisecracks and humorous observations of Malaysian life.
“Malaysians are the only people who can plan their dinner when having their supper,” Kuah joked. “We are also the only people who can direct people from one location to another using eateries! I can tell you how to get from Sri Petaling to the centre of town just by using eateries!” he said.
“In most English-speaking countries, we can either beat someone up, or knock someone down. Only in Malaysia, however, can we whack someone upside down'!” Lim said, illustrating the unique way Malaysians speak.
The night ended with a song he wrote to tease fans of Korean popular music, titled I Hate K-Pop.
PT Foundation communications executive Laika Jumabhoy said they chose comedy to spread the message about HIV/AIDS because “there is power in laughter.”
“Douglas and Jenhan are young Malaysians with a powerful voice in the community.
“They dare to make a difference with the PT Foundation, which is why we decided to work with them.”
Laika said young Malaysians, aged 13 to 29 formed 35.9% of all new AIDS infections in the country due to lack of awareness and their tendency to engage in high-risk behaviours.