Familiar Stranger

IMG_4882PHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay (The Streets of Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea)


While sojourning on earth in this short period-of-a-life that we have, have you ever have those moments where you see distinct faces that seem to etch into your mind? Days like this, I walk down a street minding my own business but see a face that seemed to strike a chord in my mind, or leave a deep impression, or so I think. Some may induce deja-vu, [Some are really pretty,] some gives a very homely, familiar feeling as though you have known them for a long time, but as a matter of factly have never met him or her before.

But the queer thing is, these faces never stay in our heads as long as we believe them to, and we forget them soon after.

But life is so interesting. This stranger one cross paths with every now and then – may become a close friend in the future, that stranger over there may become one’s life partner in the future. Who knows what the future beckons?

Korea here I come!

This blog should be teeming with cobwebs by now. I haven’t been able to do a quality posting since my employer (you-know-who) has been keeping me very occupied for the past month. Still, hopefully I will be able to upload some photos (I have plenty to share with you!) or jot down my thoughts or something.

Meanwhile, this is what I have been preoccupied with.

PHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay

YES! I’m [trying to] learning Korean now. And I’m embarking on a mini backpacking trip to Korea with my mother [though she looks at it more as a shopping trip]! Call me a fanboy, but I really like all things Korean; Klanguage, Kpop, Kdrama, Kvariety show, Kfood, Kchurch! I’m hopeful one day I can communicate fluently in Korean. 🙂

Hopefully, I will be able to share the highlights of the trip on this page.

Anyway, somehow I managed to squeeze what little bit of time I have to write a City News article, read it here:

Getting Equipped To Go The Extra Mile


Be blessed,

Reuel Eugene.

Kpop Wave is here to stay!

From the country that brought to you kimchi, soap operas and more, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) continues to make waves internationally, proving to the world they can do music too, churning out mega-ly popular hits [such as ‘Nobody’ by Wonder Girls and ‘Sorry Sorry’ by Super Junior] that caught the world’s attention as though shouting out loud “Hey, check out Korean Music man!”

SS501 and Super Junior

And if you think that was it from Korea, you have no idea. Wonder Girls and Super Junior is just the tip of the iceberg, triggering a massive amount of Kpop bands big or small, emerging from the Kimchi state. What makes Korean music on par with international standards is… you don’t have to know the [Korean] language to love the songs!

What makes Kpop (abbreviation for Korean pop music) so alluring to listeners is more than just the sweet/handsome look of the idols, but also their ability to blend a catchy tune with awesome dance moves AND choreography. Seriously, how can anyone dislike Kpop?

I must declare that I am not a Kpop fan, I am a fan of good music, really. Tong Yan asked me to listen to this song; Bad Girl Good Girl by Miss A. And I did, and boy, this song was like a drug, the more I listened to it, the more I liked it! Check out the youtube video below.

The verdict? Kpop is here to stay for a long time. Not just the music though, don’t forget the Kimchi, Bibimbaq, BBQ Chicken/Beef/Pork and the soap operas (Full House, Boys Over Flowers, Dae Jang Geum, etc). The contemporary Korean Culture is a family affair. The music for the kids, the soap operas for the adults, the food for everyone.

Yours Sincerely,
Reuel Eugene

Argentina FTW!

Hello all! I’m back from my Bintan trip and I am glad to say that I did not miss much of the FIFA World Cup action because it is being shown over at Indonesia on National Television for free! So, I could enjoy the football matches at the comfort of my villa. Anyway, I caught the 2nd half of the match where Argentina destroyed South Korea 4 -1, adding 2 more goals to their 1 goal lead.

Although Messi didn’t score any goals throughout despite coming that close to scoring one at the 91st minute, I must say I am totally rooting for this fella! Meanwhile, the 2 goals by Gonzalo Higuain was quite ‘tyco’. For the non-Singaporean visitors of my blog, the word ‘tyco’ is a Singaporean slang for lucky or by chance. It just so happened that the shots by Messi missed and the ball after the rebound from the upright found its way to Higuain, whom himself (with a confused and shocked look) kicked the ball into an entirely open net. But I must still give credit to him for being at the right place, at the right time! Haha!

I went back to review the own goal scored by Park Chu Young on youtube, and I must say, I feel for that Korean. I mean, there was no way he could have foretold his leg’s position would deflect the ball into the net. I am also rooting for Korea! But my apologies to any Korean here, I am a bigger Argentinian fan!

I also managed to catch the last 10 minutes of the match between Germany and Serbia. I’m at a loss for words by how Germany lost 1-0 to Serbia. Apparently, the whole German formation crumbled when their key striker, Miroslav Klose was sent off on the 36th minute. Serbia, capitalizing on that went in for the kill, sending the ball into the net at the 37th minute. The future of the Germans seem bleak unless they win the key match against Ghana if they hope to keep their World Cup dreams alive. Meanwhile Serbia, a relatively unknown team have shown the world that they are very determined to leave their mark in the World Cup 2010.

Following that, more upsets of the favorites as France takes an embarrassing 2-0 defeat with Mexico while favorites England continues to disappoint when they fails to break the Algerian defense, causing the match to head to a goalless draw.

How much longer would the goalless drought endure for the heavyweights? Only time will tell (not the girls scandal for goodness sake!) Meanwhile, I’m glad that Argentina got their act together! My guess is Argentina should be able to reach the Finals, or the Semi-Finals for least. Argentina FTW!

Yours Sincerely,
Reuel Eugene

South Korea’s own goal vid: