Golden Eye (기보배 Gi Bo Bae)

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Wow my first high profile photoshoot! I’ve always been a crazy fan of the Olympics, and this year’s was no exception. I was particularly annoyed the Korean TV showed very little international coverage, as only South Korean athletes were extensively highlighted. Boo. I wanted to cheer Team GB on, and I must admit I do get a little over patriotic and start shouting at the immobile telly without noticing.

I remember watching a particular Korean Archer who won 2 gold medals. Maybe it was the sports’ fashion (it’s that damn hat for sure) but it really did make the athletes look more older and mature. Gi Bo Bae (기보배) also had that powerful ‘aura’ which made me really nervous before even meeting her. I thought gold medal winners will be very proud, and walk around like a noble monarch.

However she was the complete opposite. Born in 1988 Gi Bo Bae has one of the most easy-going and down to Earth characters I’ve ever known. She was just a ‘normal’ Korean girl. She already broke the ice and tension for me when she took us to the interview room and playfully shouting ‘야!’ at fellow young students along the way. She is really an explosion of playfulness, and humbleness…which makes me want to say “OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU LET’S BE BEST FRIENDS!!!!!”

This was the moment as well where I am so greatful and relieved to have learnt enough Korean to engage in a conversation with her. We ended up talking about my home city, London. She said she wanted to live there (yes please! Let’s be best friends). Ok I sound like a stalker now *ahemm*

I think what really made me in awe was her future goal. I though every athlete’s dream was to win the gold medal and then they can retire happily. Clearly not. She said she wanted to study Special Education so that she can train disabled children to be Paralympians. Praise.

Read the full interview here!
More shots from the photoshoot on my facebook page here!

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It’s so FLUFFY!

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Who has seen ‘Despicable Me’?

[Haeundae Stories] 1…2…3….Kimchi!

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Let’s make beautiful memories together…

ShabuShabu

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Korean ShabuShabu is a light but filling meal and a perfect way to fight off the damn cold outside.  It is also a meal which enables you to be very practical as it uses your ‘hands’ abit more.

SO firstly you should have all your ingredients around the table including different types of vegetables, tofu, mandoo, and most importantly (if you’re a carnivore like me) a plate of thin beef slices.  Now chuck whatever you want in the soup stock which should be boiling at the centre above a hot stove.

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Now these wierd unedible looking, plastic, squared sheets are available in most ShabuShabu restaurants…but not all…. so i recommend you find the ones that do have them because they’re worth it.

Anyways…take a sheet and dip it in hot water…this makes them soften into flexible, soft, edible wraps.  Before they get too soft and clingy place them flat over your plate.

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First take a little bit of beef out from the broth and dip it into either 3 sauces…your choice…

The first sauce is the dark soy,chilli, and yolk sauce, and then we have the sweet chilli sauce and the peanut sauce.

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Place the beef on top of your wrap and start adding any vegebales you like.   Don’t overdo it though…unless you have a big mouth…

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Now start wrapping! DO not worry about whether the wrap will break down or not…it is surprisingly strong and sticky.

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You now have your very own hand made, state of the art, flavour intense-packed dumpling!

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NOW EAT EAT EAT EAT EAT!