The K-Pop Dance Cover Competition 2016 is Back!

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Hi guys!

Great news coming up for the K-Pop Dancers in Indonesia!

Korea Festival 2016 akan kembali hadir bagi kalian para penggemar Korea di Indonesia.  Dan ada kabar gembira bagi kalian yang suka dance dan sering membuat dance cover para artis-artis K-Pop!

Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) Jakarta dengan bangga kembali mengadakan kompetisi K-Pop Cover Dance 2016. Cara mengikutinya cukup mudah:

  1. Upload video dance cover kamu ke Youtube.
  2. Kirim link video Youtube tersebut ke email dengan menyertakan perkenalan singkat mengenai tim kalian dan sebutkan juga alasan kalian menyukai K-Pop dan Korea.
  3. Selanjutnya, KTO akan memilih 4 tim terbaik yang akan maju ke babak final
  4. Babak final akan digelar pada Korea Festival Spring & Summer 2016 pada tanggal 8-10 April di Lotte Shopping Avenue
  5. Untuk informasi detail bisa kunjungi website resmi KTO di atau Facebook Page KTO Jakarta (Korea Tourism Organization Indonesia)

Jadi tunggu apa lagi? Salurkan kecintaan kamu terhadap K-Pop dan menangkan hadiah jutaan rupiah! Siapa tau, suatu saat nanti kalian bisa dance sekeren EXO atau artis-artis K-Pop lainnya kkkk~


The Journal of a Royal Palace Global Supporter: DAY ONE!



Hi guys! So recently there was an announcement from the Cham Education and Culture Organization that they were looking for 120 volunteers for the festival that are going to be held in the Royal Palaces. They needed 100 foreigners and 20 Koreans (and there was no requirement of Korean fluency!!), so I decided to apply for it! The application process was conducted online-we just needed to fill in our information and wrote a short essay on why we wanted to be a volunteer there.

A week after, I was called in for an interview. The interview was conducted in Korea House, located just 10m away from Exit #3 at Chungmuro Station of Subway Lines #3 and #4. When I got there, there were already many people waiting to be called in. The interview was a Mass Interview, where 3 people as the interviewer interviewed 10 interviewees. We only had 10 minutes inside and it was so nerve-wracking (at least for me, haha). The interviewers had our application forms printed out and were placed on their desks, so they could immediately “mark” our papers during the interview.

There were only 3 questions asked, and we need to immediately answer that question based on the order of our seats. I sat on the edge of the line, so I was either the first one to answer or almost the last one. The time to think was roughly 2 seconds after the questions were asked, so I didn’t have enough time to think and just blurted anything that came in mind.

The interviewers said that the announcement would be sent out the next day, but surprise!- the announcement was sent out on the same day! I was so happy to receive an email from them that stated that I am selected! Yeay!

Our orientation day was on Saturday, 18th April 2015. We need to gather at GyeongBokGung Palace from 10 am to 5 pm. As an introvert person, I was always nervous in terms of meeting a large group of new people like this 😦

my name tag!

my name tag!

I arrived at the GyeongBokGung area and yes, there were a lot of people there. We checked our attendance and were given a name tag! (I was wondering why the others had their full name written on the name tag as I only had my middle name written on it but,-never mind!)

The CEO of Cham E&C!

The CEO of Cham E&C!

The orientation began, and Mr. YoungTae Ha- the CEO of Cham Education and Culture started to explain about how this program worked. He explained that this program has 4 core values which are: Fun (재미)- Make fun memories at Palace; Learn (배우)- Learn about Korean History and Culture; Friendship (우정)- Be friends with people from around the world; Pride (자부심)- Have pride as we are the ambassadors of Korea. Volunteers will be introduced to the history and culture of Korean, in particular the Joseon dynasty and court life. We will receive a lot of lectures about history and culture to promote the knowledge on the role of courtiers, court etiquette, and their responsibilites. Hope I can survive through the whole program! lol

We will be a volunteer for approximately 2 weeks and the schedule was so packed yet fun! We were also divided into 8 teams, and I am team 8.

Team 8 with Mr.Ha!

Team 8 with Mr.Ha!

After the orientation, we gathered with our groups and started to introduce ourselves. My team members are from Korea, Australia, Russia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, India, and of course Indonesia-which is me! We had a group mission which was touring around the National Palace and select one artifact that we considered the most attractive and take a picture in front of it.  And after it, we had a nice lunch together! 잘 먹었습니다!

Team 8's lunch!

Team 8’s lunch!

After lunch, all of us gathered again in the main hall to learn….FLASHMOB! Flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, before quickly dispersing. They are often used for the purposes of entertainment, satire or artistic expression. For us, we are going to have a massive dance altogether at the Korean Palace. We practiced the dance for almost 3 hours and it was so tiring yet fun!

Dancing practice!

Dancing practice!


The day quickly ended, and we were given a short briefing on our next schedule, which is tomorrow! Can’t wait to see what we will do tomorrow J

-And as a volunteer, we need to share and spread our experiences through social media so I decided to make a journal of this program!-

Seoul, 24th April 2015

Ivana Monica



It’s been almost 2 months since I moved here to Korea and I have to say: Kakao Talk is really the “it” thing here! In case you don’t know, Kakao Talk is a messenger/chatting application (just like LINE, whatsapp, or WeChat) that is mostly used by Koreans. Back in Indonesia, I don’t think Kakao Talk is that popular because we use LINE or Whatsapp application but here, almost everyone has Kakao Talk. it’s normal for people to ask you “Hey, can I have your KaTalk ID?” instead of asking for phone number so if you are going to live in Korea, you better download that application right away!

Just like how the LINE application has their famous characters such as Brown, Cony, Sally and Moon; Kakao Talk also has their own version of characters which are Neo, Frodo, Muzi, Jay-G, and the super cute peach lol (I don’t know what’s his name). These characters are so popular that even many advertisements use them as their marketing mascot hahaha.



As an avid fan of the KAKAO friends, I decided to visit their official store at COEX Mall. COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping center in Asia. It is located in the basement of the Korea World Trade Center, located in Samseong-dong in the Gangnam-gu area of Seoul. The colossal shopping center stretches from Samseong station (subway line 2) in the south all the way to Bongeunsa temple in the north, and is considered to be the best shopping and entertainment complex in the area.



Enter the mall, find an elevator and go down to Basement 1. You would see the super yellow Kakao Talk Store!

my favorite peach!!

my favorite peach!!

Once you walk into the store, you could see a line up of Kakao Friends’ statues that you could take a photo with. And on the right side, there are a lot of Kakao Talk merchandises such as hats, mugs, notebooks, pillows, phone cases, and even candies! But because this is an official store, of course the prices are not cheap so don’t be surprised if a candy could cost around 2000 Won!




cute (but pricey) miniatures!

cute (but pricey) miniatures!

Apeach here, Apeach there <3

Apeach here, Apeach there ❤

After going around the shop and taking pictures here and there, I decided to buy the cheapest  cutest thing in the store!


The plastic bag is soooooo cute! I promise I won’t throw it away or accidentally make it into a trash bag lol

(again) my peach folder <3

(again) my peach folder ❤

I bought a super cute Peachie folder! It’s only 1000 won and is useful for students like me! Definitely will bring that to school and brag it to my friends hahahaha

So if you are in Seoul, do visit this KAKAO Store in COEX Mall!

Best regards,


Spring Destination: Seeing the Beautiful Moonlight Fountain Show at Han River!


Although the cold weather still lingers around us, but the spirit of Spring season is already here! It’s nice to see how the flowers and trees start to bloom and people start to walk outside and enjoy the view, including me! As the cherry blossoms are already everywhere, I wanted to play outside and enjoy the sceneries. I decided to go to Han River to see the Moonlight Rainbow Show!


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Banpo Bridge is a two-tiered bridge over the Han River that features the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world’s longest bridge fountain recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records with 380 water jets and a dazzling array of multi-colored lights. Banpo Bridge divides the Han River connecting the districts of Seocho and Yongsan. Construction on the double decker bridge was completed in 1982.

The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain’s water jets are dynamic and can move in time to music creating spectacular ever-changing displays. During the day, the fountain shows a hundred different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches and willow leaves. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it sends up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music. Add to that the hundreds of rainbow-colored lighting combinations when night falls, and it is easy to see why Banpo Bridge is so popular among tourists.



The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain operates from April to October every year, however the schedule of the fountain shows varies from month to month. In addition, Banpo Hangang Park hosts the “Moonlight Square Cultural Weekend” event every Saturday from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. from May to October, featuring a variety of musical styles including classical music with commentary, acappella, popera, jazz, brass bands and orchestras.

How to get there: Walk out of exit 8-1 at Express Bus Terminal Subway Station (Lines 3 & 7). Walk straight 300 meters then cross large intersection (under overpass). Turn right then walk 600m to entrance of Hangang Park.

April, May & June Schedule

• Weekday ⇒ 12:00, 20:00, 21:00
• Weekend ⇒ 12:00, 17:00, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30

July & August Schedule

• Weekday ⇒ 12:00, 20:00, 21:00
• Weekend ⇒ 12:00, 17:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30

September & October Schedule

• Weekday ⇒ 12:00, 20:00, 21:00
• Weekend ⇒ 12:00, 17:00, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30

credit: KTO

credit: KTO

Around the bridge, there is a big and beautiful park where you could ride bicycles, exercise, or just have a picnic with your beloved ones.  There are cafes and restaurants too near the park, but they charge higher price compared to the regular ones we usually found in streets.

However, if you come during these days (April or October) the weather could get pretty cold at night (and the wind is so strong around the bridge) so please bring outers such as jackets or cardigans to keep you warm while watching the beautiful Banpo Bridge!

Best regards,


Launching Buku “Menggapai Asa di Korea” di KBRI Seoul

credit: koreanmate

credit: koreanmate

Hari Sabtu tanggal 14 Maret 2015 lalu,bertempat di Ruang Serbaguna KBRI Seoul,- Perpika (Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia di Korea) bekerja sama dengan KBRI Seoul, Senior Public Diplomacy Group-Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea (SPDG-MOFA) serta INAKOS (International Association of Korean Studies in Indonesia) mengadakan peluncuran buku “PERPIKA untuk Indonesia” yang pada edisi perdana ini berjudul Menggapai Asa ke Korea. Buku ini berkisah tentang berbagai cerita kehidupan pelajar Indonesia di Korea Selatan. Peluncuran buku dihadir oleh Duta Besar RI, Bapak John A. Prasetio, perwakilan dari Senior Public Diplomacy Group, MoFA yang dipimpin oleh Bapak Choi Ha-kyung, Prof. Yang Seung Yoon dari Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Staf KBRI Seoul, Pengurus Perpika, para penulis buku dan mahasiswa Indonesia lainnya.

Dalam sambutannya Dubes RI menyatakan bahwa buku ini merupakan cerminan perjuangan pelajar Indonesia di Korea, terutama bagi pekerja Indonesia yang juga tergabung dalam Univeritas Terbuka Korea. Perjuangan mereka memang tidak mudah, karena selain bekerja juga harus menempuh pendidikan di Universitas Terbuka. Beliau juga mengutip alur film Korea berjudul “Ode to My Father” yang menceritakan seorang anak yang berjuang dalam hidupnya untuk menjadi sukses dengan membawa pesan-pesan dari ayahnya.

credit: koreanmate

credit: koreanmate

Presiden Senior Public Diplomacy Group, MoFA, Bapak Choi Ha-kyung menyatakan kebanggannya atas terbitnya buku ini dan diharapkan dapat menjadi bahan acuan bagi pelajar-pelajar lainnya. Ia juga mengatakan bahwa kian hari makin banyak orang Korea yang mengenal dan tertarik dengan Indonesia. Memang,selain anggota PERPIKA, pada malam itu hadir juga mahasiswa-mahasiswa Korea yang belajar sastra Melayu-Indonesia di HUFS (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies).

Buku ini merupakan wadah sejumlah 23 anak bangsa dalam menuangkan pengalaman belajar dan berkarya mereka di Korea. Dari semua penulis itu, sebagian besar adalah mahasiswa Indonesia yang tengah menempuh ilmu di berbagai universitas di Korea. Sementara itu, 5 orang di antaranya adalah para pekerja migran Indonesia yang juga menyandang status sebagai mahasiswa Universitas Terbuka Indonesia di Korea (UT Korea) ditambah 2 orang yang merupakan mantan tenaga migran Indonesia. Buku ini merupakan hasil kerja keras dari Kementrian Akademik dan Riset yang dipunggawai oleh Adam F. Nugraha, Suray A. Nugroho, Riezqa Andika, Theresia Ratih, Yus Chaniago, Anne Soraya, dan Fardhila Rochman.


Buku Menggapai Asa di Korea ini penuh inspirasi karena penulisnya menceritakan perjuangan mereka mendapatkan beasiswa/ pekerjaan di Korea secara lugas dan jujur. Mereka menyemangati para adik-adik kelas atau siapapun yang ingin ke Korea untuk percaya bahwa dengan semangat dan kerja keras, semuanya tidak mustahil untuk diraih. Buku ini juga mengulik adanya perbedaan budaya antara Indonesia dengan Korea yang harus dijembatani oleh para pelajar Indonesia di Korea.


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One of the problems that we (as foreigners) have when travelling to Korea is that it is not that easy to buy a SIM-card here. Unlike Indonesia,-who has so many providers like XL or Simpati,- Korea only has a few providers to choose from . In Korea, there are three mobile telecommunications service providers: KT, SKT, and LG U+. These providers operate authorized service centers and phone retail stores called 공식 인증 대리점 (gongsik injeung daerijeom), where you can subscribe to a phone service and purchase a mobile phone. An authorized store should carry the logo of its parent company (and not others), as well as a sign that says “공식 인증 대리점.”

Mobile phone subscriptions require proper identification and proof of residency. Usually, a valid passport and an alien registration card suffice as documents for review by the service providers. The Status of Stay, shown on every alien registration card, determines the eligibility for subscription to either pre- or post-payment plan. Some foreigners may not be eligible to subscribe to the post-payment plan. If you subscribe to a pre-payment plan, you must either have your own mobile phone or purchase a new one.

These three main providers have the largest area of Wi-Fi connections including in subways and roads.

However, if you are only travelling or staying in Korea for less than 6 months, then it would be so difficult for you to get a SIM-Card. They usually charge a very high price if you don’t stay that long. The other options would be renting a phone (which would also cost a lot but easier than buying a SIM card) or buying a Wi-Fi egg (if you go in groups).

As I would only live in Korea for 5 months, then it would be so expensive if I need to buy or rent a phone here; but in the other hand  it would be difficult for me to connect with my family and friends if I don’t have any SIM-Card. However worry no more, because there is a new Pre-Paid SIM card called the EG (Ever Green) Sim Card in Korea!! *celebration time*


To find out more about EG SIM card, you can visit their official website : and click the “ENGLISH” button if you don’t understand Korean!

With EG SIM card, you can enjoy:

  • Both voice and data with your own phone at affordable prices
  • Access to internet anywhere in Korea using Korea’s best quality mobile network
  • Various ways to recharge – through homepage, smart phone application and local convenient stores

EG Sim Card is perfect for:

  • Tourists with smartphone who need or want internet access anytime & anywhere regardless of Wi-Fi hotspot availability
  • Foreigners who live temporarily in South Korea

There are two ways to buy this simcard : Via online and offline. If you want to buy it via online, then you could simply go to and follow the instructions!

I got a brochure about this new sim card and was totally interested in buying it so I decided to visit their offices. Rather than buying it online, I chose to buy offline so I visited the Mobile Agency in Myeong Dong Area. It is near the China Embassy.

EG Mobile agency (Myeongdong)

34, Myeongdong 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-011

OPEN 10:00 ~ 18:30 , Monday~Sunday

(Please be aware that you must be in Korea for 5 days before you could buy a sim card via offline).

EG Mobile Agency in Myeongdong

EG Mobile Agency in Myeongdong

The office is quite small but comfortable. There were two women sitting there who speak fluent Korean,English,Japanese and Chinese- so you do not need to worry about communication!

Make sure to bring your passport or Alien Registration Card with you because they need it for registration. You could also choose the 4 number digits for your new phone number! After they explain about the data usage and charges, you need to wait for 20 minutes for the sim card to be activated. There is a coffee shop downstairs so you could go and relax yourself there!

After 20 minutes, your sim card is now ready to use! The price is 30,000 won but it already includes a 40,000 won balance that you can use for internet, calling, messaging and others. Please be aware about the validity (Expiry date) of your data package! If the expiry date passes, you cannot use the service anymore. If the balance is empty, the service is also no longer valid. So please be careful to top-up your balance before the expiry date!

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You can top-up as much money as you want before the expiry date. The balance must be only recharged per 10,000 won. There are three ways to top-up your balance :

  1. Payment by Credit card (VISA/MASTER/JCB/AMEX)

Just click the EG SIM Card application in your phone-Top Up menu- Top Up for Voice-Payment option- credit card

  1. Payment by Bank Credit Transfer

Hana Bank 190-910331-19907 (but I don’t recommend this way because it’s too complicated)

  1. PAYMENT BY CASH!! *the easiest*

Just go to the MyeongDong Mobile Agency office and buy it there!

I’ve been using it for a week now and I must say that EG-Sim Card works very well! Before, I need to go to coffee shops, Cafes, or big malls just to get wi-fi and contact my family/friends but now I could chat online or browse the internet anywhere anytime, even inside the subway trains (that is like 3 levels underground LOL)

Wishing you a safe and fun experience during your trip/stay in Korea!

Best regards,


March 2nd: The Spring Semester Begins!

Chalkboard with words "back to school"


So I had arrived in Korea for 4 days and now I am currently living in Seoul, South Korea. In Korea, there are two academic semesters each year which are the Fall Semester and Spring Semester. Most Korean universities admit new students twice a year. For Spring semester starting in March applications are usually opened from September 1 to November 30. For Fall semester starting in September applications are opened from April 1 to June 31. Each semester is about 4 months. Vacations are in Summer and Winter, with each vacation each spanning about 2 months. There are also summer and winter classes, and many Korean universities offer Korean Language Courses in summer and winter for international students.

The interesting thing is, unlike in Indonesia, almost all universities start their semester in the exact same day. Today is March 2nd and guess what…it’s the first day of Spring Semester! For the past few days, I always see Korean students in streets, subways and buses bringing small bags to go hang out with their friends. Late at night, they will still be seen in the streets and clubs, playing until midnight or maybe dawn.

But as today is the first day of spring semester, the view changes. Since 8 am in the morning, the subways-buses-and streets are filled with Korean students bringing their laptop and backpacks walking to their own universities, including my university: KyungHee university. Usually, the dorm is still quiet in 9-10 am in the morning as everyone is still sleeping. But today, the dorm is so busy and crowded with students being fully dressed since 8 am in the morning! It’s crazy how they really wake up early to eat breakfast, shower, get make up and dressed nicely to go to the class. They really don’t want to be late at their classes.

Yes, one of the important things in the university life here is your attendance. The attendance is counted as a percentage of your final grade and you must have a minimum of 70% full attendance to be able to join the final exams. If you miss the class more than 30%, then you will be given an “F” grade. So basically, being absent can make you fail immediately. I don’t know how all universities in Indonesia is working but at least in my university in Indonesia, your attendance does not affect your grade. You have a “maximum absence” for each course, depending on the credits. And those attendance only determines whether you are able to take the final exam or not.

During lunch, almost all book stores, libraries and study rooms are occupied with students. I personally think that Koreans really prioritize their study. One of the most common grading system here is called a “relative grading” which means that your grade is affected by the class proportion. For example, only 20% of the class could get an A. The rest got a B, C and D. So that is the reason why everyone seems eager to study. It’s because the competition level among each students are really high here.


spring semester starts!!


wearing full gear lol

As for the weather information, it is still really cold here in Seoul. In the morning and night, the temperature could drop to below zero. Sometimes it reaches -7 degree celcius so it is really cold here. Everyone is still wearing jackets and long pants. As for me, who came from a tropical country like Indonesia, wears layers of clothes, gloves, and masks on. Yep.

So wish me luck for the Spring Semester!


Best regards,