Friday, February 28, 2014

Hoping to visit North Korea Someday ......and meet my Ajjassi his wife and daughter.

                Today, all of sudden in this middle of the night i.e. 1.15  min a.m I missed the Ajjassi or Mr. from North Korea .  Maybe because I decided to continue writing my blogs which I have been keeping myself away for quite long, and its all about Korea ... Korea and yes my country India and of course my home town Manipur.

How I have become so attached with the Ajjassi within a short span as I was assigned to help him as an interpreter her in Manipur regarding to give lesson Table Tennis course . How I was so curious to know more about that land . When I insist him to invite me when he reached his home country he used to deny saying " Do not come to my country " ... " No a right time "... but whenever we used to take him for outing of visiting other dignitaries he was adorned his batch of the then supremo Kim Jong il 's photo near his shirt pocket.

He used to treat me like his own daughter and within a short period our bonding became so strong. Before he leave my state he wanted to get suggestion from me what to buy and what not for his family. He was so determined not to disclosed anything about his land , and showed strong hatred of Capitalism yet he wanted to purchased Apple laptop for his only child daughter who is my age and received distinction in her class.

Along with this I would like to share this information I have come across from The Chosun Newspaper of South Korea,  N.Korean Defector's Book Recalls Grueling Ordeal .

North Korean defector Kim Eun-sun, now a senior at Sogang University in Seoul, fled her repressive home country to South Korea in 2006. Her story first gained international attention when she told her story to Sebastian Falletti, the Seoul correspondent for the French daily Le Figaro. Earlier this month, the Korean version of their book "Corée du Nord: 9 ans pour fuir l'enfer" was released here, and she hopes it helps people understand North Korean defectors better and remember where they came from.

The book tells the story of how, in 1997, aged only 11, Eun-sun came close to death from starvation. Her mother had to sell their furniture and even blankets to survive after her father died of malnutrition. When she ran out of things to sell, her mother decided to escape to China with Eun-sun and her older sister, thinking, "If we were to die like this, it'd be better to die trying to run away."

They risked their life to cross the Duman River to China, but their life there was no less horrible than the one they left behind in the North.

Kim, her mother and sister wandered in search of food, only to be sold to a man in Hunchun for just 2,000 yuan by human traffickers. Her mother gave birth to a baby boy there, but at least they didn't have to worry about starving to death.

Kim Eun-sun Kim Eun-sun

Kim vividly recalls the night they were caught by Chinese police and sent back to North Korea. A neighbor had reported them to the authorities for the reward money.

Kim says she still longed to return to her homeland while living with the Chinese man, but when she set foot on North Korean soil again, she was treated like "human scum." Her mother grew ill but was left untreated. Miraculously, the three women escaped again.

Her sister lived apart from Kim and her mother and went into hiding because she was afraid of being captured again. "We did all kinds of work to make money," Kim said. In 2006, Kim and her mother paid 20,000 yuan each to a broker to defect to South Korea. They had to work for four years to save up enough money to buy their trip to South Korea, where they eventually reunited with her sister.

In 2009, Kim started studying Chinese culture and psychology at Sogang University and now she is getting ready to find a job. Although successfully integrated into South Korean society, Kim says she will never forget her identity, which is why she decided to write about her life.

"I was worried that my brother in Hunchun might be affected, but I only hope that more people around the world become aware of the plight of North Korean defectors," she said.

Kim stresses that what she went through in North Korea and China was no different than what other defectors had to endure. "Defectors have almost no way of making others aware of what is going on in North Korea," she said. "I believe I tried to write what they want to tell the world."

Who doesn't love Shopping : Dongdaemun Market............. Never Sleeps


Nestled on the boundary between the central Jung and Jongno districts of downtown Seoul, Dongdaemun Market straddles a 585,700 sq.m area and is home to around 35,000 stores that employ some 150,000 people.

It used to be a wholesale clothing market catering to local customers, but now Dongdaemun Market has secured its place on the international fashion scene and is frequented by customers from around the world. A chief retailer with a committee overseeing the market said every year, more than 2.5 million foreigners visit Dongdaemun Market and generate more than US$3 billion in sales. Annual revenues total around W15 trillion (US$1=W1,068).

◆ Fashion and Textile Hub

The greatest strength of Dongdaemun Market is its "one-stop" system, where the entire process of designing, manufacturing and sales takes place in the same area.

Hong Woon-pyo, who sells women's clothes, comes to work at 9 a.m. and checks fabric samples and accessories presented by a designer. After that, the designer buys fabric and other materials to create a sample outfit and heads to the production line in another part of the area at around 2 p.m. The finished product is brought back by courier at around 7 p.m.

Big store owners in Dongdaemun employ three to four designers and introduce seven to eight new apparel lines every week. "These days, the trend is to come up with a wide range of clothes in small amounts for young consumers who tend to seek uniqueness and individuality," he said.

Dongdaemun-based brands constantly come out with new products, boosting production of popular lines and wasting no time scrapping unpopular ones.

Kwon Jong-yeol, CEO of Bangbang Apparel, which got its start at Dongdaemun Market in 1961, said, "The core competitiveness of Dongdaemun Market is to respond quickly to the needs of consumers by coming out with a wide variety of designs."

This system can be seen as the precursor to the popular fast-fashion brands such as Zara, Uniqlo and H&M. Those fast-fashion brands respond quickly to the needs of consumers, but they are no match for Dongdaemun fashion stores when it comes to speed.

Roh Jeong-ho at fashion retailer Shinsegae International, who got his start selling clothes in Dongdaemun Market, said, "Dongdaemun is the only place in the world where fashion design, production and sales all take place within a five to 10 km radius."

◆ No Longer Cheap Clothes

In the past, Dongdaemun brands were famously cheap. But these days, the top department stores invite Dongdaemun brands to set up shops inside their stores, while foreign buyers favor them for their superior quality with relatively low prices.

This was possible by maintaining speedy production procedures while improving quality. One designer who runs a men's brand, said, "We are targeting high-end fashion clients who prefer clothes that are different to standardized products made by large fashion houses."


How the Korean New Year Traditions Differ from other Neighbouring Countries


Korea, China and Japan share some traditions, but each has also each developed its own distinctive traditions for the Lunar New Year.

People in Korea and China prepare food for an ancestral memorial service, and uniquely in Korea children perform a ceremonial bow to their elders and often get a cash gift in return.

Koreans also celebrate the day by sharing a meal of tteokguk or rice cake soup with their family. Pheasants were once thought best ingredient to make the soup, but since they are hard to get hold of, many had to use chicken instead. These days, poultry has been replaced by beef.

Seasonal customs include making bokjori or rice strainers, or flying a kite, and a board game played by tossing four sticks (yut-nori). Bokjori are believed to bring prosperity while driving away evil spirits if hung at an entrance of the house when the New Year starts.

In China, the Lunar New Year is officially a weeklong holiday, but some firms allow their employees to have 15 to 30 days off so as they can visit their ancestral hometowns, which can take days to reach.

Like Koreans, Chinese also pay homage to their ancestors and exchange the New Year's greetings. Red envelopes with money are given to children because the color is thought to bring good fortune.

Also, families gather to make dumplings and insert a coin in some of them. It is said that those who find a coin in their dumpling will make big money in the new year.

Japan is different from its two neighboring countries as it observes the solar New Year. Only Jan. 1 is an official holiday but most firms extend it to three days. On the first day of the new year, the Japanese visit a shrine in their neighborhood to make a new year's wish.

They also celebrate the day with a soup with rice cake and other ingredients.

Finally Wait is Over : Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5 Smartphone


Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, in Barcelona on Monday, the first day of the Mobile World Congress.

The phone has a 5.1-inch screen, which is slightly larger than the previous model's 4.99 inches, but they have the same weight and thickness.

The S5, however, upgrades the hardware significantly. The most distinctive feature is a 16 megapixel auto-focusing camera. It also comes with a heartbeat sensor and fingerprint scanner.

Critics said the smartphone innovations have peaked, and there is little left that can be added to the repertoire. As the hardware capacities of rivals Apple, LG, Sony and Huawei improve, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Samsung to stay ahead of the game.

Cho Shin at Yonsei University said although Samsung has managed to stay ahead of its rivals with the release of each Galaxy S series, the gap is narrowing. "Perhaps the limit is approaching."

Instead, Samsung chose to bolster user-friendly functions, prompting the Wall Street Journal to observe that the firm went "back to basics."

Samsung also unveiled three new smartwatches -- Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The Gear Fit is capable of gauging users' heart rate, as well as the amount of exercise gained by walking, running and bicycling. The wearable devices feature curved screens to enhance comfort.

One industry watcher said, "It shouldn't be too difficult to sell tens of millions [of the wearable smart devices], since they are follow-up models of the Galaxy S series, which racked up sales of more than 200 million units. We'll have to wait and see whether hardware innovations alone can guarantee the No. 1 global spot."

Samsung plans to start selling the Galaxy S5 in 150 countries on April 11. Competition will heat up with the release of Apple's new iPhone in the second half of this year.


Exhibition on sexual slavery victims opens Saturday

By Kim Se-jeong/ The Korea Times

A special exhibition on the Korean victims of Japanese sexual slavery during World War II will open at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul, Saturday.

Highly publicized comic illustrations that were presented at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France in January will be part of the display.

“I am glad these works are for public viewing. I hope that people will remember history by learning more about what happened to these women,” said Cho Yoon-seon, the minister for gender equality and family.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is a co-organizer of the exhibition, which will run until April 13.

Visitors will also be able to see booklets listing the names of those forced into sexual slavery in China, a diary written by a Japanese administrator and a collection of court testimonies by the victims.

This collection is a timely reminder of a tragic part of history which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Japanese right-wing politicians are trying to deny.

Abe has reportedly said that Japan forcibly mobilizing women from neighboring countries for sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers during WWII was a groundless claim.

This angers many in South Korea, including the government which has been campaigning vigorously to raise awareness about the issue internationally. The festival in France was hailed as a triumph, having deterred Japan’s attempt to cancel the presentation of more than 20 comics and videos depicting the suffering of the victims.

The campaign is likely to continue this year.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family has doubled its annual budget allocation for this issue this year.

The opening ceremony for the exhibition will start at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Samsung to Supply Smartphone Equipment to Vodafone


Samsung has signed a deal to supply smartphone equipment to Vodafone of the U.K., the company said Thursday. The two companies have yet to discuss specific details of coverage ranges and services.

The contract involves fourth-generation LTE handsets as well as 3G and GSM devices. Samsung was chosen as one of Vodafone's network and equipment suppliers for a project worth US$1.11 million to upgrade mobile communications infrastructure there

Saturday, February 15, 2014

LG Unveils their latest Smartphone


LG unveiled its latest flagship smartphone at a media event in Seoul on Thursday. The G Pro 2 is a larger version of the original G Pro and will hit stores in Korea next week.

It features a 5.9-inch screen, slightly bigger than the previous model's 5.5 inches. LG increased the screen size by slimming the bezel to just 3 mm.

LG said the gadget offers improved security. It also comes with a 13- megapixel camera and one-watt-level speaker, the most powerful among smartphones manufactured here.

LG hopes to consolidate its No. 3 position in the market after Samsung and Apple but faces growing competition from Lenovo of China, which recently bought Motorola from Google.