10 Popular Korean Mukbang YouTubers

Here is a list of 11 popular Korean Mukbang YouTubers with the distinctive traits that define their channels!

1. Zach Choi ASMR

-Known as “Zach Choi”

-Doesn’t speak much

-Calm and quiet eating

-Occasional collaboration videos e.g. with Stephanie Soo

2. 나도Nado

-Went viral because of the first video featuring her eating hotdogs

-Well-loved for being an adorable eater

3. 입짧은햇님

-One of the mukbang YouTubers with the best reputations in Korea

-Funny, open-minded and friendly personality

4. tzuyang쯔양

-Known for being able to eat ridiculously large amounts of food

-TMI: the size of her stomach is not much different from the average stomach size of ordinary people

5. [Dorothy]도로시

-Eats extremely spicy food without batting an eye

-Known for her large portions

6. 여수언니정혜영[Yeosu Unnie]

-Videos with casual and laid-back vibe that really make subscribers feel they’re just chatting and eating with a friend

7. HONG SOUND

-Known to be one of the YouTubers who were not involved in the controversial scandals of undeclared paid ads (with many of these YouTubers on this list as well)

-Occasionally features his adorable daughter in his videos

-Known for his friendly and humorous personality

8. YAMMoo

-Known for the life-sized food items (made by him) featured in his videos

9. 산적TV 밥굽남

-Known for his unique concept of a hunter who’s grilling meat fresh from the wild

10. 쏘영 Ssoyoung

-Also an actress

-Known for her bubbly, light-hearted personality

-Known for her hilarious and suspenseful seafood videos

Mount Jiri (2021)- Hiking culture in Korea

The queen is back! Jun Ji Hyun is starring in drama “Mount Jiri” alongside Ju Ji Hoon! The script of this mystery drama is written by none other than Kim Eun Hee, who wrote numerous hits like “Signal”, “Kingdom” and “Phantom”.

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Other familiar stars like Go Min Si,

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Photo Credits Actress Go Min Si

Oh Jeong Se,

Sung Dong Ill, and more, are part of the cast as well.

Jun Ji Hyun will act as Seo Yi Gang, who is a ranger at Mount Jiri that knows everything about the mountain. Ju Ji Hoon will act as Kang Hyun Jo, an ex-army captain who works as a rookie ranger at Jiri Mountain National Park.

As we wait for this to-be-hit drama, let’s take a look at Jirisan and hiking culture in South Korea!

Jirisan

“Jiri” is the name and “san” means “mountain”. This mountain, “Jirisan”, is the second-tallest mountain in South Korea after Jeju Island’s Hallasan, standing tall at 1915 meters in Jirisan National Park. The park itself is the largest in the nation, stretching across three provinces- North & South Jeollado as well as South Gyeongsangdo.

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Photo credits. A photograph of Jirisan

The mountain is also famous for housing seven major Buddhist temples, including the most famous Hwaeomsa temple, as well as various stone artworks from 600-900 CE which were designated as national treasures.

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Photo credits. A photograph of “Hwaeomsa” temple

Jirisan is visited by nearly 300 thousand people every year, with many choosing to visit it during summer and autumn, as the two seasons are most apt for sight seeing and safe hiking. It is also known for the ten sceneries- “Sunrise from Cheongwang-bong peak”, “Chilseon Valley”, “Royal Azalea Blossoming”, “Buril waterfall”, “Full moon at Byukso-ryung”, “Piagol Autumn Leaves”, “Nogodan Sea of Clouds”, “Yeonha Sunkyung”, “Banyabong’s Nakjo” and “Seomjincheongryu”.

It is also the habitat of over 1500 types of plants, which is a number only behind Mount Halla, also known as “Hallasan”.

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Photo credits. A photograph of Hallasan

Hiking culture in South Korea

Hiking/mountaineering is called “deung-san” in Korean, which literally just means “to climb a mountain”. It’s a pretty widely loved sport and hobby in Korea among people of all ages.

As much as deung-san is loved, deung-san bok, or hiking wear, is also very popular in Korea, as you can see from the year-long deungsan-bok advertisements and commercials on billboards and TV.

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This addictive hiking wear ad featuring Gong Hyo Jin and Ryu Jun Ryeol

Especially on weekends and over long holidays, it’s easy to see people in Korea clad in deungsan-bok and sporting backpacks, some holding deungsan sticks, climbing mountains all over the nation. Some hike solo, some with friends or family, and some with complete strangers from the same deung-san club, chatting about life and sharing snacks.

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Photo credits. Park Bo Gum in deungsan-bok with a deungsan stick

Deungsan backpacks are often filled with snacks like these:

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Yang-gaeng, which are snacks usually made of red bean paste, agar and sugar.
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Photo credits. Misugaru (or: “misu” powder), which is often dissolved in water for drinking. The power is high in protein and consists of ingredients like white and brown rice, barley, alda beans, corn, black rice, white bean, millet and sesame seeds.
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Photo Credits Chocolate. Photograph of “Ghana” chocolate sold by Lotte
Cherry tomatoes. Photo by monicore on Pexels.com
We love snacking on steamed corns! Photo by Adonyi Gu00e1bor on Pexels.com
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Sweet, sweet, sweet potatoes!
We love our mandarin oranges even more in the winter! Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
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Many people choose to pack light meals to eat at the top of the mountain, and of course, we Koreans go for kimbab. Nothing in the world tastes better than ice water and kimbab after a long climb!

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Photo Credits. Kimbab of course!

Often after a long deung-san, we go to the “mok-yok-tang”, the Korean bathhouse. In a bathhouse, we take showers first, then immerse ourselves into the hot, steaming baths with our fellow bathhouse visitors.

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Photo credits. A scene from drama “Life on mars” where the two male characters are in “mok-yok-tang”, or, the korean bathhouse

Then we head to the “jjim-jil-bang”, the sauna house, which is often just upstairs/downstairs or connected to the bathhouse. There, we first don the comfy jjim-jil-bang clothes and put on a “yang-meo-ri” (literally meaning “sheep head”) using a towel.

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Photo Credits. Blackpink members in a “jjim-jil-bang”, aka the sauna house.
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Photo Credits. Drama “What happens to my family?” (2014)

At the sauna, we relax and lie down on the heated wooden floors or on the mats, watch TV, chat, and of course, eat 1-2 (or more of) “jjim-jil-bang eggs”, which are known as “Korean Sauna Style Eggs”. Check out this post on “My Korean Kitchen” for a look at how to make these heavenly eggs!

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Of course, these eggs have to go with a “sik-hae”, a sweet, icy traditional Korean beverage made of cooked rice.

Such a trip to the bathhouse and sauna, and then return home, completes the journey of a deung-san! Writing this post really makes me miss Korea- when covid’s really over, I’m looking forward to the day of going on a hike, and taking a trip to jjim-jil-bang and mok-yok-tang!

Drama “Official Blind Date” (2021)- How do blind dates work in Korea?

Actress Kim Se Jeong and actor An Hyeo Seob are set to star in romantic comedy drama “Official Blind Date” (literal title) based on a 2018 webtoon of the same name!

Photo credits, Credits to illustrator

Kim Se Jong will act as Shin Ha Ri, an ordinary office employee who by chance ends up in a blind date with her company’s CEO, Kang Tae Moo.

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Photo Credits Drama “The Uncanny Encounter” (2020)
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Photo credits Drama “School 2017” (2017)

An Hyeo Seob will act as Kang Tae Moo, the male lead.

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Drama “Abyss” (2019)
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인터뷰] '낭만닥터 김사부2'의 안효섭
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As we wait for this much-anticipated drama, let’s take a look at how “blind dates” in Korea work! 🙂

Blind Dates

Blind dates are called “Sogae ting” in Korean, with “Sogae” meaning “to introduce”. It’s a portmanteau of hanja “Sogae” and the English word “meeting”, referring to a 1:1 blind date between a man and a woman.

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Photo Credits Actor Choi Daniel and actress Han Ye Seul

Blind dates in Korea are quite common and usually happen on the basis of people introducing two of their friends/acquaintances to each other. The two people involved in a blind date usually go to a diner and have a chat over a meal. If both of them are interested in finding more about the other, they set a date for an “after”, aka, a second date, which could lead to a third, fourth, and perhaps even an “official” romantic relationship between them.

Unfortunately, the possibility of success in a so gae ting is quite low. According to a survey conducted in South Korea, the chance of a so gae ting leading to an “after” was about 4 out of 10 on average. This is why the general advice is to go for a so gae ting without much expectation and treat it like an opportunity to simply have a meal with a person who could even become just a good friend or an acquaintance.

More recently, the terms “yuh so” and “nam so” have come about as well. “yuh” of “yuh so” refers to “woman”, and “nam” of “nam so” refers to “man”. The “so” is the first word of “sogae ting”, so you guessed it- yuh so and nam so respectively refer to introducing a friend/acquaintance to a woman/man.

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University students in Korea often opt for “gwa ting” as well. “Gwa” refers to one’s university faculty, and “ting” is from the English word “meeting”. gwa ting is a university version of sogae ting and quite often involves at least 2 pairs of men and women.

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Photo Credits A scene of so gae ting in drama “Go back Couple” (2017), where about 5 pairs of male and female students from the same faculty meet up in a diner
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Photo Credits. A scene of so tae ting in drama “Reply 1994” (2013) involving two pairs of male and female students
A hilarious example of a blind date on the show “Because I want to talk”, an episode featuring Jang Do Yeon, Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook

When Flowers Bloom, Think Of The Moon (2021) Historical Context

Actor Yoo Seung Ho and actress Hyeri are set to star in KBS historical drama “When flowers bloom, think of the moon” (literal translation) in the second half of 2021, hurrayy!

Yoo Seung Ho will act as Nam Young, a supervisory officer of firm principles with good looks. Hyeri will act as Kang Ro Seo, who sells alcohol to pay off her family’s debts.

We all know how Yoo Seung Ho’s visuals shine in saguek (historical dramas)-

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Photo Credits Drama “Warrior Baek Dong-soo” (2011)
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Photo Credits Drama “The Emperor: Owner of the Mask” (2017)
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Photo Credits Movie “The Magician” (2015)
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and Hyeri has shown developments in various dramas & tried her first saguek movie “Monstrum” as well.

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Photo Credits Drama “Reply 1998” (2015)
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Photo Credits Drama “Miss Lee” (2019)
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Photo Credits Historical movie “Monstrum” (2018)
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Photo credits Drama “Two Cops” (2017)

The drama is set in the backdrop of a period in Joseon when there was prohibition of alcohol- an interesting period of Joseon that has never been a significant part of a plot of a K-drama/movie. Before we enjoy this new drama in the second half of 2021, let’s take a look at the historical backdrop of this drama! 🙂

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Alcohol Prohibition in Joseon

Alcohol ban was called “Geum Joo Ryung”, referring to a law in the Joseon era that prohibited people from drinking alcohol when the country was going through major draught or natural disasters that made harvest difficult.

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In this ancient period, difficulties of the nation like draughts and natural disasters were considered to be signs of gods’ anger. To appease the gods’ anger and cut down on unnecessary costs, a ban on alcohol was imposed. Even during rites in the royal palace, tea, instead of alcohol, was used.

South Korean Drinking Culture
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Alcohol consumption was allowed in certain exceptional cases, such as when foreign ambassadors visited the royal palace and during weddings or ancestral rites of the commoners. The ban also did not apply strictly to poor commoners whose livelihood depended on selling alcohol.

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Photo Credits. A painting depicting “ancestral rites”

Due to all these exceptions and the practical difficulty of imposing a ban, “Geum Joo Ryung” was carried out less like a ban and more like a nation-wide effort of refraining from excessive alcohol consumption.

My 7 Favorite Korean Vloggers

I’ve previously posted on “My 5 favorite Korean Vloggers” and “My 5 favorite Korean study vloggers” (wow seems like I really like watching vlogs hehehe)

1. 클레어 Claire

Twenty-something year old Lee Do Won is a medical student, the mother of a 2 year old baby, writer and YouTuber. She motivates her subscribers with her dedication and hard work, truly spending twenty four hours like forty eight hours.

2. 써니랩Sunny Lab

써니랩Sunny Lab features Park Yeong Sun, doing her PhD at Harvard University. She uploads calming vlogs of her daily life routine, her study tips and occasional study-with-me videos at a library at Harvard itself!

3. 해니써니

Jo Hae-In is interning at Samsung Seoul Hospital and is the face of the legendary “Life of a Korean med student” video featuring her doing nothing but studying, eating and then really studying again as a then- medical student. She uploads study vlogs that really make me feel like I need to sit at my desk and open my books.

4. deemd

deemd really is the epitome of a productive, fruitful life. Through her vlogs, she shows herself studying overseas (e.g. London, Beijing), mastering her Mandarin, spending time with her lovely family, studying in Pinterest-worthy clothing, cooking and buying groceries. There’s nothing much special about her vlogs, but there’s something about them that made me- and 375k subscribers- hit the “subscribe” button.

5. 달씨Darcie 

Min Yeong, known as “Darcie”/”Dal-cie”, is a university student and a YouTube content creator under a content creation company ,”Youniv”. True to her known MBTI ENFP, she shares her experience transferring from Sunkyungkwan University to Yonsei University, her outfits of the day, make-up routine and everything in between with her bubbly, outgoing personality.

6. 하누

Twenty six year old Han Woo Ri, also known as “Hanu” in the channel, uploads various vlogs of her daily life- make-up routine, going to school, interning, and now, going to work. She’s not a full time YouTuber, but she uploads quite regularly.

7. 안소희

An So Hee, actress and member of “Wonder Girls”, true to her nickname of being called “dumplings” for her super cute cheeks and lovely demeanour, quite regularly uploads vlogs of her daily life, some of which feature quite a few familiar faces- like Sunmi, and Park Jin Young (CEO of JYP Entertainment) himself!

Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish (Ngee Ann City) Review

REVIEW: 5/5

Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish at Ngee Ann City (391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873), has been a go-to food outlet for my family for a few years now.

Nakajima Suisan to me is the kind of the celebrity with so many charms that you’d like to be part of that small, special fanbase and you don’t want him to get too famous- but then again you do want him to become more popular and loved by many more- this is how I feel about actor Na In Woo! 🙂

The long snaking queue in front of Nakajima Suisan at just 11:09 on a weekday, just 9 minutes after its opening hour, probably shows that it’s become popular quite long ago, though. If you want to quickly grab a seat, you’ll have to queue latest by 10.45/50!

Actor Na In Woo really proving that opportunity comes to those who’re prepared in the on going drama “River where the moon rises” (2021) 🙂
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My favorite set’s the mackerel + rice set, and it seems to be the favorite of many as well. The mackerel always tastes fresh, the salad is crispy(?) and fresh, the tofu’s soft and smoothly glides down my throat, and for $8.50, this Saba Shioyaki Set gives an enormous amount of rice and miso soup.

Super cute cup which holds steaming hot green tea that washes down all the food

For long as I live in Singapore and for as long as this outlet exists, I’ll visit it time to time knowing I’ll get a good hot meal. 🙂

Romand Juicy Lasting Tint 06 Figfig Review

Review: 5/5

I got the “Romand Juicy Lasting Tint #06: Figfig” tint a few days ago as a gift. It looks like this:

I have lip tints and lipsticks of at least 5-6 different colors that I’ve received as gifts, but so far haven’t been able to find a color that really suits my preferences.

Putting on anything like foundation, concealer or eye-shadow really makes my eyes bloodshot, prickly and super dry within 5 minutes. So the only three things I can do to my face are: fill in my eyebrows with a pencil, put on lipstick and a bit of sunblock.

In other words, I really don’t know much about make-up. So I’ll just give my honest and raw review on this product, “Romand Juicy Lasting Tint #06: Figfig”.

1. Color

Lip tint color is really a matter of preference, but for me at least, I can say for sure that Figfig’s color is, among all my lipsticks and tints, my favorite.

There are all sorts of tests people take to determine which skin tone I have. I’m not sure which one I am but one thing for sure was that all the other tints I had, didn’t suit me.

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Photo Credits. Korean actress Lee Da Hee, who is known to have “winter cool tone” skin
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Photo Credits. Korean Actress Go Ara, who is known to have “summer cool tone” skin
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Photo Credits. Singer Lee Hyori known to have “autumn warm tone” skin
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Photo Credits. Korean actress Park Bo Yeong, known to have “spring warm tone” skin

If you’d like a good big picture of the 4 different skin tones, this chart by Vingle really shows the differences clearly:

All credits to: Vingle. From top left hand corner, clockwise: spring warm, summer cool, winter cool and autumn warm tones

Putting on dark colored lipstick really doesn’t suit me and makes me look much older than I am. Bright orange lip tint really makes the only thing visible from my face my lips, and not in a good way. Vivid pink suits me slightly better, but I’d prefer a more natural looking color. Besides, almost non-existent foundation make-up coupled with vivid pink makes me look like a child that put on her mummy’s lipstick. The almost-colorless pink lipgloss is good, but I do want something that made it obvious that I did put on some make-up- although not too much.

This lip color of Figfig really is just the perfect shade slightly darker than my lips. It’s not too bright and not too dark. It won’t look out of place even if I just dab on some sunblock and fill in my eyebrows.

2. Dryness

Most “liquid tints” I’ve tried made my lips feel really moist for maybe 5-10 minutes and then even drier after a 1-2 hours. My lips even start peeling for some brands of lip tints.

This tint doesn’t suck moisture from my lips like many other lip tints do.

3. Ease of applying

I first started applying some lip tint on special occasions when I was 16 or 17 just because it was starting to become a thing among teens in Korea.

Credits Kim So Hyun, who really ushered in the popularity of lip tints in Korea as a model of Peri Pera, launched by Korean company Clio Cosmetics

My first ever tint was “Cha Cha Tint Benefit” of a pink color.

I loved the color of “Cha Cha Tint Benefit” because it really emphasized my features and matched well with my pale skin tone, but applying the tint without dripping some drops of tint on my table or applying within my lips was a little difficult because first, the brush is soft and easily moveable, second, the tint in the bottle is really liquid, and third, I need a lot more practice with delicate activities like applying lipstick without ending up looking like a clown.

But while “Figfig” feels moist and soft on my lips, it doesn’t drip liquid when I’m not careful, and the brush is hard enough that it’s easy even for me, who doesn’t have steady make-up hands, to trace along and fill in the tint on my lips.

4. Smell

As someone who’s sensitive to smell, I don’t like putting on lip tint which has too overpoweringly sweet or fruity scents.

I’m tempted to have a tiny lick of this lip tint just because it has such a tasty fragrance. (not that of a fig, btw)

-@-

I give this product a 5 out of 5, and will continue using it for as long as it’s in stock. That’s it for the honest review of a complete beginner at make-up.

11 Types of Texters

I’m grateful for my health in this Covid period, but if there’s one thing I’m really disliking about it, is the insane amount of time we have to spend on our phones and laptops. With limited face to face interactions, the time I spent on Whatsapp and Telegram has spiked dramatically, even though I’m no longer on any social media.

With the increased time on these two apps, I’ve come to more acutely realize that there are quite a few interesting types of Whatsapp/Telegram users, each type with pros and cons when it comes to working with them. Here’re a few that you might make you go “IKR.”

1. Replies you super fast

It’s like they’re on their phones 24/7.

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Breakfast time, lunch time, dinner time, work time, early morning, late evening- whenever I text, the reply comes within five minutes. It’s actually quite nice to work with these types of texters (who are a little on the rare side) because they reply fast.

2. Grey-ticks you

We’re all busy people of course. We have our social lives, school, work, and personal time. But in this modern era when Whatsapp and Telegram are available on laptop and phone, when 4G’s fast and Wi-fi’s everywhere, it’s kinda hard not to see anyone’s message for more than a whole day. (or: a few days)

(With the exception of exceptional situations like e.g. phone dropped into the toilet bowl)

3. Memorized the dictionary of Internet short forms

This type makes me educate myself on the abbreviation aspect of pop culture and the Internet. As I’m texting, I have my com on one hand, searching for the many short forms that I’ve never seen before.

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4. Types in full sentences

Kind of the exact opposite of the above, and self-explanatory

5. Doesn’t reply you for a few decades and then replies you with a question on a new topic

You’re discussing about something important, and then suddenly, there’s no response and “Online” changes to “last seen…”. Then there’s no reply for maybe a few days, and then suddenly a message with a question about another topic altogether.

6. Loves emoticons and gifs

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Photo Credits This is my go-to emoticon. Really quite accurately symbolizes my emotion on many occasions
Gif: adorable girl trying to learn how to dab. Credits

7. Long responses

e.g.

“Wasn’t that assignment a little hard?”

“YEAH! Question 6 was difficult because….Question 10 was easier but…”

8. Short responses

e.g.

“Wasn’t that assignment a little hard?”

“yeahh ikr!”

9. Greetings

Some of the people I text with, even those I’m very close to, always start their texts with a “Hi”, “Hey”, “Yooo” or something in between, even if we’d just last texted a few hours ago on the same day. This is in contrast to no.10.

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10. No greetings

No “hi”, “hello”, “good morning” or anything like that, straight to the point, short and direct.

11. Doesn’t reply in the group chat but updates social media

This is usually no big deal, until that required reply in the group is something important, like an upcoming group assignment. I believe no further elaboration is needed on this one.

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How it’s like being a Gen Z with no social media

I first set my foot into the whole other world of social media at age 13. It all began with a YouTuber, Bethany Mota, that my friends and I were fangirling over.

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Photo Credits YouTuber Bethany Mota

We loved her aesthetically pleasing videos, fun and bright energy and her content about party ideas, make-up, healthy food and everything in between.

We also subscribed to other YouTubers like Tess Christine. I first watched her videos when she was 23 and now she’s 30, already married to her then-boyfriend and expecting a baby! (wow time passes…)

Her video in 2014
Her video in 2021

By the time I was 13, Instagram had been around for 3 years and it was hard to find my peers who weren’t already actively using Instagram. Fascinated by the idea of joining a platform through which celebrities like Bethany Mota shared their personal lives, photos and video clips, I first created an Instagram account at age 14- and after nearly six years of using it, stopped using it a few weeks ago.

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Photo Credits. Of course, can’t miss out on Zoella!

It’s honestly been a fun six years with Instagram. My feed, and then my Insta story (there used to be an era long ago pre-Insta story) contained snippets of my graduation days, fun outings with friends and family, warm home-cooked food by my parents and new countries I visited over holidays.

It was especially great getting in touch with friends from elementary school and middle school I’ve lost contact with through Instagram’s helpful “suggestions” function.

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As cliche as this may sound, like how many others who went on “Insta detox” or deleted Insta like I did, I began to feel like Instagram was occupying too much of a space in my life. It had become almost an obligation, a “have-to” feeling to post the moments of going out with friends and eating out with family- all of these happy, golden moments- on social media.

It had started with just having fun posting photos and exchanging comments with friends on Insta, and grown into a habit that was hard to shake off. Even though I wasn’t one to frequently post on Insta, I realized that I was already under some sort of a compulsion to post, on any small or big occasion.

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I was spending time uploading photos- for whom? Simply for my Insta followers who were no longer even part of my life, whom I haven’t seen for long, or were simply anonymous acquaintances?

The first one or two days without Instagram felt odd, and somewhat empty. It was like a big part of what had been my routine for six years was suddenly gone. I was concerned that I was no longer a member of this unseen but large community of Insta users that all of my friends were part of.

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But a few weeks without Instagram and as expected, I’m doing fine. Instead of scrolling through my Instagram feed I scroll through the news more frequently. I’m out of the Insta community but my relationships with all my family and friends who actually matter to me, are, as expected, doing all good.

I’m not on any social media, just using Telegram and Whatsapp for uni, family and friends. It honestly still feels weird being a soon-to-be 21 year old without Instagram, but I’m liking this Insta-less state.

40 Best Songs for Summer

Here’s my favorite mix of Korean, English and Japanese songs that make me feel like I’m lying stretched out on a bench chair with a glass of iced orange punch in one hand, watching summer waves under a sunny sky!

1. Ship and the Globe

2. Sunboat

3. Yellow Submarine

4. Sukina Hitoga Irukoto

5. Dolphin

6. Dancing Queen

7. Party in the USA

8. Call me maybe

9. Omi

10. Autumn Morning

11. Obsession

12. Dancing Queen

13. Secret Garden

14. Red flavor

15. Russian Roulette

16. Cheer up

17. Made in America

18. Island

19. Hola hola

20. Wannabe

21. Best song ever

22. We are never ever getting back together

23. Dalla

24. Forever young

25. Bboom Bboom

26. Love scenario

27. Love shot

28. Breathless

29. This is how we do

30. All about that bass

31. Hot N Cold

32. 22

33. Girlfriend

34. Here’s to never growing up

35. Somebody to you

36. Live while we’re young

37. Good time

38. Shut up and dance

39. Can’t stop the feeling!

40. Adventure of a lifetime

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