[KCCBanner] 10 Meokbang Phrases

If you’ve been reading the KREW blog, you might have browsed through “10 Korean Phrases-ASAP!”. Now, it’s time to bring another 10 K-phrases to the table, this time with food!

Let’s first define terms : “먹방” (meok bang), means “eating program”. This term comes from the combination of two words “먹어” (meogo) meaning “eat” and “방송” (bang song) meaning show or program.

1. 맛있겠다 (ma si get da)  | Looks Delicious.

I’m sure with the recent meokbang trend in Korean variety, you got yourself saying “맛있겠다”-a hundred times! This is one of the reasons I have a love-and-hate relationship with meokbang shows because they never fail to make me crave for K-food! What’s worse, is if that K-food is hard to find in Manila!

2. 배고파요 (bae go pa yo) |  I’m hungry.

Have you heard of the four stages of meokbang? First, you watch your favorite meokbang show. Second, you start to crave for the food you see. Third, you go crazy trying to find a Korean restaurant here in Manila- that delivers. Finally, you suddenly feel “배고파요”- even though you just ate lunch. I went through that over my jjajangmyeon craving!

3. 배불러요 (bae bul leo yo) | I’m full.

This phrase, “배불러요”, on the other hand, is what you might say after you eat…again.

4. 같이 먹자 (gat ji meok ja) | Let’s eat together!

If you want to invite your friends over your own meokbang party, just say “같이 먹자”.

Formal: “같이 식사해요” (gat ji sik sa hae yo).

5. 먹었어요? (bap meok eos seo yo) | Have you eaten?

Literally “밥” (bap) means “rice” but, it can also pertain to “food” in general.

So when you see your friend glaring at you, as if she is about to “devour” you while you eat- probably she hasn’t eaten yet! Might as well ask, “밥 먹었어요?”, and share your food. If you’re the one asked, you can reply, “네 먹었어요” (ne meok eos seo yo) meaning “Yes, I already ate”.

Formal: 식사하셨어요? (sik sa ha syeos seo yo).
6. 먹겠습니다 (jal meok ges seum ni da) | I will eat well.

Said before every meal, this phrase is a very important part of the Korean dining culture. You say, “잘 먹겠습니다” to show your appreciation to the one who prepared your meal. This also means that you’ll enjoy eating it.

7. 먹었습니다 (jal meok got seum ni da) | I’ve eaten well.

After enjoying a hearty meal, you say “잘 먹었습니다” showing your gratitude to the one who prepared your meal. This also can mean you compliment the cook’s skills.

8.맛이 있어요 (mas si is seo yo) | It’s delicious.

Nothing can express your happiness after eating your favorite food than complementing it’s taste, “맛이 있어요”. No offense but, if it’s bad then you have to say “맛이 없어요” (mas si eop seo yo), “It’s not delicious” or literally, “It has no taste”. 

9.짜요, 달아요, 매워요 (jja, dal a yo, mae uo yo) | Salty, Sweet and Spicy.

Since Korean food often revolves around salty, sweet and spicy food, it’s important to know how to say them, just to express what you might taste!

10. [FOOD] 주세요 (deo ju se yo) | Can I please have more of [FOOD]?

Lastly, when the cravings doesn’t stop and you’re still not “배불러요”, you can always ask for more, [FOOD] + 더 주세요.

Ex: 물 더 주세요 (mul deo ju se yo) | Can I please have more water?

I hope you enjoyed my 10 meokbang phrases and, 잘 먹겠습니다~ ^^

God bless!

Written by Krew Member Max Chua 


BTW: Why study in KCC?

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I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to study Korean at KCC (Korean Cultural Center). I think we all know their hard-to-go-to (or park) location and their hectic-class-reservation “style”.

Last January 2017, I tried to enroll for their Elementary Korean class but unfortunately wasn’t able to. I waited for an hour refreshing the wrong link! Anyway, enough of that horror. Good news is, I finally was able to enroll the following term! (Yes, saw the right link!)

So, why did I insist on studying in KCC despite my “hesitations”? Well, here are my reasons:

1. Pay less, get more.

I’m not saying 2,500 is “cheap” (it’s hard-earned money!) but, that price for a good quality Korean language education is way lesser than paying  30,000+ for the same quality, not to mention maybe lower quality, of language lessons.

Other institutes offer jaw-dropping prices for 6 sessions-only! No, thank you! I would rather go to KCC-get a good Korean class- pay just enough- and enjoy my life! Plus, maybe a bingsu side trip!

2. Korean teachers, from Korea.

Before studying anything, whether it’s language or whatever, I always want to be “sure” first. I want the assurance of my teacher’s credibility, my book’s accuracy and even what my heart’s true intention of learning is. Why? Because I hate the idea of putting an effort in learning something only to realize that they were wrong in the first place. I am not a “sponge” that soaks up all the information, whether right or wrong, just because. And you shouldn’t be too.

So, what better way is it to learn Korean than from Koreans who can teach you the right pronunciation, right strokes in writing and even the right conversational lingo-like-a-local!

3. Good times, good people.

The KCC staff are lovely people and they do try to accommodate all your needs. Regarding classmates, I still don’t know about that but, one thing I noticed is that all of us are on the same page. Regardless if our reasons for learning Korean varies: to work abroad, to understand my husband or to not wait for subtitles any longer, we all want to master the language.

So with that, we help each other. We grow together and lift each other up! That’s why Korean classes in KCC are never boring. (Well, excluding the first two sessions).

There goes my reasons on why you should study in KCC and I hope to see you in one of our Korean language classes this year!

God bless!


Written by Max Chua


[KCCBanner] Healthy K-Snacks under 200kcal!!

Whether you are currently on a diet or you simply just want to eat healthy, here are 3 K-snacks that won’t sabotage your “health-goals” and still satisfy your K-craving!


  1. Tom’s Farm Almond Nuts.

Almonds are a great source of fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats that can help you feel fuller and prevent various heart diseases. This recently made known almond nuts from Korea, that comes in Wasabi and Honey Butter flavor, goes at around 175-180 kcal per 30g serving. There’s no nutritional information at the back of the package, so I got this measurement from a Korean blog and through FitnessPal. The picture shows the 35g serving, which is what you’ll often see in Korean local markets in Manila, which I’m assuming is around 210-220 kcal. So, if you are conscious with calories- better share it with a friend!


  1. Yang Ban Kim / Dried Seaweeds.

Dried seaweeds are a great source of vitamin B-6, which is essential to brain health and function. It also contains antioxidants that protect every cell in your body from damage caused by free radicals and other environmental stress (LiveStrong, 2017). This fun snack, I often eat as a kid, goes at around 30 kcal for 5g, that means the whole pack!

Of course, you do have to limit yourself with dried seaweeds because they’re a little high on the sodium! Still, this is a healthier option than junk food.


  1. Binggrae Banana Flavored Milk.

Lastly, Korea’s most famous Binggrae Banana Flavored Milk, with one tetra pack, or 200 ml, going around 160 kcal and is a good source of calcium.

At first, I would admit that I didn’t understand why Korea had this “banana-milk-craze”. Even now in the Philippines! For me, it tastes like “banana syrup” (fake) and I always thought it was “so-not-a-banana”. Then I got a chance to visit other asian countries, like Taiwan, and surprisingly, their banana smells exactly the same as this milk! I didn’t get to try the banana of Korea but, I’m assuming it probably is also like that. Anyway, just a fun fact!

I hope you now understand that being on a “diet” or simply staying healthy doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself with “boring” or “bland” food. It just means you have to check your portion sizes and eat your favorite snacks in moderation.

God bless!

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Editor: Max Chua 

How to “SELF STUDY” Korean


Living too far? No time for an extra-curricular? KCC language class slots close?

With knowing how to “self-study” Korean, these things would never be a hindrance, again, to your learning.

I never enrolled in any formal Korean language class because I live far away from KCC and was always “busy” (school, music classes and the like). When free time comes, I am always tired. So, what is the best way for me to study Korean? It’s by self studying. “Self-studying” means you are your own teacher, you are at your own pace and you can schedule your own “classes”. You can even choose to study anywhere- from coffee shops, parks and even when you are in your boring math class! Don’t do it though, it’s your loss. But, you get my point!

I know I’m still lacking but, here are ways on how to start “self-studying” in Korean when you thought you couldn’t.

  1. Get a book

I have a book entitled “Elementary Korean” by Dr. Ross King, Ph.D. and Jaehoon Yeon, Ph.D. King is the professor of Korean and head of the Department of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia while Yeon is the Chair of the Centre of Korean Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London.


Before I knew about this book, I would often buy Korean travel packs and Korean dictionaries- which also helped, but a waste of money. I realized that these kinds of books taught me to only memorize without understanding. If I were you, get books like “Elementary Korean” or even the ones found in KCC. These books introduce grammar, spelling and Hangeul- the very essential lessons you’ll need. By the way, you can borrow at KCC’s library for language books, you can even check workbooks for your exercises.

Always choose professional studying materials. Even though they are a bit pricy, there’s a reason for that value. Don’t settle with easy, cheap and “nonsensical” books because they will affect your learning- big time. You have to see and check the accuracy of the things they write, and also the credibility of the author. Be careful what you read or else it’s like eating the wrong medicine.

  1. Get a site

Of course, for you to check the accuracy of the texts, get websites that cater language learning. The best site for me is KOREANCLASS101. Not only do they give you a list of vocabulary words but they give you sample dialogues that you can use in Korea. They provide podcasts which you can subscribe to, for free, and also they have Youtube videos that is essential to your learning. In self-studying you have to listen, watch and write Korean more often that those who have a teacher. Why? Because if we don’t, we would easily forget about what we learned- that’s what happened to me. Remember, you’re your own teacher, no one’s going to remind you to study. So getting credible sites can really help us- without even spending a penny! (Except for electricity and internet bills, thanks dad!)

  1. Get discipline

Self-studying if done in the wrong way can lead to efforts wasted. If you don’t spend almost an hour to three (3) a week in studying Korean or if you don’t watch Korean shows regularly, you can lose the language. So, it’s important to have discipline. Bring your study notebook where ever you go, as much as possible, and when free time comes just read on it. Listen to Korean music, watch Korean shows and just keep practicing your Korean. I am guilty of this because I am always busy with school but, what I do, is that I turn on a Korean show and try to listen to it while doing a project or etc. Also, I write down all the Korean words I know on paper to practice my Hangeul. See my first Hangeul writing and the “improvement” I got from numerous practices (pictures).


So, it’s true, practice makes perfect.

  1. Get real

Lastly, wake up- get real.  Studying Korean, like any subject would be hard.

So, be open to reality- to the challenges you would face. When you talk to a Korean you can make a mistake, when you read Hangeul you might say a wrong word, and the like. Let me remind you though, that without those mistakes you can never master Korean, without those wrong words you can never be able to take TOPIK. Errors, correction, these are the real ones. Face them, beat them and learn from them.


Self- studying is hard. It’s like reading all the books you need, writing all the notes, testing yourself but in the end, you’re the one who checks it- you don’t know what to do! But with technology today, discipline and willingness to learn- it’s easier to self-study. So, I hope you’ll find these things helpful and start learning Korean now.


Written by Krew Member Max Chua



The Korean pop rock band CNBLUE saved the best for the last as they end their “Between Us” tour in Manila last December 9th, 2017. Held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, last Saturday was indeed a “Boice-night-out” for their Filipino fans.

CNBLUE meaning “Code Name” and “Blue” having a backronym of burning, lovely, untouchable and emotional, consists of lead vocalist and guitarist, Jung Yonghwa; lead guitarist and vocalist, Lee Jonghyun; bassist, Lee Jungshin and drummer, Kang Minhyuk.

The quartet is known for their unique musicality, matched up with their good looks. The members are also quite familiar to the Filipino masses due to being part of hit dramas like “You’re Beautiful”, “The Heirs” and “Heartstrings”, which were shown in various local networks.


The boys started the concert with their headbanging track “Radio”, a song originally released as a Japanese track which later on was produced in Korean and was included in their album, “2gether”. The members performed a total of 23 songs, including their hit tracks “LOVE”, “I’m sorry” and “Can’t Stop” which were definitely a fan favorite!


Asides from being musical geniuses, the boys also showed off their quirky sides. Fans laughed out loud at Jung Yonghwa’s witty English and not mention his up-to-date Filipino lingo, saying words like “petmalu” and “lodi”. Everybody probably had an aegyo (acting cute) overload as the boys couldn’t stop smiling while shooting hearts at their fans.


After the encore, the boys gathered at the center of the stage to perform their acoustic track, “Love Light”. The night ended with “Forever Young” as the last song, with Jung Yonghwa leaving a sweet message to the fans saying “Remember that we will always be young. Maraming salamat po Pilipinas. Always your ‘lodi’. I promise we will be back again. See you soon.” 


CNBLUE has gained a lot of international fans, of all ages, ever since their debut in 2009. From girls as young as 12 years old, Allysa, to moms who “fan-girl” alongside their daughters.

Asked why she listens to CNBLUE, Allysa reasons out that the band’s songs make her energized! Another reason is that their song lyrics are “relatable” according to CNBLUE Philippines Admin, Mirza.

Some of their fans from China, Japan, and Hong Kong even went to Manila just for the concert.

“I always try to go to wherever CNBLUE performs, I’ve been their fan since 2010!”, said Asami from Japan.

“I like their ‘faces’ and music. I think I’m a little ‘crazy’ for even going here!”, said by Lee from China.


Throughout the years, CNBLUE has proved that they are definitely a band worth keeping an eye on. Offering quality music, written by the members themselves. Their passion for music, shown through their outstanding live performances, earned them the respect and trust of their Boice (fans). Indeed, CNBLUE is so “petmalu” and we look forward to their future projects!

 Pictures from Max Chua and Jann Lorence.

Written by Max Chua

Must borrow books to up your K-Vocab! 


Do you love reading books? With today’s social media craze and it’s-all-on-youtube mindset, I think some of you don’t. Well, let me tell you one thing, if you want to improve your Korean language skills you need to get back to the basics! Read.

Reading a book not only allows you to focus (since it has no “other tab”) but also allows you to improve your grammar- since you’ll be familiarized with the sentence constructions. If you read books aloud, you can even practice your speech. What more if those books were in Korean? It’s the answer to all your Hangeul dilemmas.

No subtitles?

Want me to talk to a Korean?

TOPIK exam?

No problem!

Here are some of the must borrow books from the KCC Library to help you up your K-vocab!


1. Language Books.

Obviously, Korean text books are the first ones to help your Korean language skills! If you’re studying in KCC, you’re probably familiar with GANADA. If you heard about Ewha’s intensive language program, guess what, KCC has Ewha books up to Vol. 8! (I went crazy over this!) They also have TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) reviewers. Most of these books are only available at the KCC Library and seldom (to none) at our local Philippine bookstores.

So far, all the books that I saw were “foreigner friendly”;  offering colored prints, translations and easy conversational dialogues. Of course say farewell to those cartoon-characters and english letters as the book’s volume number go higher!

You can also test what you’ve learned through the available workbooks there but, be sure to write it on a scratch paper- the book ain’t yours!


2. Children’s Books. 

When you got your Hangeul ready, the best way to practice your reading skills is through children’s books. Yes, it maybe “Three Little Pigs” but it’s better than reading a random Korean pamphlet about Jjajangmyeon! Start small and be steady. Children’s books are the first step to Korean language greatness. Remember this: today’s best linguists started from children’s books, therefore, reading them is not a shame.


3. Any book.

If you didn’t know, the KCC Library has around 6,000 selection of books and media titles, 50% of which are in English. Anybody can really learn about the K-culture it they wanted to! Still the other 50% are in Korean. Isn’t that great? More books to practice reading! Eventually after all the basics, it’s time to move on from easy. To improve you have to be challenged. You can start from recipe books if you love to cook; entertainment books for K-pop enthusiasts and many more.

Take note:

To borrow you must first be a member of the KCC Library. Bring the needed requirements such as the filled-up membership form (available at the KCC Library), any size of your photo (not a poster, please) and a photocopy of any valid ID. Applying for a regular membership would have a fee of P200 (P100 for students), valid for a year, allowing you to borrow 2 books for 7 days, have access to CD & DVD collections and use the library computer for 2 hours.

If you’re enrolled in a any KCC Class, there’s no need to pay for the membership fee for the duration of your term. You get to borrow 1 book for 7 days, have access to CD & DVD collections and use the library computer for 2 hours.

Borrowers and students must deposit a refundable P300 per book, upon check-out. Overdue penalty is P20 a book, per day.

For more inquiries visit the KCC Library at the Mancor Corporate Building, 2/F 32nd St, Taguig or call us at 555-1711.

God bless!

Written by Krew Member Max Chua

첫사랑: Reminiscing everything Korean!

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Do you still remember the first K-drama you watched?

How about the first K-Pop album you received?

I don’t know about you but, when I was younger, I would always keep track of my “first” Korean experiences. Whether it’s as simple as getting my first haircut from a Korean Stylist (Chic Salon, September 7, 2008) or getting my first Korean newspaper (September 14, 2008) (yes, I’m a little “crazy” over dates!) – I remember them all!

So, here are some of my “first loves” and I hope you can reminisce with me.

1. First Korean Drama
“Lovers in Paris” was probably one of the first Korean dramas to air here in the Philippines, together with “Stairway to Heaven.” However, it’s not until “Spring Waltz” that I learned to love K-dramas.

2. First Korean CD
As I further “researched” on the actors of “Spring Waltz”, thanks to Wikipedia, I accidentally clicked on “Unstoppable Marriage”. It was a sitcom starring Girl’s Generation’s Sooyoung and Yuri, together with F.T. Island’s Jaejin. Obviously,  now you now know my first K-POP groups.

I got my first F.T. Island album on March 17, 2008. It was their “The Refreshment Special Repackaged Edition,” thanks to my aunt who went to Korea. Then I got my first Girl’s Generation album, their debut album, on December 12, 2008.

I usually record my K-album’s birthdays but I stopped when I went to college. Still, I continued this weird “tradition” of keeping their wrappers, as much as possible, and covering them with ziplock! (Why are you so weird, Max?)

3. First Korean Restaurant
On September 14, 2008, I got to eat at Yedang BBQ Restaurant! For me, it’s the best in the Philippines and it still is. When I ate there back in 2008, they still had those mini tables where you can eat sitting on the floor. Today, I try to eat there twice a month. Almost forgot…this is where I got my first Korean newspaper!

4. First Korean Cooking
The first dish I ever cooked in my whole life was Bibimbap. I was on my first year in college and for some reason I really wanted to “cook” and taste Bibimbap for dinner!After class, I checked for the recipe, went straight to the grocery and went home to cook!

5. First Korean trip
And of course, the most memorable out of all of these, my first trip to Seoul! We went last May 12, 2016 and it’s actually an “unplanned trip”. My dad surprised me and we booked the ticket just two weeks before the trip! It was a memorable vacation because I got to test my Korean skills, met the locals and breathe the Seoul air.

6. First Korean “work”
Lastly, my first Korean “work.” I always wanted to do something for Korea and I didn’t realized that KCC or the Korean Cultural Center was the answer! Here, I joined as a KREW member and I can’t be more thankful. The truth is, the first time I came to KCC was on June 21, 2016 during my KREW interview. With KCC, I experienced how it is to work with Koreans, meet friends with the same interests as me and even got the chance to learn and grow as a person.

Indeed, I am thankful to my “first loves” -for without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today!

Do you have any memories to share about your “첫사랑” ? Tell us your stories by commenting below!

God bless!

Written by Krew Member Max Chua