Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine’s Day in Korea and Japan

Did you know that in Korea and Japan, Valentine’s Day is a time where the GUYS take a backseat and the LADIES take the initiative to “confess” their love to the guys by offering them “honmei” chocolate?

That sure sounds strange right? My friends from western countries were flabbergasted when they heard about this somewhat strange tradition in East Asia. I too, shared their surprise at first but gradually got used to such sights in my school. LOL.

Not to worry ladies, the guys are supposed to actually return the favor THREE TIMES a month later on 화이트데이 (White Day), or at least give candy to the girl they like. ^^ So, yeah. It’s a pretty good system of acceptance and rejection in my opinion. And who doesn't like more candy/chocolates? ^_^ Godiva and Royce chocolates을 주시면 정말 감사하겠습니다~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

By the way, the rejected have to eat 자짱면 (Jajjangmyeon) on BLACK DAY (that's a month after White Day, 14th April. Kinda morbid and sad in a way.  ㅠㅠ

Back to Valentine’s Day, in Korea, girls reaaaally take a conscious effort to look pretty 247, like all the time literally. You can get away wearing all kinds of pretty frocks with elaborate accessories and complete makeup without anyone raising an eyebrow. And they do go the extra mile to look extra pretty on special occasions like Christmas and V-day, the 2 critical time periods where new couples are formed.

6 years ago, I recall college friends shyly coming up to me and asking, “Excuse me, but why do you always dress so nice for class?” In Korea, looking good is a social etiquette. I really do think this should be the case everywhere else! Why dress in scrubs when you can be decked out in beautiful clothes which makes you feel better about yourself? ^^

Incidentally, while I was browsing online for clothes to wear on V-day, I saw some nice stuffs on Zalora!~ ^^ 

I really love shopping at ZALORA!

For those of you who are running out of ideas (and time/money) for that special gift to the Significant Other, maybe you could check this out! Spotted lotsa nice stuff under $50! ^^

Here's the link for the ZALORA V-day lookbook page!

They do have some lovely items for ladies and gents which are really inexpensive but look classy! ^^ Let's be pretty for V-day okays?~ ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 여러분~~ 이쁘게 다녀야해요~ ㅋㅋㅋ