Waiting for Ilwoo Santa!

Hello!  Who is waiting for Ilwoo Santa?! ⭐️🎁. Yes!  Me too! I can’t wait to hear the sleigh bells and the sound of your foot as you step down 일우 산타!
I’ve had this idea for sometime in my mind… the stepping of the car Santa idea!  Finally a bit of time to make it a reality:


Video credits: Beautiful Woman, Golden Rainbow and High End Crush Jung Il Woo dramas. 
Music Credit: The Boston Pops: A Christmas Scherzo. ( A scherzo is a vigorous, light, or playful composition.🤗)

Here is a bit more our Ilwoo Santa…

What you got in that bag?  You know I’ve been so, so good this year!   ^ ^
Oh…!  I can’t wait!  What will you treat us to?  A live video?
By the way I came upon an article that had the most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to and the safest!  Please be careful on all your get togethers, shopping and see lights drives!  Have fun!!!  This is the article:
“The study from Irish car insurance provider Chill Insurance found the most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to by analyzing the beats per minute (BPM) of each piece of music.
Research shows that songs with beats per minute (BPMs) over 120 are linked with increased dangerous driving.”
The 10 most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to:
Gene Autry, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, 172 BPM
Mariah Carey, ‘All I want For Christmas’, 150 BPM
José Feliciano, ‘Feliz Navidad’, 149 BPM
Jackson 5, ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town’, 147 BPM
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’, 146 BPM
Frank Sinatra, ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’, 143 BPM
Gene Autry, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, 142 BPM
Wizzard, ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day’, 140 BPM
Judy Garland, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, 137 BPM
Jackson 5, ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’, 129 BPM
The 10 safest Christmas songs to drive to:
The Pogues, ‘Fairytale of New York,’ 78 BPM
Eartha Kitt, ‘Santa Baby’ 84 BPM
Julie Andrews, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, 87 BPM
Paul McCartney, ‘Wonderful Christmastime’, 95 BPM
Michael Buble, ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’, 95 BPM
WHAM!, ‘Last Christmas,’ 108 BPM
Dean Martin, ‘Winter Wonderland’, 111 BPM
Bing Crosby, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, 113 BPM
Leona Lewis, ‘One More Sleep’, 113 BPM
Band Aid, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas,’ 115 BPM
What do you think of this?  I certainly feel myself drive faster in certain songs, and they usually have more rapid beats.

Jung Il woo launches his New YouTube Channel: “1day 1lwoo”

Jung Il Woo’s new YouTube launched on November 27th at 6:00PM Korean Standard Time (KST).

The first video entitled “Who’s Q&A is it?” revealed a nervous Ilwoo at the beginning who got more and more comfortable as he answered questions about himself, his thoughts about re-opening his YouTube channel and the type of content he hopes to create for his fans.  One of the questions was… What keyword would you add to yourself?  He answered “Sexy Chef, King of walking, Unexpected charm, Fashionista and Shoe lover.”  He mentioned how he hopes that it will be a gateway for him to become closer to his fans. he also added that he is looking forward to the comments and reactions of his fans.  HE also added that he hoped it would be a place to rest and find a sense of healing.

This is the first video:


The second video, published the next day was called “Somewhere between work and a day off.”  In it you can see Jung Il woo driving his car to meet his stylist “Jinkyu.” The two end up going to one of Ilwoo’s favorite’s stores: Patagonia.  He also visits a tailor’s shop and gets fitted for a suit.  Last he heads over to Cafe Fazenda (owned by one of his middle school teachers) to meet with staff and discuss his new channel’s name and content.  There is a cliff hanger at the end as Ilwoo is debating whether he wants to share something that may be very raw… about himself!

Here is the second video:

These are my screen captures:

From video 1.

From video 2.


The first word that comes to my mind as to how I feel about Ilwoo’s new YouTube channel… is DELIGHTED!  I am so happy and glad he is doing this!  It was time that his International community of fans got a bit of Ilwoo loving!  I love all the plans he has for the different sections and of course I can’t wait for his first live broadcast this coming Friday!   Just in case you missed it, it will be on December 4th, 8:00PM Standard Korean Time.

He is making a huge effort in doing this… imagine he will have been filming his new upcoming drama all week next week (he is getting back to work as I am writing this November 30th) and he will be making sometime to spend live with his fans after that.  I really hope people value and respect his efforts and show him tons of love… he is so kind to share all that he does with us.  He really goes beyond what he should… he is that open and sure of who he is.

Ilwoo Ssi, Like I said in my Instagram post, you forgot to mention the keyword #angel!  You are angel!  May GOD continue to bless you!

Jung Il Woo’s Ceviche Recipe

October 6, 2020

Jung Il Woo posted this recipe in his Chinese Bilibili account on September 26, 2020.  I have finally had the time to translate the recipe. I used the Chinese characters throughout the video to do it, as the sound quality of these videos is not good enough not even for my tutor’s ears. So to do this translation I took almost 200 screen shots!   If there is someone that can speak Korean that can understand these videos and would be willing to translate these videos for the rest of us, could you let me know at  kdrama.fan13@gmail.com?  You will receive full credit and so many thankful fans!

Alright onto the recipe. Here is the video he posted:



Seafood: octopus in various cuts

Fish:  I couldn’t make out the fish he used but in a recipe from Food & Wine I got: 1/2 pound of fresh skinless snapper, bass or halibut in filet.

1 1/2 cups of lemon juice

1-2 tomatoes

1 cucumber

a few chili red peppers , quantity according to taste

1 red onion

mashed garlics to taste

cilantro leaves, quantity according to taste (in the photos it looks like what we call parsley here)


black pepper

olive oil

(In the Food & Wine recipe it also has: 3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice, or 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, manzanillo olives chopped and avocados. In other recipes they also add shrimp.)


These are the directions according to the Chinese subtitles.  It includes his comments too.  Anything in red was added by me to clarify recipe using Food & Wine’s recipe.

I want to make a delicacy that represents South America: Ceviche. ^ ^

Actually, Ceviche (crispy fish with lemon juice) is a dish

where you can use different kinds of seafood.

You can put octopus in various ways.
This dish is very simple to make.  Because it’s a simple dish, I have been thinking about how to make it more delicious?
(I think here he is comparing Ceviche to a dish from Japan in the raw fish likeness, but I’m not sure)
Actually you can put anything, but the most representative ingredients of Ceviche are
-tomato and small onion
-red chili
(I am not sure he used lemon or lime, he talks about sweetness vs. sourness, and lime is definitely stronger and more sour, so my guess is he soaked the fish in lemon to “cook” it but added lime at the end) Take a look at the exact translation:
I personally think that if you put a little lime
The combination of the overall taste makes the overall taste of this more sour and sweetI will choose to use lime at the end
-There is mashed garlic
These are the ingredients I want to use
First of all
You can put 0.5 to 1 onion
How much do you put in
Just adjust the amount of spring onions according to your own aftertaste preference.
I have this kitchen knife Tiger was given to me by fans
Also, I use it very well
Now , let’s prepare the cilantro
I like it very much
Then like me.  Just finely chop it up
Friends who like more can of course put more
Put the ingredients in the plate like this
(Here I believe he is talking about using different boards to not mix strong smells when cutting?)
Next cut the lemon and juice… not particularly difficult.
I recently have been working on losing weight by eating healthier, but it is not very tasty sometimes.  So I wonder if I can lose weight while eating delicious foods. (I’m 34 years old)
So I decided to prepareCeviche.  I plan to share with you more healthy dishes while I wait to start other work
I use different boards for the different types ingredients like one for meat, one for vegetables.   It’s fine to cut your seafood directly on a board like this.
This is important, using lemon on your board after will help get rid of seafood smell…
Mix it kindly for a little bit
Add seasoning to your taste, I personally will add salt.
Carbohydrates are the biggest enemies in weight loss.
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Add salt, but not too much.  A lot of people believe that if you eat salty your body will get swollen because it retains more water, which makes it more difficult to lose weight. My own personal believe is that you can add a small amount of salt and still lose weight.
Now let’s change the cutting board.  I will cut the cucumber in halves.  Some people don’t use cucumber in Ceviche. However I prefer it’s refreshing crispy taste in it. Friends that do not like cucumbers of course you don’t have to put it in!
Now let’s cut the spicy pepper. Cut it in half. Using a spoon makes it easier to get the seeds out. Get them all out…
Cut tomatoes, and onions
Place all the cut vegetables into the seafood and add the lime juice.
It will still need more flavor, so add seasoning to taste: salt, olive oil, pepper, sugar, etc.
Try it right after you stir it all, but of course it’s your choice!
It took 15 minutes to make plus the time preparing the ingredients, but in overall it is a very fast dish to make. You can easily do it at home.


Here are some screen shots with the process, looking at him cook also gave me clues of what he was saying…

Yummmm… can’t wait to eat make this!  I actually ate Ceviche in the South American country of its origin: Perú.  It was so, so, so delicious!  Here is a photo of it:

The corn there was the most amazing corn, in looks, in taste… the kernels were huge!!! They were bigger than the tip of my fingers!  All natural!  I ate corn there everytime I could… I just couldn’t get enough of it!  I’ll have to tell you about this trip sometime!  If you ever want to choose a South American country to visit… let it be Perú!  It’s ancient history: the Incas (among many other native groups), its amazing cuisine and Machu Picchu are unbeatable!  Only Mexico can match it, but Mexico is in North America.

I wanted to see if I could find the apron he was wearing, I really liked it. And I did… you can purchase it here:


By the way did you know that cilantro and coriander are basically the same!  Coriander are the seeds of cilantro! Some people call cilantro coriander for the leaves too.  That apron is coriander! Perfect for our cilantro-corander lover Ilwoo!

Here are screenshots of my phone with the almost 200 screen shots to translate this recipe… as a memory of my effort!


Myeondong and Zaemiro (재미로)! And Jung Il woo of course!


September 19, 2020

In 2019, I visited Seoul to see Jung Il woo in his Fan Meeting.  I also had the delight to visit many other areas…  after all this with Covid 19, I’m so thankful that I went!  The many memories of this trip continue to sooth my wanderlust need, and inspire me!   For more on this trip, go HERE.  Now let’s visit this area that is often frequented by our beloved oppa!


I went to this area of Seoul to see the main Cathedral of South Korea and to check out the shopping scene.  I had heard so much of this area through dramas and Jung Il woo.  What I did not expect was that I would run into a whole cartoon area called Zaemiro (재미로) or Cartoon Street… this turned out to be what I enjoyed the most.

Seoul’s Main Cathedral…the Myeongdong Cathedral.

I have this tradition of visiting the main cathedral or church wherever I travel to.  It is one of the ways that I thank God for blessing me with the trip…  and boy did I have a lot to be thankful for.  When I visited this cathedral I did not know that this was Ilwoo’s church!  I later found out that he actually attends mass there!  So now my memory of this place is even more special… his beautiful energy has been there… who knows maybe I sat where he last had sat…  !  ^ ^

According to the Cathedral’s official website:

“Myeong-dong Cathedral, situated in the heart of downtown Seoul, is both the Cathedral Church for the Archdiocese of Seoul and has become a symbol of the presence of the Catholic Church in Korea.
In 1784, the first (Christian) faith community in Korea gathered in this place which was then known as Myeong-Nae-Bang.

In 1894, Father Coste began planning for the construction of the church, and on May 29, 1898, the Church was consecrated with Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as its patron.

In 1900 the relics of the martyrs who had died in the persecutions of 1839 and 1866 were moved from Yong-San seminary to the crypt in Myeong-dong Cathedral.

In 1942 the first Korean parish priest, Fr. Rhee Ki-Jun, was appointed pastor of Myeong-dong, and the first Korean Bishop Rho Ki-Nam was raised to the episcopate there.

On Liberation Day, 1945, the name of the Cathedral was changed from Chong-Hyen to Myeong-dong. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Myeong-dong Cathedral became a focal point for the democratic movement in Korea and has played an important role in the expansion of human rights.
Currently, Myeong-dong Cathedral continues to reach out to the global community with prayer and missionary work. Myeong-dong Cathedral is the first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style. Designated historic spot No. 258, the Myeong-dong Church has significant historical value embedded in its architecture. The floor plan of the church is Latin cross with a center and two side aisles, and the roof of the church is 23 meters in height. The bell tower is 45 meters tall. The architecture retains the pure Gothic style without adornments.”

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I loved how elegant it was with those gorgeous gothic arches! Yes, there was a mass taking place…

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Here is another place I missed. There is a museum about the origin of the cathedral and Catholicism in Korea!   It’s called “The Seoul Archdiocese History Hall” or (사도회관).  There is a naver blog about someone who visited it HERE . You can even see the ruins of the first church there!  It is a very holy place.

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And here is Ilwoo last fall in front of the Cathedral:

Venturing on, Myeondong is one of the large shopping areas in Seoul. It had all the looks of any shopping area in the world: lots of signs and stores… and Starbucks! ^ ^  One thing that I will say that impacted me about Seoul in general, was the amount of signs everywhere! It had so many!!!  Sometimes, they were going up the buildings. For example:

It was so contrasting compared to the city where I live. Boston, MA does not have billboards except for one that is historic (the CITGO billboard which I love because it’s a Venezuelan oil company (I was born in Venezuela) and there are no signs on buildings, except at the bottom where the store would be at street level. Some of this is due to the fact that many buildings are historic… so there are very strict rules about even the color the doors!

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Of course I looked for Ilwoo… they didn’t have anything of him…  🙁

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(I went a little cosmetic crazy at that store!… I still have stuff from it …! I wish I had more time… I have takne photos of some of the items I bought… like a rose toothpaste!  It tastes like roses…  incredible!)

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There is a video coming up that will make you feel you are there… see if you can spot this really cool sign in it:

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And… WOOw! Look what was here…Haechi!!!

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Yes… of course I remembered Oppa when he endorsed this brand…  with the music group “Sistar.”  I use a night cream from this store.  It’s so good. It’s called Good Cera.

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This is a version I had not seen of this commercial!

If you want to see more of this endorsement head HERE.

And when he visited Malaysia for a Holika Holika event there:

Well.. back to Myeongdong… !

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I also saw this amazing ice cream stand where they mad ice cream in the shape of roses!

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Our dear Oppa was in Myeongdong in another opportunity as a celebrity and cause quite a scene!  This was back in 2007, when there was a Hug event for his appearance in his second movie: My Love!  Yes! You got to hug him!!!  Imagine that…!  These are a few photos:

For more about this event go HERE.


After I headed back to the main road and I noticed these big plastic cartoon characters on a little square. I decided to get closer to take some photos when I noticed a map … to an area called Zaemiro, a cartoon street!!!

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This reminded me of… Ilwoo as Cha Chi-soo!   Remember when the little girl gave him her Pororo towel because he was cold in Flower Boy Ramen Shop?  Then when he wore it in his bedroom? ^ ^   Pororo the penguin, is one of South Korea’s most famous cartoon characters.

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I had so much fun creating graphics/cartoons of Ilwoo for his birthday, that when I was thinking of this post I knew I’d want to do the same especially for this area of the Zaemiro, or cartoon street. So you’ll see my comic creations of Ilwoo sprinkled within…

Reading up about it a bit more I found out that Zaemiro or Cartoon Street, “the street of manhwa”, was opened in December 2013 by Seoul’s city government to promote the “imaginative industry” and boost tourism and the local economy.

“The major sights added to the .28-mile street include five small parks or manhwa culture stations: “Sangsang Park” in front of Exit 3 of Myeongdong Station; “Manhwa Samgeori” in front of the Pacific Hotel; “Sayeon Post Office” where artists displayed the stories of citizens on the walls of a public parking lot; “Jaemi Sports Ground” in a convenience store parking lot; and “Manhwa Hill” on Namsan Ongbyeok (retaining wall). Other new additions included a four-story building with galleries and shops for comics, and some 70 famous local cartoonists contributed their work to walls and buildings along the street. A Manhwa Neighborhood Meeting was held to include the opinions of locals, and both the name of the street “Jaemiro”, and the name of the manhwa culture space, “Jaemirang” were selected from an SNS-based citizen competition and local votes.”   Source: Wikivisualy.com

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Here is the video I posted in Instagram of him in Behind the Scenes of Flower Boy Ramen Shop:

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On the next photo you can see… the Nasam Tower.  I went there after!  To see this post go HERE.

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(Of all the photo composites I created this past one is My favorite! )

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It was so fun walking in this place… want to walk it?  Click HERE and walk straight to the beige building in the intersection, then take a right (towards the lion!) and go straight to the end!  Enjoy!

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I went into this cafe/art gallery… and met the artist of all these cute  characters of Korean culture… I had a delicious ginseng tea!  on a gorgeous cup!  I ended up buying many things from her… a cushion with a king… two cups, purse mirrors, etc!  I really loved her work!

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When you get to the very top of the street there is a highway, and across it (there is a walkway)  there is the Seoul Animation Center.  This place impressed me so much!  I have to go back again!  It had an exhibit area, a Cartoon Museum, a graphic book library! and a movie theater.  The Cartoon Museum or ‘House of Cartoon’ was built in 2002 and has three floors of three dimensional artwork, and a library of over 56,000 items!!! including 48,000 comic books and 8,000 animation videos!  Of all these places I was only able to visit the exhibit area…  (Yes I have to go back!)

Here are my photos:

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I found a YouTube video of this character…  they are hilarious… !!!

Loved these larvae cartoons!  So original… so creative… and disgustingly realistic at times!

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Happy Chuseok Il Woo Ssi! 추석 잘 보내세요 일우 씨!


2007 Jung Il Woo dressed for Chuseok

September 13 -1, 2019

Today marks the beginning of the observance of Chuseok, an Autumn Festival when Korean people honor their male ancestors.  I am going to start with the very cute photos of Jung Il-woo dressed for Chuseok in the time of Unstoppable High Kick.  He looked so adorable!!  I am also including part of another post for those new fans that may want some extra information about what Chuseok is and how it is traditionally celebrated.  This information will be right after the photos.

May god bless you and your ancestors!

Ready to WOOdelight?  Here we go! (Cr. MBC)

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I love this last photo with all the characters!

I also find a video that has two parts where Jung Il-woo is dressed in that Hanbok practicing his lines?  Sadly we can’t hear him because of the background music:

And this is the video of Il-woo and Park Min-young giving their Chuseok Greeting:

They are so cute!

Here is the bit of information about the holiday:

Chuseok (Hangul:추석;秋夕), literally “Autumn eve”, once known as hangawi (Hangul: 한가위 from archaic Korean for “the great middle (of autumn)”), is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in North Korea and South Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon. Like many other harvest festivals around the world, it is held around the autumn equinox, i.e. at the very end of summer or in early autumn. ” Cr. Wikipedia

“In the morning of the day of Chuseok, family members gather at their homes to hold memorial services called charye in honor of their ancestors. Formal charye services are held twice a year: during Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) and Chuseok. During Chuseok’s charye, freshly harvested rice, alcohol and songpyeon (half-moon rice cakes) are prepared as an offering to the family’s ancestors. After the service, family members sit down together at the table to enjoy delicious food. ” Cr. Imagine your Korea

This coming up is taken from another website:

“The oldest male heir of a household holds jesa to honor his family. This means that my husband, who is an only son, would honor his father and his father’s father when it is his turn to hold jesa. Currently, my husband’s father is still alive so, we go to his house to hold jesa and we honor my husband’s father’s father and his father’s grandfather and his father’s grandfather’s brother because his father’s grandfather’s brother had no male heirs. Technically only men are allowed to hold jesa which means that if my husband’s father’s grandfather’s brother had had a female heir, she would not be able to hold jesa for him because presumably she would have married into another family and would be honoring her husband’s family which is how we came to honor his father’s grandfather’s brother as well during our jesa ceremony. Jesa is passed down through the oldest male heir/relative and that’s the easiest way to remember, put simply. That is also one of the reasons that having a son has traditionally been so important to families. My husband is now the third generation in a row to have only one male heir to carry on the tradition so it is important for him to learn and continue to honor his line for his ancestors. ” Cr. The Soul of Seoul. net

Now…I’m going to make an assumption, I am going to assume that Ilwoo, who is Catholic celebrates Chuseok.  According to my Korean tutor, protestants can’t celebrate Chuseok, but Catholics can…  he might not celebrate the traditional Chuseok and attend a Catholic mass to remember his ancestors…  this is on my list of questions to ask Jung II-woo someday!  So making the assumption that Jung II-woo celebrates a traditional Chuseok… this is what would happen:

So in Ilwoo’s case, because his father is alive, his father has the responsibility to host Chuseok and the “charye” memorial service.  Jung II-woo will go to his parent’s on September 24th and help in the preparations and participate in the service. He will honor his father’s father and the male ancestors up to four generations before.  Of what I read, only the men are honored in this ceremony.

The first thing they do is set an altar table. The placing of the food on this altar is placed according to their colors and make up.  Jung II-woo is probably very involved in this as he loves to cook and various dishes are especially prepared.  To see in detail how they do this, visit HERE.  This is what the table place setting looks like:

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After the table is set, the family will participate in the “jesa” or ceremony prayer for the ancestors.  This ceremony is very symbolic and beautiful.  It is also very arduous as it involves bowing many times.   You can read about it HERE.

Another traditional custom of Chuseok is seongmyo, or visit to the ancestral graves. Seongmyo is an old tradition that is still carried out to show respect and appreciation for family ancestors. During seongmyo, family members remove the weeds that have grown around the graves and pay respect to the deceased with a simple memorial service.  Cr. Wikipedia.