Happy 2013!

On behalf of Korea Daily’s “K-Konnect” — the hip & energetic new media group that promotes “all things Korean”, 

I wish you “a new year filled with lots of luck”!  … which is literally the Korean New Year’s greeting: 
“새해 복 많이 받으세요” sae-hae bok mah-nee bah-deu-seh-yo”
Please check out our website for a look at our latest video project with the US Marine veterans of the Korean war 

and “LIKE” our Facebook page for a chance to win a Korean Keyboard sticker (something like this!) 
Continuing into 2013, I hope that all K-Konnect contents will serve as valuable info & insight to you in connecting with the Korean culture, 
and that YOU reader will also connect with us more so we can discover new tidbits and talents to share! 
Sending you warm wishes with a perfect 90’degree angle of the Korean bow, 🙂 
Jini Shim – K-Konnect Representative

Korean Drama Review – What to watch (or not?)

I was just your average, recently unemployed American woman, wandering into the family room when daughter #2 (age 14) asked me watch a Korean drama with her: “Boys Over Flowers”. Really? A Korean drama? I’ve never been into soap operas, and to watch one with subtitles just did not appeal. But, having nothing better to do at the moment, I sat and watched.


Hmm. Nice looking young men. Feisty, strong female lead. Funny dialog. Not bad. The episode ended and daughter #2 got up to leave. “Wait! Where are you going? Aren’t we going to watch the next episode?”

And with those words, my life as an average American housewife ended.

Some 80-odd Korean dramas and movies later and an I-pod filled with K-pop music, my life is not what it used to be. Korean dramas (Korean music, Korean food, and Korea in general) have become something of an obsession for me. Now admittedly, still unemployed, I have plenty of time on my hands to obsess. I like to think I’m putting the time to good use.

Why should I write about dramas?

I am a born enabler. I love sharing my enthusiasm with others. You’ll find me somewhat less critical than many because I have no difficulty enjoying a drama for what it is meant to be. I do not expect every drama to have the depth and breadth of “Deep Rooted Tree” nor do I expect an actress playing an annoying character to be anything less than annoying.

I thoroughly enjoy the cultural insights and sharing them with others. Non-Koreans may have difficulty (especially in the beginning) understanding the dramatic tension and angst of certain situations.  An explanation of cultural differences might bring new insights to the drama that may have gone unnoticed or might explain a situation that seemed unlikely.

My plan is to review the dramas I have watched and give each a rating, from 1-10, in the following areas: Storyline/Synopsis, Acting/Script, Cinematography, Music and Overall Charisma. Of course I also hope to share a few insights into cultural differences I have picked up on along the way that might help clarify a situation or maybe spark a discussion?

I love suggestions, feedback, comments and friendly criticism. I completely ignore blatant flaming. Is there a drama you would like to see reviewed sooner rather than later? Let me know in the comments or e-mail me at cadawley@earthlink.net.

Want to see a list of what I’ve seen and am currently viewing? Here it is! Talk to me!

Cheryl Dawley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, an Associate’s Degree in Psychology and is currently working in neither of those fields. She has worked in Research Science, Chemical Hygiene, Software QA, Office Management, Religious Education and considers herself a Jack-of-all-Trades.

MangezAvecFateh!: Moby Dick Fish Market and Grill

THE HUNT FOR PROPER SEAFOOD- Moby Dick Fish Market and Grill:

A KKonnect Restaurant Review



Moby Dick has been found!  And it is nowhere near New England, in fact it is a little closer to 4805 Convoy St in San Diego.

I recently had the opportunity to visit one of the hidden foodie spots in San Diego. Moby Dick Fish Market and Grill as the name alludes to is a Fish Market and restaurant. The market sells an impressive array of fresh premium seafood from as close as Southern California to as far as New Zealand, Hawaii, Chile, and Japan. The restaurant takes the fresh seafood and makes classic poorboy sandwiches, tacos, and salads to complex pastas, miso zuke dishes, intricate sushi and Korean mixed rice dishes.

One of the great advantages of eating at Moby Dick Fish Market and Grill is that the seafood is as fresh as can be. Fresh seafood means a  more colorful, vibrant and delicious seafood.

Entering the restaurant I was immediately greeted by a very attentive and sociable staff. The restaurant grounds were spacious, clean, and well maintained. However beyond the amicable staff and aesthetics, more importantly the restaurant had a true mark of a fine seafood establishment… No fishy smell!

After sharing a few capricious anecdotes with the staff, I then had the wonderful pleasure of meeting the owner of Moby Dick Fish Market and Grill, Mr. Chris Park.


Saying Moby Dick Fish Market & Grill owner Chris Park has a passion for seafood is an egregious understatement. Not only does Mr. Park have a keen sense of the flavors and preparation of seafood with his culinary acumen, he owns his own fish market, and he also did his undergraduate studies at the University of California San Diego studying Oceanography and Marine Biology.  His knowledge and appreciation for seafood would easily show when I and my colleagues were presented with his signature dishes.


The Dungeness Crab from Washington State was quite succulent, moist and juicy.  Not much needs to be said here, the  crab was prepared excellently and only needed to be complimented with a lemon butter sauce.


The Cherrystone Clams came from Connecticut. The clam shells were colorful, easily showing their freshness. The clams were meaty and tender to the bite. A small squirt of lemon added a nice tartness to the savory clam meat. Simplicity and elegance all in one shell.


Seafood is generally presented in a bourgeoisie filet in most seafood establishments. In Moby Dick, when you order fish, you literally get a whole fish presented to you.  The Rockfish from Boston, Massachusetts  I was presented with was fried perfectly, my fork pierced through the crispy exterior, into the soft and flaky fish meat.  My colleagues and I had quite an easy time sharing the Rockfish as the meat separated from the bones so stress-free.  The fish was buttery and was presented with a unique tart coleslaw.


The next dish I was presented with was an array of fried prawns with a spicy ponzu sauce. The bold taste of the giant prawns was complimented with a unique spice seasoning which provided just enough heat to pucker your lips and crave more. The ponzu sauce added a wonderful layer of tartness to the already flavorful prawn. And the portions were quite satisfying.


Moby Dick Fish Market and Grill excels in offering  a veritable bevy of fresh fish and seafood including but not limited to ; Yellowtail, Shark, Calamari Steak, Red Snapper, Salmon, Hawaiian Ono, Albacore, Mahi Mahi, Seared Ahi Tuna, Halibut, Swordfish, Chilean Sea Bass and Alaskan Halibut. In addition to the restaurant, a Sushi Academy is offered where one can learn the fine art of Sushi making from a classically trained Master Chef from Japan.

Ultimately, the freshness, variety and owner’s appreciation of seafood sets this establishment apart from others. I look forward to revisiting the restaurant, chatting with the attentive and amicable staff, trying another regional delicacy, discovering new flavors, textures and aromas and learning my way around cutting a piece of Japanese Tuna.

-Fateh K.Mangez2


Annual International Music and Arts Festival 1/12 @Poway Center for the Performing Arts

SD Chinese Art and Culture

On Saturday January 12th,The San Diego Chinese Art and Cultural Society presents: the 2013 Annual International Music and Arts Festival. 2013’s spectacle will feature: the magnificent Greater San Diego Community Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Angela Yeung, the internationally award winning Canadian brother strings duo, Kerson Leong, the violinist, and Stanley Leong, the cellist, the innovative and out of this world hip-hop dance crew, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, a global ancient Silk Road dancing sensation, and an extraordinary , or Face Changing artist, just to name a few of the dazzling performances which will take the stage.


For tickets please contact Miranda Lee at (858) 759-9581 or Wendy Meng
$15.00/$20.00/$25.00/$100.00 Adults/Children (all
Everyone must have his/her own ticket, including infants

The Old Globe “Community Voices” Workshop!


The Old Globe is pleased to invite you to participate in a community workshop series dedicated to the creation and production of new short plays. You will take part in playwriting sessions taught by an Old Globe Teaching Artist, as well as have the opportunity to see shows and interact with artists, designers and producers. The culmination of the program will be a reading of your 10-minute play, performed by professional actors at The Old Globe. This workshop series is comprised of eight sessions. Adults 21 years and older are invited to participate – no experience required! Workshop sessions will be 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursdays from January 24 to March 14, 2013. Upon program completion, participants will receive a $300 stipend and free admission to several future Globe performances.

Bayside Community Center 2202 Comstock Street | San Diego, CA 92111




To reserve your spot, contact Monica Fernandez, Education Director & Community Advocate at (858) 278-0771 x3015 or mfernandez@baysidecc.org

To learn more about The Old Globe, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org

South Korea’s New President 한국의 새로운 대통령


Here is New York Time’s article about the newly elected president:

and Huffington Post’s article (with a photo slideshow and descriptions) : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/park-geun-hye-elected_n_2330721.html


The above photo is a screen capture of today’s Korea Daily newspaper front page cover. Headline roughly translates: “Nerve-racking night of waiting for the conclusion…  Korea’s left and right rocks tumultuously.”

Indian music legend Ravi Shankar passes away


This tuesday December 12th in his Southern California home in San Diego, Ravi Shankar passed away at the age of 92.  He became a hippie musical icon during the 60s and introduced Indian music to the west with his sitar. He was also known for mentoring The Beatles. His daughter, Norah Jones, also became a successful musician. After suffering from health issues and a recent surgery, the condition of his lungs made the recovery difficult. May his soul and legacy live on and to everyone he had impacted with his music.

[Now Listening] I’m a Diamond- Girls Generation


It appears as though Korean Air Hostesses are going through a wardrobe change.  Colors are a bit aggressive, and the skirts are a bit north of the knee, they must spend a fortune on leg shaving products…One wonders what the dudes have to wear?:O

 Below is a sample of the song “I’m a Diamond” from Girls Generation. Not my cup of Sujeonggwa, but the hook is decent.

Girls Generation have come out with their second Japanese album “Girls’ Generation II ~Girls & Peace~”.

Los Angeles Dodgers sign Ryu Hyun-Jin


The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Hanwha Eagles left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin to a 6 year, $36 Million contract.  Hyun-Jin, known for his deceptive change-up and fastball,  represented South Korea in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Hyun-Jin was also a part of the Gold Medal winning South Korean National Baseball Team in the Olympic Games and Asian Games.

To grasp that dollar amount, that is precisely *uses calculator* $36 million dollars more than what a KKonnect blogger makes in six years. But seriously, we blog for the thrill of it.

photo from foxsports.com