Korean wave: Will you go with the flow?

I remember I was only in high school when my country was first hit with the Korean wave. There was a growing number of Korean dramas being subbed in Filipino and shown in local channels. People liked the soundtracks of the shows and bought copies of their CDs. Soon, it was all over us and we were clearly struck with the new culture.

It was my sophomore year in high school when I first met a Korean. They’re two actually. Both were practicing English teachers who chosen to have their demo classes with us. Their language skill was fair, but we students were still better. We turned a blind eye on their Koglish accent as we loved the energetic way they taught us. There was even this day when they performed Gom Se Mari, a funny “three bear” song featured in the drama Full House starring Song Hye Kyo and Rain.

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I got interested in the new culture since then. It helped that my high school best friend was way too crazy about Korea that she even asked me to learn Hangeul with her so we can speak and write to each other in that language. Sort of a morse code for us and advantageous when writing notes while in class. When I went to university, it became worse. My school was half-full of Koreans! I gained a lot of Korean friends, especially when I signed up to be a student English tutor in my school. And oh, I got a Korean boyfriend, too. That warrants another blog post so I’ll spare you the details. Anyhow, since then, the culture is with me.

Korean wave is referred to as the increasing visibility of Korean entertainment and culture in general. It started with the popularity of Korean dramas, then Kpop in Youtube.

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With these, I can say that my country has been strongly hit with it. In the Philippines especially in Metro Manila, there isn’t a day when one will not hear a Korean song being played somewhere. Dramas also occupied most of our primetime shows. A lot of Korean restaurants sprouted everywhere like mushrooms and locals embraced them all.

In my village, the effects of Korean wave are quite evident. I think the fact that many Koreans live in my area also helped its growth. There’s a long strip of various Korean restaurants, salons, dental clinics, car shops, e-marts, etc. I enjoy going to most of the places mentioned, but aside from the restaurants, there’s another thing I like with the wave – the Korean fashion style.

Before, Philippines mostly gets fashion ideas from New York, London, and Italian styles. With the spread of Korean culture, it also influenced our tastes. I think my country is not alone in this. As I observed, there is a growing number of Korean-inspired clothing brands which offer latest trends on Kpop fashion and street style outfits around the world.

Most of my Korean friends admit that they do online shopping for their clothes 98% of the time. They buy clothes and accessories in various online stores in their country with free shipping. I got envious with that. Online consumerism here in my country is yet to be widely accepted, though there are some who already braved the market.

Few months ago, I was uncertain if buying clothes online is for me. But now, there’s nothing more I’d like to do than online shopping! There are many legit stores out there and they have a wide collection of items to choose from. No more hassle going to malls and waiting for sale as most have very affordable prices.

I have featured some shops before in this blog, and I am to do one again today. This shop is relevant with today’s topic as they sell Korean style of clothing. If you are the kind of person who likes wearing feminine and demure dresses or wants to sport a Kpop-inspired outfit, then I am sure this shop is definitely for you.

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Coco-Fashion is an international online store which provides a variety of unique and good quality women clothing in roughly 300 countries around the globe. They often update their collections with the latest fashion trends to keep their customers always in style. What’s also good is that there is no minimum order required to purchase an item in this shop so there’s no worry if you have a limited budget to use for shopping.

19 thoughts on “Korean wave: Will you go with the flow?

  1. K-Pop is not such a huge thing in Australia. If you happen to study communication in University, K-Pop is a mandatory part of your course due to its growing popularity in other countries around the world. As for the clothes, yeah, they aren’t really my style. Not many blokes wear dresses where I come from. Funny thing actually – in my Theory for Writing class when the topic of feministic writing came up, the question ‘why do women wear dresses and men don’t’ was postulated and the only answer I could fathom is that men don’t have the hips to carry that kind of thing. Also, just my opinion, but cosmetics I believe makes women’s faces look weird. I’d rather look at the face of a natural woman than one who was dolled up to look the supposed version of beautiful as depicted by magazines. With all that stuff on, the skin is no longer the colour that it really is; the face no longer looks the same, et al. Beauty is natural, not artificial. Do dig the whiskers though. Me, I’ve always wanted a tail. Dunno why. I’ll stop writing now. This comment is becoming awkwardly odd.

    1. kpop is mandatory in your school? Wow, I don’t know what to say to that. I understand your point on make-up, but some women feel more confident wearing them. I usually don’t wear makeup, mostly because I don’t know how to.

      No worries on sounding awkward in this comment. it is fun to see your thoughts flowing freely, Mr Poet. 🙂

  2. Ooh, what pretty dresses!. I love the full sleeved maroon dress and the third dress under the mini dress category. They look adorable ♡. I liked your selca. Cute!

    1. I love that maroon dress, too. I am thinking of buying it next, actually. Ah, the third mini is a floral, Asian print mini-dress. To chic, right?

      Thanks for liking my selca, Naz. I considered posting a gwiyomi video, but I later backed out. Just the photos then. 🙂

      1. Wow!. You would look awesome in that maroon dress. The floral mini is actually cute and looks kinda unique. That’s why I liked it. What’s a gwiyomi video??

  3. I just had to follow your blog. I love this style post. So many things I’d love to have/wear. **sigh** Maybe someday if I could be open. So for now I’ll just live vicariously through blogs.

    I too love books. I really need to post about them more often.

  4. The funny thing is I just learned the “Three Bear” song in Korean class today lol. I’ll have to check out that site, I need new clothes. Thanks for the tip!

  5. I know Gom Se mari! Lol that’s been one of Abby’s favorite songs since she was tiny. And now it’s stuck in my head!

    I love YouTube for makeup tutorials, especially fancy looks for special occasions.

  6. I can’t wear Korean clothes because I have a typical hearty Northern European build and don’t suit the styles. I love Korean cinema. Korean culture is becoming known here in Britain but not widely (except for Psy).

  7. K-wave is HUGE in Indonesia. Aside from K-dramas that have started playing in the national TV channels since early 2000s, K-Pop is such a big hit these days. Every morning you’ll see it on TV. And even if Korean variety shows are not shown on national TV channels here, the internet helps spreading them to Indonesian fans. Running Man is such a big hit that even a few cities in Indonesia has their own equivalent, albeit amateur, such as jogjarunners.blogspot.com. K-fashion has also come into the Indonesian market, but has not taken it by storm. A lot of K-style fashion items are available online, though, with virtual stores located in many cities all around Indonesia.

    But I’m as curious as Call of the Siren as to why K-wave hadn’t boom in the past before K-Pop started coming since around 2008 (note: K-dramas started to hit my nation since Autumn in My Heart, Full House, etc. Winter Sonata, etc.).

  8. I feel left out, aside from a few Korean restaurants and of course the cars we don’t get much else apart from footballers. The big over sized sweater looks cute though.

  9. The Korean wave is more underground here. We don’t have dubbed Korean drama on television but any addict knows how to get them.

    Korean clothing looks so cute. If only things were not one size… I get similar finds at Forever21, probably why I always end up spending there.

    What do mean ugly? Your selca look cute! ^^

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