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  2. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  3. Moon festival
  4. Band: LOVEBITES
  5. Chinese Traditional clothing
  6. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  7. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  8. Review: Wish
  9. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  10. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  11. Book: The White Book
  12. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  13. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  14. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  15. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  16. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  17. Artist: Hanggai
  18. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  19. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  20. Produce 101 China
  21. Crossfaith (interview)
  22. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  23. Food: Ramen
  24. Artist: Jackson Wang
  25. Special: BTSXARMY
  26. SPECIAL: BTS
  27. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  28. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  29. 10 years of SHINee
  30. Drama review: Erased
  31. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  32. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  33. Artist: Miyavi
  34. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  35. 10 Korean Proverbs
  36. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  37. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  38. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  39. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  40. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  41. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  42. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  43. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  44. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  45. Religion in Japan
  46. C-Pop
  47. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  48. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  49. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  50. Boygroup: GOT7
  51. Artist: BABYMETAL
  52. Online shopping in China
  53. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  54. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
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  56. Boygroup: Day6
  57. Drama Review: Last Friend
  58. Valentine’s day in China
  59. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  60. Valentine’s day in Korea
  61. Valentine’s day in Japan
  62. Terracotta Army
  63. Beauty in Korea
  64. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  65. Chinese New Year
  66. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  67. Review: Snackfever subscription
  68. Cat Cafe
  69. Religion in China
  70. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  71. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  72. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  73. Review: Kaomoji
  74. Chopsticks
  75. Drama Review: Save Me
  76. LGBT in Japan
  77. Artist: Zhao Lei
  78. The power of BB Cream
  79. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  80. LGBT in China
  81. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  82. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  83. Rental bikes
  84. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  85. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  86. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  87. The Three Sovereigns
  88. LGTB in South Korea
  89. Japanese street food
  90. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  91. Mumun Pottery
  92. Boygroup: SF9
  93. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  94. Izanagi & Izanami
  95. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  96. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  97. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
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  99. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  100. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
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  103. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  104. Halloween in China
  105. Halloween in Korea
  106. Social Media in China? No!
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  108. Camera Japan Festival
  109. Movie Review: Noise
  110. Heungbu and Nolbu
  111. Konpeitō
  112. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  113. Chinese Street Food
  114. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  115. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  116. Jeulmun Pottery
  117. Boyband: NEWS
  118. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  119. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  120. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  121. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  122. Review: Hite
  123. The Rising Sun Flag
  124. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  125. Drama review: Hwarang
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I asked my Korean friend if he knew any well known Korean myth or Fairytale. He told me about one of his favorites as a kid. Heungbu and Nolbu. He told me that he read this story many times when he was younger, so I decided to dig into this story. It is a didactic story, of which the meaning is quite clear.

Heungbu and Nolbu is a story written in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1897). The identity of its writer is unknown. The story reportedly took place about 200 years ago and was passed down through generations. It is now used as a popular bedtime story for Korean children.

Here we go. The story of Heungbu and Nolbu! 

 

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Heungbu and Nolbu were brothers. Nolbu was the older brother, he was very greedy, but his younger brother, Heungbu, was kind and empathetic. One day, their father died. They learned quickly that he had split his fortune, each one of the brother would get  half of the fortune. However, Nolbu, as greedy as he was, tricked Heungbu’s family and kicked him out in order to protect the fortune, and kept it all for himself. Heungbu did not complain and accepted his fate of poverty.

One day, Heungbu saw a snake crawling up a tree near his house. The snake was planning on eating a swallow. Seeing the snake, the swallow shook and fell to the ground, breaking it’s little leg. Heungbu chased the snake away and treated the swallow’s broken leg. The following spring, the swallow’s family came back to Heungbu and gave him a seed as a late thank you present. Heungbu planted the seed in his backyard and waited for the plant to mature. The plant yielded gourds, and when they were riped and ready to eat, Heungbu and his family split a gourd in half. To their surprise, there was no pit but gemstones inside. They sold the gemstones and with the money they earned they bought a beautiful new house and became very wealthy.

The rumour of Haengbu’s sudden wealth spread throughout the whole village, and finally reached Nolbu too. Due to his greed Nolbu didn’t hesitate and went to meet up with Heungbu. He immediately asked him how he became so rich so quickly. Nolbu heard the secret and decided to do the same. However, Instead of finding an hurt swallow, he caught one and broke it’s leg himself. Then he treated the broken leg and set the swallow free. The following spring the swallow returned, gifting Nolbu a seed.

Nolbu was excited and planted the seed. He waited until the tree was fully grown and splitted one of the gourds. However, instead of gemstones, each of those gourds only contained various elements of destruction. The first one contained imps, which beat and chided him for his greed. The second one caused debts collectors to appear and demand payments. The third one unleashed a deluge of muddy water that flooded his house. Nolbu and his wife lost all of their wealth. They finally realized their mistake and asked Heungbu to forgive them and lived together happily ever after.

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As said before, the moral of the story is quite clear, Good deeds will bring you wealth and luck. This story also has great cultural significance in Korea because it challenges the common Korean value that the eldest son is the most important child of the family.

Whatever happens, the world always has a way of returning what you give, whether it is good or bad.

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