Hallyu [한류]: also known as the Korean wave, a neologism literally meaning flow of Koreawhich represents the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture since the ’90s.

안녕하세요, 에스매입니다.

Today, I’m going to share with you how I got into Hallyu. I am sure that every Hallyu fan out their has their own tale of how they joined the Korean wave: This is my story.

Sunnie, my sister, has been a Kdrama fan since 2012, and she stumbled upon Kpop back in 2015. Granted, she has tried every trick in the book to lure me to her world for as long as I could remember, but I only managed to gratify her pleas by watching one single movie and two episodes of an ongoing drama at the time.

How it all began

It all started on January 17th, 2016 on Sunnie’s birthday. I have initially planned the whole day to celebrate her birthday properly but the gloomy weather forced us to cancel our plans. In order to cheer her up, I granted her a birthday pass : I offered to agree to everything she asks for that day, even if it wasn’t to my liking. Needless to say that Sunnie knew exactly what she wanted; her verdict was to spend the whole day indoors tucked in and watch Kpop music videos on Youtube. Although I was deviously tricked, I still had to keep my word.

How I got hooked

After exactly four hours of listening to Kpop, I found myself taking a liking to it, and even jamming to whatever rare english words my ears picked up: by the end of the afternoon, my mind was literally a standard Kpop radio station. But the promise did not end there; since she still had a few hours until midnight, she made me start an ongoing Kdrama at the time. After a couple of episodes, I found myself clicking link after link with every episode ending with a breathtaking cliffhanger. That’s when I knew that I was doomed.

How Esmee goes Hallyu came to be

What I thought of as a curse back then turned into an eternal bliss. This is why I decided to commemorate it by creating this blog on my baby sister’s birthday as a tribute to her, and to remind myself that I was lost before Hallyu, and it took me quite a while to completely find myself again.

With these writings I want to tell everyone who took the time to read this, whether they are Hallyu enthusiasts or inquisitive readers altogether, that you should always locate your happy place and allow yourself to reach for it, no matter how many obstacles you come across in life; after all you’re responsible for your own happiness. With that in mind, my last piece of advice is as follows: dream, persist, fulfill, repeat.

That’s all for today! Feel free to share your own story with Hallyu, and stay tuned for more Hallyu gems. Until I see you next time, thank you for reading me.

P.S: 생일 축하해 선니, 정말 고마워. 사랑해 ♡