Category: Entertainment

Big Day South

By , April 11, 2014 3:10 pm


April is a busy month for Angle Magazine. We’re about to publish our 5th issue and we will be following it with our first ever festival. We are fortunate to team up with I Like Many Records (an indie record label and brainchild of former Ulsan resident, Ali Safavi) and the great people at [b]racket Magazine to create Big Day South, an exhilarating audio and visual festival in downtown Daegu.


Big Day South will be featuring some amazing artists from the south of South Korea and from around the world. Dogstar, who were featured in Angle Magazine’s fourth issue, have been playing together for over a decade. This legendary band has brought their experimental sound all over the country and influenced numerous up and coming bands. From Seoul, electronic producer and composer Yukari, who released one of our favourite Korean albums of 2013, will be bringing her lush chillwave / dream pop sound to Club Urban. Say Sue Me, from Busan, will bring their sexy surf music, which they showcased to a packed house at Sticky Fingers on Paddy’s Day. Yamagata Tweakster is described as “The quintessential Korean experience,” and for Big Day South, he returns to his hometown to wrap up our musical performances with a blast of electronic dance pop music. His shows are notoriously unpredictable, often bringing the party out into the streets.

dogstarOn top of all the fantastic acts from around Korea, Angle Magazine is delighted to have several talented artists representing Ulsan. Over the last couple of months, The Elsewheres have been scribbling away, producing original tunes, with the goal of recording their own album by the end of the year. Two relatively recent Ulsan arrivals will be showing off their talents: Canadian poet and spoken word artist, Sean O’Gorman, who will be performing between acts at Club Urban, and South African graffiti artist, Moke will be starting things off creating art on-site outside Social Market alongside local Daegu artist Pal lo. Wrapping things up at Social Market will be Kim Yi-wha, an Ulsan native and one of our city’s finest emerging artists, who has held breathtakingly large exhibitions containing a mixture of installation and performance art in London, Seoul, and Ulsan.


The main goal of Big Day South is to disprove the idea that someone needs to travel to Seoul to get their alternative culture fix. While Seoul is a thriving scene, the south of the country has wonderful talent that should not be overlooked. Angle Magazine has featured many of these artists in previous issues, striving to showcase their talent and give their work the justice it deserves through interviews and videos. As much as we love featuring these talented groups and individuals in our magazine, we are firm believers that its always best to experience art up close and in-person.


With 18 performers from Ulsan, Busan, and Daegu, Big Day South will be an excellent opportunity for you to get involved with your local arts scene, meet some amazing artists, and be a part of some interactive art that is sure to get your creativity flowing. Hard working local charities will be providing an assortment of goods and activities, such as freshly baked cake and costumes. The first 75 people at the door of Social Market will get a free and original screen printed poster, made in front of them by Mesh Printing. Tickets will be available at T Morning Cafe from 10am, with concessions available for single entry to either of our 2 venues.


Photo credits: Ken Robinson, Stephen Elliot, Cindi L’abbe, Min Kim, Philip Brett, Leon Choi.


 Social Market – 소셜마켓: 12pm-4pm
Moke (Ulsan – Street Art)
Mine Lee/이민혜 (Daegu – Acoustic)
Leon Choi (Daegu – Digital Painting)
Andrew Blad (Daegu – Acoustic)
William Joseph Leitzman (Daegu – Digital Comic)
Cindi L’Abbe (Busan – Dance)
김이화 (Ulsan – artist)

URBAN Lounge Club : 5pm – Late
The Elsewheres (Ulsan)
November on Earth (Daegu)
Sean O’Gorman (Ulsan – Spoken Word)
The Curses (Daegu)
Colours (Daegu)
Say Sue Me (Busan)
유카리(YUKARI) (Seoul)
도그스타 / Dogstar (Daegu)
yamagata tweakster (Daegu/Seoul)
Akimbo (Busan)


Baseball in Ulsan!

By , March 10, 2014 12:50 pm

The new baseball stadium at the Munsu Sports Complex is ready to open, with two Lotte Giants vs Hanwha Eagles games on March 22 and 23, both games starting at 1:00pm. To kick off the new season, and the new venue, both of these games will be free! (Go early!!)

Korean baseball is a great sport to watch, partly because the players are high calibre, and partly because the crowds are as active as European soccer fans, or American football fans. There are chants, songs, dances, and it’s generally a rowdy fun time. Also, Korean stadiums tend to be a little more open to people bringing in outside food and beverages (not bottles, though), and the concession stand prices are fairly reasonable.

So, head over to Mugeodong on March 22 or 23, and root-root-root for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame.  For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ball game.

Industrial Theatre Troupe is Back!

By , February 3, 2014 11:01 pm

An announcement from ITT:

Ulsan’s own ‘Industrial Theatre Troupe‘ is back with their 4th performance of 30 plays in 60 minutes.

For those who have not heard of ITT, it is a theatre troupe which was started in 2012 by 2 native English teachers, Pete Musto and Danielle Malson, and theatre director Yoojung Im. ITT use the concept of 30 plays in 60 minutes to deliver many different short plays, covering different genres. The theatre troupe encourages audience participation by having them choose the order of plays and being brought up on stage for some skits as well. Currently, ITT have 7 cast members. The former members, who are all native English teachers are Tronell Lessing, Danielle Malson, Brian Kelly and Patrick Sanders. Elementary native English teacher Cassandra Hora, American foreign student Kyle Walton and So Theatre’s manager, Hyun Chil, have joined ITT this time round.

Director Tronell Lessing says, “[The New Black] new place, new plays, same story”.

Producer Danielle adds, “This is probably our most positive production yet, with more laughter and short skits than previously. However, it wouldn’t be an ITT performance without some serious, reflective pieces, too”.

ITT are now performing at So Theatre in Seongnamdong, 24 Munhwaui-geori, (249-1 Okgyo-dong) Jung gu, Ulsan, Korea 681-190. (The location is pinned on the Interactive Map, under “Culture”)

From Shigaetop in Old Downtown, walk towards Royal Anchor. With Royal Anchor on your left walk to the next intersection. Go straight and the theatre shall have The New Black posters outside the entrance.

Performances are; Friday February 7th, 9pm. Saturday February 8th 7 & 9pm. To reserve tickets e-mail; Or call; 052 271 0557 for Korean or 010 5508 3107 for English.

Reel Rock Film Tour: Daegu

By , December 4, 2013 9:47 pm

From Korea On The Rocks Initiative (KOTRi), a charitable organization that helps install and replace safe rock climbing protection and anchors on climbing sites throughout Korea: KFT_Facebook Cover Photo is once again bringing the best in climbing and adventure films to audiences in Korea this winter with its fourth Reel Rock Film Tour Event. The evening promises awesome prize giveaways, raffles and a breathtaking film lineup that will get your heart racing and your palms sweating.  This year’s Film Tour brings together the Reel Rock Tour, as well as 2 unique and local films from our community. Lee Sung Jae’s film, “Uleung-do,”  looks to uncover the beauty of this remote island off the Korean coast, while The Dedicated Everyman’s film,“Unclimbed,” explores the remote unclimbed giants of the  Zanskar region of northern India. (There will be an article on this film posted shortly on UlsanOnline – stay tuned – Ed)


KOTRi hosts this annual film tour to bring local and expat outdoor enthusiasts and rock climbers together in celebration of adventure, adrenaline and extreme filmmaking. Combining the biggest names in rock climbing with stories of pushing the limits of climbing like never before, the films showcase the very best of the sport and will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.



More than growing the reach of the sport, the event is a chance for Korea’s outdoor communities to give back to the peninsula’s beautiful natural environment. KOTRi’s mandate is to develop, maintain and improve Korea’s climbing environment. The non-profit organization was founded in 2010 and has initiated a range of projects around Korea to ensure that the country’s rock climbing spots are safe, well equipped and environmentally sustainable.  The Reel Rock Film Tour is KOTRi’s biggest annual fundraiser and has raised over 25 million won over the past three years towards keeping Korea’s climbing areas safe.


The films will be screened in Daegu on December 14th from 5pm to 10pm at Kyungpook Universities Global Plaza theatre. Tickets are available in advance for 10,000 W or at the door for 15,000 W. Discounts are available for groups and members.  Visit to get more information on the events and to book tickets.

In June, 2013, Mammut Korea agreed to a full partnership with We are pleased to host this year’s event with our official partner, Mammut Korea.  Event sponsors include Eunpyeong-Gu district office, Evolv, Julbo, Prana, Outdoor Global, Magpie Brewing Company and CAYL (Climb As You Love).

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World Music Festival in Ulsan – this weekend!

By , October 1, 2013 3:36 pm

This weekend, Ulsan will host its annual World Music Festival, which is, in the opinion of this editor, the best festival held in Ulsan, and easily within the top 10 festivals nation-wide.  (Other top festivals include the Jinju Lantern Festival and the Andong Maskdance Festival, both of which are also happening this weekend, of course.) It will take place in and around the Ulsan Culture Center, which is right beside KBS Hall, near the Byeong-yeong Bridge. It’s pinned on the Interactive Map, under Culture.

This year, the line up in the 4 different venues includes bands from Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia, Angola, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Hungary, France Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. The festival takes place over 4 days, starting Thursday evening, and continuing until Sunday night. For a full schedule, check out their website, which includes an English version.

One of the draws for this festival is the wide variety of food and cultural tents set up around the Culture Center. A wide variety of local restaurants and  groups sell snacks, beverages and souvenirs from all over the world.

This year, is teaming up with T-Hope to sell chili dogs and beer in support of T-Hope’s annual Christmas Party at the Ulsan Orphanage in Eonyang. All proceeds will go towards buying snacks and gifts for the children. If you are interested in volunteering at our tent, please contact me on Facebook, or by emailing .

The Ulsan Parent’s Club will also be selling goodies (pie and cotton candy, along with homemade beauty products) in support of their clubs events.

Come down this weekend to check out some amazing international performances, eat amazing international food , and support some great clubs and causes!

Cruise Ulsan Harbour!

By , September 4, 2013 6:07 pm

The Namgu district office would like to promote their whale-watching and night-cruise boat among the expat community by offering us a special party.

Whale Watching Tour, October 5th Sat, 2013

Global Day ‘Night Cruise’ Beer Party

▪Hosted by UMFSC  ▪Sponsored by SK &

The event will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Saturday, October 5th, and tickets cost only 10,000 won, thanks to a generous donation by SK (tickets for a night cruise are usually 40,000 won). For 2 hours, the boat will cruise around Ulsan, showing off the glimmering lights of the coast from Jangsangpo to  Gangeolgot. The timing will be perfect to watch the sun set and the lights pop out in the twilight, then return to land under a starry sky (there will be no moon that night). There will be free food and beer available, and live music. (website entirely in Korean)

The Boat – (website entirely in Korean)

A shuttle bus will be running from City Hall at 5:30pm, or parking is available at the Whale Museum lot for free (but keep in mind it is a beer party, so either find a designated driver, or bring the number for a daeri-unjong).

A total of 150 tickets are being sold for the event through different foreigner groups (see below), and UlsanOnline has been given 60. I’ll be selling them on a first-paid, first-served basis, contact and bank information will be posted at the end of the article. Children are welcome to join, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

The cruise routes

The cruise routes – this event would follow 2 – Coast night view.

There will be a group photo on the pier before we set sail, and a welcome ceremony with remarks from the mayor of Namgu.

If there is a typhoon that weekend, the event will be postponed to October 12th.


Maybe you'll even see dolphins or whales! (website fully in Korean)

Maybe you’ll even see dolphins or whales!

To get a ticket, please contact me via email ( or by private message on Facebook, with the following information: Name, Date of Birth, Address in Korea, Phone Number and Nationality (info for each person you are purchasing a ticket for). I will then give you the information for a bank transfer. When I have received your money, I will add your name to the list, and let you know you are confirmed. The final date for ticket sales is September 30th.

Tickets are also available through UMFSC, Hyundai Heavy Industries, UNIST, the University of Ulsan and the Office of Education.


Inside - (website all in Korean)

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Making Ulsan Connections through Facebook

By , July 30, 2013 7:28 pm

It’s rare these days to come across someone who isn’t on Facebook. The Social Media site has taken on a huge role in many of our lives, as an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family back home (even if it’s just passively checking statuses or flipping through photo albums) while we’re living abroad. It’s also a great way to meet new people and discover ways to get involved in your new community while you’re living here. Ulsan has always had a very active foreign community, and with help from the members of the Ulsan Online Facebook group, I’ve compiled a list of groups that can help you make connections, and get more out of your time in the Land of the Morning Calm.

General help for living in Ulsan

Ulsan Online – with over 1800 members, and growing every day, this is probably the most active group online in Ulsan. The intention is to extend the information available on our website – if you can’t find an answer to your question on here, ask it there!

Ulsan Used Goods – a buy and sell list. Since many expats are here only for a year or two, there is a rather steady trade in basic household products and furniture, or even the odd vehicle. If you need something, or want to unload something you can’t bring

home, check it out.

Ulsan Parents Club - great support if you have little ones. They occasionally organize group outings, such as picnics and Christmas parties.

Ulsan Mothers Group – similar to above.

What’s Hot in Hogye – for anyone living in Buk-gu (the north end of the city), in neighbourhoods like Hogye and Hwabong, as it can feel a little isolated out there. There’s also the Yeonamazing group for people in Hwabong and Yeonam dongs.

Dong-gu Ulsan – a similar group for people living in Dong-gu, which can also feel a bit cut off from the rest of the city at times.

Eonyang Family – for those way out in Ulju-gun, by the KTX station.


T-Hope - Teachers Helping Other People Everywhere. A group of volunteers who do orphanage visits, gather donations for charity, and run fundraising events. This is a page, not a group, but you can find out more about them through this link.

T-Hope – Lotus Center for Autistic Children

Language Skills

Ulsan Language Exchange Table and

Let’s Talk Talk Ulsan - these two groups organize events where Koreans and English-speakers can come together to practice their other language. Usually half the event is run in English, half in Korean.

Ulsan Korean Study Group - a group centered around the study of the Korean Language in Ulsan. In this group you can share your tips and materials on studying Korean.

Ulsan Skype Cultural Exchange Group - meet up over Skype, from the comfort of your own home.

Spanish Conversation in Ulsan - get together with other Spanish language speakers to keep up your skills.

Hobbies and Recreation (these are pretty straight forward)

Ulsan Online Debate Forum

Ulsan Photography Club 

Ulsan Wine Club

Ulsan Dog Owners 

Ulsan Social Dance

Industrial Theatre Troupe

Irish in Ulsan

Ulsan Partying

Ulsan Happenings

Ulsan AfterHours

Ulsan Social Club

Ulsan Homebrew Group


Ulsan Rock Climbing

Foreigners CAN Hike

Ulsan, Busan, Daegu, Pohang Ice Hockey

Ulsan Football (American style, not soccer)

Ulsan Bolts Rugby Club

Won Shot Wanderers FC  (soccer/football)

R.O.K. STARS 2013  (basketball)

Ulsan Sports - for a wide variety

Ulsan Ultimate Frisbee (UFF)

Healthy People of Ulsan

Waeguks Got Runs – for runners/joggers. Often lists marathons and other running events.

Teaching Support

Ulsan Substitute Teacher Group - if you need cover for a day off at your hogwan, try listing it here.

Ulsan MOE Substitute Teacher Group – same as above, but for public school teachers.

Teachers in Ulsan – share resources, get advice for dealing with difficult classes, etc.

Ulsan EPIK – for public school teachers.

High School Teachers in Korea - support for the small number of native speaker High School teachers.

Ulsan Middle School Teachers

Resources for Teachers in Ulsan

Student Support

UISO – UNIST International Student Organization, for students at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology.

University of Ulsan International Students Association

Religious Organizations

Ulsan English Fellowship - A Mission Outreach of the First Congregational United Church of Christ

Ulsan Catholic Community

Simin International Church Ulsan

Ulsan Han-Fil Families – Korean-Filipino families “working together to fulfill the will of Heaven.”




The Nomad Within: Wonders of Asia Exhibition in Ulsan

By , June 27, 2013 2:41 pm


Peter DeMarco is an extremely talented photographer based out of Busan. He is the first foreigner to ever win the Busan Tourism Photo Contest and not to mention he has also achieved a Merit Award from the National Geographic Photography Contest as well. Suffice it to say that his photos are amazing!


Earlier this month IUM Art Space Gallery opened up next to Pop Factory in Dal-dong (near Samsandong). Their first exhibition is Peter’s. I personally think that this was an amazing choice, not only having an accomplished foreign photographer for their first exhibition, but also a photographer that shows the beauty of Asia using different subjects.


The opening ceremony of the IUM Art Space Gallery and Peter’s Gallery. Pictured are Peter with the gallery owner, members of the local government office and guests of honour.


His photos at this exhibition cover a wide range of subjects from urban Korea to desert landscapes. His photos are colourful and well presented. Also note that this gallery is free to all and the IUM Art Space Gallery is a wonderful and well designed space. Definitely worthwhile to check out.


Peter DeMarco with gallery owner Im Cho Long

Peter’s exhibition will run until July 28th. The Gallery is located next to Pop Factory and just behind KBS Hall. IUM Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday and from 10:30am to 9:00pm. they are closed on Sundays.

For more detailed information please check out Peter’s post and he has included a map and bus numbers for you.


A Weekend in Ulsan

By , April 7, 2013 10:49 pm


To begin with: hello. I’m new around these parts, and I’m not sure how often I’ll be stopping by. My name is James, and I like to travel, eat, and take photos. (Though the last two don’t happen together often enough.) This will be an article mostly about Ulsan’s Ilsan beach, though there are other photos I’ll be throwing in as a bonus.

Last weekend, I took bus 127 to Ilsan beach. (From the bus station, go to the Lotte plaza bus stop. There are other buses you can take, but I don’t have my girlfriend’s list on hand.) The trip was about an hour long, changed buses at the train station, and gave me a wonderful and lazy view of the city. If you have company, it hardly seems long at all.

When I got there, the weather didn’t seem that great. Ulsan is an industrial city. I live in another industrial city, Pohang, and as someone who appreciates and documents excellent scenery industrial cities present something of a challenge. It’s the dirty air. The smell doesn’t bother me, and as someone with a pollen allergy I don’t find the air hard to breathe at all. However, there is a characteristic haze of industrial cities that prevents on most days proper cloud formation. In short, as I stepped out of the bus and onto the beach I might have said something along the lines of “For Pete’s sakes, would you look at those skies?”

So, the weather didn’t seem that great–until (and I do hope you don’t mind me skipping ahead) I saw this.

View from the pine forest.

So we got the beach and we walked, and I hunted for things to photograph. It might have been a bit early for beach hopping, honestly, but the beach showed promise. It was clean. There were only the usual crowds of Korean elders fishing and having picnics, and children chasing each other and throwing rocks. It wasn’t high tourist season, but there looked to be plenty of places counting on the time to arrive eventually.

My girlfriend and I started gravitating toward the pine forest. It’s the most imposing looking thing from the beach, and I was already interested from Ulsan’s pocket sized tourist guide. So we went. I’m not sure if it was just the fact that forests are so rare in Korean cities, or if it was the strong scent of sea water and pines, or if it really was a nice woods (or if it was the novelty of readily available trash cans), but we really enjoyed walking there. It’s a pretty big place, and it looks better at night. My advice, if you have the time: scout around once while the sun is up, have lunch, a quick snack, or do something else. Then come back after dark, and walk along the edge. It is absolutely beautiful.

Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice. My girlfriend and I were walking, and I decided to walk along the edge of the forest before knowing how big it really is. We started about 20 minutes after dark and wanted to hurry, so the only picture I took in the pine forest was this one, of rocks.

Rocks near the shore.

Granted, those are nice rocks. There was much more still to see, and plenty of it at night.

One more thing to do at night is eat. I don’t think Korean cities look proper until it’s after dark and all the love motels and restaurants put their fancy lights on. It isn’t the most classically beautiful thing, but it does convey a certain unmistakable energy. When we came down from the forest we had both finished a bit of hiking and were reasonably hungry. So we did the tourist thing: what looks good? Well, what looked good, and what was good, came as a bit of a surprise.

I’m no stranger to foreigner restaurants in Korea, but rarely do you see something so complete as this operation. Golden Eagle’s Bar in Ilsan beach is an English Pub ripped straight from its roots. There are English style tables, a menu that serves excellent Philly cheese steaks, the most delicious fries I have had in Korea, and a rather excellent, but tiny pizza. (I’m sure everything else on the menu is superb as well.) Also, there are more from the UK in one place there than anywhere I’ve seen in Korea. It’s a treat. We sat, we ate, and left feeling pretty satisfied with the day. Moral of the story? Ilsan beach doesn’t disappoint.

The last photo I have is of a place between old downtown and the bus station. I don’t know where, so don’t ask. (It’s Hakseong Park – ed) It is a hill in the middle of the city, and it is filled to the brim with trees, some of them cherry blossoms. I was lucky enough to find someone to sit where my camera was pointed.

Cherry blossom hill.

And that, as they say, is that. My entire weekend in Ulsan. Here’s another picture taken quite a bit longer ago, but the people on the Facebook page liked it so well I decided to post it anyway.

View from the river walking path.

Okay, so that’s really all. Except one thing: if you’d like to hear more from me on my normal blog (where I am usually much less verbose) check me out at:

Hope you enjoyed reading, and feel free to click the photos for larger sizes of anything.

The Twelve Days of Love (reprinted from the Ulsan Pear)

By , March 13, 2013 5:39 pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published in the Ulsan Pear (the newspaper predecessor to – you can check out the archives here) in February 2006. I’m republishing it here in celebration of White Day, which is tomorrow.

By Mike Weber

Every country and culture has its own unique courtship rituals. Sometimes, ideas and customs get borrowed. Things are lost in the translation, but sometimes things are gained as well.

In Korea, simply having one Valentine’s Day is not enough . Each month, the 14th is set aside for lovers (or in some cases, the loveless). No one is entirely sure where and how some of these days started. They seem to have began as loose high school traditions. Much like urban legends, they have become more widely circulated via the internet. There is no central authority of the days and how they should be observed. Check a dozen different Cyworld home pages, and you’ll see a dozen different variations on the themes. Here’s a rough break down of the twelve “lover’s holidays” in Korea (not including Pepero Day, Christmas, birthdays etc).

January 14th – “Diary Day”

The customary gift is a year-long daily planner or calendar. Exceptionally devoted lovers will mark off certain days, such as the 200 or 300 day anniversaries of their couplehood, as well as birthdays and whatnot.

February 14th – “Valentine’s Day”

The original. Korean girls celebrate the Gnostic teachings of Valentinius by giving chocolate to their boys.

March 14th – “White Day”

This day is set aside for the boys to reciprocate gifts of chocolate to their ladies.

April 14th – “Black Day”

A holiday anyone can appreciate, those who are unlucky in love celebrate their bitterness with “jajangmyang,” a Chinese dish of noodles and black bean sauce.

Nobody loves you? Here, eat this!

May 14th – “Rose Day”

Lovers exchange roses and sentiments, among other things. Alternately, the 14th of May can also be “Yellow Day,” which is celebrated with curry.

June 14th – “Kiss Day”

The human mouth contains over 300 strains of bacteria, several types of fungus, and millions of individual microbes. Have a happy Kiss Day!

July 14th –“Silver Day”

A gift of silver jewelry is the traditional exchange for this day. Silver is a tasteful alternative to gold, which has been ruined by mafia goons and rappers.

August 14th– “Green Day”

Even Billie Joe would approve of taking your loved one to a scenic, rustic area and enjoying a green bottle of soju together.

Taking Green Day too far. (photo from

September 14th – “Music and Photo Day”

On this day, take your sweetheart somewhere where you can enjoy music. And also, take a photo.

October 14th – “Wine Day”

What’s more romantic than enjoying a quiet bottle of wine with a loved one? Find a nice, candlelit locale and splurge of a bottle of the good stuff. It sure beats chocolate.

November 14th – “Movie Day”

The traditional “dinner and a movie” date of the West gets its very own day in Korea. Surely with the immense volume of high quality cinema that Hollywood has been putting out lately, you’ll have no trouble finding a movie worth seeing.

December 14th – “Hug Day”

As the name implies, this day is for hugs. You don’t need a sweetheart to enjoy this day; anyone likes a good hug. Especially if they’re drunk.

You’ll never need to wait more than a month to have an opportunity for romance: you can woo your special someone all year long. Enjoy some Korean culture and make every 14th a special day.