The year 2013 has been a challenging year to my homeland. As if the recently exposed case of graft and corruption widely known as Napoles case in the Philippines is not enough, series of fortuitous events put our country in a difficult situation. The earthquake in Bohol destroyed some of the oldest churches we have and took the lives of a lot of Boholanos and perhaps the worst typhoon in the history of the Philippines almost wiped out Tacloban in the map with 2013 super typhoon Yolanda aka as Haiyan internationally.
What these unfortunate events brought us are people sending their love all over the world. It was heart warming enough to keep the Filipino spirit alive. And so despite the hardships, I would like to welcome 2014 with even greater hope towards the healing of our nation.
May the blessings of the Lord shower upon us this 2014. As the Korean way to say it:
새해 (sae hae) – New Year
복 (bok) – blessings
많이(manhi) – many
받으세요 (padeuseyo) – receive
새해 행복하세요! (Sae hae haengbokhaseyo!) 복 많이 받으세요! (Bok manhi padeuseyo!)
These are some of handy greetings for New Year. The first one literally means Happy New Year while the next one in most cases stands for the same meaning but it actually May you have many blessings or lots of fortune.
I am not the type who makes new year resolution which is very common in our country whenever the year is about to start. It’s like changing something for the better. I am not sure if Koreans have something like that. Nevertheless I will really try to focus a bit more time in my study of the Korean language so I will try to manage my time properly to allow me to study a bit more. If my schedule will permit, I will pursue Korean 2 classes on January 2010. I am crossing my fingers.
다시 한번 새 해 행복하세요!
Five days to go and its going to be 2009 already. Despite the economic depression that hit the world late this year and the gloomy projections on growth for 2009, there is still hope. Moreso, these global situation will not stop us from spreading cheers and greeting each other for a blessed new year.
So much for the intro, i just wanted to share how to greet Happy New Year in Korean:
새해 복 많이 보내세요 (Saehae bok manhi bonaeseyo). This is literally translated as To send many new year blessings. Somehow this is similar to how we always say Have a Prosperous New Year.
If you just want to stick to the usual Happy New Year, you can say 행복한 새해 보내세요 (Haengbokhan saehae bonaeseyo). This means to send a happy new year.