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3.12.2012

For the Love of Pororo.

My fascination for Korea is no secret. If you've been following my blog for quite some time, then you pretty much have an idea how much I love the country and its culture. I watch Korean dramas as if they were my sustenance, and Kpop songs have taken over my iPod and CD shelf. My makeup is Korean, the noodles on my cupboard are Korean, the chocolates and canned coffee inside my fridge are Korean, heck, even my toothbrush is Korean!

Even my son has joined the bandwagon. Because now, even the cartoon that he watches is Korean. Of course, I'm referring to none other than Pororo the Little Penguin!

Pororo and Friends!
Yue first saw him in an episode of Running Man, a Korean variety show. (See? I don't even watch Philippine TV anymore!) Haha, one of the shows co-hosts, has earned the name of Haroro because of his distinct resemblance to the little penguin. If I remember correctly, this is the episode where Yue first laid eyes on Pororo.

Haha + Pororo = Haroro.
From then on, the little man has kept on bugging me about 'the penguin with glasses' and why he can't find him on TV. While Pororo has a worldwide following and broadcast rights of his show are distributed to 80 different countries, the Philippines - unfortunately - is not one of them. So for the love of Pororo and my son, I had to download episodes from the web, convert them into .mp4, and burn them into DVDs. I even had to weed out the Hangul episodes because Yue couldn't possibly read the subtitles just yet.

These days, he's asking for Pororo toys, which, of course, are also unavailable here. Now my husband is on a mission to buy (all of) these for his son.

Photo credit: The Korean Baby

Singing Pororo plushie.

Pororo ball.

Photo credit: The Korean Baby

Pororo bike.
That wouldn't be much of a feat since Pororo can be found practically anywhere in Korea. For sure the little penguin is available even at the Emart and Homeplus nearest to my husband's apartment. I smell (toy) shopping over the weekend.

And just so you know, Pororo is not just a penguin. He also happens to be a PR Ambassador for the Visit Korea Year Campaign.

Ambassador Pororo
Now isn't he inspiring? :)

Sharing with Toy Stories, Blue Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Orange Tuesdays.


18 replies:

Aileen said...

Cute naman ng toys. No wonder your little one likes Pororo. :-)

Rovie said...

Pororo is indeed lovable. Ay, kagaya mo sis I dreamed of visiting Korea at adik na adik din sa Korean novelas...

Visiting here for Blue Monday...

http://www.aboutbella.com/2012/03/first-childrens-party-attendance.html

Babiesaandcontests said...

they are really cute, ooh i remember peachy loves pororo too, too sad we don't have any cable now. visiting here from yellow monday and inviting you to join our green monday meme

thanks.

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing these blues. Pororo is cute.

Happy Blue Monday.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

hE IS VERY CUTE--gOOD lUCK ON YOUR SHOPPING TRIP =)

POPIN IN WITH vB M2R =)

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

He's a very cute peguin!!! Good Luck on your shopping trips!
Poping in with vB M2R =)

maiylah said...

cute plushies! my 3year old likes watching Pororo, too (disney junior - skycable)...didn't know he was Korean! lol.

Kim, USA said...

Looks like Pororo is cute. ^_^

MYM

chubskulit said...

Hahaha my son immediately say "chicken little" lol.. He bought a bag with puroro design in Korea but he cals it chicken little lol.

Kathy Radigan said...

Since I live in the States I've never seen this cute character, but I could see my kids loving him too! Isn't it funny how you can just go crazy to find toys for your kids if they really love something. I remember one year going nuts trying to find a Blues Clues doll! Very cute, thanks for a fun post!

F.L.A.G - Fundamental Learning Academy for Girls said...

korean pop culture is nuts..maybe i should visit south korean while in manila this year.. hmm. :)

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty!

Please come and see the yellows from "It's a Small World" attraction of Disney World.

Tracy Balderach said...

It's interesting to see what children in other countries are going crazy over! My girls are nuts over the Disney princesses and my son is too young to reveal what his passion will be. Pororo is cute! Hope your son enjoys al of his new toys!

Anne @ Green Eggs and Moms said...

I know Pororo (but not how to spell it apparently haha). My kiddo has a few toys but they're now lost in a see of other dismembered toys :)

Courtney Baxtron said...

I've never heard of Pororo…but now I'm curious, so I'll have to try and stream some videos. :)

wifetoalineman02 said...

Those are cute and colorful toys Sis :-) Visiting from Orange Tuesday, hope that you can return an orange visit too

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cHeErFuL said...

pororo is so cute as well as the whole gang! :) those toys are nice too! visiting from OT, hope to see you around. thanks and have a great weekend. :)

The Pepperrific Life said...

My daughter used to be a huge Pororo fan a few years back. I grew to love the character as well :)

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