Actress Kristel Fulgar shares slice of life in South Korea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) — After moving to South Korea in September to study its language, actress Kristel Fulgar tells how life has been for her living independently in a foreign country.

“For me everything is doing ok kasi parang (because) I get to discover more about myself,” she told CNN Philippines’ New Day on Friday.

Aside from pursuing her travel goals after restrictions were lifted, Fulgar, who is also a content creator with more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube, is currently in the East Asian country until end of March or beginning of April to study the Korean language.

Fulgar said her love for Korean dramas – and for singer and actor Seo In-guk -- sparked her interest to learn the language.

“Before kasi I only watch K-dramas na Tagalog dubbed," she shared. "Nu'ng 17 years old ako, first time ko manood ng Korean drama without the Tagalog dub… may subtitle lang (When I was 17 years old, it was my first time to watch a Korean drama without the Tagalog dub and it only had subtitles)."

“Then I started to become a fan of the singer and actor Seo In-guk and then I started to learn Hangul, reading and writing Korean,” she added.

Now in her fourth month there, Fulgar admitted feeling pressured since she needs to live alone and be away from her mother for the whole six months. She said she had to deal with many adjustments, like cooking food for herself, doing grocery shopping, and commuting.

Since she is also a content creator, Fulgar said she initially planned to vlog in her first three months there.

She also signed with the agency Five Stones Entertainment for visa purposes.

After joining the agency, Fulgar said she unexpectedly got offered to do her first TV guesting.

While she has no plans of entering into the Korean entertainment industry, Fulgar said she agreed on appearing in the show to experience it.

Fulgar is expected to return to the Philippines by end of March or beginning of April.

Asked about her future plans, she said there are still countries she would want to visit.

She added that she also wants to return to acting if there is an opportunity.

Fulgar is best known for her roles in the TV shows Goin' Bulilit, Maria Flordeluna, Dahil sa Pag-Ibig, and Got To Believe, among others.