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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 "Sam (Lopez) and Jill had an operation in the same week." 

"You wanna talk about me then talk about me la, don't wanna talk then don't talk la, no big deal." 

Memories' sake. Shoutout to my best friend! :D

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 I have spent many posts talking about Seoul. I'm hoping to squeeze Busan into one post because well.. there wasn't much.


 Traveling back to Busan was slightly stressful. The train tickets went out, we didn't really make a back up plan. So, we had to sit and collect ourselves a little before devising up a plan. And the plan was.. to take a bus. Lol. Its not that hard to figure out, but point is we've never done it before. So, it was still a little challenging. Going towards the unknown. And it was so cold that day! We had to drag our luggage, which wasn't little, EVERYWHERE. And that picture above, is taken from the university dorm where we were staying. 

1. Boemoesa Temple


We had to take a train to a real far away station, then walk and take the bus uphill to this temple. But we don't reach the temple until we finish climbing uphill.. on foot. It was a looong journey. Thankfully it wasn't too cold that day. It was all very pretty and...yellow. Cause all the trees and grass were still dying from the cold.


I might not have enjoyed climbing uphill very much, but I really liked jumping around on these rocks. The wind was in my hair, the air was cold and crisp and fresh. :D Nature~

2. Gwanghan Bridge




The beaches at Busan are all so nice. :/ Jealous. Lol. But the main point of this place is the bridge. Where they usually have the colourful fountains/ lights and stuff. But they don't operate during winter. :(

3. Haeundae Beach


So, this is apparently the famous beach in Busan, and it is damnnn big. Lol. I guess it'd be nice to come when its warm and sunny to build sand castles and all. Maybe wear a bikini. HAHA.



My sister takes terrible candid shots of me. Hmph.

 4. Noraebang 




Noreabang literally translates to "song room", which means karaoke in Malaysian terms. The pricing system is slightly different, but other than that, its pretty much the same. I would say, it is slightly better going to sing k in Malaysia. The only difference is the place and they give us tambourines to play with... which we conveniently ignored. And, that place we're sitting on, its like a stage. For people to dance and sing on I guess. 



Oh, right. They also have a point giving system. We got 100 for singing "I don't wanna miss a thing". LOL farny stuff. We went back for 2 days straight because the singing duration is only 2 hours per session and we were not satisfied that we never got to sing the songs we want. Surprisingly, mummy just went along with us and listened us sing terribly and dancing to "Oppa, oppa". Haha, good times. 

5. Blue Monkey 



 Special appearance from Nay, friend who was with us, brought us? I didn't even get a chance to thank him. To fulfill my final thing to do in Korea, we went clubbing on the last night. Blue Monkey is this club which is more of a clubbing scene for foreigners in Busan. ...which is slightly disappointing because I want to experience a Korean korean club. But, beggars can't be choosers.


It was one of the most interesting nights I have ever lived. Haha. I don't think there's much I can tell here about the night. But we meet some Korean oppas and uhh.. foreingners. So, people who club in Korea really like...grinding. The girls like to grind and the guys like to be grinded. Normal right? ...right. Watching was a bit too creepy for me, imagine participating. Heh. The people were uhh.. slightly older. And they seem to have never ending energy. It was a little past 3 and I was already so tired, but they danced till 5am. Party goers are memang hardcore there. Good times, good times. First time partying in the winter, first time partying with Koreans in Korea. 

Blessed.

Little things.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Part 3. 

4. Everysing @ Myeongdong

 Haha, look at that face omggg. 

One of the first few days lingering around Myeongdong, we somehow spotted Everysing. Everysing is SM's uhhmm.. outlet? Where it is a combination of karaoke and selling artists merchandise. I know it because Jo and I did an entire assignment on this place back in CIMP. It was quite amazing to actually step foot into it myself.

And of course, we had to take pictures at the Super Junior booth. I think there was a SNSD booth, but I didn't look into it cause well... I don't really care. Ahhh, my Donghae. This was the only relevantly kpop related place we were at. There was another Everysing at Hongdae if I'm not mistaken. Hmm.


 To take a look around... Sorry, its quite biased towards Suju. There were lotsa SHINee stuff that weure quite nice had I been a SHINee fan. And of course, lotsa SNSD stuff since they just had a comeback. Looking at all the stuff that I wanted but could not buy...sigh.

5. Insadong & Namdaemun 

I'm grouping Namdaemun and Insadong together because we went to those places on the same day. 


 I think this is the only picture I have in Namdaemun. It was literally another street with more food and more cheap stuff. We were there quite late, you see. The shops were closing at like.. 4.30pm. :/ And this is where we were conned into eating the very expensive street food because we were too hungry to walk on further. The japchae was good though. We didn't get to do much here because like I said, when we were done eating, all the shops were closing. 

At Insadong.... 

Which is what I'd call the artsy fartsy place. Haha. We actually didn't plan to go to Insadong but we happened to chance upon it while we were trying to find our way back to the subway station. So, yeshh! Another adventure. Insadong is supposed to be the place to buy the Korean souvenirs and all the traditional stuff. The streets were slightly different, decorated in a slightly refined older manner. 

Then as we were walking down the street, we spotted this very interesting looking building and decided to walk right in. Lol. 


It had a lot of cool stuff inside, some were pretty pricey. In the basement, they had this shops where make your own stuff. Like decorate your own cupcake, cut up some wooden key chains, make your own beads and accessories, and clay pots and stuff. Really cool.


I think its not very obvious in the picture but the building is built like a square, slanted spiral building. Its like one way up and one way down, along the corridors of the shops. Ugh, I am doing quite a terrible job explaining, I'm just gonna leave it to your imagination. More artsy stuff on the side of the corridors. (:



This, I think, is really cool. They literally made the hole across the entire wall. The side where I'm standing is where the staircase is. And in the middle of the straircase is a ginormous metal rose thing, like the giant beanstalk, going all the way up the top floor.


And there is also vandalism everywhere here. Lol. I guess I would still call it artsy fartsy stuff. 

To continue our adventure, my sister and I really wanted to try on Hanbok's and we were lucky enough to have spotted this sticker booth shop on the top floor where they let us wear the Hanboks for free! It was only 7000won (approx. RM21) for the pictures. It was a pretty good deal.


 So we wore our Hanboks and camwhored a little. It was one of my most favourite experiences in Seoul. And the pictures made us all look so pretty. Hehe. :D

 
After the picture taking, we continued up towards the rooftop and found this uhh.. love message wall? Its also a wall where they buy these kinda message tags and hang them all over. It was a pretty sight, but the shop was already closed so we didn't do much.

6. Bukchon Village

Bukchon is the part of Seoul where they preserved all the olden day houses and stuff. I think we see it very often in TV dramas and all. The houses are all still lived in and the whole place is pretty quiet but constantly bombarded with tourists. I dunno how they can live here. Hmmm. 


It was quite confusing to us what we were supposed to do there actually. We just walked where it looked interesting. Like this staircase for example. It was actually quite hard to climb. There were more houses on the sides and up. 


So, apparently. After we left, we found out that we were supposed to go around looking for photo spots, which are stated on the ground, right where this picture was taken. Haha. It was a little tiring climbing uphill and downhill around these houses.


Someone lives in that house.

Just so you know.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

PART 2

*check out my very contradicting post titles

So, now I'm just gonna blog a bit about every place we went to in Seoul, excluding Lotte World.

1. Myeongdong

I think we did spend almost two days there, mainly to eat. Random stuff, walking around trying not to freeze to death. I think it was here where I bought nail polish and I was also looking for an eye primer, which I did finally buy after searching for a long time.



Actually.. I have no idea what to say about Myeongdong. Its a street filled with many cosmetic brands with restaurants and uhhmm.. stalls. That sells random things like socks and scarves and fried food. Yes. Its usually quite busy, and the people have no reaction towards the cold! I was almost dying from the cold. Mehhh.

2. Dongdaemun

Shopping district and many would call it. Or was it fashion district. Lol. Cheap clothes and all. But wow. The Korean fashion is a bit.. geng. I mean. The cheap clothes (which are not entirely cheap when converted, just cheap compared to the rest of the Korean market) are all made to look expensive. Or maybe because it was winter. But all the coats and stuff.. wahhhh. I feel so jakun now. The coats were all so pretty, I really didn't know there can be so many ways to design a coat. If I was actually looking for one, I would not know what to choose.

And well, they were mostly still selling winter clothes, which means lots of sweaters and long sleeves, all cute and pretty and so..desirable. It was hard just to convince myself not to buy it because I will never wear it back in Msia.

Lesson no.2 Don't go to Dongdaemun without A LOT of cash. You will want to buy everything you see. 



And the amount of the most adorable socks in the world! Can be found in Dongdaemun. Unfortunately, or fortunately, there were many wholesalers. Which meant that they needed us to buy like 10 pairs of the same kind if we wanted to. Which was of course much cheaper, but totally unnecessary to buy 10 pairs of the same thing.

Which made me think... oh, so this is how people do business. I was so tempted to buy and start my own online shop or something. Unnie, lets consider this!  Lets do business. 

So in the end, I spent almost all my money here and I bought a skirt-legging, a black coat, a skull printed top, a few pairs of socks, a black wooly top, a Mickey mouse shirt (for 5000won only!) and a pair of red shoes.

3. Namsan Hill (N Tower)


It is super duper cold up on the hill, but I was filled with much excitement that it was quite easy to ignore the fact that i could no longer feel my fingers. That is the Namsan uhhm.. mascot? I have no idea what its supposed to be. A phoenix?



The famous wall of locks. It was quite an amazing experience, to see and feel all of that. I took a picture for the couple...kissing. Mehhhhh. But thats okay, I was glad I went with the people most precious to me. So we also bought a lock and they give this messenger bear thing where you can write on it too.



Ta-da! Our lock. And uhhmmm. I feel so sorry to announce that I have already lost the key :(((


So there is this thing that happens at the N Tower that I didn't know but was lucky enough to witness. At one point of the night, the lights on the tower went out and we thought that they were closing, so we began to take our last pictures and walk down. Instead, when we reached the floor, they had like projections on the tower. Like... on the wall of the tower. It was basically a video of a guy dancing and a guy playing drums and a phoenix flying. Lol. 



Its quite blur but you can see the colourful projections on the wall. It was very cool. I didn't expect that to be possible. Lol.

To be continued... 

Who has to know?

PART 1

Before I try not to mess up this entire loooong post, which will most likely be filled with many many pictures and short recaps of how it was, I have to say, that we are not exactly the size we look like in the pictures. We just had to wear a lot of puffy clothes because it was so cold. And.. my hands are awkwardly placed in many because its too cold that I couldn't let my hand just be. Lol. And I had a ginormous evil pimple that did not go away for the entire trip. Hmph.

I don't even know how to start. So, firstly, I didn't sleep the whole night before getting on the plane. By the time the plane was taking off, I was fighting to keep my eyes open. Lesson number 1: Do not fly long hours with AirAsia. It feels like I'm being punished for not having more money to buy first class so they make us sit upright for 7 hours straight.



And its the first time I've been to LCCT. Lol.I feel like this entire trip, I was quite unlucky when it came to travelling. On the way to Seoul, the guy who sat behind me was like.. high? He was slouched forward and slept with his head on my chair, refusing to let me recline. Sigh. And I was beyond tired since I didn't sleep the day before.

After landing and experiencing the awesomeness of Incheon Airport and being confused for awhile, my sister reached. I was sitting at the arrival thinking "Omg, this is where Suju walked pass before." Haha. Seoul was beyond cold, or rather, I was pretty under dressed on the first day. Taking the train and dragging the luggage up and down many escalators and elevators, we made it to the guesthouse and settled in. The Seoul Station has 8 floors underground. That is pretty damn cool.. and a little bit scary.


Right after leaving the luggage and wearing more clothes, we ventured out again for dinner. Lets see.. the food. Heh.


I ate a corn dog, at Haundae and Kalguksu (in a large bowl) before we went to Blue Monkey. I will keep the Blue Monkey story for later. 


Then, the last meal we had is apparently the Busan dish, called Dwaeji kuk bab. And I had my first churros at Lotte World. :D


And the fishcake sticks at the roadside, they give us chicken soup in the cup. The fishcakes are a lot thicker and uhh.. more flour-ier? Haha. Okay laaaa. 


Egg balls! @ Myeondong. They're just really another variety of some sort of waffle.

I'm just gonna blog about what picture I see now, because I really can't remember when we did what anymore. And now I choose to blog about Lotte World first.


I sat on the gold carousel of Lotte World, and we took pictures with at the trick eye wall?


And to be the angel.


 Then after much persuasion, we sat on the Giant Loop, where I screamed my lungs out because I was not even seated on my seat 90% of the time. 


And we went into the Mirror Maze, in which where my mum said that we were too good because we didn't get lost or bang into mirrors, we just walked right out of it. Lol. They gave up plastic gloves to wear so we don't dirty the mirrors when we go in.



So.. innovative.


We went outdoors too late and it was all closed and the lights were all off. :((( Slight slight regret. 


Hello, Mr. Pirate. The decorations for Lotte World is really...nice. I respect the effort they took to make this themepark. Its an amazing place. 


Lotte and one of their many fountains. 

We didn't get to go on many rides because the amount of people and the queue, omg. The floating hot air balloons had a line that required us to wait for 150 minutes. That is like 2.5 hours, that is cray cray. So we didn't go on many things. :( Nonetheless, we lined up for one thing which didn't take that long, Bumper Cars! 


Look at that queue! We stood there to try to deduce Korean teenagers' (?) behaviors and thought that they were quite.. violent. That is how they express affection? There were a couple cute young Korean boys with their equally cute, young Korean girlfriends with them.

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Brain died until the immense pain on my face goes away. 
Brb. 

Reporting from S. Korea.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I'm in a different city, a different country. I guess running away for awhile did help. Now I am haunted by the thoughts of returning. Of course, I have entertained the thought of well.. not returning. But it makes no difference. It isn't the place (much) that becomes the problem, the problem is within me. Something I have never succeeded from running away from for long

I know I may be young. There's nothing worse than not knowing how to grow up. 

Its nice here. Nice, foreign, sweet, empty. 

Here are some of my favourite pictures of this trip here. I will, of course, do a full reflection of the trip and all the places I went to when I finally get back into the warmth of my own room. 


Super Junior! Yesshhhh. :D


Gwanghamun palace. King Sejong. This is like the picture that will tell everyone "Hey, I've been to Seoul"


I miss having my sister around, taking ridiculous pictures together, long conversations that reminds us how well we know each other and how we always have each other's back. Having someone to dress up with and be vain with. 


Yes, I have finally set foot in Lotte World. And I have sat on the oh-so-famous golden carousel, on my own little blue horse. 


I do have slight regrets not heading outside earlier when there was still light and people. But, lets not talk about regrets now, shall we? 


The N tower. And yes, I have finally put my own lock on these walls and I did it with the people most precious to me. 


I am definitely blessed to be able to come here and experience all the winter and the love of a family. Its strange now, I feel young and I feel old at the same time. I guess I have been away from home for awhile. I think I may have my own saying about where home is. It only feels like home when my mum's there. 
:) 

So blessed, thank you God. 

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