A super long overdue post on Sam’s and my first solo trip overseas! Also, it is to one of our favourite country in the world, KOREA~ !
Starting with a post of us at the departure hall at Changi Airport Terminal 3!
I love midnight flights as I get to see the Sunrise ~ The clouds look like yummy marshmallows ❤
Day 1 – 12 Jun Sun
We took a KTX from Seoul to Busan but i guess we were super tired so we fell asleep most of the time on the KTX. First thing after we settled down in Busan, we headed to PNU to meet up with Sinye and Myungsoo for late lunch! Sam has been craving for cheese, so we made sure to order cheese topping (plus we order spicy braised duck a.k.a Jimdaek). Sam mentioned that she like Song Joong Ki, so my friends suggested heading to eat Baskin Robbins ice cream to get his poster. We ate 1 QUARTZ worth of ice cream >< Though it has been 1-2 years since we last met, we still had endless amount of stuff to talk about.
Happened to pass by a super huge poster of Song Joong Ki, and I so had to talk a photo of it 😛
As we were quite tired from the plane flight and travelling all the way to Busan, we decided to head to SpaLand to relax and sleep ~~ Also, to snack a bit 😛
We initially intended to head to Gwangalli Beach, however Sam was too tired from her Beijing trip and I had leg cramps so we head back to our guesthouse to rest for the day. While buying dinner from the convenient store, I spotted a Winnie the Pooh milk range. I so had to buy the Chocolate milk (:
Day 2 – 13 Jun Mon
We got up really early and went to Gamcheon Cultural Village to visit the colorful houses. Because we went really early, there were anyone around and we got to take a lot of nice photos without long queues.
After all the walking, we headed to Jalgalchi Fish Market for our brunch. Still early, so we were the only customers there. Wanted to let Sam try the live octopus, but they do not serve that dish anymore. sad! Well, Sam still got to try grilled eel and she LOVED it 😛 However the grilled fish was too much and we had a hard time finishing the food.
Headed out for dinner and explore the Hanok Village night scene. Peaceful and quiet place compared to Seoul and Busan.
Day 3 – 14 Jun Tue
We woke up (a bit too) early to explore the Hanok village in the day time and tried out all the food in Jeonju – Jeonju bibimbap, Mandu (dumplings), Kalgooksu (Knife-cut noddles) and P&B Choco Pie. We also found a lot of Tumblr-worthy shots and just had to take a picture. Of course, Sam is the model 😛
We headed to Taeyeon’s Dad’s eye shop, EYEBIS at Seodo Plaza. Well i guess it is a good thing that my eyesight has not decreased over these two years despite my numerous late night drama/movie-watching 😀 We also got to see Taeyeon’s shrine, which has new contributions especially after her solo debut (:
NEW GEEKY SPECS!!
Sam with her new specs ~ cost more than mine ><
I decided to stay in a hotel this time as the hotel prices are similar to the high-end guesthouses. Well the room isn’t big but it is sufficient for Sam and I since we were going to spend most of our time outside 😛
The first thing we did that night was to clear our shopping list of cosmetics and k-pop albums. We completed 90% of it and drop off the stuff back in our room, before we headed for dinner and our own shopping (:
Day 4 – 15 Jun Wed
Since we purchased 90% of the stuff and it weighted super heavy, we decided to ship our stuff back to SG earlier than planned. The total weight was close to 30kg. Thank god we stayed closed to the post office this time round 😀
After dropping off some stuff at the hotel, we officially start our tour in Seoul!! First stop, Tokchon Ginseng Chicken – Ginseng Chicken and Seafood Pancake – and Tongin Market – 5000 won lunch box.
Pic @ Gwanghwamun Square 🙂
We headed to Apgujeong area to visit the K-pop entertainment companies. Since last year, they placed K-pop Figurines of popular K-pop groups along Apgujeong Street. We managed to take photo of most of the figurines before the slight downpour came. Despite the rain, we managed to continue visiting the K-pop entertainment companies – SMent, FNCent, JYPent and CUBEent.
We visited SMT Seoul – a restaurant opened by SM entertainment. We were so undress to visit the restaurant, but playing the tourist card we just headed in. We tried the Celebrity’s recommendation High Tea platter. Though it is on the high-end side, all I can say is … DAEBAEK!
Visited SM Town at COEX. Bought the EXO Jjajangmyeon and Jampong for dinner, which was very nice and cheap. Also bought new bottles which came with fruit ades named after each artist/group in SM Town.
Last stop for the day was Express Bus Terminal. However style was not exactly similar to Sam and mine so we headed back quite early that night. Also to rest early for the next day.
Day 5 – 16 Jun Thu
Was walking past the shops at Myeongdong when we noticed this signboard beside a new skincare shop. It actually tells you the languages which the staff on duty can speak (Y) I think all shops should have this (:
A stroll along the Han River was just the thing to get rid of the summer heat (since Seoul did not have any beaches :P)
I had hope all 3 attractions in the 63 building would still be open as I saw articles that the wax museum is no more T.T Unfortunately it was true and we could only go to the 63 Sky Gallery, while the 63 Sea Aquarium was under renovation till 1 Jul. At least we still got to see Seoul from high high. Also, I think we kind of bought all the ice bags from the gift shop haha 😀
At first Sam kept commenting that she didn’t want to visit Ewha Woman’s (as she was super hungry) but after I dragged her there she was in awe of the architecture ((: I had wanted to buy the pastel pink jacket from Edae but unfortunately they did not have my size. Sad much.
Same as our previous trips, we headed to the Odbo duty free shop and there so happened to have a Singaporean tour group present. The lady thought we were with the group and was surprised that we knew how to get there on our own. Hehe. This time was no exception and we bought a lot of stuff that we got a free luggage. Blue this time 😛
We were heading to Luxury Noraebang when we saw a large crowd of people gathering outside a Tarot card shop. Figured that an artist is there, plus there were cameras around. Turns out the artist was M.I.B’s Kang Nam! He was shocked to see the huge crowd outside and very polite when greeting the crowd to make his way through.
9,900won for 2 hours! Okie it isnt that cheap compared to SG ones but the feeling is different, and and you are scored after each song 😛 Sam and I kept competing who could keep getting the high scores, i.e. 90+.
Meat-ing BBQ buffet is a must when you head to Hongdae streets ^^
Day 6 – 17 Jun Fri
2nd last day in Korea. We spent the day in Myeongdong shopping and eating street food.
Brought Sam to Crazy Brown for Brunch! They serve some awesome brunch (:
32cm ice cream! It was hard for me to finish the ice cream and it melted really fast. Thanks to summer heat ~
Of course, a must visit is OSULLOC! All the macha green tea drinks and deserts ~~ Sam’s ultimate fave!
We also got to visit the LINE Friends store. Brown is super huge!! Cool to visit but expensive and not necessary to have >.<
Sam always replied that she wanted cheese when I ask what she would like to have. So I gave in and we went for chicken and cheese grill, which she had been eyeing since she saw it our first day in Seoul.
Namsan Tower!!! This time I made sure to take the cable car up, so that we would not have to walk the almost 90 degree slope 😛
Our beloved homeland ❤
Gwen Gwen is interning at Shanghai now (:
My next trip destination – Hong Kong and Taiwan !!!! Excited (:
So looking forward to Gwen’s grad trip to Aussie in Nov/Dec 2017 ❤
Sam and I wanted to add another tile onto the wall, however they have temporarily stopped as they were going to “restart” the wall. We decided to take back our previous tiles as we weren’t sure what they would do with the old tiles. Kind of lost the meaning of having an item to search for when we return the next time. Sad-ed!
Instead Sam and I decided to lock a lock instead. Light Blue as it is the closest to Mint colour. If it was my choice, it would be PINK! HAHAHAHA!
Sam making a mark for us to find our lock in the future, as it would definitely be hidden in all the future locks!
As Singapore did not have 4D movie theatres, I brought Sam to catch a 4D movie – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 2 – at Yongsan. Sam also got to try the Ban-Ban (Half-Half) popcorn – Sour Cream and Cheese.
Day 7 – 18 Jun Sat
We walked around Myeongdong for the last time before we took the airport bus to Incheon Int’l Airport.
Our late lunch – last taste of Korean street food ~~
We actually managed to check in 4 luggages and it was below 60kg ^^ lesser bags to hand carry onto the plane!
Off to our home ~~~ Singapore ~~~ ((:
This is the second time I traveled with one of my girls without our parents coming along. This is the first time I traveled with Samantha overseas. Definitely worried that we would argued, but learnt from my first trip with Gwen, that we would get over it and still travel happily together. Thats just us! One min we are angry with one another, the next we are best friends ^^ I look forward to more trip with my two girls!!! ❤ ❤ ❤