[Travelling] 6th to 9th August

6th August: Sinchon & Edae

We wanted to queue for the cream bun that only opens from 12pm to 12.20pm, but we already predicted that we would not wake up in time to reach there. In the end we overslept till 12pm plus. Went to Sinchon for desert first before we start shopping. I think what Fang say is right, I bought what I want from this season so I have nothing to buy today. We slacked at Donkin since it was raining heavily. Then we went to Seoga & Cook for dinner. Missed it a lot(:

 

7th August: Meet up with Bernice

Got to sleep in late today before slacking and watching shows till it was time for me to meet Bernice. Since Bernice wanted BBQ meat, I decided to meet her at Hongdae to BBQ meat buffet. Rare occasion to meet a Singaporean in a foreign country. Had a great time catching up and her telling me about her adventures in Korea thus far. We did a bit of shopping around Hongdae before we both went home.

 

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8th August: Embassy of Singapore & Myeongdong

We headed to Embassy of Singapore at City Hall station. Before we arrived, we were quite excited hoping to get a Singapore Flag as National Day is tomorrow but it turned out that they did not have any flags. The building is really atas lor, the toilet too!!!

When we were at the Seoul Finance Building, we saw a group of people resting with mats and hats outside the building while policemen were standing nearby. Have not seen any protest before, and hoping not to 😛

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We separated and walked around to get what one another want. Since I really had nothing to get (though we had gotten our rent deposit back), I decided to get some snacks to eat. Thanks to the 32cm ice cream and the need to wash my hand, I aimlessly walked around myeongdong thinking that there was some KFC or Mcdonald’s which I could use the toilet. Suddenly I saw camera and screens, so I figured that there should be some drama filming. I even asked in Korean to figure out who was filming. The lady told me the two names and I initially only caught one name, Lee Seo Jin. Only after I typed to the girls then I knew that they were filming Wonderful Days and that the lady was Kim Hee Sun. I immediately texted my mum and send her the photos ^^ Such a nice present from Korea before we leave.

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 9th August: Ahjumma store & Incheon Int’l Airport

My last day in South Korea! We finish washing up and packing our stuff in record time of 1 hour, compared to our usual 2 hours 😛 Hehe. I bet we were all too excited to go home. We went to the Ahjumma’s store for our last proper meal in Seoul. Had one of my favourite … Guguma Tonkatsu (Sweet Potato Pork Cutlet). We spent about an hour to clear the apartment and watch one ep of Running man before we left for the airport.

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When we arrived at the airport, we had to settle our visa card as we overstayed in South Korea. Luckily the officer was in a good mood and we settled it quite fast. When we went back to the check-in counters, they kindly directed us to another counter so that we do not need to queue again to check -in. All of us, except me, exceeded the weight limit by 2-3kg. I think it was because of my luggage size that help to limit me from putting too much into my luggage. My hand luggage on the other hand exceeded by 1kg but they let me pass, i guess it was because we were on our way back from a long stay hence they agreed to let us go 😛

Watched movies and listen to music mv on the plane. After a while we got kind of bored and started talking to the lady sit next to Fang and I. & she is a Singaporean. We found out that she is a shop owner of a blog shop at Far East Plaza and was bringing in clothes from South Korea, maybe I can go that to get some new stocks from South Korea ^^

Okie really tired from the night flight. Off to Lalaland ~~

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[Travelling] 1st to 5th August

1st August: Lotte World
My I-have-no-idea-how-many-time at an amusement park le (: This time is Lotte World for the 3rd time!

Flume ride >> Sinbad adventures >> Pharoah’s Fury >> Comet Express >> Atlantis Adventure >> Hot air balloon

Though I was fine the waiting time for the rides as I already expected it from a Korea amusement park, this is really the longest I have to wait for rides >.< At least I got to take 6 rides… not bad ~~

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2nd August: Myeongdong

As usual we change our plans around, the rest wasn’t interested in going to Entertainment hopping and I have been there before.  So we decided to go to Myeongdong as we needed to change money and  there is sales too ((:

The rest left for Dongdaemun while Fang and I went to Shinsaegae at Myeongdong. Shinsaegae really reminds me of Singapore! 7 more days ~~~~ I even found Dean & Deluca <3<3<3 Bread for dinner once again ^^ & cakes for desert ^^

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3rd August: Tongin Market & Gangnam Underground Shopping

We started the day with a meal at Tongin Market. My 3rd and final time there le >.< I will miss there a lot. We should totally have it in Singapore. It will definitely fly. Singapore got enough food for people to choice from. We find that it is a good way for people to try and error to see if they like the food and will eat it in the future. Maybe I should set up a stall in SG 😛

After that we headed to Gangnam Underground  Shopping, since none of us have ever been there throughout our entire exchange haha! Okie lah ~ got some stuff are cheaper, but the designs there are mostly white or monotone… after a few turns, it really seem the same. But I did find nice earings((: clip on earings, first time for me!

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We had a bit of difficulty finding Ippudo Ramen shop but we found it!! Not really a fan of ramen so it taste okie for me bah 😛

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4th August: Brunch @ HUFS & Seoul Library

We went back to Hankuk University for our last brunch in South Korea. Super nice Murmur Special Brunch! After that I headed to Seoul Metropolitan Library at City Hall. As the library was not fully opened, I took pictures and went to the building around the library. Mostly office and some ambassies, but haven found Singapore’s one yet.

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5th August: Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village & Chicago Musical

We got to eat the Famous Ginseng Chicken near Gyeongbokgung, but I have no idea what the name of the shop is. && I got to meet Zhao Qi!!! Haha. How big is Seoul man?!?!? Man ~~ envy her, she went on many many trips this summer that she had 5 wardrobe makeovers 😛

We finished the Ginseng Chicken, like the whole bowl, even the soup! The restaurant is really big and can cater to a whole lot of ppl.

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After that we tried to walked to Insadong, but lost our way and make one whole round around Gwanghwamun Square. Bukchon Hanok village is just a small area, smaller than Jeonju. I still like Jeonju more as they separate the commercial and private area more distinctly, while Bukchon kind of have the commercial shops very near the private residences. Andong was a complete different experience as it was not commercialized at all.

“My family house is here!!!” hahahahahahaha (:

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The private residences in Bukchon must be very expensive as it is so well-kept and yet have modern aspects to the house.

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Went to Insadong to shop for some more stuff for souvenirs. Then we went to O’sulloc cafe and rest for the afternoon. After that Zhuwei and I headed to D Cube Arts Center for Chicago musical. By the time we got to D Cube, we got a shock when we took the lift as there was no button. Then we found the machine outside and we were in awe. Hahaha!

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It was a nice  way to end my musical experience in Korea. A Jazz Musical!!! The stage is also different as it was a Jazz band  and they took the whole rear of the stage. Though the musical is in Korean, I surprisingly understand what was going on. This just proves that my body language skills are not that bad 😛 (self-praise! haha!)

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With Chicago I have watch 3 of the longest running Broadway musicals, including Phantom of the Opera(Original Cast) Cats(Original Cast) ^^ Happy_gurl_92

[Travelling] 28th to 31st July

28th July: Market O Cafe

Wei Fang and I met up with Sim Ai and her boyfriend to have brunch at Market O Cafe. Wei Fang has been mentioning about it since before we left our dorm for Seoul. The whole menu looked so delicious, we wanted to eat almost everything but it was too much. We only ordered a brunch meal, Super Benedict Brunch, as it was very filling. Fang and I bought 3 pieces of brownies and their sesame bread back for dinner, as we saw a lot ahjummas in the store eating it for tea time 😛

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Headed to Myeongdong after that to grab some cosmetic stuff and more Market O brownies as there was a slight sales at Olive Young. As the brownies were kind of heavy, we decided to head back and start packing some of our stuff so that we can gauge how much space we are left with.

 

29th July: Rail Biking

Yeah! I finally got to do rail bike and we even got it on discount 😛 haha ((: I think because there was 4 of us it was much easier to ride. The couples in front of us were riding quite slowly and relaxing, so had to ride really slowly and took turns to ride. It was run and worth the money, though I think the scenery here is not that fantastic 😛

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We ate chimaek, another like a finally 😛 Though I am craving for Outdark >.< haha! After our meal, we headed to emart to get our last amount of groceries. I got to buy my WATERMELON!!!! hehehehe ^^ Bought French Cafe coffee to bring back, along with the super load amount of brownies.

 

30th July: Entertainment Hopping Part 1 (Mapo) & Hongdae

 

31st July: Riding bicycle @ 

[Travelling] 24th to 27th July

24th July: Carribean Bay

Yeah, finally a water theme park in Korea (:

Only managed to take like 2-3 photos, at the entrance of Carribean Bay, as there was no way I was going to take my camera into the water area. haha. Carribean Bay was really fun. Doreen and I took almost all the rides, including the Aqualoop!! We didn’t stay long as it took 2 hours to get back. The next time I go back to Korea, I am definitely going back to Carribean bay ^^

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25th July: Old Seoul Station, Gwacheon Science Museum & Garousu-gil

Decided to go on a mini adventure on my own(:

Went to see the Old Seoul Station, but it was not open so I couldn’t see the interior of the station >.< I also saw a makeshift noraebang for elderly to have fun and entertain themselves for the afternoon.

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I finally got to Gwacheon National Science Museum, after planning 2 times to get there but failed. The science museum is really big. I took 2-3 hours to complete the main building and some of the outdoor areas. I still couldn’t finish the whole indoor & outdoor area.

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Met the rest of the girls for dinner at Garosu-gil. I like that street a lot, not too crowded and not too quiet.

 

 

26th July: Baseball Match

MY FOURTH & LAST BASEBALL MATCH IN SOUTH KOREA^^ Lotte Giants vs LG Twins! Of course I supported Lotte Giants. Though they lost to LG Twins, I am still really happy I got to watch Lotte Giants play again ❤

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27th July:  supposed to be at Incheon but end up becoming resting day

Woke up with a diarrhea so end up staying at home the whole day. caught up with my US drama and Korean drama. now watch baseball match again, live from Youtube:P

[Travelling] 19th to 23rd July

Busan: 19th July

My last trip back to Busan during my exchange (: Visited our favourite fish stall and the auntie recognise Wei Fang!! haha. I also got to meet up with my buddy for the last time ^^

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Visited my favourite place in Busan… Book street @ Nampo-dong (: I bought a book from there again, despite it only having 5% english books 😛

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Got to eat the famous street food from Busan for the last time (: Heaven !!!

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Gyeongju: 19th to 21st July

By the time we got to Gyeongju, Wei Fang and I were too tired so we waited in the guesthouse for Doreen and Zhuwei to come back. We ended up talking till 2am before we went to sleep. The next day we visited Bulguksa Temple and Shilla Millennium Park. Shilla Millennium Park took up too much of our energy due to the heat, so we went back to the guesthouse to rest for the evening, before heading out for dinner. We ate Dububossam which was tofu and steamed pork. It was very delicious and filling too ((: After that we waited for night to fall, so that we can see the night scene of Cheomseongdae Observatory and Anapji Pond.

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Andong: 21st to 22nd July

Yeah! I got to do Hanok stay ((: The village is really untouched by tourist. It really seems like it can pass off as a village that Family Outing would go for filming (: & the convenient store closes at 6 plus. We even had to request the staff to help us cook dinner, as they closed quite early 😛 So we were in the room from 8pm onwards and had to entertain ourselves… at least there is a TV. haha (:

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Ritz Carlton Seoul: 22nd to 23rd July

Thanks to my yiyi, I got a chance to stay at a hotel during my exchange!! and it is Ritz Carlton somemore ^^ Because the pool closed early, I actually woke up early to go swimming. I met some ahjummas there, who seem to be following some regime. I was so amused. They were there almost till the end of my 1 hour swimming. Since yiyi came here on a business trip, we got to stay on a special floor and the breakfast was on the same floor, a special meal room for business exec.

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[Travelling] 15th to 18th July

15th July

Today was another relaxing day, where Doreen, Wei Fang, Sim Ai and I went to the 63 building. As we were foreigners, we got extra discount and paid 30,000Won to visit 3 attractions in the 63 building. We went to the 63 Sea World, the 63 Sky Gallery and the 63 Wax Museum. After that we walked to see the Hangang River for a short while only, as the view was very foggy.

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Helped to send Zhuwei’s mum and aunt to take the airport bus. We were really lazy to go out again to have dinner, so we ordered bossam takeout 😛

 

16th July

Wanted to go to Gwacheon National Science Museum but wasn’t feeling up for it, so ended up slacking at home. Completed my blogging (which I am doing right now :P) while rewatching some old Korean dramas like Goong, Goong S and Boys Over Flowers.

Managed to plan our remaining days which actually didn’t seem very long. Suddenly I am looking forward to returning home, despite the hot weather in Singapore.

 

17th July

Today is a chillax day too. We went to Itaewon to eat brunch at The Flying Pan Blue. Omg!! Eggs Benedict ^^ so long since I last ate it. Super miss it (:

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After that we went to Seoul Station to change our train tickets for our 4 days trip to Busan – Gyeongju – Andong. Once we changed our tickets and enquired about O & V trains, we made our way to a Jimjibang. Idk the name though haha.

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The last thing on our agenda was shopping~~ How can we not shop after relaxing our body?!?! haha! Got the last few stuff for my aunt and cousin. Now left with 2 more bags for my yiyi’s nieces ^^

 

18th July

Today’s only attraction is KOFIC Namyangju Studios. The only studio that has the Panmunjom for movies and dramas filming North Korea in their show. Enjoy the photos.

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Didn’t join the girls for dinner, as I wanted to Skype Mummy since it is her Birthday today ((: Hehe. had a fun time skype-ing them ^^

[Travelling] 11th – 14th July

11th July

We woke up at 5am for our DeMilitarised Zone tour. The other girls overslept so we were slightly late for the tour, but we still managed to rush in time. It took us an hour ride to get to Paju city from Seoul. From there, we went straight to the Joint Security Area (a.k.a JSA).

We had to switch bus due to security reasons, before we could arrive at Panmunjom. We could only take photos of the North Korea side due to military reasons. Can see that only the South Korea side has guards standing at the blue conference rooms and they are standing in Taekwondo stance, to show that they are in an attack-ready position. Most of the guards are also half blocked by the blue houses, in case of an attack.

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The microphone along the table is aligned with the concrete slab outside of the blue conference room, which represents the 38th parallel dividing South Korea and North Korea.

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North Korea Propaganda Village, which has a 150m tall flag tower. The flag is so heavy that it can only fly if there is a really really strong gush of wind blowing. From the pictures, North Korea looks very bare as there is mostly no trees on the top of the mountains and the land looks baren. A not-so-fun fact that the UN Military Police guide told us was that every 8 mins, there are countless North Korean military aiming weapons towards Seoul >.<

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Another thing that the UN Military Police mentioned was that some of the windows and the doors are painted on so as to portray that there is people living in the village. Well there are people living in the village (those working in the Kaoseong Industrial, a joint production from South Korea with North Korean workers) but not the entire village.

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Memorial for the Axe murders, where North Korean guards ambush South Korean guards when they were trying to ax down a tree that is blocking their view.

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Bridge of No Return! After the Korean war, both sides ‘exchange’ their POWs. Once the POWs makes the choice and cross the bridge, they can no longer return, hence the name of the bridge. Means once I cross that bridge … I will no longer be safe >.<

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The whole atmosphere at the JSA was so solemn, I barely said anything for fear of something that would happen.

The next place we visited was the Dorasan Station.

“Not the last station from the South. But the first station to the North.”

I guess I won’t need to take the DMZ train since I have visited the station le. The interior of the station also had custom clearance stations being built, in hope that the unification would occur soon.

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The meal totally reminds me of dorm food. Rice in one portion, dishes in the top portions, only the soup portion is taken over by the bibimbap bowl instead. The food taste not bad and it was buffet style so I was full.

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After lunch, we went to Dora observatory to use the binoculars to look into North Korea’s Landscape. They showed us a video, so when I went out I started spotting for the statues and buildings.

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If you can see closely on the hill, there is a white spot. This is the max my camera can zoom in, while standing at behind the yellow line. The white spot is Kim Jung Il’s statue in North Korea. The famous one that most people would visit and bow to pay their respects. There is many many more statues other than that one.

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This picture below is an example of how North Koreans built the tunnels. The yellow paint symbolises the area that they place the dynamites to bomb open the tunnel. The black paint was what the North Koreans used to bluff the South Koreans that they were digging a coal mine for profits. To date, there is 4 tunnels found and the third tunnel is the nearest to Seoul.

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After our DMZ tour finished, we took the train to Gangchon in hopes of riding the ATV bikes. However it was close to 6pm and we thought they close at 6pm, so we didn’t go in the end. We headed to Myeongdong instead so that Rynn could change money. Despite all this, seeing celebrities totally makes up for it! haha! We got to see Kim Gura and Defcon hosting some show, which I have no idea what it is. Too bad I can’t speak Korean.

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After that we headed to Sinchon to catch Transformer: Age of extinction 4D. The plot sucks but 4D makes up for it. While watching the show, Rynn and I kept questioning parts that don’t connect, and at the same time being amazing at the 4D effects CGV has 😛

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12th July

Decided to skip out on Nami Island and Petite France, so I slept till 11am. Caught up on my dramas and watch Transformer 1-3, fast forward version ^^

Met Rynn at Gangchon station and headed to the ATV stall. Only after we asked, then we realised that they closed at 9pm 😛 We rode from 5pm-6.30pm and we only rode on the dry grounds. Didn’t really want to go to the wet terrains as my shoe was new.

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We took the itx back to Cheongnyangni, hoping to skip a few stops instead of waiting for the normal train. But we got caught and need to pay for the itx >.< We tried to get refund at the station, but they couldn’t understand English and kept insisting that they were right. They just took our card and gave us the refund money without explaining properly to us. They even asked us to go to the information counter to ask someone who spoke English. We went there and no one spoke English. We wanted to give them an easier way out and ask for someone who spoke Chinese. The reply they gave was that English is an International Language and Chinese is not, so no need to find a Chinese speaking person. The best part still… was them asking us to go to Singapore Embassy to get our refund of 2000+ won.

 

13th July

Went to Tongin Market in the morning with the other girls and Zhuwei’s mum & aunt. Another satisfying meal 😛

In the afternoon, I went to meet Rynn to go to Lotte World.  We took the rides that I didn’t take the other time with Gwen. Okie there was some rides that I sat on my own as Rynn wasn’t feeling well.

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14th July

Today is a chillax day. Went for Brunch at Hankuk Foreign Studies University with Doreen and Wei Fang. The Brunch is so nice but a little expensive though ^^

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Spent the afternoon doing some packing, in preparation to pass my stuff to Yiyi to bring back as she has some spare luggage space. Had our last dinner with Rynn at our favourite ahjumma store before sending her off to take a taxi to the airport.