JanJan x Travel x Korea

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!

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I love midnight flights as I get to see the Sunrise ~ The clouds look like yummy marshmallows ❤

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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.

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Happened to pass by a super huge poster of Song Joong Ki, and I so had to talk a photo of it 😛

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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 😛

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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 (:

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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.

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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.

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Headed out for dinner and explore the Hanok Village  night scene. Peaceful and quiet place compared to Seoul and Busan.

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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 😛

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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 (:

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NEW GEEKY SPECS!!

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Sam with her new specs ~ cost more than mine ><

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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 (:

 

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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 😀

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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.

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Pic @ Gwanghwamun Square 🙂

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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.
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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!

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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.

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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 (:

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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 😀

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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.

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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 😛

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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.

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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+.

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Meat-ing BBQ buffet is a must when you head to Hongdae streets ^^

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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 (:

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32cm ice cream! It was hard for me to finish the ice cream and it melted really fast. Thanks to summer heat ~

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Of course, a must visit is OSULLOC! All the macha green tea drinks and deserts  ~~ Sam’s ultimate fave!

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We also got to visit the LINE Friends store. Brown is super huge!! Cool to visit but expensive and not necessary to have >.<

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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.

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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 😛

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Our beloved homeland ❤

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Gwen Gwen is interning at Shanghai now (:

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My next trip destination – Hong Kong and Taiwan !!!! Excited (:

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So looking forward to Gwen’s grad trip to Aussie in Nov/Dec 2017 ❤

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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!

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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!

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Sam making a mark for us to find our lock in the future, as it would definitely be hidden in all the future locks!

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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.

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Day 7 – 18 Jun Sat

We walked around Myeongdong for the last time before we took the airport bus to Incheon Int’l Airport.

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Our late lunch – last taste of Korean street food ~~

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We actually managed to check in 4 luggages and it was below 60kg ^^ lesser bags to hand carry onto the plane!

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Off to our home ~~~ Singapore ~~~ ((:

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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!!!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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소녀시대 as 8 angels instead <3

Wow! 2014 has been very very very uneventful for SMTown. First Kris leaves EXO, then Sulli take indefinite leave from F(x), Jessica is kicked out of SNSD and now Luhan leaves EXO.

I think for Kris and Luhan’s cases, the foreigner members issues seems to be apparent since Hangeng’s case. I really wonder how SM handles and treats their foreign members. Is it really that bad? But then again SM is so “careful” with their PR team and hides all the stories from their side, such that fans are not able to get the full story and morally decides who is right.

As for Jessica’s case, all I get is Jessica’s side of the story and doubtful stories from the news outlet, which many might believed that they are bought over by SM. I mean SM is a really big company with connections. Go figure.

 

I hope all this blows over soon and nicely. I just want to see SM artist producing music, attending variety shows and feel at peace when representing SMTown to the public. Even is SNSD is now 8 people or going to disband soon after a few more years (when their contract ends), I will still support you girls!!! ❤  소녀시대 사랑합니다

YG FAMILY 2014 Galaxy Tour: POWER

 

 

 

 

Yeah I finally got to see a full “Family” concert after so many years 😛 Though it isn’t SM Entertainment’s SMTown, I still enjoyed myself. The atmosphere was high, but i think concert in Korea totally ruin my expectations for Kpop concerts le ~~ haha! I am thinking of going to SMTown 2014 if they are coming to Singapore, but probably buying the cheapest ticket possible & bring binoculars (: hehehehehehehehehehehe ~~

Shall once again let the photos do the talking & some captions along the way ^^

 

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— can’t take photo at the banner? nevermind! selfie makes up for it 😛 —

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2NE1

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BIG BANG w/o Seungri —

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Taeyang

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CL; the baddest female —

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Daesung; Ugly —

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EPIK HIGH’s DJ TUKUTZ

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Big Bang performing 2NE1 —

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PSY. He is so cool and professional. He knew we didn’t know any of his other songs and not to make us feel bad, he mentions it first 😛 He also kind of did a side entertainment section with us during the concert. Rare for a Kpop concert ^^ —

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— Gangnam Style’s Dance Break —

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— Sandara Park; the motorbikes are so cool! there is actually a person in the light thingy —

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— 2NE1; I am the Best —

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— Big Bang; Tonight —

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— Daesung

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— Encore finale! —

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— OMG! Seung Hoon fell off the stage as he retreated too fast to stop himself from falling. Thank goodness he is fine now —

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— Minzy

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— G-Dragon & Tablo —

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— YG Family 

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— YG Family 

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— YG Family 

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[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 ~~

[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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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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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] 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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