Korea Day 6 : Lotte World | carol_herbert

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Strawberries were our breakfast and I went to get my coffee at one the back lane cafes they had. Once I got my coffee, we headed to the subway to get our butts to Lotte World. From Chungmuro, we took the subway towards Dongdaemun Historical Park and then headed to Jamsil. Jamsil is much nearer to Lotte World. We had to find South Gate Entrance in order to get into the theme park. When we reached Lotte World, it was like a mall attached to a hotel attached to a shopping area. I was pretty confused and was kinda walking all around following Evon.hahahahha…We stopped by a accessories shop that were having 50% discounts. Crazily bought some accessories and then headed to get our tickets. Once we entered, the feeling was as if I was entering Disneyland in LA. I was so excited. We got the map and got ready to play all the games and crazy out of this world rides and thank goodness the que wasn’t too long. God’s mercy is always with us. We went on rides and roller coasters and I bet Erica and Elaine were scared to death. I need to get a gopro soon for our next adventure then only I can capture all those crazy rides we went on. The main rides were outdoors and were called Magic Island. It was freezing but we enjoyed all the rides.

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We left for Myeongdong after that. We had dinner at one of the Chinese restaurant and went on mainly for the street food. We shopped till we dropped in Myeongdong. Like seriously!!! I went to get my Innisfree products and got some tax refund. Not bad huh?? I also got some masks and some face soaps also. Evon and I went and tried this grilled lobster with cheese.

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It cost us about 15000won, meaning about RM60 so we had to share. It was too ridiculous for us to pay each for a lobster. Hence, we decided to share. Two bites gone a pay for a day. Sad right .hahaha….what to do?? With our currency dropping, we can’t afford to waste money just like that. We had to choose wisely on what to spend on and what not to. After shopping and eating and being content with whatever we have, we headed back home happily and satisfied. We rushed to pack and had to get ready all our things as we need to wake up early and head out to get the first subway by 5.30am.

Our flight was at 9.30am so we had to be at the airport to check in and make sure we didn’t have to run for our lives as how we did when we took our flight from Malaysia. We bathed and wore whatever we need so that when we get up, we just need to have breakfast and straight check out and head out. What a week of journey we had in Seoul. I lost my dad’s Innisfree at the airport because I forgot to check the facial wash in. It was 180ml and wasn’t allowed in. I pleaded and beg the person but we ought to follow the rules so yeah. I had to throw it away. My money was gone just like that! HMMPPHHH next time, make sure you check your hand carry bag and make sure you don’t carry any liquid more than 100ml. i HAD LEARN A BIG LESSON FROM HERE.

My next trip will be to Krabi, Thailand.

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Korea Day 5 : Nami Island + Petite France | carol_herbert

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We woke up pretty early, got our breakfast and did our laundry. Breakfast was the usual bread with strawberry jam. And yes!! Coffee. I got my to go coffee almost every day since they have a lot of cafés to try with.What could I say about Nami Island or should I say Namiseom Island (남이섬 종합휴양지)? Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree-lined roads. We took a bus from Gapyeong to Nami ticketing centre and took a ferry to Nami Island. The place was very cold and it was still winter. You can take the zipwire into Nami but it will cost you about 38,000 won. Crazily expensive for a short time thing that was why we acted sanely and took the ferry instead.

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There was also hardened snow that we could play and take pic with. The place was filled with tourist from different nation. My worlds!! I could see the entire world in Nami. One funny thing happened was there were this China people who were willing to take our pics and they talked to us in Mandarin thinking we knew their language. The whole entire Nami Island was like a mini adventure I would say.

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They gave us a map to follow and to make sure we had seen the entire Nami and wouldn’t miss any tourist spot. We started at the entrance and followed the map heading towards the winter sonata place of shooting. It was a mandatory spot for us to go and see for ourselves. There were also ostriches and birds going around pecking for food. Since its winter, the stomach gets hungry often. Even we humans also are always finding for food to eat at odd hours due to the coldness. We stopped by a stall to get some hot-dogs to nibble on while waiting for lunch. Thousands of pics we took and I was already exhausted . I don’t know how models do it with photo-shoots. I can’t even stand for just few hours.

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Our stomachs were growling as we were walking nonstop the whole entire morning. We went and tried Korean packed lunch boxes ~ Dosirak. The lunch boxes were packed lunch boxes, usually made with seaweed, kimchi, sausage, gochujang, egg and rice. Actually ‪‎this is a traditional culture in ‪‎Korea. At the older generation, Korean parents prepare Dosirak for their children as they go to school. Children put their Dosirak on the charcoal burner and keep it warm until lunch time. Nowadays, Dosirak is the childhood of many Koreans.

 

After lunch we left for Petite France around 4pm. We rushed because if we were late and reached there by night, we can’t take nice pics with the buildings. We boarded the bus and headed straight there. A French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture. The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’

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The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. The history of the place is just magnificent. Petite France was also featured on many dramas and variety shows, such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, and Running Man. We toured till around 8pm then left for Gapyeong. From Gapyeong we left for Cheongnyangni Station. We had dinner a School Food and then went on shopping at Lotte Mart in Cheongnyangni Station. Lotte Mart was like a heaven to me. Everything is so cheap and delicious and eye-catching. Even the cheap snacks were out of the mind and shoju was about RM4 there compared to Malaysia is around RM25 per bottle. Can you see the difference? I went shopping like a mad woman and went home with 2 bags full. I don’t know how I survived coming back to the guesthouse at the wee hours , cold and frozen but happy because I bought souvenirs for all.

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In courtesy of http://chloewl.blogspot.my/2015/01/guide-to-nami-island-petite-france.html

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Blessed Birthday | carol_herbert

Happy Birthday Malaysia!!! It was the 16th of September. One of the coolest date that we have in Malaysia. Firstly, it is a public holiday due to the commemoration of the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Singapore and Sarawak to form Malaysia. Secondly, it is of course definitely my birthday..HAHAHA!!!! Yes, thanks to me the malaysia day baby, we all have public holiday on this cool day.

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Anyways, i had so much plannings to meet up with so many people but some had to postpone as time wasn’t enough. I went back home earlier on the 15th of September to avoid the rush hour so called peanut-butter jam in Malaysia. I had to fetch my aunt from JB town and head back home to Melaka. Thank God we reached like on time and there weren’t much of a jam. When i reached home, my parents were already waiting for us to bring both me and my aunt for dinner. Hungry die us. I was like after work and i already celebrated my lunch birthday with my colleagues.

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Below picture is my father’s side of family. My aunts and cousins all in total, we celebrated earlier , all the Sept babies at my cousin’s house. We had like a get together and lunch.

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This was at Hard Rock cafe melaka. Birthday dinner.

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That night we went to Jonker street in Melaka to walk around and shop a lil. Too many people but it was a fun night out. You can check Hard Rock Cafe out and try as their ambiance is super cool and they have an awesome bar. Rock ’n’ roll-themed chain based cafe with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics.

 

Hard Rock Cafe Melaka

Address: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

 

Weekend + OOTD | carol_herbert

The weekend is the only time i like where i could escape home and travel. So called a travel-kaki* i am so addicted to Singapore. It is the only place where you can find good authentic food and people from all around the world. This weekend in particular, was a farewell kinda thing. My godsister , Evon was leaving for her MBBS studies to Kelantan, Malaysia. She will be studying there for almost 5 years and then later decides whether she wanna specialized or just be a normal doctor will do.

While in Singapore, we didn’t subscribe to any data so we were kinda depending on stealing* restaurants wifi and like pretending we were lost tourist. Bahahaha..!!! so drama but yeahh…anyways….we stop to google where to eat first for lunch. And Evon suggested we go hunt for a good western food that we can’t really get in Johor. Then burgers started appearing in our brains, and we were like…okaY!! HUNT FOR BURGERSSSSS…..Crazy as we sounded , we managed to come across The Butcher’s Club Singapore in Clarke Quay . It was surrounded by a lot of ang mo*s and we predicted that the food must be at the level where you could satisfy the Americans and Europeans.

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Screenshot this amazing Instagram Stories.

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Mini mooncake-Walnut

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This is Evon 🙂

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My second model, Elaine 🙂

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They are photogenic huh…the power of sisters,,,,,

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Smiles everywhere 😀

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Wefie with the awesome burgers

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Red-Eye Reduction

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The Gambler

Then we took few buses to go to Bedok, which is the East of Singapore to have some desert. I was so looking forward to try Fat Cat Ice cream because first, it is affordable and second the flavor are just commendable. I mean , being an ice cream addict i know that mixing flavors , you really need the sparks and the right flavor.

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Fat Cat Cafe

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Cheap right?

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the amazing beer butter

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beer butter, assam tea and matcha sea salt

It was super delicious. We kinda ate the ice cream as our dinner. After that we took the bus straight to woodlands . At the customs, i don’t know why lah we got stuck for almost an hour. Elaine and Evon was like stuck because apparently one of the officers were new and he couldn’t scan one of the tourist passport. I saw him calling on the line for seniors to come and help but NO!! No one came to the rescue. My legs were so hurting as we were like walking the damn whole day. And now we had to deal with this?? Come on.. If you can’t scan it, at least move the fella aside lah. Why wanna make the rest que so long and wait . I really don’t get this system. They really must look into this matter because i have seen so many people got stuck just because of others.

We reached home like by 1am. By hook or crook , i managed to even drive back home sanely. Till the next adventure. Chao.

The Butcher’s Club Singapore

3A River Valley Road #01-01B
Clarke Quay
Singapore
179020

Opening hours

Everyday from 12pm | Until 10pm, Sun to Tues | 2am, Wed & Thur | 3am, Fri & Sat
Phone +65 6837 0675

Fat Cat Ice Cream Bar

Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, Singapore 460416

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The Dating Manifesto (Part 1) | carol_herbert

The last weekend i drove up to Kuala Lumpur for a conference that was held at Glad Tidings Petaling Jaya. The conference was all about dating and how we suck at it and how we get our games on back. It was a hard reality check for most singles’ as the point Lisa(the speaker) told us was like a slap on the face. I mean like a wake up call sort of. She started by talking about how your love life sucks or you don’t even have a love life. Below are the valid reasons why :-

  1. You’re waiting for THE ONE! (This is just plain crazy.We are so highly influenced by media that we are so focused that we are destined to THE ONE and he will come through our path some how and we will know it or assume God will bring one. The understanding is just wrong. Even i got it wrong. There isn’t such a One but find One and make the person your ONE. See the difference? It is based on your mind and how you see it from maturity. When love comes,you will be blinded. Always make sure you choose wisely. There will be baits so called guys coming after you. But you can’t just wait at the corner for the ONE to come and say he is the One. What if he isn’t? Many things can happen but when you take One and own it and make it yours, it will make a difference.
  2. You haven’t grown up yet!(This applies to all. You could be 40 years old but still act like a child. Suck it up. You need to grow and mature. Think ahead. Plan ahead. Not just simple date and say bye the next minute. Boys be a man. Ladies be a woman. Guys , you mainly need to do more stuff. Examples like holding the door , paying for the meal(i mean like for the few dates that you are still getting to know her or interested in her), lead things and be a gentleman. Lisa told one thing that was on point. We woman are independent and we can stand on our legs but still when it comes to a date, men needs to lead and be domain. Don’t ever let the girls take out her purse to pay unless you are really broke .. HA HA.. anyways,, just be a gentleman lah..It would hurt right? In a relationship or family, the man leads and the woman summits herself to him. It isn’t vice versa you know. Read your bible people. I wouldn’t want to date a guy where i am the one always planning and leading. It is exhausting you know.
  3. You aren’t dating!(This is so me..haha..I mean i have invites, but i tend to not go. I reject some guys just because I am not just into them. You get what i meant. But it was so wrong. I am limiting guys from me and it is bad. You can reject but not until you reject all. Even guys,please i know that you are sometimes afraid of commitments and stuff but come on!! It is just dinner and getting to know one another.Lisa made it clear that you can reject (i mean the girls) but then what if the there isn’t any guys asking the girls out. Is that another problem? So complicated right? That is why we don’t go on dates. We both(girls and guys) analyze stuff too much and keep rejecting and keep not asking people out is such a big mistake. Go out and have fun. Life is short. But always remember to do it with God’s fear.
  4. Your dating is directionless! (Date someone when you have the intention to marry. Or maybe there is a direction towards where you are planning to. Don’t date with no focus. Don’t date just because you feel lonely. Date with commitment. It is serious guys. If you are heading towards your 30s’ , you will know how desperate it is to know that your friends are all getting babies and married and you are still at the same spot doing nothing. Date with a same passion. Date with having the same heart to serve God.
  5. You’re stuck in a friendlationship! (Friendzone case. We are kinda living in society where everyone is your friend. Even guys. You can do stuffs with them. Hang out and talk serious business. But this kind of friendship might be dangerous. We need to at least filter and give space . If every guy is your friend , you will never go on dates , like a one to one. Because the guy will feel the same, as you..I am just hanging out* so what is the big deal right? So it is tough but yea, girls please..get a life..not all can be friends..Limit and filter and maybe some will ask you out.

The full explanation you can read up from here. Check out the organization(Boundless) to help all single people out there that are lost.

http://media.focusonthefamily.com/boundless/pdf/dating-manifesto-chapter-4.pdf

 

Hari Raya 2016 | carol_herbert

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Meet Dr Priya

Hari raya was one happening day for me this year. I was out the whole day long. I kid you not. I went to my friend’s place for tea just to catch up and meet her awesome mum. WE had this awesome masala tea with sandwich. I felt so much love as her mum was so lovely and homely. After that we left to go to Mr Ihsan’s place for lunch. As always, ihsan’s place is like having intellectual raya time. His house has no TV and we kinda were forced to communicate as human beings. Which was very good, I kinda like this set up where family are to communicate and not be yoke by watching all the negativity coming from the outside world. His mum cooked pancakes and sambal. Also i am super touched and loved. I think i ate way too much and my tummy started to feel bloated but i had still one more stop.

We then headed to Noriza’s place. Kinda late. OOpsss…sorry…Noriza was having her engagement the very same day. We were supposed to be there early but then we were kinda late. We arrived like 2pm . The ceremony ended and she was off the market. Sad but happy at the same time. Then we chit chat and talked about life and how time is passing way to fast. We had fun.

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Indian Weddings in Malaysia | carol_herbert

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Wearing a blue lengha 😀

During Hari Raya, my best friend got married. I have never attended a full ceremony of a Hindu wedding, so i decided now is the time to go and see for myself and get my friend married off. She was the most beautiful bride ever i could imagine. She was wearing a green saree and decorated with flowers. The wedding was the Bomb.

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Met my childhood school friends

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This gorgeous lady , my high school senior.

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Family pic with the wedding gang.

The event started at 6pm. It started with the groom doing his ceremony alone with the priest then only my friend comes in and do her part. After that , they came in together and sat at the wedding platform to be getting ready to marry . They did what the priest ask them to do and then the groom tied the THALI’ around my friend’s neck. It is a symbol that they are married and my friend now is his.

After the ceremony, we all started eating and we had buffet indian food of course. It was a fun night and we all went home happy.

My turn? hahaha..i am guessing ,well not too soon. I am gonna travel soon to Korea and krabi. Lets see whether i can find any groom there.