A Day in Kuala Lumpur 2017 | carol_herbert

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Kuala Lumpur is so called my second home. Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions. Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown. KL is widely recognized for numerous landmarks, including Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), Petaling Street flea market, and Batu Caves, which is over 400 million years old. Tourist always flocks from all around the world just to shop in Kuala Lumpur.

I am working in Johor Bahru currently and I studied in Semenyih, Selangor. My university days were mainly influenced by KL and my main hang out cliques and university mates are all based in KL. Due to this, I am always running away from JB and heading towards KL for gatherings and reunions and gateways just to be with my friends and cousins. Last weekend, I took a bus from JB Kulai bus station straight towards Terminal Bersepadu Selatan. The Terminal Bersepadu Selatan is the main long distance bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is integrated with the adjacent Bandar Tasik Selatan station rail interchange station, forms the TBS-BTS integrated transportation hub. I booked my ticked online via EASYBOOK. Weekends are the only time I get to rest and explore. I parked my car at one of the hotspots and it is kinda safe to park your car there since it is facing the main road. Do write to me if you wanna know more details on it. My bus arrived 15 minutes late (so-called Malaysian time). I came sharp 9am because the station is just behind my house area. My parents didn’t know that I took the bus alone. If I told them, they might faint of panic attack and I will get nagging for no reason. I am already an adult but they still treat me like a kid. Well, the only child syndrome, what can I do about it? NOTHING!!  So, it was just a day trip, so I am like, well nothing much to worry.. It’s just a day trip..wait till you hear my story next.

The bus will usually stop at YONG PENG. Yong Peng is a town in Batu Pahat District, Johor. Buses have a platform for them to stop for toilet breaks. I asked my friends and got some information that they do stop by at Yong Peng and Seremban. I smartly thought that in Seremban also they will stop for a long break. Guess what I did? I drank the whole freaking water bottle!! So that I can go and pee in Seremban :/ After stopping at Yong Peng, I did pee and make sure I drank water little by little. God knows what I went through! When the bus reached Seremban, he stopped for those passengers who stop at Seremban to get down but he didn’t stop for any toilet break. I was panicking because I wanted to go to toilet and he isn’t stopping. A few minutes later, he stopped at one of the Shell Stations in Seremban and told us that those who wanna go to toilet can go but do it quick. I also went down the bus with another aunty and her 2 kids and some other guys also went too. To my shocking view, there were only one toilet and we had to line up and since I sat the last in the bus , I got down the last and I was the last one to line up at the toilet. Toilet for the ladies only got one so imagine us lining up.

The aunty went in first and then 2 of her daughters went in but were a bit slow. Her mother shouted to be quick and they faster came out. Then, after that I went in and when I came out to run to the bus ,, guess what??? THE STUPID FREAKING BUS LEFT ME!!!!!! :O I was totally shocked and quickly asked the petrol station guys and they said the bus already left the station. I was so angry but then acted wisely. Faster I called the EASYBOOK people to complain and they quickly gave me the TRANSNATIONAL number. They told me they can’t do anything since they are just the 3rd party but they could help by giving me the bus company contact number. Transnational on the other hand, didn’t pick up my call at the first time I rang them. I panicked. I hated being stranded in a different state when I have appointments to attend. Quickly I called Maryam , my friend that was supposed to fetch me from TBS and she said to call the bus company or driver ,, if they can’t then take uber to the bus station then we can go and complain and get my refunds back as this isn’t my fault at the first place. After I called her, I tried to call Transnational back and managed to get through and they were shocked to hear my story. They told me to wait a while as they call the driver and see what they can do to help me. Few seconds later they called me and gave me the driver’s number and asked me whether I can go towards the terminal to take another transnational bus to the BTS. I was so angry, I said “ I am already running late and it is your fault that the bus driver didn’t counter check his passenger and now you want me to run here and there ? I have an appointment to be met and are you going to pay me for the time I have already lost? “ They were left speechless and told me to negotiate with the driver. I straight away called the driver and know what?? He scolded me back saying it was my fault that I was late! I was like HELLOOOO>?? Do you even know that there was only one toilet? And shouldn’t you counter check? He was silent awhile ,, then he asked me whether can I come to the Seremban bus terminal? Frustrated , I just told him I am not in the mood to be fussy .. I can just take uber to the BTS then claim from Transnational the whole cost. Easier for all. He thought hard and told me saying no need to complain to Transnational because for sure they wouldn’t pay me my refunds and uber as this isn’t my fault at the first place. I even told him that there is a makcik (aunty) with her 2 daughters also went in with me to the toilet. He asked me one stupid question.. Why the makcik didn’t tell you were still in the toilet?? Hello!!!! At the first place, we are all strangers and would we even care if you go anywhere and how would we know if we were to drop off anywhere? MY GOD!!! I just told him to pay my uber then it would settle everything.

I called my Uber at once and he came quickly thankfully. He was a Malay guy and my goodness, he started asking questions and annoying me. I was already annoyed and then he keeps asking me whether I am Indian? Where I am from?? When he asked about my religion, I answered Christian and he was shocked to know that Indians also got Christians. I have never had face palm my face so many times in a day compared to today. Today really hit the limit. He played Malay songs over the radio then he suddenly changed to Hindi songs. My God!! !!!I literally burst it out towards Maryam then she only can laugh at me,, saying my face was definitely a problem causing so many people to flirt -_- Sighhh such a tiring day. The bus driver asked me to stop at the bus bay so that he could pay the uber cash by himself. When I reached, he paid and just left without saying any words or asking did I left any things in the bus.. He was not apologetic to my concern. Anyways, whatever let him be! The more I get angry the more foolish I will be because I already knew it was his fault and there isn’t a reason to keep thinking over it. Since he paid, let it be. Time was precious so I faster send my location so that Maryam can come and fetch me and we quickly rushed to our food spot. It was almost 4pm and we didn’t eat lunch. Starving to death, we gps ourselves to BarBenQue. It was situated at Bukit Damansara and we managed to find way. Frustration hit me again as the restaurant was closed for an event. Never mind!

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We went to Wondermama, nearby and treated our tummy to the delicious HALAL food!!! Recommended I would say. We ate salted egg chicken burger,soft shell crab salad , sambal sotong(squid cooked with chilies) and mango smoothie with assamboi . We ate to the content of our heart.

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my maryam 🙂

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Next stop, we went for Korean dessert just nearby walk. We ordered Bingsu. I was happy, at least I got some dessert to treat my bad day.hahahaha..We were supposed to watch Minions but time again was very much depressing.

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I had to meet my cousin in PJ to have dinner and collect my dad’s medicine from her. I asked Maryam to drop me off at MidValley as I needed to get some stuff then took another uber to PJ which costs me about RM11. We met at Kafe Strawberry for dinner and the place had a quite good ambiance and surrounding.  I also met my cousin’s friend (so-called badminton kaki) randomly.. lol.. He was one interesting Indian guy and I would say hanging out with him , you don’t really need to see time. But for me, hahaha I need to see time because I am rushing for my bus back!! Thank God my cousin drove me straight to BTS as my bus was at 9.30pm. Such an adventure and I am not too sure I can go stranded again alone. God Bless me <_> Thank Him for journey mercy. Without His protection, i don’t think i can survive !

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my pretty cousin

 

Wondermama

Address: Bangsar Village, G6, Ground Floor, 1, No Satu,, 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hanbing Korean Dessert
Address: 33, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Strawberry Fields Cafe
Address: Lot 14, Jalan Tengah, Bandar Baru Petaling Jaya, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

 

7D 6N Itinerary in Seoul | carol_herbert

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Many of you that are following would know i travel a lot and had done so many reviews based on what i experienced and encounter with.

Here is the summary of my travel experiences in Korea for week. You will have to click in the links to read on more . Traveling in Korea is a one major decision i made. I hope some of the places I went and explored could help some of you travelers. I blog for fun and always write straight forward.

Day 1

Korea Day 1: Chungmuro Station + Come On Guesthouse + Namsan Tower

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/korea-day-1-chungmuro-station-come-on-guesthouse-namsan-tower/

Day 2

Korea Day 2 : Gyeongbokgung Palace + Bukchon Hanok Village + Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/korea-day-2-gyeongbokgung-palace-bukchon-hanok-village-dongdaemun-design-plaza-park/

Day 3 + 4

Korea Day 3 + 4 : Jeonju + Hanok Village + Happy Memory

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/korea-day-3-4-jeonju-hanok-village-happy-memory/

Day 5

Korea Day 5 : Nami Island + Petite France

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/korea-day-5-nami-island-petite-france/

Day 6

Korea Day 6 : Lotte World

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/korea-day-6-lotte-world/

Day 7

Korea Day 7 : Incheon International Airport 

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pack and head back home 🙂

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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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Korea Day 3 + 4 : Jeonju + Hanok Village + Happy Memory | carol_herbert

Day 3, we took the earliest bus to Jeonju. We bought our breakfast on the way from 7Eleven. Jeonju is like a 2 hours and a half journey from Nambu Express Bus Terminal. The journey was smooth and we got to stop at one of the rest areas to pee and to get some hot food. There I tried this amazing hot honey pancake called Hotteok (호떡). It is like a sweet tasting pancake and it was filled with honey inside and fried on the pan. One hotteok costs about 1000won and it is cheap I would say for such a snack food. We reached Jeonju just in time for lunch and to check in into our hotel, Happy Memory Guesthouse. We will only staying here for a night so we just brought like a pair of cloth to change for the next day. Hard core right our travelling??

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Our Korean friend Sehun brought us to Jeonju town for lunch and then we had to meet his pastor for dinner. We also went to visit on of the traditional Korean churches named Big Tree Church. The churches in Seoul had their own architecture and fine details that define one church element. The town was huge and full of things to see and do and eat. There were trees cover with beautiful fabrics and I thought it was to keep the tree warm as it was winter. Sehun told me that fabric is to attract insects during winter. The reason why tree barks were partly wrapped up is to protect them from insects that are looking for a warm place to snuggle for the winter and lay their eggs. There are similar straw mats used on pine trees in Japan called komomaki .The straw mats are taken off the trees in spring and burnt. So when the straw mats come off, that means its spring!

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Dinner we ate dakgalbi bokkeumbap. It is one of the traditional must try dishes in Korea. When they served us, it was like a big round pan with stir fried spicy chicken chunks with mozzarella cheese in the middle. Sehun taught me the way of how they eat this dish. You first need to take your chopstick and gather around like a ball of cheese while it’s still cooking. With that ball of cheese, you take it and scoop it up with a piece of meat and then wrap it together with any salad and its side dishes. You can eat the meat only or make a wrap with Korean lettuce and sauce (If you want, you can put garlic in it also). Make sure to leave room for fried rice (볶음밥, Bokkeumbap). Once you are done making cheese balls and eating almost half of the dish, then you can call the waitress to bring the rice and make some fried rice together with the cheese and meat. When the girl starts frying the rice, it is like those kimchi fried rice that we know of. After dinner, pastor then took us for a cup of coffee then we headed home walking. It was a fun night out and very cold one indeed. We went towards downtown for some shopping, Baskin Robin for some ice cream and went to sing karaoke after that. Sehun’s friends also joined in along. I was a bit shy because it was like meeting new people and I don’t do socializing fast with new people. Especially singing karaoke, I feel comfortable singing with the people I am already used to and I just meet them like few hours only. It was a bit awkward and I kinda refused to sing .hahaha..Introverts problem. But it was fun seeing them singing and hitting those really high notes. Korean people can really sing!

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The next day we slept in a little late as we were meeting up with another friend Kyeong Hee. We met up with her for breakfast and then headed to the market they had. She brought us to see Jeonju market and their town. It was very interesting and an eye opener. I am a person that is very interested in knowing other people’s culture and places. As you can see in my pics, we went some art places and those markets that sell so many unique foods. Located 10 minutes away from the Hanok Village, the Nambu Market is another place worth explore. Traces and bits of history can be found at the market. Ginseng, Herbal Medicine, fresh veggies and even bedding are available here at the indoor market. Soondae (Blood Sausage Soup) is the delicacy here — but too bad I just don’t know the art of appreciating pig blood sausage yet so I decided to give it a miss.

Around noon, we met up with some other friends and went for lunch at one of the restaurants in Jeonju town. We ate Budae jjigae (I think). It literally translates to army stew. During the U.S. occupation of Korea during the Korean War, locals were introduced to such American delicacies as Spam and hot dogs, and ended up making this bizarre and utterly tasty mishmash of Korean and American foods, starring random meats backed up by kimchi, ramen noodles, tofu, and more. It gets its spice from the kimchi, plus both gochugaru and gochujang. (The thinking goes: the spicier the better, because then you get to drink more beer.)

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Then we decided to hit for some Korean dessert. The Koreans brought us to Korean Dessert Café to try the original bingsu. I tried mango and almond. The ice milk they used to craft the ice cream is mainly shaved ice, milk, syrups, fruits, and a bunch of other ingredients it is called Bingsu. We also explored the street food such as octopus skewers, grilled cheese skewers and the colorful cotton candy. I would think I was insane by eating all those yummy food and my stomach could even take in as long as I am walking. HAHHAHA

Once our tummy is filled with all the amazing food and dessert, we headed to go and rent our traditional Hanboks. Hanboks are simply an example of traditional Korean dress. We searched high and low for cheap rentals as we were just going to rent it for an hour or so. Our itinerary was very tight and we were trying our very best to get a taste of Jeonju as fast as possible. Time wasn’t our best friend though. One of my friend spotted and asked for us whether we could at least rent the Hanboks for about KW10000 (it’s about RM38) . Thank God we found an aunty and uncle that were willing to rent at that price. Many shops were renting the hanboks and it as if they were having competitions and tourist like me will feel the pinch as our MYR isn’t helping to the extent we would just rent out to whatever price they say. We had to bargain and keep looking out for those cheap one.

The aunty was very nice. She suggested a few colors that suits our skin colors and made sure the size was right. I was gaining lots of weight because I was eating rice most of the time and my face was getting rounder and rounder. Thank goodness we all fitted in. My worst nightmare was nothing fits in, I will be so sad and devastated. I came all these way, crossing thousands of miles and nothing fits in?? I will sit and roll on the floor. We all fitted into our hanboks and headed towards the Hanok Cultural Village. It was a good hike to burn all those calories we gained. We were like the models for the day. Our friends were the official photographers and we were posing for no reason. It was very fun and tiring at the same time. One thing I know for sure is that the Koreans are very good at arts and crafts. The village’s walls were painted uniquely and each painting had its own taste. Certain items such as gas cylinder were also part of the arts where they painted it as 2 love birds. My pics will tell you guys the story. I was so mesmerized with the scenery and the people there. The old people I had come across apparently appears to be more healthy and stronger than us younger ones. Funny isn’t it? We explored the whole Hanok Village and took thousands of pics. Keeping time on track, we had to return the hanboks as we were only given an hour. After returning, we headed to down town to shop and explore and get some light souvenirs. We went for Korean BBQ buffet at one of the famous restaurants in Jeonju. We tried their Samgyupsal. Samgyupsal is another popular Korean meat dish that is enjoyed at home or at Korean restaurants that specializes in meat dishes. It consists of thick pork strips, served in the same fashion as galbi but there is no marination involved. It is usually cooked on a grill with pa muchim, kimchi, mushrooms, garlic, and onions and are consumed altogether. We had to wait for almost half an hour to be seated imagine that!! The meat served was humongous. They keep refilling the meat as we just sat down to eat. Come on!!! Give us like 5mins to breathe can?? hahahhaa… the meat was super fresh and meaty!! They serve with soy bean soup and several of side dishes. I ate my heart out. I felt as if I am gonna die due to fullness. After dinner, we took a cab and rushed to our bus station. We said our goodbyes to Sehun and Kyeong Hee. It was sad but I know we will somehow go back to Korea soon because we aren’t done exploring Seoul to the fullest. We took our bus back to Chungmuro and slept in like a baby once we reached our guesthouse. We needed to rest as the next day we need to explore Nami Island and Petite France.

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Happy memories Hotel

25 Munhwagwangjang-ro, Nosong-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Jeonju Hanok Village

99 Girin-daero, Pungnam-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Nambu Market

19-3 Pungnammun 1-gil, Jeonong 3(sam)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Korea Day 2 : Gyeongbokgung Palace + Bukchon Hanok Village + Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park | carol_herbert

Rise and shine. On the 2 day of our tour, early morning we had breakfast as usual. Bread + coffee + strawberry spread. This guesthouse we stayed was very accommodating as they transferred us to bigger place since they saw us cramped in one bedroom with 2 double-decker. They shifted us to another bigger place with our very own bathroom. Very kind of them and I think it was God’s blessing too, to have people to take care of us since we had one hell of the journey from Malaysia to Korea. I really like the place as we also had washing machine for us to wash clothes. We didn’t even need to bring many clothes with us .I literally brought 6 shirts and 2 jeans for one whole week. Imagine. Its winter. Nobody is even bothered to see inside.hahahaha. As long you keep yourself and your clothes clean and hygienic , it is good for all.

Moving on, after breakfast, we headed to Chungmuro station to board to our train towards Gyeongbokgung Palace. We arrived just in time to witness the guard changing ceremony. I was in awe when one of the chief guards hit the gong. Call me a jakun (weirdo) but I was like wow! The guards’ uniforms, weapons, and accessories as well as their strict ceremonial procedures catch my eyes most definitely!! And the eyes of passersby, especially foreign tourists (a lot of Malaysians and Cina people I see though). It was interesting to see when the guardsmen perform the changing of guards in traditional costumes at the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul during winter. Since it is really hard to experience traditional events in such a big city like Seoul, citizens and tourist really enjoy and love it. It takes place every day except Tuesday. Thank God we came on Monday. Weeee… I am so thankful for every event man.. Seriously…

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We took lots of OOTD and POTD and Instagram pics. I was super happy because after so long my Instagram was active back again. After taking pics and touring inside the palace, what I adore was the king actually lived in a really big place and environment. We explored the palace and can’t even finish it in 2 hours. Imagine for the king and his men to live in it. Mind blown.. Seriously. Nearby the palace, they had this national museum which had free entrance. The National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Fascinating isn’t it? Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

 

Next we went and explored Bukchon Hanok Village. It was a 15minutes walk from the Palace. As we were walking to the palace, I was fascinated by the architecture of the buildings that they had there. Adding to that, I came across Chicago Pizza and some European based buildings. Taking back in awe, the fine details of the structure kinda made me think that technology and architecture in this part of the world is just another level higher compared to us in Malaysia. We have a lot to learn. Bukchon Hanok Village is like the mega of the Jonker Street we have in Malaysia. They have hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that dated back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. We got lots of cheap socks and souvenirs on our way down towards the village.

 

We also stopped for lunch at one of the Korean restaurant named Tteokbokki House. We tried most of the famous dishes they had there and all are the most spicy ones like spicy ramen, spicy soup and kimchi fried rice. One thing happened was, we couldn’t find a place to sit as the restaurant was full. So called famous kan? Anyways, we just lined up and waited for our turn. There was one table which an old uncle sat to have his lunch. The waitress saw that it could fit us 4 in and didn’t even hesitated to ask the uncle whether was it ok for us to sit next to him. We were so shy and don’t know where to put our face. I mean, don’t la go and disturb an old uncle eating. WALAO..!!! .ahahahah.,..he didn’t mind thank goodness. We sat and were very paiseh, however he was very friendly to us and was happy to see us Malaysians coming to visit their country. Food was superb and we could see that one bowl of ramen could feed a person in Korea and to contrast with it, actually could feed the 3 of us Malaysians. After lunch, we just roamed around Samcheongdong-gil Road. This road goes through the middle of the city, but is a peaceful, quaint area. The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries. Since each building along Samcheongdong-gil has its own unique architectural design, taking a walk and appreciating the buildings is a journey in itself. Many galleries have their own cafes, restaurants, or craft shops, allowing visitors to enjoy art, shopping, and lunch all under one roof.

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Later that evening, we went to the train station to get to Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) has a meaning of Dream, Design, and Play. It holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, conferences, and other domestic and international events. It was also a place to shop and they had these amazing flea markets that we could buy souvenirs from.

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That night was very cold. I think it hit almost to -4° and we were dancing our way as we took pictures. We ended the day with some hot street food like topokki and grilled squid. For dinner, we just went to the nearest restaurant to get some hot soup to sooth the body.

 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)

Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (동대문디자인플라자 (DDP))

281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가)

Lerenne’s Birthday (THANK YOU MOM??) | carol_herbert

This is my precious friend i got hold when i was studying in the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus back in 2013. I didn’t really remember the time or place i met her first but i knew we were in the same orientation room where Prof Mitchel was giving his talk on Psychology and how it affects us in our daily basis in life. He was so focused on optical illusion and trying his very best to get our focus onto that . Adding to that, it was a fun time trying to explore the world of Psychology and learning all those cool theories and experiments kinda made me survive through my university years.

Okay. So enough of the flashback. I met her in my class . I am never too sure how far I could remember but I know I got closer to her during second year or so. I was kinda close to mostly the Chinese group since I could relate to them much easier and I spoke the language.We would work in groups and go to lunch together most of the time. It was a fun and crazy 3 years of university together. Then after we graduated, we both enrolled into a work and travel program in USA as we worked at YMCA of Rockies in Colorado . That was one of the fabulous year. I knew that i experienced snow with her. It was a memory that i will tell my grand-kids about.Then, we ended up working together. I don’t know why but some how we just end up together. Now i am currently staying with her grandma and she is away in Melbourne studying. Life is pretty good for now.

So i planned a dinner with her and brought her to Thank You Mom. This is a famous Korean place where they serve pretty good baked chicken and Tteokbokki with mozzarella Cheese cooked with spicy sauce(spicy die you). Tteokbokki is a popular Korean food made from soft rice cake, fish cake, and the sweet red chili sauce called gochujang. The oven baked chicken, on the other hand has lots of flavors like cheese , original or hot spicy .The flesh of the chicken is very tender and fresh. I like the way it was baked because sometimes people just don’t bake well. Some other shops i go to always got some chickens not baked well and full of blood. That is super gross and i would never recommend anyone to go there. This one you will need to wait approximately 25-45 minutes for the chicken to be cooked. At least you know the meat is well-baked and juicy. They will serve the chicken with a garlic sauce and chili sauce.I always ask for more coz i am just a sauce person. Haahahaha… 😀 Nahhh it’s just i like to flood my chicken with it..The drinks was also good as it was a mixture of fruit flavors with some soda. We ate till our hearts were contained.

The location is just near Johor Bahru Aeon Bukit Indah. It is opposite Jusco and above a pharmacy(2nd level). The sitting places are limited so place a booking before going just to secure a sit. Below are some of the pictures we took for the birthday.Those are some crazy pics and please don’t judge coz we are indeed psychology graduates and life is short. Embrace life and live life . I am just happy that i have crazy friends to spend my life with and enjoy amazing food with.

This isn’t much a review but a little teaser on the shop lah. Just go and check it out. I bet the interior itself will make you like the shop even more. Happy exploring people.

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Thank U Mom Korean Style Oven Baked Chicken

Address: 83, Jalan Bukit Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia