Penang 2017 | carol_herbert

Penang Adventure.

On the 20th of Aug 2017, I took a solo adventure to Penang, Malaysia. Penang is one of the state is full of my favorite people and food especially. To be honest, this isn’t my first time going there as my aunties and uncles do live there and we do come to visit them once in a blue moon. However, I myself didn’t get to tour much and spend some quality time with my friends. Hence, I decided to make a random trip to Penang and get my hands dirty of nibbling all the local food they had there.

I took a flight from Jb to Penang on Friday night after work. It was raining heavily and I prayed that the rain will stop and it did. God do answer prayers you know! 🙂 Anyways, I boarded and touched down within one hour. One of my bestie friends came and fetched me from the airport and we headed straight to check in, into my backpacker’s hostel in Love Lane. I stayed in Casa Inn 56 – Hostel as it was one of the top favorite place to go to and it was situated at the heart of Georgetown which is easier to walk around and need not use any public transportation, which helps to travel cheap.  Casa Inn is quite a good and simple place to stay as for me I prefer staying in a budgeted place so that the money I spend on is mainly on food and sightseeing.

After checking in, we headed straight for supper at Red Garden Food Paradise food court. This place is heaven because it has enough variety of Penang food to choose from and my God, my stomach wasn’t ready for this but like whatever// SAPU je!! Hahaha… anyways,, thanks to uncle and aunty who belanja me makan .. And my two Jie Jie that came to see me also.. I am one happy kid.

 

The next day, I went out early to get some pics for my Instagram and had definitely to get my coffee. I even got papaya to clear my system off. Before I could get into the café nearby, I was shocked as suddenly got this weird Indian uncle stopped like the opposite road and asking me whether I need a free ride to see Penang. I am like wow…Am I that famous to even get a free ride?? Hahahhaa..Anyways the calling was so wrong and I know Love Lane is famous for what as well..hahahah…so yeah… I just smiled and waved and said thank you and moved away…

 

My friend Shuang Ling met up with me at a famous breakfast place called Bali Bali Café Gurney Drive Penang. This place was so packed when we arrived and thankfully we got a spot to sit and order our dimsum. Yes please!! I am a dimsum lover and if you even propose to date me over a dimsum place..count me in!!hahaha…Life is short so please do enjoy and embrace life:)We ate our hearts out and headed out to town and the jetty to walk and spend time . We even took lots of random pics, did henna and ate durian ice cream.

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Lunch time, we met up with my CF friends that are working and based in Penang. We went for some food hunt. Walking around under the hot sun, we managed to get the famous chendol to cool our body down and went on to eat kuey teow,fried oyster and popiah. After that we went on sightseeing to burn our fats.

 

Evening, I went to stroll at the streets nearby with Zoe and we went and explore Dān 单café nearby the sea. The café is plant-based and it is a forestry based café. Unique in its own way and we had the famous macha latte and green tea hotcake for dessert. If you want to learn on plants and how to grow them, you can even join their classes.

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Night time, I was alone so I managed to go and explore Love Lane area and get hold of some pork satay and wan tan mee. There were so many angmos’ and people lining up for the entire local food and it was so happening. Talking about night life right?? haha.. anyways I got my dinner and headed back to my hotel early because I have church the next day . Mind you the place I stayed had a bistro below so you know the singing and music kinda sip through your wall. So , I kinda didn’t get to sleep till like 2am till everyone was done with their partying and drinking.

Early the next morning I woke and had breakfast with my buddy at Mugshot Café. It is one of the must go café in Penang. I kid you not. They have the best bagels in town. Pics will tell the story. After our bagels, we headed straight to church.

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I was very happy that I am back to TOP after 5 years leaving Penang after my internship. It was glad to be back but some things has change and I definitely felt that the church has grown so much and people have left and new people came in. It was a mix feeling for me but I definitely missed the old times being here. Shuang Ling also came to accompany me. After church we left for lunch at Kek Seng. We tried the fried keuy teow,ABC ,rojak and prawn mee. ..Delicious to the max…after that we went to watch a movie and then met up with another friend. Hahahhaa…I have so many friends so bear with me lolololol.. 🙂 We went for an early dinner at Sungai Pinang Food Court. Their apam was unique as they served with so many varieties and my favorite was the peanut butter and banana.  Full die us,,,we  went and stroll around Karpal Singh Drive to digest our meal before I headed back home .

 

One thing I am thankful is I always have good people around me that I can share life with and I am thankful that wherever I go, I am always protected and shielded by His Blood. To many more adventures to come.

Bali Hai Seafood Market

Address: 90, Gurney Dr, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang

Chew Jetty
Address: Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Dan Cafe
Address: George Town, 38/1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Mugshot Cafe
Address: 302, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Kek Seng 格 成 (红豆 雪)
Address: 382 & 384, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Sungai Pinang Food Court
Address: Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang
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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

 

Krabi, Thailand 2017 | carol_herbert

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Krabi!! What about Krabi? Where to go in Krabi? What to do in Krabi? I did a little research before going because this trip I brought my parents along. It was Father’s day gift for my father last year 2016, and the trip was this year 2017. Talking about Air Asia free seats huh? HAHA… you will need to wait a year to board the plane .. Anyways we got a really good deal to Krabi, only Rm39 on way from Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. The flight only lasted an hour so it was a pretty good short trip for my parents. I don’t think they can stand long trips esp long hours in the plane. I always try my best to accommodate all.

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So I managed to book a good villa which had breakfast included. That was my main priority. Breakfast! We stayed in Oscar Villa Aonang Krabi. Offering a garden, Oscar Villa Aonang Krabi is located in Aonang Beach. Ao Nang Krabi Boxing Stadium is 3.5 km away. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. Some units also have a kitchen or a kitchenette, equipped with a microwave. Oscar Villa Aonang Krabi also includes an outdoor pool. Bike hire and car hire are available at the property and the area is popular for horse riding and snorkeling. You can engage in various activities, such as diving and cycling. Nopparat Thara Beach is 4 km from Oscar Villa Aonang Krabi, while Krua Thara Seafood Restaurant is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Krabi Airport, 16 km from the property.

The first day, we left to Seremban to park my car at my cousin’s house and book a Grabcar to get us to the airport as the usual practice. We left around 8am and managed to reach at the airport by 11am plus. I had to do things slow because of my parents. They can’t walk so fast and run if we are to catch a plane so I had to plan everything ahead and make sure everything is on time which the pace we are walking at. Once we reached the KLIA2 airport, we went to check in the bags and headed to get my Thailand wifi from Travel Recommends. This portable wifi is good as you can use unlimited data in Thailand without any worries. You can also get the local sim cards if you want to but me , due to my parents and I didn’t want to have any fuss on the internet , I just rented it to save on the lectures later on. HAHAHAH!!! Anyways, we were early so we went to PapaRich for brunch before boarding the plane . Pricing was ok, I mean RM25 for a nasi lemak is a bit too much but I understand as it was sold at the airport things here might get wild with the pricing. As long we fill our tummies and be full till we reach Thailand should be okay,,, We boarded on time and cleared customs without any hassle. Thanks be to God.

We reached Thailand about late evening and I thought I could use Grabcar there in Krabi airport but couldn’t . There were so many shops selling bus and taxi tickets straight to the hotels so I decided we take the bus which also accommodates the people we saw on the plane. Security purpose huh?? Going into a country that has bombing issues and you don’t really understand the language can make you feel a bit insecure but it was ok because most of the Malaysians were in the bus. It was also cheaper compared to if you would to take the cab. So, head my advice and take bus which only costs 100baht (Rm13) . The bus will take you through Krabi town and you can actually see the people and drivers are very calm and not rushing. We Malaysians are always rushing doing and settling things,even driving or eating. I kid you not!! We need everything to be fast and mind you time wasn’t on our side. It is like 24hours isn’t enough for a day. You get what I meant??

 

 

Once we reach our hotel, we were warmly welcomed by the staff of Oscar. They were muslims so they can understand Malay and English. They brought us to the nearest villa which was just right behind the lobby. Nice right? Very beautiful and full of the necessities needed. We were even given a schedule for the tuktuk(auto rickshaw) to Aonang beach. The schedule showed the free time slot you can take the tuktuk to the beach for free and other timings they will charge you 200baht. We got settled down, freshen up and took the tuktuk down to Aonang beach. The beach was full of things and we can stroll by the beach if you want to. It was like a huge jonker street that we have in Melaka, Malaysia. This one was bigger and you can walk endlessly and keep buying new stuffs. We just went for a random walk and had dinner at one of the Thai restaurants. The restaurant was upstairs, so we had to climb up the stairs to get upstairs. The view was magnificent and breezy.

 

 

The next day, after breakfast we took the free tuktuk at 9am. We went down to Aonang beach just to chill. I stopped by a coffee shop name The Coffee Club , just facing the beach. My style, I always try to drop by coffee places and try their new coffee and new flavors. For this time around, I managed to try their Melloccino, it’s a shot of espresso textured with silky smooth milk cream and garnished with spongy, sweet marshmallows. One of the good coffees I tried before. I tried paying using my Citibank and it actually works although it was just one coffee. After getting my coffee, we went and walk around and did some shopping till noon. For lunch, we dropped by Jeanette’s Restaurant. This restaurant is famous for the Indian mix Thai mix Chinese food. The waiters were all entertaining and friendly. To me, the fella serving keep maintaining eye contact and sort of flirting but keep maintain his cool because my parents was around. Food served was delicious and the masala tea was really good. One thing funny, they didn’t have that masala tea in the menu. My dad initially wanted the masala tea but just ordered tea because that was what they had on the menu what!!! And when he came to me, as I told you before, flirting never ends, and he suddenly promoted his masala tea to me. My dad was like huh?? I wanted masala tea but your menu doesn’t say you have and he felt embarrassed and told my dad he will get him one also. Facepalm moments right?? Anyways, thanks for the flirts I got the best tea ever and the best service.

 

 

After lunch, we left and walked a bit to digest out meal. Later on, we planned to go Krabi town in the evening. We went back home and rested and came out again using the free tuktuk. The waiting point was the starting of Aonang Beach. There will be tuktuks bringing you straight to Krabi town. I was sad at first because night markets in Krabi are usually on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. We were there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The locals told us there are night markets every day; it’s just the main ones are on weekends. I was so happy, told the tuktuk fella to bring us straight to Krabi town and the night market. We enjoyed the night market as there were so many things to eat and bargain. So cheap !!! We walked along the shops and found some mini ice cream and it was too cute to not try it. We had to wait for our tuktuk back to Aonang beach. Tourists usually wait for the tuktuk at 7Eleven nearby. That was the spot. We came back to the guesthouse safely. The tuktuk we took had so many nationalities and it was fun seeing so many people from different countries in one tuktuk. We went back home, ate our dinner then rested well.

The next day, it was kinda gloomy. Raining but it was okay to go and shop for snacks. We dropped by tesco and then went to the small malls they had. Shop and then race through the rain and stopped for lunch before heading back to Malaysia. Our flight was in the evening so it wasn’t a rush for us. We enjoyed the trip although it was short. Next time, I am definitely going with my friends so that I can enjoy the water sports and do some rough activities and island hoping.

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Addresses:

Oscar Villa

7/13 Moo 2 Tambon Aonang A. Muang, Aonang Beach, ” 81000, Thailand

The Coffee Club – Ao Nang

273 Muang Krabi, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand

Jeanette’s Restaurant

249/2 4203, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand

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 🙂

Please do share your stories with me . I would love to hear from you and your amazing journey on what different experiences you had. It will be fun !

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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.

Do look out for my next travel blog. Follow me on Instagram also for some nice foodie and travel views on my daily experience. Till I write again.

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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