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|Us posing with Merlion|
|Boyfie silly post with merlion|
|Posing with Marina Bay|
|Bubble & laser light from Marina Bay|
How lucky are we ! The show was great will blog about it more details in second post.
We have the most expensive and sucks dessert in Marina Bay more details in second post too! Stay Tune!
Will be flying off to Universal Studio Singapore on next Saturday Yeah! my first time to step my foot there after they open the USS for so long but lucky me I'm able to visit the new S.E.A Aquarium hahahah! This SG trip will have to me more touristy haha!
Then comes to February I will be flying to Australia (Sydney) for my CNY trip for 7 days! This will be my very first CNY oversea trip, February will be my least working days OMG!
Next stop will be my long awaited beach trip to Krabi during May! YAY! Haven't went to beach since my last trip to Pulau Redang almost 3 years back? not sure but I knew is way too over due.
Then another random booking trip to Seoul and this time I'm going to Jeju Island hahahaha will flying off to there during October and it is Autumn. Previous visit was during Summer where Sakura flowers were blooming everywhere now I get to see maple leaves.
So I think in some of the months I'm going to other places but these four places were confirm way ahead... and I really hope I can have FUN & see more things and chunk in more awesome food in to my stomach! (oh and safe trip as well!)
Oh hai this is my face in case you forgot hahaha!
Posted by: Jamie Liew
January 13th, 2013 >> Posts
I am not sure if I should say that I am lazy to split the post into a few parts or I am too hardworking that I’ll blog one whole long post. but I consider myself lazy so here goes. I went to Cheongju to see my best friend, Peter, who came out from the army for holidays. his family lives in Cheongju and hence I had to take a bus down to Cheongju. it takes around 90minutes to arrive and costs 8,000won from Dong-Seoul station. I went to Cheongju twice in a week actually. but I will blog about my first part as I did not take too many pictures the 2nd time.
putting my size 5.5 (235) feet beside my size 13 friend’s shoe. MADNESS. I felt like a kid.
and we went to his cousin’s wedding! my first time going to a wedding. it’s pretty different from Malaysia as it is done in the afternoon. and the ceremony lasts less than 1 hour. then off you go to the huge buffet hall!
Peter with his older brother! both in the army. you can imagine how sad their mom is =S.
the stage was quite pretty but really, lasted too short! I think I prefer Malaysian weddings more but the ones here look nicer.
they’d have a wedding picture taken professionally after the ceremony. the photographers here are awesome. they’d make sure everyone looks fine and could be seen in the frame.
this is how the huge buffet hall look like! of course, it wasn’t the guests of just 1 couple. but several. there were many wedding halls. and seems like it was a good date so they were pushing on time. =S.
food they serve was not bad but I think I had too much of a mix that my stomach was pretty upset haha.
they knew I loved the Kim Tak Goo drama so they brought me there! and to my surprise, the filming set of Man of Honour ??? ?? is right NEXT to the filming set of The Baker King, Kim Tak Goo!
such a beautiful place. it was so.. surreal pfft. because I liked this drama too and it was totally unexpected so the happier I was!! but everything they sell inside were so expensive. since Cheongju’s not Seoul or Busan, they are supposed to be much cheaper but its price was something like a shop in Gangnam.
life sized printouts of the main characters of Man of Honour!!! is it me, or do I always prefer the 2nd character compared to the main lead of the drama?
dear readers who watches this drama too, DO YOU REMEMBER THIS PLACE!!! IT’S THEIR HOME!
the cafe which Joo Won (the 2nd lead of Kim Tak Goo!!!) went to on 2 days 1 night 1?2?! if I am not mistaken. hehe.
the view from the set!
and more! quite a pretty view I must say. although it is no city. but this place has a strong “korean feel” which I like teehee.
apparently another drama was filmed here. but don’t know so didn’t bother. teehee. so if you remember, please tell me? hehe. seems like many drama’s are shot here. =D. great view since it was above the hill. but it was SO BLOODY COLD. and, we had only 10 minutes so we shot everything in just 10 minutes!
the OTHER side of the Man of Honour’s building.
they even have a painting of them!
fan girl me.
me and my handsome Seo In Woo!!!!! <3 <3 *super fangirl*.
can you see the wind! pfft. it was like -15 with the wind BLOWING LIKE HELL.
there were so much more to see opposite it. the walls were all creatively painted and all but I had too little time so here, just 1 picture. =S.
and just down the street, IT’S PALBONG’S BAKERY SHOP!!! I know, I know, the drama has been out for 3 years but I am still very in love with this drama. still the best drama I’ve ever watched.
unlike the other set, this set’s food are muchhhhhhh cheaper hehe. though it’s not like super cheap pfft.
that road they used to walk along!!!! *fangirl fangirl!*
lets go in? shall we?
my favourite favourite favourite actor other than Daniel Henney! =3. Joo Won. <3. he’s the bad guy but not that bad afterall pfft. I loved how he debuted with such awesome acting skillsand the best is, HE’S HANDSOME AND TALL! =3.
but Peter’s brother is taller. pfft. maybe it wasn’t printed to live size teehee. =D. but his brother is really tall.
and the interior of the shop. very small but warm enough!
and they sell red bean breads here too! only at 1000won! or was it even cheaper? hmm. but it was cheap! =D.
since 1947!!! not sure how true it is. hahaha. or just because of the drama.
MY MAJUN AHHHHHHH. <3.
the whole wall filled with pictures from the drama! awesomeness.
they had to make Majun taller! HA!
there are no directions better than to tell the taxi driver there to get you to Kim Tak Goo’s film set because it’s far up high at the hill. I have no idea on how can anybody get there by bus but…… oh well. just take a taxi hehehe. tell them to go to Sudong of Sangdang-gu. but telling them Kim Tak Goo should be good. if not, the road of the place is ??? 54??. =).
we later headed for ANOTHER hill. to drink makgeolli!!! I told Peter’s dad that I like makgeolli and he insisted on treating me makgeolli at a nice place. and yes, it was superb!
and it’s so pretty all around!
I seriously had no idea where I was. but it was the hill behind Cheongju University.
the lake on the right was frozen and filled with snow!
that restaurant/makgeolli place served these soybean starter for free. it was really my first time eating something like that. reminded me so much of Taufoofar. it was so good. and in a weird way, it tasted really good with the sauce they provided which was salty and a little spicy @@!
cheongju’s cider tasted like rose syrup. no joke.
this is muk. or acorn jelly. love it with salad. mmmm.
my soldier friend!
they serve home made makgeolli (ricewine, if you’re wondering what that is.) by a kettle! and that bowl is so huge I think it fits almost a whole bottle of makgeolli in Seoul pfft.
it was THIS HUGE! I could only drink 2 bowls. D=. super a lot okay?
coming here was sooooo awesome. not only was the price in Cheongju much more reasonable, the food here tasted awesome. their Makgeolli’s not as strong and much easier to drink. not like the ones in Seoul ( my favourite Jangsu, made by Roy Kim’s family! ) tasted bad, but they are just, stronger. I like both. period.
look at the kettles!!!
For once I'm thankful this time round for my husband's impromptu trip to China, I don't usually thank him so easily unless I need to get something done real quick, little examples like fetching the plate of toast from the kitchen or bringing the dog out to walk (Don't judge please)
In the midst of recovering from my lowest, le husb mentioned about taking a trip to china to check out some goods where his core business happens due to a substantial order. Then he looks at me and said ' This time round I'm bringing you along'
Wow is like somehow I felt like I've just strike a consolation in the lottery because I've been lemming to go to the land of shopping paradise for the longest time, I had imagine meeting god there.
Despite the flutter of excitement inside me, I knew I had to 'pretend' like I wasn't mind-filled with play and no work, so I nodded and expressed my consent without giving away too much. Damn, I deserve an Oscar.
We were scheduled to depart on 19th Dec and back on 23rd, so we packed our luggage and set off for this untimely trip with sleepy eyes to remind you that we had a 4am check-in at the airport.
Le Husband lives by the philosophy of ????, so Jiangmen is our first destination where serious business happens and then Guangzhou, when Dblchin meets God.
Is crazy to be even waking up at this hour, with that said unforeseen tragedy happened the day before we boarded the plane, I've vaguely mentioned about my dog Richie's unfortunate ordeal with our neighbour's dog in another post previously and thatI was with him the whole night attending to Richie's needs before we reluctantly left the house.
Incase you have no idea on what I'm talking about, you will be reminded with this picture.
I didn't managed to snap pictures the first 2 days at Jiangmen because it was suppose to be an officially work trip, I probably might end up shooting dry boring work stuff so I decided to leave my camera in the hotel safe.
However, at one point when our suppliers are driving us around for food, I immediately regret not bringing out my camera because I saw a few Signs that says '??‘ aka dog meat (fyi almost everything in china is in Chinese be it direction signs, road signs, restaurant names...etc) Yikes! I nearly forgot this is the place where they abused the love for animals killing them to nourish their taste buds, not good at all. :(
So when we finally got to a restaurant, our supplier asked about our food preference and my husband replied without hesitation 'Anything but dog meat'. They gave a chuckle and said ok but out came another dish that is equally rare to us on the dinner table though is commonly found 'live' in Singapore.
Pigeon meat. *faint yet once again*
but I gave it a try anyways, a part of it was crispy and thought it tasted like chicken. No, I'm not seeking a 2nd opinion for this, never again.
But Not to worry, I managed to sneak a Coordinate of the day at the hotel before we head off to Guangzhou and an influx of me-self in the later part.
Wore a soft beanie that I ordered from F21 a long time ago, checkered poncho $59.90 from uniqlo. Thank god for this light-weight poncho, the red trench I brought along was too heavy to lug around when the weather gets a wee bit warmer throughout the day.
Leggings is a must if you live in a sweat soak country and totally not used to the wind blasting weather of 12-17 Degrees Celsius, actually I'm in plain thermal leggings paired with shorts, daring attempt I know but the weather is forgiving all day so I'm forgiven.
Initially I was wearing my trusty cream boots that brought me throughout the whole of Tokyo 2 years ago but it gave way in china, how timely. I had to hunt for a new pair near at the nearby shopping mall and got these suede boots that cost ard SGD $60.00 after discount only to realize that fancier and chioer boots are going for less than $20 when we visited the night market, yes fml.
Oh, this is nothing, just me having a 'myself' time.
Oh ma gawd! Donnie Yen!
Look alike or not?
Ok I shall find more convincing photos for you.
before-the-breakfast picture of myself before we set off for Guangzhou.
under the Christmas tree at our first and said to be the finest hotel in Jiangmen (Yucca Hotel)
I doubt the authenticity of these snoopies.
We got to Jiangmen station and managed to catch the bullet train to GZ which takes around 45 mins instead of the usual 2hour bus ride.
Abundance of love from us.
Dunno y le husband keeps making the mouth, maybe he needs air.
Look alike not?! STUDY.THE.FROWN
Wah please dont say I look like ZR. Thank you.
The train is well furnish, not those old fashion type that runs by coal or steam or human toxic poison.
Baggage neatly tug under the table, next to us was a lady with her feet on the table.
The cabins were categories into into different class, we accidentally boarded the first class seats and the train conductor retorted loudly that this is only for premium seating as if to embarrass us before showing us to our 'economical' cabin. Nabei, use my purple hair slap your face.
They have toilets in the trains, like seriously thumbs up for mini pee tankers like me.
Squatting pan somemore, heaven is on my side.
This train very well taken of, once we alight dozen of workers came up and started cleaning the exterior.
Dis is Guangzhou, impressive interior.
Upon reaching the escalator we had took a step back when the traffic controller gestured the commuters(including us) to make way for a man in crutches while he assist him to the entrance of that moving escalator. I'm pretty impressed, like wow this man is not just doing a job, he is putting so much humanity in his work that puts me to shame. what rubbish have I been hearing from people about china?
animated lights, the red running light indicates where you'll be heading to.
while we scan using ez-links back at home, these people scan tokens upon gantry.
I immediately changed into a uptown girl when I got there.
City mood must matchy matchy.
Put on polkadot sheer leggings bought from my last Japan trip.
My changed of outfit of the day.
Ha yes still using my Everyday Bag.
Part 2/2 will be covering more of Guangzhou and my purchases! Stay tune kays!
the one Korean food that I’ve failed to try even though I’ve been here for so long is Hanjeongsik. it is one of the most expensive meals around. costing at least 10,000won for the cheapest one which doesn’t include you starters. it serves you an array of side dishes which are refillable. costing around 15,000won-20,000won on average, it’s worth it if you keeeeeep eating. like a buffet. okay maybe not. but similar.
Hanjeongsiks were formerly served to aristocrats and the high and mighty. but today, even we commoners can have a chance to have a taste of it.
my family, a cousin came here and he said he’ll buy me anything yummy so yeah! Hanjeongsik it is! my family tree is filled with handsome guys and pretty girls. although I am one of the few odd ones. but heck, look at my sister and my cousin!
first up we were served with cold pumpkin juk. not to sweet. very fine.
forgot to take a picture of the environment of this restaurant but it’s rather traditional. we had to sit on the floor. the ceiling was made traditionally with planks of woods without a single screw.
then there’s this popiah thing but instead of normal popiah skin we have thinly sliced radish as it’s skin. it’s called the Gujeolpan ??? where GU means nine. it’s nine including the radish. I hate radish but wrapping all those fillings inside, it actually tasted pretty good!
then we had white muk. MUK = acorn jelly. it doesn’t have much taste itself so they are mixed with the fragrant sesame oil. I personally like muk a lot. it can be served in many different ways but still, I love it’s jelly texture.
then we have the slices of duck meat (very rare to have duck in Korea, really.) with mustard. this is one popular Korean dish. I’ve eaten it at a Korean wedding as well. it always tasted good.
the mainstream Korean salad with green apple dressing. which I love love love. no matter where I go. this is always the best. something about those green apple dressing. some places serve mayo green apple dressing which is not bad but I prefer green apply dressings with bits of green apple in it. they literally blend fresh green apples.
and my favourite of ALL KOREAN FOOD! a very expensive one. but it tasted so good. I’ve eaten better but this one was more healthy tasting. it’s called the Galbi Jjim ???. beef. very very tender beef ribs in a salty and sometimes spicy stew with a touch of sweetness from the red dates. my cousin loved this one the best as well. this dish can be ordered outside in several shops but it costs a bomb (to students like me T_T).
grilled meat stuffed mushrooms with mayo. oh god. do I need to explain further? you can just imagine its taste.
JAPCHAE! basically chewy glass noodles with a lot of sesame oil! =3. I CAN MAKE BETTER. teehee. their one here was tad bit too bland.
my good looking cousin again who will be moving here for work. YAY! FAMILY IN SEOUL!
fried cucumber, some vege jeon thingy and fish! all tasted not bad. the cucumber one is a casual dish though. I’ve eaten it at home several times. I actually ate a not so formal Hanjeongsik once during a school trip and they served that fish too.
me and my favourite galbijjim.
the menu includes a main course. oh by the way, those were the starters. when these came up, my cousin was like WHAAAAAA? he was already pretty full. hahaha. I ordered a vegetarian bibimbap which tasted oh so good. best vege bibimbap I’ve ever had. high class vege bibimbap that is. haha. it comes along with the many side dishes. and kimchi soup. and a fish.
ordered a bowl of spicy mushroom stew for my cousin. there was one of this banchan (sidedish) which is like errr…. soya coated mushroom. so far all Malaysians I know find that dish rather weird. imagine, soya bean tasting mushroom =S. errrrrrr. and that vege is the worst vege I’ve ever eaten. say no to killing plants. we need more oxygen! hahahahaha.
and oh, they serve Ginger tea as dessert as well =3.
happy after my meal! as you can see, I almost finished everything but those disgusting veges. tasted so bad. it tasted like. celery. and worst.
this shop that we went to is actually famous for their soy sauce crab (raw!) I’ve tried it in another shop and didn’t like it so much. rather sick of it after a while. not sure how to express it in English, but in Korean, ???. or jelak in Malay. it tastes good first bite. but you’d get rather sick after a while. the shop is located at Samcheongdong. it’s on the Samcheongdong street itself you won’t miss it because it’s in the middle. =). on the right side of the road.
click and enlarge it on flickr if you wanna see the menu =). our menu was their best. pricing at 28,000won per person. the place is also a drinking place if you only want to drink. but you must order an Anju, appetizer. if you enter a Korean place and only want to drink, you should order an appetizer too. I call it alcohol food. they are not too expensive food sold for twice or thrice of it’s price. why? well, because basically alcohol is cheap in Korea and by charging you twice or thrice the price of the alcohol won’t make them any money still.
we later walked all the way to Cheonggyecheon stream. there was an….. ice Christmas tree in the middle of the stream. awesome. it was real ice. it’s that cold here. =/.
ain’t it pretty?!
anybody who visit Korea MUST visit Cheonggyecheon. it’s too pretty not too. best for dates IMO.
the outdoor skating rink in front of City Hall Station!
and that huge Christmas tree next to it.
fat girl says hi. =D. I can’t skate though. sigh.
this is actually a more organized version of the last post about clubs in Seoul. I’ve updated my last blog post which is listed on my “travel” page with the information below as well. this time, I’ve gathered much more information and I hope this answers some of your questions. note that every 10,000won is RM30.
super high end club. this club was my favourite and is still my favourite. it’s where the people with class go to. they do not dance like secondary kids and heck I love DJ KOO whom’s a regular there. they have an event like almost every time and DJ’s as famous as Skillrex have DJ-ed there before. if you want to see pretty girls/handsome guys. this is the place for you to go. I’d say, even if you don’t club, just go in and gawk at the people there. they are such eye candies you’d never regret every single dime you spend to get in it. they are also said to have one of the best sound system in Asia!
cover charge : 10,000won before 11; 30,000won after; 10,000won after 4am (check site. price might vary on big events.) includes 1 glass of drink.
cost of average drink : 10,000won
cost of average bottle : 300,000won
how to get there : get off at Hakdong Station ??? (line 7) exit 4, stick to the same side of the road and walk up the slope for 5 minutes. it will be on your right. OR get off at Yoksam Station ??? (line 2) exit 6, same side of the road, walk straight for 15minutes. 5minutes by taxi. I’d suggest taxi if you’re in Gangnam. to avoid walking in heels, or in the cold. if you take the taxi, tell them to go to New Hilltop Hotel at Gangnam
genre : electronic (main), house, trance…. (I prefer their songs after 12)
operating hours : 10pm-6am.
rest days : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
PS : free entry every Thursday. (Jan 2013 only)
most Koreans prefer Ellui. drinks are not as expensive and crowd’s not bad. people here are much more approachable. the DJ deck elevates. wide dance floor. there are a lot of eye candies here too ^^. people here dance well as well, musics not bad. it is a little less classy if you would compare it with the super high end Octagon but most people feel more comfortable here.
cover charge : 15,000won weekdays, 30,000won weekends. 1 drink included. world DJ playing? 30,000~60,000won.
how to get there : get off Chungdam Station ??? (line 7) exit 13. walk straight from there, cross the road and you’ll be there at about 11minutes. if not, you can tell the taxi driver to get to Ellui Hotel, remember, it’s pronounced as ell-lu-ii. ^^.
I’ve never been here. been told that it is beautiful but nothing much to do. most movies involving a club scene are shot here. heard that this is a place artists frequents. it has a huge dance floor. and from pictures, it seems like there are quite a fair amount of hot girls and foreigners.
cover charge : 20,000won (Wed, Thurs, Sun), 30,000won (Fri, Sat)
how to get there : get off at Gangnam Station (line 2) exit 7. go towards Hannam Bridge and you will reach in 16minutes. by car, 8minutes. by foot, at a crossroad (???? ???), turn right and walk for 20m.
operating hours : 9pm-4am
some more infos : to get to VIP, you can open bottles (free cover charge, of course!). 1 bottle for 4 people (400,000won), 2 bottles for 6 people 530,000won, 2 bottles for 6 people at the 2nd floor for 650,000won, a private room at the 2nd floor won’t cost more than 1,200,000won.
4. Club 88 (Double Eight)
probably the place with the sluttiest girls I’ve ever seen. very wild. they have the “whistle” guys to go along with their horrible (to me) electronic music. shoots fire in the middle, and that’s pretty cool =P. small place though. I don’t really like this place because I hate the music.
cover charge : 20,000won weekdays and 30,000won weekends. free drinks on Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays WHOLE NIGHT!
how to get there : Sinsa Station (line 3) exit 1. right outside you can say. just walk a BIT more. it is underground.
operating hours : 10pm-10am
rest days : Monday
genre : electronic
5. Club Holic
just 5minutes walk away from Club 88 (if you’re from Sinsa Station exit 1, just keep walking straight), this club gives me that sort of naughty feeling. not too huge. it’s something like Zouk KL’s main room/Phuture. and a little bigger I. if you want to see some pole dancing, here’s your chance . a LOT of hot sexy girls. they wear literally SEXY clothing. I am talking about like super cropped tops and low cut.
cover charge : 20,000won on Thursdays (inclusive of 1 drink), 30,000won on Fridays and Saturdays (1 drink as well)
operating hours : 10pm-8am (thurs), 10pm-9am (fri, sat)
genre : electronic
another 3minutes walk but from the OTHER direction of Club 88. if you’re facing club 88, then walk to your right. it’s at the smooth corner of the shop lots =D. heard it’s pretty fun. not too big not too small.
cover charge : 20,000won
how to get there : Sinsa Station (line 3) exit 2
operating hours : 10pm-9am
genre : hiphop
a famous club in Seoul too. but my Malaysian friends whom I’ve brought to Octagon told me it’s nothing special. it’s located a few blocks away from Ellui. it is considered as a high end club with their posh interiors. many fancy this club as well. my Austrian classmate was a VIP here!
cover charge : 20,000won (sun, mon, tues, wed, thurs) 30,000won (fri, sat)
how to get there : Chungdam Station ??? (line 7) exit 13. walk striaght turn to your left and you will see it opposite the road.
operating hours : 9pm-6am
genre : electronica
8. Club NB (Noise Basement) & Harlem
owned by YG Entertainment, you can expect to bump into your favourite YGE artists in this club. my friend danced with Seungri in NB2 Hongdae so you know what to expect ;D. the best hip hop clubs around. crowd is fine and it is not as packed as the one in Hongdae. NB and Harlem are actually 2 different clubs but under the same company and is located very nearby =).
cover charge : mon~wed before 11pm, free entry for girls, 10,000won for guys. thurs and suns 15,000won, fri and sat 20,000won.
how to get there : Gangnam Station (line 2) exit10. heading towards Kyobo Tower, 500M. turn left on the 3rd junction left. OR get off Sinnonhyun Station ???? (line 9) exit 6, walk straight and turn right on the 2nd right junction.
operating hours : 9pm-630am
1. Bar Fly
most likely the most famous club in Sinchon. free entrance, cheap drinks. what do you want more? =P. quite dodgy though, the crowd. I remember my first time there when my guy friend went away for a while and I was sitting on the sofa with another girl and suddenly these 6-7 guys just came in a storm and started putting their arms around us and trying to talk to us. that was pretty scary. well, they looked gangster-ish so… a lot of foreigners since it’s in Sinchon =D.
cover charge : N/A
how to get there : Sinchon Station take the U-Plex exit and walk towards Yonsei University. turn left when you see McDonalds (NOT the McD at exit 3.) and you’ll see Barfly on your right.
2. Mike’s Cabin
another famous spot for Yonsei students. similar with Bar Fly but filled with darts, foosball and stuff. American Style, cozy. it’s more of a drinking place rather than a club. or should I say, it’s just a famous drinking place, not a club. hehe.
cover charge : N/A
how to get there : walk towards Yonsei University and turn left at the next junction after Mcdonalds. walk in straight all the way and you’ll see it on your left.
3. other clubs in Sinchon
there are quite a few others but really dodgy. they do not normally have a cover charge and drinks are cheap. if there’s a cover charge it would probably be 10,000won.
1. Club NB 2 & Harlem
just like the one in Hongdae, but I guess not as posh and much more packed. people here wears sneakers into the club. since it’s a hip hop club you shall not find that surprising. girls here are less appealing but the music’s great (for me) and crowds awesome. just that their dance is very “kpopish” and pretty funny for first timers. the club cater the younger crowd and you can laugh at their dance moves all night long. the first time I was there, I thought to myself “what’s with those hand gestures?!”. eye opener. people here are very approachable. drinks are cheap. 4 tequilas for 10,000won. if you’re a foreigner, you can even get a 5,000won discount!
cover charge : 10,000won inclusive of a drink (sun~thurs), 20,000won inclusive of a drink (fri and sat)
how to get there : walk towards Hongik University, turn right once you’re outside the University and keep walking.
operating hours : 9pm-630am
you can enter the club as long as you’re not wearing a suit or slippers ^^. yes, NO FORMAL SUITS AT NB!
the first club I’ve ever been to. quite a nice place. but really really really packed. it’s pretty average for me. it is a 4(?) storey club and the people there are rather young. like.. teenagers to early 20s. they dress like teenagers too. if you get what I mean? but it’s still alright. nothing too dodgy.
cover charge : free entrance before 12 (sun~thurs) and 10,000won inclusive of a drink after 12. 10,000won inclusive of a free drink (fri and sat) before 11 and 20,000won inclusive of a free drink after 11.
how to get there : walk along the Hongdae Street and you’ll come by Prince Edward Karaoke on your left and turn in that junction. Hongdae is very very hard to explain. just get out of exit 9 and start your adventure ^^. basically just walk into the street upon exit 9, walk straight until you see the main street of Hongdae (you will know it!) and turn right. keeeeeeeep walking straight and you’ll find the Hongik Main Road which leads to Hongik University on your left. but cross the road and continue walking along Hongdae and you’ll find Prince Edward Karaoke. confusing much? well, read again. haha.
3. other clubs in Hongdae
there are many new clubs around and I’ve never actually been into it. but most of them are either just 10,000won for entrance fees or free. smaller scale, filled with random people so you shall take your chance. there are a few others which are pretty famous but none of my friends have ever talked about it so I have no say. but recently there’s this club that has been advertising a lot on youtube. it’s called District. famous in Itaewon and they have a branch in Hongdae too. I’ve only been to Itaewon twice so I am not very familiar with clubs there. also because it’s filled with foreigners hence the more I wanna avoid from those places. but the clubs at Itaewon are really posh. have been OUTSIDE and have seen PICTURES! hehe.
THE DODGIEST DODGIEST place ever. but some girls just love going to Nights. why? well, let me tell you a little story. a Night is a place where girls get PULLED over to the guy’s table by a waiter. you drink with those guys. things might happen. but if you do not like it, you may always leave. good for girls because everything’s free. you may see a lot of guys in these thick red/black/blue/yellow jackets on with a walkie talkie pulling girls on the streets of Hongdae to their Night. there are Nights everywhere. but the pulling thingy usually happens in Hongdae. there are too in Sinchon but rather than a Night they try to drag you in to their Suljib (alcohol house??? lol) or Noraebang (Karaoke). so if you want a night not to be forgotten, you may try. I have yet to try this. no guts. =S.
PS: remember that the clubs are not open everyday. normally only on Thurs, Fri, Sat. I couldn’t find their info on when’s their off day for some clubs so better be safe ^^. if not, you can go into their website and check for their number and give them a call. I am sure they can answer you if it’s open for the night =D.
PSS: BRING YOUR PASSPORTS!!!! some of them give you a discount just because you’re a foreigner. even if you look old, they’d still check for your ID’s. my friends were over 30 and they were still checking. either that or sometimes they do not want people too old to be in their clubs. yes, it’s sad but oh well.. if you’re not over 35 I guess you should still be safe?
PSSS: there’s a place for you to put your stuff. they usually charge 3,000won for 1 bag. you may share it with your friends ^^. so no worries if you go in your puffy jackets or big bags.
one of the things I’ve always wanted to do is hike up Namsan Tower during Autumn and I did! well it’s already winter now but you can do the same for Spring, Summer or Autumn because it’s a good time to hike up. I took the cable car before and I think it’s an utter waste of money and time. why do I say time? because the queue is madness. why not just enjoy the nature while hiking up? it isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I am a weak girl who doesn’t ever exercise and I am saying this so you can take my word for it. but if you have an elderly with you of course taking the cable car (or the taxi) would be a better choice.
I blogged about the directions before so look for it at my older Namsan posts! but anyway, this is the start of the trail. many trees still green. either that or bald. the weather this time around was pretty bad because it rained so bad and the autumn leaves fall so quickly.
but hiking up a little, I saw something so beautiful it took my breath away! =D.
must take picture with it pfft except it was too dark down here.
so took another up there. super fat. must diet.
it’s so pretty I didn’t want to leave but these China tourists were hogging the place for 15minutes take group pictures one after another and I was forced to move away pfft.
sunlight is like the best thing that you can ever have on a cold winters day. not then but.. now. it’s super duper cold help me please.
my mom’s crazy over flowers, but I am crazy over autumn leaves. =3.
look from the “halfway” stop!
and a clearer view.
from here, it’s really near. but the last few steps could be pretty tiring =S. but it’s beauty paid off =D.
LAST 2 FLIGHT OF STAIRS!
the trees by the side looks much better in reality. it’s just that I wasn’t quite good of a photographer.
looking back. looking down.
LAST FLIGHT OF STAIRRRRS.
TADA! we’ve arrived. it got dark pretty quickly. at around 5.30. so I’d suggest you to go earlier =S. temperature drops right away as well. it was about a little lesser than 10degrees even in the day.
hearts, everywhere! Seoul is no doubt a place for lovers. where’s my boyfriend? pfft.
that deck with millions of couple locks. to prevent you from polluting the area with keys, they made this letter box for you to drop your keys into it. the meaning is that so that the lock can never be unlocked. but they clear locks like yearly at some areas so I really do not get the point. find some real rusty lock areas and lock it there, it’ll probably be there for a long time =D.
just me being myself. =X.
night view from the deck!
a new sculpture. whoever who got their locks inside is mad haahaha.
okay that’s all for now.
will blog more but I had really been busy. it’s the end of the year and I’ve been travelling. to Busan (again) and Cheongju (went to visit Kim Tak Goo’s bread shop and Yeonggwang-ii-ne’s noodle shop hehehe. but didn’t have enough time to catch a lot of pictures. well if you still wanna see it I can show you hehe.)
the good thing about living in Korea is that there are 101 types of different activities for lovers. well, not only lovers can do these sort of stuff sometimes. we were the only ones who were not preparing the cake for our lovers. but we still had loads of fun!
every stick costs 700won. expensive. yes I know. 2 Marshmallow costs 1000won. 2 puny Marshmallows. hah. I can buy a whole bag of it from Olive Young or Watsons with that price. well if you are a cheapskate like me you can always leave a space on the cake and buy your marshmallows and decorations later =P.
ready made candies
chocolates, macarons, fresh fruits, Marshmallows, candies, biscuits, sugarballs.. everything.
overpriced but somehow worthy. =S.
very very carefully decorating our cake.
we got the hugest cake for 16,000won. it taste incredulously delicious. no joke. it’s really good. it’s a fruit sponge cake for this one. they have chocolate ones too but we just knew we prefer fruit =3. you are entitled to choose one colour of icing (the employee will do everything for you) and an icing bag (??) with the colour of your choice and also the pattern and size of your choice. but only 1. an additional one will cost 1,000won and extra icing 500won.
halfway through it!
and done! that’s supposed to be our teachers hair.. but oh well. and number 5 because we are level 5 in class number 5. hahaha. as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, my teacher was really really touched.
our cake was pretty ugly so..
there were tonnes of more good looking pretty cakes but I was so busy making my cake until I forgot to snap any pictures. some couple beside us was doing a reindeer which looks absolutely awesome. they had a macaron for the nose hahaha. and leaves as the ears. these Koreans and their creativity. absolutely amazing.
there are cupcakes too for 5,000won each. absolutely unworthy because it’s small and expensive. might as well get a cake. a smaller cake costs 13,000won. so yeah, take your pick! =P.
these pictures are from the 2nd last day of school. where we were already feeling blue. we left school and headed for a really nice Chinese restaurant (and bloody ex T_____T) for our class gathering. but before that we took the long road to the restaurant and hence passed by the beautiful park from the language school to the main gate.
it was my first time seeing snow. and to be honest I was very amazed by how beautiful it is. gobsmacked that it wasn’t as cold as usual too.
and my best friend in class, Megumi!
it seemed so surreal I didn’t want to leave. it was such a beautiful day. great sunlight. perfect for pictures. but we were rushing to the restaurant. and as you can see, I am far behind my friends hahaha.
and even further. they had a fit haha. don’t know why I look so short T___________T. hate pictures taken from above somehow. they are supposed to make me look slim. not short. T__________T.
after walking though the park, this is what you will see. =3. even more beautiful in real life. seriously, the beauty of winter could not be easily expressed.
the building behind the famous Hogwarts building, which to me, is even more beautiful.
the sandy part all covered in snow!
friends were having fun. talking and laughing. ahhhhhh.
the famous beautiful Hogwarts looking building.
what resembles Yonsei University.
and we have a Christmas tree!
love how pretty they are T____T. must have a pic with it! despite falling behind haha.
and across the street.
snow piling up on bushes.
don’t know how these bushes survive through winter, really.
the crossroad every Yonseian will walk through.
our “sagwa” team’s pose! hahaha. reminds me of my own birthday last year where we had this pose as well D=. love my class teacher. she’s like the funniest person I’ve ever met. she’s REALLY REALLY REALLY FUNNY. it’s a waste that she’s not a comedian. there were times where she would tell us about her family, and at times where she will try to hide her embarrassment in class but it is all so cute. and each and every one of us loves her. =3. we even made a cake for her! (sort of). but this is all for now. will tell you more =).
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I’ve always thought about what to do when it snows…
should I make a snow angel
should I participate in a snow fight
should I get a boyfriend just to feel like I am in the movies
but no. none of these. because when it really did snow today, all I want to do is just look at it. it’s so beautiful. it’s the first (heavy) snow I’ve ever seen. it feels so amazing. even though I have been slipping and falling hurting my knees and hands from all those unnoticeable ice on the floor. it’s just so slippery and I have no proper shoes to accommodate the weather. I need new shoes =S. now I get why people say living in a 4 season country is expensive. it’s true. sigh especially winter clothes they are madness. but that’s not the point of this post. just want to show you how pretty it is!
we were in the middle of a lecture (pansori, the most boring traditional story song ever to listen to but fun learning it) and came out during out 10 minutes break time because we were already admiring the snow from the inside. and that is my cute Japanese classmate, Megumi!
acting like a dork in front of the main building of Yonsei hehe. got more actually but…
more gu niang (ladylike) here.
I would like to try sitting on these ass cooling ice bench.
and it turned into a magical forest haha.
and the view from the main building!
the health and fitness building haha.
outside the language school!
mysterious steps.. outside the language school. have never noticed how pretty these steps are =3.
so must take picture with it!
some people rolling up a hugee ball of snow. heard this snowman was epic. like 6 foot. D=! anyway, really enjoyed it other than I slipped twice and have blue black bengkak (swollen) knees.