Bukchon Hanok Village

Ok, so the first place goes to Bukchon Hanok Village

Weird pick for a first place? Hehe

Funny that the first time we went looking for this place we were lost. I mean like totally lost. The most frustrating about this ‘lost’ is that I think we walked almost 5km only to find a wrong-looking village. Thankfully we didn’t give up and went for the second time and Alhamdullilah! we found the place

By the time we reached there it was around 4-5pm so the place was already packed (sad). I was hoping there would be few people so the picture will turn out where I spread my arms at the alley between those adorable houses and there were no one else around.

DSC07412Still, I did the desired pose ignoring the people behind me

Some of you might wanna hear the story behind this village but sorry, my conscious mind telling me that I need to re-visit history about Islam and history of my own country more than I need to add up new information about other people’s country. Sorry >.<

Anyway, what I do know is that some of the houses belong to private owners so were instructed to keep our voices down to maintain the peacefulness of the village. There are other hanoks that also operated as tea house, guesthouse, souvenirs store and cultural centre. If you are interested to know more about this place, you can always visit the Bukchon Museum. As for me, yah… I mentioned my reason…hehe

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20130512_141731 Don’t you just love the architectural of the houses. Well, I do. My huge regret was not to have a DSLR 😦

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DSC07420Do you see the small door next to the big entrance? Well, that is for the servants and the big entrance is for their masters

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20130512_142023Trying so hard to take our picture using Hur’s S3. You will see this more in upcoming posts. Haha

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20130512_142552I would definitely come again to this place if I am blessed with a second chance and that second chance will include a DSLR in it. But to come again for a second time? maybe if all my expanses are sponsored. Haha! (keep dreaming)

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Hongdae Market

My next favorite place is the Hongdae Market.

Sadly, sadly enough. Well, stupid enough I guess, we didn’t take any pictures of the market. The market is almost like Petaling Street or Jalan TAR. But with more pleasant weather,  nicer and cute (NO!!!) clothes, accessories etc haha. That are almost none compared to Petaling Street.

In other words, for a shopping freak plus cute stuff ‘intolerance’ like me it is a shopping heaven. Most of my expanses came from here. Haha! We went here twice.

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The market started to operate I think in the early evening. By the time we reached there, it was around 3-4pm I guess so it wasn’t that pack at first. The clothes were amazing! It really suits my style. Ok, this is totally for girls to read so guys, you can skip this part. I was hunting for a simple yet nice long-sleeved tops and the best part is, the tops were long enough to cover your butt! Yay! I was more than happy that I bought 3 tops. LOL. You really can’t find this in Malaysia. I really don’t think so hehe.

I also bought some accessories. I’m not really a necklace-person but to see these handmade cute necklaces I just wasn’t able to contain myself I bought two necklaces and a ring for myself. Since my youngest sister loves bracelet, I bought one for her which was also handmade and outrageously cute that I think twice about giving it to her. haha (yah…I’m that mad)

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 Please don’t judge the pictures. I ‘instgramed’ them using my iPad. Trying so hard for it to look good but it still turn out as a disaster 😦

Other than that, I bought two phone casing which is one for my mum and my eldest sister. Other stuff they were selling are bags, socks, men’s clothing, cap, etc.

The other reason we came back here for the second time is because of this

20130512_160720Hello Kitty Cafe. The angle of the picture is a bit ugly I think Hur took this (eh?)

Sorry, no directions provided in this blog but, once you reached there just ask around where’s the cafe location cos it’s really not hard to find.

We went here to try the ever-famous cute waffle 🙂20130512_154900The first time we came, we share the waffle in case it does not taste good as it looks but wey! It’s amaaaaazinggg~ DSC07424They used this to call the customer once the order is ready. By mean call is… Ok, I’d forgotten how this thing work but I think once the order is ready, they make a sound and some blinking lights going on. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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DSC07600These were taken at the second floor. It looks deserted but these pictures were taken during our second visit. Thankfully we went a little bit early? (I totally forgot) so there were few customers at that time.

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DSC07427These are at the first floor. It’s a bit cramped down there. It is divided into two section of dining place, a counter and racks where they displayed merchandise for sale.

I recommend you to come to this place. Seriously, the waffle is to die for.

Hasn’t Die Yet

For those who are wondering. Running never was, never is, not sure about the never will (cos I’ll be old and probably need a stick to walk, arthritis etc) die from me

No more post about running?

Yah, currently no. But I’m still running, slowly trying to build up my speed back. I tried once joining a run without prior training and it caused me an unpleasant running experience. Yah, not gonna put myself into that position anymore

At the moment I cannot join any run. Yes! It pains me to see all the posts related to run so what I do? I hide them. Sometimes even ignore the notifications.

I can’t be as active as I wanna be just yet cos you know, I’m gonna start working soon. Listening to all those stories told by my seniors about their working experience bring shivers to my spine and I have to see how my work schedule is to plan for future ‘life programs’.

I’m not sure even if I can keep my promise to run 21km this year. Looks like a long way to go. But I assure you this, running has not die yet in me. I still feel the urge to run, the surge of adrenaline whenever seeing somebody is running motivationally and sad whenever I couldn’t join a run.

“hey, somebody is running, do you feel something?”

“nothing”

Yah, that never happen in me yet

I’m taking baby step back for my runs

and already seeing a treadmill in my future as a worker

Rizalman for Zalora

A package I was waiting for. Dying for it to at last reach it’s destination.

It was supposed to be delivered after the 24th of June, but somehow I received an email from Zalora informing that my package is on the way to my doorstep. Well, not literally.

It all started during study week. Yes! Study week of my profesional exam. Crazy or what? Thankful to Allah, He let me pass. Alhamdulillah. Anyway, it started when I thought I had too much to read. Being a girl what other website could you possibly surfing other than online shopping website. Haha. Ok, scratch that. No, I’m not really an online shopping person. Actually I’m not sure what I was reading at the moment, well on the internet of course that I came across few names of Malaysian fashion designer.

Embarrassingly (should I?) names such as Jovian Mandagie, Rizalman Ibrahim, Nurita Harith and Syomir Izwa was only known to me during that time. Yes! During study week. So much of knowing the diseases…. -.- I was impressed of course that Malaysian has these designers that design superbly gorgeous line of clothing that I cried not only looking at the designs they made but also at those really heavy price tags (well, for me it is)

However, due to my inability to contain my lust towards the clothing line I decided to purchase one. Which one I chose to buy, LOL. I really like the designs by Nurita Harith but after some time of stalking them on facebook and twitter and judging the followers that they have (huh?) I decided to purchase Rizalman for Zalora.

But of course, every purchase has their own story. Actually, I had dinner to attend to after the exam. It’s the last dinner for my batch, so….yah…hence, I was in need of the dress.

Without thinking and looking at it really through I clicked, and clicked and clicked… and I was horrified to found out that it would only be delivered after the 24th of June. Silly me, when the dinner was in May. Yayness to my stupidity.

My mum. A mum. Hehe, she belanja me a new dress 🙂 Therefore I end up with this one

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Syira Salmon Dress by Syomir Izwa. What was supposed to be the first designer dress I’ve ever bought became second. At least this one is cheaper and! amazingly comfy 🙂

For the dress I bought from Zalora? Yah, weird enough that the package was delivered yesterday and I had to go to HUKM to pick up the package.

IMG_4063Hell yah it’s here! I was so happy I almost ripped it open in the car. But, I managed to hold myself up until I reach home

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rizalman-3242-470921-1-zoomOf course that’s not me. Gorgeous gila kan?! The fabric is just amazing, the way it fall is superb and the belt add up the spice to that dress

So what happen to that dress since my dinner is a history?

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It will become my baju raya and my convocation dress (yay me! save ma budget)

Naksan Park

There are three places in Seoul (well, according to where I’d visited) that I really love about….

First, is the Naksan Park

According to visitkorea website, Naksan Park gets its name from its camel hump-like appearance. In Korean ‘nakta’ means camel and ‘san’ means mountain. Yes, guys. It’s a mountain. What is so special about this place? For Hur, it’s the Rooftop Prince landmark (haha) and a spot where Yoona(?)-was-here.  Before you could reach the park you would have to pass through a neighborhood. Now, this is where the juicy part is. It is an art gallery neighborhood. Seriously. There were paintings almost everywhere. You can see paintings on the walls, houses and even stairs. They also made some really nice sculptors or some sort. I was very impressed. Some are just too cute I couldn’t resist but to stare and stare and stare.

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DSC07355Well, somebody thought it was worth a shot for camwhoring….huahua

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DSC07356Aww, it is just too damn cute! Even the store were decorated to please people like me who just can’t tolerate with cute things… (please don’t mind the meat store right next to it)

DSC07358Even the cafe 🙂 Nice name don’t you think?

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DSC07361Does this camel got to do anything with the mountain’s name?

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Look a little closer

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Pengsan~

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20130512_104310Of course, me too. Wanna have my moment. But Hur, should’ve asked me to pose in a more appropriate posture rather than this awkward butt-off pose -.-”

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20130512_104716According to Hur, this picture was taken because some of the Korean drama that she watched would have a scene in this place of some sort. What is this three instruments placed on a pavement in a middle of the neighborhood? Not sure, but I can only say that perhaps it’s a mini gym.

DSC07360This picture is just to remind you of the hilly road. So fellow travelers, please be prepared not only mentally, but physically as well.

At last, we reached Naksan Park

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DSC07366Naksan Gallery, if you’re interested to know more about this place then this is the place to be. As for us, we really just want the pictures…hehe

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20130512_102845More hills. Haha…Couldn’t get any better.

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DSC07372The view, the weather. I bet runners or joggers would have love to come here but, mind you. It’s very HILLY!

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DSC07370Look at that face. The face says it all to finally find a place to sit..hahaha

DSC07386After all those horrible long walks of up and down the hill, we finally reached here. This is the only reason why we were up there enjoying nature. Tetttt! There’s really nothing there, it’s just a park. If only we know where are these things were, we would’ve not gone up the park. It was near to the entrance. So guys, if you are like us (Hur) which is just to get hold of the Rooftop prince landmark, do not go up the hill. Upon reaching the entrance, turn to the right until you find this!

20130512_103744There are 5 art pieces altogether

20130512_103412This is the landmark Hur was dying to look for

20130512_103320Look who’s a happy child again,haha. Nah, I gave you a big picture here.

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But, my favorite art piece would be….

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DSC07378A man and a dog overlooking the neighborhood. Simple, yet has it’s own meaning to it

It’s a shame that we couldn’t spend more time there cos actually there are a lot more art works that we hadn’t found yet. Hidden between the alleys and houses. For future travelers who has this thing about cute stuffs like me, I would advise you to google up all the art pieces and art works that they have there around the neighborhood. So that you wouldn’t miss looking for it like I did. Sad~ 😦

Anyway, it was really nice being there

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Apple Backpackers Guesthouse, Seoul Korea

As anticipated, Unifi was installed today. Weehuu! At last my own wifi! Anyhoo, let’s cut to the chase. My trip to Korea.

So, our accommodation during the trip was a guesthouse and we’d chosen Apple Backpackers. Why?

1. The room rate was cheap in view of our budget

2. Private toilet

3. Near to Subway station

4. Near to Insadong

5. Near to Incheon airport limousine bus stop

You can simply email the owner to ask anything related to this guesthouse.

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This is the entrance of the guesthouse. It’s like a shop lot.

971161_420869748010927_1566237064_nDirection to Apple Backpackers and the sibling, Banana Backpackers.

935306_423453644419204_588229582_nOnce you enter the door, you would be welcome by a stairs first hehe. Well, good luck dragging up those luggage up the stairs! and once reached the second floor you will see this counter where the owner will be sitting there. You can do the registration and Q&A session here

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378158_423453464419222_912451195_nThe kitchen

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302216_327334710697765_663351225_nThe laundry room. We only did our laundry once. Free, but the dryer machine was charged at 2000 won per use. Hur kept telling me that some of her clothes shrunken. Yeah right~ (LOL)

936874_423453871085848_998920462_nThis is our room. We booked for a double room, but was given a triple room instead. Not sure why they gave us this room but I was grateful cos I got to sleep at the queen bed and poor Hur slept at the single bed. Huahuahua. There are still spaces to perform solat so it’s not that cramped and it’s really comfy 🙂 Every time we finished our sight-seeing and strolling for a day, I would always be looking forward to sleep! haha. Diving into that comfy duvet….woah~ Amazing I tell you

Apple2Sorry for the messiness of this room. My sis who only stayed for 3 days booked for a single room but was given a family room instead. We can’t still figure out why though. Probably they run out of single room.

20130508_081727There’s a small table where we put our stuff mostly, food, Hur’s make up, yadaa yadaa.

20130508_081742Sorry if the toilet look unpleasant, but don’t be fool by the picture, the toilet is very clean! Heads up, no bidet yah and I really like the slipers. Haha.

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Overall, I would recommend this guesthouse and rating for the comfortability is 5/5. Close to subway, has private toilet and the owners are friendly 🙂

Most of the pictures is courtesy of Applebackpackershostel facebook. Kindly visit their page for any inquiry. 🙂

Rattling

I know…I should be posting about my trip to Korea as promised but, my internet connection is giving me not just a headache but heartache. The slowness of it’s connection is just…so…so….unbearable. Can you imagine? if I were to put a snail at the end of my laptop to race with the uploading of a picture, the snail will already be at the other end and the picture is still uploading!!! celcom! what the hack dude?! so much of usain bolt!!!

Anyway,I couldn’t take it anymore and I am currently waiting impatiently for Unifi to come this Saturday. Hopefully the line is better. I promise I will update once Unifi settled in my house. I’m already seeing myself early in the morning sipping coffee while surfing internet like there’ll never be tomorrow…ahhh~ ok,drama queen.