Monday, July 21, 2014

Numb


The air felt heavy with the scent of tragedy. It seems like a bad curse hurting the country. Everyone's mood is kinda solemn and with the half mast flag flying, it sealed the emotions.

We mourn for the tragedy. Raya is coming this weekend and with the incident it really set the mood differently this year. 

"Pain is real, so is hope"

Hoping that Malaysia, the people, will rise above these tragedies. We will stand united until the smiles shine again.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fragile life

Smartphones and social medias. This two things that can make you famous and infamous. It all depends in what kind of mishaps/situations that you are in. Whatever it is, if you need some instant fame, you don't ever need to hire a publicist anymore. Just do something weird and you will get famous. Or for some reason if you are lacking in anger managemnt issues you can be famous too!


Anyway, one of my students pass away today. It's aweful to know that this thalassemia kids really don't live long. Thank God for Facebook we did keep in touch after she left form 5 but God loves her more. I can see her posting about having bouts of fever since the beginning of Puasa but I didn't expect it to escalate to losing the battle with the sickness that she is having. Rest in peace my dear student, you are now no longer in pain.

Korea Trip ( the final 3 days delayed update )

The last 3 days in Korea went like this.

We went to the Jagalchi Wet Market in Busan. Since our hostel is quite near to that place, so we just walked. We stayed at Sum Hostel Nampo btw. Awesome place!

Went around the wet market. Huge and massive with fresh and live seafood. Awesome experience! We are supposed to have a decent warm breakfast. But no, we opted to have some Sashimi instead. Hahaha. How's that for breakfast eh?


And also this slug for breakfast. Hahahaha. Because we are weird like this.

So on the same day itself we travelled back to Seoul via KTX. Always a pleasant ride with KTX. Slept most of the way. So comfy!

Our lodging place for the final two days is Ari Guesthouse in Seoul. Very very near to Myeongdong. Awesome location. It's just that if you have heavy luggages be prepared to carry up the stairs because there is no lift for this guesthouse. Ooh, and the nearest subway don't have elevator too. They only have wheelchair lift for the disabled.


Cute kitchen. Me likey!

So, it's a day of exploring and such. Went to Gangnam to be a fangirl looking for all office and production house of the KPOP industry. Man! it is not easy to find these places. You better do some homework before you start exploring because the places is not near some main/big roads. Look it up before you start hunting for one. There's a lot of fan girls blog site which is dedicated to find these places. Google it! We didn't really do our homework since it was an impromptu decision, jadi banyak la sesat. Haha


Then it is a must to go to Namsan tower. Hehehe


The final day is dedicated for shopping only... and exploring more street food!


Jjangmyeon !!!



It rained like cats and dogs during the shopping days. Benci betul! Anyway, it was a good trip.

All in all if you are wondering how much did we spend for the trip, for a week,

Approximately....
Accomodation : RM450

Makan : to your discretion la. Kalau cheapskate style RM10 per day pun cukup. But all I can say if you makan restaurant, one dish is around RM15-25

T-Money for subway and buses enough to jalan-jalan a few times in a day for a week: RM80

Tours and entrance fees: at your discretion too, if you really cheapskate then just go for free places lah. Hehe. But I really recommend the DMZ tour lah. It's really something different.

Airplane tickets: Buy when it is on offer. I prefer MAS because of the bigger leg room and baggage and meals are included. And it was only RM1800 return. ( BKI-KUL-ICN-KUL-BKI)

Somehow, if you are from KK and there's a direct flight using other airlines, by all means, take it! it's nearer to Seoul from Kota Kinabalu.



Monday, June 09, 2014

Taking the train

Korea Day 4. We are heading South. Busan it is! Boarded the KTX Train from Seoul Station. I had a hard time getting the tickets to Busan, as we opted to use the KR Pass because it is cheaper by 20000 won per person. To cut the story short, to those who wants to get the KR Pass, book it online, get the print out and exchange it for the ticket when you arrive in Seoul. No worries about the time of departure and such. You can finalize that upon getting the tickets.

After 2 hours 40mins we reached Busan
We wanted to take the City Bus Tour before checking in. We are staying at Sum Hostel Nampo btw (highly recommended! Good value for money and it's clean). Ada free usage of this nail polish lagi at the common room. Awesome! 



Back to the City Bus Tour story, it's Monday and the city bus tour has their day off on Monday. Boohoo!

So touring using subway saja la ni.

We went to see the BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) square but it's full of street food vendor selling snacks. So makan time lah. Snack food ranging from 1000won - 3000 won (rm3 to rm12)




Then to visit Busan tower. We didn't go up the tower because we are a cheapskate bunch. Haha


Saya salah bawa spek lagi pigi Korea. My current specs now here only the ahjumma (aunties) yang pakai. The younger people where thick frames glasses. I have two of those at home but I brought these ahjumma glasses. Cilaka


Thank God ada contact lenses. It's just that my eyes are tired since I don't have enough sleep for the past two days. Penat saja.

Later at late afternoon, we went to Haeundae Beach ( Busan most famous beach, in fact it is Korea's most famous). It's quite a distance and it is so many subway stations away. Yes, T-money still can be used in Busan. 

And hey hey it is also the last day of the Sand Art Fest at Haeundae Beach. To my surprise, Busan is colder than Seoul. Maybe it's just cloudy today here. 



Story of the day, ada ini mangkuk and senduk kena bagi sama kami before meals kena serve.



Gembira la nampak benda traditional kena bagi but as we sip the liquid then I raised the question whether it is for drinking or cuci tangan. Then nda jadi minum. Malu mo tanya. Then the sister and my mister pigi look around tinguk orang lain buat apa sama itu barang. Hahaha. Memang bikin minum la bah. But it taste so funny bah. Rupanya air dari kerak nasi kena rendam. So weird.






Sunday, June 08, 2014

More walking frenzy

Korea 3rd day! It's time to check out from our hotel/hostel. Sieoso Hotel is nice. It has free breakfast, nice rooms and they have this corner where you can wear hanbok (the korean traditional dress) and take photo as much as you want for FREE!! 



The next program on the list today is to visit Myeongdong Cathedral. Since it's Sunday, we attended the mass. Pretty church. And now the outside they are doing some re-landscaping work in preparation for the pope visit in August.


Then on to the mission to find the Ihwa Mural Village. We took the subway and stop the Heyhwa station and started the journey of getting lost again. Haha. But this time isn't so bad. So happy to get to that place! It's the location for the drama "Rooftop Prince"


It's an actual residential place. And there's "Please be quiet" sign for the comfort of the residents there. Tapi kalau ada pelancong dari China saja. Astaga. Macam ribut taufan. And they hog the place to take photo sampai habis filem. Bikin panas.


I hate Chinese tourists!

And we are changing our sleeping place for a night at KimChee Guesthouse in Sinchon. It's only RM30 per night on offer! Not to be missed! Vibrant place. 

So we checked out the nearby attraction like this place. Ahhhhh! Heaven for pink lovers.



Hongdae is an interesting place. Tomorrow we are off to Busan via KTX train. Staying there for a night.





Saturday, June 07, 2014

Walking Frenzy

Korea day 2. It was so hard to get up this morning but the show must go on. 


I am loving this hostel because they provide breakfast. After the hearty breakfast, off we go to the DMZ tour. I book this tour through a website recommended by a friend. www.dmzntours.com 

The visit to DMZ (demilitarized zone) is impossible if it is not done through tours. You can DIY it but it's very troublesome especially when it is peak season like the weekend. 

A lot to be learned from the visit. Definitely interesting indeed. I would recommend a visit here. Even better if you can get a tour the heavily guarded meeting room right at the border (half south half north)


If you can avoid going on weekends it's better. The place is swarming with people! Full of people. Tourists. I hate China tourists. They are like so rude and they think they own everything. Benci betul.


Then after was the lunch date with the girls from the exchange program group I hosted last time. I love Korean food.

Visited the Gyeongbok Palace. And a lot of walking around. Sempat pigi tumpang tour guide urang lagi. Haha. Cheapskate case.

Evening is a walk around Dongdaemun. Awesome place. Definitely a fashion mecca. A few shopping malls that is just like the Platinum Mall in Bangkok. But there is more than 5 of those here! And their operation hours is from 10am to 5am (next day). Crazy right?