Monday, 27 June 2016

Last of Korea

Instead of going for a shopping trip on beauty and cosmetics, I ended up walking around the area known as U-Street to most in Gangnam area. Well known to be one of world's leading tech area and it is filled with art walking along the whole street. It was filled with shops and boutiques of art and technology. 

Now, when in Gangnam, you've got to do the Gangnam Style right? 
No, sadly, I didn't see anyone dancing that dance, would have been quite the entertainment right below this art piece. 
After a long walk around and looking through some of the shops, all I ended up buying was a coffee for a break. 

The last local bibimpab before flying home.
It will be a while until I get to travel around Asia again as some of you might know that I am currently back in London. 

I could not pass up on a last Shin Cup Noodle when I was in Korea either. It was just something that had to be done. The look of it really reminded me of the days in university. The typical snack late lunch I would have when my head concentrating on papers and written work. 

Those little things which brings back memories are inevitable. 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Only Romance

The first ever Korean wedding I've attended and I could not be happier for my friend. The atmosphere was filled with only love, happiness and smiles all around. The wedding took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Seoul. How gorgeous is the setting right?

I wont be posting all the photos taken, as I do respect those whom I'm not familiar with who doesn't want to be up on my blog. Just a few memorable moments and the delicious food we had. There are a few more on my instagram (here) to see a few other ones.  

It is very true that I don't wear pink often and when I do, I make sure I do right. The dress I wore is from ASOS (Click Here). Clutch is also from ASOS (Click Here). May be sold out by the time this is posted, Click Here for a similar one, may not be in rose gold, but would have worn this if I didn't have the current one I already have. The only thing I didn't like about the mirrored box clutch is that, by the end of the night, I had my fingerprints all over it.  

Roasted Eggplant Puree with Abalone and Tuna,
Vegetables, Dry Bonito and Anchovy Dressing
Cream of Mushroom with Truffle Oil 

Spicy Tomato Risotto with King Prawn 
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Vegetables 
Baked Raisin Dome, Wine Mousse with Fruit 

Love was in the air and it couldn't get better than that.

I do remember writing to my friend this: "Happy Wife = Happy Life" 
Probably a fun note for her hubby to read back (; 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Before the Wedding

Before the wedding, after having what seemed like a feast, we headed out to the famous Namdaemun Market known as the 'Great South Gate' and Myeong-Dong area. 

We only managed to go walk pass the ground floor just to pass by, row after row, floor after floor of fashion bags, accessories, clothing items, etc. Didn't buy anything however, it was an eye opener for sure! It seemed endless... Every corner of the streets were filled with something from homeware items to food.

These Korean sugar coated donuts and pig's trotters seem to be a hit around town. 

On our way down to Myeong-Dong, we stopped at Lotte's Shopping Mall, had a light bite for lunch with Korean's famous cold noodles. A plain spicy one and a cool one with Korean pear, weirdly enough, I really like it with quite the dash of vinegar. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Walking Around Gangnam

Bought my first coffee at Paris Baguette 
When I mean walking around Gangnam, I literally do mean the area... Never did I imagine myself that I would walk all the way from Sinnonhyeon Station (nearest station from the hotel I was staying) to Gangnam-gu Office Station. That took me about an hour's slow walking. After a couple of hours in the area, I then walked all the way to Donsan- Daero 13-gil (in Sinsa) and then all the way back to the hotel. Literally worked my way around anti-clockwise in a loop. 

After getting our nails done, we went for a hamburger steak around the corner. As far as I know, hamburger steak (the style) is originally from Japan, never had it up until now. It was really good! If you're not a fan of spicy food, I would suggest not having it with kimchi though. 

After lunch, I had the afternoon to walk around and my friend suggested me to head up to a shopping strip near Sinsa. Legged it all the way there too. 

Donsan- Daero 13-gil (street name) in Sinsa was packed with fashion, accessories and boutique shops. Along the way, there were a few cafes and cake shops. I got pretty tired from walking, so I when I saw shaved ice and green tea, I was sold. 

After a long hours rest, I headed back to the hotel to meet the rest of my friends! Little did I know, Gangnam area is famous for plastic surgeries. on the way back to the hotel, it was either plastic surgery buildings or rental rooms for plastic surgery patients. Saw a few Asian customers on the way all wrapped up like a mummy's head too. 

After meeting up with my friends at the hotel, we headed out to look for food and ended up at this barbecue place. Ordered some beef ribs and pork and time flew by when you catch up with friends you haven't seen for ages! 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Seoul Day Alone

First time in 4 years to travel alone after all the doctor visits, hospital runs and various operations. I feel pretty accomplished I can show close ones that I can go off alone into the world again. Sounds silly in a way but to me, it was like a little bird finally set free from the cage. 

With no surprise, I was confused as a Korean and Japanese the moment I stepped and sat in my seat in the plane before take-off. Moment I went to purchase my bus ticket and checked-in to the hotel, same thing happened too. Funny how that always happens. 

Staying at Gangnam area, I wasn't too sure where to go for food for one since I was very much up for some traditional dishes. Most of the restaurants I went by were mostly Korean Barbecue or noddle pots which will take at least two people to have. Luckily, I ended up running into a junior from school who recommended this small restaurant called : The Jincook. Small world! What are the chances of seeing someone you haven't in about a decade! Wasn't able to pronounce it correctly but at least the spelling is right! 

Located in Sinnonhyeon Food Street, the streets were filled with the younger generation since there are a few universities around as I was told. 

Walking down the street with many Korean symbols all around was hard enough to understand but this restaurant was easy enough to recognize. Especially it was right next to Baskin Robins was even easier to spot. Thank god for the Wifi BB which I had rented in Hong Kong! 

After looking at what others were having, the cold noodles with spices looked very interesting but spicy at the same time. So I opted for the very traditional Pork Soup with Rice set. It only costed me 7000 won. Definitely enough for one.

After battling with myself whether to have something sweet or not, I was told to try this soft ice cream place called Milk Cow. Known for their organic milk and honey (honeycomb as well), first night here, why not right?   

I wanted to try the ones with cotton candy on top, shame they said it's all sold out but seeing the video at the counter, it looked like the cotton candy was suppose to be made on site. In the end, I went for what they considered the healthiest option and something I never thought I would ever choose. Soft ice cream with pistachio syrup, sunflower seeds and cashew nuts. 

What an evening to have indeed. 

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