Hullo there, everyone!
I’ve put this off far too long, till I couldn’t bear my limitless procrastinations so here I am now, putting a stop to my intolerable habitual behavior and tapping furiously on the keyboard in the whir of the oozing time. It has been long since I actually posted something decent and interesting to read on this blog, and during that ‘hiatus’, i’ve actually been cheating as I wrote (and am still writing) on my newest blog, http://www.pilesofdustedthoughts.blogspot.com .
Forgive me, if you’ve been waiting forever for my Korea trip posts and I understand if i’ve lost some of you along the way but please forgive me if I let you down.
The memory of my trip to Korea is sort of bleak at the moment because firstly, I just came back from my EUROPE trip (let’s get to that later, shall we?) and what makes you think that I will still be cooping up dejectedly in the arms of my own melancholy feels enkindled by my withdrawal symptoms (actually yes, I am but not from the Korea trip definitely, thank you.) and secondly, my brain has been rusted up due to my unproductive nature at this brief holiday season before my internship so it took some time. Lastly, I am typing this down at 12:30am in the morning and awfully tired after a long day. So please forgive me once again, if this post might be down in quality but generous in quantity in terms of spamming of photos and incomprehensible words.
Let’s not digress any further and get back to the post of what I did in Korea!
For this trip back to my homeland, I made some effort in planning some reunion with some friends of mine in Korea during that time and friends of those who lives there.
My first meal/breakfast in Korea! GOOD FOOD ALL AROUND THERE
In fact, the moment i touched down and checked into the hotel after breakfast, i took the subway straight to Hongdae to meet my dearest junior friend from church who i was absolutely elated to meet up with, and all the more special that meeting was, all because we weren’t meeting at Singapore but in KOREA. Yes, life in Singapore could be the most blandest (and luxurious with the expense of a lot of money) judging from my experiences there. haha no offense though, after my Europe trip, i’ve realized the most comfortable place to live in is Singapore albeit expensive. Easier to transport oneself one place to another, places and things that are easily accessible… but you just need $$$ and this tiny island becomes a playground for you.
Reached there a bit earlier so the short photography session in the unfamiliar but refreshing environment.
It was nice to breath in cold, reinvigorating air without sneezing incessantly in the chilly afternoon. Strange, only because usually at the time of the day, the sun would be frying me regardless of outdoors or indoors and I’d be switching the aircon full on and then the sneezing fits would start because my body can’t adjust very well to the sudden change in temperature. yeah, life in a country with all-around summer just sucks.
When we met, it was so surreal but still as exciting as how I expected it to be, and we couldn’t stop jumping up and down in glee, heehee.
We walked around the town, navigating ourselves through the alleys that seemed like an endless maze and when we got through, we had a mini photography session at the photogenic playground as the background haha (yay it rhymes) Apparently, that area was quite well-known around the town especially for photography.
But not to forget the whole streets were photogenic enough!!! we couldn’t hold ourselves back from stopping by at almost every pretty shops that had funky stuff they were selling.
Waffle booths and waffle buddies hahaha oh those were the most relish looking things ever although being plastics.
Hotcakes with melting honey and crunchy peanuts stuffed in it. Perfect for the cold weather.
I sort of liked my dress code, brought out much of the christmas-y feels in the photos. hehe
And I shat out wings too!! The magical things that happen in Korea… haha
Look at new funky eyes hehee
We felt a little guilty for taking photos of the delicious-looking cookies and pastry of all shapes and colors neatly stacked on the shelves so my friend bought a small package of cookies to try, and i got away ‘free-handed’ haha
We also ticked off the famous places off the list, by heading to the other towns like Itaewon and this place particularly is best known for selling Korea’s traditional souvenirs and if I’m not wrong, many foreigners living in Korea stays around there. It was a quiet town, so we loved walking around and snapping photos here and there.
Many vintage-y shops had sprouted along the bumpy streets at the corner, and small retail shops too. It was tough trying to find a place to settle down and have a snack or something because there were little cosy cafes lined up the streets like fairy lights on a christmas tree, and I had to resist myself. (I was under a tight budget)
There was even a shop selling military-styled clothes which was really interesting and unique, and not to forget these two bulldogs which were chilling outside their owner’s vintage shop.
A turn into a strange, isolated corner led us to discover a new-found trove stored with the cutest and interesting things ever. There were simply so much to see, and try out so we spent a bit more time than the rest at this pretty spot.
After that we went to another tourist hotspot; the place where youngster roam about often (especially guys) near the Ewha (women) university. The crowd was surprisingly not that rowdy neither was it very boisterous, so we chilled by the food stands for a bite.
Look at that fluffy, steaming kimchi bun that almost burnt my tongue raw, but I couldn’t help scoffing it down because it was simply too good and heavenly to hold myself back!!! Especially in winter, when the steaming heat just warms my icicle-like fingers and the bread warms me up from the inside, oh god. I can almost still taste it in my mouth, but it’s all saliva. lol
Not only that, there were too many fried finger foods to try and various delectable selections of common street foods along the roads, we were spoilt for choice but we tried what we couldn’t find it in Singapore, or what Korean food shops in Singapore try to imitate. The taste is totally different here and there definitely.
Yep, still blowing and scoffing it down yeah? You can see my burning passion for food hehe
After scouring around for the pair of shoes that I wanted to buy and people-watching, I even made friends with a Japanese woman studying in Ewha and she was pretty impressed by my Japanese hehe, although it isn’t that skilled, I promptly accepted her compliment and we exchanged contact. Good to make pen-pal friends!
Because we were rushing for time after our little adventure, we settled down at a humble normal restaurant which served fish egg bibimbab of different flavors – spicy, curry, sweet sauce and more. I, of course, the mad-fan of curry, went for the obvious. Pity the camera couldn’t capture the aroma and the steam that rose from the food.
That day could possibly be nominated the top-twenty days of my life, because i’ve never actually ventured around my homeland ALONE without the guidance of my parents and left on my own, free to wander around the strange place. Thus, the experience was simply unforgettable and I gained so much more than just to learn to navigate myself around safely and discover the must-go hideouts in Korea.
I would be posting more of my Korea trip updates, but in each dissected episodes! My internship would be starting in 14 April, which is just around the corner, so i’m crossing my fingers and hoping i will have some leisure time for my blogs. Besides that, I am just an eager-beaver resisting myself from posting the updates for the Europe trip, all because it wouldn’t be fair or nice to put that as priority over the Korea trip posts, would it? So please bear with me, and let’s all hope for the best that i would not be too preoccupied with internship to ignore my promises! huhu
So that’ll be it for now, thanks for reading and see you soon! x