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  • Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:51 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Articles, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Travel

    Okay, now that I have finished blogging about my Korea trip back in January 2016 (whoa, what a delay!). Here’s the list of blog posts for easy reference. :grin: 

    Seoul

    Busan


    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:40 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Shopping, Travel, With my NEX

    Okay, this got to be the longest post for Busan. Well, cause Busan has a lot of nice food. Actually, the entire Korea has tons of nice food that I love.

    This is da bomb! It is my favourite street food in Korea so far. Not just in Busan. I didn’t managed to find it in Seoul, sadly. I even went back to BIFF Square just to have it again and again. Sadly, the stall didn’t open all the times that we went there and its location kept changing so Rui Yun and I literally have to hunt for it. :smile: You cannot go Busan without having this! :grin:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137250160823/my-favourite-food-at-busan-mexican-style-corn

    I’m kind of a sushi/kimbab person and yay, I finally got to eat authentic Korean kimbap one of the days when we are in Busan. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138217802588/our-breakfast-at-busan-gimbap-gimbap-sushi

    I didn’t know about this but Rui Yun heard about it and wanted to try. It’s chizza (KFC chicken pizza) and I don’t think it came to Singapore in the end. Glad that we had it in Busan! :happy:

    The really odd combination to mix it with hot chocolate though but hey, it’s winter time in Korea at that time and we are so cold! No way am I getting icy cold soft drinks!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137282871878/introducing-chizza-kfc-chicken-pizza-in-korea

    Another of my favourite street food which can be found everywhere in Korea – odeng and topokki. Seriously, try having odeng in winter time and outdoors. You will really appreciate it even though you are just having fish cake (odeng means fish cake in Korean).

    On a side note, I didn’t realised that I uploaded the same photo (with different cropping and filters).

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138217694553/korean-street-food-yummy-odeng-and-topokki

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137222007923/eating-street-food-at-6-degrees-celsius-is-like

    Hot chocolate from Ediya Coffee is one of my favourites hot chocolates in Korean. Actually, in Singapore/Korea too. Strangely, I don’t think I saw Ediya Coffee when I went back to Seoul… Anyway, we had it after our budae jigae lunch…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396154798/hot-chocolate-at-ediya-coffee-snacks-hotdrinks

    The awesome part to travel with a friend? It is definitely to be able to share something like budae jigae! Budae jigae in Korea tasted kind of different from Singapore. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396092443/budae-jigae-food-korean-koreanfood-budaejigae

    We saw this sign when we were looking for our lunch (and we ended up choosing budae jigae). Nice two meat u. What a play of words. :happy:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396019163/nice-two-meat-u-wordpuns-puns-pun

    Other than my all-time favourite Paris Baguette (I love it so much that I am willing to take BART train from my office to Berkeley just to buy my breakfast for the next day because Berkeley has a Paris Baguette… Back in the days when I am working in San Francisco…).

    However, after discovering OPS Bakery, I think it has overtaken Paris Baguette in the competition to Sakura’ favourite bakeries. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138975962028/my-breakfast-for-the-train-ride-back-to-seoul

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138975750923/i-dont-usually-like-bread-but-bread-from-ops

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137876158818/mini-cakes-at-ops-bakery-quite-a-famous-bakery-in

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138975854723/and-this-is-the-logo-for-ops-bakery-highly

    I always wanted to order Jajangmyeon when I am in Korea and despite going to Korea for the last 2 times, I never had a chance to have it. Guess what? I finally had it on my third time in Korea!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138849574008/jajangmyeon-food-jajangmyeon-koreanfood

    Post dinner snack at Ice Factory. I wish they come to Singapore… Now I missed them so much… :sad:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137877568673/this-is-what-i-bought-from-ice-factory-in-the-end

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137877532388/i-wish-i-can-try-them-all-why-isnt-it-available

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137877493953/ice-pops-from-ice-factory-icepops-icecream-ice

    Okay, enough of all the food photos. Let’s go around and explore the streets at Busan? Hehe. I like to visit Chinatown in various countries because that’s where you can get to see the local Chinese environment. It’s my new found hobby after coming back from San Francisco. :grin: I didn’t really go into the Chinatown at Busan though so I just took a photo when I passed by…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138153466473/for-some-reason-every-city-i-go-has-a-chinatown

    I forgot why I went to Nampo station but since I have a Hello Kitty posed with it, why not just upload it and share it here? Haha.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138153526188/hello-kitty-goes-to-explore-busan-hellokitty

    I saw some Hello Kitty mini figurines and there’s music stuff in it too. Hello Kitty + Music = Sakura will definitely buy it. :smile: Sadly, I still didn’t get the music collection after buying 2 boxes of it. :sad: Guess Lady Luck was not with me at the time of purchase…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138083516098/bought-2-boxes-of-this-and-was-hoping-to-get-the

    Wow, a Gentleman Guide to skincare? Korean guys really do take care of their skin…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138083464808/found-at-lohb-love-health-beauty-shop

    Spotted a cleansing device at Innisfree! I don’t think they bought it to Singapore in the end. Since I already have my Clarisonic Aria, I don’t find the need to get this…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137747848138/so-many-clarisonic-like-cleansing-system-this

    Whoa! Did I spot Daiso? I love Daiso because I can get my daily essentials at a much cheaper cost. Save my wallet from getting too slim! :happy:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137551908628/daiso-is-found-in-korea-too-daiso-busan


    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:20 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Friendship, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Travel, With my NEX

    I think we went to BIFF Square a couple of times. Actually, there’s nothing much at BIFF Square even though it is such a famous tourist spot. But they have quite a lot of street food which are like the best I ever had in the whole of South Korea so far!

    I guess you can just go there for food but don’t expect much to see there…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137551886463/nice-street-food-at-biff-biffsquare

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137446339323/the-explanation-of-biff-on-the-floor

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137446274983/purple-lettuce-on-the-streets-purple-lettuce

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137446231468/lettuce-planted-on-the-streets-vegetables


    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 3:20 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Friendship, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Travel, With my NEX

    Okay, this is a hidden nice tourist spot which we didn’t expect. We went to Lotte Mall for dinner and some shopping and turns out that they have a ducky gallery, a Star Museum and a rooftop garden which has really nice scenery. It’s like you can see the entire Busan (okay, maybe not the entire Busan but most of it) from the rooftop. Do visit the Gwangbok Branch if you ever visit Busan!

    We spotted a ducky gallery with these huge duckies while leaving the rooftop garden…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138921126323/yellow-ducks-i-was-telling-my-friend-that-this

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137747367573/the-love-story-of-hello-kitty-and-the-duckling

    There’s a Star Museum too somewhere in the middle of the building (above the shopping areas)!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137747444003/hello-kitty-is-rich-hellokitty

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138849531973/hahas-hand-at-the-star-museum-of-lotte-mall

    The rooftop garden is got to be my favourite place at the Lotte Mall. Oh, did I say I like something else other than shopping in a shopping mall? Hehe.

    Basically I spammed a lot of photos at the garden and I think we spent 1 to 1.5 hrs at it. Can you believe how long we spent there when it is winter time? So we were basically pretty cold at that time and we even witness the guards changing shift as well. I don’t think their shift is long since it is pretty cold to stay outdoors (the rooftop garden is completely outdoors as you can see from the photos below) in winter season…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137691946718/hello-kitty-is-inside-the-maze-hellokitty

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/137691912498/hello-kitty-and-the-garden-maze-hellokitty

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138842486528/the-path-of-love-love-outdoorpark-outdoor

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138842374058/one-of-my-favourite-place-in-busan-cute-boat

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138842065823/not-used-to-seeing-this-type-of-traditional-ports

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138841788848/the-quiet-port-busanport-bridge-landscape

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138671014308/looks-like-a-giant-coin-to-me-haha-giantcoin

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138546706168/and-so-hello-kitty-exclaimed-so-much-love-locked

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138546587088/the-concept-of-love-locks-is-so-popular-in-korea

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138481436863/hello-kitty-and-the-busan-tower-hellokitty

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396336288/hello-kitty-explores-the-rooftop-garden-of-lotte

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138396242333/sculpture-bears-artistic-bears-sculpture


    Posted On: August 6th 2017 at 1:45 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Friendship, Korean related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Travel, With my NEX

    Rui Yun and I went to Gamcheon Culture Village. Well, it’s another famous tourist spot in Busan and I highly recommend you guys to visit if you go to Busan.

    I didn’t take much photos because I was busy absorbing the scenery. Haha, just joking. For some reason, I didn’t upload much photos for it so that explains the lack of photos.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138276841023/hello-kitty-visits-gamcheon-culture-village

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138276801158/exercising-in-the-cold-exercise-stationarybike

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/138217894813/hello-kitty-with-street-art-at-gamcheon-culture

    Frankly speaking, it is quite a climb for both of us to get to somewhere near the top and we got lost halfway so we didn’t go all the way ti the top. I think you can actually take bus to the top but we alighted too early so we end up walking up the slope. Luckily it was winter time, otherwise it would be too hot to walk up the slope…