Osaka(11/9/2017)

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Quick knowledge

  1. Osaka local language:
  • Ookini (arigadou=thank you)
  • Ooini (very much)
  • Taihen (very)
  • Totemo (very)
  • Ookini gokurousan (thank you for your service)
  • Nambo (how much?)

2.  Street

  • Dori = east/west avenues
  • Suji = north/south avenues

3. Street address

  • based on location
  • work backwards going:  Perfecture (like a State)> City >Suburb>Suburb number>Block>House number

 

 

 

 

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Seoul (18/08/2017)

This was our last day in Seoul, South Korea.

We woke up and checked out at 8 am.

Carrying our bags, we went straight ahead to Seoul Station and secured our bags in the lockers, so we could buy time to travel to some more places before time’s up.

(The S-Locker costs 3000 won.)

 

NAMDAEMUN

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Namdaemun Market

 

 

Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea. You can buy affordable products there, which includes clothes, glasses, kitchenware, toys, mountain, fishing equipments, fine arts, imported goods, and of course, FOOOOOD!

 

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Due to communication problems, we were served 4 bowls of noodles (despite the appetizers). We could not eat anything anymore after this wholesome meal!!

Our footprints were all across the city~

 

 

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Now, we were prepared to embark on our next adventure ❤ Ready to say goodbye to Seoul, Korea and return to Hong Kong ❤

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Being with you make me understand: the end is not the end, the end is another beginning. I am waiting for the next beginning, with you in every single chapter.

 

Seoul (17/08/2017)

We left the hostel around 9 am.

We headed towards the City Hall Station, which is similar to the iconic Westminster in London, UK.

CITY HALL

We had passed by the Deoksugung Palace (Palace of virtuous longevity). It is the only palace that sits beside western style buildings. Its stone-wall road is renowned. 20170817_091250.jpg

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The old and new city hall are connected by a bridge.

 

GWANGWAMUN SQUARE

 

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This is the Statue of King Sejong the Great.

He had created the Hangeul (Korean alphabet).

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This is the Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. He had led Koreans’ victory against Japanese army when Koreans were at the lower hand.

GWANGHWAMUN GATE

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This symbolic gate represents “may the light of enlightenment blanket the world”.

The unicorn-lion serves to protect palaces from fire.

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Parade in action

 

TONGIN MARKET

 

20170817_104234.jpgTongin Market is 76 years old already.

It started in 1941.

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Coinage system (1 coin=500 won)

Usually one food costs you 2 to 3 coins.

Customers are required to buy an empty tray

& 10 old style coins (yeopjeon) in the Dosirak cafe.

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Filled up lunch box.

 

 

HANBOKNAM

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It seemed we had both traveled back in time by our costume change!

Do you know that once you have put on your hanbok,

you can enter any palace free of charge?! ❤

Passers-by complimented us “nomu ibaiyo” (meaning it is beautiful!)

 

HONGDAE

 

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K-pop dancers busking on the streets

 

Let’s not waste our youth and break away from whatever boundaries others have set for you! I am going head first, are you coming along?

 

Seoul (16/08/2017)

 

Lucky for us today, the sky did not rain FINALLY!!! We had booked the ticket to EVERLAND RESORT before the trip for today.

We woke up very early at 7 am this morning and left the hostel. We caught bus no. 420 and stopped at Gangnam station, but we both did not feel some OPPA GANGNAM style here.

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Everland Resort is South Korea’s largest theme park. It is located within the woods, far away from the city center. 20170816_100124.jpg

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Here is the map for Everland Resort!! ❤

AMERICAN ADVENTURE

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Hurricane (spins 19 m above ground)

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Rolling X-Train (2 complete 360 degree loop-to-loop!)

MAGIC LAND

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ZOOTOPIA

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Panda from China

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Lesser panda

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Golden head lion tamarin and her baby! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

Monkey couple watched their baby together ❤

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Turquoise

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Fennec Fox like Finnick in Zootopia~

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Giraffe’s closeup!!

 

EUROPEAN ADVENTURE

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T-EXPRESSSSSSS!!!

T-Express is South Korea’s first wooden roller coaster and it is the world’s 4th steepest wooden roller coaster!! The speed is 104km/hr at a 77 degree angle!! You will stay at least 3 mins on that ride!! Unforgettable indeed!!

 

EVENT: SHOOTING! WATER-FUN

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Skyline Ride (Ski lift)

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Wishing light bulbs (lovers’ letters)

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NIGHT PARADE

(ROSE CASTLE MUSIC LIGHTING SHOW)

 

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How lovely it is to stay with you, in your arms in a glimpse of night and day?

Seoul (15/08/2017)

We left the hostel early at 8 am.

Today we prepared to visit Myeongdong and Incheon.

15th August is South Korea’s Independence Day (Gwangbokjeol). This memorial day serves to commemorate South Korea’s victory against Japanese forces in WWII, which represents the end of Japanese colonial control in South Korea.

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The above picture shows South Korea’s national flag, Taegukgi (“supreme ultimate flag”).

It has 3 parts:

(1). a white rectangular background

(2). a red & blue Taeguk (balance)

(3). 4 black trigrams from original eight

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(obtained from Wikipedia)

 

We went to the opposite street to wait for bus no. 105 to get to Myeongdong.

Myeongdong is a bit similar to Japan’s Shinjuku and Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. The shops are all very eye-catching and all densely compacted. Yet, Myeondong’s style inclines to focus on fashion and cosmetic-related products.

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(sorry the photo is inverted for no reason 😦 )

Around 11 am, we arrived to Seoul Global Cultural Center to have a taste of wearing Korean Hanbok ❤

 

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After 1 hour of taking photos, we went to Gwangjang Market.

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Gwangjang Market is Seoul’s first market and is of traditional value. It can also be called the Dogdaemun Market.

 

 

20170815_122621.jpgHere is the renowned green bean paste pancake !!!

 

20170815_124736.jpgHere is the famous vegetable Gimbap!

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We also tried to eat living squid!!

After finishing our lunch, we headed towards The War Memorial of Korea at 2 pm.

 

This war museum documents the war history Koreans had engaged in in the last century, which includes the Japanese invasions and colonization of Korea, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  We are exposed to military weapons like tanks, missiles and other armed forces.

 

At around 5 pm, we arrived at Lotte Department Store and ate dumplings and fried foods.

 

The design of the escalator is very special. It is elliptical!!

 

 

At around 6 pm, we headed towards N Seoul Tower by bus. The reason why there is a N is because it is situated at Namsan Mountain (243m). The whole tower is 480m above sea level.

 

(I apologize for it not being vertical D: )

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Once you are up, you can capture the whole cityscape in 360 degrees!

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Just a snapshot of my shadow and the night view.

In case you are curious, below is a list of the world’s skyscrapers and their height:

N seoul korea 236m
Effiel tower paris 320m
Tokyo tower japan 333m
Willis tower chicago usa 442m
Shanghai oriental pearl broadcasting tower 468m
Taipei 101 508m
Cn Toronto canada 553m
Canton tower guangzhou 600m
Tokyo skytree 634m
Burj khalifa dubai united arab emirates 828m

 

We all are running out of time. In realization to this, why not be grateful and hold on to every moment that we still have?

Seoul (14/08/2017)

Early at 7am in the morning, we were boarding onto HK Express and ready to take flight to Seoul.  The flight duration was approximately 3 hours.

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At 12:29, we had arrived at Incheon Airport.

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The currency ratio for Hong Kong dollars to Korean Won is 7: 1000.

We then hopped onto Korea Train Express (KTX) to get to the city center. The KTX is South Korea’s high speed rail system, it operates from Seoul to Busan. Recently, a new line is under construction to serve the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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My boyfriend talked about the development of big cities. Usually, big cities develop upon a vast open land, with a river accompanied. Examples include Shanghai and Huangpu River, London and River Thames,  Seoul and Han River.

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Seoul Metropolitan Subway system (SMS) is very advanced. You are required to frequently change lines and keep track with the tight travelling schedule. (I guess if South Koreans themselves are unable to travel to all the stations…)

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We took around 2 hours to reach to the city. When we had arrived at Dangogue station, it was already 3pm. We immediately hopped back to our hostel–Hotel Familia Inn, settled down and hopped back out again.

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What is so fascinating about Seoul is that your shopping experiences are not only limited on the ground level. Owing to Seoul’s rainy season in summer, which downpours are unpredictable, underground shopping malls are prevalent in the city. Usually, these malls are connected to the subway, so you do not need to worry about transportation at all!

 

The first stop we went to was the underground mall–Goto Mall. It is connected to the Express Bus Terminal station. You can basically find anything in this mall, including latest clothing trends, accessories, cosmetics, flowers, household items etc.

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This is Naengmyeon (Cold Noodles), a traditionally Korean noodle dish. The one we were eating is called Mul-naengmyeon( Korean cold noodles in chilled broth). How refreshing to have your tongue chill and cool at the same time haha!

We are aware that South Koreans love wearing flipflops no matter where they go or what occasion they are in. Perhaps it is one distinctive element in Korean culture.

The second stop we visited is the renowned Banpo Bridge. It is the world’s longest bridge fountain that sets a Guinness World Record. It connects Seocho and Yongsan districts.

We came to see the Rainbow fountain show, which displays every night at around 7 to 8 pm.

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It was a very memorable and romantic night to be indeed. The colors displayed captures the ever-changing nature of life. Living at this moment, witnessing this day of being alive, we should bear no regrets.

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Create your own colors in life. You worth it.

 

Bangkok (21/4/2017)

We woke up at 10:00. Aiming to have lighter activities for today, we scheduled to go to visit animals. However, he had a bad stomach ache when we arrived to the station. He carried on and said he was fine. At 12:09, we arrived at Ratchetwi station and entered the cat world.

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It was the day he started to be really sick. After we left the cat cafe, he had diarrhea again and started to feel weak on the limbs. I hurried him back home and took care of him. He slept at once. After cleaning up the room, I looked at him for a long time and felt an unbearable heart ache. I went out to buy medicine and food for him. Throughout the entire trip, he had been taking care of me and making me happy by bringing me to different places and having fun with me. This was the time I felt I had the responsibility to make sure he is safe and sound again. The primary concern was him getting better soon. [He was healed naturally back to health 2 days after the trip.]

I have been reflecting a lot after this trip as it has reminded me of the good in life that I have dismissed and forgotten most of the times. As Bob Marley had once said,

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.

Before and during this trip, I had been unreasonable and always threw temper tantrums because of my insecurity. He would tender my anxieties and calm me down and hug me. He knows what I really am and accept this genuine version of me completely. This acceptance validates my existence and motivates me to carry on even when he is not beside me. I know, deep in my heart, I would want to be happy with him together in the long run. To do that, we need to go through something. Without pain and yearning, there won’t come a greater blessing. This journey teaches me to appreciate what I have (including myself) and live at the moment, as Dr. Seuss has said,

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.