Travelling to Seoul

This will be my fourth trip to South Korea, but this will be the first with my family. So, while preparing to plan for our trip (ahem, I’ll be their tour guide for this trip), I’ve decided to draw up the places all onto a list for a reference as I plan our day-to-day itinerary.

I’m sure many others will find it useful, so I’m putting it up here 🙂 You can download the list of places of attraction in Seoul here.

list of places of attraction in seoul

list of places of attraction in seoulI’m also putting up maps for some of the places listed in the table.

First up, we have walking trail/ course suitable for half-day trip or a day trip.

Walking trail

1. Bukchon village
Don’t forget to snap photos of Bukchon 8 view while on its walking course.

bukchon 8 view

bukchon

bukchon village walking tour

2. Cheonggyecheon stream
It stretches from Cheonggye Plaza, near City Hall Station, to even beyond Dongdaemun area. Good for a stroll in the day, but there’s also beautiful laser show at night that you should catch!

cheonggyecheon stream

3. Iwha Mural Village
Relatively unknown and not quite convenient to get to here, but worth going for instragram-worthy shorts with the murals as an arty-farty backdrop. Just take note that mural 6 and 9 are no longer in existence as both have been vandalised. These murals were painted over by local residents as they have been upset over disturbances by tourists. So, if you do visit this, remember to keep your voice down as this is a residential area.

Ihwa Mural village

Hangang Park

Next will be Hangang Park, which has quite a few stretch.

overall hangang river

The best place to check out the different places of attraction and facilities at Hangang Park is here.

The best way to explore is by cycling.

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Shopping

Finally, of course we have shopping districts!

1. Dongdaemun

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dongdaumun shopping district

2. Myeongdong

myeongdong

3. Insadong

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4. Hongdae

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5. Ewha

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6. Namdaemun

Namdaemun map

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Bonus

And…. we have some cute ones from Korea Tourism Organisation.

Gwanghwamun square and Bukchon Hanok Village

gwanghwamun square insadong bukchon hanok village

Noryangjin Fish Market

hangang park

Myeongdong shopping district and Namdaemun Market area

namdaemun myeondong cheonggyecheon stream

Namsan Seoul Tower/ N Seoul Tower

namsan tower

Can’t wait for my next trip to Korea!

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Dalah and Twante, Myanmar

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Day trip to Dalah and Twante

Looking through Lonely Planet guidebook, I came across about the villages the Delta Region, Dalah and Twante. This is the area affected by Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

I tried to find more info on travelling there, but seems like there are only 3 travel blogs write up on it. The info is the same as in LP. Ferry ride to Dalah and then you can pay for local to give you ride on a bike to Twante. But not much other info like name of villages there, how to navigate there, how long will it take to travel around both areas etc. But I’m still keen for an adventure there.

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The market area near the ferry terminal

Dalah is just 10min ferry ride away from Yangon but it’s a world apart.

Right after breakfast, I headed over to the ferry terminal, which is near Strandt Hotel in the morning.

The ticket can be bought at the terminal and departs every 20min. It is $4 USD, including return trip.

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Walking around the area first before boarding the ferry.

As I was walking around waiting for departure, a local approached me. Usually I avoid small talk, especially those who seem to only approach tourists. But I kinda let my guard down this time cuz she asked if I was Muslim and gave salaam to me. She said that she could bring me around and since I was not too sure how I’ll explore Dalah and Twante later on. As I was still not sure what it will be like after I arrive on Dalah later on, I eventually I agreed for her bring me around.

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About to board the ferry

Just as we were about to board the ferry, Sharifah bumped into her friend, Rahman. So called a coincident, but later in the day I suspected that it was all part of the scam plan.

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Looking sweet and innocent, but little did I know they had already targeted me as their scam victim (more on that later).

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Departing from Yangon

On board the ferry, it is a very unique local experience with hawkers calling out selling their products. But still a comfortable ride.

Arrived at Dalah.

Upon arriving in Dalah, Sharifah and Rahman made arrangement for motorbikes to bring us around. Plan of the day was fishing village, rice plantation, lunch at Rahman’s place, ride to Twante, pagoda and pottery village. I can’t recall how much was the agree price though, but we definitely agreed for certain hourly rate for day trip to Dalah and Twante.

Sharifah and Rahman were pillion riders of another motorbikes cuz they said they wanted to follow me around (or so I thought… because later on I realised, this is all part of the scam (again)).

First up was the fishing village…

Nami Island, Korea

Planning for my upcoming trip to Korea in Dec got me recalling my past trips to Korea. My last trip there was in 2014. Part of the itinerary for the trip in 2014 was a day trip to Nami Island, also called Namiseom Island, 남이섬 종합휴양지

It is popular for as filming location of popular Korean drama, “Winter Sonata” and has beautiful scenery of nature.

Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul, 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from the suburbs of Seoul.

Here’s  a video of the day trip I had to Nami Island

If you’re interested for a day trip there, check out their website (it’s in English!) which is REALLY comprehensive. It has all the latest info about fees, how to get there (we took ferry!), what to do there (lots of photos and we cycled too!), restaurants on the island and lots of other info.

You’ll definitely have a memorable time there!

Yangon Circle Line

One of the best way to explore Yangon and immerse yourself with the locals is to get on board the Circle Line Train!

It’s a 3 hr train ride for about 200 kyat. You can buy your ticket at the station itself, at platform 6 or 7. Take note that foreigners will need your passport to buy a ticket.

Be prepared to be amazed by how old-school the station is… From the station’s colonial look to even handwritten schedule and vintage ticket! If you’re adventurous, you can drop at any station, do some sightseeing and catch the next train to continue your journey.

Signs are clearly positioned at the station. You’ll just need to go over to Platform 6 or 7 to purchase your ticket and board the train.

While waiting for the train, I made small talk with the conductor and found out that the locals prefer non-aircon train to air-cond train.

Waiting for train at Platform 7

Me: What time is the next train?
Conductor: an hour later, but you’re lucky to catch this one. It’s the last local train for today.
Me: Local train? Then the one an hr later?
Conductor: oh, that one is air-conditioned. But people here don’t like it. They like local train better.
Me: but why don’t they like air-cond train?
Conductor: *looking bewildered that I don’t seem to get it why aircond train is not good* oh, aircond train has windows… it’s closed. Not good. They don’t like it.

Riiiighhhtt. So, the locals don’t like aircond train cuz the windows are close. Hmmm, I’m really puzzled by his response but was eventually enlightened when I was on board  it.

Just look at how they sit. Not your typical facing the opposite seat, like in MRT. Everyone was just looking out of the window, enjoying the breeze and the view. There are quite a few sitting pose, and over the 3hr odd ride, I pretty much had done all too- stretch out my leg, cross legged and rest my back, cross legged and faced the window or just simply just sitting facing sideway.

#yangon #yangoncircleline #myanmar #burma

Trip on 12 Sept 2014

#throwback

Camscanner App

Camscanner is one of the apps I always recommend to fellow science teachers cuz our resources are diagrams heavy. One of the best scanning app. It can even auto-remove shadow and it’s auto and magic colour setting is amazing! I’m rarely disappointed with the outcome. Major plus point- there’s no watermark for their jpg files. It’s also convenient cuz you can share it via many options after that, including dropbox and email.

Ok, go download Camscanner now!

Honey Cornflakes

First kueh for raya baked this year…

It’s honey cornflakes!
Got the recipe from Dessertini cuz it’s easy-peasy and yummy. Been making them for the past 3 years ever since she shared with me.

How easy-peasy it is?

Simply heat sugar, honey and butter over low heat…

Then, pour it over the cornflakes, mix them, put in the cups and pop into oven for just about 10 min. It’s that easy!

Just some tips… Keep mixing once in awhile as you add them to the cups, cuz otherwise the honey will just drip/sink, whatever you call it, to the bottom. Mixing it once in awhile ensure the honey is evenly distributed.

Enjoy making and munching on them, like I did!