Saturday, December 21, 2013

Korea Trip, Seoul Nov 2013 - Nansam Park Fall Foliage & Seoul Tower Teddy Bear Museum


"Your trip to Seoul must be all about shopping again!" - G said during dinner at Grandma's kitchen.

No, definitely not. Seoul has great sights near shopping areas too - like Seoul Tower which is really close to Myeongdong.

It was a rainy Saturday morning and we decided to brave the drizzle and cold weather to Namsan Park and Seoul Tower as planned. After a short ride up to the park, we were greeted by the surreal colors of the leaves. Walking in the rain through the park feels calming yet breathtakingly.


Namsan Park







This path was cordoned off for public (such a pity, look at the sights) but it's just great for selfies.









































Fallen Leaves























































Seoul Tower in the day



One of the pathes leading to the outdoor gym.







































Trees of Love Lockets
I see trees of green, and love lockets too
































































Seoul Tower's Teddy Bear Museum
The teddy bear museum consists of 2 sections - one section depicting the history of Korea and a time travel passage to modern Korea.

Ancient Korea
History lesson never gets more cutesy.
















































































It seems like horseback polo is a popular game back in Korea then.































And now to the modern Korea.


Christmas in Myeongdong
























































Dongdaemum



Rhodeo Street































Hongdae




Nanta






























Ssamziegil






























Seoul Children Grand Park
























































Myeongdong Cathedral 
































Twosome cafe in Seoul Tower
After the museum tour, we decided to stay around the Twosome cafe in Seoul Tower and it really elevates cafe food up a new level. We tuck in heartily one of the best green tea latte in Seoul, delicious crispy soft macarons, pipping hot buttery croissant and fresh delicious salad.


































Nothing beats the winning combination of hot green tea latte and macarons in the cold weather.

XOXO

Monday, December 9, 2013

Instagram Pics Vol. 8

It's been a couple of months since my last IG updates that it feels a lil' funny now to type out. Now that I have leap back to the urban rat race - I'm so thankful that I have a holiday before and few more to look forward to next half to keep me refreshed and energized. 


Rainy Seasons 
Maybe coz it's the rainy season in Singapore and it's kinda cold and all, somehow I feel like posting this picture of rainy autumn morning at Namsan Park. It's close to 1 month ago since I was there but I just feel that if I close my eyes, I'm standing right there. Still struck by wanderlust, I must be.






































The perfect way to warm it up
Earl grey lavender from bestie's collection is the way to go to warm up right from the heart.








































MBS Lighting Show
Ok, W found where I think is the best bar to chill out on a Friday. Not too pretentious or flashy, but nice drinks and bites and a magnificent view of MBS.







































Dinner Cruise
The evening river cruise in the ancient looking Chinese Zheng He cruise at Marina South Pier.








































Vegan Burg
First time checking out vegan burg and their army tin presentation of their burger sets. I love their sea salt fries, franks and the juicy pineapple Hawaiian Teriyaki burger (which I think McD's latest Kampung burger took more than a leaf out of it). Got a feeling I'll be back to try their fried spinach balls that looks delicious. 









































Arm Swags 
The lovely friendship bands that reminds me how blessed I am everytime I see them.





Nail Arts
I love the girly combination of beige nails with stud and heart shape leopard prints. And my newer nails of blue gradient glitters to celebrate Xmas.









































































Jolly Bee
Finally tried the Filipino fast food restaurant at Lucky Plaza after collecting J's iphone 5S (surprisingly it isn't that hard to get hold of iPhone 5S on the first day as long as it's not gold). Back to Jollybee, the fried chicken is tender and juicy but seriously, it taste just as typical as fast food can get. 






Happy Cutie Niece
It's kinda not easy to get my favorite toddler in the world to cooperate and take pictures but it can be done with either lotsa patience or a bribery in the form of a Shellie May plush (and I think my niece does look like Shelly May). Haha, this was taken a few months ago and time really flies and my adorable niece is now 1 year old in a matter of a few more days. Love her (and my family) loads too~






Dream without Fear, Love without Limit
A nice quote I saw online




Frozen - Do you want to build a snowman?
The happy festive season cartoon that can do no wrong. And the Olaf the snowman is simply too adorable. How can you not want to build a snowman?




Love the December festive spirit in the air~ 

Have a great week ahead!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Korea Trip, Seoul Oct 2013, Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain


According to Visit Korea website, Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is the world's longest bridge fountain. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it send up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music. 

April-October (Duration: 15min) 
* Weekdays: 12:00, 20:00, 21:00 
* Weekends: 12:00, 17:00, 19:30 (July & August only), 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30 


Bampo Bridge is pretty close to the Gangnam underground shopping area (Go to mall),  and so it is easy to plan it in. 

Directions: Many directions online had state to exit from Exit 8-1/8-2 of the Express Bus Terminal station. However, I find that exiting from Exit 4 will give you the option to walk through more shops in the underground mall and save you a 10 minute walk in the cold (in my case in October) weather.


From Express Bus Terminal Station Exit 4, walk straight for around 10-15 minutes before you reach the entrance of the underground tunnel to Hangang Park. Walk down to the tunnel and turn right on the first interception. Walk straight where you will exit the tunnel into the park.  Happydalki has a very detailed walking instruction (with pictures) on how to get to Banpo bridge.


The Night View
The night view of Banpo bridge before the water show starts. Yes, that's Seoul tower in the far right. And of course if you feel that the view goes well with fried chicken and beer - there's enterprising delivery riders that offer its food delivery service right to where you are seating when you wait for the show.






























Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (2013-10-31)
I'm pretty sure that the video doesn't do any justice to the mesmerizing sights, although it did capture the song well enough. I'm not sure of the song title (nor it's lyrics and content) but I really enjoy the soothing melodious voice of the singer against the rainbow light and cold breeze.





It's an indescribable awesome feeling - where everyone just turn quiet as the music and water fountain show starts. 

In the hustling vibrant city of Seoul, this is indeed a rare moment. 


XOXO

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Korea Trip. Seoul 2013 Oct Seoul - Changdeokgong Palace and The Secret Garden


Hey, what's a trip to Seoul without visiting at least one palace? And especially one with a secret garden?

I decided to choose Changdeokgong Palace for the Huwon (Secret Garden) Tour. According to VisitKorea, the most beautiful time to visit the garden would be when the fall foliage is at it's peak and the leaves had started to fall.


Changdeokgong Palace
Being a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, the palace was well preserved and definitely not looking it's age with fresh paints. Changdeokgong Palace can be accessed by taking the Subway to Anguk Station, Exit 3 and go straight for 5 minutes. They are also within walking distance to Insadong.
































































Secret Garden (Huwon)
For most times of the year, the Secret Garden was only available to the visitors through a guided tour - and visitors are not allowed to stay in the garden without a tour guide. When I was there in late October, the Secret Garden was "open to public" for 2 weeks - in which it means that visitors who joined the guided tour can choose to stay in the Secret Garden without a guide for the whole day as long as they do not exit the garden. The tour guide explained that it's not usually the case and we are very lucky to be able to enjoy the garden for the whole day.

The Secret Garden English tour is a 1.5 hour walking tour that starts at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.





































The reflection of the pavilion































I coudn't resist a selca pic.







































With the whole day access to ticket holders, one can just seat around in one of the pavilion and enjoy the afternoon reading a book.


























































Another pond.


















































































According to the tour guide, this lake looks similar to the map of Korea.

























































And if you want to walk like a king - follow these steps with your hands behind your back. Preferably with your feet facing outwards.










































































This is one of the pavilion where the king and his court prayed for rain in the past.











































The tree that kept many secrets
Last but not least, the 750 year old Chinese Jupiter tree that witnesses the rise and fall of past Korean kings whom resided in the palace.

































Have a great weekend folks!