Why Koreans are the most godly nationality on the planet:
2) Nam Hyun Joon:
3) So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD):
I just gots my CFA material delivered the other day. It’s like a book-mountain.
This is what the Archmage reads in his spare time, when he gets bored at the Arcane Sanctuary in the magical kingdom of Dalaran.
I totalled 9 plane rides over the entire trip. So did I get sick of it? not really.
1) Japan Airlines – JL1619
Aircraft: Airbus A300-600
Route: Tokyo Haneda – Hiroshima
Taking off from Tokyo Haneda Airport:
Landing at Hiroshima Airport:
I wish CityRail would hire that Jap flight attendant lady to do their announcements, ❤
Cathay Pacific – CX110
Route: Sydney – Hong Kong
Take off from Sydney:
Landing at Hong Kong:
Cathay Pacific – CX504
Route: Hong Kong – Tokyo Narita
Just bits and pieces of our 5 day trip to Seoul.
1) Seoul Tower (엔 서울타워)
Seoul Tower isn’t actually that tall – they just cheated and built it on a mountain. To get there, we took the Namsan Cable Car up the mountain to reach the base of the tower.
There is a mini-village at the base, featuring gift shops, restaurants and a teddy bear tree:
How romantic! Korean couples would scribble a message to each other on a couple lock, clip it onto the metal fence and throw the keys away:
Insa-dong is the cultural centre of Seoul, and easily made it to the top of Zoe’s “to-do list” because she’s a culture nut. The main street features rows of small, family owned shops selling souvenirs, books and genuine antiques all from throughout the Korean dynasties.
Close to Insa-dong was a exhibition gallery for korean pop stars – this one got my attention:
Easily Zoe’s favourite destination in Seoul, Myeong-dong is street after street of shopping galore. We didn’t visit the big department stores – it was all about the cutesy clothes shops and cosmetics houses.
We also were lucky enough to stay in a Hotel Ibis Myeong-dong, for about AUD100 per night (shared between two). Great location, rooms and price. No toothpaste provided however, that was slightly annoying. Apart from that, very much recommended.
2) Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁)
This palace was basically the remanants of the Joseon Dynasty about 700 years ago. Slightly less grand, but more cosy than the Gyeongbokgung Palace above.
While I stayed in Seoul for about one week, it was interesting to discover many exotic flavours of Korean food. Sydney korean food is much more bland and unadventurous in comparison.
Let’s start with Korean Air (KE724 Osaka-Seoul)
1) Korean Air catering
2) Chicken Galbi Fried Rice (Myeong-dong, Seoul)
In the Myeong-dong district where we stayed, there were so many cafes and eateries catering towards uni students and young couples. One particular restaurant lured me in with the “famous chicken galbi” (photo below). It’s like a giant-hot-plate version of “Pepper Lunch” in Chinatown in Sydney where the raw meat is cooked at the table.
3) Myungin Mandoo (Myeong-dong, Seoul)
Also in Myeong-dong was a cute little specialised dumpling house
4) Bonbap (City Hall, Seoul)
This is a chain store that specialises in korean healthy bimbimbaps. For dinner, we had a choice between this, or “Outback Australian Steakhouse” in the middle of Seoul.
5) Clam Noodle Soup & Bimbimbap at Incheon International Airport
As expected airport premium – very average but overpriced food.
6) Angry Whopper at Burger King, Myeong-dong
Not to be missed – try out the “Angry Whopper Jr. ” meal in Korea.
The only difference is that the tomato sauce was swapped out for chilli sauce in the burger, apparently.
My arteries complained a bit after dinner here, but my stomach’s ecstatic moans of contentment drowned them out.
7) Korean Honey Court Cake at a street stall, Myeong-dong
Want to see them in action? And how the court cake is made? I took a video on my Sony camera and uploaded to youtube:
It is basically made like this – 1) start with block of honey 2) Stretch the honey and dip into bowl of flour 3) Twist twist twist twist which doubles the string count. Keep twisting until it makes 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512… 16,000 strings. 4) Roll strings and fillings together (dumpling-making style).
#1 To Do in Korea – Walk into an Internet Cafe and play some Starcraft.
“StarCraft Syndrome” has penetrated deep into korean culture, where the game has become quite popular. By “popular”, I mean:
1) I’m sitting in the train, and right there on the public TV screens is a live StarCraft game being broadcasted on prime time national TV with rapid korean commentary.
2) The reception girls at the hotel (Hotel Ibis Seoul), when I asked one of them about StarCraft, she replied with “Zerg game??”
3) Apparently even korean schoolgirls knows that bunkers need to be loaded with marines before it can attack
4) (I stole this from another blog):
Anyway, you get the point. It was about 11pm on a Wednesday night when I left Zoe to hunt for an internet cafe around Myeong-dong district in Seoul where we were staying.
Unsurprisingly, I lost that game. Then I lost the next game afterwards, oh well.