Thursday, May 29, 2014

(Daejeon) Jangtae San, 장태산

Yesterday I did something adventurous. By adventurous I meant.. hiking. I am not an outdoor person, I don't enjoy being under the sun or doing sports. But I really wanted to get out of the house instead of just lazing around and doing nothing.  I told Kimchi boy that I wanted to go out.. to a mountain. I don't know where the idea came from, maybe I just wanted to get out, but I don't regret it one bit. Besides the insects, sunlight and heat, I had a great time hiking up the mountain.

We went to Jangtae Mountain, located in Seo District, Daejeon, South Korea. It was not a convenient location for hiking as the public bus (only bus 22 goes there) comes once in every 2 hours and all signages/information were in Korean. 

We were there at about 9am in the morning, barely saw anyone else there except for a few workers cleaning the area.

I perservered and made it right to the top. All thanks to my determination (and a little bit of Kimchi boy's encouragement), I got to enjoy this breathtaking view!

Lunch was kimbap with ramen, typical picnic food that Koreans love to eat when they are outdoor.

I was really surprised that I suggested to go hiking because this was something that I just do not like doing. I hope it's not because I am bored of Daejeon already.. I still have to live here for another few more weeks before my programme starts in Ulsan.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

(Seoul) Dining... in a tent!

My sister came to visit us for a few days in early May. When we were all in Seoul, we met up with Kimchi boy's classmate from his university and went to this cool hang out place for dinner. We got to dine in a tent! It was really cozy, not too small and just enough space to sit 4-5 people without feeling claustrophobic. 

The place (restaurant) is called 미래소년. It is located near a subway station (10 minutes walk away) and tucked away in a quiet alley. Can't remember which station. The place was recommended by Kimchi boy and he saw it on some TV show.

I love the interior of the place.. everything is so old school!

This is my little sister, a crazy Star Wars fan.

Then there is a random corner right next to the restaurant. This tiny shed houses two donkeys...

Outdoor dining area (the dining tents) is on the second floor. That night, some guy was getting ready to propose to a lucky lady. All the nosy customers on the second floor got a chance to witness the "unfortunate" proposal. What happened was.. he had made a video to show his girlfriend but the video failed half way due to some technical glitches... But he did put in a lot of effort in decorating the place.

We ordered lots of food... butter grilled prawns, korean style tom yum soup, fried pig's trotter. Together with a jug of cranberry juice and a jug of Korean rice wine... the dinner amounted to a whopping ₩150,000 (~180 sgd) !!! REALLY expensive for this exotic dining experience.

Overall, we had a great time. Cozy ambience, convenient location, great place for a catch up session with old friends but.. be prepared for a hefty bill.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our Daily Life in Korea

I've been here almost two weeks now! Time is passing too fast.

Daejeon City is a really nice place, though not many tourist attractions. You hardly see any tourists around. The weather has been fairly good so far.

We usually wake up around noon. We are camping in the living room now haha! Not because we don't have a place to sleep but because I really enjoy the feeling of sleeping in a tent. In Singapore, the only place we get to camp is at the beach and really, it is nothing compared to a real camping experience. When we were younger, we often went camping with our taiwan family with real huge tents that could sleep the whole family and at designated camp sites in Taiwan. 

We are planning to go camping in Korea! Sometime in June when the weather is much warmer.

And sometimes we will go out to a cafe to study (I am studying Korean right now).

In the evenings we would walk Maxi, our new puppy. He would tell me stories about his childhood as we walk pass river streams or rice farms that he used to play in as a kid.

My days in Korea always seem to pass by so quickly...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Our New Puppy

We got a new puppy!!!!

It's just a few weeks old. A neighbor's dog gave birth to a litter of puppies and she gave us one!! We named it Maxi ^.^

He's the cutest things ever, really sweet puppy but he has been keeping us busy throughout the night with it's constant crying and jumping. He is a korean traditional dog (a mixed breed), it's so tiny now I can't imagine how big it will be when it grows up.

Kimchi boy's nephew playing with the new puppy. He really wanted to bring it home but his dad (kimchi boy's brother) didn't allow. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Peek Into A Korean House

These are pictures that I took around his house. It used to be an old traditional Korean house where his room was a tiny house on its own and the kitchen and toilets were outside with a huge yard in the center. But last year, they renovated the entire place and now it is just one whole house. 

The hallway leading to each room. 

There is an outdoor and indoor kitchen. This is the indoor one. 

The living room. 

This is the half second floor. Before they started construction they had initially planned for a complete second floor but somehow the plans were changed and this is it today. 

Kimchi Boy making Korean pancakes!

The little yard leading to the front door.

Stone pathway to the backyard. 

His mother's Kimchi pots. (Their neighbor lives in a log cabin). 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First 48 hours in Korea

First 48 hours was spent in Seoul and Daejeon. Sis came over to visit us for 4 days and now she's back in Singapore while we are back in Daejeon. The weather is really cool, sometimes even less than 10 degrees at night. It's nice to be here in Spring though there are not much flowers blooming anymore. 

Can't believe I'll be spending the whole summer in Korea! I'm gonna start missing western or Singaporean food soon :/

Famous cake shop in Daejeon, only in Daejeon. Everyone is crazy about their red bean bun. 

Had really good unagi in Seoul before returning to Daejeon.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Travel: Busan to Fukuoka

You can easily take a ferry from Busan to Fukuoka, Japan. From Korea, you can look for packages that provide two way ferry tickets and hotels. It will probably cost about ₩200-300,000 for a 4 day 3 night package. We bought ours from Hana Tour.

Last Christmas, we decided to take a ferry to Japan . It was a really bumpy ferry ride but we slept through it after taking motion sickness pills. Japan is really expensive, compared to Singapore or Korea. A meal (noodles or rice dishes) can easily cost 15sgd or slightly less than ₩15,000. But everything in the shops look so cute and pretty, somehow you will end up spending more than expected.

Here are 15 photos to sum up the trip: