Sunday, September 1, 2013

Korea Day14 14/07/2013

NOOOOOOO today is the last day in korea, SOOO SAD :(
We all woke up pretty early and got ready super fast, ready to head off to the airport. We were supposed to take the airport bus outside our guesthouse. But the bus stop was pretty far away, it wasnt the one where we got off. David wasnt sure so he went looking around, and found out the bus stop. 
my double eyelid trick LOL

We all went to the airport together, even though bryan's flights are few hours later. 
We checked in, and got all our shit together, and went to the security check. I made another mistake LOL, i forgot that you cant bring liquids with you, and on the day before i put jess' make up into my bag, and they found out :( David had to run out and give the make ups back to jess, well lucky that her luggage isnt overweight, i felt so guilty afterwards. I offered her that i can take some stuff for her, and then in the end i gave it back to her LOL I dont even.... Im so stupid.....
too fat button came off

We followed david to buy some lighter for his friends birthday pressent, but apparently they dont sell that at the airport, well i guess they wouldnt anyway, cause its dangerous and flammable. We just hung around a little at the airport before we boarded the plane. 
The HK-Korea trip has came to an end. There were so many first times for me. 
Frist time going overseas with friends
First time in HK/Korea
First time in a foreign country that i know nothing of.
First time roller coaster
First time drank untill I puked.
It was such a great trip, and good experience. Hope we can do this more often in the future. Pua is already planning next year's trip LOL apparently we might be going to malaysia and Bali/Vietnam/Thailand. Im really looking forward to the next one, but first gotta find a job and get some $$$$$$$. 

Korea Day13 13/07/2013

We couldnt decide what to eat for breaky, so we walked around and saw this udon place that looks good, but it wasnt open when we got there, like 10mins away or something, so we just went in and waited.  OMG it was so nice. So you order what type of udon you want, and then you walk along the line, they give u the udon, then u choose side dishes, they had tempura, onigiri and many others. The tempura's were so cheap, and freshly made, omg so good, and then you pay at the end of the line. Really interesting way of ordering. I couldnt finish the onigiri so we went home and put it in the fridge. Calene and David went to myongdong by themselves to get tickets for some musical. So we split apart once again.
Then we decided to go to Edae, because some of us didnt get to go on the previous day, and people wanted to buy the stretchy belt, people wanted to shop more. So we went to the streets of Edae, and OMG FKN DONGDAEMUN U PIECE OF SHIT IM SO MAD. Here they had the exact same belt as the ones i bought at dongdaemun, this one was like $7 and the ones at dongdaemun was $10 after bargaining for like 20minutes, scammers ffs. The people at dongdaemun are really good at acting too, they act like they dont even make any profit, seriously wtf.......
I bought some pants and belts here as well, pua got a nice jacket here. David and Calene were still at myongdong. So we decided to split up again, since me and brandon dont really wanna watch the show. Pua and jess wanted to go myeondong to buy some more stuff, pua wanted to buy more KARA shit, forgot what jess had to buy. So me and brandon headed home, and decided to explore around Hongdae.
We havent actually got a chance to explore Hongdae, We've only been to like 5km radius around where we lived. We went back home, rested a bit, I took a nap, Brandon took a dump and just waited for me. Then we headed off, walked around randomly and almost got lost LOL, we walked into the small alleys in Hongdae, I find it interesting how inside the alley and the exterior/big roads look so different. Seems like they have really different lifestyles within such a small distance. We also went to explore Hongik Uni, which is aparently an art uni, I bought $30 worth of stationary here LOL, i just thought they were cool, and they didnt have price here, and when i went to pay it turned out to be $30 LOL, too late too back off now =(. The uni was big, and seems like a big forest overall, doesnt look too modern, just random buildings inside a forest LOL, alot of trees. Then we decided to head back and check if jess and pua came back. They were back by the time we were back, Pua was apparently sick, and was in bed sleeping, we asked jess if she wanted to come with us and explore more of Hongdae, and she agreed. First we went to get some pizza for dinner, I like korean pizza, because its super cheesy, and a little sweet at the same time, from the sweet potato fillings. So we brought it back to our place, and ate, and left some for pua. Then we left to explore more of Hongdae, First we brought jess to the Hongik Uni, and went deeper than we did beofre, and played at the playground/random gym equipment there.
The uni was freaky at night, really scary, alot of random artworks/statues lying around everywhere, and even the playground was scary, random grafitis, everywhere, some of them are just plain creepy. We left the uni and went to explore the night life of Hongdae.
Apparently Hongdae is known for its nightlife and clubbing. We kept walking along the streets, and found an ice cream store, jess wanted some ice cream so we went in there, ate some ice cream and just chilled for a little bit. Then we found this Condom store, we immediately thought of Pua, he was still sick, and still in bed, so we decided to buy him a little gift, a penis biscuit. It was so LOL, it actually tasted quite nice, like a gingerbread.
Then it started raining again, so we decided to head home. 

Korea Day12 12/07/2013

Me jess and pua woke up early today, we went downstairs to eat breakfast at dunkin donuts, pad panini and mocha, I love mocha, mocha is like the only coffee i drink. Panini is just a grilled cheese and chicken sandwich nothing special lol.
Pua and Jess wanted to go back to the namsan tower, because jess did some research last night, where nichkhun's lock was, I didnt wanna go so i went to myeondong to just walk around. We got off at myeondong station, jess and pua went to the namsan tower direction while i went to explore myeondong. Myeondong is surprisingly big, I just kep walking around, and walked to streets that ive never been before. After i finished exploring, I was planning to go to starbucks or maccas, to chill out and wait for them, but i thought that what if they come back early, so i went back to the train station and waited for them. Waited for more than 30 minutes, my phone ran out of battery, I was just standing there doing nothing LOL so sad =( They came back, and didnt end up finding the lock, jess was once again disappointed.

We then headed to apgujeong, apparently thats where all the entertainment companies are, I was excited to go to SM, and jess was super excited about going to JYP. So we headed off to SM, but apparently the building was under construction, We thought that that's the building, but it was covered up in an EXO banner, so we weret so sure. We also saw this girl who were followed by 5 men dressed in suit, we thought that she might've been some kind of celebrity ot trainee, and those were the body guards. We kept walking trying to find the SM building, we asked some random Korean guy, and he told us that the building before was SM, but they have an alternative building somewhere around the corner, at least thats what we thought he was talking about LOL. So we kept walking and walking and couldnt find it SO SAD, I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE SNSD SIGH. So we kept walking and headed towards JYP, it started raining a little bit, we took a break inside KFC, and looked at the map, we kept walking and found the JYP place. There was a dunking donut right underneath JYP, there were 2pm member's posters and autographs, Jess went nuts, and took photos and screamed and anything you'd imagine a fangirl would do. So then we ordered some drinks, and chilled at dunkin donuts, expecting someone famous would show up LOL. There were a lot of black tinted window vans, everytime one drives past, we were like OMG IT MUST BE SOMEONE FAMOUS lol...... well i took a nap at dunkin donuts, untill someone showed up, it appeared to be a celebrity, the way she dressed and seeing how skinny she was, and she had someone to hold an umbrella for her, we concluded that she must be a celebrity. We took a few photos, and later on identified her as sohee from wonder girls. OMG WE SAW CELEBRITY LOL, i really didnt care about wonder girls, i wanted to see snd =( sigh...... well at least its something.

So then we decided to go ahead and find Mangosix, Pua's favourite Nicole's backery. We couldnt find our way back, so we took a taxi back to the Big as department store. Mangosix isnt far away from there. So we walked a little bit, and found mango six in a small alley, we saw a white guy on the way and asked him for directions lol.
We found Mangosix, it was really nice in there, really comfy and chill. Pua bought some cookies, and a soup inside a bread, which tasted really nice. The cookies were nice too, just couldnt tell the difference in flavour. We stayed in there rested up a little bit, and decided to head off to gangnam.
We took a taxi to gangnam because #YOLO #SWAG we highrollers LOL. not really, it was really cheap, not even $5 each. We got off at gangnam, and we were hungry so we went to look for something to eat. We came across this really small noodle shop, which sold noodles and thats it lol, not many variations, and its pretty popular. It wasnt even dinner time, and alot of people were there, and alot of people dressed really nicely where there too. You order from the machine, where you pay the money, and get a ticket, and the kitchen will know what you ordered and erve to you according to your receipt. Really convenient IMO, and especially for us who cant speak Korean.
We kept walking, did alot of shopping here, I bought quite a bit of stuff here too, omg stuff were so cheap here, even cheaper than fkn dongdaemun, dongdaemun is such a ripoff,  dongdaemun is just a place to rip off tourists. the pants i bought in store is the same price as dongdaemun after bargaining for like 20minutes. Bought a few shirts, and pants, Pua also bought heaps from ZARA such highroller LOL. Jess didnt buy much, bought a little bit of stuff for her family, and that was it.
It got very crowded when we were trying to go home, literally had no space to walk through going into the train station.
we got back to the guest house, and everyone else was back, They've already eaten dinner, but we still havent eaten anything yet, so we decided to go out and check out whats good to eat. Pua wanted to check out the mangosix first, see if they had Nicole's cookies or whatever, it turned out that they have the exact same stuff as the previous store, pua was soooo sad lol. Then it started raining like crazy, we just walked around and found a random KBBQ place. It was $10 for all you can eat, we didnt even hesitate, because THAT IS FKN CHEAP. The food was good too, they even had pasta salads and alot of varities of food. Was definitely very satisfied. We smelled like BBQ afterwards lol, they didnt have a fan to suck out all the smoke, i guess thats the only downside of this place.
Then got home, and just rested.

Korea Day11 11/07/2013

TODAY WE ARE GOING BACK TO SEOUL YAYAYAY. We arrived at noonish, or a little past noon, like around 2ish? I think. So we went for lunch, Went to the same Chicken place again, I really like the chickens. This time David ordered too much, Everyone couldnt finish, so me and pua had to finish most of the left overs LOL, he wanted to compete with me in eating, HOW CUTE, no chance bro, maybe in your next life.
Then we decided to Seoul Namsan tower, which we didnt get a chance in the first few days in seoul. We got off the Myeondong station, and had to walk quite a bit to get to the cable cars to go up to the tower. It was super foggy at the top, couldnt see much. We walked around a little bit, and found out there were these "lovelocks" where you'd get two locks, and lock your name and your love's name together, which means eternal love or something like that. So jess tried to find the nichkhun and victoria lock, apparently it wasnt here anymore, stolen or something and jess was super disappointed. LOL, then we asked, and it might be up at the observatory, and we had to pay to get up there, It was foggy as well, so couldnt see much anyway, so we gave up.

Went inside the shops to grab some souvenir, everyone was looking at souvenirs and stuff, me and jess cbs so we decided to grab some icecream. Had this stir fried ice cream with cheesecake OMG SO YUMMY. Also there was this super cute girl at the souvenir shop, which I thought was really pretty, but the others didnt think so, I have no comment regarding their taste in girls, im so done.
Then we stayed at the cafe there and took a break, Pua had this ginseng milktea OMG TASTED HORRIBLE FUARRKK, so bitter, and that ginseng after taste OMG, i almsot puked out as soon as i drank it. I had a green tea latte which tasted so much better LOL. There was a teddy bear museum there as well.
We went down and tried to take some photos in the cable car, but theres too much reflection and the fog was annoying too, couldnt even see the nightview properly.
I think we did a bit of late night shopping at myeondong. We split up once again, David went with calene and them, while i was with jess most of the time because she asked me to translate for her. Since david is gone, I had to translate for jess from Chinese to english, alot of people there actually spoke chinese, Jess went full yolo mode and bought shit load of make ups. I was wondering why people know how to speak chinese rather than english, or maybe they are chinese to start with? Or maybe there are more chinese tourists? I dunno, just found it really weird. Been through a lot of make up shops with jess, and we eventually we saw this guy had a little cart making dragon beard candies, brandon and jess bought some as gift for their family, we got a packet for free, it was tasty.
Then we headed back to ann's guest house, and decided that we'd have separate activities tmr. I decided to follow jess and pua to gangnam and apghujang

Korea Day10 10/07/2013

BIG DAY TODAY MT HALLASAN. Such a gret experience IMO.
So we all woke up pretty early, getting ready for the big day ahead. David bought some Onigiri for us for breaky, Everyone had one each, i didnt have enough, so while everyone was waiting for andy, i went to convenience store and bought more food, got another onigiri, yoghurt and 3 bottles of gatorade, because it was 2+1 LOL, and some chocolate, later on turns out to be the good choice.
After we got on the car, I realised there was no spoon for the yoghurt fml...... so had to like suck and lick, and got yoghurt all over my face, looked like I got jizzed on, luckily I brought tissues.  We got to the bottom of the mountain, stocked up for supplies, bimbap, some people got more water. My bag was heavy as fk from all the water, well it turned out to be a great choice. As there was only 1 refill station throughout the whole damn mountain.
Andy left us, we started climbing, the beginning was too easy, too good to be true LOL. it was just really rocky paths, and a little steep, even easier than climbing stairs. I was at the back while everyone else was climbing so fast lol, I planned to conserve energy and not use it up all at the beginning. As the mountain got steeper, people started to slow down, i was going at a relatively consistent pace, slowly overtaking people LOL. I was listening to my music most of the time while climbing up. Like I said before, I love listening to music while exercising/walking/cardio, time went really fast, I didnt struggle as much. I met up with jess and pua at the 2nd rest stop. They looked like they were so gone LOL, I was surprised that jess actually took the lead, I didnt htink she was that fit LOL.
After this rest stop, it started to get harder, there was no more actual paths, just stacks of rocks made into stairs, not sure if you can even call them stairs LOL, I saw a lot of old grandmas and granpas climbing, and i really had a lot of respect for them, if they can do it i can too. Then my legs started to get a little sore, wasnt that bad though, took breaks here and there. At this point we were actually pretty far away from the rest. I got split up from jess and pua for a little bit again, cause they were too fast, after a while they ran out of energy and i caught up again LOL. The little wooden bridges were the best, cause they were actually flat, but even that felt painful walking on it LOL. I always had a feeling that it was shaking, not sure if actually shaking or just my legs were shaking. But when i jumped on it, it did shake a little, i think........ Pua was almost dead on the way LOL, he was so tired and hungry, that he almost fell asleep apparently.
OMG THE LAST BIT WAS HELL FUARRKK.There was not even rock "stairs" anymore, it was so steep like more than 50 degrees I rekon, It was actually like rock climbing, I was literally climbing on all four limbs. I was with pua most of the time at the end, I couldnt believe jess was so dam fast, she just ditched us, and climbed all the way to the top, i was just like WOW so pro.......

Jess was first then me and pua. We were soooo hungry, stared eating as soon as we got up, and was just like OMG FOODDDD FUARRKK. We shared the chocolate we bought, and the bread, and the kimbap, we only had 2 rolls in my bag though. And we were just waiting for other ppl to come up for my kimbaps LOL. And we were out of water by this point, i had a like half a bottle left, we just finished all.

They even had a wifi hotspot at the top of the mountain, but no water refills or even toilet ffs I held my piss for like 3 hours untill I got to the resting place. Well i guess you really dont need to piss when you are sweating like crazy LOL. While we were waiting at the top I took a little nap, LOL, Dont know how i slept, it was so sunny, i just Wore my jacked and covered my face with a towel.
After a while everyone got up, we all rested a little bit, And we got this little hut/shelter thingy after the ajumas left, we crammed all 8 people in there some how, and it smelled like sweat LOL. We took a few photos at the top, It was such a big accomplishment though, very proud of myself. There was an announcement telling us to start going down, by the time we get down it'll get dark already.

We started going down, going down is so much easier, well not at the start when everything was steep, had to actually sit on rocks and slowly go down. If you fall forward, you'd literally just roll down. My bluetooth earphone ranout of battery in the middle, I just turn on the speaker and started blasting music lol. I was always around david and calene when we went down, But I tried to walk either really fast or really slow, so i can keep the distance, so they can have some good time together, i didnt wanna be the 3rd wheel LOL.
We got down at like 5:30 ish, went to the store got some ice cream, I bought like 3 LOL. The whole trip took around 8 hours, and around 20km in distance.
While we were on the car, I suggested that we eat some buffet, since everyone was starving LOL, andy took us to this super fancy looking buffet place. We looked kinda out of place, everyone else were so well dressed, and we were just like in tank tops, plain tshirts, dirty shoes and pants LOL. well who cares, we are here for food anyway. Andy left us, because it was really close to our hotel, we could just walk back. We said good bye and thank you to andy, Im very grateful for andy, he helped us so much.
Well we started eating, OMG so many choices, they even had crabs, and prawns and sashimi OMG sooo good. They even had fruits, We've all been craving for fruits for a long time, havent had any since we got to korea.
OMG ate shit loads, was absolutely stuffed, felt like my tummy was going to explode, like around 120% of my normal amount, I've been eating like a pig since i got to Korea LOL, and even in HK. Then we walked back to our hotel, It was a nice walk seeing we were all stuffed, good to get the food down. While we were walking, bryan brandon jess and megan wanted to check out some gaming place, so we left them, went back to the hotel and took a shower and slept.
Thats it for today, was super tiring but fun at the same time, big achievement.