Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guideline: Towel

For those who ever visit Korea, I'm just curious, did you guys experienced any culture shock once arrived at their guesthouse or motel??! Why am I saying this?? O-o Did their accommodation is too bad or mess??ㅋㅋㅋ Don't get me wrong! As far as I know Korea is one of the MOST cleanest country and having a GOOD reputation in lodging service I've been to! so what culture shock I'm talking about then??? O-o

It's their TOWEL!!ㅋㅋㅋ All of you must be wondering why out of blue I chosen this topic right? ㅋㅋor is it too personal topic??ㅋㅋㅋ Don't think the other way!ㅋㅋ While traveling, towel is one of necessary item to bring along, yes normally every guesthouse, or motel they will provide guest with towel however sometimes it's beyond our expectation!ㅋㅋ That is one of reason I always bring my travel towel for my trip!ㅋㅋㅋ ^^ Ahh I guess some of you might wonder why I didn't mention hotel right? well I'm back packer traveler so I don't like to stay at fancy or luxury hotel while travelling ㅋㅋㅋ

I've been to many guesthouse or motel in certain country but I never experience this! Normal size for towel is between 76 cm x 152 cm however towel that's I've seen at their lodging is really small!!! ㅋㅋ At first I wonder, ok maybe this is their face towel??!! So I went to search for bath towel, maybe its inside closet?? I've see none of it though!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

I was thinking of asking at the front office but then I realized, I think I miss something! Ahh, they used small towel!!ㅋㅋ That's why at every room they provide about 4-6 small towels even the room is only for two person! ㅋㅋㅋ Their towel is very small, not even can cover your private part well! ㅋㅋ ^^~ sorry guys today's topic might be a little bit inappropriate?!ㅋㅋㅋ

Ok enough about that!ㅋㅋ My point is if you are UNCOMFORTABLE with small towel, PLEASE BRING your OWN towel before travelling to Korea! You were lucky enough if you had room with ATTACHED bathroom! If you had to SHARE shower room with others I think you might had BIG TROUBLE then! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: This entry mainly focus for MUSLIM/MALAYSIAN travelers or anyone that feel its uncomfortable for showing their skin too much. ㅋㅋㅋ

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Throwback# Places: Gwangalli Beach ^^

It's Autumn, thinking of hitting the beach? Why not??! ㅋㅋ Maybe some might think "its cold, why would going to the beach??!" Well I'm not finish my sentence yet ㅋㅋㅋ I didn't suggest you to go and swim at the beach! ㅋㅋㅋ What am I saying is strolling along the beach at night will be fun especially with your love one. ^^*

There are many beaches you can choose in Korea, to walk side by side with your love one; but I personally suggest Gwangalli Beach, at Busan. Why Gwangalli beach??O-o I believe many of you know how spectacular Gwangalli Bridge scenery at night!^^ Plus if you are lucky enough, counting stars while strolling along the beach would be MOST MEMORABLE moment!^^

I've been here a year ago with my Ex bf, it was nice walking side by side even if it was too cold! (its in autumn) ㅋㅋ. Apart from strolling we also playing fireworks too. ^^ I don't, because I'm too scaredㅋㅋ but he played!^^ He also told me that many people visiting Gwangalli for playing firework with their love one. Many Korean couple come here and play firework together. Yes I saw many Korean couple here while we were there. ㅋㅋㅋ 

Gwangalli beach is located at Suyeong-gu, Busan. Famous with fine sand, 64 m wide, and 1.4 km long. This beach have been undergone a water cleaning program and now it attract many fisherman. You also can prepare raw fish dishes here. For those who love sashimi, they can try to fishing here. ㅋㅋㅋ If you come over here during day, you can try and enjoy many sport/water activities but of course with fees charges. ㅋㅋ


p/s: Perhaps you should list this activity to do with your love one when you were in Korea? ㅋㅋㅋ

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264250

Friday, October 10, 2014

Event: Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

It's October! ^^ Month that full with cultural event or festival in Korea! Be it in metropolitan city or in rural area, its an exciting seasons for local as well for tourist!! Anyone who plan to go to Korea within this month, makes sure to check out October Event Schedules! There are so many events that you can see and perhaps experience yourself? ㅋㅋㅋ

For last week there are few main event held throughout Korea, like the closing ceremony of 17th Asian Games, and Seoul International Firework but I will not talking about those event ㅋㅋ Our focus today is "cultural event"! Of course main cultural will be Korean culture as I'm writing about Korea, however for this weekend "Itaewon Global Village Festival" will start!

This event not only focus about Korean culture but also will be participating by foreign culture (I guess those expatriate who live in Korea will join in)  For anyone who interested to join the event you may refer it here. I'm not sure if any of my Korean friends will attending this event, maybe I should check it out with them!ㅋㅋㅋ

Lets' get back to our topic!ㅋㅋ On last weekend, one of my Seoul Friend had a chance to attend "Hanseong Baekje" Cultural Event at Olympic Park, actually his main plan is to snap firework pictures during this event but it was too cold so he went home.ㅠㅠ Since he went to the place early so he managed to attend Hanseong Baekje Parade.^^

Hanseong Baekje refers to an era between 18 BCE and 275CE of Baekje Kingdom. I read about it but somehow I found out its quite tough to write it here.ㅠㅠ I love history but I'm not Korean ㅋㅋ so I don't know much about it.ㅋㅋㅋ For more information about it read it hereNo need to write much lets see pictures that been snap by my friend. ㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Even though South Korea known as one of most rapidly changes country these days, they still preserve their tradition, cultural and etc! I guess every country should do that too! ^^

Sources: http://hanseong.songpa.go.kr/eng/03_sub/0301.jsp

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Throwback#Places: Eurwangni Beach

As Muslim traveler, looking for halal food is very IMPORTANT for me whenever I go to any countries. ^^ When I went to Korea for the first time on 2012 with my other 2 travel mate, we were bit struggling to locate some of halal restaurant especially in Incheon. While killing our time before boarding, we decided to heading to one of MOST FAMOUS beach for final sightseeing and grabbing our lunch! ^^

At first we were thinking of going to Sido Island (place where they shooting Full House, Korean drama fan will know what am I talking about!) ㅋㅋㅋ However we think its NOT a good idea to go there as we need to ride 10 minutes boat/ferry to reach the island! We were running out of our time and don't wanna risk ourselves for miss our plane!(What if something happen, like raining and ferry cannot go back to mainland)ㅋㅋ After google for few minutes, we decided to go to Eurwangni beach! ^^

Eurwangni beach located at Southwest of Yongyudo Island which been said near to Incheon International Airport. However, we don't think its very near as it takes around 45 minutes from airport to the beach!ㅋㅋㅋ Don't worry, you can take bus straight from airport to this beach by interval around 15 minutes.

This beach were famous for gentle slant with average of 1.5 meter depth and beautiful white sand. When we were there, we strolling around the beach but we were not sure if the sand is really white or probably white sand definition for Korean is different from South East Asian people?? ㅋㅋ because our white sandy beach really bright compare to their beach.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

One of attraction at Eurwangni beach is the seafood shop lot! There are so many seafood shop lot there with super fresh seafood! Nyum! ^^ I will write a review about one of seafood restaurant we've been in Eurwangni beach in separate entry! ㅋㅋㅋ Apart from that, another attraction are seagulls. When we were there, we saw a group of women picnic near to the beach and at the same time one of them feeding the a group of seagulls and those seagulls were tame? ^^ I even snap some of their photos. ^^  


p/s:  I saw in someone blog saying that Full house shooting place (in Gwangyeok-si, Incheon) is NO MORE available as it DEMOLISHED by typhoon on April 2013. While for those who plan to go to Eurwangni beach you can refer it here.

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264514

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Addicted: Rotiboy Seoul

Travelling to Korea and craving for home made cook?? Or any Malaysian, that currently reside in Korea; suddenly feel wanna eat our beloved country signature?? O_o Well there are few Malaysian Restaurants in Korea but today I'm not going to write about those.ㅋㅋㅋ I will just write about our light meal signature that available there!^^ Guess what!! They have about 32 branches in Korea itself!!!ㅋㅋ Even more than we had at Malaysia??! Wow I'm speechless! 대박!^^

I guess most Malaysians knows about Rotiboy isn't it?? A famous bun that available at Suria Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC)!! Kuala Lumpur and Seoul is 4502 KM distance then how come Rotiboy can be found at Seoul?? ㅋㅋ Delivered via plane?? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I guess by the time it reach Seoul, its going to be rotten! ㅋㅋㅋ

At Malaysia, Rotiboy available at Suria KLCC and in few other places, the owner then decide to expend their business in some other countries as well. Rotiboy open it very first oversea branch at Singapore on 2004. Following by Surabaya on 2004. Then they open another branch at Jakarta and Bangkok on 2005. On 2007 they open their branch at Seoul following at Taiwan on 2008. They also expend their business to some other countries recently. For more information about Rotiboy, read here

Before I went to Korea, I have NO clue at all about their branch in Seoul in fact I saw it accidentally with my friend while we were at Yongsan Station!ㅋㅋㅋ You can read about it here. Rotiboy cafe located at I-Park Mall, 7th Floor, Yongsan Station. We heard that the outlet at Yongsan Station might be closed but we were not sure about it ㅠㅠ, however there is another branch at Seoul which is near to Seongshin woman university.  For more information about their cafe chain in Seoul, visit Rotiboy Korea. The more shocking fact is it also been highlighted in certain Korean dramas!! How come I didn't know about these??!! ㅠㅠ I felt as if I been left behind! ㅋㅋ Anyway if I ever visit Korea again, I would definitely bring my Korean friends to Rotiboy! ^^

p/s: The website was written in Korean though ㅋㅋ, For Malaysian that currently at Korea you can reach Rotiboy cafe via subway, the final station for it is YONGSAN STATION,the building is attach with the station If it s no more available there you can try to go Seongshin women university station via LINE 4.. ^^ They are some other branches too at Seoul but I'm not sure which part of Seoul. ㅠㅠ I hope you enjoy rotiboy! They also sell Korean famous dessert bingsu.

Sources: http://malaysia.rotiboy.com/index.php?p=home
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Photo Credit: culturevulturesinkorea.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Event: 17th Asian Games, Incheon

I'm not a big fan of sports however I do enjoy watching some of it. ㅋㅋ Why I choose to write about sports today?? Actually I'm not!ㅋㅋ Last Friday there was big event held at Incheon, Korea, its still ongoing.^^ As ex event management student, big scale event always draw my passion into it.ㅋㅋㅋ Perhaps I miss those old days during my university period??ㅋㅋ I've always thinking when I will having a chance for organizing big scale of sports event, I always wanted to experience it but I guess I have to forget about it, since I'm no longer in that field currently..ㅠㅠ Whatever it is, been a part of committees for organizing international event helps me a lot in so many aspect and I'm happy with that! ^^

Lets proceed with my topic today,I guess you guys knew that The 17th Asian Games had starts on last Friday isn't it??. This event will be held from September 19, until October 4, 2014. With the motto of  "Diversity shines here", the event had succeed to gather all 45 Asian countries! ^^ Despite of political situation in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Iran, they still sent representatives from their countries to join the event. ^^ Don't get me wrong I'm not talking about political here,ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Sports do unite countries even though in daily life they had some disputable issues. ^^

Asian Games is one of prestige event as it participated by many countries in Asia continent. For 2014, the event took place at Incheon. This metropolitan city took around one hour to Seoul. I've been to one of the venue but at that time its still under construction!ㅋㅋ I forgot to take the picture though!ㅠㅠ For Asian Games 2014, the venue for media broadcasting and press were located at Songdo. This area is eco-friendly zone and new sisters city in Incheon. For more update about the games you can click here. Curious about Songdo city, read this. ^^ There are few games/disciplines will held somewhere around Songdo includes softball, cycling,beach volleyball, kabadditriathlon and weightlifting

p/s: For those who love K-pop, maybe you should grab a ticket and check it out on closing ceremony. I heard CN Blue will do some performance there!^^ Ahh my favorite actor join in during opening ceremony but I miss a chance to see it on TV! ㅠㅠ

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Asian_Games
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Culture: Korean is "San"(산) addicted??!!

What does "san" ()" means?? I think for those who ever visit to Korea were familiar with Hallasan, Sabangsan,Jirisan, Seoraksan, Dobongsan,Namsan, Taebaeksan and etc. All have different names but with one similar word at the last which is "San" and why does it relate to Korean culture??
"San" means mountain. Why mountain is such an important in Korean culture? Does Korean living on mountain?? ㅋㅋ Well in this modern society, its hard to find people living on mountain, maybe in rural area??ㅋㅋ For Korean, hiking is one of most popular activities among them, be it a child, youth or old generation; hiking is known that something blend with their life, history.

Since autumn is on, it is a perfect time for hiking! Normally Korean will hiking during spring or autumn as the weather is lovely. ^^ During summer some will hiking but summer heat makes them prefer to throw themselves in ocean rather than sun bathing while hiking!ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

During my trips to Korea, I never had a chance to hiking. Actually there is a time I can hike but I choose not to, because I felt I'm not fit enough to hiking! ㅋㅋㅋ I wish to experience it at least once in my life but not a very high mountain ㅋㅋㅋ because I'm afraid I will troubling people who go hiking with me.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Hiking is good for body and mind. There are research showing that hiking is a powerful cardio workout as it can lower your chances of having heart disease, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It also help build strength the muscle in your hips and lower legs.

Those whose thinking on how to control your weight, hiking is the perfect activities for you! NO wonder its hard to find OBESITY within Korean society, I didn't say there are none but its hard to find. ㅋㅋㅋ Most of them were fit!  Wonder how Korean women can wear high heel while walking all over the place even at small mountain?? It is because their environment, land structure and they were familiar with hiking activities! ㅋㅋ

p/s: Thanks to my friend for his hiking collection pictures! Can I expect more pictures after this? ㅋㅋ :P

Source: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/hiking-body-mind  

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