Friday, April 24, 2015

Seasons: Royal Azelea Festival

It's been 3 spring seasons^^ since I starts this blog, time flies so fast.... Normally whenever spring coming I will covering about cherry blossom festival around Korea isn't it?? However have you realized something different on this spring seasons?? I didn't write any specific post about cherry blossom, neither posting any of its photos ㅋㅋ Is it because I didn't receive any Cherry blossom photos from my Korean friends?? ㅋㅋㅋ Well its NOT true, I got plenty photos of 2015 cherry blossom but I decided NOT to cover about it.ㅋㅋ Spring is NOT ONLY about cherry blossom, there are few other types of flowers that bloom during spring!!ㅋㅋㅋ ^^ 

Those flowers are Tulips, Royal AzaleaCanola flowers and etc?? For today I would like to share about Royal Azelea. Have anyone seen Royal Azelea?? O-o Royal Azelea known as one of Rhododendron species and its one of NATIVE flower in Korean Peninsula. This flower grown a lot on Korean hillside forest. There are few colors of Royal Azelea in Korea, which is white, hot pink, light purple or even red?? I'm not sure about its color ㅋㅋ, is it red or orange?ㅋㅋㅋ  Since there are so many flowers during spring you might wondering how to differentiate it right?? ㅋㅋ 

If you notice at its upper three petals, there are small red spots then wee ^^ you found the correct flower!ㅋㅋㅋ This flower bloom on late spring to early summer. I guess I saw it when I was in Korea back in 2012! Perhaps I forgot to take it photos! ㅠㅠ In Korea if it color is white they called it as Huincheoljjuk, (흰철쭉) generally Royal Azelea known as Cheoljjuk (철쭉). Royal Azelea also been chosen as local symbol for certain cities or counties in Korea, including Jeju Province, Gapyeong and Miryang. Basically Azelea is well known as symbol of femininity and softness

Let say if a guy give a girl Royal Azelea bouquet, what does it means?? Did it shown that the guy kind of softness guy??? ㅋㅋ Don't get me wrong! :P Its actually the symbol of person who receive it to take a good care of themselves for their partner, as well to stay BEAUTIFUL!ㅋㅋㅋ However be aware if you get a bouquet of Royal Azelea in BLACK vase! They said this flower is infamous for toxicity hence when you receive it in BLACK vase meaning its a DEATH THREAT! I'm not sure if it true or simply a myth though! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ For anyone who interested to see Royal Azelea, you can visit this festival.







p/s: For Korean, Royal Azelea is known for beauty, strong vitality and passion! It's also been chosen         as a symbol flower for University of Seokyeong

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_schlippenbachii  
               http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azalea
               http://en.canadianflowerdelivery.com/flower-meaning/azalea.aspx
               http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1810584
               http://eng.skuniv.ac.kr/symbols_and_identity

Photo Credit: My Korean Friends

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Transportation: Subway LINE 9 extended Phase 2

For those who have been to South Korea, I guess some of you might be surprised seeing their subway system don't you??ㅋㅋㅋ Anyone who been there with travel agent might not have to worry; as there always bus taking them everywhere. However for someone who is free spirit like me, taking public transport is always come first on my mind whenever going for travelling!ㅋㅋㅋ

Of course, my first time seen their subway routes; my eyes suddenly wide open! O-o ㅋㅋ Seen a very complicated subway map make me and my friends have a second thought! ㅋㅋㅋ Hmm maybe we make a wrong choice for coming here Free and Easy, reading subway map already make us terrified! ㅋㅋ Well when it come to theory (fact) and practices (experience), of course we felt its not going working for us, but since we already there, why not give a try?! ㅋㅋ so we did ^^ After two time rides, we already master with it! Wee ^^ Experience always the best teacher in everything!

After that, I NO longer feel worry whenever I travel to Korea!! Even though I'm alone, I'm master at it and can travel anywhere in Seoul like local! ㅋㅋㅋ You can read some of my experience travelling there alone in My Korea Trip Journal !^^ I even guide some of my Korean friends while riding subway! Isn't it funny?? ㅋㅋㅋ My last trip to Korea is on last spring, which is a year ago.. ㅠㅠ I always missing Korea but somehow I don't know when I can come back to Korea, maybe someday I will come over again!ㅋㅋ I hope my Korean friends won't miss me so much :P ㅋㅋㅋ

Distance doesn't stop us to still keeping in touch, even though its been a year; many of my Korean friends updated me with almost everything that happening in Korea!ㅋㅋㅋ or I also can read about it on the internet! ㅋㅋㅋ On March 28, they informed me that subway LINE 9 extended phase 2 already open for public!LINE 9 routes is from Gaehwa station to Sports Complex Station. For new routes it starts at Sinnohyeon in Gangnam to Sports Complex Station.

What is the different between this new LINE 9 extended subway to normal subway??  For normal subway when we have to transfer, we just go along the path by seen the color on the wall isn't it? There is NO gate to enter the path. However for LINE 9 extended phase 2, before you enter it path, you must touch your card on the GOLD machine, this machine will allow you to enter but didn't charge you any.

Another benefit of riding this LINE 9 extended route is you can save your time more compare riding other subway. From Gangnam area to Gimpo Airport it will takes you only within 30 minutes, which is save 20 minutes! More convenient and fast isn't it??ㅋㅋㅋ  For further information, you may refer it here.


Routes for LINE 9

Subway machine for fare charges

LINE 9 Transfer get through machine





Subway Direction according to Color
code

p/s: Above are some photos was taken at Jonghabwondongjang station (Sport Complex Station)  of LINE 9 new routes


Sources: http://www.metro9.co.kr/eng/features/ab_merit01.jsp

Photo Credit: My Friend

Friday, April 10, 2015

Korean Food: Jukkumi

As the spring wind blows and petals falling down, its such a very beautiful moment right now in Korea!! How I wish I'm there!!ㅠㅠ Cherry blossom bloom at a very short period but it bring joys and romantic feeling to everybody.ㅋㅋㅋ For those whose in Korea now, make sure to enjoy the splendid view as well fill up your tummy with delicious Korean meal!냠 냠

Talking about delicious meal!I guess most of you already have some image of Korean dishes on your mind, don't you??ㅋㅋㅋ There are few special dishes to taste every seasons. For spring seasons, some delicious meal on the list including jukkumi, king crab, spring vegetables, strawberry and juicy tomatoes!

For today, lets talk about jukkumi! What is jukkumi?? Anyone tried Jukkumi before?O-o Jukkumi is an octopus ocellatus which is smaller from common octopus. The size is about 10-20 centimeters smaller. Common octopus have eight legs, one of it leg is longer than the others and the texture is firm too. Compare to jukkumi, the texture is tender and eight limbs have a same length each.

Jukkumi mostly been caught from October to May but it taste the best during spring as it head were filled with eggs. Sound yummy?? ㅋㅋ I never try Jukkumi but when I heard of it, I think it must be tasty!! Someday I wish to taste it! :) For non Muslim, they have two choices which is Jukkumi Samgyeopsal Bokkeum (the menu includes jukkumi and grill pork belly). Another choice is Jukkumi Shabu Shabu. Jukkumi Shabu Shabu normally exclude any meat, so Muslim can eat it too. ^^

Jukkumi Samgyeopsal Bokkeum is a mix of jukkumi, grill pork belly seared quickly with vegetables as well rice cake in hot and spicy red chili sauce. While Jukkumi Shabu Shabu consist of variety jukkumi that been cooked in clear vegetable broth. Knife cut nooldes (kalguksu) or dough flakes can be added in it. (For Muslim, I ask some of my Korean friends about it, they said jukkumi shabu shabu is normally without meat, but the broth they cannot sure about it, before ordering even if you are at seafood restaurant you should ask it first) Ok enough about it, somehow I felt starving now!ㅋㅋㅋ If only I can have it now! ㅠㅠ

Jukkumi Shabu Shabu

Jukkumi Samgyeopsal Bokkeum

p/s: Can anyone send me Jukkumi Shabu Shabu?? Delivery service please??ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ      

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=713941

Photo Credit: 090129.tistory.com 
                      m.bboom2.naver.com 
                      

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Event/Activities: Strawberry Festivals 2015

Heading to Korea and thinking of local seasonal fruit that you can try while you there?? There are few selection but the most prominent for this period is a delicious juicy, red fruit!!O-o It's strawberry!! Nyum nyum (냠냠)!! ㅋㅋㅋ In Korea, you can get strawberry almost everyday but the best strawberry come out every year is winter strawberry! This winter strawberry starts from November until May.

Seems like I'm late writing about this topic??O-o  ㅋㅋㅋ no I'm not!!ㅋㅋㅋ Why I choose to write it now?? Its because March and April is the best period for plucking juicy yummy strawberry! Wee ^^ㅋㅋㅋ In Korea there are few provinces that produce strawberry such as Damyang in Jeollanam-do, Nonsan in Chungcheongnam-do, Geochang in Gyeongsangnam-do and Yangpyeong in Gyeonggi-do.

Apart from those provinces, Jinju Strawberry is the best!ㅋㅋㅋ Where is Jinju??O-o Anyone knows or been there before??  Jinju is well-known as historical and traditional city located in Gyeongsangnam-do. Based on its best quality, Jinju Maehyang Strawberry had been export abroad. ^^ Some other fruits that also been export abroad from Jinju are Fuyu persimmon, Shingo pears, muskmelon and Eryngii mushroom.

Lets' back to our topic!ㅋㅋㅋ Enough about mouthwatering fruits!ㅋㅋ For travelers that prefer uncommon trip? Why don't you try to head out from Seoul and go to those provinces, experience yourself on how to plucking yummy strawberries fresh from farm!! or for any Seoulites that too tired being in the city all the time, why don't plan a weekend getaway to strawberry farm?? Bring along your love one and feel the excitement of plucking fresh seasonal fruit!Here are strawberry Festival that you can visitNonsan Strawberry  festival in Chungcheongnam-do and Yangpyeong Strawberry festival in Gyeonggi-do.







P/s: What are you waiting for?? Pack your stuff and lets' go to Strawberry farm this weekend! :P

Sources: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=713941
               https://www.malaysianfoodie.com/2014/12/get-taste-jinju-city-south-korea- 
               giant.html#.VRYnNvmUeSo
               http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=708055
               http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1805395

Photo Credit: bnbhero.com 
                      tripadvisor.com 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback# Places: Gimhae Observatory

Spring come again, it such a nice period for travelling to Korea. ^^ For this year I don't have any plan to go back my "second hometown" a.k.a Korea ㅋㅋㅋ. However, whenever I heard any of my friends having a plan to travel to Korea; its make me envy them!ㅋㅋㅋ As I travel abroad twice on January, I felt ahh I should saving again for next traveling!ㅠㅠ

Since I'm missing Korea so much, I glance my Korea albums again and again.ㅠㅠ It remind me of some nice places that I've been to but not yet writing specifically in here.ㅋㅋㅋ For today, lets travel with me to Gimhae Observatory.ㅋㅋㅋSome people are more familiar with Busan isn't it??What about Gimhae then??

Gimhae is located in Gyeongsangnam-do province, which take around 30 minutes driving from Busan. Wanna know where is Busan Airport?? It's actually at Gimhae-si.ㅋㅋㅋ One of a nice place that I've been at Gimhae is Gimhae Observatory. I'm not sure if there is public transport to this place because I went there at night, with my Gimhae friend. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Its quite cold as we went there during late autumn! ㅋㅋㅋ

Even though it was cold, we still hiking until we reach at it peak. ㅋㅋㅋ At one spot we can see the whole area of Gimhae from this observatory. Too bad my DSLR camera setting is not that good.. so I don't have a nice photo here!ㅠㅠ Gimhae Observatory starts open to public since February 2002. This public observatory is the only ONE at Yeongnam area.

The shape of Gimhae Observatory resembles an egg as to honor King Kim Suro, the founder of Garak Kingdom during Gaya Period. This observatory been build at the top of Bunseongsan. The purpose of building it as to inspire young generation as well to satisfy public curiosity about universe and to let them create a memorable experience while coming over here. ^^ For more information about this observatory you can visit here and this.








p/s: We didn't went inside observatory building but we went at one spot within observatory area which we can see entire of Gimhae. Owh you can see it at photo number 3! ^^~ Exactly the same spot!

Sources: http://english.gimhae.go.kr/02/04_04_04.jsp
               https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=708772


Photo Credit: flickr.com
                      starvillage.net 
                      blog.busan.go.kr    
                      yeoul012.tistory.com 
                     
  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Life:Wonder why there are so many tents in the middle of Seoul city??!!

As the wind blew gently, its time for Korean going out and enjoying outdoor activities after been wrap up with padded winter jacket for few months! ㅋㅋㅋ Spring, that always bring spectacular view in Korea; never failed to make every traveler fall for its beauty!! ^^ How I wish I'm there so that I can hold cherry blossom, as well spending a night out with my Korean friends watching over the stars! ㅋㅋㅋ

Seems a very nice plan isn't it?? ㅋㅋㅋ Yes with this nice weather, many Korean will gather together or bring their family for camping during weekend! For camping, normally some of us might think its somewhere in the forest isn't it??ㅋㅋㅋ Well its very different with Korean cultural, for them during spring or autumn they will camping at any open space that suitable for this activity. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Be it in the field, or park, lots of them will rent equipment gear and happily camping! ㅋㅋㅋ

Since this activities become some sort of Korean cultural, their government even permit them camping within the city! Well don't get me wrong!! In the city doesn't mean near to the street! ㅋㅋㅋ Of course at park like Noeul Campground in World Cup Park and others.ㅋㅋㅋ One of famous spot for camping  in Seoul is Seoul Grand Park. Every weekend you can see line up of tents around there, with colorful tent, its like a festival! ㅋㅋㅋFor more information about campsite you can visit here.

This activities allowed them to relax with their love one, after having a stressful hectic schedule during weekdays.ㅋㅋㅋ Sometimes they make a new friends too while camping!ㅋㅋㅋ Sharing same interest, experience, knowledge and joys; that's make this activities more enjoyable and lively! I wish someday I can experience this activity too, not necessarily in Korea perhaps at any suitable placeㅋㅋㅋ However if I get a chance to experience it in Korea, it would be bonus for me! ㅋㅋㅋ






p/s: If you are in Korea now, why don't give a try camping within city? Might be new or good experience to you! ㅋㅋ

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=768898
             
Photo Credit: him.hs.ac.kr 
                      blog.ibk.co.kr
                      blog.hansol.com 
  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Korean Restaurant Review # Malaysia: The Street Cafe

For those who love Korea so much, how about their delicacies?? Do you guys love Korean Cuisine?? Have you try any Korean restaurant at your city without flying to Korea?? ㅋㅋㅋ Well if you ask me about the taste, of course having meal in Korea is the BEST compare when eating at Korean restaurant in foreign countries! ㅋㅋㅋ

However that doesn't mean all Korean restaurants in foreign country is BAD! It's depend on the ingredient and person in charge for particular meal.ㅋㅋㅋ Sometimes even if we eat at motherland of particular meal, it taste not good too!ㅋㅋ Different people have different taste buds! So we can't really say it taste the best, maybe for me it taste the best but for someone else, its just bland?? ㅋㅋㅋ

For today I'm going to suggest one Korean restaurant/cafe in my country that I've been to few times! Actually this cafe is the FIRST Korean cafe I have ever been entire of my life!ㅋㅋㅋ Before I went to this cafe I just glance at internet about Korean dishes and wonder when I will try it for real! ㅋㅋㅋ While hanging out with my cousin, she suggest us to try Korean food as at that time we were counting months for going to Korea! ㅋㅋㅋ

Before we decided to try, we search for a good Korean restaurant review on the internet and we found it! Wee ^^ There are few good Korean restaurants review in our country but this name captured our interest!ㅋㅋㅋ  The Street Cafe. People always says when we go for travelling, always try their street food because street food normally taste the best and inexpensive compare to luxury restaurant!ㅋㅋㅋ with that fact we went to the cafe, it is located at Subang Jaya, Selangor. ^^

The owner of this cafe is a Korean who live in Malaysia for few years, so basically he knows every ingredient the best, and most ingredient were imported direct from Korea!! For Muslim Korean food lovers, NO WORRY! This cafe got their halal certificate status from IFRC Asia.Wee ^^ This cafe have two branch. Main branch is at Subang Jaya, and another branch is at Sunway Pyramid.

The food selection is variety too and inexpensive! How about the taste?? If it's not yummy enough I don't think they won't simply got Official Endorsement from The Taste of Korea!ㅋㅋㅋ For those who love Korean Cuisine they will know The Taste of Korea isn't it?? Or you can refer here. For more information about the cafe you can check it out here.








p/s: Since they got good response from Muslim Korean food lover, I heard that they had delivery business in Korea! Maybe you can ask them at their page for confirmation.

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/thetasteofkorea
               https://www.facebook.com/TheStreetCafe