Korea - South Korea

MyeongDong – Stickers World

It is so fascinating to see youngsters to spend their time looking through each stickers shops in MyeongDong to find their favourite singer’s or band’s stickers, CDs and DVDs and posters collections. The craziness spreads to non-Korean people as well. One of it is my brother. He assigned me to get him some of the stickers for his collections. Oh Gosh~
Yea, I got some for him with a T-money card featured with famous artists. For the T-money card, it costs W10,000 each. I could remember how much a T-money card costs if we buy it from the kiosk in the train station. However, inside the card, there is not stored values. Hehehe….

I bought 4 other stickers sets which costs W2,000 each. I do not know how much does it cost in Malaysia or Singapore if any.

Besides crazy for artists’ stickers, there are people who are crazy for Pororo, the Korean’s famous cartoon. The sticker below costs W1,000. For those who like it, you can go to Daiso to check it out.
I found it at the Daiso shop in MyeongDong, Seoul. They are selling items similarly to any Daiso that I have visited in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore & Japan. However, Daiso in Seoul sells items in different prices. Juat to take note.
Selling stickers in Seoul can really earn a big buck. It is a culture here. Even simple artists’ stickers can get so many people to buy it. Just fascinating~

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Solo Trip: From Incheon to MyeongDong

I chose to stay at MyeongDong for my 8 days stay in Seoul. At first, I wanted to so much to try the AirBnB but the room that I wanted to book was taken by someone during my stay. So, I opted to guesthouse as I wanted to feel the crowd too.

From Incheon International Airport to MyeongDong takes about 1 hour time with 43 mins travel time required from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station, the biggest transportation hub in Seoul.
Travel with AREX is cheap, it costs me about W4,900 to reach MyeongDong and you can use the T-Money card to tap and travel around. It is cheapest option to reach city. It is very convenient too. But be prepared that you have to carry your luggages around in the subway as elevator is rare. To compare this AREX with KLIA Express in Malaysia, this AREX is spacious, long trains and fast.
Similarly to Singapore MRT, they have all the stations indicator and announcements in most common languages to make sure every travelers can understand it. Besides that, their train stations have both Korean words, hangul (English translated) and Chinese words. It is very easy to navigate around after you get familiar with it. You can find the train systems map at almost each of the train doors.
I traveled a lot to Chungmuro if I am heading down to Gangnam area, otherwise, I can easily walked to Hoehyeon station where Namdaemun is located. Some of their stations are located quite closed to each other that you can just talk from one station to another station, either by the roads or undergrounds. Do opt for underground walkways, there is where the shopping heaven is.

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Solo Trip: Seoul

Hey, I decided to merge both my food blog and travel blog into single blog website. Do not worry those old entries for my travel blog will not be removed and I will make a copy over here, in my food blog. It will become a food and travel blog in single website. Let us begin with my stories about my  8 days travelling around this lovely city in South Korea, Seoul.

I traveled to Seoul by MAS and that means I traveled back to my home country on the Friday’s night and flied to Seoul on the Saturday’s night at 2330hrs. The airfare for this trip costed RM1,278 inclusive 30KG of  luggage, airport tax and etc. I will not say it is dirt cheap price but when I compared with AirAsia and other budget airlines as well big airlines like SIA, the MAS came out to be reasonable price. Of course, I can always check out my bill with AirAsia with below RM1,000 inclusive of 20KG of luggage. However, it is a night flight and it takes about 6.5 hours, therefore, MAS will be great option with food and beverages and entertainment in-flight.

While waiting for take off, I saat at the window seat of the two-seater of the right side of the flight. The flight was full with people and the seat next to me changed from a ahjuhma to a ahjussi. Well, I prefer the ahjussi more than the ahjuhma who sat next to me earlier. She was quite noisy. Ops~

Upon took off, we are required to fill up the immigration form from Korea and a drink was served too. The ahjussi did not ask me if I would like to have orange juice or apple juice, he just took and passed it over to me. Haha, I am fine with it though.

After about an hour, I started to entertain myself with a movie before I went to nap. And, at that point of time, we were served with supper! They called it as refreshment which consisted a cup of drink, a packet of peanuts, a packet of wafer and a box of bread and muffin. It looked good and everything was just nice, okay and no complaints.

About two hours before arrival, we were greet with breakfast. I chose the omelette set and as usual it comes with drinks and stuff. This time, I chose to have coffee, and it is sad… The coffee is too mild and close to tasteless. I do not know if this is to suit the Koreans’ tastes or what not, but yes, I will not ask for coffee anymore. Orange juice still the best!
I was greeted with the lovely sunrise at Incheon International Airport.

Throughout the whole journey, the ahjussi next to me really took care of me, including asked me for food and beverages. I felt the kindness and warm of Korean people.