Saturday, January 28, 2012

Seoul Day 3 - It Snowed!

On day 3 of our Korea trip, we decided to get more sleep ad skipped breakfast. Weather was still effing cold as we stepped outta the hotel. As usual, we took the subway from City Hall station which was right across our hotel.

Spitting seems to be a Korean culture. Everywhere we went, we saw spit on the floor. It was quite a disturbing scene. Extremely disgusting to know that every step you take, you risk dirtying your shoes with someone’s virus :(

This time, we went to Hongdae with an empty stomach hoping to look for Hello Kitty café. Followed the instructions online to no avail. At last, we ended up in Abiko Curry where Big Bang has dined before according to Katie. One does not come all the way to Korea to eat Japanese food. But you know lah, she wouldn’t give up anywhere Big Bang visited XD

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Abiko Curry is a small Japanese curry restaurant that has a few branches at different areas. It was full house when we arrived. And since the restaurant was so tiny, we had no choice but to wait outside in the cold.

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Ahhhh, if only you understand the joy of being indoor after struggling for hours under the freezing weather!

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How do you like my GAP? Teehee.

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We can haz matching red beanie ^^

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The curry there was served from level 0 – 4 according to its spiciness. Thinking that Japanese curry can’t be that spicy, I picked Level 3 while Katie picked Level 2.

Level 2 chicken curry. She was disappointed cause it wasn’t chicken cutlet. LOL.

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Level 3 pork curry. At least there are visible pieces of pork.

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Ready!

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Still smiling happily.

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Not until 2 bites or so. The spiciness started to set in. Swear it was crazy!

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Gawd. We will never underestimate Japanese curry again! I’m telling you I always love spicy food but this one was too unbearable! And it was only Level 3. What if I ordered Level 4??? Can’t imagine. And even Level 2 was enough to make her start tearing T_T

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Finished the rice with plenty of leftover curry. IT WAS THAT SPICY! NOT KIDDING! @!#%&*$*#^&* Wtfreak.

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Moving on, we tried Gyeran-ppang and Bungeo-ppang. A hot sweet cake stuffed with a whole egg and fish-shaped waffle filled with red bean paste.

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The skin of the egg cake resembles kaya ball but a little sweeter. Imagine eating that sweet skin with egg, especially the egg yolk. Tastes good if you eat them separately, but together it makes a weird combination.

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The red bean paste was good though. Sweet skin + sweet fillings. 2 for 1000 won (RM3) only! :)

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Randomly come across GAP advertisement at a bus stop. Lookie, the ambassador is here! Hiak hiak.

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As usual, tired of shopping and sick of the cold weather, we sat down for a cuppa. One of our missions during the trip was to try as many café as possible! This time, we went to Angel in-us Coffee.

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Asked where Angel in-us Coffee was originated from, Katie casually replied that it must be from Korea since it says “The World Best Coffee”! (the grammar, if you geddit. LOL)

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Pretty light bulbs with angel wings.

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Sipping coffee #likeaboss

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Studying the map attentively to find out the location of Changdeokgung Palace, which we didn’t go after all *failed*.

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By the way, I was wearing the new shoes I bought from Dongdaemun! Awesome high-top sneakers with built-in insole! Makes my legs appear longer XD

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Throughout the trip, that was the only day it snowed! At first it was tiny pieces of dust-like flakes and we couldn’t be sure whether it was snow. Thought perhaps someone was burning rubbish or maybe it could be construction dust or something. But then it started snowing at a faster rate with bigger flakes, although not big enough to form the perfect shape of snowflakes.

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Less obvious in the camera. See those white falling pieces behind? So excited because it was my first time experiencing snow! Tried to jump here and there and catch the snow like some suaku. LOL.

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It was really romantic watching the snow falling continuously from the sky. Instead of hiding from the snow, we stayed outdoor and enjoyed that precious moment. The snow was so calm, so harmless, so blissful, yet so fragile that it melts the moment it reaches the ground . . . Felt so blessed to have been able to watch it at least once.

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Snowflakes. Best we could catch.

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A random plastic surgery ad at a subway station. Amazing transformation! Each time I see a pretty girl on the street, I start wondering whether she was plastic, then picture how she looked like pre-surgery.

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Dinner at a chicken logo place called Yeolbong. Apparently it was owned by Se7en from YG, and the restaurant was frequently visited by YG members including Big Bang and 2NE1.

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Okay at least I know two Chinese words there. But no idea what it means. Tsk tsk.

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Everything in Korean @.@

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Sat down, pointed to a picture on the menu and made that our order.

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Taugeh (bean sprout) soup, the weirdest appetizer ever.

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I love taugeh, but taugeh soup tastes way too awful! And since Katie wasn’t a big fan of taugeh, we just left the entire bowl untouched.

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Taeyang was here! One of the many photos hung on the wall.

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Yummy Andong jjimdak - black sauce chicken served with glass noodle! Looks like an ordinary Chinese dish but tasted exceptionally good! Just like Abiko curry, it comes with different level of spiciness. This time we learnt our lesson. Teehee.

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Was really full after that hearty meal, but couldn’t give up on supper! Dabao-ed Korean street food back to the hotel to accomplish our mission of trying everything we saw along the street!

Fried chicken looks good, tastes even better! Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside. Hot from the wok accompanied by special sauce, da yums!

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What’s so special about this beef patty? It was stuffed with rice cake! So juicy and yummy!

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Sausages, rice cake and fish cakes with the usual Tteobokki sauce.

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Didn’t buy that many things on the 3rd day. It wasn’t until later on that we learnt that Hongdae was more happening during night time. Nothing much to buy when we went in the afternoon. Not that many lengzai to see either.

That’s all I bought :/

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Katie’s purchase of the day.

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Really 不甘心 cause we bought so little, which was the main reason we became 2 crazy shopaholics the next few days! HAHA. To be continued soon.

5 comments:

Kevin Tan said...

I have to agree that the plastic surgery ad was indeed epic. =D

josarine said...

Haha the way you girls posed for the camera reminds me of those korea clothing... :) Yeah plastic surgery is like restaurants over there, so i've heard. :)

Copykate said...

kevin: such big difference it made me wonder whether it was really the same girl! T_T

josarine: korea clothing? LOL. yea we've seen quite a few plastic surgery clinics there. it's rather common. teehee

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

totally understand your 不甘心-ness.
btw how much have you spent for the trip and also shopping all in all? need to budget for my trip to korea too :) thanks

Copykate said...

anonymous: hello there! i spent RM900 for 2way flight (air asia promotion), RM900 for hotel and RM3000 for shopping + transport! when are you going there? :)