Writing a blogpost on my birthday eve reminds me of the good time I was having 3 years back.
My all-time uni gang gave me a surprise in my dorm at 12 sharp midnight while I was doing my International Law assignment enthusiastically. The rhythm of “Happy Birthday” came from the doorstep and I got a shocked. Silly me.
This year am turning 25. I have lived a quarter of century.
I shall do no ’nagging’ about how much have I been through in this 25 years.
On my previous sneak preview of my Korea trip, I am supposed to blog more about it.
Yes, after travelling back from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai, here I am to continue about my 1st trip ever to Korea, unexpectedly.
The flight to Korea took us about 7 hours and we had to take the domestic flight from Incheon Airport, Seoul to fly to Jeju Island.
The whole ‘flying’ thingy has eaten up almost 12 hours for us to arrive at our destination.
A tiring one,of course.
I was delighted to see the sunrise while having in-flight breakfast. A beautiful one but I couldn’t capture a nice view of it due to the over-exposed background.
Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, my curiosity on Korean cosmetic surgery arose.
I was stunned that the staff at the check-in counter looks like a cosplay character.
And I took a beautiful picture of her quietly.
And I love how thoughtful the Koreans are as a shuttle bus was provided to transfer us from the departure hall to our plane without walking miles away.
The only thing that I remember the best was the start of our coffee marathon upon arriving in Jeju.
We met up with J and grabbed a cup of coffee at the airport.
The taxi driver looks super glamor with his bling bling steering and his magnetic mobile phone holder.
Spotted Ramada Plaza while we were on our way for lunch.
It looks like Hyatt in Manila without the colorful lighting.
I am talking about the casino, of course.
It was my first time stepping into an authentic Korea restaurant.
It was quiet as we were kinda late for lunch.
Guess what we had for lunch???Abalone porridge!!! It costs RM45 for a bowl of porridge. That was the moment I was thinkign that living in Korea is a ‘high-maintenance’ thing.
We were surprised to see so many live abalones in the aquarium while leaving the restaurant.
I have never known that Jeju is famous with its abalone until I tasted and seen it.
Along the way to our resort, I realised that there’s a touch of the Taiwanese in the design of their buildings.
And the climax is approaching, the infamous sea view in Jeju! I was so excited when we were reaching the edge of the island as that is something you must see when you visit Jeju Island!
The weather in Jeju was not that welcoming as the temperature reached about 32 degree celsius.
We settled down at The Springhill Resort which is a short distance away from Joanne Bear Museum.
I have given the resort a cool description, “The Miami Resort” because of the swimming pool and the exterior design.
And here’s a beautiful view from our unit to end the post.
I shall continue in the upcoming posts.
Too many pictures to share with.
I am hoping someone will wake me up when September ends.
Being a semi-superstitious Asian, the 7th month in the Lunar calender is always a month that brings bad luck as it’s the “ghost month” where the souls would come out to play!
After the 7th month, it comes the mid-Autumn month where the lady luck sticks on you. However, things happened upside down on me, instead.
I got into an accident at the construction site a week ago. People around me have been thinking what the heck do I do there. It’s because a minor part of my job involves in it, nuff said.
I was lucky to be hit by a soft object from a 4meter high location. Am totally thankful for being lucky as I’m still alive!
The progress of sending me to the hospital was a drama! The ambulance arrived after I was struggling for 45mins. Based on my previous accident 7 years ago, I learned to be conscious no matter how difficult it was.
My colleagues were on their way too to come to my rescue. The ambulance arrived just ahead of them. When we reached at the entrance of the GH A&E, my colleague was well prepared to ‘kidnap’ me to the medical centre. And yea, the 2nd journey to the private hospital. I was so relieved when we reached our destination, like finally.
After all the scanning was done, I was admitted for observation.
Spending time in the ward was super bored, what made it worse was the date itself! It was the exact day of mid-autumn festival!
See, the little symbol is so cute!
The accident happened just an hour and half before I could leave for home and got myself all excited for KL trip with Nic, aunt and my twin nieces.
I had to admit that it was just my luck!
Special delivery by S and she has improved so much to be meticulous!
You go girl!
I’m grateful that I have S and lovely colleagues who accompanied during my stay and provided me with yummy food instead of sick food.
I was granted a 2 weeks MC by the doctor but I don’t seem to rest 24/7 due to my job and datelines are approaching.
2 days to go and I’m done for this month.
Oh ya, Nic got me a saving bank for not making it to the trip.
She said:’ This is for you to save your money and fly to UK!’
Such a lovely message.
Next month is the month for celebration and holiday!
The next trip am gonna post is all about Oppa Jeju Style!
It’s such a shame when I read about Maria‘s blog on her update about our white water rafting experience!
I have saved this post as draft for almost a month but yet to have time to post about it as I’m SOOOO occupied by my job.
I still love it even though sometimes it ‘snatches’ my personal time.
I was proud of myself that I overcame my aquaphobia when I decided to take this challenge- white water rafting.
It was a totally spontaneous plan when I just got back to my dorm. I was asking Maria about her plan for the next day and gave it a quick click without thinking twice. Of course I did do some survey with her about water rafting after deciding.
The organizer arranged our transportation to the white water rafting destination. We went all the way up to Tamparuli hill and the scene did scare me off as it looks so steep AND I WAS THINKING DON’T DIE K!
Thanks to Maria for her waterproof camera!
The water was calm at the beginning. I was relieved. However, after about 100m, I could see how strong the water was gushing and yet I was scared again. I tried to hold on to our boat as tight as possible to avoid any fracture if accident was to be happened.
Thank God that everything was fine!
Oh yeah, we had a so-called swimming pool for us to swim!
Everyone on the boat was so reluctant to jump into the water after a scary session.So, Maria and I led ahead of the others and braved ourselves to swim.
The water was calm. After a certain distance, we were floating to the gushing end and it started to scare me out!
I tried to calm myself and swim to our boat.
Maria and I led ahead to swim but we were the last ones to get to our boat.
It was a difficult time for us to swim so hard as the wave was so strong. And for the 1st time, I felt how unity can strangers be.
We have people from Australia,Korea, Sweden and Malaysia!
Hello, can you see me behind of Maria????
Victory and Unity, baybeh!!!!
Buffet lunch was served and we had grilled lamb baybeh!
I always make my trip a significant one whenever I go.
the artsy farty fridge
Hello! Bad hair day!
The view of the wet market in the day
I love every bit of the hostel that I stayed during my backpacking trip in Kota Kinabalu.
Pardon me for posting the artsy picture of the fridge. They have meaningful and funny quotes everywhere , just around every corner.
One that cheers my mood up every morning is the breakfast in bed; “If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen”, nuff said.
Got myself ready to meet up with my sis for the first time after arriving in Kota Kinabalu for 4 days. We are so close yet so far. She is always occupied with her studies, symptom of a Science stream student.
I have gotten myself a so-called Harajuku style for my all-time-reliable footwear.I was feeling cute so I tried out something cute, the exact word to describe myself.Oh, it’s backpacking trip so no one will give any nasty comment for a most wanted person by fashion police.
I freaking love my look during backpacking because I gotta be as messy as I could. Of course, I took showers.
I have bad hair day everyday. No tied up. Cool!
It is inconvenient to get a public transport in Kota Kinabalu. It is either a long walking distance from a bus stop or you just have to think of ways that does not burn your pocket.
Met up with sis at One Borneo and got her a slight make-over. She takes the risk to go for a brighter color and bought a neon yellow blazer from Cotton On.
After a long hour of shopping, we visited a pancake restaurant for our tea time.
The pancakes are tasty and definitely a perfect choice as a snack for tea time.
My first Italianese dinner with my roomate, Maria. She is a really nice girl from Sweden and she has Mermaid hair. So beautiful!
We went for pasta as she felt like it since I suggested a Bah Kut Teh dinner the day before. We walked passed Gaya Street and checked out the menu at Bella Restaurant. Nothing fancy for pasta so we headed to Little Italy, the famous Italianese Restaurant in Kota Kinabalu.
I was trying to take a picture of this semi-naked statue from my seat. Maria then suggested me to stand infront of it to capture a better picture.
Here it is, our appetizer for the night. The atmosphere is definitely a thumb up. It feels so westernised and of course the assimilation of the culture from the West is a key of it.And my great partner for dinner!
The waiter is so friendly and he gave a us a friendly reminder to be cautious of the hot dish that was served to us.I was served a fresh grated cheese and it totally made me felt happy with my food.
Maria ordered crespelle forno for herself while I got the simplest penne and not to forget a glass of wine to compliment our dinner. This is the best way to taste the cooking of a chef. Trust me! For the first time ever, I have tasted a totally simple yet delicious penne in my life. Totally one of a kind.
The best thing about backpacking is knowing people from different countries and bond an unique friendship.Such a shame that we only got to spend the final night taking pictures together and of course, gossiping that bonds our friendship.
Masayo and Rami are the most outgoing Japanese I have ever met. I was impressed that they speak fluent English and it started made me think what do they do,I mean occupation. Masayo teaches special needs students in Osaka while Rami is a researcher. How awesome!
We chit-chatted till late night before I was off to bed to prepare for the most challenging day ever during my trip.
Ohai! It’s the 1st day of July.
A salsa red lipstick to color up a new month. Totally falling in love with my new lipstick from Max Factor.
I came across the hawt salsa red while reading a magazine and spotted my all-time-favorite blogger, Susie Bubble, a Korean style blogger in UK. She has Asian skin tone so it will not be a no go to try a new lipstick color that an Asian wears.
A touch of black is slowly connecting my sense of style.
Silver brocade works well with black, bejeweled embroided shining stones and a black brogue are the perfect combination for someone like me who wants more on an outfit.
A little bit of boyish for a new month!
I got a good news and it was totally unexpected.
Patience is virtue.
I can’t ask for more on a relaxing Saturday.
Self-pampered in the salon with my partner-in-crime, the lady who guides me into a mademoiselle, to be exact.
A day to spend at De Reve Salon.
Indulging our brunch with a cup of coffee and some light snacks.
I have been craving for apple crumble since a week ago.
A new mission to add in to my list-to-do: gotta have apple crumble at places that serve it.
Both of us, the Js do what we usually do. Food sharing!
When my cup of cappuccino was served, my mind was thinking:“hmmmmm….quite a big cup…” *greedy mode*
I love the simplicity of the cafe which is located in a salon. It is all about bricks and woods. It reminded me of the structure of Christ Church that was built without a single nail.
The interior design is simple and the indoor seating provides a more privacy space for us to gossip about everything.
We spent 2 hours chatting the time away and hopped into the salon to get some Saturday ‘fix’. I decided to give my hair a shot by a new hairstylist. If you know me, I am very superstitious in letting a new hairstylist to touch my hair.
I had a hair treatment session which I love so much because my hair smells yummy!I just couldn’t stop smelling my hair. And I love how the hairstylist gives my hair a new look…temporarily.
Me amor productive Saturday!