Doodles of Life: September 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

[#FarahXSouthKorea] Day 5,6 & 7

I was so tired for the past few days that I pass out every time I reach my guesthouse. Decided to abandon this blog for few days cause I need my sweet rest. hehe!

Day 5

We Are Young
We Are Young

1. I actually planned to go to few places cause I have been wasting time for the past few days. Places that were on my list are Hongdae Free Market, City Hall, Seoul Forest, and Common Ground. However, things went south as I woke up late (again!).

2. I decided to walk from Hapjeong-dong to Hongdae cause I want to see the view albeit it's quite far.

3. I took a wrong turn when heading to Hongdae and it led me to the discovery of an indie band called We Are Young. I seriously can listen to them all day long. Initially, I was at their rehearsal around 2:15ish and then, I decided to come to the actual show at 3 PM. I spent about half an hour to 45 minutes listening to them. I did not regret the decision! haha.

4. While waiting for their actual show, I managed to find a shop that sells screen protector. Alhamdulillah! And of course I, being an impulsive consumer, I bought a new case for my phone too! Terbang duit T___T

5. After that, I went to the Hongdae Free Market. Ya Allah, there were so many cute stuffs here. Really wanted to buy them all but I was not in a position to do that. However, I managed to snatch few cute postcards! The artist gave me a free sticker cause I bought quite a lot of postcards.

6. As I know that I will not have enough time to go to all places that were on my list, I decided to stay at Hongdae and enjoy the chaos.

7. I'll just have to say it here so that my future self will remember. Hongdae makes my senses overload!

8. I went around to see numbers of buskers but decided to stay and watch performance of Busan buskers. Totally loved their performance cause they sang few songs that I know. The feels! They got quite a response whenever they sang H.O.T, Sech Kies, GOD, Busker Busker, and Cool songs!

Day 6

20 Space

1. Wanted to be more active as my time in Seoul is running out! Decided to go the places that I plan to go on day 4.

2. I started off at Common Ground. I love Common Ground for the place is so Instagrammable. But, that's about it. I just wish I went to there with someone so that the said person can help me taking my pictures. hehe!

3. Then, I headed off to CUBE Entertainment and its cafe 20 Space. These places were not on my plan for day 5 but the I bumped into the girls that I met during the free concert and they told me that they are very near to Common Ground. It was one station away but of course, I like to torture myself. I actually walked from Common Ground to CUBE Entertainment.

4. Didn't see anyone that I know (well, I only know B2ST and BtoB) but I think I saw few trainees. Oh, I totally need to say this. All the things in the cafe are way overprice. Such a great way to ripoff fangirls, eh. haha!

5. Talking about BtoB, I decided not to go to a joint concert (I already have a ticket) where I can see BtoB along with VIXX, GFRIEND, Twice, and Gugudan perform in one stage because the venue is two hours away from Seoul. I was so sad :(

6. I went to Seoul Forest after that. A lot of walking was involved. haha! My legs were stumbling along the way. lol! Didn't get to see the whole Seoul Forest because that place is huge! However, I get to see deer and I think I saw the playground that Seoun and Seojun went in one episode of TROS.

7. Before I reach Seoul Forest, I discovered the Understand Avenue. Like I said on my Instagram post, it looks like a mini Common Ground.

8. The last place that I went for day 5 is Seokcheon Lake. I went there to see the Super Moon but masya Allah, there were a lot of people! Like a lot! Was planning to blah from the lake but I changed my mind and decided to join the crowd. Tak larat nak datang balik!

Day 7

Haneul Park

1. I just discovered there are few Malaysians staying at my guesthouse! Seronoknya dapat cakap BM :D

2. I ditched my original plan cause I don't feel like doing it. haha! I originally planned to go to Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung, and take Ppang Ppang Cruise. Proud yet sad to say that I did not do any of that.

3. Instead, I went to Haneul Park. Ya Allah, I'm so in love with this park! I spent almost 5 hours at this park enjoying the view (and because of the rain too!). It's not on its peak now but I can only imagine how beautiful this place is during its peak.

4. The view was spectacular and calming, however, the hike to the top was a little bit strenuous for unfit me :( 

5. I was and still am so sad because the sun decided to show itself when I started walking down. I really want to take picture of Haneul Park when it is sunny and the sky is blue :(

6. Anyway, Haneul Park is quite far from the subway exit. I had to ask around. Ya Allah, most people that I met here are oldies and they don't speak English. Even the people at information center talk to me in Korean. Thank god for hours that I spent on watching K-dramas cause I magically understand what they were saying.

7. Talking about oldies, today of all days, most of ahjummas that I met were staring at me. With my limited understanding of Korea, I knew they were talking about my clothes. Most of them were saying it must be hot for me to wear something that covered your whole body. They were also talking about my headscarf. Some of the ahjummas flipped and played around with my shawls. I was kind of speechless with the situation. Can't help but to feel like an alien :(

8. Went back to my guesthouse for few hours cause honestly, I need my rest. My legs were trembling and shaking when I was on my way back from Haneul Park.

7. After taking sweet rest, I went for Dongdaemun to eat ikan bakar again. The ahjumma recognized me :D

8. Decided to check out Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain cause I don't know when will I have free time at night again. It was kind of nightmare because I was rushing to catch the last show. I took a line 4 subway and it was quite far from the exit. It took me half an hour to 45 minutes to reach the Banpo Bridge.

9. Though, I have to say that if I am not in a rush, I will probably spend hours walking to Banpo Bridge because the view along the way is so pretty!

10. The show itself was quite a letdown because I did not really see the rainbow.

11. Went to Some Sevit after that. Three floating island made the Some Sevit. Spent quite some time cause the islands are pretty with those light show. However, I only entered one building cause I need to increase my sugar level.

12. Went to Gong Cha and the staffs there were very friendly! I really love them. They explained very well the direction to the Express Bus Terminal subway station. However, they went above and beyond by telling me about the free shuttle bus. They took their time to draw the direction to the free shuttle bus waiting area despite the language barrier. Thank you so much girls! :)

Friday, September 09, 2016

[#FarahXSouthKorea] Day 3 & 4

Day 3

SHINee
SHINee

1. Didn't do much on day 3. I only went to K-Style Hub (again!) and to Pyeong Chang 2018 K-pop Concert.

2. Went to K-Style Hub to pick up show tickets that I won. Guess I'm gonna take cruise across Hangang while watching a show! :D

3. Went to the free concert for the first time. Got a seat near to the stage but most of the time I only watched the idols's and the hosts' back. They kept standing and performing at the extended stage.

4. The stadium is huge but it was not full.

5. It's kinda interesting to see how Koreans and Chinese people enjoy the concert.

6. Though it was said that recording and taking picture using professional camera are not allowed, most of the people in my section had these bazooka lens - recording and taking picture. Pretty sure they are fansite masters.

7. I got to see B2ST and SHINee at once! I actually came for Onew but Onew did not attend this concert cause he was injured during SHINee concert. I am so sad!

8. Jeon Hyun Moo was so perasan that I waved and smiled at him - he smiled and made peace for me! Haha :p I was helping a girl beside me to get noticed by her favourite gagman. not Jeon Hyun Moo. Anyway, the girl got mini hearts from her favourite gagman, she's almost cried.

Day 4

Myeongdong Cat Cafe

1. Didn't do much again! I woke up late as we were back around 1 AM.

2. Decided to check out YG Entertainment building as I heard it is pretty near to my guesthouse. Turned out, it is super super super close. I took a long way and it took me less than 5 minutes. I'll try to go again using the shortest way. lol!

3. I was then contemplating to go to City Hall or Myeongdong. They are close to each other but I only had so much energy. Really want to check out the festival at the City Hall though!

4. Decided to go to Myeongdong Cat Cafe. Pretty sure it is not the cat cafe that I'm planning to go but it's okay. When I went there, most of the cats were sleeping. When almost all of them were awake, I am the one who was sleepy. lol!

5. Stopped at Gong Cha after that for my buble tea dose. Of course Chatime is better, but Gong Cha Korea is not bad. They are pretty decent but quite expensive.

6. Went to Yoogane Myeongdong to eat the super famous seafood fried rice. Didn't ask for cheese cause I think it is kinda weird to eat rice with cheese. Anyway, I think I got a smaller portion because I was alone but I got charged the same. I am super sad!

7. Went to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Cheonggye Plaza again to see how the places look like during the night. There were so many couples that it made me feel like a loser cause I was alone. haha! There was also some kind of night market. Most of them were selling arts.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

[#FarahXSouthKorea] Day 2

Day 2

Ikan Bakar Dongdaemun
Ikan Bakar Dongdaemun

1. I walked for 20km! Now my feet feel like jelly.

2. I walked from Cheonggye Plaza to Dongdaemun! Fuhhh, not going to do it again.

3. I FINALLY get to eat the ever famous Ikan Bakar Dongdaemun. I would say memang sedaplah. The ahjumma owner and her son are very very very nice! She fixed my shawl when I was wearing my backpack. She also gave free something to a group of Malaysian girls.

4. Speaking about Malaysians, I bumped into so many Malaysians. I just smiled and nodded my head as an acknowledgement sign.

5. I saw a lot of police like A LOT today. There were more than 15 buses of police guarding few protests at Gwanghwamun Square.

6. There are so many festivals right now. Any open spaces are pretty much occupied.

7. Song Joong Ki is everywhere! Hopefully his image will not be consumed so soon.

8. I finally met the handsome guy (the one who people always talk about!) at the Arirang Souvenir Shop. Haha!

9. I already bought my first souvenir on my second day, masya Allah.

10. I just realized that Dongdaemun Design Plaza's rooftop is covered with grass.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

[#FarahXSouthKorea] Day 1

Day 1

Somewhere around Hapjeong-dong
Somewhere around Hapjeong-dong

1. Was lost while finding my way to my guesthouse. Bumped into a very kind-hearted ahjussi who is willing to help me finding my way. *He left his Benz at the side of the road and walked me to the guesthouse*

2. Was lost again while finding my way to guesthouse at night. Am thankful I didn't listen to my heart to go to Hongdae as it might be more dangerous if I went back later at night.

3. I find it is very cute when I am communicating with Koreans. Most of the time I will speak in English except few words that I know (kamsahamnida!) and they replied me in Korean.

4. Referring to the point 4, an ahjumma helped me when I was stuck with my giant luggage at the subway. I explained my situation in English and later using body language, she replied me with Korean thorough and thorough. Thank God we both understand each other! 

5. Kinda ashamed with myself as I am not fit enough to walk fast like Koreans!

6. An ahjumma wanted to help me when I was struggling to bring my luggage down when I was on my way to my subway exit. Very thankful to her although I declined her offer. :)

p.s: I am so sorry I am unable to spend time reading your blogs in the next few weeks. Am definitely will start blogwalking again once I get my life sorted out :)
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