South Korea Part 2

After a restful sleep and a sumptuous buffet breakfast, which cost a fortune as we had it in the hotel- it was not really a good move as we only have cereal, milk and toast in the morning, we were ready for another day of exploring the beautiful city of Seoul. This time we did not take a bus but just walked across Mapo bridge to Yeouido, which was celebrating a festival for some flowers and cherry blossom trees. I was in awe looking at the pretty trees. They were so beautiful! There were close to 2, 000 cherry blossom trees along a few kilometers stretch of the road which they closed for people to really enjoy the beautiful trees. It was such an amazing for me and I really had a closer look at the flowers. We were fortunate to go that day as it rained a few days later.

Lotte world was our next destination and we took a taxi to get there. It was a bit expensive as we could have taken the train but it was the first and the last taxi ride we ever had in Seoul. Their subway is one of the best I have ever seen. It is fast, clean, and affordable. Just grab the map and off you go, rest assured you won’t get lost.

Lotte world was packed when we got there. The queue to take the fun rides were long but we waited in the hot-air balloon like ride as it seemed fun to be up so high inside it. It was fun indeed! We could see everything from where we were and the people down below us looked so tiny.

We could not be any luckier as the Mask Festival was also on and there was a parade. A lot of people stopped to witness it. The performers were great!

Beautiful day to walk across Mapo bridge to Yeouido

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and my dream to be able to see and touch this tree came true. ahhhhhh…so pretty!

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It was starting to get packed when we got there and we had to be quick in taking photos. Hubby did a great job.

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I forgot what this one is called but it was delicious.

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Crown inside Lotte World Mall

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Here we are. Let the fun begin..

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Breath-taking view

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Hubby and our eldest son paddling in a duck-like boat while I had to stay back with our little love as he was to small to go on this ride. Very sad it was!

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I was a bit apprehensive to ride this thing but I did it in the end. It was fun!

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We were up in the ceiling while this performance was on. I had to zoom it in to take this photo. They were good!

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Look how small everyone looked like from where we were.

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Mask parade

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Our children were amazed watching this but had to cover their faces once when one of the performers approached them.

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After a very fun and exhausting day, we got back to the hotel and had this Fish cake skewer soup. My husband and I enjoyed this but was too spicy for our boys that their cheeks turned red. Had to order something else for them.

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The very popular ” chimaek” which is  chicken and ” maekju ( the korean word for beer). Beer was in hubby’s hand. Where else can it be?

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We took the subway to get back the hotel. If my memory serves me right, we only paid 3000 won for myself and my husband. At our destination, we just had to insert our tickets in the Refund Deposit machine and we have 500 won deposit back. These coins were saved as we used them for when we did the laundry at the hotel. The kids and hubby went for a swim while I went to the shops to buy cereal and milk for our breakfast. Anything to save money.

It was exhausting but fun day for all of us!

 

 

 

 

 

South Korea Part 1

For so many years, I have dreamed about travelling to South Korea. Firstly, I watch Korean dramas. Secondly, I love their culture, their history is very interesting and I have lots of Korean friends. So when the opportunity came that we could travel overseas, I suggested South Korea to my husband, to which he agreed.  And so we went via Singapore, and that will be blogged about later.

One thing I must say is that you don’t need to learn the language if you go there. I forced myself to learn some phrases  but when I started talking to Koreans in the few words that I have learned, they talked more and more and I could not understand them anymore. Lol! Most people understand basic English, especially the waiters, sellers and people who are catering tourist’s needs and wants. So don’t stress yourself about communication. You will be fine.

Because we stayed there for 10 days I will write about our experience into a few blog posts. I hope you get to enjoy the blog as  I take you to our beautiful journey in South Korea.

We stayed in a place called Lotte City Hotel Mapo. It was a lovely place as the subway, restaurants and shops were just below the hotel. Very handy indeed. Now photos time to give you a good perspective of how we enjoyed our holiday there.

Thank you! And we are glad to be here.

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Living room where the children enjoyed watching Korean cartoons even though they did not understand anything at all.

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Our home for 10 days. My husband and I loved watching football here while the children were watching cartoons in the other room.

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That is the hotel at night. Just to the left of the hotel is where we had our first dinner. We had Italian food. Lol!

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Italian food on our first night in Korea. Lol! Seafood marinara and pizza  were served to us.

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Pool is a must for our trip if we want the children to be happy as well.

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We were on board a bus in this one on our way to Gyeongbukgong palace. Very exciting!

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You are not mistaken. There were cherry blossoms everywhere as we went there in Spring.

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Tadaaaaa…the majestic Gyeongbukgong Palace. My favorite palace out of all the palaces they have. It was the main royal palace of Joseon Dynasty and was built in 1395.

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The drum that is used during change of guards.

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The king’s throne. We just settled in listening to some interpreters as we did not get one. Wink!

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Beautiful isn’t it?

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I so love this part. It seemed endless. Our boys loved running up and down this area.

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Just in front of this was a man painting this view. I would have loved to buy if I had some money. Oh well, I am sure it would have been very expensive.

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This is situated at the back of the palace

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There were fishes in the water. We were not allowed to go near that structure. So we just settled in watching the fishes.

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The guards outside the front gate. I was doing some silly poses with them but I was reprimanded. So just a friendly reminder guys. Don’t do silly poses with the guards! I apologized by the way.

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This place is called Gwanghamun square. Just right across the palace where the statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yu Sun-Shin were located.

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The statue of King Sejong ( The fourth King of Joseon Dynasty).

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The statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin ( A naval Commander who fought against Japanese navy during Joseon Dynasty and came out victorious.)

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Our couple of days exploring Seoul ended here. We caught a train back to the hotel for an afternoon rest, then we had a swim in the pool and enjoyed our sumptuous Korean food dinner. At last!

So that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed reading the post and looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for dropping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is situated near Palm Beach in New South Wales. It is quite a walk to reach the top and with a 5 year old and a 2-year old, it was very brave of us to go there. The path we had to follow was so steep that we had to take turns carrying our youngest son and that is with break around five minutes in between. Yes, it was challenging but the view when you reach the top is spectacular. It was worth all the hardships. The photos below are some of the photos I took. See for yourself.

Our car is one of the cars parked on the right side of the screen. Oh yeah, we started from there.

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Slowly, slowly walking our way to the top

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Halfway there

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We have reached the top. Yay!

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There is it. The Barrenjoey Lighhouse which was built in 1881

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This is my favorite view

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Poor trees were burnt where there was a headland fire in 2013

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There is our little darling happily exploring the place.

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So beautiful to look at

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My boys looking down to the water as some people were kayaking

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There they are. I might try to go on a kayak in the future..

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It was a very lovely experience especially it was with my boys. We would do it again one day but in the afternoon as we would like to stay until the sun sets.

Thanks for dropping by!

Nice to be back

Yay! I am back in the blogging world after years in hiatus. I have started blogging in 2011 which I really enjoyed but having two young children just occupied so much of my time and I just stopped blogging.

I have been wanting to blog again but unfortunately I have lost my domain as it was subscribed by another  blogger. Anyhow, now I am back and would be sharing anything about travels, food and everything there is to write about.

I am looking forward to gaining friends and read interesting blogs again.