Seoul Travel Day 2 & 3 : Last day in Myeongdong, Namdaemun Market, Gwangjang Market

Travel to Seoul is like a trip to expand your waistline. And so is my practice of travel. It was a very short trip I remembered, I do not recommend for such a short trip to Seoul for first timer but for us, its fine. We just want to take a break and to feast on the food. So here’s my day 2 and 3, the last day of Myeongdong before we moved to Gangnam. 

IMG_20171020_124404_mr1508481817734So we started off getting lost at the underground shopping street at myeongdong station 5 and we did spend a bit of time doing some spontaneous shopping with a good bargain. we then proceed to Namdaemun Market which is just around the corner from where we stayed. 

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So we reached Namdaemun Market, it was hot and sunny but beautifully preserved. The first thing that I am craving for is the “Sikhye”, a korean sweet rice drink. It was always my favourite, a slight sweetness from the fermented rice. yums! 

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and then my favourite fresh persimmons juice and Eomuk.

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And some of the street food we’ve tried. Not too impressive but its alright, we loitered for a while, do some shopping before we decided to go back to rest. I think we were like piggies who just feel tired all the time. Hahahahahaha!

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So we went back to take a nap, and out to hunt for food again at Myeongdong. It was all compiled and recorded here!! and OOTD!

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So the next morning we went to the infamous Gwangjang Market!! The nearest station to Gwangjang Market is Jongno 5 ga, exit 8 where all the eateries are situated. 

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The soondae is best eat with salt. Its not too bad, away from all the possible fishy smell that you can imagine. Just soft and tender and please share this with others, its very filling too.

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Mayak Gimbap actually look like this. They said it is called mayak gimbap (drug gimbap) because it is very addictive. To my surprise, its just ok. Maybe I have too much expectation to it. 

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Other must try will be Yukhoe (raw beef), Ganjang Gejang (raw crab marinated in soy sauce), Hokbakjuk (pumpkin porridge which i certainly love in my previous trip to korea). However, my tummy cant fit anymore of those anymore!! Its stuffed with all the soondae and gimbap!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….

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IMG_20171021_101158_mr1508551425610Oh well, le brother and i with our unsatisfied cravings. So its time, we went back to our hotel at Myeongdong, do the last shopping (myeongdong is so touristy but still, there’s plenty to shop and eat) and guess what my brother got for me!! Helo xiaobai!!

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Hello Hello! You are so cute! So we carried this and head up to Gangnam where we will be staying for the next two days! <3

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So long Myeongdong!! Especially love the larva statue and all the cute things around <3<3

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Oh well, some pictures where I have no idea where to slot in but its beautiful. Throw everything here can?

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ahzui <3

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my travel babies 

——————> G.A.N.G.N.A.M <——————-

If you haven read about Day 1 Food, its here :

Seoul Travel Day 1 : Myeongdong Must Eat! Top 5 Must try Restaurant in Myeongdong

Seoul Travel Day 1 : What to eat in Myeondong? Myeondong Street Food Guide!

 

And if you wanna read about my awful flight experiences, its here too :

Stranded in Shanghai : China Eastern Airlines ground staff is really wtf rude

 

 

 

Melbourne 3rd Revisit : The 35 things i did last spring

It is not actually a travel guide. 

Just a summary of the things i did last spring in Melbourne. It was my 3rd visit to Melbourne last year. Still the same old Melbourne I visited in the year 2009 and 2013. But this time, i decided to review my most preferred Airlines and Hotel to stay. 

Airlines Review:

Qantas vs Emirates

I used Qantas to go Melbourne and back with Emirates. I would say I totally in love with Emirates. Emirates will be my top preferred airlines until someday some other airlines impressed me more than Emirates did. 

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My favourite airlines, Emirates. With stunning big screen and spacious legroom and of coz the spot on airline meals. The cheesecake is most probably the best I had throughout the entire trip. The ticket for a return trip from SG to MEL costed about SGD 700.

Place to Stay:

Adara Collins (collins street)

One of the best I had. The location is right at the center of Melbourne. Service is good and most importantly, it is impressively comfortable. 

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However, my last visit with Punthill Flinders Lane is a good one as well. Both compatible. Check the link here : Punthill Aparthotel Flinders Lane

Welcome to Melbourne

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Instead of bring my ahzui (the cutest brown bear on earth) My brother made me to bring along this small milky bear XBB this time. Hello Xbb! 

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A shuttle bus from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD gives you utterly beautiful sunset, together with in bus wifi of coz!

The 35 Things to do in Melbourne

Day One:
1. Lune Croissanterie

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One of the most discussed croissant in Melbourne. It was good. The flowery pancake is out of the expectation good as well!

2. Melbourne CBD  ♥♥♥

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When you visit Melbourne. The first things is to walk around the CBD, no matter how many times you have been here as a tourist. 

3. Melbourne Central  ♥

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The signature tower, yes. Melbourne Central. I went to have a peak at the Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, its a pub that we had the famous ABC shots 9 years back with nana, ahleng, simon and hungsia. Fond memories. 

4. Rare Steakhouse

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Wanted to try a nice steak in Melbourne. Googled the most popular one and its kinda disappointing. Or maybe the locals prefer firm steak than the melt in the mouth type. Medium rare and its still way too firm for me.

5. Flagstaff Gardens for the Possums  ♥

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6. Yarra River  ♥♥♥

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Day Two:
7. Homecook Breakfast  ♥

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With cheap and fresh ingredients from Queen Victoria, Woolsworth and Coles. Its hard not to cook your own breakfast

8. Queen Victoria Market Must Eat   ♥♥♥

a.) American Doughnut Kitchen

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b.) The Bratwurst Shop

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c.) The Borek Shop

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9. South Melbourne  ♥

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Get away from the stunning CBD and explore the quiet side of South Melbourne. So chill. They also have a worth visit market called South Melbourne Market where you can buy everything you need. Apart from that, kitchenware lovers paradise it is. At the south melbourne area, they have these 3 storey kitchenware hall for you. 

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10. Visit a friend’s place at St Kilda Area

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11. Homecook with friends

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12. St Kilda Beach

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St Kilda beach at night is a beautiful one as well. Not to worry, the beach at night is filled with tourists as well. 

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Day Three :
13. Brighton Beach Bath Boxes  ♥

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14. Yo-Chi Self Service Yogurt Ice Cream at Balaclava

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15. Queen Victoria’s Garden

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16. Korean Food 

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17. Favourite Sweet Potatoes Chips  ♥♥

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18. Buy the Milk  ♥

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Just drink the milk. It cost either AUD 1 or 2 for a very good quality milk!

Day Four:
19. Maru Koala Park

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20. The Nobbies  ♥♥♥

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Its my second time to the Nobbies. I still think its beautiful. Definately one of my favourite and recommended place to visit

21. Sichuan Food

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Day Five
22. Yum Cha @ Gold Leaf, Springvale

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We queued for almost one hour for these. Nothing to shout about. 

23. Dandenongs Range

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Ok. A park with lotsa trees. Quite boring for me tho

24. Serendipity Fig Honey & Pistachio Ice cream  ♥

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25. Lorne Pier

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26. Tofu Burger ♥♥♥

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We randomly go to a shop on the way from Lorne Pier to Great Ocean Road, ive check and its most probably called The bottle of Milk. Cant quite remember but this is the BEST Tofu Burger i’ve tasted so far. Tofu Burger with kimchi and mushroom relish! Pack a punch!

27. Great Ocean Road ♥

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28. Twelve Apostles ♥

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Its my third time to the twelve apostles. The Twelves Apostles were formed by erosion. They have 8 left with one collapse dramatically in the year 2005. Still very majestic

29. Squueze with chinese tourists 

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I think the only different of me visiting the two apostles in 2009 and 2013 VS 2017 is that, there was not that much human beings that time. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! We were shocked by the amount of people. You cant even grab a proper pictures as it was crowded! SCARY!!! The calm and harmonious feelings instantly gone!

30. Loch Ard Gorge ♥

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My second time here. But this time, we have plenty of time to scroll around. I finally explored ever inch of this place. Nice!

31. Rent a car

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There’s good and bad. Good thing, you can go and stop at anywhere you want during a road trip. Bad thing is, you need to pay for the freaking expensive parking in town after you are back from the road trip. Melbourne parking system is kinda complicated. First 15 mins free and it goes expensive after that. Not too recommended

Day Six :
32. State Library  ♥♥

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IMG_20170418_133205One of the most beautiful State Library I’ve visited. Do come for first comers

33. Vegemite

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34. Try the beer

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Of coz you might wanna try VB and all others Melbourne’s local beer but I’ve tried so many from the previous two trips. I wanted to find my favourite Stone Wood but end up with this. 

35. Buy some premium Quality Quilt

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This trip is most probably the least interesting and enjoyable trip. Thats y i would just do a summary instead of a proper travel guide. I should be the planner. I am proud to ensure that I am really a very good trip planner. This is the first time I had so many average food in a trip. So disappointing. However, not to complain because I really just come along to relax. Anyway, please read my other posts for Melbourne for Good Food! Oh those with lotsa ♥ is the one i love

Scroll to Melbourne Section HERE for more interesting post and food!

 

 

Ramadhan Buffet @ Pullman Kuching

Selamat Berbuka Puasa to all my muslim friends! In the holy month of Ramadhan, Pullman Kuching will be having a series of sumptous buffet at 2 locations, the usual Puzzle Restaurant and the Pre-Function area on level 2 leading to the Swimming Pool Deck. Yes, here!

bba719e3-563a-4c05-a867-a2f65ec5f972This year, Pullman Ramadhan Buffet showcasing a long line of buffet choices from the best of Kampung flavours to our local delicacies to international delights. If you want to be spoil during this holy month of Ramadhan, this is the place for you. 

Every Ramadhan starts of with fresh sweet kurmas. I don’t always crave for Kurmas but definitely will go for one every time I’m at the ramadhan buffet. Maybe its the environment factor, anyone of you have the same habit as mine?

6b53b958-1779-4cf4-8b3d-fa487ec8cc38Alright, cut the introduction, lets go straight for FOOD! The buffet spread come with several sections starting with the starter station also known as the Aneka Kerabu offering dishes  like Jantung Pisang, daging dengan belimbing, paku pakis, otak otak ikan, umai ikan, salai lumek, umai sotong and marinated mussel. I was there way too early so all the dishes are covered. However, on the plate, yes!

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c24c8295-50ef-400d-9345-4627f563f586Not only that, everyone’s favourite corner of Ulam-ulaman serving terung bakar, tempe goreng, petai, buah jering, daum selom, ulam raja and many many more!

2772a562-4c78-437d-8899-b50424fa60e5There a series of international dishes but I will not be covering that because I bet you guys only want to know the main highlight of the Ramadhan Buffet right? 

One of the very popular area will be the claypot area with dishes like ayam percik, daging gulai rebung, kurma kambing, pajeri nenas wangian minyak bijan and many more. Heating lamp counter festures sotong goreng, ketam bunga masala, hati lembu berempah and badal ayam berempah! sweet goreng stuff as well! Oh my, I had a few rounds of that.

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If you miss Kuching specialty food, there have kolo mee and laksa station too! 

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Walking to the pool deck, they have this giant woks or kawah serving gulai daging, gulai kari kepala ikan, gulai ayam berkhantan and sup tulang rawan. There are these BBQ seafood available too! 

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Oh, not to forget the two main highlights of the Buffet Line! My giant roasted whole lamb and Giant Tandoori Giant Garupa.

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And my favourite of all, roasted whole lamb!! Look how juicy and shinning the meat is… 

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They said, there’s always room for dessert.
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Wanna know more? Or cant wait to feast d? Welcome all to get the ramadhan vouchers by calling +6082 222 888 ext 2000/2100 or visit Pullman Kuching Facebook and Instagram for more promotion updates! Price is RM 89nett for Puzzle Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet and RM 68 nett at the pre-function foyer. Half price for all children aged 12 and below. Happy Berbuka Puasa everyone!

 

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