Sunday, April 28, 2013

Seoul Lovin' - Day 1

I didn't think I'd be writing about Seoul so soon but I thought I should since my memory is still fresh. 
I brought Jonas out every single day & carried it myself 90% of the time, even Uncle Pooh is impressed :P

As a compulsive Instagram user, how can I live without the internet?! D: 
We headed to the SK Telecom Counter upon arrival at the Incheon Airport 
& rented a pocket sized WIFI device that can be used everywhere in Seoul. 

We had to pay a deposit of 100,000KRW which will be refunded when you return the device. 
The pocket WIFI device costs about SGD10 a day and up to 3 users can connect at the same time. 

FYI, at the point we did money exchange, it was SGD1 to KRW890

The boyfs doing their jobs as Mel & I "lepak" at one corner :P 

Mel & Latte <3 

Exit door 11 to buy tickets for our Airport Limousine ride :P 

It costs 15,000KRW per person 
and the journey to our hotel; IP Boutique Hotel took about an hour and a half. 

Kraze Burger to fill the tummy before the long bus ride.
Originally from Korea, how can we give this a miss while we are there?!

Singapore has an outlet at MBS too! 

Fresh and delicious, what more can one ask for? 
Gobbled it down within minutes before our bus came

On board our ride to the hotel. 

Aloha! Our humble abode for the next 5 nights. 
We were a tad disappointed when we saw the room because it looks way better in their web pictures. 
But oh well, the room was really affordable at SGD180 per night. 
My favourite is still The Plaza located at Cityhall but it costs about SGD300 a night D: 

IP Boutique Hotel is located within Itaewon where many expats hang out.
There are also many eateries and cafes near our hotel! 

If you look at the subway line, Itaewon is pretty out of the way. 
For example, you have to change 2 trains to get to Myeong Dong. 
Thankfully we discovered that cabbing and dividing 4 ways 
actually costs about the same as using the subway :P 
So the whole journey saw us cabbing most of the time. 

Last shot at the toilet before we met up with B&M for dinner! 

The boys can't be bothered lol 
JY was intensely reading the map and Brad was just erm.. "despising" our self mirror shots haha

About 10 minutes walk from our hotel, 
we settled dinner #1 at Maple Tree House as recommended by one of Uncle Pooh's followers 

Maple Tree is one of the most popular BBQ joints in Korea, popular for their Jeju Black Pork :D

116-1 Itaewon Dong, Yongsan-gu
Located behind the Hamilton Hotel

The dimly lit restaurant was very well decorated & each table had a smoke suction, how considerate! 

The prices at Maple Tree House are a little steep but I say worth every penny! 

Hello fatty pork 

ZOMG the meat was so soft and chewy, none like I've tasted before. 
We only ordered one serving to share because we were planning to eat at other places later 
but I secretly wanted to order another portion lol!! THAT good. 

Notice that the BBQ grill is different?? 
Never knew they pay so much emphasis on the different type of grills for different types of meats D: 
How come I don't get such treatment in Singapore? 

Mel's wrap, with lots of veg

My first Kimchi Jjiggae of the trip, thereafter I had a bowl at least once a day lol 

We headed to Myeong Dong after dinner and the journey took about 30 minutes including the 2 train change .
The boys doing their thing again. 

Another loving moment.. >< 

Oh yes! Annyeong Myeong Dong <3 

Every girl's heaven. Here you'll find almost all the Korean cosmetics brands 
& the products there are at least 50% cheaper than Singapore.
Mel went crazy at Etude House lol!! 

Street snacks

#2 dinner at Yoogane!
They are apparently one of the best places to go for Chicken Galbi. 

I forgot to take a picture of the storefront nor ask for their address 
but if you google Yoogane Myeong Dong, you'll find more than enough information about them (: 
They have more than one outlet in Myeong Dong!

Stir frying in progress.
We ordered the Chicken Galbi with Octopus!
It costs about 9,500KRW per person and we all have to share the same dish 
since there is only one pan at the table.

There we go! Ready for our tummies. 
The chicken was very well marinated and went well with the octopus but I wish there was more meat D: 

We did some shopping after dinner before all the shops started closing at 11. 

Dropped by Paris Baguette for some cakes and called it a day. 
There have many outlets in Korea and boy was I impressed at their pricing.
I could buy 2-3 slices of cakes there with the amount I pay in Singapore!  
When you're there, please stuff yourself silly with the cakes :P 

Thanks for reading and I'll be back with Day 2 :D 
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