Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Korea Spring Trip 2016 (Day 1) + Useful Apps

13 April '16

First day in Korea! So excited! HAHA. Actually, I've already written a Korea itinerary back in 2013 but just got the chance to go there in 2016 >< I was so into Kpop back then and also their food, culture and language. I forgot when, but one day I found this website that teach you Korean language called TTMIK or Talk To Me In Korean, they teach you from the beginning (how to read and write Hangeul) and if you want to learn further they have LOTS of lessons available. It has been 2 years since I last learned the language and as far as I remember I've only read their Level 1 and Level 2, and I've already forgot most of it now (T_T). But if you are planning to go alone without a tour in Korea, then I recommend you to learn how to read Hangeul, especially if you want to get around by bus or train, it is really useful :)

There are several applications that I downloaded prior to my trip,

When I was there, I only use Naver Map, Daum Map, Subway and Kakao Taxi ( I used it thrice, once in Busan and twice in Jeju Island, the receptionist lady at Blue boat Guest House in Busan told me to download the app to order taxi, because my flight was super early in the morning and it was kinda hard to find a taxi at that hour, and I'm glad I got this app when I was in Jeju, lol, story coming up.. :p).

So.. Let's the story begin :)

There was a promotion at that time from Singapore Airlines, if I remember correctly I think it was around IDR 5million for return ticket. Besides, we got vouchers worth of SGD 40 each at Changi Airport for the Changi Transit Programme, such a deal right? :p

Since my flight arrived at night, and we finished the immigration process and got our baggage around 11pm, we decided to use the All Stop Train to Hongdae (Hongik Univ. Station) at 11:47pm, the ride was about an 1 hour, cost KRW 4,050. We bought T-Money (it's a transportation card like EZ Link, Opal, Octopus, etc) at CU inside Incheon Airport, I bought the LINE edition T-Money for KRW4,000, and top up KRW50,000.

For the first 3 nights in Seoul, I stayed at Moon Hostel. It cost KRW 193,818 for the Luxury Twin Room, breakfast included. To get to the hostel, you just need to take exit #3 and walk around 5 minutes (350m). They have escalator at this exit, so it's nice for someone who bring big luggages. We arrived at Hongik Station around 1am, on the way to our hostel, we saw a G25 convenience store, so we decided to buy the sim card there. I bought EG SIM card for KRW55,000. You get 2GB of data and KRW20,000 of voice credit. We also bought banana milk (KRW1,200) and cup ramen (KRW 1,050) here :p

When we arrived, the reception was closed already (open 8.00-23.00), but we already told the hostel beforehand so they arranged the check in process.

It was already late at night, so off we go to dreamland :p

Next Post:
Korea Spring Trip 2016 (Day 2)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Korea Spring Trip 2016 Itinerary (15D14N)

It has been 2 weeks since I came back from my trip to Korea, yet.. still feel excited about it :p

There are a lot of ups and downs during the trip. Got lost a few times, got out at a wrong stops and stations many times, but I still think it is worth it to roam the country independently rather than join a tour. Of course there are a few times during the trip that I think I should just join a tour, especially when I was completely lost and couldn't figure out how to read the map. But, eventually we could reach our destination and learnt from it.

Soo.. Here's my recap about my 15 days trip in Korea :)

Okay, not really 15 days, since my flight arrived at 10.30pm on the 13th and the flight home was at 00.30am on the 27th. So, technically only had 14 days >< For detailed review, will post it later :)

13-16 April: Seoul
16-18 April: Busan
18-20 April: Jeju
20-26 April: Seoul

And I did book all the accommodations, flights and train in advance.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

HK Trip 2015 (Day 6)

July 30th, 2015

Finally! My last post of HK Trip 2015 T_T Took almost a year to finish it ><
After this post, I'm going to write about my trip to Korea. Don't know when I will finish it, but hopefully soon!

My last day in HK started with having breakfast in hotel, then we walked to Via Tokyo in Causeway Bay to have ice cream. The place was small and at the time it was quite packed, fortunately when we arrived there was a group of people who were leaving, so we got a table.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

HK Trip 2015 (Day 5)

July 29th, 2015

It's my 5th day and it was my last full day in HK, so I tried to squeeze in as many places as possible from my list.

So.. We started the day by eating breakfast at the hotel, then off we go to explore Hong Kong! :)

First thing first: Shopping! I've been reading so many blogs about trips to HK, and there are quite a lot of people who went to Argyle Centre to shop, besides, I want to try the famous cold noodle which located in New Town Mall (connected with Argyle Centre). I was there around 12pm, but there were some stores that still closed, so I think it's better to go there by 2pm. If you want to shop in here don't forget to haggle! But, most of the stores I went have price tags so it's a fixed price, but you can try ;) There are a lot of stores that sell the same clothes with different prices, so find the cheapest one! ;P

Cute Gingerbread Man