Thursday, July 09, 2015

Recipe: Tofu & Cucumber Salad

Tofu & Cucumber Salad | lobsterpaints.com

Tofu & Cucumber Salad
(Serves 2-4)
Ingredients:
1 box of Soft Tofu (Approx. 300g), drained and sliced
1 Japanese cucumber, sliced
300g Cherry Tomatoes
1 bottle of Kinnogomadare Sesame Dressing with Roasted Nuts

Optional:
Kelp, shredded
Alfafa & Radish sprouts
Furikake


Method:
1. Slice Soft Tofu and Japanese cucumber and assemble on a serving dish together with the Cherry tomatoes.
2. Add shredded Kelp and Alfafa & Radish sprouts on top and pour Kinnogomadare Sesame Dressing with Roasted Nuts generously over the platter
3. Top with a dash of Furikake and serve.



You probably think that I am such a joker for sharing this article and even call it a recipe when there isn't fancy wok flipping involved or a greasy kitchen to clean up after you are done. But my point is that this salad is just too quick and easy to prepare that it puts anyone who tries to come up with an excuse that it's difficult to prepare home cooked meals to shame! Or maybe I am too much a sucker for anything with Japanese sesame dressing that I felt a dire need to share this recipe!

And on a serious note, those people from Kinnogomadare really need to appoint me as their ambassador or I should really attempt to make the dressing from scratch one day!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Chronicles of Korean Fried Chicken

Aside from llaollao or frozen yogurts, I supposed the next highly raved food trend in Singapore has got to be Korean Fried Chicken. It has been going on forever so inevitably, there were certain occasions when curiosity took over the decision making and I found myself checking out a handful of food establishments offering those fried chicken.

Here's three to start...


Chicken Up | Tampines

Spicy Yangnyum Up Chicken @ Chicken Up | Century Square, Singapore
Spicy Yangnyum Up (Half Chicken)


Bulgogi Fries @ Chicken Up | Century Square, Singapore
Bulgogi Fries


NeNe Chicken | *Scape

Chicken Tenders with Green Onion/Swicy Sauce @ NeNe Chicken 네네치킨 | Scape, Singapore
Chicken Tenders in Green Onion Dressing/ Swicy Sauce


Chir Chir | Bedok Point

Garlicky Chicken Wings @ Chir Chir 치르치르 | Bedok Point, Singapore
Garlicky Chicken (Wings)


If I have to pick a favorite out of these three places, I will vote for the Garlicky Chicken (Wings) at Chir Chir even if I thought that the chicken at Chicken Up was juicier! And that's simply because I almost died trying to eat the spicy versions for the fried chicken at both Chicken Up and Chir Chir. I think the spice level is comparable to those instant (mad) spicy Korean ramen and it was absolutely a torture if you try to eat them while it is still piping hot.

Whereas the Garlicky Chicken (Wings) was served in a soy based sauce that is simply garlicky (obviously!), savory and just occasionally spicy only when you bite on the chilli bits. And of course, not forgetting that you get Korean rice cakes and sweet potatoes in the same platter too. So much more joyful to eat!

But then again on the side note, if you happen to be at Chicken Up, I urge you to save some stomach space for their Bulgogi Fries and go for the Green Onion dressing if you are at NeNe Chicken!


And very honestly, I am pretty uncertain if this list will ever grow because I had been complaining a lot about how incredibly expensive these fried chicken costs when they are tagged with the word 'Korean'. And I sometimes hate myself for allowing the curiosity take charge and leave myself reeking in guilt from stuffing myself with all these chicken madness!

And it really doesn't help when no one knows about this whole Korean fried chicken and beer thing when I was in Korea last September. Think about those clueless faces when I asked if they have a recommendation. Haha!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Foto Friday: My homeland | Marina Bay, Singapore

27 March 2015 | Marina Bay, Singapore

Every time I pass by Marina Bay on my way home after work, I can't help but to be so mesmerized by the sunset in a way or another. I told myself that I will love to take an evening walk across Helix Bridge to experience the sunset and I finally did it on 27 March 2015, days after news broke out and while the nation is mourning the lost of our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

But no sunset is beautiful without complimenting elements like the weather conditions and the dramatic looking clouds. Whereas in Singapore today, we have got a beautiful skyline defined by the visions of the great man.


And it was then that I realized the true reason why it never ever fails me to keep my eyes peeled on the windows of the bus I am on, just to catch a glimpse of the sunset.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

7Kickstart University Cafe | SMU, Singapore

Soup du jour | 7Kickstart University Cafe, Singapore
Soup du jour // Pumpkin Soup


Chicken Chop | 7Kickstart University Cafe, Singapore
Set lunch // Chicken Chop with Iced Tea

When 7Kickstart's first opened at Singapore Art Museum that is barely a stone throw from my work place, it actually caught my attention but somehow I never ever dropped in for a coffee or anything. Seriously, I can throw a stone and smash their windows if I ever try! But don't hold me accountable if you guys ever get a smashed window one day! I am just trying to say that the outlet is so damn close!

Then came their second outlet on the university campus of SMU. It is still within a stone's throw but this time round, I definitely cannot smash any windows even if I want to. Haha! And that new outlet has a full glass frontage that revealed their quirky interiors that attracted me to sit in for lunch one of those days.

I had only a soup on my first visit. The soup was ok and although it did not really satiate my appetite since I felt that it could be thicker and creamier, I popped by for a second visit to sit in and try out their main courses and nothing close to coffee which was supposed to be their specialty. Oops!

Anyway, food and the prices are fair in my opinion. But I really do enjoy the friendly service and ambiance of the entire place and it is really nice is that the full glass frontage of the outlet at SMU offers you a nice view of the park! And for that, I see myself revisiting this place again and again in the future when I need a good break on work days!



7Kickstart University Cafe
70 Stamford Road, Singapore Management University
Singapore 178901

Website: http://www.facebook.com/7kickstart

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 12 & 13 @ Flashback and Goodbye Korea (for now)! | Seoul, South Korea

As usual, I have taken as long as I can to complete my Korea September/ October 2014 travelogue series! Oopsie! But however long I take, all good things will come to an end eventually and I am here on my very last post! So here goes!...


[Korea September/ October 2014]
7th & 8th October 2014 - Day 12 & 13
Flashback and Goodbye Korea (for now)!
After 11 full days, countless of shopping frenzy and feasts, Korea had left us with horribly burnt pockets and bursting luggages even before we were ready to board the flight home!

And aside from an overstretched budget for this trip, I guess we had spent more than enough time soaking up every single bit of Busan and Seoul as much as we can. So for our final leg in this extended escapade in Korea, we decided to go around Seoul and eat all our favorites all over again! In other words, revisiting the places we fell in love with and bidding good bye to them... :(


Spicy Braised Chicken 닭볶음탕 | Seoul, South Korea

Remember that eatery located just behind our apartment which I mentioned on Day 7's post and said something about the place that didn't look very appealing from the outside?

Well, we showed up the very first thing in the morning with our emptiest stomachs to indulge in another round of their specialty Spicy Braised Chicken 닭볶음탕 for one last time! Noticing that we were returning customers, the owners welcomed us with a wide smile! And we manage to speak briefly and when they found out that we were scheduled to leave Seoul the following morning, they wished us all the best and told us to go back to visit them if we are going to be in Seoul again! Such lovely people!


Hanok Village Postcard 한옥마을 | Seoul, South Korea
Postcard with a hand sketch of Hanok Village... 

Right after our hearty breakfast, we took a detour to the nearest post office just to get this postcard mailed out to a friend! I still think that anything handwritten and snail-mailed is still the best thing ever to receive so picking a nice postcard, filling it up and then getting it mailed has somewhat grown to be one of the norm every time I am overseas! 

And when we were done, we decided that we wanted to go back to Edae since I was the only one who had the chance to go around the entire district a few days back while Xin had her hair fixed at the salon. That aside, I wanted to indulge in our favorite street food that can be found along Ewhayeodae-gil ! Haha!


Egg Muffins 계란빵 @ Edae | Seoul, South Korea

Egg Muffins 계란빵 @ Edae | Seoul, South Korea
Egg Muffin 계란빵 ❤

It all goes all the way back to some 10 years ago when I was on a holiday in Korea with my family when I had my first encounter with Korean street food. It was a cold winter day in Namdaemun, we were basically trying to eat everything served piping hot just to warm up a little and then we chanced upon a tiny and humble looking street stall selling these egg muffins. At that time, I took one bite into the cute muffin and I was in love! What else can beat a piping hot combination of muffins and eggs! 

Or maybe, I just love eggs that's why nobody can understand why I love this so much. Hehe!

Anyway, I ate countless of egg muffins while I was out in Korea this time and the favorite one can be found at Edae! Aside from large sized egg and the thicker and fluffier muffin, the egg muffins served here comes with cheese so there is a crusty layer over the egg muffin! And what's really notable above that all is that each egg muffin costs you an affordable price of ₩1,000 only!


Herb Cup Chicken 허브컵치킨 @ Edae | Seoul, South Korea
Herb Cup Chicken 허브컵치킨

We definitely have a thing for Korean fried chicken, or perhaps those addictive popcorn chicken stirred in a sweet spicy sauce and often served with tteokbokki or even fries or hash brown called 닭강정 (Sweet crispy chicken) to be exact. And coincidentally, our favorite most out of the entire trip can be found at Edae as well! One large cup to share among the two of us for one last time please!


Goguma Latte 고구마라떼 | Seoul, South Korea
Goguma latte 고구마라떼

While we were spending every last penny we have on last minute shoppings and a bunch of random stuffs like patbingsu 팥빙수 and croquettes 크로켓, I made sure I had enough for the very last cup of goguma latte!

Honestly, I couldn't understand how the girlfriend was so head over heels over this at first and how much she was looking forward to these sweet potato latte while I was looking forward to my egg muffins. But I guess I kind off caught on the addiction and I think I really wished someone will serve up a proper cup of goguma latte in Singapore real soon!


Sunset over Chungjeongno | Seoul, South Korea

Sipping sparingly and savouring every bit of my goguma latte by the window of our apartment and watching the darkness take over the the town in Seoul which I woke up in for eight mornings. I love sipping tea by the window, any window, but that was a true emo moment!

Oh by the way, that's the Chungjeongno Nanta Theatre on the bottom right of the photo!


Sunset over Chungjeongno | Seoul, South Korea

I guess I complained a fair bit about how Seoul was too crowded and the lifestyle and culture feels so hectic to me but still, it was a little difficult to accept the fact that my elongated journey in Korea was going to end.


Goodbye Korea, for now. @ Hangang 한강 | Seoul, South Korea

And finally on 8 October 2014, the thirteenth morning waking up in Korea, we had an emotional kiss goodbye while weaving through the morning peak hour traffic en route to the Incheon Airport.

That also means that I have officially come to the end of my travelogue series for Korea September/ October 2014 and I am feeling the exact same wrenched feeling I felt that morning as I wrap up this post.

I have the two best girls I can ever have in my life for creating such beautiful memories together during this trip. And not forgetting all the nice people (apartment owners, random passerby, eatery owners and so on...) who helped us as we were trying to find our way around! Such a pity I didn't get hold of any of those people's contact information and there's no way to keep in touch but I sincerely wish all of them good luck and health for being so kind! All these shall be etched in my heart forever! And hopefully all these people will still be where I found them when I revisit Korea in future!


Anyway, as much as I am trying to lie low for this year to save up on annual leave so that I can go on another long break like the one I did in Korea, I end up having two trips scheduled in the last quarter of 2015! I am visiting Bicol, Philippines in October and Hong Kong in November! Yes, one month apart from each other! Suggestions are welcomed!

Can't wait and till then~




More posts from Korea September/ October 2014 travelogue series:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 11 @ Bupyeong and Cheonggyecheong | Incheon & Seoul, South Korea

We intended to spend the day out at Namiseom 남이섬 (Nami Island) and Gangchon Rail Park 강촌레일파크 but a miscalculation of our traveling time made us miss the morning train that will be able to bring us there! And the next trip out of Seoul will only depart in another seven or eight hours later! It just doesn't make sense for us to arrive at both locations when they are about to close for day so we had to make secondary plans, pronto.


[Korea September/ October 2014]
6th October 2014 - Day 11 @ Bupyeong and Cheonggyecheon
If you had been following my travelogue series ever since, you would probably notice that we had been checking out quite a number of underground shopping malls located at the metro train stations in both Busan and Seoul. The one most prominent reason why we do so is because these places were said to have the widest range and the most affordable deals for the latest Korean fashion trends!

And since we had missed the train heading out of Seoul and we were quick far off from everything, we decided to throw ourselves further off course and take an hour's worth of metro train ride to Incheon and check out Bupyeong-gu 부평구!


Bupyeong-gu 부평구

6 October 2015: Bupyeong Station Underground Shopping | Incheon, South Korea
Bupyeong Station Underground Shopping Mall

To be honest, the only reason why we ever thought of Bupyeong was because we remembered Lyn's message telling us about her findings about Bupyeong Station's underground shopping mall after she left us behind in Seoul and headed back first.

It was said that the underground shopping mall located at Bupyeong Station is way bigger (probably the largest?) and better than the other similar shopping malls, minus the crowd. And true enough, this must be the massive-most underground shopping mall in my memory from this trip to Korea!

This underground mall basically links up most of the buildings and others malls around the vicinity of that station so the entire shopping arena consists of about 30 exits, countless of lanes and turns to take you to the exits, and needless to say, so many shops offering the latest Korean fashion trends, beauty and cosmetic products and even food!

If you are really planning to head there, I think the best way to enjoy this shopping arena is simply not worrying about getting lost inside there!


6 October 2014: Bupyeong Market 부평시장 | Incheon, South Korea
The sleepy streets of Bupyeong-gu...

When we were done wondering how beavers survive scurrying through underground tunnels, we headed up onto street level and I kinda fell in love with how the town appears to be a little laid back as compared to most areas within Seoul!


6 October 2014: Bupyeong Market 부평시장 | Incheon, South Korea
Bupyeong Market 부평시강

While walking around Bupyeong-gu aimlessly, we half followed Google Maps and half followed the locals until we stumbled our way into the Bupyeong Market!

And trust me, visiting the local wet market is actually one of my favorite-most thing to do when I travel! I feel that it is always the best way to understand the culture of that particular land I was visiting. The markets we visited prior to this, namely Jagalchi Market (Busan) and Gwangjang Market (Seoul), were both too touristy in my opinion and I was really glad that Bupyeong Market turned out to be an eye-opener! It was not like I was going to buy anything to whip up a feast but it was pretty fun to mingle among the locals and check out the common and familiar ingredients in the Korean cuisine!

Anyway, in between checking out both the underground shopping mall and local market, we managed to grab food and snacks that I didn't have pictures of, unfortunately. And just like that, we kinda spent the entire morning and the afternoon out in Bupyeong-gu and it was already evening time when we got back to Seoul!


Evening walk at Cheonggyecheon 청계천
Then Xin wanted to just chill out back in our apartment but I felt like taking an evening walk alone. I guess I was sulking that we didn't manage to check out Gangchon Rail Park and Namiseom and also the fact that we were almost coming to the end of our grand break in Korea.

And it wasn't difficult to decide where I will take that evening walk since I always had Cheonggyecheon at the back of my mind. So I made an estimation to how long I did like to walk around for and decided I will commence my evening walk right in the heart of Dongdaemun!


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea
Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 (DDP)

First up, Dongdaemun Design Plaza!
I did a brief walkabout around the arts and cultural hub located in the heart of Dongdaemun and I just realised I don't remember any of the exhibitions that I looked through. And of course, I couldn't even recall which male Korean star was having an autography session there on the same day with all his fans screaming at their top of their lungs while waiting for him to appear!

But I surely do remember that it was really nice and serene walking through the vicinity of DDP (both indoors and outdoors), not forgetting the fact that its facade looks really impressive in my opinion.


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

The innovative design, that utilizes mainly concrete and curved perforated metal sheets to illustrate the overall concept, integrates the park and plaza seamlessly as one, blurring the boundary between architecture and in a continuous, fluid landscape.

And during construction, the world's largest and highly three-dimensional building set many new standards for design and construction across the world you can possibly imagine. Or to cut the long story short, DDP is truly a masterpiece on its own!


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문디자인플라자 | Seoul, South Korea

While walking around aimlessly outside and inside DDP, I found the Design Market that is basically a retail space where you can find products from one-of-a-kind home deco to perky products for everyday use or even unique fashion accessories!

And I also happen to chance upon quiet nooks as well as a quaint cafe hiding at the corner on the upper levels of the design plaza. I supposed if I live out in Seoul, the plaza will potentially be one of my favorite haunts when I need some peace! 


6 October 2014: Dongdaemun 동대문 | Seoul, South Korea

Heading towards the stream and crossing the busy main street cutting through the highly raved Dongdaemun Shopping Haven... Which only reminded of the failed shopping spree attempt a few nights ago! Haha!


Anyways, finally presenting to you... Cheonggyecheon 청계천!

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

Cheonggyecheon has a colorful history of its own among all the beautiful historical buildings and sites in Seoul. It was first paved in 1958 when more and more people moved to Seoul after the Korean War and further developed with an elevated highway in 1976 to ease traffic in downtown Seoul.

And finally in 2003, a project was initiated to restore the stream to re-introduce nature back to the city. Today, the stream serves not only as a venue for countless of major events in Seoul, it is a somewhere you can walk down and ease you mind with the therapeutic sounds of flowing water on any given hectic day you're having. It's a nature retreat even to me. And for the fact that it is such a successful landscaped space today, it is a popular case study with its history and photos documented in numerous books.


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

When I finally got to the stream, the sun was already beginning to set and it was gradually becoming dark. It was all silhouettes and shadows and the setting sun casted a chrome hue over any reflective surface including the water flowing through the stream. Quite mesmerising, I have to say!


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea



6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

I know that the landscaped area around Cheonggyecheon is a very popular venue for major events in Seoul but I really wasn't expecting to be able to witness something happening along the stream when I went for my evening walk.

Even if it was just a quiet stand-alone exhibition about books and publications, it was really interesting to see that there were people heading there or even slowing down while passing just to check out the exhibition. And that really makes me wonder if it will be equally successful if we have got a similar exhibition happening along Singapore River or something.


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

Throughout the entire walk, I had my phone and everything else tucked away in my bag and it was pretty much just me and myself (and my camera, occassionally...). And thanks to that, I managed to notice so much tiny little details along the stream from the kind of people who uses the landscape space to the plants and creepy crawlies! Really interesting!


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

Did I remember to mention that the weather was simply perfect for the evening walk and getting a short retreat close to nature after so many days going around Korea was really all that I needed that I was prepared to walk all the way back to our apartment in Chungjeongno!

But before you freak out about how insanely far that is, I did like to say that I actually aborted the idea immediately when I got distracted with the thought of egg muffins 계란빵! So when I was somewhere near Myeongdong, I broke away from the intended path in search of those egg muffins! Hehe!


6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea6 October 2014: Cheonggyecheon 청계천 | Seoul, South Korea

And with that, that pretty sums up my evening walk at Cheonggyecheon!

It was an amazing evening walk and absolutely a great nature retreat in the heart of the city other than the fact that I felt a little claustrophobic at areas where it got narrower between the side walls and the stream. And somehow, I really cannot help but to recall Singapore River and how similar both of them are! It was because of these river and stream that brought life and an elaborate history to the land around it!




More posts from Korea September/ October 2014 travelogue series:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 10 @ Hangang Park 한강공원 | Seoul, South Korea

I am not sure how you define holidays in a foreign land, but for me, I love to explore and see/do things that I will never ever get to see/do here in Singapore. And there were times when I just like to take the chance to lie back and do something that I hadn't done in a while. i.e. Cycling in Yilan, Taiwan when I was there in year 2012 or most recently, picnicking by Han River in Seoul!

Read on to find out more! :)


[Korea September/ October 2014]
5th October 2014 - Day 10 @ Hangang Park 한강공원
Han River 한강 is one of the major rivers in South Korea and one that played a big part in Korean history where the river was used as a trade route to China. Today, the river is no longer used for navigations and the lower stretches are lined with public parks and restaurants, especially in Seoul.

And owing to the fact that the troupe for my Taiwan 2012 trip had such a great time when we were cycling along Dongshan River in Yilan, I thought I should experience it again in Seoul this time but never found a more appropriate day or time to fit the activity in the itinerary.


So we were out having a shopping frenzy in Hongdae but I guess shopping all day just isn't my kind of thing so I attempted to convince the girlfriend that we needed a break and we should take a short metro train ride from Hongdae to Hangang Park 한강공원 for a hiatus. And thankfully she agreed to my suggestion and we embarked on the route to the park while seizing a bunch of street food to accompany us as we sidetrack on this little adventure.


4 October 2014 at Hangang Park near Yeouido 여의도...
Directions:
1. Alight at Dangsan Metro Station (Line 2/ Line 9) and take Exit 4.
2. Use link bridge from metro station to cross over to Hangang Park.
3. Facing Han River, talk a 10 minute walk down to your right.


4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Panoramic view of Han River!

It was almost dusk when we arrived at Hangang Park, the sun was starting to set while casting a beautiful warm shade of gold over the river and it was actually quite windy! It was absolutely the perfect weather for an evening stroll along the river! Here's a couple of shots of the lovely sight!


4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Selfie time among the wild lalang! 


4 Oct 2014: Yeouido Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

Anyway, we noticed the park started to get really crowded to a point that there is a family or a group of friends picnicking along every inch of the walkway when we were preparing to leave after the sun had set. And we only realised that there was supposed to be their fireworks festival after we got back to the metro station and the spot, where we sat down to devour the food we grabbed along the way to Hangang Park, was actually the best area to watch the fireworks display!

What a close shave with experiencing Seoul's fireworks festival! But it doesn't matter if we missed the fireworks festival by just that little bit! This short escape to Hangang Park in between our shopping spree at Hongdae made us fall in love with the park so much that I declared we are going to cancel all plans on the following day and head back to Hangang Park for a picnic! YES!


5 October 2015 Hangang Park at Sinsa-dong...
Directions:
1. Alight at Sinsa Metro Station (Line 3) and take exit 8.
2. Walk down Dosan-daero 도산대로 and take a left turn on Dosan-daero 13-gil 도산대로13길 (Garosu-gil).
3. Walk till the end of Garosu-gil, continue walking straight down through Apgujeong-ro 11-gil 압구정로11길 and take underpass at the end of the street.
4. Arrive at Hangang Park and the rugby pitch.

5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea

From the entrance to Hangang Park from Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil, we found ourselves at a rugby pitch with lots of open spaces around the pitch to settle down for the day! Of course, we picked a shady spot just beside a big tree! Woohoo!


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Tuna & cheese toasted sandwich!

We managed to squeeze in a trip to the supermarket the night before to grab a couple of ingredients to make our own sandwich for the picnic! I know we are simply too amazing! Hehe...  


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Pamphlets after pamphlets started to stack up in front of us as the day crawl by.

And we were quite intrigued by how the locals turned up at the park for a picnic without preparing any thing but just a mat to sit on. That really made us look like we were too well-prepared for our picnic! Then it all came to light to us when the first of the food delivery pamphlets was dropped in front of us while we were getting carried away with our own readings. 

So if there is anything you fancy from those pamphlets, you can simply stop the fella who dropped it off in front of you and make your orders with him. He will then see to the ordering and deliver it to you after his colleague arrives with the food at the park. That's probably the picnicking culture there in Seoul I supposed. That said, you really don't have to worry about getting hungry (or thirsty) while you are out there! Awesome right? 


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Do more of what makes you happy! ❤

And that's definitely a day out at the park, rolling around with a blanket and a good read especially when it is sunny yet a cool Autumn day! Call me insane but you have to believe how totally awesome that feels to me!


5 Oct 2014: Hangang Park | Seoul, South Korea
Sunset over Hangang Park

Well, you might freak out at the fact we have wasted our chance to be somewhere else than Singapore and spent an entire day spent just picnicking but I guess this is really what I meant by lying back and doing something I actually love and haven't had the chance to do for a long while!

And if you are wondering... Yes, being in Singapore has kinda become all work for me with rare occasions that I actually get to sit back and enjoy life. Play and chillax only happens when I am on a holiday! ;)


Itaewon 이태원
After the Korean war, American soldiers that stayed behind started to settle down in Yongsan that resulted in the growth of numerous businesses and housing complex there. And to cope with the growth of visitors prior to international meetings, Olympic Games and so on, the government strengthened the infrastructure and revitalized commerce to attract tourists to visit Itaewon 이태원.

5 Oct 2014: Itaewon | Seoul, South Korea
International Restaurant Street

So as long as Itaewon is concerned, we will be talking about meeting people from a wide range of nationalities and cultures. And fair enough, you can find a good diversity shopping and entertainment experiences, and very much needless to say, cuisines from around the world too!

And even if almost all the shops had shut for the day when we arrived after our picnic at Hangang Park, we took a walk along the streets to try out luck and had a look around around Itaewon!

Guess what! We stumbled upon the International Restaurant Street unintentionally and Itaewon doesn't seem much like a ghost town anymore and we became spoilt for choices instantly! And if my frozen brains and vague memory of our evening at Itaewon didn't fail me, the actual street name is Itaewon-ro 27-ga-gil 이태원로 27가길.


5 Oct 2014: Dinner @ Itaewon | Seoul, South Korea

5 Oct 2014: Dinner @ Itaewon | Seoul, South Korea
Egg drop soup and Spicy (very spicy) Beef stew

There seems to be more than enough establishments and we actually walked along the entire length of the street, only to find ourselves in a bistro and bar serving Korean soups, stews and beer even though we were supposed to be spoilt for choices and there is really no need to eat Korean soups and stews day in and out!

But for all I know, nothing beats seeing those bubbling hot soups served onto our table after an entire day out in the park! Especially when the egg drop soup tasted pretty similar to what my mom will prepare for us at home! Comfort food! Woohoo! And in case you are looking out for the name of this bistro and bar, I regret to inform you that I seriously cannot remember or I cannot find any information online! But you probably can look out for the most local looking place along that street with wooden patio on their frontage!


And that pretty much sums up our really fun and enjoyable day spent out at Hangang Park! If I have the chance to visit Seoul again, I am so going back to Hangang Park for a picnic!




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