Sunday, 25 January 2015

30 Nov 2014 - Our apartment in Hongdae

Kim and I took the AREX to Hongik univ Station, exit 5 for our apartment in Hongdae.This was what we saw when we came out from exit 5. Walk straight from here. I booked this apartment via Air BnB. Just 3 mins walk from exit 5 to reach the apartment and maybe 2 mins to reach Hongdae. It will take about 10 mins to reach the main shopping street in Hongdae and less than 5 mins to reach the post office.
Looking back.
I can see my accommodation for next trip from here ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
I think that building has many Air BnB apartment units.
Nearest subway exit would be 2 & 3, which means the building is directly above the subway station.
Back to my accommodation for this trip.
I think that was where I stayed. At level 2.
This building was located along a quiet alley, away from main street of Hongdae.
On certain nights after 1am, there will be some youngsters talking loudly and making merry along the street.
Sometimes, I felt like throwing an egg down on them ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ
Fortunately, Kim and I were usually too tired to bother with them..
Air BnB stated elevator in the building.
t's right but I still need to climb a few steps to take the elevator.
This would only become an issue for me when I am alone with heavy luggages.
By the way, I need to key in some security code in order to enter the building.
The host provided the security code but did not tell us there were some other buttons to press.
Kim and I figured out on our own after some trial and error..
Another door to open after coming out from the lift.
This door is usually unlocked.
I find this door kinda unnecessary.
Its a bit creepy whenever we opened this door and saw a dark passageway ahead of us..
The lights will be on only after we stepped on the passageway.
Luckily, I had Kim with me ㅎㅎㅎㅎ
This was the passageway I mentioned.
It will be quite dark at night...
Another set of security code to be entered. The security code was given by the host. Again, she did not tell us there were other buttons to press besides entering the security code. We struggled a while before we hit the jackpot. Actually, I could have text my host but I didn't. Her reply was quite prompt when I asked her about other things.
It appeared clean but not that clean actually. A bit dusty. The host told us to recycle the trash bag but I was not sure how to recycle that. No other trash bags provided. There was a dumping area to throw the trash but I couldn't possibly empty the bin by dumping the trash onto the ground, right?? The dumping area was in front the apartment along the road side...

That cabinet above the pedestal bowl was empty.
Shampoo and body wash were provided but not much left for two of us to use...
We had to buy our own body wash which was not an issue to us.
I was so happy to see a full length mirror but very sad after hanging all our clothing including winter wear up there.  Can you imagine the situation? I couldn't see myself in the mirror after hanging our clothing. There was no other places to hang our clothing except a small cupboard on the second storey. The mirror has become redundant ㅠㅠㅠ

For us during our stay of 8 days & 7 nights....

The apartment is kinda small but just nice for two persons.
It doesn't look small from the picture due to its high ceiling.

No detergent to wash hands or cutlery provided.
That was an empty bottle....

Limited sockets.
There were two sockets at the lower level but located very inconveniently under the stairs. I need to push the sofa whenever I wanted to use the socket on the lower floor to charge our mobile phones/camera, boil water with the electrical kettle or to use the hairdryer.  Hence, we tend to use the socket on the second floor more often. We didn't switch on the air condition because it was pretty cold despite having the heater on. The host did not switch it on for us before our arrival, so I thought the heater was not working without realising that it would take some time to warm up the place.
I think I need to lower my head whenever I stood on the second floor.
My height??
Overall, I think the best thing about this apartment is the location.
It is still okay for short stay as it provides only the basic necessity.

Last but not least, I am very thankful to the host for allowing us to check in earlier.

30 Nov 2014 - Our first meal back at my second home

Our flight was supposed to reach Incheon airport around 6.15am but we reached around 7am due to flight delay. This was our first meal for the day. Kim is a small eater and we decided to share this apple cheese panini before taking the Arex.

Friday, 23 January 2015

At last!!

Finally, I completed updating my travelogue for Autumn trip 2014. surely takes a long long time..미안 해요.
Up next will be some updates on my Winter trip 2014 with my niece.  It will not be a detailed one cos I've been to most places and have mentioned them in my blog before.

21 Sep 2014 - OMG!!

Shocked to see such long queues at both entrances. The super long queue was a result of the tight security check at immigration due to Incheon Asian Games. Fortunately, I always reach Incheon Airport early due to the early check out time, 11am. 
There were many passengers affected.
Some were late & some going to be late...
I wonder will the planes wait for these passengers.
Bought this ice sweet potato latte from Dunkin Donuts.
Hmmm...I still prefer the hot sweet potato latte ^^

21 Sep 2014 - 안녕....

Using up the final bits left in the fridge to cook 볶음밥.
Gosh! I dare to say this is yummy!
Food that I cooked here seemed so much nicer than those that I cooked in SG ㅎㅎㅎㅎ
The slope that I took everyday...
Will miss you too...

20 Sep 2014 - Always dread this moment...

My last night in my second home.
I'm gonna miss this place & I will be back soon.
Ok, time to go back to pack my luggage for my flight tomorrow...
Clearing and packing...
Felt as though I am moving back to SG .....
I bought most of the hangers from Daiso and I left them for my host lol

20 Sep 2014 - Delicious donkatsu rice set for dinner

I settled my dinner at this place, 백반식당. I like the Chinese translation, 白食堂.
I love Korean rice and obviously, I was drawn to this place  ㅋㅋㅋ

If you have been following my blog, you may remember that I had a donkatsu rice set at 돈까스 백반 before. So which one do I prefer? Both are equally nice but the portion of donkatsu at this eatery was just nice for single serving.  Donkatsu serving at 돈까스 백반 was too much for me. If I did not remember wrongly, this set meal cost 7000won, whereas at 돈까스 백반, it cost 10,000won.
I don't know why but I just love eating donkatsu in Korea!
Took me about 10 mins from Hongik Univ Station to reach 백반식당.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

20 Sep 2014 - Delicious Cheesecake bingsu from 띵킹커피

Made my way to 건대 aka Konkuk Univ Station becos I wanted to try the bingsu from this cafe, 띵킹커피.

Came here for the Cheesecake bingsu which is a seasonal item on the menu.
There were many cafes selling cheesecake bingsu but I travel all the way here for a cheesecake bingsu lol.
Well, partly becos I wanna check out this area as well.
The presentation of my Cheesecake bingsu was so impressive that I stared at it for at least 5 secs.
Heavenly combination of ice cream and cheesecake.
I'm totally sold!!
Beneath the cheesecakes and ice cream lies the tasteless ice flakes mixed with rice krispies.

Still no regrets at all ^^
Its very easy to get here from Konkuk Univ Station, exit 1.
Took me about 5 mins??

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

20 Sep 2014 - Boring post...

I went to 조계사 Jogyesa Temple to give thanks before flying back to SG tomorrow. Always grateful for every safe flight take offs and landings..
After making a trip to the temple, I walked over to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
It will be about 10 mins walk from Anguk Station, exit 1.

There are some places where photography is not allowed.
 I am definitely not a museum goer but some of the art works were rather interesting.
I do like the showroom where they displayed the artists' paintings.
Outdoor area of the museum.
You are free to take as many pictures as you want here lol