Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Back...

안녕하세요 여러분 !!
Just came back from second home last night. Still feeling tired and down with a bad flu as well. Don't know why I felt more tired in this trip as compared to my previous trips back home. Maybe becos I was already feeling a bit sick before my trip. Anyway, I feel better now after going for some Gua ShaCupping and acupuncture this afternoon. It was certainly a chore to pull myself out of bed to visit the Chinese physician but I knew I got to do it today. Updating of blog will be slower than usual...(although previously was already quite slow lol) cos I just had a change of job scope and I don't think I will have time to update my blog during weekdays. 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

We are Singapore

                           

It has been a long gloomy heart wrenching week for many including me. Just wanna write something here before 29 Mar 2015 comes to an end.  

Every year, I looked forward to see our Founding Father in National Day Parade. This year will not be the same but I’m sure the ambience will not be any lesser and even stronger becos we have Mr Lee Kuan Yew in our hearts.  
This is my all time favourite National Day song. The song has been ringing in my head for the past few days and now I can truely felt connected to it.  

"There was a time when people said that Singapore won't make it, but we did.
There was a time when troubles seemed too much for us to take, but we did.
We built a nation, strong and free, reaching out together for peace and harmony.

This is my country, this is my flag.
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

Singapore our homeland, it's here that we belong.
All of us united, one people marching on.
We've come so far together, our common destiny.
Singapore forever, a nation strong and free.

We, the citizens of Singapore. 
Pledge ourselves as one united people. 
Regardless of race, language or religion. 
To build a democratic society. Based on justice and equality
So as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

We are Singapore, we are Singapore.
We will stand together, hear the lion roar.
We are Singapore, we are Singapore.
We're a nation strong and free forevermore.

We are Singapore, Singaporeans "

The response from Singaporeans over the past 2 weeks was something that I did not expect. Never have I seen Singaporeans so united before. I am so proud of my nation, my fellow Singaporeans, my red passport and to have him as our Founding Father.  We are just a tiny mini dot which is hardly visible on world map, but we have the honour of having so many big shots from around the world to come here today for one person, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It goes to show how remarkable our Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been, not just to Singapore but to the rest of the world as well.  Will we, Singaporeans be able to unite together as one and strive on in times of ups and down?  The heavy rain this afternoon seems to be a reminder from our Founding Father, just like the National Day Parade 50 years ago, "The whole world is watching us to see what we are made of. We will brave on.".  Dearest Founding Father of Singapore, may you rest in peace and be smiling at the world from Heaven.


Monday, 23 March 2015

My Idol. My Hero, Mr Lee Kuan Yew


                              
           As our Prime Minister and as a son of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. 
  It is not easy to deliver this speech.

This post has nothing to do with Korea but I just wanna pen down how I feel.  23 Mar 2015 is a gloomy day for Singapore.

I woke up at 4.08am this morning to check for updates on Mr Lee’s condition, and saw the news that I do not wish to see most.  Can’t control my tears even till this moment.  I do not belong to the era where our Founding Father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew built our nation from scratch, but he has always been my idol since I was young. Death comes to all living beings.  Part of me was glad that he is now free from sickness but still, I am sad that we have lost such a great man.  Nobody can replace him.

Becos of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, I am proud to call myself a Singaporean especially when I travelled overseas and was asked where I came from.  Many foreigners were surprised that I can speak both English and Mandarin. In fact, I was puzzled by their responses cos being bilingual is normal (to me)in Singapore. I will always proudly reply them, "Yes!  Thanks to Mr Lee Kuan Yew who insisted on bilingualism".  This was just one of the things that I have taken for granted and assumed it was only natural to study both Mandarin and English in school. I began to realise how useful and important it was to know both English and Chinese when I started travelling overseas.  Many of my foreign friends envy the fact that we have a bilingual educational system.  Seriously, it never crossed my mind that people would envy this until my foreign friends told me so.

Becos of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, I am proud of my red passport. Becos of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, I can hold my head up high becos this little red dot shines so prominently on world map. From time to time, it makes me wonder how many of us, Singaporeans actually feel thankful and blessed to be living in Singapore. 
 
There are people who hate him. You can hate him all you want.  Hate him and his team but at the same time, enjoying the fruits of their labour. What a joke! To people who hates the rules and regulations in Singapore, just pack and leave.  I reckon we won’t suffer a “big” loss with your departure. I truly wish you can find happiness of the “ideal” home you long desired.
Mr Lee, I don’t care what others said about you. All I know is, without your immerse foresight and wisdom, there will not be Singapore of today. I cannot imagine myself living in slums and squatters. I cannot imagine myself living in fear of safety and unstability everyday.  I cannot imagine myself living in a third world country.  No. I can't and I don't want to. Without Mr Lee Kuan Yew, my family and I could have been leading a much different life right now.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, you are like my Ah Gong(Grandpa) and I love you so. My family and I are deeply grateful to you. Thank you so so much for building us a place that we can proudly call HOME. Though you have physically left us, you will be remembered in our hearts for the great legacy you have left behind.
 
May you rest in peace. 南无阿弥陀佛.



Saturday, 21 February 2015

My little Kim's top 10 favourite food

안녕하세요, 여러분  ^^  새해 복 많이 받으세요!  Today, I am finally done with all my updates for my 2014 trips back home. The recent trip was specially planned for my little Kim, just to reward her for studying so hard for her O level. Hope she has enjoyed herself. It is really not easy to be a student nowadays. Test after test, exams after exams. Kids spent most of their time in school for their lessons, CCAs, remedial classes etc. By the time they reach home, there isn't much time & energy left to do their homework. Anway, here's Kim's top 10 favourite food for our Winter trip :
  1. 돼지불백 Pork Bulgogi with rice
  2. 낙서파전 seafood pancake
  3. 영동감자탕 Yeongdong Gamjatang
  4. 미스터 추로 Mr Churro
  5. 고구마 라떼 Sweet Potato Latte
  6. Hotteok from 삼청동호떡 Samcheongdong Hotteok
  7. 도시락 Dosirak from Miss Lee Cafe
  8. 짜장면 Jjajangmyeon
  9. Sweet Potato with Cheese
  10. Travel Maker
Judging from the amount of food we ate during this trip, some of you must be thinking how much weight I have gained. I think I put on about 1-2 kg. Well, who cares about diet during holidays trips????  Diet only begin the moment I touched down at Singapore Changi Airport ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ

Gotta buck up my research for my Spring trip 2015 now. So much to do and so little time for it. This is the first time I am doing my research at such a short time frame before my trip. Yeah...I know some or many people don't really research or only do their research at the last minute. For me, I preferred to be prepared, so that I don't miss out anything that I want to go, do or eat.  Despite going back a few times already, I still like to research becos the process is interesting and I learnt.  Preparation gave me the confidence to travel on my own cos I am not the adventurous type of person lol. Though I like to be prepared for my trips but I dun follow my itinerary strictly. Sounds contradicting huh?? lol

7 Dec 2014 - Eating till the very last minute ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


I brought Kim and my friends to this cafe, Travel Maker for breakfast before Kim and I checked out from our apartment. Like this place for its early opening hour. Love this place for its affordable and delicious American style breakfast. Travel Maker is about 3 mins walk from Hongik Univ Station, exit 3. Direction to the cafe in this link


One of my friend was still in his dreamland, so three sets for three of us ^^
I miss the waffle, röschti and pork links sausage...
Eating till the last minute before boarding the plane.
The big donut was as big as Kim's face ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Anyway, we reached Incheon airport at around 12.30pm and was surprised to see the long queue at immigration. What's the occasion this time? I encountered the same long queue during my last trip and that was due to Incheon Asian Games. The long queue does not bother me much cos I usually reach the airport quite early. In fact, I appreciate the tight security checks, which is for the safety sake of every passenger.
Kim loves her multi grains donut and she finished it all despite our heavy breakfast ^^
My Red Velvet Cake Donut.

6 Dec 2014 - Eating as much as we could!!

We started the day with breakfast from 이삭 토스트 Isaac Toast in Hongdae. 
I realised this outlet include pictures and English translations in their menu now!
Great news for tourists ^^
미안...I realised I left out the prices in my shots....


Decided to try "Hot Chicken & Cheese" for a change.
Told Kim to try my all time favourite, "Ham & Cheese" and she really likes it ^^
Its the sauce that does the magic for Isaac Toast ^^


Brought Kim and my friends to Bukchon Hanok Village becos I feel anyone who is visiting Korea for the first time should check out this place. We also visited Samcheongdong and decided to take a teabreak at 오가다 Ogada.





We were tempted to try out the cakes and tteok but decided to save our stomach for lunch.
Our Asian Pear Bellflower Roots Tea and Ginger Dried Orange Peel Tea tasted good ^^
The Hallabong roll cake looks ordinary but tasted refreshing.
We finished up every bit of the dried dates becos they were the most crispy red dates we had ever ate!

We went to Kyobo bookshop at Gwanghwamun Station to shop for some stationery before making our way to Gwanghwamun Jip 광화문집 for lunch. Direction to the eatery can be found here. Though the pork was a little bit tough but I am happy that my friends and Kim liked this place cos its rather homely and feels so local. We went to Dongdaemun for some shopping after our hearty lunch of Kimchi Pork jjigae.
Dinner was at 낙서파전 ^^
Directions to 
낙서파전 can be found at my earlier post, Best best best 해물 파전!!!
Kim rated this pajeon as her second favourite on her list of top 6 Korean food.
BTW, it is compulsory to order alcohol here. You can't simply order only the pancake.
We thought we can't order Makgeolli becos my little Kim is only 16 years old. 
I think the 아줌마 here heck care the age requirement. 
 She only told us must order alcohol even when I told her Kim is only 16 years old.
Unlike at 이모네왕파전, whereby the 아줌마 insisted on checking my classmate's ID.
Our eating session continued at 마약김밥 골목 Mayak Gimbap Alley in 광장시장 Gwangjang Market. 
We reached about 7.30pm and there's only this stall left in the small alley.
이모 hopes we can order as much as we could cos there's still so much left for the day.
We tried our best by ordering guksu, kimbap and japchae.
We also bought some kimbap for take out.


Kim loves this best.
I thought this was the best 잡채 japchae I have ever ate ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
No picture for my guksu but I find it very tasty as well for a plain looking bowl of guksu.
Although the 마약김밥 골목 Mayak Gimbap Alley closed much earlier than we expected, the main food section of the market was still buzzing with life.

Saw this shop and I think this is a popular store selling 마냑심밥 Mayak Gimbap.
Pardon me for this picture.
It was a snap and go situation.
We settled on this vendor to try the meat and sundae.
My friends and Kim hesitated to try this but finally they gave in.
They can now be the ambassador for 순 대 Sundae hahahahaha
We don't like the meat but sundae was pretty ok ^^
I still prefer the 순 대 Sundae from 
죠스떡볶이 Jaws Tteokbokki, which has a stronger peppery flavour.
Last food for the day was macaron ice cream ^^
This macaron ice cream shop was 2 mins away from our apartment.
Kim and I have been eyeing at it since our first day in Seoul.
It was our last night in Seoul so I got to let my little Kim try it!!

Not much choices left.
Kim chose her favourite flavour, strawberry cheese ice cream.
The size of this macaron ice cream was about the length of a finger.
So so small......
Kim's comment : Doesn't taste like ice cream.
My comment : I still prefer the macaron ice cream from 
앤티크 Antique .


5 Dec 2014 - Revisit to 두물머리 Dumulmeori

After a heavy breakfast, we took the subway to Yangsu Station for 두물머리 Dumulmeori. This time I confirmed that I got to change train at Deokso Station. We got off at Deokso Station and took the subway from the opposite platform to reach Yangsu Station.
Checking out the timetable at Yangsu Station before walking over to 두물머리 Dumulmeori.
Frozen pond at 두물머리 Dumulmeori.
Directions to
 Dumulmeori from my earlier post.


We spent an hour at 두물머리 Dumulmeori before leaving for Edae and Sinchon for some shopping.
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Guess what?
I brought Kim and my friends to 영동감자탕 for dinner ^^
Delicious food are meant to be shared  ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 

I miss the taste ㅠㅠ
^^
After dinner comes dessert. Kim wanted to try Churro with ice cream since day 1 of our trip but we did not managed to cos we were so full by the end of the day. We were left with one more full day in Korea, so we decided that we must eat our Churro with ice cream by hook or by crook today!!! We found the cafe in Hongdae but so SAD to see its closed!!! How could you??!!!
We left the cafe with a broken heart and continue shopping in Hongdae.
Much to our surprise, we saw this vendor among the busy street!!
Its Mr Churro 미스터 추로!!
Yay!!!!
My little Kim's wish was fulfilled wth a big smile on her face :)

The perfect combination of hot crispy Churro with ice cream!!!
To our surprise, the ice cream tasted really good!!
Its not just any normal plain vanilla ice cream!
My friend said the ice cream tasted like the expensive type lor and I totally agreed with her!
Please try if you see it!!