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A Short Trip to Sungai Lembing

Short trips are the best. Travelling with people that click with you are the best 🙂

Sungai Lembing is a place that I always wanted to visit, mainly because of Panaroma hill, with legends of its beautiful view of sea of clouds in the morning  when ou hike to the peak ><

29/06/2017

The drive from Maran to Sungai Lembing took about 1.5 hrs. We departed at around 3pm.

We stayed at Lembing Riverview Resort. Honestly, this place is way better than I thought it would be, but to get here you’ll have to drive through a chinese cemetery hill, which I was kind of scared at first, but I got used to it later, with respect to the deceased.

I didn’t capture any pictures of our room and the interior of this house, but trust me, it looks exactly like what you find online and their rooms are super clean!!! You have to take of your shoes before you enter, therefore the floor is not sandy at all!!! Our room was so cozy, we didn’t want to leave the bed the next day when we checked out cause we love this place so much!!! They even provide towels and body shampoo. Highly recommend to everyone although it is located at the opposite side of the river, it’s just a 5 min drive or less to the main street because this kampung is just that small 🙂

After settling down, it’s time to explore the town.

Seriously every attraction you can find about Kampung Sungai Lembing is just a few minutes or even seconds away from each other.

The owner of our homestay recommended this shop (永順茶室) since other shops weren’t open, it’s a vegetarian restaurant. I wonder why there weren’t many tourists around although its a official school holiday week 😦

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永順茶室 From above: Egg gravy noodles, Fried Beehoon, Tomato noodles

Nothing much to do after early dinner as most of the shops were closed. Therefore, we head back to our resort to do some exploring (actually just chilling around 🙂

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Really cute staircase art at the reception block. Guess which attraction this is?
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Random stone pathway in the resort

Gotta get to bed early, as we are expected to wake up at 4.30am the next day.

30/06/2017

Our intentions of wanting to witness the sun rising from a beautiful sea of clouds were disrupted by a morning drizzle. Overall, it was an relative easy hike as the path has already been laid out by concrete staircases.

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Cloudy, so you can’t really see the sun. Where my sea of clouds at tho? 😦
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Spot Sungai Lembing from up here

That concludes my hike, should I cross it off my bucketlist since I didn’t get to witness the legendary sunrise from sea of clouds?

My biggest motivations for all my hiking activities is the FOOD I get to eat after I come down.

 

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阿凤面档 From right (clockwise): Curry noodles, Lembing tofu (made from legendary Sungai Lembing mountain water), Yong taufu

阿凤面档 is located downhill behind Pasar Sungai Lembing (sounds far but really it’s just a less than 1 min drive away). We were there for the Lembing noodles (actually we already had them for dinner yesterday, but it’s never enough right?). Lembing noodles: made from mountain water of Sungai Lembing, that’s what I read online…

They provide you 3 options to have your noodles: clear soup, curry soup or just dry with black noodle sauce (I have no idea what sauce is that but they sell it in the Lembing Noodle Factory, I think it’s soy sauce and sesame oil mixed with other spices). How was the Lembing noodles? It just tasted like any other homemade noodle, I wasn’t really wowed by its texture or taste (this is just solely my opinion), but the Lembing tofu was something special, it was really really soft and silky smooth.

There was still a lot of time left to burn, so instead of going back to get a nice hot shower, we went to the hanging bridge instead.

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The sign says: Jambatan Gantung Kolong Pahat Lembing

After we reached to the other side, there was a short row of shops. One of them was the Lembing Noodle Factory/shop.

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Noodle making in progress

The shop also sells the again I’m going to say it LEGENDARY soyabean jelly: made with mountain water of Sungai Lembing (but they call it toufufah, looks more like jelly to me). RM2 for one, it’s expensive but OMG, the texture is soooooooo freaking smooth, silky smooth and soft,. It’s not bouncy like agar agar, how should I put it? Ah, it;s similar to sea birdnest jelly(maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe not ><)!! You have to try this when you come here, I wouldn’t say it’s worth every penny, but you are on holiday right?

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Picture credits to JESTINAJ’S

That concludes my short trip across the hanging bridge.

Checkout time was 12pm. What should we do next? Visit the museums of course!

First stop: Sungai Lembing Museum, RM2 per entry for Malaysia Citizens.It was quite informative overall. I admit that I did not read through every single piece of information available in the museum, but I can tell you it’s about the history and past events in Sungai Lembing (if it isn’t obvious enough lol)

Last stop: Sungai Lembing Mining Tunnel

Lucky us, it was Friday, which means lunch breaks were longer. We had to wait till 2.45pm when the ticket counter opens.

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Entered the tunnel via a 100m mining cart ride, short and exciting for a first timer

Honestly, the tunnel was just like reviews I read online, disappointing.

  1. Water was dripping everywhere, maybe because it’s a cave?
  2. Most of information boards have lightings that don’t work, well I’m not born with night vision so I can’t read anything from it.
  3. A few of the interactive learning boards are not even functional, which is disappointing to me, as hands on experience adds fun to whole journey in understanding the history of mining back in the old days.

It’s Malaysia, don’t carry high expectations for everything and you won’t be too disappointed. Still, I gotta say for RM15.90 per entry, my trip might be more worth it if they actually maintained the place properly 😦

Recommended reading if you would like to get more info about this place.

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Cute mining cart? (I have no idea what is the name of this thing) It’s locate outside of the tunnel

Tip: you can actually walk into the tunnel if do not want to ride the cart, there is another entrance/exit located at the futher right of the cart entrance. 

But before you leave, make sure to grab some homemade (RM5) Lembing Coconut Biscuits!!! Btw, beware of the place of production of the biscuit, I actually found 2 different packaging and I though it was from 2 different shops in Sg. Lembing until I read the details—one of them is actually from Kuantan town == SO make sure you get the Sg. Lembing one, not the Kuantan one, okay ? 🙂

And that concludes my little trip. Things I haven’t done yet here are

  1. visiting the Rainbow Waterfalls
  2. visiting the Crystal House
  3. trying Lembing roasted pork (the shops selling roasted pork are only open on Friday nights and weekends)
  4. trying the Egg Cheecheongfun (it wasn’t open, I wonder why)

Till next time, Kampung Sungai Lembing 🙂

 

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7 Days in Seoul (서울) – Part 2

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07/01/2017

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Common Ground (커먼그라운드)
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We were here to get pictures as well~

Made a morning stop at Common Ground, a small pop-up container mall located near Konkuk University. It was alot shorter and smaller than I expected.

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Famous Rainbow cake at Dore Dore cafe

Did we try the rainbow cake? Nope we didn’t.  It does look pretty but I wouldn’t spend money to try it.

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Budget lunch at 7-11

We decided to visit Gangnam (강남) for a short while this afternoon. Originally our plan was to visit this:

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Gangnam Style Sculpture at Coex Mall (picture by  BBC)

However when we got off the station, another attraction caught our eyes immediately.

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SMTOWN in Coex atrium

Not a SM fan, but it was sure interesting to see a 5 floor building full of activities and merchandises produced by SM for SM fans.

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This is like heaven for SM fans

They even have a theater that showcases hologram musicals and recordings of their tours.

However at the exit of Coex mall, a massive rally was going on. We were not sure what was it about, but it has something to do with the recent scandal of their president Park Geun Hye. That’s when we decided to halt on our little visit to Gangnam and make way to our next destination.

Namsan Seoul Tower (남산서울타워). You can either walk uphill to the tower or just take the cable car like we did. According to this blogger, it’s a 30 minute hike downhill. It was kinda late when we got there and we were tired (maybe lazy ><), we rode the cable car up and downhill. It was 8000krw/person for a round trip ticket, 600krw/person one way, a great excuse for us to prefer NOT WALKING, saves time, unless you want to enjoy the view of Seoul from above, then walking might be the better option for you.

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I know this place is famous for their love locks, and did I mention almost all of the visitors here are couples?

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single all the way #Foreveralone

It was crazily COLD up there! It was around 4°c that day, but the wind was so strong it felt like -4°c instead. We couldn’t handle the chilly sensation that was piercing through the many layers of our clothing and left after an hour. I swear I’m gonna come back again to visit, not in the winter, before the sun sets and somebody to accompany me 😉

08/01/2017

The brunch day that I’ve been waiting for

Gwangjang Market (광장 시장)

They sell all sorts of things here, from clothes to food, a lot of food. However they are more or less the same varieties, just different stalls selling the same food.

It was 10,000krw for the octopus, 10,000krw for the yukhoe, 5,000krw for kimbap, and 5,000krw for bindaetteok.

We went back to Hongdae again after this. As my friend decided to purchase the pink coat that we saw there the other day before our trip to Dongdaemun. Lucky us, there is still one coat left for sale.

Haha’s grill meat shop was located in Hongdae as well. It’s called 401 Loco Quan Restaurant.

It was our first time having grilled meat in SK, and I’ve heard that grilled meat in general is quite pricey here. It costed us 40,000krw for this meal, 30,000krw for 400g of pork and 10,000krw for pig intestines (곱창). The amount of money we spent on FOOD only today, there goes our food budget for 2 days!

*Short story: later that night after our meal, we decided to go shopping for goods at Lotte Mart near Seoul Station. After lots of walking while enduring the attacks of icy winds on the streets and the subway tunnels, we finally reached the exit of Seoul Station. I can assure you that we were not very pleased to see Lotte Mart without any lights on inside. A lesson for everyone–please check the operating hours of any attraction or shops before you visit so that you wouldn’t end up like us, wasting time and energy for nothing, lesson learnt!

09/01/2017

The only day throughout this trip where we left our room before 9am.

Nami island (남이섬) here we come!

About how to go to Gapyeong Station (가평역) from Seoul. Any station will do [Yongsan(용산) or Cheongnyangni(청량리역) in this case] as long as they have an ITX stop there. For us we took the ITX from Cheongnyangni Station. We bought our tickets on the spot at the ITX ticket machine, you can purchase them online as well. The ITX journey took less than an hour.

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Economy class ticket

We bought free standing tickets  instead on our trip back from Gapyeong, It was cheaper and if you are lucky, there might be seats for you too 🙂

{Economy class= 4,300krw, Free standing=4,000krw] your choice.

After arriving at Gapyeong Station, you have to quickly make your way outside to catch the bus to Gapyeong Wharf. There is only 1 bus for every hour, definitely not enough to fetch everyone to the wharf. The bus fare was 6,000krw for the whole day, worth it if you are planning to visit other attractions nearby as well (like Petite France (쁘띠프랑스) & The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원)).

Nobody could bother to waste an hour waiting for the next bus, so we had to take the taxi instead, which was around 4.000krw from the station to the wharf.

We regretted not bringing any snacks with us and I feel like we could eat a horse when we arrived on the island. There were a few convenient stores and some expensive restaurants on Nami Island. I was so glad that we found this little ‘jjimppang’ stall:

I swear, when you are out in the woods fighting against gushes of icy wind, this is your best catch! It was soooo good, and only 1,000krw for one (the cheapest, warmest, most delicious snack on the island). This bun tasted somewhat similar to red bean paus we have back in Malaysia, which I liked better compared to the first ‘jjimppang’ I had in SK when I was in Busan, the red bean paste was salty instead.

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The famous Metasequoia Lane (담양 메타세쿼이아길) where people take lovey dovey pictures to reenact scenes from Winter Sonata (결울연가)

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Guess a lot of southeast asians visit Nami island often~

I was actually surprised and excited at the same time when I saw this. We met a few Malaysians at Gapyeong Station. I’ve never actually bumped into any Malaysians or southeast asians on the streets of Seoul yet (maybe I did, but I didn’t know).

Okay, I admit we are pretty bad at travelling. We did not finish strolling around the island. The furthest point we’ve explore to was the convenient store locted a few steps away from the ‘jjinppang’ stall. So how did we spent our entire afternoon doing? Trying to take good pictures of course, and also exploring the forest and the grassy fields beside the pathways.

Petite France & The Garden of Morning Calm? Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit there, maybe next time.

8 days of travelling has sure worn us out, it was time to relax.

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Itaewon Land (이태원 랜드) SPA!!!

Basically we spent an hour and half sleeping in the heated room. The temperature outside was freaking -2°c!! I kinda enjoy sleeping in the heated room, at first I thought I would sweat like crazy and the whole room would smell like sweat, but it didn’t, laying there for an hour and half warmed my ice-numbed fingers well enough.

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Comfy ‘jjimjilbang’ clothing

I did not enjoy the ice room and the salt room as much as the heated room, the salt room had a sandy sweaty smell that makes me feel uncomfortable. Again, we did not go for any massages or bath in the public bath, but we did had roasted egg(구운계란) and sikhye(식해).

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The crew with our lamb towel hat

To know more about Itaewon Land, I recommend reading this post by Triplerin 🙂

10/01/2017

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Isaac Toast @ Myeongdong

The Myeongdong branch had a limited menu and only makes mvp sandwiches.

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From: happiebb

However, there weren’t many people at the Hongdae branch, plus they had tables and chairs, but here at Myeongdong, we had to line up around 40 mins just for one sandwich!

Unfortunately, I had no pictures of my sandwich. I was so hungry I immediately gobble up my sandwich after the employee handed it to me.

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View from Naksan Park (낙산공원)
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Can you spot N Seoul tower?

We didn’t actually visited Naksan Park, we just happen to pass by it on our Ehwa Mural Village(이화 벽화마을) trail.

Our target was this:

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And we made it 🙂

All thanks to the guidance of this blog, and with the help of Google maps, we managed to find our way.

We had our last dinner in Seoul at a small local shop. Well actually, we were just passing by and decided to go in because it was freezing cold outside! The restaurant was owned by a middle-aged couple, the wife stays in the shop preparing delivery foods and the husband delivers them to the neighborhood area. They don’t speak any english but we still managed to place an order with our weak Korean. If you are interested in what we had there, I have to apologize beforehand because of my shaky hands, the picture turned out terrible.

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2 bibimbap(비빔밥) & 2 kimchi jjigae(김치찌개)) + side dishes

Finally, our day ended with us visiting Lotte Mart for souvenirs and goodies 🙂

11/01/2017

Had to leave early to the airport to return the wifi-egg, settle our tax refunds and get or T-money balance as well.

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Hangang(한강) OTW to airport

Super oily burger for lunch. It’s worth trying if you are curious but no seconds for me in the future.

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Lotte mozzarella and hash brown burger

I will be back Seoul, a promise to myself 😉

7 Days in Seoul (서울) – Part 1

Seoul -> Busan

Transportation: Train (KTX)

Accomodation: Airbnb (RM48.30/night)

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04/01/2017

Yes and we made it!

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3hrs ++ on the KTX and here we are

Seoul is way waaaaay colder than Busan.

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Still in Christmas mood I guess~

I’m so glad we stayed at Sinchon

  1. It was close to places that we wanted to go (a stop away from Ewha and Hongik University)
  2. Not too crowded but still lively (You should see the crowd at Hongik and Myeongdong station
  3. The rentals here were cheaper.

Staying around Subway Line 2 was a good choice, you can go to most of the attractions via this subway line. It is also one of the most heavily used subway lines around the world (according to Seoulistic).

One more reason why I love Sinchon:

Let me tell you!! This fishcake is just super cheap (500krw for one stick!!) and the soup is just delicious (the best I had so far). What touches me the most was how genuinely nice the owner (이모) treats us. We visit her stall almost every single night for supper and when she sees us, she immediately serves us cups of hot soup before we even start eating. I’m not sure if other stalls do this (cause we went to another one before and the owner was quite rude) but this small gesture of hers really warms us up during those freezing nights.

How to go: Sinchon station Exit No.7, you will see a few stalls in front of you. Just find the one that sells fishcake for 500krw/stick 🙂

05/01/2017

Kick start our morning with a visit to Gyeongbukgong Palace (경북공). Okay, not really Gyeongbukgong, just Gwanghwamun (광화문).

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credits to Travelers on Weekends

Okay so this picture may not be very clear, but we arrive from Yongseongmun Gate (용성문) and went out to Gwanghwamun Gate to take pictures. The entrance to Gyeongbukgong Palace is at Heungnyemun Gate (흥례문).

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See the crowd, they are all here to witness the Changing of Guards Ceremony 🙂

There were so many people wearing hanbok (한복) when visiting the palace. I only found afterwards that admission to palaces are FREE when you wear hanbok , only ourselves to blame for not doing enough research before we came (hanbok rental is now on my bucket list).

There were a small group of protesters giving speeches at Gwanghwamun Square (광화문 광장) on that day. A few anti-president flags, tents and sculptures can be found there as well (the pictures might be too political sensitive to be uploaded here).

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Lunch at Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕)

I read quite a few blogs recommending this place. The food was great, but it’s more of a touristy restaurant (most of the people working here are chinese, so are the customers). I don’t mean to offend anyone but I didn’t really get the vibes of me eating at a local restaurant. Here’s a list of what we ordered:

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Credits to Top Left: One guy’s blog of eats, cooking, and travels, Top Right: visitKorea.net, Bottom Right: Will Fly For Food, bottom Left: Me 🙂

You can’t waste too much time on travelling from one place another. Close by attractions to Gyeongbukgong would be Bukchon Hanok Village (북천 한옥 마을), Samcheondong (삼천동) and Insadong (인사동).

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The most famous view in Bukchon Hanok Village (ask the information guides around the area for more info 🙂
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The cute information guides I was talking about. They can be found along the streets of Bukchon Hanok and Samcheondong.

Basically the whole afternoon, we were just casually strolling along the streets, taking pictures and do some light shopping, shopping for clothes of course!

That’s bout it, and we head of to Myeongdong (명동) to do some serious shopping this time.

The original plan was to have Isaac Toast for dinner, but by the time we were craving for dinner, they were already closing and not accepting anymore orders. So a change of plans lead us to—– JJAJANGMYEON (짜장면)!!!!!

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One bowl of jjajangmyeon was enough for 2 ppl

Thus after filling our stomach, we continue on with our shopping.

If you are Chinese, or look Chinese, don’t be to surprised when the shop employees starts rattling on and on about their products in super fluent Chinese (they sound like they are from Mainland China). I was so amazed when I hear them speak for the first time, like wow their pronunciation is even better than mine! There are tons of Chinese people shopping in Myeongdong, and to cater the needs of their large Chinese market, speaking Chinese has become a must for these employees.

Most of the employees also believe that if you speak Chinese, you must be super rich (a so-called 土豪 or 暴发户 in Chinese). Therefore, they will keep on pushing their sales with you, pressuring you to buy more of their products. If you are not interested, just firmly say no. Their facial expression will darken, but they will still pack the others things that you have purchased nicely into a paperbag. DO NOT be intimidated by them, keep a list of what you are suppose to buy, so will not end up spending more than you need ( a really basic shopping tip lol), it will hard to find luggage space by then, plus carrying a big, heavy luggage to and fro the subway is not a wish move, unless you take a taxi or follow a tour bus.

06/01/2017

We departed quite late today, around 11.00am.

The food shown above is Fire Rice (불밥). I know in the picture it does not look very appetizing, but trust me, this is definitely worth trying when you are visiting the area near Ewha Womans University (이화여자대학교).

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The famous Ewha Womans University campus center building designed by Dominique Perrault
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Injeolmi Bingsu (인절미 빙수) & Injeolmi Toast (인절미 토스트) at Sulbing (술빙)

We stopped by at Hongdae (홍대) for a while, just strolling around and doing some window shopping.

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Isaac Toast (이삭 토스트) at Hongdae

Oh, in case you need to ask locals direction to any Isaac Toast shops, you have to pronounce Isaac as ‘ee-sa-k’ because they do not pronounce Isaac as the english ‘Isaac’ but korean’이삭'(ee-sak) instead 😉

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Banana on a cake = banana cake?
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Well a carrot on the cake, so that must be a carrot cake right?
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Winter night in Cheonggyecheon (청계천)

Dongdaemun

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Doota Mall (두타면세점)

Doota mall is more of a department store. If you are looking for wholesale fashion mall, it is located at the opposite Doota, near Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). It’s called Fashion Mall U:US (패션몰유어스)

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Fashion Mall U:US

My friend was looking for a pink coat. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a winter coat that was in the shade of pink that we like. Overall, we didn’t enjoy shopping in there as the clothes on display didn’t have a price labeled on them and none of clothing really caught our attention. We left Dongdaemun empty handed that night.

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Sea of LED roses at DDP
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There were quite a few sculptures like this one scattered around DDP
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That is one fancy security guard house at DDP

3 Days in Busan(부산)

Kuala Lumpur -> Seoul -> Busan

Transportation: Flight (Airasia) + Train (KTX)

Accommodation: Welcome Busan Guesthouse (21,875 krw/night)

02/01/2017

Happy New Year!!! Spent my first night of 2017 on my flight to Seoul. Finally!!! I always wanted to visit South Korea every since the K-wave a.k.a. Hallyu hit me. It’s a dream come true oh yes!

Travelling to Busan was kind of a last minute addition to our plan. If not, flying to Busan then going back from Seoul would be a much cheaper option, but it’s okay, at least we got to take a TRAIN TO BUSAN ahaha (great movie IMO).

Since there was 4 of us, we bought the Korail Flexible 2-Day Pass for groups (2-5 ppl), it means within 10 days, we can pick any 2 days to travel. However, the travel dates must be confirmed on the spot when you exchange your voucher for the pass. You can purchase the voucher to exchange for the pass online, maximum 1 month in advance before your trip or you can just buy the pass on the spot at the Korail counter in Incheon International Airport (인천국제공항). This pass is only available for foreigners staying for a short while and it can definitely save you some cash.

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After 4 hrs of sleep on the KTX~

As for the T-money card, you can purchase it at any convenient store, it’s 2500krw for one, unless you buy it in the airport, which is 4000krw for one!!!

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From C2You

I’ve been to Tokyo before and expected escalators at the subway stations when I arrived at Busan, but apparently, that’s not the fact.

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Imagine yourself carrying your big fat luggage up and down this flight of stairs @@

The guesthouse that we stayed in during our trip in Busan was Welcome Busan Guesthouse, located near Choryang (초량) station, it’s super close to exit number 3. The owner was very friendly and helped us with our luggage during check in and check out (We stayed on the 3rd floor). The whole environment was clean and tidy, and it was cozy as well, made us feel just at home. I booked this hostel via Hostelworld, will definitely recommend this place to other people.

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Ssiat Hotteok (씨앗 호떡)  is a must try in Busan
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Milmyeon (밀면) for dinner

For locals, it was kinda weird why we would wanna eat milmyeon during winter, but since it was on my wishlist on ‘Foods to try in SK’, I just can’t miss this opportunity. Don’t confuse milmyeon with naengmyeon (냉면), although both are COLD NOODLES, milmyeon is made from wheat flour while naengmyeon is made from buckwheat flour.

03/01/2017

We went stair-watching this morning. Yup, you didn’t read that wrong, stair-watching.

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Looks familiar?
Yup, this staircase was the place where Running Man members tossed their shoes to see who can reach the highest stair level (ep.111). The name is 40-step stairway on Culture and Tourism Street (40계단 문화관광테마거리).

After that, the rest of the morning and afternoon was spent in Gamcheon Cultural Village (감천문화마을) looking for stamps.

There are lots of places where you can get really beautiful pictures if you know which angle to take it from. I kinda regret not taking more pictures ><

Everybody wants to get a picture with The Little Prince statue, including us. However, we were kinda tired by the time we walked there so we didn’t bother to line up (Only took a picture of it with a random Korean girl).

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Budae Jjigae (부대 찌개) for late lunch at Seomyeon (서면)

According to my readings online, Seomyeon in Busan is like Gangnam in Seoul. Nothing much to do here really, just shopping. So we did went shopping, shopping for snacks at a local grocery store. I’m so glad we did that, or else I wouldn’t have found this:

This was my first cone of ice cream in South Korea and it was the best!!! I’m sure you will love it if you like yogurt 🙂 Sadly, I couldn’t find it anywhere else when I was in Seoul.

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Translates to: chicken & makgeolli

It was  a fried chicken party after that!! My first time having Kyochon fried chicken, never tried them before although there did open up a few stores in KL. The boneless chicken was easier to eat, however, the chicken with the honey coating tasted better.

04/01/2017

Last day in Busan. We were kinda indecisive about where to visit for the day as we have to rush back to our hostel before 5pm to collect our luggage.

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Pork soup with rice (돼지국밥)

To be honest, we had no idea where to visit after lunch, so we decided to visit Haeundae beach. However, on the bus ride halfway to Haeundae beach, we discovered another place that attracts our attention even more than Haeundae beach, so there were change of plans.

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Oryukdo
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Oryukdo Skywalk

A skywalk at a cliff beside the sea, and it’s free!?! Why not? I swear you won’t regret coming here, because we didn’t. The view is just breathtaking, you have to come see it with your own eyes!

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The only thing you need to pay to come see this view is your transportation fees~

I wish we couldn’t have stayed longer till sunset but unfortunately, we had to rush back to collect our luggage before our hostel owners leaves the place. It was about a 40-minute bus ride from Oryukdo skywalk.

Next stop: Seoul!!!!!!

A Short Trip to Penang + Ipoh

A trip that wasn’t planned, we just wanted to visit Penang before my course starts.

16/07/2016

Me, my sis, little cousin brother and grandma, took the ETS from KL sentral, while my aunts drive to the Butterworth Station to meet us. It was my first time taking the ETS, didn’t know what to expect from Malaysian standards tho, but it was a pretty comfortable ride, except for the fact that my arrival time was delayed an hour (from 4hrs till 5hrs). They did sell food, like nasi lemak and mihun goreng, expensive (RM8 with no drinks!) but the taste was actually pretty decent.

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Pretty clean and comfy 🙂

By the time we reached Butterworth, it was already 11pm, adding another half an hour drive to the island, plus checking into the hotel and unloading our luggage, it was already 12pm. Well, hungry after long hours spent on transportation and not having a proper dinner, we made our way towards a goreng stall which was footsteps away from the hotel.

Maggi goreng topped with mata kerbau and shredded fried chicken on the side. So unhealthy but the taste was quite good.

17/07/2016

Rise and shine, dim sum for breakfast at the same place where we had maggi goreng yesterday.

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Mornings
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Dim Sum Penang style ~

Its a food trip right? So after dim sum its time for—– chendol!!!

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Street food alert!! they are hidden in this alley 🙂

Honestly, It was a little too much chendol for me, but I still managed to finish a bowl by myself. Usually, the bowl of chendol of I have in my mother’s hometown in Melaka was smaller and had more solid ingredients in them, like corn and nuts (which were not found in the bowl above).

For lunch, we had char kuey teow, oh yes.While waiting for it, we had oyster omelette and grandma’s favourite ais kacang as appetizers.

I still remember the last time when I came the char kuey tiow was RM8 for a plate, now its an astonishing RM10!!!

I couldn’t remember when was the last time I actually ate char kuey tiow at food stalls in KL, I am soup noodles kind of person. So, my opinion on this is it’s delicious and flavourful, a satisfying lunch for me.

After lunch, it was time for a typical activity when you visit Georgetown—-following the mural trail.

 

While wandering around the tourist area, something caught my grandma’s eye:

“I had this when I was a little kid!”

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Ice ball: the oldies ice cream

Basically its just plain ice ball with rose and sarsi syrup drizzle over it. The one we bought was a little fancy, it had a scoop of ice cream and nuts inside as well. My grandma was in shock after hearing the price of this dessert, “It was only 30sen back then!” It costs us around RM4.50 for this bowl.

My first time experiencing it after reading it from my english textbooks when I was a kid. I used to wonder why the ice doesn’t fall apart, now I know, after witnessing how they compress two bowls of ice tightly together to form this ice ball.

Grandma even demonstrates how to indulge on this ice ball: you just gotta suck on it.

Seeing quite a few stalls selling this in Penang, I wonder how come I have never seen this treat being sold in Melaka? (Grandma is from Melaka tho)

We just had to catch the sunset at Batu Ferringhi, the sand on the beach was coarse tho, but sunsets on the beach never seem to disappoint me.

As the sky darkens, we head out in search for dinner. Eventually, we had hokkien prawn noodles.

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This one was at green house

After we finished this bowl of noodles, we were craving for something else to snack on. So…

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Oyster omelettes and hokkien char

Okay, that’s enough food for one day. i can’t believe I actually ate that much ><

18/07/2016

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Morning~

Before we leave, I just had to experience the gigantic ramen bowl for once.

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Cravings satisfied 🙂
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Crossing the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge to mainland

The 2nd Penang Bridge was so long, It took around 15mins to drive from on end to another.

Since we were heading south, why not stop by at Ipoh?

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Delicious chicken and tauge for lunch
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How can we miss this?
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Just doing what a fellow tourist will do~

Tip: the hot version of white coffee is less sweet then iced white coffee. Seriously, the iced white coffee was just too sweet for my liking.

And that concludes our short trip. My only regret is I didn’t get to eat asam laksa and curry mee. This calls for another trip to Penang again in the future, if possible 🙂

A Month Around U.S.: Part 7 (Los Angelas)

San Diego —> Los Angeles (24/03/2016 – 29/03/2016)
Transportation: Greyhound [$15.50] 10.00am – 12.30pm
Accommodation: Airbnb [$24.70/night]

24/03/2016

We arrived at LA in the afternoon. Apparently there wasn’t any places selling TAP cards nearby, the nearest one was the Little Tokyo metro station. So after dragging our luggage across town for 30 minutes, we finally bought our TAP cards and took a bus to our accommodation.

We were staying in Koreatown. my accommodation was great in terms of location, the bus stop is just around the corner, about 2 mins walk. My only complaints was the room being too small, pictures can lie, so beware.

Later in the afternoon, I went to donate some clothes to a shop selling second hand items (I don’t need that many clothes anyway and my luggage was overweight). My friends went shopping so I ended up having dinner alone in a korean noodle house.

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 짬봉

25/03/2016

My friends went shopping again so I split up with them and went exploring at The Getty. It was such a long bus ride, it took me about an hour and two bus rides to reach The Getty.

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It’s right across the street 🙂

 

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Excited 🙂

What I didn’t know was you can actually choose to walk 10 minutes up the hill to the center, while admiring outdoor sculptures; or you can just line up with most of the people and take the free tram uphill.

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Waiting for the tram
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Tram tracks up to The Getty Center

It was bigger than I expected, I didn’t know where to start. Honestly, the only exhibition that I had walked through is the Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV. Every one of tapestry has their own story, plus they were so huge!! I was just so amazed about how they managed to weave such a large project in those days, it was so beautiful and so detailed.

The exterior architecture of The Getty Center is also beautiful, you get great shots no matter where you are.

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The staircase to the entrance
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The Central Garden is actually a large sculpture by Robert Irwin

 

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Central Garden view from above
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Feels like I’m high above the city
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The other side of the museum

Promised to meet my friends around 5.30pm for dinner. It was our last meal with Li Chen before she leaves for the airport. We had bibimbap and clam noodle soup for dinner.

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26/03/2016

Me and Pei En decided on a day trip to the southern part of Los Angeles. A one hour and 45 minutes bus ride to finally reach San Pedro, where the Korean Friendship Bell lies at.

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I was here 🙂

The Sunken City was just nearby, so we decided to visit there as well. At first, I though we couldn’t enter the place because it was fenced, but apparently there was a ‘secret’ entrance to the Sunken City. One of the rails of the fencing have fell off, making an entrance big enough for one person to pass through. It was really beautiful, my phone couldn’t really capture the beauty that I see with my eyes; but it was also a dangerous hike at the same time, the path was steep and the little rocks make it slippery.

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The view of Sunken city from above

 

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I’m gonna fall!
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This is just part of it
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This is my fav shot at the Sunken City 🙂

Another 1 hr 45 min bus ride to Manhattan Beach. Target was just behind the bus stop. I was so excited, this was the first Target I have ever been to in U.S., it’s tidier and cleaner looking compared to Walmart. We bought 2 bags of Lays chips as it was on sale. Manhattan Beach was a 15 min walk from the bus stop, I didn’t expect it to be crowded with people though (I though Venice and Santa Monica would be more crowded).

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On the way to Manhattan Beach
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I’m guilty

We got wasted and had a bag of chips while waiting for the sun to set.

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The sun is setting
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The sun went down in a blink of an eye

By the time we walked back to the bus stop, the sky has darken. We were shocked that according to Google Maps, our next bus will arrive half an hour later, but we waited and it didn’t came. It got me so worried that Google Maps updated the arrival time of the bus again. We were lucky to catch the last bus home.

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Instant jjajjangmeon for dinner.

27/03/2016

So it took me around an hour to take a bus and a metro from Chinatown to Hollywood. Everything in LA is just so spread out it feels like it takes forever to get from one place to another by public transport.

So, I can’t believe I was in Hollywood!!! This was a place I never imagine myself visiting, but here I am, strolling along the Walk of Fame and taking pictures with it just like any other tourist on the street.

We went to meet our travel mates at Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center.

Afternoon hike to the Griffith Observatory, it’s been a while since I last exercised. You can view the LA city skyline from here but it was too far to capture a nice shot of the Hollywood sign.

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Air pollution in LA
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Spot the Hollywood sign far far away~
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I’m here 🙂

Welcoming us inside the Griffith Observatory, is a Foucault Pendulum. It’s an experiment that proves the Earth is constantly rotating. I find this really interesting, a big swinging pendulum is hung on long wire and as time goes by, it will knock down the neatly lined pegs one by one.

There was also a Tesla Coil inside the observatory and we were just in time for the Tesla Coil demonstration.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t upload the video

We were hungry for lunch, but instead of a proper meal, we had ice cream cookie sandwiches instead at Diddy Riese near UCLA. It was only $2 for two homemade fresh baked cookies with ice cream sandwiched between it, cheap and delightful 🙂

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Diabetes is coming after me, run!

What did we do after that? Well we did stroll around the area for a while.

Remember when I said how spread out everything is in LA? It took us nearly two hours to reach UCLA from Griffith Park. By the time we reached Koreatown, the sun was almost down and our tummies have started growling.

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Oxtail Soup at Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

This was my kind of korean meal: flavourful meaty soup with pearl rice, not to mention the unlimited refills of kimchis (Yum!), perfect for a cold night in LA.

28/03/2016

Grand Central Market at downtown LA.

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Food is everywhere!!

Didn’t have appetite for lunch, so I wandered around and something caught my attention:  Almond-Macadamia Milk Latte? Never had I ever thought about combining nut milk with coffee, it was pretty pricey for an iced latte (around $7), but just to satisfy my curiosity, it was worth it. Tastewise? It wasn’t as creamy tasting as a normal milk latte, quite refreshing instead, vegan latte, pretty interesting, sad that nuts are pretty expensive in Malaysia, especially almonds ><

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My iced latte~

My afternoon was spent strolling in chinatown and a park which the name I couldn’t recall.

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Beautiful isn’t it? At least it is to me

I can say after my korean barbeque dinner, I had korean food for every dinner when I was in LA, pretty crazy huh? but I’m never tired of asian food, and I still wish to travel to Korea one day, north and south.

Just before I head home to get my bags before leaving for the airport, I finally found you!!!

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Ellen DeGeneres ❤

29/03/2016

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Bye bye LA, back to the city where it all started~

A Month Around U.S.: Part 6 (San Diego)

Las Vegas —>San Diego (22/03/2016 – 24/03/2016)

Transportation: Greyhound  [$28.00] 8.00am – 3.25pm

Accommodation: Airbnb [$18.4/night]

22/03/2016

Arrived at San Diego in the afternoon and made our way to our accommodation. It’s a private room we booked via Airbnb. The owner’s girlfriend was very friendly and helpful. They had 3 cute little dogs, makes me miss my cuties at home even more. After unpacking and napping for a while, we head out to have dinner at a taco restaurant.

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The line continues outside the shop. Everybody is here for tacos!!!

It was Taco Tuesday!!! You get tacos for a cheaper price than usual. We had fish tacos, it was DELICIOUS!!!!

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Dinner (My phone couldn’t capture good pics under minimum amount of light)

Since we are only here for about two days, we decided to visit Seaport Village after dinner. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s just a shopping outlet located near the ocean (I didn’t do much research). Most of the shops were closed, so we decided to visit the only few open shops—-Cheesecake Factory!!!

 

 {NO PICTURES ABOUT IT  I’M SORRY}

 

23/03/2016

Finally, the reason why we visited San Diego in the first place—-Seaworld San Diego!!!

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Love the design or the entrance

Seaworld in SD is different from Orlando,

  • It is older
  • It is bigger
  • The color of their uniform is prettier IMO
  • It has better rides IMO

Especially Manta, I have to say this ride surprised me. I didn’t expect it to be this fun, This ride is waaaaaay better than the one in Orlando IMO.

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Manta from the Sky Tower view
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I’m kinda impress with myself, love this pic ❤

Manta, the first (Seaworld Orlando) and the last (Seaworld San Diego) roller coaster ride I had in U.S.

Colorado bridge park was our next destination. We rode on the bus across the Colorado bridge, and I missed a great opportunity to get some good pictures of the San Diego skyline (Damn it!!), I’m pretty sad about this…

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The famous Coronado Bridge
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Coronado Tidelands Park
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Marriott Resort pier
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Oh look, a softball field

Sunset at Coronado beach was beautiful. I remember the the sky colors were in soft purple, pink and orange. Too bad my phone has bad camera quality, it all looked weird as pictures in my phone. However, this was the most stunning sunset view I have ever seen throughout my trip.

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this one looks a bit decent to show
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This one makes a great wallpaper (loving this pic as well <3)

The day ended with Mexican food at Miguel’s Cocina. We spent around $25 per person, the most expensive meal during my trip, but it was worth it!! My first time having steak and it did not disappoint me 🙂

 

My San Diego trip was short but fun. Maybe because it’s a smaller city, people that I have met here are all super friendly and helpful, it was really relaxing to travel around here. Good food, good people, how can you not love it?

24/03/2016

Bye bye San Diego and City of Angels here I come!!