한국 생활

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Resting pavilion

Ever since coming to Korea, I've been walking a lot, climbing a lot of mountains, and I also find myself WANTING to walk. The weather here definitely plays a big part in that decision. Considering the fact that it's so darn hot in Singapore, nobody would even want to walk 20 minutes in the scorching heat, perspiring furiously and feeling all sticky within minutes.

However, here it's sunny, hot, and still COOL. I'm actually dreading the upcoming summer, because it's going to be like Singapore, however I really do hope it's not going to be as humid. Though, looking forward to going to the beach during the summer. Can you imagine, in Singapore, going to the beach is just merely 30 minutes ~ 1 hour away, however here in Korea, going to the beach isn't just a weekly affair, you require at least 7 hours via bus from Seoul all the way to any of the beach destinations.

Climbing mountains is actually something that a lot of Koreans do, especially the elderly. You'd think that being old would make you slower, but they're actually faster than most youths, surprisingly. It's a lot of hard work, but the view is spectacular, and the things you see up there really let you appreciate nature that is almost untouched, except for the pathways and resting points.

Recently we also celebrated our coordinators of all the KGSP's birthday. In the photo below, he's the one in the most formal attire. I'm not too sure if everyone's in the photo, but that's the size of our grantees this year from Sunmoon University. It was quite a great surprise because our president and vice-president played a trick on him and got him all flustered and then we surprised him at the 4th floor. The face he had was priceless! And apparently in Korea, the culture of birthdays weren't much about surprises and sabotages, but mostly just singing a song, cutting a cake and then proceed to a round of drunken drinking in the night.

생일 축하합니다, 선생님!

Also received a package from Sophia and Michelle! (Whom I miss very much ^_^) They sent me SOOOO much stuff, and MILO!!! One thing that I have missed SO much is MILO. Nothing else compares to it hahaha, not even the hot chocolate stuff that I bought previously.

What a huge package

MILO! Or in Sophia's words "Most expensive milo ever"

Hehehe, bee cheng hiang and milo for supper~

There's quite an amazing range of restaurants near our school, around 15~20 minutes walk? There's also this quiet and ambient cafe that serves coffee, waffles, ice cream and beer (wth?) and we had it the other day. The waffles were soft and nice, yet a little crispy. The fillings tasted a little fake, but had a nice smooth texture. Went pretty well with ice cream, I must say.

Chocolate, cream cheese and plain waffle

Waffles with cookies and cream ice cream and chocolate ice cream

I find myself studying more and more~

Went to Seoul over the weekend that just passed and went around Sinsa, looking to find food. Had this amazing milk ice cream (forgot to take a photo of it) but it's really amazing... Smooth, creamy, milky, and rich taste *drool*

Korea has many amazing and pretty cafes such as the one below, and they have unique themes and furnishings that make them really inviting and welcoming. You will definitely want to do cafe hopping in Korea, just to taste the food and experience all the different ambiances.



I was also craving for international/American breakfast so we found a little place to have it. I didn't know that hash browns in American was actually something like rosti in Singapore. Whereby the hash browns don't look like the ones in McDonalds but look like rosti. I hope whatever you have just read makes sense, but if you're from Singapore you'll probably get what I mean after seeing the photo below.

Mouth-watering awesomeness





I went to Myeong-dong to do a little shopping of my own, and some pigging out on the street food too. I ate way more than the photos I took, and believe me, the amount of people there on a weekend is seriously crazy. You're probably bumping into everyone as you make your way around. Eating something on a stick makes it even harder. The meatballs you see above are heavenly... Especially with that white sauce which I have no idea what it is. 

The next morning, we ate at this place called Ace, that served build-your-own pizzas. It's actually pretty good. The funny thing is, the menu allowed as much toppings as you wanted, however, not being able to understand Korean fully, and having a Singaporean mindset, I thought you were only allowed 1 of each category, which meant 1 topping. Apparently not!!! I love Korea :D



Bacon and cheese fries D:



We only ate a little bit in the pizza place so that we can get more food thereafter. Went to this Thai restaurant just nearby called AsianPan, and ordered some spring rolls and (Can't remember the name, but it's some kway teow thing).



This was really good, for its price, the beef was tender, juicy and A LOT.


There's this thing also in Korea, that comes out a lot when Summer is approaching called 팥빙수, where it's like red bean ice dessert. However the red bean isn't really that nice, or maybe my mother would love it. But there's this nice ice dessert cafe that served some of them without red bean. This particular one was called 치즈빙수, which is cheese ice dessert.

The soft flaky ice was SO NICE. It literally melted in your mouth and it felt like you were eating fluffy clouds! The yellow blocks you see are cheesecake. Underneath the vanilla ice cream, there's a layer of cream cheese too. Oh my god~ Topped with almonds and amidst all that amazing flaky and fluffy ice shavings.

Look at the shaved ice... So fluffy T.T

All in all, it's going well, and don't have to worry about me! I'm having the time of my life... Missing home just a little bit, and not feeling all that home-sick. I mostly miss my family, my friends and the food, but other than that, loving the weather here, and finally having some motivation in life to continue on into a different phase.

                                          

 
Till next time

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