3 Days in Seoul – Part 2

The next installment of my 3 days in Seoul diary :)

For the second day I went to the famous Jaejoong’s Cafe J Holic (again), checked the road one more time to make sure the directions I wrote on the how to get to Cafe J Holic post still correct, check the post out if you’re going to visit the cafe for the first time ;)

I had myself an green tea ice blended and a big bowl of cheese cake patbingsu (shaved ice) for brunch (I guess since I woke up late and didn’t have breakfast too), and then headed to Olympic Gymnastics Arena for [ TVXQ’s encore concert T1ST0RY &…! ].

It was the first night so I thought I wouldn’t cry but ended up tearing up a little at the end. It was their last concert before both of the boys going to enlist which means no performance for at least 2 years. And being a fan for more than a decade I can’t help but feel sad that we’re going to say (a temporary) goodbye.

Then I went have dinner with a friend at a typical Korean restaurant where we had some piping hot Korean soups.

Now go watch the video above to actually see my 2nd day in Seoul ^^

Nhật ký ngày thứ 2 tại Seoul:

Mình dậy khá muộn nên quyết định không ăn sáng mà tiến thẳng đến Myeongdong để ghé qua Cafe J Holic của Jaejoong luôn.

Mình đã có bài viết hướng dẫn đường đi đến tiệm cafe rồi, bạn nào có ý định đến thăm có thể tham khảo tại đây > how to get to Cafe J Holic

Vì đang là thời điểm TVXQ tổ chức concert nên rất nhiều fan nước ngoài đến dự, cả tiệm hầu như đều là fan Nhật và Trung, không rõ có bạn nào Việt Nam như mình không.

Mình gọi green tea ice blended cùng chesse cake patbingsu và ngồi chơi ở quán đến đầu giờ chiều mới rời đi.

Địa điểm tiếp theo tất nhiên là Olympic Gymnastics Area để xem TVXQ’s encore concert T1ST0RY &…! Vì ngày đầu tiên đi vé đứng nên mình đến khá muộn vì không muốn vào trong đợi sớm.

Mình biết đây là concert cuối cùng trước khi cả Changmin và Yunho nhập ngũ, nhưng cứ nghĩ là concert có tận 2 ngày nên ngày đầu sẽ không sao đâu thế mà cuối cùng mình vẫn khóc. Bạn fan Trung Quốc bên cạnh thấy thế cũng khóc theo luôn xong còn cho mình cả khăn giấy nữa :(

Concert dài bốn tiếng với hai lần encore (concert thường chỉ có một lần encore thôi, lần này chia tay tạm thời nên liên đặc biệt vậy). Concert kết thúc xong liền vừa buồn vừa vui.

Sau đó mình đi ăn tối với bạn. Mình cứ nhớ là bạn mình gọi kimchijjigae (kimchi hầm) nhưng mà bây giờ xem lại thì có vẻ phải là sundubu jjigae (canh đậu phụ) mới đúng.

Video được đăng ở trên chính là nhật ký hình ảnh ngày thứ hai của mình đó nhé ^^

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3 Days in Seoul – Part 1

Last week I went on a short trip to Korea to catch my favorite boy group’s last concert in a while and here is a video blog of the first day on my trip. Enjoy~

Giữa bão dịch MERS ai ai cũng sợ nhưng giữa tháng này mình lại mới đi Hàn Quốc về lần nữa. Về cũng được gần 2 tuần rồi mà chưa thấy biểu hiện gì chắc mình không dính virus đâu ha. Và đây là vblog đầu tiên về chuyến đi lần này của mình ;)

Seoul: TWG Tea Salon and Boutique @ Cheongdam-dong

I wasn’t planning to write about this until I have time to go again and take some more pictures but it bugs me so much every single time I open my lappy and see this TWG picture folder on the top of the list just because I didn’t post it up yet. Why I need more pictures you ask? Because I wasn’t happy with what I have. It’s not my fault that I went to a tea salon after 4, right? Who have afternoon tea before lunch time anyway (I was on vacation mood back then folks, my morning start at 12). TWG Seoul, a little advice, light your store. I have no idea why these upscale restaurants in Seoul have to be so dark. I never ever get good shoot of foods there. Come on, I know you want to set the atmosphere but people need to see each other, and more importantly, need to see and take picture of their foods too.

Put lighting problem aside, in my opinion TWG Seoul is successful in bringing that whole TWG standard all the way from Singapore.  I guess every TWG owned flagship store has to anyway. Are they? Sorry I don’t know, never been to any TWG outside Singapore.

I only knew TWG opened its store in Seoul in early 2014 when the news writing about it popped up on the google result when I was doing my research for a good place to enjoy some afternoon tea. I don’t worship tea but I do drink it enough and I love TWG so I headed out the next day with a book in my bag hopefully to spend my some quality time on my own.

TWG in Seoul turned out to be different from what I used to and no I don’t mean it in a bad way but, still, it’s different.

I didn’t realize it was public holiday because I was on my vacation so when I got there the place was full. Staff let me know I can look around and wait or place reservation for tomorrow and since I already there I told her to put me on the waiting list (their staffs speak English so don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Korean). So I was walking around, having a little chit chat with the staff and it was only around 20 minutes before being guided to my seat.

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Seoul: Lomography store @ Hongdae

During summer when I was having my break after the first semester in Korea I decided to buy myself a Konstruktor just because I was having way too much free time and need something to do. (Then things happened and the camera parts still in its box after 5 months, gosh I need to get down on that thing soon.)

Konstruktor is a SRL Do-It-Yourself camera from Lomography. If you’re interested you can read more about the camera here, it was quite cheap and I beat it’ll be fun creating a camera on your own.

I went on Lomography website just to find out that the camera DIY was soldout but instead they actually have a store in Seoul, Hongdae area. Lucky enough there were a few sets left at the store for me to grab. Yay~

Here are some pictures of the store that I took, if you’re into analogue photography and happen to live in Seoul come take a look. You can get the directions at the end of this post :)

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Seoul: Starbucks @ Famille Park – 스타벅스 파미에파크점

Starbucks Korea celebrates its 15th year anniversary by building a special store in Seocho-gu right beside JW Marriott Hotel. Being a fan of Starbucks I have to pay it a visit just to see how it looks like and yes it’s true that’s the most beautiful looking Starbucks I had ever been to. Apparently this location is marked as Starbucks Reserve which offers the finest coffees that only available for limited times at select Starbucks stores only. Remember to stop by for a cup of coffee if you’re around. Other than coffee I recommend their Cheese Cake too, one of the best cheese cake I ever tasted in Korea!

The amazing cheese cake

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