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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Seoul: Chikalicious (치카리셔스) @ Hongdae – My favorite cupcake in town

If you’re into cupcake as much as I do I’m pretty sure you have heard of Chikalicious – the famous dessert club in New York – before. The shop opened its Seoul location in Hongdae some time in 2012 and right after I found out it has a store in Seoul I went have my cupcake fix right away.

The shop is on a small lane in the back of Hongdae, away from all the noise and people. I arrived at night and luckily there’s still cupcakes left on the shelf. The cake shop doesn’t have a lot of space with only 3 or 4 tables and they all are taken.

The whole shop view

All the beautiful cupcakes

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