In The Land of KPOP (Part 3)

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This continued from In The Land of Kpop (Part 2)

So, on Day 3, as what we have planned, it was time for some theme park adventures, it was time for Everland! I was so excited! Like the previous days, we had simple breakfast at Nungmaru, just some Lotte bread and Daily Spread that I bought from home. We started our journey to Everland at 10.15 a.m. The journey took about 45 minutes or less but mind you, since the traffic heading to the freeway was always heavy and busy, it might took more than an hour to get there.

We went there by car, by the way. Idham was driving, so we had time to snap some pictures along the way. It was so hard to see any Japan-made car here. Here’s why. Japan is a right-driving country so their cars are generally right-side, while Korea is a left-driving country. I guess that’s the biggest reason why it was hard to find any imported car, especially Japan-made ones here. Plus, I believe they’re very supportive of their local cars. If I were Korean myself, I would too, because Korean cars sangatlah cantik. Sadly, takde second value kat Malaysia. Sobs.

The journey to Eveland.

The journey to Everland.

The view along the freeway..

The view along the freeway..

Traffic was starting to get busy..

Traffic was starting to get busy..

Accident pulokk...

Ade accident pulokk…

We arrived at Everland Theme Park about an hour later. It was quite cold here. Its operating hours is from 10.00 on certain days and at 9.30 mostly. I’m not sure why, maybe due to the season or weather, but it is closed everyday at 10.00 p.m. The ticket prices are as followed:

Adult : KRW48k (RM160+-)
Children : KRW38k (RM126+-)

At the Everland entrance...

At the Everland entrance…

The atmosphere here..

The atmosphere here..

Before we entered, this is a must pic!

Before we entered, this is a must pic!

The uniforms they're wearing. :-D

The uniform they’re wearing at the entrance. 😀

One of my fav pics, cause this looked so spring'y'.. Haha

One of my fav pics, cause this looked so spring’y’.. Haha

Like any other major theme parks, Everland Theme Park is divided into 5 sections, namely

Global Fair
American Adventure
Magic Land
European Adventure
Zootopia

You can download it here.

You can download it here.

As for starters at Global Fair section, we went to the Kpop Hologram since it was the first stop we saw at the entrance. There was a Big Bang hologram concert at that time. Not a fan at all, don’t even know the members of Big Bang, but like they say, ‘Layan je laa..’ No cameras allowed during the 3D concert, so I couldn’t show you how it looked like, but it’s the usual la, you know, dark, images of Big Bang performing, the music etc. I guess it was just typical, but not bad.

The Hologram

The KPOP Hologram

With the ticket girl. :-)

With the ticket girl. 🙂

Inside the Hologram before the 3D concert started.

Inside the Hologram before the 3D concert started.

After that, we went to Sky Cruise Station to go to the other side of the park, which is at the European Adventure, on a cable car. Since we were already hungry, we decided to have a burger snack at Burger Cafe. Sorry no picture of it, we were hungry, so we just ate it right away. Haha

The Sky Cruise Station

The Sky Cruise Station

Yay!

Yay!

In the cable car.

In the cable car.

Had our shrimp burger here.

Had our shrimp burgers here.

There has been a culture here in Korea that I admire the most. After having meals, people will take their own trash and leftovers to the dustbin and dump it there on their own. They don’t need waiters or servants to do that for them. It’s the culture. It’s their thing. No argument about it. People won’t look you twice if you take your own trash and handle it yourself because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Handle your own trash. Unlike here in Malaysia, they do. Sometimes, siap tunjuk, jeling2 and bisik2 lagi. Dumping your own trust into the bin is like committing a crime. I guess, we still have a lot to catch up.

Good culture.

Good culture.

Maybe we should do the same.

Maybe we should do the same.

After having burgers, we walked around for our next adventure. Idham told us about the must-try roller coaster here in Everland, called the T-Express. It is located in the Alpine Village. When I looked at the famous T-Express, it didn’t look as convincing and safe especially after Idham told us that they’re all made of wood, instead of strong metals like any other normal roller-coasters. WOOD! What if one of the wooden rails suddenly cracked and broke into parts??????!!!!

Perfect timing, crazy brain!

However, this is quite interesting too because it is actually the first wooden roller coaster and the largest of any kind in South Korea. It would have been so cool if it wasn’t being too scary at the same time. It was a must-try but…… I was nervous, yet excited and then it went back to nervous especially looking at how high it was. Since Idham said it was a must-try and hubs kept repeating himself as an adrenaline junkie and kept pulling my arm like a little child, then okay laaa, let’s do this!

By the way, this is some of the information that you might wanna know about the T-Express.

By the way, this is some of the information that you might wanna know about the T-Express.

We queued to get to the station, and as usual the operators need to ensure that you are at a suitable height to ride this. Normal procedures, I thought we totally passed it. Hell, was I wrong! They didn’t check your height, they checked your waist measurement to see if the belt could be fastened to protect you. I was scared, not for me, but for hubs. I mean, they didn’t even have to check my waist measurement since I was… ehem.. slim, but hubs was a different case. He’s just ‘super cute’ like that! As I thought, he failed. The belt was not long enough to wrap his belly. Hubs was pretty down that he couldn’t try the ride, so I said, ‘It’s okay laaa yang, next time we’ll come here again la okay? Make sure you dah kurus la by then.’ A lil giggle at the end that eventually turned into a laughter. Sorry, couldn’t help it.

The operators welcomed me to proceed to the next checkpoint but I didnt wanna go if hubs couldn’t come with me. I didn’t wanna hurt his feeling and make him feel really bad about this whole thing. I was such a sweetheart, wasn’t I?

And NO! It wasn’t because I was afraid of going alone. Pffft!
Anyway, bye bye the must-try T-Express. See you never!
(You had no idea how relieved I was not riding that thing!)

(Fine, I WAS afraid! Happy?)

The famous T-Express. Picture courtesy from Google.

The famous T-Express. Picture courtesy from Google.

After being 'rejected' at the Alpine Village.

After being ‘rejected’ at the Alpine Village.

Tho hubs was pretty devastated about the whole T-Express thing, don’t worry, he got over it quickly, especially when we arrived at the Zoo-topia. It’s basically an animal themed section where you can pet animals, ride ponies and here’s the best part, there is also a mini safari where they put these big cats like tigers, white tigers and lions. There are bears too! Owh.. Bears. They were just so majestic and BIG!

How's that for you?

How’s that for you? Imagine you’re on a bus ride to school and you see this on your left..

I like this concept of mini safari where people are the ones who are caged up, instead of animals, and those animals are just roaming around, sleeping, you know, minding their own business.

In order to see those animals in their habitat, you need to take a safari bus ride and the driver will take you from sections to sections while explaining their names, their diet etc. Owh, you can also see the driver feeding them from the bus. But you’re not allowed to feed them tho, only the bus drivers are allowed to do that during the tour.

See that orange bus? That's how we are taken from sections to sections.

See that orange bus? That’s how we are taken from sections to sections. Excuse the bear.

The white tigers here were being lazy!

The white tigers here were being lazy!

Hey you, up there!

Hey you, up there!

Those lions!

Those lions!

Some hyenas too..

Some hyenas too..

Owh.. Look at them big cats!

Owh.. Look at them big cats, just sitting there and couldn’t be bothered by our presence. Haha

This particular bear was trying to follow the bus. Hahah

This particular bear was trying to follow us on her two feet. Hahah. So cute, right?

I really had fun here. I would consider myself as an animal person. In Malaysia, every time I visit some of the zoos, I usually feel sad looking at the condition of the animals here. Not only they’re caged up or put in a dirty place, not having freedom to move, but sometimes, they are left sick and untreated too. At the mini safari, the animals are free to move around, even the workers and bus drivers are very friendly with them. They are left just like they’re in their natural habitat and it’s us, humans, who are ‘caged up’ in a bus to see them. I like it that way. 🙂

After we got off the bus, we used Amazon Express as our exit from the mini safari. It’s a raft ride where you’ll get swamped (if you’re not careful). I was quite lucky that I wasn’t wet at all. I looked around and saw some of the visitors even had their shoes drenched. Thank God it wasn’t me.

The Amazon Express

The Amazon Express

Hubs being his usual self..

Hubs being his usual self during the raft ride.

After the mini safari, we went to Petting Zoo to look at some cute foxes (can’t remember the actual name), wallabies, the baby of orang utan and so many other animals that I can’t recall right now. Owh, there was an animal show as well that we managed to watch when we there, but since the whole performance was in Korean, we couldn’t get the jokes, we couldn’t understand a thing, so it was quite boring for us.

That cute fox I've mentioned

That cute fox I’ve mentioned..

The hopping wallaby..

The hopping wallaby..

Orang utan junior.. Hehe

Orang utan junior.. Hehe

The animal show, featuring the seal (what's his name again?) and friendssss....

The animal show, featuring the seal (what’s his Korean name again?) and friendssss….

By then, it was almost 4. At this stage, we walked by ourselves since Idham said he wanted to take care of some things and would meet us again later. So, we just strolled around with our hands in our pockets (quite cold at this hour) and chatted a lil bit. It was such a long walk that we eventually just enjoyed our quiet stroll while trying to keep up with our breath.
Sigh… Fitness, where art thou?

Then, we arrived here. I can’t remember what section we were in here, Magic Land, maybe? We were told that they actually were preparing this place for Tulip Festival so you could see it was still in process. But still a nice spot for pictures and most importantly, to rest our feet.

RnR

There weren’t still many flowers here..

This was nice, but don't be fooled tho. They were artificial flowers with a light bulb in it. If you see this during the night, yeah, please be amazed. It was beautiful.

This was nice, but they weren’t real. They were artificial flowers with a light bulb in it. If you see this during the night, yeah, please be amazed. It was beautiful.

Yeah, after several turns. Hahah

After several turns. Hahah

Wohooo!

Wohooo!

Then, we walked a lil bit more towards the American Adventure section where we managed to try The Pirate Ship Ride. Then, the last one, bumper cars. Honestly, that was my first time trying bumper cars and I was quite hesitated at first since people could see how noob you were if you were a first-timer, but what the heck? I laughed at them too so let them laugh at me. It turned out, I wasn’t so bad. Only hit the dividers less than hmmmm….15 times.
Okay la tu. :-p

The only ride without the long queue... Less scarier too.

The only ride without the long queue.

The highest point of The Pirate Ship ride. Thank God I didn't drop my phone.

The highest point of The Pirate Ship ride. Thank God I didn’t drop my phone.

Us in action. Haha

Us in action. Haha

Bumper car station.

Bumper car station.

And.... Here we were, at the exit of Everland!

And…. Here we were, at the exit of Everland! Remember those giant tulips from the earlier picture? That’s how beautiful they were with their lights on.

Phewwww! It was dark, it was getting colder, my feet were tired, my body was exhausted, my tummy was hungry so I was just like, “Idham, just take us back to the city pleaseeee…”
I was asleep during the whole journey back to Myeong-dong. All I knew was, I woke up to this.

My dinner.

My dinner, Veggie Bibimbap.

Hubs' dinner.

Hubs’ dinner.

The newly renovated restaurant, just a few blocks away from our homestay.

The newly renovated restaurant, just a few blocks away from Nungmaru.

Stay tuned for In The Land of KPOP (Part 4).

Bye for now.

The Winchester, R. In The House

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I figure you should look at this post first, to see how eager I was to get this phone.

Here I am, introducing the new toy of mine, ROSIE WINCHESTER!
The name couldn’t get any more obvious right? 😛

New girl in the house yaaall!

The latest Winchester in the family.

I’ve been meaning to get a new iPhone since I felt like my iPhone5S, which I name her, Goldie Winchester, kept running out of space for anything. Of course it kept running out of space, it was only 16GB. I don’t know what can you do with that little amount of hard disk nowadays. I was so annoyed every time I had to choose which photos stay in my phone and which photos going to trash. I mean, if you’re not really into taking pictures and selfies, that’s probably okay but I take pictures of everything, so having a small GB like that really frustrated me. Same applied for mp3s. Why couldn’t I have them all in my phone? That’s a question with an obvious answer, right? Well, that’s actually my main issue, other than that, Goldie was working tremendously fine (never mind the battery power, that’s an issue for every smart phone).

So, while I was just weighing my options whether or not to get an iPhone6, Apple announced that they would be introducing a new colour for iPhone6S and iPhone 6 Plus S batch, which is the ROSE GOLD. I couldn’t get more excited hearing the news. ROSE GOLD, that is such an elegant colour and not too girlish I would say. I was like, ‘I have to get one of those! I HAVE TO!’‘ I took it as a sign from the universe, that it was time for me to get a new Apple gadget haha. After all, besides the awesome colour (it’s not good tho buying a gadget based on the colour, but I’m a girl, so it’s forgiven), I was really really in a need for a new iPhone. This time, with BIGGER GB!!

I almost held myself back from buying it due to the ridiculous price range of the new iPhone batch that had been circulating around in the social media. It was so high that I thought I could only drool on it. But you know, when I want something, I want something. It’s called determination (hubs calls it stubborn tho lols).
Thank God when it’s officially launched in Malaysia, the price is not as ridiculous as what had been spread around. I get why some say the new iPhone is overpriced, but blame it on our currency, because Apple’s price range in Malaysia is based on our currency.

Okay, back to Rosie. I can’t compare iPhone6 and iPhone6S because I don’t own iPhone6 so I don’t really know if it’s much different or just more less the same, but an iPhone 5S to iPhone6S? It’s sure a lot. In iPhone 6S, I love how your still photos are no longer still, they’re alive with the sound and movement of 1 second before and 1 second after the camera click, I love how you can use ‘Hey Siri’ without plugging it to the power even when it is locked, I love how you can fully view your emails and messages in iMessages before even opening them, I love that you can use flash when you take a selfie using the front camera, I love the use of light press and hard press to make your still photos dance..
OWH I LOVE THEM ALL!

UNBOXING!

UNBOXING!

Look at that face!

Look at that face! Lols

Here we go, almost mine!

Here we go, almost mine!

Wooooot!

Wooooot! Look at that big grin!

As obvious as it is, I’m in love with Rosie. I’m so in love with her that I rarely hold her in my hands due to this fear I have, of hurting (dropping) her. God knows how terrified I am if I ever hurt her (right now especially when she’s just four days old). That’s why when I still had Goldie, I used her for my social media updates, and only used Rosie for Whatsapp purposes. Plus, I banned hubs from touching Rosie. If he ever checked on Rosie, I would be close by monitoring him until he got sick of my behaviour and handed Rosie back to me. Hahah freak gilleeer!

Anyway, Goldie’s now happy with her new owner now.

Farewell, Goldie. You be good! Thanks for bearing with my ups and downs for these two years.. Now go and do good to other people okay.. Love you!

Farewell, Goldie. Thanks for bearing with my ups and downs for these two years..
Now go and do good to other people okay.. Love you!

The post when I first bought Goldie. 🙂
Thanks for the memories.

Taken For Granted

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The feeling of being taken for granted is never a good feeling. In fact, it is an insult. People assume that you are okay with everything, that they won’t bother asking. It happens to me a lot of times. No matter how close you are to someone, you need to ASK their opinions especially when it concerns them, their money and their life. You can’t just easily be their spoke person and say things on their behalf, when they don’t know anything about it. It’s wrong. IT’S WRONG!

Is it so hard to pick up your phones and ask the person about that particular matter? See whether or not they’re on board with your plans. Jeez!

Due to this, I have to reschedule my weekend. There goes my rest!

Is It Time To Go?

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Still can’t sleep. The standard thing I do is coming here to my blog every time I can’t sleep. I’ve been busy with work, as I stated in the previous post, but since now that work is already over, I feel like I have my life and my house back in my arms. Yeay! I’ve just vacuumed and mopped the floor, dusted the shelves and did everything in my weekly list, that I failed to do the last time (refer to the previous post).

These last few months of the year are probably the busiest. I’ve got courses to attend to, post-UPSR activities to conduct at school and on top of that, I’ve to update the panel files. Usually, there’ll be an SPSK observation in October or November, so I have to get ready for that. Did I mention that I’m the KP for English Panel at my school? Haha I think I did here. It’s my first year being a KP here in SKPJ, replacing Kak Kila who moved to Melaka last February.

Speaking of work, two days ago, I got a WhatsApp text from one of the the cluster-school teachers here in Muar, asking me to transfer to her school, which happens to be quite near to my house. Actually, I met her at our English Carnival for district level and she told me that they don’t have enough English teachers, siding aside the fact that it’s a cluster school, which the niche is English. Weird right? She also told me that they want someone young to be in their English team as they’re already quite veteran. They’re easily tired, they don’t have time, they this, they that. Anyway, I did tell her at the time that I wanted to transfer because I had a problem working under my then GB (the WWoTW), but since now she’s already retired and we don’t have any replacement yet, I have a second thought about the transfer. I didn’t even apply for an EG-Tukar this year because I’m happy at my workplace right now and I don’t want it to change.

Also, I thought she already forgot about it. It was months ago since I last saw or heard anything from her. The way she talked me into joining her school was quite suspicious to me. I kinda sense that she just wants me there to be bossed around. You know, since I’m young and all so the logic is that I can do anything they’d be throwing at me. So, thanks but no thanks, I don’t wanna be bullied like that. Maybe I’m being very negative here, maybe they mean well, but the truth is, I love my current school and I don’t wanna go anywhere else. Well, not yet anyway. I’ve established my reputation there (do I even have one hahah) and I’m not planning to start over at a new place. Plus, their GB is pretty much like the WWoTW so what’s the point of going there?
Haha.. So again, thanks, but no thanks.

There’ll be time when I’ll walk away from SKPJ, but it’s just not now.

Some day la kan..