In The Land of KPOP (Part 3)

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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.

In The Land of KPOP (Part 2)

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Alright, let me just continue writing our vacation in the land of Kpop. This time, it wasn’t Neesa accompanying us, but Idham, who is also an engineering student there, in Inha University, to be specific. Actually, on the first day pun sepatutnya Idham, not Neesa, but since something came up, he had to ask Neesa to fill in for him, which was okay for us because Neesa was very friendly too, and so is Idham.

On the secondary day yaawww...

On the second day yaawww… In front of Nungmaru Guesthouse.

So, on the second day, after having simple breakfast at Nungmaru Guesthouse, we were ready for the next adventure. Actually, more to adventures in our pockets. Yes, something to do with money. SHOPPING that is! It was kinda bizarre that we already went for some shopping only on the second day we were there. Usually, org shopping on the last day haha. Frankly speaking, we didn’t plan to do a lot of shopping (read;tight budget) since we only came for sightseeing, but a vacation without a shopping spree? That’s impossible, even for hubs. 🙂

Righttt?

Righttt?

That day, we decided to try the subways to go to Namdae-mun. We had our card valued at KRW10k for the whole time we were there. Stations that connect Myeong-dong and nearby cities don’t really cost that much. Only a few hundreds to less than KRW2k. Even on our final day, I still had KRW4.8k left in my card.

The subway..

The subway..

First, you need to buy the card. The machines operate both in Korean and English, so don't worry.

First, you need to buy the card. The machines operate both in Korean and English, so don’t worry.

First, Idham brought us to Namdae-mun Market. This place is famous among tourists who want to do the souvenirs-shopping. They have varieties of items, from food to brooches and the most interesting part is, some of the sellers here could speak Malay too with a lil bit of Korean slang of course. It was kinda hard to understand, but so cute of them for trying, right?

Here at the store, you can find varieties of brooches from different colours and shapes. You could lose your marble for a little while looking at all the beautiful brooches around you! I lost it too for a minute there, before I suddenly remembered that I didn’t bring that much money to shop. Okay, sightseeing, remember? Haha

Are you not insane enough by this? Hahah

Are you not insane enough by this? Hahah

But, I did buy some for family and friends. The price range was between KRW2k to KRW10k. I think, I spent more than KRW100k for brooches alone. Some lah sangat kan… Then, we went to this one stall that belongs to a very nice and friendly Korean lady, who I believe is a friend of Idham’s, because they were so chatty with each other. We were there for another souvenir-shopping. Here, you could find souvenirs like a set of cutleries with ‘Korean’ engraved on it, cute bookmarks, plaque displays, nail clippers, fridge magnets and plenty of other cute things. We spent another KRW200k here and only spare some for our own selves. Yeah, things I do for you kesayanganssss sekalian….

We decided to drop by at our guest house to keep our shopping bags there since they were so freaking heavy and we didn’t have that much energy left to drag them. On the way back to the subway, we managed to buy a few more ‘I LOVE KOREA’ T-shirts. 3  for KRW10k, standard price. We bought 9 T-shirst all together. Only one for me, nothing for hubs (no size), and the rest was all for family and in-laws.

Hubs and the nice Korean lady..

Hubs and the nice Korean lady..

A must T-shirt, I guess?

A must T-shirt, I guess?

I left hubs to do the T-shirt shopping

I left hubs to do the T-shirt shopping

The market.

The market.

I'm wearing my pink T-shirt tonight!

I’m wearing my pink T-shirt right now while blogging!

After buying the T-shirts, we quickly walked to the subways since we were already behind schedule. Again, something caught our attention. I saw a group of Japanese tourists were circling something. I told hubs I wanted to take a look at whatever they were doing. When I walked closer, it turned out to be a food stall where a Korean guy was demonstrating something. Idham explained that this Korean traditional food was called Kukul Tarae, which means Honey Skin. Well, because it is from honey with some ground peanuts filling in it.

This funny fella was demonstrating how to make a Kukul Tarae.

This funny fella was demonstrating how to make a Kukul Tarae. I have the video, click here to watch it.

This guy was so funny and very friendly too. Idham said that this guy used to be on a TV show, whatever it was called, I can’t remember. Then, after a while, he took a break and started his Kukul Tarea business here. If you watch the video I posted in my Facebook wall, you would notice that he said a few words in Malay like ‘satu, dua, tiga, empat belas’, ‘macam mihun’ ‘gulung’ ‘sangat sedap’ etc. Haha I’m sure he has a lot of Malay customers. We bought 5 boxes of 3 different flavours, peanut, chocolate and satu lagi tak sure. But memang sangat sedap especially if you eat it right then when the honey skin is still so soft. If you keep it in the fridge, it will harden so jadi mcm candies, but still sedap jugak.

Kukul Tarae from all sorts of flavours!

Kukul Tarae from all sorts of flavours!

After buying Kukul Tarea, we walked fast to the subway station, hoping nothing caught our eyes anymore, but first thing first, LUNCH! Owh, my favourite time. LET’S MAKAN!

Don't know the name of the restaurant, but it's situated near the subway station.

Don’t know the name of the restaurant, but it’s situated near the subway station.

Yeayyy!! The grilled mackerel, the spicy squid, the kimchi, the radish. I've never had enough of these delicious babies!

Yeayyy!! The grilled mackerel, the spicy squid, the kimchi, the radish. I’ve never had enough of these delicious babies!

After lunch, we took the subway back to Myeong-dong. We managed to drop by at Nungmaru Guesthouse and keep our bags in our room, before continuing our journey to Namsangol Hanok Village. This place is a free admission, but if you would like to try on their Korean traditional costumes, you have to pay at least KRW5k per person. We couldn’t resist so we tried it on.

At the entrance of Namdaemun Hanok Village.

At the entrance of Namsangol Hanok Village.

Hanbok at Namsangol Hanok Village

KRW5k per person.

The biggest Hanbok for men. Hahah

The biggest Hanbok for men. Hahah

I chose this one because of the skirt. Soon beautiful!

I chose this one because of the skirt. Sooooo beautiful!

Taraaaa!

Taraaaa! Gambar wajib la kan….

Korean traditional game. Basically, you just throw that stick into an earn or something. I scored....NONE! Tangan x bedung, bak kata hubs.

Korean traditional game. Basically, you just throw that stick into… that 3-hole thing. I scored….NONE! Tangan x bedung, bak kata hubs. Whatevs.

After that, we walked around the place, the garden, played their traditional games and then walked some more. Me, being the photographer, I walked the slowest because I was busy taking pictures of everything while hubs and Idham were walking few metres in front of me and chatting about God knows what. I stopped and looked at the surrounding, try to imagine the place in different seasons, winter for example. All white and it must have been so beautiful, or the sweet pink cherry blossoms that you could see from afar if it was in spring, or the gold yellow path covered with the fallen leaves if it was during autumn. Cantiknyaaaa! On my mind je la kan since the place was like a ‘padang jarak padang tekukur’ in front me right then.

The garden

The garden

The 'padang jar padang tekukur look alike' path haha

The ‘padang jar padang tekukur look alike’ path haha

In front of the lake.. which was empty. Haha

In front of the lake.. which was empty. Haha

Me, at the palace.

Yups, that’s me. Trying to defy the gravity.

After visiting the Hanok Village, we used the subway again to go to Dongdae-mun Market, the biggest retail warehouse in Seoul. You would not only find tourists here, but the Korean themselves like to go to this place too for fabric shopping. There is a wide range of types of fabrics available here. Once again, you would lose your sanity.

Some of the fabrics sold here..

Some of the fabrics sold here..

All kinds of lace..

All kinds of lace..

All kinds of fur for winter coats!

All kinds of fur for winter coats!

They got Korean silk too.

They got Korean silk too.

I was quite tempted to buy the Koean silk, but since the owner was busy attending to other customers at that time (the one who was sitting in the picture, do you see that?), I just went ‘Mehhhh. X payahla.’ So I didn’t buy anything there. We just walked around the warehouse, seeing all the beautiful and unique fabrics, clothes and cutesy stuff like socks, hats, handkerchiefs etc. I bet fashion designers would really love it here. It’s big and crazy.

After half an hour of walking in the warehouse, we went out and walked to Doota. It was nice to just walk and see the locals doing their things you know. To me it was nice, but not to hubs. His feet were killing him so we had to stop at Dongdae-mun Hollys Coffee for a little break. Weak, I tell you.

Cant remember what this is.

Cant remember what this is.

You can find cute socks here too! It's a thing here, I guess.

You can find cute socks here too! It’s a thing here, I guess.

More walking..

More walking..

And walking...

And walking…

Doota!

Doota! It wasn’t that cold anymore at this hour, but the wind.. I couldn’t stand it. Hubs boleh la, banyak fat shield.

A good cup of coffee at this kinda weather.. HEAVEN!

A good cup of coffee at Hollys, in this kinda weather.. HEAVEN!

At Hollys, we just chilled out and talked to each other about lots of things. Talked about Idham’s study, talked about our study and experience when we were in Aussie, talked about Koreans, the job opportunities there for foreigners, the discipline of its people, the education system.. hah, the list goes on. Haha. About an hour or so, we headed back to Myeong-dong and hubs was still dragging his feet. Haha

Back in Myeong-dong.

Back in Myeong-dong.

Wait for Day 3’s adventure in Everland!

In The Land of KPOP (Part 1)

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When I first put the hashtag #delayedvacation in almost every picture of us in Korea, especially on Day 1, hubs asked, “What do you mean ‘delayed vacation’? ‘Ye la.. It means, kan we’re supposed to go here in December, but then we postpone it to March, so delayed la…’

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I’ve been meaning to go to Korea since last year. Not a fan of the Korean dramas or Kpop music (but I know Super Junior and I think Kyuhyun’s voice is beautiful), not even sure how Lee Min Ho looks like (they all look the same to me) but Korea is one of the countries that I would really like to visit because of its geography, especially being one of the nearest 4-season countries from Malaysia. This year, Alhamdulillah, I managed to set my foot on the land of Kpop! I consider this as an anniversary trip since March is our anniversary month. Last 11th March 2015 marks 4 years of us being together and we decided to celebrate it in Seoul. Yeay!

The luggage.

Travelling in red. Well, mostly.

Here we go!

Here we go!

We flew with MAS Airlines at 11.30 p.m. on Saturday and arrived in Incheon International Airport at 7.15 a.m. local time. Korea is  one hour ahead of Malaysia, so the flight took us around 6 hours. After claiming our baggage, we met our tourist guide, Neesa, who is a Malaysian student, currently studying in Seoul National University (SNU). She speaks like a Korean, even looks like a Korean a little bit haha. This was not a rombongan Cik Kiah yang ramai2 tu tau since there were only three of us. At first, we thought of going alone, main redah je la kiranya, but thinking we don’t know any Korean at all and these Korean people mostly don’t speak English, we thought it was best to have someone who could speak the language for us. I think that’s a wise move. Even if some Koreans can speak English, their Korean English is soooo freaking hard to understand.

At the Incheon International Airport.

At the Incheon International Airport.

So on Day 1, after leaving the airport, we went straight to the famous tourist spot, the one and only, Nami Island, by car. Neesa drove us there in her Kia Carnival. It was so cold up there since it was located at the hilly area. Nami Island was once used as a drama set of Winter Sonata. You guys are familiar with that, right?

Entrance fee : 8k (for foreign tourists) while for Korean adults, 10k.

Leaving the airport..

Leaving the airport..

On our way to Nami Island..

On our way to Nami Island..

Stopping by for some snacks.

Stopping by for some snacks.

At the entrance. This was actually a water fountain, but due to the freezing weather, it became an ice sculpture.

At the entrance. This was actually a water fountain, but due to the freezing weather, it became an ice sculpture.

Gambar wajib.

Gambar wajib.

By the frosting pond.

By the frosting pond.

Emywans

Us..

Looking for better view.

Looking for better view for more pictures.

Hop! Haha

Tryna fly against the cold wind?

The unusual sculpture.. Haha

The unusual sculpture.. Haha

When we arrived, it was not yet spring, but the Nami Island workers were already planting flowers here and there to prepare the place for spring season. Since we came here in March, it was already the end of winter. No more snow, but it was still so cold especially in the hill area like Nami Island. Since the trees were all ‘leaveless’ and there was no green grass, it was more like ‘padang jarak padang tekukur’, only it was so dry and cold. It was still amazing tho I’m aware that the scenery could be even more amazing, especially in autumn but I can’t complain. I’m glad enough we got to be there despite the season.

This pakcik was busy planting flowers for spring season.

This pakcik was busy planting flowers for spring season.

We spent time in Nami Island for 6-7 hours, taking pictures, eating Nasi Goncang, then taking some more pictures but most of all, sitting down, stretching our legs while chatting with Neesa, about herself, her study but mostly about Korea and its interesting places and its people.

Nasi Goncang. Shake shake shake!

Nasi Goncang. Shake shake shake! Yeah, you would need gloves, because the metal container was hot.

To make it look like this. This is Kimchi Cheese rice.

You shake it to make it look like this. This is Kimchi Cheese rice.

Around 4, we went back to the city, Myeong-dong to be exact, to check in. We stayed in Nungmaru Guesthouse, yes, not in hotels, because we were in a tight budget here you see haha. But the guesthouse to me, is quite okay for its rate. I don’t really mind the small size room, as long as it’s clean, and yes it is very clean. The owner was so friendly too, although most of the times I didn’t really understand what he was saying, but I know he was friendly. This place is so famous among Malaysians too. A lot of Malaysians stayed there during our stay. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of our room, since we literally just threw our stuff there so it was a lil bit messy, but you can go to their website, to check on the place. Click here.

Or let me just show you some of the pictures of the rooms.

Or let me just show you some of the pictures of the rooms, taken from the website.

The location and the rates.

The location and the rates. The rate may vary, depending on your type of room.

That night, we went to one of the most popular restaurant among Malaysian students and the Koreans themselves, Gosame, for our dinner. Let’s just say, one of the best dinners ever!

Although it is quite pricey (if you convert it to RM), but you can almost ignore it because the food here is really really good!

The price of the menu here in Gosame.

The price of the menu here in Gosame. The price range is from 1k to 8.5k per dish.

10k here equals to RM30+-
Hubs ordered another set of spicy squid, the anchovies (because it was so good) and a bowl of rice and it cost 14-18k. No, not including the rest of the meal. The whole dinner cost 40-50k.

Kimchi, sweet anchovies and radish.

Kimchi, sweet anchovies and pickeled radish. Owh, those anchovies! So good!!

The tofu kimchi

The tofu kimchi

The star of the show, the grilled mackerel. So crispy on the skin, and so juicy on the inside. Looking at this, my mouth just watered.

The star of the show, the butterflied grilled mackerel. So crispy on the skin, and so juicy on the inside. Looking at this, my mouth just watered.

Neesa and our food. Look at her, like a Korean kan?

Neesa and our food.

Eat like a Korean. Haha

Eat like a Korean. Nyummsss!

All gone.

All gone, including those two rings.

We went back to the guesthouse, full and happy. Get ready for Day 2.

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Sarawak, The Land Of Hornbills (Part 2)

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… this is continued from Sarawak, The Land of Hornbills (Part 1)

Like I said in the previous post of my vacation in Sarawak, we went to Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) on the second day. Obviously I’ve never been here, nor I have made any research about this place. So I don’t know what to expect. The journey to SCV was really amazing. Since SCV is situated at the foothills of Mount Santubong (quite a remote place), the view along the way was very green and foggy. You could see the mountains, green sceneries and South China Sea too which was quite fascinating for me.

The rainy weather made it even colder

The rainy weather made it even colder

The Santubong mountain from afar..

Mount Santubong from afar..

Becoming clearer..

Becoming clearer..

And clearer. God, it was amazing!

And clearer!

After about an hour of driving, we finally arrived at SCV. It wasn’t that hard to find this place because it was the only route heading there. We were greeted by one of the workers there and he explained about the fees upon entering the SCV. Also, we were given an SCV passport as a guide.

The passports..

The passports..

Anyway, the fees are as following :

Adult : RM55
Children : RM30
Student : RM15

Free entrance for 5 years old and below. If you’re referring to the SCV website, it’s stated there RM60 for adult. Yep, that’s actually true too. Remember, you actually can bargain the fee and pay less especially if you’re in a big group (don’t do it at the ticket counter tho *wink* ). That’s why we just paid RM55 per person. 🙂

My husband and I at SCV entrance. That's the famous Gunung Santubong as the background.

My husband and I at SCV entrance. That’s the legendary Mount Santubong as the background.

At SCV, there are 8 Sarawak traditional houses for you to explore, such as Bidayuh House, Melanau House, Orang-Ulu House, Iban, Penan and others. Each house represented their ethnics, exhibited their beautiful costumes and showed you unique traditions and cultures.

Before entering SVC, haruslah tangkap gambar cenggini.. Hehe

Before entering SCV, haruslah tangkap gambar cenggini.. Hehe

Old Bidayuh House, which was already closed for safety. Fret not, the new one was just a few metres away hehe

Old Bidayuh House, which was already closed for safety. Fret not, the new one was just a few metres away hehe

The bamboo floor. I wasn't afraid to step on this, but someone was. Hahaha

The bamboo floor. I wasn’t afraid to step on this, but someone was, since he thought he was too heavy. Hihi no comment

Our lucky charms? Hahah

Our lucky charms? Hahah

I didn’t take pictures of the whole house unfortunately, because I was so excited choosing and buying the traditional bracelets that were sold there. Hubby was also busy chatting with the house guard who was selling hard wood.

The house guard in their traditional costume.

The house guard in their traditional costume. That’s not hubby by the way. Hahah

One of these was claimed as the hardest wood in the world.

One of these was claimed as the hardest wood in the world. Hmm..

At 11.15 a.m. we rushed back to the House Theatre to watch 45-minute cultural dancing show by SCV dancing crew. The theatre was big and air-conditioned so it was very comfortable. Be careful not to doze off because you don’t wanna miss the awesome performance by the SCV dancing crew!

By the way, in case you arrive at noon and miss the show at 11.30 a.m., you can stick around until 4.00 p.m. to catch the next one.

There were brief introductions before every dance performance, like the one to celebrate guests, the one to comfort the souls after a death etc, but by the time I’m writing this right now (a month after the vacation), I can’t remember those details anymore. Hihi.. But all the informations were given in the passport I showed you earlier. I was just too malas nak check balik.

Before entering the theatre..

Before entering the theatre..

Inside the theatre.

Inside the theatre.

Hubby and my nephew, Aneeq.

Hubby and my nephew, Aneeq.

Colourful..

Colourful..

The complication of all the performances..

The compilation of all the performances..

At the last part, I dared hubby to dance with the dancers but hubby chickened out. Muahaha

At the last part, I dared hubby to dance with the dancers but hubby maluuuuu. Muahaha

I was very much satisfied with the performance. I walked out of the theatre happy but sadly, hungry too. We chose to have lunch at their cafe. Big lunch. Hihi. I’ve been so hooked up with the Umai there since the first time I tried it. It was actually raw fish cooked by lemon and mixed with onions, chillies and ginger (and lemongrass kot). It was an appetizer and hell, so yummy! We also chose to have our food served in a bamboo to make it look more ‘Sarawak’ lah kunun haha. Tho it was quite expensive, but screw it. Bukan selalu kannn.. Hehhehe

Muka kelaparan masing2.. Hahaha

Those two boys (in LeeSang caps) tak tahan tunggu makanan siap, beli mee goreng dulu.

The fooooooddddd!

The fooooooddddd! Ala, you can’t see the umai in this pic. It was in the other side of the bamboo. Tak nampak from this angle..

After lunch, we continued our exploration to the other traditional houses. I didn’t go and take pictures of every house here but honestly, the experiences of entering the houses quite differed from one another. You need to go to ALL seven houses to maximize your experience here.

The inside of Iban Longouse (Rumah Panjang)

The inside of Iban Longouse (Rumah Panjang)

Interesting cultural display here..

Interesting cultural display here..

Danish and Darling on the swing..

Danish and Darling on the swing..

When we got into this longhouse, we were welcomed right away by the smell of smoke. It was uncomfortable at first and a lil bit weird too. I had to cover my nose and mouth to avoid myself from coughing. Little did I know, the smoke was actually used to get rid of the bad spirit that might be there because of the skulls they kept in the house. Or so I was told. But yeah, I did see skulls there. So it means those were real skulls? Hmmm… Maybe.

That's hubby at Penan Hut. It's called, 'sumpit', those who don't know. It's an important weapon to hunt animals for Penan people.

That’s hubby trying the blowpipe at Penan Hut. It’s an important weapon among Penan people to hunt animals. Self-defense pun boleh kot.

3 tries for only RM1.00. Hubby tried and none of his shots hit the target ahhaha

3 tries for only RM1.00. Hubby tried this once and none of his shots hit the target ahhaha

It's this high.

Orang Ulu House. Gila tinggi. Photo courtesy by Google.

This is quite high actually. I purposely challenged myself to climb the house using this unique stairs. I was a bit gayat. You can tell by looking at my body postures. Haha

I purposely challenged myself to climb this Orang Ulu House using this unique stairs. I was a bit ‘gayat’. You can tell by looking at my body postures. Haha.

Crafts they sold inside the house. So cantik!

Crafts they sold inside the house. So cantik!

Something to munch. Tapioca fritters.

Something to munch. Tapioca fritters.

Weapon making!

Sword-making shed.

The use special knives to create that 'hair'.

They use special knives to create that ‘hair’. You need to have the skill too. Nway, is it fair of me to call it hair? It does look like hair.

We then went to the next house, Melanau Tall House. I love the location and surrounding of this house, simply because of its scenery. The green trees, especially the foggy hills that were clearer here compared to at the other houses.

Yes. I'm still thinking.

For a moment, I did think I wanted to live here…

I didn’t get into the Melanau House because I caught my eye on something.

The buluh game! Hahah. KakLong and I tried it, both failed.

The buluh game! Hahah. KakLong and I, the only ones who were so sporting to tried it, but sadly both failed.

Especially me, miserably. Hahah

Especially me, miserably. Hahah

Melanau Tall House. Kalau la ni rumah aku, memang kalau dah naik, x turun dah. Tinggi siot, penat!

Melanau Tall House. Kalau la ni rumah aku, memang kalau dah naik, x turun dah. Tinggi siot, penat!

Rumah Melayu. Something that I'm familiar with.

Rumah Melayu. Something that I’m familiar with.

Now, the final house. Chinese House. When I was little (20-22 years ago), I always went to Sabak town with my mom or dad to buy groceries. I still remember, the designs of the shophouses then were quite the same as this house except for this one was more to a farm house. I said this because once I stepped into this house, everything in it was so familiar. It kinda threw myself back to those years.

Especially this one! Pernah nampak ni kat kedai Cina kat Sabak dulu masa kecik2

Especially this one! Pernah nampak setting lebih kurang mcm ni kat kedai Cina kat Sabak dulu masa kecik2

The hats on the wall..

The hats on the wall..

The grinder. Not that heavy.

The traditional grinder. Not that heavy.

It was almost 4 by the time we stepped out of this house. I was exhausted already but we still had one more mission to accomplish. Before that, we went to the surau first to perform prayers. Around 4.30 p.m., we (the girls and the ladies only, the boys and the men dah penat. Diorg nak duduk kat cafe je makan eskem) went back to Bidayuh house to accomplish the mission. What was the mission? Trying the Bidayuh costume on! Yeaayy! We wanted to try it on earlier but the place was crowded and the waiting queue was long. This time when we came back, no queue, no one. Yeay!

Don’t forget to pay RM10.00 per person peeps! Yup, that was the fee.

A Bidayuh girl? Hahaha

A Bidayuh girl? Hahaha

My sis and I..

My sis and I.. Excited muke haku.

I forgot to ask the lady in charge about the differences between the two costumes.

The sisters and the nieces.. I forgot to ask the lady in charge about the differences between the two costumes. Or she did explain and I didn’t pay attention? Hihi

Mission accomplished!

Okay, since we’ve completed the whole sections of the village, now it was time to bid SCV goodbye. I’ve always loved learning about cultures but I’ve never thought I could learn this much by being here. Thank you SCV!

Before we went back to the city, we stopped by at Damai Resort to take some fresh air by the South China Sea.

Hubby took some time sleeping on the bench here, right after I took this pic.

Hubby took some time sleeping on the bench here, right after I took this pic.

Mcm kat Langkawi, except for the giant hornbill statue there. Hihi

Mcm kat Langkawi, except for the giant hornbill statue there. Hihi

I’m gonna continue the rest of the vacation (Day 3) in the next post, Sarawak, The Land Of Hornbills (Part 3).

Bye for now!

Sarawak, The Land Of The Hornbills (Part 1)

waterfront

I’ve never set my foot in Borneo island and this would be my first. Honestly, I’ve been planning to go to Sabah first but little did I know, Kuching would be the first place I’d visit in Borneo. I was so excited when my sister told us that we were going to Sarawak, to visit my niece, Kak Long and at the same time, spent some of our school holidays there. Initially, this was a big family vacation, where everybody in our family would be joining.

Well yeah, everybody including ayah.

:-(

Who knows that he couldn’t make it.. :-‘(

It was so sad to see his name on the passenger list, but Allah knows better. He is the best planner so who are we to question what He has planned for all of us, right? It’s heartbreaking of course, but we all know ayah’s in a better place right now (in sha Allah, amin), way way better that none of us could ever take him to on this planet. Miss you so much ayah! Al-Fatihah…

So, since we lost ayah, mom also couldn’t go on this vacation due to her edah. We couldn’t leave her alone so one of my sisters decided to accompany her at home while we were in Sarawak. It’s okay mom. We’ll take you to other places once you completed your edah okay? 🙂

We traveled by Mas Airlines. We departed from KLIA at 10.05 a.m. and arrived in Kuching International Airport at 11.40 p.m. We rented three cars which all the men in this trip were the drivers of each (Abg Man, Abg Bob and hubby).

There were three empt seats that were meant for ayah, mak and wawa. :-(

There were three empty seats that were meant for ayah, mak and wawa. 😦

Abdul Malik's clan.. From left, Kakak Eda, Mila, Abg Bob and moi. Those are my nephew and niece, Darling and Danish.

Abdul Malik’s clan.. From left, Kakak Eda, Mila, Abg Bob and moi. Those are my nephew and niece, Darling and Danish.

Us! :-)

Us! 🙂

So our first stop was UNIMAS, since we were going to pick up Kak Long. The weather was rainy, cloudy and sometimes windy. It was all wet but I personally liked it, since the heat and humidity were not really my things. Muahaha bajet org putih letewww…

The, we went straight to our apartment which was Jinhold Service Apartment. Honestly, I didn’t really like it at first because it was not a hotel, but once I stepped into the apartment, I was amazed by its spacious room and comfortable furniture. After all, it was very very clean, which was super important to me. It was just for the two of us, it was more than enough.

The whole studio apartment. Loved it!

The whole studio apartment. Loved it!

After freshen up and resting for a while, we headed to the nearest Pizza Hut, since we haven’t had anything since morning, own except for the inflight food. We ordered five large pizza, together with salad. They were all gone so quick. Lapar gila. Haha

My partner in crime, Kak Long! Always good to see you girl!

My partner in crime, Kak Long! Always good to see you girl!

Then, we planned to go to Kuching Waterfront to have a look at the place, you know. Just sight-seeing.

Nice background right... So Sarawak. Haha

Nice background right… So Sarawak. Haha

Sarawak River..

Sarawak River..

Some musical show..

Some musical show..

Kek Lapis that we bought at the bazaar. Look at the pattern, it's like tikar but only colourful. So sedap too. The flavour was 'pure butter'.

Kek Lapis that we bought at the bazaar. Look at the pattern, it’s like tikar but only colourful. So sedap too. The flavour was ‘pure butter’.

Sarawak River Cruise! We didn't plan to cruise actually, but when we were offered, we thought, why not? RM11 per person.

Sarawak River Cruise! We didn’t plan to cruise actually, but when we were offered, we thought, why not? RM11 per person.

The view along the river...

The view along the river…

Us, on the boat.

Us, on the boat.

The night view from the water..

The night view from the water..

It was already late at that time so an hour of cruising brought us to night light. We asked the locals if there was anywhere we could go at night, they said, ‘Takdela.. Mintak maafla.. Sini malam2 takda ape2.. Pegi mall je ke atau balik je rehat.” Haha thank you pakcik. It ‘helped’. So we drove around the city after cruising, then back to our apartment. Had shower and then we went out again for dinner. Haha. Hubby didn’t go out this time because he was too tired, so did my lil sister and my two nieces, KakLong and KakNgah. We went to Kubah Ria Plaza and had Mee Kolok Soup.

Mi Kolok Soup!

Mi Kolok Soup! The taste was quite nice and I like it. 🙂

On the second day here, we decided to go to Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, which was about an hour drive from the Kuching city. I think this was the best part of our vacation this time, but I’ll write that in Sarawak, The Land Of The Hornbills (Part 2) because I wanna go get some breakfast right now.

Haha bye.