Korea Pre-wedding Photoshoot Pt. 2

Hello again. This is part 2 of the post for my Korea Pre-Wedding shoot. If you have not read part 1 yet, please hop over to http://www.hwee-ified.com/korea-pre-wedding-photoshoot/

And so, after 3 months our edited photos are ready for viewing! The coordinator was nice enough to agree to my request of letting me see the edited photos before we decide on which photo to be printed for the 20R.

We received our edited photos last month via e-mail and I’m so happy to see the edited versions. So it is possible for the photos to look even better (remember I said before “how much nicer can it look when it’s already so nice raw?”)

Seoul & Busan 2016 – Day 4 & 5: Busan

It was the first time I was going to Busan so I was really excited. I was very confused when I was doing my research on how to go to Busan from Seoul and how I should book the tickets. The only thing I knew was that I could travel by the KTX. Other than that I have zero idea on what was going on. The KTX website wasn’t of much help either. Thankfully a fellow blogger typed her experience and tips on how to go about booking so I shall type it here for anyone who will need this information.

Seoul & Busan 2016 – Day 1: Yeouido Park & Hongdae

Hi everyone, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve updated this blog because I was busy preparing for my Korea trip and pre-wedding photoshoot. Since everything is still fresh in my head, I shall resume writing the Aust trip posts after finishing the Korea post.

It is the 3rd time I’ve been in Korea and the first 2 times were with tour agencies so this time I was pretty nervous and excited. Nervous because of the communication barrier which I am going to face there. My Korean vocab is probably limited to the few phrases and words which I’ve always heard in Korean dramas and I can only read Korean words (no single clue on what they mean though). Well, fortunately for me since I know both English & Mandarin, communication seriously wasn’t a big issue especially for tourist attractions because most staff have been trained to be able to speak Mandarin. More often than not when you try to ask some questions, the first response you will get from them is “Do you speak Mandarin?”. Sorry for English only speakers because their command of English is pretty weak.

Okay enough with the intro. Let’s start with the trip proper. Upon reaching the airport, we went to collect our wifi egg. I’ve already reserved it long before the trip from KT/Olleh so all I had to do was to print the confirmation and head to their counter for collection. The telco counters are located outside the arrival gate on the right. All companies are next to each other. The collection process was smooth and one thing to note is that you have to use your credit card to pay a deposit KRW200,000 before you are able to get your hands on the egg.  All instructions and password of the egg is inside the pouch which they will pass to you. As I rented it online, I was only charged for data/day and rental fee was waived. So in total of 10 days rental, I only had to pay for KRW50,000 on the last day when I returned the egg to them in the airport.

After which we were ready to depart for our hotel, Casaville Residences. The reason for choosing them? Because it was free (hahaha) the photoshoot package had given us 3 nights stay for free. The room is quite spacious and fret not if you will like to whip up supper in the middle of the night because they have stove and dishes there for you to use. We liked the place (not just because it was free) but more of the fact that it was situated in a very strategic location, Sinchon. Only one stop to Ehwa Women’s University and Hongdae. (If you would like to know more, can visit here)

As we were famished, we had our first meal at Lotteria which was right beside the hotel. I know, not a place that would be on the top of the list because it is fast food. We did not have a choice because we were at mercy of our growling tummies. Ordering food was a challenge as the staff wasn’t fluent in either English or Mandarin so hand language to the rescue! Bad choice because we did not manage to try out the popular mozarella burgers *sigh* The burger is relatively big and a interesting point is that their fizzy drinks are REALLY fizzy. No joke. Overall, we preferred the beef burger to the chicken  because the latter was really dry and I had a hard time swallowing it with the fizzy cola. The mozarella sticks were amazing though.

Lotteria

Once we finished our lunch, we travelled to our first destination of the trip.. *drumroll* Yeouido Park!! We were so lucky to be in Seoul right when it was the peak blooming period of cherry blossoms. Look at those beautiful pink flowers!

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Cherry Blossoms

However as it was the last day of the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival,  the number of people there was crazy. It was practically impossible to take a selfie without being photobombed. Everywhere we walked, there were people holding their selfie sticks spamming the capture button. But still, it was a great experience to walk down these rows of pink trees.

After which we went for gown fitting for our pre-wedding photoshoot. At night we decided to travel to Hongdae as recommended by the pre-wedding photoshoot staff. We actually planned Insadong for that day but it made more sense for us to change to Hongdae instead because it is just one stop away from Sinchon.

Fish Cake & Chicken Galbi

Fish cakes & Chicken Galbi

Once we exited from the metro, we came across their street food which is frequently seen in Korean dramas. Street food in Korea became a major thing for us during the entire trip because who can resist these sticks of piping hot goodness in the cold?! In addition they are really cheap. A skewer of fish cake typically cost around KRW1000. For that price, you are entitled to yummy fishcake, a cup of soup and warmth from the stall (sounds stupid here but it’s really a bonus when it is 15 degrees and you are constantly attacked by winds that just can’t stop blowing away).

We continued to walk down Hongdae which was starting to get more crowded with university students. There were clusters of students along the streets dancing and singing. For some reason while watching them, I started to get goosebumps because I could really feel their sincerity and passion for performing. If you are someone who would love to witness this, do come on weekends.

Besides street performers and buskers, there were many eateries along the streets which gave us a headache on what to have for dinner. In the end, we unknowingly chose a pub (the signboard was in Korean) and realised only when the waiter barred underaged students from entering.

Spicy Beef Bulgogi Ddukbokki

Highly recommend this. It was really good even though it was too spicy for us.  Even though I was tearing away while eating this, I couldn’t control my hands from picking it up and placing them into my mouth. What a pity as I cannot recall the name of the place. All I can recall is that the exterior was that of a traditional korean house similar to the restaurant beside it. In addition, they had a sign at the right side of the door that writes “We have English menu” in cute illustrations. Hopefully if you are thinking of trying this outlet, you’ll be able to find it with these (bad) tips.

After dinner, we continued to walk down the streets to do some shopping. Hongdae has its fair share of retail outlets comprising of tiny ones (similar to that of Bugis street) and huge brands such as Bershka & SPAO.

Hongdae

Hongdae

Torched beef

We saw this on the streets and decided to try because we remembered we tried something like this in one of the night markets during our Taiwan trip and it was so delicious. This is pretty good as well though I sincerely feel that it would taste so much better without the bbq sauce.

Shortly after eating, we left Hongdae because it was getting too cold. That marks the end of our day 1 in Korea. For those who are interested to visit the above mentioned places, details are below.


  • Yeouido Park

Directions: Metro Line 9, National Assembly station

(Note: When taking this line, make sure that you are not boarding an express train because we did not notice we boarded one and in the end the train did not stop at National Assembly station so we wasted quite a bit of time)

  • Hongdae (Hongik University Street)

Directions: Metro Line 2, Hongik University station, Exit 8 or 9


Note. I will write on my prewedding photoshoot in Korea on a separate post in more detail.

Tasmania & Melbourne 2015 – Day 2: Tasmania (Hobart) – Port Arthur & Tasman National Park

Day 1 was really memorable. If you have not read it yet, hop over to here. On day 2, we went to Port Arthur in the morning and Tasman National Park in the afternoon.

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The Port Arthur Historic Site, once a Tasmanian convict site. Now it’s a popular place to visit for its rich history and its renowned ghost tours.

We booked our tours online around a month before our trip and luckily we did because when we were on one of the tour we overheard that some people didn’t manage to join because all the slots have been filled up! If I were them, I would have felt really dejected especially after driving 2 hours to reach the place from Hobart.

We booked the “Site entry + Isle of the Dead + Point Puer Boys’ Prison” tour. Costs around AUD$70/pax. You can book the tours here. I was very tempted to book the Ghost tour but I couldn’t make the timing work so I guess we gave it a miss this time. Sigh. (If you have a chance, do it! We heard the tour guides saying that there have been many sightings of paranormal activity)

Once you have reached Port Arthur, pass the purchase confirmation to the counter staff and they will print out your tickets, a random poker card and a sticker (or lanyard. I can’t really recall. It’s just for them to identify that you have paid and am on the tour). After that, descend the stairs and wait outside for the tour guide to arrive.

It is pretty chilly during October so if you are going on the same period, do bring shawls and a light sweater. Plus Port Arthur is surrounded by sea so the breeze is pretty strong.

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Our tour started with a 40 minutes brief introduction on Port Arthur and was followed by a 20 minute harbour cruise passing the Dockyard, Point Puer Boys’ Prison and the Isle of the Dead. If you booked the same tour as me, you will get to alight when the cruise reach both Point Puer Boys’ Prison and Isle of the Dead.

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The harbour where we waited for the cruise

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Departing ~

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(Above) Isle of the Dead

I personally prefer Isle of the Dead compared to Point Puer Boys’ Prison. The guides were very knowledgeable for both tours but for the latter, most of it are already in ruins and there ain’t much to see. Almost everything was from pictures printed out and handed to us while we walk around the island. More often than not, most of the places where we stood while she explained, we had to imagine it ourselves. On the contrary, Isle of the Dead had all of the tombs intact. We were more able to relate to each of the stories she mentioned.

So my advice would be to skip the Point Puer Boys’ Prison if possible but do go on the Isle of the Dead tour.

After which we had our lunch there and left for Tasman National Park. (Note: There is zero reception there for Yes Optus. Not sure for other telecos though).

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Our lunch above at Port Arthur. Do not get deceived by the roasted pork! It’s nothing similar to ours in Singapore. The fish and chips though were yummy!

After lunch, we travelled from Port Arthur to Tasman National Park (approx. fifteen minutes drive). There are several formations which you can stop by to take pictures or just admire the view!

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Pirate’s Bay Lookout

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Tasman’s Arch

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Tessellated pavement

All of these are linked so you can easily walk from one to the other except for the Tessellated Pavement where you’ll need do a 5 minutes drive. Do come early though because when we reached there, it was starting to get dark and the tide was starting to come in which was quite dangerous.

Other than that, loved the scenery. Will update Day 3 real soon 🙂

A short summary on our itinerary:

Day 1: Tasmania (Hobart) – Mt. Wellington

Day 2: Tasmania (Hobart) – Port Arthur & Tasman National Park

Day 3: Tasmania – Barilla Oyster Farm, Sorrell Fruit Farm, Freycinet National Park – Wineglass Bay

Day 4: Tasmania (Launceston) – Elizabeth Town Bakery, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe, Ashgrove Cheese, 41 Degrees South Tasmania, Melita Honey Farm

Day 5: Tasmania (Launceston) – Table Cape Lighthouse, Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park

Day 6: Tasmania (Launceston) – Seahorse World, Platypus House, Tamar Valley, The Cataract Gorge

Day 7 & 8 : Melbourne – Great Ocean Road

Day 9: Melbourne – Phillip Island

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