Yamato. July 18, 2014. - Koreana. July 23, 2014.

July 16, 2014.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." – Oscar Wilde

July 16, 2014.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." – Oscar Wilde

Bibm. June 28, 2014.

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything since my trip in Asia. So here’s a photo of 랭면 (naengmyeon) that I had from Bibim. I love eating this in the summer. So tasty. ^-^

Bibm. June 28, 2014.

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything since my trip in Asia. So here’s a photo of 랭면 (naengmyeon) that I had from Bibim. I love eating this in the summer. So tasty. ^-^

Day 12: Hong Kong. May 28, 2014.

I don’t want to leave… I mean I do want to go home, but I don’t want to leave my family.

Today will be my last day in Hong Kong. Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying back to the states. Despite the heat, the humidity, and the misquitoes, I wish there was a way I could stay for just a few more weeks. It’s really hard only seeing your family every couple of years. This trip especially, since I only saw them for a week.

I love you, fam. I hope to see you again soon.

Day 10 & 11: Hong Kong. May 26 - 27, 2014.

Basically both the 26th and the 27th were spent with both sides of the family. On the 26th, I had dinner with my dad’s side of the family. On the 27th, I spent the day at Ocean Park (it also happened to be my aunt’s birthday) and had dinner with mom’s side of the family at night.

Tomorrow will be my last full day in Hong Kong. A little sad to leave everyone. This trip flew by so fast, two weeks is just not enough time.

Well, off to bed now. Will update once more tomorrow.


Day 9: Hong Kong. May 25, 2014.

Food day again.
For breakfast I had congee with liver and fish and a side of rice noodles.
Then had a redbean rice flour pancake snack thingy.
After that we stopped by the Avenue of Stars to visit my buddy, Mcdull.
Then we made our way over to a veggie snack stand to eat this assortment of tofu deliciousness.
We figured we should stop eating for a while so we went to visit my uncle to watch people play soccer again. The crowd was huge, the stands were filled and people were surrounding the field (well turf in this case).
For dinner we went to a Korean restaurant with the strangest Korean food I’ve ever had. It was actually decent though, even if it wasn’t the typical menu.

So hot, so tired. It’s been over 90 degrees every day. Thank God for malls with AC.

Day 7 & 8: Hong Kong. May 23 - 24, 2014

May 23 highlights…

Had dim sum for breakfast. Then ate at a dessert place that was popular for its durian pancake (puke). I had a watermelon tapioca dessert instead. Walked and shopped for a while. Watched my uncle play in his soccer tournament (with this adorable 70+ year old man). Then had an all you can eat hot pot dinner with mom’s side of the family for only $15 bucks each, what a steal!

May 24 highlights…

Spent all day with cousin. Realized that if I don’t have coffee for one day, I’ll have a pounding headache the next morning. Immediately got coffee and milk tea. Had crab soup ramen for lunch. Then had a whole bunch of snacks (peanut butter toast, matcha green tea and milk ice cream, and this green tea custard thingy). Visited a mall in Tsim Sha Tsui that had a Studio Ghibli store. After that we had dinner at Din Tai Fung (FINALLY).

That’s about it. Also, notice that the first picture is of a Colgate truck selling ice cream…

Day 6: Hong Kong. May 22, 2014.

I left for Hong Kong today. A little disappointed to have to say goodbye to Korea, but happy to see my family again. My cousin, uncle and two aunts came to pick me up at the airport. I’ve missed them so much, having only seen them for less than 10 trips in my life.

When I arrived, we went back to the house to drop off my luggage and then got my first meal of the day. I had noodle soup with fishballs and wontons.
Then I stopped by a bakery to get these tapioca-mochi cheese and chocolate ball bread thingys… I swear it’s better than I’m making it sound.
After that we ran some errands and I got my second coffee of the day. Terrible caffine addiction.
Then went to meet up with my aunt’s family to grab dinner.
Now I’m exhausted and it’s only 11:30.


Day 5 - Part 2/2: Sinchon, Seongbuk, Gangnam, and Hongdae. May 21, 2014.

Started my day bright and early with my friend. First, we grabbed coffee at Angel In-Us Coffee. It seems like I can’t function without caffine anymore, probably not a good thing.
After that we spent some time trying to find this nifty little camera store called, “Hellography.” Due to our terrible sense of direction, we got lost walking towards the complete opposite direction of Sinchon. About half an hour later, we turned back after asking for help. Ha. So that took up a good portion of our morning/afternoon.
After that we went to Seongbuk to grab porridge at Bon Juk.
Then we walked around Sungshin Women’s Univeristy and ended up shopping and grabbing coffee at, “A Twosome Place.”
We were getting pretty hangry so we decided we would go to Mango Six next to fill up on sweets. However, silly me didn’t have the correct directions to Mango Six on my phone so we ended up walking around in Gangnam for a while (there was such a large underground shopping mall at the Gangnam stop!). Shortly after we gave up, sat down at a stand and had 떡볶이 (clearly I need this dish everyday) and 계란빵 (Gyeranbang). This egg bread stuff was wicked good. I wish I had gotten another one actually.
After filling up on food, we made our way over to Mango Six (thank God for wifi being everywhere in Korea).
So on our way back to Hongdae, I remembered I had to get a new phone case. So I left my friend to go shop at Hongik University area for a bit before heading back to the hostel.

I’m so happy that I made this trip to Korea. I only wish that it was a bit longer. 5 days is just not enough. Meh.

Coming up next, the adventure continues in Hong Kong.

Day 5 - Part 1/2: Seongbuk and Gangnam. May 21, 2014.

Super busy day today. It was my last full day in Seoul so I decided to make the most of it. I had to divide today into two different posts because Tumblr only allows 9 photos to be uploaded on each post. So this one will be about my visit to “Bon Juk” and “Mango Six.”

So if you’ve ever watched “Boys Over Flowers,” you would know that the maim character worked at porridge shop. So my friend and I went to get lunch at the shop where they shot the scenes for the drama. I actually am a fan of porridge, especially Korean porridge, so I was super excited to eat good food and to be in the same place that a drama was shot in. I got the abalone porridge which was really yummy. I wish I wasn’t that full so I could have tried the pumpkin porridge too. Oh wells, next time.

My second famous stop was at Mango Six. This is the location where the drama, “The Heirs” was shot at. This place actually took a while to find but it so worth it. The mango jelly drink was actually pretty tasty. And my friend’s 생망고빙수 (mango ice flakes is how they translated it, but basically 팥빙수) was just as good.

So yeah, really happy I made it to both stops before the end of my trip.

Continue to the next post for Part 2. :)