Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seoul : Part 2 (Seoul Central Mosque,Namsan Tower, Myeongdong)


17/03/2017 (Day 3)


Itaewon


No specific plan in the morning…

So after we had our breakfast in the hotel room, we decided to walk around Itaewon…

As I mentioned before,  I really love the environment here…



After peeks through all the shops, we spot a Turkish snacks shop and we decided to enter…

Bought quite a number of pastries from the Kervan Turkish bakery…

Biasa lah, sorang tunjuk tu sorang tunjuk ni, so jadi lah banyak…

I love their Turkish delights so much!!!!


And then, we started to look for the Seoul Central Mosque since today is Friday, and the guys need to go for Friday prayer...

Walking up the hill, we discover so many halal restaurants and grocery stores as well!
(Habis my papa borong makanan tin perisa arab pulaks...)
And now we know where to have our dinner for the next day!
And the Seoul Central Mosque was found...
Then, they sent me, rifqi & mama back to hotel and they went for their prayer...

Turkish delight-ing while walking...

Rifqi's naughty face


Seoul Central Mosque



Lunch from Mr Kebab

They bought kebab from Mr Kebab for our lunch... Delish!!!
They're lamb kebab, chicken kebab or mixed kebab(chicken + lamb) and the price ranging from 6000won to 10000won... 


Namsan Seoul Tower



How to get there : 

We were using subway.

1. Itaewon station to Chungmuro station.
2. And as we reached, we ask people around which path to walk to Namsan Tower.
(we can actually see Namsan Tower from every angle once we got out from the subway station itself)
 


Ok now kita dah sampai bawah bukit Namsan Tower.
While untuk sampai ke Namsan Tower itself, There are few ways for us to get there...
First, by bus; 2nd, by cable car; and 3rd, walking (which, is, impossible).

Tips : For cable car, we have to buy tickets, while if we're taking bus, we can just use T Money.

We used the 2nd method to go up, we only took one way ticket.
 And untuk turun from Namsan Tower, we took the bus.

Admission fees : Cable car - 6000won (one way)
8500won (return)



All set! Stamina ready nak panjat bukit ke cable car N Seoul Tower


My baby was asleep while we hike towards N Seoul Tower


Sekali-sekali nak bergambo tempat unik-unik :p Ingat I tak hipstor?

N Seoul Tower Cable Car Station

Found padlock at Namsan Tower setelah berjalan beberapa km dari cable car. And my son is kissing me sebab dah penat dukung dia...

Rifqi nak tulis nama awek Rifqi pa, pleaseee... 




Mother's love is unlimited and never fades.




And now i'm a mother; and now i know how it feels...

One gambar romantic berlatar belakang kan Namsan Tower.


Tok ki was trying hard untuk memastikan model tak jatuh... Model steady je...


Rifqi takes Seoul...

This padlock is right under the tower and not far from the souvenir shops...





Namsan Tower Seoul Observatory Deck

Admission ticket : 10000won
Nothing much up there (untuk orang yang tak pandai menikmati macam i) :p
We can see the view of Seoul from up there! Beautiful... 
And many of the tourists were waiting for sunset

Tips : Pergi toilet dia, cantikkk :p




Bought popcorn up there for 5000won if i'm not mistaken...biasalah sejuk2 sentiasa lapo... 

View of Seoul ke mana, sunset ke mana, habuk pun takde, apa punya cameraman! :p

Bye N Seoul Tower, till we meet again

Myeongdong

Yeayyy favourite activity, shopping!!!
Myeongdong memang famous dengan pasar malam nye!
And besides, there're also a lot a lot of local & international brands here!!!
I bought Skinfood & Inisfree from here (wait for my products haul entry soon! So excited to share )...

Also bought a phone case for 15000won... Biasalah mula2 tak reti kira... :p
Ingat murah sangat :p it a very simple plastic casing with some stones... So, memang tak berbaloi... but my dad always insist me to buy when we're travelling, cause we ARE travelling...

The cheapest things to buy here is, socks... A lot of cute socks for only 1000won!!!
We also bought souvenirs like t-shirts from this market, cause senang, tak payah fikir2 lagi nanti...
Tshirts cost around 10000won each...
Yeah stuffs in Korea is not cheap actually...
Myeongdong Street

I'm in love with this place... biasalah tempat shopping... dengan bangi central pun i'm in love :p


I'm happy we're here together!


u too, sayang!

Siti Sarah

For dinner, we headed back to Itaewon, and climb up the hill, the area near the mosque with lots of halal foods...
Not so many restaurant still open that time, it 9 or 10 something at night and it is late in Korea...
They  had their dinner early i think...

We entered Siti Sarah restaurant thinking that it is an Indonesian restaurant...
Sangkaan meleset when some Bangla like guy took our order... Pakistan kot, bukan bangla, handsome jugak tapi agak bangang when he asked us to tidy the table ourself, memang cari jalan nak kena marah ...
While the cook, was also a pakistan guy... He's also the boss i guess...


This restaurant served Indonesian foods and some Korean foods...
And ada bendera malaysia kat luar kedai macam hari merdeka...

So, my family ate rice with ikan bakar, ayam bakar (10000won each set) etc. They're a lot!
While i insist to order Korean food... mengidam sangat...
Ordered bibimbap and got this, nasi goreng, sedap jugak! Lantak lah nama kau bimbimbap ke tak...

 















Monday, April 17, 2017

Seoul : Part 1 (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Dongdaemun Market, Cafe Nescafe Itaewon)


For this year trip, my family finally decided on Seoul and my papa suggested us to stay longer to ensure we got to explore Seoul properly... So our stay lasted for 7 nights and 8 days... Our flight was on 15/03/2017 and we reached Seoul late at night (after a few transit)...

Hotel 

We decided to stay at Itaewon because from what we read, it is easy to find halal food there... It was very easy, indeed!
We stayed at Hamilton Hotel throughout our vacay, i strongly recommend this hotel as it is very convenient, the lift & escalator(have to cross the road) to Itaewon subway is just right in front of the hotel... I mean, really in front...


16/03/2017 (Day 2) 

After taking a good rest the previous night, we are so ready to explore Seoul...
The itinerary was all set (by my husband), so, there are only excitement flow thru our blood on that day :p 
My husband was more excited about the weather =.=... The weather everyday ranging from 6°C-7°C(morning) and will increase in the afternoon and reduce back to at most 2°C at night...

Itaewon

I can say that Itaewon is one of the beautiful town in Seoul... I love the buildings and the features of the place! We got everything we need here! Halal foods are everywhere (will write about the restaurants we been to in another post), skincare shops are everywhere too (Lush is not far from our hotel as well)! Subway, KFC etc. are all here! 
(tapi for muslim jangan nak makan subway pulak kat sini, naik subway boleh, makan jangan... ;p)

Rifqi is all set and ready to go!!! Nak ikut rifqi jalan2 tak? ;p

Taking photo right after we stepped out from the hotel entrance, too excited on the first day! Behind is the elevator i was talking about...


So, this is Itaewon... And sepasang pasangan Korea & cucunya...


He just loves the weather!!!

Gyeongbokgung Palace

How we get there:  
1. Take the train to Cheonggu Station (Line 6)
2. From Cheonggu Station to Gwangwhamun Station (Line 5). When you get out by elevator, the palace is right in front of u... Walk for a few minutes and u'll reach the gate of the palace.

Admission:
The ticket is only 3000won/adult.

Entering the gate of the palace (malas asyik nak type Gyeongbokgung, pening!), phew a lot of ladies wearing hanbok(a korean traditional outfit)... I taknak pakai hanbok, tak nak nampak gemok pakai hanbok... Rhymes...
So, there are a lot of ladies wandering here and there with their hanbok...

We proudly walk into the pintu gerbang, we thought that we already reached the palace, so, beria2 tangkap gambar... Jalan depan sikit, ada pintu gerbang lagi, bergambar lagi... And basically we went to the palace just to take pictures!

My lil brother walk further while my other family members (including me) just stayed around the crowd (yang tak jauh dari pintu gerbang) 'cause it so difficult to walk with a stroller, a baby, my parents were tired too...

So, my brother got to see a better view and gotta have better photo... =.=

Gyeongbokgung (i just type that again!)

Me, my son & pintu gerbang 1...

My ♥ , my everything

The view i was talking about, only my brother reached here!...

My lil brother & gadis2 hanbok...

Family portrait one more tymeee ;)

Moody, baru wakey2!


Bukchon Hanok Village

How we get there:  
 As long as i remember, we just walked there from Gyeongbokgung...

Admission fees:
No fees needed.
I love this place... Such a lovely place... 
It is a residential area which located uphill (u'll need to climb a bit)
The neighborhood has been well-preserved traditional Korean homes(called Hanok) and has a cultural center for visitors who want to know more about the place. 

Entering this place, we have to lowered our voices to ensure that we're not disturbing the residents there, since there are people who lives there... 

Rifqi & his Tok Ma

Take the opportunity to tried out the Banana Milk for the first time. 1500won/each.

Our lil family on the mission to climb up the hill

Surrounded by Korean traditional houses...

Dongdaemun Market

We stopped at Dongdaemun Station, and unfortunately, we think it's the wrong station...
It take us to a wholesale place selling books, winter items, and nothing within our interests.
No fabrics or souvenirs for us...

So we decided to just walk around and go back to our hotel...



Such a clean stream they have...

Behind is Hyundai City Outlet

Dinner at Dubai Restaurant

For dinner, of course we head back to Itaewon as there're several choices for us to choose from!
Arabic foods for day one... 

Price: The prices ranging from 14000won and above... It was actually quite pricey as compared to halal Korean restaurant... Stay tuned with my update for more restaurants review!!! 

Foodwise: The foods were okay... but sometimes the foods served were different from what we expect :p maybe cultural different... Yeah it different from Malaysia's arabic food ok!


Dubai restaurant is upstairs...

Cafe Nescafe, Itaewon

Since the cafe is right in front of our hotel, can even see it from our window, so my husband biasalah, so eager to try the coffee there... After dinner, i accompany him to accomplish his mission...!



And me myself had to bought this from Tony Moly, cause my M.A.C. compact powder were drowned... Long story...








Friday, March 24, 2017

Dotty's @ TTDI


I've been mentioning Dotty's to my husband, and that evening, when i don't feels like having coffee or breads, dan tu la he wanted to bring me here :p

I ok je la...
Me and my son pun tak dress up :p hehe... 
I thought we only gonna take Rifqi naik rides somewhere... 
It important to dress up during coffee sesh, cause i love to take pictures during our coffee sesh :pp 



 


 

 


First thing i expect when we decided to go to Dotty's is, i'm gonna try their pastries...
Too bad, that evening, every single bread in the shop were finished, even the mixture of the breads (i guess)... 
So we ordered cakes instead, and our usual coffees...


My (whatever name) cheesecake & Cappuccino RM 10... Who cares about the art, the cappuccino was really good!!!

 
And this cheesecake is a must try!!! 


My husband's Nuttella Orea Cheesecake... Taste really good... And then he complained it was too sweet, it is so obvious from the name of the cake itself... But it was so good too!!! Paired it with Long Black RM8


And what i can say is, these are the best cakes i've ever tasted so far...
I'm not trying to brag, they didn't give me any commissions or any free cake or something...
I just loves their cakes, and i told my husband, "sedap kan coffee dia..." I jarang nak puji... :p


I'm happy that we decided to came by!