Tuesday, 31 July 2012

18 April 2012 - Breakfast at Butterfinger ^^

It was my second last day in Korea and I tried not to think about it since thinking is not going to help me to stay in Korea for the rest of my life!  Told myself I will be back soon with my little wish fulfilled!!!

I took the subway to Gangnam station, exit 10 for a sumptuous breakfast at Butterfinger. The itinerary for the day was Seoul Grand Park and Changgyeonggung Palace 창경궁 for more cherry blossoms!!
I heard so much about Butterfinger and wanted to give it a try. Online information suggested one to come early to avoid long waiting time, so I woke up early for my breakfast...Hmm...I realised this trip gets a bit tiring becos I woke up early everyday!! Well, I do wake up early everyday in Singapore but I don't travel around so much when I am in Singapore.

Oh by the way, Jae told me Gangnam exit 6 was a popular or rather common meet up place for the Koreans on blind dates.  Interesting.

If you have read in anywhere about the change of exits for Gangnam station, you will know that the exit numbers have been changed last September.  Extract from Korea news .  Exit 6 is now known as exit 10.

Alright, back to Gangnam station exit 10. Walk straight for about 2 mins from exit 10 and you will see BODYSHOP on your left.  BODYSHOP is located at the corner of the road.  Turn left at the corner.

WOOoooo!  Saw Song Seung-heon 송승헌 across the road!  Black Smith!  Hmm...I did not include Black Smith in my itinerary in this trip..

You will see 7-eleven after you turn left.  Past 7-eleven and continue to walk straight.

Cross the road and walk straight.

Oh!  I saw Kona Beans on my right across the road.  Was that the cafe Jasmine told me about?  If yes, it is owned by SJ Leeteuk and Sungmin and Kyuhyun's mothers. Do correct me if I am wrong.

I continued to walk straight and saw "Shall We?"
Interesting ^^

Next, I saw Burger King.  Butterfinger Pancakes is right beside Burger King!
Yeah!!  I found it ^^  

It took me about 5 mins from exit 10 to reach here.

It was around 8.15am when I reached here.  There was only this girl and myself.  

Too many choices....

Second page...
Sometimes, too many choices is not a good thing.

I ordered the "Butterfinger's Favorites".  

I finally understand why so many people raved about the pancakes here .
I'm not a pancake lover but this was really nice!  Soft and light!
I love the scrambled eggs.  有蛋稥味 ^^
The hashbrown was a bit dry and the meat patty was so so.
Overall, it was a very satisfying meal and I will come back again for more pancakes!

I felt so full...no lunch for me.

I ordered "Milk Fairy Delight" simply becos it sounds nice. The menu for beverages looks interesting becos it was my first time to see menu specifying, "Refill", "Remake" and "No-Refill".

My "Milk Fairy Delight" ^^
Nice but would be better if its not frozen strawberry.  I could hardly eat it!

The ladies toilet is on the second floor.  No toilet for the guys. 

There was nobody on the second floor except for one staff.
I was happy becos its time for some pictures!

Monday, 30 July 2012

17 April 2012 - Cheapest meal at Anam

I walked over to Anam station, exit 2 to check out the place, as well as to look out for "Biya" 비야 and "With Chicken" 위드치킨.   

Heheee..I was most happy to see cherry blossoms ^^

Sinpo Woori Mandoo 신보우리만두 ^^
There were quite a few eating places here but I couldn't find "Biya" 비야 and "With Chicken" 위드치킨.   I bought some gifts from two shops and grabbed the opportunity to ask the sales assistants for direction to "Biya" 비야 and "With Chicken" 위드치킨.  None of them have the answer and told me there's no "Biya" 비야 and "With Chicken" 위드치킨 in the vicinity!!   *Disappointed

I walked around the place a few times but couldn't find "Biya" 비야 and "With Chicken" 위드치킨.  Maybe they have shifted elsewhere ㅠㅠ  
I was tired, so I decided to give up and settle for other food. Came across this eating outlet. Hey, that should be the cheapest meal I ever come across in Korea! The pictures looked good as well.

The picture was deceiving.....!  I wanted noodles and thought the yellow shreds shown in the picture were noodles but they turned out to be shreds of eggs. I should blame myself for being lazy to read the Korean words...Hur Hur
The food tasted so so but then again, I couldn't ask for too much since it was so cheap.  After dinner, I took the subway back to Myeongdong to do some last minute shopping.

17 April 2012 - A quick peep at Korea University

I took the subway from Uijeongbu station to Anam station to check out the neighbourhood of Anam, and was surprised to see these housings along the way from Uijeongbu station.

I decided to drop by Korea University since it is also located in Anam.  I walked straight for about 2 mins from exit 3 and saw the university on my left.

In my personal opinion, Korea University is a bit different from the few Korean universities which I have visited. I did not tour around the entire university and only took a quick glance of the place. It may not have very beautiful building structures like Kyunghee University. It may not have very beautiful landscape like Ewha Womens University but  Korea University gave me a feeling of being down to earth and studious. Well, this was just my personal feeling deprived from my 10 mins visit of the university compound.

I was reminded of good old school days whenever I see students sitting on the stairs.

I like the name for this statue, "The Sweet Time".
Well, its time to search for "Biya" 비야 and "With Chicken" 위드치킨, which were recommended by some bloggers.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

17 April 2012 - An unforgettable experience

I walked out Herb Island and past the ticketing office once again.  I asked the young boy at the ticketing office for the bus stop to take bus no. 57.  He directed me to walk straight and turn right, which was the same as what the guy in the shop has told me. This young boy told me it would take 3 mins to reach the bus stop.  Okay, when Korean says 3 mins, I will give myself another 3 mins to reach my destination.  The red arrow indicates my route to the bus stop.  

Just before I turned right, I saw this on my left......

I turned to my right....

I followed the bus but of course, I lost sight of it very soon...

Walking straight after I turned right...
Omggg...where the heck am I??  There's not a single human being around...

Was I scared?
Of course!  You bet.
I was very uncertain of the direction given and couldn't see any bus stop after walking for 5 mins. 

Walking straight and looking to my right.  That's Herb Island up there.  
I saw a construction worker at work but I did not approach him for direction.

I walked straight for about 6 mins and reached this T-junction
I hate to choose which side to go becos....

.....this was what I saw on my left....couldn't see any bus stop nearby..

This was what I saw on my right...I couldn't see any bus stop as well.
Where should I go from here??  Left or right???

I decided to take my right and walked straight for about 3 mins until I reached a shop.  I asked the shopkeeper for bus no.57. Sign...his direction was not of much help. He directed me to retrace my steps and walk straight, which means I should turn left at the T-junction instead of turning right.

Hence, I retraced my steps back to the T junction where I should have turned left.  As shown by the red arrow, I walked straight for about 5-10 mins but there was still no sight of any bus stop.  I even look out for any poles or stands that could possibly act as a bus stop but NO!!  There wasn't any bus stop.  Where the heck am I??!!

At this point of time, a car pulled up beside me and an elderly man asked me,"어디가요??" I was a bit surprised and replied,"Pocheon". He must have realised I am not a local and told me to get on his car. There was another elderly lady beside him whom I think should be his wife. Both of them were very quiet throughout the whole journey.  Perhaps, they knew I couldn't speak Korean. How I wish I can speak Korean and conversed with them!!! 
If you asked whether I was worried about getting onto a stranger's car. Hmmm...probably becos they were elderly couple so I didn't think so much at that point of time.  I do not like to trouble people and thought of requesting the uncle to drop me at the nearest bus stop instead of going all the way to Pocheon. On second thought, I think I better keep my mouth shut and don't try to act smart.  The uncle also drive in the direction of the red arrow. As he drove on for about 3 mins, I saw a bus stop on my right!  It was a simple bus stop with shelter.  If this was the bus stop, it would be at least a 15 mins walk from the T-junction after I turned left!!!  I might have missed the correct bus stop or I could have taken the wrong direction. I might not encountered such situation if I have read the bus schedule on the brochure. Whatever it was, I thank god for sending me this kind elderly couple to my rescue!!

Finally, I saw the town again after travelling for about 15mins. The elderly man stopped at the side of the road, turned around with a big smile spreading across his wrinkled face and told me,"Pocheon City".  I will never forget the smile on his face and their kindness. His wife was also very friendly. She told me something but I couldn't remember the exact words.  All I could tell them was,"너무  너무  감사합니다."  I was deeply touched by their kindness. "Thank you very much" was not enough to express my gratitude to them.  I wish them good health and happiness always.

I had no idea where should I go from here but this was definitely much better compared to the situation 20 mins ago... 

Everywhere looked the same to me. I walked around trying to find a bus stop. I saw a young couple waiting at a bus stop and I approached the girl for the bus to take to Uijeongbu station. She understood what I asked and looked around trying to figure out where and which bus to take to Uijeongbu station. She wanted to tell me the bus number in English but had difficulties to say. She asked her boyfriend who was sitting beside her and keeping quiet all this while. Her boyfriend suddenly blurted, "One Three Eight!" The girl was taken by surprise from her boyfriend's reply. From their conversation, she was so amazed to hear her boyfriend speaking English. The morale of the story was, "Never underestimate your boyfriend!!" I asked them where to take bus no. 138 and they directed me to the bus stop.  I was grateful to meet such nice people within 30 mins.

Surprise Surprise Surprise!  한마음약국 Hanmaeun Pharmacy!  That bus stop across the road was the bus stop which I have alighted this morning. I didn't cross over becos it didn't make sense to take bus from the same bus stop to go to Uijeongbu station.  I turned to my left to see if there was any bus stop.  

Indeed, there was a bus stop opposite 한마음약국 Hanmaeun Pharmacy bus stop ^^

138!!  Hmm...the destination for 138, 138-1 and 138-2 looked similar.  138-5 also goes to  Uijeongbu station but the final stop was different from 138, 138-1 and 138-2.  Anyway, I have no idea where is the final stop.

Huhh...there's also 138-7!!

Here comes 138. It was 2.12pm. I confirmed with the bus driver if the bus goes to Uijeongbu station. He replied,"예, 의정부역." This bus driver was very friendly and polite. He greeted everyone who board the bus. Again, I took the seat nearest to the bus driver. I could see that he loved English oldies becos he was tuning in to some English radio station and singing his heart out along with the songs.

He drove into a petrol station and made some announcements. Probably to tell his passengers that he needs to pump petrol?? Woww...this was my first time to come across a public bus driver to pump petrol during the bus journey. I mean it was not a long distance bus journey that travelled out of the city so I was quite surprised by that. It seemed like a normal procedure to the rest of the passengers and some of them took the opportunity to go to the toilet.

I took the opportunity to take photographs ㅋㅋㅋ  

The bus resumed its journey about 10 mins later.  This bus driver was very extraordinary.  I think he went to buy some groundnuts at the petrol station. He could crack and eat groundnuts, sing English oldies and drive cautiously at the same time. Best of all, he greets very single passengers when they board the bus. I think he really knows how to enjoy his job.  Cool!
There was a time when he stopped at the traffic light, and an old lady suddenly popped out from nowhere and knocked several times on the bus door.  The bus driver opened the door and tried to explain to the old lady that she couldn't board the bus at a traffic light.  Before he could say much, the old lady had already made her way up the bus and the bus driver did not know whether to laugh or shake his head! 

Reached the bus stop for Uijeongbu station at 3.17pm.  Announcements for each stop was made in Korean, so open your eyes big for familiar surroundings.  

I took the same route and walked back to Uijeongbu station.

Walking back to the station..

Safe and sound back to the station...
 My next destination was the neighbourhood around Anam.

Bought this to quench my thirst!
There were many different brands of tea sold in convenient stores.
I liked black beans milk so I bought this black bean tea to try.  Not bad. No sugar ^^