Alone~ 혼자서

On tired days

I will spend time counting the passing stars

Only the sound of the sea

Can be heard in this spot

My rough translation 😊

Gazing at the sky is one of the most humbling things. In the grand scheme of things the world is small, you are small, and your problems are small. Is it strange that I find that comforting?

The book is called 모든 것이 마법처럼 괜찮아질 거라고 (Everything will be okay like magic).

The illustrators Instagram: 9jedit

Happy days~

Day trip to 대전

Last week I wound up having to go to Daejeon (대전) for a day and discovered a charming city with a laid-back atmosphere and really nice food. I only had a few free hours of spare time so I decided to try some of the well-known food before I went back to Busan.

Daejeon is known as a transit city because it’s in between Busan and Seoul and many travellers pass by here. Because of that, many interesting shops and restaurants are all located right around the KTX station which is really convenient!

I first decided to try some 국수 (noodle soup). The noodles in 대전 are usually made by hand and rolled and cut with a knife which makes them have a thicker texture than usual. I found a place called 오씨칼국수 and tried their 칼국수 which is a type of noodle soup with clams. It was so delicious and the handmade noodles turned it from a typical dish to something special. The flavour was subtle and light, and was extra delicious with kimchi. For only 6 000원 I got a bowl that was probably initially meant for two but I was so hungry I ate it all 😋

You can get here by leaving exit 1 of 대전역 and walking south for a few blocks!

Afterward for something sweet I went back to the station and visited one of the most famous bakeries in Korea called Sung Sim Dang. This historic bakery was started in 1956 and has expanded into several branches but they are all only in 대전. People literally travel to this city just to order their bread so I knew this was a must-do. Their fried papa-streusel bread (튀김소보로) is one of their most famous and comes with several types of fillings for whatever suits your fancy. I’m on a real 고구마 (sweet potato) phase and when I saw they had that filling I didn’t hesitate to order it. Also I tried the original 팥 (red bean) filling. They have box sets for different prices and I got a pack of 6 for 10 000원. The chewy rice cake-like texture and flavours are AMAZING. I totally see why people travel just to try their bread because it’s worth the hype.

If someone is ever stopping by 대전 please take a moment to try it’s food. Totally recommend it~

The Sea~ 바다

Some memories never

Leave your bones. Like

Salt in the sea; they become

Part of you.

-April Green

Some memories will always stay with you.. let the good ones inspire you and the bad ones be reminders of how you’ve survived and grown past them. 🙂

주말 잘 보내요!

Have a good weekend!

943 King’s Cross Harry Potter Cafe

I love a cafe that commits to it’s theme 100%. This 4-storey cafe is an experience somewhat akin to Universal Studios. Every corner of this cafe eminates Harry Potter, from the wall of wands to the owl cages to the creepy dementor on the 2nd floor… Each floor has it’s own mini-theme, such as the grand banquette hall, the dormitory or the tavern. The tavern is a bar that’s open in the evenings which we didn’t get the chance to try, but we did have the chance to to have some magical coffee and butterbeer! The drinks were really well-made and while the coffee is fairly average quality for Korea the menu is really imaginative and you can try some really unique drinks here.

We chose to spend most of our time on the dormitory floor because we could have our drinks on one of the beds and it was really fun and casual. At the time it was drizzling rain all day and it made Seoul feel a little alike London~

Also, if you know what your Hogwarts house is it’s time to dress up! There are wizard robes and scarves that you can wear and take pictures in. Both times that I’ve been here the robes were high in demand and you usually to wait a while until they’re free.

The only thing this cafe is missing is Dobby. But I understand that’s not possible hehe

Cafe Review:

Drinks: 4 / 5

Atmosphere: 5 / 5

Service: 3.5 / 5

Price: 4 / 5

Their facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pages/943-Kings-Cross-Harry-Potter-Cafe/2261607894070870

Hufflepuff forever~!

삼광사~ Buddha’s Birthday

May 12th was Buddha’s Birthday in South Korea (부처님 오신 날) and we made the journey to 삼광사 temple, where thousands of paper lanterns (연등) are adorned all over the temples grounds with messages wishing for things such as long life and congratulating Buddha. The atmosphere was nothing short of magical. Although it was quite busy as you walk higher up through the temple’s grounds you can usually find some places that are quiet and serene.

The temple’s architecture on it’s own was gorgeous, but coming here during May is definitely the best time to visit. There was also a small market where you could buy some street food and snacks.

We got here easily by taking the number 15 village bus from Seomyeon (서면) and rode it till the last stop. The temple’s open for 24 hours but the buses tend to stop running around midnight. If you call a taxi the fare to get to Seomyeon is only around 5 000원!

See you next time~ 🙂

Racoonamatata Cafe~ 라쿠나마타타 카페

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These raccoons were sooo cute! This cafe is located by Kyungsung University station (경성대역) by exit 5. We had gone to this cafe during the evening, which was right when the raccoons were starting to wake up. And boy were they energetic! We had bought smoothies at first and after we finished them we went inside their play area with some treats and immediately we had their attention. These raccoons seem a little overweight ( I think they get treated a little too much) but they also have a really nice play area with lots of places where they can climb and roam around.

These raccoons acted like excited little kids and treated the blankets that we brought in like toys. Originally the blankets are supposed to help protect your clothes but I found if I moved it around at all I would have a raccoon leaping at it trying to wrestle with it. It was so adorable but I soon found out wearing tights to a place like this is a bad idea, because these raccoons have sharp claws!

The worker there clearly loves animals and she spent a lot of time playing with them and talking about them with us. It was nice to hear about each raccoons’ unique personality 🙂

The drinks are a little pricy (around 6000 – 7000원), but the price includes the entrance fee too so it’s definitely worth it!

Cafe Review:

Drinks: 3.5 / 5

Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5

Service: 5 / 5

Price: 4 / 5

Their Instagram: racoonamatata_busan

Until next time~ ^^

Coffee Museum~ 부산 커피 박물관

Within Jeonpo’s coffee street (점포 카페 거리) is, without a surprise, a coffee museum! It’s free to enter and you can get there from Jeonpo Station (전포역). If you go out of exit 7 it’ll be less than a block away!

It’s a small museum with only two rooms, but it’s packed full of antiques that all have their own story. The information is sometimes translated into English, but for the most part it’s in Korean. Even if you’re not fluent in Korean you can still appreciate the intricacy of the different machines and how the techniques they used in the past influenced how coffee was made and tastes. The owner is really friendly and as far as I know he collected all of these machines himself. His passion for coffee really shows when you walk inside!

Also, there’s a really lovely rooftop patio one floor above that you can go onto when the weather’s nice 🙂

I definitely recommend coming here even if it’s just for a short time! Then afterward you can appreciate a real cup of coffee next door at Landmark 9 or among the dozens of other cafes nearby.

Until next time~

나중에 봐요 🙂

Hiking 황령산

This is one of the best places to see a panoramic view of Busan 🙂 in my opinion, this view beats the view from Busan Tower and it’s free!

My friend and I chose to hike most of the way up but if you want you can drive or take a taxi too. Sometimes the taxi drivers won’t want to take you up places like this because it’s outside of the city center but sometimes they don’t mind. We went to 시청역 (City Hall Station) and from there transferred to village bus #1 and rode it to it’s last stop, which was at the base of the mountain.

The hike isn’t that long and it took us less than an hour to climb each way. We chose to hike in the late afternoon so that we could catch the sunset and see Busan’s cityscape change from day to night. There’s a nice (but a tad overpriced) cafe at the top and it was calming sit there with a cup of tea and watch as the city gradually lit up and came to life during the night.

Very magical 🙂

마법처럼~

Wearing Hanboks in Gyeongbokgung~ 경복궁 한복 입는 경험

My Canadian friends and I went to Seoul during my winter break and one of the things we decided to do was to rent hanboks (한복) and walk around Gyeongbok palace. We had went there once before in 2017 but never had the chance to wear hanboks before, and it honestly made the experience way more special. The history of the palace is incredibly interesting and it felt like you’re walking back in time the deeper into the palace you get. The palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty in the year 1395 and has undergone a lot of changes from how it was originally, and it’s interesting to see how the buildings were built and what they were intended for.

Some buildings are dedicated just for royalty and you can notice the difference because some will have intricately painted walls with vivid colours in comparison to others which are unpainted and undecorated. Some buildings were dedicated only for specific purposes, for instance there’s one building that’s set by a gorgeous pond which was made just for the Queen to relax by herself when she needed to. Also, I thought it was so ingenious that the buildings are built with interlocking wooden beams instead of using nails. Every part of each building was pieced together like an intricate puzzle and the measurements had to be so precise for it to be built stabley.

Warning: hanboks are a little difficult to wear if you’re plus size. Our had to be pinned down to accommodate for our curviness. There may be a hanbok rental shop with different sizes, but the one we used was free size. However on the plus side they did our hair for free, so we only had to pay around 15 000원 for 3 hours and the entrance fee to the palace was free! It wasn’t much to pay for a great experience.

Here’s a link to some history of 경복궁!

http://koreatourinformation.com/blog/2013/12/08/gyeongbokgung-palace경복궁-景福宮/

Till next time~

나중에 봐요~ 🙂