30 January 2014

Wonderful Jan: Jiwa Lara

Assalamualaikum. 안녕!

Lately jiwa kacau menjadi2. Like, everything I did pun macam went haywire. I think it's 'that' time of the month is approaching soon. Sigh. Senang jadi perempuan, apa ndak kena di jiwa...blame the hormone. Automatically mood berubah. Tapi confirm ndak lama sebab dalam hati sendiri tau it's defo not that. Meroyan sendiri2 sebab sangat bingai kalau lepas stress towards orang lain. 

In 2 weeks time, cuti semester bakal habis. Akan kembali perasan-sibuk. My love-hate relationship with this work will last forever I guess. Ada ups, ada downs, ada best, ada hazab etc etc. Tapi Alhamdulillah, at least sudah boleh support diri sendiri. Sudah mampu tampung diri kalau rasa mau sesi pampering. 

Ada new K-dramas jadi pengisi masa lapang juga. I have set my mind to be in control of myself when it comes to this addiction. Haru gila! Boleh jak aku lupa semua benda bila sudah start melayan drama. Jadi sila berpada2 lah kan Bie. Jangan overs sangat.

Man from Stars. 
Yoo In Na (girl on the left) memang aku minat ever since Queen In Hyun's Man. Super adorable acting dia with her boyfriend. Real life boyfriend ok. And that lead actor & actress? Memang aku tunggu diorang berlakon sama since The Thieves. Kim Soo Hyun-ssi, kenapa perlu handsome oii?!
Emergency Couple.
People might think I watch this because of Choi Jin Hyuk (lead actor). But do remember, am a big fan of Running Man! So yeah, reason paling kuat aku ikut drama ni is because of Ji Hyo unnie. Minah ni kenapa ntah makin blur, makin cantik. Makin naik umur, makin kuat aura comel. Gitu. Dengan harapan bodek lebih, bolehlah jadi guest dalam Running Man? Tinggi sangat angan2 kau Bie!

Oklah, sekian sudah bebelan hari ini. I've got nothing much to do today. Mau update winter trip baru ni macam ndak da mood. Semua terjun laut sudah. Insha Allah, esok lusa aku sambung.


25 January 2014

CutiCuti: South Korea Day 3 - Winter Light Festival at Garden of Morning Calm

Assalamualaikum. 안녕!

Alhamdulillah! After few readings & searches, I finally set my foot upon the Morning Calm Arboretum or also known as Garden of Morning Calm. 

My main mission for the recent trip is to experience snowfall (poyo gila!) apart from fulfilling my angan2 to celebrate the New Year somewhere outside hometown. And I purposely chose to visit the places that held winter festivals as well. Killing two birds with one stone they say it is. 

I've come to know about this garden from the KTO website. Besides the locals, still not many especially the tourist know about this place. I actually plan to go here during the trip with my girlfriends last June but cancelled it in the last minute due to lack of info. Someday I coaxed myself. But the desire to visit this garden grew stronger upon reading an entry from Suraya's blog. Thanks to her I got to see how the garden looks like during the summer season. Couldn't imagine how lovely it would be during spring/autumn. I could only dream for now...the uni semester break never fall on those two seasons so far. Sob. 

Now back to my journey. My last destination on our second day in South Korea before returning 'home'. Yeah, our temporary home in Sangwangsimni that is.   
Taken on our way to the garden.
Weather was a bit gloomy that evening. It even rain for a while. I was a bit worried thinking if it continues to rain, we might cancel our plan. But immediately I thanked Allah when the rain subsided as we reached the garden. 

Annyeong Winter Light Festival; I greeted the Garden of the Morning Calm soon after hopping down from the bus. I didn't bother to take picture at the entrance; let alone the ticket counters. It was super cold it took me sometime to adjust to the coldness. After paying 6,000for me (brought the discount coupon; normal fare is 8,000) 5,000(high school student rate) off we entered the garden.

For the first 5 minutes of our journey into the garden, I hid both my hands in the pockets. I refused to take them out until suddenly 

"Take my picture here. Ppalli. Who told u to dropped the camera. Now we both have to sacrifice. Buka glove cepat."

Oii that was too cruel a jibe!! Fine! And so I took off my glove & started taking pics of her. And the environment! 
Totally different view from what I saw in Su's blog.
I've expected this because we were there during the winter. Pokok togel is something that rhythm with the white environment that winter gives. Right? 
The place will definitely crowded with locals I told my cousin prior coming. And boy did I expected right. 
I must say, Koreans do the best selca. Did I ever mentioned they prefer taking pictures using their handphone's camera rather than the 'real' camera. Even the senior citizen choose the handphone. Saw many of them in the bus & train. Smart phone kau! Some used the latest model some more. Siap view konsert via youtube. Update instagram. And I saw this Ahjumma busy tapping on her phone, curiosity kills me & so I peeked. Ahjumma busy editing pictures & decorating with emoticons etc. Mampu? 
Wandering the garden, we were guided solely by lights. 
 Mesmerized we were as we went further inside.
We went gugugaga almost all the time. The place is too beautiful. Too awesome. Over one million LED lights adorned the trees & garden. 
Heart-shaped decoration; a must have to every event held in South Korean. I kid u not!
This festival has given a new winter trend to those who visited the garden. 
THIS! Speechless I was! U can't imagined how low my jaw dropped upon seeing this tunnel from afar. Too excited, too much adrenaline rush we BOTH forgot to snap its picture in full frame. Perangai!
I personally think the Best Course sign is best followed for day-trip. For the light festival, follow where the light leads u is the best course. 
To the Moonlight Garden we go where a small cute cathedral is situated. 
And surrounded with angels. 
Just like in fairy tales. But please ignore the 'noises' in all my pictures. Sob. I thought my handphone camera does well under the low light setting. 
The highlight of the light festival; the Sunken Garden. 
Where my wish was granted by The Almighty! Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah.
We were busy taking pictures...awing the lights & all when suddenly I felt something got into my eyes. My cousin told me something touched her face, too. That's when we both look at the dark sky...and saw that 'something'. We weren't sure at first, might be drizzle. And the cousin went 

"Why is ur anak tudung covered with white dusts?"

And the couple next to us went...

"Wah, nun-i!

Upon hearing the word nun...which means snow in Korean language; automatically senyum sampai telinga. Mata buntang. Terkinja ndak hengat dunia. Taking pictures as prove kununnya. To show family & friends back home. Show off skittttttttttt. But nan ado hasil. Serves u right, riak lagi! Picture below is among the many pictures we took during the not so heavy snowfall. 
Regardless the 'macam ndak da cebisan snow pun atas anak tudung kau tu, Bie', apa ku kisah for as long as it's no longer a dream for Yours Truly. Syukran Allah. 
Done touring the garden, we stopped by at one of the shop there. Intended to celebrate the evening with a cuppa but I ended up buying the wrong one. Coffee mixed with ginseng is so not my cup of coffee. The bottle was of help to me though since it's warm. 
Dalam happy, I didn't realize the runny nose. Only when we arrived at bus 'shelter' stop that my cousin pointed my reddish nose. No wonder temperature dropped gila2 hence the extreme coldness earlier that day. Now I know, bila sejuk luar biasa maka itu tanda akan ada snowfall. Ngeh.
We took the last Gapyeong Tour Bus (1930 bus) back to Cheongpyeong Station. And from there we took the train back to Seoul. 
Inside the train. From Seoul we rode the same train with them...and we met again on the way back to Seoul. Timing kami sama, agenda saja yang berbeza. And they smelled Soju. Drinking is a tradition for them; perhaps its their way to celebrate. 
It was unusually cold when we arrived Seoul. And I want to be a gonggok once more. Sejuk-ness! While walking to the hostel, we noticed the wet road. Ah, Seoul pun snow juga rupanya. 
Dinner on our third night there. My all time favourite Maggi 'goreng' Laksa. Improvised menu adalah best!
The next morning, outside the hostel.
"Alaaa By, kira lebat juga lah snow malam tadi kan". 

All the cars parked at the street were covered with snow. Rugi we didn't noticed the snowfall. Boleh juga posing mengada di jalan raya. Darat sungguh!
Highlight of our day! Berusaha sungguh to have this picture! It wasn't that heavy, still kami happy habis meter. 
Last time datang during winter, mampu main snow atas ground at Yongpyong Resort jak. This time merasa jatuh di muka. Gitu kan feeling over!

"Apa ada dengan kamera jatuh, rosak? Sedih tu replaced with something lagi best"

So the cousin repeated my statement. Amboi tadi bukan main kau perli aku sebab jatuhkan kamera kan!?? Pfft!

Light Festival at Garden of Morning Calm:

  • Light will be on from 530pm until 830pm. (Garden is open from 9am-9pm)
  • Festival started from December to March. 
  • More info here
If I happened go to South Korea again (I doubt I won't), I would love to visit this garden in the morning. Not during the winter of course. I will take the bus from Cheongpyeong Station, spend hours there before taking the same bus to Nami Island for I am curious how Nami looks like during the night. And that means I have to spend a night near the island because staying at a chalet in the island will definitely cost me a bomb. Sounds like a plan already. Right? Insha Allah, all in good time. Amin.


22 January 2014

CutiCuti: South Korea Day 3 - Gapyeong Tour Bus Schedule / Petite France

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Berkulat sudah entri ni dalam draft folder. Semakin malas mau update sebab sekarang sedang 'perasan sibuk' atur itinerary upcoming trip. Macam semua tempat aku mau jejak tapi apakan daya cuti seminggu cuma. Jadi kenalah pandai2 atur. 

Aku ndak suka konsep 'asal jejak, jadilah'. Pasal aku suka study places prior the trip so bila sudah dapat menjejak for real, haruslah spend sometime untuk menghayati. Yes?

Anyhow, as said in the previous entry. The new arranged timetable for Gapyeong Bus Tour. Obviously the frequency is higher than the previous timetable (here). I only realized the change on the timetable whilst waiting for the bus to Petite France from Nami Wharf. 

Referring to the timetable saved in my phone I told the cousin

"We will leave Petite at 340pm sharp...else we have to wait for the next bus at 540pm. 2 hour of waiting, lets pengsan together".  

And I turned to the timetable signboard; to show her the 1740 column from Petite to our next destination. That was when I realized there's addition slots in the timetable. 
The latest Gapyeong Tour Bus schedule (as of Dec, 2013). Bus fare is still the same 5,000(Adult) & 3,000 (Teenage). U can hop on & off the bus the whole day using the same ticket. So please keep the ticket. Show the ticket to the driver everytime u boarded the bus.
First time aku study schedule bus ni was for the summer trip June, last year. Masa tu ada 8 kekerapan jak. In few months, sudah jadi 12. Mesti sudah ramai yang guna servis ni hence they added more slots. 
Course B would be the opposite route of Course A. 
Bus arrived on time. Service diorang memang tip top; always on time.
Budak happy finally arrived.
The journey to Petite France took nearly 15 minutes from Nami. Ada pula tour guide dalam bas masa tu & he explained a little bit of the province to us. 
I printed the discount coupon I got from Korean Tourism website so I only paid 6,000 for myself instead of 8,000₩. While my cousin who falls under the Youth category didn't get any discount because I only printed 1 discount coupon so I have to pay the normal admission fee (Youth) for her 6,000. Aigoo I thought 1 coupon is valid for 4 person like the Everland coupon. 
Lee Min Ho's signature is framed & hung on the wall years before he appeared in The Heirs as Kim Tan. Yumm!
Hoii Ahjumma at the back...u look extremely scary! Enough prove why I don't fancy dolls back then. And erm, up till now actually.
Chatime with chingu. But in my wild imagination, diorang ni akan hidup di malam hari. Ok, bye!
Yeah, look eye only (?!?!). Terpaksarela kasi iya jaklah. Bilang chenta akan 'mereka' kan.
Goyang-i! Kweopta! Demuks! Tapi kesian kena simpan dalam sangkar. 
I didn't take much pictures of myself as I've been there before. Tiada apa sangat mau ditinjau di sini unless ada event or shooting drama ka apa kan. Aku pigi ni pun sebab sang kazen wrote Petite France in her places-I-want-to-go list that I asked her to give me. Kita layankan jaklah impian lagipun memang niat aku mau bawa dia ni berjalan.

Sudah round sepuas hati, posing sana posing sini...trying to remember every spots each members of Running Man had been maka kami pun keluar. Tunggu bus di bus stop tempat kami turun masa datang. We took the 1640 bus to Morning Calm Arboretum or a.k.a Garden of the Morning Calm. 

Masa tunggu bas tu aku sudah jadi macam gonggok, mau berlingkar sebab sejuk gila. The weather was bone-chilling cold. And dusk came early as well. Rupanya something awaits me that evening. One of my many wishes Dia tunaikan malam tu. Too many beautiful things happened after the incident in Everland. Alhamdulillah.