[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 1

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Travel with Air New Zealand.
We bought our air fare via Singapore Airline, but they co-share with Air New Zealand. It’s felt reasonable for me since I generally prefer direct flight (you can take SQ plane if you pick the option of transit in Sydney) and this is the best flight to Auckland.

We bought our multi-cities ticket Singapore > Auckland + Christchurch > Singapore at about SGD1,400. It’s pretty pricey for a low peak season but this is the best we fare! Any day earlier or later cost near SGD1,800. I know there’s many SQ promotion going around but, as we doing multi-cities and we don’t want to waste any time taking domestic flight back to Auckland so we go ahead with doing multi-cities ticket.

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I thought it’s good to experience different airline too. NZ’s safety precaution VCR is pretty interesting; you should pay attention to it if you are taking them next time.

Interesting Facts on AIR NZ
1) You can chat with your fellow passengers as long you got their seat number
2) Ordering any other snacks/drink/wine through the touch screen tv, make life easier
3) They served decent food, and they have New Zealand Ice cream for snack *yums

 

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Prelude: #hellosihuigoesNZ

Back from #hellosihuigoesNZ

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So, after a good 20 days, I am back in Singapore. Actually, technically not yet, I was typing this on my return flight high above Mount Cook. (Amazing view seriously, I love Mount Cook adventure, its pretty and amazing! We even did our driving there without GPS just because we recongise the way there eventually!)

North or South Island?
South Island, if you only want to do 1 island, or have a limit of 2 weeks’ budget.
If you want to do both island, suggestion to be North first, then South. This way, you will appreciate better because South is incredible beautiful.

Eat in or Eat Out?
Coffee are the best, my friend said. Their Ice Coffee topped with whipped cream and vanila ice cream and choco powder makes it a whole new level of drinking Ice Coffee. Explore cafes/restuarants and vineyards instead of going to the pops places probably works the best.

Countdown and New World are the most popular grocerious stores around that turn kitchen into Magic. If you happened to be in a small town, no fear, there’s foursquare for you. Good enough to do small cookings

Expensive?
Yes, New Zealand is really expensive. Petrol is expensive, eating out is a little pricey too. And Attractions (in the North Island) usually paid and they are quite over-rated too.

 

 

I will share slowly share all my adventure and thoughts regards to my #hellosihuigoesNZ here, meanwhile you can check out my other updates too.

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[Seoul] Kakao Friend Store at DDP

[Travel in March 2017]

Just another concept store in Seoul, previously share the one in Gangnam and Hongdae (old location) and their Concept Museum Season 1. When I visited in March, this is the nearly open store where you can buy any items and get the balloon freeee! :)

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Direction to DDP Kakao Friend Store

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Exit 1, and you will see this artium area :) Walk towards it and you will see the store very soon! :)

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Kakao Friends @ DDP

Phone: 02-2231-3552
Opening hours: 10:30 – 22:00
Address : 서울 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가) DDP 지하2층 어울림광장 앞
Subway: Dong Dae Mun History and Culture Station Exit 1

 

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Since you are around DDP, how about exploring around and check the architecture out? They are quite pretty :)

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[Korea] Exploring Yeoju in a day!

[Travel in October – November 2016]

Introducing Gyeong-gang Line that opened in September 2016. Gyeong-gang line that runs from Pangyo Station to Yeoju Station that makes day trip to Yeoju alot easier by a transfer from Shinbundang Line. All thanks to 2Day1Night, they introduced this new line as part of their Sejong The Great episodes, hence we got to know this easier way to travel to Yeoju. King Sejong is one of their most respectable king in their history. In fact, he is the one whom create the Korean characters that all Koreans now able to read news even they doesn’t go to college. If you still find his name unfamiliar, he is the one who appeared on your 10,000won note!

here’s some sharing of the Yeoju trip :)

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It took us 1.5hours to travel from Sinsa to Yeoju station.
If you staying around Seoul Station, it will takes you roughly 2hours to Yeoju station :)

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Korean characters around the station.

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So much of attractions all over Yeoju!

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Hello King Sejong!

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Tourist Information Centre where you get to buy the tickets.

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So this ticket get us to Silleuksa Temple where we will visit as our intention of taking Hwangpo Sailboat.

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You know autumn is here, looking all the red orange yellow maple leaves :)

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Entrance of the festival. Oh yeah, we happened to visit the temple during a festival haha!

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Feels :) I started to think that everyone should visit Korea during Autumn to know how beautiful Korea can be.

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So the greedy us decided to buy some food and be part of the festival hahahaha!

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Odeng is a must, and we ordered a pajeon too! :p

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Some exhibits for the festival :)

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Everyone started to stand around all this long “oven” waiting for…

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Sweet potato hahaha! It’s free, and we thought we need to pay for it! HAHA

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Walking around and saw this! Ginseng, alot of ginseng!

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Fried ginseng!

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Heading for our Sailboat ride! :)

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As this festival, we didnt actually get to take a “full” ride but good enough haha :) Take a little scenery around and having fun taking videos and photos.

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[UNESCO World Heritage, Historic Site No. 195] Royal Tomb

We took a cab from the Silleuksa Temple to the Royal Tomb at around 10,000won (roughly 16mins journey)

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During King Sejong’s ruling, Jang Yeong-sil is one of the inventor that noticed by King Sejong whom invented design for water clocks and rain gauge.
You will get to see the following mentioned in photos.

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#water clock

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Entrance to the tomb area :)

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King Sejong’s tomb.

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[UNESCO World Heritage, Historic Site No. 195] Royal Tomb
269-50, Yeongneung-ro,
Neungseo-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 여주시 능서면 영릉로 269-50
Closed on Monday

Silleuksa Temple at Yeoju
73, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-eup, Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 여주시 신륵사길 73

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[Seoul] Florte Flower Cafe 플로르떼 꽃 카페

[Travel in May 2017]

Happy Birthday to myself. Birthday girl gets her way, decide how her day to be ;)

Florte Flower Cafe by Loving You, is one of the flower cafes I wanted to visit it since last year. I’m glad Carol and Cin were interested and agreed this should be the best cafe to start my birthday day! :)

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Dessert time! :)

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The ice is in the shape of a Rose, so pretty!

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Everything just so pretty, words can’t express as much as the photo I shared.

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 photo 20170528_121645 copy_zpsik4bifvr.jpgThere’s a need to order this because its too pretty!

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Direction to Florte Flower Cafe at Hongdae, Seoul

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Hongdae Exit 6, Walk straight :)

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#continue to walk straight ;)

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#continue to walk straight :)

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#make a left turn here :)

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#and you reached!

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#I love pretty cafe! :)

 

Florte Flower Cafe
Address: 22 Sinchon-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Nearest Subway: Hongik University Station Exit 6
Operating Hours: 10:30am – 11:00pm (Last order 10:30pm)
Wifi: Yes, ID: florte PW: florte22
Drama: Entertainer EP17, Yoseob Birthday (2017)on VAPP with Junhyung Cameo

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[Seoul] 팔팔민물장어

[Travel in March/April 2017]

I love Eel or some called it Unagi. I love fishes and almost all kinds except those fried type. So, when I first visited 황가네 꼼장군 I was excited to try this baby eel that I never ate it before. I thought its really tasty and I never ate something that taste like this at all. I guessed, I am really challenging when I travelling, I basically give a try to almost everything except anything-seaweed-or-vinegar haha! So, after the visit at  황가네 꼼장군, I searched around and found this 신촌 풍천장어. So the recent trip, I wanted to bring the girls to eat Eel yet its somewhere new. Really New & Luxury hahahahhahhaha!

Please forgive me of the not-so-sharp-photos for the direction guide as the rain was pretty heavy and I doesn’t have an umbrella.

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#we took a normal seating because we so wet, doesn’t want to sit on the floor with our smelly socks too! HAHA

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Eel’s bone, its like crackers, and its quite addictive! :p

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The menu, we accidentally ordered the luxury eel at 85,000won each (85USD) lol

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Their side dishes really yummy, and we were given 2 set each. We only have 4 pax and haha we refilled a few times because its too good! :)

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quail eggs, who can resist!

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potato salad, one of my favourite!

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# anchovies

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#its a type of squid/octopus etc, not sure haha

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#radish

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#some greens finally!

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and our luxury eel arrived. It’s occupied more than half of our table height!

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really luxury, look at the fat meat!

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Oh my! i love unagi!

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It’s really expensive as it cost 170,000won for this meal, but I think we all ended up have happy tummy! :)

 

Direction to 팔팔민물장어

I’m sorry that the photo turned out quite badly due to the heavy rains, and the lens was blurred, I didn’t realise it until I was back home.
But, its not too difficult to figure out the way, and its quite easy after exit too :)

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Exit 1 at Sinnohyeon Station & Walk straight

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#continue to walk straight, Burger King on your right

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Continue to walk straight, IBK bank on your right

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#Continue to walk straight!

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Did i told you all, I didnt have umbrella, so its really very wet! Husky on the right :)

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#continue to walk straight

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#continue to walk straight, dunkin donuts on your right

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#you are almost, go all the way to the end! :)

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#you will see the shop name at the building on ur right. Walk in! :)

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#the lens must be really wet!

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Anyway, when I was checking the exact english name of this restaurant (which eventually I can’t find lol), I then realise, this is the one that Jung-Suk (Ha Seok-Jin in Drinking solo) went. I love that drama, its so simply and actually telling quite alot of facts about working life too. 

 

팔팔민물장어
Address in English: 745 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Address in Korean: 서초구 반포동 745
Contact: 02-549-1112~3
Opening Hours: 10AM – 11PM (~10PM on Sat/Sun)
Nearest Subway: Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 1

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[Seoul] Sangsu: Kimpira 김피라

[Travel in October/November 2016]

Before heading for our very first trip together, we were watching Battle trip, and there’s EP on Seoul Snack… and one of the places that APINK’s Eunji and Bomi introduce is this place Kimpira. Honestly, the food that they ordered look extremely yummy! So, I thought, maybe we could give it a try and… let me share more about it in a while :)

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This is the exact kimpari that Battle Trip filmed at :)

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so many different choices.

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Its like not sure which is the best because all looks awesome :)

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There’s fries, cheese, bacon and ricecake too! aiyo the fries i love!

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We also order this carbonara which is a little different. The noodle wasn’t the usual pasta, more like our jajangmyeon noodle too :)

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Direction to Kimpira 

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#continue to walk straight! :)

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Continue to walk straight

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Continue to walk straight :)

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Turn right here :)

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Walk straight! :)

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Into this alley! & continue to walk straight! :)

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#and you will reached!! :)

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Kimpira 김피라
Address in English: Address: 411-12 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact:+82 2-337-0860
Operating Hours: 11AM – 10PM (Weekdays) 11AM – 11PM (Weekends) Last order 30mins before closing.
Nearest Subway:Sangsu Exit 1

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