Category: 3DoryWinterStory1314

Gaepan 개판 by Shinhwa’s Minwoo

[!!!!] Gaepan have officially closed on 29 November 2016. It’s been a great 7 years for Minwoo’s family. Lots of memories created too. For me, I bring most of my favourite people there to have a meal as well. It’s been a total of 23 trips and many of them makes me a happy person because the food is just so yummy just so tasty. I missed the egg roll alot because I don’t think I can or able to find one that taste this good. Thank you Gaepan :) 

[Last Travelled in March/April 2016]

I have been wanting to blog about this “a-must-visit-restaurant-every-korea-trip” since my first visit in 2013. But, I thought, I must leave the best to the last. And, I really want many people to try their SUPER DUPER YUMMY Cheese Egg Roll and Chicken Stew, and yes even their Lunch Box is nicer than any other restaurants I visited! :)

(Note, if you have bought “Oppa! Take me to Korea!” travel book, I have guest-feature in the book on Gaepan too! I’m also 1 of the creative designers behind this awesome travel book too!)

Every Korea trip since then, is a must visit to Gaepan! I checked my swarm for the address and realise, I actually check-in for 19 times! Hence, you can imagine how many foods I have tried here before listed my favourite dish here! :p

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#exterior of the restaurant, not-those-glam-restaurant, but something very friendly-casual-looking type!

 photo P3180377 copy_zps5sgra2hm.jpg#Gaepan will be very very crowded on during March, as SHINHWA usually have their anniversary concert during march, and fans from all over the world will be heading here for a lovely dinner/supper :D

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Menu have in english and chinese these days to cater to foreign fans! :) You know, you cant underestimate the power of SHCJs!

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#Kimchi stew :)

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#Seafood Egg Stew

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#hot plate squid!

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#gaepan egg pizza!

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#Potato Pancake

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#Seafood Pancake

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#Lunch box that most of my friends like! :)

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#MUST ORDER!!!! CHICKEN STEW!!!

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#EGG ROLL WITH CHEESE, is a must eat too!!!

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 photo P3180380 copy_zpsu95guihe.jpg#First visit to gaepan with my favourite friends #3doryinKR, this happened during 2013, where we embarked a wonderful 39 days journey together! :) No photos of us, dunno why :P But we visited together for at least 11 times!!! :p

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#with half of six+one :) the clearest photo of all the blurs one :p oh yeah, there’s Joie too! :)

 photo IMG_1715 copy_zpsdomirsal.jpgBought so many of my friends here, and some we didn’t actually took photos together too! :p but, so many of them! :) 19 times is pretty much deserve some awards! hehehehehe :p

DIRECTION TO GAEPAN 개판 (Sorry for the low and bad lighting for direction)

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#you will pass by Canon on your right :) Continue to walk straight :)

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#continue to walk straight, you will see a Paris Baguette on your right too! Continue to walk straight :)

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#turn right here! :)

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#continue to walk straight (you are actually walking towards Dosan Park direction) :)

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#Turn right till you reach the T junction! :)

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#you should see the bright lightbox here! :)

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#and yes, you reached! :)

 photo IMG_0167 copy_zpsmw8oyqmi.jpg#a photo of the yummy cheese egg roll that you must have in gaepan! :)

Gaepan 개판
Address:서울 강남구 신사동 647-4 1층
Contact: 02-515-8381
Operation Hours: 7pm – till last guest leave
Subway: Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 5
*This restaurant belongs to SHINHWA’s Minwoo’s sister. She is often in the restaurant, and if you are lucky, you might meet celebrities there too. There’s once when I was there, I saw BEAST’s Yong Jun Hyung! :) Pretty much of lucks and love! <3<3<3

*If you like SHINHWA like I do, and wish to visit places that they visited before, read here! :)

Hashtag #thankyouhellosihui if you visited this restaurant via my guide :)

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8 Street Gallery Cafe

I love cafe, very much love to be in a cafe. I love going pretty places eating pretty food, and spending really a lot of time taking photos. I find a passion in finding cafes as well as photography. They could be something that I love most, and still loving it. But, if you realise especially my personal friends on my instagram will realise, I really hardly goes cafe in Singapore, even starbucks. I find everything a little pricey, definitely not saying its not expensive oversea, but when you are travelling, you are much more willingly to spend it. Hence, every country i went, there’s definitely a cafe-hopping day for me. So, please continues to look out for my cafes intro :)

In 2013, when we were done with the merchandise for Hyesung Countdown Concert, we planned to visit some nearby cafe and rest before the concert start. While we were looking for a place for lunch, we spotted this unique looking cafe, and decided to come over after our lunch.

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Tel // +82 2-969-0003
Website // http://www.8street.co.kr

YAY to Chocolate Tree

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I always have friends asking me about Korea itinerary, Korea accommodation and everything in between. Yes, I love Korea, I been to Korea quite a lot. Lucky 7, yes 7, and all of them were Free & Easy. I have to thank all my travel companions to be really awesome. There’s times, where my friends will made effort looking around for nice places to visit, while others did a great research on accommodation as well. Everyone plays a part in planning which I really think this is why a trip is successful.

During my 3rd trip to Korea, which was my longest trip ever – 6 weeks with my dory. We were a little worried about our accommodation because its a long 6 weeks for 3 pax. All thanks to Carol, who found our favourite accommodation till date – Chocolate Tree (CT) via some reviews online. We contacted CT via email, everywhere was pretty smooth since its all convey in English.

So, 3 months passed, and we were all ready to head for our longest trip ever. Definitely, we were a little worried about our guesthouse, because 1) Its our very first time staying in Sinchon and 2) If we doesn’t like the guesthouse, it will be a straight 6 weeks of discomfort. Many thoughts since we boarded the plane, but trying our best to look positive that nothing can be worst.

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We reached CT without hassle, pretty happy that its not too difficult to get around Sinchon as well. CT is located pretty near the main road, which I really really like. Some of the guesthouses I stayed were really far away from the road, and took about 15minutes walk along the dark alley. Hence I really like the location of CT. Our guesthouse check-in time is around 2pm, and we were pretty early (10am). Hence, we won’t be able to do any check-in but CT offered us to keep our luggage so that we will able to come back later. 3 of us, actually were heading straight to the concert venue at Olympic Park and will be only back at night. So, we were really delighted after a crazy-high-session of 3 hours straight concert without any sleeps from our midnight flight to find our luggages seated in a all clean and neat room.

Look like, my previous worries were gone. The first impression was awesome enough that all these were taken of. CT wasn’t the biggest guesthouse I stayed, but definitely a comfortable and clean one. In the morning, we will definitely greet by the CT Staff (CTS) with a cheerful voice, and at the end of the tired shopping day… we will still greeted by them. How nice? Its my first time where guesthouse staff was so friendly and always bring smile to us.

Reason why I was back again in August 2013, December 2013, March 2014 and my most recent trip December 2014?

 photo PC243943copy_zps0a90dcb7.jpg#CT is really very clean and neat. They have everything we need :)

 photo PC243944copy_zps53c701eb.jpg#and they have awesome TV for us

 photo PC294577copy_zps7dc4b9c2.jpg#I watched MBC Variety Awards LIVE straight from the tv. Not only that, I can even watch Running Man, Shinhwa Broadcast, We Got Married that was probably 1 year ago too!

 photo PC243947copy_zpsfd33e506.jpg#I know some of my friends like to load their photos to FB etc, but really lazy to bring 1.2kg laptop along? CT have computer for you! Perfect? ^^ I do have friends need hair dryer during their trip, but to be honest, it does takes up space too right? And worry no more, they have it for you! Yeah! :) Extra heater for the room, if you really worried about winter :)

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#The toilet might not be as big as hotel’s, small but acceptable. Most importantly, its really clean.
And friends, they have lovely hot water. You doesn’t need to bath in cold water :)

 photo 20150102_104221copy_zps14c39f94.jpg#I always hate to pack bottles and bottles of shampoo, facial wash and body wash. They takes up so much space, and bring it back home – waste of my luggage space too. Especially, most of my Korea trips are at least a good 2 weeks. So, I am so happy that CT provide all these… and they are in prestige brand like DOVE and TFS :) I no longer bring bottles of all these to all my Seoul Trips! Yuppie!

 photo 20150102_104242copy_zps9a15db40.jpg#AND, they have WIFI for each room too! Something that I can’t live without. Korea wifi is so much better than you ever can imagine :)

 photo 2015_0101_192310_005copy_zps3e51854b.jpg#Common Area for everyone! Where you can prepare your breakfast which they provided Bread/Egg/Jams/Coffee. And not forgetting, CT even prepared some nail polish for their female guests too!

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 photo 2015_0101_192324_006copy_zpsb09f19ee.jpg#Washing Machine at no cost, is really important for long trip! :) You need to wash your clothes, I am very sure ^^ Thank goodness for the Dryer too! Its 500won for 15mins :)

 photo 2015_0101_192253_003copy_zps14e11b1d.jpg#Common Area, which we used quite often because at times, you have friends in different rooms. And you want a bigger place for chats and food – i mean chicken and coke :p

 photo P3230817copy_zps9402a608.jpg#and this happened to us one of the day! :) And, best of all, we have the awesome tv for us to watch Shinhwa Broadcast :)

 photo PC264064copy_zps11ce5089.jpg#Did I always mentioned that I think CT Jajangmyeong Delivery is really one of the best we ate? Every trip we will order jjm delivery with help from CT :) Its really nice. Please order! :) Aigoo, I want it now too! :(

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#First meal of 2015, Thank you Eric :)

I remembered, a few times during my stay at CT, they really helped me a lot which not all guesthouse have such friendly boss and staff. I guessed CT trained their staff really well. They are all very proactive, helpful and always smiling :) That could be why, I don’t feel worried staying in a foreign country and always think they give their very best to help us. I remembered, we have a few problem the other trips when we need to book our sea train tickets, Thomas actually helped us to book, even paying in advance for us. Thomas even helped us with purchase of WOLFM cap hurhur~ And at times, late night, we actually asked help from Haein and Mei to call for delivery too *I miss eating Kyochon Honey Chicken & Chicken Mania*

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I have to really praise Cho who helped us with the order and our ‘greedy’ request too. It was 31st December that day, my cousin and I was heading out in the morning and won’t be back so early because we were heading for Dongwan’s Starlight Concert that starts at 10pm. Since it is a countdown concert, I guessed we won’t be able to ask help from the staff when we are back. Hence, in the morning, I have ‘troubled’ Eric (once again) to help us order the chicken before they knocked off work and left it in the pantry. I will collect it when I came back from the concert. Eric offered to place it in the room, if we doesn’t mind (how nice, I mean, they doesn’t mind going up 3 levels and leave it there!). I also requested for a chicken mania calendar if possible. Back in our room at around 2am odd, we found the food smell deliciously on our dressing table, and Cho whom was really thoughtful to put the can of pepsi in the fridge to keep it cold! And, because of our greedy request for the calendar, Cho asked for posters for us since the store have run out of calendar. Thank you Cho, I didn’t manage to see you in person, but really thank you so much for helping and being so extremely thoughtful too!

And, of cos, Eric the boss of CT really have been the nicest host ever during all my Korea trips! Eric have really helped us at all times – from carrying the heavy luggage up, and down the stairs when we leave for airport. Eric even helped us with the 4D movie booking, and, keke, the photo card ticket as well. You know your guesthouse owner doesn’t need to help you to this extend, but ERIC did! :) Thank you Eric. Thank for being such a nice host :) See you soon!

(I’m glad to introduce CT to some of my friends. They loves it and become a regular too ^^) 

For More Information: http://www.chocolate-tree.co.kr
Address: 서울시 마포구 노고산동 109-91 초콜릿 트리
Nearest Subway: Sinchon (Line 2) / Seogang Univ (Gyeongui Line)

Momo Cot @ Garosu-gil

Winter trip was awesome, because the weather and environment seems to be really romantic. The christmas deco, the gloomy weather, everything seems to be light in the dark that gives a little bit of the romantic atmosphere. Its my first time travelling in December so everything seems to be really excited for me. Despite being in korea 5 times (at that point of time), I have yet been to the most popular place in Korea – Garosu-gil. I remembered we wanted to visit there in march? but we were too tight with schedule and decided to go another time. Don’t ask me why because I have no idea why we have 39 days and its still too tight hahahaha!!

So, we headed over to Garosu-gil for the first time, a pretty street full of cafes and street labels. The weather was so cold, but everything else made up for it. I really love winter, I love spring too. Everything that is not summer is great :) We didn’t plan any particular cafe to visit, and momo cot give us more than 1 reason why we should choose them.

 

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Momo Cot @ Garosugil
535-17 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Nearest Station: Sinsa Station

Korea: Godiva 고디바

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 It’s freezing cold that winter.
But we braved through the coldness and have this.
It’s pretty awesome to eat the ice cream when the weather is so cold.
You need not worry about the melting issue :)

I was holding the ice cream on my left hand and insist not change hand.
You just wish to sacrifice 1 hand and at least another still feeling warm :p

It’s my first time eating godiva product, and Im loving it.
Its really quality chocolate ;)

it’s almost a year.

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Godiva Boutique @ Garosugil
Address // 546-6 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Address // 서울시 강남구 신사동 545-6
Tel // +82 2 759 0783
Subway // Sinsa Station Exit 8

OR

World Trade Centre
Hyundai Department Store
Subway // Samseong Station

신촌 안맛집 Winter Red Bean Noodles

Did I mentioned before that TVN is really good recently with all the nice good dramas? One of my favourite dramas from TVN will be Let’s Eat. This drama is talking about 3 different character and personality person staying in the same building same level. Every single role have a impact to the storyline that doesn’t bored you at all. At first, I was thinking how interesting can a ‘eating drama’ be… so I’m wronged. As the main lead actor is Beast’s Doojoon, it tells me nothing but give this drama a try. Then, shortly, I got hooked to the drama because of the 3 main leads as well as their introducing of yummy food in every episode.

In EP 4, Doojoon served this food to 2 of his neighbours, and mentioned that it is a healthy winter dish. I’m curious, really curious about how it going to taste like. It’s Red Bean Noodle. So, I told my 2 friends about this winter dish, because we were heading for a winter trip in Korea (in 2013). We have no idea where we can get to eat this, but, while looking for “supper” after Hyesung’s Concert… we managed to pass by this store in Sinchon – 신촌안맛집 수연국수&카레. And, we thought, how about ordering 1 to share to have a taste of winter dish – since we doesn’t have winter here T.T

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#it’s quite interesting because we had to order from a vending machine :)

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I’m back!

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I’m back from my winter trip #3dorywinterstory1314
so much to say about my trips. or rather a recap of everything in 2013.
2013 had been really exciting, awesome and nothing but fun.
and 2014 will be nothing but just better than 2013 :)

♡♡♡ Thank you 2013♡♡♡

One of the most awesome thing happen – it’s snow during my stays in Seoul.
The last snow in 2013 :) I was like the most excited kid over taking photo because its my first time :)

well, I shall share more during my free time :)
at the moment… back to busy mode :/