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Korea Day 5

 Finally a day when we did not need to pack our baggage and move. We leisurely waited near the hotel for the group to gather and proceeded with our tour in Jeju. The first stop was to have our breakfast. We were talking about abalone breakfast. Yes, abalone but was quite disappointed when I could not see any abalone in the porridge. :(

However, was really happy to see Kaiden with his thousand face expressions. He was trying to show the happy, sad and angry faces. Don’t you find them familiar? He got his inspiration from Thomas the Train shows.

Another picture before we left the seaside restaurant.

Kaiden is so so cute in this picture. So angelic.

We then went out of the restaurant and took a picture before we boarded the bus.

Our next visit was to the Seongsan Sunrise Peak, a volcanic crater hill that offers a splendid view by the coast. Looking at father-in-law and Kaitlyn, we vowed not to lose out to them. They climbed so fast that in a flash they were way ahead of us. Kaiden was the best… carried by both Victor and Gerald up to the peak.

We were given about 2 hours to climb up and down the crater… therefore, took the chance to take pictures on our way up.

Some panoramic view from half way up.

We then decided to take a picture to commemorate our efforts for making half way through. Check out Kaitlyn’s pose. -

Still continuing our journey up….-

and finally reached the top. We were all so tired to wanna make our way down. We just stoned at the peak procrastinating and hoping something would just happen next.-

Then finally someone said… let’s go… again, father-in-law and Kaitlyn were the first to move. The walking down took a longer time as suddenly we were swam by a big group of students walking up. The narrow stairways got to allow two groups of people moving up and down. Poor Jamie, holding on to Kaiden’s hands and walking down. Finally, Victor carried him on his shoulders,  and most amazingly, he could doze off sitting. Gerald then took over the job of carrying Kaiden. LOL

What were Jonathan and I doing? Holding hands and taking our sweet time walking down. :)

 Hey. where is Kaitlyn? She was running around the bushes of flowers, pretending to be a fairy rather than take pictures with us. OMG.

Next stop, the Tangerine Orchard where we found the most famous fruit in Korea. Almost everywhere I went, the food is made with tangerine, eg, chocolates. Kaiden dozed off, therefore, I made the trip down with Kaitlyn to see what the place could offer us. A while later, Jonathan joined me for some phototaking while mum and father-in-law took over Kaiden on the bus.

Most of the tangerines are fake. They probably only showcased the place for phototaking.

What I like about is the story behind the 3 logs. It is the main door of a house. As the island do not have doors and thieves, the logs are used as door. What are the indications?

1) 3 logs up – owners not at home. Visitors cannot go in.

2) 2 logs up – Owner will only be back after work at night.

3) 1 log up – Owner is out and will be back in an hour.

4) 0 logs up (all lying on the floor) – Owner is at home. Welcome in.

Can you guess what is the indication for the status of the owner in the picture below?

The next activity was real exciting. Horse riding. It was my first time riding on a life horse. As Kaitlyn was young, she and I sat together for the horsey ride. It was really cool.

We all looked so cool in our horse riding attire. ;)

The whole event of climbing the crater and horse riding in the morning set our tummies rumbling. We were taken to a restaurant that served meat wrapped with lettuce. Let Jonathan show you how the whole procedure is being done. :)

Grab the lettuce and open up, put the meat, garlic and some sauce on the lettuce, fold the lettuce and stuff the whole thing into your mouth. Yummy…. can’t help drooling thinking about it now. ;)

After the sumptuous lunch, we proceeded to a Seongup Fold Village to have a look at the traditional houses in the olden times. The granny who introduced the place to us is the chief’s granddaughter. She is really comical and most importantly, she could communicate in Mandarin. She was said to have used her place as a fliming scene in the serial, Da Chang Jin, and would always carry the picture of her and the actress taken at that time.

The activity ended with some purchases of honey. We then moved on to our next destination, O’Sulloc Tea Museum which feature exhibits of the history and production of green tea products. Instead of looking at the history, all of us zoomed to the facial products area and lastly, the dessert section where I bought a cup of green tea ice cream. I went up the bus to share the ice cream with Jonathan as it was Kaitlyn’s turn to hibernate. The rest enjoyed their ice cream and cakes at the coffee house itself.

Before heading to the Teddy Bear Museum, we were taken to a park for a short walk and phototaking.

Teddy Bear Museum…. here we come. Have been hearing about this museum from the show, Princess Hours, and now finally got the chance to look at it.

Again, heavy pictures.

   Creation of Adam, my favourite. Wonder when I can visit the Sistine Chapel to look at the actual work of Michelangelo. Soon?

Louis Vuitton bear, the most expensive bear in the museum. Can’t help taking a picture with it since I am carrying a LV bag too. Oh and also future owner of my LV bags. ;)

One of my favourite Korean serials or I should say my first korean serial, Princess Hours. The bears that kept appearing in their opening and ending of the episodes. How could I forget about them. ;)

Other pictures that were taken outdoors of the museum.

Before heading for dinner and ended the day, we passed by a Rapeseed field. The view is so soothing and of course great for phototaking.

-Finally, thank you for being so patient with my heavy pictures. Last but not least, I would like to share my favourite picture of the day taken by Jonathan.

These statues tell it all about Jeju. Love the angle of the picture.

Was actually thinking of doing an online review but there are really too many pictures. I will leave the reviews to the next post. Check back soon. ;)

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Surprise!!!! + Korea Day 4

I should have blog this long time ago. On my birthday itself. The day came with a surprise. Not from anyone else but Jonathan. Due to his job, we have not celebrated my birthdays together for years. But every year, he would suprise me with something.

In the year, 2008, Jonathan was in Singapore and we got to celebrated my birthday in the hospital. Kaiden was diagnosed with Bronchitics and thus had to stay in hospital for about a week. Jonathan bought my favourite Joo Chiat Bak Chok Noodles into the room. Staying in a 2-bedded room with another young boy, he was aroused by Jonathan’s footsteps and woke up. The poor boy who smelt the aroma of the bak chok noodles told his mum, “Mummy…. uncle eating what… smells so nice….” And the irony was, the boy was suffering from food poisoning thus could only have simple porridge the whole day. We then felt so bad about bringing in the food but the only thing we could do was to quickly finish up the noodles and hoped that the smell will not linger in the room for long. That’s how I celebrated my birthday in 2008.

In 2009, I went to work and I was surprised by a nice bronze Gucci bag on my workstation. Thinking that someone could have left the bag on the wrong station, I ignored it. As my workstation was right beside the door… the bag actually drew much attention to my colleagues who walked in and out of the room. Everyone started asking me about the Gucci paper bag and was really interested to know what was inside. And because of that eye catching bag, birthday wishes from my colleagues also started coming in. I was wondering who could be the nice colleague to have gotten me such an exquisite gift. When I opened the bag and peered into, I saw a card with Jonathan’s name on it. Inside the giftbox was a brown card holder. He actually managed to get a little elf, Angie,  to run the errand for him. They liaised together via msn and then Angie took the trip down to Gucci, chose the present… and tada… on my table.  I was really touched and indeed a memorable birthday gift from him.

This year, I celebrated my birthday without him again. Must be I was overwhelmed by the suprise last year that he did it once again. This time round, he got my sister, Anne, to be the elf. That day, I came home after picking Kaitlyn from piano. Went to the study room to take my stuff and saw this nice little wrapped up present on the study table in front of my comp. The first thought that came into my mind was Jonathan was back? and started searching the whole house for him. Then I took a second look at the present and noticed that the handwritten note could not be his handwritting. Then I went up to my mum place and told Anne about it. She kept laughing and then did I know that she was that little elf that Jonathan employed this year. It was a dress from my favourite blogshop, Bonitochico.

Wanna see how I look in it?

The dress when launched did not catch my eyes at all. But after I wore  and taken a picture of it, I must admit that Jonathan does have some sense of fashion. LOL !!! The dress was real comfy. Nothing to worry about especially the tummy, the armpit fats. Great dress for causal days. :)

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Korea Day 4

Wow, it was after so many posts that I found out how to change the font sizes. So silly of me. Anyway I shall continue my post for Korea.

Day 4 was a total disaster in the morning. Wonder how we actually heard that the meet up was at 8.30pm. Morning call was at 6.30am… lazed for about 15mins then got up to get ready. When we were about to leave the room for breakfast at 7.30am, Victor came in and told us that we are leaving at 7.30am instead of 8.30am. Oh dear, no breakfast for the kids and us. When we reached the bus, the tour guide was really nice to present us with packed breakfast. Just the thought already warmed our cold morning.

Managed to snatch some time to camwhore while family entertained the children.

The day started with a shopping trip at the Doota, a shopping mall at Dongdaemun. Only given like 2 hours, we could only browse through the fashion. Managed to get the cute little post it for Anne cos she kept raving to me about Yina’s purchases from Cotton Candy. With only 20 mins left, Jamie, Xueli and I took a walk to the underground stalls while the others were left behind to take care of the kids. The 1000 won attracted Xueli’s attention. The whole rack of earrings costing 1000 won. So it’s only like $1.30 for each earrings? The next moment, each of us were holding on to a basket and putting earrings into it. :) Jonathan also took the opportunity to  meddle with his camera.

Before we knew, it was lunch time. We had Bibimbap, hot pot rice. The rice was really nice with their special chilli sauce.  Not forgetting the usual steamboat pot.  

After the lunch, we then proceeded to the Kimpo Domestic Airport for a flight to Jeju, widely known as the “Honeymoon Island” for its romantic tropical settings.

When we reached Jeju, we were taken to a road with the most amazing view. Cherry blossom welcomed us on both sides of the road. Pictures tell a thousand words. :)

Jamie’s pictures with the children. Especially love the one she took with Kaitlyn. Just so lovely. ;)

More pictures of myself.

Shopping time again… :) We were then ferried to TopDong Street for a short shopping spree. We went into another accessories store. Overwhelmed by their accessories. Now I know why Korean accessories are so raved for. There were so many varieties. I bought a few earrings for myself again. Kaitlyn could not help herself and started picking stuff to put into the little basket. I told her that she could only buy two items. This little imp grabbed two items, put into my basket… and then secretly put the rest into Jamie’s basket. Without knowing, Jamie paid for all her items including Kaitlyn. Seems like Kaitlyn has the last laugh. :)

What were the guys doing? Loitering outside and somehow managed to find food for the ladies. Good job guys. :)

Eating never seemed to end when we were brought to a restaurant for dinner. We changed our strategy in feeding the children. Usually, we would fill the children’s stomach first then ours. However, Jonathan and I found that we have to always rush to finish the food and worst, sometimes not even have enough time to finish. For this meal, we actually ate together with the children as in feeding them at the same time. Somehow this strategy worked and meal time seemed to be more at ease. :)

After dinner, we watched a muscial? a show? whatever, was called ‘Nanta’. It was a non verbal perfomance based on the rhythms of samullori (traditional Korean percussion). The whole performance was an eye opener. I think the show actually was staged in Singapore some time ago

The show was about 4 cooks trying to prepare a banquet for a wedding dinner before 6 o’clock. The cooks would do acrobats, use their knives to create rhythms and of course some comical scenes to lighten our night. There were a lot of audience and performers interaction. The scene that left the deepest impression was the party time. The performers used water drums and with the lighting effect and music, really made my adrenaline pumping. Watch the sneak preview of the promotion video for the show below. The whole stuff really amazed me and heard that this show is designated as one of the ten things to see in Korea.

The day ended with the show. The children totally knocked out on the bus and was glad that they slept through the night as Jonathan and I were really tired too. :)

Shall end the post with some reflections. Though it was just halfway through our Korean 8 days tour, I have found out that guys actually can perform a very good job as a caregiver. Pictures will tell you why. They took care of the children while the gals could not succumb to the pleasures of shopping. They entertained the children when the gals wanted to spend more time in a beauty shop. The trip was definitely more enjoyable with their help. :)

Thank you so much to Jonathan (Daddy), Victor (Gu Zhong) and Gerald (Susu) for making this trip a very lighthearted one for me. ;)

Hmmm you guys want to join us for another trip? LOL

 

 

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