Seoul-ful Adventure


After so many years of watching K-dramas and dreaming of going to Korea, we finally got the chance to fly in for a 4-day weekend getaway. The AirAsia Premium Flatbed was a comfort for an almost 7-hour flight. Finally, arrived @ Incheon International Airport. Well decorated, systematic and you’d be pleasantly surprised to listen to recorded home-language greeting when you presented your passport at the immigration. 


I was delighted to discover that we could choose to take a limousine bus to our hotel. I’ve always preferred moving around with public transport like the train, bus or simply walking if the distance isn’t too far. Walking around the city is the best! We’ll get to see more by walking and exploring the streets. 


The public limo bus was rather spacious and clean inside. A 50-minute ride from airport to the hotel, and they offered mags to read too! Relieved to see that there was always someone standing by to help load the bags and unload them upon arrival. It stopped right at the hotel. How convenient! 

Checking in was smooth. We were shown to a waiting lounge while waiting for our turn to check-in.

The room at the new wing was spacious. Just nice and cosy for the 3 of us. Simply lovely! The children, as always, would enjoy the bubble bath. Off to Lush for supplies!


Mainly, we explored the streets in Myeongdong, Namdaemun market and Namsan N Tower. All within walking distance. Boy, did we go crazy over the cosmetics shops! Another place to grab for foodstuffs would be the Lotte mart. Lots of snacks and everything was delicious!


The weather was so lovely. Sunny, windy and cold. Temperature was around 15degC to below 10 at night. Windy throughout the day and night. Our noses, ears and hands were freezing. Eyes and lips drying. However on the day of our departure, it showered in the early morning and then cloudy with temperature at 8degC in the afternoon.

I liked the foodcourts here. The whole exercise was : Select your food and pay at the cashier. We’re given the buzzer. Collect the food at the stall and after eating, return the food tray to the respective stall. There’s a drinking water station with sterilized cups and it’s complimentary. The floor attendants would wipe the tables ensuring everyone returned their trays and throw rubbish into the bins provided for. That’s great isn’t it? Wish it’s done the same way in my home country. 

If you can’t speak Korean, there is still chance of “survivorship” here. Mandarin is widely spoken in retail shops, restaurants and by stall operators. If you speak neither languages, like me, then there’s going to be an issue. Fortunately, I had my children with me. They became my translators (Mandarin – English) and in exchange I was their banker (LOL!). 

It was a wonderful weekend well-spent. Not long enough to explore more places in Seoul, but just nice to satisfy my curiosity. I had a fabulous experience, especially the food! Now, back home. Rain greeted us when we landed. Temperature at 20degC. Nice! Next, need to exercise to burn the excess weight….oh noooo! 

Back to work and school/classes for children. Gonna be busier than usual as I’m left with just this month to complete my cases or handover those W.I.P. ones before I leave the firm for good. 

Just before we flew back home, the children said to me, “Mom, no more weekend getaway or flying for a while, ok?”….but my traveling engine has just warmed up! Oh boy!
Cheers,

AliceN.

Holiday Travel

I believe most people if not all, love traveling. I think people prefer to travel for a vacation than for business. Since the day I was old enough to look for a job, I had always wished to get a job which requires me to travel. Back then, the only job I could think of was being an air stewardess. However, due to my height, the job was out of reach. I was short by a couple of inches. Too bad…

Fast forward years, till today, I still haven’t got the chance to travel around the world for work assignment. But, I have the chance to travel to neighboring countries, which I’ve grown to love, like second home. Though we don’t have the luxury of long holidays, I’m good. In fact, I prefer short trips to long ones maybe because I hate to feel lazy. You see, when I get to enjoy a long holiday, I won’t feel like coming back to reality…i.e. back to office, work, running daily chores and the whole package. Besides, I get bored easily.

Just yesterday my dear husband discovered that I truly enjoy short trips; day trips, couple of days’ trips. When I’m away from home, I can sit by the sidewalk cafe watching local activities and people around me, hunting for delicious food and walk around malls (more like looking for anything which I can’t find back home). Travelling criteria have always been a clean and nice hotel, best would be in walking distance to sidewalk cafes or malls (yeah, I like convenience, where whatever I need will be within reach). So, back packing in not my cup of tea, though it sounds adventurous. Guess I’m not the adventurous kind of person.
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Being on vacation is like living a ” fairy tale” life. You’d be pampered big time. No more hurrying from one place to another. Sleep as late as you like. Nothing to worry about, literally. Well, we’ll have to come down to earth, from this “dream-like” life. Back to reality the minute we reach home. But, do enjoy while it last 🙂

If you are on holiday, enjoy the rest of your vacation. Re-charge and go back home to your life with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Enjoy life and make the most of it!

Cheers,
Alice N.

 


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Holiday Mood

Less than a month before we greet the new year of 2012! Right now, you can see major malls swamped with people, locals and from out of the city, tourists, all taking advantage of the mega sale this holiday season. There are people getting gifts for Christmas, new clothes for the new year, new school attire and accessories for new school year, next month. The malls are also beautifully decorated for the festive season, which certainly enhance the festive mood further for shoppers. It works for me!

During the year-end holiday, normally, children will be attending self-enrichment or fellowship camps, parents taking leave from work for family vacation, some children return to hometowns to spend some time with grandparents, uncles and/or cousins. Some older children will work to earn some pocket-money. For others, life’s pretty much the same except for the joyous festive mood.

For me, end of the year has been more of time for family. More social than work. My children and I get to spend more quality time together, doing what we enjoy, more than usual (lol!). Few years back, I discovered that for children, it is not all about where the vacation’s going to be. It needs not be overseas trips or expensive holidays but spending time with them and allowing them to enjoy themselves. So, if you cannot get away due to work commitment, you don’t have to feel guilty. As long as you spare some personal time with them doing things together, that will do quite wonderfully. Explain to your loved ones and plan for a holiday when you are able to.

For my family….maybe because my children have grown and are more mature now, that they know what they want and how to spend their time. To them, visiting friends at their homes, rock climbing with some, visiting grandparents and playing with cousins, shopping and movies with mom and dad, day trips inter-city for food and fun, swimming at the club, etc. Of course, like other kids, they also have their choices of holiday destination.

When you have to run your own growing business, you don’t get the luxury of long vacations or none at all, especially during business peak period. Dearest hubby is hard at work. Therefore, I feel that I ought to step in to clear my calendar for time with the children. When time permits, we shall make it up to them. I’m glad that I have two understanding children. They do not complain. Instead, they always make suggestions for alternative plans. I never fail to try to make it special and fun for them.

When it comes to going on a vacation, we are most particular about cleanliness and comfort. Unsure if this is good or bad….but we are dead serious when it comes to the quality of the hotel. Our home is kind of like 6-stars with complete facilities/services – that’s how I feel about my home sweet home. So, to stay away from home is not that easy, for me especially. Sometimes, I’d rather stay home or simply go on day trips inter-city. It’s quite an adventure actually, try it.

Besides, we also have to attend to some social activities towards year-end. That, one way or another keep us occupied, but in a relaxing way. I love year-end, don’t you? Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I would.

I wish you a great holiday!

~ Alice N.


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