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Welcome to CYB| Chea-Yee's Blog.

This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.

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Clinique: Redeeming Youth Surge sample.

29/01/2010

Clinique: Redeeming Youth Surge sample.

This evening I was at Sunway Pyramid. Since I was there, I decided to redeem the Clinique's Youth Surge samples (which is supposed to come in 7ml size containers).

However, apparently the outlet ran out of stock. Fine.

So, the SA gave me one 1.5ml sachets. (I had to ask before she would give me another one.)

*SURPRISE. SURPRISE.* Guess what the SA did next?

She actually rang it up online on the computer, and keyed into the system that I had "redeemed" the sample. You know, the "tag-and-redeem" system?

It would have been almost funny, but I found it seriously ridiculous that the SA is keying my name in for that the tiny measly 1.5ml sachets. (She gave me one. I had to ask again before she would give me two). 

If ever any other SAs ask me in future how did the product work for me, I would have to say that it was a measly 1.5ml sample I was given...

So "1.5ml is really too little to see any results" is the answer. No, and it should not have been tagged for that. Thank You Very Much.

UPDATE later the next day at WORK...
I gave the samples to my colleague. I thought he'd make better use of it.. So my response will be...

"I dunno. I gave the sample to my colleague. Besides, I was only given a 1.5ml sample.. So I have no idea". 
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ICLS: Moved up to Korean Elementary I

ICLS: Moved up to Korean Elementary I

If you are wondering, yes, I passed my Korean Beginner II Test. Besides the written part, it also has an oral test, which includes elements of dictation, spelling, as well as speaking & conversation. and of course grammar. with lots and lots of verbs and the necessary markers one needs to fill in the blanks with.

I did not do too badly, but it was okay.

The only thing I learnt out of revising my test was - I still have to read and revise bits from my Beginners Text book as my grammar is still quite slack. In other words, try to pay attention in class, and revise every week, so that you won't forget what the seon-saeng-nim (teacher) has taught so far.

The Elementary level basically builds on the verbs that we have learnt in the Beginner's level, and there is an astounding amount of verbs that we had to memorize, as well as spelling and writing that we had to practise.

Well, the first lesson that started last week was so far, so good. I gave my teacher that bottle of soju (it's actually quite cheap in South Korea!) and everyone laughed! ^^
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Sediakan Payung Sebelum Hujan

28/01/2010

Sediakan Payung Sebelum Hujan

Taken from a malay proverb, it literally means, "prepare the umbrella before it rains". Which just means to prepare for any unfortunate incident.

I have since returned from my trip to South Korea. However, this time, I am putting my priorities straight from the beginning. For me, that would be to prepare for any incident in the future. But to do that, I will have to plan for the future. So I am preparing for the "hujan". 

It means taking control of my own circumstances. Being responsible for my own wealth accumulation.   
Sure, I do love and enjoy travelling and all. (Though the weather this winter was crazy, and sorta of deterred me from wanting to visit another country in the middle of the winter season should something similar happens in future, or visit the Singapore Safari Night Zoo, which was a total waste of money..)

Now, what am I rambling about? I am just saying to plan ahead to not do things in future which will waste money..

So to prepare for my future ahead (at least for the next three months), I have decided to stash my money away in the Term Deposit. Or Fixed Deposit, in Malaysian slang. Read here on my tips on how to save money.

For me, that works. 

No Cash = No Shopping = Save Money

So it'll be just working with whatever dough I have and budgeting from there. Having the peace of mind that I have a stash somewhere for a rainy day.

In the mean while, please do check out The Beauty Regime: Blogshop. You don't have to spend any money. Just swap with me the items we both have, and we can both save money!  It's a win-win situation!
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Happy Australia Day!

26/01/2010

Happy Australia Day!

Since today is Australia Day, here's my tribute to it as well for havling lived there for the past three years, and for many years to come! ^^
 
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free,
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea
Our land abound in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare
In history's page, let every stage,
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia Fair"
 
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Blogshop: Product Swap or Cash accepted.

24/01/2010

Blogshop: Product Swap or Cash accepted.

Good evening, both readers and interested customers alike.

I have decided to accept SWAP items for the items in the blogshop.So, instead of paying cash, you may use items you have in store to exchange for the items you see.

*Please note that to make the process fair for all, items should be of similar or appropriate worth, or value.

For more information, please enquire within to: thebeautyregime at gmail dot com.

The items that I am currently interested in are:


VOUCHER TYPE
1) Movie vouchers- (redeemable to watch movie, hopefully not of the *asterisk kind) at
2) Book vouchers from MPH, Borders, AcmaMall or similar.
3) Free cake, or coffee vouchers, dining from Starbucks (not exactly my favourite, but whatever), Coffeebean, or at a proper coffee place.
4) Dining for free vouchers: Mcdonalds, KFC, Baskin Robbins, etc.

PRODUCT TYPE
1) A pair of modern looking pin-hole glasses (to help improve my astigmatism).
2) Clarins treatment oils.
3) Yves Rocher range.
4) Kiehl's body range.
5) SkinFood body range.
6) InnisFree body range.
7) TonyMoly body range.
8) Fragrances, EDTs, etc.

You may also email me details on items you feel I may be interested in. ^^

For UPDATED LIST of Product Swap wanted, please refer to this LIST.
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South Korea: Stark Naked in a Mo-Gyok-Tang?

23/01/2010

South Korea: Stark Naked in a Mo-Gyok-Tang?

If you were to watch Japanese dramas, or movies, I am sure you'd have seen scenes of people in a hot pool, whether indoor, or outdoor. That my friend, is what is known as sento (indoor bath house), or onsen (outdoor hot spring pool) in Japan.

In South Korea, there is a similar practice. There is the mo-gyok-tang, where go to a public bath house to soak in hot water. At least, there is where my university going mate, Matt, went to, as there are only showers faucets in his dorm room in winter.

The first time I was introduced to a hot-spring was *surprise, surprise* in Rotorua, North Island in New Zealand. That was in early January 2008. It was also the first time I realised that the Japanese women in the ladies changing room also walked around naked.

Yes, you heard me. NAKED. (Sadly I could not take any pictures. I don't want to risk being prosecuted !>_<

The first time I went to the mo-gyok-tang in South Korea was in Busan. That was in January 2009. I had to wait for someone who could speak English as the jim-jil-bang I went to did not have a single person who could speak English, and was not in the city area.

I learnt about "onsen" etiquette, when I was in Japan. My japanese friend in Kyushu, Haruna told me about the etiquette in the onsen, where if before one goes into the pool, the woman has to tie-up their hair. This is to protect the pool from getting dirty, as it is for public use.

Also, before entering the bath, one normally scrubs & showers first (which makes perfect sense) as you have to scrub off all the dead cells from your body before you can go into the bath anyways!!

This year, I learnt the difference between a jim-jil-bang and a mo-gyok-tang.

Jim Jil Bang: A jim-jil-bang is basically not just a bath-house (mo-gyok-tang), but includes other facilities like a cafeteria, sleeping area, television. It is open 24 hours, and has different pricing entrance fees depending on the time you enter, as one may stay overnight in the jim-jil-bang.

Mo Gyok Tang:
A mo-gyok-tang, does not provide the facilities of the jim-jil-bang. It also opens for a certain number of hours and closes before midnight. There are normally found in places hanging with the sign "sauna" outside. It is similar to the onsen.

There are price differences for entrance to each area. You can pay to enter both, or just one area individually.

My mother told me that she went to a bath-house in Korea in her swim suit. If you are wondering, that is "sort-of" a bath-house, but it is not a "true bath-house". It is catered to foreigners, like us Malaysians who have never bath naked before.

Nonetheless, bath pools are gender segregated where customers are naked.

If you are wondering, no one looks at you when you are stark naked in your own gender segregated bath areas.

If you are a female and want to stare at the other women's  sagging breasts, try to keep it subtle, kay?

>.<
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New Year's Giveaway: The Winners!

Okay, I am finally done with the whole Korean language test Beginners Level. Yes, and I passed! ^^
Now, I'm up to Elementary level at ICLS, and believe it.. it is getting harder and harder. To think, all the verbs and tenses and grammar we had to absorb in!! >.<

So I finally have the peace and time to write this entry.. *dum dum dum*


The WINNERS are:
Mary Chia- FREE Detox Weight Programme or Pampering Facial (worth up to RM250) -
Winner: MizSVinz. leve_17 at yahoo.com

Adonis Wellness - FREE Eye Treatment worth RM80 -
Winner: Alyette. alyette.t@gmail.com.

Mayfair- FREE NL909 Ion Static Therapy (worth RM300)
Winner: jscheong21@hotmail.com Stylish One- jscheong21 at hotmail.com

128 Faubourg- FREE Refirming Neck and Decollete Treatment worth RM70.
Winner: TS xiu1999 at yahoo.com

Okay girls, please email me your full name & mailing address to thebeautyregime at gmail.com so the vouchers can be delivered. ENJOY! ^^
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Michelle Phan: Newest Youtube Makeup Guru

Michelle Phan: Newest Youtube Makeup Guru



Heard of her yet? A Vietnamese American, she is a makeup artist most notable for producing beauty tutorials on YouTube and owner of makeup line IQQU.

She is currently hired by Lancome.
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A Dream I had last night.

22/01/2010

A Dream I had last night.

Or this morning rather.

I had a dream of this guy I used to go out with.He's probably reading this blog, as he is a nosey fella, but we aren't going to name names anyways.

(Actually, the above part is to entice you to read this entry, as I know you are all busy-bodies).

Mua ha ha ha.


The Dream
Anyways, to get to the story, I had a dream of this guy-- "Guy A", we shall call him, who is no longer in Malaysia. Or at least I know he's not in Kuala Lumpur at this point of time. He is currently attached to his girlfriend (or probably fiancee now, but my dream did not show me this.).

In the dream I met up with him. He showed me this footprint or structure of his girlfriend's foot (plaster model) and even a scotch-tape print (with lead) of his girlfriend's finger print in some office somewhere (eh?).

As much as I wanted to follow him, I had with me my backpack, and ended up going to the mo-gyok-tang (목욕탕) instead.

The mo-gyok-tang, otherwise similarly known in Japanese as "onsen" or "sento", is a hot-spring pool or the former, public bathhouse, that is a common practice in South Korea & Japan.

After this meeting with Guy A, the dreamed showed my ex-boyfriend driving past me with his current wife in this 4-wheeler. I saw them driving past, but I walked away before they had a chance to see me. Much later, I thought of sending him a text message, but there was no coverage. Hence the text message was not deliver.

Then the dream ended.


Possible meaning of the dream:
I realise that even in the dream, I am still very strong-willed. The act of going to the mo-gyok-tang instead of following Guy A shows that I refuse to give up my will, nor my dreams for what I hold is true, as I realise the futility of a future with Guy A. Guy A is someone who used to hold some significance in my life. From the time I left for Australia, it has been four years since I met up with this person.

The mo-gyok-tang symbolises what I guess is South Korea, or the experiences that I have already been through, and how far I have already walked in my life.

As for avoiding my ex, I guess it means that though I don't mind meeting with my ex, and the lack of coverage that my text message fails to be delivered, possibly shows the impossibility of my meeting up with him ever in future, or the need may never ever come up to be contact with him.

What a dream to sum up my life.
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I started a blogshop.

I started a blogshop.

Hi readers, I started a blogshop!

In lieu of the ever increasing "treasures" accumulating in my room, my room has become a store of sorts.
From Face Shop, L'occitane to even Laneige skincare, as well as watches, and handbag from South Korea...

The wannabe shopaholic is doing a good cause before it gets any worst!

So, have a look at my stuff. I am sure you may find something you like! ^^
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Letting Off My Stuff.

21/01/2010

Letting Off My Stuff.

Seeing that my room is full of "treasures" and how my domestic help cries in horror each weekend as I bring back some skincare circular from the departmental store... well!

My room is beginning to very much look like a store-room..!

Am not sure what I will be getting rid off, but among them are products from
  • Beauty Cottage (rubber masks, serums) 
  • Loccitane (body & hand series)
  • Hwangto Yellow Earth & Gold Mask
  • Lancome (Reviving Petals)
  • The Face Shop (Sleeping Mask)
  • Missha (face series)
  • Origins. (face series)
  • mask brushes
Other product range may include:
  • Etude House (Mask Sheets sold individually)
  • Laneige (Mask Sheets sold individually) 
As for how I'd sell it....
 
Payment Terms: COD/ Maybank
Delivery Terms: COD/Pickup in Tmn Desa, or near Mid Valley for now. Furthest maybe Petaling Jaya, when I go on my rounds.As for delivery by post, still learning how to go about it. So for convenience sake, it will have to be Maybank/COD/ Pickup


PRICES: Are Final & Not Negotiable. Thanks, but I don't do the China-Apek thing. You want to do that, go to the pasar malam.You want bargain price, I oon't layan you. I don't work in pasar malam.

RESERVING ITEMS: Items are reserved upon payment made. For serious buyers only.
No such thing as I booked first, and it's mine without payment made. Nobody goes to a shop and says it's theirs till they made payment already, right? We don't do that here either.

For more information: Enquire within at "thebeautyregime at gmail dot com".

UPDATE: Just Created the Blog. Please check out The Beauty Regime: Blogshop and be a "follower" for automatic updates!
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South Korea: Laneige @ Duty-Free Incheon Airport.

20/01/2010

South Korea: Laneige @ Duty-Free Incheon Airport.

INCHEON AIRPORT @ 16th January 2010
This is my final shopping haul. I was going around looking for skincare products, and since I could not decide what to get, I just grabbed two products off the shelf, as time was short!

At the AK Duty-Free shop (near Gate 15) I visited, there were a number of SAs manning the place. The prices were given in American Dollars, and then converted to Korean Won. The SA manning the Laneige booth spoke mostly Korean, but the SA manning the Etude House booth was a foreigner - chinese who asked me if I spoke Mandarin.

So, you can guess that at most touristy places, there is always a staff who is bilingual. It just makes economic sense.
INCHEON AIRPORT HAUL
* Water Bank Cream Ex 2 (25,000won)
* Hydra Solution Mask (Box of 8)
[Pictures Later!]

SKINCARE PURCHASE RATIONALE
From what I had observed, the Laneige Hydra Solution masks (8 sheets per box) retails for less than  Skin Food's Gold Caviar Collagen mask (About 4,000won each?). Does that mean that the quality of Skin Food's mask ingredients is better?

Even The Face Shop retails about 10,000won for two Flebeaute Collagenic Sheet Masks. Both cost more than what Laneige retails their sheet masks for. From what I know, most students would only pay 1,000won for the sheet masks.

One korean acquaintance who is a student thought it was daylight robbery when she saw the price of 3,500-4,000 won for the Skin Food's Gold Caviar Collagen Mask, as we had entered the same shop together. For 4,000 won, a student can pay for two meals at the university cafeteria....

*I am thinking here that perhaps Malaysians are probably used to paying high prices for sheet masks..!*

As I didn't want to confuse my skin any further (what with the Clarins, Loccitane, Sothys and Face Shop leftover haul from 2009), I decided to only stick to one skincare range this round. It will take me many ions of months before I can actually finish using up the entire skincare range on my dressing table. No more skincare shopping for the time being.

I hope. ^^
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South Korean: Laneige @ Duty-Free Dongdaemun.

DONGDAEMUN @ 15th January 2010
The next day, I decided to head over to Dongdaemun, which was about 15 mins walk from where I was boarding at Sinseol-Dong. So on a wintery cold frosty morning, I took a walk down to Dongdaemun. It was just one way straight from Seoul Backpackers, and I had to cross a few streets.

The ARITAUM shop is next to DOOTA! mall, and next to it was Skin Food, Etude House, and Innis Free.

DONGDAEMUN HAUL:



White Plus Renew Apple Zone Mask. (65,000 Won).


Hydra Solution Trial Kit, (in place of tax returns!)
samples of Strawberry Yogurt Mask,
Water Sleeping Mask (80ml)

This came in a set at the shop in Dongdaemun I went to. The Eye Mask was not for sale, so instead of getting the Day & Night Eye Cream separately, I bought it in a set, which was cheaper.  It was lucky I bought it there, as at the Incheon Airport, there was no such special deal!! Lucky Me!!

The SA in this shop in Dongdaemun spoke Mandarin. Granted, most touristy shops will be allocated bilingual or foreign staffed SAs, as it is more frequented by travellers. 

As the title of this entry suggests, this shop in Dongdaemun is supposed to be duty-free. However, for some strange reason, the SA told me that it did not apply here. How much was the tax-returns? 8,000won. So instead of returning the tax free, I believe she must have spoken to the Manager, who told her to load me with more samples instead.

She gave me two of the Hydra Solution Test Kits, which my search on the internet sourced that it costs about RM25, or about 8,000won per test kit. Umm... okay.. if that is what it says..

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19/01/2010

South Korea: Laneige @ Duty-Free Itaewon.

The year before, I brought back an entire The Face Shop haul. It was my first maiden trip to the land of kimchi-and-soju, and maiden introduction to South Korean skincare and cosmetics. Almost 12 months later, I m back again to the much colder and wintery (this time around) land of Korea.

Before deciding what to get, I made some enquiries with my Korean female friends. The most popular range echoed by most korean ladies 30s and above were under Amore Pacific's brands from Sulwhalsoo (premium korean brand), Mamonde (20s-30s) and Laneige (20s-30s).

I know that we can get most korean skincare range for less in South Korea, but my tour guide gave us a piece of advice: For the price of what I would pay in Malaysia, it will be about the same retail price of a better premium skincare range in South Korea. Confusing? No. It makes perfect sense.

Since the former first two brands are almost unheard of in Malaysia, I decided to get the brand that we all recognise- LANEIGE.

There are ARITAUM and Laneige stores all over South Korea, but there are more ARITAUM shops, which retail the entire range of Amore Pacific's brands. However, if you are specifically looking for the skincare named AMORE PACIFIC, it can only be found in the major departmental stores, and not at ARITAUM. 

ITAEWON @ 14th January 2010.

At the backpackers I was staying at, Seoul Backpackers, some of the boarders (female travellers from Hong Kong) told me there was a Duty-Free Laneige shop in Itaewon. Since I had never been to Itaewon, I decided to catch the subway there and check out the store.

There is a sign outside that writes in korean "Only For Foreigners". The store is a bit nondescript looking, so a passerby may not even notice it there. Next to the store is The North Face, which retails winter jackets, and there is also a KEB Exchange Bank a few doors away. I did go into KEB Exchange Bank to change some money later. They do accept Australian as well as Singaporean Dollars. 

In the Duty-Free Laneige store, there were a couple of assistants who spoke Cantonese. They didn't speak that much English, so it makes perfect sense why those two travellers led me to go there. You would not need to show your passport, as the fact that one does not speak the korean language shows that you are a foreigner anyways!

ITAEWON HAUL:





            Snow Secret Gift Set 2 - Combination Skin (42,000won).


Hydra Solution Mask, 
Hydra Solution Eye Cream (35,000won)
Water Sleeping Pack Ex,

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Revising for a Foreign Language Test.

Revising for a Foreign Language Test.

Let's just say that trying to revise for a language test where the language is barely spoken, or heard (apart from on television) is extremely difficult.

My mind just starts wandering...

Then I start fiddling with some interesting token on the table.

>.<

The next thing I'll be doing is sitting in front of the telly...
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ICLS: Beginners II Korean Language Test

18/01/2010

ICLS: Beginners II Korean Language Test

Back from my South Korean trip, I now have another hurdle.

I have to sit for my Beginners II Korean Language Test at the ICLS hagwon. Sigh.

So much for rest in the next few days. I guess my "real" blogging will have to wait till I am done with the revision.
The class for the next level starts this coming Saturday, and I can't move up till I pass the exam.

See you guys then!
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South Korea 2010: Reflection

17/01/2010

South Korea 2010: Reflection

I finally touchdown in Kuala Lumpur.

The last 18 days in South Korea has provided me a different insight of things Korean.Visiting South Korea for the second time round is an almost amazing adventure and experience on its own.

I observe and notice things which I have not before. Perhaps it is partially due to the fact that I have brushed up on my korean skills ?

Having spent a fair bit of time in the biting cold of -15 degrees celcius, where water will just freeze if you leave it outdoors, I can finally understand why just many koreans are willing to leave the country for warmer parts.

I am not going to complain about coming back as the cold is seriously and severely much for most to handle.

This year is the extreme for both hot & cold temperatures. 40 degrees in Australia, and -15 degrees ranging from South Korea, Beijing and even the UK. Is that a sign that the climate of our world is changing?

It is actually a relief to be back here in the sunny sights of a tropical climate country. Maybe that's why I saw so many koreans on the plane earlier tonight.

APPLE HOLIDAYS : FIRST WEEK OF TOUR

The trip was fairly good. In terms of the quality of the accomodation and food provided, The company really managed well on this aspect.

However, there was another aspect to which I was not too pleased. It was the fact that the tour guide had come with a next of kin.

There is nothing wrong bringing your next of kin in the tour. The only problem comes when the tour guide spends more time looking out for her next of kin when there are others who may need a hand. Especially if they are traveling alone.

As a solo traveller, I sometimes need another hand to help me take pictures. This really is a cause of concern.

I pay good money for my trip, and this is one aspect of the trip that I found they have overlooked, as well as dissapointing. It was not appropriate of me to ask the other travellers in the group to constantly help me take pictures, as they were there too to travel.

I believe you get the point that I am trying to put across without having to put it in too many words.

GWANGJU: SECOND WEEK

It was really a fantastic week meeting up with Matt and his friends. Matt really (well, almost) was with me every hour of the day I was in Gwangju). It was really nice of him to do that, however, now that I look at it, I do believe he need not have to do that… >.<

It’s nice being chaperoned… but at my age….

The cold weather was truly biting as well. If ever I head to South Korea in future (if I ever do head there again..!) it would either be in Spring (fairly cool), or Autumn (fairly cool, but not too hot) to visit the outdoors. That way I can drag less warm clothing, and buy more stuff.

LOL

I must have been crazy to spend so many days in Gwangju.... *crazy. crazy. crazy*

SEOUL: MY BEST WEEK AFTER ALL

This week was basically just travelling back from Gwangju to Daejeon, Pyeongtaek, Anjoong, and finally (and officially) to Seoul.

I took the wrong train to Seoul and had to take another back to Pyeongtaek. Fortunately, it only set me back by 30 minutes. Had to take a separate intercity-bus from Pyeongtaek to Anjoong.That truly was an adventure on its own.

LOL.

Surprise. Surprise. The administrative staff at the backpackers I stayed at had never even heard of Anjoong either before.....

Oh well. Ha ha ha. There's always a first time.
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South Korea: Cosmetics Marketing

South Korea: Cosmetics Marketing

IMPORTED BRANDS EXPENSIVE

International and imported brands are always expensive. It is such the case in Malaysia. Brands like Kiehl's, Loccitane, Body Shop,Origins. etc. Even the South Korean ones.

During my time in South Korea, I did not really look at the international and imported brands there as I was only going to get the korean skincare products.

When my korean friend, Hyun-Ju who had just returned from Sydney to Seoul told me that Kiehl's was also relatively quite expensive in both Australia, and South Korea, I begin to wonder why. Imagine a 15ml Kiehl's Lip Balm for 21,000won (about RM63) !

KIEHL”S LIP BALM- EXPENSIVE!
Korean Air currently has a promotion for 25,000won for 3 x Kiehl's lip balm tubes (15ml)-- but I am not really interested in it, since we can get it for equally cheaper if not relatively fairly priced back here in Kuala Lumpur?

Kiehl's range of products may be fairly expensive in Kuala Lumpur, but perhaps it is not as high as what the South Koreans may have to pay for a similar product.

In South Korea, for example Kiehl's, Loccitane, Origins, Make Up Professional, Clinique, Lancome, SK II, Clarins, Jurlique, and the like could only be found in departmental stores like Shinsegae. Lotte, as well as Shilla.

Which will give you and idea of how high their price range there is like.

PROTECT OWN MARKET?

I think the reason why South Korea decided to have local branded skincare (which is expensive for us anyways!) is due to the fact that they do not want revenue going out of the country. You can just count the number of korean brands out there..

Sulwhasoo, 
Hera, 
Charmzone, 
Nature Republic, 
Tony Moly, 
Laneige, 
IOPE, 
Mamonde, 
Hoi, Etude House, 
Face Shop, 
Missha, 
Skin Food, 
Innis Free, 
It's Skin, 
HanSkin, 
etc, and the list continues to grow!

With such a huge variety of korean skincare range, its no wonder why the local residents may not really consider getting international brands. It is probably beyond the reach of the typical wage earner.. not to mention that perhaps the local industry is trying to protect their own market?

Nonetheless, unless you are filthy rich, you would not want to pay 21,000won for just a lip balm, when a local korean branded lip balm goes for about 3,500 to 5,500won..

If you are wondering, I gave Hyun-Ju my Kiehl's Cranberry flavored lip balm. She can show people she uses a Kiehl's lip balm now. LOL. ^^

It is definitely a good idea to study a skincare brand's origins the next time you go travelling.

Australia is definitely cheaper to get Jurlique products at most times of the year. France for Yves Rocher, the UK for Body Shop and etc....
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Incheon Airport: Cheap Food?

Incheon Airport: Cheap Food?

I was roaming the Incheon Airport, Most people would know that food in airports are very, if not relatively expensive. Take for instance, Katsu Don.

Near academic and tertiary grounds, a katsu don will set you back for about 3,000Won. In the city area, it would be about 6,000-6,500 won. In the airport, you are looking at 9,000-9,500won.

So refusing to eat that much for that price, I roamed around the Incheon Airport. There was a map of the airport, which I had picked up. So I looked at the locations on the map, and went from floor-to-floor.

Till I went to the lowest ground in the Incheon Airport. This place was suprisingly not featured in the airport map! >.<

Which then I realised that the management wanted to gear the customers to the more costly dining fares. If one does not speak or read korean, you may have trouble ordering there, as the setup of the place is geared formally to their own staff and people working in the airport.

Prices started at 2,000 won for kimbap to about 4,500 won for rice with spicy stirfried pork. Which is fairly cheap. for staff prices. The place was the typical cafeteria type, where you poured your own water, and side dishes was totally self-service.

The same stands for most places as well. You just need to look for it. (and hopefully be able to read the menu as well!)

DUTY FREE SKINCARE SHOPPING
If you are a traveller in Korea, try looking for the duty-free shops. The shops will normally throw in more samples in lieu of the duty free, and will also throw in samples with most purchases anyways! However, like the Laneige shop I went to at Dongdaemun, they told me that they were giving me more samples as they didn't do the tax free procedure, although the sign outside states they do.

If you are wondering, you CAN get at the airport, skincare supplies in the duty-free shops (which you would have already gone through customs). The only thing that differs is that there are less samples to give out, but it will be duty-free anyways. So you'd have to choose between getting samples, or saving that hard earned cash of yours for just a few samples. >.<
 The products won't have to be packed into your check-in luggage, but duty-free bags can only be opened at the destination. This mostly applies to immigration strict countries like America and Australia. For the typical asian countries like South Korea, or even Malaysia, this rule is mostly ignored by most travellers.
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Dongdaemun: More Shopping...!

16/01/2010

Dongdaemun: More Shopping...!

Today is my second final day in South Korea.

To celebrate my leave, I finally did more shopping to end it.

I found this link that says there are shops in the Incheon Airport that sells the normal korean skincare.
ETUDE HOUSE
MISSHA
VOV
THE FACE SHOP

woo hoo... I can just sleep in and pack my luggage tomorrow. Need no further to travel elsewhere tomorrow then.  ^^


Anyways, I did a bit more shopping by walking to Dong-daemun by foot. It was the same spot that my tour group had brought me to, so I was familiar with the area as I had spent almost an hour walking around the malls there >.<

More Laneige. More sheet masks. and two packs of Ho-Ddeok for about 2,190 won each at Home Plus Express nearby.

YEONGDEONGPU STATION
Before heading to visit Hyun-Ju in Yeokgok, I made a stop-over visit to Yeongdeongpu Station. Located near its exits are two departmental stores, Lotte, and Shinsegae. Shinsegae has two complexes, and they ARE huge!! Both departmental stores retail high premium priced brands and cosmetics.

I just found out that E-Mart is a subsidiary discount store chain under Shinsegae.

YEOKGOK
This evening I went to Yeokgok to visit Jo and her family. She and her niece, Silby, were arriving down from Anjoong, the sleepy town where I had just come from on Wednesday. I could locate Hyun-Ju's home, but had trouble looking for the right apartment. LOL.

We had dinner in Hyun-Ju's home, and Eun Hyung (her sis-in-law) has conceived! What good news! ^^

After a lovely seafood dinner and reunion (of sorts), we headed to TESCO Home Plus. It was truly amazing to visit the same familiar spots I had been to the year before, to see that not much has changed. >.<

Three of us did a bit more shopping, and I was truly amazed to find that SOJU retails for as little as 880 won for tetra-packed and canteen type bottle sizes in TESCO Home Plus. LOL.
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Seoul: Namsan Tower.

15/01/2010

Seoul: Namsan Tower.

It was not as cold today as it was yesterday.
 
At least in the afternoon.
 
SKINCARE SHOPPING
Today was my day to go shopping. Yum.
First stop, Itaewon. There was a Laneige duty-free shop.
Next stop was MyeongDong.
Skincare shopping of Sheet Masks.  
Etude House. Innis Free. Missha.
FaceShop didn't have that much promotions there. So I decided to skip them.
 
NAMSAN TOWER
And head up to Namsan Tower.
A cab up is expensive. 2,400 won! *Aiks*
Cable Car was 7,500won return
Namsan Tower admission 7,000won. Altogether 14,500 won.
It was severely cold.
 
Down Namsan Tower there was a No.2 Yellow Bus that heads to Donggok University.
That costs only 700won using T-Money card. *Shaits!*
 
It would have cost only 700won to go up. and 700won to go down. and 7,000 won to go up Namsan Tower.
Oh well. Hmmph!!!
 
BACK TO SINSEOL-DONG
Taking the subway back was 200won- as I had transferred from the bus using T-Money.
 
I took a hike to E-Mart to check out the FaceShop, but they didn't have the promotions I wanted. LOL
 
Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.
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Premium Korean Brands.

13/01/2010

Premium Korean Brands.

Sulwhasoo-
Premium Korean brand. From 30s.

HERA-
Mid Premium Korean brand.

Laneige- (main ambassador Song Hye-Kyo)
Mid-premium Korean brand.
From 20s-30s.

IOPE-
Premium Korean brand.
From 30s.

Mamonde- (main ambassador- Han Ga-In)
Premium Korean brand.
From 20s-30s.

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Anjoong: Jo's sister's place.

Anjoong: Jo's sister's place.

YESTERDAY

I had the most interesting adventure since my departure from Gwangju...

Yesterday, I bought the ticket to Pyeongtaek. For 5,500won from Daejeon on the Mugunghwa.

It was the right ticket.

So I went on board to the right platform.
Right platform.
Right ticket.

But when I boarded the train, I realised it was the wrong train.
Instead of the Mugunghwa, it was the KTX.

Trying not to panic, I spoke to the steward...

He asked me to sit down. A stewardess came in and read through this electronic handheld in her hand. She printed it out. Then told me to take the next train back to Pyeongtaek when I arrived in Seoul.

So then I finally arrived in Pyeongtaek. Jo told me to take the intercity-bus from the bus terminal nearby. The ticket costs 1,700won. By the time I arrived, it was almost 5pm.

Slept for an hour. Then we all headed for dinner in Jo's brother-in-law's chinese restaurant in Anjoong.

The entire night, we watch MBC's High Kick Over The Roof episode on Youtube.
Woke up at almost mid-day... my arms are sore from lugging my luggage around town... crazy!!!

TODAY
I made my leave for Seoul. Bought the ticket for Seoul from the Anjoong Inter-City Bus Terminal.
Fare was 5,700won.

The journey took about 2 hours downtown, as it had to stop in Pyeongtaek (same bus that goes to Anjoong), as well that it was peak hours in the evening.

I am just going to stay in today. It's really too cold to go anyway. -15 degrees celcius was the temperature this morning. Factor in the cold wind, that would be almost -22 degrees!!
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Daejeon: Snowing this morning.

12/01/2010

Daejeon: Snowing this morning.

Writing from my Daelim Tourist Hotel room, this morning I am headed to Pyeongtaek. That's coz my australian friend, Hyun-Ju is currently there.. It's not really Pyeongtaek, but Anjoong, an even smaller surburb nearby.

Last night, I took the subway (the only one, that is!) around Daejeon. It only goes in one direction, so you could not really get lost, except if you were to go shopping in the underground shopping mall (plenty a lot here in South Korea!). When this morning came, it is now snowing outside from the last I checked this morning.

I have taken trouble to really bundle up as CNN reports that temperatures will be dipping towards the middle of this week, and stabilizing by the end of the week. -14 degrees celcius in Seoul, it reports! Isn't that just scary?

Ok, will be leaving the Daelim Tourist Hotel in an hour's time. Let's hope it's not cold there.
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South Korea: My Travel Winter Skin Regime.

South Korea: My Travel Winter Skin Regime.

GHASTLY DRYING
Hi readers. I know I have been away for a while.

The weather here is ghastly drying on the skin. The temperature ranges from between -22degrees celcius to the warmest being 5 degrees celcius. When it is -22 degrees, it is almost impossible to be out walking on the streets.

Dangerous cold  you can call it. On those days, we stay in in the hotel, or just go out to some tea-shop and have tea and sleep there. Like I did for two days in Gwangju.

The first week in Seoul was ghastly cold and drying. The wind was equally bad.. we headed to Jeju-Do. It was much warmer there- but equally cold. Then I took a flight straight to Gwangju, which had fairly stabilized temperature.

This week, I'll be headed back to Seoul, which the weather reports as being colder in the North than in the South.

TRAVEL SKIN CARE WORKS?
I've actually brought a number of travel skincare sets from Malaysia. However on arrival in Seoul, I realised that the entire range I brought here was utterly useless for a harsh winter climate.

The only range that actually worked from the range I brought was the one from Face Shop. Even that was bought in South Korea in my trip last year... no wonder they work....

SKINCARE USED SO FARThe items which have so far worked were:
  • The Face Shop Nutri Hand & Body Lotion (Natural Oatmeal)
  • The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Extreme Moisture Cream (Night)
  • Etude House Collagen Moistfull Sheet Mask
  • Etude House Collagen Wrapping Sheet Mask
  • Guk-Ur-Dun-Nam-Ja (꽃을든자)Coenzyme Q10 Hand Cream (suitable for winter). Ambassador is Gu Hye Sun from Boys Before Flowers.
  • A huge number of korean sheet masks that I have bought here so far...
  • I am going to try out this Innis Free Wine Essencial Sheet Mask (1,500won) tonight.
As for Kiehl's, I have not been able to find any of their shops. I have gone around looking for their brand, but it seems to be MIA. From here, I really have to concur that their range that we source from KL is not suitable for the South Korean winter.

KOREAN BRANDS INSTEAD
Instead, there is a huge myriad of local branded brands which have yet to reach the Malaysian shores.
  • Tony Moly (main ambassador - singer & actor Kim-Hyun- from Boys over Flowers)
  • Innis Free (main ambassador- singer Im Yoona- from SNSD- Girls Generation)
  • Nature Republic (main ambassador - singer & actor Rain)
  • Aritaum (similar to SASA which stocks premium brands- IOPE, Laneige, Mamonde).
  • Yves Rocher (international brand-- so much more costly than normal korean brands)
  • IOPE (premium brand)
  • Mamonde (premium brand- main ambassador is Han Ga-In from Witch Yoo-Hee)
  • Hanskin (premium brand)
  • Skin79
  • Charmzone
  • Sulwhasoo (premium brand)
  • CastleDew (cosmetics- main ambassador- actress Ha Ji Won- from Hwangjini)
  • Tears (cosmetics- main ambassador- Kwon Sang-Woo)
The list is not exhaustive.
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Daejeon: Daelim Tourist Hotel.

Daejeon: Daelim Tourist Hotel.

I am now in the room of my Daelim Tourist Hotel room. Yup, if you are wondering, it seems that most motels & hotels here provide desktop internet access in most of the lodgings here. Except for ski resorts, and the really expensive Jeju Lotte Hotel, most of the places I have been to have provided internet access so far.

After spending almost a week in Gwangju, I'm now in Daejeon. Strangely enough, I think I might only stay a night here.

How was Gwangju? It was not too bad. The first two nights were really really cold, so heading to Sosaewon last Wednesday was actually not the best move. As the readers would have known,
we took the cab to Sosaewon on my second day in Gwangju.

On reflection, maybe I should have spent my first two days in Daejeon before heading there? I don't know. The third & fourth night was a free & easy day with my third night meeting all of Matt's church mates and my fourth night spent at HerbaMaru sleeping like a pig.

GWANGJU BUS TERMINAL & SHOPPING.
This morning, Matt came to get me from motel. We took the cab to the Bus Terminal for about 3,300won. Then we left our luggage in the Shinsegae Departmental Store. For comparison purposes, Shinsegae is comparable to Robinsons and Isetan in Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur. Bought my Gwangju-to-Daejeon bus ticket for 14,800won.

We ended up heading to E-Mart which is just a stone's throw away. Matt finally did some shopping while I just looked on. I ended up leaving half an hour earlier than my 2pm intended departure. In Korea, most public transportation and bookings are not carved in stone like it is in Australia, and there is no penalty fee like there is in Australia.. (which is definitely a good thing in South Korea!) hehe. It definitely makese at-hoc planning and travelling much easier.

LOST IN DAEJEON... WOO HOOO!!!
Anyways, I got lost on my way to the tourist hotel today. You know what? After a week of being supervised, it never felt as good to get lost... even if I did, there is the cab that can read map.. It definitely feels good to get lost. But I must admit that if Matt was not in Gwangju, I probably would not have stayed as long as I did. The cab fare from the bus terminal to the hotel was about 5,800 won? I can't remember.

ONE LINE SUBWAY ONLY
It's only one line here in Daejeon. There is also no day ticket here, as is it is in Busan. I was looking for it, but if there was, the ticket machine would have stated so.. Oh well. Its about 1,000-1,100won from one end of the line to the other.

DAELIM TOURIST HOTEL
It is not too bad. But it is a bit costly for one person to stay at. It costs 55,000won for one night here, including breakfast for the next morning. Check out is at 12pm. The amenities provided in the room are of better quality range- Kerasys and Dove body shower range, as well as the skincare range provided.
 But of course, the motel did not come with breakfast provided.

The Daelim Tourist Hotel is located one station before the Daejeon station. The Daejeon station allows people to transfer to the KTX.

I am now watching "미스다" (Chit Chat of Beautiful Women) on KBS 2 here in the Daejeon Daelim Hotel cable television. Their current hairstyle on the show seems to be clean cut and not much frills. I've decided that if I were to get any fashion trends from Korea, it'll be pretty adaptable to Malaysian work style as well. Do you know that there are two Malaysians on "미스다"? They are a brother and sister combo- Poh, and his sister Poh Kay In.

KOREAN STYLE WESTERN FOOD
If there is one thing I must say about western food in South Korea (or in a typical asian country), the food here is really "Asianised". I have complained about the espresso drinks in Malaysia, and it is equally just as unappealing here as well. In summary- it is "instant" made.

LOTTERIA
I had ordered the burger & one piece fried chicken with cola set in Lotteria-- it costs about 5,800 won.. and my tummy was still crying for more after tha... oh well. Hence I had to settle for a rather unsatisfactory subway stall waffle & instant caramel latte for 2,700 won for supper on my way back to the hotel.

I really have to concur that I can't really get good espresso drinks around these parts.. Maybe Dunkin Donuts will fare better.

Ok goodnight everyone...going to take my "mo giuk tang" warm bath before heading to bed. Have a long day of travelling ahead tomorrow.
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Gwangju: The Art Museum.

11/01/2010

Gwangju: The Art Museum.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The sixth day was spent attending this Presbyterian church near Chonnam University. The Presbyterian prepared a service flyer listing the songs and verses we were to read that day.

The pastor who read according to the message, has a chinese translator. I actually could not hear the pastor very well, and relied on both the chinese translation to actually understand the message. We found out that the church there actually gives out financial incentives to those who attend at least four weeks of attendance of the church... WOW. That is the first I've ever heard of such a practice.

ART MUSEUM IT HAD TO BE
After service, we took the cab and headed to the Art Museum....

Matt could not be budged to make that trip to MudeungSan no matter what.....

I think we spent about two to three hours browsing through the art pieces and history artifacts.

MR. PIZZA
For dinner we headed Mr. Pizza located at walking distance near Chonnam University.

Matt's room mate joined us for dinner...  the meal consisted of four fountain refillable drinks, two salads and one pizza. The meal came up to about 48,000won, but we had a 15% discount, making it to about 10,000won per person.

I guess the "sam gyeop sal" will just have to wait till I am in Seoul, when Marco and Gemerei are down in Seoul as well. They are both foreign exchange students also at Chonnam University, who are headed back to the Philipines this coming weekend as well.

FISHING- "NAKK SI"
If there is one korean phrase I have learnt this week, it is "Nakk Si".. meaning being tricked to do something...

Matt says I am good at doing that.... but I beg to differ...
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Damyang: Winter @ Bamboo Park

09/01/2010

Damyang: Winter @ Bamboo Park

Its 19:42 now. It has not been snowing the past few days, so I can guess that the temperature has stabilized for at least this week. It was definitely a good day to be outdoors today.

After a lazy day out yesterday of nothingness, today I met up with Matt and one of his friends at 11am.

BRUNCH
Breakfast was an order of don katsu, kimchi stew (Matt's order) and mine was bulgogi at this KIMBAP NARA shop.

After that, we headed to the city downtown via cab from Chonnam University to Shinsegae Departmental Store, located beside the Gwangju Bus Terminal. Shinsegae, was Shinsegae, and being a departmental store, everything was relatively beyond what I could afford!!

We went eye shopping (konglish for *window shopping) -- and had a walk around the place.

After much precipitation & discussion, we decided to head to the "Juk-Nuk-Gwan" (Bamboo Garden) in Darmyang. The journey took about an hour on the road by bus.

The scenery was very beautiful as the colours of the green bamboos were brought out by the white snow. We also made a snowman and took pictures.

After the Bamboo Garden, we headed over to the water reservoir-cum-river located on the opposite side.

As the water was not flowing, it was easier for the top surface of it to freeze. We jumped on some rocks where the water was flowing, and then walked over to the other side and jumped to the frozen lake. Some young men were even seen fishing in the cold winter. They broke the ice with some picks and hung a fishing rod on top --- hoping to catch some grub? Heh.

DINNER
For dinner, Matt ordered this dish with a rather strong korean flavour-- which I had not idea what it was called..... I think we are finally going to have sam-gyeop-sam tomorrow. Matt really has ajeoshhi country-style boy taste options. LOL.

After that we sent me back to the motel I was at. Matt informed the motel caretaker that I was extending my stay and I paid for the motel charges.
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Gwangju: Sleep & Eating like a lazy worm!

Gwangju: Sleep & Eating like a lazy worm!

Today was a free & easy day. I basically just slept, ate, and slept again. So to make the day more interesting, I will share with the readers what I had for breakast, lunch, tea, dinner and after dinner. ^^

Today I changed the room at the motel to another room, as the internet facilities were a bit lacking.Since the rates of my room is internet inclusive, I thought I had better made use of whatever I had already paid for to good use. It would really save many a pretty penny.

The name of the place I am staying at? Venus Motel.

BREAKFAST:
For breakfast, I had sushi- and shared some kind of vege- hameul tang (seafood and vege soup) with Matt. After which, he had to run off to some CCC (Campus Crusade for Christ) meeting, so he arranged for me to meet up with one of his friends.

LUNCH:
Matt's friend and I ordered this really uniquely strong korean kimchi dish with dwaeji-gogi (pork). Its not really the kind of dish that a wei-gok-gin (foreigner) could eat, as the flavour of the food may be too strong for foreigners who do  not normally eat Korean food on a daily basis. Even I had trouble with it.... the dish came up to about 12,000won for two persons.

TEA
For tea- we went to this place called Herbamaru (or its approximate name?). There is normally a fee charged for the room used (about 3,000won) but that was waived as the tea-shop was having renovations. We ordered a kind of citrusy tea, and honey coffee (which does not come with milk). The tea was about 8,000 won for two persons.

If I may say one thing, South Korea is not exactly well known for its coffee, but glutinous rice donuts might be their better specialties.

Anyways, I noticed that their teas & coffees are more costlier than their meals? For the cost of the tea, I can actually have a proper meal at any of the typical middle range restaurants. Having tea and coffee is not exactly the most economical lifestyle habit to cultivate somehow if one is a student ^^

We all ended up taking turns taking naps on the stools and pillows in Herbarum. We had a room to ourselves, and it was really a good place to go to in the middle of winter, and where a number of people can kick off their shoes and have ondol (underfloor) heating which also looked out onto the streets below.

The place actually shares the same concept as the boardgames & coffee bars, and Wii games room. Customers who come in have to order a coffee or tea in order to stay there. It is definitely a good place to go as it has a lot of room and leg space. Matt is definitely heading back there again!

DINNER
Matt brought me and Marco (his Filipino friend) to have Kimchi Bok Sam), which came out to about 30,000 won+ for three persons. The dish came with two to three types of kimchi- one which had the chili powder & paste, and another which was kimchi without any chili. The pork belly is eaten rolled up in one of the large kimchi leaves and eaten.

On the side, the restaurant even served a huge tofu dish, a spicy meaty soup (name?) and other banchan as well.

AFTER DINNER
We headed to the guk-jang (cinema) called the Hammi Cinema. Somehow, Matt has rather unique taste in movie selection, and this one tonight is called The Road, starring Virgo Mortissen.

Summary of the movie:
World is experiencing climate change. Father and son travel and travel and travel. People are killing each other and resorting to cannibalism. Father eventually dies. The End.
My take on the movie:
TOO SLOW a Drama type movie. Not my cup of tea. I'd rather have watched Sherlock Holmes, or Avatar.
Price of ticket per person: 7,000 won.

Anyways, its been really sweet of Matt to arrange for someone to be with me every single hour of the days I have been in Gwangju. I would like to travel out on my own on the bus (and practise my korean skills!) but he is somehow not agreeable with that idea..... 

I really appreciate the fact that Matt has been so considerate... but I'd really like to get lost for a bit (not that that has happened yet!!).
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Gwangju:In PC Bang now.

07/01/2010

Gwangju:In PC Bang now.

I'm currently in a P.C Bang called  ACRO PC zone outside Chonnam University. It's about 500won per hour to use the Internet. It's even cheaper than the one in the university grounds I went to yesterday, which was 800 won per hour.

Charges for using the PC Bang is quite cheap, if not to mention fast too. Thisi probably explains why so many of the youngsters spend time there. It's also a way to get out from the cold without spending too much for a few hours of male-bonding. LOL.

What did I do today? Not much yet. I bought face masks from Etude House for about 3,500 won (about 2,000 won for one mask). The SA gave me a really cute pink wrapped pen with a feathery ball on its end.

I definitely can't get that in Kuala Lumpur.

So far the cold  has been bearable. Yesterday's temperature was the lowest, as reported on the local news. It seems that there is a cold wind blowing over the countries experiencing winter at this time. Which includes Beijing, the United States. India is also cold & foggy now, CNN reported early this morning.

Today would have been a better day to visit Sosaewon, but we're going to Matt's cellgroup meeting, as they are meeting today. For  lunch today, we went to this other cafeteria in the university grounds. Lunch was about  8,000won for two persons.

BRUNCH
At the lecturer's cafeteria, Matt ordered a really typical korean dish for me today which is called 'kimchi' something.... its not a typical dish that foreigners can eat, as kimchi itself is already quite sour, and the dish itself has a stronge flavour which most foreigners would not be able to get used to if they have only just started having korean meals not too long ago.

It took me about close to two years before I could actually eat kimchi! The kimchi soup thingy he ordered is actually good for people living in the cold- its not really spicy, but has quite a strong sour taste. But it seems to be nourishingly good and nurturing for winter- which also probably explains why the locals here do not get sick in the cold winter?

This cafeteria allows the customers to have more than one round of side dishes, but it also costs a bit more than the 2,000 won per customer in the Student cafeteria that Matt had brought me to earlier.

CAMPUS FOR CHRIST CRUSADE

Attending a christian congregation and bible study totally in a korean language is a totally unique experience. Nevermind that I did not really understand what they were talking about.

I could definitely read the korean words on the overhead projector, and sing along, but it was just that.

DINNER
We went for dinner in Gwangju downtown City area. It was this really posh place? which offered a western set of pizza, spaghetti and soup.

As said before, it is really not the best idea to be going to an Asian country if one is looking for western fare. Ordering food of the country's origins is always a better option. The dinner came up to about 27,000won for four persons.

From my experience, I have noticed that the servers do not provide receipts after payments. In a way, it is not a good practice for customers as receipts serve to protect customers to inform the front desk that their meals have already been paid for. If I need to make claims. Or at least if I want to return my items purchased.

I should insist on my receipts in future after paying for any item. At least for my time remaining in South Korea. The korean phrase to request for word foor receipt is "영수증을 주세요. "- "yeong.su.jeong.ul-chu.sae.yo". (Receipt please!).
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Anyong from Gwangju!

06/01/2010

Anyong from Gwangju!

Hi everyone. I am currently safe in Gwangju! Arrived here in Gwangju at 10am yesterday. I switched flights from Gimpo and bought a direct flight straight to Gwangju from Jeju as I didn't want to waste time going to Gimpo.

According to the news reports, Beijing and Seoul is quite snowed in. Britain is bracing itself for the worst snow fall ever. Yahoo says 40cm of snow is predicted.

Snow is good and beautiful. But bad for those who have to go to work - as it causes roads to be slippery, people to slip and fall when walking on the roads.

The snow here is beautiful...... it's just cold. Yesterday, I visited the Chonnam University where Matt studies at. I met some of his friends. The campus grounds are huge, and surprisingly, there are many students from the Philipines who came here to pursue studies in the Korean language.

For afternoon tea, we went to this "barbie like princess decorated" shop in one of the shops. It was decorated with teddy bears and-- well, lace and frills. A place that looks like only females will go to...

For dinner, we ordered "Korean styled fried chicken" in the shops near Chonnam University. 2 plates of chicken cost about 15,500won for about three persons. A bottle of sprite (Sai-Da) was about 1,000 won.

The temperature was fairly okay yesterday. But we didn't think it would be as cold as it was today. It was not exactly the best type of temperature to go outdoors with, but still we went to Sosaewon.

It is a  garden in the area of JeollaNam-Do. We had to take the cab, as the buses would not run due to the snowfall in the mountains and the icy roads. The fare was approximate around 25,000 won for the one way journey from Gwangju to Sosaewon. It was okay for three persons. We even walked around the Gwangju Ecological Park which was also in the same area.

I had two nice experiences here at the university. I managed to have first hand experience of having my meals  at the Chonnam University (and got to feel like a university student all over again!). The first time was yesterday for lunch, and today for dinner. It looks like a regular university cafeteria where you pay for your food by pre-paid coupons, or cash on entrance. The food was not too bad, for 2,500won per person.

Second, I got to have a look at their dormitories. Laundy was only 500 won to wash per load, and so is drying 500 won! Its much more expensive in Toowoomba, where I studied, which ran for about AUD2 per load whether to dry, or to wash. Much much cheaper here in South Korea than in Australia, eventhough the people do not earn as much. ^^

The weather is much colder though. I've been told to go to Jeonju rather than Daejeon.. problem is, there is not much information on the internet about Jeonju to make me want to go there... further, as I have accomodations already booked in for Daejeon, it makes travelling just that much easier.

Is three days enough for Seoul? I've alraedy spent quite a number of days in Gyeonggi-Do last year, as well as the first five days of my trip there.. so I guess my must-visit spot in Seoul would be Namsan Tower.. and also getting my skincare supplies. ^^
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South Korea snowed in.

04/01/2010

South Korea snowed in.

Tomorrow I'll be leaving for Seoul on the early morning flight from Jeju-Do. Actually, I might even fly straight to Gwangju.. depending on the time I can reach the airport.... Hmmm..

Jeju-Do has been lucky to not have been snowed in (at least at the Jeju Lotte Hotel) as it is the the island apart from the main land so the temperature here has been much warmer but nonetheless still as cold.

There has been some changes to my plans with the snowing in of South Korea. Snow is as high as 15cm in the south part of South Korea. Just have to bundle up before leaving for outdoors.

Today we went to check out local sights in Jeju-Do. There was this caved in "dead volcano" which we went to visit. I didn't walk up it as the winds were pretty cold.

The tour also went to the horse riding farm... but as I do not like sitting on moving things which I do not have much control of, I'd rather be safe than sorry (unlike what happened to Christopher Reeve, thank you very much).
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Lotte Hotel @ Jeju Island

Lotte Hotel @ Jeju Island

Hi readers. Can only leave a short note now.

I'm in Jeju-Do. It's been rather cold on the main island of South Korea.
Jeju-Do has been refreshingly  "less colder".

Have to take care of my health as the cold is REALLY cold. It snowed two days ago,... like first time ever since I've been in Korea! It's like a blanket of snow has just covered the city.
Neways, it's good to be here to enjoy the winter. ^^

Currenly in Lotte Hotel (or Resort) whatever this place is called. I heard it is about 300-400,000 won (about 400AUD) per night here. Crazy expensive. That's about Rm1200 per night.....!

The trip by plane took about an hour. For dinner we had sashimi...
thankfully, the malay traveller could enjoy the seafood. Else they'd be missing out on a lot. Hehe.
Because its with a tour, the rates are obviously much cheaper.

Okay, later!
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01/01/2010

New Year Indulgence Giveaway!


By the time this is published, I'd be away in the winter land of Korea touring.....anyways, to celebrate the New Year, I've decided to hold a Giveaway to Pavilion..

As most of my avid readers may have recalled, the management of Pavilion has been kind enough to provide me a set of beauty indulgence vouchers. However, as I currently have a facial package with a number of service providers, namely 128 Faubourg, and Bella Luna, it is almost impossible, if not bleeding my wallet dry to even think of heading to new service providers. So, I have found a creative way to make use of them...

*Dum Dum Dum*

SEVEN VOUCHERS FOR SEVENTH HEAVEN- REDEEMABLE ONLY AT PAVILION KL

All vouchers under Pavilion expire in 30 June 2010.

128 Faubourg- FREE Refirming Neck and Decollete Treatment worth RM70.

Asterspring- FREE RM100 service voucher redeemable against any facial services RM198 and above.

Slimming Sanctuary- FREE Activ 7 Sculptor Gel or Facial Kit. RM100 treatment voucher redeemable against any treatments above RM200 and above. 

Bizzy Body- FREE 1 Session of Facial Mask and 1 session of Skin Spa worth RM288.

Adonis Wellness - FREE Eye Treatment worth RM80

Mary Chia- FREE Detox Weight Programme or Pampering Facial (worth up to RM250)

Mayfair- FREE NL909 Ion Static Therapy (worth RM300)

New York Skin Solutions- FREE 1 Customised Facial Treatment 


HOW TO WIN THE VOUCHERS? 
These are the Terms & Conditions:
1) You have to be a follower of this blog

2) State which voucher you would like to try, and the reasons why you want it

3) State your email address. If your name is chosen, I will email you for your mailing details, or will just pass them to you by hand (when possible).

4) Each person may only win one voucher.

5) However, if you have a blog, and blog about this on your website, then you may have a second entry for a different service voucher. Please leave your links in the comment box.

6) The winners will be picked using a randomizer software.

7) Last Day of Entry: 16th January 2010 (23:59 hours).

I'll be back by 16th January 2010-- so start sending in your entries to win the vouchers!
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