Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our boss's birthday

Today we had a low-key celebration for our boss. No singing b'day song for him in d ofis. Instead we took him to a Thai restaurant, treat him lunch and present him d b'day cake.

As usual, he's impressed with the presentation....chewah. Since he's an avid photographer and his hobbies are taking photos, i've got this latest camera photos for the cake. He loved it!! And he told us the actual camera actually cost about RM28K!!

Check out the cake. Not bad huh....i'm kinda of impressed too.

Its blueberry cake...for a change! And taste good too...non too sweet. I'm juz tired of cheese cake oredi but maybe the next b'day cake i hafta order a cheese cake cos the rest of us juz can't resist cheese cake.

I juz liked to do things diffrently, i don't like mediocre stuff....sometimes must do sumtin different to get of out of the norm things. I make effort for the rest of the members in my team too...i juz don't do it for my boss but for the rest of them too. I ain't bias!!

We had these for lunch. Ordered simple dishes, as per each of our own fave.

Happy gettin ol' ahboss.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Seoul, Korea (Day 1 & 2)

We assembled at the office at 8:00pm. At 8:30pm, our coach leaves to KLIA. Our flight departs from KLIA at 11:45pm to Incheon Airport. We took the Korean Airlines. Hey, not bad lah their services. We all managed to catch a glimpse of sunrise from the plane...nice!

Arrival at Incheon International Airport the next morning. I juz had a short nap on board and most of us brushed our teeth juz before we arrive Seoul.

Our first trip is to do City Tour at China Town & Jayu Park

Its spring in South Korea and the weather is breezy cool. The roads here are clean. Their transportation is a 'left-hand' drive. Cherry blossom are everywhere...their sakura are mostly in light pink color. Today the temperature is 5 degrees celcius....cold!! But i loike it!! Their rate currency at the time that i exchanged was KRW1000=RM2.80. Altho our currency is so much stronger then theirs but most of their stuff are quite expensive, nevertheless, some are considered reasonable too.

After Chinatown, its transfer to domestic airport (Gimpo) for flight to Jeju Island. (Journey from Incheon Int’l airport to Gimpo domestic airport takes 30 minutes).

When we reached Jeju Island, its visit to:

Mysterious Road
On Mysterious Road (or Bugaboo Road), a parked car on a slight hill road rolls uphill instead of going down hill. This is a result of an optical illusion in which the lower part looks higher because of its surrounding environment.

Sanbang Cave
A Buddhist statue is enshrined in a cave on the southwestern slope of Mt Sanbang. With a height o 5m, a length of 10m and a width of 5m, it is not known when this stature was carved.
It is said to have been Heil residence during the Goreyo Dynasty and the calligrapher Chusa Jeong-hee Kim often visited here to contemplate life. Water drips from the ceiling and some Jeju people say the water droplets are tears of goddess Sanbangdeok who guards the mountain. The view from here is very scenic.
After dinner, we checked into our hotel, which is facing the sea. Since its only 9:30pm (about 8:30pm M'sian time), the four of us decided to put our bags in the room and survey the hotel area. Its quiet at nite...practically no life!! But we found a supermarket juz opposite the hotel. And the 4 of us managed to shop someting...hehehe... I guess while most of our group frens were doin sum unpacking or refreshing or maybe some oredi sleeping, the 4 of us went out to check out the small town. Its was very very cold, i'm guessing about 2 degrees celcius.

We went back to our room very late after chit-chatting at the lobby. Tomoro morning had to wake up early to go to other nice places in Jeju Island. So far it has been a pleasant trip....baru sampai satu hari...penat jugak.

Seoul Korea (Day 3)

Had breakfast at the hotel, Jeju Oriental Hotel. I loved the breakfast here....its becos there's plenty of seaweed on their buffet-line. Bestnyer till we had it a few rounds..hehehe. Today is our last day at Jeju, after checking out, we have a few destinations to visit.
Our first visit is to Sunrise Peak. (My fave spot in this isle). The crater of Sunrise Peak consists of 99 rock peaks along its rim that look as if they are escorting the crater and forming a castle. For that reason, the basin was considered to be holy, and it was named “Seongsan” which literally means holy mountain. The view of the sunrise here is truly remarkable. The air here is truly purified too....non-polluted at all...u can juz feel its clean..

Then we went for a Mongolian Horse Show. A forty-five minute outdoor show that depicts the life, times and battles of Ghengis Khan. All in a purpose built arena on the western side of the island, about ten minutes drive inland from Hyeopjae beach. Why is there a Mongolian horse show on Jeju? Because the island was conquered by Mongols during the Koryo dynasty.

Seongeup Folk Village. The area of Seongeuup-ri, Pyoson-myon, still remains as a typical mountain village, and is home to a number of cultural treasures, both tangible and intangible. This area has been maintained by the local government, receiving a designation as Important Cultural Property. The village contains about 3,000 thatched roof houses with stone and clay walls where villagers still live, although some have added modern amenities.

Dragon Head RockAt the western end of Jeju City, where the Hanch’on stream runs into the ocean, is a large rock formation shaped like a dragon’s head. (Depending on the viewing angle, it sometimes looks more like the head of a bunny rabbit.) A short trail has been carved out going down the cliffs to give several views of the rock.

By the time we finished Jeju Isle, we're on our way to catch a flight back to Seoul city. Its about an hour flight journey. We reached Seoul juz in time for dinner and check-into another hotel.

Seoul, Korea (Day 4)

Everyday we all dread waking up early in the morning. For my case, i had to wake up first at around 5:30am (Malaysian time) and only wake my roomate after i took my bath. But well, when u go for tour, its a norm right that u don't get enuff sleep n rest...

Today will be tour to Nami Island the location of Winter Sonata TV drama. At least 2 hours drive from Seoul. . You need to take a 15mins boat ride to the isle.

A place where there are romances and different beauty of each season. Nami Island located in Bangha-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si was not an island originally. It is an island of Bukhangan River, which was made as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. Its circumference is about 6KM, and its area is 430,000. There are grassplot in the center of the island, and chest-nut trees and poplars around it. This place is fit for a walkway.

Definately a beutiful place to visit...but if you go with ur loved ones, it'll be more meaningful. Here, u have to appreciate the scenery to enjoy it. The hills and river view is simply breathtaking.

After Nami, we all went shopping at Yeoju Premium Outlet. Korea’s first and only authentic designer outlet center. At Yeoju Premium Outlets, you’ll find an unparalleled collection of 120 stores offering savings of 25% to 65% everyday. This exciting shopping destination has wide, tree lined boulevards and landscaped plazas designed to create a unique one of a kind outdoor environment. There've got many overseas brands, eg. Coach, MaxMara, Burberry but unfortunately the choices wasn't much. I only managed to buy a sports t-shirt for myself which was pretty cheap.

After two hours drive, we were taken back to Seoul, shopping at Dongdaemun. Dongdaemun Market is located near its namesake of (Great East Gate). Korea's largest wholesale and retail shopping district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops and manufacturers. Within the ten blocks of the market area, you can find silks, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, plumbing and electrical supplies, electronics, office supplies, toys and just about everything else imaginable

On the other side of Samil Elevated Road, just across the road, are Doota Mall and Migliore, the hottest shopping areas for mostly college students and teens. Here you can find the latest clothing, shoes, bags, colored wigs, CDs, inexpensive jewelry, and other fashion accessories.

You can also find leather goods here. And they're pretty cheap compared to leather good here. I bought a leather handbag M'sia, it could easily cost RM800-RM1000. But here, i got less then half the price. And hair accessories are designs etc. According to the local guide, Seoul is the only city that sell cheap spectacle. You can make one that can be ready within 2-3 hours.

We were given only 2hours here, the bus will leave at 10:30pm but the 4 of us decided to stay on and took the cab back to hotel juz after midnite, while the rest went back to their hotel. There's so much places to venture at Dongdaemun, 2 hours is juz not enuf for us.

I noticed in Seoul, there isn't plump people there. I guess i'm the only one!! Koreans are a bunch of "vain-pot". They do cosmetic surgery like going into a shopping complex to buy things. Men & women do cosmetic surgery like its a neccesity. I don't tink u can find an 'ugly' person there!! Men & women are fashionable & trendy (in their own sense lah).

Seoul, Korea (Day 5)

Today, we get to be kids again. Visit to Everland Theme park with unlimited ride tickets.

Everland is opened in 1976, and it is about 1,200,000 sq yd. It is ranked as the 4th theme in the world by offering 5 main Festivals and exciting entertainments all year around.

Experience wonderful Festivals an magnificent shows at Everland, 365 days a year. There are five theme areas along with more than 50 kinds of attractions full of high thrilling and various funs. We all did have fun, but only went on juz 1-2 rides cos the queue is long most of the time. Took pics of the beautiful flowers, buy some souvenirs and eat ice-cream.

When u visit this place, u must go to its safari....they have liger!! (a mixed breed of lion & tiger...becomes 'liger'). A short bus ride to the safari but worth taking pics.

After 4pm, next destination is shopping at Insadong, a cultural street.

The Insadong art and antique district has dozens of art galleries and shops selling art supplies, antiques, and handicrafts along one main street (Insadong-gil) and many side alleys. It also contains many traditional tea and coffee shops. Its just one long street of many shops. This time most of us go on our way becos it is impossible to get 'lost' here. I was on my own most of the time here, taking my own sweet time to shop and snaps some photos. But shopping here is quite expensif.

After diner and since the four of us still have some energy left n still wanna shop (while the others went back to their hotel room), we planned to experience their subway train. Asked the local guide on how to get down to Dongdaemun and were on our way there, all on our own, juz 4 hyper girls...without any map...juz with our shopping instinct!!

One disadvantage for us is, Seoul is a non English speaking country, hence most of the people there don't really speak English. And most of their road-signs and subway signs, are in Korean language!! When we stopped the local people to ask for direction, most of them will turn away...scared, i think! But when they do help, they will go all the way to show us the way. They are really really helpful.

And i must mentioned this....Seoul is a safe place. Of course there's a saying, when u go anywhere, "there'll be good guys and bad guys"...u must be extra careful especially when u visit foreign countries. But Seoul is a safe place...u feel safe. Even during late nites, u feel safe. U see women walking alone to go catch a subway/bus back home and most of them juz mind their own business.

So here we are, purhased tickets to go to Dongdaemun, cost only KRW1,000 (RM2.80). Their underground subway is really nothing like the ones we have in KL. I guess cos its old and the place is quite run-down. But we reached Dongdaemun safely Only after midnite we took the cab back to our hotel with our hands full of shopping bags. Plus experiencing the nite-life in Seoul city. The people there are still energetic at that time cos the roads are busy and people walking to/fro subway. Nite time is sooo nice n cooling. We reached our hotel safely. We were told that cab drivers in Seoul can be trusted. They charge by the metre and would not cheat the fare. Juz show ur hotel card and they drive u there. And they drive fast!!