26 October 2012

Travel Diary: Seoul Day 1

Hey guys,

Real food after two days!

What's been happening? I'm currently in Seoul! Well, in all honestly it took me a whole freaking day to get here. Why? Because I honestly must say, AirAsia X screwed up my flights. I was supposed to arrive in the late afternoon at 4pm but instead I had to arrive the next morning. Not a happy camper.

In short, AirAsia emailed me TWO DAYS before my departure flight on October 17, informing me that my flight to Kuala Lumpur will be delayed by 2 hours. I arrive at KL at 9:15am and my connecting flight to Seoul was at 9:00am. Seriously, WTF. The next available flight that they could put me on was the 01:00am flight on October 18. That was a bloody 16 hour layover. You can imagine how many angry people there were waiting to return home Seoul. We were lucky enough to have done some research at LCCT Airport in KL and found there was a hotel that offered a "3 hour refresher pack".

So if you ever find yourself stranded at Kuala Lumpur's LCCT Airport for more than 5 hours, then I suggest you check out Tune Hotels for a temporary stay. It's about MYR55 per three hours you stay. It's not the best but it was tolerable, squishy bedrooms. They also have a shuttle bus that runs frequently to LCCT, about every 15 minutes, and it will only cost you MYR1! Cheap yo! But after this ridiculous affair, I'm not sure I ever want to fly with AirAsia unless I actually decide to visit Malaysia or something.

Anyways, onto the better stuff. I'm finally in Seoul and the hotel staff at Han Suites were just amazing. I reunited with the pretty unni that worked at the desk. Unfortunately, I don't really know her name...it was just the pretty unni LOL although check-in time was at 2pm they allowed us to get into our rooms early to rest and freshen up. You should've seen the state of our hotel room...we literally threw everything everywhere and showered. It was heavenly.


After we got settled I took Bach out to Myeong-dong to grab some lunch. I took him to 유가네
(Yoogane). It's a restaurant that specialises in Chicken Galbi fried rice. It's very cheap and filling. With this restaurant you need to at least have a serving per person which ranges from 5,500KRW depending on which kind of dish you order. You can add in extras like mozzarella cheese and tteokboggi.

After eating we were so exhausted that we went back to our hotel room to take a nap for god knows how long before waking up and decided to head off to do some shopping at Dongdaemun market to buy clothes for my fat niece Florida. Dongdaemun was one of my favourite areas to shop for clothing, so if you go to Korea I recommend Dongdaemun for fashionable clothing. Make sure to carry a decent amount of cash especially if you visit Dongdaemun because these markets rarely carry card or EFTPOS machines...but you can find ATM machines nearby DOOTA.

Take exit 8 and walk straight down, alternatively you can take exit 9 and do a small U-turn, but make sure you pass a bridge, you will notice a sign that says Pyongchang Clothing Market or something like that. You're heading in the right direction. Keep heading down that way and follow the foot path and you will see a mammoth silver giant thingy. Keep to your right and you should see Migliore and Doota mall. Check those both out!

Dongdaemun bridge
Traditional building in Dongdaemun

They carry jewelry, shoes, children's clothing, women's and men's (in Migliore mall the men's section was not great because the sale's attendants keep nagging you to go check out their stall so if you want mens clothing go to Doota!). I only bought two sets of clothing for Florida before setting off back to Myeongdong for dinner at Pane&Pasta.

If you want to try good pasta...GO TO PANE&PASTA. You will not regret and a main pasta dish will cost you from 11,000KRW and it is the AWESOMEST. Promise :)

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