FOOD,  OUTFITS,  TRAVELOGUE

Sangju: Snow Strawberries

I spent an entire week in Sangju, helping Ottie to pack up two years of his life and saying goodbyes to friendly faces.

View from the bus from Seoul to Sangju, South Korea.

Inside of bus from Seoul to Sangju, South Korea.Buses chartering through cities in South Korea are some of the most comfortable I’ve sat in. It’s a pretty efficient means of cross-country transportation, and the conductors make sure you buckle up.

We finally arrive in Sangju, 2 hours south of Seoul.

Man Cook was a restaurant that set up early last year; Ottie and I particularly loved the name. As Ottie used to joke when it opened, “Man cook. Man take money. Man laugh at fool.”

Mushroom and bacon pilaf at Man Cook Restaurant, Sangju.Despite the joke, their food is actually pretty good. It looks small in here, but this Mushroom & Bacon Pilaf was large enough to serve two travel-weary souls.

One of the things about being in Korea without any knowledge of the language is that places become known for what they sell. One of our first meals after coming in from Seoul was at what is known within the Waegook (foreigner) community as The Makgeolli Place:

Fried side dish at the Makgeolli place, Sangju, South Korea.

Golden kettle of Makgeolli and side dishes at the Makgeolli Place, Sangju.I was extremely fascinated by the beat-up golden kettle which housed the Makgeolli.

We also had my first ever Dak Galbi the next day. It was so goooood:

Dak galbi in Sangju, South Korea.

My previous trip to Sangju was spent shadowing Ottie in his schools. This time was no exception, if only to say goodbye to the cutest kids in the country. We spent our Monday at the middle school:

Mountain view at dawn, Sangju South Korea.In YY-sem’s car on the morning trip to school.

Mountain view at dawn, Sangju South Korea.Beautiful morning in the country, with one of the many farms in the foreground.

We arrived at the middle school:

Ice-covered field at the mountainside school.I was so amazed by the stark contrast between the sandy fields and the sheet of ice that covered part of it.

White mountain in the background of the mountainside school, Sangju South Korea.The mountain in the background is called Baeksan (White Mountain). How wonderful it must be to inhale fresh mountain air everyday!

Korean flag.

Sunrise through grove at the middle school.Back at my favourite place. I took an outfit here the last time.

Selfie against sunrise through grove at the middle school.Couldn’t resist a selfie – the rays of sunshine were too beautiful not to be a part of.

Green tea custard filled Kakaotalk bun, South Korea.Breakfast was this cute KakaoTalk bun from a small convenience store outside the school.

Green tea custard filled Kakaotalk bun, South Korea.The green tea custard mixed with red bean paste was not bad for a preserved bun.

My favourite part of school in Korea is lunch time! I’m always a little excited to be a part of everyday living in a foreign place, and the way lunch is served in Korean schools is just so different from that in Singapore. It’s actually quite smart in order to ensure that kids don’t go hungry thanks to some bully taking their lunch money the way I suffered in primary school.

School lunch at middle school in Sangju, South Korea: Kimchi, Strawberries.Also, strawberries!!! They were so juicy and yummy ♥

Strawberries to go in school, wearing school indoor slippers against ice-covered ground. Sangju South Korea.I got extra strawberries to go after lunch… this was taken during the walk back from the cafeteria to the classrooms. The school populous generally doesn’t bother to switch back to proper footwear for lunch, so it was a bit of a bite wearing indoor slippers outdoors.

Fujifilm Instax photos with faculty of mountainside middle school against snacks from Singapore.I had brought my Instax with me since this was the last time we were going to be there, and I wanted to leave behind some shared memories. I also brought along love letters from Chinese New Year and my all-time favourite jewel biscuits as souvenirs from home. :)

Outfit time!

Outfit photo details: Dollhouse grey jacket, Nordstrom black striped tights, beige knee socks from Japan, McQ x Puma red high top sneakers.

I absolutely had to take a series of photos along this beautiful row of trees again. My school outfits this time are a lot more me and a lot less first-impressions compared to the last time. Partly because Ottie assured me that the schools would be okay with my choices, and also because it was our last week in there anyway.

I’m showing off my awesome pink leather jacket again, mostly because layering in winter is pretty boring with greys upon greys all day, everyday. I broke out my beige-to-green ombre shirt and paired it with a necklace I haven’t worn in a while, and the result seems quite pretty, especially contrasted against the pink! I’ll have to remember to try a similar combination in the future. To spice things up more in here, I decided to wear my vertical-striped tights to refocus attention from the outward flare of my skorts. The result was just slightly crazier than usual, and I think it turned out okay.

Outfit photo details: Viparo pink leather jacket, Nordstrom black striped tights, black skort from Terminal 21 Bangkok, beige knee socks from Japan, McQ x Puma red high top sneakers.

Outfit photo details: Viparo pink leather jacket, Romwe green ombre shirt, Shop Notice Magazine turquoise necklace via Chictopia Connect.

Outfit photo details: Viparo pink leather jacket, black skort from Terminal 21 Bangkok, Nordstrom black striped tights, beige knee socks from Japan, McQ x Puma red high top sneakers.

Outfit photo details: Viparo pink leather jacket, Romwe green ombre shirt, Shop Notice Magazine turquoise necklace via Chictopia Connect, black skort from Terminal 21 Bangkok, Nordstrom black striped tights, beige knee socks from Japan, McQ x Puma red high top sneakers.

Outfit photo details: Viparo pink leather jacket, black skort from Terminal 21 Bangkok, Nordstrom black striped tights.

OUTFIT
Leather jacket c/o Viparo
Grey jacket from Dollhouse
Ombre shirt from Romwe
Necklace c/o Notice Mag via Chictopia
Tights from Nordstrom
Sneakers from McQ x Puma c/o Shopbop

Outfit photos by Ottie.

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