Continuing on from writing about my trip to Korea… we went to Santorini, Greece!!
Nah, this was just a mural on one of the subway stations in Seoul. I love when subways dedicate spaces for art. It makes the daily commute much more colourful during drizzly days such as these:
We stayed at Hotel Bonbon during our stay in Seoul this time round. Ottie had stayed at Hotel Bonbon before, but couldn’t remember its name besides the fact that he loved talking to the owners. To his delight, we spied Hotel Bonbon situated right across Lotte Hotel when we lodged there the previous week! How serendipitous.
Space was tight, which was what I’d expect for the price we paid for. The good part was that it was very clean and pretty cosy once I got used to the configuration. Clean towels were provided, as were soap and shampoo. Complimentary travel toothbrush packs, razers and bottled water were redeemable at the counter (one per person per day). Being semi eco-conscious, all we required everyday were the bottled water.
Word of caution: there’s no elevator, so those with huge heavy bags might want to beef up. The wife attempted to lug our medium-sized luggage up to level 4, but she was smaller than me and I felt really bad while she attempted to do so at her insistence. I managed to steal it back halfway because she was too winded. I’m stronger than what my stick arms suggest (probably not by much, but still). :p
The bathroom was pretty typical of those I’ve seen in Korea, in which the shower rose would be connected to the basin. One of the things I thought was a waste was that the bathroom walls were frosted. I mean, who needs privacy when one could watch television on one’s porcelain throne?
… I should maybe never open a hotel, ever.
Catching snippets of Running Man ep. 234 on TV. One thing I’d never experienced before in Korea was that Hotel Bonbon had a dedicated BBC channel! They also had a good number of English channels, which I guess would be unsurprising given that the owners had a good grasp of the language.
Our first stop when we reached Seoul was Itaewon for dinner and drinks with Ant and Philli (Ant’s younger sis). It would be the first time I’d been to Itaewon, but the night scene was okay for a drizzly day.
Dinner at Taco Amigo Restaurante Mexicano. We ordered a pitcher of lime margarita, and it was strong.
More drinks at Shenanigans.Needless to say, I was drunk.
We went to a Thursday Party after, but all I could down were bottles upon bottles of water while attempting to score at darts.
The next day was spent at Myeongdong for a very last get-together with Ant, Philli and Tim.
The irony is strong in this one – we came all the way out to Seoul, only to find that there was a whole event dedicated to Gyeongsangbukdo, the province in which Tim, Ottie, and Ant had spent their last two years teaching.
We had dessert at Korean Dessert Cafe seasonal promotion – strawberry bingsu!
Here’s a few more shots of Myeongdong, mostly because Ottie and I would loiter around looking for food near our lodgings.
Kimchi-jigae. I saw death attempting to eat this for lunch.
Pasta in a bread bowl at Italian Bistro Bonappetit.
There was a giant MCM store. I had to go in to take a look.
All of you are Born as a Princess
This was so ridiculous that it would be a sin not to take photographic evidence of it. I could go on a tirade over the princess syndrome, but I’ll save my breath for another day.
Outside Miss Lee Cafe.
This post has been lengthy. But my last few posts on Korea will be worth the wait. :)
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.