Turning Korean in 10 ways

April 16th, 2015

I’ve never said this on my blog before.. but I am a huge fan of Rocketnews24. and this time around, I read an article that I can truly relate to and I would like to share my experience on how I’m turning Korean after living here for years.

living in a new country where the culture is so different might not be easy at first, but now.. I can’t get out of it.

1. that button attached on the table to call for the waiter.
HOW CONVENIENT! no need to yell at the top of my lungs and listen to weird sounds created by customers just to get the attention of the waiter. now when I go to a huge restaurant without a button (unless it’s some high class restaurant of course haha), it feels weird and I’d find myself looking for it.

2. getting naked in front of the same sex.
I used to be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO shy. I still remembered how I went to the Jimjilbang (sauna) for the first time and I headed straight for the sauna rooms and skipped the bath because I was too embarrassed to wear only my birthday suit in front of strangers. but the 2nd time.. I decided to strip everything and stop thinking about it because I’ve already paid and it isn’t cheap. and it seems like it is the best decision I’ve ever made because Jimjilbangs and Onsen (in Japan) is like.. heaven on earth. it releases all my stress and it makes me feel amazing. so now? I can’t wait to get naked in front of other ladies so I can go for a nice warm dip.

3. drive…? come pick me up!
This don’t apply to everyone since many people DO DRIVE after living here hahaha. it’s just me maybe.. and a few of my friends. I bet I annoy my friends in Malaysia a lot every time I went back to Malaysia. I got so used to taking the public transport here I became lazy to drive. I don’t even want to reapply for my license after my mom forget to update my old license (reminded her like 5 times. sigh.) because I just don’t feel the need to drive. I can go almost ANYWHERE in Seoul and public transports don’t exactly cost a bomb.

4. why do we have to pay for water? that should be illegal!
meals are indeed more expensive than those back home but heck, at least I don’t get dehydrated as I can get as much water as I want in any restaurant for FREE! I find myself reluctant to order another glass of water or something to drink because I’ll have to pay and even if it doesn’t cost a lot, I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT. whereas in Korea, I feel healthier because I don’t have to bother about having to sip my drink slowly so I wouldn’t finish it halfway through my meal.

5. I LOVE walking.
I remembered how I’d dread to walk a 500meter distance and always ask my mom to drive me even if it’s near. although safety is another reason, I was really lazy. but in Korea, everyone walks. and walking for 1km? no problem. that’s pretty near in fact. I stopped complaining about the distance and it seems like when I told my friends “it’s near”, they all end up thinking that it’s only 100meters away but it is in fact around 1km away hahaha. and in the end? I got scolded =X.

6. sleep? who needs them?
okay I need it if not I will just look like a horrible zombie. but if you work or study in Korea, chances are you only sleep after a long hangover. during the exam period, I think I sleep for around 3-4 hours and when it’s just during the semester.. around 5hours. because it’s normal like that.

7. being like everyone else is cool. no need to be special.
not really for me since I don’t have the money to look like everyone else but I’d actually love to. but it’s true how being like everyone else means you’re trendy. you gotta keep up with the current trends which everyone think is cool. =S. that reddish eye shadow. that orange tint that you only apply in the middle of your lips. that no blush look. cruciani bracelets. sport shoes. jeans jacket with dress in the summer. that’s how we live.

8. looks are important. I’m becoming shallow D=!!!!!
Malaysian guys are 95% very sloppy to me right now when I think back. you can’t just wear t-shirt and shorts out, boys. dress up! I haven’t been back to Malaysia for a while I hope its better now. well in Korea, there are dresses I used to wear in Malaysia to go to malls and all but in Korea….. my friend once asked me why did I wear my PJs to uni. ._. and after that I paid more attention to what I wear. although I occasionally end up like a fashion disaster but most of the time I take an effort to match my clothings not because I want to look good, but because I don’t want to look different. need to blend in!!! also, my standards got very high after coming here T_T. I only think guys with a decent face and good sense of style are hot now. the style thingy is very important hahaha. and I still can’t seem to find any Malaysian guys whom I think is really good looking. mmmmm.

9. respect for the elderly/older people.
I’m not saying that people from other countries don’t. but here, younger people will automatically stand up and offer their seats to the elderly and it’s perfectly normal if they don’t say thank you or even smile. because you should do that. because you’re younger. speaking to people older than you in a polite way is also very important. it doesn’t matter if they are only 1-2 years older, adding the -yo behind every sentence is crucial. it’s a form of respect. and if you don’t do so, you’ll be seen as rude and uneducated. hahahaha. I didn’t seem to have this barrier with older people but with older Koreans.. it seems like I just built this wall in between with just language.

10. surfing Korean websites? always use Internet Explorer.
I deleted IE from my computer years ago but after coming to Korea, IE is like.. the life saver. and it isn’t even that bad to use. because it makes my life easier for research, naver, uni websites, banking, registering etc. you’ll get what I mean if you start living here because Firefox will not allow you to do a lot of things in Korea. >_>. and now I’ll make a fuss when I use a friend’s laptop without IE because I can’t access to the sites I go to in Korean. again, this doesn’t apply to everyone. not everyone buys their groceries online like me hahahaha.

okay so this is how I changed in 10 different ways. I bet there’s more but.. oh well.. I don’t want to write about how I’ve became a complete thrifty ajumma since the currency got super expensive. and how I think plastic surgery is completely fine. and how is it very difficult for me to talk for a minute without slipping in at least a Korean word or two. okay I shall stop! =P. leave me a comment below and tell me what you think about my change!

Korea’s most beautiful place in Spring: Jinhae Cherry Blossoms

April 9th, 2015

it’s my 4th year here and I thought.. I might not be able to go to Jinhae next year since it’s going to be my last year and I might be busy. so.. I’ll just go there this year. some of my friends come here every single year but the jam and long hour bus ride is too tiring for me. unless I can afford a KTX ride, I don’t think I want to come to this festival again. 5 hour bus ride one way and the place’s pretty crowded. it wasn’t like super duper crowded. more of a bearable kind of crowded. but maybe because I went there at 630am in the morning and I left at 2pm.

but one thing for sure, the pictures came out really well. like, really really well. indeed the most beautiful place to be at during spring. the whole city’s filled with cherry blossoms as well! but I was too tired to explore it all… I only had 1 hour of sleep the night before hahaha.

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here’s my favourite shot! Neoh told me to “PRETEND TO LOOK AT THE FLOWERS!” I looked like a robot in the first few pictures and then it became better.

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the famous railway track. couldn’t wait until the train comes so…

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we found this awesome Japanese looking gazebo and…

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we headed on to Yeojwa stream. it’s like the Jinhae version of Cheonggyecheon. very very beautiful.

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Korea’s new way of <3. if you see it. I thought it looked like “kaching kaching” more.

and the photographers continued to copy my poses

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HAHAHHAHHA. had such a great time with these 2 great people.

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there’s this park near Yeojwa stream. and the woods were…

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super magical. I thought I was in a fairytale.

all pictures above by Neoh.

how did I come here? well basically.. I did not go directly to Jinhae because the bus tickets got sold out even 2 weeks before. so we went to DongSeoul Bus Terminal 동서울버스터미널 at Gangbyeon Station 강변역 and bought ourselves tickets (26,800won) to Haeundae (Busan) and we spent the night at a Jjimjilbang (sauna) where I only had 1hour and 30mins of sleep. woke up at 4am and got out to catch the first train at 5am to go to Seobu Bus Terminal 서부버스터미널 at Sasan Station 사산역 (around 5,000won) to get to Jinhae. we got off at some stop and walked to Gyeonghwa Station 경화역. the station ain’t really in use but.. the train runs once in a while for show.

are you following? hahahah.

we then took a local bus to Yeojwa stream 여좌천 and spent hours there eating street food and all. then we went to Masan (no more buses from Jinhae to Seoul lol) by a local bus too. and from Masan’s Bus Terminal, we took a bus to Seoul Express Bus Terminal. costed around 20,000won.

it took 6 hours to get to Haeundae from Seoul and over 5 hours to get to Seoul from Masan. less than an hour from Busan to Jinhae. around an hour from Yeojwa stream to Masan.

clear enough? I didn’t know which local bus I took. there are info booths set up for foreigners so just ask them and they’ll tell you!

and here are some misc pictures. (most of the pix below are edited because I am lazy like that HAHAH)

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25 things I’ve noticed about Japan.

April 7th, 2015

like the one I’ve wrote about the things I’ve noticed about Korean people, since I hadn’t been in Japan for so long, I don’t have that many things to talk about haha. so here’s the 25 things I’ve noticed about Japan and Japanese people! and please note that it isn’t about ALL of Japan and ALL Japanese people. it’s pretty subjective :).

1. cars here are very fuel savvy. drive for the whole day and be shocked on how slow the fuel gets consumed!

2. people here are very, very courteous. they always smile! especially in shops. further, if you have a problem, all you have to do is ask for help and the Japanese people are very willing to help and they’d not ignore you or pretend to not understand you. very very helpful people. they’d also help you with a smile!!!

3. however they can be relatively scary at the same time because it seems like they never reveal their true emotions as they are brought up to be nice to everyone and care about others’ feelings. imagine when they erupt with anger suddenly =S.

4. there are a lot of vending machines. actually, too many of them. to the extent that they have an energy problem I heard.

5. packaging in Japan wouldn’t be any better. they all look so pretty.

6. but it is a problem because they pack everything like cookies in individual packaging. waste of plastic. also, they wrap all the boxes very nicely with PAPER when you purchase a gift, food, etc. waste of paper =S.

7. Japanese people knows how to market souvenirs. very well. they make everything look very attractive. but the ones buying them are usually the Japanese too since it’s too expensive for most foreigners.

8. while Japanese clothes are normally super expensive, foreign chain stores like Forever21 is incredibly cheap. especially during the new years!

9. Japanese people are very hospitable and kind. they take note about every detail, remembers them and try their best to be the best hosts.

10. Japanese people are very calculative. not the stingy type of course! living in Korea, we have the norm where one person buys the meal and another person buys coffee or the next meal etc. whatever it is, Koreans don’t calculate it to the cents. Japanese people do. they don’t mind paying a little more but they always calculate their portion and give you enough so it wouldn’t be less and find it hard to accept it if you want to pay more. not exactly a bad thing especially for guys hahaha.

11. transportation is very expensive. and the Japanese people know it too. taking the Sinkansen (bullet train) is more expensive than taking a flight. can you believe it?! it sounds really absurd if you’d ask me =S.

12. Japanese people have a habit of buying gifts for people. I find it very kind at the same time quite a burden T_T.

13. right. Shinkansen to the Japanese people ain’t just a fast bullet train, it’s SHINKANSEN. it’s different. they take their pride in it so NEVER call it a train haha.

14. foreigners think that Japan have a lot of crazy stuff and crazy people but in reality.. it’s much more normal than what we think. most Japanese people know lesser than us foreigners about stuff like.. cosplay suit vending machines. always remember, Japanese people are human too don’t treat all of them like an otaku or something. though there ARE really a lot of weird stuff sold ahhahaha.

15. while I adore Japan so much on their anime and Jdramas. their TV is just so boring. it feels like they are just repeating everything again and again. which might make sense since not many people have time to hog onto the tv.

16. cheap hotels exists. you just have to find them. when in Hokkaido and had nowhere (as in, friend’s home haha) to stay. I stayed in a dormitory guesthouse which was only one dollar cheaper than a nearby HOTEL. which I changed to later.

17. Japanese food portions are so small ._. I feel like a glutton for eating two portions everytime. well I guess that is why they can have a variety.

18. Japanese instant food are so good. while instant food normally sounds like.. it’s delicious because of the amount of ajinomoto in it, but they have other stuff like instant miso which tastes absolutely just like miso soup =X. and it doesn’t feel THAT unhealthy. their instant mentaiko sauce for pasta is the bomb D=.

19. I love Japanese people. but.. sometimes I think they do not care about others. I remember offering my seat to the old lady in front of me and she was so shocked. in Korea, they’d just sit down and well.. say thanks (maybe) and feel that it’s very normal of me doing that. but in Japan, even if one’s purse got snatched, nobody seemed to bother to help (saw it with my own eyes T_T)

20. I heard from my friend’s mom that.. in Japan there’s two things kids love to eat. tuna and.. NATTO. yeeesh I hate natto >_>.

21. you can find (almost) anything in Japanese convenience stores. be it vegetables or fish or kimchi or pasta or dishwashers or mops. they have everything and you can definitely live well with only going to the convenience stores here. convenience stores cannot get any better =3.

22. Japanese people are very patient. I noticed this when I went to Disneysea and USJ. people can WAIT for hours and they don’t seem to complain or look horrible because of it. plus, people wait very patiently outside yummy food stores. also, during new years sale they’d wait outside a shopping mall hours before it opens =X.

23. Japan have bad heating system. I read from somewhere that their houses are cold during winter because it has something to do with having the building being light and durable during earthquakes but.. because they have no ondol or good heating system, living here during the winter is almost like being in Antarctica. I have to wear down sweaters INDOORS. =S.

24. most Japanese people are atheist nowadays. but they still go to shrines.

25. Japanese beaches may be dirty, but otherwise the city and other places are very clean. especially the toilets. the auto bidets, dryers, MUSIC (for when you poop so nobody can hear you pooping) makes it a BREEZE for anyone to poop at public toilets. the best part is that you can clean your own toilet seat before sitting on it. they always have a sterilizer spray present in toilets. most toilets I’ve been to at least.

so these are the 25 things I’ve noticed! what about you? ^^.

Halal or not?

April 2nd, 2015

okay, to be honest, Korea is probably like.. one of the most difficult when it comes to Halal food; you don’t know the language and you would like to avoid food that’s against your religion. while you can still eat and dine at various halal restaurants in Seoul. Halal food is widely UNAVAILABLE. most shops sell pork. and most Muslims do not know what they can eat or not in Seoul and it made them refrain from trying many things especially when they are not with a guide. (most Muslim friends opt for seafood restaurants or seafood dishes, it may contain pork or non-halal meat sometimes) but through Halal in Korea, you can now know what is halal and what’s haram in Korea. and here’s the list.

I just thought I’d let my fellow Muslim readers know what can be or cannot be eaten in Korea with the list I found online since I find it difficult to come by a list as complete as this one. I tried googling for Halal food when I first came but I had to filter through blogs and websites which was a hassle.

hope this can help my Muslim friends and have a great time in Korea!

KAREÖ 카레오, Hongdae 홍대

March 27th, 2015

the no.1 Japanese curry shop in Seoul?

that must be Kareo! a restaurant that I frequent a lot in Hongdae. I am not quite a fan of most curry shops in Korea because they are normally too sweet or just.. too bland for my Malaysian taste buds. but what’s good about Kareo you ask?

well.. it’s affordable! while 8,000 and up is the price of a plate of curry at other shops, the curry here has such a big portion that.. you should only order one portion for 2. since I eat a lot, I normally order the huge portion and share it with a friend. while many shops dislike the fact that you share your portion and insist on having each person ordering one portion, in Kareo, they told me that one portion is very huge and I should not order 2 for 2 of us in case we cannot finish it. kind staff yes? they care for their customers more than their profits =D.

가끔식 카레를 땡기신적 있죠? 저두 그런 마음이 있겠죠~ 그래서 카레를 땡길 때마다 홍대 카레오로 찾으러 갑니다!

카레오와 다른 카레집의 다른 점은 보통 달달한 카레와 달리 일본카레라 약간 더 매콤하고 스파이스의 맛이 조금 더 강합니다~ 카레 꼽빼기 하나만 시켜도 2사람 먹기엔 녹녹합니다~ 나누면 생각보다 가격이 되게 착해요!

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here’s an ugly picture of myself =D. I was extra hungry because I spent hours biking before that.

자전거 배운 후에 머리가 엉망진창이네요 @@.

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this is the shop you shall look out for!!!

카레오의 정문! 가게가 아주 크지 않기 때문에 테이블도 별로 없어요 ㅠ. 바쁜 시간에 오면 조금만 기다릴 수도 있겠지만 평소엔 2 사람 자리 잡기는 힘들지 않아요~

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there were many many many Maneki Neko’s here. the boss claimed that it really does bring in business!

눈 깜빡하는 마네키네코 본적 있어요? 엄청 귀여웠어요! ㅋㅋㅋ 마네키네코 많은 이유가 운이 정말로 데리고 온다고 들었어요~

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and more nekos. we can also see that the boss is a big fan of baseball!  I scribbled on the wall (post-it) too! if you can find it… take a picture and post it on instagram and tag me =P.

안 쪽도 마네키네코!!! 사장님이 야구도 좋아하시나봐요. 벽은 주로 미술학 공부하는 손님들이 포스트잇으로 꾸몄습니다~ 제가 쓴 포스트잇도 있어요!

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they say that these naked babies bring happiness. mmmhmmm.

야하게 생긴 이 귀여운 아이들… ㅋㅋㅋ

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the ultimate collection of Doraemon!

okay lets talk about the food finally hehe.

도래몽도 많았습니다!

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I am not a big fan of that yellow stuff there called 단무지 because it’s normally thick and it tastes weird but here.. it has a sour taste to it which I really like and it’s sliced thinly the way I like it!

단무지를 별로 좋아하지 않지 않지만 여기의 단무지는 얇게 설고 씨콤하고 완전 좋아함!

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our curry rice!!! MMMMMMM. look at that generous amount of curry sauce!

엄청 맛있어 보이는 카레!

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there are quite a variety of toppings to choose from from donkatsu to prawns but I always go for my favourite ham and cheese because I love cheese like that. they also have fried cheese fingers (super thick!!! but it feels fattening at the same time. very sinful.) and cheese toppings if you like.

저는 보통 햄과치즈 튀김은 토핑으로 추가한데 다양한 토핑 있습니다~ 새우튀김이나 돈까스 다 있어요! 치즈토핑도 있어요! 그것도 맛있었요~!

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the fillings? JUST CHEESE. a huge slab of mozzarella (I think) cheese.

여건 치즈튀김입니다~ 모자렐라 치즈 녹녹하게 줬슴!! 치즈 좋아하면 이건 시켜도 좋습니다만 저같이 살 빼야돼는 여자들은.. 피해야죠… ㅠㅠ.

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not to be missed out in your curry should be this.. MAGIC SPICE!!! it does not only make the curry spicier but it adds a lot more flavour to it! =3.

카레오 제일 특별한 점은 매직스파이스이라고 생각합니다!!! 좋아하는 매운 정도로 저절할 수 있게~ 고소하고 정말 맛있어요! 이것은 카레의 필수!!!

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the method to eat the curry deliciously:

don’t mix the rice with the curry all together. instead, eat it by mixing the curry with the cabbage and rice bit by bit!

맛있게 먹는 법~ 한꺼번에 비비지말구 조금씩 비벼가면서 드세요 ㅋㅋㅋ

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just to show you how big the portion was.

양이 정말 크죠?!

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the famous moving Simpson clock in Kareo. not only the curry here’s delicious, there are really a lot to see, the post its, the quaint decorations and all. including the handsome boss and pretty and handsome staff =P.

so if you’re in Hongdae and you’re craving for some good curry, I highly recommend Kareo! =3.

here’s the directions from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 9! it’s at the left side of Hongik Univ if you’re facing the Univ. it isn’t as far as it looks!

홍익대 근처에 있어서 찾기 쉽습니다~

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Clubbing in Korea 2015

March 26th, 2015

HELLO!

since my old post was.. really old. here’s a new one! many like Vanguard and NB2 Gangnam closed down.. but don’t fret because there are still a handful more! clubs are mainly located at Hongdae, Gangnam and Itaewon.

NOTE : please bring your passports if you want to go to a bar/club in Korea because without it, you will be denied entry. it doesn’t matter if you’re 30, you’ll still have to flash your passport/alien card. some places gives discounts to foreigners too! most clubs in Korea are free for all but if you’re way over 30, you might not blend in with the crowd and some places might deny your entry (it’s sad I know T_T). there are also a bunch of bars who don’t accept foreigners but if you’re going to a club there’s not much problems for foreigners. there are also locker rentals (3,000-5,000won) in most all clubs so don’t worry if you have a huge coat during the winter or an extra backpack. it’ll be safe ;).

NOTE 2 : although most clubs in Hongdae does not have a strict dress code, avoid full suits (black), slippers, training suits when entering a club in Korea as they might deny your entry. they may deny your entry for some stupid reasons sometimes relating to your appearance so it’s better to dress nicely than to get denied for entry.

here’s a helpful site for clubbing in Seoul and I have a list taken from Reddit at the end of my post and I will just state the ones I recommend in detail. I stopped clubbing but anyways, here’s my top 3 clubs!

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1. Club Octagon (Gangnam)
address : Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong 152 (Below New Hilltop Hotel)
open : Thursday, Friday, Saturday
hours : 10PM-7AM
cover charge : Thursday – FREE!/Friday&Saturday -30,000won (10,000won before 11PM, FREE after 4AM)
genre : Electronic, House, Trance etc. (songs after 12/1 are nicer!)
dress code : NO slippers, shorts, training suits.
locker charge : 5,000won
cost of average drink : 10,000-15,000won
cost of average bottle : 300,000won
contact no. : +82(0)2516-8847 (landline), +82(0)10-9031-0808
how to get there : get off at Hakdong Station 학동역 (line 7) exit 4, stick to the same side of the road and walk up the slope for 5 minutes. it will be on your right. OR get off at Yoksam Station 역삼역 (line 2) exit 6, same side of the road, walk straight for 15minutes. 5minutes by taxi. I’d suggest taxi if you’re in Gangnam to avoid walking in heels, or in the cold. if you take the taxi, tell them to go to New Hilltop Hotel at Gangnam.
comments : my personal favourite. even though I’ve stopped clubbing for a while, I really don’t mind going there once in a while just to gawk at all the pretty girls. the truth about clubbing in Korea is that most people go to clubs to pick up “someone” instead of enjoying themselves so you might have to digest the fact that most people are there to try to look their best instead of dancing. many famous people have been there like Skillrex, Jamie XX (I SAW HIMM!!! people named Jamie is awesome), Mystique… just to name a few. I saw 2PM there too (pure coincidence!) and I heard many Korean artists go there. I met uh.. Lee Yong Dae (Korea’s famous badminton player) there as well though I thought he wasn’t a nice person. I’m not as lucky but my friend met (like MET.) people like SNSD, Jay Park etc walking around at the VIP area. I go there for DJ KOO most of the time (some of my friends don’t like his music but oh well..) and they have the most good looking DJ’s so far.

some Koreans don’t like girls who frequents Octagon as they think that Korean girls who goes to Octagon are gold-diggers and those who value class a lot since it’s an expensive club. but to me.. the music’s great! some girls might be trying too hard in Octagon with the super sexy clothing but ain’t that a good view for us foreigners anyways? =P.

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here’s an old picture of me outside Octagon.

2. TheA Hall (Gangnam/Yeoksam)
address : Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong 701-1 (below Art Nouveau)
open : Thursday, Friday, Saturday
hours : 10PM-9AM
cover charge : 30,000won
genre : Electronic
cost of average drink : 15,000won
cost of average bottle : 300,000won~
contact no. : +82-10-2025-1400
how to get there : get off Yeoksam Station and you’ll be there in no time!
comments : I’ve really only been there twice. it wasn’t really big but they always get the big shots to come. for example.. Steve Aoki, Justin Bieber, GD… just to name a few that I’ve heard haha. not a big fan of the music but always had quite a crazy young crowd on the floor and older peeps on the sides. but it’s currently under construction and I heard it’s going to be even huger. where their name will be changed to TheA Hall. I can’t wait! it should be open by March!

3. Ellui (Cheongdamdong)
address : 129, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
open : Friday, Saturday
hours : 10PM-6AM
cover charge : 15,000won weekdays, 30,000won weekends. 1 drink included. world DJ playing? 30,000~60,000won. free entry before 1 (check their facebook page. sometimes you only have to show their page on your phone to get a free entry)
genre : Electronic
cost of average drink : 10,000won
cost of average bottle : 300,000won~
contact no. : 1577-9669
how to get there : get off Chungdam Station 청담역 (line 7) exit 13. walk straight from there, cross the road and you’ll be there at about 11minutes. if not, you can tell the taxi driver to get to Ellui Hotel, remember, it’s pronounced as ell-lu-ii. ^^.
comments : it’s new and renovated. I’ve been there once after the renovation. long queues but pretty good music. the sound system is pretty good now and it is still super huge. it feels less dodgy after the renovation and everything looks better. they cater a younger crowd and a lot of foreigners hit Ellui. loads of eye candies and people here are more approachable compared to Octagon.

4.  Club NB 2 & Harlem (Hongdae)
famous hip hop club owned by YG Entertainment (yes, Big Bang. friend met Seungri here. he talked to her!) people here wears sneakers into the club. since it’s a hip hop club you shall not find that surprising. girls here are less appealing but the music’s great (for me) and crowds awesome. just that their dance is very “kpopish” and pretty funny for first timers. the club cater the younger crowd and you can laugh at their dance moves all night long. the first time I was there, I thought to myself “what’s with those hand gestures?!”. eye opener. people here are very approachable. drinks are cheap. 4 tequilas for 10,000won. if you’re a foreigner, you can even get a 5,000won discount!
cover charge : 10,000won inclusive of a drink (sun~thurs), 20,000won inclusive of a drink (fri and sat)
genre : hiphop
how to get there : walk towards Hongik University, turn right once you’re outside the University and keep walking.
hours :  9pm-630am
you can enter the club as long as you’re not wearing a suit or slippers ^^. yes, NO FORMAL SUITS AT NB!

5. Cocoon (Hongdae)
address : Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seokyo-dong 364-26
cover charge : free entrance before 12 (sun~thurs) and 10,000won inclusive of a drink after 12. 10,000won inclusive of a free drink (fri and sat) before 11 and 20,000won inclusive of a free drink after 11.
cost of average drink : don’t worry it’s cheap.
genre : electronic and hiphop
how to get there : walk along the Hongdae Street and you’ll come by Prince Edward Karaoke on your left and turn in that junction. Hongdae is very very hard to explain. just get out of exit 9 and start your adventure ^^. basically just walk into the street upon exit 9, walk straight until you see the main street of Hongdae (you will know it!) and turn right. keeeeeeeep walking straight and you’ll find the Hongik Main Road which leads to Hongik University on your left. but cross the road and continue walking along Hongdae and you’ll find Prince Edward Karaoke. confusing much? well, read again. haha.
comments : the first club I’ve ever been to. quite a nice place. but really really really packed. it’s pretty average for me. it is a 4(?) storey club and the people there are rather young. like.. teenagers to early 20s. they dress like teenagers too. if you get what I mean? but it’s still alright. nothing too dodgy. they offer free tequila for ladies on Thursdays until 1am. and they also have free entrance for ladies on weekends before 10pm.

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