Redang! 르당 가이드 101

July 19th, 2015

어디 가든 한국인 있는줄 알았는데… 르당섬 갔더니 한국인 1명도 못 봤다. 그 이유는? 인터넷에서 정보 부족한 것이였다. 그래서 친구 권유해서 르당섬 가고싶은 사람들을 도와주기로 했다. 이 블로그 포스팅으로!

먼저 알아야할 것.

첫째, 르당섬은 아무래도 패키지 가입하면 훨씬 더 싸서 꼬~~~~옥 패키지를 선택해야함. 보통의 패키지는 KL->Kuala Terengganu의 버스나 비행기는 포함되지 않지만 요청하면 돼요~ Kuala Terengganu->르당섬의 교통비는 보통 포함이 돼요~르당섬은 KL에서 조금 멀어서 나이 든 사람들은 조금 힘들 수도 있어요~

둘째, 르당섬은 3월에서 10월까지만 방문할 수 있어요~ 11월에서 2월엔 monsoon season이라 르당섬 가도 맬 비 오고 수영할 수 없는 파도라 패키지같은것도 없을 거에요~

셋째,  패키지들은 보통 20만원쯤이라 저렴하게 갈 수 있어요! 그러나 시기에 따라 가격이 30만원으로 올릴 수도 있어요~ 주말에 가면 더 비싸고 20만원은 2박3일의 기준이고 더 오랫동안 가면 가격이 조금 다를 수도 있음.

내 패키지는… 20만원쯤였고요 교통비, 식사 하루에 4끼, 스노르클링, 배의 비용, 입장료…. 다 포함됨! 기념품이나 술값과 live jacket & goggles의 렌탈 비용만 챙겨 가면 돼요~ live jacket & goggles은 한번에 렌탈하면 3일이나 5일도 똑같은 가격이라 걱정할 것 없어요~ 사실은 말레이시아 여행회사로 말레이시아 여행을 하면 넘 사서 충격 조금 받았다. 가격에 대비 시설과 식사는 굉장히 좋아서 또 충격.

자~! 이제 브리핑 끝났으니까 사진들을 볼까요?

so I went to Redang with my Korean friend and she noticed that Redang seems like the only beautiful island that’s not invaded by Koreans yet and she found little or almost no information about this beautiful island on the internet and asked me to write about it in Korean so that it can help Koreans who would like to travel to this clean and beautiful island =).

there’s a few things people should know about going to Redang. firstly, going to Redang would be cheaper on a package which includes food, accommodation, transportation and snorkeling. mine was around 500-600 but it varies and could be cheaper or more expensive during different seasons. my cousin told me hers was 800ringgit. my price has the transportation from KL to KT included.

the second thing you should know is that goggles and live jackets are not included in the package but are one-off-rentals meaning that even if you stay there for a week, you only have to rent them once.

the third and most important thing you should know is that Redang is only open from March to October as the other months are the monsoon season.

for older folks, going there might be exhausting as if you take the bus, it’ll take around 7 hours and then there’s a 2 hour boat/ferry ride on top of it. for those who are seasick, remember your medicine!

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아침 6시에 도착해서 먼저 아침 식사 하러 갔다! Kuala Terengganu 차이나타운에서 먹거리가 많아 일찍 도착했으면 저쪽 가면 좋을 거에요. 윗사진은 Wonton Mee라는 홍콩 누들같은 음식인데 짱 맛있음! 양이 한국양보다.. 어마어마하게 부족함. 그래서 많이 먹으면 대자로 시키는것이 좋을것임.

we reached Kuala Terengganu early so we went for breakfast at the Chinatown where there’s shops opened even at the wee hours of 6am.

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반했다. 물이 파란도 너무 파랗다. 그 외에 깨끗하고! 한국에서 절대로 못 보는 그런 바닷가..

ahhh look at that blue water! upon reaching the island, the long hour of bus ride and ferry ride didn’t seem to be so exhausting anymore. because it’s all worth it! such clean waters! I was in disbelief that this is a part of Malaysia too hahaha.

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우리 살았던 리조트는 레당리프라고한다. 적가 리조트인데 깨끗하고 젊은 사람에게 아무 문제 없는 정도로 편했다~ AC도 빵빵 켜져있고 화장대도 있다. 도착하자마자 픽크업하고 브리핑하고나서 점심을 먹었다. 별 기대 안했는데 말레이시아 사람으로써 이 리조트의 음식은 정말로 맛있었습니다. 놀랐다 정말. 끼마다 잘 먹었고 다 한국사람 입맛과 맞을 것이다. 음.. 저녁식사의 양고기 빼고는. 난 양고기 원래 좋아해서 많이 먹었지롱 ^^.

as soon as we get there, we had our briefing on our itinerary and then lunch was served! I was actually quite amazed by their quality of food as I’ve not expected much from their buffet style food. but it was so good and they even serve fried sweet potatoes for tea! they serve 4 meals a day! *burp*. believe me, swimming is very tiring and makes you really hungry!

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내 대학교 절친 효정! 효정이는 바닷가 가고싶다고해서 르당섬으로 오는 것이였다 ㅋㅋㅋ

here’s Ellen, my good friend from uni! <3. she wanted to visit the beach so.. I brought her to Redang and she loved it!

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점심 먹다가 바람취까지 점심을 먹여줬다! 리조트마다 biscuit같은거 준비되어있을거라 바람취한테 주면 돼요 ^^.

while eating, we fed the squirrels too!

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밥 먹는 모습이 짱 귀여워!!!

omnomnomnomnom look at how cute the squirrel is! I WANT ONE!!!!

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밥 먹고 스노르클링까진 시간 좀 있어서 이쁜 바닷가에 산책하고 사진 조금만 찍었다! 조금만..

there’s some time before our snorkeling schedule so we walked around~ it was soooo beautiful~

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이런 이쁜 바닷가에 밀가루같이 고운 모래까지.. 완벽하다 진짜 완벽해 ㅠㅠ.

the waters were crystal clear and they were super blue. I was told that I went on a bad season as it was raining the past few days and the moon was very round making the waves strong and water chalky. but I didn’t feel so. at all!

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리조트 앞에선 원송이를 만났다! 사람을 무서워하지 않은 원송이.

we were also greeted by monkeys in front of our hotel!

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예쁜 바닷가와 사진 한 장!

must have a picture with the beautiful beach!

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12시쯤엔 눈이 뜨지도 않았다. 햇빛이 넘 쎄서..

honestly it was so hot I couldn’t open my eyes at all. at 12pm, you should just stay in haha.

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더워서 피곤하면 hammock에서 자는것도 좋고~

or maybe laze on a hammock~

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아님 모래성 만들어도 좋고~

or maybe build a sand castle. I insisted that this was a poo castle.

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시간 돼면 수영복으로 갈아입고 바다로 고고!

when the time was up we quickly changed into our swimsuits and off we go!

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수영 아무리 잘하더라도 life jacket 꼭 입어야하는 제도가 있어요~! 안전을 위해서 조금 못 생기지만 꼭 지켜야해요 ^^.

there’s a law that you must wear a life jacket when you go to the sea so.. even if you’re good in swimming there’s no exception! well I think you can swim around without one if you’re a pro but you still need one when you ride on the boat.

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우리 친구의 물카메라덕분에 사진을 많이 찍었다!

자~~~ 이제 우리 뭘 봤는지 보여줄까요???

was lucky to have underwater pictures thanks to my friend’s underwater camera!

shall I show you what I saw?

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리조트 바로 앞의 바닷가 가고 물고기 음식 사가지고가면 물고기 이렇게 많이 올 거에요!!! 물고기음식의 가격은? 단돈 2링깃임!

we bought a pack of fish food at RM2 and went to the beach in front and boy, there were a lot of fishes @_@.

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물고기 넘 많아서 내 얼굴을 가렸다 ㅠ.

they totally blocked my face hahaha.

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이뿌죠?

ain’t it pretty?

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그 다음 날엔 스노르클링 2번! marine park에서 큰 장어도 봤지만 아쉽게해도 사진을 못 찍었다 ㅠ.

our 2nd snorkel. we saw big eels and all on our 3rd snorkel at the “marine park” but we didn’t manage to take any pictures.

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색깔 많은 그 칫솔 같이 생긴 애는… 물벌래임. @@. 특이하게도 주변에 툭툭 만지면 구멍으로 들어감 ㅋㅋ

theses aren’t corals. I think they are called the christmas tree worms or something. if you tap around them, they’d quickly slide back into their hole. very cute err worms.

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니모를 봤다 니모!!!!! 귀여워 죽겠다~~~!!!!! 캬~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEMO!!! I’m so in love with clown fish I’ve always wanted a salt water tank just so I can rare them as my pets T___T. but it’s so troublesome and expensive pfft.

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180링깃으로 스쿠바 다이빙도 할 수 있어요~! 효정이는 수영 자체 못해도 20-30분 훈련해서 물속으로 들어갔다~ ^^ 스쿠바 할 줄 알았으면 비용이 90링깃 밖에 안되구요~ 물 속에 말레이시아 우체국도 있었어요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ. 가서 보세욤!

for RM180 you can even go diving! Ellen doesn’t know how to swim but after 20-30minutes of training on the swimpool she successfully went diving! it costs RM90 for people who already know how to dive ^^ it was quite fun as there’s some underwater post office ahahah.

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3마리의 니모 카메라를 보는 경우가 많지 않은 것 같다 ㅋㅋ 신기한 사진이네요!

what are the odds of getting 3 clown fish looking at the camera?! weird but cute!

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저녁도 뷔페!

dinner buffet =3. lamb lamb lamb! noticed that Koreans don’t really like lamb that much.

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냠냠~

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우리 친구는 술 있어야 잘 자지 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Ellen couldn’t miss her beer.

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밥 먹으면서 보고 있었던 야경~르당은 일주일에 3-4번 beach party해서 피곤하지 않으면 파치하러 가요 ^^

our view for the night! there are 3-4 beach parties in a week there so if you’re not tired.. you may go! there are live bands everyday though.

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수영복을 많이 가져왔는데 사진 못 찍어서 아쉬워서 해지고 있을 때 사진을 많이 찍었다 ㅋㅋ

brought many sets of swimsuits so we decided to take some pictures in it before it’s too late. well.. the sun was already setting when we went out for pictures!!!

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포즈 잘 못하네요 ㅠ 한국 여자들에게 많이 배워야 겠다!

그 다음 날엔 Kuala Terengganu 관광 좀 하고싶어서 7시 배를 타고 KT으로 돌아갔다~

I’m really bad in posing T_T. need to learn from the Koreans!

we went to KT early the next day as we wanted to walk around KT ^^.

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아침에는 밀물! 햇 빛이 없어서 사진도 많이 못 찍었다 ㅠㅠㅠ. 진짜 시간 있을 때마다 사진 많이 찍어야함. 아니면 우리 같이 물고기만 보고 사진도 별로 없을 거에요 힝힝. 그래도 머릿 속에 추억이 많았다 ^^.

high tide in the morning~ it was so dark at 6 we could barely take any pictures.

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딱 출발할 때 해가 떴다. 이런..

but as we were leaving at 7.. it suddenly got so bright pfft.

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Kuala Terengganu 로 돌아가서 시장 구경을 좀 했다~

some stalls at KT!

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그 동그랗게 생긴 애는 도대체 뭐니? 그게 바로 거북의 애기들임 ㅠ 거북계란 먹는 것이 불법인 것 같지만 그래도 파는 사람들이 많다. 잔인한 사람들.. 돈위해서 거의 멸종된 동물들의 애기들도 잡아먹는다 ㅠ. 그래서 KT가서 비싼 계란을 절대로 사지마세요!

its sad how turtle eggs are still being sold in KT.. please please please refrain from eating them! save the turtles!

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KT 차이나타운에는 이쁜 길목 많습니당~!

there are many pretty alleys decorated in KT’s chinatown!

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KT에서 바틱 사면 싸니까 윈만하면 KT에서 사는 것 좋아요!

batiks sold in KT were pretty cheap so if you want to buy batik..

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바틱으로 만드는 거북이~

어떤 길목은 거북이의 길목이에요~ 저기에는 거북이의 계란들을 사는 것이 안된다고 적혀있었다! KT의 어른들도 이제 안 먹는데 나이든 사람들만 먹는다는 것으로 알고 있다.

batik turtles~ there was an alley dedicated for turtles! telling you not to buy turtle eggs and to volunteer to help these poor baby turtles.

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돌아가기전에 친구가 KT에 사는 친구들을 우연히 만나서 Bak Kut Teh (최고의 음식!!!) 먹었다 ㅋㅋㅋ

on the way back my friend bumped into his friend from KT and we went for BKT hehehehe.

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말레이시아 가면 Bak Kut Teh 꼭 먹어야 함!!!

a trip to Malaysia will never be complete without eating Bak Kut Teh!

 

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르당은 여기까지!

패키지에 대한 문의하거나 관심 있으시면 페복으로 https://www.facebook.com/shawn.khik 이 사람을 연락하면 돼요~ ^^  budget으로 패키지를 맞춰줄 수도 있어요 ^^. (단! 꼭 영어로 문의해야해요 ><)

that’s all for now!

the package I’m on was customized by https://www.facebook.com/shawn.khik so if you want to customize your own budget trip, you can feel free to message him for inquiries! =3.

Mak’s Noodle, Central, Hong Kong

July 16th, 2015

so I am finally back from HK and my long 3 weeks holiday around Malaysia and HK. I hope everyone missed me! =3. anyways, in HK there’s this wontonmee place that I fell in love with. it was so good I went back the very next day! and it seems like I wasn’t the only one because I saw the same angmoh who wore a suit the next day too! its service was better than the normal.. well I don’t want to say rude but.. not so polite service and their noodles live up to their name.

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it’s called Mak’s Noodle (or in Cantonese, Mak Ngan Kee) and it has several branches but the one I went to was in Central. if you key it in on google maps it’ll pop out instantly!

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when Anthony Bourdain’s been here, you know you’ve found the right place! upon sitting on the table, the nice staff handed me an English menu and I had no problem ordering. but since it is famous for their wonton noodles, I just went with it. they normally ask if you’d like vegetables but their vege is quite.. average so I’d say don’t order it. a bowl of it costs a hefty 37HKD while the size of the noodles are……. well..

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not quite as hefty as the price. my friend was telling me there’s another wonton noodle shop that’s not as nice but is only 12HKD. but of course, this wins it all. as a foreigner, I just wanted to eat the best! so…

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the tiny bowl of wontonmee was actually the right portion for me! I often feel too filled when I eat in HK and this was just right for me while my big eater friend complained that he barely felt anything after this bowl of wontonmee.

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you can definitely expect springy noodles and clear yet fragrant soup but the thing I loved most was… their awesome chilli sauce. and it goes so very well with the noodles. mmmmm. their wonton was great and bouncy as well. especially with the yummy red vinegar (the red ones are the better ones!). the way to eat it varies and some people like to mix the vinegar and chilli sauce together. but they’d always fill it on their spoon rather than the saucer.

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the seasonings.

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service here was very quick and despite being a famous shop, there was no wait even though I went during lunch hours! I really loved this shop and I highly recommend it! =3. my HK friends agree that it’s one of the best but they didn’t think that the portion wasn’t fair to the price paid. hmmm… I guess.. =S. but if you’re in HK already, why not?

I was actually surprised on how much food standards dropped in HK since I hadn’t been back for sometime. but I was glad that Mak’s Noodles tastes as good as before!

Summer holidays!

July 9th, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram you should’ve probably noticed that.. I’m in Malaysia. But right now I’m at the airport waiting to board to go for a short trip to HK! ^^. I’m really sorry for the huge delay in updating since I had friends from Korea in Malaysia and I had to be a busy tour guide 24/7. But I have soooo much to write and right after returning from this trip you’ll see frequent updates! Malaysia has been really hot and I’m gaining a lot of weight from the very delicious food. Mmm. Travelled a ridiculous amount in such a short time and I actually needed some rest but.. Time to work my legs out in HK! And eat more. Hahah.

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See you in a week! ^^.

MERS & scandals.

June 12th, 2015

okay if you don’t already know. there’s something called MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) which is a Corona Virus (same family with the normal flu and SARS) that’s driving the country crazy.

well not literally.

but quite.

so

what’s the big fuss? well, in a weird way, this virus has been in many parts of Asia but is only spreading like wildfire in Korea and its 38% fatality rate is scaring the crap out of everyone. they released statements saying that it’s not as infectious as SARS and that healthy adults wouldn’t get it. which seems quite legit since we have a better immune system. until a 17 year old boy contracted it. and they say that only people with a underlying disease died so far. I found that to be difficult to believe. since it’s a good 38% fatality rate. I don’t know if they’re saying that just because they want to save their economy and pretend it’s fine. but.. well.. 80-90% of the population is walking around without a mask on.

okay lets jump to some scandalous part. so apparently a part time professor in SKKU was in contact with a MERS patient and was ordered to self quarantine until his results comes out. but he obnoxiously went back to teaching (Korea’s very anal about attendance. even if you are suspected to have MERS huh.) after self-quarantining himself for 4 days. the virus is said to show symptoms on the… 6th day-12th day? so he wouldn’t know if he had it. AND HE WENT TO SCHOOL. when I read that my heart skipped a beat because I was in school at that time he was there and.. well I was wearing a mask but not all the time. but later results came out and he’s tested negative so phew.

apparently the government is tightening the law by tracking self quarantine patients on their phone. but heck, they can just leave their phone at home and go to work/buy stuff at the convenience store because they feel very healthy.

okay, the thing is that.. it’s not THAT viral. since people sitting near to the first MERS patient on the plane didn’t contract it. but they said it’s due to good air ventilation. most MERS patients contracted it from hospitals which means.. the hospitals need better air ventilation. I actually do not see the point of putting on masks as I believed that as long as I am in a place with good air ventilation and I don’t go near strangers I’m fine but… for a peace of mind, I’ll go through the trouble to wear the very-so-stuffy mask. what if my university have bad air ventilation right? a classroom is enclosed! who knows? and because my family urged me to wear a mask. every. single. day.

the NEXT scandal is a good one.

so there are exchange students from HK in my uni who were of course, traumatized by SARS, wearing masks in class. I think that must be some presentation class or something. but they were sitting behind and the professor FORCED them to take their masks off because it was deemed as being rude. and that he thinks that everyone is clean in the classroom and hated how the HK kids were being “sensitive”. well.. that all seems NOT AS BAD UNTIL…… he told them to get out of the class and gave crappy reasons in a very… RACIST way. his English wasn’t quite… mmm… and I couldn’t understand the whole thing even after I watched it twice. it went something like this…

“one more thing, please get up, masks. get up, ….??? we are purely to share (whattt???) don’t worry about the MERS. …..? as a very young and healthy and beautiful and handsome guy …..?? …..? hong kong? I want you to sit back. if you are very sensitive, you have to leave. ….? you have to leave now. ….? still keep the mask on. hey boy! if you keep the mask you have to be out of this class. ok? you just go outside ….? that’s my policy. ok? if you don’t want to do that. you know few years ago many Koreans suffered SARS. that’s YOUR country*pointing at the students with his POINTER finger* is an all same place (??????), don’t show that kind of sensitivity to me. I will talk several times through…?????? go, out, I don’t want you, here.”

this is as much as I can get. by now I probably repeated it like 10 times.

I am not sure if I can share the video since it isn’t owned by me. but.. yeah it was viral amongst students in my uni I think.

I can see where he’s coming from.. because of the foreigner’s fears and over reaction to it is causing the Korean economy to suffer (with thousands and thousands of cancelled trips and sharp decline in many businesses) and he was just unhappy about it but… HE DIDN’T HAVE TO BRING OUT SARS. SARS only infected 4 Koreans and they were all fine. this became such a big issue that it came out on some news site and APPARENTLY the professor apologized to the students and sorted their misunderstanding. misunderstanding? really? anyways, most of the HK students decided to leave Korea this week and I heard they will still pass without taking their finals since they are on exchange. but seriously, this is how you want to represent your country by telling exchange students to LEAVE because they were only paranoid about something? respect their trauma. oh, in the Korean article, they also rephrased what he said in a not so offensive way. I showed the video to a few friends and they ALL FOUND IT VERY OFFENSIVE. Korean or not. but definitely not from HK.

(don’t even get me started on Korea’s Racism problems. there’s just too much even my Korean friends admit it themselves. there are a lot of people here who think that foreigners are here to grab a piece of their economy pie and they are taking their young boys and girls away by interracial relationships. they are also afraid Korea will be like America, a place with a lot of foreigners and losing their own culture. well.. true in a way but… it’s still very racist. pfft. everyone have a choice.)

nevertheless, I still love Korea very much and I am really saddened by this tragedy. so many families are hurt by it. mothers in fear that their vulnerable kids will catch MERS, 2000+ schools still closed down, kids missing out on curriculum, UNIVERSITY KIDS forced to go to school because it’s the finals period, fear of it disturbing students from concentrating on their studies… and the list goes on. but like I said, I personally think that it isn’t widely spread in the public but only in hospitals and of course.. places with bad air ventilation. be careful but I think there is no need to be all paranoid about it.

PS: this is quite unrelated but.. today this happened.

(a conversation between me and my lovely grandmother)

grandma: didn’t you say that Korea is very safe (except from NK) and that Kimchi even prevented the Koreans from getting SARS when most of Asia were affected by it? (also, relating to the professor’s comments on HOW IT MADE MANY KOREAN PEOPLE SUFFER, it made him sound very very ignorant)
me: well yes but…
grandma: and why is this ONLY spreading in Korea out of all Asian countries? isn’t Kimchi helping?
me: well it seems that this virus is aiming at Kimchi eaters.

okay this is totally not true. just something I found funny =X. oh it isn’t funny? oh well okay…..

and I still think it’s really weird how it’s spreading so fast here =/.

sorry for the lengthy all-word post. I know some of you hate it but.. I hope you had fun reading =D.

Manimal Smokehouse, Itaewon

May 29th, 2015

I came across a facebook post on this place and that one picture attracted me to turn on my detective mode and I searched all over the internet about this new place in town (probably more or less a month or two months old) called Manimal Smokehouse located at the joint of Itaewon and Noksapyeong. and.. I probably salivated all over my keyboard that night. I’m salivating even right now writing about it.

저번에 페복으로 매니멀스모크하우스 발견했는데 그 때부터 정말 오고싶었다. 이태원과 녹사평사이에 있음. 인터넷으로 사진만 봐도 침물리게 @_@. 그래서 시간 날 때 매니멀으로 출발!!!

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after 2 weeks, I finally made my visit to Manimal! I loved how they had Simpson looking down like that.

매니멀의 유모 ㅋㅋㅋ.

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they grill their meat in a wood smoker with yeah, tonnes of wood! everyone knows that the electric grill kind of spoils the taste of meat right?

여긴 우드로 고기를 그릴하는 것이다! 전자그릴과 맛이 완전 다름.

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there was a lot of.. well foreigners there. it was like I stepped into America the moment I stepped into Manimal. oh the entrance was fairly difficult to find pfft because the steep stairs up to it was behind the building. not a good entrance but we had to wait to be seated! well, when there’s good food, there’s people!

여기 도착하자마자 외국에 간 느낌? 거의 외국사람 밖에 없고 가게도 크지 않기 땜에 15분 정도 기다렸음.

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(picture by afatgirlsfoodguide.com) so I forgot to take a picture of the menu. but thank goodness somebody else uploaded it online. there was only 2 of us and they were out of their signature Pork Spare Rib, leaving us to choose between chicken, brisket and pulled pork. I had a very hard time deciding even though there was only 3 choices pfft. I mean.. I looked through the net and..

메뉴는 딱 봐도 외국인에게 준비한거고 한국말을 설명에 나옴. 메뉴의 정류가 많지 않지만 고르기 완전 어려웠다. 7시 쯤에 도착했지만 등갈비가 벌써 다 팔렸대요.. ㅠ.
인테넷으로 보면….

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these were what I saw. some people commented that the chicken was amazing and some people commented that the brisket was the best so.. chicken and brisket it was! I love beef too so I thought I’d prefer it over pulled pork until.. the table beside us got pulled pork and I was salivating all over it. I NEED to go there again.

이런 매력적인 사진만 나와서 뭘 시킨지 오랫동안 고민했음. 근데 전 돼지고기가 보통 딱딱해서 쇠고기나 치킨을 더 선호해서 이번엔 쇠 brisket과 치킨을 시켰다. 근데 옆 테이블의 pulled pork 보니까.. 여기 꼭 와서 그거 먹어봐야 겠다!

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the waiter told us that the chiptole lime potato salad is a MUST TRY. since I love everything from lime to potato salad I thought why not. and…… it IS the best salad I’ve ever had. it wasn’t heavy and the spicy sauce together with it just made it such a perfect blend. I was IN LOVE with this salad. the only complain is that.. there wasn’t enough.

박재범 닮은 남직원이 chiptole lime potato salad이 필수라고 해서 시켰는데.. 제 평생에서 먹었던 젤 맛있는 샐러드임 ㅠ. 제 적성과 딱 맞는 맛이었다. 매콤하면서 씨큼한 것이였음. 외에 올린 작은 동그랗게 생긴 것이 뭔지 모르지만 입에 터지는 느낌이 좋았구 덕분에 샐러드가 가벼워진 느낌이 들었다.

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and it’s here!!!

드디어!

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my plate wasn’t very flattering with the two buns there but..

빵을 이렇게 올려서 별로 안 이쁘다.

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okay now it looks better. we had the banchan set but I wasn’t quite impressed with it compared to the meat and the potato salad. the banchan set consisted of pickles, corn and bread. for 3,800won I’m not sure if it’s that worth it. I’d get two of those salad the next time I go there haha. but their bread that comes with the salad was super dope though. it was really delicious but because I went with my friend who lived in France, he thought it was good but not great. I seriously don’t know how those buns can taste any better.

이래야죠. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ. 완전 맛있어 보이지 않아요? 우리 반찬 세트도 시켰는데. 빵, 콘과 피컬였다. 빵은 정말 맛있었지만 딴 것은 평범했다. 아마 제가 콘과 피컬 별로 좋아하지 않아서 그런지.. 3천8백원은 차라리 chiptole salad 시키는것이 좋은 것 같다. 그래도 그 빵은 정말 맛있게 먹었고 완전 강추! 그래도 프랑스에서 살았던 저와 같이 갔던 친구는 프랑스에서 더 맛있는 빵 있다고요 ㅎㅎ. 그래도 전 여기의 빵도 이미 대만족.

고기는 brisket 더 맛있다고 생각하지만 치킨도 굉장히 맛있었다. 거의 고를 수 없는 정도로. brisket은 15시간까지 요리한것이라 정말 부드러웠다. dipping sauce 없이 그냥 먹어도 맛있고 같이 먹어도 맛있었다. 암튼 고기를 좋아하는 모두 사람은 매니멀 스모크하우스 꼭 한번 가봐야겠어요~! 1인당 만5천원에서 2만원 쯤였지만 1인분 200그램과 여기 우드로 요리하니까 상당히 적절한 가격이라고 생각함.

VERDICT? I absolutely loved the place. although it is slightly pricey (for me T_T), I felt it was really worth it because the brisket meat and chicken were fabulous. I personally preferred the beef brisket because of the perfect combination of the lean and fat meat (plus they claimed to have smoked it for up to 15 HOURS!) while my friend really liked the chicken. it’s a really tough choice. I hope they had a platter with a little bit of everything for girls. it didn’t look like it was a lot but it was in fact A LOT. I was so filled I couldn’t have anything else after it. wanted to try their mocktails but most of it was sold out T_T. some people had mac and cheese but I was glad I didn’t order it because my stomach will not be able to fit all that food. I recommend going with more people so you can try more and also I think the portion is great for guys. for around 15-20 dollars per person, I’d say it’s super worth it.

here’s the map:

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the left station is Noksapyeong. right is Itaewon. basically Itaewon 1’st exit and straight……. turn right into the alley on the 5th turn and straighttttt. Noksapyeong station might be a little tricky so I recommend going from Itaewon, it ain’t that far really! ©  NAVER Corp.

 

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although I was super filled, there’s always space for dessert. an American Korean friend once introduced me to Lady M (opposite Hamilton Hotel of Itaewon) and everytime I was there, they’re closed. this time, they had 3 types of cakes left so I gave it a try and it was………… oh my… you just HAVE to try it for yourself. it wasn’t cheap though. 7,000won to 8,000won per piece. but for cakes this good? GO FOR IT!

저번에 재미교포 친구 추천해서 가보고싶었던 레이디엠입니다~ 여기의 케이크도 강추! 해밀톤 바로 건너편이라 찾기 쉬워요~ 다만 여기의 케이크는 빨리 팔릴 수도 있어서 일찍 가는거 좋아요~

Things I miss after leaving Malaysia. Confessions of a Foreign student in Korea.

May 29th, 2015

I love Korea but.. there are just some things that I really miss and start to appreciate after I left Malaysia.

1. 100plus.

have anyone mentioned how delicious 100plus is to you after they have to live without it for months overseas? well, in Korea and also the awesome neighbouring country Japan, there is something similar called the Pocari Sweat. it tastes literally like sweat. I kid. it actually tastes like salt water. and it does not taste good. it actually tastes like those salt sachets I get from the clinic whenever I feel dizzy >_>”.

2. milo.

oh the sweet and delectable drink mmmm. there are “cacao” drinks and very dense chocolate drinks but nothing’s like milo. =(. I can drink milo everyday but hot chocolate here just makes me feel.. I don’t know.. like I’d get a soar throat after drinking it too much. =S. also, I head Milo makes you taller! not sure how true’s that..

3. speaking your mind and not worrying of offending someone.

although Korea’s much more direct compared to Japan, they still have their boundaries and it’s so unclear it drives me crazy. here you have to be polite and not talk back or tell them anything negative about them if they are older. but the older people here CAN diss you right in front of your face. at the same time, you should also lie to your friends regarding about how well they can do and how well they speak a language. but at the same time, you can also OPENLY talk about how a nosejob will really help them get a job in the future without offending some of them. HMM. I don’t quite get it yet when I learn more about it I’ll get back to you..

4. chocolates.

there are very little true chocolates here. what I mean is that.. most chocolates here don’t taste very good unless you get them from a chocolate boutique. I don’t understand why chocolate bars here are all so thin T_T. maybe that’s why people here don’t get fat hahah. but I really miss the thick bars of cadbury we have back home. those satisfying bites of chocolates…

5. cheap coffee shops.

I remembered how I went back home and went to a cheap coffee shop with my friends and our drinks came out to less than 15ringgit for 8 people. in Korea.. it’ll probably cost the same for one drink. well the problem with Korea’s that there are no cheap places to hang out at. if you want to hang out, you’ll have to spend money. even if you get your drinks at the convenience shop and drink by the street, it’ll most probably cost more than a coffee shop in Malaysia. =S.

6. male female friendships

in Korea, friendship between male and female is almost non-existence. if you were to go out with only 1 friend of the opposite sex, you both must be dating. they think all men are wolves which.. is probably true but the bad thing about Korea is that they do not believe how men and women can be JUST FRIENDS and not have anything romantic in between. which is horrible because when your friend of the opposite sex starts dating, you’ll most probably lose that friend. I am still good friends with most of my ex’s not that I have many anyways. haha. but in Korea it’s just impossible for ex’s to be good friends friends most of the time. and yet they get in and out of relationships pretty frequently. depending of the person of course.

7. Malaysian food. of course.

there is ONE Malaysian restaurant in Seoul and they probably serve the worst Tomyum and they also have the worst customer service I’ve ever been to in Korea. seriously? I went to this place called Savaro where they have Malaysian people working in it. but a Malaysian chef does not mean they serve even normal standards of Malaysian food. their Nasi Lemak was just edible, their roti canai’s super duper oily, rendang’s very bland and tomyum? the worst thing I’ve ever tasted on the planet. I even went there twice because I thought it might be that the chef had a bad day and I didn’t want to let one visit justify it. but their service was bad too T_T. the whole place was almost empty and it took them eons to get our order. because I can’t take caffeine I asked if I can change it to something without caffeine, they took over 5 minutes in and out of the kitchen and came out with “no, if you order the set there will be coffee even if you do not drink it”. wow. how inflexible. the bill came out to over 50 dollars (RM160) the first time for that disgusting super duper overpriced pot of tomyum (it was thick, super sweet and just.. well disgusting.) and it costed around 40 dollars on my second visit (for 2). pricey even on Korean standards. I find it super overpriced for unsatisfying food and service. it let me down twice and I never want to visit it again. if you were to ask me, I’d say.. go there and drink their milo. because that’s the most delicious thing they serve. =D.

sorry for the long complain. I just really dislike that restaurant.

8. the freedom to not be judged.

here, you can’t just walk out in t-shirt and shorts without correctly coordinating it. I feel weird myself for looking so different compared to other people but.. that’s how things are here. you start to judge and dislike sloppy people and think that the mainstream fashion IS cool. further, people here judge the size of your face, your height.. everything. it made me very self conscious sometimes. =/. sigh.

9. kaya.

as a person who LOVES food, I only eat the best of the best. I don’t take kaya that’s not fresh but ever since I’ve been here.. a bottle of Kaya means a lot to me. even if it’s from a bottle it just makes me feel so at home T____T. they sell Kaya from Singapore online here and they have a 1 year expiry date so I’m too scared to eat that ._. Kaya’s made out of coconut and.. who knows what they put in there to make them last for a year.

10. bubble tea. and movies. and watermelon. and mangoes. and durian. okay basically everything overpriced here and cheap in Malaysia.

wait what? there’s no bubble tea in Korea? OF COURSE there is. but the bubble tea here is even more expensive than the ones in Japan. I don’t want to pay 3-4 times the price to drink something I grew up with! they made bubble tea into some sort of luxury drink it’s just crazy. another thing is the cost of going for movies here. no wonder my friend watches a movie everyday when he visited Malaysia. because cinema’s here are quite so-so and it costs double to triple of the price of going to the cinema in Malaysia. they have like 10 different types of popcorn though. it costs 16 dollars (50 ringgit) for one watermelon and 5 dollars for ONE mango. 40 dollars for one smell-less durian. you wouldn’t feel like you had the luxury of devouring all the cheap and delicious fruits in Malaysia until you live in a country with super expensive fruits. oh, chicken here’s super expensive too. and I found out that it’s cheap in Malaysia because we get subsidy. so be grateful for every bite of chicken you have because that chicken’s an expensive chicken and it sacrificed its life for you to enjoy a meal. hence, DON’T WASTE!

okay, of course there are stuff I don’t miss. I still hate how we have to pay for h2o in restaurants. if it isn’t from a bottle it should not be charged! that should be illegal! also despite how unsafe Malaysia makes me feel T_T. oh well… oh and the toilets. I will never ever miss them. T_T. Malaysia should come out with dry and wet toilet. one with bidet/water hose and one without it. pfft. that’s all for now, bye!