Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Where My S(e)oul Is (Part 1)

I have always been fascinated with the culture of South Korea. I fell in love with it the moment i became aware of it. I love Kpop, I love Kdrama, I love Kcosmetics, I love Kfood...I actually even believe I was of Korean descent in my past life. I finally was able to satisfy this hallyu fascination and now, I can't wait to go back! I swear, Seoul, I will see you again soon! I have more places on my list that we weren't able to visit because it was just a very short 4-day trip. Quite palpably, I went crazy shopping for makeup in Myeongdong. There were so many stores selling makeup in every corner. Beauty bloggers, you will surely love this place! :)

Some observations of Seoul, South Korea:
  1. They stay on the right side when riding the escalator. If you are in a rush and you want to walk through the escalator, the left side is dedicated for you.
  2. They will really return to you anything that you leave behind. I accidentally left my handkerchief in a subway station and this Korean girl tapped me on the shoulder and was talking to me in Korean (which I obviously did not understand) and kindly returned it to me. The same thing happened to my sister. She accidentally left her T-money (subway card) in the subway and this Korean guy screamed Chogi yo at her to get her attention and returned her T-money to her. They're really kind!
  3. Most stores will not accept 100,000krw bills so make sure to have at most 50,000krw bills in your pocket. There is a bill changer at subway stations near the machines that reload the T-money where you can have your bills changed into 1,000krw bills.
  4. There are so many young couples everywhere! I swear, it was like the land of love. Everywhere I look, I find so many young couples hugging, kissing (yes, kissing on the lips! I saw them with my own eyes! And I thought South Korea has a conservative culture) and just being sweet with each other. It's not that I am too conservative for PDA. It's just that I really thought South Koreans are very conservative for this.
  5. They will not say excuse me if you are standing in the way and they want to pass by. They will just try to squeeze their body in the space available and will not care if they bump into you (I know this doesn't apply to all South Koreans but this happened to us a lot when we were shopping in Namdaemun. It may be our fault for standing in the way, though).
  6. Everything is so expensive! This is why they say you shouldn't convert to your own currency when shopping abroad because everything will come out to be very expensive. The cheapest meal I had was 5,000krw and that is about 204Php! Here in the Philippines, I can already have a fulfilling meal in just 50Php! I really wonder why food is so expensive in Seoul.
Hope you enjoy this photo diary (and hopefully my photography skills already improved?) :)





















Outfit 1: Top: Mango | Jeggings: Uniqlo | Cardigan: Ebay 
Outfit 2: Sweater: Forever 21 | Maxi Skirt: Thrifted | Collared Top: Jellybean | Oxfords: Ichigo

Locations: Namdaemun, Yeouido, Myeongdong, Insadong, Lotte World

Watch out for part 2! :)

41 comments :

  1. Wow.... fantastic pics!!!!
    I love your shoes!!!!
    Happy Wed doll!!!

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  2. Hi Jenn! I always want to visit Seoul, sounds like an amazing city, is a shame, however, it is so expensive. The photos are wonderful and you seem very happy. I like both of your outfits! Kisses! xo

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    1. Yes! It really is an amazing city. Too bad everything comes out to be too expensive. This is why they say you shouldn't convert to your own currency when shopping abroad.

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  3. always wanted to go to seoul!!, looks amazing

    dawn
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  4. Olá!!!, Deus te abençoe boa tarde, amiga amei o post sucesso amiga.
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  5. This sounds like such an amazing place to go! Pretty pictures!
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    1. Thank you! It is an amazing place.

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  6. Nice photos, Jenn! I need to find time for travel by next year. Need to find time for myself. :)


    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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    1. You should! We all work really hard. Therefore, we should also reward ourselves REALLY HARD! Find the time to travel and relax for a while. :)

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  7. fantastic post! would you like to follow each other? just let me know. XX

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  8. I dream to go to Seoul


    Kiss
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  9. siis you look so adorable with the red + white + black outfit! Seoul looks so beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you, sis! I swear, Shayne, you will really love it there! :)

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  10. yay! I wish I can also go to Korea! :)

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    1. Then, go there when you find the time. :)

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  11. Loving all these photos you snapped from korea,Wow!!! Great to know there are still great people outside there who actually cares and would return anything left behind to it's owner. Love Korea!
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    1. Thank you, Kim! Yeah, I was really touched by their kindness. If it was here, there is a great chance that the finder wouldn't probably return it to you even if they know it was yours. Hooray for South Korea!

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  12. When I was in HK, I saw lots of couples
    walking around in hand in hands! I felt
    leftout, haha.
    I would love to visit Seoul one day really
    c: Xx

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    1. Really? Oh my, young people these days. haha! As if I wasn't like that when I was their age. :P It's okay, you were not the only who felt leftout in such a crowd (because I did, too).

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  13. These pictures are so beautiful!!!! I hope I can go one day ^^
    xoxo

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  14. Have a nice weekend :)

    Kisses
    http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

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  15. I love the hustle and bustle in these photos!

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    1. Seoul is a very busy city, really.

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    1. You should! It is a nice place to visit.

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  17. wow.. Korea looks like a really nice place.. Hopefully one day I can go there :D

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