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Friday, September 19, 2014

Seagirl






I'm sick again, for the second time in two weeks. What a bummer, especially now that a one week break. Well who am I kidding, I never had the plans to slack off this recess week anyway. In view of birthday celebrations, I've been heading out for the past few weekends and on one of those days we stumbled on this little beach. It was unplanned for none of us had known that the sea was just there, even though quite honestly I should have known, being the Google Maps navigator for the day and noting that our destination is right at the Northernmost tip of Singapore. It's a small but cozy place; the green foliage and the sea water were distanced only by a small sandy pathway. The view isn't much - basically we got a panoramic view of Malaysia's export harbour, but I loved the big rocks that were scattered along the short beach and so I took the liberty to go all Little Mermaid style and just enjoyed the sea breeze and the sea's ever calming effect atop one of the stones.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Samcheong-dong, Seoul




















I know I've always been saying "my favourite is...", but I've really got to say it here: my Seoul favourite was definitely, unquestionably, Samcheong-dong. Perhaps it was the beautiful day and the azure skies, or maybe it was the fact that we stayed just a 5 minutes walk away and had a hearty breakfast, I don't know about that but for all I know, I adored every little bit of Samcheong-dong. Even with a tourist hot spot just around the corner (the lovely but overcrowded Bukchon Hanok Village), Samcheong-dong is a lot less for the tourist but a lot more for the traveller. We were there on a refreshing Friday morning, and the only people there were some students and some locals walking unhurried to their next locations.  The streets a mixture of mom and pop shops, quaint stationery shops and bakeries, and the more charming dessert shops, all barely open.

The synopsis: I loved it so much that we went back on our last day in Seoul and we only made our Busan train by the narrowest of margins.