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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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

MMMG









Everything is something to us; so quips the motto of Millimeter Milligram. As one of the many locally established stationery stores, MMMG prides itself over its attention to details, which is also cleverly reflected in even its name. Against their more gaudy competitors such as Artbox and Object, MMMG stands out for me because 1. Being virgo I am extremely pernickety (read: I am way too fussy about minor features), 2. I'll always love a store with great interior design and 3. MMMG is part store and part cafe.

Plus, the Itaewon store oversees an elevated view of the neighbouring residential district, where little houses were arranged haphazardly up along an incline. We were told by a friend that that particular area was the home of the less affluent and what came to mind was the strict juxtaposition of the energetic, flamboyant Itaewon and the quiet, modest surroundings.

MMMG has weekend markets held on the front porch from time to time and these events often attract an assembling of like-minded art creatives. If you're there, also be sure to visit the rooftop that offers the most picturesque, beautiful view of Seoul!