Seoul, Jeju 2017

After so much delay and procrastination….. I am finally back to doing a post on this last trip in 2017!!

So my last trip of the year in 2017 was to … *drumrolls*

Seoul and Jeju, Korea (duh, as though it is so hard to guess right, the title already speaks for itself okay)

Since my last trip to Korea in 2015, I was actually really looking forward to all the mask and skin care shopping and the cold winter temperature! What I have also been looking forward to was hopefully, more English translated street signs, more accessible transport for foreigners, and friendlier ahjumas (because we are here to contribute to their economy :P). I could vaguely remember the same airport and place that I landed years back in Incheon Int’l Airport, it was good memories back then and I thought I was back to some hometown this time. Nonetheless, although this was a packaged tour signed up with a travel agency, we still get to visit some familiar places and never visited places and the most important feature of the trip was, we will also be taking a domestic flight to Jeju and visit some UNESCO heritage sites! It has always been my goal and dream to try to visit some UNESCO cultural / heritage sites whenever I visit a different country. 😀This is one palace in the heart of Seoul – Gyeongbok Palace, where I really love it despite it looking so old and traditional. This was my third time visiting this palace and it was the first time I got to know that the admission is free if only you dress up in the traditional Korean costume called the HanBok! I love this picture because of the mix of traditional and modern architectures infused together. It just reminds us of how Korea or any country in the Asia region would look like in the olden days and how it has amazingly transformed into a city with so many skyscrapers and business districts around it.

This is a picture of us on the Jeju rail bike, it was something different yet relaxing. The rail bike was automatic, meaning although there are pedals under each seat, we did not have to pedal and it will still move allowing us to enjoy the scenery around us. This was located quite seclusively, as I noticed there were no bus stops or subway stations nearby, when we arrived, it seems like there were just only 1 or 2 old couples out on their rail bikes. The exciting part was when the tour guide who was in the same rail bike as us egged us on to pedal as much as we could to overtake the other couple beside us (there were 2 rail trails, each beside one another).

After the rail bike, we were moved off to this peak where it was said to be one of the famous attractions of Jeju. On the east coast of Jeju island sits the 182m high Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak aka Sunrise Peak. This peak was claimed to have rose from under the sea during a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago and at the top of this peak, sits a crater. It was packed with locals and tourists when we arrived, but it was not too stuffy nor warm since it was in winter. So alone, I took up the challenge to hike up this peak in order to get some over the top pictures like the above one. It was indeed well worth the climb and worth the sweat despite climbing in winter wear. 😅

Picture credits to Jeju Tourism Organization.

A pity there was no helicopter ride or fly some drone to personally capture this beautiful shot of the crater on this peak.

This was the other side of the peak where I decided to explore after descending. Looking out at the sea, the view was magnificent, the vast space of this place were covered by deep blue ocean and mountainous rocks, the feeling was awesome especially when the cool breeze was blowing into my face and messing up my hair, I cannot help but thanked God in my heart for such a beautiful creation that he has given to us.

This was the Jusangjeolli Cliff, a spectacular volcanic rock formation sight at the southern coast of Jeju Island. There were so many other tourists crowding when our tour group was there, it was a pity as we couldn’t spend more time admiring the natural creation of this rock formation, taking pictures was not easy due to the overwhelming crowd too.

Besides visiting natural sceneries, the itinerary also consisted some attractions in the city. We had visited the Sumokwon Theme Park which is itself an indoor theme park and houses the popular Ice Museum. There were huge blocks of ice artistically crafted by Japanese artisans to form many different sculptures like animals, cars, the Jeju symbolic statue, etc. It was considered a small museum and I recalled there was nothing informational to know about besides just viewing all the gigantic ice sculptures, so we just walked through it and ended the activity in less than 30 mins.

 

 

 

We were lucky to be able to visit the 3rd highest mountain in South Korea – Mt Seorak. As we had limited time for each place in the itinerary, we had to take a cable car ride up to the summit instead of hiking up to quickly enjoy the beauty of the surrounding scenery at the top of the mountain.

 

 

 

This place reminded me of a Korean drama “Yong Pal”, where one of the romantic scenes was taken near these gigantic windmills in the hills. I am considered a “mountain tortoise” since this was actually my first time coming so close to these cluster of windmills. It was freezing cold here at the Daegwallyeong Skyranch, a privately owned sheep ranch located in Pyeongchang. Fortunately, the itinerary included a tractor ride around the vast grazing landscape of rolling and treeless hills, otherwise, we cannot imagine we could have survived under such low temperatures of -15 degree celcius.

 

There were a few other attractions in this itinerary that was not mentioned in this post, due to the lack of pictures as there were some places we had visited in the previous trips, just find it weird taking the same pictures again. And due to the lack of free time and new places we wanted to explore on our own, the shopping plus the freezing weather in Seoul had somehow taken a toll on us, it was a pity and wished my loots could have been more than the picture shown below. 😀

And before I end this post, I hope you will enjoy and please ask me in the comments box below if you have questions.

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Edens Garden Essential Oils

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You can read more about my recommendation in another entry – here.

About Edens Garden Essential Oils

I have in so many years before tried with many different essential oils from different companies both overseas and local.. and recommending Edens Garden would be something I am going to do for the first time. Name the brands that I have heard of and tried with, there was.. Yo**g Li***g, Biof***st, Mt S***la, Now***ds, and this.

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In layman terms, what really works for me, is that it is not moving towards the MLM direction and making their products super expensive and unreachable to the mass. To be fairer in this ‘who’s cheaper I try’ competition, I have given other brands like Biof***st a try but I wasn’t really convinced with their product quality even though there are many online reviews found in the Internet or Youtube.

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UPDATES

I was down with a cold last weekend, and I applied Immunity on the sole of my feet thrice a day and my cold amazingly went away! I had only taken cold meds once and that was it! :))

Perth ’17.

hellooooooo!!!! once again.

After so long finally, I am flying out of Singapore again for a short holiday.

And this time, it’s back to downunder. Last year around the same time, we were at Sydney. It was basically exploring the city by foot and public transport! It is different this time, we gamely challenged ourselves to explore the outskirts of Perth by car! It was really hard on my younger bro, A as he did the driving all by himself! There were trips that lasted 2 hours, 2.5 hours and then 3.5 hours! It was a daunting experience both for the driver and the passengers, because it was our first time driving by ourselves on a foreign land. Fortunately, it wasn’t the first time for A.

Whilst feeling bored on the plane, we entertained ourselves with selfies and whatnots.

We landed at Perth airport in the evening about 6ish but it was like 8pm in SG. We bought our prepaid sim cards, and collected our rental car and then we were headed for the rented apartment.

That was how our rented apartment looks like. It was so dark outside that we almost got lost at the neighbourhood before finally locating the apartment. Look at the narrow spiral staircase, that was the nightmare for 4 nights!

That’s A driving while I sat on the back seat.

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Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park was a 2.5 hours drive from Perth city. And this is my first time entering a desert! Unbelievable and in awe of God’s amazing creation. Those standing rocks are limestones structures that have formed naturally from the surrounding environment 30,000 years ago. Read more at this link here.

This was Jurien Bay along the Indian Ocean drive. Magnificent view and there is a small fishing village town called Cervantes which you can pop by while visiting Nambung National Park.

Caversham Wildlife Park is a family run wildlife park with farm shows and animal feeding shows. You will get to see koalas, kangaroos AND wombats, and of course other animals. They claimed to have about 200 species on their website.

This was the scenic view we saw on our way back when we attempted to experience the zig zag drive. It was like driving on a narrow road round a mountain.

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A very expensive but delicious lunch at the Watershed Winery with such a cool vineyard backdrop.

This was Kings Park and Botanical Garden in the Perth city. We had such a wonderful breakfast at the cafe in the park. This park was huge and it offers magnificent views of the Perth city.

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So I have come to the end of this entry and hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I do. 5D4N was short and it could have been longer with more places to be explore but despite the tight schedule, A has shortlisted this places for its popular reviews written all over the Internet. Do share with me if you have visited other places which was equally as fantastic as these places.

Adios!

Penang ’16.

Hello.

It’s me again attempting to update on my travels and forgive me please, this is another backdated travel post which may provide a little insight into Penang, Malaysia.

So let me start off with a picture of the Penang airport we landed.


Grateful to say, this was a much needed short getaway for me last December. I spent a 4d3n with Dad and my most favourite Uncle A who doted on me especially in my younger days on this trip. And thankfully, the flight was smooth, I was pretty worried if I can be on a plane so soon after my operation and if the lymph node removal on my leg would cause it to be swollen due to air pressure etc. Went around Georgetown in their tourist bus sightseeing on the second day. And we realise only after that taking the public bus is so much more cheaper than paying for the tourist bus!


We stayed in this 3 star motel called GoodHope Inn which is about 15mins walk to the shopping mall. It was by a busy road but isn’t noisy at night. The neighbourhood is quite a quiet one to be.

We also went around the next day looking for the art murals that was promoted as a tourist attraction here and mind you, weather here can be pretty warm in the afternoons!


What a sumptuous spread of meat on that table right! We had japanese on one of the days at gurney plaza! It was unbelievably satisfying , the bill came up to about 200RM for a table of 3 but it was well worth it!

We visited some of the museums too. LOL. There is this gold museum which wasn’t really worth going. Personal opinion okay. The entrance fee was too expensive for that short walk through inside the museum. There was a heritage museum which showcase on the history of penang and its neighboring regions.


Yes we stopped by Penang Hill but we left because of the overwhelming crowd and stuffy weather. We past by the famous Penang Chendol stall as well so we had to give it a try.


This was a ship theme restaurant somewhere in batu ferringhi area (if i didn’t recall wrongly). Interesting eh?

Signing off here with a very short entry about Penang. Having said that, I wish this trip was longer though (the ringgit is one of the selling factor not to be missed!)

Overwhelmed by the blessings I received.

via Daily Prompt: Overwhelming

I have for long periods wallowed in self pity, stories that I fabricated about myself to myself, about the people around me to myself and to others, engaging myself in lots of negative thinking and complaining. And to make this long story short, I had snapped out of it like so suddenly!

No, I did not snap out of it within seconds or minutes. I got out of it these few moments in life where I felt I was indeed blessed, factually blessed and not imaginative at all. I was in this self pity, complaining, negative, emotional state probably few years back. Although I have never sunk into any medical depression, I was not in a good state of mind. Thank God I wasn’t depressed! Thank God for the people around me that made me who I am now, no regrets because I learnt from all the rights and wrongs. Thank God for mum (especially) who stood by me, even when I was in this deepest agony and afflicted self.

Last night, I was reading this article taken from here (http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/association-of-biblical-counselors/5-ways-to-stop-discouragement-from-getting-the-best-of-you.html). It hit me so much because of all that I had went through recently. In December last year, my younger brother so generously sponsored me to attend the Landmark Forum, he encouraged me to attend it previously but I was not only skeptical of the teachings, I thought the forum was too pricey and besides not getting a cert out of it, I do not seem to quite believe it would be good to anybody.  But thank God, the 3 days seminar brought some insights which probably, I have never heard it spoken this way to me anywhere else! I could have heard my mum telling me, ‘Girl.. stop complaining, it’s not good for your health.’ or ‘Girl.. stop trying to think this way, it may just be a way of thinking but not exactly true.’ and etc, etc. However, these words just went into my ears and out the next second. Landmark seminar brought me into another realm of possibility in realising those thoughts we sometimes had up in our heads are really just noises. We have to identify what those noises did to us! We could have been subconsciously forming a persistent way of being e.g. complaining non stop about everything anything, and in the process of doing it, there were things taken away from us! We lose all the happiness, joy, self worth, connectedness, trust and many many other things! What I had got out from the seminar was great, what I had got out from life’s lessons days and weeks after the seminar was even awesome!

So while life has been overwhelming me, I have been overwhelmed by the Lord’s blessings day by day. He has blessed me so much that I did not realise what I was getting out of Him. While I have been picking myself up from all the pieces of me after the seminar, I have also been more and more religiously reading up the Bible and through all this, He has open my eyes to see things that I have probably not see it as clearly as before. He has made me realise that what was mention during the seminar was also mentioned in the Bible. Elijah, Jeremiah, Peter and Job were great biblical examples of how we could get discouraged and forgot our Lord’s presence in our lives.

I hoped by sharing this here could benefit anyone who is reading this. And may our God bless us as we inch ourselves nearer to Him each day.

In Christ,
thedarktraveler