Monday, March 21, 2011

How old are you?

~ Ok, i know you all bored with my Korea trip post, now take a break from the holidays post ~

Yesterday while i was watching my tv, my two boys were beside me. They saw a scene, where by a guy was crying, because the father passed away. Then the converstion between Cruz and me start as below ...............

Cruz : Why the uncle cry? Because the daddy die?

Me: ya

Cruz : why the daddy die? Because he is old?

Me : Ya. (to try avoid he asked futher and ask some question which i don't know how to answer)

Suddenly Cruz turn to me and ask

Cruz: mummy, how old are you?

Me: (try not to laugh) I am 40 years old (Ahem, actually still got one more year to reach my 40 ok!!!)

Cruz: Uwwwaaaaaaa!!! (he start to cry )

Me : ( i looked at him, actually knowing what he think, he must be thinking he is only 5 and his mummy already 40, what a big different, 40 is a big number to him!) Why? Mummy very old already ar?

Cruz: Yes, i don't want mummy die. Uwwwaaaaaaaaa!

Me: (cannot stop laughing) hahahhahahah

Cruz: (he got mad, because i laugh at him and he start to beat me)

Me: nah, if you still beat me and make mummy angry, I will grow old faster!! So now you and kor kor have to behave good and don't always make me angry, so i won't grow old fast.

This is my boys!! Sometime they can be sweet, sometime they make me angry, sometime they will put a big smile on my face like this.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Korea Family Trip - Day 1

~ cont' from previous post ~

After we had enough rest, we went out in the late afternoon around 4.30pm . Instead of taking hotel's shuttle, we take the subway. Our first experience with Korea subway, hub read the map and three of us just follow. Lucky, there is English wording on the station, so it's easier for us.

First place we want to go is Myeong Dong, a place for me to shop for cosmetic and skin care products.

going to take our subway, need to walk the stairs down. There was a lot stairs to walk up and down to the subway. A really good exercise for us, no wonder, all korean ladies are so slim!

inside the subway, lucky it is not so pack, we still manage to find a seat.

on the screen, it got Chinese, English and Korea word when it reached / before at the station and also with three language announcement.

when we see the escalator, we feel relief, knowing we don't need to walk the long stairs. LOL!

this is the underground shopping centre at Myeongdong. Looks there are just too much to see and to buy! But since it is winter, so i didn't get any clothes or shoes.

this is some of the small eateries at the road side.

Myeong Dong, the later the night, the more happening and crowd with people.

we get something to eat first before going for our late dinner.

almost every where we go, we can see this kind of stall selling sausage.

look at the street, it is full of people!!!

this is the place i do my shopping!!

After "street" shopping and walk around, we took a rest at the road side and camwhoring.

me and my boys.

After enough resting, we walk down to the underground and took another subway to the place we want to go for dinner.

We are at Sinsa, the place where we had our first night dinner.

Bon Ga in Korea. They got one branch at Solaris Mont Kiara. Since my hub know the boss from Bon Ga KL, he told my hub to go to his brother restaurant in Korea, give us the restaurant add. After checking with the hotel staff, he told us the add is not complete. We call the owner's daughter in Korea and ask her for the actual location.

Once we reached Sinsa, she was there and bring us to the restaurant, it's not too far from the Subway to the restaurant, about 7 mins walk.

the restaurant...

We didn't know that we get a "VIP treatment", Min, the owner's daughter brought us to a private room and told us, they have prepare the food for us. Since the menu all in Korean word, no picture and no English, she explain to us, what is the food she is going to serve. We told her, just give us something simple, don't need too much food, only two of us adults and two kids.

pretty lady, speak good English and explain to me what is on the menu.

Now, let's see what she order for us........

appetizer, salad and some pancakes?

another appetizer, white radish with kimchi sauce?

cold glass noodles appetizer...

ginseng, another appetizer..

seaweed soup, my favourite.

when she ask me, do i like fresh oyster, i told her, ya, can give me about 4, since hub don't really like it. End up a big plate on the table and we can't finish it!!

Oysters are fresh, i just eat like that without squeezing any lemon juice on it. Yum!!

Egg dish, my boys favourite.

hub want to have some local beer...


and another type of fish, very kind of the waitress, she even de-bone the fish for us!

Fresh Abalone!!

We don't know what is this, the waitress who can speak very good mandarin and explain to us, dish by dish, what is she serving, after her explanation only we know that is fresh abalone.

another green dish...

this is special for my boys. They know most food are seafood, and worry my boys can't take, so they prepare this big meat patties just for my boys!

there are more side dishes!!!!!!

Kimchi....a must side dish for Korean food.

another side dish - fried seaweed with little salt and sugar, very crispy and yummy!

anchovies, this is another nice side dish.

look at the whole table and full with food!! These are way too much food for two adults and two kids. Bad bad bad, we didn't finish the food.

After the fruitful dinner, they offer some sweet dessert and mini oranges and even ask do we want any coffee, we are too full, although i wish to get a cuppa after dinner, there isn't any more space in my tummy. When we asked for the bill, the boss don't allow us to paid, insists all on the house.

Bid good bye to the restaurant owner and took some pictures with him, and actually we promise to go back another day for the meal, but but, end up we don't have time to go back there.

We took a slow walk back to take subway back to the hotel. Lucky, there are still some walking to digest the food we ate. Drop by nearby convenient store to get some ice cream and coffee for myself.

side note: this is the T-card that we use for the subway during our stay in Korea. It can use for the bus and also taxi. Look really high tech, it looks like a thumb drive to me.

Starbucks coffee - my daily coffee. Can get this from any convenient store.

It's winter, but my two boys still can't resists to enjoy the ice cream in the room.

This is our first day in Korea.......

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Korea family trip 2011

I am back. I am not just got back, but came back a week ago.

Once i am back here, right the next day morning i had a bad purging for three days, that explain i still on my blog break. Now, i am all well and back on blogging track again and i will blog about my recent family trip to Korea. Don't feel bored ya. :)

We arranged this trip quite "rush" and quite last minute, it just a month before we fly off. It's me and my hub third time going to Korea, we went there before we had kids. Since this trip was travelling with kids, we decide to go on our own instead of joining tour, knowing the "rushing" timing, so i name this trip as our "adventure" tour to Korea, since the communication in Korea is a barrier.

We took Cathay Pacific because they are having some promotion, but one thing we need to stop by Hong Kong for transit. Our flight on the 21/2 late afternoon at 5.45pm, reached HK at 9.30pm, we have already in mind, what we want to do with the 3 hours transit. Once flight touch down, we went to transit hall, then we walked "super fast" from Gate 60+ to the eatries near immigration.

Althought this is not their first time flying, but they are still very excited. Look at the picture, they are not looking at the cartoon on the screen, they are paying full attention on the safety instruction given by the stewardess. LOL!!

reached HKIA, hub and the boys walked so fast...i am at the back try to catch up with them.

reached this place, i remember this is the eateries that we bought our roast goose back last two year, but this time, they have change name. No wonder some of my friends cannot find it. For those who go to HK and want to pack the roast goose back, this is the place for the roast goose rice.

the name of the eatery "Zhen Dou" in Cantonese.

we are the last two is already 10.30pm.

this is our supper - roast goose rice. Two bowl of roast goose rice - RM60+!!

we order porridge for my boys, but they seems they prefer our rice more than their porridge. :S

After our satisfy and yummy late supper, we rush ourselves to the departure hall again. Flight from HK to Korea took about 3 hours + , four of us sleep through the journey and ignore the in flight meal.

Reached Incheon International Airport at 4.45am (Korea time), their time are an hour earlier than MY. That explain the airport was quite quiet at that hour. We find our way to take the train to transfer to another terminal to get our baggage and also immigration.

look at my two boys, they are still have tons of energy at this hour.

as for me, i am dead tired, i just want to sleep.

We spent some time at the airport and hub go around and get some brouchers, map and transport info and asking around where and how to take aiport bus to the hotel. While he walking around, me and the boys waiting and i had my cuppa of coffee from the convenient store.

monkeying and get dress up and wait for our bus to come and bring us to the hotel.

Bus ticket for adults around RM40+ per way per adult
Bus ticket for kids around RM30 per way per kid.

It took about 1 hour+ to reach our hotel, Grand Ambassador Seoul.

time schdule for the Korea Airport Limousine (KAL) from the hotel to airport and also the route.

We reached hotel before 9am, knowing it is a bit too early for us to check in and this hotel is always running full. When i made my room booking i did put on request saying we are early arrival, but since the hotel was running full, they also can't do much. No room for us, so we told them we walked around first and have breakfast.

The view of the hotel we stayed.

We walked and maybe it is still early, a lot shop and restaurant still not open. We saw this, a very small shop in the centre of the road, we went in and had our first breakfast here. Inside the shop was small, it only had 4 tables, but the food was nice, we even go back again on our forth day.

this is the shop

the menu on the wall, lucky got picture and with english word.

my korean instant noodles. Nothing beat a bowl of hot and spicy noodles soup in the cold cold morning.

hub order some sushi, not exactly sushi, taste a bit different, suppose this for my boys, but they just eat one.

Kimchi, every meal we had, they will give complimentary kimchi. I don't really fancy about kimchi, i prefer their pickles. :)

hub's hot and spicy seafood noodles.

we order something wrong, don't know why it come out another bowl of noodles. It look spicy right? Actually it taste good, not too spicy and the noodles are COLD!!!!! I love this noodles, but i am too full to finish it. Winter eat cold noodles? My teeth cannot take it. LOL

After our breakfast, we walked around and bought some pastries for my boys, since they don't have their breakfast and also check out their subway, since we got lots of time to kill.

this is the small slope and the route we need to walk everyday if we took subway back to hotel.

it is the view once we come out from the subway, another side of the city.

nearby our hotel, there are some exercise "machine" on the road side, we let them play on it. Almost everyday, when we walked back to hotel, we will stop at this place and let them played a while. Did i said, my boys had more energy and they become more hyper in cold weather? Like the energizer bunny, never get tired!!

another exercise equipment.

hotel lobby

After spent about two hours outside, we back to the hotel, but there are still no room available for us. I insist or i ask them to try to get a room for me, i know my boys are tired, they need rest and so do us. The front desk staff are very helpful and they speak very good English too. The staff manage to get me a room, he told me this room is slightly smaller than the actual room i booked. He asked if i don't mind to temporary stay in this room for a night and they will change my room the next day. I agree with it and finally we can take a rest after more than 12 hours travel.

view from our room.

our room, actually it is not small at all
*sorry for the people in the picture, camera man didn't do a good job*

yukata in the drawer

mini bar

they even got iron and iron board, slipper in the room.

After taking shower, yes we all took a shower even it is winter!! We all took a long nap till late afternoon.

Stay tune for the next post what we had for dinner on the first night.