Korea Travelogue: Day 9 – Infinite Forest/Yeouido Hangang Park

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Hi, I’m finally back from Tokyo and back to finishing up my Korea travelogue entries lol. It’s just such terrible timing that South Korea has been hit by MERS but you can still KIV these places to visit in the future :/

Anyway moving on from the last entry, it was our last day staying at Travellers Planet so we all had some “errands” to run – Jace slept in, Stella went to find the Shinhwa Forest while the rest of us headed to Hangang to find the Infinite Forest. But not before trying out TP’s dish for the week – tteokguk!

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TP cooks a Korean dish every Sunday for the guests’ breakfast and it was tteokguk that day, possibly because it was the first Sunday of the year and Koreans traditionally cook this dish for new year.  I’ve never tried tteokguk prior to this and it was pretty yum. Gonna try and make some on my own because when I looked up the recipe it seemed quite easy and idiot-proof lol.

3 of us made our way to Hangang which is at Yeouido. It was freezing cold and there was no one there obviously. It was my first time at Hangang and we had originally included the Banpo Bridge/Hangang night view as part of the trip’s itinerary but the rainbow fountain show doesn’t show in winter hence we skipped it. Thankfully we decided to search for the Infinite Forest which happened to be located by the Han River/Hangang.

Upon stepping into this “park”, you’ll see a huge patch of empty land filled with branches trees lol. Turns out those trees were planted in the name of their idols by fans – pretty smart move by whoever owns the park I would say to beautify the park for free – and as it was winter time, the trees were nothing but twigs and branches. Fans decorated the trees with ribbons and ornaments to make the trees look more nicer I guess lol.

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Directions

Take the metro to National Assembly Station and come out at Exit 1. Walk all the way straight and cross into park.

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First up would be the Girls’ Generation forest as you enter the park.

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I obviously zoomed in to my favourite member Yoona’s tree :D It was a pretty funny sight cos 3 of us were taking pictures of branches non-stop, some passerbys who were there gave us very weird looks. Oops.

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Korea Travelogue: Day 5 – SMTOWN at Coex Mall and Countdown to 2015

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Continuing from the previous post, the group of us went to the SMTOWN area which is outside of Coex Mall. You can see the big SMTOWN sign when you exit from the metro station. Just go up the escalator and it is pretty self-explanatory.

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Our first stop was the SUM store which is a moneysucking store selling all SMTOWN related merchandise. Be very prepared to spend a ton of money here if you are a huge fan of idol groups from SMTOWN.

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Hello Donghae oppa!! *waves*

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Everything you can think of, it is available here. From clothing, stickers, stationery sets, mugs and even paper bags with SMTOWN related wordings are available. We kinda had to control ourselves by not grabbing everything off the shelves.

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Super Show 5 Singapore

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I know the title says ‘Super Show 5 Singapore’ but I’m so darn addicted to 2NE1’s latest single ‘Falling in Love’!
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My Park Bom unnie is darn pretty I don’t even…
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Super Show 5 Singapore was held last Saturday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
My 4th Super Show (I went for SS2 in KL, SS3 and SS4 the past 2 years) with the bff heh.
Jace couldn’t go due to health reasons so she was really missed!
Usually we have a few of us going together like Jace and Stella n her sisters but this year it was just bff and I.
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Wanted to wake up uber early to go and queue for merchandise but both of us overslept and ended up meeting only at 9.30am.
The queue was already so long but thank God it didn’t rain!
I remember queuing in the rain last year for the merchandise and there weren’t any left when we reached the front of the queue.
Kudos to Running Into The Sun for the efficient merchandise sales.
It was the same for SHINee World Concert II last December where we could just pick what we wanted off the tables and head off to pay.
Previously we had to write our orders on a piece of paper and hand it over to the staff when we reached the front of the queue and it was just really very time-consuming!
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We managed to get all our stuff at around 12-ish then we headed for lunch cos starving like mad already.
Lunch at Sushi Express at 313@Somerset! :D

爭鮮迴轉壽司 Sushi Express
Somerset MRT Station, 313@somerset,313 Orchard Road #B3-28/29, Singapore 238895
6509-5002
AM 11:00~PM 09:30

This is a chain store from Taiwan!
I’ve tried it a few times in the past and even the outlet at Citylink Mall with Hidaya (once) but I don’t really go there for my sushi fix because… I have no reason to be honest lol.
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The sushi here retails all at…. SGD$1.50 per plate!
Damn cheap please! We only paid $13+ each for lunch and we were stuffed to the brim!
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So yeah whatever sushi you see on the conveyor belt is all that they offer but the variety is quite wide.
Salmon sashimi went for $1.50 as well and I had like….2 plates!
Super worth it, gonna boycott other sushi joints for the time being.
Bloody Sakae Sushi cost us $26 each that time when I met up with Hidaya and Juyin for dinner and we were sharing about 50% of the food wtf.
The sushi are all made on the spot save for the rice portion cos obviously they came out of a machine la.
But the staff were all very fast in preparing and replenishing the plates of sushi on the conveyor belt.
Lucky for us we were seated very near the prep area so everytime they placed the sushi on the belt we just grabbed hahaha!
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So bff told me Stella and her are obsessed with this flamed salmon sushi so she was waiting for it to appear on the belt.
Lo and behold the guy really came to prepare it lol and we grabbed like 3 plates once it went onto the belt.
BLOODY HELL DAMN NICE PLEASE!
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I even dedicated my first instavid to this sushi (15 seconds of look at my food lol!) to show Stella hahaha!
Left around 1 hour plus and the place was still full even after lunch hour leh!
Damn good everyone go try please hahaha! ahem Hidaya, Lirong and Juyin… Sushi date again? ^^
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Headed back to stadium area to collect freebies.
The fun in going for K-pop concerts are the fan projects and slogans given out!
And I’m proud to say the ELF fandom is so awesome at such things!
Look at this!
Self printed concert ticket with each member!!! Super creative!!!
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Super funny cos everyone was only entitled to get 1 ‘ticket’.
The fan coordinators will chop the back of your concert tix to show that you’ve taken the ‘ticket’ la.
And then… everyone was crowding around trying to trade for their biases.
Funny like hell! I was telling Sinhui ‘Wah, photocard not enough now we have to trade outside concerts too for such things OTL’
I even told her to post on Twitter to look for trades lololol!
We got Kyuhyun and Eunhyuk’s so I took Eunhyuk’s even though my ultimate bias is Donghae.
Hyuk and Teuk are my other biases but I’ll pick Donghae as my favorite ;)
Knew there wasn’t any chance of trading to Donghae so gave up and helped her search for people to trade to Ryeowook.
After about 30 mins she gave up too and traded to Sungmin (why so many Sungmins ard?!) who is her 2nd bias lol.
So… we both didn’t get our first bias :/
And from now on, pic spam from the concert!
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Oh gosh all the fan slogans!!! I still have all of them from my previous Super Shows too haha!
Machiam collection leh :/
Moshpits looked super scary and squeezy thank God we bought seated tix!
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Entertained ourselves with the lightstick before the concert cos we were inside super early.
And we were sleepy hahahah!
You know you’re BFFs when you do stupid stuff together HAHAHAHAAHAH!
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Concert started and Eunhyuk appeared on our side! Forever him one D:
Donghae is NEVER on our side idunlikeyouanymoreoppa:(
So Donghae was not his usual playful self in concerts then realised he was injured!
Why all my biases like to get injured then come to Singapore for concert ah?
First T.O.P now Donghae :( Who’s next? (Please don’t be injured anymore!)
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Don’t have any HQ pics because security is really anal regarding DSLRs during Kpop concerts.
I’ve since given up bringing my DSLR to any concerts at Indoor Stadium to give myself a break from being scared shitless of being caught by security for sneaking pictures after Super Show 3.
I don’t get why are they so anal about photography la but somehow fansites are able to get very nice pictures all the them.
They are all trained ninjas lol those fansites!
So concert ended close to 10pm and that was it :(
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Eunhyuk came out to clarify after the lights came up about Henry and Zhou Mi’s status in Super Junior and it just broke my heart to see him so sad! T.T
13 members…15 members…we are just one big Super Junior family guys!
Overall this Super Show is just… plain sad la for many reasons.
Donghae’s injury, Jace not coming, 1 day only concert (usually it’s 2 days!) and the boys were very sad about it too, Eunhyuk with the announcement, no Teuk/Hee/Yesung >_< my Park leader….
…and last but not least my first and last Kpop concert for 2013 :(
But at least I got to spend it with the bff and saw Eunhae again after 1 year! :)
Let’s meet again next year oppas! Please come to Singapore all the way till Super Show 10000000! :)