Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Korea Trip 2011 - Days 1 & 2

We recently came from Korea for a family trip! The #1 highlight of the trip, I must say, was the SNOW that happened right on our last day. We knew that Korea had a lot of ski resorts open all year round... a good opportunity to allow my 2 year old to experience snow for the very first time. We didn't expect it to actually snow, since it was already March, and we were told that it rarely snowed in March. So when it did... Woohoo! We were all dancing and singing in joy. Haha! Plus, coming from a tropical country, we rarely get the opportunity to bundle up and dress up in layers. So I really enjoyed the packing process and the putting together of outfits for myself and my 2 year old daughter.

We took the red-eye flight to Korea and arrived at around 4am. You can imagine how exhausted we were from the trip. So right after a quick MickeyDs breakfast at the airport, we went straight to our hotel (Hotel Sky in Incheon) and slept from like 6am to 12nn. Poor baby girl was so tired and didn't want to get up for lunch. We had to bribe her with ice cream to get up. So moving on, we walked to the nearby Lotte Mart - a department store and supermarket, home to Korea, which you can find in every city you go to. I guess you can say this is their equivalent to the Philippine's SM Superstores. We had lunch at the food court. Afterwhich, we walked around and explored Incheon by foot.

We found lots of octopuses in tanks in the streetside shops and found out that Koreans actually ate these raw... as an appetizer of some sort. Whoa right?! Didn't try it, as I am not THAT adventurous.

Now for the outfit shot... (Pardon the blurriness)

On the evening of day 1 we took a 'Korea by Night' city tour. First stop was Myeong-Dong, one of Seoul's main shopping districts. If I remember correctly, it's a long strip of mid-to-high priced retail stores like H&M, Zara, Forever 21, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, and many more. In the middle of the strip are mini kiosks selling assorted goods from clothes to socks to dried squid. I would've loved to stay a little longer and shop around, but we only had an hour there... which we used up for dinner. 

Next stop was the Cheonggyecheon Stream (See photo above). I found this stream very interesting. Its a 5.8-km stream that starts in the heart of downtown Seoul and courses through other districts and eventually empties into the Han River. Pretty interesting too because back then this stream used to be where Korean women did their laundry. Another interesting fact is that it is a "restored" stream. A big highway was formerly built on top of the stream. It was demolished and restored around the early 2000s. See before and after pic below...

-----------------------------(... Stay tuned for Day 2...)-----------------------------
We started our 2nd day in Korea at lunch time, since we wanted to catch up on sleep from the previous day's tiring flight. So after a good night's sleep, we were now ready for more adventure. As I mentioned above, we stayed in Incheon... In and around Incheon there were lots of small restaurants and food stores. So before catching the train at the Unseo station, we stepped into one of the random authentic Korean restos, not knowing how good it would be. We were pleasantly surprised to have experienced the best Korean lunch ever! Seriously! It was soooo good. The soup we ordered was a sort of long and thin macaroni type noodle soup with dried seeweed on top. Twas good. Next up, we ate slices of pork, which we had to cook on our own in the built-in griller on our table. It was just so good with the sauce it came with. This pork dish is the one you have to eat wrapped in lettuce leaves. Oh, and not to mention the free flowing Kimchi and appetizers. Omg can't get over it. Love Korean food.

So good. So unforgettable.


After our heavy lunch we walked to the nearby Unseo Station where we spent a 2 hour train ride to Dongdaemun. This place is known to be the shopping district of Korea with lots of shoppping malls, department stores and even stalls and racks of clothes right on the streets. Spent the afternoon shopping. The clothes they were selling outside were pretty affordable too! Not bad at all! :)


 So that's about it for Day 2. It was a day of good food and good shopping. The train ride was way too long though, and there were too many switching and changing of trains and stations, which made day 2 really tiring. So my adivice is, if you plan to go shopping in Dongdaemun, spend a whole day. I only had 2 hours to shop because of the long train ride we had to go through. That's about it for now. Stay tuned for Days 3 & 4!


  1. oh wow! i would love to go to korea soon! :)

  2. wow what a cool trip!!! I really like the purpose of your blog! Want to follow each other? I would love to feature you sometime!


  3. Hey girl,

    I'm loving your blog - I'm so jealous you went to Korea! I haven't been back in YEARS! I'm glad to see you had a great time there! You are so fashionable - I love your style =) I'm now following you via google! I'd love for you to check out my blog sometime =)



  4. Looks like a lot of fun! Now following your blog:)

  5. Looks like you had so much fun!
    Also saw your comment on chictopia and I can't wait to follow you! I hope you return the favor (: It would mean so much coming from you.

    xx Amber

  6. Yummy yummy yummy! I heard about the thick beef broth just yesterday from a Korean friend and cannot wait to try a Korean BBQ.

    Also like you blue jacket!