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Student Life In Seoul: My First 2 Months

Arrival Date: July 29
Today’s Date: September 29

Officially 2 months in Seoul for me!

2 weeks: Studying Korean in Gangnam. #LifeInGangnam nothing much to say 😃
1 week: Living in Hongdae/ Sangsu area. Life was so good and convenient ♥ Cindy
2 weeks: Taking Pre-module classes. #CEMSClubKorea #MT Moved to school area..
1 month: Taking 6-7 classes in Module 1, now it’s half-way through. Just took “midterm exams”… things went by so fast.
Final exams in a month!
(with assignments, group works, after-school activities, etc.)
That was a recap. Now let’s get into the detail.
(I don’t know what’s wrong with the paragraphs and breaks shown in this post 🙁 )
Our most picturesque building in Korea University taken on my first days here

How is my life like in a day?

The most confusing thing about my school schedule is that is different each week even with the exact same bunch of subjects!
So my average hope-to-be routine goes like this:
10 AM Pilates at 100 Days Pilates (already paid for 15 weeks) on foot for 10 minutes
11 AM Go home, take a shower, eat brunch (heating my weekly-cooked meal or having cereal)
12 AM Start my first class of the day (most people just look so dead and hangover from a night before)
2 PM Continue with another class after 10-minute break
4 PM Free slot. Pretty much study for exams, do assignments, study Korean
6 PM Korean class at night! WHY?
8 PM Finish school, go get some food bb!
and average nights would go till midnight, not-so-average nights would go till 3 AM
a not-so-average day would be 10 AM to 8 PM non-stop classes! like the longest break is 10 minute interval. Sometimes those classes include quiz and exam.

Where do I live? 

Korea University is far from things that you would describe as Seoul (at least for me), even though here is also Seoul (Dongdaemun district.) 30 minutes to City Hall, 30 minutes to Itaewon, 45 minutes to Hongdae, 50 minutes to Gangnam.
My house area is even… more suburb. The closest convenient store nearby is about 10-minute walk. At night, I can’t really see living things in my neighborhood with only dimmed light on the street. The normal scene I see every day is old cars or trucks, low-rise buildings, and highway. Car fixing, clothes fixing, aluminium-related SME, factory-cleaning liquid product shop are businesses closest to my home.

Where do I hang out?

This doesn’t mean that this Korea University area has nothing to enjoy at all. The food and night life would be more vivid when I walk 10 minutes towards Anam Station.. Lots of chicken places, beer places, makgolli places, and other Korean food.
Recommended restaurants/shops:
Fromaqi for sandwiches and tomato soup (salad is also good but I don’t order it.)
Mur Mur de Gusto for when you wanna treat yourself once in a while for steaks, pastas, risottos without taking an-hour-trip train to somewhere else.
Budaejjigae (no name?) next to Crimson House for 6000-krw budaejigae by heartwarming aunts
Star Beer for vast rooftop area with chicken and beer. I prefer Crimson’s house rooftop for KU buildings’ night view though but it needs residential card to get inside.
Dear Bread for the best soft and fulfilling bread in the area
Cafe Bresson for cheap americano and soft and crisp waffles.
As international students, we would take a trip to Itaewon once a week for nice dinners, drinks, and clubs. Nowadays though we have realized it’s too crazy to get a cab back home at 3 in the morning.
Gangnam and Hongdae are also special choices of night life. For me, getting a cab at night from Gangnam is even easier than getting it from Itaewon. There is absolutely has something to do with flux of foreigners in Itaewon is too attractive for taxi scams… though the problem is also existed for Koreans.
Hyundai Motor Hall

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LINE Village in Bangkok is FINALLY open! like finally. (photos and videos)

For all visitors to Siam Square area, we would all see the “LINE Village” banner at the Siam Square One.. but it was probably there since the building was open, I hope I’m wrong.
The previously latest update to this shop was the staff recruitment sign..
During that time, I believe it was over 3 years and it could be even 4 years…I’d been to the shops in Garosugil, Myeongdong, Harajuku, Taipei, and about to check out the Shanghai’s one…
I can’t be happy enough to say that.

Now it’s open : )

Yeahhh
Woohoo
Only the shop part though, not the indoor riders which will be open by the end of this year, 2017.

Things worth mentioned:

-the product price is not that different than that of KRW, a bit higher. you should check it out from https://store.linefriends.com/
-the shops in Korea would have some newer products, such as for the current time is Beat Brown.
-the shops in Tokyo would have products from creator market such as Usamaru, Kanahei and other Webtoons, too.
-the new version of pillow cushion is so soft! comparing to the previous ones.
-the store is very small in an L-shaped. Don’t expect a lot.
-still, there are some photo spots inside and outside of the shop including the Tuk Tuk ride for Bangkok!

Products I like price list in THB:

Big Brown 5,900
Medium Brown with donut 1,579
Sleeping eye mask  355
Luggage tag 385
Glass coaster 189
 

Also:

Lamy x LINE Friends
Notebooks in variety of sizes and covers
Phone cases
Laptop pouches
etc.
So, of course, in this special occasion,
I forgot my camera lol
So here are some of the atmosphere and things sold taken by my phone.

Bonus:

we also went to check out the IHOP, the pancake place, that just opened in Siam Paragon. We tried pancake, crepe, waffle. I would say that you should just go for the fluffy pancake!

 

I almost forgot the dinner we had..Tom yam noodle with eggs

K Hip Hop and I. AOMG Concert experience. (Clips +Photos)

Last month, I went to a Korean concert for the first time in my life.
No, not K-Pop. It’s K-Hiphop.

 

You know, in general, in the western side as well, music genres go like pop, rock, ballad, hiphop, country, etc. But what Korean music genre is known to the world the most must be K-pop. So, many outsiders would generalize about the nation. Actually, there are a lot more in that country’s scene. I must say I even like its R&B, too.

 

I like the rhythm of hiphop. But, I don’t wanna understand the whole of the song somehow. That matched me well with Korean Hiphop… just because I don’t understand it.

 

How I got into this would be a long story short when LINE TV was introduced around the 2nd quarter of 2015. As a new product back then, the content was majorly Korean. So, I started to search about those Korean groups on Youtube, and somehow came across Show Me The Money season 3, the Korean hiphop survival program. Since then, please talk K-hiphop to me: producers, labels, artists, etc. I became a vivid fan. This year it’s season 6, and I might go to its closing concert in Seoul this summer.

 

One of the strong label is AOMG, Above Ordinary Music Group, led by Jay Park who was once in 2PM but with … I would say an incident, he couldn’t stay. In the end, he came back to Korea with, I would say, a greater and better situation.

 

AOMG Concert Follow the Movement in Bangkok

was held on March 25, 2017 at Bangkok Convention Center. Guess what?
Yes, I went.

 

I was fortunate to receive a couple of free tickets from my friend who was a staff at the concert. It was a short notice, I would say, I was confirmed for the vacant tickets on that morning while I was in class. Why didn’t I pay at first? Because I want the most expensive ticket with a seat, I’m getting old and want to pay for my comfort. But in this case.. it’s a standing ticket for THB 4,900. So, I passed. Until a day before the concert that during our random conversations, a friend shared her weekend plan which included working at this concert! She even said none of her friends wanted to go to this one (It’s quite a niche) so she didn’t think I would be interested.

 

Unfortunately, this time the crew came only 5 people: Gray, Loco, Jay Park, DJ Pumpkin,  Simon Dominic, without Hoody, my favourite lady.

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[ SHOW DC ] เปิดตัวแล้ว มีอะไรเปิดบ้าง? – photos and vlog

SHOW DC เปิดมานานแล้ว แต่เพิ่งมีงานเปิดตัวในสัปดาห์นี้ 10-16 เมษายน ซึ่ง ก็ยังเปิดไม่หมดทุกส่วนอยู่ดีนะ
เมื่อวันจันทร์ที่ผ่านมาทางเราก็อยากจะรู้เรื่องอะไรกะเค้าบ้าง เลยชวนกันย้ายไปทำงานนอกสถานที่หน่อย
แน่นอนว่าบรรยากาศจะเหงาๆในตอนบ่าย มีที่จอดรถส่วนนึงถูกกั้นไว้สำหรับผู้ได้รับเชิญให้มาร่วมงานตอนเย็น
แล้วพอเย็นที่มีงานเปิดตัวห้าง ก็จะครึกครื้นขึ้นหน่อย เราเชื่อมั่นว่าถ้าคุณตั้งใจไปตามใครที่มางานนี้ ก็คงรู้ตารางวันมากันแล้วแหละ
กระทู้นี้เลยจะเน้นลงรูปทั่วไปในห้างหน่อยนะคะ

What’s inside:

ชั้น 1: โซนอาหารเกาหลี หลากรูปแบบ ช้อปปิ้งของเกาหลี ทั้งซูเปอร์มาร์เก็ต ทั้งสกินแคร์และเครื่องสำอาง มีโซนให้นั่งเล่น
ชั้น 3: โซนเกม คาราโอเกะเพลงละสิบบาท, Toys R Us, Nike Store (เอาจริงๆงงชั้นแล้ว เอาเป็นว่า สองร้านนี้เปิดแล้วนะ ไนกี้ไม่มีพวกรองเท้าที่คุณต่อคิวกันแน่นอน)
ชั้น 4: Lotte Duty Free (ยังไม่เปิด ยังได้ลุ้นกันอยู่ ว่าราคาจะขนาดไหน) สปา เสริมสวย และ ..เอ่อ และร้านแนว relax นอนในน้ำในแคปซูลปิด (Bangkok Float Center)
ชั้น 5: อาหารหลากชาติ ขนมนู้นนี้ เช่น อาหารอินเดีย บิงซู ขนมแปลกๆ นี่เดินเร็วมากไง กะจะลงไปหาอะไรกินต่อด้านล่างแล้ว
ชั้น 6: YG Republique …. ตั้งใจไปอันนี้แบบไม่ได้รู้เรื่องอะไรกับเค้าเลย ว่า ยังไม่เปิดจ้า
เอาจริงว่า นี่รอร้าน YG นะ ทั้ง Samgeori Brothers ทั้งร้านขายของ ตอนนี้ที่เห็นเปิดมีแต่ PSY Korean Ramen ที่อยู่ชั้น 1 ซึ่งเราแบบ เฮ้ย เราไม่ได้อยากกินมาม่าเการาคาสองร้อยบาทอ่ะเทอว์ (แถวบ้านก็ราคานี้..) ก้รอไป เดี่ยวคุณลุงไซแกก็จะมางานเปิดตึกนี่นะ (สรุปแกมาวันนี้ที่โพสเลย 11 เมษา “สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย”)
BigBang Stand on 3rd floor

ฉาก iKON, BIGBANG

ไม่มีความติ่งใดๆทั้งสิ้น รู้แต่ข่าวทั่วไปว่า ท่านนึงอยู่ในกรม ท่านนึงเป็นพรีเซนเตอร์ไนกี้แอร์ และ สามคนจะมีคอนเสิร์ตเดี่ยวเร็วนี้

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Review | ทำ Passport ที่ MRT คลองเตย (ใกล้ทางออก 2)

วันนี้ไปทำพาสปอร์ตมา
เพิ่งรู้ว่ามีสาขาที่สะดวกสบายสำหรับพนักงานออฟฟิศย่านกลางเมืองขนาดนี้
นั้นก็คือ MRT คลองเตย!
อยู่ตรงแถวทางออก 2 ค่ะ
เปิดจันทร์ ถึงศุกร์ 8:30 – 15:30
เตรียมตัว
1. บัตรประชาชน
2. เงินสด 1,060 บาท (1,000 ค่าทำพาสปอร์ต  60 ค่าส่งด่วน)
(มีตู้ ATM กสิกร และกรุงไทย อยู่แถวหน้าสาขานี้)
เว็บนี้ไม่ได้มีแค่ให้จองที่ก่อนไปนะคะ
สามารถทำได้หลายอย่าง ทั้ง ลงทะเบียน ตรวจสอบสถานะ ดูคิวของสาขานั้นวันนั้น (รอกี่คน ทำเสร็จกี่คน) ดูสถิติแต่ละวันในสัปดาห์ก่อน ว่าพีคช่วงวันไหน จะได้วางแผนกันได้ อ้อ แล้วก็มีรายละเอียดที่อยู่ของแต่ละสาขาด้วย!
แนะนำให้ลองเข้าไปเช็คๆกดๆดู เค้าทำมาดีค่ะ

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The 1st Anniversary! (for my first roll of film) with complete set of photos

000022Unbelievably I drafted this content since last year. Now it’s time to publish.
 

Why started?

1.Photos developed from films look attractive to me.

When I was in middle school, lomography was boom. Chic people in the school back then, they all own one of the lomographic camera such as Diana, Fisheye, etc. I follow their personal blogs and always found their photos attractive. However, asking for the camera to my parents would not be reasonable at the time..
Time passed like 10 years later, I left my first job. At the time I wanted to buy a camera. My choices were either a mirrorless one or a film camera.. So it would be my first self-financed camera. Since I wasn’t gaining a lot during a leap time, it was more financially reasonable that getting a digital one was an ultimate choice. So that I could just take a lot.
Still when I saw film photos, I still thought they were so attractive.

2. Timing and Time to wait

After I started my second job for a while, my artist feeling came back during my idle time. I don’t invest in any fashion items, I would just put my money in my travel fund and some kind of gadgets. At the time, I followed many Facebook film-camera merchant fanpages and instagrams to check on prices and some beginner tips. So I decided to give it a shot.

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Review: Happend to be here – my 3 CANON’s Film cameras

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1st Canon Demi EE17
Advantages: It is light and compact. I could take numerous photos in one film since it is half-framed. Thus it is fun to be with.
Reason: I would like to get a film camera to test my taste as soon as possible. I was originally looking for Canon QL17 GIII since I have been researched on which model would be a great and worthy choice. I have found post selling that, but I was hesitating since it was my first time contacting to buy a some-number-handed film camera…. so someone else got it. Then, at the time there were not any sellers who posted about QL17 GIII, so I decided to go for Demi EE 17 first.
Drawbacks: It is really a rangefinder.. I mean there is no overlapped image inside the ช่องตา to check whether it is focused. I have to estimate well. I would say I have improved my skill of estimating and calculating Meters.
Behind story: This is only for this specific camera of mine that led to the decision to get the second one, the ASA meter could not be adjusted. So it stayed at ISO 100 all the time. Though it is ok to use ISO 100-200, but I would like to try out ISO 400 at night time and dimmed light as well as fast-moving objects as well. And especially,, I have already bought a couple ISO-400 films… T_T
Where I have brought you to travel: Bangkok by the river and in the city. Taiwan from Tainan to Taipei. Patthalung, the southern part of Thailand. Ari, a next neighborhood.

 

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2nd Canon QL17 GIII
Advantages: Pocketable size, low tendency to be out of focus, and easy to find reviews.
Reason: It was my first chioce, so when I was during my Taiwan trip, I could not resist to PayPal it right away. (and that was when I knew how useful of it when having no use of OTP-functioned ways which need to send the code on my Thailand’s number.)
Behind story: During the Seoul trip, I had brought 3 different films with me to try out. I have finished the first roll on my last day of the trip even though it was just 36 shots – -. I thought that was bad enough that I had timidly shot during those 6 days. Until I ran back to the room and tried to remove the film…and turned out that I turned the film rewind instead of just raising it up…so it came off and could not be put back by anyone there….so I brought it back and get it reunited at a shop T_T Bye, a one-roll-of-film trip.
Where I have brought you to travel: Seoul, South Korea, into the winter of city and suburb’s skirt.

 

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3rd Canon EX EE
Advantages: Focus. Interchangeable lens. You see what you’ll get.
Reason: I was looking for a SLR to be able to play with the focus and depth of field. Then I was looking for Olympus OM2n in the market for a while. The appearance and its aperture priority attract me. And I also would like to try the system/ process of other brands rather than Canon. Note: when I use my digital camera, most of the time I set it as aperture mode. (Though when I use above two camera, I always use manual mode and don’t rely on in-camera light metering at all.) But since new year, there have not been posted on any sites… then one day I came home and was about to pick up something for a friend from the storage room, then I had found a Kodak camera bag on the floor! Turned out inside it was this Canon EX EE with full-body original case, a lens cover, a small tripod and a Vivitar flash! and they were really really in a mint condition! My flash thought was there must be a visitor at my home who brought this for me today! Because before I bought my first film camera, I had already asked around my parents whether they had any available and working film cameras which we had found a couple compact and quite recent film cameras but they seems not working anymore. However, turned out it was my mom’s! She just found it while rearranging things in the room : ) I have always wanted to use a camera with an attached story from previous beloved owner like this one.
Drawbacks: the heaviest of all ! It was my first time to think that how could I travel with this? I would have to be really strong to carry around this thing the whole day during the whole trip : (
Where I have brought you to travel: Bangkok and surroundings

On Foot: Let’s just SKI and SNOWboard (Part 2: Whys and Hows)

Winter in Korea
Why not enjoy the snow then : )

The instructor is teaching a student how to put a foot in
The instructor is teaching a student how to put a foot in

So, we went to this ski resort twice; once for skiing and the other for snowboarding.
This post will explain about how and why. Then another post here is including only photos.

Q: Why did we choose Jishan Ski Resort?
– Free shuttle bus back and forth especially from Hongdae area: since most of other free shuttle buses would leave from Gangnam area
– Leave from ski resort not too late: it leaves at 5:30 PM while at some other places would leave 6:30, I was afraid we would get back to the city too late and too lazy to do other things
– It takes only about 1:30 hr to go there: I don’t want a long-hour bus trip

A small mart sell something like a cup of noodle, ice-cream, etc.
A small mart sell something like a cup of noodle, ice-cream, etc.

Q: How to go with the free shuttle bus?
I stay around Hongdae (Sangsu Station to be specific), so the closest bus pick-up point was Sincheon.
Bus departure time from Sincheon is 7:50 am. So I would advise to get there around 7:30 am. When the time is reaching, you will find other people lining up.

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On Foot: Let’s just SKI and SNOWboard (Part 1: Photos)

Photos at Jishan Forest Ski Resort.

It was where I have spent time for 2 days during the trip.

The next post will be about how to go, why did we choose to come here, etc.
But before then, let’s just look around first : )

I also shared these in Thai here:

On Foot: Bukchon Hanok Village while wearing Hanbok

Category: Walk
Place/Activity: Wandering around Bukchon Hanok while wearing Hanbok
Subway: Anguk exit 3

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|Film| Amazing view of Bukchon Hanok Village : D

We were there in the morning, so we were searching for a Korean restaurant but turned out they were closed for breakfast and will be opened about 11am for lunch time.

We ended up at a cafe called Athena. They had a breakfast set for a choice of huge muffin with a cup of hot Americano for KRW 5,000. Free wifi and toilet are also available.
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Our breakfast set at Athenna

We walked up from the cafe to the tourist information center to get a map. Then before crossing the road, my friend saw a hanbok-rental shop, 3355 shop. We went down to the basement to check them out.

At first, I was still indecisive whether to wear it because I thought it would make me clumsy while walking up and down the hills with my cameras. But then, I was turning the first dress on the row just to check out while my friend was choosing hers…. turned out I then finished with wearing it on, choosing a purse and completing with a hairpiece before my friend did T_T

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