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Korea: dontaNIKhowseYEO

Finally coming round to do a Korea summary. Had a lot of fun trying to speak korean and translating for my mum, half the time getting responses I didn’t understand. Had a lot of fun taking a lot of pictures with Denise. Had a lot of fun eating. Had a lot of fun shopping. Had a lot of fun.

Day 1-2

travelling travelling… and MYSTERIOUS ROAD. The Mysterious Road is mysterious because apparently cars with their engines switched off can roll uphill (it supposedly looks uphill but is actually downhill). But this was a total fluke because the ‘uphill’ road that was supposed to look like it was uphill….looked perfectly downhill.
Anyway, then we headed to an ice palace where we carved our own glasses out of blocks of ice and they poured us drinks to drink from it.
We played in an ice palace, sliding down an ice slope. And also a trick eye museum!

Day 3 

Jeju ballin, we went to view some dragon rock head thing but tbh we were more interested in getting cute pictures with the Jeju statuesP1120101P1120098

The rest of the day was pretty much activity after activity:
glass museum ; where we spent more time trying to jump onto the rock balls than admiring the glass

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and hello kitty museum; where we had more fun trying to rock climbing than looking at hello kitty artefacts (fun fact: I hate hello kitty) IMG_0731

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And then the HIGHLIGHT OF DINNER: live octopus which i really enjoyed (even tho the picture below is us with fish tails in our mouths…..we didn’t get a shot of the octopus together….just use ur imagination) IMG_0748

Day 4
Everland!!IMG_0775IMG_0776
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Day 5

Sightseeing… took a cable car up to a spectacular view. Went to Mt Sorak and took all these pretty photos

Day  6

Nami Island and Lotte world! First time riding on a double bicycle haha.
Also took a stroll to myeongdong from the hotel and bought the famous egg bread!!! (not worth the hype tbh)

 

Day 7
Shopping day! IMG_4914P1120528Free facial session  tooIMG_4908

and handbook wearing session after we made gimbapsIMG_4870IMG_0926.JPG

 

Day 8

Went to Mapo Market, bought more food…ate more food. What a great way to end the trip P1120537

 

Link to the Korea Video: https://youtu.be/E5Q9pY-CIho

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On this enTHAItaining Trip

Was supposed to get this in before the year ended but I didn’t get the chance to (kdrama got in the way lol). Anyway, introducing…CANOE THAILAND TRIP.

Day 1

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Our flight was in the evening to BKK and by the time we reached it was 8pm+. After meeting Jam at the the airport, we headed to HERE HOSTEL – the accommodation we booked through Airbnb.
THE PLACE WAS SO FREAKING COOL. It had a slide that brought you to the lobby. It wasn’t those lame slides that you go down slowly. Once you got on and pushed off, you literally zoomed down. IMG_8538.JPGThis was the girls cramp ass room. But it was great for HTHTs because we sat on the top bunks across each other and it was cosy. IMG_8473We headed out for dinner after settling down. Some street stalls w noodles and wanton and dimsum and ONLY 70BAHT!! Which is like $2.80. CHEAP AND GOOD, my favIMG_8492.JPGWe headed back after getting some famous condensed milk toast thing and walking the streets.

Day 2
I thought it’d be hard to wake the boys up, but they actually woke up earlier than us. The hostel was seriously amazing for the price we paid. They served breakfast and the bed and pillows made you feel like you were sleeping on clouds.

We rode on tuktuks to the Grand Palace and dude it was so hot and crowded. I had fun nonetheless walking around in the skirt they made us put on. We went to another noodle shop for lunch that served thai iced tea for 20BAHT ($0.80!!!!!!). After lunch we ate SOMEMORE. Kebabs, thai iced tea, waffles, coconut ice cream. Then we went to Platinum mall for SHOPPING!!!!! Last time I went with my mum we couldn’t really find clothes to buy but walking around with the girls this time was so much fun and we all managed to find something we liked. (I think the guys bought more than us). IMG_8638.JPGIMG_0745.JPG

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Bag man Ian who had to hold the girls’ bags cause we were taking a photo

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It was hard to get a taxi from platinum mall so we took tuktuks to the train station and took the train to Siam where most of us had our first Thai pad thais and then the girls had some famous toast. That night we went to Khao San road too.

Day 3
We went for a tantalizing Thai full body massages and ate more street food. Jam, Weiqian and I went for manicures/pedicures. That night we had dinner at some fusion restaurant and $1 dimsum afterwards and waited for Hsin An to arrive. Then we went to get more food and ended up eating padthai at 11pm.IMG_8866IMG_8883IMG_8903

Day 4
We woke up at 4+ and spent the day travelling to Surat thani airport, then a bus to the ferry terminal and finally a ferry to Koh SamuiIMG_9179IMG_9413

Jam’s parents got food for us. So spicy but sooooo shiokk. Everyones lips/face were red but seriously the best tomyum I’ve ever had. And we played orientation games that night and A SOCIAL SUICIDE GAME SERIOUSLY omg.

Day 5
SNORKELLING DAY!! Took a catamaran to the beautiful island. At the first stop, we jumped off the first and second level of the boat into the water as the rest of the passengers watched from below. Yknow? It just felt like one of those moments…you’re young and doing the kind of things you won’t do when you’re older and it felt great because of the people I was doing it with. Then we went to another area for lunch and a second snorkelling site. Climbed onto each others shoulders, splashed water…it was a pretty great afternoon IMG_9625IMG_9937IMG_9895

Then we headed back on the same boat but we sat on the upper deck. The wind was VICIOUS. We couldn’t sit on the stools because our butts wouldn’t stay on the seats, our drinks wouldn’t stay in their cups and our hair wouldn’t stay out of our face. It was actually a challenge walking against the wind. At one point, Aaron, Chew, and I fell off the bench because of the turbulence. Boys even offered hair untangling services for the girls that night because even conditioner couldn’t undo the knots. IMG_9796IMG_9904

Day 6
We were supposed to go kayaking but the bad weather forecast forced us to postpone it. So instead, we stayed in the villa and chilled for most of the morning. Then in the late afternoon we went to GRANDFATHER GRANDMOTHER ROCKS.IMG_9949IMG_9969IMG_0008

Day 7

The next day, I had a sprained ankle in the morning but thank God the only activity we had was night fishing. The boat ride was actually quite bad and a few of us ended up getting sea sickness. Jam and I puked and slept most of the way. It was quite upsetting because I couldn’t move much w my ankle + i couldn’t enjoy the trip. But on the bright side, I caught a fish in the middle of my sea sickness and moving around hahah. Although, I think I was lucky because I took over Jams rod. IMG_0634

Day 8
The last activity day in Koh Samui. KAYAKING and TREKKING. I couldn’t trek so for the first one, Jam sat w me and we had a nice talk about life. Then at the kayaking part, we resumed K2 partnering and it was fun paddling with her again in the choppy waters. We went to a beach where there was trekking pt2 and I intended on just sun bathing while the rest of them trekked. But in the end Adilah, Matt, Emma, Edwin, Ian and Aaron didn’t go up and we played beach games and ended up burying Adilah. (-:

 

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The ride back was pretty relaxing. We sat on the top deck and we just lay down and slept. Back at the villa, the boys tried doing their trick shot (which I am excited to watch but the videos haven’t been uploaded.) We went to a food court for dinner and celebrated Emma’s birthday.
Then we had KFC CHICKEN TENDERS (so cheap) and we headed to a night market. Bought super delicious prawn fritter things. Adilah and Chew bought INSECTS which actually wasn’t that bad for me haha but “ALL THE JUICE” apparently squirted in Adilahs mouth.IMG_0577IMG_0578

That night we pulled all nighters and stayed up till the next day cause we had to leave the house at 5+

Day 8
The last day was the saddest day. I didn’t think about it much during the trip, but when it finally came time to say goodbye to Jam it hit me like a truck. The whole bus ride to the ferry terminal, K4 scenes were just running through my mind. But we bid goodbye to Thailand, the crappy service at the airport where we had to wait a couple of hours, the villa, DONNA, the Thai instant noodles, the nutella, bread and Jam (food product AND Yanisa lol)IMG_0669.JPG

 

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Thank You very Mochi Japan

Haven’t been on a holiday in sooooo long, this was a good trip. Especially because it was winter and a tour (i.e. cold weather and new friends).

Day 1/2
We spent most of the day travelling but reached Hokkaido at 2pm and started exploring. We went on a cable car at night too, but my grandparents got lost and ended up in a Japanese woman’s house. IMG_0031.JPG

Day 3
It started getting colder and we went to this seafood place, a volcanic mountain and a marine park. Went for karaoke with the kids of the tour too and everyone was from choir/ could sing, and then there was me…hahaa but it was funIMG_0061IMG_0065IMG_0122

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Day 4
Went to a lavender place, then on automobiles to the top of a mountain, and walked in the snow to 7/11 at night w the boisIMG_8058IMG_0234

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Day 5
Ice palaceIMG_0263IMG_0281IMG_7926

Got put into a taxi w Justin and Aunty Lynn and wandered around before going back to the hotel

Day 6
Cheese source and Catsup yupIMG_7939P1110807IMG_0316IMG_0342IMG_0347IMG_0379

 

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Day 7
The end

Japan, you have been fun, I love you very matcha