In our last few days in Korea we finally got to do what we want. SHOPPING.
We were so involved in shopping we didn’t get to take pictures on every place. First stop is Yeungdeungpo station. We went to Times Square mall which was so cool. It had 9 stories or more. I wanted to try the food at the first floor. They all look so appetizing but my sister’s being a KJ.
Next stop is Yongsan station to check out the Yongsan Electronics Market. It was marvelous. Yeah that’s the word for it because it’s literally overflowing with gadgets.
Next is Myeongdong! My favorite! Regretting that we didn’t go around too much because we spent too much time eating and relaxing.
Next stop is Dongdaemun. I was kind of puzzled. We only went to 1 mall. I can’t seem to find the mall we’re looking for so that’s sad for us. After that, we went home already. SO much regrets. Next time I travel, I’ll plan my itinerary carefully and properly so we won’t waste any more time.
The next day we planned to go to a lot of places and we even thought of going back to Myeongdong BUT our plan was ruined-ish. My grandmother took us to a park and we roamed around for FOUR freaking hours well she’s our grandma, we can’t really do anything.. I kinda enjoyed walking around but we could’ve done more productive things.
This park is a really nice place to just chill. It’s so huge.
Our grandma being a kid. So cute!
Bought my first pair of Doc Martens in Korea. I thought my aunt bought me the black one but this came on our doorstep. I realized something.. It looks like a clown’s boots with the red laces.
After the park, we went all the way to Gangnam station to check out Gangnam (duh). It looks like a cleaner Makati. We lack thrift shop skills. We failed to look for a shopping place.
We had lunch then we went to Samseong station for COEX Mall. It still has a lot of vacant places for stores so we just basically went around. It’s a huge mall. I found the Doc Martens shop and I bought new laces for my boots. Looks a lot better in black. Whatcha think?
I also found Nemo and Dory
So there, our day ended quickly. We didn’t go to all the places I listed because we wasted so much time in the park and after COEX we were dead tired.
The next day was a Sunday. WWe went to a Korean church in Socheo-gu in Gangnam. Little did I know I was going to meet my cousins and aunt too. I haven’t seen them for exactly a decade and my spirits lifted when I saw them. By the way I didn’t understand anything from the mass aside from “God” and “Jesus” and “Amen”.
After church we went to Seoul Arts Center with Yuri, our cousin and with our aunt.
After that we spent the whole afternoon til sunset at the Hanggang Park. We had a great picnic. It’s such a cool park. Everyone’s just laying in their tents and on their mats, eating.
We had 4 boxes of fried chicken a.k.a LOVE
Like grandma like granddaughter
That’s my cousin Dongyong. Seriously shocked at how big he is now. The last time I saw him he was still a little crying child 10 years ago.
Kat and Yuri looking homeless
What we were waiting for. The beautiful fountain. Thumbs down to low quality pictures.
Miss my cousins!
The next day we went all the way to Children’s Grand Park station to see my aunts in Sejong University. They work there. While my aunts were all busy we went around Children Grand’s Park. We finally felt the harsh heat of the sun
Back at Sejong University writing down on my travel journal
That night we had our last dinner in Korea with my aunt. We had Samgyeopsal (pork belly), Galbi (pork rib), and pork skin. Yum!
ON OUR LAST DAY. We went to Garosugil. Such a cute cozy shopping place! If we had more time I would shop here all day. BUT we don’t. There were galleries on little aisles too. Fun and chill place.
At a cafe. Need a wifi break
Happy to see Cara
Hurrying to Insadong. REALLY no time left. We just went around Insadong to buy some last minute gifts. I badly wanted to go to Changdeokgung Palace which was just around the corner but we had no time left.
AWESOME ART. Would love to do this on my wall
SERIOUSLY RUSHED HOME. We were so far from home so we had to run. Then we still had to fix our luggages.
With halmoni and apa’s cousin. Look closely at the NOEYES people
Heading to Incheon International Airport
RUSHING RUSHING. Didn’t get to take a pic of the airport.
SO when we got to the check-in we had a problem with my passing. MY sister’s cleared and all but I wasn’t. See, my Filipino passport was expired and I used my Korean passport but the clerk was still asking for another document as a proof. I didn’t have any aside from my plane ticket. I wouldn’t be having a problem if the embassy stamped my passport upon arriving in Korea but they didn’t. How stupid. Luckily another guy clerk helped me through it all. It was so tiring. We were going up and down the airport. Doing this and that. Yada yada.
TIRED and ready to fly.
I look like an ice cream here and I am seriously bothered at how weird-looking my eyes are. It’s like my right eye is Filipino and my left eye is Korean. It’s so weird. And most of the time I look weird in pictures because of my eyes. Don’t wanna get an eye surgery though!
The whole trip was a collection of ups and downs. A lot of unexpected things happened. I had my bad experiences and I also had my good ones. One thing I can say is I’ve learned a lot of things from this trip. Things that aren’t taught in school. Things taught only by experience.
Looking forward to my next visit!