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The land of the kimchi~

aidanangelia

Decided to go to South Korea during the one week school break since we've never been there before. Checked out several travel companies and found a tour package that I thought Aidan would find enjoyable. YC's parents (who are retired) were also keen to join us so I thought why not...Aidan would be glad to have his grandparents around & I would definitely appreciate any helping hand I may need with hyper li' one!

We were asked to pack for temperature ranging from minus 4 degrees to as high as 10 degrees so you can imagine how filled to the brim the luggages were. But duh me forgot to bring along Aidan's thick ski jacket so he had to make do with a black jacket which he wore throughout the trip. The itinerary had the standard go-to touristy places/themeparks and waterspots.

Man..it was freezing cold when we got there! Think it was roughly -2 to 2 degrees..Took sometime before we got used to it..but I've always like the cold weather! :)

First stop Everland Resort, South Korea's largest Theme Park. Due to the weather (cold & windy), many of the rides/attractions were closed to public.

The various animals at the Zootopia Section

Copulating felines :D

One of the main attraction at the park :
A liger which is a hybrid cross of a lion and tiger..A freaking huge cat!


Aidan got to see/feel snow for the first time at the National Park. Our guide was telling us that usually at this time of the year, the snow would have melted but as we all know..the weather around the world has been pretty schizo of late & it had just snowed a few weeks ago so there was still some leftover snow at the park..

The li' fella was really excited and couldn't stop playing with it!! Can't blame him..first time i saw snow was when I was 21 & I probably reacted the same way (Think I jumped onto it and made snow angels). Couldn't help smiling at his exuberance,seeing his face lit up with so much glee while digging into the snow and making li' snowballs and having such a whale of a time with the other kids.




Some food pictures..gonna just post several food pics since it is lunch time soon..





Oh man, by the 3rd day, I was kinda sick of Korean fare and was dying for some hawker centre food! But I grew to like kimchi though.

Other stuff we did included learning how to ice-sculpt, make kimchi, dressed up in traditional korean garbs, went to the hotsprings & indoor waterpark & teddybear museum too...

Ah ma helping him to make kimchi..:)




The boy really enjoyed this :) He was making these heart-shaped ice patches together with Joleen, this cute li'girl with our tour group. He actually said to her "Nah! I give you my heart okay!" Her mom & I couldn't stop laughing when we overheard their conversation.


He absolutely dreaded having to wear the korean traditional outfit. Kept complaining that it looked so girly! Check out his black face in the pics man!




S.Korea apparently got hit with a major sandstorm on the Saturday we were there..it was the day where we had a free day..That particular day was rainy and cold and the skies were dark and cloudy..so we spent most of the day shopping (poor ah-gong and Aidan had to follow us around)

All in all, it was a pretty okay holiday. The boy had loads of fun which was what the trip was about anyway.I was so tired after the trip because Aidan had so much energy and couldn't stay still, was constantly hungry and didnt want to nap/sleep...aiyoh! Thankfully his grandparents were around or else I would have expired due to exhaustion. I hope to go for a trip to Europe sometime end this year sans Aidan..selfish I know but maybe I can let his daddy take over at the end of the year *cross fingers*

More pics here


Gawd..I'm maid-less for another 2 more weeks! Hope I can survive man..House is in a mess. I managed to clear most of the laundry already and ironing's a bitch (man..i'm so spoilt). Aidan's been suggesting that I should buy some cookbooks! *weep*


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alisonrae
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Haha! Cookbooks! I got plenty, you want to borrow?

Btw, Alison saw your photos and asked to go to Korea this December. Piangz, I don't like Korean food!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
aiyoh..she's only gonna be gone for 2 more weeks, i cant possibly become a solid cook within this period of time. that boy ah..tsktsk, so fussy!

haha..i dont really fancy korean food either..She probably wants to play with snow!
issyleus
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Obviously Aidan feels the food's kinda of a letdown since he came back from Korea :P
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
yeah boy. that boy ate n ate n ate nonstop there..i think it may be a good thing too. he should be on a diet for 2 weeks!
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wwenzz
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Ohh..that lion looks very manly. hahha

Korea looks fun! Did you shop alot over there?
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
hahaha...like that = manly ah *grin*

Shopping was fun..but the sizes were so small. U would have enjoyed it.

One thing i gotta say though..the ladies there are sooo slim..i hardly saw any fat korean ladies (obasans dont count)...and they are so beautifully made up and their hair so nicely styled most of the time! Where they find the time in the morning???!!
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angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
heh..let's just say even i also don't like to eat my own cooking! :P it has been a while since i cooked lah :P
(Anonymous)
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
oh Korea! Yet to check it out too ourselves!

Love that heart-shaped ice patches activity, btw! :) Aidan is soo cute :)

Leonny
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angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
not a place i would go back often to, unlike say HK or Japan :)
mummywendy
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
looks like a great holiday!! I can imagine how excited Aidan was to feel and play with snow.
my colleague and ex-colleagues went there just after CNY. also freezing cold. They went on F&E and said it's sooo easy and asked me to do so the next time i go. But when i was there in 2000 on a working trip, i almost cried when no one understood what i want when all flights cancelled due to bad weather. From then on, I said I don't want to go back there again. haha...
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
hm, language is a major problem there imo so f&e not easy leh! it was the reason why i chose to do a tour!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
you look good in the Korean outfit! cheers Rachel
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
heh they wanted to give me a pink hanbok initially..i was like no way man!!
serenechee
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
nice pictures! Aidan looks cute with that teddy hat :D "fell in love" with kimchi while holidaying there a few years back. thot it tasted really nice! esp when they can come up with so many diff types of kimchi!!! amazing :)
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
heh it is a tiger hat actually :)
i used to detest kimchi but somehow grew to like it in korea.
msbrightside
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Looks like great fun :D You and Aidan both look so good in winter wear!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
actually i think most pple looks nicer in winter wear..! :)
ngader
Mar. 24th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
EEYURRRRR, Big Cat Porn!
Same with you I was quite sick of korean food when I went there on a group tour. but when I went on my own, there are a lot more options!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: EEYURRRRR, Big Cat Porn!
hehe..why everyone so disturbed by animal porn :D

my dil was saying that they had more food options/variety when they were in korea previously..but yeah i guess, the choices offered at a tour group would be somewhat limited and based on the organiser's budget..
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imatraveller
Mar. 24th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your Korea pics!

Looks like you had a great trip!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
heh..i dont travel as much as u though..wish i could! :)
bbhome
Mar. 24th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
Looks really fun esp the snow. Don't think we will survive a tour group though. So difficult to wake up so early to meet the tour time.

So your in-laws are helping you with Aidan while N is away ?
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Surprisingly, i had no problems waking up early during the tour..! But during a work week....*sigh*

yeah..they come by in the afternoon to look after him..they will only be staying over during the later part of the week coz I have to work late for the e next few days!
in_transit
Mar. 24th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC)
nice loewe bag! aidan's black face in the korean garb is hilarious, 'cos so seldom see him not smiling in pix!
in_transit
Mar. 24th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
btw, out of point, but did you once come up to tnp with weeteck to borrow a lighter a few weeks back? thought i saw somebody around news centre who looked like you... but wasn't sure
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triciaseow
Mar. 24th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
ooh it looks so much like craig and gail's holiday to korea. same pics doing same things! but they loved it so much, so i'm pretty sure aidan had a blast :)
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
yeah boy enjoyed..the mom suffered :P

gail would look so pretty in a hanbok and craig would look like a korean :)
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mrsbudak
Mar. 24th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
I sooo agree with you on the sick-of-the-food point. After 3 days it just looks like the same thing, over and over.

It's the same vegetables, same hot pot, same hot pepper sauce, same side dishes. Everything is always cooked in one big hot pot. The only variation is the food is either "wet" (soup) or "dry". Sure, it's healthy and full of veggies and everything but by Day 3 I was already sick of the food.

We went to Everland too and frankly, I felt very sorry for the animals. Did you see the bear that keeps begging for food? I was so sad when I saw the bear...
oiseauxbleu
Mar. 24th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
I like korean food but yeah - variety isn't their strong suit :P I'd go batty too.

Looks like you had fun, Ange. Man I can't wait to go for a holiday! My BKK trip this wkend had to be cancelled because of the persistant protests. Gosh I have itchy feet and also crave some retail therapy!!!!!!
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tiffanyx
Mar. 24th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
you look good in their traditional hanbok!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
i think most asians will look good in the hanbok..it is one of the easiest to wear costumes imo :)
musomuse
Mar. 24th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Definitely try to make time for yourself to go Europe! I hope despite the usual food/weather/etc you still enjoyed Korea yah :)
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
i liked the cold weather..the food wasnt exactly bad..i guess we're just so used to variety! it wasnt that bad..but i already knew when i planned this holiday that it was more for the boy than moi :)
dotteddreams
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
looks like you had a good time in Korea! and aidan is soooooooooo charming haha.

hang in there being maidless for 2 weeks!!!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
aidan had a good time..:) and that's good enough for me..yeah, that boy can be really charming if he wants to but he can be a brat at times too!
misawong
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
It was great to see that you all had a lot of fun (despite the cold and despite the sandstorm). I've never been there but I really want to go there to eat (I love korean food!) and shop.
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
i never did fancy korean food and what we have in singapore aint exactly the same as what they have there..

janisme
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
It's always a joy to read your blog.. glad that you had a great time over in korea! =)
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
thanks dear..i take ages to update though..
j0s1e267
Mar. 24th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Your trip looks amazing!!! I have only been to Seoul many years back and I cannot forget the yummy food I ate there ... mmmmmm!
angeliatay
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
nah..i think it is almost the same as most pple's tour to korea..the usual standard programmes :) but aidan had fun so im happy!
crysta
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
You look fab in the 2nd last photo in the white jacket!

Glad Aidan had a fun time :)
angeliatay
Mar. 26th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
thank u thank u :)
Aidan took that pic of me!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 25th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
hi there, lovely pictures you have taken. which cam is that?
pray tell ;)

andrea
angeliatay
Mar. 26th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
am using a nikon d90!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 26th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
Love the Korean outfits! And Aidan is quite a stunner, very handsome ah. I think the girls will all faint if he starts going around giving them his *heart*.
angeliatay
Mar. 26th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
heh..aidan got this really cheeky look imo. :)
jemauvais
Mar. 30th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Haha you managed to catch the lions mating!  Heard the male lions are super lazy so it's actually quite lucky!

And :D at the photo of Aidan and the girl.  Reminds me of that time in the RWS room where we asked Aidan whether he would like a girlfriend and he was like... "Eeeeeeee...."
angeliatay
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
yeah that's what the guide told us too..that we were lucky to see them in action.

did aidan say that?? i didn't hear..!
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