• Asia,  Japan,  Travel

    Tokyo Tower and Ningyocho

    When we arrived at Shinjuku station from Lake Kawaguchi, we took the subway to Akabaneshi and stopped by to have a look at Tokyo Tower before taking the train back to Daimon and Ningyocho. Apa Hotel Ningyocho Eki Kita was just about 5 minutes walk from the station.

  • Asia,  Japan,  Travel

    Lake Kawaguchi

    The loud dragging/scraping noise awakened me at 6:02 am. At first, I didn’t know what it was, then I thought someone must be dragging their suitcase outside our hotel room, but then I noticed that my bed was moving. I sat up quickly, my heart was racing and I suddenly realize that this must be an earthquake. I’ve never experienced it before, so I didn’t know if this was a mild or strong one. The first thing that came to my mind was if this building going to collapse. We were on the 23rd floor and would they be able to locate me among the rubbles? I got up and…

  • Asia,  Food / Drinks,  South Korea,  Travel

    Night Out in Sangsu and Hongdae

    Shamrock & Roll Irish Pub, Queens Head, Persian Land (Food, Hookah, Bar) & ChiMaek place, Noo Na Hol Dak. The first two places are near to Sangsu station and the other two are around Hongik University station. However, walking from one area to another is possible as it's not that far. I jotted down some of the prices for beers and food in here for reference in case you guys need some idea on the prices and also type of beers and food available in these places.

  • Asia,  Japan,  Travel

    Shinjuku Japan

    This was my first time in Japan and I was super excited to explore this country. Our Flight departed from Incheon at 10:36 am and we reached Narita airport terminal 3 after 1 hrs 55 minutes flight time. The immigration was crowded but it didn't take much time. The whole process was less than 15 minutes and I was really impressed by the efficiency. We had our lunch at the airport cafeteria before walking to terminal 2 which is about 560 meters away.

  • Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

    Haeundae Beach and Places around Busan

    An hour after I finished my tour at the UN Memorial Cemetery, we took a taxi from Pukyung National University campus to best Western Hotel in Haeundae, it took 24 minutes ride and the taxi fare was 10,600won including Tol. We crossed over the Gwangandaegyo bridge, nicknamed Diamond bridge which was the second longest bridge in the country after the Incheon bridge.

  • Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

    Busan UN Memorial Cemetery

    Busan is the second largest city in Seoul with the population of 3.6million. I'm excited to see what this city could offer me. So, when Mike had a teacher training job to do at Pukyung National University, I tagged along with him. In this four days three nights trip, we stopped a night in Nam-Gu and the remaining nights at Haeundae-Gu.

  • Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

    Changgyeonggung Palace

    By the time I finished my tour at the Secret Garden, there’s only a little juice left on my phone. With the remaining power, I couldn’t take plenty of photos here. I chose to visit this place on the same day because the location which is just next to the Garden’s entrance. But I’ll have to go to the other palaces another day because without my camera phone to take a picture; it’s like a day without sunshine. Changgyeonggung PalaceOn the Changgyonggung site, Suganggung Palace was built in 1418 by King Sejong for his father King Taejong, after he abdicated the throne. In 1483, King Seongjong built a huge palace…

  • Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

    Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace

    Changdeokgung Palace is one of the five grand palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. My goal today was to explore the 78-acres Secret Garden. The entrance to the palace (DonHwa-Mun) is only about 5 minutes walking distance from Anguk station Line 3. The queue was long, and I kept looking at the online information board for the ticket availability, and it made my heart raced. If you were to buy the ticket individually at the palaces, you would have to pay about 14,000won for all the tour. The cheapest way is to get the Integrated Admission ticket, the price is 10,000won and tickets are valid for three…

  • Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

    Jogyesa Temple

    It’s autumn in Seoul, and I haven’t got a chance to get a picture of the fall foliage yet. So, on Wednesday at 1:30 pm after my Korean lesson finished, I started my journey to discover the beauty of Autumn in Seoul. My plan was to visit Changdeokgung palace. My Seonsaengnim was kind enough to accompanied me on my trip. When we came across Cheonggyecheon stream, she told me that there would be a lanterns festival along the river starting from 4th to 20th November and it’s 1.2km long. On our way, I saw a strange looking tree with lots of yellow flower in front of Jogyesa temple. It was…