• Eatery,  Korea,  Places

    Great Korean Beer Festival (GKBF) in COEX Samseong

    Wild Wave – GKBF Two days ago Mike and I went to the Beer festival in COEX K-Pop Square. This event is still happening, from the 27th April to 06th May 2018. This ten days festival known as GKBF (Great Korean Beer Festival) will have more than 20 craft brewers, live concert and some foods booths set up for the event. The food and beers were set up in a different section. There were only six food booths near the subway’s exit, but more food can be found about 100metres away from the beer booths. Beer Booths – COEX GKBF Food Booths – COEX GKBF There were tables and chairs…

  • Places,  Thailand

    Klong Prao Trek with Tan Trekking Koh Chang

    Jungle trekking is one of the activity must do when visiting Koh Chang. However, accessing the waterfall or finding the safest routes to the peak of the jungle was hard work without marked trails. The only way to safely explore those places is by going with a local experienced tour guide. There are very few licensed tour guides in Koh Chang, and not many could speak English fluently as Mr Tan, he is knowledgeable, passionate about the jungle and has been trekking in Koh Chang for over a decade. Tan Trekking offered four different hiking routes and activities ranging from 3 hours to 8 hours with a different difficulty level.…

  • Eatery,  Places,  Thailand

    Koh Chang Thailand

    Koh Chang White Beach My flight from Kuala Lumpur landed at 5:15 pm, and I thought I’ll be able to meet up with Mike about 7 pm. But I was wrong. I spent 40 minutes queuing for immigration clearance, and the journey in a taxi took about 2 hours to get to Amora NeoLuxe Suites in Sukhumvit due to the traffic jammed. To top it off, my taxi driver didn’t know how to get to the hotel. He drove to the area and called the hotel for a direction. But he already drove past it, and he asked me to walk to the hotel. I walked for about 10 minutes…

  • Eatery,  Korea,  Places

    Jeonju Hanok Village Weekend Getaway

    Jeonju Hanok Village Three months ago when we took the train down to Guryegu for hiking, we saw many people getting off in this station called Jeonju, and they were all looking very excited about it. I was intrigued by it and did some quick google search on that place, and I’m glad I did that. Jeonju has over 800 traditional Korean Hanok houses clustered in one area, and it’s a great place for weekend getaway. But we couldn’t immediately arrange for a visit because we have already had a travel plan in November and December so, it would have to be in January. Mugunghwa Train Nine days before travel,…

  • Places,  Taiwan

    Day Trip to Maokong and Taipei Zoo

    The next morning after breakfast at the hotel, we took the Wenhu Line from Zhongshan Junior High School station to Taipei Zoo station. The ride was about 20 minutes with the cost of NT$ 24 paid with the Easy card. Two months ago when Adam visited us for a hike in Jirisan, he gave us the Easy Card as he no longer needed it. Besides paying for the metro with the card, we also used it to pay for the Maokong Gondola ride and the entrance fees for the Taipei Zoo. There are two types of cabins, but both charges at the same price of NT$120 for one way.1. A…

  • Eatery,  Places,  Taiwan

    Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Taipei

    After the tour in Taipei 101 observatory, we walked to the National Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. The hall was built to commemorate the 100th birthday of Dr Sun, the founding father of the Republic of China. The government began planning construction in 1964 and finally completed it in May 1972 funded by the private sector. The height of the building is 30.4 metres with each side 100 metres long to symbolizing Dr Sun’s centennial birthday. The memorial hall has thirty thousand square metres of space. Taipei 101 view from Dr Sun Yat-Sen memorial hall Upon entering the 20 metres height front door, I could see the majestic bronze statue…

  • Places,  Taiwan

    Taipei 101 Observatory and The Wind Damper

    Taipei 101 We first arrived at Taipei airport on 17th December for transfer to Kuala Lumpur. Back then, the immigration counter wasn’t crowded at all. Today, it was swarming with people of various ethnicities and kind of reminded me my travel to Bali four years ago. By the time we finished with the immigration, it was already 8 pm. Feeling a bit tired from the four hours thirty minutes flight time and standing for another fifty minutes at the immigration, we opted for a taxi to the hotel. Our taxi driver drove a Toyota Camry car, and the journey to Regal hotel located at Songshan District only took thirty minutes…

  • Brunei,  Places

    Christmas in Brunei

    Brunei International Airport Mosque Travelling somewhere without buying the ticket beforehand is always a gamble especially during a public holiday. I was still pissed at the ticketing staff from yesterday. If only they willing to serve us at the last 3 minutes before the closing time, my mind would be at eased and we wouldn’t have to rush to the counter early morning. Goodwill Star – Car Passanger Ferry to Brunei After checked out from the hotel, we walked to the Labuan Ferry Terminal. By 7:25 we were already at the ticketing office, but I couldn’t find the 9:30 am ferry listed on the schedule board. I told the ticketing…

  • Korea,  Places

    Chuseok Holiday Hiking in Jirisan National Park

    My first mountain hike in Korea happened to be in Jirisan National Park. It has been quite awhile since I last did an uphill hike. I remember how tiring it was to climb the Mount Kinabalu back in 2000 and that was 17 years ago when I was still young! But this mountain wasn’t that high so, it shouldn’t be any problem right 🙂 We start planning our trip two months ago when Adam has confirmed his visit to Korea. However, the train tickets were booked one month before the travelling date due to the online booking condition set by Korail. We were quite worried about not getting any ticket…

  • Korea,  Places

    Jarasum Makgeolli Festival

    Makgeolli Festival is held yearly in Jarasum Island located in Gapyeong County of Gyeonggi province. This venue is also where the International Jazz Festival took place in every autumn. For those who anticipate the event, this year it will be held on 20th ~ 22nd October. In this trip, we went together with Liam, the Makgeolli king and his other half, Hyunnah. They brought along a cooler bag to store Makgeolli and also a picnic mat. We were lucky to get shaded seats that come with a table. In this early autumn, you can still get a sunburn when exposed long enough. Mike and Liam off to hunt for Makgeolli…