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LINE FRIENDS (라인프렌즈) Flagship Store, Itaewon (이태원)

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I briefly went to the LINE FRIENDS (라인프렌즈) Flagship Store in Itaewon (이태원) with my junior when we were in Itaewon. I thought that was the best time as he was around to help taking my pictures. Very selfish, I know~ We were there less than 30 minutes if I was not mistaken as we planned to go to Sulbing (설빙), Hapjeong-dong (합정동) after that. We snapped few pictures here and there and only managed to browse around the first floor. That's it. That was like the shortest time that I have ever spent anywhere in South Korea during my trip. I didn't even get to grab things that I want T^T A note to myself, you'll feel like an outlier if you come alone, but that's okay. Also, the store will always be busy even though it's almost the closing time. So, keep calm, be patient and be prepared to feel overwhelmed once you're in the store :) This is definitely a store that I want to visit again because I just couldn't get enough of the cuteness!

Some Sevit / Sebitseom (세빛섬)

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Went to Some Sevit or Sebitseom (세빛섬), whichever you call it right after the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분수) show because it's in the same area. Some Sevit is artificial islands built in the Hangang. It has 3 islands; Chavit, Gavit and Solvit. Each of these islands usually serves as a venue for performances, international conferences, exhibitions and more. Some Chavit For those who have been watching Korean dramas, this place should be familiar with you guys as it has been featured countless times in heaps Korean dramas. I can't recall the exact dramas but believe me, you most probably have seen this place quite a lot. Add: Ok lah, I was in rajin mood just now that I googled about dramas that were shot at the Some Sevit. Few of dramas that showed up in the search results are She Was Pretty, Misaeng: Incomplete Life , Athena: Goddess of War and Queen of Ring. Also, Avengers: Age of Ultron was shot here as well? Some Gavit Tip: Thi

My Songs of September 2018

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September 2018 was mainly a happy month for me despite my spending tracker apps showed that I have been living with a negative balance for the past two months. I tried not to think about the fact that I have overspent my money because there's nothing that I can do at this point as the damage was already done. So, putting my financial problem aside, it was a happy month. I have moved to a new place, which is better than my previous place because I don't have to share the space with anyone, and it's directly behind the hotel that I'm working at. 1 minute walk to work? That's heaven! :) Also, my manager increased my wage more than what I asked for, which was a happy news. Alhamdulillah. He also agreed to let me have Fridays and Saturdays off which I really appreciate! Just so you know, Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days for the hotels in Banff, so having Fridays and Saturdays off really helps me to recover my introvert juice. Anyway, I have been list

HI Calgary City Centre Hostel

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I like staying at Hostelling International's (HI) hostels because most of the times, they are wallet-friendly for broke people like me. My first HI Hostel's was in New York. I have not get a chance to talk about it yet. Maybe later, when I start updating about my New York trip (God knows when it will be!). So, it was a no-brainer for me to choose and stay HI Calgary City Centre Hostel when I went to Calgary for the first time last year. But honestly, I was contemplating a bit at first because I found another cheaper hostel but thank God, I decided to stay here. It was everything that I expected, in fact, it was even better. What I liked so much about HI Calgary City Centre Hostel was the location. It is located right at the downtown at the East Village neighborhood. You can easily walk to few main attractions like Calgary Tower or Fort Calgary (which I have not been yet, haha!). Otherwise, it's only 4-minute walk from and to the CTrain station, which is pretty ne

Thirty but Seventeen (서른이지만 열일곱입니다) (2018)

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This is a first drama that has a whole round up post and a #FirstImpression post ever since I started reviewing dramas  (okay more like, fangirling and expressing my thoughts)  and establishing #FirstImpression label on this blog. Show, what have you done to me?! :) Snippet of the drama (From Viki ) A life can change in an instant. Woo Seo Ri (Shin Hye Sun) was a 17-year-old violin prodigy who is getting ready to study abroad in Germany. But a serious car accident leaves her in a coma. Gong Woo Jin (Yang Se Jong), who caused the accident, is traumatized and plagued by the guilt of what he has done. Thirteen years later, he works as a set designer but is emotionally cut off from everyone around him. When Seo Ri wakes up unexpectedly from her coma 13 years later, she is in the body of a 30-year-old woman but is mentally still only 17. Can Woo Jin help her adjust to her new world and learn to live and love again? Credit: Here My thoughts What a beautiful, cute, fluf

Riding the Summer Sightseeing Gondola at Lake Louise Gondola

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I went to the Lake Louise Gondola (or known as Lake Louise Ski Resort in winter) right after I finished my hike in Johnston Canyon . I was excited to be back as I wanted to see how different summer looks like than winter from up there. In case you missed it, I have been to the Lake Louise Ski Resort once for snowshoeing . Lake Louise Gondola proudly promotes the place as one of the best places on earth to see wild grizzly bears in their natural environment. And what a luck! I actually saw a grizzly bear when I was riding the chairlift up to the viewing deck and down to the base. It was my first grizzly bear of the season. Too bad I didn't have a picture of the bear as I was recording a video of the view at that time T^T The gondola ride was a 14-minute ride one way. It can feels quite long but trust me, it was not that long if you compare it with the gondola ride at the Sunshine Village . I thoroughly enjoyed my ride up to the viewing deck and down to the base. I opte

My Morning Walk View

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Cascades of Time Gardens September 19, 2018 10:40 AM Went for a morning walk yesterday. My goal was to reach my 10,000 steps and to take photos of Cascade Mountain but it was quite a cloudy morning. Hence, no Cascade Mountain in sight. Instead, I got to explore this side of Cascades of Time Gardens that I have never been before. I was happy. What a good morning :)

Life (라이프) (2018)

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Picked up this drama because I wanted to watch anything that is not romance and lovey-dovey stuff. Also, it does not hurt to see Lee Dong Wook and Cho Seung Woo in a same screen. Snippet of the drama (From AsianWiki ) A power struggle ensues at a hospital. Ye Jin Woo (Lee Dong Wook) is a doctor in the emergency medical center at Sangkook University Hospital. He has a warm heart and charisma. He admires hospital director Lee Bo Hoon (Cheon Ho Jin). One day, he hears from his brother Ye Sun Woo (Lee Kyu Hyung) that the hospital director placed government subsidy money into his personal bank account. On that night, the hospital director dies after falling off an apartment building rooftop where vice-director Kim Tae Sang (Moon Sung Geun) lives. His death is ruled an accident caused by a heart attack. Ye Jin Woo believes otherwise. Koo Seung Hyo (Cho Seung Woo) begins work as the president of Sangkook University Hospital. He is cool-headed and ambitious. As a businessman, he wan

Exploring Johnston Canyon in Summer

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Had a chance to go to Johnston Canyon for the first time last summer (Can't believe that summer is now over and it has been snowing for the past few days. Where is fall again? T^T).  Johnston Canyon was my first stop that day so I had a lot of energy and was mentally and physically prepared to go for a hike. Tip: Go early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the crowd. Johnston Canyon hike is approximately 7 km return hike if you're going up to the Upper Falls. Otherwise, it should be approximately 2.5 km return hike if you're going up to the Lower Falls only. Am not sure about the elevation gain. Think it's about 135 meters if you're going up to the Upper Falls. Tip: Ditch your and use public transportation as parking spaces are limited. Parks Canada runs shuttle service in summer for CAD 5 return trip. Otherwise, Hop On Banff can be a decent alternative. As someone who's not physically fit per se  (I'm a couch potato throu

Namdaemun Market (남대문시장)

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Went to Namdaemun Market (남대문시장) once with my junior as he wanted to buy something here. I wasn't prepared to go to Namdaemun Market at that time so I was heavily overwhelmed by the busyness of Namdaemun Market. It also didn't help as we got lost here for quite some time, trying to find our starting point. The only picture of Namdaemun Market that I have. Once we found the starting point, we decided that it was best for us to leave as Namdaemun Market really sucked the energy out of me and we were in a rush to go to Itaewon for his grocery shopping and our dinner. I think we barely spent 3 hours here with 1 hour-ish was us being lost in a sea of humans. & Unfortunately, yes, I didn't get to properly explore Namdaemun Market and find the souvenir shops that are always being mentioned by other Malaysians. Hopefully, I can go and and properly explore Namdaemun Market in the future.

Seoul Forest (서울숲) & Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴)

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I went to Seoul Forest (서울숲) right after my unplanned visit to Cube Entertainment . My original plan for that particular day was to visit COMMON GROUND and Seoul Forest only as I expected to spend a lot of time in Seoul Forest. I had this expectation based on my visit to Haneul Park where I spent almost 5 hours and just so you know,  Haneul Park is not even that huge compared to Seoul Forest.  My journey to Seoul Forest was not smooth as I expected. Pretty sure I took a wrong subway exit and had to walk for about 30-45 minutes from the Ttukseom Station, instead of 15 minutes. By the time I saw the sign to the Seoul Forest, I already had this mindset; "Haaaaaaaaaaaa, dah penat dah! Tak larat nak jalan dah! Sakit pinggang dah! Nak jalan ke tak ni? Okay, jalan mana yang larat je. Bila rasa tak larat, jom balik please?" I was greeted with this Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴) project when I crossed the road heading to the Seoul Forest. Honestly, I wasn't aware

Super Moon at Seokchon Lake (석촌호수)

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I was bored during one of my nights in Seoul that I decided to google something like, "What to do in Seoul at night" and Super Moon at Seokchon Lake popped up. Based on my brief reading at that time, Super Moon was one of the art installation projects by Lotte and another government office. Intrigued by the pictures posted online (they were cuteeeeeee!), I decided that I want to see it myself. So, off I went to the Seokchon Lake that night, and oh boy was I surprised by the amount of people at the lake that night.  There was a huuuuugggggeeeeee crowd at the lake when I was there. I can barely walk and find an empty spot for me to sit. It felt like everyone in Seoul was there to see the Super Moon. I actually sat around for about 30 minutes while hoping that it will get less busy but who am I kidding?!! The crowd actually grew in size later that night. I almost left the lake because I was overwhelmed by the number of people and the busyness of the lake. But I

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분수)

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I went to see the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분수) on one of those nights that I spent in Seoul. I actually dragged my ass off to see the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain as my time in Seoul was running out and that night was my only free night. Pretty sure something went wrong somewhere that night. Firstly, I felt like I got off at the wrong subway station. Had to walk about 45 minutes from the subway station before I finally reached the bridge. It wasn't supposed to take that long, though. However, I was not the only one who was lost that night. There was a group of friends around 5-6 people who were in the same situation like me. We decided to walk together from the subway station to the bridge, mainly because they were concern about my safety. The walkaway to the bridge was pretty much dark. I was truly grateful for their company. Secondly, I think I was at the wrong side of the bridge. Most photos online looked like they were captured at the other side

Hop On Banff: An Alternative to Explore Banff National Park with Ease

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As you may or may not know, I don't have a driving license. And living in a national park without a driving license is actually quite cumbersome as I need to fully rely on the public transportation. Additionally, some of the popular attractions, let alone the hidden gems, here in Banff National Park can only be reached by own transportation. So, I am truly thankful with the Hop On Banff's existence. Hop On Banff is basically a hop on hop off bus service which helps visitors to maximize their time in Banff National Park. They start and end in The Town of Banff with few stops at key attractions such as Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise Summer Gondola, Lake Louise Village, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. They have set schedules but you are free to plan your stops. The hosts also will help you plan your day if you're truly clueless about what to do. I first learned about Hop On Banff service last summer when I went to Moraine Lake for the first time ever! At that time,

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour by Discover Banff Tours

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I went on a tour by Discover Banff Tours called Columbia Icefield Parkway at the end of May earlier this year as part of the FAM tour for front desk agents. This was one of the most-awaited tours for me personally as I want to visit Peyto Lake and Athabasca Glacier once again. Can't help but to feel this way because Peyto Lake is stunning so is Athabasca Glacier. This was an 11-hour return tour, but most hours were spent on the road as all the point of interests are quite spread out particularly the Athabasca Glacier and the Glacier Skywalk as both of them are located in Jasper National Park. It can be physically exhausting if you're not used to long travelling time but like I've always mentioned before, the view along the way is to die for, so apalah sangat dengan penat tu? Our first stop should be the Peyto Lake but the road was not open yet, so we skipped the Peyto Lake. I was so sad T___T We then made few stops along the way to the Athabasca Glacier. I don

Dennis Deli: Kedai Makanan Halal di Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

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I had almost 7 hours transit in Taiwan when I was flying back to Canada in July. Didn't know what to do while waiting because there was nothing much to do at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. So, I resorted to eating like I usually do whenever I have a long enough transit. I have googled everything before so I knew that Dennis Deli would be my best bet if I want to eat something halal at the airport. Thankfully, it was near to my departure gate! They have limited menu namely few type of sandwiches, few type of teas, a dessert, Padang Beef Noodles, Chicken Curry and Curried Beef Udon Noodle Soup. Honestly, none of the options fancy me but a beggar can't be choosy, no? I opted for Curried Beef Udon Noodle Soup though I don't usually eat curry. It was a combo meal so I got a bowl of soup and a glass of iced tea with my Curried Beef Udon Noodle Soup. Taste wise, I would say it was okay? Kari dia cair sikit which was perfect for my liking. Saya tak suka kari p

Jom Guna Otak di Museum of Illusions, Kuala Lumpur

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Had a chance to visit Museum Of Illusions, Kuala Lumpur when I was in Malaysia recently, courtesy of Kak Sally of sallysamsaiman.com . It all started when Kak Sally sent me a DM on Instagram asking if I want a pair of tickets to Museum Of Illusions, Kuala Lumpur. I have had politely declined her offer because I knew my parents will be reluctant to let me go to Kuala Lumpur. #susahjadiorangkampugni Thankfully my younger sister who happens to be the anak emas in our family wanted to go. Anak emas means less questions from our parents and yes, yes, boleh je. lol! So, I reached out back to kak Sally saying that I want the tickets. Thankfully, kak Sally was willing to pass the tickets that day. Kalau tak, tak merasalah. Hahaha :D It was our first experience at a museum of illusions so we were obviously giddy and excited especially my sister. How she couldn't be? Science and logical thinking are her elements. It's way different for me. I'm a kind of lazy person esp

Gwanghwamun Square (광화문광장)

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I went to Gwanghwamun Square (광화문광장) few times when I was in South Korea. Had no idea why, but from what I remembered, I was always there due to random reasons. Most of the times I was there because I used the nearest subway stop but there was one time I was there because I was lost and suddenly turned up at the square. Oh memories! Anyway, all these picture were taken during my first visit to Gwanghwamun Square My main goal going to Gwanghwamun Square was to see the surrounding area and the statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and King Sejong. I'm not a history buff but having watched anything Korean for the past 8 years, I involuntarily have picked up few history lessons here and there. A very simple introduction on who's Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and King Sejong. Admiral Yi Sun-Shin was one of the greatest naval commander in Korean history while King Sejong was the one who created Hangul. You can watch The Admiral: Roaring Currents to get a rough idea about Admiral Yi Sun-