A Coral Daydream – Seoul

A Coral Daydream – Seoul

IMG_5191.jpgFour months has flown by since I landed at Incheon Intl. Airport, filled with anticipation, anxiety, and excitement, and now it’s time to say goodbye to another summer in Seoul.Internships, friendships, and family time filled my 22nd summer and it will be the summer that will stick with me for a long time. Precious memories have been engrained in me and every corner breathes a new air.

With my 3-month internship over, I finally had time to go on a lunch date with Cherlyn who I haven’t seen for a while. We were both busy with work but I couldn’t leave Korea without seeing her.

We decided to try out a new healthy restaurant that opened up in Chungdam called Sun the Bud. Their menu is full of delicious healthy dishes that are vegetarian and vegan friendly. You can also make your own salad with fresh ingredients to your liking.

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The overall atmosphere is very modern, clean-cut and classic. Having just opened in the central fashion district in Seoul, it is full of fashionable and chic Seoulites.

I ordered a classic bibimbap with soy-sauce chicken which was basically a brown rice bowl mixed with seasoned vegetables with Korean red pepper paste on the side. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least – the vegetables were incredibly fresh and well-seasoned and the chicken was cooked just right.

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Sun the Bud 

Address: Apgujung Ro 60 Gil 18, Cheong dam dong, Gang nam gu

Price Range: $$

Hours10:30 ~ 22:00

Telephone #:02-2138-1377

 

Since it was such a beautiful day out in Seoul, Cherlyn and I decided to wander over to Dosan Park in a hunt for a new café that we can try out.

Dosan Park is a beautiful place in the middle of city for anyone looking for a quiet escape and a taste of nature. I always find myself coming back to this little gem of a place when I need a breathe of fresh air. Seoul can be a hectic city with non-strop stimulation and sometimes all you need is a little stroll.

We stumbled upon a brand new cafe called 8D that opened up in July just across the park. The architecture and ambiance was breathtaking – the bright sunlight coming through the tall windows to reflect the concrete walls and floors made it seem like we were in a European art museum.

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I ordered an iced flat white which I was frankly not expecting much of but it was a perfect blend.

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There were sofas in the corner and having been wandering around blissfully in the August Sun, I took it upon myself to have a little rest.

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Cafe 8d 

Address: Seullong-Ro 153Gil 37, Gangnamgu

Price Range: $$

Hours: 10:00~24:00

Telephone #: 02-547-3350

This little rendezvous was a perfect way to end my 2017 summer and I can’t wait to come back in the winter to find my city transformed into a winter wonderland. Until then, adieu Corea! xx

 

 

Rendezvous à Paris

Rendezvous à Paris

I wish that I could write this post in French but the only phrases I know how to say in French are “bonjour” and “Je m’appelle Eujena.” It’s one of my goals to learn french during my 20s but with all the things I want to do, we’ll see how that one goes.

Anyhow those who know me know that I am an impulsive traveller. I rarely travel when I am in school but when I do, it’s often unplanned and very very last minute. So as they say, old habits never die and I found myself booking an airbnb, a plane ticket and messaging my friends in Paris that I will be coming to their beautiful city. Why Paris? I don’t know. I really don’t. But why not Paris? You know what they say, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Espero que escribir en francés pero las solas palabras que sé hablar en francés es ‘Bonjour’ y ‘Je m’appelle Eujena.’ Es uno de mis metas a aprender el francés durante mis 20s pero con todas cosas que estoy haciendo en este momento, pienso que será imposible. 

De todas formas, esta entrada es sobre mi rendezvous a Paris de la semana psada. No estaba planeado viajar a algún lugar pero yo sentí algo en mi corazón que me dijó a salir. A donde, no sabía. Pero despues de muchos pensamientos, yo elegí Paris. Hubo algo que necesito hacer y sabes que dicen… “Paris siempre es un buen idea.” 

My first night in Paris (red wine + risotto with pork and asparagus)

Mi primera noche en Paris (vino tinto y risotto con cerdo y espárrago) 

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after dinner I attempted to work on my essay but  before I knew it, I was sound asleep…

despúes de cenar yo traí estudiar pero antes de saber, estaba durmiendo 

After 10 hrs of sweet sleep and a morning coffee, I was ready for my full day in Paris. Of course, I had to head to Rue Saint Honoré before all else. The street was where I stayed on my first visit to Paris and it will always have a special place in my heart. The atmosphere is mesmerising, I always feel like I am in an ulterior universe. The cafes, restaurants, boutiques and even small grocery shops… it’s my paradise on Earth

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I came back to my airbnb before heading off to see my Parisienne friends and this is basically what happened…

Esto es lo que pasa cuando me deja sola

Before I move on, can we just admire the new Dior Lady bag? Classics are classics and this one will forever be one of my favourites. (Plus, red is one of my favourite colours)

after a short break, I headed back to Rue Saint Honoré and met up with Yazmin. She’s an absolute beauty both inside and out and I could not have wished for a better company.

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After thoroughly enjoying my coffee date with Yazmin, I headed west to meet up with Thomas, Gabriel and Chloé. I met these three gems last year in St Andrews during their year abroad and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that they were the highlights of my 2nd semester. Seeing them in Paris again was amazing and I can’t wait to see them again.

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Thinking back at the three days in Paris and looking through these photos feel so surreal, almost as if the whole trip was just a long dream. That’s what Paris will do to you. I have fallen in love with the city yet again (I’m sorry Madrid) and I am already daydreaming about walking down Rue Saint Honoré… But back to reality for now!

I just have to say.. Paris, je t’aime img_2155

Tell me.. what’s your favourite European city?