Quick picture update from day 1 of my trip to Seoul, kindly sponsored by Etude House!
If you aren't familiar with Etude House, they're a popular Korean beauty brand with super cute packaging ^_^ You can see one of the reviews I did for them HERE
(also click if you're one of those asking for makeup-less pictures)
They sent a few bloggers from the region to go for the Etude Pink Play concert!
It featured groups like SHINee & Dara & er... not sure what else :X :S
My K-Pop knowledge is minimal...
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So anyway I actually touched down in Singapore around 1pm from my trip to Bangkok.
And that night at 10pm I returned to the airport to fly off to Seoul :X
Happening or what hahaha.
(Actually cuz I missed my return flight from Bangkok wtf twice this year already omg)
I landed in Seoul at 7am, with hotel check-in only at 2pm T_T
So I Googled & booked a day hotel near the airport & slept for 6 hours hahahaha
Don't know why at that moment I hardcore refused to just wander around Seoul first *desperate times*
This is Ginseng chicken & apparently they only serve it at particular times in the year, so we had it because the hotel receptionist said it's a must-try rarity! And it was really good O.O
The chicken was sooooo soft :O
And this is the portion for one person, which is really huge so we shared it!
Etude House put us up at a hotel in Myeong-dong!
It's quite centrally located so you can consider it if you're looking at convenience.
Around our hotel are also A LOT OF SHOPS!
Myeong-dong has streets full & full of shopping & they all close quite late.
But personally I don't feel that Myeong-dong is worth a visit...
The shops are ALL THE SAME. You can literally find 3 Etude Houses along the same street.
And overall Korean fashion isn't really my thing. Prices are okay-ish though, maybe S$10-S$30?
Lots of shops open post-dinner!
Still crowded too!
And a lot of street snacks in Myeong-dong!
Saw a lot of potato snacks lol.
It's kind of like Japan's Jagabee I think? So who copied who? Hahaha.
Cute mascot! ^_^
This is Stella, a popular beauty & makeup blogger from Jakarta!
She contacted me prior to the trip & we decided to extend our stay together! :D
Turned out to be a great travel companion, can't imagine how boring it might have been to go to amusement parks & shopping & eating alone for a few days :O
I always imagine mascots to actually be scowling inside their outfits...
Like thinking "bitch hurry up lah" :/ LOL
Notsurewhat shop is selling haha. Skincare (cotton)? Sweets? Jewelry?
Korea has sooooo many skincare/beauty shops it's crazy!
One of the many Etude House shops!
And cute pink motorcycle.
Bought an ice-cream cone from a roadside vendor! Huge :O
More potato snacks &... lemon juice?
Omg the ice-cream cone was dripping & melting so quickly T_T
I think it's a special soft-serve kind, much softer & lighter than normal creamy ice-cream.
It just kept dripping & dripping (considering Seoul wasn't as hot as Singapore is) so I gave up & searched for a dustbin to dump the whole there!
BUT THERE WERE NONE
DEAR NEA THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DUSTBINS IN SINGAPORE
My Singaporean conditioning has made me accustomed to *ahem* NOT littering.
If there are no dustbins I actually keep my rubbish first (unless it's a dripping ice-cream cone duh)
Finally I gave up & chucked it into an empty cup/bowl someone else had littered :S
Well I still somewhat put it into something & didn't dump it on the floor!
Lots of shops selling K-POP paraphernalia too!
I think around 10pm the vendors starting packing up so I had to head back to the hotel :(
I'm quite ok going around alone, but I still feel shy making purchases cause need to communicate with a local hahaha. And Koreans aren't that friendly + majority (like 99%) don't speak English!
Like in Japan (where few people speak English too) they still try to communicate with you!
But in Korea, na-uh.
Anyway from Myeong-dong I think I still ended up buying 2 tops & 1 pair of shoes haha.
So ok if you have time to spare you can take a look!
If you don't have time, go to Ewha University & Dongdaemun instead!
Accept it at face value ok, no time to blog about that now haha.
HERE is also another old post on some of my preferred Etude House products!