Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Seoul-ful

I (again) managed to squeeze my last few days in Kuching with a quick visit to Seoul. It was for my sister's informal graduation from her medical school and possibly she was wishing that she could meet any those Oppas that have been frontlining the global obsession. 



So I arrived few days later than them (since I have been there before and I wanted to skip their touristy plans) and I stayed at this shared accomodation near Hong-dae Station, the CrossRoad Backpackers. I love Hong-dae area; it is bustling with youngsters and it is always happening. There will be street performances, food stalls, shops selling their latest clothing trends and it is easily accessible to the rest of the Seoul's Metro. 

It was unfortunate that we came during their New Year's national holiday so most of their local Halal restaurants were closed for few days; namely EID Halal, Makan Halal restaurant, BoA Guesthouse Dosirak and Yeoksam Yang BBQ. While there are few Halal Indian or Arab food, of course I am yearning for their local dishes made best by Koreans. 


A trip to Seoul will not be completed if you are not getting those Korean's other specialties, their skin care. Seoul is known as the beauty mecca; natural or procedural aesthetic values were strongly held and deep rooted in the community. Myeong dong was where we spent our last day; with miles of shopping lots to explore and also feasted on their street food! Those baked scallops and lobsters, spicy rice cakes and the mountain high ice creams!



It was a Seoul-ful journey. 


Congrats sister!













Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Adele-aide

When the news broke out that Adele was touring in Down Under, I thought the "Rumour Has It" but I was wrong. She was indeed coming over, flying miles away to entertain thousands of Aussies here. 

I was seated quite close to the main stage though I wished I could have spent more to sit near the VIP areas because the "One and Only" was belting out her major hits for the entire 2 hours. 




Began with "Hello", her soulful voice echoed throughout the massive Adelaide's Oval and her British wits had charmed nearly 70 000 concert-goers who once debuted with "Chasing Pavements".


Of course any concert would not be completed with any fireworks as she tried to "Set Fire to The Rain" and she had us all "Rolling in The Deep" about her previous scorned lover.


The highlight of my night was when her emotional performance of "Make You Feel My Love" stirred my old memories that reminds me Adele makes any break-ups should be embraced with open arms. 


Though the concert overall was not as visually stellar like Beyonce's with magnificent visual effects and diligent costumes changing, her one and only maroon glittery dress performance stole every major news' headlines on the next day and nobody else could be "Someone Like You" Adele.






Saturday, 11 March 2017

Short Glimpses of Siem Reap

I managed to squeeze a weekend getaway in Siem Reap, thanks to AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. 

I chose to stay near the Angkor Night Market as it was closer to the local food and I guess I prefer the lively atmosphere with tourists hustling around. Some people choose to stay near the Angkor Wat which is few kilometres away from the town. 



Every where around the town is within walking distance; bars, cafes, restaurants and if you feel generous you can hire a local TukTuk for your daily commute. 

Bear in mind, getting an entrance ticket into the Angkor Wat area is NOT near the temple itself. There is a building where all the visitors flock into getting their 1,3 or 7-day tickets from each respective booths. Do not get frightened by the long queues (because they all may come in a large group), try eyeing for any vacant booth before you decided to step into the line.

Angkor Wat itself was majestic and the thought of how the civilisation was built centuries ago without having the current technical reinforcements just simply amazed me. All the tiny conspicuous handcrafted wall decorations with their own hidden stories than spans almost the entire tomb is way beyond fascinating.



But Ta Prohm and Bayon temples got me smitten with their charms; they were definitely smaller than Angkor Wat but the smiling stone faces clustered around Bayon and the trailing vines with trees growing out of Ta Prohm's ruin were magnificent.

The major downside was there were so many ongoing metalworks refining the largest religious relic in the world. The clunking metal noises was a major distraction when you tried to inhale the ferocious experience by standing in the middle of the glorious Khmer's creation.

Some people tried to ride rented bicycles around Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples but I strongly recommend hiring a TukTuk's driver (from your hotel/hostel) for 20$ a day. Under the scorching heat of the sun with cloudless sky, you do not want to have a heatstroke and some of them kindly provide you with free cold bottled drinks. Do not forget a face mask (or a scarf) too to protect yourself from dust while on TukTuk.