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[THAILAND] o17. AYUTTHAYA – OF RECLINING BUDDHAS AND WISHING WELLS

Following a seafood-induced food coma and a brief exposure to Thai Buddhist rituals at renowned Wat Phanan Choeng, our local Thai friends took us on yet another cultural tour - the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, also known as Wat Lokkayasutharam. At this point it would be useful to note there are more than 2 Temples with… Continue reading [THAILAND] o17. AYUTTHAYA – OF RECLINING BUDDHAS AND WISHING WELLS

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[PARIS] oo9.THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE

Paris was a dream, and a very beautiful one. The procession at the Arc de Triomphe blew us away with its grandeur and oomph commandeered by top-tiered officials of Parisian council. Hi blogosphere, I'm back. I've missed this space, ab imo pectore (from the bottom of my heart). xoxo,Viktoria Jean

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[PARIS] oo8.GALERIES LAFAYETTE

And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair; - Henry van Dyke A full-blown visual tour of Galeries Lafayette's gorgeous interior: other than to gush over luxury goods I took the liberty of snapping otherwise passed-over gush-worthy details. Has anybody ever really highlighted the architectural wonder that is this shopping mall? Top-storey view: gorgeous and lofty. You… Continue reading [PARIS] oo8.GALERIES LAFAYETTE

Asia · Café · Cafés - Seoul · Korea · Travel

Cafe aA Design Museum | 카페 aA 디자인 뮤지엄

Imagine my joy when I finally found my way to Cafe aA in Hongdae! “Seoul Design Spot” identifies 250 unique architectural creations or designer venues selected by 100 famed designers. Cafe aA Design Museum is a European-style hangout which falls under both museum and cafe categories. I was really excited to hunt for this chill-out museum. The cafe… Continue reading Cafe aA Design Museum | 카페 aA 디자인 뮤지엄

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Gabae Naru | 가배나루

Hiking around Chungjeongno 충정로동 revealed many surprises about Seodaemun-Gu. First, I managed to catch the splendour of spring flowers at Dongnimmun, and was then awed by the grandeur of South Korea's Independence Gate. Not forgetting Seodaemun's Prison History Hall, reminding us all of mankind's ceaseless war amongst ourselves. Out of the blue comes this charming red cafe all white-washed walls and scruffy front yard,… Continue reading Gabae Naru | 가배나루

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Cafe Joenill | 카페 조에닐

Late night shopping at Hongdae with iced peach tea leads to planting thy ass at this comfortable hideout, tired out from endless sights, walking with wedge-heels, and very fascinated by observations I get from people watching at Cafe Joenill. Also, it had been drizzling, and I still wanted to keep my nose. Earpiece-plugged, this was the time I fell in… Continue reading Cafe Joenill | 카페 조에닐

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Coffine Gurunaru | 커핀그루나루

So this is one of 'em chain coffee-stores that also offer legit mojitos and cocktails, where I tasted one of the best sweet-potato lattes I've ever had! Purple's their defining colour. I've only so far tried one of their beverages. Everything else on their menu is the same as any of the other chain coffeehouses. Was grabbing a hot… Continue reading Coffine Gurunaru | 커핀그루나루

Asia · Korea · Travel

SEOUL DIARIES 021: DONGNIMMUN GATE 독립문

In late 19th Century, the King was many-a-times escorted through Dongnimmun Gate, thereafter to demonstrate personal reception towards visiting Chinese envoys. Dongnimmun is 独立門 in Mandarin, the gate that signifies independence and free will of a country's people. Built in 1897, the gate served to concretize South Korea's sovereignty.   Planted aesthetically in areas surrounding the independence gate are… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 021: DONGNIMMUN GATE 독립문

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Cafe Comma | 카페꼼마

For book-lovers like myself, this is somewhere akin to heaven! With a two-floor occupancy, this cafe boasts more than 3,000 books stacked from floor to ceiling, with a ladder allowing visitors to peruse the books on higher shelves. Run by Munhakdongne publishing group, Book Cafe Comma is known in Seoul for its investments in talented young writers. Most books in-store are sold at half-price. Some of them are not even available anywhere… Continue reading Cafe Comma | 카페꼼마

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Cafe Miz Moren | 카페 미즈모렌

When I take my coffee black with no sugar, I know I'm tasting the results of seriously good cocoa beans.  If like me, you loathe the acidic aftertaste that only milk or brown sugar can eliminate, and you would much rather down a dozen cups of cappuccino or caffe latte over multiple espresso shots, you'd be glad to know that gourmet black coffee can… Continue reading Cafe Miz Moren | 카페 미즈모렌

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Paul & Lina’s Living Cafe | 폴엔리나 리빙까페

Doubling as a furniture store, Paul & Lina's is a place patrons do purchase chopping boards and pepper shakers with sweet potato lattes. The sign says it all: furniture, fabrics, coffee and desserts. Though small, this underrated cafe seems loaded with ornaments and homeware for sale. The owners are a homely couple with an elementary school son who was… Continue reading Paul & Lina’s Living Cafe | 폴엔리나 리빙까페

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CAFE 5CI JUNG | 까페오시정

Post-lunch coffee at Cafe 5Ci Jung is akin to spending the afternoon at a friendly neighbour's home. A very warm welcome awaits you the moment you step through its doors, right up till you leave its premises. Each barista made an effort to greet every guest, and never seemed to stop smiling. I was further impressed when the… Continue reading CAFE 5CI JUNG | 까페오시정

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Miss Lee Cafe | 별다방 미스리

My first shake-em-up Korean lunchbox meal, also known as dosirak 도시락! At Star Cafe Miss Lee (별다방 미스리): I didn't exactly shake it, because the lady who served my lunch told me I didn't have to unless I wanted the egg yolk to explode, and I dislike my rice soaked in yolk. But damn, this was sooooo… Continue reading Miss Lee Cafe | 별다방 미스리

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SEOUL DIARIES 016: SNAPSHOTS @ INSADONG

You know you're in Insadong when traditional imperial-entertainer masks are sold at every corner. And you find loads of antiques at pretty good prices. There's the occasional fabulous art gallery. And tourist traps with iconic Korean souvenirs. Not forgetting name-stamps! I think these are just so cute. When I get to graduate school, I'm getting one… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 016: SNAPSHOTS @ INSADONG

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SEOUL DIARIES 010: HAN RIVER 한강

Mission Crossing the Hannam Bridge 한남대교 Accomplished! With this incredible view of Seoul's Han River before me, the feeling is indescribable. Basically, I walked from Hannamdong (Itaewon district) to the other end of Hannam Bridge, which connects to Sinsa-Dong and Gangnam-Gu. The closer I got to the bridge's midsection, the wind got crazy. I swear it's… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 010: HAN RIVER 한강

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SEOUL DIARIES 008: CAFES IN ITAEWON

Along the glorious and vibrant district of art museums and galleries are laid-back cafes offering all-day breakfasts and a myriad of flavoured coffees. In close association to the indie Hannamdong Cafe Street, coffee culture in Itaewon is self-directed and expat-friendly. Expect top-notch Americanos and loads of Seoul Design-Spot cafe galleries! Here are some of my favourites! For more… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 008: CAFES IN ITAEWON

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SEOUL DIARIES 007: ITAEWON

March 23, 2014: DAY FOUR Itinerary [10:00 AM] Breakfast @ Thanks Nature Cafe 양카페 - Hongdae [10:59 AM] Grabbed Kyeran Bang 계란 빵 from a street stall! My favorite street food from Korea! [11:00 AM] Travel to Itaewon! [11:20 AM] Sat down for a strawberry latte at Glamorous Penguin. Also to leech onto their WiFi for Google Maps. [12:00 PM]… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES 007: ITAEWON

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Cafe True Us @ Insa-Dong | 인사동맛집 카페트루어스

Lemon and Mint-ade after spending a long afternoon exploring Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong. Cafe True Us 카페트루어스 is located along the antiques street of Insadong, with the nearest station being Jongno-3-Ga Station. Its triple-storeyed interiors are furnished to match its physical location - Insadong is home to cultural arts and crafts that go way back in time. Polished teakwood tables and… Continue reading Cafe True Us @ Insa-Dong | 인사동맛집 카페트루어스

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SEOUL DIARIES OO6: SHOPPING @ IFC MALL & LOTTE OUTLETS

MARCH 22, 2014: DAY THREE Despite my frequent travels, I don't do a lot of shopping overseas. Seoul is probably the only place where there's never enough space in my luggages for my shopping loot! Hongdae's open-till-late vintage and indie stores are just about my favourite places to go. Right up there on my favourite… Continue reading SEOUL DIARIES OO6: SHOPPING @ IFC MALL & LOTTE OUTLETS