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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

5th avenue


是夜。
又来到一家酒吧,友人说今天晚上可以在这里换取免费的啤酒。
墙壁都刷上我喜欢的,灰灰蓝蓝的颜色。
灯光昏暗,最亮眼的是收银台旁边的电视机,播放着 National Geographic 的 《Walking Trails》。

最近不怎么爱喝啤酒了,就换两杯鸡尾酒。
一个 Supa Long Tea,一个 Tequila Sunrise。
第一次喝 Tequila Sunrise, 味道不怎么样,好像在喝甜甜的橙汁。
我要的酒精呢?···········

酒吧的中间有个 disco ball,折放出的光线在我们周围旋绕着。
我们望着墙壁上的 空酒瓶,开始猜猜看的游戏,Jack Daniels,Bombay Sapphire,Absolute,哈我都能朗朗上口。
墙壁上还有一些指标,指向门外方向的是 yammy,还有 grill bar,other bar,room 等等。
Grill bar 上面刚刚还看到一大块烤得正熟的西式牛扒,转眼拿起相机要拍时已经不见了。

很快的酒杯已见底,好吧看在星期一的份上,还是不要喝这么多了。
下一次回来一定要试试看他家的 NY steak,还有那听起来好香的 Philly Cheese burger。

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Beach - Part 1

有些事情,我是不是想太多了呢?
很想在接下来的天天,每一天,都象昨天一样开心,一切都完美。♥

夏天海云台人潮再现,穿上新的比基尼到海边戏水 *^^*
比基尼有点小可爱,颜色跟款式都是韩国女生爱穿的~~
不管了,再过两年 30 岁就不可能穿的这么可爱了 哈哈
相比去年,今年肥了 2kg,还是去年那身 sporty 装看起来比较好看吧~~ *^^* 

海云台, 2011
海云台, 2010
丰盛的晚餐

游泳过后我们到海边附近的 VIPS 餐馆用餐。
这是我第一次到 VIPS,salad bar 果然好好吃,名不虚传~
吃了好多好多我超想念的烟熏三文鱼,烤玉蜀黍,celery,炒饭,荔枝还有提拉米苏。
嗯~~~~~~~~~~~ 食物让我开心!~ *^^*

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

On Love & Risotto

一个炎热的下午,在图书馆的某个角落,巧遇阿兰· 德波顿(Alain de Botton)的小说《On Love》。
久仰阿兰· 德波顿的大名,是因为曾在张小娴的部落格里看见他的名字,写的都是关于爱的一些故事。
在这韩国大学的图书馆里头,英文书籍可谓少之又少,看到这一本书可真让我惊讶了一阵子。

躲进学校的 cafe,是为了逃避在外猛烈的夏天阳光。
但光线还是透过卷帘,斜照在我坐的沙发上。
可是这绿色大沙发太舒适了,我不想离开。
只有当感觉到太阳的斜晖照到我脸上来了,才懒洋洋地斜斜靠边挪动,躲开它的追踪。

朋友问我,“你想吃什么?”
我看了看餐牌,然后点了我人生的第二道 risotto。Garlic and chicken。
盘子端上桌之后开始后悔了。
意大利饭软绵绵的,carbonara 的酱太过饱腻。
偷瞄朋友的 Indian curry chicken 炒饭,还是粒粒分明,香喷喷的炒饭比较好吃。

Anyway,就好像很有闲情那样翻了翻《On Love》几页。
讲的是作家在飞机上遇见了他女朋友的故事。
然后再翻到最后,整本书都是在讲同一个人,Chloe。
接下来我猜想一定是成为他的另一半了。
回到研究室,打开电脑找阿兰· 德波顿的照片。
啊~~~ 原来是秃头的...................... (我朋友号称“skinhead”),顿时失去胃口再看下去。

想起了我前一阵子在看的那一本出自《Eat, Pray, Love》同一名作者 Elizabeth Gilbert ,讲述婚姻的书《Committed》。
觉得她就是讲来讲去都是在给于自己理由,和前夫离婚的理由,迟迟不愿意和现任男朋友结婚的各种理由,为什么选择不要生孩子做妈妈的理由。
到后来看不下去了,最后把它送给了我的那位芬兰朋友。
希望这本阿兰· 德波顿的《On Love》能带给我惊喜吧,不要象那盘 risotto 一样,单调无味。

Jeju Chocolate Museum

Wearing my candy-striped cotton summer dress today makes me think of Chocolate Museum in Jeju. This was another place which I wanted to go with Leo, but dropped due to insufficient time. I'm lucky that Rohit and Tiina gamely went together with me, because Chocolate Museum is so far out to the west side of Jeju so the cab set us back 20,000won from Jungmun area. So expensive! But looking at the map it didn't seem too far, so when I discussed with Tiina later she said that the taxi driver seemed to have taken a longer route.

The Jeju Chocolate Museum is the brainchild of a Korean couple - Han Yae Seok and her husband Ju Jen Uine. Read more here and here.
Entrance of Chocolate Museum
Really really love this place... from the travel brochures hahaha. I imagined it to be a huge, grand place surrounded by acres and acres of green grassland. So I was a little disappointed to see that it was just a compound in a housing area. The wonders of Photoshop........ =_=''' But anyway, from the entrance the building still looked very grand, it looked like a castle moulded from dark chocolate, waiting to be eaten... nomnomnomnomnom...  
 

Entrance fee was not too bad considering the taxi fee we had to pay in order to get here... 4,000won including a cup of hot Americano with a slight hint of chocolate!


There were many "antique" curiosities inside the museum. At the lobby, we were greeted by a knight's suit-of-amour and a "penny-farthing" high-wheeled bicycle. Love it! 


On one wall, there were many miniature models of castles, horses and jostling knights. I really really like miniatures... hope I can buy one and put in on display in my home next time.


The other walls were lined with history of chocolate, how the Aztecs traded cacao bean as currency, and the modern history and development of chocolate in different countries!  


There was also an interesting display of chocolate tins collected from all over the world... my favourite is the Hershey's "I Must Have OREO SANDWICH for Dessert" blue tin!! So nice! And not forgetting the Ghirardelli chocolate tin fashioned after the San Francisco cable car...



At one part of the building we could see the chocolate makers busy at work, making little chocolate delights in the factory!And some chocolate creations like the Chocolate Princess, statue, Eiffel Tower... etc.




At the gift shop, we were each given a piece of handmade chocolate to taste... yummmmm. But a box of the chocolates were too expensive to buy @.@... Saw my favourite nutcrackers and lighthouses for sale in the giftshop!


Ahhh this museum really makes me feel like a little kid again... there was a toy train running through a snow village inside a glass-case.

Toy train
The train was carrying cacao beans!
Last but not least, the room which is always Christmas. Felt transported back to Grand Canyon in wintertime, sitting by the cozy fireplace inside the cabin with red ribbons and ornaments strung all over the christmas trees~

Sunday, July 17, 2011

All ready for summer.

My frilly new bikini! ^^

The weather has been blazing HOT this past week! Getting a headache from sleeping too much in the afternoon just now in air-con room while the sun is so bright outside! 

Also, bought a new bikini last week. Nude pink Arena with frills and an extra skirt outside, 49,000won. Haha it's ballerina dress pink and actually kinda looks more like lingerie than swimwear. But all the Korean girls wear this fashion at the beach. Not getting anymore younger so these are the last few years I can wear bikini so who cares! Hahaha... 

Can't wait to go to the beach many manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy times this summer and get as tanned as last summer!!!

*Side note: Got my TOPIK (test of proficiency in korean language) exam over and done with in the morning. Haha left my room at 7.30am and lucky able to make it in time cos there was a small bus waiting for me outside the subway station! Had a momentary illusion of being back in Malaysia cos everybody on the bus was speaking Chinese! Haha... anyway I think I should be able to get Level 2. If I get Level 2 then I think I won't take Korean class anymore next semester. Haha...

Update! I got Level 2! With a average percentage of 91 marks!! Wow... surprised even myself... wahaha ^^

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ildo Beach, Jeju & Yongduam Rock

It seems like my mood swings are getting worse. One day I'm happy, one day I'm sad. One day I'm excited about everything, one day I'm worried. 

I don't like people belittling me, my ability. I hate people saying that "getting a masters degree is peanuts". It's really tough for me, taking my masters degree (especially when it's in research) overseas, alone. It's tough when my technical skills suck, tough when I really don't know the way to do it, tough when everything goes wrong and I don't know why and I don't have anybody to ask and guide me here. Tough to start the day, tough to end the day worrying about what work to do, what kind of experiment to setup tomorrow. So just because I don't complain about it all day long doesn't mean it's easy work and don't force me to get a fucking PhD degree cos you have no idea how much hard work it takes.

On the brighter side of things, I woke up to exciting news that my journal abstract got accepted to the Taiwan conference!!! So my chances of going to Taipei this year-end just got upped afterall! You guys have no idea how many sleepless nights I have gone through worrying whether my paper got accepted or rejected. 

I am going to take the TOPIK (Korean Language Proficiency Test) this Sunday. I paid 40,000won for it myself, just because I want to gauge my grasp of the language since I have already been here for one and a half years. Spent one whole week studying the grammar (conjugation, connectors... fxxxing difficult) and memorizing essays. The listening/ comprehension part is easier for me and it would really depends on the day itself so I didn't really practice on that. Hope I can pass with flying colours and get Level 2 successfully. :-)

A delayed post on my Jeju trip:

24th June (Friday)

Today is the day of my presentation. Although I have had countless presentations (this being my 3rd conference presentation) on my research work, I still get the jitters whenever it is expected of me to go on stage.   

Fresh in the morning with makeup on :-)

The venue of my conference is in Ramada Plaza Hotel at Jeju-si. It is a 5-star hotel located at a beautiful location just by the sea. The conference hall in which I presented is very grand too. 

 Some pictures of me during my presentation... ^^

Tiina & I after my presentation
Having some coffee after my presentation
Me being hiau-hiau in the hotel lobby...
And the bright vermilion colour against the blue sky somehow reminds me of Fukuoka...
 After our presentations, we went out to play.............. passed through this underpass which had photographs of Jeju citizens lining each side of the wall... quite interesting.

Old people on one side
And children on the other side
First stop of the day was Yongduam Rock (龙头岩), or 'Dragon Head Rock' in English. Due to insufficient time, I didn't get to visit this with Leo last time so I wanted to visit it this time.

Our conference venue - Ramada Plaza - in the background
With Rohit. They say that this shot is a must-shot for honeymooners going to Jeju. Well... Rohit replaced my hubby in this photo hahahahaha. 
Looking back at my photos, I just realized that I took many breathtaking shots here. Like the following two pictures: 

This is the Dragon Head rock. Does it really look like a dragon?
Then we took a taxi to our next destination - Jeju Loveland. I didn't enter cos I had already been there the last time with Leo. So I went and sat in a cafe while waiting for them and fell asleep........

There was a nice big cloud following us everywhere...


After Loveland, we went to Shin Jeju-si (new downtown area) to take a look... then we found out that there was nothing there really except for the hotels and Shilla Duty-free Shopping Center...

Nice street lamp in Shin Jeju-si (Yeon-dong)
Took a picture of myself in the toilet... ^^
And finally... Ildo Beach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the first time this summer that I went to the beach... and it was in Jeju! Ildo Beach was recommended to us by the taxi driver. I have this habit of striking up conversations with taxi drivers here cos I wanna practice my Korean and it really boosts my ego when I can actually understand when they're talking... hahah.

When we arrived at this beach, I was very surprised cos this was the place with the two lighthouses shaped like horses!!!!! I saw this from the airplane flying into Jeju but I had no idea that they were located at this beach! So I felt very very happy when I saw this... *^^*

Retro mood... ^^
Ildo beach!!
Hahah... I just get so excited whenever I go near beaches... Rohit didn't dare to go into the water due to his bad 'past experience' with seawater... hahah...
Yoohoo!
Saw a pretty ribbon-pattered seashell on the beach...
And drew some letters in the sand ^^


 Chilled out somemore and bought some souvenirs until it was time to leave...

Saw a spectacular sunset at Jeju airport before departure...