5 Ways to Enjoy Han River

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The iconic Han river is a majestic body of water that stretches along the length of the beautiful Seoul city. If you live in Seoul, you may have seen it countless times while driving along the river, or crossing one of the many bridges that connect north and south Seoul. The Han river can also be a great place for a quick getaway from the city. So here are five ways to enjoy your Han river experience: Continue reading

TCK Goes to Wando + Cheongsando: Easy Breezy Long Weekend Getaway

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“slowness is happiness” in Korean

This past Korean Memorial Day weekend, my close coworker and I planned a last-minute getaway to Wando and Cheongsando, just so we can relax before we begin another hectic week of work work work. We managed to snag the last, few remaining guesthouses and hopped on an 8:30am bus to begin the 5-hour journey to our destination.

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TCK Goes to Hawaii: 9 reasons why Oahu should be your next vacation destination

TCK Goes to Hawaii

If you already follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that I went to the gorgeous island of Oahu, Hawaii a few weeks ago. This wasn’t my first time to Hawaii, however, it was the first time going without the company of family members so it was a completely different experience. It almost felt like I was visiting the place for the first time. (definitely a case of travelling with family vs. travelling with friends) Maybe it was also because I’m older now…

Anyways, I’m here to convince you why Oahu should be your next vacation destination. It’s not because I’m doubting that you believe Hawaii is amazing, but to reinforce that thought. I know Hawaii has always been lauded as being a paradise, but sometimes it can seem overrated because everyone talks about it. But Hawaii is far from it. It is well-deserving of all those wonderful reviews and raves. And I’m about to tell you why: Continue reading

Going to NYC + Seattle!! D-30: let the countdown begin!

In exactly one month from today, I’ll be hopping on a plane to visit New York and Seattle!! I am beyond excited for this trip and have been counting down forever! This will be a special trip for me because I absolutely love those two cities. You might remember from my previous posts that I went to Seattle last year around the same time, and I had a blast revisiting my “home.” Continue reading

The air is always fresher in 춘천 Chuncheon

Before my two weeks of vacation came to an end and I had to go back to the grueling reality at work, I decided to end it right with a day-trip to Chuncheon. The trip happened just a few days after I came back from Shanghai, and I was still glowing from the trip and eager to get out and explore. Since I’ve heard nothing but good things about Chuncheon, I decided to make that our destination. I asked my mom to come with me because we’ve never been on a trip just the two of us before. After a quick research on the world wide web on things to do in Chuncheon, we had our itinerary set for the day. Seriously though, God bless the internet! Continue reading

I went to revisit one of my homes, and you should too.

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I recently went to visit Shanghai for a week. As you may or may not know, Shanghai has a very special place in my heart because it used to be one of my homes for 4 years of my tender adolescent years. I was originally planning on travelling to either Taiwan or Japan, but I ended up going to Shanghai, and I am so, so glad I did. Continue reading

10 random thoughts I had about going to Shanghai

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to or will already be in Shanghai. (*high-pitch giggle*) As if you can’t already tell, I’m super excited for my upcoming trip to Shanghai. I have not been back since 2011, and in fast-paced Shanghai 4 years missed could amass to about 10 years worth of change. So you bet I am excited to to see what have changed and what remained. As I’m preparing myself for the trip, there were these random thoughts whirling around my head. They go something like this: Continue reading

Travel essentials: Shanghai version

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I personally love plane rides. Despite the fact that I’ve been on countless flights growing up, I still find myself getting giddy and excited like a little kid whenever I board. There are certain items that I bring with me all the time, and they sure contribute to that experience. Since I’ll be flying to Shanghai in a few days, I thought I might as well share them with everyone. Go ahead and scroll down to find out! Continue reading

Hold on, I’m going home!!! (Well, one of them)

I'll be standing at the Bund to see this beautiful sight soon!

I’ll be standing at the Bund to see this beautiful sight soon!

For the past few months, I’ve been debating on whether I should visit Japan or Taiwan until prices went up and I couldn’t afford either of the places anymore. As you may or may not know, I have my two dearest friends in those respective countries, and the whole purpose of my trip was to have a reunion. Continue reading

Paint the town: Seoul’s hidden gem, Ihwa Mural Village

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There’s something about murals I love so much. Maybe it’s the sheer size of it that delivers just as much impact to viewers. A few weeks ago, I checked out the Ihwa Mural Village, which has given me incredible photo ops to post and share on the blog. Perched on top of the hills near the busy, hip Daehakro, the Ihwa Mural Village is a harmonious juxtaposition of contemporary wall art blended in with the walls that house the friendly residents. It was one of the warmer days in April when I went and naturally, there were a lot of people out to enjoy the art under the sun. Continue reading