October 18, 2017

Seoul (II): Bukchon Cultural Village

Bukchon Hanok Village
我們的村屋Bukchonmaru大門。

Bukchon Hanok Village

在弘大區呆了大概三晚就離開了。難得來到了韓國,當然少不了嘗試體驗韓式村屋。所以我們一人拖著兩個笨重的大行李走向又彎又斜的小山路直到我們租的村屋去(其實是走錯方向FML)。這一次吸取的教訓是,如果你真的打算在LOTTE MART狂掃零食和泡菜,請務必把LOTTE MART行程安排到最後一個晚上。-_-

一路走向村屋的街道上看到不一樣的建築風格,雖然大街只在轉彎的路口,可是有點讓人覺得自己來到另一個世界。屋子的外觀都保留得很好,都是有住戶的。雖然山路很小很擠,如果太累不願意走路的話,還是可以搭路邊小巴上去,體驗當地公共交通之餘也可以一睹不一樣的街景。

Gallery Cafe Gahoe Hankyunghun
Gallery Cafe Gahoe Hankyunghun
Gallery Cafe Gahoe Hankyunghun
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village

這天的行程主要是ANGUK區的地標:北村韩屋村(BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE), 三清洞(SAMCHEONG-DONG)和仁寺洞(INSA-DONG)。從村屋走出來,十字路口的不遠處我們來到了外觀看起來就很不錯的CAFE & GALLERY,膚淺的我們就這樣被騙進去吃了個不怎樣也不便宜的早餐。T_T 之後就一直跟著地圖亂走一通。由於到處是遊客,所以要在最美的PHOTO SPOT拍張美照大概是不可能的了。

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
前面和背後的風景都很美,唯有以這樣的方式才拍到,兩全其美。:P

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
三清洞某間文具店旁邊的休閒區

Samcheong-dong
買蠟燭的精緻小店

Samziegil
Samziegil
來到SSAMZIEGIL一定要吃個大便打卡の概念。

October 16, 2017

Seoul (I): 初春與夏末

Hongdae
Hongdae
April 2017 (taken by Olympus Pen-F w/ 17mm f1.8)

Hongik E3
Out of Focus
September 2017 (Olympus Mju II w/ Fujifilm Superia 200)

同一個地方,兩個季節,不一樣的風景。

還沒來得及PO完春遊韓國的照片,我已經重遊首爾也回來了一個月多了OMG,而這一次去則是夏末時段。其實我應該慶幸自己可以在一年裡體驗一個國家的兩個季節,可是由於兩個TRIP的時間隔太近了,允許我弱弱的說句我其實有點膩了⋯⋯ 而且夏天給的感覺本來就是應該出海跳水、喂鯊魚或在海灘上看書裝文青和曬太陽的,不是?

好吧,願歸正題⋯⋯ 告別了濟州島和釜山惡劣的氣候之後,最後一站就是首爾啦。其實也沒差,首爾一樣的冷,尤其是黃昏後,沒記錯的話氣溫大概可以低到9°C(釜山和濟州島低至6°C,還沒算風速WTF),真的只想窩在被裡哪兒都不去。(當時的我們超想念釜山Airbnb的電子床墊。)也因為這趟旅行,我才發現我真的很怕很怕冷,也發現我真的很犯賤不願意多帶幾件衣服。不過也幸好首爾有很多長長的地下道,我們隨時可以走下去避寒取暖。

Hongdae Airbnb
Hongdae Airbnb
Airbnb屋主Daniel窩心地準備了大大顆的草莓和一束開得好飽滿的粉玫瑰來歡迎我們。

EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University

久仰大名的梨花女子大學,真的有被大學的建築震撼到!周圍佈滿了粉色系的花草樹木,涼風迎面而來,感覺就很舒服,真的讓人有衝動回到校園上課去。相比起來,夏末的景色比春天來得遜多了。眼前只有一片綠色的草地和樹,而太陽也猛到我們沒辦法進去繞一圈,只在外面隨意拍了張合照就拍屁股走人。

Common Ground
Common Ground
Common Ground
Common Ground

至於COMMONGROUND,大家大概都是衝著一箱箱大藍色的CONTAINER而來拍OOTD的吧LOL。賣的都是當地設計師的品牌,當時我們也碰上不怎樣的跳蚤市場,一樣不便宜。就這樣我們一分錢也沒花的繞了一圈然後默默地離開。XD

Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
這小韓妹是眾多攝影師的焦點!

再來就是東大門設計廣場了~ 碰上一年一度的FASHION WEEK⋯⋯ 三個字:人擠人!對於JOE這種接受度不高也沒什麼藝術SENSE的人,眼前潮爆的時尚達人簡直就是怪咖。既然沒辦法找到合眼緣的角度來拍這廣場,我們又必須隨便拍2-3張照片就離開了LOL。原本以為碰上PIXAR:30 YEARS OF ANIMATION的展覽,後來發現展覽將會在月中才開始,所以真的有點白來的感覺。可是能夠見識到建築女王ZAHA HADID的作品,算是值得啦~ 九月初的晚上再次帶隊參觀這個地標,廣場上端的每一條曲線依舊讓人震撼。

July 31, 2017

See you, July



Time flew by in a blink of an eye, today marks the last day of my favourite month.

What a huge relief that our wedding is finally over. Nothing really changes though. We have been staying together for almost 2 years. Basically everything is going well as how it's planned earlier, which includes being successfully conceived.

Yes you heard it right! There's a bun in the oven!

Let's just leave the wedding topic aside. The truth is.. I have been too busy being pregnant. I felt horrible for the first few months until recently.. my morning sickness just got better, my fatigue has slowly gone away, my nausea and dizziness are still unpredictable but I've got a way with it. I'm definitely hormonal(even if I'm unpregnant haha) and became very anti-social. I'm trying to feel better about these changes in my body and be optimistic about it.

With all that being said, I can finally skip my afternoon naps now and not feel like an useless person. I can go for grocery shopping and come home to prepare dinner for Joe. I can even take Tofu out for evening walks. I'm not moody to blog/share too. What a blessing! It's just so happy to think about I can finally act like a normal person. T_T Sometimes I don't even remember I have a life growing inside of me.

I have also been attending hypnobirthing classes with Joe to get a better understanding about birth and learn about the effective ways to natural birth, to understand that my body was made to give birth to little humans and most of all, to overcome my fear. After only 2 classes I'm starting to look forward to meet this little cupcake in my tummy and quite eager to experience labour.

I went for a detailed scan the other day and I was completely amazed by everything an ultrasound can show. Seeing the baby making moves and kicking is just something really amazing to look at even I can't feel it yet. For the most part, it was a huge relief to finally learn that my little cupcake is all healthy and growing stronger each day.

Can't wait to meet my gynae next month already!

March 13, 2017

Life Lately

Red Riding Hood @ Fluffed Cafe Latte @ Fluffed Cafe

Can't believe it's mid March already. It's 2 weeks til our long waited Korea trip(I think we have waited for a year and more) while counting down to another 3 months plus til our big day. I have been so busy lately and I want to believe that it's a good thing. Ever since I come back from Saigon I haven't really got time to just sit down and refresh my memory.

The first 2 months of the year have been insane. We got even more busy since the day we brought home our adorable furkid whom we named Tofu. While being frustrated and stressed out with wedding preps, we got to learn to be patient and train her. She changed our lives completely and also in many ways. We are both new parent so it's so challenging yet so fun to train this lil girl. Most of all we're just so glad that she became a part of our family and brought so much joy to us more than we could ever imagine. This love and dedication is way out of my expectation, to the extent I think I may have love Joe lesser now.. Ha!

We have also started hunting for a bigger living space as we put family planning into our consideration. I still remembered how such a nightmare it was to move houses twice in a year. Now to think about packing stuff, even with our little studio apartment, it's still the scariest thing I want to refrain from thinking.

February 24, 2017

The Dorm


Throwback to New Year's Eve, I was already laying on top of bunk bed at 10pm ready to call it a day. I was too tired both physically and mentally. This spontaneous getaway was meant for me to take a break and refresh my mind for the beginning of the year. But it turned out that my brain still couldn't stop thinking about everything and I miss home more than I could imagine.

I don't usually meet Asians in the same dorm but this time around we have 3—one from Malaysia and two from our neighbourhood country Singapore! It was such a shame I didn't get to talk and share so much with them as I'm in anti-social mode most of the time, struggling with myself.


My ideal NYE night started off with a good shower after a (really) long day of walking. Then I enjoyed my quiet time in bed watching videos over my tab with my earphones on while getting myself comfortable in my PJs where the fresh laundry scent still lingers around. My designated bed was facing the window where I got to see what's happening outside the street. The rooftop party was happening since evening and it's getting louder as it's getting late. It did not bother me much.

I was wide awake until 4 before I can finally fall asleep. Few hours later I woke up for breakfast and continue to explore as it will be my last day here before catching the night flight home.


So long Saigon, thank you for the perfect weather 3 days continuously. Thank you for making it so easy to explore places on foot. I will see you when I see you.

January 23, 2017

莫忘初衷



不知不覺中又踏入新的一年。還沒來得及整理前一年的記憶,每一天又開始製造著新的回憶。

這一年來不算有很大突破,可是生活中卻發生了很值得記錄的大小事:例如搬新家、在潤年的29號給刺了個MATCHING TATTOO、告訴雙方家長我們要結婚了,開始了籌備婚禮的節奏、生日旅行期間意外地被補上了求婚、然後於上個月在親朋好友的見證下完成了註冊手續,成為合法夫妻、買了部新車取代為我們家服務了15年的阿ENG(T__T)⋯⋯去了好多地方走走和旅行、也去了好多的演唱會:RICHARD MARX、鄭秀文、張敬軒、五月天(就差我杰倫哥了,因為放票那天我還在環島嗚嗚)

總結來說,整年都是在忙著做自己想要/喜歡做的事情。

值得一提的是,我實現了去年設下的RESOLUTIONS(標記)。而其中一項就是拍多一點照片記錄生活(數碼和底片兼顧。由於我不是什麼專業人士,所以「攝影」這字會有點太嚴肅。在寫這篇文前的這幾天,我在FLICKR上略看了這年來拍的照片,WOW,我真的什麼狗屎垃圾都拍,也把花心思處理照片養成一個習慣。雖然有些照片背後真的沒有實際的含義和目的,可是很慶幸我至少有把按下快門當下的感覺給抓住了,之後還可以時不時拿來回味。

後來也持續了「一年一部機」的習俗,幾個月前敗了部舊底片機OLYMPUS XA1來玩玩。(心虛中)因為希望三個月內能成功敗下那夢寐以求的微單寶貝回家玩。相機控的掙扎,應該就只有好攝之徒才能明白。加上今年壞了兩個不怎麼便宜的腳架,應該是時候忍痛投資品質好一點的旅行腳架了吧?

就這樣,對我來說算是很不錯的突破,至少實踐了些事,絕對是一個好的開始。今年將會是很忙碌的一年,所以不會定下什麼目標,一切 #順琪自燃(很有梗的說)。當然希望能夠和去年一樣,繼續做自己想要和喜歡做的事情;也希望自己可以一直保持著逆來順受的心態,見招拆招。💃

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