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SEOUL TRAVEL ITINERARY | 2018

Fun fact: I had travelled to Seoul for 3 consecutive years.

2016 - First time travelling to Seoul with my mom and Joanne. 
2017 - Second time with my brother to my boyfriend in Seoul
2018 April - Impromptu trip with my girlfriend, Joanne again woohoo 

Am I not bored with Seoul? Nope, I guess not yet! 🙈

I love travelling to Seoul because of the shopping, to be honest. Shopping in Seoul is really exciting and relatively cheap as compared to shopping in Tokyo. There are really a lot of things that you can buy (if you are a makeup and fashion junkie, like me).



So in this post, I will be sharing with you:

- How to go to our Airbnb from Incheon Airport
- Our Airbnb in Seoul 
- How to stay connected in Seoul with UNLIMITED internet data 
- Where to shop in Seoul 
- Pink cafes in Seoul 
- My fav cherry blossom spot in Seoul 
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HOW TO GO TO OUR AIRBNB FROM INCHEON AIRPORT:
With our heavy luggage, we opted for a private airport pick-up service from KLOOK. The driver will meet you at the airport and drive you straight to your Airbnb / hotel. For us, it was really convenient and safe. We can just sit back and relax, and even take a small nap in the car after a long flight.

We also booked the airport drop-off service from KLOOK as well and the driver picked us up from our Airbnb directly and drove us to the airport. What a hassle-free way to wrap up our trip, phew!

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OUR AIRBNB IN SEOUL:


We booked this little, clean studio-concept airbnb which is located in Gangnam area. 2 years ago when we were in Seoul, we booked from the exact same owner (her name is Lucy) as well, but it was a different unit with 2 beds. This time around, we booked a smaller unit which consists of 1 double-bed only, but it was enough for Joanne and I. 

Reasons why I chose Lucy's airbnb:
- The room is super clean (which is the main reason why I love staying with Lucy's place) 
- There are a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants nearby this airbnb (Kyochon Chicken is just 5 mins walk away)
- There is also a supermarket, literally 1 min away from the airbnb 
- Location is in Gangnam, which means Gangnam Underground Shopping Street is reachable at walking distance 
- There's free WiFi in Lucy's airbnb! 
If you would like to book Lucy's airbnb, 
(Remember to sign up using my link to get RM120 in travel credit)

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HOW TO STAY CONNECTED IN SEOUL:

Highly-recommend you guys to get this SIM card that gives you UNLIMITED 4G LTE data (with no reduced speed) from KLOOK. This unlimited data sim card really helps us A LOT during our trip! 

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So here's a list of places that we went for shopping and cafe-hopping (If you are travelling to Seoul for the first time, I suggest you to read my Seoul Travel Itinerary for first-timers):

WHERE TO SHOP IN SEOUL:

○ Gangnam Underground Shopping Street
This is one of my favourite shopping places! Besides makeup, you can definitely find a lot cheap clothes and accessories here. 

How to go: 
[Subway] Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Sinbundang Line), Exit 1 or 12.



○ Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Street
Something similar to Gangnam Underground Shopping Street, but it is apparently the LARGEST underground shopping street in Seoul consisting of about 600 shops. Personally, I prefer to shop at Gangnam Underground Shopping Street because EBT is too big and a lot of shops are actually selling repetitive items. And EBT also carries more fashion items for elder women (if you wanna shop for your grandma, you should come here!!)

How to go: 
Subway: Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8

○ Myeongdong




How can you NOT visit Myeondong when you are in Seoul? If you are looking for K-beauty stuffs, this is the place to go. Myeongdong houses a lot of Korean beauty brands and some people even come here with their "luggage" lol. If you are planning to shop for skin care products (which might be a lil heavy), I suggest you to come with a small luggage as well to carry your purchases hahah!

How to go:
Subway: Myeongdong Station


○ Hongdae


 Of course, Hongdae is a must-visit when you are in Korea (not only for shopping, but pretty much for the vibe). There are street performances where people perform singing and dancing as well as a lot of cafes, restaurants and pubs around this area. Shopping wise - pricing may be a bit pricey in this area but you can definitely find a lot of unique fashion boutiques here! Oh, by the way, the famous STYLENANDA shop is also located in this area!
How to go:
Subway: Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

○ Ewha Women's University Shopping Street



Only 1 station away from Hongdae, Ewha Women University Shopping Street is also my favourite shopping street! You can find really affordable K-fashion items here: cute T-shirts, dresses, blouses, shoes, etc. When you are here, don't forget to check out Ewha Women's University as it's really beautiful and magnificent!!

How to go:
Subway: Ewha Women's University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

○ Garosugil

Me @ Gentle Monster trying out their quirky designs



In contrast to the affordable shopping streets that I recommended earlier, Garosugil focuses more on  designer boutiques (such as Gentle Monster) and rather expensive cafes! There are also a lot of BBQ restaurants in this area, and one of our favourite BBQ restaurants is also located in this area!!
How to go:
Subway: Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8

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PINK CAFES IN SEOUL:
I always find myself discovering and visiting new cafes whenever I travel to Seoul! This time around, we visited 3 PINK-themed cafes and would like to share our list with you:

○ Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe
Located in the highest floor of the Stylenanda flagship store in Hongdae (not the one in Myeongdong ok!), the Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe is a must-visit if you love pink cafes. Every corner is literally a photo spot! It's also a pretty nice place to lounge after a long day of shopping.





How to go:
Subway: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Line), Exit 8.


Dore Dore
The pink craze is not over yet guys. Dore Dore is a dessert cafe located in Garosugil, Sinsa-dong. Honestly, the pricing is slightly higher and the cakes are too sweet for our liking. But we came here for the photos anyway lol.




How to go:
Subway: Sinsa Station (Line 3), Exit 8 -
544-4 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

○ Zapangi


The cafe that features a famous "vending-machine" entrance door, which became everyone's instaworthy's spot. Super brilliant idea right?! 

This is not Zapangi, but it's also another pink-themed cafe nearby Zapangi lolol (only a few steps away). 
 How to go: 
Subway: Mangwon Station exit 2 (it's located in a quiet neighbourhood street lol, so I would suggest you to use Google Maps to navigate around)

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CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOT IN SEOUL 

We chose to visit Seoul in April because of the cherry blossom season! Here are some photos that we took at Seokchon Lake, which is my favourite place to watch cherry blossoms in Seoul!





I hope you guys enjoyed my sharing this time! Don't forget to check out my Korea vlogs!















THE JEM LABEL'S FIRST LAUNCH PARTY

Told myself I HAVE to document this on my blog. As you can see from the title, I'm going to blog about my online clothing store - THE JEM LABEL's first ever launch party.

THE JEM LABEL's new collection.
Months ago, Melissa (my partner) and I had this idea of organising a fashion workshop in which we would invite some of our customers over to check out our new collection and we would share some fashion tips on how to style our items. But instead of making it a workshop, I asked Melissa: Why not we make it a launch party instead?! Eventually, we both agreed that it should be our launch party because we really want to celebrate and share this joy with those who've been supporting us since day one. Because without them, this would not happen at all.

We started planning for this event 2 months before the actual date. We started discussing what kind of activities that we can include to make our event an interesting one (because I honestly don't want it to be like a lecture where everyone just sits there and listen to us talking the entire time haha). Then we figured that we could have a 'styling contest' as one of the agendas for our party, in which our guests can get themselves involved by styling our new collection!

Then we started contacting and looking out for potential sponsors for our event, and I really want to thank all the sponsors for supporting our event although we are just a start-up company. 

Thank you Mighty Monster Cafe for hosting our event. It's a Australian-inspired cafe that offers fusion food and drinks. Also, I love the rustic and Insta-worthy interior!! For those who are planning to visit Mighty Monster, do flash the image below to redeem 10% OFF!!





Thanks for feeding us with these yummy treats!!
  
Thank you Clinique Malaysia for generously sponsoring our door gifts. I'm sure that you guys know that I have been a fan of Clinique products for the longest time ever. To have them supporting my first event really means so much to me!!


And thank you my all-time favourite dessert house - Twenty First Qi Pastries - for sponsoring these Insta-worthy yet scrumptious desserts!!

These lemon tarts urgh....I can't resist!  
These cheese tarts! So beautiful!! 
Did I mention that they make one of the best macarons?
And of course, thank you Melissa for setting-up this dessert table!!! 😍
Thank you Balloon Lotte for these beautiful rose gold balloon decorations!

And of course, THANK YOU EVERYONE who came!!! Thank you for taking your time out and came all the way to support our first event. 
My ride-or-die bff-and-partner! So glad to be working with her and building our dreams together. To be honest, we have really different personality (she is always the calm one, and I am always the loud one lolol) but it's our passion that brings us together and keeps us going stronger :') 
Another milestone achieved. 
And I am grateful for all the opportunities. 

FUN & UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO

Japan is and will always be my favourite country. I have travelled to Tokyo for already 3 times so far, and to be honest, I still want to revisit Tokyo again!! My friends always ask: What is so special about Tokyo that makes you want to revisit again and again? 

And I would always say: the culture, the people, the atmosphere and the food. Basically everything. 

Last year around December, I booked my flight ticket to Tokyo with my BFF, Joanne. We wanted to visit Tokyo for its cherry blossom season in April this year. This time around, we travelled with ANA (Japanese airline) and the ticket costed around RM1.6k per person. The fare offered by other airlines was quite high as well due to the peak season so we thought we ought to go for ANA. 

For our accommodation, we booked a studio-concept Airbnb which I have already shared in a separate blog post. Click HERE to read it. 

So in this blog post, I will be sharing some of the fun and unique things that we did in Tokyo this time. Feel free to include these activities into your itinerary if you find them interesting!! 

1) Visit Tokyo Disneysea 




The one and only Disneysea in the world is in Tokyo so you shouldn't miss it when you visit Tokyo. This is my 2nd time in Tokyo Disneysea and I still can't get over how beautiful and lively this place is. Some of the must-go attractions are Tower of Terror, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Indiana Jones Adventure Temple of the Crystal Skull and Raging Spirits. If you are not so much of an adrenaline junkie, there are also fun rides like the Toy Story Mania or you can just walk around and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Disneysea! 
// Get your tickets HERE //

2) Visit the Robot Restaurant 


I was a bit skeptical about visiting the Robot Restaurant at first because I thought it would be a waste of money. However, it did really impress me. Apparently, it's not really a restaurant because all the audiences will be ushered into a hall with limited seats. And you can choose to pre-order your meals and drinks or you can choose to purchase only the entrance ticket. The performance totally blew my mind; Joanne and I were in awe and we enjoyed it so much. We could feel the positive energy and passion that radiated from the performers/dancers. It is this performance that made us feel like we are truly in Tokyo and that we are truly experiencing the quirky Harajuku culture. It was full-house during our visit so I strongly recommend you to purchase your entrance tickets first prior your visit to avoid disappointment!!
// Get your tickets HERE //

3) Go-Kart 




I used to play racing games with my brother when I was young, and guess what? Japan brought racing game to life and made your racing dream come true. Cruise around the streets of Tokyo in a go-kart with your friends in your favourite costume! We went for our go-kart activity at night and it was really exciting driving around on the lively streets of Tokyo, illuminated with the neon billboards and city lights!! Damn it was my first time driving in a foreign country and it was hella fun. You can choose to have a tour guide or feel free to drive without a guide if you want! 
// Get your tickets HERE //

4) Wear a Kimono 





I never get the chance to wear a kimono during my previous visits to Tokyo, so this time I told myself I have to do it!! We rented our kimono from this store called 浅草爱和服 in Asakusa. It's really easy to locate as it's situated nearby the subway station. The staffs speak fluent Chinese and their service is amazing. You get to choose the kimono design that you want, and you can even choose the hairstyle you like!! It takes about 30-45mins to prepare (depending on the crowd), and after that, you can stroll around in Asakusa, visit the Sensoji temple and take lots of photographs! Also, a lot of tourists requested to take pictures with us hahah!
// Make a reservation HERE //

5) Claw machines 



Claw machines are one of the best things about Japan - quote by my friend, Joanne. She is a huge fan of the claw machines and she dragged me there almost every day haha. The arcade centres in Tokyo usually have claw machines and the purikura machines, so be ready to spend an hour or so in the arcade centre! My friend won about 10 toys from the claw machines, what's your highest record? ;) 

6) Purikura 

Purikura is a MUST-DO in Japan (no matter how much you hate its exaggerating edits hahaha)! It's all for the fun memories! Purikura machines can be found in Shinjuku, Akihabara, etc! 

7) Vintage Shopping 
If you are a vintage-lover, Tokyo will be a great shopping heaven for you. If you have time, go and hunt down some vintage stores around in Tokyo and indulge yourself in the world of retro fashion. I found this vintage store in Takeshita Street, Harajuku and it carries so many denim sweatshirts and even vintage branded scarves. I couldn't resist myself and bought a Dior vintage scarf even though I don't wear scarves often. Please recommend me some vintage store you know in Tokyo!! 

8) Spend a day in Harajuku



Harajuku is my FAVOURITE area in Tokyo. It's not only a popular shopping district where you can shop for Harajuku-styled apparels, accessories, etc, it's also a place where FASHION HAS NO BOUNDARIES. You can be wearing neon-coloured socks and nobody will judge you for that, I promise. There are also a few crepe shops (oh, crepes are insta-worthy but don't really taste good imo), cafes and restaurants here. I love this street - it's super vibrant and fascinating. If you are tired of shopping in Harajuku already, you can also walk to the nearby Meiji Jingu Shrine for a leisure stroll in the park.

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Disclaimer: Some of the activities above are sponsored by Klook, however, the opinions are my own.
Anyway, you can get RM20 OFF your first booking with Klook if you key in this special code: KLOOKJESSICA upon checkout. Check out their website as they offer so many more activities/experiences around the world!
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That's all I want to share today!! I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post and don't forget to watch my Japan vlogs! 







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