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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Piano Sheet for Descendants of the Sun OST - Always

I have decided to do the piano score for Descendants of the Sun OST part 1 - Always (Yoon Mirae). You can click download to get the pdf.
I have taken a lot of effort to write this sheet thus please do not re-upload without credit.

Recently got addicted to this drama which is a big hit in Korea and other parts of the world. I can relate well to it partly because of my Korean military bf.

Hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. Visit my youtube channel for the ukulele version at

태양의 후예 OST 윤미래 - Always 악보를 만들었다. 원하시는 분들이 위에 있는 download 링크를 누르세요!
즐겁게 피아노를 연주하세요!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Short Trip to Busan - Highlights

I have been to Busan thrice and would love to visit the city again. Similar to Jeju, it has lovely beaches and fresh seafood. If you need help with your planning or require an itinerary, just leave a comment below with your email. I will try my best to help you find out what you need to know.

How to get to Busan from Seoul?
The easiest and fastest way to get to Busan is by air. It costs around 70,000 won one way and it takes around 1 hour (one way). A cheaper and fuss free alternative is KTX. One way trip costs 59,800 won and it takes about 2 hours 40 minute. Board from Seoul Station and alight at Busan. The KTX trips are quite frequent and the ride is comfortable.

Similar to the shinkansen
You can buy lots of snack at Seoul station beforehand to last you the entire journey.

Once you have reached there, you can either rent a car or take the subway. However, before that, you need to book a hotel.

Hotel Accommodation
I have introduced this hotel in my Seoul blog post, it is none other than Toyoko Inn Haeundae Busan. There are 5 branches in Busan (they sure are expanding fast). This hotel is cheap and good, provides free breakfast too.

If you don't have a car, recommend staying near Busan Station (Toyoko Inn Busan Station No. 1). The KTX from Seoul will bring you to the doorstep of your hotel. If you intend to spend more time at the beach, you can try the Haeundae branch (2 branches there, 1 of them opened on 23 Jan 2016). They are 10 minutes walk from Haeundae subway station though.

What to eat in Busan?
Our first breakfast will always be to 원조전복죽 (pronounced as won jo jon bok juk), a 24 hour restaurant that sells abalone porridge. It is located in the Pale De Cz building opposite Toyoko Inn Busan Haeundae No. 1. We have gone back to this place thrice, so you know how delicious it is.

This costs 12,000 won and is really worth it.
Abalone bibimbap which costs same as the porridge.

It is about a 15 minute walk from Haeundae Beach subway station. Take exit 5 or 3 and walk towards the beach.

Next recommendation, head over to Gukje Market (국제시장) near BIFF. The nearest station is 자갈치역 (Jagalchi station). Take exit 7 and walk down the main road. This is by far, the best spicy rice cake that I have tasted. You can see that the rice cake is different from those you see at road side stalls. It is longer. This is made of rice instead of mixing flour into it. Busan is famous for their rice cake and fish cake.
This is purchased from 소문난분식 (pronounced as So Mun Nan Bun Sik).

떡볶이 (pronounced as tteokbokki) costs 3,000 won for 1 pax portion
This is somewhat popular in this Busan. It is supposed to be spicy, you can add the chilli sauce to your liking and mix.
Bibim glass noodle (비빔당면 pronounced as bibim dangmyeon) costs 4,000 won

3 sticks of fish cake (어목꼬지 pronounced as omok kkoji) costs 2,000 won
I don't have a picture of the kimbap but I did order it. It costs 3,000 won for 2 rolls.

If you can't find this store, fret not. There is another in the same market that was featured on Korean Culinary Show called 이가네 (pronounced as E Ga Ne). Look for the store with the most people and you probably got it. The shop sells hotdog as well.

How can you not eat seafood when you are near the beach? The one we went to is near Gwanganri beach where you get to see night view of Gwangandae bridge. It is located on the 6th floor of the building called 통영횟집 (pronounced as tong yeong hui jib). You can either go for their set menu (highly recommended if you can't speak Korea, just say A/B/C course) or choose your seafood at the first floor (segregated by restaurant) then take the lift with your live seafood in a bucket up to the restaurant. Be sure to ask about the price before you choose.

Located in a building right next to the beach.
Doesn't look impressive but is fresh and reasonably priced.
However, I have other recommendations for seafood (live octopus etc). You can head to 민락횟타운  (pronounced as minrak hui town) and choose their C course (30,000 won for one person). I have not been there before but I have seen many good reviews on naver (reviewed by Koreans). To order, just say "C course juseyo". It consists of abalone, octopus (raw and cooked), sushi, side dishes, steamed egg, one plate of sashimi etc.

What to do in Busan?

Head to Tae Jong Dae (태종대) park. If you don't have a car, getting there can be tricky. You will have to take the subway (line 1) to Nampodong (남포동), exit from exit 6 and you will find a bus stop. You can either board bus number 8, 30 or 88. It takes about 30 minutes. If boarding from Busan station, take bus 101.

You can purchase tickets for train ride (다누비 pronounced as Danubi) that will bring you to a few scenic spots. You can just get on and off at any stops. It costs 2,000 won per person but definitely worth it.

Yeongdo Lighthouse (영도등대)
Observatory (전망대)
Another sightseeing spot you can't miss is the Gwangandaegyo which means Gwangan bridge. Catch the night view of the bridge dazzling with lights. Sometimes, you will see peddlers selling fireworks near the beach.

Next, have a walk down Haeundae Dongbaekseom. From Haeundae beach (facing the beach), walk to the right and you will see Chosun Westin Hotel. From there, take the trail that leads to Dongbaekseom.

Tired from a day of walking? Head to Shinsege Centum City Spaland to relax. The Spaland is filled with facilities (movie room, rest area, restaurant, sauna) and is nicely done up. It is open from 6am till 12am (last entrance at 10:30pm). Entrance fee is 15,000 won on weekdays and 18,000 won on weekends/public holidays. Each person is limited to stay in there for 4 hours.

There is an outdoor area for you to soak your feet. If you need some privacy, you can head to the cubicles at the back of the picture below.

Of course, there are lots of places for you to sweat it out.

On the to visit list is Haedong Yonggungsa. I think I lost all my pictures taken there. It is actually a temple located on the cliffs. It is quite a scenic spot thus, don't give it a miss even though you are not Buddhist.

What to buy in Busan?
If you are interested in getting some hanbok, can walk around the market to look for good deal. This was purchased at the market at around SGD50 or so. The real hanbok usually costs much more than this.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What to do in Seoul - Gyeongbok Palace (gyeongbokgung) Night Light Up 2016

Starting from today (2 Mar 16), Gyeongbok Palace will have a special night opening (7pm to 10pm). Refer to opening dates at the bottom of this post. Do note that palace will be closed on Tuesdays.

The entrance fee is 3,000won per person and they limit purchase to 4 tickets per person. All Koreans have to purchase tickets in advance however foreigners will be able to get tickets there on the day itself. Only 500 tickets will be sold to foreigners a day (entry limited to 2,500 people a day). Try to get your tickets early to enjoy the palace night view.

This is how the queue looks like 30 minutes prior to ticket sales on a Saturday. For those who can't get ticket, there is light show outside the palace entrance as well (forgot if it's 8:30pm or 9pm).

If you go in a hanbok, you get to enter free of charge. You will see lots of local in hanbok as it's quite hard for them to get tickets. In any case, going in hanbok is highly recommended as photos will look good against the palace backdrop.

People queuing to enter the palace, if you enter with a pram, you can cut the queue by entering from the slope on the right.

There is a light show and dance performance at 7:20pm and 8pm. Walk into the palace and head towards the left.

The palace is open for night entry for 120 days a year. The next opening will be as per schedule below:

29 Apr 16 - 1 Jun 16 (7pm to 10pm)
16 Jul 16 - 19 Aug 16 (7:30pm to 10pm)
24 Sep 16 - 28 Oct 16 (7pm to 10pm)
*Palace closed on Tuesdays

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How to make Korean zucchini pancake 애호박전

This is something that Koreans will prepare during festive period like Chuseok. I personally enjoy this snack alot and it is easy to make.

1 zucchini
1 egg (beaten)
4 tbsp flour
2 tbsp oil

Slice the zucchini into 5mm thick slices. Lay them on a tray with paper towel and sprinkle some salt over them. Let it dry for 10 minutes. This step is important to get rid of excess water to prevent oil splatter when frying.

Then use another paper towel to dab and get rid of excess water. Coat the zucchini slices with thin layer of flour then coat it with egg wash.
Heat a frying pan using medium heat and add 2 tbsp of oil. Fry the zucchini until golden brown.