It’s about the depth not the length.

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Once she stopped rushing through life. She was amazed how much more life she had time for. – Unknown

It’s been a while I didn’t updated my blog. Asking me what I was busy for, my answer would be ‘living my life’.

Right now, I’m trying to slow down my pace. I reduce my schedule for one day. Stop pushing myself by my own deadline that’s too pressured. I’m eating healthier, sleeping more healthier and doing the things that make me feel happier. I travel when my feet ask for some adventure. I even start writing some more articles on the topic that I would like to do for such a long time ago. I’m trying to live my life in more balance way between my duty and my happiness.

In conclusion, I’m trying to make more quality time for myself.

Other than my own private life, I try more to care less about other’s opinion. Joe (from Princess Diary Movie, one of my most favorite forever!) said that “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”. I do agree with him though. I’m living in the way that I prefer to do. No matter what the others think, if they know me well enough, I think they’ll understand and accept me with my own way.

I used to be the one who considers too much on success and failure. But then I realized that none of them is permanent. It comes and it goes. We do learn something from every step of our life. I shouldn’t be afraid of failure and not too overexcited for success. I just need to embrace it as one part of me. The part that makes me who I am for now.

Nothing is useless and nothing to regret.

Short updated for now. I’m coming back after my TOPIK exam in March for last snow blog update from Chungcheon. (Long time ago trip with school haha)

Way to Neverland

Last Chinese New Year, my junior invited me to her apartment to cook and have party with her friends.

After cooking tom-yum without any instant paste for the first time in my life and finishing all of the food we cooked together, we started playing our games.

Almost everyone there was undergraduate students. They are still so young, so wild, so funny, so crazy and a bit insane. haha

Sitting with all of them there remind me my university life and my exchange life in Daejeon three years ago. I was energized sitting there, playing game, laughing with their jokes.

Other day, I went to ice-skating place with them. All of the kids played much more better than me who just slowly moved myself about the skating place. Ended up I fell down three times and I recovered within 3 days.

I didn’t really think that much until the time I went to the bookstore. I got to see one book. It’s about our childhood. From that point, I started to discover more on myself.

Once I got to be asked what kind of person I want to be in the future. It’s really hard question that I had never ever been able to answer it.

On that day, I realized the importance of being youth.

When the world is really big place and there are so many things to wonder around. Together with us, who are still young. Nothing to be worried about. Everything is interesting and chance to learn more on the world. We’re curious about everything around us and we’re not afraid to try.

Sometimes it might get us to hurt but that curiosity is stronger.

I don’t want to lose my feeling of being that energized youth. That’s the type of person I would like to be.

The adult who has never forgotten the youth.

Somewhat this idea reminded me Peter Pan and Little Prince.

Both of them are those people who keep reminding us not to forget the youth but also not to be afraid of being adult.

As Little Prince said, “Growing up is not a problem. Forgetting is.”

Don’t afraid to fall down. Don’t afraid to experience the failure.

Someone that I want to be.

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Message from another me.

New Year just passed but it seems like I got some problems with my time management and my mind turned to be more doomed with tons of thoughts and emotional stuffs I made it up by myself.

Then, while writing my diary yesterday and sliding through my twitter’s timeline last night, I found out one page of my diary two years ago that I took photo and uploaded it on my twitter account in case I want to re-read it again.

I did that since that day I wrote to myself in the future and with that complicated mind, her writing (me in the past) just came at the right time.

This is the message that another me wrote to me.

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29.11.2015

I almost finished this diary and our semester is almost done. The tumult happened to me during a short period of time. But when some kind of determination came up, all I can hope to myself is that enthusiasm would not fade away that easily.

Zig Ziglar said that ‘I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.’

I would have just kept my extraordinary determination. No need to pay attention to the others’ path, where they would go, or neither how far they are. I’ll just go on my own path. Fast or slow, it would just be my own speed that I can cope with. If I fail, I’ll just do it again. I’ll just keep continue doing it since no matter how the result is I’ll still be alive and can try again as long as I want to. I’ll just do my best with it. Focus on it. I did choose this path by myself. I have to believe and keep the faith on the choice I chose. Even though I might be disappointed because of it, cry, angry, or I might want to give up, one thing I want to tell myself in the future is that you are allowed to be tired, to feel dejected, to feel like giving up, to fall down. But I just want to remind you that you are always able to get up and continue.

Don’t leave your extraordinary determination. It might take short or long period of time to be successful but everything is experience. It would teach you in somehow no matter what.

Don’t lose faith in yourself. Don’t look down on yourself but also stay humble and don’t be vain. Always gather your mind, that’s the important point.

Don’t pay attention to the others, and also the way they look at you. You only need to know who you are and what you are doing. That’s enough.

Remember that only one person that you need to overcome is your own self.

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Reading this helped me gather my mind. Everything just suddenly turned to be brighter. I’m still going on my own way, my own speed. That’s enough.

Hardest part for me is I still compare myself with others in some way. This message from another me just reminded me to focus on my own way.

Yes, since everyone is unique and special in their own way. Why I have to compare myself with anyone?

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The importance of resolution

 Last month of 2016 comes so fast. A lot more faster than I had expected it to be. By this time last year, I was trying to finish all of my part time job and meeting some of my friends from exchange program in Bangkok. I wanted to start my new year without any burdensome feeling. Fresh start always leads to fresh coming year, I believe.

I realized that it’s quite a long time I didn’t updated my blog about life and thought. Almost every entry focuses on traveling and my trip. Some deep talk becomes less and less in my life when life turns to be fast and furious.

Sometimes, slowing down the speed of our life is needed.

Something good always comes from the concentration, effort, hardworking and dedication. Well, and most important thing, heart.

Almost every year, I’ll write my resolution before December comes. (hmm I always finish my schedule before December that’s why I write it earlier than normal people). But well, this year, I didn’t do that.

Not that I don’t have, but the resolution somehow can pressure me too much. It turns to be my commitment, the thing I force myself to follow too much.

Living a bit more free is what I need.

So far, I have never known what I want to be specialized. I know sociology is the answer but what’s inside the sociology since this field is too broad. I tried harder and harder to find myself. End up feeling too exhausted with too much expectation on my own self.

Setting your goal is important, but sometimes you need to walk out of the normal path to experience more on the world. Like this, you might discover another side of yourself that you’ve never known before.

That’s my only one resolution for this coming 2017.

I want to experience life in deeper way. I will try indulging myself with small number of the things around myself, but in deeper way. I would like to slow down my speed of living and deepen my mind with the moment that I’ll have, the things that I’ll do, the people that I’ll meet. I’ll give more time for everything. I’ll enjoy everything that gets pass through my life more than before.

It would be hard, but I’ll try my best.; )

Thank you 2016 for being such a great year for growing up and nice to meet you, 2017.

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Cloudy day in Tongyeong

Done with our trip in Geoje, our last day of the trip was in Tongyeong. We took bus only 30 minutes to Tongyeong Bus Terminal. After putting all of our stuffs in the locker, we are more than ready to visit Tongyeong.

We took bus at the bus stop right in front of bus terminal. Our first destination of the day was Mireuksan, one of the 100 best mountains in Korea. From what I saw on the internet while preparing myself for this trip, the scenery is breathtaking until I couldn’t wait to see the real one.

Getting down from the bus, we followed one Korean guy until we reached the Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway station. From this ground station, we can take cable car to the summit station, directly to the summit of Mireuksan without doing hiking by outselves at all.

Due to our limit of time (and yes, our bodies), we decided to take cable car to the summit station for round trip. We got to take cable car with one Korean family. They are quite nice and really well manner. I just enjoyed the scenery and took some photos all along the way. Within only around 15 minutes, we reached the summit of Mireuksan.

Up there, the facilities are more than enough. They got the resting point for you to sit and enjoy the scenery (that day it was occupied by all of Korean Ahjummas and Ahjusshis). Together with some coffee shop and snack bars, you can just sip your coffee in the sky lounge or outside while enjoying the panorama view of Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park.

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I dare say this point is just a starter. We followed the guide signs to see the real summit of Mireuksan. Luckily, that day it was quite crowded since it’s Sunday. All we need to do was just following other people.

Walking along the way itself is quite pleasant walk already. But at the moment we reached the top, it’s the moment when all of your energy to travel this far paid off. Mireuksan is one of the destinations during this trip that I expected quite a lot and he didn’t let my down at all.

It took us a long time there because we really cannot take ourselves out of this place. This magnificent view is too charming. It’s the first time I feel like no matter how I snapped my shutter, the photo would come out nicely. Hahaa

After that, at first we planned to stop by art gallery nearby and Yi Sun-Sin park yet unfortunately the weather was not so nice by that time. We changed our plan and went straight to Tongyeong Jung-ang Market and the Geobukseon warships instead.

The reason why we put Jung-ang market in our travel plan is because of me. Other than general food that’s sold in this market, they got two famous dishes so far which are Chungmu Kimbap and Kkulbbang (Honey bread). It’s one of my personal checkpoint that I really want to accomplish during this trip. weeheeee XD

Stepping in the market area, it really got that local feeling. At first, I thought Jagalchi Market is the most familiar place to local market back in my country already. But Tongyeong Jung-ang is even more familiar. I feel like going back home for some reason. It’s super lively and you can really get to see the way Southern part of Korean’s life.

We walked pass by a lot of honey bread shops. Every shops got you some testers which makes it even harder to me to decide where to stop. In the end, my travel partner just randomly chose one of Ahjumma’s shop named 꿀봉이 and tried the tester there. (I can see that he didn’t really get to excited with it until he tried. haha Pad myself for good sense of food.)

Kkulbbang is fried bread and inside got different flavor such as red bean, sweet potatoes and so on. Outside it’s coated by sweet honey and topped by white sesame. Such a perfect combination. Typing about its taste still can make my mouth watering. And well, instead of one box, we ended up buying two big boxes of honey bread back to Daejeon. hehe

Right after getting my beloved honey bread, we stopped at one Chungmu Kimbap shop called 명가충무김밥. Only one menu inside this restaurant is Chungmu Kimbap. First impression is just plain rice rolled with seaweed. Being served separately with spicy squid and radish. Personally, I don’t really like eating kimbap since it’s cold food.

But the spiciness of squid made some different. The taste is quite strong and it’s just nice with plain kimbap that’s served together. We finished it in no time. For me, I feel like this dish is comfort food that the local would just have. You can get that feeling when it was in your mouth.

One of my professors once told me in anthropology class that if we want to get to know the others, their food can tell us about the cultural background in some way.

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After meal, we walked along the bay and sightseeing the local life. Around this place, it got the atmosphere of real life. Watching the fisherman doing his work, or trying to feed seagull for my travel partner to get the video he missed the day before by honey bread (but failed).

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Last destination of this trip was Geobukseon Joseon warships. This exhibition is just around 5 minute walk from Jung-ang Market. This is the model of Geobukseon, famous Korean battle ship of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin used in Korea’s Imjin war against Japan by that time.

The exhibition itself will get you the feeling of normal exhibition. But the highlight point for us was Hanbok experience in marine army style. Also the rooftop is not bad. Nice spot for chilling and taking photos.

Then it came to the end of this trip. We sat at the bench nearby, eating some honey bread, talking and looking at the local people around. It’s right decision to end our trip at Tongyeong. Thank you for this warm welcome.

Until we meet again. : )

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This trip is under the KOREA Tourism UP grade project. Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization. It’s the program containing 10 theme tour. Mine is under the theme island and wind.

Another special thank goes to my travel partner, kkulbbang oppa (Your name will always change according to the thing we eat.), for standing my panic and this full of laughing trip. Southern sea of Korea got magic somehow. HAHA.

Deep ocean with blue sky in Geoje

Right after Busan, we arrived Geoje in next early morning. Geoje greeted us with sunny and bright day. The atmosphere of small town is totally different than Busan. I felt a bit excited to see what this small town got for me.

Leaving our luggage in hotel which is not so far from the bus terminal, (Geoje or Gohyeon Bus Terminal is super small. Smallest one as I saw in Korea so far hahaa) we headed straight to our first destination in Geoje, Historic Park of Geojedo P.O.W. Camp.

To be honest, at first I didn’t pay that much attention to P.O.W. Personally, I’m easily getting afraid of this kind of figures. Maybe my imagination is too good, especially when it looks so real.

But since my friend said so that it’s a must in Geoje, I decided to put it in our plan and just followed. Well, in the end, I felt relieved that I didn’t cut it out. It’s quite interesting place. Especially for the one who is interested in Korean history, focusing on Korean war period.

P.O.W. brought us back to travel in the past. This camp was built during Korean war in order to accommodate the invaders from North side. It’s one of the place you can see how it used to be during the period of national division and how ideological conflicts affected during the cold war era.

With their story telling way that is simple but easy to understand, I was able to catch up with the things that happened easily. The detail is not too much or too boring. The technique of story telling is quite interesting also. They separated the exhibitions into the small ones. Each got only one theme to focus about. This 6.25 or Hall of the Korean War History is quite touching for me. We can see the damages from the war to citizens’ live. Only imagine about the family being departed by the others is quite hard already.

Not only one style of storytelling, they got some more with model which is interesting also. Walking through all of this park, you might get the feeling of people who used to live here back in that time. I know it might sound a bit creepy but you can get to learn something from the history in some way. Though we cannot travel back in time to fix it, we still can learn from our lesson in the past and know how to make it better.

One thing I’m impressed about Korea is that they are quite strong nation. Not in term of military, or power, I valued their hardworking and their attitude to get through their hardship. By the time Korean war ended, the situation would definitely be so hard for them. They struggled so hard and within only short period of time, they came so far.

May the peace would always be with this peninsula.

Our lunch was a bit rush because of my misunderstanding on ferry time to Oedo. (If my travel partner gets to read this entry, I bet he’s rolling his eyes now : P) I got a chance to try Meongge Bibimbap. The restaurant is right in front of P.O.W. camp. So we had no need to travel too far.

Meongge bibimbap is rice mixed with fresh oyster. I had it with seaweed soup and other eight side dishes. The side dishes I saw in this Southern part of Korea are different from Seoul or Daejeon also. The ingredients can tell you already that this area is coastal area. Well, some said we can study people’s way of life by the food they eat.

If you like fresh oyster, this bibimbap is for you. Mixing with crispy seaweed, local taste kimchi and hot rice, it’s new flavor for my tongue. Not that bad, even though I don’t really like raw stuff. It’s the dish that can get you the feeling of the sea.

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Well, due to my misunderstanding, we arrived the Jangseungpo ferry terminal 30 minute early. Luckily, around that area it’s just nice to hang around and chill out. Here are some shots I snapped from the ferry terminal.

Our ferry route was Geoje Haegeumgang Island – Oedo Island. It took us about 3 hours for the whole trip. Though it’s just a short trip, they got the emergency instruction lecture for us during the time we departed from the port.

After departing for awhile, the captain allowed us to go to rooftop. I dare saying that this part of the trip made my day that day. On the rooftop, wherever you turn, all you can see is just to horizon where the sky meets the ocean. That skyline with that ocean line. When two greatest nature meet each other. I guess there are not enough words that can describe that big feeling.

Plus with these seagulls, this ferry trip is just completely perfect already.

After feeding the seagulls for awhile, we stopped by Haeguemgang. Our captain told us the story about this place. Unfortunately, all is in Korean. It’s a bit hard because of my broken Korean. Yet as I know, it’s one part of Hallyeo Marine National Park. Nice place to hang around for sunrise and sunset. The scenery of natural cave and cliff is quite stunning.

Last stop for today is Oedo – Oedo Botania. We got free time on Oedo for 1 hour and half. Oedo is not so big but because there are so many things to sightseeing around. I warned you to watch your time. If not, you might miss your ferry back to Geoje because of this charming place.

Oedo Botania is the perfect combination of art and nature. The architecture did a great job with the landscape. Stair garden with this breathtaking ocean view is just right.

Here the weather is warmer than Northern part of Korea. It’s quite hard to leave this place. Make sure you got nice camera with you when you get to visit Oedo. You wouldn’t get enough of it.

Back to Geoje, we ended up our day walking around downtown area. As I mentioned before, Geoje is small town. You can get the feeling of some old school K-drama such as Reply within this town. Not so dynamic as Busan, it got its charm in its own way.

And one of the things I proudly present from this trip is this dish, Haemul-jjim. Super, duper yummy and nicest meal so far for this 3 days 2 nights trip. At first we planned to have Daegu-tang, one of specialties in this region. Searching for almost every shop, we realized that it’s not available. We ended up with this restaurant. It’s super new one and the reason we chose this restaurant was just because the auntie looked so kind.

 Luckily, my sense of eating is always correct. Though the price might be a bit expensive, the taste, the quality of ingredient and the texture of this dish is just perfect. Bit spicy but so tasty. Plus with super fresh and high quality seafood. We have done our day in Geoje in complete way.

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This trip is under the KOREA Tourism UP grade project. Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization. It’s the program containing 10 theme tour. Mine is under the theme island and wind.

Windy, one fine day in Busan

Not so sure about other countries, but in my country, they said whenever you feel down, sea is the right place for you to go.

I didn’t feel down, sad, depressed or whatsoever. But last week, I caught the train to Busan with one of my friends. (Hmmm, not to follow the Korean movie though, haha)

Our compact three days two nights trip in three cities in Southern part of Korea and yes, all are nearby the sea.

I can say it’s our Korean Southern sea discovery trip. We started our trip with Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea.

And more special thing for this trip, we went to Busan by KTX! Even though it’s not my first time, I’m still fascinated with this high-speed train.

Here we come, Busan.

After arriving Busan, we headed straight to Gamcheon Cultural Village nearby Jagalchi Station. There I got to see how great Busan tourism support system is. One kind Ahjumma (‘Auntie’ in Korean word) walked straight to us and helped us with both, our luggage storage and the direction to bus stop where we can take bus to Gamchoen Village.

First 10 point to Busan! (Well, I’m Harry Potter Fan and still get so involved with Fantastic Beast and Where to find Them. Don’t mind me, please haha)

And this is our first destination of this trip, Gamcheon Cultural Village.

This village was built in unique stairs-shape. It was called as “Machu Picchu of Busan”. Inside this tight community, the villagers still maintain their own way of close community culture. The close tight among villagers help this village to still alive. Plus with mural and sculpture arts around the village, I felt like this charming village is the place where close, tight and warm-heart feeling can meet art in harmonious way somehow.

Done with Gamcheon Village, it’s about the time of our lunch time and since the fish market is so nearby, we decided to have lunch in one restaurant there.

We ended up reading our menu and waiting with our watering mouth in 충무횟집 restaurant. Great location of Busan that’s nearby the sea together with home-cooking style of the restaurant is like our guarantee that our Saengseon-gui (Grilled Fish) and Haemul Pajeon (Korean-style Seafood Pancake) would taste great.

When the food came, it’s almost gone with in only one wink because of our hunger. (Well, or maybe only my own hunger according to my travel partner :-p)

After lunch, we walked around the Jagalchi Market and found out that from that point it’s super easy and so near to one of our stops, Yeongdodaegyo Bridge. We got to see the local way of living which is totally different from Seoulites’ lifestyle. I reminded me the real feeling of market back in my home country somehow. They got their own way to follow. But the social bond is still so closed and I still can feel it in Busan air though Busan got to be one of big cities in Korea also. Moreover, the pathway to go is so nice to be true under this kind and nice weather.

No need that much words to describe. I’ll let my camera show you the moments I captured along the way to the bridge.

Yeongdodaegyo Bridge is waiting under Busan clear, blue sky. It’s the only one single-leaf bascule bridge in Korea so far. But the most interesting than that, the bridge would lift up on one side everyday on 2pm to 2.15pm to let the big ships or vessels pass by.

Unfortunately, we saw it lifted up from far away yet when we reached there, it’s already closed. (LOL)

Anyway, the atmosphere around the bridge area was so nice and great for chilling out, sitting and letting the wind blow your face. Feel the fresh air from the sea. Highly recommended, especially for sunny day.

Next stopping point was BIFF Square, well-known and super famous youth place in Busan. It’s also known as the ‘Star Street’ for Busan Film festival. Tracking back to its history, BIFF square came so far from the place that got only some several cinemas to this point.

Though it’s energetic place with tons of teenagers but I still can see the local way of living as one combination within the same area. And well, my main reason to come here is for this famous Hotteok, Korean style pancake.

Unlike normal hotteok from other places, hotteok from BIFF Square famous stall, 씨앗호떡, they put various kind of seeds with red sugar. Having this hot hotteok in this cold weather (it’s beginning of winter here in Korea) is kinda like a small happiness.

Hanging around this place for awhile, we headed to our hotel to check in and come back for our Busan Night Bus Tour. It’s one of the activities we chose for this trip. I was a bit thrilled to see what Busan would get for us during the night time.

The bus is super huge and comfortable. They got 2 levels for you to choose. I recommended you to book in advance for anyone who wants to get the seat in the rooftop. It would be clearer and you can get the nicer scenery up there. But if it’s too cold or too windy for you, you can choose to sit on the first level also.

(Plus, the driver is super duper friendly. Even though he misunderstood that I’m Taiwanese and kept talking to me in Chinese. I guess it’s because the word ‘Thailand’ can sound familiar to ‘Taiwan’ somehow. Haha)

Since Busan is nearby the sea and we need to pass by a lot of bridges. Those bridges with the light is highlight of Busan in the night time.

For now, let me show you what Busan got for us during the night time.

Our last destination of today was Night Market for our late supper (which might not good with our calories calculator and belly but nice for our heart and stomach. :P) Unluckily, the market is closed despite they said in front of the market that they’re closed at 12am. Better just check the time with tourist information.

Since BIFF Square is nearby, we walked back and let our stomach problem solved by local Ahjumma Pochangmaja, street food tent. You might see this kind of shop a lot in Korean dramas. I can tell you that it’s a great experience to follow the local. When in Korea, do as Korean do. Just enjoy eating :-p

Ended up our night in Hotel O Happy. It’s a bit far from Busan downtown yet only one station from bus terminal that we had to take the day after that. Anyway, with this cozy and super comfy bed, I dare say Busan is too good to be true.

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*****

This trip is under the KOREA Tourism UP grade project. Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization. It’s the program containing 10 theme tour. Mine is under the theme island and wind.