Seoul: Day 1-A Walk from Seocho to Itaewon

So, it was raining non-stop yesterday. But that did not stop us from walking around in Seoul. Furthermore, we had to find Muslim food. As we are not familiar ourselves with the train system just yet, we decided to walk from Seocho-Dong to Itaewon.

So let’s take a walk with me along the way.

posing in front of a restaurant

Posing in front of a Korean restaurant on a junction leading to Banporo Road that leads to Itaewon.

In front of Catholic University

In front of Catholic University situated on Banporo Road.

small road

One of the small roads in-between the walk.

walking down that road

Me walking down Banporo Road, somewhere after Seoul District Public Prosecutors Office.


At a traffic light near JW Marriot.

pedestrian subway

Taking a pedestrian subway that leads to Hangang Park.

strong wind

Hangang Park. The wind was so strong that it turned the umbrella inside out! I like how the mechanism of the umbrella works.

banpogyo bridge

Right at the Hangang Park, there’s a pedestrian bridge to the other side. So we were walking right below a road bridge called Banpogyo Bridge.

We walked about 1.5km more before we finally found a restaurant.

Al-Saba restaurant

Al-Saba, a Halal Persian Restaurant situated at Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-Ku, Seoul.

I had a green tea with Garlic Rice, while my husband, Chickpea Soup, Mutton Briyani and a special Persian tea.

green tea

Green Tea

Garlic Rice

Garlic Rice

mutton briyani


After the dinner, the rain wasn’t getting any better so we decided to just go back to the hotel and visit the market the next day. We took a cab and the fare was KRW6000 (about RM16).

Total walk was 6.8km.

Next, my visit to the Itaewon Market.

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Seoul: Day 1-morning

Reached Incheon Airport, Seoul, South Korea at 8.20am local time. Reached hotel around 9.20am. The airport to hotel took about an hour.

view from airplane

The view from airplane, about to descend.

heading to baggage claim area

Heading to baggage claim area.

our hotel stay

Our Hotel Stay, Friend Hotel. That’s my husband posing at the hotel sign.

The hotel is situated at Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul. Quite far from Central Seoul. We’re finding our way to Central Seoul. Most probably will be going to Itaewon today looking for Muslim food and mosque.

seocho-dong street

Walking down the Seocho-Dong street, looking for plug adapter. Failed the first time.

Went second time in the heavy rain and found an electric shop. Borrowed the receptionist’s umbrella. Later we bought 2 umbrellas. Can’t wait for the rain to stop. It will be raining the whole day today, tomorrow and Monday. Tuesday is predicted to be clear, let’s hope me and my other half can do a lot of travelling on that day.

Em shop

Found an ‘Em’ shop. 😀

Blogging live from hotel room,

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You’re my heart, you’re my Seoul…

I am currently researching the best place in Seoul to visit.

seoul map

Places of interest that are on my list include Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Biwon, the Secret Garden, Insadong, Hangang River and many more. I listed some of the best place according to my sketching and enjoying nature interest in iMasTravel page but I am really up to more places if time permits because I don’t really want to be a tourist, I want to be a traveler.

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

Anyway, the title reminds me of this song, one of my favourite songs during the 80s:


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My Yahoo! Experience

Leonardo da Vinci once quoted, “Learning never exhausts the mind.”

my Yahoo! latte

my Yahoo! latte

Indeed, learning new things are never exhausting. I had so much fun much yesterday during an editorial training session with Yahoo! Southeast Asia’s for one day.

Winning 2nd place in iMasTravel is the best thing that happens to me this year. Beside winning double trips to Cape Town, South Africa and Seoul, Korea, I also won iMasTravel special page on Yahoo! And yesterday, together with Yuven and Ti Ming, 1st and 3rd winner respectively, I flew to Singapore to meet the Southeast Asia team.

At the training session, we were given insights on how to write professionally by Karen Vera, Custom Brand Experience Editor and Wendy Ferrer, Yahoo! Southeast Asia Sub Editor. They explained about Yahoo! Voice; how Yahoo! writes, the qualities and the spectrum. We also discussed about important angles to cover during our big trips in June-August.

Basically, we have to keep these pointers in mind:

  • Focus on the audience
  • Use a conversational tone
  • Keep it simple, short and direct
  • Have fun

quote on glass door

a quote on glass door

Apart from the editorial training, we got to meet Manali Pattnaik, Corporate Communication Manager and Jonas de los Reyes, Lead Community Manager of Yahoo! Southeast Asia. Manali talked about Yahoo! and it’s direction in general, While Jonas talked about social media. And from Jonas, we got to know an inspiring story about Gary Vaynerchuk, a businessman who made it with the help of social media.

If content is king, your community is GOD! ~Gary Vaynerchuk.

I had a very valuable training session with Yahoo! Southeast Asia. And truly, it’s a dream come true to be on the spotlight on Yahoo! iMasTravel page, writing for millions of people. And to meet the talented and creative people behind Yahoo! was truly priceless!

Overall, I have gained great tips on how to write better and how to benefit from social media. And from now on, I will try to put to use what I had learned yesterday to my blog writings. If you want to know more, be sure to comeback here and read my blog articles. I am working on improving my writings and also working hard to improve my grammar. I will be submitting my first article for Yahoo! iMasTravel special page on first week June.

And don’t forget to add me here: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr.


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Seoul and Cape Town, I’ll be on my way

Yay, I won the 2nd Prize of iMasTravel contest :

  • 6 Days 4 Nights holiday package for two (2) to Cape Town, South Africa
  • 5 Days 4 Nights holiday package for two (2) to Seoul, Korea
  • USD500 cash allowance for each holiday packages.
  • 1 Day Yahoo editorial training session in Singapore, all-inclusive return economy class ticket from Kuala Lumpur for one person
  • Personal page at Yahoo! Travel website

I am so happy!! This is like a dream comes true! The trips are schedule for June (Korea) and July (South Africa). I will be blogging from my Yahoo! personal page but worry not, this blog also will be updated with colorful pictures of the two countries. I’ll make sure to draw more and have fun exploring both countries!

The first prize goes to MysticalMaster006 and the 3rd Shuigao.

I would like to thank you to all (personal friends, blogger friends, readers, family members who had voted for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to MAS Traveller Team, Executive Vice President, Communications, MAS, Raja Zamilia Raja Dato’ Seri Mansur, Khairul Syahar Khalid, Head of Advertising and Promotions MAS not leaving behind Sales Director, Yahoo! Malaysia, Kee Jon-Tjin.

Thank you so much again from the bottom of my heart!

me getting my prizes

Me getting my prizes from Executive Vice President, Communications, MAS, Raja Zamilia Raja Dato’ Seri Mansur.

Here’s a video from The Star Online:

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iMasTravel Top 15!

Alhamdulillah, I made it to the iMAsTravel Top 15. Hope to make it to the Top 3 as prizes will be given to  the Top 3 only. Mas Traveller‘s team will reveal the Top 3 next week on 11th May (Wednesday) during a prize-giving ceremony, so wish me luck. I need lots of luck. Thank you for your kind votes and your help to get me more votes. Special thanks to my buddy, Helmy Samad for putting up a great effort in helping me get even more votes.

Have you checked whether you are the winners of my luck draw? Don’t forget to e-mail me your snail mail address.

iMasTravel Top 15 contestants

iMasTravel Prizes

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