Jihye opened her shop, Jaws Tteobokki 죠스 떡볶이 in Daegu on 24 July 2012! 축하합니다!! Jaws Tteobokki is one of the popular Tteobokki outlets in Korea and Jihye managed to get a franchise of it. There are many Jaws Tteobokki outlets in Korea but I have yet to visit anyone of them! Ermmm.....main reason is I don't really like Tteobokki. Well, they don't sell only Tteobokki. There are also other traditional Korean food such as odeng, fried food etc. Most important of all, I want to see Jihye again ^^
I was racking my brains how to get to her shop as a surprise visit without being too obvious in asking for the shop address. Luck is on my side when she uploaded her blog Jihye's shop - Jaws Tteobokki on FB last night! I think the nearest subway station is Seongseo Industrial Complex station. Can't wait to visit her in Daegu! But it will only be a day trip cos I am a greedy girl! I wanna see more of Korea....wish I could stay in Korea for good....argghhhhh!!!
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
I learnt and gained a lot in this trip. How can I ever repay the kindness from people whom I never knew. I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I wish them well in their lives. One very important lesson that I learnt in this trip. Never ever assume the people beside you do not understand what you said.
I was on a very jam-packed subway. Two young Korean girls were standing beside me. At a certain station, a group of young foreigners entered the train. This group of young foreigners consisted of 5 guys and 2 girls. Suddenly, one of the guy said to his friend,"Wooo...I could feel her butt rubbing against mine." His friend laughed at his remarks and both of them continued with their obscene conversation about the girl's butt. They spoke English especially the chap who initiated the conversation spoke loud and clear in the train. Apparently, the Korean girl did not understand what they said because she was still happily chatting with her friend. I stared hard at the young chaps but they thought I did not hear or understand them since I had my earpiece in my ears. I felt the urge to tell the Korean girl but how should I tell her? There wasn't much space for her to shift her position. If she has understood what he said, she would have reacted. I really felt like telling off the chap but would he hit me? They have 5 guys. I felt extremely pissed off and lousy for not doing anything.
The group of young foreigners got off after two stations. Till now, I still regret not doing anything for the girl. If I were to encounter such incident again(I hope not), I hope I can deal with it tactfully. This incident is not to penalise any nationality but don't you think such behaviour brings shame to themselves and the country they came from? When we are overseas, what we do reflects not only on ourselves but also our own country.
Finally, I completed my posts for Spring trip 2012. I can now devote my time and concentrate on my planning for the upcoming trip ^^ Its 53 days to my next trip but I haven't start my research!! *sweat
Monday, 13 August 2012
|If you are coming from the Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center, exit 1 & 2 would be the nearest exit to the post office.|
|The building is so big.|
|A mini supermarket nearby the post office. I did my last minute shopping here.|
|I can't recall how many bottles I drank during this trip. I like them warm ^^|
Any idea what is this?? Does it looks like a frozen chicken to you? Well, it was actually the garlic which I bought from Namdaemun Market. Very well wrapped, isn't it? It costs only KRW5000 for this amount of 250g. Cheap!
|OZ 751....sigh...I think I prefer OZ 752 and OZ 753.|
|I think this is very good practice.|
Security checks for Asiana Air seemed to be stricter but I like.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
|After a heavy and satisfying breakfast, I decided to walk around Namdaemun.|
|I didn't tour around the entire Namdaemun but randomly walked to any section that was near exit 5.|
|Ahh!! Gochutgaru 고춧가루! I was contemplating whether to buy a not and eventually I did not. It should be cheap to buy from here. Hmm...They came in different tones of red. Was that an indication of their level of spiciness?|
|Looks like what we commonly known as 杂货店.|
|Woww..so many banchan! I bought garlic cos mum loves it but she said the ones I bought from Lotte Department Store tasted better than the ones I bought from here.|
|The fact that they used plastic film to cover the food was a plus point for me ^^|
|Was that 간장게장 Ganjang Gejang??|
|Saw another shop selling 왕만두 Wang Mandu.|
|I passed by the first shop selling 왕만두 Wang Mandu. |
Hehehee...I was tempted to buy a 왕만두.
Can my stomach accomodate one more mandu??
|These mandu looked ready for consumption. Although I was not sure why I still have to wait, but I waited.|
|These should be the non spicy mandu.|
And these should be the spicy mandu.
|I spent my 6 mins observing how they worked. Every staff had their own role to play but they helped each other and worked as a team. I also notice this money box, which was placed on the table top visible and reachable to anyone who passed by. I saw some customers putting their payment into this box when the staff gets too busy, while a few customers will get their own change from this box if change is required. I remembered seeing such money box at one of the shop in Herb Island. Remember I bought the candies from a shop at herb island? An elderly lady was tending the shop. My candies cost KRW200 and she told me to put my payment into her money box. She didn't even check whether I put the correct amount. This is what I called trust and integrity.|
|Woooo...Was that my mandu ^^|
|Wowww!! Fresh from the oven ^^|
Most of the customers bought their mandu in boxes but I bought only one mandu !! Hahahaa
Well, I certainly wish I can buy these back to Singapore!!
I tried a mandu in my last trip. This was my second time to eat Korean mandu.
Looks like 包 but it taste very different. One piece of mandu cost KRW600.
|LED screens were used in the subway cabins to display the current and next station, as well as which side to exit. However during this trip, I encountered blank screens very often. Its not any big issue for me but as a foreigner, I will be more sensitive to it since I tend to rely on it more than the locals.|
|I took the subway to Hoehyeon Station, exit 5. Ya..I took the stairs cos I was starting to miss Korea a lot.|
|I walked in.|
|Woww...free flow of banchan?|
|The lady seated beside me is a foreigner. I think she must be shocked with my appetite..|
This was the 아줌마 who replied me, " 비빔밥 Bibimbap". She was a very nice lady ^^ Perhaps I should call her 이모 which sounds better. In this trip, I heard youngsters addressing the older ladies as 이모 rather than 아줌마.
|The boribap came with a small bowl of kalguksu but I do not know what kalguksu was this! Hahahaa..The whole set cost only KRW5000!! So cheap!|