Apr 04 2014

Cherry Blossoms at Dalmaji Road

In Busan, cherry blossoms start blooming near the end of March, reaching their peak in mid-April. To get the most out of it, I have decided to make a trip to the legendary Dalmaji Road! 


Rising to the east of Haeundae beach, over which Busan’s morning sun makes its first climb, is the pine tree lined outcrop of land known as “Dalmaji Hill”. When translated into English, the word “Dalmaji” literally means “Moon Watching Place”, and I couldn’t think of a more suitable name for this vibrant, yet tranquil neighborhood, where the moon is just one of a myriad of things to do and see.

Dalmaji has been drastically gentrified over the years, from its once ghetto-like origins to its current status as a cultural hub and home to some of Busan’s elite set. The numerous upscale restaurants and cafes act as popular hangouts for local celebrities and film makers, as well as those gallery hopping along the hill; while the long stretch of road attracts motorcyclists, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and those just out for a stroll and look at the spectacular view of Busan’s coast.

The road to Dalmaji Hill from Haeundae Beach is famous for its divine cherry blossoms in spring, and has been designated the most beautiful road in Busan. With its lush floral decorations, the road is popular with locals and tourists alike, whether driving or on foot.

Appreacting the falling beauty. Perfect spot to still a kiss under the petals fall. 

Dalmaji’s walkway on the falling petals of cherry blossoms. Like how the the green is peeking out from the red brick. 

the road is lined with brilliant hues of pink and white.

Along the way in Dalmaji road, you do come across with many benches like these. However, the weather was too brutal, so I decided to just walk. But, when the weather gets warmer, it’s a perfect place to chill with my cup of coffee and (book?) with my endless selca moment. LOL

Another one of Dalmaji Road’s charms is the trail hidden in the woods. Often referred to as Moontan Road, this path also presents terrific views of the moon with the sounds of waves and trains nearby,  providing a perfect soundtrack for a romantic stroll. *smack face on forever alone self*

More than the cherry blossoms themselves, I appreciate what they mean: spring is finally here.

The sign hanging on top of the tree, says “watch out your head”. Just thought it was cute =p Some of the trees were really low, and you can just poke your head through the flowers, and start taking selcas (and have a cherry blossom mess all over your cloths). lol. I wanted to do that, but too many passerby. =p

My spring coordinate. My mint top is from TOPSHOP, loving the texture, and it’s sad that Korea has no Topshop. =(

 The road is lined with brilliant hues of pink and white. For the first time ever, I truly resonated with the feeling – “love is in the air”. Growing up in a tropical country, I never had the chance to appreciate any other seasons than summer, which is pretty sad. So, Korea.. then again.. it’s where I have my first spring, blessed. 


 PS: More than the cherry blossoms themselves, I appreciate what they mean: spring is finally here.










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Apr 03 2014

Coffee Smith, Gwangalli

Busan is consumed, fixated and titillated by water. The city is defined by its relationship with the deep blue, from the city icons such as the Diamond Bridge and Gwanganli Beach. A home with a water view is something the locals (even foreigner, like me) aspire to. But if that’s just a dream, there are plenty of cafes with a view of the harbor or ocean, too.

So dear friends, if you are around gwanganli, and looking for a place to chill or past time, I definitely recommend you Coffee Smith! It’s located between the main street of Gwanganli and the beach.

With stunning water views, this café has a great beachside setting and serves freshly brewed coffee.

This coffee shop has an open air concept. During the day time, their windows will open up, and from the coffee shop (just right across), you have a direct view of the beach.  They have both indoor and outdoor, me and my friends decided to sit indoor though, but it doesn’t make much different, because the large window (in second pic) were open, and from second floor, we have a better view of the beach.

 This is a very popular café, so get there early to make sure you secure the best table. We went there in early morning, so it wasn’t that busy yet.

 The café prides itself on e variety of coffee, as well as the staple hot drinks. Their menu is available in english too! So, fret not if you can read Korean. Their drinks ranged between 3500 – 6000 won. It’s about the same from any other franchise. But what makes them stand out even more is the freshly ground coffee beans. Hmmm~ It’s also renowned for their pastries.

What makes one café stand out from the rest? In my opinion it is not only the coffee and food they serve, but also the location, atmosphere and service.

It’s coffee menu is filled with the standard favourites, though the caramel caffe latte and Americano are the barista’s pick and can be sipped on outdoor tables.

Café culture is big in Busan. Combine the two and you have a match made in heaven – Coffee with ocean view!

Great spot to stop by and get some coffee if you are planning to hang out at the beach in the morning!

During the afternoon as the sun is setting, Coffee Smith gets a good measure of direct sunlight, so it’s always warm and sunny on the inside. Also, perfect for selca! Hahaha.. so make sure you have your camera with you when you visit this place.

The atmosphere of Coffee smith is relaxed with everyone reading, on their laptops or engaging in friendly conversation with others. This is a perfect local cafe. Typically all the outdoor seating is filled on a beautiful sunny day. And!! Dog friendly outside. =D

I am here almost every weekend morning with my cup of cafe latte, and on occasion a slice of cake or sandwich. One of my favourite place in Gwanganli on getting caffeinated as I write and blog by myself. Heh.


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Apr 02 2014

Daily Expenses in Korea

So many friends asked me, how much do I need to get by a day. I guess the answer varies from one another, as of me. I usually spend 10,000 won a day. For either (Coffee + Super Heavy Brunch) or (Brunch + Dinner). Anything more, like snacks or another simple meal (fast food/street food for say) would be another 3000 – 4000 won.

Here’s a sneak peak on the korean snack  I had this evening (still pretty filling though it’s just snack). Friend ordered, Tonkatsu (Fried Pork), super sinful cheese tobokki (with ramyun in it too), and another roll of kimbap, (just in case, we are still hungry). The meal shown in above picture cost exactly 11,000 won and trust me they are way to heavy for two girls.

Nyum nyum.. Wanted to go for the cheese fried rice (I think korean really love cheese, the have cheese kimbap/ cheese ramyun, cheese omu rice, cheese this and that) Anyways, settled for dobokki because I’m getting scared of rice (rice every meal, omg)

Round two in coffee shop! I ordered Strawberry cafe latte, it’s a seasonal drink, a regular one would cost about 5,300 won. It’s on the expensive end, usually if you go to a non-franchise coffee shop, one cup of americano would cost somewhere about 1500 – 3000 won.

Coffee shops (franchise) especially would be a pricey place to visit for high-schoolers or even college students (Just my two cents). A cup of coffee could easily feed you for 1.5x meals, and if you are saving an average of how much you spend on coffee a week. In a month, you would probably have enough to buy a new cloth, or probably a pair of shoes.

Regardless, I’m still going pretty often, because those strawberry beverages are simply irresistible (for this season, at least, read more on Strawberry season HERE) Also, some coffee shops really have some nice setting, and I don’t mind taking my work out when I can peep out at cute korean guys. LOL


PS: 1000 won is about RM3

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Mar 31 2014

New Malden British Pub, Busan

New Malden is one of my favourite bars in in Busan. Reasonably priced for the location, comfort food and a friendly atmosphere inside. I would definitely recommend people to come here and be the judge for themselves and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Located behind the wall of Pukyung University, the New Malden British Pub is a trendy version of an English pub, which seems to be the hot place in Pukyung Univ area at the moment, if not the whole Busan.

Came here with three of my friends, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever encountered better service. Our server was sweet and his recommendations on what to order were delicious!  More on that later!

The stone arch, vintage setting , and soft lighting create a space that transports you back in time!

I love this place (the interior/atmosphere/food/people of this place), even though I don’t drink! Besides, it is an easy place to grab dinner in between shopping and movie, it hit the spot.

The establishment is well set up with ample seating inside and outside (Sorry forgot to take pics from the outside T_T). Inside, there is a mini bar surrounding a huge wall of alcohol, with drinks, food and other specials listed on blackboards.

The dark wood and red ceiling tiles epitomize the English Pub vibe. The fully-stocked bar allows liquor bottles and barware to serve as accessories.

 The vintage wall decor lining the beam evokes pubs of the past, then again, with a twist of quirkiness!

New Malden has, as one would expect and hope, a pretty outstanding selection of beers, both on tap and in bottle. We were served by the barkeep very promptly. The complimentary bucket of cheese balls is a nice touch!

Our first dish!!  Look wise, it’s a beast, at a whopping  foot long (possibly bigger) and more than enough for two people. The bun has a nice touch with herbs sprinkled on top! It also comes with a variety of accouterments, including pickled , onions, chili and honey mustard.

Here comes their spoon pizza!  Filled with cheese which was a nice touch, but I wasn’t that impressed, I would say presentation over taste. But, it’s a nice finger food to go with your beer. If you need a light snack, I would definitely recommend this one, since they uses tortilla wrap, instead of the traditional pizza dough.

We sat at the bar and had top notch service, moved towards the dart machines for a few plays (Whether it’s a dartboard or a pool table, games are common in british pubs! ), and chatted up all kinds of friendly patrons and staff. Extra thanks to the owner, Jack. He was personable and seems to really love his job and taking care of his customers and staff.

 The wall color, ornate dart machine, and the woody furniture contrast perfectly with the dark wood ceiling beams and bar.

Love the naughty wall art in the toilet and game room!

Oh.. Only if they are real. This was a glimpse of the female cubicle, went to peak on the male’s cubicle, and trust me.. It is more exciting for you to find our yourself when you are here! Heh, I shall not burst the bubble ..

This pub has officially become one of my favorite hideout in Busan, talking about service and quality, this place definitely receives my loyalty!

Directions to New Malden British Pub: Take subway to Kyungsung Univ. Pukyong Nat’l Univ station, exit 4, when you exit from exit 4, walk straight ahead for about 300-400m, turn left to the alley behind pukyung university, the pub is just a wall across. Look out for the jack union flag, it wasn’t that hard to spot it! 

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Mar 30 2014

IV Nutrient Infusion Therapy

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Feeling tired? Energy levels low? Maybe you drank a bit too much last night?

Why not try one of the latest celebrity health fads? Intravenous vitamin therapy.

Some of its celebrity proponents? Madonna, Simon Cowell, andCindy Crawford. A few weeks ago Rihanna even Tweeted a picture of herself getting an IV drip of what she called the“party-girl drip.”

So, what’s in the drip?

It’s a solution of vitamins and minerals called aMyers’ Cocktail, invented over 30 years ago by Baltimore physician John Myers. It contains magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12) and vitamin C.

The vitamins are typically given in larger doses than are present in vitamin pills. For example, the amount of Vitamin C ( up to 25 grams) is almost 300 times the recommended daily dose of 90 milligrams!

Other vitamins or ingredients may be added to the Myers’ Cocktail protocol, “customizing” it to the patient’s diagnosis and overall health as well as the condition being treated.

Intravenous (IV) nutrition is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances directly into a patient’s bloodstream. Bypassing the digestive system is the main advantage of IV nutrition. When substances are given orally they must be processed through the stomach and the intestines. Many substances may be rendered inactive in the digestive tract, or may not be well absorbed due to poor intestinal function. By directly administering nutrients to the body higher than normal blood levels can be achieved. 

Originally a craze among the A-list crowd, vitamin IV shots have become increasingly available.

Most patients tend to check in for quick hits on lunch breaks or post work. I had mine done during after a lunch break interval before going to my next appointment! Ok, it wasn’t that painful, but just me having a phobia with needles, the procedure is painless, but the feeling of cold needle poking in my vain just send me goosebumps. It’s not a feeling that I quite enjoy, but definitely painless.

There are claims that IV vitamin therapy is useful in treating many different conditions, including:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with or without Epstein-Barr virus
  • Chronic depression
  • Acute or chronic muscle spasm
  • Fibromyalgia (see below)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Narcotic withdrawal
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Acute or chronic asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ischemic vascular disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
  • Acute viral illness/colds
  • Acute infections

The infusion was very helpful for me. Medically speaking, the reason you get an energy boost is because of the B vitamins. It does help. In my research I have read mixed reviews. I found it very helpful for chronic fatigue. The mixture contains everything the body needs for energy and metabolism. Anything the body does not need will be excreted. Yes, energy shot’s have the same. If the cost is bothersome possibly one IV therapy per month and oral supplements in between has worked for me. Again, the cocktail is made up of wonderful vitamins that the body uses for metabolism and energy, in my humble opinion and with the medical knowledge that I have, it is a win, win.



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