Thursday, October 5, 2017

[KOREA] 청담1000번점 스타벅스스타 1000TH STARBUCKS KOREA CHEONGDAM-DONG

So i just visited lately hyped starbucks in Korea because it special branch to celebrate 1000th starbucks korea branch. Cray just can't imagine how much Korean consumes coffee for a day because Starbucks is like everywhere in everycorner of the street and everytime always packed by people. So no wonder since opened on 1999, Starbucks korea has been growing as a giant coffee chain.

청담스타스타버스
CHEONGDAM STAR STARBUCKS

HOW TO GO
Apgujeong Rodeo MRT Station exit 4 (line3)
서울 강남구 도산대로57길 24
청담동 89-4

1st FLOOR
Super wide compared to other starbucks branch. Here where you order, look for some tumblers, and also have seating area. And all drink menu is similar with regular starbucks but they have some special different cakes and hotmeal that you can't find outside.

2nd FLOOR
Go upstairs, more seats and special corner for Starbucks reserve where you can see when barista makes your special coffee. And here their special menu is Alcoholic coffee but im not a fan of alcohol so yeah HAHA

3rd FLOOR
and more seats... HAHA and lovely thing they have outside seating area where you can enjoy noon and autumn breeze on this period ♡

MY ORDERS

샷그린티라떼
SHOT GREENTEA LATTE
Venti size ₩6800
I will share with you my lately coffeine dopping special secret order ( actually not secret HAHA)
+doublegreentea powder ( instead of 4 make it 6 or 7)
+ milk changed with soymilk ( for low calories choice)
+ extra double whipcreme ( ok just forget soymilk HAHA)
I love my drink still tasted thick and bold even after ice melted

오 그린 피스
O! GREEN PIECE
₩7400
[limited menu only at cheongdam 1000th branch]
First, i thought it was greentea cheese cake kinda cake but actually it layers of sweet potato greentea based layered cake with just butter cream in between and i tasted instead of syrup they pour honey liquid on cake so it super gooey even it looked crumbly
TASTE 8/10
(Just too sweet for me)

OVERALL it's okey to come but ya starbucks just starbucks but if you want to take starbucks beauty instashoot come here! Hihi

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

[KOREA] 양주나리공원 YANGJU NARI PARK

Autumn flower selections in Korea even better than Spring for me personally. Beside cosmos and sunflower, this year i just discovered new "weird" plants? Because i am not really sure calling these things flower because they looked more like grass than flower. Another post about my new top list must visit in autumn in Korea goes to park that located around 1 hour drive from seoul, in Yangju city, Gyeonggi-do provence.

양주나리공원
YANGJU NARI PARK

HOW TO GO
수유역 Suyu MRT Station exit 2 line 4 and take bus no.118 get off at 증말교차로 [Jeungmal-gyocharo] ( or just tell the driver nari gongwon and they will understand) around 45 minutes ride.
경기도 양주시 광사로 131-66
경기도 양주시 광사동 731

Suprisingly, the park is quite wide but nothing around it except some foodtrucks and "korean typical" seasonal festival snacks like chicken skewers and popcorn so make sure to bring some snacks your own AND must important thing is TIME. Make sure to come here early, less people better photo right? And here those "special" plants.

#1
천일홍
GLOBE AMARANTH
This cute lil purpleish flower field is the widdest among all. Pretty but yeah not really my fav. Korean believes the flower is the symbol of everlasting love #HOEK

#2
꽃담싸리
KOCHIA
this actually the reason i came here and i spent most of my time taking picture with this fluffy round cute looking hmm plant? It is similar with super fragile tiny tree branches. First time i saw it, it was somewhere in Japan but THANKS GOD I FOUND IT HERE as the weather got cooler, the color changed from green to red. But compared to all green or all red, i love the combination of it

#3
핑크뮬리
MUHLENBERGIA CAPILLARIS
Last but not least. PINK MUHLY GRASS!! omg sorry for not really good pic ya i just use note5 pardon la! HAHA i saw many picture on instagram using DSLR super stuning super smooth and super pink (surely photoshop) because when you see it by yourself, it is not as pink as you imagined, it more into pale pink same as Cherry blossom so you need lil touch of pink filter.

OVER ALL I LOVE LOVE LOVE TAKING PICTURES HERE!! I came here around 11am but because of Chuseok or korean thanks giving, around 12pm starting packed by people and yaaa i was giving up because i hate people inside my frame haha.
CIAO!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

[KOREA] 공주백제문회제 GONGJU - BAEKJE CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Gongju is located 1.5 hours from seoul to the south ( 충남도Chungnam-do). Short history time, So long long time ago in Korea 3 kingdoms dynasty (Goguryeo-Silla-Baekje) when Baekje imperialized mostly South western part of korea like jeollanamdo and impacted also Tamna ( Jeju-do) and Wiryeseong ( Seoul). But on late 5th centuries it was attacted by Goguryeo, so the capital city moved to the south, Ungjin ( now known for GONGJU) and then much further to Sabi ( Buyeo) until the end of kingdom dynasty. So because of that Gongju city has some left Historical site from Baekje Dynasty.

And done for day story time HAHA so Gongju helds 
" 백제문화제 BAEKJE CULTURAL FESTIVAL" 
every year around in the end of september till early of october and for this year 63th festival held on
SEPTEMBER 28~ OCTOBER 5th

HOW TO GO TO GONGJU
By bus to 공주 GONGJU from 동서울 DONG-SEOUL bus terminal (line2) / 경부 GYEONGBU EXPRESS bus terminal (line3,5,9) for ₩9000 ( 2 hours drive)

actually there are many places to visit in Gongju but actually only 2 main famous places called
 공산성 GONGSANSEONG and 금강신관공원 GEUMGANGSINGWAN PARK.
Actually both seperated by river so you have to walk through a bridge to reach other but during the festival, Goverment provided floating bridge on the river so you dont need to cross car bridge.

So here is! Some best way to enjoy Baekje Cultural Festival

#1
BUYING TICKET
₩5000/adult - ₩2000/child
With this ticket you can go inside back and forth twice from the park to fortress or the opposite.

#2
AUTUMN FLOWERS SPAM
inside the park at 미르섬 MIREU ISLAND (small island near the park), special for autumn period, famous with its giant sunflower field, pretty blue sky meets yellow giant sunflower just the best for your instagram feed HAHA. But not only sunflower you can also see cosmos flower and other autumn flowers.

#3
ACROSS THE FLOATING BRIDGE
Special made only during festival. You can go easily to fortress and park come and forth.

#4
CLIMBING OVER TOP OF 공산성 GONGSAN FORTRESS
you can see the whole river and festival area from here. And also at fortress, they has cultural event show and experience baekje culture activities, like archery and horse riding.

#5
CHILL AT "하루공방카페"
HARU GONGBANG- HANOK STYLE CAFE
Right across fortress you can see the cafe directly because it super eyecatchung with woody hanok style house. Here you can chill from the heat and enjoying coffee with fortress entrance view. And coffee price also super affordable ( around ₩2500~4500) with a beautiful view.

#6
CHESNUT STUFF
Gongju also famous as main producer of Chesnut all over the country, now also starbucks launched new autumn drink called Gongju chesnut latte (hope can try it soon!) So while you are in Gongju, you have to try famous chesnuty thing especially chesnut pastry. The bakery located next to the cafe, it sell all chesnuty bread pastry and their speciality is this small pastry with chesnut cream and real chesnut filling ₩2000/piece and many people buy this for souvernir from Gongju. It super flaky at the outside super super soft in the inside super like!! 
 

#7
WAITING SUNSET
noon sunlight is the best with camera.... HAHA sincd i just took all my photos using my note5 it quite disappointing but for you sunset hunter you can take beautiful warm sunshine with pretty sunflower or just watch sunset from the top of fortress. During early autumn period, Sunset is around 6 to 6.30pm.

#8
NIGHT LIGHTING SHOW
As soon as sky is getting darker, colorful night light started. Colorful lanterns and cool autumn breeze. Even it is so dark but visitor gets even busier at night. Light starts around 7pm~10pm.

Overall, as i came on the opening day still so many activities is under preparation but i loved it since still not so crowd but for more festival hype better come on weekend because they will have parade and music performance. From this festival, i got more knowledge about Korean history especially about Baekje. See you on next trip

CIAO!!