Time to Say Goodbye

Here it comes, the time to say goodbye to Autumn. 

When a little puff of wind came, took the leaves up and turned it over and over, and whirled it like a spark of fire in the air and then dropped it gently down to the ground, among hundreds of leaves around.


It's UEE, not Yui

To be frank, K-Pop is not my interest, but if you see this picture, you gonna say i have to swallow my words. Hehehe! This picture was taken in Ssamzie-gil, Insadong on last weekend when me and Widhi passed through a courtyard in the middle of Ssamzie-Gil and saw many people lined up and said that one K-Pop star gonna come to promoted a coffee products. It's attracted Widhi of course, (FYI, Widhi is one of five authors of a book 'Jalan-Jalan K-Pop' and it's been a new fact for me! I just knew it last week after i tweeted about i hanged out with Widhi and one of my friend mentioned me that Widhi is the author of that book and admin of a Twitter account also with same name like the book) Wow! Proud of you, Wid! :D

Anyway, we stopped by and Widhi's instinct brought her to joined in line, me? of course i also joined in line with different purpose: get a free coffee's samples. Yaiy! After stood in line for about 15 minutes, some people pointed out to one girl wearing a brown coat and walked accompanied by two bodyguards and people started to screamed and called her name 'YUI!! YUI!!!' When she's appeared in the stage, she said some words (of course in Korean and i don't know what did she said) and start to gave a cup of coffee for the visitors. She's very thin! No wonder, i think, all of the K-Pop Stars are thin and look similar until i can't distinguished one each other.

And still at the end, i had no idea who is she until Widhi explained about her to me. She's a member of girl group called After School and also she played in some dramas (err?) 
Even, i did wrong to write her name, it supposed to write down as UEE not YUI

Last picture of me Credit to Widhi :*


The East Palace

When is the best time to visit some mainstream tourism objects like palaces in Seoul? It could be in the morning, when it less crowded and you don't have to stand in a long line for the ticket. I prepared my self to visited Cheongdeokgung at 9:00 AM (whaaaat?) ya, i had to reduced my bed time to visited this place. Hehehe. 

Why i chose Cheongdeokgung instead of Gyeongbokgung or the other palaces around Seoul? Because Gyeongbokgung is too famous, it's been no. 1 palace to visit in Seoul and it's too crowded, really! Differ from more formal Gyeongbokgung, Cheongdeokgung looks calm, peaceful and more quiet. And in my opinion, Autumn is the best season to visit Cheongdeokgung because the autumn foliage is at its most beautiful. 

Cheongdeokgung was built during Joseon dynasty in 1405 and it is the second oldest royal palace (after Gyeongbokgung) in Seoul. As the major buildings during Japanese invasion, this palace was burned to ground until it reconstructed in 1610 and served as the main palace for about 270 years until Gyeongbokgung was finally rebuilt in 1868. And again, it was destroyed during Japanese occupation (1910 to 1945) and the restoration was begun in 1991. Like the other historical places, it represents the harshness of its past. The palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.


When The Art Gone Wild

On my way to Samcheongdong this noon, i saw this huge 3/4 naked Mona Lisa and somehow, it's creative! Look at the way they changed a boring fence space into a work of art, and it's attracted me (also other pedestrians, i think) to took her picture. Hehehe. 

That Mona Lisa's figure is a teaser for the museum's opening titled "Naked Museum" by UUL National Art Museum. It's still under construction now and scheduled to open in 2013. 

Interested to visit, anyone? :)


Scent of Autumn

When the leaves are changing their colors into red and yellow and creates some mystical atmosphere with the nature. 

Location: Nami island

Beautiful Nami

Nami island or Nami seom actually is not a real island , it was made as result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944. Located in Gangwon province, Nami island is named after general Nami, who led a victory against the rebels in the 13th year of Jeseon dynasty. 

In particular, this tiny island gaining a popularity through a TV drama 'Winter Sonata' in 2002, still, i have not watch it before but i think i've heard the famous theme song of it. Besides, Nami island also famous for its beautiful trees lined roads, it has a wide grassplot, chess nut trees, birches, maples, and Ginko trees. There are many ways to get there, you can find more complete information about it in here and for me, i prefer used a subway from Ewha subway station, the closest station from my place and got transfer to Jungang line   (Sangbong station) and stop at Gapyeong station. It takes about almost 2 hours, and one tip from me, from Gapyeong station, it's better to takes a taxi (cost less than KRW 3,000) than bus to Nami wharf. 


Seoul Lantern Festival 2012

Seoul lantern festival is the annual event held by Korean Government since 2009 along Cheonggyeceon stream as a plan to attract more visitors and it's running for 17 days, start from last Friday, Nov 2. Every year the festival has different theme, like last year the theme was "Stories of Seoul's past" and for this year is "The lifestyles of our ancestors". 

It's a wrong wrong time to visited there during a weekend, especially on Saturday night, so one tip for me it's better to make your way to the lantern festival on weeknights to avoid the weekend crowd and don't forget to wearing some warm clothes and gloves since the weather is getting cold these days. 


Educational Mind Maps

I'm trying to implement these ways below to stay focus on my work (It's very hard to stay away from those social media and checking emails though).

Have a blessed weekend, y'all! 

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