In May, I booked a one-way ticket to Bangkok and set foot on the most visited city in Southeast Asia. I had very little planned for the trip but I was sure of eating lots of Thai food, visiting monumental sites filled with history and culture and a lot of tuk tuk riding.
For the past month, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect getaway. I hadn’t been on holiday for more than a year and I was in dire need of one. After a number of lengthy discussions with a friend who lives in Europe, we decided on a gem of the Mediterranean, Greece. Without any proper plans, we booked our tickets to meet up in Athens the following week, booked a night’s stay at a hotel and off we went. No itinerary, no organised plans. Just a travel partner, a plane ticket and a hotel reservation. It was crazy, spontaneous and potentially hazardous. It made my anxiety level shoot up with it being my first time getting on a long-haul flight to (almost) the other side of the world but I did it anyway. This little young organised Malay girl was off to her first crazy spontaneous adventure.
In the process of preparing for my second trip to Seoul, I came up with a list of restaurants and cafes I would like to visit while I was there. Since there were people who asked me for a list of places to eat in Seoul, I thought I should share it on my blog to help anyone else lurking on the internet and asking the same question. I already have a list up somewhere on this blog so here’s another one to keep your mouths busy when you’re in Seoul.
If you don’t know this yet, I spent a small chunk of January in one of my favourite cities in the world, Seoul. After leaving Seoul in May, I had a strong urge to revisit because I felt like I didn’t explore the city enough. I had plans to explore other cities in South Korea, like Busan and the famous Nami Island but all those plans fell through, thanks to bosses and boyfriends. I am a single 20 year-old young woman with no obligation towards a lover or a stern and strict boss. Unfortunately, my friends do not share the same description so I had to compromise my plans. The trip ended up becoming sort of a “healing time” for me, where I let go of any built-up stress and worries to enter the new year with a lot of inner peace.
Since I’ve visited every single tourist attraction that I wanted to visit in May, I had more flexibility on this trip where everything was more casual and spontaneous because I didn’t have an itinerary to follow. I did try coming up with an itinerary because I like to plan ahead but it was surprisingly difficult to do so I decided to wing it, every single day. On this trip, I also decided to leave my blogger responsibilities behind and live in every single moment I had in Seoul. I didn’t plan on blogging about this trip at all but since a few people asked, I decided to do it anyway, in a more personal way. Hence, the existence of this particular round-up.
So, here are some of the things that occupied me on my first winter experience, in Seoul :
On my final day in Kuala Lumpur, I made it a point to have brunch at Breakfast Thieves before my flight at 4PM. I’ve seen a few of my Instagram followings eat here and the food looks so good, I just had to give it a try.
On our last full day in Penang, we decided to be a bit more adventurous and were dropped off at Penang’s famous art street. However, instead of hunting down the street art, I decided to walk down the streets to explore the city as a whole.