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.

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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 :

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Two weeks ago, I went on an academic trip with my university to Penang. We spent 4 nights in Penang and did a bunch of things. Since it was an academic trip, it wasn’t all touristy so I won’t be giving you the detail of the entire trip, only the touristy parts because, who cares if we visited the Royal Customs office or USM?

The first thing we did was visit Penang Hill, or Bukit Bendera, which is a very popular tourist attraction in Penang. It is apparently the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, which takes you to the top of the hill. With 52, 100 year-old, bungalows, it doesn’t only take you closer to nature but the history and culture of Penang as well.

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If you’ve been following this blog since the very beginning, you would know that I am a huge fan of Rimba & Rusa since the day it opened. When I was planning my trip to Kuala Lumpur, visiting Rimba & Rusa was at the top of my list. I follow them on Instagram so I am pretty up to date with all their menu updates and whatnot. I have been wanting to try out all the new dishes they’ve introduced since the last time I was there and it was finally time that I did exactly that.

I went to Rimba & Rusa after I visited the National Zoo, which is pretty ironic because I literally just came from seeing the rimba and the rusa at the zoo. I was trying to keep myself on a very tight budget because I need to save up for another travel adventure at the end of December, but when I opened the menu, I couldn’t help myself.

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I always tell people that I’m super adventurous and I love travelling but the truth is, I really am not. When I say travelling, I really mean travelling to cities with all those glamorous travel shows in mind. When my friends asked if I want to go to a hot spring in Padawan, about 2 hours from the centre of Kuching, I said immediately said no. I did not want to drive to the middle of nowhere and soak myself in water for no apparent reason. But since they insisted, I felt super duper lame and unadventurous so I eventually agreed to go anyway.

I ended up being the designated driver of the day so I got ready by 8AM, I picked my friends up and by the time we were at BDC, it was already a bit over 10AM. The drive to Annah Rais from BDC was less than 2 hours, with the help of Waze, of course. I did not expect it to be too far away but heck, it was crazy far. I wish I know how to describe the journey we had to reach the place but it really was like nothing I expected. Most of the time, the drive felt eerie and the rest were filled with “oohs” and “aahs” at the beautiful trees and mountain tops. I’ve never been that deep into the mountains before so I was pretty much in awe and fear at the same time.

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My friends and I have just sat for our final exams and hopefully, have completed our Diploma. Since a couple of my friends are not from Kuching and will return to their hometowns soon, we decided to hang out more to make exceptional memories during our last few days together. Yesterday, we decided to check out Mami Cendol, a place I’ve been to before but I’ve never properly checked it out and tasted all the food. Mami Cendol is a very famous cendol place in Kuching, probably because it’s rare to find in the catcity.

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