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Yep. It’s the real rain. Not Rain the singer but the real rain. I thought we’ve done with the rain business last week because it was quite a good sunny day these two days but I guess the raining season is not gonna stop that soon yet.

This is how my place will look like on a nice sunny days; blue sky, nice cotton shape clouds… Well the sun rays here is pretty strong, even with those clouds I need my sunglasses. But it is not bad. Love it, especially when there’s a breeze cooling you down. And oh, the above picture was taken on 19 of July. Nice weather, isn’t it? But then the rain season starts. And like my previous post, it was the worst in South Korea’s history. We have landslide, floods everywhere and I even feel demotivated to go to class (maybe it’s not the rain, maybe it’s just me :P).

Anyhow, last Thursday my friend and I decided to stay out late because we have enough ‘suffering’ staying in the room all the time (because of the rain). We had our fun and sadly we have to go back early to our dormitory (yes, we have curfew :( ) and unfortunately the rain starts pouring down again. At first we try to catch a cab but you know the drill; there is none when you need it the most. So we’ve decided to take our last shuttle bus but it feels like a long way to walk especially in the rain. The umbrella only kept our head dry; my shoes feels like a bag full of water mixed with dirt, my school bag was drenched (some of the books also wet) and overall we looked horrible. The good thing is we arrived on time to catch our last shuttle bus… Huhu

Above picture : some of the people who were waiting for the shuttle bus back to the dorm.

The rain has stopped for like two days. We was so hype up because we’ve planned to have Thai food and worried we couldn’t make it if the rain still here. Hum, I’m gonna make a new post about the Thai restaurant we’ve visited last Friday. Now I need to check and decide which essay should I write amongst the 3 piling up homework before I demotivated myself again.

Oh no it’s already 7.23pm…


Just browsing the internet and I found this song. It’s been a while since I listen to Malaysian song and I wanted to share it here.

Isn’t it nice?


It’s almost August, and I just get the motivation to post about the travel today. Well thanks to the non-stop down pouring rain I have nothing to do at home. The one-day trip started on a nice summer day; we believed it was. We took the subway from our university:

> transfer at line 7 (Sangbong)    > to Gyeongchunson line (경춘선) which head to Chuncheon (춘천)   > stop at Cheongpyeong (청평)

It took about 92 minutes travel time, or you can take other public transportation as stated below:

By Train: Take train for Chuncheon from Cheongnyangri or Seongbuk Station, get off at Cheongpyeong Station. (train and subway is a two different method. If you choose to travel by train, you must purchase a ticket, and traveling time is shorter)

By Bus: Get on a bus for Cheongpyeong from DongSeoul bus terminal or Sangbong terminal, and get off at Cheongpyeong terminal.

After we get off at Cheongpyeong station, we took a bus direct to Petite France. By the way, the bus terminal is quite far but within walking distance. Make sure you get a map and info at the Information Center or you might miss the bus. The bus is like 1 – 1 and a half hour each.

At last! Welcome to Petite France! It’s a busy day. Lots of buses and I think they have some family day or something over. Lots of kids, balloons, families etc. The entrance fee is 8,000won, and we are busy taking pictures even before we got in.

It was a nice sunny day. The problem is it become too hot and too sunny. I didn’t even know whether my pictures are overexposed or not. Luckily it was set to auto ^.^

There were a few food-selling place in here. I was looking forward to taste some France cuisine but disappointed when all they have are two kind of pastas and pork cutlet at the restaurant. Believe me, it was a korean-taste pasta and we ate it because we were too hungry (and hot). But just now when I visit their website they shows some other menus but I think to be safe, just eat something somewhere before you came here.

This place is basically resembling a traditional France Village and they brought the stuff from France too (just hope they really have the France food here :( – still disappointed about the food). This is also the place where they shoot Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden (the first time they met at the film set) and Running Man. The funny thing is I’ve only watched Running Man after I got back from there and was jumping up and down because I was there earlier! (sounds stupid but…) Anyhow it’s an old episode of Running Man but still, I am glad I was there… huhuhu~ Maybe later I will write about our trip to Gangwondo because of 1 Night 2 Days program :P

Hot summer! A hot hot summer!

Oh by the way, Petite France also offers a France style accommodation. If you are interested you can go to the website and do the booking. It’s a nice place with a nice view, and around there they have a dam and you can play water sport over there. But the problem is, if you are not driving it is hard to move around with the bus. As I mentioned earlier, the bus is like 1-1 and half hour each.

So after so much suffering (from the heat) we decided to move to our next location, Nami Island. For those who watched Winter Sonata, this is the place where they have their famous scene (I don’t watch it so I don’t know). Anyway, we asked the ticket counter for the taxi contact number because it will be lots of hassle if we took the bus and the train again. One taxi cost around 18,000won (with the meter, and trust me it is not bad) and we divided it to 4 people so it is okay. The taxi driver was kind enough to show us where we can purchase our tickets and the ride is quite smooth, considering the hills and zigzag (or S lines…?) road.

Actually I can’t really remember how much the ferry cost but it is either 10,000won or 8,000won. Because of the hot summer, I am really looking forward to stay under the tree shades.. huhu. By the way, I was shocked to see the bungee jump here. Hey, it’s one of 1 Night 2 Days place where Lee Seung Gi can’t do the jump and Kim C saves the day :). I wouldn’t dare to try though.

Hey, Selamat Datang! After about 5 minutes ferry ride we were here! And how glad I am to be here, with a lot of shades haha ^^.

The shape of Nami Island resembled a half moon shape. It was actually not an island until they have the dam built and gets the fame because of Winter Sonata drama. You can travel around by renting a bicycle (they have single, family, and the one that looks like electric-standing wheel – oh… you know what I meant, or not) at a reasonable price. I want one too since it’s quite irritating to walk because of the heat but we ended up walking around the island.

The famous snowman (or not, I don’t know… I don’t watch it, remember?). Well I suppose it will be more beautiful if you come here on winter. I was planning to come here when there it is snowing but never got the chance (it’s either too cold to walk or just it’s more comfortable staying in a warm room).

The famous trees that come out beautifully in the drama (I look at the pictures :P) and yes, it will be more beautiful with the white snow.

For those who wants to escape from city life, they also provide accommodation along the island which face to the lake. It doesn’t have TV or internet line so you can concentrate on resting and play with you friends and family. They also provide barbecue place (because we love barbecue aren’t we?) or you can eat at one of their restaurants here, which according to my friend, it is new unlike the previous time they have only dosirak.

There. I still have lots of pictures but I guess lets keep it a bit mystery (plus too lazy to resize all). And oh, from there take a taxi to the nearest train station (Gapyeong) for around 2,400won or more and wallah! I am sure you can find your way back to Seoul again. Ok. Spent too much energy for this. Need to rest. Need to eat the cakes my friends brought me. Nyam nyam~~

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