Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Seoul, South Korea (1-2 December 2016)

I wanted a nice winter holiday before the start of a new school year. Since our Korea 2014 holiday plans was cancelled, I told my parents we should make new arrangement with me in charge this time around. Alhamdullilah we finally managed to add South Korea to our "conquered list".

Day One : 011216 (Thursday)

We were out bright and early to catch our 8 am flight in KLIA2. The munchkins was excited but 6.5 hours in the plane did leave them restless. Lan and I and tried everything to amuse them. We watched movies, played with dolls, main osom, did colouring and slept for a bit. Other than that the flight was quite uneventful.

Moody people in +KLIA2 at 6am :p

Iman was with me throughout the flight, Ranya sat with my sister and Ryan was with my parents

Happy faces at the @Incheon International Airport. 

The commute via Arex from the airport to our hotel in Seoul took about 45 minutes. We reached Seoul Station around 7.30pm and it was coooollllddd. I think the temperature was around 2'c when we arrived. We bundled up real good and walked to out to our apartment which is just 5 minutes walk from Seoul Station. We decided not to venture out since it has been a long day and hung out at the apartment 

Day 2 : 021216 (Friday)

The sun was shining on our second day in Seoul, it is still very cold (between 2'c to 8'c) but the walk around was bearable. The ride to Lotte World took about 15-20 minutes from Seoul Station. Up till today, I still have yet to figure out how much each train ride cost. I find the subway in Korea a bit more confusing than the one in Japan, and the apps I downloaded wasn't very helpful, but we managed to find our line with the help of a very kind conductor. 

The twins refused to put on their jackets and made do with just their Uniqlo heattech inners and sweaters, while the rest of us was bundled up from head to toe :p

We pre-paid for the tickets online 3 days before arrival. We managed to secure a 30% discount on the whole day pass. You just need to print out your voucher and exchange it for tickets at the Group Ticketing booth. 

Lotte World is fun, but I wouldn't say that it is the best/most interesting theme park that we've visited. It is age appropriate for my 5-7 year old. Older children or the more adventurous people may be bored though with the lack of a more interesting and extreme rides. 

We brought TONS of food from Malaysia and since there's a small kitchenette in our apartment, we cooked lunch and brought plenty of snacks with us. The park allowed outside food so that's a major relief esp with 3 very picky eater. There's no halal eateries IN the park. We saw a restaurant in the shopping mall connected to the park offering halal food, but other than that there's not much of an option. However do note that most of Korean 7E and marts offers Halal food. You can identify them from the HACCP signs. Technically you won't go hungry :) 

The Nutcracker 

The park is divided into indoor and outdoor park. It was cold but the kids was super eager to try out the rides. So we braved the 8'c weather and wind

I think we were quite happy with our trip to Lotte World. Since the kids are now bigger and older they are able to try out more rides. So as long as my babies are happy, I'm happy too :) Since it was December, most of the decorations was up, so it felt very festive and extra special for my family and I

My everything <3 p="">

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cameron Highlands (29-30 May 2016)

We continued our journey from Ipoh to Cameron Highland via the Simpang Pulai exit. Took us about 1.5 hours to reach the top. Weather was good, not to hot and not to cold. Since we arrived in Cameron early, we made a few stops before checking in the hotel

First Stop : Lavender Hill

There's another Lavender Garden further up the hill which is bigger and famous. We opted for this because there's less people = more parking :) They also offer free entry, which is a plus. The park is not big but it is more than enough to amused my children. There's paddle boat ride, rabbits and ducks on exhibition. Fruits and vegetables are also on sale. You can also buy homemade ice cream in the park which was quite tasty. They even had lavender flavored ones which we didn't try because we were too chicken :p

Second Stop : Cactus Point

After Lavender Hill, we continued our journey up the highlands. It was barely 1pm at the time so we decided that we should make another stop and explore. We stopped by cactus point to look at the cactus. If you love plants as much as I do, this is a must go. There's plenty of selection for cactus, flowers and edible plants on sale.  We bought some munchies and cactus to bring home.

Third Stop : 3D Art Museum, Cameron Square

We received free tickets from the hotel to visit the 3D museum in the same building. The kids had a lot of fun and since there wasn't a lot of people around, we managed to spend quite some time taking fun photos together.

Fourth Stop : Pasar Malam Brinchang

Bored of restaurant food, my mum decided that we should go food hunting at the pasar malam for dinner. Gosh there's a huge selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of yummy fried snacks :) My comot girls enjoyed the chocolate covered marshmallow and refused to eat the strawberries. We (read I) went a bit nuts buying the cute animal hats for the kids, which Iman and Ryan refused to wear :p It was quite cold but the kids was too excited running around it didn't even bother them much.

Fifth Stop : Strawberry Farm, Brinchang

A trip to Cameron Highlands will not be completed without making a stop at the strawberry farm for some strawberry picking activities. There's plenty of farms to choose from, just our luck that we choose the most "hilly" one. Try negotiating steep hills, with 3 little kids while wearing wedges. Thank god no one was hurt haha. It is a new experience for the kids, though they got a bit annoyed that they did not manage to pick fat strawberries like the ones they see in books.

Final Stop : Cameron Valley Tea Plantation 

Another must go when you're in Cameron is its tea plantations. My dad did not want to drive up to the Boh plantation so we settled for Cameron Valley. Oh well, tea leaf is tea leaf, right. Iman was asleep so we took turns going down to buy tea and take pictures. Ryan and Ranya was already tired by now and was not at all appreciative of their surroundings. So we got them some scones and cakes and headed home.

Alhamdullilah it was a good trip and I was thankful that we managed to spend time with my parents and the children.