Busan Vacance

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Busan is indeed a city different from Seoul. In fact, while Busan is still within Korea, it feels like a foreign country because while I am used to seeing skyscrapers in Seoul, buildings in Busan are generally not as tall and Busan has a more laid-back vibe to it as compared to Seoul. To add on, Busan people speak the Busan dialect, which I found it hard to understand at first because Seoul's variation of Korean is pretty monotonous, but the Busan dialect has some intonations to it and some of the expressions used are different as well.

Anyhow, this should be my last long-distance trip of the year, and I really enjoyed my stay in Busan very much. I'll definitely be back! ;D

Birthplace of bibimbap

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A and I embarked on a one-day trip to Jeonju. Since there was a free bus for foreigners to that place, why not? Waking up was torturous as usual, with the temperature dipping down to -10c. Sinchon's subway station is probably the coldest subway station ever LOL. Can you imagine we could still breathe out "smoke" even when we are underground? Yes, that was how cold Sinchon's station was.

We took the train to Gwanghwamun and had to RUN in order to reach the shuttle bus at 8 am SHARP. As A aptly put it, we ate cold wind for breakfast. ._. Anyway, thus began our 3-hour journey south to Jeonju. One would think that it would snow often in Seoul, given that Seoul is located pretty far up north, but in actual fact, while Seoul was indeed much colder than Jeonju, it snowed a lot more in Jeonju and the countryside than in Seoul itself.

Ookini!

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I'm finally back from Japan, and how I miss this country so much. ;( I was pretty neutral about this trip initially since my main purpose of going there was just to renew my visa so that I could continue staying in Korea, but this has turned out to be one of my most memorable trips to date. I am now VERY SURE that I will definitely return to Japan. In fact, while I still love the Korean culture more, I must say that I actually do like (maybe love HAHA) the Japanese people more than Koreans. Them trying to cover up / distort their history (especially war atrocities) aside, the Japanese are really the friendliest and most helpful people I've come across to date. And for this, no words can express how grateful and thankful I am to them. T_T

Snowy Seoul

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About 2 weeks after it last snowed in Seoul, it finally snowed for good today in the morning. This also marked the beginning of a very harsh winter. The temperature yesterday still felt quite pleasant although it was still in the single-digit range, but wow, today's temperature is really brutal. The walk to school was torturous 'cos of the winds, and the winds blew even stronger in the afternoon when our lessons ended.

I love the snow, but the cold that accompanied it was really brutal especially with the winds. My hands and ears were exposed just for a few seconds and they felt really super painful. I swear that the cold really cannot be messed with. I had my gloves on, but even then, my hands felt really damn cold until I couldn't feel them. My ears really hurt and although I had my hood on, the wind kept blowing my hood off lol. x_X