NEW CHAPTER: VANCITY

 

The last couple of months were very busy, my husband and I moved from our home for the past year in Jamsil to an AirBnB and then to the in-laws. Living out of suitcases, working, catching-up with friends and saying ‘see you soon’ to friends old and new.

In February, we landed in Canada as new PR Residents after a very unexpected change and now we are finding our feet in Canada. We’ve explored the city as much as you can in a short space (say, 8 days!) and even managed to find our new home in downtown, get our paperwork sorted (SIN, cell phone, banking and await the PR card).

Now we’ve got only a few more days in AirBNB before the actual move and concluded that Canadians are insanely friendly, welcoming folks, very helpful and have a neat sense of humour.

Unlike Korea, we can find foods from Korea and the UK all at a good price whereas Korea, foreign food (say British in this case) often over priced and we are shocked by how cheap so many other things can get – if you compare to Korea.

Korea shares first place with China, as my personal favorite place.. can Canada grab that title. Let us see!

It certainly offers some incredible views!

 

 

 

Exploring the world of vegan,

My October plan is to try engage with my body, make it more healthy, start to get fitter as the winter is around the corner and many a new adventure seems to be on the horizon. I think it is an an important goal.

My latest finds include a few of Seoul’s very hip veggie eateries including:

Plant Cafe (Itaewon), Vegetable (Sinsa) and So-Iroum.

Here a few pictures:

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(below) from my visit to PlantCafe http://www.plantcafeseoul.com

Seolleung and Jeongneung

It took me nearly six years to be in the right place and the right weather to finally explore the memorial park in the heart of Gangnam, known as Seolleung and Jeongneung.

A UNESCO site that houses the Royal Tomb of King Seongjong and Queen Jeonghyeon (Seolleung) and The Royal Tomb of King Jungjong (Jeongneung).

The site is not only the Royal Tomb but a home to a lot of nature waiting to say ‘hi!’

Please visit this site at the heart of Gangnam, it costs only 1000W.

VisitKorea 

Address

1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
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Buzzing Busan

Perfect place to take a long weekend, Busan.

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Busan Museum of Art

Explore Busan Museum of Art in 2015, a walk down memory lane because art is beautiful whatever date!

Snapshots of the Seoul Cartoon Fest

Seoul hosts annually ‘The Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival‘ (SICAF) at the world renowned ‘COEX’ located at Starfield COEX in the heart of Gangnam, next to the City Airport Terminal and a short ride to Jamsil.

Exploring the awesome Starfield Goyang

The latest mastermind of the Shinsegae  is Starfield Goyang which includes a handful of international brands, a long list of amazing Korean brands and even a fantastic new spa. I would highly recommend a visit and it is easy to get to (address: 경기도 고양시 덕양구 고양대로 1955)

Exploring Jerusalem

Was great to be back in Jerusalem, I lived in the city when I worked at The Jerusalem Post.

It was awesome to be back, I love this city so much, it’s like my second or third home.. depends how you look at i

탑골 공원 Tapgol Park

Tapgol Park was formerly known as the Pagoda Park, it is a small park in central Seoul. It is built on the site of a Buddhist Temple, it’s name originates from the Wongaksa Pagoda, the 10 storied stone pagoda which can be seen in the park.

There was once a 15th century Buddhist Temple, the park was organized by an Irishman, John McLeavy Brown.

The site was also where the Korean Proclamation of Independence was made in publicly.

Heritage Information

 

Jongno Tower 종로 타워

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Jongno Tower, the giant beauty that stands just above Jongak Station in the heart of Seoul is a 33 floored office building with a beautiful bookstore at the base and foodhall.

It is owned by Samsung Securities and designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, built in 1999 and reaches 132 meters.

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Give the bar a try:

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Can’t find it, still? Look for this building

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