Sunday, February 3, 2013

Seoul :: Korea Trip Day0 and Day1

Hey guys! It's been a long time since I last blogged and I apologize for the sudden hiatus. School has been a nightmare. I'm currently in the second semester of my final diploma year and it has been hectic since semester one. The projects are crazy. I also had to intern during my holidays and now, I'm back for semester two without a decent break. Alright, my rant shall stop here as it'll never end if I do go on.

Most importantly, I want all of my readers to know that I've not abandoned my blog. I miss blogging dearly and am always thinking about coming up with good content. I might not be able to update frequently but will be back for sure! So, I hope you guys would stick around too!

I would also like to say that you guys can still feel free to contact me via my email at vns_lim936@hotmail.com or if you just want to say hi, feel free to tweet me @Perfashionism . I'm also on instagram @Perfashionism! I'll try to put up a widget of my instagram account soon. So, that aside, let's hop right in to a long overdue post.

So, I guess for those who follow my blog, you would've known that I travelled to Korea last year in July for a week. Best experience I've ever had and I totally missed it there! I went with Mummy Deary and we decided to go without a tour guide. Huge responsibilities on my shoulders as my mum was solely counting on whatever Korean skills I had. I was majorly stressed out and to be honest, I even felt nervous before and after I got there. I'm just such a worrywart. What if my flight hasn't been booked? What if my hotel reservations weren't confirmed? What if I can't communicate? What if I get lost? What if I can't even find my way to the hotel I'll be staying at? This were just a fraction of what's going on in my head on Day0 and Day1.

Tip for all those out there who are planning to do the same as what I did, RESEARCH! That's what you gotta do weeks before you go on your trip. I did a lot of research and still found myself staying up late at night in the hotel while my mum sleeps, tapping into the hotel's wifi trying to plan out my routes for the next day. I guess it would've been less stressful if I was traveling alone as I didn't mind getting lost. However, since my mum was with me, can't exactly tire her out by taking her on the wrong route and bring her to ridiculous places. In the end, it all turned out fine, I didn't get lost and I had a really great time there!

So here goes, my trip to Korea, Seoul~

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Please excuse the fact that Mummy Deary and me have absolutely no makeup on. Nothing says uncomfortable more than wearing a face full of makeup on a plane.

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Oh! Skin tip for plane rides, bring along a moisturizer if possible. Of course, please do check what's allowed on the plane before including it to your carry on. I wasn't too sure, hence did not have any on me and boy do I regret it. The air was really dry on the plane and my skin was absolutely drained of all moisture when I got off. Not fun! All I had was chapstick and I reapplied countless of times to stop my lips from cracking.

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Woke up before everyone else did just to catch this.

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Bibimbap on the plane! ^^

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So after we got off the plane, pass through the security and stuff. Headed for the toilet straight away to freshen up. Next, I went to the convenient store available in the airport and got myself a Tmoney card which works just like the EZ-link card we use in Singapore. For those who don't live in Singapore, it's basically a card that you use to pay to get on public transport. We then went to the information counter to ask how else we could get to our hotel besides taking the train as I researched and found out that there's a shuttle bus that goes right to my hotel. Found out, got that settled and our trip begins~

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Din Tai Fung in Korea?!? Wow was not expecting that :p

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The bus journey took around an hour to an hour and a half. The bus didn't take us to the hotel's door steps but it wasn't too far off either. Three minute walk tops, or maybe five with our heavy luggage. :p We stayed at the Prince Hotel which was in a prime location. Myeongdong was literally just across my hotel. With that, you can probably guess where I hung out most when I was in Korea. Anyway, back to the hotel, it was much better than what I expected. Clean, spacious and really comfortable.

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Took a shower immediately! Deep cleanse, exfoliate and moisturized! I really hate plane rides, it totally took a toll on my skin as well on my energy level. Mum and I thought it would be a better idea if we rode on an overnight flight so as to not waste time and start exploring when we reach. Well that was a bad idea! Didn't manage to catch any decent sleep on the plane at all. After my shower, I literally just put on a face mask, snuggled under the covers and knocked myself out for a few hours. Checked in at 10am and woke up at around 3pm :p So much for exploring when we reach.
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Got ready and head out to our first stop, Myeongdong!

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The crowd at around 4pm on a Tuesday in Myeongdong.

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Not ashamed to say I'm a huge Kpop fan!

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Oh, my love~ XD

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Yup, gone into the famous Everysing which is a shop that has merchandize to all of the artiste in SM Entertainment. There's also really cute and quirky photobooths, noraebangs (Karaoke) that you can use as well. I also heard that every Saturday they hold auditions here? Not too sure if that's still the case now, but definitely worth checking out if you're a kpop fanatic. Didn't get myself anything in the end. Gotta save on the cash!

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We hungry! Dinner at...

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Mummy Deary looking so fine while waiting for our food to come XD

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To be honest, not the best meal I've had in Korea but still good! I've gotta say, the dokbokki available in Singapore could not compare to the ones in Korea. It's really different! Must have in Korea!

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The stage right outside Migliore and at the entrance of the streets of Myeongdong. Wonder why I didn't notice it when I first walked in, perhaps too drawn towards all the cosmetic shops. Yup, did go a little crazy on the makeup department even though it's just the first day.

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Did a quick look around in Migliore before heading back to our hotel. It's one of the shopping malls located in Myeongdong. Things said to be priced significantly cheaper as compared to the other malls. I still found it relatively pricey though.

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Managed to catch my favourite Kpop boyband Super Junior on tv to conclude Day1 in Seoul. ^^

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::Outfit::

Top: Black and Pink Stripey batwing top paired with a black tank underneath
Bottoms: Regular black shorts and black stockings
Shoes: Black platforms
Bag: Renoma Transformer Bag
Accessories: Black and silver square plate necklace


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::Makeup::

::Skin:: 
Foundation/ BBcream: Legere BB Cream Water Drop Shiny Pearl
Powder: The Face Shop Face It Flawless Mineral Cover Powder in NB21

::Eyes:: 
Eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black
Mascara: Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto
False Eyelashes: Random brand but they're the $3.90 ones for 3 pairs from Sasa #602

::Cheeks::
Blush: Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels $13

::Lips::
Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait $15.90

So that concludes my first day in Seoul! There would be more updates on my trip to Korea as well as reviews coming up. No promises on how soon I'll be posting but I'll try my very best and hope you guys would stick around. Also, if you haven't already checked out my Seoul Beauty Haul post, please do at http://perfashionism.blogspot.sg/2012/08/seoul-beauty-haul.html . 

If any of you would like me to write a post specifically on how I planned for this trip, please comment and let me know and I'll do my best to come up with a post consisting on what I did, the sites I visited and videos I've watched that really helped. 

Lastly, I would like to urge any of my readers who are contemplating on traveling regardless of reason, be it to Korea or any other country, to just go ahead and do it! It would be the best experience one could ever have. I would be lying to say that I wasn't worried about all sorts of things. To be honest, I was really apprehensive about going to Korea without a tour guide and also due to the language barrier. However, it all turned out fine and yes problems do arise here and there, but you'll learn to solve it as well. Would I do it again despite these problems? Hell yeah! The experience is priceless and I would definitely do it again, back to Korea or maybe even to other exotic places. YOLO!

Any traveling experiences you'll like to share with me? 

xoxo,
V

*All items and products mentioned were bought using my own money.

84 comments:

  1. Your pictures are amazing! I would love to visit the Far East some day!

    I'm a new follower of your blog - I really like your layout!

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    Looking forward to your future posts :)

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    1. Hey Rachel,

      Thanks for the sweet words! Went over to yours~ New follower here! ^^

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    2. Hi. Will you be updating with the other days soon? :)

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  2. It all looks so amazing! Lucky girl

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    1. HAHA! One's gotta make your own luck. Work hard, play hard! ^^

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  4. Ohh my I envy you much! how awesome it is to travel to korea! - the last i was there it was more than 10 years ago ;)
    lovely snaps on the plane and streets of korea as well!
    would you like to follow each other?
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    1. You definitely have to go back to Korea. It's great there!

      Followed you!

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  5. Well this is fantastic! Your pictures are just amazing and it sounds like you had a wonderful time!
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    1. Thank you! I did have a wonderful time. Please look forward to future posts!

      xoxo

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  6. Wowww what a cool trip!!! I wish I could visit Korea soon, specially for all the cool clothes brands and beauty brands there! Let me tell you your mum is sooo beautiful, she has such an elegant air! btw, I really like the outfit you're wearing in these pics, the top is great!
    pd: I understand you, I'm studying all day and I almost don't have time for my blog!

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    1. Hey there!

      Korea's definitely a great place for all fashion and beauty enthusiast!

      HAHA! I'll be sure to tell my mum that! She'll be over the moon!

      Thank you for your sweet words and please look forward to future posts.

      xoxo

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  7. Love your blog, I'm following now :) Feel free to check out mine!

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    1. Hi Laura!

      Thank you! Heading over to yours right now~

      xoxo

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  8. Looks like a great trip! I so like your outfit! I am following you on GFC, would be very happy if you did the same! Maybe you also wanna follow on facebook and bloglovin? Let me know! Kisses <3<3

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments. It was an awesome trip! Following you as well~

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  9. Loved this post so so much! All pictures are amazing and looks like you had so much fun! :))

    XO,
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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments! I had a lot of fun and I missed being there dearly. Please look forward to future posts!

      xoxo

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      Thank you! Heading over to yours now~

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  11. Cute!

    xo Jennifer

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  12. The city looks so vivid and exciting.

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    1. It truly is, absolutely missed being there!

      xoxo

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  13. Hey dear!
    I like your posts sweety! I like your blog a lot! This is my first visit here but definitely not the last :) Check out my blog if you have a free minute :)Would you like to follow each other?xx
    Wish you a nice week!
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    1. Aww thank you for the sweet comment! Please look forward to future posts!

      I've headed over to yours and definitely following you!

      Have a great week too!

      xoxo

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  14. Just wanted to say a big thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and that I love all your photos so interesting to learn about different cultures and I always buy Korean cosmetics and shoes :P love their style and I hope you have a really good day :) xx

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    1. Hi Kate!

      I'm currently not in Korea, the trip was some time back. I did have a wonderful time there though!

      xoxo

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  16. aww Vanessa great pics and you look really flawless, love your hair <3

    x Daisy

    themandarinegirl.com

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    1. Hi Daisy!

      Aww thanks! I guess it's that makeup does wonders?

      xoxo

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  17. such a cute post, so far Seoul looks amazing!

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

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    1. Hi Camillia!

      Thank you! Please look forward to future posts~

      xoxo

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  18. wow this looks amazing, great photos and outfits :)

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments! Please look forward to future posts!

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  19. Thanks for your lovely comment and happy weekend!
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    1. No problem! Please look forward to future posts!

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  20. You look gorgeous, everything looks great!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments! Yeah, I was extremely busy looking at everything in awe :p Please look forward to future posts!

      xoxo

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  21. am sure you had lots of fun.i also love travelling. check out my blog would love to follow each other,
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    1. I did have lots of fun! Traveling's amazing despite being costly :p

      Went over to yours, new follower here! ^^

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  22. Stunning photos!
    How amazing did your vacation look.. bet you had a brilliant time!


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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments! Indeed, I had a brilliant time. Dying to go back soon :p

      xoxo

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    1. It was amazing! Loved it there!

      xoxo

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  24. Life over the clouds is amazing right? Love your blouse! ♥ F from http://francoisbresmal.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey there!

      Thank you for the lovely comment! It definitely is amazing and I hope I get more chances to do so in the future! Gotta work hard ^^

      xoxo

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  25. Great pictures! It looked like a really nice trip. I love your outfit as well. Cute
    -new follower-

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments and for following! It was an amazing trip, I love it there~

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  26. Nice photos! You are very beautyful :)
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    1. Aww thank you for the sweet comment~ I believe credits goes to the makeup used!

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  27. Hey just passing by to say I have nominated you for the Liebster award so please do come and check it out on my page below :) love your blog ! x

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  28. Great pictures, thanks for sharing!
    Love your blog- I'm your newest follower :)
    Carrie
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  29. I'm so jealous you got to go to Korea. I haven't visited in so long! I miss it so much! All your food pictures look so delicious, and you are such a beautiful girl! I'm glad you had a great time =)

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  30. very nice vacation!!

    xx

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  31. You're welcome! Yes it was amazing! If you have any opportunity to go, just go :D

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  32. Great photos! Looks like a great trip!

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  33. Hey dear I really like your blog! What about following each other? Also on bloglovin, facebook and even lookbook if you want...just let me know :3 <3



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  34. I also prefer traveling without a guide, you get more out of it. Great photos, dear, seems really tempting!:) And I must say, you ate better on that plane as I do at home.:D

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  35. Lovely blog! Wanna follow each other? Please, let me know :)

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  36. You look perfect~ with or without make-up! And you and your mom are sooooo adorable together! Can't believe how clean the city looks!

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    Lauren at adorn la femme

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  37. You are very beautiful :)
    And great pics thanks for sharing


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    Coline !

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  38. wow, great impressions of korea with great pics!
    i heard from my friend that meals from korean air are quite good for a meal on plane. i didn't expect ding tai fung in korea either... didn't know that they expanded so much with their business .__. and woooo, the malls and shops are full with posters from kpop celebs O___O so nice for the eye hahaha
    and i like what u were wearing!!! <3

    i just randomly stumbled across ur blog and im already bla-ing so much hahaha feel free to drop back to my blog :)

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  39. I would love to visit Korea someday!
    Awesome pics by the way! :)



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  40. lovely! would you like to follow each other? let me know!

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  41. I hope you will have a lovely trip, your outfit for the first day was very cute. If you want to read about my travelling experience visit my blog, right now I'm in Venice!

    Xx
    /Stephanie / http:// mydarlingsolitude.blogspot.com

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  42. hey thanks for the love sweetie, sorry for the very late reply and I'm following you now!
    A
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  43. I am so afrait to travel with airplane! xD
    Your hotel, and casual outfit are very nice. And I love those pictures of the city. :)
    I love to travel, but my friends dont, so I dont travel.. :(

    <3

    Would you like to follow eah other? =)

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  44. Wish to travel to south korea soon. Thanks for sharing your blog.

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  45. Wow so many beautiful photos! Looks like you had a fun time :)

    Thanks for the post,

    Michelle
    http://mash-elle.blogspot.com

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  46. Korea Travel
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  47. Hi Vanessa!
    Interesting post! May I just ask how the weather was like from a Singaporean's point of view?

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  48. Hi Vanessa!
    Interesting post! May I just ask how the weather was like from a Singaporean's point of view?

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  49. gorgeous post! so many photos - I really like it:)
    please visit me in free time:)
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  50. I loved the pictures! Ah, I miss Korea already :)

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  51. HI thanks for the post. Is Prince Hotel really far from the airport bus stop in front of Sejong Hotel? I will be taking one big luggage. Is Sejong Hotel nice to stay also?

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