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7 Tips to Prep for Your First Trip to Korea

Can you believe I have not stepped onto the land of Kimchi yet?

Planning a First Trip to Korea?

first trip to korea

Yes, I’m currently planning my very first trip to Korea! It was an impromptu decision for this trip as I wanted to go somewhere during my birthday week cause got birthday leave and PH. 😛

Korea appeals to me with its K-POP culture, K-Beauty and the street food! But one big hurdle that prevents me to plan a trip there till now was the language barrier. I mean, those phrases I learnt from watching K-dramas and variety shows like running man do not count.

So as someone who is thinking to visit Korea for the very first time, I put together some tips that I personally find useful!

Tips to your First Trip to Korea

  • Book your flight and accommodation together.

After travelling pretty regularly for a few years. (Eg. Twice a year) I find that you really do get to save quite a bit of money if you booked through sites like Expedia. To think about it, they are basically travel agencies in Digital form. Plus you get to compare all the flight prices available at one glance. And I like how I can search through the hotels in a particular area that I want.

I don’t really know Korea well but I know that Myeongdong is the place to stay for all sorts of convenience.

  • Buy Travel insurance (Especially so since I’m flying MAS)

People often neglect this but I feel that this is really important especially so when you’re flying to a Foreign land with language barriers that is more than a 4 hours flight away. Plus travel insurance is not that expensive I feel. It’s super easy to just buy online nowadays but I find that buying from an agent is better cause if touch wood anything happen, you have someone to consult and help you with all the processes.

  • Book your WiFi in advance

Once you have confirmed your travel dates and booked your flight and accommodation. It’s very important to book your WiFi in advance and locally. In advance, so you don’t have to panic and I find it a good habit to just book it right after your flight tickets are booked. Locally, so you will have WiFi the moment you landed in your holiday destination!

Also, you save a lot of time to look for local sim card or WiFi rental upon reaching. You can just march straight to your accommodation from the airport without fussing over all these.

Personally I’ve tried several local WiFi providers and I love the service by Roaming Man SG. Firstly, they courier the device to you 2-4 days before your travelling date. I prefer this as I can pack in the device with everything else and not having to queue at the airport to collect the device. Returning the device is as simple as calling the hotline to arrange the return when you are back from the trip at your own convenience.

What’s best? Roaming Man SG is currently having a $3/Day promotion on the rental of WiFi device to North East Asia which includes Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan and of course, Korea! $3 a day is definitely one of the lowest WiFi rental I’ve seen around! Book your WiFi here now before the end of April! There’s no restriction on the travel dates as long as you booked within the promo period!

Also, apply promo code “RMY05” to enjoy a further $5 off your total bill!

  • Check the weather (You don’t want to over-pack, save room for your shopping!

Depending on the period you’re going, you might need to pack that extra jacket and heat packs. But if the weather is turning from cold to cool like air-con kind of weather, you won’t want to bring that thick jacket that takes up half your luggage space. After-all, Seoul is sort of a shopping paradise no?

  • Research hanbok rental ( Save time by doing your research beforehand so you don’t need to go shopping around for a rental place)

Photo Credits to Google

To me, it’s a must to try on the traditional costume of the country I’m visiting if possible. Especially when I know that I won’t visiting the country anytime soon after this trip. Rather then searching for a Hanbok rental that can take you in, best to research and make your booking in advance so you can save time and spend it picking that perfect Hanbok and photo-taking instead.

  • Plan your shopping (Prep shopping list!)

With the array of Korea Beauty Brands, you don’t want to particularly spend too much time at just 1 store. Do up a shopping list of the products you want to get from each brand. It saves you a lot of time if you go into a stores with a list than blindly looking and swatching etc. Well, that’s fine if you have catered all your time on shopping.

  • Bring extra cash just in case ( I read from a friend that some shops gives discount if you pay by cash)

Always bring extra cash with you. Even if it’s Singapore dollars, you can easily change in Seoul itself. The last I heard, is that the rates there, especially in Myeongdong is more attractive then the rates in Singapore.

That’s all on the tips I’ve for planning a first trip to Korea! I’m excited for my trip and hope it will be a good first trip!

Read my travel adventures here!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Sinar Eco Resort: A Tranquil Escape From The City

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Covering over 8 acres of land, Sinar Eco Resort has got two main areas, one side being the farm/camping area near to the river and the other side is where the lodging area is along with the main reception.

Located in the small town of Pekan Nanas, the resort is just an hour drive away from JB Sentral Customs. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself surrounded by Palm trees during the drive into the resort!

Sinar Eco Resort: Modern Lodging in a Farm

There are two kinds of room option at the resort, one being the container rooms which as the name suggests, built using those shipping containers. The other option is the apartment rooms which is in the same building as the main reception area. Apartment rooms are suitable for families or bigger groups.

Standard Apartment Common Living Area

Standard Apartment Room

Standard Apartment Room

Apartment rooms are suitable for families or bigger groups. Each apartment room requires a minimum of 4 to stay and they share a common living room within the apartment.

Nautical Theme Apartment

Nautical Theme Apartment Room

The furniture in the apartment were all built by the staff at the resort. They have a workshop by the farm area where the staff are able to create furniture etc based on their own creativity! There’s one apartment which is a Nautical theme and the idea came from the staff!

Inside the container room

Container Room Washroom

Container rooms are more suited for couples and fit maximum up to three persons. I stayed at the ground level container room and love how easily accessible I can get back to my room. The full-length window in the room allows for good lighting in the room and I love it! The room comes with all the amenities you will find in a standard hotel room.

The rooms are of a modern design and are very clean and comfortable. And yes, the bed is really comfortable! The rooms definitely exceeded the expectations of one would have from an Eco Resort.

The wallpaper is a perfect backdrop for selfies~ 😀

Food @ Sinar Eco

Yummy fried rice served during lunch.

Meals are served at the cafe right next to the reception area. I must say that I’m very well fed with the delicious home-cooked meals served up by the resort! There’s Fried Rice for lunch, Fried Chicken Chop for dinner, Nasi Lemak for Breakfast! You can opt for BBQ dinner at the poolside too!

Farm Experience & Activities At Sinar Eco Resort

Getting Up close with the Farm Animals!

Being a city girl, I hardly ever got close to farm animals even as a kid. Sure, there’s the zoo but there’s a barricade in between so you don’t really get to touch the animals. So when I saw all the animals, I was squealing like a kid. I must say I was a little scared too but you can’t blame me when you have baby goats running up to you and trying to play with you. But the baby animals are so adorable!!!

Tell me, where can you get to carry a one-day old baby sheep? Such a darling!

Getting to meet and touch the animals are not the only thing you can do! You can get your hands wet while having a go at milking the cows, and ride the horses too!

It was my first time seeing horses in real life and I was overwhelmed with excitement! I had a go at riding the horse and it was so tall!! I must admit it’s a little scary while I’m riding the horse but I was at ease because the groom was holding and leading the horse all the while.

Adventure at Sinar Eco

Other than having fun with the farm animals, one can have a go at activities like ATV rides, Kayaking, Eco-Rafting and Archery etc. You can also take either a day or night cruise down the river.

I had a go at Archery and I must say it’s not as easy as it seems. Air pistol or the real deal for me anytime! Lol. The ATV ride was fun and filled with adrenaline rush and be sure to expect mud flying all over if it’s wet!

Went for the river cruise at night and had a lovely time enjoying the night sky filled with stars! I even spotted a couple of fireflies on the ride! I definitely recommend the cruise at night! For the more adventurous type, you can even camp at the riverside for the ultimate experience!

Fun Fact: All the rafts were built by the staff at the resort! And while I was there, they are in the midst of building a 2 story raft! How cool is that?

Relax and Chill At the Resort

After all the fun and adventure at the resort, you can also opt to chill by the poolside at night and have a BBQ dinner.

Spacious Pool Room to accommodate large groups.

Karaoke room with large screen and great sound system!

They also have a very well equipped Karaoke room for you to sing to your heart’s fill. No worries about noise pollution since the only one who might complain are the chickens and goose near to the Karaoke room. If you are not a fan of singing, there’s always the pool room. 🙂

An overview of the resort from the rooftop.

They are also building a Sky Bar at the rooftop of the apartment block. I went up there and the view is awesome. You get a great overview of the whole resort! Imagine relaxing at the bar in the evening with the awesome view. Can’t wait to see how the bar looks like once it’s completed.

Thoughts on Sinar Eco Resort:

Just officially opened in October 2016, the resort is pretty new and they are adding new things every now and then! I highly recommend this place for a short getaway from the bustling city life! The resort is great for families and also suitable for young adults like me! There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

I enjoyed myself during the 2 Days 1 Night stay over at the resort and it’s a really nice break away from the fast paced city! Would love to return when their sky bar is completed!

Here’s a video to sum up my 2D1N stay at the resort! 😀

Sinar Eco Resort

Address: 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor, Malaysia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SinarEcoResort/

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Tokyo Travelogue: Visiting Tokyo Tower

Visiting Tokyo Tower: A Dream Come True

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Being an avid manga fan when I was much younger, I have known Tokyo Tower well through the mangas. Especially in my favourite manga, Magic Knight Rayearth, where the main characters first met each other at Tokyo Tower.

So even though there’s a newer Observatory which is the Tokyo SkyTree, I know Tokyo Tower is the one I have to visit! It’s the landmark that I die die have to visit, fulfilling that little childhood dream of mine.

Heading to Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower can be accessible from several train stations. Akabanebashi and Kamiyacho are two train stations that allow you to reach Tokyo tower under a 10 minutes walk. So depending on where you’re from, take the train to the nearest station and take a short walk towards the tower!

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No need to worry about being lost, just look up and search for the tower and walk towards it! 😀

tokyo tower tickets

Tickets are at 900 yen per person! Which is a lot cheaper as compared to SkyTree.

A shot of the Tokyo Tower up close. It’s really awesome to finally be there looking up at the tower.

Being an observatory tower, there’s really nothing much except for the city views at the top of the tower. If you are up for something more exciting, you can pay extra to climb up nearer to the top of the tower. There’s this photo taking spot in the tower where the friendly staff are more than willing to take a photo for you with your own cameras if you allow them to take one for a printout. Of course, they are selling the photos and you can choose not to buy if you don’t want to. They are selling it at 1300 yen which is pretty affordable to me so I got it as a souvenir. 🙂

The famous Tokyo Tower Reflection. I’ve read all about it and feels so happy to be finally able to see it with my own eyes! The roads are shaped in a way that it seems like a reflection of the tower. Fascinating isn’t it?

The tower looks super pretty at night too! Such a lovely view to take it! I’m really happy and satisfied to be spending my evening at the Tokyo Tower.

Heading to Tokyo, Japan soon? Check out HotelsCombined to hunt for the best hotel deals for your stay! So much more convenient to be searching through deals with just one site instead of opening up all the different sites and slowly comparing one by one!

It will be great to search for a hotel with a view of Tokyo Tower! Imagine waking up and going back to the lovely view of the tower every day!
There’s still a couple of posts left for Tokyo and I’m heading to Bangkok in a couple of days! Stay tuned for more of my travel posts!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Tokyo Travelogue: A Day Of Eating!

Tokyo Travelogue: Makan Edition

No Tokyo travelogue will do without food. Food is probably the most essential of a trip I would say, especially when you’re travelling in Japan!

So I’ve spent a day in Tokyo eating to my heart’s fill before spending the night at Tokyo Tower enjoying the night view~

Tsukiji Fish Market

Need I say more about anything on Tsukiji Fish Market? It’s the place to go to for fresh sashimi and sushi! And what’s better than starting the day with an awesome Sushi breakfast? Tsukiji Fish Market was scheduled to move in Nov 2016 but plans were delayed until winter season in 2017/2018 earliest! So I say, plan your trips there soon! You never know when they might decide to bring forward the move date!

Other than fresh fish, you can find dried goods store around the market where you can get those Dried Hotate for souvenirs! Fresh fruits can be seen in the market too!

And not forgetting the Tamagoyaki! This is a must try!

Grilled Hotate! Fresh and juicy!! Need I say more?

End your Tsukiji trip with a soft serve and you can never go wrong with Matcha when in Japan! (^.^)/

Just follow the crowd from Tsukiji Train station and you find your way to the fish market! You should be safe as long as you pass by Tsukiji Hongan-ji~

Pablo Cafe Omotesando 

Other than Baked, Pablo would be the other famous Cheese tart from Japan. Since I’m in Omotesando, how can I miss the opportunity to visit the cafe right? There will be a slight queue for dining in at the cafe at level 2, so do take note of that.

Ordered their original cheese tart served warm. It comes with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream which makes it more delish! I really love how fluffy the cheese tart is. It literally melts in your mouth! Prefer this over Baked personally and can’t wait for them to have an outlet in Singapore.

1-14-21 Jingumae, Chiyoda 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

神宮前1-14-21
Shibuya, 東京都 〒150-0001
Japan

Harajuku Station, Meiji Jingu-mae Station

Luke’s Lobster Omotesando 

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I first knew of Luke’s Lobster from a friend’s Instagram post and I tell myself I need to try it out when I’m in Tokyo.

I reached Luke’s Lobster around late afternoon 4.30pm and sadly they have sold out of their famous Lobster roll!! (>~<)/ But since we’re there, I’ve decided to try out their other options which is the Shrimp and Crab roll. I love how they have half and half option so we can try out two flavours in one roll! Though I must say that I wished I have gone straight for the Crab roll option because that is so good! The bread is warm and soft and oh so fragrant! I shared one roll with my mum as we both had quite a lot to eat already but I dare say I could finish one whole roll myself!

If you want to try out their signature Lobster roll, would definitely recommend you to visit earlier in the day! And I must say, I’m so loving the peaceful and vibrant vibe of Omotesando. Just sitting by Luke’s Lobster enjoying my roll and people watch. That is a lifestyle to look forward to. (^.^)/

6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jingumae, 6−7−1

 

Will be posting more of my Tokyo Travelogue this month~ Backlog for 7 months liao. Haha.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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3 Grooming Tips Before Travelling

Simple Grooming Tips to look good effortlessly while travelling!

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We all want to look our best in our travel photos, take the best OOTDs, and look good in our selfies with well-known landmarks in the background. But time is essential while we travel! We definitely can’t afford to spend 2 hours to make ourselves look good and waste good time that can be used to visit another tourist spot! Here are 3 simple grooming tips that can save you loads of time and still look good during your travels!

But time is essential while we travel! We definitely can’t afford to spend 2 hours to make ourselves look good and waste good time that can be used to visit another tourist spot! Here are 3 simple grooming tips that can save you loads of time and still look good during your travels!

Grooming Tips 1: Refresh Your Hair Colour and get a Treatment done!

This is very straightforward. If you dye your hair regularly, you definitely not want to be showing those ugly hair roots! So do get your roots touched up or take the chance to get a brighter colour so you will stand out in your travel photos! Getting a hair treatment is a must because our hair usually will be in tip-top condition for at least 2 to 3 weeks depending on the kind of treatment you do. I strongly recommend the Mucota ABC Hair treatment available at Headlines By Artistry as my hair always look so good and is super easy to manage after doing the treatment. Regular treatment once every 1-2 months will means that your hair will always be in pristine condition! And when your hair is easy to manage, getting it to look good is just a matter of minutes.

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Getting a hair treatment is a must because our hair usually will be in tip-top condition for at least 2 to 3 weeks depending on the kind of treatment you do.I strongly recommend the Mucota ABC Hair treatment available at Headlines By Artistry as my hair always look so good and is super easy to manage after doing the treatment. Regular treatment once every 1-2 months will means that your hair will always be in pristine condition! And when your hair is easy to manage, getting it to look good is just a matter of minutes.

Good-hair-travel

Not forgetting quoting my name will get you 10-30% off depending on the hair services you want to do at Headlines By Artistry! Did I also mention that they are having a $58 Haircut plus treatment promotion right now?

Make an appointment today! Remember to quote my name and look for my trusty Hair Stylist, Elein!

Headlines Hairdressing By Artistry International Plaza

Address : 10 Anson road #03-32 International plaza Tanjong Pagar. (Right above the MRT) 

Tel: 62233133

Mon-Fri: 10.30-8.30pm 

Sat : 10.30-7pm 

Sun: Close

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FB: https://www.facebook.com/HeadlinesbyArtistry/

 

Grooming Tips 2: Get Your Nails Done!

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Getting your nails done adds a pop of style to your fingers so that you can put less emphasis on other areas. LOL. My set of Sailormoon uniform nails hand drawn by my trusty Manicurist Aini had gotten me loads of attention when I’m in Japan! People just get all excited when they recognised the iconic uniforms! Nobody cares about what I wear! LOL!

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Plus, painted fingernails always looked better than plain nails. And it’s really affordable to get a set of nicely painted gel nails by Aini!

You can look through Aini’s nail art designs either on Carousell at https://carousell.com/ainionelovenails/or on FB at https://www.facebook.com/ainionelovenails.
Best to book an appointment with her via either Carousell or FB!
One Love Nails

Orchard Plaza, #05-54 (Nearest MRT: Somerset MRT, just opposite Orchard Central)

 

Grooming Tips 3: Get Eyelash Extensions! Pop of Colour Optional!

This was probably the best thing ever that I did before my trip. And a disclaimer, I paid for my extensions myself!

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Eye makeup usually takes as much time as I can do the rest of my face or even longer and I simply can’t afford that amount of time just to draw my eyes while travelling! After raved reviews from a friend who frequents KJ Studio for her extensions, I decided to get my extensions done there before my trip. I’ve also decided to add in purple coloured lashes as I felt that the extra pop of colour adds dimensions. Which also means I can really skip eye makeup altogether as the extensions creates a

I’ve also decided to add in purple coloured lashes as I felt that the extra pop of colour adds dimensions. Which also means I can really skip eye makeup altogether as the extensions creates a liner illusion and have that pop of colour!

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I opted for the unlimited lash option as my eyes are pretty big and I wanted it to be a little more dramatic so as to omit the need for eye make. Paid a total of $150 for unlimited lash plus colour after a first visit referral discount as I quoted my friend’s name. If you are interested, you can quote my member #1929 to get 10% off your first visit too! Hehe.

And I must say the extensions are pretty long lasting! They still looked pretty good after a month! I still have about half the lashes left and it’s almost 6 weeks since I did it!

Bonus Tip: Mask Every Night While On Your Trip!

Trust me! Masking nightly will ensure you having nice supple skin the next day! So bring enough sheet masks for the number of nights you’re staying! Daiso have these one week supply mask packs that are pretty good! $2 for 7 pieces of masks in one pack. Or you can bring along different flavours of sheet masks if you prefer using something different every night.

And I hope this post is helpful to you all! Of course, these tips can be applied even if you’re not travelling! 😛

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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