Friday, July 29, 2016

Relax No-More.

Today is one of those kind of day.

We woke up and got worried about all the things in the world that we have not finalized or gotten for the biggest event of our lives.

I was feeling normal, until he uttered those words.

"We need to not be so relaxed anymore"

G.

That sentence itself is enough to get me going and worry about everything that I still did not do, which is.. I have no idea what because it felt like everything is arranged and proper, but somehow it's still not.

Ahhh, so many to-dos.

Our furniture is going into the room tomorrow, so that's very exciting!

Sunday we will have to go shopping for all wedding related things which also means salary come in and immediately will go out. Hah.

In less than 2 months, I will be changing my entire life routine and to be honest, this is going to be one of the toughest change yet that I ever had to adapt with. I believe I will have some home-sickness although we are 15 minutes away from each other only.

Oh man.

The struggle is real and it's starting to creep into me faster that I've imagined.

Marriage changes you and I truly believe that and I'm not even married yet. Heh.

Here's for the better things to come.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Bye now. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wedding Update 15: Room Renovation.

Oh hello there you people.

I am back with more room updates! It feels like forever to get our room all dolled up and arranged.

The last time I updated on our room, the floor was still dirty, messy and not properly done up yet. This time, all is done :) *throws confetti*

It was his desire to install the wooden flooring into the master bedroom, in fact he wanted to have all other rooms to be of wooden flooring as well but it will cost too much on us so we decided to do it in our room first.

My whole life (okay not really whole life lah, probably after teen years heh) I live in a house with wooden flooring so this is nothing new to me. If anything, this makes it feel closer to my home.

Anything to do with main room renovation, we will make sure that both of us must be there to avoid making any decisions that the other person do not like because of the no-show.

So, whatever it is, if one cannot make it, then the renovation will just have to wait. Same goes with the flooring.

We waited till the one Saturday that we both can. So take note people. Anything to do with renovation and making decisions that sometimes are irreversible (or comes with a high cost), do it together. The contractors can wait okay. No point arguing for days on it. Speaking from experience. Heh.

Moving on.

We went to many home fairs and checked out all their promotion packages for wooden flooring (some looked like wooden flooring but are actually tiles) and in the end, we decided to go for JYC Group.

Adrian's friend, Daniel, his family owns this company.

So, of course we support and also because this company is well-known already for their high quality woods and warm services.

I know that because my family also uses JYC Group for all the wooden flooring in our house. Our ex-house also okay. All this before I knew Koay.

So, when Adrian suggested JYC Group, it was like an instantaneously yes! With JYC Group handling our floors, we don't even have to be there to monitor please.

For those who plans to install these wooden flooring in your home/office/studio, we highly recommend JYC Group!

Jia Yee Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd - Office address, phone number and email address.

Maybe if you quote, "Adrian & Sarah recommended you" to them, they may give you special discounts :) Oh when I say them, I actually meant Daniel or his parents. Maybe no need say my name since I don't think they really know me :)



When the men came in to inspect around, the room was super dusty and dirty. They did not only sweep and clean the entire room by themselves, they also did not ask us to help. Okay maybe not so wow or what lah since usually people don't like ask strangers or clients to clean together with them.

My point is that they did not ask us to clean the room ourselves. Usually I think the home-owners will need to clean the floors and remove all rubbish first eh.

So, that was a good impression already.

They continued working silently (A VERY HUGE PLUS POINT!) because I was watching Greys Anatomy in the living room. Hah. Koay was just into his phone playing poker or something.

At the end of the installation, they actually also advised us on what is best to do behind our door area because I believe that they could have just do anything easy without telling us because more convenient ma but no. They took the hassle of explaining to us the pros and cons to the 2 options that we have and the man actually repeated himself a few times because we didn't quite get it. Hah.

Yay to great contractor like this one!

Highly recommended!

Have a great last week of July, people.

Bye now. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Adrian is 26.

Special shout-out to my man for turning twenty-six today :)

I admire how you actually made the decision to "change" your life/body on the day you were born to this earth. Pretty brave okay, but very meaningful yes.

I love you to the moon and back and yes I know that phrase is overly used everywhere, but I do, and I did not know that I have the ability to love and trust someone this much, until you and I became 'us'.

That and I probably have never argued with any human like how I do with you. So drama and intense. Hah. Drama will be the more suitable word.

I look forward to celebrate many many more of your birthdays with you :)


Bye now. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Travel with AREX from Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport.

Who wants to know the fastest and most convenient way to get to Incheon International Airport from Seoul Station?

If you don't want to know, then you can go read other things already. Hah.

If yes, then stay with me okay.

The answer to the question is by AREX, also stands for Airport Railroad Express. The name itself actually explains all already. This is a non-stop subway ride from Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport vice versa. That means no wasting time.


It takes about 45 minutes and it's so convenient because you don't have to carry your luggage up and down compared to taking a taxi or other normal subway rides.

For us, this was ideal.

Price per adult: 14,800 krw = RM52

The first train begins at 6:26am in the morning and last one at 10:00pm. Eh please ah. They take their time very seriously so if you are a someone who is always late to everything, you may not want to be late for this train ride.

Actually even if you miss the timing, you can still change it to the next timing, I think. Unless you miss the last train ride la then no one can help you already.

Also right, if you are flying with Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Airlines, you can check-in your luggage at Seoul Station itself so you don't need to carry your loads everywhere. You can settle all the check-in matters at Seoul Station itself. No need to rush some more.

For us, somehow we got the wrong timing info, so when we got to the airport, it was actually a bit too late for us to do the check-ins then the security stations etc. The lady behind our check-in counter was so good that she did not only give my sister, brother in law and Sha Lynn the express VIP passes, but also to Koay and myself.

This express VIP pass is usually for senior citizens, pregnant woman, celebrity and other important people.

When it was my turn at the immigration counter, the man looked at me and asked why I have this VIP pass. I was a bit lost because I did not know what to say. I just pointed at my sister (who had already cleared the immigration) and said, "Family!".

The immigration man rolled his eyes.

WHATTT!

So rude please.

Anyways, we ran to the gate and there were still humans everywhere so okaylah, not so bad.

So yes, I highly recommend taking AREX because you just never know what will go wrong at the airport. Always be early at the airport. ALWAYS.


Bye now. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

8D7N at Seoul & Busan, South Korea Part III.

It felt good that this part III will be the last part to our eight-days-long holiday with the entire Khoo clan. We have never gone overseas as a unit before due to money-no-enough because the father works super hard for his wife and his three daughters who were growing up and uses money like water. Hah. 

Actually we don't simply spend one okay. 

Anyways, getting to go on our first overseas family trip felt so amazing. Now that two out of his three daughters are already working and being an adult now, this dream can be fulfilled. IT FELT SO GOOD. 

We have already planned for next year's out of Malaysia holiday okay. Hence, no more new handbags, shoes or unneccesary clothes. Hah.

I bet it will be worth it. 

I cannot wait for next year's adventure.

Back to this. 


Enjoy. 

SIXTH OF MAY
SEOUL-NAMI ISLAND

Rise and shine!

Today no need to walk so much and take subways!

This time, we decided to explore outside of Seoul City and to the other famous must-visits, such as Nami Island. 

The pregnant sister found a seat-in-coach (joint tour with other strangers) tour package that is quite free & easy for us so yay to tour package, because ain't nobody got the time to plan out the itinerary no more. 

The tour package includes:
  • Round trip transfer from Myeongdong Station to Nami Island and Petite France.
  • Entrance fee and ferry ticket to Nami Island worth 8,000 krw/adult (RM28) and 4,000 krw/child (RM14).
  • Entrance fee to Petite France worth 8,000 krw/adult (RM28) and 6,000 krw/child (RM21).
Total tour package is:
Adult: 36,000 krw (About RM126 per adult)
Child: 30,000 krw (RM105 per child)

If you ask me whether that's quite pricey for the package, I would say no. I feel it's pretty cheap because the journey from Seoul City to Nami Island, is about an hour on the road and it's about two hours for return roadtrip so yeah, the price is pretty okay. 


Nami Island is famous for being the filming spot of Winter Sonata so you can just imagine how romantic the island is if you have watched Winter Sonata. I was never a big fan of the movie but the island is magical. 

I LOVE THIS ISLAND BECAUSE IT IS JUST SO CALMING TO BE HERE. 

The scenery is really different and romantic and Instagram-worthy. It could be because of the weather also that I really like, cold and super cuddly. Heh. 


After spending few hours at Nami Island, we made our way to Petite France which is not that far from Nami Island. 

Petite France is a small French village hidden in the suburbs of Gapyeong and its buildings are all so colorful. There is also a lot of 'fairy-tales' inspired artwork so it was quite a good tour. 

We walked around for a bit and then sat down and ordered more Korean goodies. Walk 15 minutes, eat 45 minutes. Hah. The real way to roll like a tourist. 

Just too bad it rained a little. Then again, we got to watch an adult couple argued in Korean, which sounded too polite to be an argument. The man at one point was like giving silent treatment towards the lady. 

The place is too romantic to have arguments please.


After the tour, we all went back to shower and rested a while, then made our way to Dongdaemun, ready to shop till we drop!

Nehh.

We didn't buy anything also. It's mostly wholesale stuff so we didn't even bother to check it out. We almost got shoes for Koay and Vanessa but did not in the end. It was quite late la when we were there.

Dinner was pretty good. We had bee-bee-kiu again so that is always good.

The Shas went home earlier with taxi because Rachel was starting to feel really tired and Sha Lynn was getting restless. The parents got home via subway after a while and the three of us stayed on because we all young people must make good use of the time.

We walked around looking for street food and ate to our heart's content. We walked some more and stopped at a 7-11 where Koay decided to take out their hidden table and chairs and then set them up along the pathway.

We bought drinks and sat in the cold at about 12:30am, talking and laughing at jokes that aren't even funny. It must be the local 'soju'.

One thing I know was that the one hour of random sitting outside of 7-11 was one of the most memorable time in Korea. It was meaningful :)



SEVENTH OF MAY
SEOUL

It was a late night yesterday but hello, nobody goes through seven hours of flight just to sleep in the room. Nope. Not especially if it's our last day in Seoul! Nope. 

We sleep for few hours, and then continue walking and eating some more. 

Today, we went to Ewha University for the real-shopping. If you really want to get shoes and clothes and bags, trust me Ewha University is the right place for you. 

Oh! Makeup stuffs too! Everything is at least 15% cheaper here (I compared a makeup product to the one I got at Myeongdong) so please make Ewha University a must-visit in your itinerary. 

I should have waited till Ewha University to get all my makeup products. Hah. 

So people, learn from my mistakes okay and save some $$ so that you can get more things.

We got handbags, shoes, socks, makeup essentials and masks here. I think it's mainly because they want to target the students here so everything is way cheaper. Ahhh such a happy place la seriously. 


The last stop of the night was I'Park Mall, because the parents wanted to get a juicer that is actually half-the price cheaper than if you get it here in Malaysia.

Their electronics really damn cheap. A bidet there costs about RM300 only compared to if I get one here in Penang that will cost me at elast RM1,000. I kid you not. I should have gotten the bidet for my future toilet. Ish.

We were waiting for the sister and brother in law while they shopped inside for some perfume or watch (I cannot remember anymore) when we heard loud cheers and noises on top in the open place. Adrian got very curious and asked a local man.

Him: Excuse me. Is someone famous here? Upstairs? Or a concert?
A nice Korean man: Yes yes. Park Ji-Sung.
Him: Huh? What? Really?! Park Ji-Sung?
A nice Korean man: Yes yes.
Him: *jumps around* OH MY GOODNESS I NEED TO GO UP! BABE LETS GO WE NEED TO GO UP NOW!

He got all jumpy and little-boy-ish goodness so cute dei.

They were showing a live Manchester United game and everyone was watching it in the open. IT WAS SUPER FUN! We did not stayed long though because dinner time was up and we were all starving.

Park Ji-Sung also nowhere to be seen, but I saw how excited he got when the chance was there for him to meet the once-Man Utd footballer. The little boy in him that I have never seen before. Pretty fantastic :)



Since it was our last night in Seoul, we decided to not take the taxi and enjoy subways, which was a right decision because we got to do last minute subway-underground shopping. We found their 'Daiso' and boy, everything was so cheap in there!

If only there were more space in my luggage! It was such a torture to walk out of the shop, letting go of so many things that I really wanted althought 90% of those things are not needs. Heh. I will be back, Seoul. You just wait.

I managed to buy last minute makeup items too at Nature Republic where Koay actually tried the range of lipstick colors on his own lips because I kept trying and wiping them off on my own lips.

He either did it because he thought it was so troublesome and tiring for me (since I wanted to try all the colors heh) or I was taking too long in the shop. Hah.

We walked slowly (although it was already really late) to our crib and bought supper.



We got back, ate and talked and snapped more photos and packed.

The packing was the most stressful already.

Dad, mom and Vanessa extended their trip so while the rest of us will be heading home to Penang, they will be flying to Jeju Island. WHY DON'T I HAVE LIKE 20+ DAYS OF ANNUAL LEAVE?

Obviously they would want to travel lighter to Jeju Island so whatever that they bought or do no need, they basically just hand it over to us to carry home. One of which is a juicer that they got at I'Park Mall for half the price than if you get it in Malaysia. Win. But so heavy please.

I consider this trip's shopping very mild for me. I didn't get to buy a lot of things I wanted because all my moolahs have to go to the wedding fund! Boo.

Some things though cannot be avoided because they are too cheap already!

Korea is indeed the right place to stock up all your makeup essentials. SO CHEAP I CANNOT BRAIN.



We googled on the most effective black head remover stick-ons and Holika Holika came up first. So, we decided to try it and boy, it works. IT'S REALLY VERY EFFECTIVE.

Too bad we didn't have the chance to get more.




EIGHTH OF MAY

SEOUL-TAIPEI-HONG KONG-PENANG

Goodbye lovely city of Seoul. You have been so amazing for the past one week, with your perfect temperature. Oh goodness how we have missed you so much since. 

It's okay because for sure we will meet again. This time maybe in other season okay. 

It was an early farewell for us because our flight was at 10am so means by 630am, we have got to wake up already.

We decided to take AREX because it's super convenient from Seoul Station and no need to stop so many times after every 5 minutes. Heh.

Nah, I did a post on AREX so you can go read more on it.

We got home at evening and already I was homesick because the parents and my maid still in Korea enjoying to the max. Boo.

So, that was it.

This trip has made us kinda 'need' to have at least one family trip overseas annually. I don't know la seriously. My moolahs need to start growing faster. Need more baja please.

Till next time.

Bye now.


TOTAL MONEY SPENT/person

For 8 days 7 nights at Seoul & Busan, South Korea

PEN-HKG-TPE-ICN-HKG-TPE-PEN flight tickets with Cathay Pacific Airlines (CX): RM1145
Portable internet use for 7 days: RM36
Korail train ticket SEOUL-BUSAN-SEOUL (3-days pass): RM300
7 nights of accommodation: RM550
Nami Island + Petite France tour package: RM123
N-Seoul Tower entrance fee: RM30
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks in-between, supper, more snacks): RM600
Shopping: RM700
Subway and taxi rides: RM150

TOTAL SPENT: RM 3634
[Note: 1,000 Korean Won = RM3.50 (as of 29 April 2016)]