Annyeong Haseyo Changwon…

 I experienced a lot of lost in translation time while I was in South Korea. Speak in English and they reply back in Korean. It’s full of “duh” moments and scratching of the head. Ha,ha,ha.. But the good thing was that I rented a pocket wifi! I just keyed in what I wanted to say or find out and Google helped me with the translation. πŸ˜„ It wasn’t that bad most of the time.

  • Rent a pocket Wi-Fi in the airport. You can find a stall after you exit the baggage claim area in the  arrival hall

Aside from watching K-Pop MTV inside the hotel room, I ventured out to see what I can get from Changwon, South Korea. We stayed in an area they called Jungang-dong. It was exploring as well as shopping time for me. 😜

1. First stop was to check out Kyobo for some Korean magazines and KPop CD’s. I had to use Google maps to locate this place. πŸ˜„ A haven for K-Pop fans. If you buy a CD, you can get freebies from posters to fans


2. Because I love Kenji, our Golden Retriever dog he should get something from Korea too. And I saw this place just around the corner from the hotel. 😊 The dog treats was cheap and so I sneaked a few inside the country. 😜


3. Since the “joeys” were left behind, the shopping list of requested things to buy was a bit long. πŸ™„  Sometimes, you end up not getting anything for yourself because you were busy looking for what they ordered you to buy. From K-Pop CDs and merchandise to shoes to backpacks and so on so forth.

  • Got some cute socks for my girls


  •  They also have an ABC Mart and shoes were on sale! Got some Vans at 70% off.


  • Look at the Adidas Superstar selection, Fashionistas. If you want one because it’s not available or sold out in your country, go to South Korea!πŸ˜„   


  • So many cute outfits to choose from


  • I regretted not getting a cute bag from this pop up stall inside Lotte!πŸ™

  • I wish I could afford to buy the Korean traditional dress in the below photo

  • Night scene (window shopping) around Changwon. 



4. A trip is not complete without checking out one of the city’s public market



  • Slippers and shoes galore inside the market


  • Food stalls and dry goods all together


  • Dressmakers can also be found inside the market πŸ‘πŸΌ


5. Some people said that you can have a gastronomic experience in Korea. Sad to say, I can’t say I did. My adventurous spirit when it comes to food is a work in progress especially when eating all by myself! πŸ˜…

  • I tried this very spicy Korean noodle dish “Jjamppong” in a restaurant without an English menu. πŸ˜₯ And I realized that Korean spicy food is not my cup of tea. πŸ™


  • When eating in fast food places like KFC, beware! The chicken is good but there’s no available plastic spoon or fork. They can only give you a knife. Eat using your hands. πŸ˜„ 



  • 7-11 never fails. 😊 When you’re hungry in the middle of the night, go and grab some grub at the nearest convenience store!


  • Don’t forget to try their fast food Lotteria. I must have eaten here thrice during my visit!πŸ˜‹


Food looks really good in the food halls. But my problem was how to order when there’s no English translation. You can probably order but how will you know it’s your food or number that they’re calling? Especially if you don’t know a single Korean word!πŸ™„ The self serve vendo ordering machine does not help either. No English translation at all.

  • See the different scenes in the Food Hall below



  • A Restaurant around the area 

The highlight of my Changwon stay was watching the Cookin’ Nanta perform. Had so much fun with the antics of the performers. Koreans do know their comedy! πŸ˜„ And when I went back home and found out they were performing in Manila, I checked out the tickets. And it was expensive. But I can say it’s all worth it if you are going to watch!πŸ‘πŸΌ


Never mind if I wasn’t able to explore a lot. I probably only saw a glimpse of Changwon City from a local’s point of view. Nevertheless, it was enough for me. I have seen first hand what I saw on TV through Korean telenovelas. I’ve seen drunk men rolling on the streets and picked up by their friends and sent away on a taxi. Definitely one of the ‘wow’ moments!πŸ˜„ It reminded me of one of my favorite Korean movie “My Sassy Girl”. 

FYI, photos were taken from my iPhone so bear with me!😊


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Even if I am not really an adventurous person I thank the heavens for giving me an itchy feet and a wanderlust soul. It doesn’t matter where and what but if an opportunity to travel and explore comes knocking at my door, I will let it in. It doesn’t matter if I will get lost in translation along the way. Or work hard to pay the travel bills. It’s the experience of finding something new that matters. Sometimes, we think that traveling is expensive and we have other important things to buy or spend our hard earned money with. But, life is so short and we are young only once. Once arthritis sets in, goodbye traveling!😯 

I don’t fancy exploring a place in a wheelchair or being the slowest in the walking department. Or worst, spending the day in the hotel because the mind says “yes, let’s explore” but the body says “no, I can’t walk anymore. I have trouble breathing”. That would be the saddest day of my life. πŸ™ I’d rather stay home than travel someplace but with movement limitations.

Anyway, I totally agree with this post I found in social media. It’s true that we should travel while we still can. That is, young and healthy. Remember, time flies so fast. Our kids grow up too fast. Some people are too busy getting themselves rich like Bill Gates that they forget life is a journey and not a race. 😊 Sometimes, we are focused on getting rich and successful that we forget to nurture relationships, get married and have a family.  

Traveling is more fun with family or with friends. All the money in the world can’t buy good and happy memories. I’m not saying we shouldn’t save up and just splurge til kingdom come. We should all practice work life balance. Save money in the bank for rainy days but do not forget to save also in the MB a.k.a. Memories Bank. Remember, we can’t bring all the money in the world when we die. Steve Jobs definitely left his millions here on earth. And besides when we die rich, the people left behind will splurge the riches. So why not splurge it with them and deposit some more good and fun times in the MB? πŸ˜„

So folks? Let’s all have fun and enjoy life while we still can! πŸ˜‰ Rock & Roll to the world and beyond…🎢


the traveling KANGaroo

Throwback Thursday … Changwon, South Korea

Because I just watched a KPop concert last weekend with my little one,  I thought of writing about my trip to Changwon, South Korea late last year. I must not end January without writing anything.. Again!😁 

Changwon is a nice laid back city in the southern part of South Korea. With Busan a few minutes away, this city is probably not a major tourist destination yet. If it was not because of the hubby’s conference there, I won’t even know this place and probably never bother to go and visit nor put it in my bucket list. Seriously, I have never dreamed of going to South Korea. This trip was just one of those that I did because I get to stay for free in a hotel and my airfare was 50% off. πŸ˜„πŸ˜

But, Changwon has it’s own charm in a provincial kind of way. I did enjoy my 2 days stay there. Not only because they had the Great Korean Sale but the relaxed vibe was there. There was no need to rush from one place to another to get to as many places as you can. I did a lot of walking because the weather was nice. The miles of walking around the city was definitely good for my health and soul. I loved doing it because my normal day is sitting in front of a laptop. The result of a 9-5 job with no time to exercise or probably too lazy to exercise! 😜


I was quite happy the business hotel we stayed in was very near the shopping area. The E-Mart and Lotte Departent Store was a 3 minute walk away. πŸ‘πŸΌ


As you can see, there weren’t a lot of people walking the streets. This place reminds me of the tv show “Wayward Pines”. Changwon apparently was developed as a back up capital to Seoul in case of war. One stretch of street was designed to that it can be converted to a runway for airplanes to land!πŸ€” I just don’t know what street it was. 


I admire Koreans. They love their own product. Everywhere I looked, most of  the cars were Kia and Hyundai!πŸ˜„ 

Lastly, when in Korea -> Eat in my fave Lotteria! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜„


 The next post will be my shopping adventures in Changwon City!πŸ˜….. Til then.


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