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. 😄 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. 😄 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. 🙄 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!😄
- So many cute outfits to choose from
- I regretted not getting a cute bag from this pop up stall inside Lotte!🙁
- 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 👍🏼
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! 😅
- I tried this very spicy Korean noodle dish “Jjamppong” in a restaurant without an English menu. 😥 And I realized that Korean spicy food is not my cup of tea. 🙁
- 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. 😄
- 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!😋
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!🙄 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! 😄 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!👍🏼
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!😄 It reminded me of one of my favorite Korean movie “My Sassy Girl”.
FYI, photos were taken from my iPhone so bear with me!😊
the traveling KANGaroo