I bet you thought that I had forgotten all about my weekly romp in Korea post, huh? Well, rest assured, I haven’t. 🙂 I’m just in the middle of finishing up the winter term–finals are next week–so I’ve been a bit busy trying to get all of the grading done.
Regardless, today is Friday, and I have the luxury of time to do some blogging, so off we go for another quick trip to Seoul, Korea!
If you’ll recall, I landed in Incheon Airport around 5:30 AM on November 23, 2014, and had a delicious breakfast of *cough cough* a couple of pastries with my dear friend Alice at Paris Baguette. After breakfast, we headed to her apartment so that I could give her some of her gifts from the States, and then we romped in her neighborhood just to scope out what little great deals we could find. 🙂
By the time we had explored her neighborhood, it was time for lunch, and Alice took me to a little mom-and-pop restaurant for a traditional Korean meal. As you can see from the picture below, there were quite a number of side dishes. 🙂
There were actually a few more plates of sides dishes that didn’t make the picture, but you get the idea, right? 😉
By the time we finished lunch, the exhaustion of being kept up all throughout the plane ride finally caught up with me, and I needed to rest…or at least have another cup of coffee. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if I had the time to take a short power nap, so I opted for the next best thing, which was to take a shower to wash away the effects of the long flight. After all, I had a dinner that I had to attend with some “adults” in a few hours’ time.
Unfortunately, by the time I was showered, dressed, hair styled and make-up applied, I was exhausted…so exhausted, in fact, that when Alice prepared for me a cup of instant Maxim (the best brand of instant coffee, in my humble opinion 😉 ), I dropped the scalding hot cup of coffee.
All. Over. My. Newly. Changed. Clothes.
Seriously, in all of my life, I had never experienced such a moment. Never.
I clearly saw Alice place the paper cup of hot coffee in my right hand. I know that I closed my fingers around it…but something happened between then and the moment the cup just dropped to the floor.
Let’s just say that it wasn’t my finest hour. LOL. Thank goodness I didn’t burn my leg too badly. It remained a bit red for a good part of the afternoon, but as you can imagine, this unexpected little accident required yet another change of clothes. Oy~
In any case, by the time I changed, it was time for me to head out from Incheon to Gangnam to meet up with some family friends for dinner. I must have fallen asleep during the 1+hour car ride because the next thing I know, Alice was pulling up to the Shilla Hotel in Seoul, and I woke up to see the gates of the Shilla Hotel (pictured above). Thankfully, I had enough wits about me to whip out my camera for a picture of the moment. 🙂
When I walked into the lobby, I was greeted by this unusual crystal display hanging from the ceiling. I was literally star-struck by the light that bounced off the myriad of faceted crystals. I’ve included a short video of the display since I don’t think the picture does the light display justice.
The dinner itself with my “adopted” family in Korea (henceforth known as K-family), whom I hadn’t seen in a year, was lovely for lack of a better word. My little brother insisted on treating me to a “nice” dinner, which apparently required advance reservation, so I was able to dine at the famed Shilla Hotel Buffet. Aside from the deliciously-prepared food, I got to meet two new people during dinner, my “adopted” niece and nephew, and just spent a relaxing time eating and catching up with my K-family. However, at 100,000 won (roughly $100) per person, I don’t think I ate nearly as much as the price warranted. 😛 I told my brother that he was crazy to spend so much on dinner. There were 5 adults and 2 children! Yikes!
Since I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures during dinner, I don’t have any pictures of the sumptuous dishes I tried. However, I did manage to take a few pictures of the place after dinner when I was roaming around a bit on my own. After all, I had to take some pictures for my Twinkles, right? 😉
This was the pastries display so that diners could purchase some to take home with them if they desired.
The Hotel Buffet also had a small section for food gifts and teddy bears! 😀 Don’t you just love the subdued lighting for “ambiance”? LOL
Time spent with my K-family was the last thing I had on the agenda this first day in Korea. After dinner, we went to my K-parents’ apartment and unpacked the gifts that I had brought for them from the States. Despite my fatigue, which was now definitely in full force, the two little kids kept us entertained for a good hour.
But like all things, the evening had to come to a close, and my K-family drove me to what was to be my lodgings for the next 7 days, a guest room that they had reserved for me at the exclusive Samsung Tower Palace. Um yeah…my K-parents totally spoiled me during my trip. *sheepish smile*
Checking into my room and unpacking my suitcases finally was the end of my first day. Oh wait, 🙂 I did manage to hop online and check in with some of you on twitter, didn’t I? 😉
Now, since I felt bad about not being able to provide you with some pictures of the lovely food, I searched the Internet and came across a blogger who was able to take photos of his dining experience. You can see pictures of the food here from his blog.
I hope today’s little jaunt with me through lunch at Incheon and dinner at Shilla Hotel Buffet was a fun one for you as you greet the weekend! 😉 Until our next romp in Korea–Day 2–I wish you a twinkilicious weekend!