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Cinta in Jeju

Last month I was invited for a FAM trip to Jeju, the largest off coast island of Korea, an island with 3 UNESCO titles. For those who are into Korean dramas, Jeju is a not an uncommon name to them since many movies and drama had been shot there.

The journey to there took us two flights, one from KL, Malaysia to Seoul, Incheon Airport ( 6 hours 15 min)and another from Gimpo Airport to Jeju Island (1 hour). Gimpo Aiport is 45 min shuttle bus ride from Incheon Airport.

As we were taking Koreanair, we flew from KLIA terminal, I almost went to the wrong one. Luckily I followed my friend, Shisa‘s car else I would have gone to KLIA 2 on my own.

When I reached there, I saw someone familiar from far.

I accidentally mistaken someone else for Chingy. Omg. I almost went and hit the wrong person in the head. Luckily I managed to stop in time from assaulting a stranger. The stranger appears to be one of the media who is going with us to Jeju.

To be honest, I mistaken her as Chingy a couple more times in Jeju. 😐 Have you mistaken someone for your friend and you did horrible thing to her/him?

Speaking of Koreanair, it is very comfortable, the food was great, the seat was comfy and spacious, and the air stewardess are God dead gorgeous.

Just that, they looked almost alike.

After almost 12 hours of traveling, from night time 11pm to the next day 11am, we finally reached Jeju. Luckily there’s free wifi to keep us entertained. When they mean Free, they really mean it.

 

Jeju island is almost the size of Kuching Metro with a population of 500k+. It is not a very dense city, so there weren’t much high rise.

First thing first, makan!

We had Jeju Korean food, it looks like normal korean food a main dish and many side dishes but it is very different as they use very different ingredients and preparation method in which many of them native to Jeju.

Aewol Coastal Road

After filling our empty tummies, we took a 30 min ride to Aewol Coastal Road.

It’s a beautiful seaside with many cafes. A great place to just chilled and have a cup of coffee.

There’s a walkway along the seaside, very nice spot to paktor or just relax or take some photo shots. XD

le me tying my hair. 

le shisa taking emo shots. 

Kenapa Malaysia macam takde tempat macam ni. 

For those who is a big fan of GDragon from Big Bang. This cafe is a must visit.

You won’t get to see GDragon there but this is a cafe opened by him. XD For coffee lovers, Korean coffee are very mild, you might not like it, actually those packed coffee in 7-11 actually tasted better. XD

Play KPOP Interactive Museum

Kpop fans would love this place a lot. It’s a 3D interactive Museum with Kpop artist, notably Big Bang and 2NE1.

A best location to learn the history of Kpop.

You get to pura-pura ( play pretend) with them. Hahaha

You even get to have GD laying on your legs hahah

or even get a kiss from him XD

or even dance with the whole Big Bang group.

The highlight of the museum is the 3D hologram concert where the kpop artist will perform in front of you as if he’s there due to the hologram effect making him looks 3D from any angle.

We went to GD’s. We all likes Big Bang. Lol. Too bad no photographing was allowed in there.

The aunties appears to be much more excited and danced around where the youngster all stood quietly and watched the show.

BBQ Dinner

Korean BBQ for dinner! Something I looked forward to as I heard Jeju is famous for their black pork.

And it was really good. Sweet and less porky than normal pork.

The other table had Beef but I don’t eat beef so no comment. hahaha.

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That’s the end of my first half day. It was a good start 😀

A view of the city from my room.

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Here’s a clip of Day 1 by Suria FM. Try to spot me in there hahaha.

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Wher To Eat and Sleep in Chengdu

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Where to Stay

Dorsett Grand Chengdu located at a very strategic location.

  • It is right in front of (upcoming) MRT station.
  • 7-11 and street food is 5 minutes walking distance away.
  • 5 minutes driving distance away from the shopping street.
  • Away from traffic jam.

Comfortable and Customer Service are at its best. Can refer to my previous posts. 😀

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(book from Agoda and other booking sites could be cheaper)

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What to eat in Chengdu.

Damiao Hot Pot Restaurant

Chengdu is capital of Sichuan. Sichuan is famous for their spicy and numbing food. Damiao is one of the famous restaurants in Chengdu serving Sichuan hot pot.

We were afraid that the Spicy soup will be too much for us to handle, so we order another herbal soup based as a backup plan. And thank God, that we did, we get to switch between the two when our tongue got too numb.

Do remember to book before hand ya.

Long Chao Shou Restaurant

Here’s the place to go if you want to taste all Chengdu’s signature dishes in one go.

Ask for a full package, and you will be served with over 20 dishes.

Don’t worry, the dishes are in bite size, so you will get sample everything, nevertheless, by the time we at our 20 dish, we were at our limit.

Hongqiangjiyi Restaurant

This is an interesting place as they serve creative Chengdu cuisine.

And look at their interior design, its like a living room.

It’s all Chengdu Cuisine but with a little twist, either a different way of preparation or a replacement of ingredients.

Oh oh, there’s this salad vegetable that has crystallized water drops on it, do remember to order that if you’re in Chengdu. It’s good. XD Very crispy and refreshing.

One of the most interesting fact of Chengdu food is that, they eat animals that hops…

and they tasted like chicken. hahaha

Fu Yue Xuan Chinese Restaurant @ Dorsett Grand Chengdu

Before this, I mentioned that I had my best Dan Dan Mee in Dorsett Grand Chengdu. The hotel is also a great place to have your dinner as well. The Fu Yue Xuan Restaurant in Dorsett serves Chinese Western Fusion dishes.

It’s a great place to bring your clients or special one, as the dishes are an artwork on its own. We had almost 30 dishes that night, everything I had was super awesome.

I think the highlight of the night for me is this dish, Wagyu Beef. It was my first time having Wagyu beef.

Hahaha must try ma to understand why everyone is so crazy about all these Wagyu and Kobe beefs.

Many knows that I don’t take beef. I used to be allergy to it and would diarrhea if I had them but now I just not used to the beefy taste.

But, Wagyu is so amazing, it doesn’t has the beefy weird taste but the good and sweet aroma of it. I took a couple of it that night. I was the first time that I had so much beef on my own will. 

 

Taoping Qiang Village

If you are in Taoping, don’t forget to try Qiang Tribe food.

They seldom takes fresh meat. What they do is they cut the meat into pieces and dry it on a beam. Then, smoke the meat to make its color yellow. It is said that the longer the meat was kept, the more delicious it becomes. When serving, they cut the meat into small pieces and either fry or steam it with different kinds of vegetables. It is greasy but quite tasty.

Another is Yak Meat. Yak is a type of cow, a hairy furry cow. XD It’s like beef but much more tinder than normal beef and also doesn’t has the beef taste. It’s like pork but not pork. hahahah

Grandma MaPo Tofu Restaurant

Last meal of the trip. This restaurant is located just right opposite of Dorsett Grand Hotel. Super near. They serve good Sichuan dishes with their signature MaPo Tofu.

This is good, I think its Peppery Rabbit Meat.

We had another 10 over dishes that night and more than half of them looks like this:

It’s so delicious but are they trying to kill me?

or are they trying to save my flight ticket by sending me home this way. hahaha.

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Travel period: 1 May 2016 – 5 Feb 2017

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Chengdu Part 2 – Everything here is thousands years old OAO

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I usually don’t overslept but god dammit Dorsett Grand Hotel bed was good lor. TvT

DanDan Mee is a famous noodle dish in Chengdu is like the Kolok mee in Chengdu.

And I had the best Dan Dan Mee in Chengdu there. I tried to have it outside on the street and it wasn’t as good as the one in the hotel restaurant. It was so good I had two bowls. XD Luckily I didn’t skipped my breakfast.

Today, we gonna head out of Chengdu city centre to visit some really interesting places that i enjoyed and I think you might too if you like nature and old stuff. XD

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Emei Mountain

Emei Mountain  is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. If you watch those fiction kungfu movies, you will know Emei is famous for their swordmanship XD.

When we heard the word, Mountain, we were afraid as there’s gonna be a lot of hiking to do. OAO *horror* Thank God, we were short of time so we took a bus to the top station and walk (hike) our way from there to the top instead.

One thing to look out for though.

After an hour or more walk, we finally reached the top.

but

We can’t see anything.

Where’s the promised scenery? The promised view? T^T So sad.

Thank God the mist cleared a bit so I still could capture a few photos.

Bought some lychees and peaches on our way home.

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Leshan Buddha Statue

Do you remember the movie Storm Riders? There’s a scene where they went into a huge Buddha statue and fight this fire creature.

I was so excited when I was told that we’re going there. Woohoo!

Initially, I thought the statue is located remotely in the jungle or something but turned out it’s just opposite a town.

There’s even condominiums that faced the statues.You can looked at that it every day hahaha.

Boarding Time!!

*maikuliu*

Then, this happened. They stopped the ship half way so you can’t get the perfect front view of the statue unless you pay for an access to the deck. Maiku (dammit), they really good in taking opportunity to make money. =.=

As kiamsiap (stingy) Malaysians, we refused to pay up hahaha. So here’s a angled view of the statue. Nevertheless, it was an amazing sight. It makes me wonder how on earth they build something like this in the year 713. It is by far the tallest pre modern statue in the world.

Too bad we didn’t get to up the statue. Maybe next time.

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Taoping – Qiang Village

Although dominated by Han Chinese, there are many other ethnic minorities living in Sichuan. One of them is the Qiang ethnic live mainly in the mountainous region in the northwestern part of Sichuan on the eastern edge of Tibetan Plateau.

Taoping Qiang Village is located in Taoping district about 163km from Chengdu city.

Founded in 111BC, this village is super duper crazy old OAO, older than Jesus lor.

 

This is our guide, a Han-chinese but dressed in Qiang traditional wear.

There are 98 households in this village and the amazing thing is they are all linked together. At least one of the wall is shared by another house. OAO!

 So basically it’s like a BIG village sized house. This could be the reason how it survived earthquakes over the century.

The towers can go up to 7 floors

They are air-drying the corns to feed the pigs. I gonna air-dry my fat miao too XD

The village has underground water system and air flow system that works like an ancient air-conditioner too. Making the whole village super cooling.

Inside of the house

Not only that, it also comes equipped with maze and traps for those intruders and enemies that enter the village.

SO FREAKING AMAZING lor!

The tour guide brought us through one of it and showed us all the traps. It was so cool!!!

What an advanced thousand years old village.

The down part is that you can only find old people and kids in the village as all the young adults are working in big cities. The same happening in the longhouses in Sarawak.

No Qiang ladies to see T3T. #sad

Oh, here’s a shot of the amazing village taken by my friend from a viewing deck. See how huge it is.

If you have extra time in Chengdu/Sichuan, must put these locations into your itinerary lor.

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Ahhh….after hours long of walk and travel, it feels so great to be back at Dorsett Grand Chengdu hotel.

What even best is to have a bathtub to soak the whole sore body in. ^ v ^ Feeling so much better after it.

I even called for a room service in the midnight.

Wahahaha. Best! 

I not sure whether room service suppose to be 24 hours or not but the one at Dorsett Hotels was. XD

Eat full full sleep is the best. XD Good food Good sleep man.

Thank you Dorsett Hotels for making me fat.

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