Monday, February 22, 2016

Precious Busan family trip- Day 2


Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @Tom N Toms Coffee (탐앤탐스커피)
伏兵山壁畫村 (동광동인쇄골목)
40 Steps (40계단)
Gamcheon Cultural Village (버스정류장)
Lunch @Gamcheon Cultural Village
Dinner @Whobaldae
Yongdusan Park
Busan Tower

Breakfast was done at Tom N Toms Coffee closed to our hotel. The cafe was quite cozy with not much people. We ordered set breakfast with drinks. (45,700won) Honey bread stick, Apple Cinnamon Bread and a few Italiano Pretzels were freshly made and they tasted fantastic. The only downside was having only one staff responsible for cooking, making drinks and cleaning up the place, we gotta wait for almost half an hour for the first dish done and all of us were starving! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Precious Busan family trip- Day 1

Can't explain how precious this trip means to us! It has been a long time not having a family trip together during Chinese New Year! My elder sister's wedding in 2013, then she got a baby in 2014, then the first CNY visiting relatives after my wedding in 2015. Finally was able to make time for travelling!

As I mentioned, planning a trip for 7 people, a big group with both elderly, teenagers and a baby was kinda rough. We exchanged some Korean Won beforehand in Chungking Mansions in TST at HKD1= 150.6won, planning that HKD3500 each would be enough on a whole. I decided to keep HKD2500 each in the pool for food and transportation (around 2,450,000won), then give out HKD1000 each for self-use. It gave me another headache to keep so much money.

Flight schedule: (Hong Kong Express: HKD2516/ person)
0930- 1340 UO673 (Hong Kong to Busan)
1425- 1720 UO674 (Busan to Hong Kong)

Itinerary of today:
Hong Kong Airport 
Hotel Yaja Nampo Lotte
Gentle Monster Showroom
Lunch @local restaurant
Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street
Guk Je Market (국제시장)
Bupyeong Market (부평시장)
Dinner @Nampo Samgyetang (남포삼계탕) 

Arriving at the Hong Kong Airport, it took a long time for us to queue for the boarding passes since many people were on their vacation during CNY. The gate to board was really far away and we were in a rush getting there. What a shame that we were unable to take a group photo in front of the display showing where we were heading to.

Had a pretty great sleep on the flight and we finally arrived at Busan. It took a short time only to go through the custom and pick our baggage. Maybe Busan was still quite new for people to travel to. 

Carrying so many baggage and a baby, we decided to catch the comfy limosine taxi reaching our hotel without haste. (35,000won)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Precious Busan family trip- preparation

It has been a long time not travelling with my family with last year visiting relatives during CNY after wedding and the year before my elder sister giving birth to her first baby. It will be such a precious experience spending the holiday overseas with my big group of family. Together with my elder sister's mother in law this time, I am sure we all are gonna have a great time in Busan. We bought the flight tickets from Hong Kong Express with HKD2516 each, sounds quite reasonable during the peak season. Bought another one later on for auntie in HKD2995 as she was able to request for an annual leave travelling with us.

Found it hard on planning the itinerary with Korean. Google map seems not being really helpful. Most bloggers a website called 韓巢 to find the accurate location of the places especially for the restaurants but it is written in Chinese. Anyway, the maps and discount coupons are really useful.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Freezing London + Amsterdam Day 8


Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @Bakkerij de Waal
Lunch @The Butcher
Tea @Febo de lekkerste
Schiphol Airport 
Hong Kong

Finally came the last day of our trip. We checked-out the hotel and left our baggage at the concierge, then headed to find a place for breakfast.