Sunday, 23 March 2014

New Friend: Shim Hyun Bo

Assalammualaikum and hi everyone..

Today is another awesome day i had in Seoul. I feel very lucky that i met a very nice person today.

Shim Hyun Bo, is my new korean friend i found in Couchsurfing.He sent me a message on Cs and we exchange kakao id. I know HyunBo earlier than i know Hanki Oppa. We always chat on kakao before i come to Korea.

We planned to meet today at the Gwanghwamun Square at 10am. Starting from there we walk to Gyeongbokgung. To enter the Gyeongbokgung we need to buy a ticket. HyunBo is very generous..He treat us for the ticket..

We spend about 2hrs in Gyeongbokgung, walking and talking..exchanging story.His story when he went to Africa is very very interesting.

He is very nice to me and my sister, he help us explain about the palace and also help takes our picture.After two hours in the palace, we went to Kyobo Bookstore and also in Insadong..we walked all the way to our destination.i feel very lucky to have him guide us because if he was not there, maybe we always will take the subway and waste our T-money.
And we talk a lot about almost everything.He also brought us to Gwangjang market..it's a place that is so crowded and have many food, but ofcourse i cannot eat the food.And he is willing to line up in a long line and buy mayag kimbab for us..I'm so touched.

One thing i will not forget that is his generosity..He treat us all the time when we were with him, he treat us the ticket, a traditional tea, otteok, mayag kimbab, and also starbucks.He spent so much money on us.He even bought us a handmade soap that is very special from Insadong. I feel so thankful and i don't know how to repay him back.

We walk until Jonggak station and stay at the starbuck eating kimbab and ice americano coffee.we share about marriage culture in Malaysia and listen to Korean culture, talk and talk until it's time to go.. He even sent us to the station. I think, Hyunbo is very gentleman person :p

I'm inviting him to Malaysia..and if he come, i will bring him around and treat him the best food..

Thank you HyunBo for being so nice and be a good friend. I hope our friendship will go on forever.

Thank You Allah, for allowing me meeting such a great person with good heart in Seoul..



Saturday, 22 March 2014

Hanki Oppa and Jinyoung Unnie

Assalammualaikum and hi..

Tonight, is my first night in Seoul..I stay at Hogdae for this last 5 days in Korea.

Few weeks before i go to Korea, i received a message from a Korean name Kim Hanki and Jinyoung in Couchsurfing.And i decided to exchange Kakaotalk Id so that we can communicate better..

Kim Hanki oppa is a very nice person. We chat about korean culture and i shared about Malaysia culture. He is always ready to hear my story.

He help me a lot in helping me to translate english to korean like, what to tell the chef in restaurant about what we can eat and what we can't. And one day, we asked him to translate for us on asking a refund at the car rental company in Jeju..With his translation, i just showed it to the staff and we easily get our money back.

Going to Korea maybe will be once in a lifetime opportunity for me, therefore i decided to meet this nice person. He agreed to meet me on the 1st day we arrive in seoul. He came from Naju straight away come to my guesthouse with his wife.They pick us up at 6.30pm and brought us to Han River. They said not many tourist come to Han River as it is difficuilt to acces by public transport. So i feel very lucky.

They brought some tteokbokki and kimbab..They understand that we cannot eat meat and they only brought us the the vegetarian and fish. Tteokbokki i tasted is very nice..taste better than in Malaysia..and the fried vegetable is also nice..We talk and share stories at the side of the han river, i was very full.

After eating, we walk around the park at Han River and keep talking about a lot of things.After that, they brought us to Itaewon. I can see the night life in Itaewon is very active..There are many foreigners. It's a good thing i came there with them..I feel a lot safer around them. We just walked around the itaewon and see the people..It is very interesting..Seeing the culture of other country.

After walking, they send us back to our guesthouse..I can't thank them enough..they are just so nice, Hanki oppa help us open the door all the time.Jinyoung unni, take the effort to make a research to decide where to bring us and brought the nice food and understand our culture. I feel so heavy hearted to part with them :(. I just gave them a small token from Malaysia as a sign of thank you.

If they come to Malaysia, i will surely do the same.

Thank You Allah, for letting us meeting a nice person during our Journey in Seoul.