Monday, 24 February 2014

Cafe Lazy Cat~


I asked when they'd get cookie monster bracelets (when I went to Bomgom that time) I gave her my cellphone number. 2 weeks later, I finally have one! :3 


Right, so Cafe Lazy Cat. I used cuteinkorea-CLC 
She has better pictures and directions etc.

If you know where Castle Praha is in Hongdae (the restaurant) to the right of Castle Praha, there is a little street. Go down there and turn down the first right. Walk straight...
Castle Praha (also recommend btw)

This place! Go down the stairs (only 3 and they're a bit scary)


It's a bit dim but very cosy and candle lit. 


mocha~









Bonus! Tim Burton postcards


This kitty did not appreciate me taking photos unexpectedly. But I asked the owner and she brought it out.  

Edit: *read cuteinkorea again* it's a boy xD and apparently he's the inspiration for the cafe's name because he is so lazy hahahaha. He's very adorable though and likes to meow. It's a lot darker than cuteinkorea, but I like it. It has a nice atmosphere. 



I don't know if it's a boy or girl. Anyway, you can win it over by rubbing its ears and tickling it under the chin ^^ 


Super cute!


Reasonably priced too.



Couldn't resist. The owner was so nice! I recommend this place heaps!
She gave me the letterhead (I was going to pay for it) for free as 'service' ^_^

My collection of trinkets...


I don't have blu-tac at the moment. When I go to NZ I'll be sure to bring some and put them on the wall. 

Strawberry Picking at Dumulmeori


I went with meetups to Dumulmeori to pick strawberries. This pictures was taken on the bus at City Hall. If you look closely, you can see a 'The Little Prince' bus across the road. Behind is an ice skating rink which is going to be gone soon (winter is ending)

Yongsu. I met these two fellow kiwi birds...


Dumulmeori. The lady is teaching us how to pick strawberries.


We were originally told we'd have half an hour, we could eat while we pick, but we had to walk out with only 500grams of strawberries. But then the owner and the staff members got really antsy and kept telling us to stop eating while we picked, and in the end we only got like 10 minutes maximum. It wasn't fun picking under surveillance. Behind Michelle, you can see a guy in black. He watched us like a hawk and came up to us to tell us to stop. The owners were not happy with us (not just my immediate group, but everyone there).  
 



The strawberries were sweet. I didn't end up eating any until we were out. 


We turned these on only to be told we weren't allowed chocolate fondue xD anyway, that's my stash (some people smuggled some and someone gave me an extra strawberry lol)


Why not?


This dog was so cute. I miss pets. This one's tail started wagging when I passed, then it rolled on the ground etc so I ended up saying hello and giving it hugs and petting it. It was so friendly.


Went for a wander around Dumulmeori for a few hours. 


It's just gorgeous




Chatted with her all day. She's awesome! Man, I hope to have a life similar to hers. She trained to be a teacher in NZ, and she's been around all over the world pretty much. She's got her own property in NZ, and grew her own vegetables and fruit. She has all her books but keeps it locked away and just rented out her place while she's in Korea. That is such a good idea. Except I don't think I'll settle in NZ. But maybe? Can't see it now but I like the idea of having a place but leaving to live overseas when I can.   


Sunset










Christmas tree?? In February?


Photographic proof I've been to Gangnam.



Monday, 17 February 2014

Toto's Toy Museum * Hana Art Gallery ~ Insadong, Seoul


This is from Hongdae (Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea). 

Today I had an eventful day with my friend Brooke. We visited Toto's Toy Museum in Insadong. You go out exit 6, and turn left down the busy street as soon as you see G25 (a convenient store). Walk a few minutes until you see toys through a window on your right. I've seen it before hearing about it.

Cute in Korea has more information    I usually just visit her site to find out things to do in Korea. It costs 2,000w (like $2). There's a lot of things in there that can make Koreans nostalgic.

Anyway, it had a lot of Star Wars, Tim Burton and Studio Ghibli so I was pretty happy.
 





















 


Old style Korean uniforms

Me with Lock and Barrel (I'm also wearing my favourite Jack Skellington bow)







I love how the Genie is just doing his thing in the background



Me with Lock and Shock





I grew up with these


Cute!


I also grew up with these




Turtles for 1,000won ($1)

You can buy knick knacks like these. But you couldn't buy most of the toys in the shop (only the ones with prices on them)



Before we went there, we visited this cafe




Hmmm... cute place! But.. average coffee :( the mochas tasted like they put milo and instant coffee together but they charged 6,500won ($6.50)

After the toy museum, we went to Hana's Art Gallery. It was so cute! But the canvas art is just print art, not authentic. Still, I love it! And nearly bought a canvas.

It's down the main street on the left (the same street that Toto's Toy Museum is on). You'll recognise all the little cute tiles. There's actually two storeys.







Oh man, they love Larva in Korea. It's a cute Korean animation that lasts maybe 5 mins per episode. 


I think I've tried all these dishes in real life. Kimbap, bibimbap and kimchi. Anyway, traditional Korean food in phone accessory form. 









I bought these postcards from Hana Art Gallery. I think when I go to Japan I might put them on the wall. So postcards instead of canvases. Postcards are easier to carry ^_^