Here’s a snapshot of my mini trip to Fukuoka last month. I took a lot of random pictures while I was there (as any little thing in Japan seems to fascinate me). I hope to visit Fukuoka again soon.
Located in Seomyeon,Busan, Momochi Cafe is a charming cafe focused on giving Japanese inspired dessert and coffee. The place is decorated with simplistic, wooden furniture and decorations giving the cafe a humble, cosy atmosphere. There’s a definite Japanese feel to Momochi that I can’t help but like so much. We ordered the red bean toast and vanilla ice latte for myself. The toast was delicious, simple and picture perfect! In addition, the staff were so friendly and helpful, giving us also a bottle of Dutch coffee as a free gift, which was super sweet of them. I definitely want to come back again and try their other dessert offerings.
Location: 663-5, Jeonpo-Dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan.
Located in Yeongdo, south of Busan, Sinki Cafe is housed in a large, white, shipping container style of building. The cafe is popular for it’s rooftop space, allowing a great view of Busan’s cityscape.
On both occasions that I’ve been to Sinki, I’ve ordered their green tea latte, but other options are available including oreo milkshake and a selection of desserts.
I highly recommend going to Sinki in the evening and witness the amazing night views of Busan from their rooftop.
You can get to Sinki Cafe by taking the underground station Nampo (exit 6), Then catching Bus 9 and get off at Lotte Nakcheondae stop.
Location: Busan, Yeongdo-gu, 청학동 148-203 신기산업
CCR Showroom (short for Cocorobox) is a cute, little home and lifestyle store located near Pusan National University. The store sells a host of top quality goods to liven up any home. It’s a great place to spend time browsing (& maybe buying) as well as a shop, CCR also has a cafe for you to sit and admire this wonderful retail space.
A few weeks back I travelled to Taipei and spent some days exploring the city as well as venturing to Jiufen, located just a few hours away from Taipei.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and the first impact Taipei had on me was the architecture. The city is full of old, derelict looking buildings that gives Taipei it’s distinctive feel and atmosphere.
We came to a quiet neighbourhood to check out a dumpling restaurant in the area and yes you have my word, their dumplings was delish. After lunch, we strolled around the surrounding streets,checking out the many independent shops, cafes’ and restaurants.
We made a quick trip to Jiufen, famous for the inspiration behind the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away. This place had such a dreamy atmosphere and was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Bye bye Taipei^^
Wedged between Pusan National University and Jangjeon station, Mid Century Cafe is a welcome surprise located in a very residential area of Busan. The cafe is kitted out with the usual aesthetics that are synomynous with any independent Korean coffee establishment: neon signs-check, outdoor area and seats perfect for selfies- check, vintage assortments displayed randomly- check. I ordered their strawberry latte which was divine, they also have a simple selection of cakes including gigantic madeleines ( which I regret not ordering now). Mid Century Cafe is a cute, dreamy place that I highly recommend if you’re in the area.
I’m sharing some photos of the cherry blossoms (벗꽃 in Korean) that I took a few weeks back when the trees were in full bloom. It’s sad to see the blossoms go so quickly, but it is with their fragile brevity, that we flock and admire such beauty of nature and to appreciate the small pleasures life gives to us. Enjoy!
I’ve recently moved to Korea and am excited as well as nervous in adjusting my new life here. I wanted to share a delicious and quick recipe that I made recently. Kimchi is a staple product of Korea, rich in vitamins A,B and C and loaded with healthy bacteria. Perfect for a ‘once again student at 27 years old’ who will need refuelling while studying. There are many recipes online of kimchi and scrambled eggs, so for the record I am not claiming this as my recipe, but it is super delicious and quick to rustle up for breakfast or lunch.
1/2 spring onion, thinly sliced
1 packet of kimchi ( I used Bibigo’s )
1 tsp oil
1 slice toasted wholemeal bread
Salt & pepper to taste
On my recent trip to Korea, I bought along with me a couple of disposable film cameras and ”experiment” with some film photography. Although, I’m no pro when it comes to photography, I enjoy snapping away and am learning to practice and improve my skills in this little hobby of mine. I took my camera everywhere with me while on my trip, taking photos of the everyday and unique life of Korea. I was excited to see how my pictures would turn out and although the final results have been mixed (why didn’t I turn on the flash button??!….) it was great to hold physical copies of my own photos- a feeling that is very special , a relic of my memory in Korea. Maybe I’m sounding a little too sentimental, but in a world where everything is instantaneous and photoshopped, sometimes it’s better to take time at what you’re looking at and see things in the raw state that it is. Looking at my photos, it evoked my memory on how I was feeling in that moment, be it walking down the side alleys of Busan to hanging around in the hip quarter of Hongdae in Seoul. I definitely want to continue processing more film photos in the future and I may invest myself with a 35mm camera once I gain more confidence. But at the moment I’ll stick around with the disposable stuff . So please enjoy my photos and if you have any tips about photography, film or digital, it would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy!