Konkuk University Station (건대잎구역) Line 2 – Station #212, Line 7 – Station #727

Definitely on my must-go list now!

Seoul Sub→urban

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Before starting this post proper, we’d like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to Nathan Greenberg, who invited us to visit the Kondae area, gave us a bunch of tips, and met up with us to show us around.  Nathan plays in the band Tierpark and is a co-founder and writer for the music website The Ampeater Review.

Konkuk University Station, like a lot of other stations in the city, is situated at the intersection of two large roads, in this case Achasan-ro (아차산로) and Neungdong-ro (능동로), dividing the neighborhood into four neat quadrants.  Each quadrant has a distinct character, so, like a boxing doubleheader, let’s take a look at what’s in each corner.  We’ll start northeast of the station, at the university that gives the station its name.

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When I arrived, I stepped out of Exit 4 and took an immediate left so that the Konkuk University hospital…

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6 must haves when I travel

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#throwback up on Mt Pilatus

 

Its the time of the year, where I start to slowly pack things into my luggage and engage in another war (my room is the war zone). I love travelling, but really hate the thought of packing my stuffs. I’m a little picky about what I use and wear, if not, I would totally just bring nothing overseas.

Time to do up my packing list and roll out my luggage which has been sitting around collecting dust. Out of the list of things I would bring along with me, these are my must-haves when I travel:

#1 – Notebook & Pen
Not something everyone would bring, but notebook is a must for me. I love jotting down things on my notebooks before, during and after the trips. I have really baddd memory, so I use it just so that I can list down the places I want to visit, some additional notes to help me remember what happened on my trip. It also acts as a travel journal when I pen down feelings. Some people uses social networks like Facebook and Twitter to mark down what happens but some stuffs are just too personal to post it online.

I once forgot all about it while getting too excited to head Europe, and I had such a hard time trying to recall what happened.

Pen because, we all have to fill up immigration clearance form, & for communicating with people who don’t understand you, it is definitely a plus.

#2 – Facial care products
As mentioned, I’m really picky with some products and these have to be one of them. I have a bag, if not 2 bags of it (one smaller bag for flights, everything below 100ml). After applying moisturizers for so many year, my face feels weird without having it. It’s a plus especially when you head to countries with dry weather. One con would be, there are really heavy. So whenever I have the chance to, I would ask for sample size products so that I can bring them on my trip, unless it’s a really long ones.

#3 – Umbrella
Something you would never want to leave your house without. Yes of course, you can buy 1 when it rains/ snow, but what if you are stranded somewhere deserted when that happens and you can’t find any umbrella vendors around. The one I have is folded, extremely light and skinny, and sturdy as well. Invest in a good one, and you will see why one day.

I had to walk in the rain & the weather was about 5 degrees, and it was freezing cold. Shops were all closed because it was late at night, and that was when I realised, I really needed an umbrella with me all the time.

#4 – Jacket
This item here sounds really silly, but I do know of people who travel without it, especially when they think that they are travelling to a place and they are having summer right there. Couldn’t emphasis how much wrong you’re doing over there. What makes you think a country experiencing summer wouldn’t be cold. Be it rain, wind or a sudden change in weather, the jacket comes in handy. The temperature might not dip to freezing level, but it definitely helps to keep you warm on morning or nights when you want to spend it outdoors. And not forgetting, by keeping yourself warm would prevent you from catching a cold on your trip, which is probably one of the worse thing that would ruin the trip.

#5 – iPod
This. Not for me shut myself out from the world, but more of a companion when I am travelling from one point to another, be it being in a plane, bus or ferry. I’m so used to plugging in my iPod for overnight flights just so that I can get a good night sleep because the sound of the engine disturbs me so much. As much as my iPod is part of my trip, I would never want to plug it in throughout the whole trip. After all, travelling is for us to experience the place with all of our senses. I have a travel playlist that keeps me in the travelling mood too & it often helps, especially when you are in a city so far away from home and you are still constantly thinking about work or stuffs that are troubling you.

#6 – Camera
Reason why I would be willing to spend more money on a better camera rather than a point-and-shoot camera. Of course, it is possible to keep the memories without a camera, but somethings are just too pretty not to shoot and keep. It also acts as a very useful tool when it comes to taking down pictures of bus/ train schedules, or certain signs that leads you to a place. With my camera, I also often bring along a mini mini mini tripod (i’m pretty such everyone will laugh at how small it is, it’s just the height of my camera), which is great if I am travelling alone and no one is around to help me take a picture.

 

So now, what are the musts in your packing list?

Over the hill

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Baby at the top of the world

Meh, I was too busy too tired recently. But I had the chance to cycle my dog up to the hill behind my house and see some people fly enormous kites! It’s great, I get to exercise, baby get to head out, & i bet he miss peeing and shitting wherever he likes in public. -.-

I should’ve stayed for sunset that evening because the sunset was so gorgeous. But the thought of being so carefree, with the company of my baby and the wind, it was a great evening spent. I really ought to do this more often, another great way to de-stress.

 

Valentine’s day was over but I headed out with my friend for her birthday and we went to Stranger’s Reunion since cafe hopping is getting oh-so-popular recently. I must say that it’s because of these cafes, they are making cafe hopping so addictive. Stranger’s Reunion served great waffles! We had the one with Greek Yogurt and we licked the plate clean. I guess it’s because of Valentine’s day, it felt more like a restaurant where you have people going in and out of the place so quickly. Definitely have to try going there when everyone is in school or at work, and just chill and people watch.

 

& I need to stop stop stop thinking about going elsewhere until I come back from all the trips I’ve planned. My pockets have really big holes now because I’m going to more place than I can afford. .___.

 

&&&&&& red hair for the win!

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