Archive | April, 2014

Jade garden & Nami Island

28 Apr

Jade garden
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Nami Island
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The ferry which brought us to Nami island in 3 minutes can bring you across in a much cooler way high up in the air via a flying fox. It’s so cool!
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Cherry blossom everywhere….
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There is a surau in here…
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Cute right the chipmunk
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This is a really famous spot for Korean drama fans…winter sonata.
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More of Jeju – Trick art museum and Maze park

28 Apr

Maze garden
At first we thought it’d be easy because it seemed so. After we got lost, we realized we should have tagged the group ahead if us because it’s not fun being lost in a maze with a baby who was getting restless with the sane view – of tall walls of green for far too long.

We made it after several self turns Alhamdulilah.

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We came across the super tall man pruning the maze plants. Cool right?

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Trick art museum
We had lots of fun here!

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DS’s first competition

27 Apr

At the eleventh hour, we decided to ditch our plans and head down to Ankorpoint for a baby crawling competition.

Alhamdulilah Ilyas won 3rd prize. Too many things were happening at the same time we didn’t take any photos during the competition.

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The famous Jeju Island

25 Apr

Dragon head rock was the first site we visited upon flying into Jeju. The sunrise was more of the attraction then the rocks. Though if you know the history perhaps it would be more interesting. The whole island was created out of molten after several thousand volcanic eruptions in the long history. The rocks are all black.

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Seopji koji
This is a famous site for the shooting of some Korean drama. For me it was a beautiful viewing point. I think, for someone who dislikes crowds like me, no matter how nice the place is, I cannot enjoy it while crowding with a lot of other people. Tourists from China are everywhere and the arrive in busloads.

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We spotted a few sea ladies going about their everyday work catching sea life to sell. More on sea ladies of Jeju island later on…

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Jeju is known for their oranges and their orange chocolates. These if you notice closely aren’t real oranges as it isn’t the season fir oranges so the shop selling orange chocolate has styrofoam balls painted orange hanging from their orange tree. The chocolate is quite delicious though and I personally prefer the rice cripies chocolate. The orange chocolate has quite a refreshing taste of the citrus.

We bought some for sovenoir but they are so expensive. 10,000 Korean won for a box of 7 little orange chocolate. If you convert, it is $12.50.

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Seongsan ichibung
You can climb all the way up to have a bird’s eye view of the island. Mum stayed at the foothill while dad, DH, DS and I went up. Only DH made it all the way to the top. The rest of us made it halfway.

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Jeju Folk museum was up next

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Sea lady museum

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Sea ladies singing while they rest after a hard day at work. The fire to keep them warm. All seasons, they work even in the freezing waters.

When you hear their story, you’ll definitely shed a tear.

They work hard while their husbands work a little. Jeju men are known to be lazy. They bring the ladies into the middle of the sea to catch sea life while they wait on the raft. These ladies do dive after dive to catch sealife without any diving equipments. They leave their children at home while they slept and go out to work in the wee hours of the morning. They return home to do the household chores abd tend to the children in the day. These hardy ladies work hard for many years and they suffer from some disease because of their work in the sea, in their later years.
They return to work 3 days after childbirth. They cry of they find out that they’ve given birth to a girl. To suffer the same fate…

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Culture and interesting facets of Korea

22 Apr

We realized South Korea is very picturesque and having all seasons enhances it’s beauty even more. From the few Koreans I’ve come across I realized that they are very proud of who they are and their heritage. They claim to be the best in everything. They do have a lot of beautiful paces, things, resources such as ginseng and semi- precious stones and dormant volcano etc. You name it, they have it. They are also quite cultured in their ways like their manner of sleeping and eating – on the floor. Interesting how they are modern and traditional at the same time.

We had the opportunity to experience the eating and sleeping ways of the Korean. I think it’s actually quite humbling. Our prophet (Muhammad s.a.w) used to sit on the floor when he had his meals and he slept on the hard floor in a small room throughout his life. Unfortunately the sleeping on the floor experience didn’t suit me very well.

The Hanbok, their traditional costume is not widely worn except in movies or drama. We had the opportunity to don the costume, so did the little baby.

We also watched a Korean movie – The Face Reader but we didn’t get a chance to watch it till the end. Pretty entertaining movie.

The baby seemed to like Korean people and the feeling appeared to be mutual. I even got a discount because I was ‘yepuda’s’ mother. Everywhere we went people were interested in the baby and they would go ‘annahaseyyo!’ And baby would grin and they would exclaim, ‘yepuda’ which means handsome boy. When I fed him food in Korea, I would use 3 Korean words which would make him happy and he would eat. He also started waving in Korea, at the Koreans.

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Sights to enjoy in Seoul

17 Apr

I didn’t have so much fun shopping because the exchange rate really didn’t make me feel rich. I shopped nonetheless. Besides shopping, Seoul is the place to go if you’re into museums and palaces. I’m not a museum person and the palace we visited wasn’t that pretty so I didn’t snap as many photos.

However along the way, the flowers and trees are gorgeous! Especially at the plaza! There are pots and lots of beautiful fresh flowers.

At one of the palaces.

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At the folk museum.

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Myeong song shopping area.

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Mosque in Seoul.

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A madrasah.

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The street which leads to the mosque. Lots of halal food establishments, grocery shops, bakery and travel agencies.

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Nante show @ Nante theatre. They are quite famous and have won some international awards like the Guinness record. They were actually quite entertaining.

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Korean food

16 Apr

Since we went on a Muslim tour, we ate mostly seafood in places like Jeju Island, Mount Sorak and Pyeong Chang. Only in Seoul, we had the luxury of having Indian/ Arabic food. We had halal beef _ bulgogi and halal ginseng chicken in Seoul.

We had the chance to try kimchi and I have to say it’s not to my liking. Far too spicy for my tastebuds. There are more than a hundred types of kimchi and we were priviledged to try a few at the Kimchi school where we had fun making our very own cabbage kimchi.

The other fun thing we tried was making our own cottage cheese in a place near Pyeong Chang where we also fed sheep. We enjoyed the cottage cheese with some corn crackers and orange juice thereafter.

At some restaurants, we had to sit on the floor, Korean style and at others we could sit on chairs.

One thing in common in all Korean seafood restaurant is the utensils. All had the same metal bowl with a cover where rice is served, metal pair of chopsticks and long metal spoon. Even their tissue box was similar and the watery tumbler. Is there one supplier/ manufacturer only? I wonder…

Do enjoy some photos of the food we had…

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10 months of adventures with the little one who isn’t so little anymore

14 Apr

Dearest son,

This month went by in a breeze…we visited one of ummi’s friend who gave birth to a tiny baby and well ummi is not sure you knew what was going on but soon you’ll identify with other babies and gravitate towards them.

Our big ticket event was of course our trip to Korea! Ummi and ayah are still suffering from the aftermath of the trip with cough and cold. You were a champ in the flight abd throughout the trip. Not only were you on your best behavior, you were like a celebrity baby…the Korean women and men loved you. They coo all over you and you started showing off your gorgeous smile and waving hello and goodbye. They wanted to carry you but ummi as you can expect was overprotective and insist strangers can’t carry you. You slept in the bassinet on the plane and I think you were comfortable in there. Do you want to sleep on your own soon?

You have been your usual active self and you just love to crawl and pull yourself to stand. You are also less fussy about food so it’s getting easier for ummi. I still make food for you because it makes me happy and of course I think it’s better than pre-prepared jar food.

I am secretly like that you are a little clingy to me. I think you are balanced in how you prefer me, your mother and how you are comfortable being carried by people you don’t really know.

Looking forward to more play time with you my darling.

With lots of love, cuddles, hugs, kisses,
Your ummi

Some days I miss you even more

3 Apr

You don’t smile so much when your ayah and I leave for work, it’s like you know. Your Emma would let me hear you over the phone but you woukdnt speak instead you listen intently and look at the phone.

You have 4 teeth now but you’re still eating pureed food.

I can’t remember when you started walking along furniture but you’re standing more now. You’ve been really active and sometimes don’t even sleep till late.

You laugh a lot more these days.

One day after work you ‘pounced’ at me from your ayah’s arms indicating your preference.

I enjoy the little time we spend together every evening and every weekends.