“If Hayley gives in to her desire, she’s afraid her new life could come tumbling down. She will have to put the past behind her to know her own heart again – and decide if she’s willing to risk everything for love.’ – Nora Roberts (Red Lily)
Seoraksan National Park (설악산국립공원 (외설악) has a stunning view of mountains and valleys. It takes about 6 hours to travel from the bustling town – Hongdae to reach this glorious place. Before booking a ticket to Korea (an impulsive decision), I was hurt by being in an almost-relationship. It caused a lot of discomfort and heartbreak to my soul due to the conflicts and differences in values, perspectives and thinking. This almost-relationship fell apart eventually. We should not allow ourselves to fall into an “almost-relationship” zone. It is either you’re together or not (either yes or no). An in-between status will only lead to a downward spiral, a confusing whirlwind of thoughts and emotions will turn numb on its own. “Being clear about your feelings is just as important as having them to begin with. You really can’t blame someone else for your almost-relationship if they never knew you wanted to be in a relationship in the first place. People aren’t mind-readers.”
I finished a drama – Fight for my way and only figured that the whole set was filmed in Busan! I’m glad to witness this little town and exchange smiles with adorable ahjummas and ahjussis who hikes everyday. #healthylifestyle #goals
I traveled to Korea to heal and find myself all over again. Traveling is a great way to heal. It refreshes your thoughts and broaden one’s life perspectives because you will meet people from different parts of the world and realize how small you are and how little you knew about people out there. The fact that I traveled on my own wasn’t an easy task. At times it took a great leap of faith but I found myself smiling again after indulging in the much needed break and process of finding myself.
“A happy heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” – Proverbs 15:13
Dae Jang Geum (대장금 | 大長今) Jeju Folk Village, Jeju
Jeju is a land more wired for hiking enthusiasts than shopaholics. It is a town full of nature – trees, plants, clear skies. A place with many mountains, valleys and waterfalls! One of the memorable experience I had in Jeju was Folk Village, the place in which Da Chang Jin was filmed, also known in english as Jewel in the palace.
Bumped into a friendly Korean. She was interviewing passer-bys along the streets of HongDae, testing korean youngsters on knowledge of cultural awareness and local traditions. She mentioned that she was a university student currently working on a project. Well, I was actually on my way to rent a Hanbok at one of the more well-known tourist attraction but after being stopped by her, I decided to listen to what she had to say. She opened an invitation to her friend’s house and asked if I would like to experience the full culture and tradition of a Korean citizen. I felt eternally grateful to have met her. Such experience is so hard to come by.
“Smiling is contagious. Smiling releases endorphins. Smiling is healthy. Keep smiling.”
“Dance, dance, dance! Till you see the crimson sun!”
On starry night, my now Taiwan buddies (who were strangers back then) and I decided to visit a bar. We met at a cat cafe, played with cats and chatted a lot in Chinese. When we arrived at the bar, we were astonished by the culture of the Korean youngsters. Other than being multi-talented, they are quite inclusive when it comes to strangers joining them in a “Dance Party”. It wasn’t that difficult to gel in with them despite our differences in languages and nationality.
Singapore friends who visited Korea at the same time. How coincidental!
I didn’t take many photos in Korea because my camera cracked haha but the memories are kept safe in my heart. Thank you Korea for helping me to find my soul (Seoul) again.