Sub-title: Eat, tour, shop, ’til you drop.
Saturday is shopping and eating day. The day Janice will lynch us for letting her mom shop til she dropped. Well, can you blame us if Tita Remy kept on saying, “this one’s for Janice”?
Since the first two days were heavy with activities and Sunday is reserved for Full House, we decided to just take it easy on Saturday. We went to Seoul’s most popular gimmick place for youngsters and young-at-hearts, MyeongDong. It’s the place where you could barely move an inch, because it was so crowded. It’s a shopping paradise, too, if you’re the kind who’s not particular with bargains.
But first: we passed by this record shop at the MyeongDong subway station coz Tita Susan had wanted to buy some CDs. I marveled at all these Rain’s World posters peppering the store:
And then, I went to the other side of the door and this is what greeted me:
Look at Rain, all high and mighty, while LBH is like, “yeah right.” har har har
Then, we saw this little store where we got some socks. I saw something which I absolutely had to take a photo of, because it was so scandalous and in-your-face. Click here to see what it is.
Out in the streets of MyeongDong. Our first stop is, naturally, The Face Shop (or as Tita Susan calls it, “The Face Lift” ). My lavander body spray is running out and I have to buy some. I found out the price in Korea is php100 less than what we have in PH, and the ones here in PH are old stocks :sshh:. The funny thing was, the store clerks saw the Rain button pin on my bag and the Rain key chain on Tita Remy’s, and one of them was so happy coz she is a huge Rain fan. She even hugged me when I told her we went there specifically for his showcase. However, they didn’t give us discounts or additional freebies, so it didn’t matter much. hehehe
Me and my buddy, KSW.
MyeongDong is also a good place to do some food tripping. We’ve always been curious about Korean street food, and this is our chance to try them out. We first tried out some udeng (skewered fish cakes), and it’s an even bigger bomb than tuna kimbap. If I ever live in Korea, just give me udeng everyday and I can survive. It’s THAT good. We also got some sausage kebab and what turned out to be Tita Remy’s big favorite in Korea, chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
We visited MyeongDong Catholic Cathedral, which is famous for weddings. If you wish to get married in that church, you’ll have to register two years in advance. What a test for lovers, eh?
Photo op at the facade. The church is undergoing major renovation, so they covered the facade with a tarp that has the facade of the original church. You really wouldn’t know that a construction was going on because of the tarp. Cool, right?
It just so happens that there was a wedding when we got there. We thought it was an anticipated Mass, but it turned out to be a wedding mass. Of course, the resident paparazzi just had to join in the fray…
We also went to the catacombs to pray silently for our loved ones back home.
After that, it’s shopping time! First, for some Hallyu souvenirs…
Photo op at Giordano
We also met up with our new friends from Hong Kong for late lunch. They took us to this chicken house where we tried their famous roast chicken and sam gyu tang (ginseng chicken), which was supposed to be one whole spring chicken per person (I think they have a rule about this). But since our stomachs can only hold so much and each one of us can’t possibly finish one whole chicken stuffed with sticky rice to boot, we just decided that two people will share one.
After the heavy lunch, we then lined up for some tall ice cream. Let the pics speak for themselves…
We then parted ways with our Hong Kong friends. Tita Remy went around to salivate on boots some more while Tita Susan was eyeing more socks and bags. Rizza and I spent the rest of the day people-watching: well-dressed vendors and sales clerks (where else can you find street food vendors wearing neckties?); the religious cult, er, group trying to do a bible study in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the shopping area; the numerous ‘variety shows’ being staged on every corner; lovers holding hands while walking down the streets (ah, sounds like someone’s dream ); drooling over men in military uniforms; being amused at various ‘fashion statements’…
MyeongDong at night:
Check out the man on the vidiwall…
Ah, finally! I found Song Hye Kyo on a billboard… (this one’s for Inisfree)
Dinner time is reserved for meeting with Raina. We had dinner with her and her friend Pauline from HongKong, where we had our first (and last :( ) taste of jjajjang myun. I therefore resolve to go back to Seoul just for another taste of jjajjangmyun.
Pauline’s bag. I just had to take a photo coz the bag says, “Rainy Day, Cutie Frog”. If you all remember, I used to call Rain “Kermit the Frog”.
After dinner, we then had dessert at this place called O’Sulloc, where everything is green. All items on their menu have green tea as the main ingredient. The food doesn’t only look yummy, they taste yummy. The place had a nice ambience, too.
This is also where we met up with our Filipino friend Rizza, who from hereon I shall be referring to as RizzaB. (B for bakla = gay. She’s a fag hag. ) so as to differentiate her from Rizzaritz.
From L-R: Pauline, Raina, Tita Susan, Tita Remy, Agent P, RizzaB.
After saying our goodbyes to Raina and Pauline, it’s still relatively early (‘relative’, coz it’s almost 10pm by this time) so we decided to head on to the low-end version of MyeongDong, Dong Dae Mun. It’s the place where you can find basically the same stuff that are in MyeongDong, but at lower prices. Of course, we had to check it out.
Dong Dae Mun Stadium. Look, tents!
Variety show on every corner
Row of fortune tellers. I would’ve checked it out, but I won’t understand what they’ll say about me, anyway… (besides, my own ‘psychic’ is way more accurate. har har har)
Rizza, Tita Susan, Tita Remy, RizzaB.
We didn’t stay long as we had to leave early for Full House the next day. But it was, nonetheless, an eventful day for us (especially for our stomachs).