[Journey To The Land of Daehanminguk] Part 2 : Arranging the Itinerary

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Ah, didn’t see this draft! Thanks hon, but I’ll write it first :p
So, we secured our entry to the Republic of Korea. What’s next? Of course it’s the itinerary!

I believe in freedom. And I believe in you (r Korean language proficiency), my dear. That’s why we didn’t plan for following an established tour, but set our own itinerary instead. That way, we can fully accommodate our own needs there.

Yes dear, I got you

Let’s jump right in :

Since we only have two full days and a half day, I assure that we got to the mandatory places  in Seoul. That’s the first.

Second thing is we want to make sure that we can enjoy the signature Korean dish and give our hands a bunch of street food.

The third thing, and this is my kind of mission to start with, is hunting for Korean cosmetics and skin care (sorry babe, cannot help it).

The last but not least,

What babe?

Anyways, out of all tourism objects scattered around Seoul, we picked out what’s the most viable and feasible to visit and enjoy. I admit that I do want to go around some agency buildings just to catch some glimpse of Korean celebs around there. But as I checked two of my fave girl groups that they had no schedule or abroad schedule, visits around agency building is a no go. So… what else?

Medieval castles. Hype areas. Chill areas. That’s the places we want to go.

Palaces. Hongdae / Myeongdong. Hangang Park Dongdaemun Design Plaza. That’s what we had in mind.

Did we reach those places? Continues in the forthcoming posts. Stay tune. 

I forgot what to say hahahaa…

Anyway, here is Our final Itinerary : 

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[Journey To The Land of Daehanminguk] Part 1 : Obtaining the Four-Lettered Document in the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

 

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So….

In order to go out of your country, you need passport, right?

But here’s the catch: to enter one’s country, you don’t simply just waltz in like you usually do… but you need to get that particular four-lettered document: V to the I to the S to the A!

Read with me… VEEEE SSAAAAAA

As most of the people who like to travel know, getting a visa is quite an administrative job. And not everyone has that kind of thing. Me personally don’t like getting my hands on the administrative stuff. Not to mention that I’m very messy and not a very systematic person. 

Before we submit the required documents to the embassy, we googled what are the documents needed for submission.

Googled? Not only we googled, but we also hijack one of our friend’s soon to be wedded girlfriend who happen to work in a South Korean company, that ALSO happened to just recently visited South Korea, to obtain any single nitty gritty details about the Korea as a country and the Visa. Is it hard? Is it easy?
Well, to the day this blog was posted, we haven’t got our visas yet, but, finger’s crossed!

So, let’s just get down to business… what you need to prepare to get South Korea Visa?

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Planning Our First Trip

Mid July 2016. It has been a long time since I, myself, planned to travel abroad. Especially, I always want to travel with my life partner. 

Finally, we’re able to realize it! Our first trip to KOREA!! Yeeeaaaay!!!!

When we eagerly receive our yearly bonuses, we booked our ticket to Korea in an instant. We did go to some travel fairs, some Korean Travel exhibitions, and we ultimately decided and booked our ticket in end of July 2016 for April 2017. We booked quite early before our departure with intention to get a lower fare. But as a matter of fact, when we read other blogs about flight tickets to Seoul, our fare are surely not the best deal out there. Nonetheless, we regret nothing, because we took our time to plant plan this, we saved our precious dimes, and we expect to go on a comfortable trip. 

So we booked Airasia tickets to Seoul, return, for two people. We buy a tickets with one transit in Kuala Lumpur for 3 hours, before we continue our trip to Seoul. Here are our tickets and hotel details :

  • AirAsia flight tickets for 2 people, return, IDR 10.000.000 (exclude meal and baggage)
  • Fraser Namdaemun Hotel Deluxe room, 3 nights, IDR +- 5.000.000 

We didn’t book any tour services as this will be our own trip, without any particular place to go. Our itinerary is ours only. 

What we’ve been doing after booking the tickets and hotel was to throw a siege over any references about any attractive place on Seoul and make a list of them.

Once the everything is done, (which is not yet), we’ll make a budget for our trip so we’ll not spend excessively (although I’m not very sure bout this) 

Ah one thing we forget to mention is about the visa. Honestly, we don’t submit our visa request yet, until today. 😣

We still have a lot of homework to do to prepare our trip. So, you’ll soon will see our story about visa submission, itinerary, and our budget plan. And after our trip maybe we’ll share our pics, expenses, and a how-to-travel around Seoul. 

See you soon 😊

 

 

The Beginning

Mid August, 2007.

I’m a little bit obsessed with a perfect timeline order, so i will start with the beginning of our togetherness. 

I met Ragil in the beginning of my College time. It was the first day of college orientation. We sat next to each other.
Yeah we did. And the other couple who sat next to us, Tahta and Nicha, also got married. Coincidence? :p

You know, i kinda have this kind of stereotypes of guys who chose pharmacy as a major. and yep, me and him was in the same faculty and took the same major. I thought, most of pharmacy guys are less manly and less good-looking as another tech guy. Well, it almost true. Anyway, my first impression of him was quite good. Honestly, mostly because he’s tall hehe.
For the record, I did tried to be one of the tech guy. But fate put me in the pharmacy road instead. Well, one of The Lord’s bigger reason, might be to make me met you. 

I often hung out with boys instead of my girl friends. and it included him. But if i thought more, we rarely talk to each other; let alone having an intense of interaction. most of the time we hung out in group of 5 or more people. It became more awkward to us when the rest of our friends starts to tease us as a “couple-to-be”. I kinda enjoy it though :p.
She enjoyed it, but for me, who was the pity-object-but-not-always-bullied-due-to-my-enormous-size in all my schooling times, that kind of treatment got me anxious. See, I was always tried to live under the radar. When such spotlight came through, I didn’t know how to react but to fully denying it. It got me curious about her though. Hehe.

As time went by, that attractiveness slowly went down. He much more like a friend to hung out whom i rare spoke with. we go to a movie together, prepare for the exam together, work on group task together and even a lab buddy (of course, together here means there were 4 or more persons included). It was just that. Ow before i forgot, the very one thing i didn’t like about him at that time is, he never asked to sent me home when we hung out, although we went the same way home. Always Edi, who drove me to my  ‘kosan’ (-____-).
My way of playing it cool went through really well, didn’t it? Hehe. I’d hoped, not too cool, but it seems it got overly cool. Hau

I’m a pretty much an observer you know. There is this kind of gesture of him. i noticed it for a while. When he gets nervous he likes to make a repetitive movements. Either walk at same pace back and forth, move one of his body part (mostly fingers), over sweaty, and yet he make the same face expression. It’s fun thing to watch.
Baby, I was also a keen observer myself. One thing I’d like to point out about you is the higher voice tone and the relentless-denying phase when you got upset. But that’s okay with me, I’d like me some challenge :3

I don’t know if he knew it or not, but my feelings for him occurs like a sun. If it’s rise, it rose brightly, if it’s went west, it gloom as a twilight. At the time i like him most, my silly self tried to make an overboard gesture hahahahaa… just for him to notice me more. Until, one tiny action chase away all the feelings. On an annual basketball tourney in our campus, he played as one of the starters. There’s this time, in the game, when one of our team player passed the ball to him, and he should catch it, but instead of catching the ball, he dodged it. A boys who can play sport is always cool, right? and at that moment, when i saw that those attractiveness suddenly disappear, pufff…
I was never that sporty guy. My initial and my trained reaction upon seeing an object coming at me at full speed was dodge/deflect it. HAHAHAHA

At the end, for me,Ragil is a friend that a little bit shy, awkward, smart, nice, and to sum it up a NERD guy. I couldn’t ever imagine that i will end up spend my life time around him. What happen to us next? what happen to me to be exact.
And what happen to me? Stay tune. We got plentiful of cringe and cheesiness.