Saturday, 4 November 2017

Fall back to reality..please? (part 3)

Part 3

In between bulan 8 dengan bulan 10 haritu ada la mesej Giyong beberapa kali, paling unintentional TERmesej Giyong sebab stress tarikh pegi Seoul, Mamamoo ada event, clash dengan concert nak pegi. Giyong memang tau aku minat Mamamoo sebab masa makan kat restoran sebelum ni,ter-spazz depan Giyong. Giyong gelakkan je, Giyong (dan Taehyun jugak) pun suka Mamamoo, Giyong suka Mamamoo sebab personality diorang (wahhh sama sama!! Sila bayangkan macam spazzing dengan kawan). 
Giyong cakap takpe, nanti ada la tu peluang jumpa Mamamoo. Ok kembali ke perjumpaan ketiga, Giyong beberapa kali ingatkan nak datang Seoul nanti prepare elok2, cuaca tengah sejuk. 

Masa pegi SKP haritu lambat gila, tinggal setengah jam je nak habis. Pegi dengan kawan Korean (yang boleh speaking English), dia minat Sam. Masa kitorang masuk tu, HoneyG dan Sam tengah on-air. Kwan muka terkejut dia mumble: 와..잘생겼다.. Masa tu aku tau dia tengah tengok Giyong. Giggle je sebab tu bukan 1st time aku tengok reaksi macam tu kat Giyong (masa busking dulu pun ramai bagi reaksi macam tu kat Giyong). 

Greet manager, manager senyum je (manager pun macam kawan) Lepas diorang habis recording, greet HoneyG, paling excited Jaehyun (dia yang excited bukan aku lol), sebab yang Ogos lepas tak jumpa Jaehyun. HoneyG macam rushing cakap terima kasih semua, ingatkan nak terus berlalu pegi. Aku kena cakap dengan Sam dulu sebab kawan ada pesan hadiah. 

Bila keluar dari section recording nak gi lounge, rupanya HoneyG beratur semua duduk kat kerusi, manager pun sekali, tunggu aku. Masa tu amek gamba group photo, diorang nak aku kat tengah, Jaehyun cepat2 bukak ruang tepi dia (maknae ni memang excited, kalau banding dengan Giyong yang pemalu). Amek selca dengan maknae, sebab masa 1st jumpa HoneyG, Jaehyun mintak selca tapi masa tu phone pun tak jumpa. 





Lepas habis, masuk lif ramai2 lagi, Sam, Honey G, aku dan kawan. Sam berlalu dengan cepatnya, tinggal aku dengan kawan, sekali dengan HoneyG. Kawan nak pegi konsert Paul Kim jadi dia kena pegi dulu. 

Giyong tanya kali ni duduk mana, aku cakap Hapjeong, area hongdae. Giyong suggest kat members yang lain, kita grab coffee je la, ok tak. Semua setuju, jadi kitorang jalan kaki cari coffee shop. Giyong bagitau, rupanya kereta company diorang ada problem, semua kena balik sendiri2 LOL 

Jaehyun bawak scooter dia, seronok dia naik scooter dia depan kitorang. Lagi sekali jalan sebelah Giyong, sentiasa memastikan aku jalan belah dalam. Masa nak masuk satu coffee shop ni, dia tampal kat pintu, tutup. Cari lagi satu coffee shop.

Masa aku depan pintu, terfikir (wow keciknya). Terfikir sebab kecik:duduk rapat. Hgggg. Aku nak amek sit tepi dinding, sekali Taehyun dah amek seat tu. Giyong tanya nak duduk dalam ke? Aku angguk je. Dia bagi aku duduk dalam, dia duduk sebelah aku (dalam hati..ala..tak dapat la menatap muka Giyong macam sebelum ni..demand~) 

Masa nak order masing2 taktau nak order ape, last2 Giyong dan Jaehyun bangun tengok menu (Giyong tanya coffee ok kan? Aku cakap ok je), Jaehyun pegi balik kat meja tanya aku nak sandwich tak? Aku: 예! Apebenda tah jawab macam tu. Giyong pulak patah balik: no bacon and ham right? Ya Allah aku boleh pulak lupa pasal ham dan bacon tu, Giyong yang ingatkan. Thank you Giyong ㅠㅠ 

Masa tunggu coffee dan sandwich, sesi sembang lagi lah. Sembang pasal concert aku nak pegi esoknya. Paul Kim. Giyong dah tau lama pasal concert ni, dan Jaehyun pun minat lagu penyanyi ni. Taehyun siap search venue kat phone dia. Sembang pasal venue concert pulak. (Kawan aku cakap, kita biasa tak berani cakap pasal artis lain depan artis tu, tapi HoneyG yang tanya kat aku macam2. Jadi dah sembang macam kawan lah, bukan sembang dengan artis). 

Aku siap bagitau kat Giyong jumpa Yu Seungwoo masa pegi concert company-mate diorang Ogos lepas. (Seungwoo pun sama SuperstarK4 dengan HoneyG, rapat dengan Jaehyun). Call kawan Malaysia yang minat HoneyG, bias dia Jaehyun. Whatsapp call je, pastu pas phone dekat Jaehyun. Lepas tu bagitau, aku kawan dengan fan diorang, Korean sorang ni. Aku konfem diorang kenal korean ni sebab kat vlive dia sangat aktif. Aku cakap jom kita buat video message. 


Jaehyun yang pegang phone aku rekod mesej. Masa tengah rekod aku teringat fan ni bias Giyong, suruh Giyong dekat sikit dengan aku sebab tak masuk frame, tapi Giyong sengetkan kepala je nak masuk frame haha (lain Giyong dengan Taehyun. Taehyun masa duduk kat sebelah aku dulu, peeking aku tengah tengok apa kat phone, tak la aku berani nak pusing kepala, kalau tak bertemu dah muka sebab rapatnya dia. Giyong is pemalu).

Masa sembang2 aku perasan aku tongkat dagu belah kiri, belah Giyong, Giyong pun tongkat dagu belah kanan, arah aku. Dah penat gelak sembang dengan HoneyG, nak balik, diorang bangun bayar (yang sebelum ni Giyong bayar, kali ni tak pasti Giyong ke Jaehyun). Taehyun cakap dia nak jumpa kawan Incheon dia, dia tumpang scooter Jaehyun. Taehyun mintak hi5, Jaehyun pun nak jugak. Giyong? Naik subway balik. 

Masa tu aku baru sedar, maksudnya jalan pegi subway berdua dengan Giyong la ni? Okay~~~~~ 

Penah jumpa bias kan? Fansign ke, airport ke.. rasa 2 minit interaction dengan bias lama gila kan? Tu la perjalanan pegi subway station paling lama dalam hidup aku. Kalau rekod dalam mapnya, 2km arirang tower dengan subway station. Jauh tu la aku jalan dengan Giyong berdua.

Giyong tanya la how's teaching semua. Aku cerita macam biasa. (Kat skp minggu sebelum tu, Sam tanya if you're not a singer, what would you do? Giyong cakap kalau dia bukan penyanyi, dia mungkin akan terlibat sebagai..atlit. or a teacher. Aku tak penah dengar dia jawab teacher sebelum ni. Where did that come from)

Giyong ada bagitau sebelum tu, plan dia lepas ni nak pegi noraebang nak praktis nyanyi untuk wedding cousin dia esoknya. Masa Giyong sibuk explain route subway untuk aku, aku bukan dengar sangat, sebab dalam otak, nak ikut dia. 

Tiba-tiba masa jalan tu keluar dari mulut aku "how about i accompany you at noraebang?" Giyong macam flustered. "But i am actually shy.." aku"just pretend i'm not there". G "it'll be far though, near my house. It's ok, i promise you next time you can come". Aku: ok... (taktau kenapa boleh jujur gila dengan Giyong. aku tak penah macam ni dengan orang lain T.T)

Kitorang masih lagi sembang2 lepas tu (fuh mujur tak awkward). Cerita pasal pet, etc. Masa dah sampai kat subway, aku takleh nak pikir aku kena pegi mana sebenarnya. Dah blur la banyak sangat moment dengan bias. Giyong cakap aku kena amek belah sana, train kita tak sama. Aku pun angguk je la. Tiba Giyong kata: takpelah kita tunggu your train. Giyong join aku pegi belah train aku, sama2 turun tangga. Masa tu train dah ada, aku buat muka sedih kat Giyong, Giyong gosok baju lengan aku, jangan sedih. Dah sampai depan train, aku hampir masuk, Giyong cakap: tak payah masuk la, tunggu train lepas ni. 

(Sebab train tu sardin sangat, penuh gila). Dalam hati seronok bahahaha. Giyong pun sambung cerita dia, sedih pasal contract dah nak habis. (Kenapa tah Giyong suka cerita part sedih dia). Giyong cakap dia promise bila HoneyG buat concert atau fanmeeting before contract habis, dia bagi tiket free kat aku. Aku: front seat. G: sure! Aku: or vip, or backstage. G: whichever you like ;) aku cakap la aku rindu nak dengar diorang nyanyi live. 

Bila train dah sampai, lagi sekali muka sedih kat Giyong. Giyong reply dengan muka sedih gak, gosok lengan lagi, muka jangan sedih sangat. (Aku bersyukur, sebab sebelum ni dua kali dah dia peluk..haih rasa berdosa la, takkan kali ketiga nak bagi peluk gak. Doa2 tak perlu cakap kat dia taknak peluk tu. Mujur kali ni dia tak peluk). Masuk train yang sebenarnya sardin gak. End of meeting Giyong.

Lepas2 tu send video message kat kawan korean yang fan HoneyG tu, cerita pasal Giyong, dia label Giyong: ideal husband haha. Jumpa kawan yang pegi SKP sama tu lepas concert hari Sabtu, spazz dengan dia pasal Giyong. Dia terkejut Giyong handsome macam tu, siap rasa macam idol. Cerita pasal jalan dengan Giyong, kawan cakap: ohhh like a date. Aku: *malu* yeah like a date maybe.. Dia terkejut macam mana aku boleh rapat dengan HoneyG, HoneyG boleh tau aku nak datang. Aku cakap aku sembang dengan Giyong kat fb. Kawan suruh aku bagitau Giyong, Giyong handsome LOL masa tu baru sedar standard Korean, Giyong tu handsome.

End of dream. Giyong is far from reality, though he does seems like a close friend.


Gamba ni Giyong bagi, dari phone dia. Jaehyun yang snap sebab jenisnya memang suka main camera.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Falling harder? (part 2)



Tunggu SKP habis. Sebenarnya nak cakap dengan Giyong tu, sebab nak mintak dia tolong translate mesej Korean Jaehyun. Dah guna translator, takut salah paham. Pastu tunjuk phone kat Giyong, dia baca.. Giyong: eh this is really Jaehyun? Dia terkejut aku sembang dengan Jaehyun kat sns. 

Bagitau Giyong sebulan sebelum tu ada menang album HoneyG tapi tak dapat sebab masalah pos kot (musim raya). Giyong tanya manager ada lebih tak album tu. Manager cakap ada dalam kereta. Jadi Giyong suruh tunggu dia rakam video messages untuk pemenang jap, nanti dia bagi album. Lepas sembang dengan Sam, pegi kat Giyong nak amek selca, ajak Sam join selca (jadi selca bertiga). *Sam macam tau aku minat Giyong sebab setiap Jumaat konfem ada mesej untuk Giyong* 



Masa kat hallway, Giyong cakap dia tunggu orang. Ingatkan manager, rupanya tunggu Taehyun keluar toilet. Taehyun datang jugak SKP walaupun dia takde schedule. Masuk lif sekali ramai2; Sam, Giyong, Taehyun, Pd, writer, aku sekali lah. Dalam lif, Sam tanya: so Liyana, what's your plan after this. Jawapan aku direct gila: Hmm i've free my schedule tonight...to follow Giyong. Sam: do ittttt. *Sam mungkin shipper yang pertama lol* Aku dah pusing muka mengadap pintu lif sebab segan APA YANG AKU CAKAP TADIII~ Masa tu Giyong macam tersedak. Taehyun je kot dalam lif tak paham, sebab dia sorang je tak guna English. 

Sam ada meeting lepas tu, dia excuse diri dia. Tinggal la kitorang tiga. Manager pegi amek kereta. Giyong tanya aku duduk mana masa dalam studio lagi, aku cakap kat area Jongno. Giyong tanya gak nak makan apa. Aku blur apa yang jadi, aku jawab je la soalan yang ditanya. Aku cakap kena makan halal, Giyong terangkan halal tu apa kat Taehyun. Giyong cakap dia tau satu restoran halal kat Gangnam, jadi aim pegi Gangnam lah. Aku cakap kalau tak jumpa yang halal, seafood pun boleh. 

Kereta dah sampai, Giyong cepat-cepat pegang pintu seat depan, jadi Taehyun masuk kat belakang. Masa ni aku macam takleh brain lagi "naik kereta Honey G ke? Bukan nak amek album je kat kereta?". Sampailah Taehyun cakap "naik la", baru aku naik kereta HoneyG. Ala-ala kena kidnap separuh sedar. 

Manager terus tanya "ok jadi nak ke mana?" Giyong cakap "Gangnam. Ok?" Kitorang semua pun setuju, drive lah manager bawak kitorang pegi Gangnam. Dalam kereta macam2 la sembang dengan Giyong Taehyun. Giyong cakap style lembut je. Aku tau Giyong ada nephew kecik, tunjuk kat dia gambar nephew sendiri. Bila sembang dengan Taehyun, stuck teruk nak translate pasal hadiah birthday dia, panggil "Giyong~~~tolong translate kat Taehyun". 

Smpai kat Gangnam, keluar kereta, manager cakap bila dah selesai, call dia. Tinggal kitorang tiga jalan2 Gangnam cari restoran. Giyong memang jalan sebelah aku, dan dia pastikan aku kat sebelah dalam, bukan belah jalan raya. Sembang2 sambil jalan dengan Giyong, Taehyun kadang2 je masuk, bila kitorang sembang pasal artis sama company dengan HoneyG. 

Jumpa restoran seafood, duduk hujung, Giyong duduk depan aku, Taehyun duduk sebelah kiri. Giyong baca menu, pastikan set takde daging, tanya apa yang aku boleh dan takleh makan. Maka sembang sambil makan la kami. Tak lama lepas tu, kawan diorang join, contestant SuperStarK4 jugak, sama season dengan HoneyG (juga Roy Kim, JungJoonyoung etc). Tinggi lampai pergh. Kawan diorang ni lawak gak. Sebab kawan diorang ni sorang je dah kawen, isu rumahtangga pun keluar la, macam2. Tiba-tiba Giyong pandang aku dia tanya: are you seeing someone? Aku:-cepat je jawab- NO~ Giyong: will you seeing someone? 

Aku masa tu pandang direct Giyong, dalam hati terlintas: kalau orang tu Giyong..boleh tak? Aku end up tak jawab soalan Giyong, Taehyun tanya soalan apa Giyong tanya aku. Giyong translate, pastu dia cakap, mesti la aku akan seeing someone kan? Giyong cerita kat aku, dia yang perkenalkan isteri kawan diorang tu. Aku macam..really? Wahh.. nak mintak Giyong carikkan la sorang tuk diri ni, tapi tak keluar dari mulut.

Macam2 la Giyong tanya, aku jawab. Adik-beradik, umur, kerja, pegi balik pukul berapa, suka workout tak, plan aku esoknya etc. One time, Giyong tiba2 tanya aku, ada facebook tak? Aku cakap ada lah. Dia mintak phone aku, dia search id dia, pastu add diri sendiri guna phone aku. Phone aku tu end up pusing2 kat meja tu; search pasal tempat aku pegi esoknya, facebook thing, search pasal Yuna, search pasal subway route. 

Masa jalan balik, Giyong cerita pasal diri dia pulak, kakak dia, kenapa dia tak travel oversea walaupun dia nak, etc. Giyong tanya: bila lagi nak datang? Dalam otak aku aim Oktober, tapi tak sebut kat Giyong, aku jawab: bila HoneyG ada schedule? Giyong jalan sebelah aku, sampai ada masa kitorang tertinggal kat belakang agak jauh dari Taehyun dan kawan diorang, syok sembang.



Sampai kat subway, Taehyun n kawan berenti kat exit depan subway, aku pun stop la. Giyong terus turun tangga nak pegi subway. Pastu pandang belakang tanya kenapa kitorang tak turun (nak hantar aku sampai bawah rupanya..sweet sangat T.T)

Masa kat bawah Taehyun & kawan sibuk godek phone aku search kan subway route paling senang. Aku dengan Giyong kat belakang tunggu je. Giyong gelak bila aku bagi reaksi over happy dapat angin sejuk, bila dia tarik lengan aku ke tempat bawah aircond (sebelum ni mana penah perasan ada aircond siling kat subway hallway tu), almaklumla sibuk kipas muka sendiri sebab panas *summer oh summer*

Bila nak balik, Giyong peluk lagi (lama la pulak sebab aku sempat pikir nak bagi reaksi ape nih). Taehyun pun peluk gak tapi sebab dia over tinggi, macam pat kepala je. *Giyong tak tinggi sangat lol* Lambai diorang sampai la hilang dari pandangan. 

Dan bila dah sampai guest house, send gamba kat facebook Giyong, dan mesej reply beberapa kali dengannya. Sampai sekarang pun masih lagi reply mesej dengan Giyong kat fb. Mula2 risau la jugak kalau ganggu dia, tapi dia reply macam kawan. Giyong sendiri cakap: lets keep in touch. Memang mesej semua dia reply walaupun tak cepat sangat.

Dan pegi jumpa HoneyG baru2 ni, bagitau kat Giyong kat fb je. Kali ke 3 ni.. lagi lama masa berdua 

---sambung part 3---

How do i start to fall?


Where do I start? Don’t even know why I write this but I’ll just write it (dengan harapan orang tak baca lah, sebab ni macam kanak-kanak sangat). Sebab taknak tersebar international sangat, marilah tulis dalam Bahasa Melayu lebih banyak. Jadi kisahnya bermula tahun lepas bila dengar Arirang Radio, Super Kpop, masa dengar takde la tengok video, hanya setakat dengar.

End up I won the video message for the guest, Honey G. Sorang je yang guna English, lagi 2 cakap Korean. Kawan panggil HoneyG pakcik2 (pakcik la kot, paling muda 88-liner) masa tu 1st time Nampak muka diorang. Dan sangat suka sebab HoneyG suara sedap live dan kelakar. 

Sebab suka, maka cari lah info pasal HoneyG ni. Korek-korek, jumpa vlive diorang. Masa tu agak baru jugak HoneyG buat vlive. Setiap minggu mengadap HoneyG, setiap Selasa malam pukul 9.30. Kakak sendiri siap tahu setiap minggu timing ni jangan kacau. Giyong, he speaks fluent English, since he’s LA-born. He translated for Taehyun & Jaehyun everytime during their vlive. Naturally Giyong would read international fans’ messages. Setiap minggu dari Oktober 2016 sampai la bulan lepas Oktober 2017, hanya tertinggal vlive dalam..5 kali? Kalau ikutkan, paling suka suara Jaehyun. Setiap lagu yang Jaehyun cover melekat dalam otak. 

Tapi rasanya turning point bila Giyong cover lagu Sara Bareilles-Gravity. Masa ni kot jantung kena curi jap. 2minggu lepas tu HoneyG upload cover lagu ni, Giyong on piano. Download dari youtube, setiap malam sebelum tido dengar cover ni (tapi versi Giyong nyanyi sorang adalah favourite)

Pendek cerita, HoneyG pun dah familiar dengan namaku (Liyana, sangat formal nama yang mereka kenal). Terjadilah satu kejadian yang gila bila tiba-tiba, seminggu lepas trip pegi Krabi, rasa nak jumpa sangat HoneyG ni. Tunggu hari Selasa, tanya HoneyG adakah mereka ada schedule Sabtu minggu tu? HoneyG cakap ada, tapi timing tak konfem lagi (padahal Taehyun dah terlepas cakap pukul 5 petang). Tengah malam tu jugak, tengok skyscanner, beli tiket pegi Korea Jumaat tu, tengah malam. (Isnin tu sekolah cuti, perayaan bersihkan kubur untuk Chinese, lol boleh pulak aku ingat). Pendek kata, 2 hari je nak prepare. 

Sampai Seoul sabtu pagi. Petang tu busking HoneyG kat DDP. Tak tahu nak fikir apa sebab semua last minute. Kawan cakap pastikan jumpa HoneyG in person sebab dah pegi Korea semata-mata untuk HoneyG. Sebelum busking start, HoneyG buat soundcheck, masa tu lambai kat HoneyG, Giyong nampak dan bagitau members yang lain. Manager sedar aku pegang beg hadiah, dia datang kat crowd amek beg tu. Masa busking, mata melekat kat Jaehyun (visual-bias sangat Jaehyun ni). 

(Masa busking, buat live broadcast kat periscope, 2 je viewer, kawan Malaysia sorang, kawan SG, juga fan HoneyG sorang). Bila dah habis busking, kawan suruh lari pegi jumpa HoneyG. Try ala-ala amek selca dari jauh dengan Jaehyun, Jaehyun panggil datang dekat, dia tanya manager “boleh kan?” Manager sempoi je bagi. Bagi laluan fans lain amek gambar dulu, aku last sekali cakap dengan HoneyG. (Video interaction ada kat ig no2 hehe) Giyong’s the one who kept the conversation going. He asked me when did I arrived, where will I go after that, he told about him being permanent guest for Friday corner on SKP every week, etc. 5 minit je pun sembang dengan HoneyG, banyaknya cakap dengan Giyong sebab guna English, tapi Giyong rajin translate kat members, dengan manager sekali sembang dan gelak. 

Masa HoneyG nak berlalu pegi, HoneyG ala-ala beratur,Jaehyun hulur tangan salam (haih bersalah betul perasaannya) salam balik. Tiba-tiba masa Giyong, dia peluk, peluk sideway lah, masa tu tergamam. Terkejut memang tak cakap apa (kawan cakap Korean memang tak peluk, tapi mungkin Giyong English-culture sikit?) Jaehyun gelakkan je. Taehyun hulur tangan salam, sama mcam Jaehyun. Honey G lalu kat crowd nak pegi tinggalkan venue, Giyong toleh bow lagi sekali.

Itu 1st meeting, cheot mannam. April lepas. 2nd meeting, tak lama gak lepas tu, Ogos lepas. Bagi alasan konon birthday Taehyun (dan advance birthday sendiri). Kat vlive tulis English bagitau Giyong nak datang (tapi tak bagi Giyong translate sebab konon nak buat surprise birthday Taehyun) Giyong pun play along je, tease Taehyun taknak translate mesej. Pendek cerita yang ni, jumpa Giyong hari Jumaat petang kat SKP sebab dia regular guest setiap Jumaat. Masa kat SKP mula2 pusing kerusi lagi, sekali bila Giyong sampai, terus gelabah jiwa, nervous. Tulis message kat Sam (tapi dengan harapan dia tak baca on-air), sekali Sam baca pulak. Mesej tu pasal nervous sebab Giyong ada dalam studio. Sam:I would be nervous too, Giyong can make you nervous. Sam!!!!! 

Join on-air SKP, ada la dalam 5 minit jugak, sembang dengan Giyong n Sam. Natural je cakap dengan Sam sebab Sam sangat peramah. Dengan Giyong dia macam awkward sikit. Bila dah habis on-air, Giyong tanya: are you leaving after this? Aku jawab balik: no, I’ll wait outside, I have something to tell you. 

----sambung Part 2------

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Seoul trip part 7: LAST DAY IN SEOUL-The Running Yana

LAST DAY IN SEOUL A.K.A RUNNING DAY

Mum knows best. She didn’t pay attention to my words about disappearing, the night before, because I was still stuck on the bed at 8am the next morning. My legs won’t move (because of all the walking and running the day before) so I bid goodbye to Stream. But I do have something to do before we head off to airport that day. I need to send parcel to somewhere in Seoul because I know I can’t managed to take risk of two-hours train-trip to Seocho since I was still at home at that hour.

So I decided to just send the parcel by post. I told mum I need to go to post office (ate meggi for breakfast 1st) and the latest I’ll be back in 1 hour. 9am I went out (I told mum it won’t be far, but I still took train). I planned to go to post office which Aya pointed at when we went out to buy album, but I took the wrong platform and ended up at Bupyeongsamgeori station.

Luckily this time I already screenshot (or google map and didn't refresh?) the potential post offices nearby. But I still having problem trying to figure out where IS the post office. Since I don’t know which exit I should take, I just randomly go out at exit 3? I was relaxed the 1st moment I came out from exit, since the town was so peaceful (and it’s still early morning of winter).

But after 4 times going back-and-forth at the same street, I grew frustrated when I can’t find the landmark (petrol station) I was looking for *did I wear my glasses instead of lenses that day? I couldn’t read the petrol stations’ sign* I can’t even ask people around since the stores still closed. I did encounter a cart-ahjumma who warmly greeted me with “hmmm 안녕 annyeong~” when I slightly bowed at her -my habit at school-. And few school kids in pajamas who just look at me blankly.

For 5th time, I think I was at the right direction but still couldn’t find the post office, I found an ahjussi (he looks young though) who was breaking the ice in front of the apartment. I apologized for troubling him and asked him about post office (I showed him my phone since I don’t know ‘post office’ in Korean) ahjussi: ah~ go left, Me: 네~감사합니다~ while still thinking hard –I came from the left though-

OHMY I FOUND IT! I actually passed it before! I didn’t realized it because I expected it to be big like the last one I saw with Aya. It was just a small post office like PosLaju at my hometown! I entered it with 안녕하세요 annyeonghaseyo and greeted by 2 shocked faces. –all conversation in post office were in korean- The younger staff greeted me with “where do you want to send your stuff?” I said “Seocho” (but I think she heard Seokcho”. I saw relief face of her (I don’t know why. Maybe because it was local delivery, or maybe because she doesn’t have to speak English? I never know). She saw my bag and went to the back to take a box for me to fit in the stuff into.

It makes it easier when I have the full address written on a paper, complete with postcode that I already search beforehand, and also contact number of the receiver. The staff asked me my name and where do I come from. I answered 말레이시아 and she goes “ahh Malaysia~” and nodded. She asked me for my contact number (like I said I sucks in number in Korean), I asked to write it down on my own. I corrected the way she spelled my name (put the - in the word 아»리야나) and give back the paper to her. She said the other party will receive it tomorrow. I paid 3500won for a parcel weighed about 1.2kg. Quite cheap. Better than me travelling to Seocho by myself.

I went out from post office realizing I almost reached my 1-hour deadline. So I ran whenever possible, back to apartment. I make a quick stop to store near our apartment to check if the strawberry has arrived (ahjumma said yesterday, it was sold out, the new one will arrived today) but it wasn’t there. So I snatch (literally, since I was really in hurry) 1 box of cookies (2000won, but 7E worth it if you buy the 2+1. 7E sell it for 2400won each) and head back home.

Mum still hasn’t wear her tudung, I was out-of-breath so I calmed myself down, helped my mum cleaned the house and put the trash at downstairs. *the night before, I went 7E with mum and tried to ask the cashier 언니 of where should I buy the plastic for garbage. She suggested Daiso, but I didn’t have enough time to find Daiso that morning, even though she already draw the way to Daiso from 7E*

We head out around 11.30am to Incheon Airport. When we transfer at Bupyeong station, the coldness hit us. I guess near the airport it might be snowing the night before. It’s whiter around there. My wandering-around at airport the night before really helped me on this day. Hikmah di sebalik kejadian, and I’m really thankful to Allah. I guess my tak-sedap-hati, my anxiousness last night was due to this. The huge Incheon International Airport where you will easily feel lost. When I already wander around the night before, I could bring mum more confidently today around the airport, without getting lost.

We que for check in, the counter only opened at 1.10pm and the line was long. We’re glad we que early. Settled for check-in, my plan was to just go inside and taking stroll, maybe find things to buy after we passed immigration. But suddenly mum mentioned to me again about strawberry, since she said she already mentioned it to our family, it feels unsettled if we go back without it.

I had to make decision in such short time, to find or not, the strawberry. After few minutes of debating with myself, I said to mum I should find it. I found a place for mum to seat near boarding gate, bought her mineral water and banana 우유 milk for myself (already start running), and give the mission to myself. Mum said I should give myself deadline, so I said 1 hour. My mum said to come back in 1 hour, either I find the strawberry or not.
   
 The quick buying-water already took 10 minutes from my 1 hour. I ran to subway station, and decided to aim Eunseo station to search for the strawberry (the nearest to Incheon Airport station, after Airport Cargo Terminal station). I had no idea how this Eunseo station would look like or even the layout or town, but I have to be there.

Immediately after I reached Eunseo station, I look around the subway station, but this station isn’t really subway. No store at the station. I head out and has to be careful since there were 3 workers working on breaking the ice on road just outside the station. And it didn’t end there. EUNSEO HAS TO BE THE MOST SLIPPERY PLACE I’VE EVER BEEN IN 5 DAYS. The ice were so much besides and on the walk-path. Everyone here walked like a penguin (cute I must say) because seriously it’s too slippery! I even fall down once, gladly in slow motion and didn’t hurt.

I was in running mode all the time in case you forgot. I ran here and there trying to find fruit stores or something. I know my time running out, so I decided to just enter any store and ask. I asked a cashier in 1 convenience store for ‘딸기 ddalgi’ but I think she heard me say ‘닳기 dakgi’ (chicken meat?) since I was sure she directed me to meat store I saw earlier. 2nd time, I enter 7E, I ask her for 딸기 with failed Korean (more when I’m unable to speak clearly because of running in cold) “ 어디애서..쌀가요..딸기..스트로밸리~ where..to buy it..ddalgi..strawberry~” she had hard face trying to understand my words, and finally suggested me for Lotte Mart. LOTTE MART! HOW CAN I FORGOT ABOUT IT! I saw it, Lotte Department Store, but I was left with 10minutes! To go or not??!!

I took deep breath and run again to the mart. Instantly found it because the fruits section is just in front as I enter the mart. I did some quick thinking and choose to grab a box. I paid for it (the cashier is cute specky girl who seems excited to interact with me, or maybe use English, though as usual I reply in short korean) I subconsciously said I don’t want plastic bag (since I’m used to say no in Malaysia) and there I went from Lotte Mart into train station, to the airport, RUNNING AROUND carrying a box of strawberry WITHOUT plastic bag. I really feel like I was doing some running-Yana mission.

I reached my mum exactly at 3pm. “mak, kita..kena..bergerak..sekarang jugak” we have to move to boarding gate immediately, said me with hardship. Mum offered me drink 1st, and I drink down every water we have (not that we can bring it in anyway) and immediately que for immigration. *oh yeah, I didn’t even have time to cash back my t-money, still got money in it*

After few escalators trips, we reached the train that take us to terminal. My mum suddenly running to catch the train –when I was half-dead with running but- I run with mum, while asking “mum do we have to run?” my mum said Yes. I was kind of surprised because my 58 years-old mum running in Seoul for 2nd time (1st time during traffic light in Dongdaemun) when she has feet-related pain. Mum you’re healed already?

We reached terminal 10 minutes before the flight schedule, mum still didn’t perform prayer. I told mum to take the simplest wudhu, wear the jubah and just perform the solah somewhere at the corner. Mum went to toilet while I checked the qiblat using my phone. Alhamdulillah for long que for the flight. Just as my mum finished her solah, we immediately went into the disappearing line and board the flight.

Our luggage almost fall on me because i was out of strength to put it on the compartment on plane. Told my mum that was 1st time I was sweating, in winter. Yes. Because of all the running. I finally sat down and I can’t feel my legs few times during the flight. I was being emotional when it was the last time I heard the cabin crew spoke in Korean.

Reached KLIA2 and I immediately open Vlive to check on Honey G and I was almost in tear seeing them holding my present.


And also SKP Instagram tags me on our photo during SKP radio visits. Immediately missing Seoul hahaha. That marks the end of my Seoul journey. –THE END-

I might edit any part any time when I remember back things happening there. It’s such precious moments, and I can’t wait to be back. p/s: mum said to travel to other country next, instead of Korea again. How could I, mum, when I love the LANGUAGE the most? -yanaliyana


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Seoul trip part 6: SEOUL –TIGER- BUS TOUR

SEOUL –TIGER- BUS TOUR

Monday. It’s the day Aya and her friends going back, since our flight are not on the same day, I was very nervous about being left behind with only my mum. Because before this I depend on Aya to speak hangul whenever we met people. And I didn’t really study enough to put myself to rest. So I woke up early this day, and asking Aya questions like how to navigate the subway stations (Aya used Kakao Metro apps, so I downloaded the same as I already saw her using it) and about the money value (I really sucks in number in Korean)

I sat on the bed studying about the Seoul Bus Tour, where should I take the 1st bus, which subway station is nearest, back up plan if it didn’t work. Writing it down on my book like an old style. While the others packing their bags, I followed Aya out to search for album which Aya’s friend ordered. We went 2 stations apart from our place (is it Incheon city Hall? Or Dongsu station? I can’t remember well when I follow other people. I think less)

The weather was nice but OMO THE WIND! IT WAS CRAZY! I had the snowing hard the day before, but this wind was crazier. Beh tahan! I immediately regretted not wearing mask or shawl to cover my face. Even the wait at traffic light killing me. So cold! I saw Lotte Department Store, thinking I should at least bring mum here (but in the end didn’t). We went to another building, to find Kyobo Bookstore, but apparently they sell the old albums (they had Goblin OST album but WOW so EXPENSIVE)

So we went round again (which we follow according to gps , slippery road alert! Since the ice here stuck on road) and went to Shinsegae Department Store (me to Aya: New World! *since I remember Phantom’s song Shinsegae). We had it few rounds) then Aya asked the information counter for the album store we were searching (across the food court Ya Allah imanku..sedap gile bau). Aya asked the staff for Suzy album (Aya kata warna putih..padahal warna merah. Heh). I didn’t found –at glance- any Vromance album or Jung Jinwoo album, so I didn’t buy anything.

When we went back, it’s almost 12pm, they said they would wait for Zohor prayer 1st before going to airport. Me –continue studying the route to bring mum- so around 12.30pm, we went to subway station again, and separated at Bupyeong station. Aya and others to Incheon Airport, mum and me to Gwanghwamun station. Felt so sad to be apart from Aya. So off I went on my own, bringing mum along.

Around 3.26pm (on my picture’s clock) we reach Gwanghwamun Square, and I greeted King Sejong’s statue again after 6 years. 


The wind was still crazy, I immediately push snap button and hide my hand again after taking mum’s picture. I told mum the palace over there is probably the same palace we went yesterday (it was!) so mum said let’s walk until there 1st (I was sort of lost to find where all the bus heading, to locate the bus station for the tour bus). We took pictures in front of the palace, and enter it again (not until inside where we should pay). The weather was nice we wish we went today instead of the other day, but it’s still ok.


We went out of palace, then mum asked me to ask the girls handing out Seoul map if they know where the Seoul Bus Tour located at. Which results in failure. They can speak English quite well (though actually I can understand your Korean but can’t reply), still, they didn’t know about it and ask me to call the hotline for tourist (which I immediately declined in my mind. Talking on phone is scarier than talking in public for me). So I just head back passed King Sejong’s statue, and also General Sooshin(?)’s statue in hope it’s the right direction (I just followed the flow of all the busses passing by).

Me: mak, sikit lagi. I think we’re on the right track. WE FOUND IT! ALHAMDULILLAH! (because I was a bit stupid for not writing the name of the nearest hotel (Koreana Hotel) to the bus station, nor screenshot info about it. Gwanghwamun station Exit 6 please. Rasanya aku tersalah keluar exit 2 ke 4 haritu. Arah jalan pun terbalik). It’s not actually a station, it’s just a booth with many red-tiger busses gathered around. It’s 4.10pm when we hopped in the bus (it’s actually a waste because the bus starts in the morning and has 11 or 14 stops where you can just hop on and off at whichever stations –around Seoul- you like, until last bus on 5.30pm). But the wind was too cold and we’re too tired to walk, mum and me decided we’ll just waste on it. 15,000won per person for Seoul Panorama Course. There are 3 courses, Downtown Palace Course -10,000won-, the course I took, and Gangnam Tour Course -5,000won-. I think we are allowed to interchange the courses but I’m not sure if there’s additional charge (or more benefit) of it. You can ask the counter. Or check on their website www.seoulcitybus.com 


It’s nice in the bus. Warm, nice seat, free wifi on the bus. Mum and I took our breath and gulp down on banana milk and our bread. Ready your camera and aim for stops you want to get off (they only allowed mum & me to get off at 1 stations since it’s only the last bus left at that time). And I think if you missed the last bus it’s also ok. You can take subway train back teheee! *you can refer to the picture I posted for the places that the bus stops at.




Along the way, I explained to mum bits about certain places I know like Myeongdong, Itaewon (we’ve been there), Gangnam and Namsan Tower. 

the icy stairs to Namsan Tower

We also passed by Hongik University junction (the bus stops at red light). We, inside the bus, oooh-ed at the huge HUGE crowd outside and they ooh-ed at us too HAHAHAHA! –probably because of the bus unique design outside- 


Mum asked me to ask of why the crowd was so big but I didn’t get chance –there’s one local ahjumma in the bus- and I got to sort of stared and analysed the outfits of the young crowd. Definitely different from my 4-days view inside trains.

I love the bus tour, and gives me a warm feeling of tourist inside (you get to know the city by exploring, REALLY exploring), especially when the bus rode along the Han River or Hangang (proved that I really love Hangang like I told Sam hahaha). The ahjumma told us about one floating restaurant at Hangang when we passed by it. Also remembering about my journey at Seoul 6 years ago. I told mum where did I stayed 6 years ago.

I only remembered about the bus’ free wifi after we passed Gangnam, that, after mum realized she got notification on her phone. So I video called my sister and father again. We talked about the snow rain yesterday and they talked about the heavy rain they were experiencing at that moment. And mum mentioned about the sweet strawberry. *i once tripped in the bus trying to take photo of sunset, in front of some Koreans -i think they're from other province since i heard slight of satoori/slang- clumsy Yana everywhere*

The journey took almost 2 hours (ahjussi driver skipped 3 stations since it’s already dark). Back at Gwanghwamun Square. I was determined to go to Cheonggyecheon Stream but I remembered the subway station wrongly. I reached Dongdaemun Station and couldn’t find it (it’s supposed to be Jonggak station exit 5!) I insisted mum I want to go but mum objected me. We end up buying a 10,000won sweat pant for mum (man won. My short learning program –lol- from Aya about Korean money applied here). Ahjumma totally use Korean with me, explaining about how the pant keep you warm, asked mum to try etc. Yeay for no calculator needed to show the price (sedikit perasaan berjaya sebagai tourist haha). Also we bought green tea face mask (1,000won for 10! Lebih kurang RM3.80. 38sen sekeping. Murah kot!) hand-cream and aloe vera cream. Indeed Dongdaemun is the place for cheap. Wajar borong.

So mum said no for Stream, we went back to our apartment. On the way back, in the train, my mum stucked with korean elders (again) trying to talk to her. Mum s.o.s me, then i asked what happened. A halmoni wants to give mum a plactic of oranges because her backpack was too heavy. Mum repeatedly asked me to thank halmoni so i repeatedly said 감사합니다~~~ I offered one ahjumma to take my seat and she looked 감동 touched as ever, thanking me again when she get off from the train (not much done nowadays yeah?) .At changing station while waiting for lift, an ahjumma suddenly talked to me, how i would be suffering their country's coldness. Since i understand her, i said 네~ i said my mum had it hard, she repeated me, and added they have it hard too.. 답답해 katanya. Become hard to go out, etc. She looked like she wants to talk more but stopped herself as more people gathering behind us.

Stopped by 7 Eleven for instant rice, and we heated it on microwave, with Brahim’s curry pack. Nikmatnya Ya Allah rasa masa tu. Ye la tak makan berat seharian. Really love the 7E instant rice. Sedap!

My day didn’t ended there. I told mum I had to go to airport (it was almost 9pm?) because we can’t do the web check-in (after thousands of time trying, even since I was in Malaysia). “Yana kena pegi jugak mak, sebab Yana rasa tak sedap hati”. Mum said to take care of myself, zipped up high. And I asked for more cash –in case I need to resort to taxi for the journey back-. Off I went to airport alone.

I reached airport around 10pm, and it was already feel like midnight. I wandered around looking for self-check in kiosk for AirAsia but couldn’t find it. I text my sis about it, and sis said there’s nothing to do but to come to airport early the next day. I asked the info counter and it’s true there’s no self-check in kiosk. During that time also, I realized Aya texted me, telling she missed her flight. The text was during evening but I didn’t check that phone all day (I brought 2 phones during this trip). Aya didn’t reply me immediately. I walked around the airport without aim, and finally getting back on train around 10.30pm.

Least I know that I should actually act fast. I passed the train everyone running into because that time I wasn’t sure it’s the right train to take. Wait for another one. Then this train actually didn’t go until Bupyeong. It disembark all the passengers at one station (the clueless face of me AND the others too). So we had to take the train after it. And just as I feel like my legs are dying of tiredness (while I watching Honey G video to keep me awake), the train reached Bupyeong. SUDDENLY a train station worker shouted from below the escalator IT’S THE LAST CHANGING TRAIN! PLEASE GET ON IT FAST OR YOU’LL MISSED IT! Aku pun berlari la tak hingatttt!! Konon macam nak tertidur+kaki nak tercabut dah tadi, suddenly I was on the run again. The worker tried to talk to me in case I didn’t understand but I guess he can’t change to English in urgent situation. But I did understand him. That’s why I was running.

I reached back home around 12am. Mum just smiled and glad I made it safely (she laughed when I told about the chasing train incident haha!). And I received text reply from Aya explaining about her flight. I actually didn’t want to tell mum about Aya’s flight but I feel guilty of.. I don’t know. So mum said we should head out early tomorrow morning. I told mum “mum, if you find me missing early in the morning tomorrow, know that I go somewhere, not actually missing, ok?” hint: the Stream. Mum didn’t give me much attention though lol.

I slept late that night doing something, almost 3am I fell asleep (my original plan was NOT sleeping AT ALL but I guess I was too tired) continue-LAST DAY a.k.a running Yana)