Sunday, 18 February 2018

Yana Ke Yeosu?

Another crazy trip plan began, when i saw Giyong (of HoneyG) posted about an event in Yeosu. I study the date first, seems risky to me. I started to search for where is exactly Yeosu is, and wow..very north of South Korea. I begin calculating if it's possible for a short trip down south and concluded it VERY risky (time-wise). 

After few days of thinking (and some encouragement? from few people), i decided i should go for it. Hmm 3 weeks before the event i think (Giyong posted about it on 18th Jan). So i booked flight tickets (dilemma for this on date and place. I want to consider Busan since it's 2 hours away from Yeosu), finally decided at Seoul (or Incheon) as destination. 

Starting at that point, whenever i sit around doing nothing, i sketch my trip, study about Yeosu, examine the maps etc. 3 weeks isn't that long when i was so busy with work. The week before i go, i had the toughest week in 3 years, i even had to take sick leave on Friday. My actual trip period? 9Feb(evening)-11Feb(evening). That's right, 3 days only. If you take out my time in flight, 2 days 2 nights only. My SHORTEST trip ever, traveling to farthest part of South Korea ever. 

But i've been calm about the trip. I convert my money early, i prepare my stuffs early (and because of sick leave i was a bit relax at morning). On Friday, i went to Putrajaya Sentral, eat Nasi Ayam quickly at one of the restaurant and walk fast to catch the train to KLIA2. 5 minutes and i already boarded the train to KLIA2. actually, thanks to my friend Zana who told me to do vlog that i actually took video more for this trip compare to before, but i don't even know if i will compile and edit all those videos haha! 

Reached KLIA2, took pocket wifi and immediately go inside for immigration. I stayed near boarding gate, wait for zohor prayer, and after zohor&asar prayer i boarded the flight. My bag wasn't heavy (5.6kg only) but my sling bag was 2.5kg! (Those powerbank and cameras). 

I sat at isles at the middle row, so no window view *cry*. Not long after that, a korean guy sit at the middle, next to me. Things i noted in that flight: so many koreans, i suddenly get nasi ayam for this flight (i wrongly exchanged it during booking, supposed to be the meal is for flight back), the guy besides me only either listen to music, read the flight magazine or sleep. I had hard time sleeping in the flight because turbulence occurred almost the whole flight. 

The captain loved to explain the technical details about the flight, such as how long will be flying, how high, the coordination of the plane etc. Funny way of the pilot speaking is how he told about the weather "the weather is 5˚C at Incheon International Airport, the weather is fine, thank you.", like he's thanking  "i'm fine, thank you" tone. The landing was surprisingly smooth despite all the turbulence we experienced. 

As i arrived, it was around 10.30pm, the line for immigration is not long (since my flight full of koreans, foreigners had our line for immigration short). It's almost 11pm when i went out, so i quickly topup my t-money and ran a bit to subway station since i don't want to missed last train. 

I updated my ig story to tell Junee & Tinting i'm in Korea since they're also there but didn't know i'm coming. Took train, change to line 9 at Gimpo Airport station and head to Express Bus Station. When i reached there, it was different from what i imagine from my route-study of the Express Bus station, maybe because it's late at night. 

So i walked through rows of closed shops and even Shinsage Department Store. Must say that closed shopping mall tempted me to do sort of photo shoot, since no one's around and the mall has cool decoration! But i search for the bus terminal 1st before anything. I wander around, saw 1 ticket counter still open (around 1am?). I read the noticed board 1st to check the timing for 1st bus to Yeosu, then try to buy the ticket. Successfully bought the ticket (my 1st korean words used for this trip. And such a fast korean from the woman). 

I put down my bag near a few people (all men though) who are sleeping, go to toilet and put warmer clothes, also do ablution (wuduk. Burrrr so cold). I perform my isya and maghrib prayer between the chairs (alhamdulillah for such a convenient qiblat direction) without much difficulties. 

1 ahjussi walked to me and asked me "어디 갈까요? 전주? 광주? where are you going? Jeonju? Gwangju?" Me: 여수 Yeosu. Ahjussi:예성 Yeseong? Me: No, Yeosu, Yeosu. Ahjussui:ah Yeosu~ That's random. I thought i should sleep since it's gonna be long day & i'm tired but my eyes still very awake from the cold water after i wash my face and took out contact lens. 

So i wander around and took few photos around the terminal and at shinsage mall, also bought biscuits and banana milk at 24-hours mart at the terminal. I checked my bus platform and find a spot to sleep (it was around 2am i think). 

Around 4.30am i woke up by myself and my stomach growl so many times, might be because of the milk i had before sleep. My bus is at 5.50am, when i feel the highest urge to go to toilet at 5.30am. Went to toilet and immediately go to bus platform after that. I watched few ahjussi loading the bus with boxes and packaging, feeling so cold but not sure if i should board the bus yet. 

Then an ahjussi hop in the bus, so i followed him after awhile. I saw the ahjussi scanned the ticket but i'm not sure what should i do. So the ahjussi stand up and i showed him the tickets. He demonstrates to me how i should do it,talking to me in English. I thanked him, scan the ticket and sit at my assigned seat. 

Turn out the bus has shown the occupied and non-occupied seats on tv screen infront, even the total of people who should be in bus. I wowed at that since Malaysia doesn't have that system. 4 people came after me and the screen show all the people have boarded the bus. The bus driver still do head count, while talking to passengers about the Olympics, passing me with quite a shock face -maybe he didn't expect a foreigner inside that bus- and off to Yeosu. 

I was so excited because that's my 1st time in express bus in Korea. It was still so dark so i didn't mind to take much video or photo, and i thought i should sleep more (it's still 6am). Around 7.30am i was woken up when the bus stop at rest area, which i can't register where was it since i was groggy from sleepiness. It was a bit bright and i start connecting to internet and again crying because of work stress. I thought it's better to cry then, than crying when i meet HoneyG. 

I keep my eyes open, enjoying the hazy morning and mountains on left and right, also going through lots of tunnel (i did some of holding-breath-and-make-wish just for fun. Prison Playbook's effect) I slept again after that and woke up when it's almost near the destination. Bus stopped at Yeocheon 1st and 15minutes after that, at Yeosu. 

After arriving around 9.30am, i decided that i should go to guesthouse 1st. I was confused at bus route from the goggle maps, and the bus driver was driving so fast that my map didn't moved like it supposed to and i was anxious. I realized the beautiful scenery, saw the Big O, general SooShin's statue, passed the busy daily market, and even passed the bridge (which later i recognized as Dolsan Bridge). 

I supposed to realized i shouldn't crossed the bridge, since if i were, it means that i already passed the bus stop to guesthouse. The bus took me around the island, i could see beautiful beach, cliffs, and the peaceful village. As my sense came around and i could locate where was i, i was actually 1 hour away from the guesthouse 헐. I was at the far-end of Dolsan Island. I just pressed the button in bus, jump down at a stop with 1 halmoni, and curse myself for realizing i was far lost after 1 hour.

So i took the bus at opposite side. This time it's the red bus, and ahjussi drive calmly, compare to the last one, so i can catch up with the stations more accurately. I reached the guesthouse around 11.30am, Yeosu INN. This is where i started to use alot of korean. 

Sajangnim greeted me a bit later because when i arrived, she was on phone. An ahjussi(or haraboji?) greeted me 1st with "Malaysia?" Me:네. He smiled so warmly to me. Sajangnim told me to sit 1st since she has things to settle and i sit at the lobby. I pay for the room and let her know that i know the check in time is at 3pm. She offered me coffee or tea and i pick tea. Then she started to ask me a lot of questions. She noted that my korean is good, and i said i can understand but can't reply well. More questions then of course. 

She asked why i come to Yeosu, i said i have event to attend. She asked where, so i showed her the address. She was amused because the cafe for HoneyG's event is at her neighborhood but she doesn't know the cafe exist. We agree that it's a new cafe. At that time sajangnim asked her worker who's working at the back, separating trash, about the cafe. She asked me to take photo of cafe so she can come to the cafe next time. I didn't asked her name so i'll write her as unnie. 

Sajangnim continue to search about the cafe, asking about how did i know HoneyG having event there(i told her i'm HoneyG's friend haha!). Sajangnim told me that few artists do stay at her neighborhood, near her house? Sajangnim told unnie that i come just for HoneyG and unnie think that's impressive. Sajangnim asked me what time will i go for event i said 7pm. 

So she showed me the map of neighborhoods on the wall,asked me where i want to go (i told her Manseongni Beach) and suggested i go to Odongdo and Dolsan Island. She also wrote down the address for cafe later, even call her mum about the bus that passed through the neighborhood. 

I finished my cup of tea, leave 1 of my phone to charge at the lobby, keep my bag and excuse myself to the beach. The location of the guesthouse is very good since bus stop is very near, Odongdo only take 10 minutes and Yeosu Expo Station (the ktx station) also take about 10minutes. About 15minutes after that, i arrived at Manseongni Beach. 

I almost jumped in joy because it was so beautiful! The wind was so strong i couldn't walk properly but all is good. I was in dilemma to choose walking towards the beach 1st or do the railway bike 1st. I decided to take stroll near the beach 1st since i might be tired to walk around after railway bike (and that was quite true). I walked gleefully towards the beach and took few photos there. 

There was no one when i was taking photos, so i had to put timer on my camera (i left the phone with shutter in guesthouse) and put my camera on rock barricade. I only took few since the wind was so strong i was worried that my camera would fly away (seriously!). After that i climb back up (it's quite a hill) towards the railway bike station. 

I bought ticket at booth (got it for 10,000won after i showed coupon i found in 1 korean website, Yeosu Tour i think) and started walking to the station. Ahjussi asked us to sit 1st while he let go a family on the bike. Then ahjussi do a short brief of what we should do and expect (he said if wind is too strong you have to be careful). His eyes saw me and i just nodded a bit to show i understand him. ahjussi asked me how many person and it's obvious only one since there's no one behind me. 

I said 1 person and ahjussi doing a bit of thinking there. he said hmm that's not good, I asked back '왜요? 안돼요? why? is it not possible?" ahjussi said "well, you can..." ahjussi said I should come with friends, I said " 친구는 없어요 I have no friends here.." ahjussi asked me to sit in front (it's a 4-seat bike) and asked me to put my stuff on my left, wear the seatbelt. he back away a bit and back to explaining to groups about the hand-break. during my turn, I demonstrate to him if it's the right way and ahjussi remind me again to hold and release the break often.

Off I go. the ride was easy at the beginning. I don't even have to paddle, the bike move on it's own, I only have to mind the break. the scenery was spectacular!! I was smiling because it was too beautiful! and some time later I enter the tunnel, which they decorate with lights. not that beautiful but I think it's fun. after sometime in tunnel, I saw the end of tunnel, where another ahjussi was controlling a manual roundabout to change the direction of bike back to the beginning. 

I waited for the bike in front of me to circle. while I was waiting, another 2 bikes approaching behind me. they are full of laughter and seems to have fun. the bike behind me consist of a woman and 2 guys, the other one having 3 men in it. I found out later that they're in 1 group. the bike with all men started giggling and when I was at the opposite side after the ahjussi turned my bike, one of the guys asked me (in heavy satoori, detected because he used Korean 1st) "where you from?" I answered Malaysia and he giggled back to his friends. 

and this is where my misery started. I suddenly feel the bike was so heavy and realized I have to paddle for REAL starting that point. Oh my it was deadly heavy!! especially when I was alone in where there should be 4 person. the 2 bikes behind approaching me fast and I had to give all I got to paddle. I didn't stop eventhough it was so hard, but it's not enough because the bikes behind got more manpower. 

they ended up crashing to me few times (which I hope they do it more since when they crash to me, my bike gain more momentum haha!) I keep shouting because it was hard (and to give myself encouragement) and those guys also shouting encouragement to me "Go Go Go" they shouted. I even shouted sorry to them since I slowed them down and can't do anything about it. still, I never stop paddling no matter how slow I am. from far I saw ahjussi who did the briefing. 

I cried to him " 아저씨 너무 피군해요ㅠㅠ ahjussi I'm so tiredddd T.T" ahjussi said to me "well you're the one who insist.." ahjussi quickly hop in my bike and sit at the back "you just stay there, don't do anything" and doing the paddle for me until the end. I thanked ahjussi and walk down from bike. I seriously can't feel my legs and had to hold to bar besides me so I can still stand. I stay there to gain my wits back, and to apologise again to the group behind me. they reached the end, I said sorry to them, they still giggling so much. 

one of the guy (tallest among them) just stared at me, and did peek at my face when I look down, to see if I'm ok. of course I'm not okay. the satoori guy said "괜찮아요 헬스 헬스 it's ok, health, health" and I rolled my eyes, yeah right, for health. I let them walk in front of me since I still can't feel my leg and we walked away from the bike station. the staff showed me pictures of me taken during on bike, I shake my head no and those guys giggled again. maybe they found me and the situation funny. well, it was funny actually but I was half-dead to laugh at it. 

after that I almost followed them to beach but I decided I'm too tired and make a uturn to bus stop. Unfortunately I didn't find my t-money. I searched for it hard but still couldn't find it. I tried to find any store that might sell it but after walking almost to the end of rows of restaurants, I decided that I should just go back with taxi. it's hard to get one since the road is more one-way and whenever a taxi passed, it already has passenger in it. 

after 1/2 an hour maybe, a ahjussi spotted me from opposite road and asked if I want to ride and I said yes. I told my address but he couldn't get it so I show the address I wrote. he 1st stop to read the address and continue his way. after a traffic light, he opened his GPS and follow it. ahjussi go between the building and stopped because there's trash-lorry blocking the way. he said my destination is on the other side of lorry. my journey cost 4200won, I gave 5000won, ahjussi smile and give back 1000won. he cut 200won for me. not much but I feel so warm inside. 

I walked a bit and enter guesthouse. that time unnie was in charge at front table. she gave me the key and explain about rules (door locked at 12am) etc. she spoke in full Korean and quite fast. after done explaining, unnie said "you understand all I said right?" I said yes haha! unnie asked where did I go and I said beach. she asked what time I'll go to Ungnam(neighborhood for event) and I said in English "I will go early" unnie said "English, no!" and asked me to type it so she can translate haha! 

she asked about my hijab and we had Q and A about hijab there. she asked why I wear it when I'm in different country, doesn't I feel hot when she knows Malaysia has no 4 seasons etc. I answered where I can and hopefully she understands. she smiled to me, said my name is pretty and urged me to rest upstairs. 

I went into my room, there's 2 bed looks like it were occupied, I took a lower bunk on the opposite side. I charged all my devices and realized it's already 3pm at that time. I doubted that I have enough time for another tourist site, so I settled with not going anywhere and just eat. I changed my clothes, took out my instant noodles and go down to lobby. unnie is there and I waved my instant noodle to show I'll be eating and go downstairs for pantry. 

Again I'm having problem how to operate the machine to get hot water (same thing happened last October too. the pabo me). I push few buttons but it didn't work out, so I go up again to ask unnie. at that time she was busy with a group of people, 2 guys and 2 girls (I suspect them still students) trying to settle in a room. I just waited near the stairs until unnie asked "리야나 왜요 Liyana why?" I said I don't know (how to take hot water). 2 guys also passed me before going out so the lobby was quite crowded. 

unnie said to wait, and after she's done, I followed her downstairs and she showed me how to take hot water. she even fill the cup for me and asked what flavor is it. unnie "술 아니야? this is not alcohol?" me "아니야 ㅋㅋ no~ haha!" she asked what flavor is it and I said chicken. she just laugh and told me to enjoy my meal. 2 girls from before come and sit at a table far from me. sajangnim suddenly come and I said "안녕하세요~~ hello!!" sajangnim asked if I went to Odongdo but I said not yet. 

sajangnim took something from pantry and said to me to enjoy my food. the 2 girls were joined but the 2 guys later and I heard them discussing of where to go (I had it easy since sajangnim explain it all for me hehe). after I'm done, I went up back and organized my stuff, checking my phone a bit, pray, then getting ready to go out again. 

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(rehearsal. He's so cool isn't he?)

at that time I just knew that Giyong and Taehyun even spent their morning at the cafe (I should come earlier!). I went out to 7E first to buy snacks for HoneyG (very near to guesthouse), and go to Mart to buy t-money (end up buying cashbee). went back to guesthouse and really get ready to go to event cafe. unnie asked me what did I buy and look into my plastic. I said I buy snacks and she just laugh since I buy 3 same snacks (I didn't tell it's for HoneyG). 

at that time sajangnim called me to introduce me to my roommates. sajangnim said the 2 girls are worried of how to act with me. I greeted the 2 girls happily and we went up together. the girls look like friends. I didn't talked alot with them since I'm going out, but I do bid them farewell before I go out. they told me to come back safely. 

when I want to go out, unnie noticed me changing my hijab, unnie and sajangnim told me to go out and come back safely. it was already passed 5pm when I went out, I was feeling abit anxious. I google map the bus I should take but it's not the same as what sajangnim told me. 

I followed sajangnim's instructions and took bus 82. after quite a long time, bus driver called for me (I didn't realized I was the only one in bus) and asked where I want to go. I showed him the address sajangnim wrote for me and bus driver explain to me that I took wrong bus. he's going the opposite way. ahjussi said he'll stop at the next bus stop and repeat to me I should take bus at which side (but I couldn't understand him actually). so I get down, crossed the street 3 times and still not sure what bus should I take. I want to take taxi but it was jammed and none of taxi want to stop. 

So I took a bus, carefully aimed where I should go down, change my bus and finally on right track. event start at 7pm and I haven't had much time. I pressed button, went down with another 3 guys and the wind blowing ever so strongly, even the 2 guys walking besides me can't walk straight, just assume I could fly at that time. my mask at that time already wet with my water from my nose. 

3 of us kind of jumping while waiting for the traffic light to go green. after that I kind of running to find the cafe. I found the right route but can't find the cafe, and feel weird because it's rows of houses left and right. I ALMOST message Giyong when I finally saw group of people through the glass, of the cafe. I turned back and search for the door lol. 

finally found the cafe, 5 minutes before 7pm. a woman staff greeted me and asked how she could help. I was speechless since still heavily breathing and couldn't find Korean words. then sajangnim appear with "Liyana right? please have a seat, wherever you can find" which was hard since the cafe is fully occupied. I still linger around the staffs because I thought I can order when suddenly a voice greet me from behind "hi Liyana~" 

so charming

IT WAS GIYONG. I was like "oh my God..Giyong~" because I was shocked and happy to see him. Taehyun also did "Hello Liyana~" and lastly Jaehyun greeted me with his excited face. I put down my winter coat at the back and try to order again. I said to sajangnim in English "hmm can I order please" sajangnim replied with "ya..your Korean is good why are you talking like that.." sajangnim reported to Giyong/HoneyG how I said "order please" when my Korean is good. Giyong just laugh and I smiled shyly. 

I order yuja tea and the female staff delivered it to me. I sat in the middle, behind a couple and had to be satisfied with my seat since I came late. sajangnim starts the event and I found out he's the mc for the event. I recorded most of the event, and I can't really describe my feeling about it. Taehyun did facebook live for the event. (i'll update my video later)

it felt surreal, unbelievable for me to be thousand miles from home, even 300km+ away from Seoul to attend HoneyG's event, but it all pay off when I can listen to HoneyG live singing again. they sang 4 songs I think, then each of them doing solo cover, starting with Jaehyun, then Giyong lastly Taehyun. after Giyong sang his solo cover,sajangnim stopped him from going behind and present Giyong with birthday song and Jaehyun bring out the cake. 

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I actually planned this with sajangnim but the one actually make it work out is sajangnim since I only pay for the cake and sajangnim arrange the surprise plan. we sang birthday song to Giyong and Giyong said he liked it when sajangnim asked if he's surprised. sajangnim explained about how I texted him to do the surprise event (sajangnim mentioned me quite a lot). 

event continue with Taehyun sang his solo cover. after that they have quiz session, and I answered Malaysia to the 1st question (I think sajangnim asked different question but accept my answer anyway haha sorry). Giyong got up and gave the the goodie bag to me. quiz continue with sajangnim asking people to search for HoneyG's profile and get ready to answer. sajangnim asked Jaehyun's age, Taehyun's height, and also how long did Giyong stayed in US (sajangnim said I also might not know the answer. true, I didn't know. heh even Giyong said he didn't know) but sajangnim calculate it and the answer is 19 years. 

they continue with special guest which is sajangnim to sing and Wow sajangnim really sings so well! my friend watching instalive even asked if he's an artist, but I just said sajangnim is closed friend with HoneyG. HoneyG sang encore song (was it 'breakup' or '1 star'?) and again real encore with them standing up and singing 4men-Confession since they said it's Valentine Day nearing. event ended there and I was a VERY happy fan. 

I let other people took photos 1st and go back to take the snack I brought for HoneyG, also passing the candy I brought from Malaysia to other audiences. they gladly accept my candy and could see warmness in them. one of the audience greeted me and we had a talk. she asked me questions like: when did I arrive(on Friday), did I came just for HoneyG(yes), did I came to Yeosu just for them(yes), how long I've been liking HoneyG(I answered a year but it's actually longer), how I came to Yeosu(by bus), who's my bias (Giyong) etc etc. 

I told her I've met HoneyG this time is 4th time. she told abit about me to the guy besides her (I thought her boyfriend but later found out he's her husband). she said nice to meet me and i said the same to her. after that I give the snack bags to Giyong, Taehyun and Jaehyun. I stand in front of Giyong and personally give him the message book I made for his birthday. 

I took photos of him with the book and told him to wait first since I want to record him reading the messages. you can see his reaction from the video I recorded. after that sajangnim helped me to take pictures with HoneyG and I also asked selca. Giyong helped me since my hand is short haha! 

so after event ended, I thanked sajangnim again for his help and for everything (he's really friendly with me, love to call out my name). after that I went back, bid goodbye to Giyong and Taehyun (Jaehyun was left behind and they had to turn around the car to take him back) and went back in my guesthouse. 

I want to brag about HoneyG to sajangnim but she's not around, the guy staff is on duty. I bowed to him, he gave me my key and I went up. the 2 girls were inside watching TV. I was still in event mood and checking my video. after a while, I took interest on TV since the girl on upper bunk so excitedly cheering for Korea and the Korean athlete did won 1st gold medal for Korea. 

she asked me where I'm from and I said Malaysia. the girl "Malaysia was there few minutes ago" I said "yeah.." girl"ah so you didn't take much interest.." I said to her that Malaysia doesn't have winter. she asked me "oh! then how do you feel about the coldness here?" I said "very very cold". the friend came back from toilet and they decided they should find chicken place to eat and went out. 

I used that time to change my clothes, pray and charge my devices. I also put things I will use the next morning and make it easier to pack so I won't rush. I set my alarm early and went to sleep (around 11pm?) I woke up around 4.30am, took shower, pray, packed my stuff in dark and when I realized, it's only less than an hour before the boarding time for my train. 

I wander around the lobby since it's dark, no people at desk. I find a piece of paper and wrote my farewell to sajangnim. I put the paper and my key at the desk, figure out how to unlock and lock the door back before I went out. I plan to take bus but after realizing I only had an hour, I tried to stop any taxi. 

after few attempt, ah ahjussi from across the street saw me and took me in. we had a silent journey, but when it's time to pay, I passed ahjussi my cashbee which I didn't take out the plastic. ahjussi find it funny, laugh and smile to me. I said thanks to him and walked fast to ticket counter, get my ticket and start walking to find my supposed train couch(and all the way back). 

the weather was so chilly and my mask was wet again. I found my train door, hop in and find my seat. not on window side again, but since no one is at my couch at that time, I sat besides window,plug in usb and charge my phone. few people come to coach after that, and after a station, a guy with army clothes sat near my seat. 3 or 4 stations after that, I realized it was snowing! 

I took out my camera and also noticed people around me also took photos. it was snowing hard especially when the train moved so fast, it looks so harsh. the train stopped at one station where the people need to wait in falling and thick snow for the train (luckily I don't have to experience that coldness). I enjoyed the snow falling and the snow gets harder I thought it's almost like a snow storm. but after that, I feel very sleepy. 

I think I only managed to close my eyes about half and hour before a guy suddenly walked towards me and I quickly pull out my charging phone and sit at my place. that guy indeed sit next to me, with his mcd's set on one hand. I didn't have time to put down the arm rest between us, and it's too awkward to do it suddenly. he enjoyed his meal while I decided I should stay awake and watch drama. 

the guy done his meal when he realized the sun reflection is too strong (more to me actually) so he tried to pull down the screen but it's too far for him. I tried to help him by standing up and go to seat at the back. before that he actually argue with the ahjumma at the back (ahjumma want the sun) but I pretend I didn't understand and just put down the sun screen). just few seconds after that ahjumma pull it up again *sigh*. 

the guy looked at me and we just looked at each other since we can't argue more with ahjumma. I sat back, after gathering some courage, I asked him where he's going. he said Seoul and I said I am too. he mentioned again about his action related to the sun screen, and I said yeah (he spoke too fast once I use Korean with him). he put down the arm rest between us comfortably and later he's sleeping while I watch Hwayugi. 

when we reached yongsan station, I took my bag at upper compartment and put it on next seat. the guy asked me if I'm not getting down, I said no, I will at Seoul station, so he walked passed me and get down at that station. I told June I will meet her at Myeongdong, buy manjoo and feeling the joy of hot food in cold weather. 

Seoul didn't snow that morning, but it was so cold, probably -8°C. I can't feel my nose. I walked around Myeongdong,try to search for the Musang King cafe again, but ended up didn't enter because durian shake during that cold weather is a bad idea. 

so I tried to search for subway exit but got lost, found myself in Dongdaemun market instead(managed to buy 8 stocking, my must-buy Everytime I went to Seoul), and had hard time walking with heavy bag. finally I saw airport limousine bus and I decided to jump in since I'm actually quite late to airport (already 12.30pm I think). 15,000won, expensive, but I took it as good thing since I'll reach airport directly. 

the bus to airport is new experience for me, and the view was awesome, with frozen river and everything, different view from subway. I reach the airport and quickly try to find the check in counter (it has been different from my past trips since Incheon had open terminal 2, so there's been changes for counters). the line took so long, almost an hour, and I only had a bit more than 1 hour. 

Immigration took almost an hour too, has been so strict because of Pyeongchang Winter Olympic, I had to run to my boarding gate because it's only 5 minutes before the closing time. I had the middle seat again, but 2 seats next to me were empty until the end. 

I can't sleep well in flight because turbulence so much, I cried in the plane thinking how I miss Yeosu's people. they are so warm and kind and I'll definitely be back to Yeosu again next time. Giyong said he's worried since people could take advantage of me but I explained Yeosu's people has been very helpful! HoneyG, thank you for this such good experience and see you guys next time!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Spring Trip 2017. craziest trip?

8 pages ahead. i warned ya~

The 1st crazy trip ever. Darah muda mungkin, though I’m not that young already. What happened was, it was not even a week after my trip to Krabi was over, I had a very strong urge to meet Honey G. maybe their ‘pop-special’ theme (all 3 of them sang English songs) the week before had huge impact on me. I went to school on Monday, got the news that there’ll be extra day-off the next week. Said to myself “then all left is for Honey G to have schedule this weekend”. I was so nervous while waiting for their weekly vlive that Tuesday, to ask them question. And whaddayaknow, they DO have schedule arranged that weekend. Soon as the vlive ended, I checked for flight tickets and bought it immediately. 

The price? Let say I’ll have to say no to many of my buying-thing-urge later on. The ticket I acquired was not easy to be done, since it was a third-party purchase. On Wednesday, I had the empty feeling the whole day because I haven’t received my booking confirmation eventhough my money had been deducted from my account. I supposed to fly on Friday you know. Not receiving confirmation just 2 days before was nerve-wrecking. I keep calling the company, and failed to get through. Least I could do, I stop worrying during Asar prayer, pray more to Allah, and trust Him more. Just as I finish praying, I got the email confirmation for my flight. That means I can focus on settling my works before I can fly. Accommodation? You’ll know about it soon. I only had Thursday to do everything.

 After work on Friday, I didn’t immediately go to airport. I had to buy stuffs, which waste me more time on road than it supposed to. Departure schedule 5.40pm, 3.00pm I was still at home. It was insane. Around 4pm I think, I boarded the train to KLIA, and finally caught my breath. Alhamdulillah again, Allah helped me through my journey. I read my email in train, and noticed that my flight being delayed, almost 1 hour and half. Which also mean my transit time got shortened (originally it should be 4 hours). I had time to chat with Aya, get pocket wifi, and listened to arirang radio, which I told Sam and Paul I did crazy thing and on my way to Seoul soon. That day was last day Paul as Friday corner’s guest, before he change to Tuesday’s slot. Paul supposed to have an event called Have A Nice Day (HAND) on that Saturday too (to be honest I actually started to get tempted because of Paul, but the ticket to the event was sold out).

After that I walked to the check-in counter, there’s no single person checking-in, which was 1st for me. The whole line was empty. Then I walked slowly to the staff, present my printed document and showed it to him. A handsome-looking staff greeted me so friendly and taking his sweet time checking my info. Asked me few questions like: travelling alone? Studying? (me:no, meeting friends). He was kind of amused seeing the small me alone travelling for a short trip to meet friend, at Seoul. I would be quite amazed too, if it were me. I was quite anxious because it was my 1st time taking the flight (Cathay Pacific+Dragon), unfamiliar and new. 

I double-checked with him if it’s ok that my name lost a –space- in between where it should be. That took another 10minutes for him to check with the upper-level staff. But I think he’s just having fun talking to me lol (he smiled happily all the time) and keep saying don’t worry about the error. He suggest to me to bring inside the bag that I want to check-in, but it was too heavy and burdensome to me, so I insisted on checking in (30kg free luggage ok, should utilized it!). he said ok, he’ll put ‘fragile’ tag on in. Received the boarding pass and instructions, off I went to departure gate.

I think this was the 1st time that I depart from KLIA international gate. Took the shuttle train and while doing so, I still can’t believe I was on my way to Seoul. It felt surreal. I was/am a mad girl. When I reached the other side, I had to go through another luggage-check at the flight-gate. I searched for my sit and few people smiled to me. Nice. I love people smiling at me. While seating, I was scanning the area, see where I can pray since I haven’t yet to perform it. I stand up again and wandering a bit before a staff greeted me if he can help me with anything. “hmm I was wondering if I can pray at the empty area here?” he told me that there’s actually a prayer room upstairs, and he said I should make it quick because the boarding time is near. 

All the staffs there are so friendly, even funnily made mistake about the term they use (de-boarding?) since before, they already scanned me in. so I performed my prayer and funny thing, I just realized at that time, that my bag containing the morning nasi lemak has been scanned so many times LOL I just don’t have time to eat the nasi lemak and just remember to throw it away.

I still can remember vividly my 1st flight to HongKong. Mainly because Cathay Pasific flight is SO COMFORTABLE. The seat is so comfortable, they even give you pillow. But I was too hungry. I only ate biscuits/bread that whole day. I thought my gastric kind of attacked me. But then the flight attendances were busy giving foods to certain people and I could catch that they served the vegetarian/special request 1st. the flight attendance that is in-charge for my row is cute, much like a chinese idol. And the way they speak immediately reminds me of Juztin Lan haha! So when it’s time to serve our food, this conversation happened:

the cute guy ask me: do you want fish or chicken?
Me: is the food halal?
Him: No. (menusuk kalbu sebab direct je dia jawab)
Me: ok then…fish is ok I think. Fish, please.

I totally forgot about food, and honestly don’t even know because I booked with 3rd party and I didn’t even checked my booking info about meal. Since I fear that my gastric would be worst, i ate the food slowly, making sure I didn’t eat any kind of meat. The fish fillet was delicious (but I never know, I was too hungry) the set has salad and ham(I didn’t dare eat any of the salad, and of course ham). But ice cream OMG haagen-dazs ok. I never eat one before, and I was eating it the 1st time in my life, in a PLANE. Haha! Pure happiness.

My flight consist of many school-kids, that i suspect also on trip because of the extended weekend. They looked like that weren't their 1st time. I tried to watch movie on the flight, but no sounds come out. They provided earphones but i can't find the hole to put it. So i examine the kids and finally figured out the hole is on the hand-rest. I thought i can finally enjoy my movie (Fantastic Beast & Where to Find Them), when i heard jazz music instead. I plugin at the hand rest of person besides me! HAHAHA. 

She was an auntie with very short hair but I never talked to her. I watched the movie until the end, managed to sleep a bit (in the middle of watching La La Land) before I woke up again, looking at the window and I cried. It was so beautiful, mesmerizing sight of Hong Kong sea at night. With the lights from many boats, kind of hazy, it reminds me of a scene from anime Spirited Away. My tears automatically came out since it was so beautiful.

Around 11.30pm, I reached Hong Kong Airport. I walked fast because I don’t want to stuck between the school kids. I was a bit worried when I saw the staff checking the temperature of random people (I was a bit feverish) but it was nothing. I walked according to the transit sign, and there’s another immigration check-point. The staff took a water bottle from me, and also did body-check. Wow that’s a strict one. It managed to detect a crumpled baht note in my pants’ pocket. I thought Thailand’s immigration is strict, HK is more strict than that.

HK airport is HUGE! It got more than 500 gates for flight. Mine was at 400 something. 401? I searched beforehand about the prayer room and the prayer room is not far from my gate, 420 I think. It’s actually a prayer room for all religion, but it does have a pipe to perform ablution. When I was about to perform my prayer, a couple from Indonesia I think, enter the room. Also another man, also a muslim to perform his prayer. I left the prayer room with smile, not really in mood to talk. I stayed near my gate and charged my phone at the charging point. They have A LOT of charging area and computer you can use to access internet. Very handy. 

Since my flight was delayed, i stayed at HK airport for only an hour or so. I chat with Aya and also try to search where to stay at night for 2nd night. Guess what? I didn’t book any accomodation for this trip. So I was searching for 24-hours café that I can stay, that is convenient to me. I decided to just write any guest-house address near the café for the travel-card that they will give in flight later. I didn’t manage to search many info since my 1am flight already ready for boarding. I bid goodbye to Aya and board the Cathay Dragon flight. I almost jumped in joy since the flight provided us with pillow and blanket and it was so comfortable I don’t even remember who sat next to me before I slept very tight.

I reached Incheon Airport at 6.15am. there were not many people at immigration. I took my bag and walked out, and charged my phone again. At this time I searched for place to go (I didn’t even have any destination!) I was planning for park, Seoul Grand Park to be exact, but it’s kind of too far from my center of activities. I decided to go to Yeouido Park. And hell it was so cold~ the announcement on plane said it was 4 degree C but I thought it was because it’s morning. But it was REALLY cold, I already wear 3 layers. Honestly, I didn’t prepare for the weather at all. I think I started to move around at 7am and reached Yeouido around 8am. 

I remember crossing the street on Saturday morning to the park, there’s already quite a lot of people walking around. The park is also starting to filled with people because apparently they have Bull-Race Run sorts of. Like a marathon. The dj’s voice has filled the park and people were ready to start the race few minutes after I was there. I didn’t join them and just taking my time strolling around the park and chat with Aya, also tried the periscope that we planned to do when it’s Honey G busking time. 

I only smile at few persons and talk none. There is an ahjussi who smiled back at me, a videographer who looked like a Japanese person to me, few couples that I avoided and a fun hide-and-seek group consists of many girls and ahjumma and few ahjussi. I keep laughing at the trees because the word ‘pokok togel’ keep pooping in my head haha! I didn’t rent the bicycle eventhough I planned it earlier, since the route was closed for the run. I’m still amazed at the fact that the park is in between many concrete buildings and roads. Park in the city, it is.

Around 12pm, I continued to my next destination: Coex Mall. I’ve never been there before, so I can’t imagine what it looks like. The clumsy me had to walk around back and forth to buy mineral water since I need the bottle for wudhu’, when the fact is, there IS a toilet just behind the prayer room *slap forehead*. The COEX Mall is a huge one, and the prayer room is located at the conference wing side of the building. A bit hidden if you aren’t paying attention enough to the area. The prayer room doesn’t has the wudhu’ area and you have to go to toilet for that, but the lowered sink helped a lot, and you won’t spilled many water. (I ended up buying mineral water at the vending machine because I can’t find convenient store lol).

The prayer room doesn’t has telekung when I was there, but it has scarf and Quran. I used all the plug to charge phone, camera and pocket wifi I have. I also used the time to take a nap since I don’t feel quite well. I stayed until about 3pm before moving again to DDP.

It was my 1st time to DDP too. At that time, Seoul Fashion Week was still going on. I saw lots of people dressing up, also many people who tried to get glimpse of artists. I planned to go straight to the park behind it but it was raining. Cold~~~!!! There is a group of artist on the stage outside but I can’t make out who they are. I moved closer but the rain doesn’t allow me to move further than the covered area. That time I witness the crazy fangirls again. It’s been long since I joined any kpop event, it kinda surprised me haha. They tried to take selca with the artist and poor him has to try too, eventhough it looks suffocating and hard, much more in the middle of handling umbrella on one hand.

There’s even a line for free coffee (a LONG line though), so tempted since it was cold and free stuff, but the line was too long, I walked to the other side since the rain has stopped. Saw the rose LED which doesn’t light up during day, and I walked further. THEN I saw JW Marriott Hotel, the hotel where Honey G event supposed to happen. I went there and asked a very professional-looking man if I was at the right place of the event (showed him Honey G insta post) and he said yes. I lined up to buy the ticket (20,000won if I remember right) and keep the tag with me. I took detour to the Cheong Gye Cheon river ,Ogansugyo part since I long to see one since my February trip. I took few photos there and appreciating the clean river before moving to the venue again. (I went to 7E too, to buy banana uyu and cookies. The staff there smile all the time to me, and the girl who bought stuff before me, waited until I’m done before taking the straw she forgot. So polite)

I used the underground tunnel since I tried to search for toilet to wear my skirt, but the funny thing was, I took a long~~~ route to the toilet to find it too small for me to change, end up not changing. Then the tunnel connected to the hotel, so I came out at the hotel lobby. I asked the receptionist guy (there are 2 cute guys lol) about the toilet. The noob me doesn’t even know how to close the door, and I think I might push the helped button for disabled person (sorry!). It was too awkward for me to go in front so I used the middle door of lobby to the venue outside (also used by the hotel chef) to go out (I cut many lines of stall) and immediately scanned the place for a place to sit.

I saw one near the stage and finally can put down all my bags. I adjusted my position, chat with Aya and tried to calm myself down. At my right sides were 2 girls with their glass, at my left side, a guy I didn’t look properly, but he’s a bit far from me. There is a round table in front of me, and no chair. We sat on the rock bench. At that time video call Aya for a bit but the venue was too loud I cut it short. Start on periscope (live broadcast) and I didn’t even realized Honey G was already there before Aya goes crazy commenting on periscope. 

They did soundcheck and sang few lines. After that I waved to them. Giyong was the 1st to notice me and told the members. They all looking at my area. I waved my gift bag to them, and their manager walked to me to take it. Honey G started the busking at exactly 5pm, and it goes for half an hour. Their live were sooooooo good. And the talk in between, was just the same as I watch them on broadcast. Honey G is the same on and off camera.

However, at the middle part, the wind goes strong and I was shaking so much. Luckily my camera doesn’t shake so much and the recording went quite well. After they ended their busking, they went to the side of the stage. Aya and another friend urged me to talk to them. I tried to take selca with Jaehyun in it far back, Jaehyun noticed and called me to come nearer to their side. He asked his manager if that’s ok and manager allowed it. So I went to Honey G. few fans followed me and I gave them the chance to take photo first, while I stand besides manager the whole time, still recording honeyG on my camera. I asked manager about Honey G’s new song but manager is also not sure. I was the last to take picture and manager helped me in doing so.

I talked with honey G for about 5 minutes, with only me as a fan there (Giyong is the one basically doing all the talk, and he’s the one actively asking me questions). Jaehyun was excited but he doesn’t know what to talk, eventhough he stands just besides me. We talked and laughed (even the manager joined the conversation) and honey G ended it with handshake and sudden hug (by Giyong). We bow at each other and I was restraining myself from spazzing of happiness there.

fancams of Honey G:


(cover song: Beautiful-Goblin OST)

(Honey G-Don't Wannabe Your Friend)

So I have to get out from the venue 1st, checking if I have everything with me, and packed my bag. I was taken hold though, by someone (event manager?) to check if I have the ticket (maybe she thought I broke-in the venue to meet Honey G) and I lift my arm a bit to show the ticket tag. She was quite startled and asked her people why I wasn’t given a glass. I said “it’s okay, I don’t…drink”. I quickly move passed row of people and out from the venue, straight to the riverside. I calm myself down, made up my mind to head to itaewon to pray and eat. Masa ni dah menggeletar gila sejuk.

At the subway still spazzing with Aya on periscope since it’s only 2 of us. I don’t remember why I dig out my bag at that time, but I did and it was hard to find what I was searching for. After that I took train to itaewon (wrong side of train at 1st, and too packed like sardine. After 4 stations can only get out) Eventhough that’s the only 2nd time I was there, I kind of remember the way to masjid and follow my gut feeling. 

It was a tough climb since I had already walked a lot that day. I grit my teeth through the cold and took wudhu and perform prayer. I was trying to take a nap when a girl (Arabic girl maybe) tap my shoulder and asked me where’s the toilet. I told her the way but not sure if she can find it, since toilet area and wudhu area are quite apart from each other. I charged my phone abit, before going out again. I tried to search for Eid restaurant but it’s already closed at that time. I followed my line of memory again to find Muree, and saw it’s still open. I order the food, trying not to be too tamak since I was very hungry. I tried to eat slowly since I fear I would vomit if I eat too fast with empty stomach. Couple of minutes passed before the staff asked me to pay 1st since he already want to closed the account for the day. I pay and speed up my meal and head out again.

It was very chilly outside. I head to subway again and went to hongik station. I tried to followed the instruction to the café on map but it’s not near as I imagine. I already walked about 10 minutes before I give up and just choose any 24-hours café there. I settled in at Kings Bean Coffee, it was a 2-storey café but I didn’t feel like going up. I choose a table nearest to the door since that’s the 1st table that I spot the plug. It was around 11.30pm at that time. 

I put down all my stuff and went to order. I ordered a cup of lemon tea. The staff there doesn’t really pay attention to me and replied to me in boring tone. Luckily my Korean worked well and able to process what he said at that time. It took a while for me to get my tea eventhough I’m the only 1 ordering but I don’t mind since I got plenty of time to kill.

The lemon tea was so strong I was surprised at 1st. but it doesn’t last me long since I was very tired and sleepy. I reviewed my fancam a bit but that also didn’t wake me up properly. I stand again to take a magazine and flip VERY slowly. I end up sleeping on the magazine. 2nd time I woke up, I realized the staff has changed (to a more handsome one too lol the previous one looked too serious) and the playlist song has become more upbeat. The group of students (4 or 5) in front of me are still up (bunch of boys too), they sometimes go out and never come back for quite some times (almost half an hour) leaving all things behind, including their laptop, on the table. I envy Seoul. If in Malaysia, sure by the time you come back, half of your stuff not there. 

About the café, it’s quite nice, coffee not so expensive (4,000won per cup) since I guess they target the students, and also they have xiumin’s birthday support banner there haha! But the café isn’t warm as I expected it to be. It was so cold! Hence my not-so-good sleep. I was so tempted to ask the staff boy to borrow his sweater since I realized he doesn’t even wear it, showing off his muscle maybe? LOL

At around 4am, I decided to go out since it’s already subuh and I can’t stand sitting down anymore, It was too cold for me not moving. I went out from café, and it was deadly chilly outside, even more that before. I was shaking while almost running. Nothing I do can stop me from shaking violently. At last I zikir a lot and hope it will warm my body somehow, and it DID! I went down to subway to see if I can pray there, but I end up seeing lots of people sleeping on the bench, covered with blankets and newspaper (I didn’t realized at 1st that those were PEOPLE). So I don’t want them to suddenly eye-ing me praying like solat jenazah or something, I decided not to pray there. 

Few thing I realized 1)there’s a lot of people actually sleeping on subway 2)subway isn’t really warm during time like this 3)some foreigners still partying out at this time and wandering in and out of subway 4)weekends, there are many people taking the 1st train, maybe because they didn’t managed to catch the last train, or drink too much. Train starts really early, around 5am?

So I went out from subway and found a place besides the closed Honda store to pray. I laid out my unused towel, didn’t take off my shoes (because too cold) and pray my subuh prayer. After that I went down to take train to Seoul Grand Park. I went to toilet 1st and burrrr it was so cold to even wash my face. I took my time to enjoy the nature and Seoul Grand Park was so calming. 

By 9am I already circle the huge park and took many photos. It was cold, bernafas pun berasap, and I thought I saw 1 degree C while I was at subway station. I saw vending machine and tried the coffee for the 1st time. I FELL IN LOVE WITH VENDING MACHINE’S COFFEE. It was so delicious and warm and cheap. Only 400won.

Then I head to Ehwa Uni since it’s a place I always wanted to go. On my way, I bought a bag of nut-bread, with real nut in it. Delicious! I walked to Ehwa and met a fellow Malaysian there. One of them talked to me while we’re looking at the uni map board. We talked a bit of where we are from (me Selangor etc I don’t remember the detail) she asked me if I’m alone and I said yes. She was shocked and I told her it was actually crazy haha! She went back to her group and told her friends about me being alone and brave etc. I continued walking around and use my skills to take photo by myself. AND it was still very cold.

After Ehwa, I went to Myeongdong to buy a staff kakNina told me to get. I was confused as always. (before that I tried to search for money changer. I found one ahjumma with a small stall not far from myeongdong). I tried to talked using Korean with the red-shirt volunteer but she gave up and use English with me haha! Not really easy to find the store, my legs already hurt. After I found the stuff at level 5 of the store, I head to KTO since it has prayer room in it. The few girl staffs laughed at me when I show ‘3’ to them when she said the prayer room is at level 2. I realized my mistake and rolled my eyes. Girls, I understand you ok, just a bit slow. Not so nice to laugh and not telling the mistake to me. I prayed zohor with Asar and sit with my legs stretch out at the lobby of KTO. I was playing around with the hologram too. I sat there for almost an hour since my legs hurt too much to move.

Then I went out of KTO, I saw many foodtrucks and people gathering around. It’s Deokkabi Night Market (sebakwi?) happening along the cheonggyecheon stream there (jonggak station). They have nice music, games to play and lots of food offered (though none that I was brave to try). I participated in writing message on card and hang it on board. I wrote about Honey G there hehe. I also went to YP Bookstore on my way, since I missed looking around at the stationaries. I bought few stuffs and also having peeked at a group idol doing fansign at the bookstore. I didn’t recognized them (later Aya told me it was  Romeo).

Next I went to Namdaemun to buy face-mask (my target). I went to buy chopstick and spoon 1st. I talked with the ahjussi in Korean. He was so friendly and replied me back with Korean too. I bought one for Aya and for myself. Then I found a store which sell the face mask in bundle. The ahjussi was so persuasive I had to buy from him lol. I bought 80packs of face mask lol and ahjussi gave me extra. He asked me if I want to get anything else (eye-patch? Lol obviously I had panda eyes from lack of sleep). I also end up buying a backpack since the bag I had with me already almost-destroyed (tali putus). I had one for 10,000won and still using it until now. I can’t feel my legs after that. I decided to go straight to airport after that.

By 8.30pm, I was already at airport. My next challenge: I was hungry. But I didn’t have enough energy to search for the halal restaurant, the only thing I had in mind was my maggi. The quest to search for hot water was also funny. I tried to take hot water from food court, but I didn’t know how to handle the machine, and it ended up with cold water. I tried the water fountain but the water was too cold. 3rd time, I tried to ask hot water from the café but she doesn’t allowed me, so I order lemon water instead. I got the hot lemon water, go upstairs and pour it into my maggi cup, and add the curry powder. THAT WAS A VERY SOUR CURRY MAGGI I HAVE EVER HAD. I thought maggi curry won’t be beaten by anything, but apparently not by the lemon water in Seoul. I just pray I didn’t get diarrhea from it. I ate it outside, at the bus station in front of the airport, and I didn’t care if people looking at me, since I was very hungry.

I supposed to pray after that (9pm) but imagining the water will be too cold, I dragged it. I stayed infront of the tv screen while charging and chat with Aya (again people just leave their device unattended). I asked Aya, was airport always been this noisy when it’s already 11pm, then I realized it’s because they played General Soo Shin’s movie on tv (lots of shouting from war) lol. I finally went to toilet for wuduk and pray near a lift at 2nd level. 

After that I search for vacant chairs and lay down. Ahead of me was a skinny girl whom I never see her face, and on my toes an ahjumma who tried to find comfortable position. I set my alarm so I won’t missed subuh, and pray a lot that I can wake up since I was dead tired. I didn’t sleep well, woke up many times, once I found there’s a guy sleeping on chair infront of me (looked like Chinese) but I didn’t bother much and continue trying to sleep. I woke up still feeling dead tired at around 4.30am. I dragged not wanting to get up, but eventually get up before I missed subuh. I went to pray and next I realized, the counter has opened.

I was the 1st to drop my bag and feeling so light. I went in the departure area and had my coffee. Can’t wait for my flight (8am) since I know it will be very comfortable with pillow and all. On my plane to hongkong, there’s a breakfast but I only ate half of it since I think it has ham? After we reached HK, the ahjumma besides me said HK is hot (of course it’s hot compared to Seoul). It took a while before the door opened, I heard few ahjumma whispering if I’m from Indonesia. I suddenly replied to them “I’m from Malaysia” in Korean. They went from whispering to talkative ahjumma. I just smiled at them. Must be ahjumma on trip.

Luckily HK airport didn’t do the temperature check. i went for immigration and got my water bottle snatched again (nooooo it’s a nice bottle) and went inside for my next flight. It was short wait, I spent my ½ an hour in toilet vomiting though (nothing came out since I didn’t eat). My next flight was also a comfortable one. Next to me was a chinese Malaysian who was a vegetarian. She asked me if it was hard for me to eat at Seoul (since she know about having to eat halal food even though I never told her). I said not as hard as few years ago. She was nice to talk to, but not really a talkative person. So I watched a Japanese movie on the flight (My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday). The movie was SO brilliant, though it had me weeping at the end.

I continued with another movie next (don’t remember what movie) and ended up sleeping through it. I reached KLIA around 5.30pm, took train to putrajaya and drove myself back. End of crazy Spring trip. In this trip I learn a lot to depend to Allah and confident in Him to take care of me.