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Sunday, April 13, 2014

[Korean Culture] Korea's Black Day & Jjajangmyeon

It's simply the Korean's way to inject some fun into life.  Valentine's Day (14 Feb), where the ladies give chocolate to the guy they admire and anxiously await the guy's response on White Day (14 March).  If the guy is also interested in the lady, he will return a gift.

Now, what happens to those who are still single?  On Black Day (14 April), they get together, and supposed wear all black, and eat Jjajangmyeon or noodles with black bean sauce together with minced meat and onion!  They celebrate their singlehood on this day!  People who are single can be very happy too!

If you'd like to have some fun on this day, gather your friends who are single and have a jolly good time at local Korean restaurants!

Hansang Korean Restaurant is running a special promotion for Black Day from now until 20 April.  Details are available on their website.

Friday, April 11, 2014

[Singapore Bistro] Pezzo Pizza welcomes the GODZILLA Pizza and "Buy 2 Get 2 Free" Promotion

The first-ever GODZILLA pizza, specially created in conjunction with the movie is coming to Pezzo Pizza for a limited time from 11 April to 31 May 2014!

The GODZILLA pizza is thicker than the regular Pezzo pizza as it houses 30% more ingredients including beef balls, pepperoni, salami, beef sausages and turkey ham.  Even though it has more ingredients, the price remains the same at $4.90 per slice!

My current personal favourite is Very Veggie.  As the name already imply, this pizza contains lots of veggies including onions, mushrooms, green peppers, sweet pineapples and sliced tomatoes.  Very fibre-licious and each slice is huge (for me)!  Must try! 

If you prefer something that spices up your taste bud, try this Hot Chick!  The rather spicy shredded chicken with its special chilli sauce will satisfy your insatiable appetite.

Hawaiian pizza has always been a favourite with Singaporeans.  If you're like one of us, do check out the Holy Hawaiian that's filled with turkey ham, bacon, sweet pineapples topped with mozzarella cheese! 

With any pizza purchased, you can get a beverage combo by adding $2 to get an Italian soda or $1 to get a soft drink or mineral water.  Pezzo Pizza is available at 15 kiosks at Sentosa (HQ Office), The Arcade, Bedok Mall, Bugis Junction, Esplanade MRT Station, Ion Food Hall, Junction 8, JEM, Lot One Shopping Mall, Lucky Plaza, Marine Parade, Rivervale Mall, The Star Vista, Thomson Plaza, Tiong Bahru Plaza and Woodlands MRT Station.

Exclusive for JosLovesFood Readers

"Buy 2 Slices get 2 Slices FREE" when you say the secret code "PezzoPizza05" when you buy from these kiosks between 25 April to 31 May 2014:
- Esplanade MRT Station
- Marine Parade
- The Star Vista
- Thomson Plaza
- Bukit Panjang
- Junction 8

Exclusive GODZILLA Movie Promotion

1.  Redeem a pair of GODZILLA movie passes with every 3 full-pans purchased from 11 April to 31 May 2014

2.  Flash your GODZILLA movie ticket stub to redeem a standard Pezzo soft drink with every Pezzo Pizza slice purchased from 15 to 31 May 2014

Facebook: PezzoPizzaSG

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

[Seoul, Korea] Spring Series: Spring Flowers at Youth and Fashion Paradise Street @ Sinchon

Big street and small lanes are filled with spring flowers as the weather started to warm up after the bitter spring.   The stretch of road along Sinchon was filled with pretty flowers too!


Sinchon is said to be the mecca for youths.  That's the area where major universities in Seoul are found eg. Ewha Women's University, Yonsei University.  This is also the place where you can get reasonably price and trendy fashion items.  It is a popular shopping place for the students and the locals.

The area is also populated with popular eateries and cafes.  If you need to replenish your stationery or getting interesting ones, this is the place to hunt for stationery!

Getting there:

Take the subway and alight at Sinchon Station and walk towards the direction of Ewha Women's University station.

Related Posts:
- Spring Series : Temple Tour @ Bongeunsa (Click here)
- Spring Series : N Seoul Tower at Namsan (Click here)
- Spring Series : Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (Click here)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

[Korean Celebrity] Thoughts about Yiruma Live In Singapore 2014

Yiruma's concert finally arrive and it was gone in 2.5 hours.  It was a great evening to see one of my favourite pianists perform live on several popular tunes.  Besides being such a talented musician, he is really a down-to-earth person.  He was very frank and candid, sharing his personal life (his father, his summer vacations in Singapore in 1992, his daughter, his father-in-law) and inner feelings/thoughts (such as having stage fright, that that we didn't have to clap all the time, telling us that the last tune can be a non-final tune, telling us that he was already prepared for encore, and that there was so much focus on kpop that there was no avenue for him to perform on TV)  with the audience without any hesitation. 

Before this concert, I didn't know much about him except his beautiful music.  Tonight, not only did he deliver the same beautiful music but also his beautiful character.  Moments where he said if someone is feeling down, the person can listen to "I", moments where he really want people to feel happy, moments where he didn't mind people downloading his music illegally and that he was glad to see people perform his music/compositions. 

He was awed by the audience turnout and we were awed by his talent; spontaneity through his impromptu composition with an audience.  I was moved by his music, the gentle and soft landing on the piano keys and the accents on the beats.  Genius indeed!

I wish him all the best and hope to see him soon again! 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

[Seoul, Korea] Spring Series: Temple Tour @ Bongeunsa

Bongeunsa is one of the largest urban Buddhist temple located in the southern part of the Han River.  The temple was founded in 794 during the Shilla period.  To-date, this temple has more than 1,200 years of history.

The signature statue is one that can be found in many tourist guidebooks.  Standing at 23m tall, the Maitreya Buddha statue is the tallest Buddha statue in Korea.

Pretty spring flowers, pink and white, fills the temple compound.  The Lotus Lantern Festival is an annual event held on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month (in Korea), in honour of the Buddha's birth.  Buddhist temples are decorated with colourful lotus-shaped paper lanterns for a few weeks.

Daewoongjeon is the main Buddha hall in Buddhist temples, enshrining the Shakyamuni Buddha.  Daewoong means the great hero, who had brought the teachings to us in this lifetime.

Bodhisattva of compassion, or Gwaneum is located on a standalone stone platform connect by a short bridge.

A cosy café cum souvenir shop is located near the main entrance of the temple.  You can also get sutra text just like the one I got!

Getting there:

Take Exit 6 from Samseong station.  Walk along the super mega COEX Mall for about 13 minutes.  Cross the junction at Bongeunsa-ro and at the opposite side of the junction, turn left and you will arrive shortly.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

[Seoul, Korea] Spring Series : N Seoul Tower at Namsan

 A sense of carefree and freedom felt, from a location that sees the entire Seoul ~ That nowhere other than at N Seoul Tower, the symbol of Seoul.

Seriously, the place would have been excellent for some self-reflection, if it wasn't as crowded.  Constructed some 45 years back, the tower was ranked, by foreigners, the number 1 attraction in Seoul in 2012.  Being on top gave me an opportunity to appreciate the city at a bird's egg view, appreciating how different parts of the city had been developed at different times and the harmony of nostalgic and contemporary.  In the day, it is tower that stands proud, the pillar turns into media art piece in the night.

Arrived at the roof terrace, what I saw was hundreds and thousands of love pad-locks!  In this unique culture, couples "declare" their love through messages on these pad locks.  After that securing the padlock on the padlock wall or tree, they would then do a long-shot throw for the padlock keys, symbolising "locking" their love for each other forever.

Below the roof terrace is the N Terrace, a place for some snacks and cocktail.  During the freezy winter or the blazing summer, I suppose this place will be exceptionally crowded, for obvious reasons.

Magnificent and serene view of the cosmopolitan city.  Love the silhouette against the sunset.

Enjoy a meal at the café that serves a variety of local and western meals, while watching the sunset.

An hour into my meal, the sky turned almost totally dark.  The dazzling lights covering the city was amazingly pretty.

At 8pm, N Seoul Tower transforms into a colourful pillar, a total contrast from it's solemnness in the day.

A final note of advise - The Terrance is an open area and hence, it can get rather windy and chilly after sunset (from early to mid April even though winter is over).  Scarf, gloves and heatpad will come in handy if you plan to stay at the Terrace area to enjoy the scenery.

Getting there:
N Seoul Tower has dedicated bus services "Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus" from subway stations such as Myeongdong Station, Chungmuro Station, Seoul Station, Itaewon Station and Hangangjin Station.  The bus frequency is about 15 to 20 mins.  It costs 950 won (if paid in cash) or 850 won (if paid using transportation card).

Details can be found here.

Related Posts:
- Hangang Yeouido Flower Festival (click here)
- Downtown Tax Refund (click here)
- Singapore to Korea Airfare Promotions (click here)
- Nostalgic Samcheong-dong (Click here)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

[Seoul, Korea] Spring Series: Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

Immersing amongst spring flower is probably one of the best travelling experiences I have had.  In Korea, the biggest spring events are the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival in Seoul and the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.  Jinhae is about an hour from Busan by bus.

For 2014, the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival will take place from 3 to 13 April.  If you are wondering if it is worth making a trip there, take a look at these photos that I took last year.  But let me also qualify that spring flowers can be seen at many other places and not just limited to along Hangang (Han River).

If you take the subway to Yeouido Station (Line 5 or 9), take a stroll in Yeouido Park (여의도공원)itself.  If you have time, having a leisurely picnic in the park is not a bad idea.  After that, enjoy the big shady trees filled with spring flowers along Yeouiseo-ro (여의서로) that runs along the Han River Park (한강공원).  The first subway station that you will hit along the Han River is Yeouinaru Station (Line 5).

1) At Yeouido Park

The entrance of Yeouido Park is very prominent, with its huge Hangeul characters which you will not miss.

Mobile carts selling snacks is a part of the Korean culture.  Such carts are commonly seen at the park entrances.

This map provides a brief overview of the facilities available in Yeouido Park.  This park is popular amongst the locals, particular for cycling, skate-boarding, playing basketball etc.  The park is divided into theme-based sections: Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square and Nature's Ecosystem Forest.

The end of Yeouido Park meets a cross-junction that connects Yeouidong-ro and Yeouiseo-ro.  Cross the road and walk along Yeouiseo-ro. 

2) Along Yeouiseo-ro

Both sides along Yeouiseo-ro are lined with white and light pinkish spring flower trees.  This is part of the Han River Park.  Although the park may not look as big on the map, be prepared for a long walk.  The leisurely walk was about 3 hours from Yeouido station to Yeouinaru Station!

As part of the festival, street performance, art exhibitions and food stalls can be found along Han River, enjoying the river view.

The spring flower tress near the National Assembly added to the spring mood.

Even during mid day, weather would still be cooling enough to enjoy outdoor performances or a picnic.

With such good weather, what could be better than to spend time to bond with family and friends?

(Note: The photos in this post were taken in April 2013 ^^)

Related Posts:
- N Seoul Tower  (Click here)
- Downtown Tax Refund (Click here)
- Singapore to Korea Airfare Promotions (Click here)
- Nostalgic Samcheong-dong (Click here)
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