Day 3: Jamshil & Cat Cafe!

On day three, I went to meet my friend from Toronto, EJ. We met up at Jamshil station, somewhere I visited for the first time! “Jamshil” makes me think of Leessang’s Gary, for some odd reason. Anyway, we hung around the Lotte Mall and Underground, and then took a walk around Lotte World! I can’t believe I actually walked the whole way around Lotte World either. And mind you, I didn’t walk around Lotte World on the inside, but actually around it. There was a walking area around the Lotte Lake, and we just walked off the food we ate at the Lotte Mall.

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I also tried patbingsoo for the first time, which I was quite excited about. I’d been wanting to try patbingsoo for a while now, since I like red bean and it’s known for that. But the one we got was a lemon-bingsoo, which was still quite good!  We ate this at the cafe near Lotte World, and EJ treated me, which was so sweet of her~

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Afterwards, I met up with E, K, and her friend from the States, I/E. We visited Daiso until S got there, and then head off to Edae! (AGAIN! lol!)

There we searched for this place called Jaws Ddeokbokki, a place that EJ had recommended me. So after walking for a bit, we eventually got hungry and E decided to buy from this food cart. Little did we know… the ddeokbokki shop I was searching for was right in front of the food cart. LOL. So after E bought hers, I bought an order of the Spicy Rice Cake from Jaws Ddeokbokki. I/E also bought a serving, E bought a Fish Cake Udon, and we sat at that place for what would be known as the ddeokbokki incident. Well, okay, it wasn’t really that much of an “incident” per se, but still, it was a memorable outing.

Turned out, the ddeokbokki from the Jaws place actually was really spicy. Now… let me tell you, I can take spicy food. I like Indian food, I’ve eaten Hakka spicy food… but Korean spicy food is a different type of spiciness. It’s the gochujang-type of spicy (red pepper flakes), and it heats you up internally. So I tried one piece, and all was good.

…Until about three seconds later, when I realized that “noooope! …this is maybe a notch above my level of spiciness. lol.

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We still continued eating, even though we were pretty much done after the first piece. The routine would go like: eating one of the super spicy, suffering for about five seconds, and then drinking some soup or eating a piece of the equally good (but lesser of the two) spicy ddeokbokki. All in all, it was quite good. I think our ddeokbokki craving was… well… pretty much gone after that.

Then we shopped around some more. Although I’d gone to Edae searching for some shoes, once again, I return with a bunch of other bags, but no shoes. -_-.

On the way back, however, I found a cat cafe. *_____*.

I cannot begin to explain how much I’d been wanting to go to a “Cat Café” ever since I read of them. So when I realized that there was a cat cafe above the shoe shops I was hovering around, it was just decided then and there. We were going to the cat cafe, and we were going that night itself. It also helped that E and K were equally (if not more) excited to finally see a cat cafe.

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I’ll probably just dedicate another post on the cat cafe experience itself since I’ve got like a bazillion pictures of the place.*

But yeah! It was another productive day in Korea~

(* not a bazillion, maybe like twenty. -_-.)

CCA Outing

On Friday I went out to Charisse’s place with Charlene. It was a chill-kind of day. We went to the grocers near by and visited the Guitar Shack store too. Charisse and I bought picks 😛 Then we went back to her house and then carried our stuff to the park near her house. There we had (somewhat of) a picnic 🙂

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We played frisbee after our lunch, and then had a short photo shoot/guitar session. I took so many pictures of the trees. Here are only some of my liked ones. Most of them were taken with my phone, even though I had my camera with me, lol. It seems like my Galaxy Nexus is better than my camera…

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I wish I’d dressed up a bit that day so I could have taken more pictures of myself with the trees 😦

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I took quite a lot of pictures of Charlene since she was lounging. Charisse was up and photographing too, lol.

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There weren’t a lot of trees, but they were enough.

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OCAD’s 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx)

NOTE: This will be an image-heavy post.

On May 2nd to May 5th was the Annual Graduate Exhibition at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design).

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (all are welcome!)
Friday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The class of 2013, an eclectic mix of more than 550 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs, present their final thesis work to an audience of more than 26,000 guests.
OCAD University’s students work in a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art; to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the Faculty of Design. OCAD U’s annual “GradEx” transforms the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into one of Toronto’s largest and most anticipated exhibitions of emerging talent.

(Taken from their event page on Facebook)

One of the graduates, and one of my very good friends, Awuradwoa Afful invited me to view the exhibition. She had three paintings, and one of her animations on exhibit on the fourth level of OCAD. (( Click to go to her art blog! ))

Charisse and I were fawning over how cool her display was when she asked us to snap a polaroid for her personal collection. We immediately took to the idea and made her stand with her paintings to snap photos for our own collections, lol.

Here are some pictures of the artist with her Pour Paintings!

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And here is her animation that she submitted. It was playing in another room on the fourth floor where other animated art were being featured.

In the City: Part 1 from Awuradwoa Afful on Vimeo.

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Outing with Amnesiacs, Bunnies, and J

On Thursday I went out to meet my friends whom I call the Amnesiacs (Charisse & Liana), Bunnies (Roshan & Charlene), and  Josephine. Originally it was supposed to be Js, as in Josephine & Jessica (and previously Jean, as Charisse pointed out), but unfortunately, Jessica couldn’t make it. She had been the one to arrange the meeting and plan it since each of us were going off on trips at various times during the summer. It was a good chance to have a group gathering. Had she been there as well, it would have been the seven of us, which would have made the outing more memorable, since all the members of our high school group would have been present.

Unfortunately, Jessica rear ended a car on the way to meet us and so she couldn’t make it. 😦 But at least she wasn’t physically hurt, which is good. The last time a person around me got in a car accident it was my mother (around two years ago) and she’s still suffering from the effects of that. So car accidents are just– they’re just, no.

Anyway, so we all arrived on time (which — I must specifically mention because it is a feat in itself – that we set an pre-noon time and rushed to actually keep to the plan). (Though the main reason we’d rushed was to not anger Jessica since it was her planned event -_-. But anyway, moving along…) We started with ramen at Ajisen in North York. It was my second time going to a Japanese Ramen place in Toronto. The first time I had gone to one it was in downtown, and I had refrained from trying the ramen because of the heavy pork stock and mainly meat-ingredients. This time, however, I decided I would give it a try since they have soy and chicken alternatives. I opted for the chicken ramen.

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Then we walked north to a “hidden cafe” (as I had told them, lol) that I had found on the outing with Eri-chan before. I led them to Cafe Bene, where we spent the next hour or two.

*NOTE:   HOLY— my god, I can’t even — I was writing up to here when the centipede attack happened, by the way. x____x;;;;;

Anyway. Back to the original post…

So we went to Cafe Bene. We were led to the same place Eri and I were placed last time. Except this time the tables had to be joined together for the six or us.

We had this joke of a thing running about how the waiter was paying me extra attention which, to be honest, was flattering of course. But since I’m awkward with the attention I pretended to not like it 😛 tehe

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Roshan was nicer to me that day~ usually we have a love-hate / tough love kind of relationship, but she was nice for some reason! We even chatted on the walk to the cafe. Maybe she was feeling nice that day, lols. (Roshan, Charlene, and I have been friends since we were age 12, and our chats during commutes have lessened, thus the special mention.)

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With Liana

With Liana

With Charisse

With Charisse

Charisse, Charlene, and I ordered the exact same Chocolate cakes (lol) and Roshan, Liana, and Josephine got bubble teas.

Liana with her Chocolate bubble tea

Liana with her Chocolate bubble tea

After lounging around for what seemed to be almost two hours, half of us decided on noraebang (karaoke). Charisse suggested it first, while Liana was a-okay with it. I was on the borderline, because I was indeed tired that day due to lack of proper sleep, and I also was trying to save money. Plus, I had gone for karaoke just a couple of weeks back with Japanese literature classmates. Still, in the end I decided to go for it. Charlene came along for the first time. At first she was on the borderline too, but she slowly started walking away from the station entrance with the rest of us, lols. So in the end, Roshan and Josephine left early.

Noraebang was good, we went to our usual place – Shout! Karaoke, at the intersection of Yonge & Finch, right across the street from the Starbucks.

Charlene and I in the dark noraebang, with Charisse photobombing in the back, haha

Charlene and I in the dark noraebang, with Charisse photobombing in the back, haha

It was Charlene’s first time but she blended right in! Charisse and Charlene covered English songs, while Liana and I did the Korean/Japanese ones. It’s good that we all had similar taste in music. Even the English songs were ones that I was acquainted with, which was good because I could enjoy it too. We stayed from 3pm to 6:30pm, for only $20. (which we split into $5/per person) which was a good deal!

There is even a 2 second video clip that I accidentally took on Charisse’s phone whilst trying to take a picture, haha.

Overall, it was a good day. We went to the Korean food cart afterwards, and then headed home.

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Beauty Hangout with Charlene

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Last Saturday I went over to my friend Charlene’s house. It was Reading Week (although I did no reading…) and we had decided that I would come over to her place, we’d make ourselves up, and then head to Pmall to get her dress fitted (for a ball). The plan also included me coming back to her place after our Pmall trip, and us having a beauty chilling session.

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My 21st Birthday

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One of my closest friends Andrea celebrated her birthday today. We girls ate lunch at Song Cook’s Traditional Korean Restaurant, had dessert at Café Princess, and jammed at Shout! Karaoke.

At the Song Cook’s restaurant (Steeles & Yonge) we sat on thin mats placed on a heated floor and ate at a low table. The setting wasn’t cramped at all. It was comfortable and felt like a family home.

The birthday lunch group; from left to right: Jessica, Andrea, Raggie, Roshan, Liana and Eliz. 

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Liana felt so excited to cook her food that she didn’t look at the camera.

But in truth, Roshan felt even more excited.

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Roshan and Liana went for a washroom break, so Andrea, Raggie and I watched their food.

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The raw veggies looked so fresh!

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Back at my side of the table, the DonKaSu that I ordered waited for me… so I went back and ate it.

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After more than…

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