Every year, August 15th signifies two things: 1) it’s Aigoo-Chamna.net’s birthday and 2) it’s Korea’s Liberation Day from Japan. So on Friday, Aigoo-Chamna.net celebrated its 12th birthday, and Korea celebrated its 69th liberation. I celebrated by getting off work early on Friday (I left at 9:20am!), ran and did some errands, and then made impromptu plans to meet Bunny-unnie to go to Daehakro area. My main reason for going there was to check out one particular store there, but that turned into a huge trek!
I met up Bunny-unnie at her place, and we both needed lunch, so we looked online to see what was good in Daehakro area. We found an Indian restaurant called India Taste, and it had received good reviews, so we checked it out. We ordered the dal makhani, chicken makhani, and naan. The dishes here were cheaper than the other Indian restaurants in Itaewon, and the quality was about the same. Bunny-unnie’s dal makhani tasted a lot better than my chicken makhani — mine was extra sweet X__X. We concluded that this was not a place we’d come unless we were already in the area and craved Indian food,.
After our late lunch, we started to head over to 10×10, the store I wanted to go to, but we got sidetracked quite easily. One of the things that sidetracked was this little vendor that sold jewelries and another vendor that sold soy candles, perfumes, and jams. Bunny-unnie and I looked at the jewelries; I bought a bracelet for my mum, and she bought a bracelet for herself. We then stopped by Purie, the vendor that sells soy candles, perfumes, and jams. The candles and perfumes didn’t interest me, but the jams did. The sellers offered free samples of their jams, and I discovered the most delicious thing ever: Earl Grey jam. I liked it so much that I bought a jar, and I bought a lemon-ginger jam for my mum. Just, wow. I cannot believe these kind of jams were possible! These little jars cost about 8,000 won ($8 USD) each. They are a bit pricey, but they are organic and hand-made, so it’s worth the price!
(photo credit: Bunny-unnie)
After the vendors, we went to this one fashion store, and there Bunny-unnie bought this neat clutch with a Paris theme designed on it. Then we finally headed to my main destination: 10×10. This is one of those stores that sells all sorts of doodads ranging from clothes to stationeries to bags to accessories to household goods. This was the place Bunny-unnie recommended for me to come to find Ardium notebooks, but like at Kyobo, their selections were small. So my own adventure to find the Ardium store in Hongdae was a worthwhile trip.
This is the bag I bought at 10×10 for 26,000 won ($26 USD), and while it’s pretty pricey, it fulfilled what I needed in a bag: it’s dark in colour, it’s flexible, it’s big enough for me to carry my shoes, the straps are long enough, and I like the design. XD; Oh, and I also bought a Paris-themed notebook for Bunny-unnie, to match with her new bag ^^
Afterwards, we ate a bunch of snack. Our first snack was the injelomi bingsoo from Sulbing.
Then we had some street food! This tteokbokki was made with fruit, or so claimed the dude, but it just tasted like a regular tteokbokki to me!
Then we got some MyZingo — peanut butter fried squid. This is one of my favourite snacks, but this vendor didn’t cook them well, so it didn’t taste very good :(
(photo credit: Bunny-unnie)
Lastly, we kept seeing bbopgi vendors, and I finally succumbed to getting one of these sweets. I love the burnt caramelised flavour and its crunchy texture of these sweets, and these are something I never had as a child. I was introduced to this in my late high school years!
Finally, we ended our adventure at Cafe Hooamdong, and we unwinded with some yoghurt smoothie and latte. That was a super crazy long day. And Saturday was just as long! I met up with the Cheongju Crew, and we went to Dongdaemun to get some yarn and fabric. Then I bought them back to Daehakro to show them around, and we went to this cafe that had a horrible yoghurt smoothie. Next we went to Yongsan Electronic Market, where I found a fast smartphone charger. In the same area, we ate at Chicken Baengi, and we ended our night at E-Mart. I didn’t get any photos of my Saturday adventure. Oops!
Photos or not, the last two days have been crazy for me! I’m glad to be doing nothing. Sunday is so my bum day!