Photo Potpourri is a precursor to Recent Realities. Starting in July 2016, all Photo Potpourri posts will be known as Recent Realities.
My lovely November vacation is coming to an end :( Why must vacations always go by so fast? I am not ready to return to work. I find myself wishing I had one more week off! But alas, that’s not to be the case. I really did enjoy my time off these past two weeks. I went to Sokcho last week, and then the rest of the time was spent in Seoul doing many random activities. This round of Photo Potpourri will showcase what I’ve done in Seoul. Enjoy the photos!
My vacation started off with a spa night! I went and had an acne facial and a gel manicure. Love the silver glittery colour, but I took it off a week later because my nail grew out, and the gap between the manicure and my nail was irritating me. The day I had my gel mani removed, I met up with Chibi Toaster, and we had a delicious lunch at Cali Kitchen, and we went and did our manicures together.
On November 15, Chantelle and I went to see the legendary Itzhak Perlman! He and Rohan De Silva gave a fabulous recital at Seoul Arts Centre. Chantelle and I each paid 140,000 won for our ticket, which planted us on the second floor. It was a little hard to see the duo, but we could still hear their wonderful performance. They played:
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 9, No. 3 by Jean-Marie Leclair
2. Sonatensatz in C Minor, Op. Posth., ‘F.A.E. Sonata’, Scherzo by Johannes Brahms
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, No. 5, Op. 24, ‘Spring’ by Ludwig van Beethoven (This appeared in Nodame Cantabile!)
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G Major by Maurice Ravel
5. Seven extra pieces during the encore! I only recognised two of them — “March” from The Love for Three Oranges by Sergei Prokofiev and the main theme from Schindler’s List by John Williams.
This was a wonderful opportunity! I’m so thrilled I heard and watched Itzhak Perlman’s live performance. Hearing his virtuoso performance was the grandest thing ever.
Monday and Tuesday of this week had me do errands and such. Monday, I went to Chansbros coffee shop and finished all my holiday cards. I mailed off all the non-US bound cards. Tuesday, I stopped by Berkeley Coffee Social to try their espresso con panna (pictured above), and I had lunch at Mesiya. I spent the rest of that day running errands. I went and got my flu shot, I mailed off the US bound cards, and I went to the PX to shop for a new jacket. After that, I chilled out at Chansbros.
Wednesday had me bum around the house. Thursday, I met up with my best friend’s auntie, and we went to Kafe Nordic, where I reunited with my favourite penguin there.
Friday, I went down to Pangyo area. I met up with Chantelle, and we spent our time in Hyundai Department Store. We had lunch at a Japanese restaurant. I tried cold ramen for the first time, and it was surprisingly great! We also walked around the department store. On one of the floors was a Kakao Friends shop, and they had their character statues on display. They amused me greatly. XD
Elsewhere in the department store, there was a gigantic holiday bear on display. So cute and so big!
The rest of my weekend and vacation had me bumming around the house, though I did leave it to go grocery shopping. I played and beat Amnesia: Memories, and the above screenshot made me laugh so much!
That was my vacation in a nutshell :3 I think I did a lot, and I’m only sorry I didn’t do more! I can’t wait for my next vacation!