I had the opportunity to meet up with Shayne, the third blogger friend I met this year! She visited Seoul, and she stayed at the guesthouse near my place. Like I did with Thao and Holland, I helped Shayne with her itinerary and helped her get around Seoul the first couple of days. Unfortunately, I still had work, so I didn’t really get to hang out with her during the week, but we still managed to meet up quite a bit despite my horrendous 5:30am work shift.
Day 1, 2, & 3: Korean Food Galore
On her first day, I picked Shayne up at the Hyatt Hotel, and we went down to the guesthouse. It was already pretty late, so we just chilled at the convenience store twenty feet away from the guesthouse. The next day, after work, Shayne and I went to have some naengmyeon (cold noodles) in Itaewon. The third day, we had lunch at a Korean diner — Shayne ate bibimbap and I had the omurice. After, we had some cold drinks at a nearby coffeeshop (this post’s header image was taken at the coffeeshop). In between all of this, Shayne also met up with her other friends who were visiting Seoul.
Day 4 & 6: Shopping & Venting Session Drinks
The fourth day had us go to several different places. We started at Paris Baguette for brunch, and we went to Daiso and E-Mart at iPark Mall, did skincare shopping in Myeong-dong, and stopped by Lotte Young Plaza and Lotte Department Store. We didn’t meet on the fifth day, but we did meet late on the sixth day because I was super upset about something, so I asked if she wanted to go out for a drink at this bar in the neighbourhood. Shayne was a superstar for putting up with my venting session!
Day 8 & 9: Korean Chicken, Nanta, and Korean BBQ
On the eighth day, I met her after work. Our goal was to get Korean BBQ . . . but our timing was awful because the three places we tried to go in the area were all closed. Annoyed and frustrated, we finally ended up getting some Korean chicken — pictured above is the yangnyeom chicken (fried chicken in spicy sauce). At least the chicken satisfied us!
The next day, for Shayne’s birthday, we went to Hongdae to watch Nanta, which was amazing! It was my first time seeing the show, and I ended up enjoying it! It was neat watching a musical show that involves cooking, Samul Nori, dancing, acrobats, and magic tricks. After that amazing show, we finally made it to a Korean BBQ restaurant and had some samgyeopsal. Yum!
Day 10 & 11: Steak Dinner & Farewells
On Shayne’s last full day in Seoul, she went and did some sightseeing. We met up to have dinner at Cali Kitchen, who were doing a special steak dinner for their anniversary. Our steak dinner came with rib-eye steak, baked potato, and garlic bread. We also had their house-made sangria. We were very content with our meal! After, we returned to Itaewon to do some clothes shopping (for me) and luggage shopping (for Shayne).
On the final day, we met up for some brunch at Tous les Jours, and we returned to the guesthouse for her to pack. I went with her to Hyatt Hotel, and there she caught the bus to Incheon Airport. I had a blast with her. Like with the other blogger friends I’ve met, it was great meeting and interacting with her in person. I didn’t sightsee as much with her (the heat and humidity was too damn miserable), but I did get to do something new (Nanta). It was a worthwhile visit, and I hope to meet her again the future!