Blogger Hangout: Shayne

Blogger Hangout: Shayne

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

Yangnyeom Chicken

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!


  1. With several months left in the year, will there be more bloggers to meet along the way? ;). Even though you have to wake up super early, it’s great that you found time to hang out with Shayne!

    MmmmmmmmMMMmm I need to go to Korea and try out some authentic bibimbap! All of the food sounds delicious!!! I remembered the other day when you told me that Paris Baguette originated from Korea XD. The “Paris” part is deceiving XD. UUUUGGg, reading about Korean BBQ is making me starving right now XD.

    I’m glad to hear that you had fun meeting Shayne! I hope to book a trip to Korea some time in the near future so you can take me to ALL of the food places XD.

    • That Paris is deceiving, haha! But yes, come to Korea! I’ll definitely take you on a foodie adventure :3 I hope you will get here soon XD

  2. THANK YOU for helping me get used to the Itaewon area! I felt so good after the first couple of days and got used to taking the bus/subway around. I’ll definitely be back during a much milder season haha

  3. That monthly planner is giving me planner envy.

    All of the food is giving me life~ I think everyone and their mother knows how I feel about food. When I come to SK, it is going DOWN. You are taking me to ALL of the foods. ALL OF THEM, T. *ahem*

    I’m so glad you got the chance to meet Shayne. We talk sometimes on Twitter, and she’s super funny and cool.

    • I love that planner! I hope Ardium will make it again for 2017 XD

      When you come, it’ll definitely go down. We will eat until we drop!!!

      Shayne is so awesome. I’m so glad we met XD

  4. Wow, all that talk about food made me really hungry. I love Korean food so much. I wish I could come to hang out with you! lol Sounds like a fun time despite having to work though. :)

  5. Wow, that’s awesome that you met another blogger this year! I love how a lot of it is eating delicious food because that’s all I want to do when I travel, haha XD Getting recommends from people who live there is the best, so that’s great that you were there to help! Nanta also looks like a really cool show. I like that it involves cooking! Sounds like you guys had a fun time together!

    • If you ever come to Korea, hit me up! And I highly recommend Nanta! It’s super fun! :D

  6. Wow that’s amazing that you met Shayne for almost the whole trip! I met my blogger friend in London but it was only for a Lunch. :( Sad.

    Man this post makes me miss Seoul. Nanta was hilarious and I loved the team that we saw. Skincare! I definitely need to restock by November I think. haha! And Paris baguette! I remember that as one of our breakfast places.

    Oh I do miss Korean food! <3

  7. Tara, you’ve been a busy woman. Seems like a lot of fun. Me, I’m lucky when I find the time to buy groceries, heh.

  8. You’re on a roll with meeting bloggers Tara! I’ll be there one day for sure ;) It sounds like one of the highlights of meeting bloggers is getting to eat great food with them which is always a great bonding activity haha!

    I’m glad Shayne was able to help you out and allowed you to vent, I hope you feel better <3

    • Yes, one day we’ll meet! I look forward to it! And yes, food is to great unifier :D

      I feel better, but not entirely. I’m still so upset over it and especially since it couldn’t get resolved.

  9. That is so awesome that you got to meet up with another friend and sounds like you had a good time. :)

    I’m also hungry now haha. :D

  10. God, that food looks amazing.

    It’s amazing that you get to meet the online friends. I wish someone would visit Bucharest haha. I got pretty good at learning the best places here. I would love to show someone around and also talk with someone who knows something about the online world.

    It’s so nice of her to listen to you, but I guess you don’t have to see each other face-to-face to be good friends. I am sure she had a great time in your company.

    • If I ever make it to Europe and stop by Romania, I’ll definitely hit you up!

      I think sometimes being just online friends warrants a good friendship :) Face-to-face is nice, no doubt, but my online friends are just as great, if not better, as my face-to-face friends!

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