It has been a while since my last Recent Realities post. I’ve blogged about my major happenings, but now I am here to share with the other events in my life. Read on to see my food highlights, reunion with a childhood friend, moment with a hilarious sign, experience with a new event, and future travel plans. I’ve been quite busy!
One of my favourite restaurants is closing down its location and is going to re-open up as a gastropub. I’ve been a regular at this restaurant since August 2015, so I was saddened to see this version coming to an end. I had one last meal there in March, and it was the meal that started it all for me with them — their single burger, fries, and chipotle ketchup. I supported their Kickstarter for their new place. I can’t wait until they open!
I love strawberries, so I had to try this cake made by Hanna Bakes Seoul in in Fat Cat. This cake was full of yum! Hanna’s desserts are to die for!
That night, when I left work to start my two-week leave, I stopped by Noxa Oriental to have some wine and their pad Thai. It was a lovely way to start my vacation in April!
I had this croquette meal set at Mesiya. After I returned from Japan, I decided to go to this Japanese soul food restaurant in my neighbourhood. This was a very fulfilling meal, but it sure did make me miss Japan!
After not seeing her since 1999, I reunited with the infamous Christina Strain! We lived in the same neighbourhood and rode the same bus to our school complex. Being a few years older, she was like something of a senpai/sunbae (older mentor). Fast forward in 2014 when I discovered she created a few amazing webcomics I followed, and we reunited online. Earlier this month, we reunited in person! It was great meeting her again despite the eighteen-year gap! We met up and had dinner. I even got to meet her awesome husband. I am really grateful for this reunion!
I met Christina at a cafe . . . and this sign was outside the cafe. Let’s just say I had a very, very good laugh at this spelling error. Though, to be fair, I used to pronounce “quesadilla” as “kwesidilla”, keeping the double Ls as it is. It took me a while to pronounce it correctly and to remember that the double Ls in Spanish turns into a Y. Mates, Spanish is not my language.
In April, I saw Gearous, tweeting about coming to Japan and Korea. I messaged her privately, and she told me she would be attending Comic World Seoul on May 13-14! Ecstatic, I requested a Korean friend to pre-order the tickets for a friend and myself, and I looked forward to attending my first Comic World. It was a great experience with a very frustrating beginning. We had stood in the wrong line for twenty minutes to find out we had to go to a different line for pre-ordered tickets. When we got in that line, we discovered that those who bought the pre-ordered tickets weren’t allowed to enter until 2:00pm! That meant more waiting. When we were finally able to get our tickets, they wouldn’t just accept my name and confirmation number because I (really, my Korean friend) needed to log into Naver. Bah! I didn’t want to bother my friend, so I snapped and said it made zero sense to do that when I have all the other info. They eventually looked up the number and confirmed my identity and gave me the tickets.
Thankfully things turned better. Once inside, we went on a mad hunt for Gearous’ booth! We went through the whole room and came back out to look for a map of the booths. Inside once more, we found it near the entrance. How we missed it, I have no clue! Anyway, Gearous was so sweet! She sold her fan book, I bought a copy, and she signed it. My goal accomplished, we looked around at a more leisurely pace, and I bought a few more Yuri!!! On Ice fan merchandises and some Harry Potter influenced arts. I am glad to finally experience Comic World Seoul after living here all this time, haha!
After much consideration (and headaches), I decided to not combine Fukuoka and Matsue for my next big Japan trip, that it was much easier to separate them into two trips. I only want to visit Fukuoka, one of the major cities in Kyushu region, for Karatsu, a small town the creators based Hasetsu off in Yuri!!! On Ice. Curious, I looked up the airfare to Fukuoka over Memorial Day weekend, and I discovered it was so cheap on Jeju Air — $157 USD round-trip! I hesitated and considered going later. But then I saw Pauline’s tweet about her own YOLO decision to go somewhere, and that pretty much convinced me to just go to Fukuoka and Karatsu. This is but another solo travel adventure for me. I will be gone for two nights, and I found a one-room apartment to stay in Fukuoka!
I also planned a few more trips, thanks to Pauline. I booked an Airbnb to Busan for the Fourth of July weekend, where I’ll travel there on the KTX (the bullet train). That’s the one major city in South Korea I’ve yet to visit! For this trip, I will go with a friend if her schedule allows it. If not, I’ll go by myself for a short in-country weekend trip. Another trip plan — I am sending my mum and her sister to Jeju-do. Mum mentioned about wanting to there for years, and she did have plans on travelling there a year or two ago, but it didn’t fall through. I looked up the price to Jeju-do on Jeju Air, and it was so cheap for two people. Hence me buying the tickets and booking them a hotel. See, Pauline, you started a travel avalanche for me, haha! Oh, I am so excited :D