I was trying to think of which “category” this post would fit but it seems like there is no specific category which would match it. My MacBook Pro is aging and slowing down. It’s 5 – 6 years old and running the latest OS. The soundcard is dying, speakers are dying and so I’m using external speaker, plugged into the computer. This means I need to start budgeting for a new laptop (it has to be a MacBook Pro). Ever since I started using the Apple computers, there was no going back for me. Still, I can’t decide if I should buy it now while my computer is still alive. I’m not sure when it will die. By the time it dies, I’m not sure how (more expensive) the MacBook Pro will be considering the current USD to Malaysian Ringgit conversion rate…not forgetting the GST etc….
I just spent quite a lot when I had to change all my 4 car tyres (but that’s necessary, I guess.) Then there’s the keyboard (or midi controller) that I’ve been eyeing on…. (I guess the amount I would’ve spent for it was already used up in the car expenses).
And recently my sister had told me about the digitizer (pen tablet – Wacom)… Hmm..I guess I want that too. Because it’s a lot easier to draw/paint (digitally) when there’s no pop up warning boxes informing me that the memory (iPad) is running low.
Wanting far too much, … for far too long? ….. Sigh…..
I found out about Hallstatt by watching a Korean drama “Spring Waltz”. Even then, I didn’t know the name of the place. I just knew that it’s very pretty and I started researching to find out the name of this scenic place. Yes,.. it’s definitely in my bucket list.
I don’t know what to write about today, so here’s a video. Enjoy the music by Johann Strauss II. The first time I heard this melody was in a kindergarten play where I was (not the princess) but the narrator. The Blue Danube was played when the Snow White fell “asleep” after having that apple.
I suppose many girls back then would want to play the female lead. Not me. I was just selected to be the narrator. When I think of it today, I kinda like it. It feels like I’m the one telling the story, although I’m just the person narrating the story. Oooh…. was it prophetic? Telling the story….
Anyway, Austria is in one of the countries in my bucket list. I definitely must visit Austria and experience going to the concerts there and seeing the lovely waltz. Other places I must see in Austria are Salzburg and Hallstatt.
If you have arrived at Incheon International Airport, taking the bus (6002) would get you downtown to Dongdaemun. There are several stops along the way. It’s comfortable and costs only 10,000 won. When I took that ride, I made the mistake of buzzing too early. So I had quite a walk before I reached my destination (Hostel Beige). I remember looking around me and finding it strange. It wasn’t like what I saw on the internet and I uttered a silent prayer in my heart, “What do I do, God?” I was tired after the long flight and didn’t have much sleep. So by the time I reached the hostel, I was really tired. Along the way, I stopped by at several pharmacies to get directions. They’re very helpful and although they don’t speak English well, they do try.
When I arrived at Hostel Beige, it was too early to check-in. So, I left my luggage with the management staff, changed my clothes and headed to Gyeongbokgung. How I managed to find the strength, I have no idea.
You can see from the picture below where Hostel Beige is located. It’s quite a busy street at night with lots of street food stalls along the way. There’s also a stall selling fresh fish. Yes,..that’s right. So, I do smell fish when I come out from the hostel. I guess it’s all right, as long as I don’t smell like fish.
Overall, this is a convenient place to stay because everything is within walking distance. (Pharmacy, Bank, 7 Eleven, Convenience Stores, food stalls, cafes, restaurants, markets, shops (clothes), etc… )
Street at Dongdaemun
One of the most hilarious moments in Seoul was taking the wrong subway train. I can’t understand why it doesn’t happen to me in Busan. The station that gets me confused the most is Jongmyo-3 . Surprisingly, it’s not one of those stops where all the lines meet.
I’ve wanted to visit South Korea since the time I saw Winter Sonata. Yes, that was many years ago. Time flies, doesn’t it?
I can’t believe that I’m finally going there. It’s exciting and thrilling. So many things to see, places to go, different food to try etc…
Of course, I can’t help but wish that I would come across one of the Korean celebrities when I’m there. That’d really make my day.
I have to admit that it helps to have a few crazy friends. They help to lighten up the day and life certainly gets more interesting.
So, I told one of my church buddies that I’m so excited about visiting South Korea in late March next year. I said I don’t know why, but I feel like my heart has already left although the actual trip is still 3 months away. What I found so funny was her reaction to my statement. “I tell you, if you find someone there, or meet a man there,.. marry him.” I had to clarify to her that I’m not making a trip there to look for a life partner, but to have a good time. If I had planned to meet someone there, I would have to be away for at least 1 year. Then her response to me was that sometimes it’s a divine appointment. Then she said, “Imagine meeting Hyun Bin.” Hmm…. I guess women of various age are attracted to him. I suppose it would make my trip memorable if I ended up sitting next to a celebrity in my KTX trip to Busan. Then again, if they were making that much money, they wouldn’t be taking the KTX but would fly instead.