Monday, February 18, 2013

Mouse Rabbit Super Junior Yesung's Cafe*can I just sing?* lalala...lalilulila...

Such pretty voice Yesung has and such a pretty cafe'.

Thanks to Feia's suggestion, we went to Yesung's Mouse Rabbit Cafe' after visiting Seodaemun Prison on a bright snowy day. Wait...the cafe' and the prison are not related by all means. Don't get me wrong.

But Yesung can always imprison me in that cafe'. I'm all yours...hahah. 이 아줌마 참...ㅋㅋㅋ

The location might not be so classy like Apgujeong or Sinsadong but the cafe' speaks for itself. Once I'm inside, I didn't want to leave.

Seriously. Especially the basement.

The basement has a fireplace (not real) and rose petals covered floor. Such a detailed man. Feia told me Yesung personally threw in the idea for the interior design of Mouse Rabbit Cafe'.

Anyway, what is it with that cute name for a cafe'? Aigoo...such a cutie.

There was no sight of Yesung but I saw two elderly managing the counter. They could be Yesung's parents, no? Another two young ladies were helping them. Maybe they are his relatives. If Yesung was the one taking our orders, I could be out of my mind. Thank gawddddd...hehe.

Cappuccino, green tea latte, Crepe and marble cheese cake.

Thanks Feia for this delicious treat!!

As usual, I had my cappuccino, nothing too great but I kept raving about the ambiance to Feia. I hope she didn't get bored due to my relentless compliment on Yesung.

Wait a minute..I have only known one Yesung's song that is from Cinderella's Sister's OST. ^^ 더 찾아봐야지...ㅋㅋㅋ

How to go to Mouse Rabbit Cafe'?

Go to Konkuk University Station (건대입구역), Line 2 or 7, get out from exit 2, walk towards your left and go straight. The cafe' is after you pass three alleys on your left.

Once you found this building (like SangSang building in Hongdae), 

walk through this alley and Mouse Rabbit Cafe' will be about 10 meters away.

This Naver blogger: Woni, caught Yesung in action at Mouse Rabbit Cafe'. She's so lucky!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Korean Hospital Experience

Touch wood!! I hate hospital and its smell. It was a scary experience when I was stitched during high school after injuring my chin in a dramatic fall while playing basketball.

Kak Ita and Abang Hashimni after the surgery.

Personally I had no experience being warded or had any surgery in any Korean hospital yet. But I had many times accompanying either foreign or Korean friends to Korean hospitals.

My friends has always warned me: "Don't ever dare get sick in Korea!! It's crazy expensive!". I never believed them but I Hehe..after this incident.

The story goes like this.

I was called early in the morning on the second day of Seollal 2013 by Feia..not so morning like around half past nine. A guest hurt his finger in the guesthouse's restroom while changing his clothes. Apparently the lamp was already broken before the incident and his finger hit the sharpest edge of the broken lamp.

Ouch!! was the second day of Seollal in Seoul and hmmm...the city was barren and obviously most departments of hospitals are closed. Majority of the cases go to emergency ward first like ours.

But that wasn't all.

This was what happened before I could meet the patient:

Before even reaching the 'correct' hospital, the patient visited Yonsei Severance Hospital first. The doctor's first reaction: "This gonna be expensive!" "We have to call the plastic surgeon to stitch you up". Well...this had been translated by another doctor.

Their reaction was..."It seems like general surgery for us (if it is diagnosed back in Malaysia) but either the doctor want to gain some profit from dumb foreign tourist like us or...there could be some misinterpretation of the diagnosis..."

Alright, but the doctor had some sympathy for us and he directed the patient to another cheaper hospital I guess- Sinchon Yonsei Hospital (which doesn't look as grand as Yonsei Severance Hospital..nuff said. Hehe..)

By this time, I was around to assist them and the patient's wounded finger was primarily bandaged without surgery performed yet.

We were explained of the normal procedures, the initial deposit was one million won and every little thing was priced up to the tiny little size of bandages!! On one side, we like it because the transparency was there. They took a lot of patience to explain them one by one. On another side..we hate much babbling but we still have to hear them anyway.

We need the surgery..palli palli!!

After signing all the papers...err..more like signing on the monitor screen, the patient changed to hospital robe, took X-Ray, admitted to ward, fast for about another 3 hours and then pushed into the operating theater.

I reminded the nurse that the patient's meal must have no meat, only seafood and vegetables but what had never crossed my mind was that the hospital didn't prepare cutlery ie fork, spoon or chopstick. O_O So quirky.

Unlike Malaysia, if we enter a private hospital everything is prepared for us and we just have to bear the exorbitant cost. But still..we pay what we get..ya know. Well...back to reality, we are in Korea..duhh.

Warning 1: Not all doctors in Korea are adequate with English.

Warning 2: Make sure you have insurance to cover your misfortune. Travel agency most of the time will not be liable. There can be cases where you are insured back in your home country for minor surgery, however the premium might not necessarily cover your oversea's emergency.

Warning 3: Beware of all the unnecessary and nonsensical impending procedures. You MUST be assisted by either a Korean or someone who understands Korean language.

Morphine drip.

Lessons learned: I learned so much new vocabulary related to 약 (medicine).

마약 for example.

The patient asked for morphine to relieve the pain although the regular painkiller has been dripped for him. Since morphine is 마약 - an administered drug, so we have to sign an agreement. The morphine costed about USD150.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sonppong - Jjamppong and Pizza in Hongdae

Do you remember Ahn Jung Geun?

Nahhh...he's not a K-pop talent. He's a patriot! Wow...sounds cool right?

But this is cooler..look at what I found!! A restaurant bearing Ahn Jung Geung's infamous hand sign 'extracted ring fingger'.

That sounds so wrong and gross for a is not a 'bloody' restaurant. Ooppss sorry for the pun. Sonppong restaurant is a cool place to chill out and meet friends.

I definitely love the food and the ambiance.

I was actually looking for Jjamppong in Hongdae via Naver search engine and I found this restaurant. Not that hard to find, if you have been to Hongdae and know where the location of Coffee Prince Cafe' is.

Sonppong's  are fusion jjamppong with pizza as another dish. The setting is simple, the ambiance is inviting and the food was done just right.

You have to remind the waiter to remove any meat or ham though like this:

고기나 햄을 빼 주세요 / 고기나 햄을 놓지 마세요

gogi na ham el pae juseyo / gogi na ham el nochi maseyo

Please remove meat or ham / Plese don't put in meat or ham

I love the original jjamppong that they serve. It reminded me of Tomyam..ok..not that close cause it's not that spicier, no sour taste but the overall taste is balanced in this jjamppong and I quite love it.

The only pizza that I can eat is the sweet potato pizza. Nothing too great cause I love Pizza School sweet potato pizza better.

We took a set menu: jjamppong + pizza + soft drink for 2 pax is 16,000 won.

How to go to Sonppong in Hongdae?

Go to Hongik Station, Line 2, Exit 8 and turn right after the exit and walk towards the first junction in front of you.

Walk straight until you see a little park on your left, cross the first small roundabout and turn left passing all the BBQ restaurants.

Walk until you see the second roundabout and turn right at the junction.

Walk until you find the signboard for Wausan-ro 29 Da-gil and turn right.

It would take you about 10 minutes walk from Hongik Station to the restaurant.

This restaurant has been designed by 3plusdesign.