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17 January 2013

South Korea: Day 1 - Incheon Airport, Courtyard by Marriott and Times Square Shopping Mall, YeongDeungPo - Seoul

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5th of December, Winter, Seoul, South Korea.

I woke up (well, in fact I didn't sleep. I just closed my eyes for a while) very early yesterday.
Btw, his family was in Singapore too! I think her grandma didn't sleep well last night.
She kept coming out from her room and talked to me. I guess, I know why..
She afraid that I might oversleep and miss my flight =P

Bf was forced to wake up as well! He called a taxi for me and helped me with my luggage.
No hug no kiss, just bye! Muahaha! So not romantic *sigh!*

I met Angeline, the VS representative from Singapore who is also my roommate and her manager.
They are very friendly and approachable! Oh! Btw, they checked in earlier than me, so we didn't get to sit near to each other.

I was sitting with a guy, a Korean/Japanese guy, I am not very sure. Anyway, I had a nice sleep during the journey!
I even skipped one of the meals! (for the first time!) Muahaha I was just too tired!
This is the first and only meal I had on board! Sumptuous ha?

We arrived later than the expected timing due to the snow! They need to clear the snow before landing.

4.33 pm Finally we've arrived at Incheon Airport. Kya! Snow!

A mini bus was specially arranged to pick us up from the airport!
I rent a mobile phone from the counter located right in front of the arrival hall!
That was also for the first time I met Taiwan pink angel, Toro! She's a very sweet girl!

We arrived at the Courtyard by Marriott, Seoul - South Korea at about 6.00pm.

About the hotel;
Located in the Yeongdeungpo district and part of a new landmark  the Courtyard Seoul Times Square
is just 5 minutes from the financial district and subway station, and is the nearest hotel to the airport.
Our new downtown Seoul hotel offers upscale accommodations with luxurious bedding, 
modern furnishings, high-speed Internet, and a large work desk.
You'll find world-class amenities at our Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Seoul. Stay fit at our fully equipped gym.
Catch up with colleagues over a great meal at MoMo Cafe or savour your favorite cocktail at MoMo Bar. 
Stay productive with Internet access throughout the hotel and a full-service business center.
 Our hotel, close to Seoul airport, offers an unmatched location
 in the new Times Square multi-complex, featuring shopping, entertainment and movies.
The Courtyard Seoul Times Square offers 5 meeting rooms and impeccable catering for business functions and social occasions.

The Lobby was located 5th floor!

Here's out hotel room! Very clean and spacious but, hm..It doesn't meet my expectation!
Toothbrush and toothpaste were not provided. In fact, I find the room quite empty.
The bed was comfortable though.

As shown, there's a see-through bathroom. Nowadays, a lot of hotel did that! 
I find it unnecessary and useless!

The night view of Yeongdeungpo street from our room! It was snowing!

6:45pm  Pink Angel Competition Orientation 4/F, Meeting Room 1 at Hotel

Ops! We were late! The meeting has almost ended when we arrived.
Contestant from other country arrived earlier than us. They took midnight flight and arrived in the morning instead.
Anyway, after collecting my pink angel jacket and very messy schedule, we went for a dinner.

That's when I finally met Fenny, contestant from Indonesia and Stilly, from Malaysia! =D

Have I mentioned that actually Courtyard by Marriott is connected to the luxury mall, Times Square!
You will see luxury brands and high end local products here!

Times Square Mall boasts the largest shopping complex in South Korea, with some 300,000 ㎡ of all out consumer madness to wallow in.
Brands stores, department stores, restaurants, hotels, an open plaza. Time Square is a shopper's delight!

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There is also a CGV Starium featuring 12 multiplex movie theaters,
the Starium with the world's largest screen and multiple performance center!!
They were even 4D movie showing in the cinema too! Yes 4D !! #SuperRegret that I missed it!

Anyway, we went to the basement to find a place for dinner.
We ended up having our meal at this restaurant called Kofu.
That was my first meal in South Korea!

These famous people dine in this restaurant before! I only recognized Park!

I ordered a spicy tofu seafood soup with rice! Hm..It was not bad! But guess what?
To me, those complimentary, generous portion side dishes tasted better! Muahaha!

We went outdoor for some snows afterward !!
Then we visited the supermarket before going back to the hotel.

The nightview is awesome yeah? =D Photo credit to Fenny!
It concluded my first day in South Korea! Happening? Stay tuned for Day 2 post!

Kamsahamnida for reading *wink*


  1. how much the rental phone cost?

    thanks for sharing your trip.

  2. It depends on which type of phone you use..I spent abt $30+ for abt 6 days of rental+ international calls..

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