Monday, January 25, 2010

Winter Sonata

After many months of agony wait, I finally flew off with Apple Holidays instead of Reliance Travel for my winter ski trip to Korea. The switch was a long story! 
With a group of 20 pax, we landed safely after an overnight 7 hour miserable flight to Seoul in South Korea. It was not easy to catch a good sleep onboard the Korean Airlines as many Korean passengers were so busy shopping non-stop for the duty free goods from 1am to 6am!! Goodness, crazeeee people!

We landed at Incheon Airport which was covered with thick white snow after being hailed with their worst snow storm a week earlier. Thank god, the chaotic situation was over when we arrived.

It was between -2 degrees C to -15 degrees C throughout my tour and we were all frozen all the time.

Look at the bottles of Mineral Water served by the tour guide daily. It was all frozen!! @#$%! So I warmed the bottles daily in between my legs a bit and drank icy water all the time.

They have nice Korean huts and roofings everywhere. Here, our bus stopped for our first lunch on the way to the mountain top.

We had to hike our way across the snowy road leading to the cottage-like restaurant on the hill top as the bus could not drive up the icy roads.

I saw a real Korean Jindo dog which was resting inside its kennel which looked like an over turned Tong Sampah to me. It was so freezing cold but doggie could stand the temperature without any scarf or jacket.

See what I mean? I was all wrapped up in 4 layer outfit to keep me warm! The Jindo Dog only wore its fur. I was posing hungrily outside the restaurant for my 1st Korean meal.

I have always loved Korean food since tasting them for the first time in Pennsylvania some 2 decades ago. Now I couldn't wait to try the real thing in Korea! Yum! Yum!

The usual appetizers with several Kim Chi pickles and fried Korean 'tempura' dishes.

Blek! I was kinda disappointed as they tasted a bit flat and cold. Eeeee!
Everyone protested to the tour guide on its taste and he cheekily blamed that we have not been eating the real thing in KL.

My childhood friend who went along the trip too! He was contented with his meal so long as there is lots of vegetables. He is a real tortoise!

We slept our 1st night in the little cute mountain cottages at Hwacheon Aquatic Resort which is always the hot spot for courting couples! The many apartment units had wooden heated flooring which was most welcome for a good warm cozy sleep! We slept on the floor!

This resort was also where the tear jerking soap drama - Winter Sonata was partially filmed. I didn't cry as I never watched that TV series! Did you watch and cry?

The huge lake at this Hwacheon mountain resort was frozen in the background. It was -10 degrees and my balls were frozen of course!

Later we went fishing and skiing! Not kidding!

To be continued....


  1. LOL, your balls were frozen? I am imagining that, and..... that's not pleasant! :P

  2. hahhahhahahahha.......wat a trip, i heard that some meat shudnt be frozen and thaw too many times wor....

  3. Warm it between your legs.... wah... Brrrrrrrr...

  4. wowwwww i tot how come granny MIA for so long, rupa-rupanye pigi korea :P
    and u so bad call ppl tortoise, i also like vege so much ok, hmmmphhh!

  5. wow, see the pic here...i can feel the cold dy~

  6. finally back from the long hiatus. hahahahaha

    nice pics! sure enjoy kan? :P

  7. Wow! Korea! So nice! I did watch Winter Sonata but I didn't cry because I was hoping the main actress to fall in love with another guy in that drama but she didn't. I hate her! If you watch how much this guy has done for her, you would understand what I'm saying here. But as usual, love can't be forced.

    Word verification: propor

  8. Beautiful...

    Breathtaking views plus kimchi heaven.

    What a fabulous trip.

    I better start saving now..

  9. wonder, hubby kept complaining it is so cold.OMG.



  10. wow~ who woke the sleeping cat up... :p

    Hmmm... warm your frozen water between leg, you don't scare to freeze your ball meh :p

    Nice Holiday you had while TZ was suffering with his new job *sob sob*

  11. Welcome back!! Whoa.... all the snow.. i like it so much! LOL

  12. Grandma, you covered yourself like a baby. hehe.
    I miss the snow...any romantic encounters? Tell a little la.

  13. food! I am a tortoise too lor then... I muz have lots of vege too... hahaha!

  14. Gosh it looks really cold! Hope you had a good time there!

  15. Welcome back!!! You always had a good vacation huh...Its so nice and cold. Any advice for people who wanted to have a holiday in Korea???

  16. Whoa Garfield has finally awaken from hibernation. Have great fun in Korea.

  17. Thank you for all your comments!

    C'est la vie - Wait till you sit on the frozen bus and you will have same ice cubes in your pants. LOL

    Manglish - Hey I really dunno what will happen leh? They turn bad, will they?

    William - Their water tasted sweeter somehow.

    Happy Go Lucky - It's good that you go on tortoise diet.. No wonder you have porcelain-smooth face!

  18. L2 - Your next trip must be somewhere snowy and cold. You can cuddle your loved ones..

    Medie007 - Anywhere can be fun when the company is right.

    Calvin - I will definitely watch this soap drama since you said this. I wanna see the familiar places!

    A Common Sporean - Hey your dollars are so big and strong! Can just pack bag and jet off anytime wor..

    Shakira - Your hubby needs your warm hugs. No wonder the Koreans drink kerosene-whisky and eat dogs to keep warm! Crazy!

    TZ - Yes the cat woke up, fainted again and woke up. You need a new job? One bank is looking for IT guys now.

  19. Pikey - i love and hate snow at the same time. I am sure your stint in Japan was more fun with snow!

    BengBeng - Thanks! Going off again soon!

    KY Boy - I looked like a baby? LOL.... kekekeke!
    We had to hold hands all the time to keep warm.

    Bravebear - I guess I will be a tortoise too to stay in shape. Are you skinny?

    Savante - You bet, I had a really good time there!

  20. Fufu - It is my dream to cover the globe like you! How nice!

    Weejino - When you wanna go, just book and fly! Korea is greater and nicer in Autumn but I wanted to ski mah...

    Bananaz - Yeah someone stepped the cat's tail and woken it up. Meow! Meow!

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