Travel Buddies From Hell

Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera. Hai berjumpa lagi kita dalam post terbaru by Skema Traveller. Haha.... Okay entry ni bukan pasal sambungan citer di New Zealand.  Just nak citer pengalaman aku travel dengan travel buddies dari 'Neraka'. Hahaha.... Actually xde la dari neraka mana pon. Saje nak bergurau kasar sikit. Padahal dorang ni actually kawan aku jugak. Hehe.... Disebabkan pengalam bersama dorang ni la membuatkan aku fikir banyak kali nak travel dengan strangers atau yang baru berjinak-jinak nak berjalan.

Lain orang, lain minat. So kadang-kadang minat dorang tu mungkin tak ngam dengan apa yang korang minat. Honestly, aku nie ialah seorang yang minat dengan tarikan alam semula jadi dan bangunan yang menarik. Benda paling aku tak suka ialah tempat-tempat sejarah macam museum dan lain-lain. Tapi kalau tempat sejarah tu lawa, baru la aku minat nak pergi. Hehe....

Lawatan Sambil Belajar What The Fish
1st Pengalaman aku masa pergi Jeju tahun 2014. Masa permulaan trip ni sepatutnya aku pergi berdua je, then last minit lagi 2 orang nak join. Dua orang ni actually pernah join aku masa trip Korea sebelum tu. So sebelum pergi elok je semua. Jenis aku, kalau nak travel, aku akan siapkan itinerari beberapa bulan sebelum travel. Mostly itinerari memang aku sorang je yang buat tapi dengan persetujuan ramai. Let say ade yang nak pergi tempat lain, so aku akan ubah itinerari tu mengikut kesesuaian perjalanan. Itinerari dah siap berbulan-bulan tapi xde orang pon nak complain dan ikut je dengan plan aku. Kadang-kadang bila travel ngan jenis yang okay je semua ni pon tak best jugak sebab macam aku sorang je excited lebih. Hahaa... Bila dah sampai Korea, masa tu la perangai neraka dorang muncul. Tetiba dorang nak singgah segala jenis stadium yang ada kat sana. 1st day dah singgah stadium, tapi esok, lusa, sampai balik pon dorang nak singgah stadium jugak. Habis stadium, pusat sukan dan segala jenis tempat berkaitan ngan sukan mesti dorang nak singgah. Ko ingat ni lawatan sambil belajar. Kebetulan dorang ni budak aliran Sains Sukan, so sebab tu la kot minat sangat ngan stadium. Masalah kalau ko pergi stadium untuk tengok games ke okay jugak, ni sekadar pusing nak tengok padang rumput cantik ke tak. What the fish.. Hahaha....

Sepanjang trip tu memang aku bengang giler sebab semua tempat yang aku dah plan terpaksa skip sebab nak kena lawat stadium. Ade yang dah sampai tapi terpaksa patah balik dan singgah kejap je. Padahal tempat tu punya la best dan listed as a one of 7 wonders of the world. Yang jadi masalah sebab kitorang sewa kereta, so nak tak nak memang kena gerak skali. Tapi sebab aku yang plan trip, memang tak de aku nak pergi segala jenis stadium tu. Cumanya serabut sebab nampak je signboard stadium mesti nak suruh singgah. Serabut weh..... Aku ingat lepas dah gerak ke Busan dorang dah xnak cari stadium, tapi sampai je Busan terus mintak nak gerak asing-asing sebab nak pergi cari Stadium. Hahaha..... Lantak ko la kawan, janji tak kacau plan aku. So masa kat busan tu kitorang gerak asing-asing dan dua orang ni pergi la memburu segala jenis stadium yang ada kat Busan. Sampaikan stadium di Universiti dalam bandar Busan pon dorang singgah. Hahaha.....  Macam mana aku tahu? Sebab kitorang stay kat hostel yang sama so bila malam je dorang akan bercerita mana dorang pergi. Punya la bengang aku masa trip ni sampai aku cakap kat dorang mintak kena langgar ngan kereta. Hahaha.... Tapi sepanjang trip tu aku menyesal sebab risau betul-betul jadi. Masa cakap tu tak sedar akibat marah tahap 7 petala langit. :p

Punya la lawa tempat lain, stadium jugak yang ko idamkan. Hahaa..

Travelmateku Lelaki Melayu Terakhir
2nd Pengalaman masa ke New Zealand. Yang trip ni aku pendam dari 1st day trip sampai la balik baru aku lepaskan. Travelmate kali ni aku tak kenal sangat. Just kenal masa trip Korea sebab die tinggal satu homestay ngan aku. So masa pergi New Zealand ni aku ngan dia punya minat yang berbeza. Die ni spesis suka lepak hostel baca buku ngan masak. Kalau masak sedap xpe gak, ni aku jugak kena habiskan. Beli tiket beribu riban datang New Zealand semata-mata nak baca novel buang tebiat ke ape? New Zealand tu punya la cantik tapi sehari dapat pergi dua tempat je. What the fish. Time ni pon masalah yang sama sebab kitorang sewa kereta. So terpaksa ikut je. Kebetulan masa awal ni trip ni pon banyak die yang plan sebab aku dah cakap awal nak jadi follower je. Tapi sebelum pergi tu ade la jugak kitorang jumpa bincang pasal trip. Sebelum pergi tu nampak macam best je. Tapi masa pergi sana baru sedar travel dengan sorang lagi spesis travel buddy from 'Neraka Haha.... Sebab tu la aku tak de upload gambar trave buddy aku sepanjang dan setelepas trip ke NZ. Yang tahu tu tahu la.

Bagi aku kalau ko nak baca novel baik ko pergi sewa hotel kat Malaysia je pastu lepak la dalam tu lama mana ko nak. Aku datang jauh-jauh nak duk dalam bilik je buat ape. Pastu yang xleh blah jenis mood swing. Tiap kali pagi mesti mood swing kalah perempuan period. Aku tanya kadang jawab kadang x jawab. Rasa macam travel ngan tunggul kayu. Time dia baca novel rasa mati kutu xde orang nak borak. Haha... Dah la kitorang share internet, so terpaksa ikut die ke hulu ke hilir sebab nak dapat wifi connection.  Yang aku paling bengang bila aku tak dapat pergi Mildford Sound sebab die xnak pergi. Xkan la aku nak drive sorang-sorag dari Queenstown. Pastu sebab kali nak proceed ke bandar lain mesti rushing sebab dia risau kalau katil double decker nanti katil bawah dah penuh. Selama aku trael, tak pernah plak aku kisah pasal katil bagai ni sebab bagi aku hostel ni tempat untuk tido je sekejap je time malam. Aku lagi fokus kat mana nak pergi lepas ni dan next day. Nasib baik la New Zealand lawa giler. Sejuk je mata memandang tengok permandangan kat sana. Masa travel tu duk sibuk cerita yang die bergaduh ngan colleagues die, coursemate die, groupmate die la. So ko rasa kalau jenis gaduh ngan semua orang ni, salah ko sendiri ke salah sape? Haha..... Banyak lagi la actually pasal travelmate sorang ni tapi malas nak cerita. Tapi yang aku respek die ni sebab die ni memang jenis well planner kalau bab duit. Dia akan cari alternatif yang paling murah skali untuk travel. Maklumlah budak akaun. Hehe....


Btw fren, thanks la sebab amikan gambar aku walaupun awal-awal tu macam teragak-agak. Padahal suruh amik gambar je pon.
Bagi aku, travel buddies memang memainkan peranan yang penting untuk keseronokan sepanjang trip. Salah pilih memang merana la ko sepanjang trip. Nasib baik la tak de kes ampai bertumbuk. Haha..... Dorang ni actually xde la jahat pon. Kan aku cakap tadi aku sekadar nak exaggerate ala-ala girlfriendku dari neraka. Haha... Alhamdulillah, kitorang masih berkawan tapi mungkin tak kan travel skali lagi dah kot.

Siapa yang nak trave ngan aku lepas ni make sure kena tahan maki dan tak mudah sentap sebab aku kaki maki. Tapi maki dalam hati je la. Hahaha.... Don't worry, aku ni spesis happy go lucky je. Sape yang pernah travel ngan aku tahu la kot kecuali geng from HELL ni sebab aku make sure dorang tu tahu perangai HELL aku dan tak kan travel ngan aku lagi. Hahaha......

Sape ade pengalaman lebih kurang atau lagi teruk dari aku boleh share kat bawah.




Senarai Kedai Makanan Halal di Seoul, Korea

Salam, since tadi aku ade nampak orang tanya mengenai makanan Halal di Seoul, Korea. So kat sini aku ade listkan 15 kedai makanan Halal selain dari di Itaewon sebab memang ramai tahu kedai makanan Halal paling banyak ialah kat Itaewon. Lepas ni xde la ko nak kena pergi ke Itaewon je kalau nak cari makanan halal. Tapi actually, list kat bawah ni bukan aku yang buat. Aku dapat dari kawan aku. So aku tak sure sapa punya. If owner dia ade baca, boleh bagi tahu, nanti aku creditkan. :) Siapa yang download itinerari yang aku share tu memang aku dah include senarai kedai makanan halal ni. So rajin-rajin la download.

1. Yoogane (nasi goreng) 
Myeondong Station exit #7 ... jalan sampai main road myeongdong tu... nampak Migliore kat belah kiri..jalan sampai junction yg ade Nature Republic besar kat belah kiri... turun right .. jalan terus sampai first junction belah kiri... masuk junction belah kiri tu...jalan terus, nanti nampak kedai ni kat belah kiri... signboard kaler kuning + orange ... ade gambar ayam kat signboard tu

2. Mushidonna to-ppo-kei (seafood) 
Exit 7 Myeongdong jln ke arah main road... lalu Nature Republic (kalau toleh belakang nampak Hotel Pasific kat sebelah sana nun)....jalan terus sampai nampak Teenie Weenie belah kiri , masuk simpang kiri selepas Teenie Weenie tu. Jalan depan hingga nampak kedai Less or more masuk simpang kanan sebelum less or more tu... jln sikit kedepan akan nampak Saffron belah kiri dan Mushidonna(color purple) ni belah kanan tingkat 1 (signboard bwh dia tak ada tulis in english tp ada lambang SBS... naik tingkat 1 akan nampak signboard tu dlm kedai... menu ada dlm english staff pun paham english sikit sikit....ni signboard dlm kedai..

3. Kedai Ikan bakar - 전주식당
jeonju sikdang - jeonju restaurant - kalo korang keluar dr exit 8 of dongdaemun station. akan nmpk construction hotel JW Marriot seoul. dr situ jalan terus menyusuri cheong stream tu. tak payah lintas jalan. btw, harus ingt keluar je dr exit 8 tu ade 1 jambatan stream. anggap jmbtan tu sbgai jambatan pertama. jalan terus...then, akan nmpk jambatan kedua. terus belok kanan. akan nmpk signboard kaler kuning kecik je kalo x silap. ade jalan kecik ke kiri kat situ. dan dan tu jugak akan nmpk ramai org jual ikan bakar

4. Pizza Plus (Halal) 
Location : Dongdaemun station Direction : take exit #5, 3rd shop after Shinhan bank.
Nearest Subway Station: Dongdaemun Station (Line 1, 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 15 meters (Exit 5)

District (gu): Jongno-gu
Description:This restaurant near Dongdaemun station is a halal restaurant that in addition to Turkish kebab also sell burgers, french fries and pizzas. Burger starts from 2,900 W

5. Paris Baguette

6. Taj Mahal Restaurant
Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Jonggak Station (Line 1)
Distance from Subway Station: 83 meters (Exit 3)
District (gu): Jongno-gu
GPS: 37.57042,126.985001 ↗

Description:
I "stumbled" upon this restaurant while using the map's street view near Jonggak Station. As lately I discovered that most Indian restaurants in Seoul use halal meat in their food I decided to call this restaurant and asked. The "sajang-nim" (manager) of the restaurant confirmed that they use halal meat for their dishes. If you are around the area this restaurant can be worth a try. Lunch set starts at 8,000 KRW and the restaurant is located on the 2nd Floor of YMCA Building.

7. Stir-Fried Baby Octopus (Jjukkumi) Alley
Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Jegi-dong Station (Line 1)
Distance from Subway Station: 311 meters (Exit 6)
District (gu): Dongdaemun-gu
GPS: 37.577056,127.030735 ↗

Description:
One of the most remarkable things about South Korea's food culture is the existence of many specialty food alleys. When a restaurant becomes popular for a particular dish, other restaurants open in the surrounding area serving the same dish. Featured here is an alley specializing in spicy stir-fried baby octopus (jjukkumi bokkeum). Baby octopuses that has been marinated in spicy chilli paste will be brought to customers' tables to be cooked. This dish is apparently very spicy, so only those who dare should try :) Some restaurants in this alley have the option of serving the dish with samgyeopsal (pork's belly meat), but the restaurant shown below (Mokpojib Na Jeong-sun Halmae Jjukkumi / 나정순할매쭈꾸미) only serves jjukkumi bokkeum. So for Muslim travellers, do go to this one!

8. Myeongdong Eomoni Jib (명동어머니집)
Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 274 meters (Exit 6)
District (gu): Jung-gu

Description:
This seafood restaurant is recommended by Korean Tourism Organization as a restaurant that Muslim travellers should visit. Serving dishes such as spicy seafood stew and octopus stew, these dishes are cooked in a large hot pot and should be shared. This restaurant is located in a small alley in Myeongdong. It should be a good visit for those who are hungry during their shopping trip and craving for some authentic Korean food.

9. Agra Restaurant (Myeongdong)
Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 209 meters (Exit 6)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.562371,126.984454 ↗

Description:
Agra is a chain of restaurant in Seoul with branches in Myeongdong, Jongno and Itaewon. Under the same management they all use halal meat for their dishes. These restaurants serve Indian dishes like curries, naans, tandooris among others. Their price is a bit on the high side, but they have special lunch set with discounted prices. Lunch set is served in Myeongdong branch from 11.30AM to 5PM and the price is from 9,900 KRW

10. Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town
Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Sindang Station (Line 2, 6)
Distance from Subway Station: 214 meters (Exit 8)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.563387,127.015068 ↗

Description:
One of Korea's most famous street foods is tteokbokki. It is usually eaten as snack that can conveniently be eaten while walking. However in one street tteokbokki is considered as a proper, large meal to be shared. In Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town, there are many restaurants serving this recipe. Served in a metal wok, customers are supposed to cook their own tteokbokki with the prepared ingredients. In addition to the usual rice cakes in chilli paste, tteokbokki here is also served with ramyeon noodle, fish cakes, fried mandus, boiled eggs and also onions and cabbages. Some restaurants also have seafood tteokbokki option. Most of the restaurants in this street are open 24-hours, so you can get your spicy rice cake fix anytime you want

11. Namdaemun Kalguksu Alley

Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Hoehyeon (Line 4)
Distance from Subway Station: 47 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Jung-gu
GPS: 37.558219,126.976971 ↗

Description:
This is the other famous food street in Namdaemun and the famous dish here is kalguksu or knife cut noodles. The broth for kalguksu is usually only made with anchovies, kelp and shellfish but you should ask in case other meats are used in it. Located in a small alley very near to Exit 5 of Hoehyeon Station, the alley is filled with many stalls serving the same kalguksu menu and barley rice bibimbap (boribap). These dishes also come with a free serving of bibim naengmyeon. The price for kalguksu is only around 4,500 KRW so not only they are filling, but cheap too :)

12. BaB Restaurant - Hongdae

Category: Restaurant - Vegetarian Friendly Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Hongik University Station (Line 2, AREX)
Distance from Subway Station: 603 meters (Exit 9)
District (gu): Mapo-gu
GPS: 37.551922,126.923251 ↗

Description:
A break from all the Indian restaurants in the previous entries this one is a vegetarian friendly restaurant where we can order the vegetarian dish bibimbap (mixed rice), sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew) that is made with seafood or their doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew). Each selection will come with a set of side dishes. BaB is a restaurant chain and this particular branch is located in Hongdae very near to Hongik University's gate. Price starts at 7,000 KRW

13. Yeti Restaurant
Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Hongik University Station (Line 2, AREX)
Distance from Subway Station: 573 meters (Exit 9)
District (gu): Mapo-gu
GPS: 37.552509,126.92338 ↗

Description:
This restaurant is a bit out of the way from the nearest subway station. However it is located near the park where the Hope and Free Market are hosted every Saturday and Sunday. This restaurant is also very near a cat cafe. So if you are already around the area and find yourself hungry for sustenance why not visit this restaurant? Yeti Restaurant buys their meat from halal butchers in Itaewon so if you're craving for meat, try this restaurant and let us know how they fare :) Yeti Restaurant is open everyday from 11.00 AM until 2.00 AM. A set lunch for two costs around 24,000 KRW.

14. Haemul Sotbab Morang (해물솥밥모랑)
Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Gangnam Station (Line 2)
Distance from Subway Station: 75 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Gangnam-gu
GPS: 37.494686,127.028645 ↗ 
 
Description:
Bibimbap is a really popular Korean dish. It is no wonder that there are many variations of this recipe. This restaurant, Haemul Sotbab Morang (Seafood Hot Stone Pot Rice Morang) is a chain that has seafood "sotbab" (hot pot rice) as its signature dishes. Most of their dishes are seafood or vegetarian base, with only two or three containing beef. Their number one menu, Haemul Sotbab (seafood hot pot rice) is 8,500 KRW and comes with soup and side dishes. The restaurant has pictures and English descriptions on their menu so you can know what dishes to order. The restaurant is open from 11AM to 9PM and doesn't operate on Korean public holidays. It is located on the second floor, the same floor as Baba India.

15. Mapo Gui Gui Grilled Fish Restaurant
Category: Restaurant - Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Mapo Station (Line 5)
Distance from Subway Station: 141 meters (Exit 4)
District (gu): Mapo-gu
GPS: 37.538463,126.946412 ↗
 
Description:
Dongdaemun is not the only place to dine on grilled fish. Grilled fish is a popular dish in Korea so there are a lot of grilled fish restaurants scattered around. This grilled fish restaurant has a very cute name "Mapo Gui Gui" (Mapo Grilled Grilled). Located in Mapo-gu district, this restaurant has received good reviews on its Mackerel grilled (Godeungo Gui/고등어구이), cooked over coal fire. The grilled fish meal comes with "baekban"; defined by Naver dictionary as: 백반 - meal with a bowl of rice, soup, and side dishes. So you can have a very filling meal. Mackerel

Selain dari tu, korang boleh cuba street food yang halal atau diperbuat dari bahan yang tidak diragui kehalalannya. Kebanyakan dijual di area Myeon-Dong.
 
 
Dalam kuih ni ade telur sebijik. Kat Seoul 2,000 won satu tapi kat Busan 1000 won je.
Sotong bakar. Merata ade jual. So try la beli skali, pasti nak lagi. hehe

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