Soar And Dream

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
– T.E. Lawrence

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
– Walt Disney

130522 Stuck a propeller plane kit I got back in Seoul, Korea below a shelf in my room to remind myself, “If you can see it, you can have it. The sky’s the limit.” Thank you Wright Brothers being a trailblazer in the pursuit of visions and dreams.

How to get to HaHa’s restaurant

안녕하세요, 여러분!

It will probably take a while before I get to share the pictures (after processing) and stories of my Seoul backpacking trip.

In the meantime, if you’re heading to South Korea soon just as I did a month earlier, and am a Running Man fan, and am clueless on getting to HaHa Dong Hoon’s 팔자막창 restaurant, then you’re in the right page.

It’s already tough finding the place from the net and the few blogs offering help seem to only confound rather than enlighten, I know I know.

So here’s the step-by-step guide on getting to your favorite Running Man’s restaurant.

HAHAMap credit goes to NANTA

 

1. Take the Subway Line 2 [Green] to Hongik University station and exit at Exit 9.

The station is located between Sinchon and Hapjeong and is also located by the very happening Hongdae shopping street.

2. Getting to HAHA’s restaurant via landmarks

The entire area on the map is actually the shopping area and I would advise you to make it one of your night escapades definitely but for the sake of not getting lost, walk forward by the main road after you exit from Exit 9.

You will cross a road and bypass Tom & Tom’s Coffee (they serve great coffee!). Keep walking until you see a Massage signboard/Ginseng Chicken restaurant. Just before you turn left into a small lane, you should also see a traditional Hanok shop.

After turning left into the small lane, follow the road ahead until you see the NANTA building.

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FYI: NANTA is South Korea’s longest running non-verbal performance show combining drama and comedy all in the kitchen There are currently four NANTA theatres (3 in Seoul and 1 in Jeju) as well as an international traveling troupe. Bottomline is you just catch it if you’re in Korea!

That would mean that you’re on the right track! Well done! Now walk a little further and turn right. You will see shops selling clothes and such, but don’t be distracted and wander away just yet.

Upon turning right, walk straight away and you should see a relatively big Marvel Superheroes poster on top of a shop. That’s your cue to keep advancing forward. Walk beyond the poster and you should see a ‘makeshift carpark’ in the middle of the shopping area. Look up, diagonally to your right and you will see the Sang Sang Ma Dang. Upon seeing this building, you know you’re really close to your destination.

The building looks like this:

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FYI: The Design Square on the 1st level of this building offers many cool products designed by Korea’s budding young designers. Check it out! Pictures to be up soon.

Walk past Sang Sang Ma Dang and cast your eyes to your right and you should be able to see HAHA’s 팔자막창 restaurant just down the road!

하하(HaHa) 팔자막창(Pal Cha Mak Chang)

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Signatures of past celebrities that visited. Recognize any?

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Pork Intestine with Vegetable (Very spicy but oh-so-yummy!)

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Got to know a new Korean friend. Meet Haesung, currently studying in the States. He’s back in homeland during his school breaks. He taught us how to eat the food! What a nice chap, dinnering with his little brother!

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Barbecued pork intestines and pork strips anyone?

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Condiments to eat the main course with

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LeeSSang’s 팔자막창

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박명수(Myeong Soo) 와 유재석(Jae Seok)!!

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We went to both HaHa and LeeSSang Gary’s restaurant but they are both essentially offering the same thing, plus the food is quite pricey for Korean food standards. So if you only have a few days in Korea, just go to one. But if you’re a fan of Running Man, I say go both! 😉

Thanks for visiting!

(Whew, this entry took so much more effort and time than I’ve expected!)

Korea here I come!

This blog should be teeming with cobwebs by now. I haven’t been able to do a quality posting since my employer (you-know-who) has been keeping me very occupied for the past month. Still, hopefully I will be able to upload some photos (I have plenty to share with you!) or jot down my thoughts or something.

Meanwhile, this is what I have been preoccupied with.

PHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay


YES! I’m [trying to] learning Korean now. And I’m embarking on a mini backpacking trip to Korea with my mother [though she looks at it more as a shopping trip]! Call me a fanboy, but I really like all things Korean; Klanguage, Kpop, Kdrama, Kvariety show, Kfood, Kchurch! I’m hopeful one day I can communicate fluently in Korean. 🙂

Hopefully, I will be able to share the highlights of the trip on this page.

Anyway, somehow I managed to squeeze what little bit of time I have to write a City News article, read it here:

Getting Equipped To Go The Extra Mile

 

Be blessed,

Reuel Eugene.

Conversations with mom

Earlier in the day, mom and I were watching Oh! My School, a Korean variety show on KBS channel. Here is one of the dialogues we had.

Me: That (Korean) girl looks cute!

Mom: (No comments)

Me: I will go Korea (backpacking trip) and bring a Korean girl(friend) home ok?

Mom: Ok.

Me: LOL!!!

(Disclaimer, I meant it as a joke.)

Onward to South Korea!

I have decided, my backpacking destination at the end of SOT would be South Korea!! In fact, I have already made up my mind a week back. South Korea is a vibrant, one-of-a-kind country rich in culture and delicacies as well as a trend setter in fashion and music scene. Once a 3rd world country devastrated by both world war and civil war, South Korea has bounced back to become one of the most influential 1st world country today. Gonna start saving up  for the trip. If I can at least master the basic command of the language too, I think I can pass off as a local there, since there are so many people who thought I am Korean! Hahaha! Buay hiao bia. :X

I can also take this opportunity to visit Yoido Full Gospel Church and attend their cell groups!!

Hopefully everything work out as planned. South Korea here I come!