THAILAND | A GUIDE FOR KRABI & PHUKET

NEED-TO-KNOWS BEFORE YOU GO LANGUAGE : Thai CURRENCY : Baht SAYING HELLO IF YOU ARE A  GUY : "SAH - WAH - DEE - KHRAP" (with a short, sharp finish) SAYING HELLO IF YOU ARE A GIRL : "SAH - WAH - DEE - KHAAA" (drawn out at the end) THANK YOU : "KHAP - KHUN - KHRAP" (for guys) "KHAP - KHUN - KHAAA" (for girls) OFFICIALLY THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND     MUST EAT : Phad Thai, Green…

WHAT I MISS ABOUT KOREA

The other day I was talking with some friends about (mostly) food and someone asked me which foods I miss most from my time working in South Korea. That got me thinking about all the other things I miss about the place I called home for 2 years. So, I decided to jot them all down and put together a fun little post about all the small things I miss about living in Korea. Hope you guys enjoy it! Here…

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY | MIDLANDS EDITION

Last weekend I spent a lovely three days in the Natal Midlands to attend a friend's wedding at the beautiful Haycroft Farm - once more congrats, Corli & Ivan! The Midlands Meander is a magical place. Home to lush green hills and farmlands, misty mountains, enchanted forests and old English country hospitality. I felt completely transported to another country. Somewhere in between Ireland, Scotland and Britain. Once you visit this treasure of a place I promise you will be back…

PAUL’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice-cream and that's kind of the same thing, isn't it?" There once was a time when no really supreme ice-cream was produced in Johannesburg... then came Paul's.  Thank goodness! Paul Ballen started experimenting with ice-cream flavours in his parents' kitchen as a kid after receiving an ice-cream machine as a birthday present. He started giving tubs away to family and friends. Everyone loved it and Paul became known as "the ice-cream guy"…

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY

1. PAUL'S HOMEMADE ICE-CREAM There once was a time when no really supreme ice-cream was produced in Johannesburg... then came Paul's. Thank goodness for us! Their flavours include Nutella & Oreo, Birthday Cake (my personal favourite!), Cookie Dough, Chili Chocolate, Butterscotch & Brownie, S'mores, Butter Popcorn, Hot Cross Bun, Cardamom & Pistachio, Maple Syrup with candied Pecan AND Whiskey, Chai Tea, Liquorice, and Speculaas Cookie Butter (also a fave of mine) to name a few! They also do a  new "flavour of…

JOBURG EATERIES | PRON

  If you know me, you'll most definitely know that PRON is one of my top 3 favourite Joburg restaurants. When I think of Chinese food, I think of spring rolls, dumplings, sweet & sour chicken or chop suey. I thought I knew it all and that this place would be more of the same, but with better decor than your average Chinese take-away. To my surprise, I learned that this is not the case at PRON. They introduced me…

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY

Hi guys, Hope you enjoyed last week's post. Quick update : I still haven't had the chance to make the Avocado ice-cream (but stay tuned), I tried out my own Halloween make-up look (preferred the bloody vampire Insta-filter on myself though), still failed to watch a horror movie this week as planned (I'm just too much of a scaredy pants), went glamping, visited a health shop AND actually bought stuff from there for once , and discovered some very important new talent. Keep scrolling.…

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY

Heeeeey everyone! Yes, I know I haven't been very communicative these last few months. And yes I hate to be that person, but I was REALLY BUSY.... <cringe> Work, social things and re-building my life took priority this year so LE BLOG had to be put on the back burner for a little while. Side note : "BUSY IS NOT A BADGE OF HONOR". I'm back now however. Back online AND back in my home country South Africa for those…

Udo Island Adventures

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark." Just when you thought I was done with Jeju Island... I'm dedicating a whole new post to the special memories made on U-do Island(우도). With a name meaning "Island of the reclining cow", how could we say no to U-do?! Udo is one of the little islets surrounding Jeju-island on the east side. It is only a 15 minute ferry ride away…

Jeju Island | South Korea

"We travel because we need to. Because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds have changed and that changes everything." First off if you don't know anything about Jeju Island or Jeju-do(제주도), as it is pronounced in Korean, it's totally okay! I didn't know a single thing about it before landing in Korea. Jeju is actually on the New 7 Wonders of Nature list.…

KOTA KINABALU | MALAYSIA

I never thought I’d visit Borneo. Who goes to Borneo? All I knew is that the first ever season of Survivor USA was filmed there. So it just seemed like the kind of exotic, faaaar away place you see in documentaries, but would never actually go visit. Well, here we are. Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is called, is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah. It is actually named after Mount Kinabalu, which is located about 50km…

HELLO KITTY CAFÉ

People who know me might ask: How the heck did I end up in a Hello Kitty Café? Trust me, I’m no Hello Kitty fan! I lived almost a full 2 years in Korea without any intention of going, but in my last few weeks I finally folded. Not that I need to justify myself to anyone, but my reasons are: I was in need of coffee. #goodenough I had that "first day of summer vacation!" feeling. When in Korea...…

A RAINY WEEKEND IN BUSAN

For the 3 day long weekend in June, we decided to take the KTX speedtrain to Busan for some sun and sea amidst the never ending hustle at school. Busan is the second largest city in Korea and dubbed “Korea’s San Francisco”, as it’s got the largest port making it home to fish markets, famous bridges and beaches resembling San Fran. It's not the easiest city to get around if you are short on time as most of the attractions…

MY FAVE DESSERTS IN SEOUL

As you guys have probably noticed, I've recently been doing a few posts called 'Seoul Missions'. It will be short guides to Seoul and will include some fun and interestings things to see and do (like Bukchon Hanok Village and Sinchon Puppy Cafe), but (obviously) also all the good cafes and eateries that I discover on my weekend wanderings! CRUFFINS FROM MR. HOLMES Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, originally from San Francisco, recently opened a beautiful new shop in Garosu-gil where they sell…

BIRTHDAY ANXIETY | 20 LESSONS SINCE TURNING THE BIG 25

    I've been having some mixed feelings about my birthday. I'm at the age where turning a year older isn't quite as exciting as it used to be. It also doesn't help my anxiety that in Korea, I am turning 26. Koreans celebrate their first year at birth, so according to my co-teachers and students, I am 26. Yikes. There's nothing like skipping a year to make a girl feel old. Am I doing this right? I do freak out…

THE PHILIPPINES | BORACAY

Boracay is a very tiny island in the Visayas region of the central Philippines and I had to do quite a bit of zooming before I found it on Maps. Even though the name Boracay doesn't ring a bell with most South Africans, it’s far from undiscovered — the island absolutely teems with tourists, especially Filipinos, Koreans, and Chinese. Usually when places are so highly regarded, they can be a letdown in person. When you don’t have the perfect lighting or Photoshop…

MOOMIN CAFÉ

What can I say? I use to roll my eyes at these kinds of places, but Korea, being the country of cute, has definitely taught me to embrace my inner child and go hug a Moomin troll. Truth be told though, I've been one of the biggest Moomin fans ever since I was a little kid and my dad gave me the whole VCR tape series of The Moomins(in Afrikaans, nogals!) So when I heard the only 2 places in…

SEOUL MISSIONS | COFFEE AT ACACIA

coffee at Acacia  I was having one of my "I'm a teacher/leave me alone/I need peace and quiet" days and was waiting for the stores to open (Korea is known as The Land of the Morning Calm so most businesses only open around 11am or later and not at 9am like in South Africa) so I decided to sit down at Café Acacia and have a quick Cappuccino. Glad I did because this is now one of my top cafes!…

SEOUL MISSIONS | DORÉ DORÉ

  As you guys have probably noticed, I've recently been doing a few posts called 'Seoul Missions'. It will be short guides to Seoul and will include some fun and interestings things to see and do (like Bukchon Hanok Village and Sinchon Puppy Cafe), but (obviously) also all the good cafes and eateries that I discover on my weekend wanderings! The first area I will be exploring is the Sinsa neighbourhood in Gangnam, which is definitely my (and just about…

SEOUL MISSIONS | SAMCHEONG-DONG

Last weekend, the long awaited sunshine of summer inspired me to head north of the Han river and explore Seoul’s Samcheong-dong (삼청동) neighbourhood. I instantly fell in love with the area with all its charming cafes and confusing alleys. It was the perfect place to visit to experience both the modern and ancient charms of Seoul. Bukchon Hanok Village(see post here)  is actually within walking distance, so I definitely recommend combining a trip to these places when planning an itinerary. There’s something…

SEOUL MISSIONS | PUPPY CAFÉ

Yesterday it was finally time to cross “visit dog café” off my Seoul to-do list. My only problem now is that I might have to put it up on my weekly to-do list instead, because I can’t not visit these puppies ever again. Two hours of coffee and dogs was enough to temporarily soothe the ache in my heart for Nicky (my dog back home in S.A. who I miss terribly), but now it’s back in full force, and all I want is to…

SEOUL MISSIONS| BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE

Visitors from far and wide come to Bukchon Village in Seoul to wander among the hundreds of traditional Hanok houses that date back 600 years ago to the time of the Joseon Dynasty. The streets are narrow and curvy and it’s easy to get lost among the traditional wooden houses with giwa (tiled roofs) and cheoma (curved roof) which is set against a background of Seoul's 21st century skyscrapers. Bukchon is the area located between Gyeongbukgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace and is…

Eventually everything connects

First of all, this post is about 2 weeks overdue. Also, it can't decide if it's a "wanderlust/travel/exploremore " or a "let me share some wise arse, pinterest quote inspired words about life with you" post. So after typing out these sentences, backspacing and then clicking the undo button about 200 times, I've decided to just let it be what it wants to be. Somewhere in between the two. So here goes: Recently, I took a walk beside a beautiful lake…

BLOSSOMS AND BEER | SPRING IN KOREA

Hello Spring! Finally, the 2 short weeks everyone in Korea has been waiting for all year have arrived. Yes, it's the only time of year that the weather in Korea is almost bearable, the sun is shining, friendly grandpas are selling pastel-coloured candy floss on every street corner, I get to swap the boots and thermal underwear for ripped jeans and sneakers, but best of all: Cherryblossoms are a bloomin! Often in Seoul once the flowers bloom people flock to the major sites like…

THAILAND | PHUKET AND KRABI

"Traveling - It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" - Ibn Battuta After finally getting to escape the cruel winter temps in South Korea for a week of sunshine and sundowners, we had to spend our Christmas day traveling in a small airplane with very little leg room and arrived at our hotel in Phuket at 4 a.m. the next morning. We were hungry, sweaty and grumpy. But nothing could prepare us for what awaited us the moment…

KOREA | FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND CULTURE

Moving to Korea can be a big shock to the system - in a good and bad way. Some Korean customs and preferences are downright weird, while others are wonderful and I wish South Africans could learn a thing or two from them. Here are some Korean quirks, cultural differences, first impressions and customs that I have come to either hate or love about the place I now call home.  Gimbap is my new sushi! In Korea, it’s acceptable to comment…

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

  So I'm just gonna give it to you straight. It's Winter and I'm not a fan. At all. I absolutely loathe this time of year because I suffer from Raynaud's Disease - a rare disorder which causes the blood vessels in my toes and fingers to narrow when I'm cold or stressed. When this happens blood can't get to the surface of the skin and my fingers and toes turn white and blue. This makes it hard to complete daily tasks such as…

ENGAGEMENT SHOOT – ANDRE & KARIEN

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.” -Roy Croft On May 25th, 2015 my oldest and best friend got engaged to the love of her life. I had the honor of doing my first "legit" photoshoot for them. Andre and Karien were magic during this session – after being…

AUTUMN ESSENTIALS

So at the last minute I decided to do a little post on my Autumn essentials. Any excuse for a flatlay hey? I feel like such a blogger haha if only I had a photo of me standing over the items with my legs spread, so sophisticated. There are numerous things that spring to mind when I think of Autumn. The days are getting shorter and cooler and for me this means more cosy nights in under the duvet watching Friends or crisp Sunday mornings…