Saturday, April 15, 2017

Travelogue: Switchzone @ Daeheung Station, Exit 3

It was indeed a tough choice to which salon and hair stylist to go for in Korea because there's just SO MANY salons!

We eventually made a decision to go with a highly raved stylist name Jei for hair curls. She was previously from Cecica Hair and has now gone to Switch Zone Hair.

Thanks to Allynn's recommendation, research and eventually emailing to Switch Zone to make our appointment before heading over.


  1. Alight at Daeheung Station, Exit 3
  2. Make a u-turn once you reach the street level
  3. Walk a couple steps, you'd reach a junction where there's a CU convenience store
  4. Make a left turn, walk down the street for 3-5 mins
  5. You'd find yourself at Switch Zone


Address: 303 Daeheung-dong Mapo-gu Seoul 
Tel: 02-706-9055


Just like any other Korean Hair salon, the stylist will greet you, assess your hair condition and give suitable recommendations and confirming the price with you before they proceed to do your hair. If you don't know what to do, just ask for recommendation. If you have something you want in mind, you can just show the stylist and they will tell you if that's possible or not possible.

I've been going to a Korean Hair Salon in Singapore called "Zinc" which was also recommended to me by Allynn. I have naturally very very curly hair (especially my fringe) so I have been straightening my hair for many years to keep it manageable and neat. Usually I need to spend at least 3 and the longest 6 hours in the salon to get everything fixed. I will usually do straightening of the top and curling on the bottom. (either a S or C curl depending on my hair length when I go) It often comes with treatment as part of the package and it cost me $450 the last time I went. For just straightening touch up, it will be $150 without any treatment. If you would want treatment, it will end up to be $300. 

We spent about 4 hours there and all of them finish below 4hours. I was longest on the seat. 

Here's what we each did. 

Ranielle (Long Hair)
"Magic + Setting" for damaged hair
216,000won (discount price) 
SGD 279

Allynn (Long Hair)
"Setting, Digital, Volume Straight" for damaged hair
171,000won (discount price)
SGD 220

Cherlyn (Medium Hair)
"Color Package"
162,000won (discount price)
SGD 209

Eileen (Medium Hair)
"Setting, Digital, Volume Straight" for damaged hair
162,000won (discount price)
SGD 209

Here's the price list of Switch Zone that Allynn help me take while they were still waiting for me to be done.

She took about 20 mins odd to assess all 4 of us and I was the first to get on the chair because mine had the most steps. I basically cut, straighten, did treatment and a final C curl to finish off.

They will serve you a drink of your choice with 2 yummy cookies and a very comfortable cushion for you to rest your arms so you can use your mobile comfortably. Service wise, it was awesome.

So here's me, and a little hat for treatment I suppose after my haircut. (The lady at the back speaks perfect angmoh slang English)

This is the cushion hehe. U shaped.

So here's me and a cramped up face after I was done with my straightening.

Allynn has straight hair, so she just did treatment, big S curls and the signature Korean styled bangs.

Check out the S curls for her hair right after she was done. 

So after my hair got straighten, they have to curl my bottom for a little C curl~

That's Jei by the way.

And here's my hair after she styled it nicely.

Here's a backview of my C (J looking) curls.

Allynn's S curls with no straightening.

Side ways to see her bangs.

Cherlyn had a cut and color. 

Eileen's S curls with no straightening.

Side view

Now the question in your head would be how did it go the next day? A week after? Well..... the truth is. I kind of lost the curls the moment I washed my hair. Mainly because I didn't blow my curls. Allynn's curls are still awesome though. 

I still love my hair after the session nonetheless.

Okay, pardon my cui face but this is after I washed my hair for the first time. On flight back to Singapore so no make up required hahahah. 

Taken on more than 1 week after. 

To me I don't think I've wasted my time nor money. In fact I think I enjoyed the entire experience. Here's our experiences for you to think about if you want to have yours too. :)

Travelogue: Pig Museum in Icheon, South Korea

Getting there is a little tough because of the long journey and the process of getting the tickets BUT, it was all worth while.

Special credits to 'Share the l0ve' blogspot that Allynn found which helped us a lot in getting to the pig museum.


  1. Alight at Gangyeon Station, Line 2
  2. Look for signages that brings you to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (동서울버스터미널)
  3. Get the 1 way ticket to Janghowon (장호원) at level 2 of the Bus Terminal (6,900won per ticket)
  4. Alight at the bus stop after about 1.5 hours bus ride
  5. Take a taxi to Icheon Pig Museum (이천 돼지 박물관) which will cost you approximately 10,000won per trip

You have to get out of the train station and cross the road to get to the bus terminal.

So this is how the bus terminal looks like from where we entered.

When you see this Sunmart, there should be a staircase beside it. Take it up and go to level two and look for the counter that looks like this.

This is where you should get your ticket. Basically just tell the person you are going to Janghowon and she will give you the ticket. It's 1 way,  you will get the return at the bus stop itself later.

So after getting the tickets we had to hang around awhile before departure. The bus journey is around about 1.5 hours so you can just nap on the bus. There isn't any signboard on the bus to tell you which station it is so you have to listen out for it. Basically what we did was to on our google map while on the way there to see how close are we to Janghowon station and hear for the bus to announce the station's name in Korean.

This is where we board the bus.

Upon return, this is where you will get your tickets. Don't have to buy in advance cause the buses practically come every 15~20 minutes. English is limited so if you're not fluent in Korean try to show your old ticket and say you want to go back to that place and he will understand.

So here's our return ticket to Dong Seoul. Notice there's not seat this time, so...... better chiong when you see the bus else it's 1.5 hours of standing...

The first column on the left is the bus frequency. You can use this to gauge your schedule.

So once you alight at the bus stop, just walk forward and you will see a line of cabs stationary waiting for passengers. If you can't speak Korean, the just show the uncle the address in Korean. We randomly picked an uncle and it was fine.

Takes about 10mins ride over and when you see this, you're almost there.

Tadah! The pig museum!


What more can I say. I fell in love with the piggies there. It was a Friday but there wasn't a single soul except us. We practically felt like VIPs because there wasn't anyone else (other than the staff) but us. We had the entire museum to ourselves so we spent real quality time up close with these cuties.

For 7,000won entrance fee, we got to play with the piggies, watch the pig show and visit their museum. Although the main highlight was really just the show of about 10-15mins and after the show they will bring you to a porch where they release a bunch of piggies and let them run around you. The best part was when they allowed you to carry the piglet.

Like this!! And you get to take as many photos as you can!

They don't restrict you to take photos nor videos but I am not going to post any videos of the show... so you can go there and enjoy it live. :)

After the show the staff asked if we would like to visit the cafe. So we just spent about 1~1.5 hours in the cafe drawing, sipping on hot tea and muffins that we smuggled in from Paris Baguette. (It was pouring heavily when we were there)

They do have a retail space for your to make purchases and it's where the piglets stay. So you will find these cuties inside the retail store...

6 hours traveling back and forth from our Seoul Apartment till Icheon Pig Museum and back... it's worth it for these adorable piglets. I would definitely recommend you to go but don't expect the sky. It's really just adorable pigs, pig show and more pigs. You get to hug them, kiss them, touch them and participate in their pig show. It's also not that huge as well. We probably took less than 10 minutes in the pig museum looking at all the piggy figurines.

Oh, I would like to specially mention a very kind staff they have. I can't recall his name though but he was really sweet. Because we were the only customer in the museum, he gave us 4 pieces of paper to draw pigs and told us the cutest drawing would win a prize. Initially we thought it was part of the activities offered by the museum. But no, it wasn't. This staff actually gave some a gift token out from his own pocket. He paid the token and gave it to us.

You will probably never read this, but thank you!

And we took a selfie with him. Hehe.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Travelogue: Itinerary summary of 11 Days to South Korea (Busan, Daegu & Seoul) in March 2017


Yes, I've gone missing again. Was away almost the entire December last year to Japan and Taiwan. Finished up my Japan post and took a little break from this space. Work has been pretty drowning even though I haven't been flying!

So..... I just got back from South Korea with my awesome girlfriends and all ready to share my trip with you!

Before I proceed, I would like to do a shoutout to my #RACEtokorea girls for being such awesome travel partners! Photographs, memories and details in this blog are also contributed by these beautiful ladies. This post technically could never happen without them. Love you all, and thank you for the beautiful memories in Korea!

Why #RACEtokorea? Because that's the initial of our names!

R.A.C.E right in sync in this photo! (Taken after a midnight flight, onboard train to Busan)

Now, let's go to the details straight away!

*Disclaimer:  Everything is based on my own experience in my own words which may differ from yours. What's good for me, might not suit you. 



We booked Korean Air via Zuji and got a really good deal. On top of 5% discount from OCBC, we got an additional 23KG baggage extra each! (Which was really, the life saver. I came back with 41kg by the way. Ha!) We each paid SGD 709. (after the discount)

Nothing extraordinary from a normal commercial flight with inflight service and meals etc. Probably the Bibimbap on flight was awesome. You should totally try it.


We booked Hotels for Busan and Daegu, Airbnb for Seoul. Allynn and Eileen did a very thorough scan through of a lot of hotels prior to making the few choices below. May not be the best but it was definitely worth the money we paid for. Basically we enjoyed all our accommodations.

Busan Hotel
My Comments: Pictures on the website was deceiving and we felt like we got cheated cause it looked so different from what we were expecting. But as the nights went, we began to like our hotel room. It was spacious, clean and really near the MRT exit. It could get a little noisy at night but it's not too bad. I just feel the toilet was a little too big, that space could well be part of our room instead.
Hotel Name: S Hotel
Nearest MRT: Seomyeon MRT, Exit 15
Price: SGD 88 per night (based on 1 room) | SGD 44 per night/pax
Total: SGD 132/pax for 3 nights

Daegu Hotel
My Comments: It looked really promising on the outside but actually the room was just decent. Better the one in Busan, but the pillow was tad too soft. It's like you're not lying on any pillow at all! So we had to request for harder pillows from the concierge.
Hotel Name: Daegu Prince Hotel
Nearest MRT: Namsan or Myeongdeok MRT
Price: SGD 118 per night (based on 1 room) | SGD 59 per night/pax
Total: SGD 177/pax for 3 nights

Seoul Airbnb
My Comments: Best thing about this apartment is it looked actually like it promised hahaha. Of course it was my favourite because we got to stay together under a single roof. Though the hassle was 1 toilet but it wasn't really a hinderance. We were systematic and organised! Kind of miss that 'waking up' sequence with the girls. Just like any other Airbnb, no cleaning services until you leave, so you've got to do your own clean up. Just that the rubbish throwing part is annoying. You've got to separate out the thrash BUT no thrash bag was provided for us. Oh well.
Apartment Name: BHOME008
Nearest MRT: Hongik University Station (closer to AREX station)
Price: SGD 192 per night (entire apartment) | SGD 48 per night/pax
Total: SGD 192/pax for 4 nights


Getting around Busan, Daegu and Seoul isn't too tough with an ez-link (it's called T-money there). Just that topping up cards in Busan and Daegu can be a little tricky as you can only top up (they call it recharge) at convenience store 7-11/GS25 etc. Seoul has no problem though.

This is the APP that helped us a lot this time round which Allynn found.

You can select which state's metro to look at. Don't know where to go? You can check out their 'Hot Places' and see what's recommended.

Shows you the line to transfer, the price and time taken. 

This isn't the only APP available for metro, others would work well too just that this round this is what we tried.

Metro: 55,000won, SGD 70 (All cities uses the same card regardless of metro or bus) 
Tour Bus: 30,000won, SGD 38 (Used in Busan)
KTX: 127,600, SGD 163
72,100won, SGD 92 (To Busan) | 12,000won, SGD 15 (To Daegu) | 43,500won, SGD 56 (To Seoul) 
Total: SGD 271~


Here's the main gist! We covered bits of Busan, Daegu and Seoul. I will update separately for the individual days!

23 March 2017, Thursday, Busan
  • Gamcheon Culture Village

  • Seomyeon Underground Shopping Street

24 March 2017, Friday, Busan
  • 김밥천국 Gimbap Cheonguk (Food Cafe)

  • Brown Hands Cafe (Nearby Food Cafe)

  • Tour Bus by CityBusBusan (allows you to alight and board x times for a day pass 15,000KRW)
  • Haeundae Beach
  • Haedong Yong Gung Sa 해동 용궁사
  • Gukje Market Food Street
  • Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street
  • 한신포차 Hansin Pocha Facebook Page

  • Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge (부산 광안대교)

25 March 2017, Saturday, Busan
  • Choryang Milmyeon
  • Tour Bus by JumboBus (allows you to alight and board x times for a day pass 15,000KRW)
  • Youngdo Sky Observatory 
  • Taejongdae Park
  • Nampo-dong 
  • BIFF Plaza 
  • 통마루 Tong Ma Ru (BBQ Joint)

26 March 2017, Sunday, Busan > Daegu
  • Banwoldang
  • Seomun Market

  • Dongseongno
    • Tarr Tarr
  • Green Vile Jjimjilbang

27 March 2017, Monday, Daegu
  • Apsan Park
  • E World - Tower 83

  • Nine Road Pizzeria
28 March 2017, Tuesday, Daegu
  • Hill Crest

  • Kimpira
  • Elyaben 엘리바덴 (Jjimjilbang) Website

29 March 2017, Wednesday, Daegu > Seoul
  • Tosokchon Samgyetang
  • Innisfree Cafe
  • Myeongdong
  • James Cheese Back Ribs

30 March 2017, Thursday, Seoul
  • Issac Toast (Opposite Hongik University)
  • 브돈 1986 (Ewha Women's University area)

  • Switchzone (Hair pampering session for us!)

  • Song Song Noodle House

31 March 2017, Friday, Seoul
  • Pig Museum

  • Lotte Mart

1 April 2017, Saturday, Seoul
  • Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower
  • Hangang River
  • Noryangjin Fish Market

  • Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping 
  • On The Grill
  • O'sulloc Tea House


To make it easy for your reference, here's the rough estimation for 1 pax.

Air ticket: SGD 709 
Accommodation: SGD 500
Transport: SGD 271
Total: SGD 1,480~
Excludes food, shopping and travel insurance