Things to buy in Korea

These are my personal recommendations

Skin Food egg white pore pack (for forehead, nose and jaw). These are DA BOMB if you frequently have blackhead problems. Don’t bother trying Biore or other brands for they don’t work as well as Skin Food. And don’t get the wrong ones – they also have an egg white cool down pack for nose, which I think does nada.

Innisfree Jeju volcanic clay mask is exceptionally good for oily skins. It spreads easily (chuck yours when it’s dry as clay – it has dried out and won’t do its intended job anymore), doesn’t dry up tight on your skin, and works to reduce oil and pimples. It is also very cheap, about US$10 for a jar that can last you 6 months.

Laneige water sleeping pack. The HG of all sleeping packs. If you haven’t used this before, make a beeline to your nearest Laneige counter to get a sample and be wowed. I love using it when my skin is parched but yet I’m too lazy to use a moisturizer. My skin definitely looks better, more refreshed, brighter and bouncier, when I use this regularly. And it’s super cheap in Korea… maybe US$20 per jar?

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Of course, you should also take the opportunity to check out Etude House, The Face Shop while you’re in the area!

Then of course, Korean food is also famous… starting with Shin Ramyun. I’m guilty of purchasing an entire box of instant noodles and checking it in together with my other luggage. We do get Shin here in Singapore as well, but the ones sold here are manufactured in China, and somehow do not taste as good as those made in Korea. It’s not a psychological mindset, but I only found out about the different manufacturing locations after I thought my noodles didn’t taste as good as the one I had in Korea.

Koreans love their banana milks, the most popular brand being Binggrae.

Kimchi. It stinks when you’re not eating it, but it has this addictive characteristic when you start eating it. And I specially love it when it’s cooked in fried rice, or stews. Chongga is the most exported brand I think. It comes in various pack sizes, including a handy small packet which you can finish in 2 meals, or 1 meal if you’re a huge kimchi lover.

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I came across this walnut cake while shopping in Insadong and was lured in by the fresh cakes. They look like walnuts in their shells, but are actually cakes filled with red bean paste. They are all freshly made and contain no preservatives, so be sure to quickly consume them.

Soju and makkeoli, for the alcohol lovers.

 

Korea 2013 – Part 4

We departed Jeju for Gimpo airport on Air Busan (only KRW 172,300 for 2, 2 way ticket) and I had arranged for pickup at the airport, so it was an easy breezy commute to the backpackers.

I decided to stay at Banana Backpackers because it was the main location for one of the Thai movies Mr Goh and I watched when we first started dating. At that time, I was just recuperating from my jaw surgery and wasn’t able to go out often. So Mr Goh would come by my house every weekend with movies on his HDD to accompany me.

Banana Backpackers

Banana Backpackers

The backpackers building

The backpackers building

If you’re coming straight from Incheon airport, don’t worry as there is a bus (#6011) that drops you off the main street and you can easily take a 5 minutes walk to the backpackers. Check the website for directions.

So anyway, we spent 3 days in Seoul, just relishing in the fact that we’re in Korea! The backpackers inn was situated in the culture-rich suburb of Insadong, so naturally we visited the palace and also the streets.

Gyeongbukgong

Gyeongbukgong

Trying on the palace guard uniforms for free

Trying on the palace guard uniforms for free

Trying to make sense of this sun dial

Trying to make sense of this sun dial

 The weather was nice and cool, but we decided to rest our weary feet at O Sulloc Tea House. They have a number of outlets, in Jeju (plus the sprawling tea plantations), MyeongDong and where we were, Insadong.

Preparing fresh brewed green tea for tasting (O Sulloc)

Preparing fresh brewed green tea for tasting (O Sulloc)

O Sulloc tea, from Jeju. Very fruity and refreshing, I bought a packet of the tea mix home.

O Sulloc tea, from Jeju. Very fruity and refreshing, I bought a packet of the tea mix home.

My big boy enjoys hot chocolate wherever he goes

My big boy enjoys hot chocolate wherever he goes

There were many street food carts which offered all sorts of yummy snacks.

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We shared a stick of grilled sausages (the third one on the stick is the yummiest! It has chewy rice cake in the middle) and also a packet of fresh custard mini cakes.

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

Fresh custard mini cakes

Our favorite street food would be gyeran bbang, or egg bread. It’s pretty much like a sweet muffin, topped with egg. In fact, Mr Goh likes it so much, that I made it for him when we returned to Singapore. Of course, the ajummas’ version was still better.

Gyeran bbang

Gyeran bbang

We also tried Jjim Ddak, which is a stewed chicken and cellophane noodles dish. Actually, my friend BS recommended us to try it at a stall at Nam Dae Mun, but walking up and down the night market at least 4 times and still unable to find the said stall, we gave up and settled dinner at one of those tents you see in Korean dramas. Mr Goh had always wanted to try eating at one of those tents. The Nam Dae Mun market was fairly quiet at night, and mostly locals patronize there at night (tourists go there during the day to buy seaweed snacks etc), and so the owners of the food stall were very friendly to us.

Nondescript food tent

Nondescript food tent

Cans of cola (learnt my lesson from Jeju), kimchi pancake & grilled pork belly

Cans of cola (learnt my lesson from Jeju), kimchi pancake & grilled pork belly

Eventually I managed to find another famous Jjim Ddak chain store in Insadong, and brought Mr Goh to try it on our last day. Bong Chu Jjim Ddak was where we went to. The cellophane noodles were super chewy, would definitely recommend cutting them up into small pieces. Don’t even think about pieces that are 10cm long. I think you’ll spend a long time chewing and even gagging on them.

One small serving is enough to serve three!

One small serving is enough to serve three! 20,000 Won

Of course, when in Korea, how could I pass up the chance to devour steamed dumplings? It’s one of my favorite foods! I found a discount voucher on Konest for this particular restaurant in MyeongDong and decided to try it. Of course, the most famous dumpling shop would be MyeongDong Gyoja which I’ve already tried during my first transit on my way to Alaska.

Steamed dumplings and seafood pancake

Steamed dumplings and seafood pancake

Of course, how could I not go to Dong Dae Mun? They’re open almost 24/7, so I didn’t have a good reason to not go right? I only went to Doota mall though as that was where I went during my previous Korea trip and snagged some cheap buys. Some clothes and then more cosmetics that I didn’t manage to get from MyeongDong in the day.

Lovely Dong Dae Mun at night

Lovely Dong Dae Mun at night

 

When in Korea, watch Running Man!

When in Korea, watch Running Man!

Nomming on Jeju chocolates

Nomming on Jeju chocolates

*Tip: I always go onto http://cn.konest.com/ before my Korean trips, to source and print interesting discount vouchers or vouchers that would entitle me to freebies. They have discount vouchers for food, cosmetics, clothing, transport even!

*Tip 2: while the Korean language is not necessarily a must-know since sign language is the best language, it definitely helps if you can speak or even just understand a little bit when travelling in Korea. It would come in very handy when you’re lost, or even just to get better service from the locals! The locals warmed up to us immediately when they learnt that Mr Goh and myself understand and speak simple Korean.

*Tip 3: If possible, you can try cosmetic shopping at the shops outside of MyeongDong. The staff are usually more willing to give more freebies (sometimes even full size products!). And higher chances of getting the stuff you want as MyeongDong usually runs out of stock fast. But be sure to check what is the minimum sum for tax refund! Shops in different suburbs may have different amounts.

Korea 2013 – Part 3

So after that night with a shot of soju, we fell into bed without washing up. Somehow, that thought lingered in my mind throughout the night, and I woke up really early the next day to shower. Haha, I felt really gross that night but just couldn’t gather energy to pull myself out of bed and clean up. ANYWAY, we were leaving Jeju on Day 3 PM and decided to have a relaxing day without having any plans in mind. So we just walked around and chanced upon our breakfast place. But frankly, I think PB is just so-so. I only enjoy their bread loaves when I visit Mum in Shanghai because it’s a brand I could trust (不会吃死人吧?)

Paris Baguette is everywhere! Like our MacDonalds, or NTUC.

Paris Baguette is everywhere! Like our MacDonalds, or NTUC.

After breakfast, we were bored and decided to call for a taxi to bring us to a lava tunnel for some sightseeing. I think we’ve been on F&E holiday for too long and without proper planning.

UNESCO site

UNESCO site

Manjanggul Lava Tube

Manjanggul Lava Tube

Manjanggul was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What is Manjanggul

What is Manjanggul

Super steep

Entering the tunnel: Super steep stairway

As expected, it was pitch dark inside, save for a few ‘garden lamps’. I was half afraid of bats and stuff like that.

Hello~o~o~o~o~o

Hello~o~o~o~o~o

I’ve never been a huge fan of geography and so the following explanations just made me zzzz.

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The tour was self-guided and it was very deserted the day we went as it was a weekday. We were the only visitors at certain parts of the tunnel and I was thinking all sorts of scary stuff in my mind “what if the tunnel gives way?” “what if the lava flows again?” etc. Luckily, it was all over within an hour since you can’t really take good pictures inside. We quickly went back to the hotel, packed our stuff and checked out, leaving our luggages at the front office while we walked out to have lunch.

We managed to find our way to an E-mart and spent an hour or two there just browsing the snacks, instant noodles and homeware section. Haha. We’re such boring people. But we had one of our best meals at the food court there. The tofu stew was uber flavourful and good on a chilly day.

Just before we left Jeju, Mr Goh being the adventurous eater, just had to try this Jeju delicacy. Guess what is this?

Don't know why the UK is getting worked up about this... People in Jeju love it!

Don’t know why the UK is getting worked up about this… People in Jeju love it!

Korea 2013 – Part 2

Ooh la la. I’m finally writing about Day 2 in Korea… is anyone still interested to read about my Korea trip? Don’t care… I’ll still write it. 😛

Since our trip is supposed to be very relaxed, we woke up around 9am and I sent Mr Goh to the restaurant opposite the hotel to buy breakfast back. He got really yummy food back: abalone porridge and cold noodles. I especially liked the cold noodles, a little sourish and savory at the same time.

Korean abalone porridge

Korean abalone porridge

Korean cold noodles

Korean cold noodles

Then we got the reception to help us call a taxi, thinking that we will do the same arrangement as the previous day, but the reception offered us an even better idea: 80,000 won from noon to 5pm, with an English speaking taxi driver cum guide. We told him where are the places we wanted to visit and he planned the route for us.

So first stop was Mini World. I think Koreans are fascinated by such sights, there is another theme park with similar displays. The park was fun, with me telling Mr Goh “oh I wanna go there for my next trip” at almost every sight I see. And while the iconic displays of the world were shrunk down to mini size, the Yakult bottle was upsized. Very cute.

Entrance of Mini World

Entrance of Mini World

Trying to act like Hitler

Trying to act like Hitler

Some palace

Some palace

Huge Yakult bottle.

Huge Yakult bottle.

I wanna see the real thing!

I wanna see the real thing!

Russia

Moscow Kremlin

Eygpt

Eygpt

Restaurant outside Mini World. Even the restaurant's facade was interesting!

Restaurant outside Mini World. Even the restaurant’s facade was interesting!

We then went off to the Chocolate Museum. Not quite what we expected as it was very quiet and there wasn’t much activity going on. But it was interesting to see how chocolate has evolved and spread over the world. There were also some interesting facts! Something strange was that a free drink was included in the entry fee, and the guy asked us what drink would we like. However when we asked what do they have, he answered “only black coffee”. Not sure why he asked us though, and I thought they should include chocolate drinks as well, since it is a chocolate museum after all.

The Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum

Chocolate train?

Chocolate train?

How the Mayans discovered chocolate

How the Mayans made chocolate

Chocolate history

Chocolate history

Can Mr Bear offer you anything?

Can Mr Bear offer you anything?

Trays of handmade pralines

Trays of handmade pralines

More pralines

More pralines

This should be my wallpaper on my phone and laptop. Constant reminder

This should be my wallpaper on my phone and laptop. Constant reminder

Having browsed through the museum at our own pace, and bought a box of pralines (just because it felt right to try their chocolate), we proceeded to the Spirited Garden, which is actually a bonsai garden. *cue non-stop yawning* Mr Goh and I had a great laugh about visiting this place because we both do not know how to appreciate bonsai and that place is huge. So since we have already paid to enter, we forced ourselves to walk through and pretend to appreciate the green plants.

Spirited Garden

Spirited Garden

Bonsai 1

Bonsai 1

Not a bonsai plant, but a pretty cherry blossom tree

Not a bonsai plant, but a pretty cherry blossom tree

Our last stop before returning to the hotel was the Jeju Mysterious Road and another theme park that has an ice sculpture area, and also optical illusions. Though we had just visited the Trick Art museum the day before, we still enjoyed this museum thoroughly. There were some very funny ‘pictures’!

Even Merlion is here!

Even Merlion is here!

Not a bed of roses, but a bed of ice

Not a bed of roses, but a bed of ice

去死吧! *cues inner evil self*

去死吧! *cues inner evil self*

Always picking up money

Always picking up money

Is that my anniversary present, love?

Is that my anniversary present, love?

Hey, come back with my wallet!!

Hey, come back with my wallet!!

You! Stop talking in class!

You! Pay attention!

A+B = C

A+B = C

Hiak hiak hiak

Hiak hiak hiak

We ended the day by treating ourselves to a meal of BBQ-ed black pork and soju. The plate of salad on the left was super delicious, might have reordered it twice! However, I enjoyed the beef better though… the pork was too tough for my liking, and I only managed one shot of soju before I called it quits. Mr Goh doesn’t like to waste, so he forced himself to finish half a bottle of soju… and we both tumbled into bed that night, without taking a shower. =X So, we’ve decided there will not be alcohol at our wedding dinner! Pls BYO. HAHAHAHAHA.

Yummy Korean BBQ

Yummy Korean BBQ

Korea 2013 – Part 1

Hehe, I’m finally blogging about Korea almost 5 months after my trip. It wasn’t till almost 18-19 hours later that we arrived in Seoul after leaving Fairbanks. Luckily I got a lot of sleep on board the flight (not that it was comfortable since we were in economy class, but I don’t have a problem sleeping anywhere, anytime.), but Mr Goh was kept awake for most of the 11 hour flight, and so he arrived in Seoul a very grumpy man. And he got pissed at me when I wasn’t quite sure where the lodging for the night was. Super scary when he goes all quiet. I still feel amazed by how similar our characters are. Since I was in charge of planning this leg of the trip, I wanted him to experience something fun and interesting, not like the tours travel agencies would plan. So we stayed in a traditional Korean house, otherwise known as a Hanok, the night we arrived before jetting off to Jeju for 3 days. I chose Doo Guesthouse since it was in Bukchon, where most Hanoks are. Getting there from Incheon airport was convenient – just take bus 6011. Since it was only for one night, and after reading other travelers’ reviews, I decided to go for the semi-double room at 60K won. There wasn’t an ensuite bathroom but it was just next to our room and it didn’t bother us that much.

Traditional Korean house

Traditional Korean house

Small but cozy

Small but cozy

Heated flooring and somewhat comfy 'tatami'

Heated flooring and somewhat comfy ‘tatami’

It was quite interesting to stay in a traditional house and I would definitely recommend it for the experience. However, if you’re traveling with elderly, perhaps just one night? I initially planned for us to bring our luggage over to Banana Backpackers for storage where we will be staying at after we return from Jeju, so we wouldn’t have to carry so many things in Jeju. Banana is just across the road from Doo Guesthouse, however since we were extremely tired from the long haul flight, Mr Goh was somewhat tired and hungry (and we know a hungry man is an angry man), and it was also raining, we decided to just bring all our luggage to Jeju instead.

Gimpo airport departure board

Gimpo airport departure board

Interesting logo... but this is not our plane

Interesting logo… but this is not our plane

This is!

This is!

In bliss despite only having 5 hours of sleep

In bliss despite only having 5 hours of sleep

Finally in Jeju!

Finally in Jeju!

For Jeju, I booked a room at Goodstay Nulsong Parktel as it was highly rated at the KTO website and also on Agoda and Tripadvisor. We got an Image Double room for S$104 for 2 nights. Super cheap and worth it!

Nulsong Parktel

Nulsong Parktel

Entering the room

Entering the room

The big bed, but it was so hard that my hips hurt!

The big bed, but it was so hard that my hips hurt!

Flat screen TV, sanitizer and water cooler in the room

Flat screen TV, sanitizer and water cooler in the room

There was also a working PC!! OMG

There was also a working PC!! OMG

Yay bathtub!

Yay bathtub!

The location when you first arrive (we took a cab from the airport, I think it was less than 10K won) may seem less than stellar, but if you walk out, you’ll realise that it’s only like 2 minutes out to the main road and shopping district! Wah shiok!

Hotel from the outside

Hotel from the outside

We settled on gimbap and gyoza for breakfast. Gim Ka Ne

Just across the road from the end of the alley

Just across the road from the end of the alley

Breakfast for 2

Breakfast for 2

Think these were seafood dumplings

Think these were seafood dumplings

I even managed to tap into some Wifi signal and updated my dad on my whereabouts. After breakfast, we decided to call for a taxi to visit some tourist spots. I used my broken Korean to communicate with the front desk and the taxi uncle, they were so delighted that we can understand their language. Hehe.

Happy now that he's well rested and full

Happy now that he’s well rested and full

We actually only called for a cab to go to the Trick Art Museum and thought we’ll just call another cab when we’re ready to leave but the taxi uncle told us that it would be difficult to get another cab since it’s very out of the way, and offered to be our day guide. We discussed and decided that it’s easier for us and saves time too. So the uncle waited for us while we had fun in the museum. It was super fun!!! DSCN1925DSCN1920 DSCN2004 DSCN2013 DSCN2001 DSCN1987 DSCN1983 DSCN1980 DSCN1978 DSCN1975 DSCN1960 DSCN1959 DSCN1957 DSCN1953 DSCN1954 DSCN1948 DSCN1946 DSCN1940 DSCN1941 DSCN1939 DSCN1937 DSCN1932 DSCN1933 DSCN1927 DSCN1926 DSCN1930 DSCN1924 DSCN1923 DSCN1922 DSCN1921

After the Trick Art Museum, taxi ajusshi brought us to Sunrise Peak. I had previously climbed it on my tour to Korea and it was super duper tiring (my fitness level is like an old lady), so this time I told Mr Goh to go ahead without me and I’ll see him somewhere along the way. LOL

Sunrise Peak

Sunrise Peak

Looks daunting to me

Looks daunting to me

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Up we go!

Up we go!

At the first 'checkpoint'

At the first ‘checkpoint’

Highest point

Highest point

Looking down from the top

Looking down from the top

Somewhere near the top, but not the top

Somewhere near the top, but not the top

I didn’t make it all the way up as it was very steep and slippery going down and I wasn’t sure if my shoes are going to hold up. Anyway, I’ve been up there before, so I couldn’t be arsed to climb up again. 😛 After resting for a while, bought some Jeju chocolates and cuttlefish snack, we decided it was late and we should go back. Ajusshi passed by a canola field and stopped to let us take photos. The field was managed by a couple of ajummas and we had to pay “entrance fees” of 1K won per person. Ok la… only S$1.20 or so.

In a canola field

In a canola field

Super windy

Super windy

My new Korean boyfriend

My new Korean boyfriend

Ajusshi also brought us to this spot for more photo-taking. Sorry, not quite sure where…

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The beautiful sunset

The beautiful sunset

Alaska 2013 – Part 10

It was our last day in Alaska and we went through all the items on our “to-do/to-go” list. Some guy at the hostel said that the museum of the north was interesting, so we decided to just go and take a look since it was a short drive away. But something funny happened… my flu medication kicked in and I was super drowsy. Like seriously my eyes were closing while standing!

So Mr Goh asked me to sit down on a bench and rest (SLEEP more like it) while he went round viewing the exhibits. When he was done, I had napped for almost 15 minutes and was ready to view the next exhibit. But when I returned to SG and was going through the photos on my camera, I was confused because I don’t remember seeing the photos below… I even thought that they were photos from my dad’s previous trips to elsewhere. HAHA. Then I recalled that those were the exhibits that I missed out on. -_-” Well, luckily some of the photos were clear enough, and I could read up on them on Wiki, eg Blue babe.

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I miss the skies

I miss the skies

The exhibition we visited

The exhibition we visited

Our flight out was not till 1am, so we decided to go for dinner at Turtle Club, almost an hour drive away. I actually researched on where to go for our last meal in Alaska as it was also going to be our “monthsary” dinner. We don’t usually celebrate it but we do try to have dinner together and make the day special and memorable.

It wasn’t really fine dining to me as the atmosphere was somehow casual and relaxed. But there was a plethora of cutlery which Mr Goh was confused with. He got a little fed up with the cutlery and told me no more fine dining in future. Haha. Fine, we shall have KFC for future anniversary dinners. Finger licking good!! 😛 I think the only thing that was fine dining-ish were the prices.

Not sure why but it was super difficult to get a clear shot. This was the best, believe it or not.

Not sure why but it was super difficult to get a clear shot. This was the best, believe it or not.

Shrimp Cocktail, $8.95—Served with Tangy Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail, $8.95—Served with Tangy Cocktail Sauce

Turtle Tails, $7.95—Made-Fresh, Cream Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos Fried in our special Beer Batter

Turtle Tails, $7.95—Made-Fresh, Cream Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos Fried in our special Beer Batter

Halibut Chunks, $27.95—Deep Fried in a Light Batter

Halibut Chunks, $27.95—Deep Fried in a Light Batter – this was half portion. The server had helped us split into 2 portions since we were sharing.

We had tried Alaskan crab legs in Anchorage, salmon (in a baked salmon sandwich) at The Chowder House and so we decided to share a serving of Halibut chunks. It was fresh and very filling, despite only 3 chunks per half portion. The prawns, though only 4, were large and fresh – very crunchy and moreish. Cream cheese filled jalapenos are always welcomed! The food was undoubtedly good that made us really happy that it was our last meal in Alaska.

After dinner, we returned to the hostel and just hung out at the lounge till it was time to go to the airport. It was my first time backpacking and though I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to do it again, the atmosphere at the backpackers was really warm and inviting. Everyone would just hang out at the lounge, using their laptops and asking each other for travel advice. Information was exchanged freely and we also shared anecdotes about our experiences.

Ironic because this was taken when we were leaving. HAHA!

Ironic because this was taken when we were leaving. HAHA!

I made Mr Goh take this photo because I was soooo happy

I made Mr Goh take this photo because I was soooo happy

Fairbanks airport

Fairbanks airport

Thank you! You have served us well!

Thank you! You have served us well!

Next up, Korea!!! Woo hoo, the land of yummy food, shopping and scenery.

Alaska 2013 – Part 9

On the way to Chena Hot Springs

On the way to Chena Hot Springs

I felt a little better this day after resting the most of the previous day, and didn’t want to waste the holiday anymore, so despite Mr Goh’s insistence to stay “home” and rest, I decided that we should visit the Chena hot springs. After all, it may do me some good to soak in the warm water too! It was a really long drive there – about 2 hours one way. We actually wanted to stay a night there because of the long drive but were unable to get a room. Oh well, we saved some money then. The location of the hot springs made it favourable to view the aurora, and it was popular with the Japanese (According to Japanese mythology, a child conceived under the Aurora will be specially blessed, or a consummated marriage will be particularly fulfilling. Quoted from here)

The hot springs was wonderfully warm, very much welcomed by me, but you do have to bear the cold and icy grounds while getting to the hot pool! We didn’t bring our camera to the springs which we regretted because we saw other people taking fun pictures! It was seriously so cold that your hair gets frost on it within a minute. Some dude wet his hair and he looked like he had a head full of gray hair within 5 minutes. Super funny! But it being a hot spring, you couldn’t spend the whole day in there – no good for blood circulation. So we got out and showered and went to visit the ice museum.

Look at how thick the door is

Look at how thick the door is

The ice museum is a year long display museum, so the temperatures must be regulated and entrances and exits are minimized to prevent huge loss of temperatures. All the ice sculptures are created and maintained by 15 time world champion ice carver Steve Brice and his wife Heather Brice.

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Having visited the Ice Park a few days before, the ice museum didn’t seem very interesting to us because it was a smaller display. But the rooms were interesting and I couldn’t imagine who would want to stay there overnight… it’s such a hassle if you need to visit the washroom at night because you’d have to suit up and go out (there’s no toilet in the ice museum). There was also an option in the entrance fee to get a glass of apple martini in an ice glass, which we didn’t get since we’re not fans of alcohol.

Strong winds blowing up the powder snow

Strong winds blowing up the powder snow

It was our dating monthsary that day, but we decided to keep dinner simple that day. We dropped by the supermarket on the way back for some canned soup (for me), potato salad, roast chook and we also got some fresh produce – celery sticks, sliced mushrooms and tomatoes. The balance of ingredients went into a chicken salad the next day. I think the chicken salad was yummier than this. LOL

"homemade" dinner

“homemade” dinner

That night, we decided to treat ourselves to a good meal on our last night (the next day), and so made reservations for Turtle Club. Our last day in Alaska, blogpost coming soon!