2019’s Mountain

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2018 was a year of setbacks and disappointments. Am I upset? I was.

Honestly I can only pray that 2019 will be different, but having setbacks is inevitable, shit happens. It’s been over a week into the new year and I still see some of my old habits manifesting from within even though I’ve been yelling out “New Year New Me/You” to everyone close to me and annoying the shit outta them.

But it will be different, not in a miraculous way of sudden lightbulb and magically switch from a Disney fairy godmother, but from the strength given from God and using it when given. You see, God gives me strength, He has blessed me with a lot of things but actually utilising it and pulling yourself together with it is very different. God gives us freewill and in the end of the day, I have the choice, I have to do it and I have to get my shit together.

One of the grossiest habit I have is my phone and shamefully, social media. I remember unfollowing a bunch of people in the past year and found myself following the same category (but different) toxicity on the gram. They’re not bad people or things, but I unhealthily compare myself, all the damn time to these “influencers”, people who have the sponsorship to look good, looking good for a living and getting paid to workout and have no other responsibilities. Unrealistic comparisons. To the extent of toxicity that plays with my brain, toxic emphasis that I am not good enough and the reason for why I am what I am.

Why did I follow them? I thought it would be a good motivation to work hard so maybe… just maybe… I could be like them? Just your childish #goals mentality in terms of body and beauty and makeup. Before Instagram, it was my mirror, walls and posters. I had pictures of fit girls and all sorts of shit stuck on my wall as a form of motivation, the difference was it was the same girl… everyday, unlike the the fresh variants of photos I get on a daily basis. But my wall-sticking habit got my fam worried for a period as they thought I was lesbian (I never had boy posters LOL). Its very different from a poster goal. The brain runs wild and just like the variants of photos, it churns out a variant of thoughts. It starts like a small seed unconsciously and grows before you know it, you are just scrolling and thinking you can attain the same thing by looking through the screen instead of getting up and putting the damn effort.

Anyway, new habits to grow, 355 days left to the year and its a conscious effort to do so.

I need to remain focus with the goal to score. Score a job, score the body, score the new skills and habits I hope to attain.

One of my goals/ bucket lists I’ve wanted to accomplish for a while is to climb Mount Kinabalu. It’s the highest mountain in South East Asia. My dad has done it when he was my age. Climbing a mountain has been a dream of mine, the whole idea of challenge just drives me.

This was a dream before the gram. A dream to prove to myself that I can climb a mountain, through any mountain of physical and mental obstacles, I can.

I can only pray that I’d be more focus this year. Just giving myself that little more of a push from 2018, knowing that setbacks are only motivations for more steps to get over the mountain, I will see the sunrise by the end of the year, mentally and physically. Daring to hope for more.

 

How to Busan in Winter

I honestly should’ve done this post sooner than later but right after the day I landed back in Melbourne, my trimester started and the uni grind began. I decided to edit the footage I had before leaving it to the last minute.

So here it is, edited 2 weeks ago but shared today…

If you’re someone looking at traveling on a budget without compromise, this will be a little handy for you on the lead up to your trip, if you are planning one. If not, welcome to my rambles on how my friends and I survived our first 3 days in Busan, Korea.

1. Flights

So my friends and I are uni kids on a budget, henceforth budget flying on AirAsia. Crampy seats are the way to go if you’re tight on your cash but you do save heaps considering the service and lack of smiles you get from their air-stewardess. We took night-flights and it stopped over in Kuala Lumpur before heading to Busan. How we survived it? Neckpillows. I can’t stress enough on the importance of a neckpillow if one is to embark on a night flight. Forget about it if you are getting on business class. Your money, your comfort.

2. Transport

0 taxis were used over the 3 days. Plenty of walking and public transport was used (because budget life).
How to get about it
T-money: The Korean  transport card. We bought it from the 7/11 store in the airport and it cost us 2500 won per card. Topping up cash was done at the Gimhae airport train station (we topped up 20000 won). English option was available on the machines too (thank GOD).
Google Maps: Unfortunately and strange enough, Google maps only provides information for public transport. It is helpful as it gives you the names of the stations to get on/off, number of stops, line colours, etc. However, no GPS was available for walking. Lots of estimation was required to walk to our destinations by following the blue dot tracker on the app to our destination. As annoying as it sounds, it’s a much better alternative compared to the paper maps people had to use back in the day.

3. Accommodation

Budget freaks we are again. We used airbnb.
airbnb: A fraction of the amount you would pay for a hotel. Not the place to go if you would like a gym and swimming pool at your disposal (honestly why though… it’s winter). The place was clean and basic utilities all provided, I’m talking from toiletries to washing machine and stove. It’s like your home. However, we took the “towel” description too seriously and came to discover only hand towels were provided. Bringing your own towel is highly recommended if you are to use this. If it’s you first stay, you can get a $30 credit discount with the link.

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Location: We stayed in Seomyeon. 5 mins walk away from Bujeon market and 1 minute walk away from the entrance to the underground shopping mall. Honestly did not realize the magic that Seomyun had to offer until the last day. Shops. Food. Entertainment. WOW. Getting about was easy considering that it had it’s own train stations with multiple exits (we were at exit 15). Reviews have said that it’s known to be a place famous for plastic surgery, true to it’s nature there have been ads of plastic surgeons around the corner but honestly, it has so much more to offer than that.

4. Food

I cannot begin this section. I’ve taken countless of photos and will let them do the talking.

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Jajjangmyeon (Shinsagae Food Court)
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Dolsot BiBimBap (Shinsagae Food Court)
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Kimchi Mandul (Haeundae Market)

 

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Diced Beef Steak, Street food on Nampo District

 

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Flaming the diced Beef

 

 

 

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BingSu, Sulbing – Seomyeon

 

 

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Cotton Candy, Gamcheon Village

 

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Cold Buckwheat Noodles: here

We honestly did not follow any food recommendations. It was fully out of instinct and hunger, with walking into random stores just to replenish ourselves. Suprisingly, nothing was upsetting and I am jealous with the quality of food Koreans in Busan are able to easily access 24/7.

This will be the end of my rambles. Jeju post will be up after my assignments are done.

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