Saturday, October 24, 2009

Holiday in Seoul City

This week my post is NOT about Malaysia but I just want to share with you some photos of Seoul, South Korea. Travelling is one of my hobbies and because I am so hooked to KBS World (a Korean TV channel) I decided to make a trip to Seoul so that I can see whatever I have seen on TV for REAL!. Of course, I was also so much influenced by those wonderful Korean movies and dramas where you could see beautiful views and good looking actors and actresses.

Malaysians do not only like to watch Korean movies and dramas, we also like to wear Korean Silk and Korean made accessories especially brooches. So, I thought why not get all these stuffs in Korea itself and that was why I decided to travel to Korea.My holiday was a 'shopping trip' so I went there specifically for shopping! It was very unfortunate for me because I did not get to see the romantic setting of the ever popular Korean hit drama 'Winter Sonata' in Nami Island.

With the maps and information we got from Internet plus the English spoken receptionist at the hotel we stayed in, travelling to Seoul was so convenient. I did found a store selling Korean Silk and lots and lots of brooches!!! If you want to go for shopping you should stay in Dongdaemun area which is one of the largest shopping districts in the world! Taxis are easily available and we can use the subway to get to other places. Other recommended shopping areas are Itaewon, Namdaemun, Myeongdong (for expensive and branded stuffs) and also Insadong (for crafts and souvenirs).

On the whole, the trip was I think one of the best and Korea is indeed a very interesting place to visit. I am planning another trip to Seoul next year to watch cherry blossom!

Seoul has busy streets with mostly HYUNDAI and KIA cars

These are actually designs on T-shirts...

You can get loads of wonderful souvenirs and lots and lots of pretty hand fans...

Shop shop...till you drop..
A shop in Itaewon and Myeongdong shopping area, the liveliest place in Seoul. All the bags, accessories and shoes in Korea are beautiful!!

Lots and lots of souveniours in Insadong, district of Seoul's art supplies or art products. My kind of place!

Excellent drainage system!

Me...walking down the street somewhere in Dongdaemun area which has 30 shopping centres and 30,000 stores ! You can shop around this area for 24 hours .

Cherry Blossom In Seoul

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Taking a beautiful silhouette photo picture is a form of art. I have always admire silhouette pictures. I think they really captivate our curiosity and our imagination! They don't give the viewer of a clear picture of everything but leave part of the image up to our imagination to wander about.

I would love to share with all of you some awesome silhouette photos . Thank you AMIN FITRI for sharing these silhouette photos. I really appreciate it.

Coconut trees make great images!!!

At a beach in Chendering ..(15 minutes drive from my house)

This is my favourite photo...See the size of those two people

To view more of wonderful silhouette photos go to
You can also learn the techniques at Digital Photograhy School. A photo outing with an expert is highly recommended though..If you are living near the beach, it is certainly an advantage.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Seashells On The Seashore

Chendering Beach, Terengganu

Collecting sea shells captured by Amin Fitri (my student)

She sells seashells on the sea shore..The shells she sells are surely seashells on the seashore.....I remember repeating the tongue twister when I was in school. My English teacher asked us to practise the tongue twister to improve our pronunciation.

Well, to me, SEASHELLS are lovely natural objects, equals in beauty to any flower or butterfly..they are more than just pretty baubles found on beaches. I have always love collecting seashells I found on the shore. I also like to buy interesting crafts made of seashells . However, I once read in a website that seashells which are offered for sales were collected alive and then killed and cleaned. That breaks my heart! Even though I love sea shells, I am totally against the idea of killing alive seashells for commercial trade.

Seashells are indeed very lovely gifts of NATURE. As they are of various types and colours they make beautiful home decoration, crafts, collages, jewellery boxes, picture frames and can be hung as wind chimes.

I bought this seashell wall decoration years ago. I still have them on my wall until today...

'Turtles' made out of seashells

My best friend taught me how to make this seashell candle...

Seashell Chocolate

Here are some interesting facts about seashells :-
  • When you put a seashell to your ear, the sound you hear is not the waves, but actually the echo of the blood pulsing in your own ear .

  • The fact that there are so many types of shells is because there are between 50 to 200,000 kinds of mollusks. The shells are created based on the different species, the habitat and the lifestyle of their owners. Smooth shells are good for moving through water while bumpy shells make it three dimensional and helps camouflage the mollusks.

  • Mollusks can turn their shells different colors by eating a variety of colorful food. For example, red seaweed gives some sea animals a red shell.

    If you wish to know more about seashells or would like to shop for just anything which has to do with sea shells, go to 'All About Seashells Directory' . It is a very interesting website which links to all other websites related to sea shells. They also have lists of websites which sells SEASHELL CHOCOLATE online..
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