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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fly to South Korea this coming winter with AirAsia X !

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Hi guys! Winter is coming in South Korea. Have you make a plan for this coming holiday? I believe South Korea will be your right choice for you to spend your holiday in winter season! But then, do you know about AirAsia X? 

AirAsia X, Malaysian long haul budget airline, an associate company of AirAsia. Now AirAsia X is offering flights to South Korea and they will land their planes on land of culture, South Korea on 1st November 2010! FINALLY! AirAsia X flies to South Korea! I feel really bless about it because now all family and friends, world travelers, Korean Fans and students can enjoy low fare flight to South Korea! Now AirAsia X offering as low as 130USD or RM399 (inclusive tax) one way flight to South Korea! I am totally amazed by the airfare! Not to mention, this is non promotion price! If you book your ticket on the promotion period, you probably can get it as low as 32USD or RM99 (inclusive tax) or even free! Sound crazy right? 

So, either you are Malaysian, South-East Asia Citizen (Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Cambodian and etc), you can start to plan a trip to South Korea now with very low price with AirAsia X. 

For any world travelers who currently in Malaysia, plan to visit Malaysia, Please plan a trip to South Korea with AirAsia X! For world traveler that plan to visit South Korea and yet to buy air tickets, please fly to Malaysia for couple days and then fly to South Korea! You probably will save couple of bucks or more compare to direct flight and yet you can look around in Malaysia in the mean time! 

I think I get too excited about AirAsia X! Anyway, what we can do on winter holiday in South Korea? One thing that is very special about South Korea is there have many special festivals just for Winter season! I am going to introduce several festivals that you shouldn't miss during the winter season.

Hi Seoul Winter Festival !

Interesting festival located in Korea's capital, let's gleams and glistens at the Hi Seoul Winter Festival with colorful lighting displays on landmark building and sculptures around the city! Haha! 

You also can glide across Seoul Plaza's Ice rink and pin your New Year hopes on the gigantic wish trees! A highly recommended festival you shouldn't miss! Starting on December! 

Boseong Tea Fields Festival of Lights !

A magnificent festival of lights starting December that will take place in the green tea fields of Boseong, one of the Korea's most well-known tourist destinations. A large tree will be set up and carious other places will be decorated with light in the Hoecheon-myeon, Yeongcheon-ri regions. The festival will send a message of hope for the New Year to tourists and residents who visit Boseong during the winter period!   
Boseong is the green tea capital, will present the nation's largest green tea field tree, which will strike a beautiful image of Boseong into the hearts of all its winter guests. If you visit the festival, you will wish to stay longer in Boseong and participate in all the events, it is the great place to relax your mind!

For transportation information, please visit here Boseong Tea Fields Festival of Lights!

Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Hwacheon Mountain Trout) Festival !

Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Hwacheon Mountain Trout) Festival is an annual winter festival in Hwacheon County, South Korea, held every January, which attracts over a million visitors each year. The festival taking place in Hwacheon in Gangwon province. A virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice!  

You all can try out the ice fishing, experience drilling small holes into the ice and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare bands. As well as fun activities and performances there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that took 20 weeks to prepare. Helpful staff is available to ensure that even first-timers get a catch! Enjoy the bounty right on site as sashimi on the grill by locals! Delicious!

Please check here on how to get to  Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Hwacheon Mountain Trout) Festival

So, do not wait more and plan your trip right away to Seoul this coming winter, and remember save your money, fly with AirAsia X, the budget airline. Visit airasia.com

AirAsia X also collaborated with LeX Paradise organized "Win a Round Trip Ticket to South Korea" contest. If you interested, could check it out our past competition.

Please feel free to leave comments.

Thanks ^_^

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Visit to International Buddhist Temple in South Korea !!

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I always wonder and curious about how is the temple and Korean Buddhism tradition look like? Same like Malaysia or China? One day I decided to go with my ASEAN friends to take a visit at International Buddhist Temple near Daejeon. All of us wake up early in the Sunday morning and take several buses to a temple call Mu Sang Sa International Buddhist Temple! It took about an hour for us to be there. 

Finally the bus stop! but we still need to spent some time to climb up the hill in order to get to the temple. Started to feel good about the surrounding, fresh air, the sound of nature and some rain drops! 

Few minutes later, we finally can see the temple! The picture above was my first glanced of the temple with very special architecture and design! Awesome! Right? So, I took quite some of the pictures of the temple!  ^_^ 

After look around the temple, we decided to go inside one of the building and make a wish and pray for peace! : D   The architecture and design of the Korea Buddhist Temple is somehow a little bit different from Malaysia Buddhist Temple especially the colors as well as the roof design! Very interesting!

Then now is the time for our picture! ^_^

Later one we greeted by a monk and we started to introduce ourself as well as him too. After that, I was too shock! Very Shock! He speak hokkien (one of the chinese dialect) to me! My God! Korean do learn Hokkien? I was totally out of my mind! Well! later on he told us that he is a Malaysian!! A Malaysian Monk from Melaka! I am really surprise about it! Then we continue talk more about ourself and shared some experiences that we had go through in our life and we are in Korea. After talk about half an hour, we start our vegetarian lunch with others monks and international visitors. 

Somehow, I get really surprise again because this is my first time I saw westerner monk in my life. Wow! I feel that Buddhism is very international as well. ^_^ 

Now what? then what we going to do in the temple after this? Well! after all the visitors get their stomach full, then we going to practice Zen Meditation! It is a simple meditation to relax ourself with very simple steps. The meditation take about one and half an hour in the room. It was my first time to meditated in that time of period!

After some hard work on the meditation practice, we continue with a talk from Buddhist Teacher  by the Malaysian Monk, Myong An Sunim (his name)  and a westerner Monk from Europe. The talk mainly about the Zen Meditation that we went through and some life time experiences sharing from the teachers! 

All of us were really attracted by their speech and explanation! I can say that it was a very inspirational talk and somehow I understand more about myself! Both of them had went through many hardship and difficulties. I am impress!

After the talk, before we going back to University, we luckily have a chance to take picture with the Buddhist Teachers. It was a very memorable experience for me! 

Dear readers, if you have a chance to visit Korea or you currently in Korea, I strongly recommend you to take a visit here " The Mu Sang Sa International Buddhist Temple". They will organize a retreat in this coming winter. Do not miss it! ^_^

How to get there?

By Train: 

From Seoul, Yongsan Station take about 2 and half hours to Gye-Ryong Train Station. From Gye-Ryong, you can take a short taxi ride to Mu Sang Sa International Buddhist Temple about 20 minutes time with 6000 to 7000won. 

By Bus: 

Take an Express Bus from Seoul Nambu Express Bus Terminal to Shindo-an Bus Stop near Omsa-ri about 2 hours and 10 minute. Then take a short taxi about 20minute to Mu Sang Sa International Buddhist Temple with around 8000won.

If you have any questions, please leave comments or you can email me (Email is in my profile).

Thank you! 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Free Tickets to Asia Song Festival 2010!!

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Asia Song Festival is a music festival with all the Asian greatest stars and bring Asia together as a hub of cultural exchange! This will be the 7th Asia Music Festival and will be held on 23 Oct 2010 Saturday, 7pm in  Olympic Main Stadium, Jamsil, Seoul.

Asia Song festival is your imagination of Asia, Music and stars come true. So, please do not miss this precious chance to get yourself in the heat of Asia Song Festival 2010.

If you want to know about my previous experience of this prestigious festival, please visit "Amazing!! Asia Song Festival 2009!!".

This Year 2010, Jackie Chan is the Honorary Chairperson of the Asia Song Festival!
Jackie Chan, Honorary Chairperson

and the Asian Stars that will be on the stage in this Asia Song Festival 2010 are!

BoA from South Korea

Rain from South Korea!

Kara from South Korea!

2AM from South Korea! 

AKB48 From Japan!

Joe Cheng from Taiwan!
Joe Cheng

Jane Chang from China!
Jane Chang

FILM from Thailand!

Michael Wong from Malaysia!
Michael Wong

Feel excited for this festival?
If yes!
Please do not wait more and
log to http://asf.kofice.or.kr/html_en/sub03_02.htm
to grab your Asia Song Festival tickets for free NOW!!

Again! for free starting from beginning of October, grab it while it last!

How to get there?
Transportation Source : http://topis.seoul.go.kr/

For exact location in google map please visit "Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium

Please feel free to leave comments! 

First Time Ever! 2010 F1 Korean Grand Prix !!

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Do you want to experience the thrill of the first hand international event? want to enjoy the Fresh Racing Circuit? Want to see all the F1 Star Drivers? With no doubt! This year 2010 you will can see it in your own eye in the land of culture, South Korea!

1st time ever! FIA Formula 1 World Championship to be held in South Korea from 22nd October to 24th October 2010! Located in Yeongam, South Jeolla, South Korea, 400 Kilometres south of Seoul and near the port city of Mokpo. The 5.62 km Korean International Circuit will be occupied by 12 F1 teams from all around the world and 1st time ever 24 F1 cars will be on the grid on 24th of October 2010!  

The Event will start like any kind of Formula one event, the schedule as below:

In this prestigous event you will stand a chance to meet:
Michael Schumacher
Retired 7 time world champion (Formula one Legend) back to F1 action with Mercedes GP. 

Worldwide establish Racing Team:


How about the circuit? The Virtual Circuit of Korean GP as below: 

The Layout of the circuit! Thinking about where to seat? 

As for the exact location of the circuit in South Korea please visit Google map Korean F1 GP.

Manage to feel the thrill and the excitement? 
Do not wait anymore and grab the 1st ever Korean GP tickets while it last! 

If you have some questions to voice out, please do not hesitate to leave comments here.

Cheer and see you there!