Friday, September 27, 2013

Malaysia-Korea Joint Issue


This joint issue between Pos Malaysia and Post Korea features two species of tigers - the Malayan Tiger and the Korean Tiger. This joint issue is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Malaysia and South Korea diplomatic relations.

Tigers, the largest species of the cat family, are solitary animals that usually hunt at night. Giving birth to two or three cubs, the tigress (i.e. female tiger) will raise and train these cubs for about two years.

Tigers try to remain out of sight and hearing of their enemies, and would prefer fleeing to fighting. Man-eating tigers are usually too old or sick to capture other wild animals.

Tigers are good swimmers and enjoy bathing, however, they are poor climbers, only taking to trees in emergencies.

The Malayan Tiger, found only in Peninsular Malaysia, is perhaps the smallest extant subspecies of tiger. The Malayan Tiger is Malaysia's national icon and is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, as well as appearing in trademarks and logo of various Malaysian institutions.

The Korean Tiger is the biggest of the eight tiger subspecies, also the largest living feline. The Korean Tiger is mostly confined to low mountains.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 23 Feb 2010
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 50mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Malaysia and South Korea's diplomatic relations were established on 23 Feb 1960. The Malaysian Embassy in Korea was built in May 1962 and the Korean Embassy was built in Malaysia in Apr 1964.

Both stamp designs are jointly issued. The stamps issued by Post Korea are both at a denomination of KRW250.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Mid Autumn Festival


The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

This festival is also known by other names, such as :

Moon Festival, being its association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worshiping and moon gazing.

Mooncake Festival, due to the popular tradition of eating mooncakes as part of the celebration.

Lantern Festival, as lanterns are being hung or carried around on this special day.

Reunion Festival, because during olden times, a woman in China would take this occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents.

Children's Festival, as known in Vietnam, due to the emphasis being on children's celebration.

No matter what it is called - it's definitely a time of having fun and reunion with your loved ones. Here wishing everyone Happy Mid Autumn Festival.

祝大家  :  中秋节快乐 , 人月共团圆 !!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

South Korea - Foods, Foods & Foods

One of the main highlights of my last Korea trip is nothing more, but the foods! I am a person who loves Korean cuisines, and I truly enjoyed every meal that I had in Korea.

Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany the main dish. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal.

Here's a snapshot of those mouth-watering foods that I had ... shall not elaborate too much, but let the pictures speak of themselves ...

Pork Shabu Shabu


Seafood Shabu Shabu


Jeju BBQ


Abalone Porridge


Hanjeongsik


Ginseng Chicken


Chun Chuan Chicken


Korean BBQ


Mushroom Hot Pot


Not a day has passed without really filling up our stomach during our visit. I really wonder whether I have put on weight after the trip, considering the amount of foods that we consume!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sinchon Ladies Street, Seoul

Our very last destination before heading to the airport for a flight back to our home country - The Sinchon Ladies Street. It is a shopper's paradise, offering wide range of styles at various prices.

A gigantic high heel on display !

Clothes, shoes, facial products - these are some of the things that you can find here. I find the prices here pretty reasonable, and managed to get some facial masks at extremely good price. A real bargain, indeed.


The Sinchon area is also home to a number of universities, hence its nickname "University Streets of Sinchon".

Ewha Women's University

Meanwhile, the Sinchon Railway Station is the oldest railway station in Seoul.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Myeongdong, Seoul

Myeongdong, literally means "bright town", is one of Seoul's main shopping and tourism districts.

Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeongdong. Several major department stores in this area include Lotte Department Store, Noon Square and M Plaza.

There's a duty free in Lotte Department Store, and although I don't usually shop when travelling, I made an exception this time to purchase a bag that I like :)


It's not only shopping in this district, but also foods. Dining options includes fast food, Korean, Western and Japanese cuisine. Street foods are also available, if you wish to have a quick bite or snack.


Deoksugung Palace, Seoul

Deoksugung Palace, also known as Gyeongungung, is one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, it is famous for its elegant stone-wall road.

Daehanmun - The main gate of Deoksugung
Junghwajeon - The throne hall of Deoksugung

A palace where the east meets west, where medieval and modern style architecture exists together in harmony with the palace's architecture. Seokjojeon, built for use as royal quarters, is a stone building influenced by Western neoclassical architecture. The fountain in front of the building is the first to be built in Korea.


In addition to the traditional palace buildings, there are also forested gardens, a statue of King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Art.


During our visit, we managed to catch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, performed by courtyard guard dressed in colourful period traditional costumes.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oak Valley Resort, Gangwon

The next hotel we stayed is the Oak Valley Resort, a four-season family resort, and was told by the tour guide that it is one of the best resorts in South Korea. It is both a golf and ski resort.


We were given a condominium unit to stay, and there are 3 rooms in each unit. One can choose to either sleep on bed or tatami, as both styles of room are available in the unit.

Tatami-style room
Normal style bedroom

There's a living room area as well as a mini kitchen in each unit. Kitchen utensils are provided, so if you wish to cook, you can do so. We actually utilised these, as we cooked some Korean instant noodles for supper :)


As we are only staying there for the night, we did not get to utilise the facilities available, unfortunately. However, we still ventured to one of the convenience stores in the resort for some foods and drinks :)

View from our unit - early in the morning !

Teddy Bear Farm, Gangwon

There are all sorts of museums around the world, and it's pretty interesting to find a teddy bear museum in South Korea.


The Teddy Bear Farm, located in Sokcho, offers a glimpse of Sokcho's unique lifestyle using no other things, but adorable teddy bears.

Teddy bears are displayed on various activities, such as mountain climbing, playing the piano, celebrating birthday and even sewing.


Besides that, there are also teddy bears of various countries, such as France, Japan, Austria and Kenya, to name a few.


There's a gift shop there, where one can purchase teddy bears as a memento. There are also some learning programs for teddy bear fans available.